ATTENTION Researchers! Wyoming grants aim to boost wild horse research

(reblog)  Wyoming agriculture officials are one step closer to granting researchers a portion of $250,000 allocated by Gov. Matt Mead for wild horse research in the state.

The department received more than 10 proposals for grant-funded research projects, with topics ranging from wild horses’ interaction with the range to population control methods.

“Our goal is to get information and specific data that is lacking or that BLM doesn’t have,” said Chris Wichmann, natural resource and policy manager at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “We want actual data on the ground that can help the state and BLM with the management of wild horses.”

Money will be divided into three categories for grant approval:

•Wild horse populations and statistical methods
•Wildlife and rangeland conditions
Development of a wild horse scientific summit.
Wyoming agriculture industry leaders say the data could help steer the wild horse conversation away from emotion and toward science.

“We need to bring the discussion back to management of the resource on public and private lands as opposed to horses versus cows,” said Jim Magagna, executive director of  Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “Some solid data with regard to forage consumption and related issues could be helpful in doing that.”

Ken Hamilton, executive director of Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, said that the money may not be enough to solve the issue but that it will provide data for a scientific start to finding solutions.

“With this issue, it is extremely important to try to work for a solution,” Hamilton said. “The current solutions we have are just stopgap measures.”

The agriculture department will work with a panel of four legislators, including agriculture committee chairmen Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, and Rep. Robert McKim, R-Afton.

A decision is expected in late January and early February.

ATTENTION Researchers And. Advocates ! This $$ is destined for YoU! Rachel Reeves, Ginger Kathrens, the Cloud Foundation, Laura Leigh, WHE, RT Fitch and more….

Wyoming grants aim to boost wild horse reasearch grants aim to boost wild horse reasearch


haptics? Feel Things That Aren’t There? Really really cool ! I wanna know MORE : *~»

Really really cool ! I wanna know MORE :  *~» 

The theory behind current haptics applications goes back into what is called multiple resource theory. Humans are visual animals, but when that sense gets overwhelmed other senses can compensate. Think of a blind person learning what another person’s face looks like by touching it.

Now imagine ‎……

 . Haptic Technology Makes You Feel Things That Aren’t There | Inside Science.’t-there/2421


 ‎One system [Disney research]  developed, called REVEL, projects texture on smooth objects. With that technology, it might be possible to feel the material in a sweater before you buy it online. It can work on any surface, including furniture, walls, tabletops, or human skin, through vibrators embedded in a chair. It can help make a player feel as if he or she is driving a race car, complete with skids and collisions.


*~»There are haptic keyboards coming.!!«~*

In medicine it may soon be possible for a doctor to look at a 3D MRI or CT image, stick his or her hand into the image and feel for things like tumors, blockages, blood clots.

** Haptics is already being used in robotic surgery. The surgeon, holding controls, can feel what the robot is feeling and react properly, a variant on the fly-by-wire controls….  


Read l‎ots‎ more ¡! »» 

TØøNight! “Get yourself a blanket & a clear View of SKY, U could be in for a Great Show!” * / * / * / * / \WisH-TiMe/

=••= Sky-watchers Get Set for Cosmic Fireworks Show!

*\*\* Strong Geminid meteor shower predicted this year ! *\*\*

    ||wh000ps! {I forGot to “activate it”,) • bUt-
    There’s ~still~ LOTs of Time! {+ TØmørrøw, t00..} |

    ^AND^ I ActuALLy did SEE*–» 2*~-» of the Sh00ting*Stars! ;D
    @ around 2:20 a.m.!

    HOW C00L…. ¥**WI!SH! #TIME#!**¥ `;{) ||


    |Andrew Fazekas,
    for Nat Geo News,
    Dec 11, 2012|

Sky-watchers are in for an early holiday TreaT as mid-December marks PEAK of Geminid meteor shower, the most * prolific & Mysterious * annual cosmic fireworks show.
The meteor shower has been grOwing in intensity 0ver recent decades & should be better-than-usual this* year!
b/c it falls during a nearly m00nless week
*\Dozens*\~»» of Shooting*Stars per hour should streak across the SKY on the night of Dec 13 ~ into early hours of Dec 14, making “the Geminids” strongest, most reliable celestial shows around.

    (See pics from 2010: “Brilliant Geminids Dazzle Sky-Watchers.”)

“Usual yield estimates = b/w 80-120* meteors PER hour*~» under good viewing conditions,” [Ben Burress, staff astronomer – Chabot Space/Science Ctr, Oakland CA]

    “Fortunately December 13th is new (• m00n, so there will
    be n0 ((m00n)) at all during the shower,”
    he added; viewing from as DARK a location as possible, far from city lights, is the best*way to see the meteors.

