For everybody that has been looking forward to the Nintendo 3DS, check out this video:
If you are not familiar with the 3DS, it’s the first portable game device with 3D graphic technology. It will be released in Europe, Australia and the US in March 2011.
Here is a list of some of the games to be released:
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D–Nintendo
Nintendogs + Cats–Nintendo
Pilotwings Resort (working title)–Nintendo
Pro Baseball Spirits–Konami
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle–Level 5
Ridge Racer 3D–Namco Bandai
Samurai Warriors Chronicle–Tecmo Koei
Super Monkey Ball (working title)–Sega
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition–Capcom
Kid Icarus: Uprising–Nintendo
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D – The Naked Sample–Konami
To Be Announced
Chocobo Racing 3D (working title)–Square Enix
Star Fox 64 3D–Nintendo
Animal Crossing (working title)–Nintendo
Dead or Alive: Dimensions–Tecmo Koei
Paper Mario (working title)–Nintendo
Mario Kart (working title)–Nintendo
Resident Evil: Revelations–Capcom
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D–Capcom
Dolphins, intelligent, friendly, fascinating and heroic. Yes, even heroic, there are countless instances where dolphins have saved peoples lives throughout history.
The Greeks recognized this and went to the extreme to protect them. Anyone caught killing a dolphin was himself sentenced to death. Pretty strong stuff, and we don’t want to get into different ancient Greek extremes, however, you can see that mankind has had a fascination with dolphins for a long time.
Fast-forward several thousand years, dolphins no longer enjoy the same type of protection, and in fact they are being senselessly killed in wholesale numbers every year. Over 23,000 dolphins are killed every year.
23,000 dolphins slaughtered for their meat which isn’t even actively eaten. That comes out to 442.3 dolphins killed ever week to be sold as more expensive whale meat. 63 dolphins murdered every day so their mercury lace meat can be given to school children. How about 2.63 dolphins every hour?
23,000 dolphins? That can’t be right, somebody would do something about it right? And the answer is yes and no. Japan is a whaling/fishing nation, and there is an international whaling commission. They are a great big toothless commission made up from different member nations that gets together and does a lot of nothing. So those in the position to stop the killing of dolphins really can’t do anything.
Only the larger whales are under protection from the commission, so a large number of smaller ones fall out. And that is where you will find dolphins.
If you’ve have the opportunity to watch The Cove you will get a front row seat at one of the commissions conferences. And there you will see how ineffective they really are.
In one such meeting Japan’s representative goes as far to say that dolphins are vermin. Vermin? You mean like rats?
It turns out that Japanese studies have proven that dolphins eat fish. Hum, interesting. And? And there has been a noticeable decline in the fish population year after year. Ahah! SO what you are saying is that dolphins are responsible for the ever declining fish population? You’re sure it isn’t because we’re pulling more and more fish out of the sea every year? No, according to Japan’s whaling spokes person dolphins are the problem, and by senselessly and brutally killing them, they are somehow putting things right.
It is an interesting spin, no wait, it is completely irrational and embarrassing that somebody speaking before a whaling commission could even bring themselves to spread propaganda like that. That alone shows how incapable of solving the problem the IWC is.
So if the official whaling commission can’t stop the murder of dolphins in Taiji what hope is there? You. Me. And whoever else we’re able to make aware of this despicable act of animal cruelty.
Oh and there a couple of other people involved, too. Ric O’Barry and the Oceanic Preservation Society have taken an active role in bring the massacre to light and to an end. Through their documentation The Cove they have made a big step forward. I strongly recommend that you watch the film, and when you do you will want to find a way to help. But you should be warned the film makers were able to capture the pure brutality of the whole situation and there are very graphic scenes of violence in the documentation.
Now, if you want to get involved and help stop the slaughter in Taiji there are somethings you can do.
Here is a list taken from Ric’s Save Japan Dolphins website.
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To close, Japan isn’t the only nation to hunt dolphins, Denmark also takes part in hunting dolphins. Not to mention the countless number of dolphins that end up caught in fishing nets each year. But something can be done about it, but it can’t be done alone, that is why we need your help. Get involved today.
I am not sure if you have heard about combustible ice before, if you haven’t, I am sure you’re burning to see some photos. Essentially what it is is ice that has been frozen with natural gas (methane), creating a natural gas hydrate.
Here is an example of ice containing methane which has been lit on fire.
I have known about ice containing methane for quite a while because as it melts, it poses a severe threat to the environment. The more that is released, the warmer it gets, the warmer it gets, the more combustible ice melts… And, well, you can see how things can quickly begin to spiral out of control.
Well steps are currently being taken to study the use of this energy source and at the same time reduce the threat it has on the environment. And this is a step in the right direction. Recent studies have shown that more than 8 million tons of previously unknown methane has been leaking into the atmosphere each year.
In September of last year China discovered a previously unknown reserve of combustible ice on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The find is equal to 35 billion tonnes of oil. To get an idea of how much this is, it is enough to power China for the next 90 years.
Before the source of fuel can be effectively utilized though, researchers believe that it will have to undergo a phase change.
That means that the ice will have to be melted, separating the methane from the water. The methane that would be won from one single cubic meter of ice is equal to 164 cubic meters of natural gas. With fewer impurities it will burn cleaner, and this is a good thing, since it will produce fewer pollutants than gas won from other sources.
Of course, it should be made clear that natural gas is not a clean source of energy, and when it is burned, it does create pollution. However, it is is cleaner than oil.
This is a dilemma, since the methane will be released into the atmosphere as the ice melts, regardless if it is used or not. Is this a viable solution for the search for cleaner energy? Probably not, since there are multiple methods to produce workable renewable energy.
Further research will have to be invested into this “new” source of energy before it can be clear if it is usable or not.