Stronger Through the Years *=»

Historically the Geminids were overlooked by most amateur astronomers simply b/c the annual event occurs so close to busy holiday season & frigid winter nights—but that’s beginning to change thanks to its rising* intensity over the past few decades.
In fact, for many astronomers, the Dec. meteors have now dethroned the more popular “August Perseids” as shooting*star*Event of the Year.
“This shower was 1st noticed in 1862, & its intensity* has been INcreasing over the past 100 years,”
[Jim Todd, planetarium mgr @ OR Museum of Science & Industry].
“Around 1900, the peak averaged 15-20 meteors/hour, but is nOw
grown to well 0ver 100* per hour*!”

Mysterious Parentage*=»

Reason for the UPswing?
Astronomers believe that Earth is plowing deeper every yr into an ancient* debris stream
~•left beHind•~ by a
mysterious* 3-mile-wide [5-km] asteroid-like object
((((orbiting the iNNer solar system)))). . .
But ~unlike other meteor showers that spring from material shed by melting icy comets as they swing close to sun,
scientists “aren’t sure” whether the Geminids’ parent object, called “3200 Phaethon”,
is an asteroid 0r a nearly dead comet.
“This object does n0t develop a cometary tail when it passes near the sun, -but-
bits of it do break off during its journey past the sun,” Todd explained.
“When Earth passes through this debris, we experience the Geminid meteor shower
After Phaethon was discovered in 1983 by a NASA satellite, astronomers quickly matched its year-&-1/2 orbit precisely with the Geminids, making it a prime candidate for source of the meteors.

*\* Ø *\* ø

A Great Show*=»

Since Geminids hit the atmosphere abt 20 miles/second (32 km/s)
~slower~ than other meteor showers—they
create *beautiful long ARCs* across~the~sky that can last for a second or 2. | 😀 |
Favoring observers in North Hemisphere, the shower’s “radiant”—(pt in sky from which meteors appear to originate)—is constellation Gemini ~ Rises above Eastern-> horizon after 9 p.m. local.
* Observers will want to =~» head outside b/w 10 p.m.–5 a.m. local time, but best views will be in the wee hours of Friday morn.
“At around **2 a.m.** local time is when show will be AT its Best—as the shower’s Radiant point in Gemini reaches highest in the sky, = directly | South” =
Øø +for a sky-watch bOnus, keen-eyed observers also have opportunity to spy several planetary neighbors as shooting-*\*\*-Stars rain down.
“Just West«- of constellation Gemini will be the brilliant planet Jupiter* shining bright, visible thru’out the night.”

Øø Øø

“While just b4 sunrise,
Saturn, Venus,& Mercury appear*
above the SouthEastern \» horizon for a beautiful display.”

    => “Get yourself a blanket* & a clear view* of the sky, because yoU could be in for a Great Show!”. . . .

* / * / * / * / * /

t00 c00l *blueRoan change*mask! Diamond/Teton on 4/7/12 [s.Ivie] 9401 bt

    Shawn grabbed *this t00 €00L pic! on 04/07/2012, Pryor~Mtn~Wild~Horse~Range

Diamond / Teton # 9401-bt
18 y.o. Blue Roan sports ~this~€razy~”mask”~ «–as he’s changing from-» his Winter-coat !
^\©¶©/^ … (dark. Ovals surround Eyes + dark grey blaze-like =Strip= down nose ~on a silvery face~)!!

    Diamond is a gorgeous blue roan Band*Stallion , with Lh sock, greyish Mane, & full black Tail –
    1994 son – of Grumpy-Grulla 8813 bt X Raven ! “coal-black, graceful~as a~Dancer, fierce~as a~Warrior”. band-Stallion 8812 bt – (d. 03/2008) …

–»now with a £ega€¥ ~ all his Õwn ! 😀 he’s MågÑif!€enT, huh? 😉

post~~never forget that Life–IS a Miracle~~


Wow! -More than sparklers on July 4?? Physicists find new particle, but is it the Higgs BOSON?!? : (via Nature News & Comment)

For nearly half a century, physicists have predicted the existence of a particle that helps to endow
others with ♥mass. … Named after theoretical physicist Peter Higgs, the ♥boson is the upshot of a mathematical trick that unites the ★electromagnetic & ★weak nuclear forces into a single ‘electroweak’ interaction. It is considered the final, crucial piece of the standard model of particle physics.

∞~~|~~∞~~°~~¢÷]~~~°~~√~~∞~~∞ -»howeVer,
a ★BIG-Time ★ NEWS conference -a ≈gala★ event≈, really … Is SCHEDULED °on J!u*L!y 04′ 2012!
… {@ which 4 of the living scientists /physicists–who’ve been instrumental to the Study & Search -for this Higgs boson particle… | Will Be there}}
!W♣O!W★ ——////////////——–

LHC Proton @LHCproton ~~tweet~~
Few LHC protons sleeping tonight. Far too excited waiting to learn whether our particle family will have a new member tomorrow. 7:15pm – 3 Jul 12

Hmmm…several big “skeptics” & “naysayers” comment (at Length!)–» after the Nature article….
But ★i like These-2 best 😀 (so far)::::

2012-07-03 12:08 PM — Juan Klopper said:
Dear Colin Megson, allow me a short rebuttal. A quick read of your posts on LFTRs -&- its noble cause not withstanding, criticising the LHC & its scientists makes you seem a bit misinformed.
If the real scientists around here would allow me to defend them, let me explain that although I do not belong to a program that feeds hungry children, my day-job involves both trauma and cancer surgery. Sufficient I think to qualify me to respond to your comments. As such I spend considerable time every week in the Cape Flats, not only 1 of the most notorious ganglands in the world, but also a community struggling with poor governmental healthcare support. On behalf of my patients, a big thank you to all the scientists at the LHC. Only through endeavours such as theirs do *I have the equipment to save the gunshot victims that I do,
to *have* the accelerator therapy treatment for advanced tumours that I see. I can just shake my head at people with your point of view.
So come-on.! This is a momentous occasion. A celebration of both the human mind & spirit.
Juan. Specialist Trauma -&- Emergency Care Surgeon for the last 10 years (read, struggling to get the time to finish my physics degree) …South Africa


2012-07-03 07:26 AM. Blythe Brown said:
I second Juan Klopper’s comment: even a rushed perusal of the history of science shows the profound, history-altering power of physics. Yes, their work doesn’t feed the starving children of TOday. But–» their work will, absolutely, increase human welfare in the long-term.* Productive physicists are heroes – people who work hard for relatively poor pay to change the world for the better. Modern life would be – and this is not an exaggeration – impossible without physics.
If you want to make a lot of money, be a lawyer or some other guild-protected professional. If you want to be a “god among men” (if unheralded), then be a competent physicist working on the fundamental research.
What is this useful for?” asks the layman of the physicist. “Ask me again in 50 years” says the physicist.
(Granted, much physics finds use nearly immediately. However, history-altering fundamental research can require more time to find practical application. Paradoxically, such research, in spite of the time for diffusion, is of far greater value (with caveats) than the applied sort.)
*The usual atomic bomb arguments notwithstanding – the world is actually far better off ((partly through luck)) for the existence of the atom bomb – n0 great powers have warred with one another (except by proxy) for 70 years. This is historically unheard of.

+*C00L Rebuttal! points*

+*C00L Rebuttal! points*

So- *that was a Super★Derecho?! Eastern U.S. ‡ swelters ‡ with Freakish heat wave, power outages, ★Super Derechos★

~10' circ.*Tree* of W!CKedW!ND»»ch¤pped•d¤wn»at Strongest Point! on 6/29 8 pm \r.i.p./ my friend :(

~10′ circ.*Tree* of W!CKedW!ND»»ch¤pped•d¤wn»at Strongest Point! on 6/29 8 pm \r.i.p./ my friend 😦

¢—>>>sooooooo…..*that Crazy★, Nutso★ “event” -of Friday eve. !! ::: was a SuperDERECHO?!!?
“”””geez! °,÷{{ ≈≈AbSOlutely – = the FR*EA*K!EST “Storm” 0r “W≈I≈N≈D”…that I’ve eVver seen- ∞~0r-Felt~∞!!? W♥W!

(((Eastern U.S. swelters with heat wave, power outages)))
Mon, 2nd Jul 2012 10:03 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) –
Relentless heat gripped much of ~ eastern United States for a 4th straight day on Monday, with ≈ 2.1 million homes & businesses ♠with0ut power♠ after violent storms & soaring temperatures killed at least 18 people.

Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of U.S. sweltered in a heat wave.
*288 temperature records were set nationwide on Sunday!
Above-normal temperatures will *continue to affect a large portion of country from ~ northern Plains to ~ Mid-Atlantic over ♣ next few♣ days,” National Weather Service said.
Many areas will see temperatures from 90° Fahrenheit to > than 100° (37.7° C), it said in a statement.
**Excessive heat warnings* & *advisories remained over much of –mid-Mississippi Valley& southern states.
Severe ★ thunderstorms were possible in Kentucky & Missouri, + in ~north-central states, weather agency said.
Emergencies* were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, & Washington because of damage from …


rare ♦ “super derecho” storm ♦packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-★mile (1,100 kilometer) stretch from – Midwest to – Atlantic Ocean.!!

~2.1 million homes & businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still with0ut power, with biggest concentration in Washington area.
& With power lines down across region, U.S. gov’t told federal workers in Washington area they could take “unscheduled leave” or “work from home” on Mon–Tue.

2 of largest property insurers, USAA & Nationwide, said they’ve received over 12,000 claims in total from weekend storms. Most for house damage. The storms capped a costly June for insurers, already facing losses of @ least $1 billion from a hailstorm that ripped through Dallas, TX.

Thunderstorms & high winds battered eastern North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, causing 3 more deaths on top of @ least 15 from deadly storms & heat in several states.

93,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in northeastern Illinois were with0ut power from powerful storms that brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph.

Utilities in Ohio, Virginia, & Maryland described damage to their power grids as •catastrophic•.

FirstEnergy utilities in states from Ohio to New Jersey had ≈252,000 customers with0ut power.
Pepco, which serves Washington & much of its suburbs in Maryland & Virginia, reported ≈229,000 customers with0ut power.
Baltimore Gas & Electric said ≈213,000 customers remained affected. Almost 1,200 utility workers from 12 states & Canada are helping restore power (or are on their way) to central Maryland, the company said.

–» Storms killed 6 people in Virginia & left more than 1 million customers with0ut power.
2 people were killed in Maryland, officials said.

A falling tree killed 2*cousins, aged 2 & 7, in New Jersey.
Heat was blamed for deaths of 2*brothers, ages 3 & 5, in Tennessee who had been playing! outside in temperatures reaching 105° (41 C).
St. Louis, MO reported 3 heat-related deaths over the weekend. All were elderly & had air conditioners not in use.

    —»AccuWeather, a weather forecaster, said ♦ the “super derecho” storm♦ that caused ~ widespread damage had •raced ★700 miles from northern Indiana to the Atlantic coast in 12 hours.!!
    A ♦derechoSpanish for “straight” – is a ♦long-lasting wind storm ♦that accompanies fast-moving thunderstorms / showers, AccuWeather said. ….

The most powerful derechos are called ★super derechos,” ★ described by AccuWeather as aland hurricane.”

(Reporting by Bruce Olsen in St. Louis, Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas, Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Paul Thomasch in New York, Susan Guyett in Indianapolis, Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Jane Sutton in Miami, Alistair Bull in Washington.; Editing by Eric Beech & Christopher Wilson)

It’s Official: BLM’s Welfare Cattle Program Killing Western Public Lands, Wild Horses Not Guilty

It’s Official: BLM’s Welfare Cattle Program Killing Western Public Lands, Wild Horses Not Guilty.

*~reblog Post~* by R.T. Fitch
...hmmm....& we thought – BLM wanted “thriving ecological ~balance”...?? {Go figure!}

≈≈≈≈ O! not to w0rry! ...there’s n0 room for SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY —here! (In that “BLM handbook”)...

Whaddya think??

*the Incredible Story of Survival and Compassion* of “Hidden-star, Kitalpha” & her loving beau Bristol!

*an Incredible Story of Survival and Compassion* of
the “Hidden-star, Kitalpha” (returned from certain Death!) & her loving beau Bristol!

{ please √check out Their “SAGA for the Ages ” – told on PryorWild blog! (In Feb 2012)…}image

[Photos by PryorWild ]

Fed Court FORCES *Dept of Interior* to “Consider the SCIENCE” directly in its Face!

¤~”Federal Court FORCES Interior Department to Consider «Scientific Evidence» -Regarding Wild Horse Management”
😀 😀 😀 “;^O 😀 ~;^* 😀 😀

| shared by {the Cloud Foundation} on May 10, 2012 … <°÷≈¢

¤~ Honorable U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell stated in her 23-page opinion that the agency
“may not
simply *remain studiously ignorant* of material scientific evidence – well known to the agency – –

and brought directly TO its attention in timely-filed comments.” !!!
• She *decisively Rejected* the BLM’s attempt
to Exclude
–» the expert declarations from the agency’s ~decision-making process~
and Affirmed that *the Court would
consider* the “material scientific evidence”
contained IN the declarations as in future rulings in the case.~¤

{here's more}–»

😀 😀 <¤÷~} 😀 “;^* 😀 😀 ”]image

Fibrosis treatment? Promising Technology – Galectin Therapeutics

Look closely…!!! 8) {in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area}

—» isn’t ~this just Super-COOL ?!

look Very closely! 8)  [from BCNRA Facebook pg] 4-2011

look Very closely! 8) [from BCNRA Facebook pg] 4-2011

post~~never forget that Life–IS a Miracle~~


The ¢:≈} King of *flowers … is n0 √more Powerful … than the *peasants ∞ Daniel’s Imagination

Lily -11 * licks Koda Wakan/Kootenai -10 * (awww…how sweet!) <÷} | Flickr -Photo share (by Wyoman- S. Ivie)
¤~Lily -11 * licks “Koda Wakan”/Kootenai -10~¤ (awww…how sweet!) <÷}… Morning star band.
[by: wyoman (c) flickr]

RACISM is just Stupid, dude …Everyone <3 Loves ME!!



The ugly delusions of More educated Conservatives…the “smart idiot effect” – makes them WORSE??! + leads 2 Greater political Polarization! Due 2 More BIASED reasoning & Inflexibility (?)…when faced with Facts/Evidence?! (Learn WHY…)

The ugly delusions of the educated conservative –

wild, Free-Running Horse @Home in Challis Herd, Idaho (for now) –alas! [not for Long…]

wild “freckles” Wind-drinker runs Free in Idaho home... [photo: Andrea Maki]

wild “freckles” Wind-drinker runs Free in Idaho home… [photo: Andrea Maki]

1 stunning, majestic Free-roaming Wild Horse is “running-with-the-Wind 4 Joy”, @ Home in Challis, Idaho herd! …(alas! -not for long..) soon, he’ll be running-for-his-Life! as OUR Gov’t -will be:
chasing, terrifying, penning, beating, maiming, shipping, Then killing or imprisoning him…ForEver! (just 4 Living there)…
BLM plans to nearly *Exterminate ~this Last herd~ from the state*of ID !
[ –>do u truly Want 2 allow this? ]

post~~never forget that Life–IS a Miracle~~

Winter Solstice 2011: Facts on Yuletide vs Shortest Day of Year

Winter Solstice 2011: Facts on Shortest Day of the Year.

Scientific and Scholarly MISCONDUCT*{claim filed Against BLM!}*Intentional Exclusion* of LIVESTOCK-Grazing* as “Disturbance Factor” from *Rapid Ecoregional Assessments!

News! #Complaint of *Scientific and Scholarly MISCONDUCT* –{filed Against BLM!}
*Intentional Exclusion* of LIVESTOCK Grazing* as a “Disturbance Factor” from *Rapid_Ecoregional_Assessments BY Bureau of Land Management !

�Complainant: Filed BY Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER),
nonprofit svc org representing Public employees, including *Scientists working within Dept of Interior* (DOI), generally, + within U.S. Bureau of Land Management* (BLM), specifically.

�COMPLAINT Summary: BLM is conducting a �series of Rapid-Ecoregional-Assessments�
(REAs) to *establish Baseline condition* and *future Vulnerability of resources of
�Conservation Concern� vis-�-vis regionally *important Ecological and Environmental
*disturbance factors*.
�BLM intends to *conduct REAs* for “all Ecoregions which contain Land and Resources” under *BLM administration.
�These REAs are ~Intended to~ understand *ecological Conditions and *trends of Resources of
conservation Concern, such as fish and Wildlife Habitats, Species of concern, Soils, Water @regional level as *affected by Natural + Human “disturbance factors”*, such as: wildfire, invasive species, *Development (incl. #Energy-development activity),
*Climate change*, and other *CAUSAL Factors* of regional importance.
�These REAs are intended to:
*establish both *Baseline ecological Condition* data + *Predict future Vulnerabilities*,
�To PROVIDE *science-based information for
�Use in *future Resource-Planning* and *Decision-making within an �adaptive Management”-framework,
{including WILD HORSE Management/Mismanagement of HMAs, HAs, +hidden Holding facilities!!!}.

�LIVESTOCK Grazing ‘as a Causal_Agent’ was- *EXCLUDED from Further-Consideration*!! in ALL 6 Ecoregions*,
+ all ~proposed *Management �questions* Relevant to Condition Assessments� were *stricken-from-the-record*. !
�Intentional EXCLUSION of *Livestock-GRAZING*-as a Causal-Factor FROM the REAs* will *slant Resultant findings AND *Interpretations of Causes* responsible for status and… {read more link!}

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