October and November 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 November 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

November of 2016

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail.

Last Updated
December 2




Tioga Road closed for a week between 11-1 and 11-8

Tioga Road Closed for Season: Thursday December 1
Yosemite: Snow closes Tioga and Glacier Point roads for season,
The Mercury News, December 1, 2016.

Of Interest to Backpackers
Current Star Chart and Sky Information

November guide to the bright planets,
EarthSky, November 1, 2016.

Winter Skies are Upon Us
Orion the Hunter and the Winter Circle

All Astronomical Data

All High Sierra Weather

Also of Interest
NASA Astro Image of the Day


Just Plain Fun
NASA Image of the Day

Dead Serious
Winter Weather Reports


 Updated December 2

Tioga Road Closed Thursday December 1
Yosemite: Snow closes Tioga and Glacier Point roads for season,
The Mercury News, December 1, 2016.


Amazing Planet Earth

Oregon team says life in Earth's soils may be older than believed,
University of Oregon, November 17, 2016.

And its Oceans

New study explains mysterious source of greenhouse gas methane in the ocean,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, November 17, 2016.

Bee Worried

Another species of Varroa mite threatens European honeybees,
Purdue University, November 17, 2016.

Bee News Forum


Health & Fitness

December 2 

Worrying traces of resistant bacteria in air,
University of Gothenburg, , November 18, 2016.

Modern hunter-gatherers show value of exercise,
University of Arizona, November 28, 2016.

Nepalese porters do it the hard way,
The Company of Biologists, November 16, 2016.

Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme's activity, Massachusetts General Hospital, November 22, 2016.

'Minimal' shoes may reduce running injuries,
University of Exeter, November 21, 2016.

Survey: 1 in 4 vacations includes a trip to the ER,
MediaSource, November 21, 2016.

Health and Fitness Forum

November 17 

Scouts and guides have better mental health in later life, study finds
University of Edinburgh, November 9, 2016.

November 7 

Andeans with altitude sickness produce massive amounts of red blood cells,
University of California - San Diego, November 7, 2016.

E-cig vapor does not induce genetic mutations associated with cigarette smoke exposure, R&D at British American Tobacco, November 4, 2016.

Research finds brain changes, needs to be retrained after ACL injury, Researchers say we rely more on vision after injuries, suggest a new approach to rehab, November 4, 2016.


November 2

Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults,
 Hospital for Special Surgery, October 31, 2016.

Exercise and healthy diets associated with better cognitive functioning,
Oxford University Press USA, October 31, 2016.

Minimal exercise can prevent disease, weight gain in menopausal women
 University of Missouri-Columbia, October 17, 2016.

Time for another hike, grandma!
But not too hard:

 Exercising the elderly heart: No value in overexertion,
 Springer, October 16, 2016.

We Gotta Make this Impossible:

Pollution exposure is higher in city kids who are active, finds study,
Columbia University Medical Center, October 26, 2016.

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults,
 American Heart Association, October 25, 2016.

Moving our manufacturing from clean EPA
USA to filthy China was just brilliant,

 Brilliant I say! 
Mission Accomplished!

Health and Fitness Forum

Physics & Astro

 December 3

The Case Against Dark Matter,
Quanta, November 29, 2016.

Theory that challenges Einstein's physics could soon be put to the test,
Imperial College London, November 25, 2016.

Amazing Astro-Geology

A slushy ocean may lie beneath Pluto's heart-shaped basin,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 16, 2016.

New analysis adds to support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto,
University of California - Santa Cruz, , November 16, 2016.

Pluto follows its cold, cold heart,
University of Arizona, November 16, 2016.

 Mars ice deposit holds as much water as Lake Superior,
University of Texas at Austin, November 22, 2016.


November 17  

How to make awesome-sauce:

Atomic beltway could solve problems of cosmic gravity,

November 7 

Detour via gravitational lens makes distant galaxy visible,
Max Planck Institute for Physics, November 4, 2016.

Close galactic encounter leaves 'nearly naked' supermassive black hole,
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, November 2, 2016.

NASA completes Webb Telescope Center of Curvature pre-test,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, November 2, 2016.

 November 2

Cosmic connection,
 University of California - Santa Barbara, October 31, 2016.

New model explains the moon's weird orbit,
 University of Maryland, October 31, 2016.

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate -- or is it?
 University of Oxford, October 21, 2016.

NASA's Hubble spots possible water plumes erupting on Jupiter's moon Europa
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, October 4, 2016.

Curious tilt of the sun traced to undiscovered planet,
California Institute of Technology, October 19, 2016.

Did LIGO detect black holes or gravastars?
 Goethe University Frankfurt, October 19, 2016.

Microbial life on Mars: The possibility must be considered conclude researchers in 
Mary Ann Liebert/Genetic Engineering News, October 18, 2016.

 It, Nature, just keeps getting bigger and more beautiful the longer we look at it:

Observable universe contains 10 times more galaxies than previously thought
 ESA/Hubble Information Centre, October 13, 2016.

Our galaxy's most-mysterious star is even stranger than astronomers thought
Carnegie Institution for Science, October 3, 2016.

Astro-Phiz Forum

Amazing Life

November 2

Jumping spiders can hear sound without eardrums,
 Binghamton University, October 31, 2016. 

Flying jewels spell death for tarantulas:
Study of a North American spider fly genus
 Pensoft Publishers, October 5, 2016.

Spider Forum

Ten months in the air without landing,
  Lund University, October 27, 2016.

Why does our planet experience an ice age every 100,000 years?
 Cardiff University, October 26, 2016.

Bat Travel

Caught 'napping': First direct evidence of migratory hoary bats hibernating,
USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station,
  October 25, 2016.

New species of extremely leggy millipede discovered in a cave in California
 Pensoft Publishers, October 24, 2016.

Species speed up adaptation to beat effects of warmer oceans,
  University of East Anglia, October 25, 2016.

Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed,
 University of California - Berkeley, October 24, 2016.

'Goldilocks fires' can enhance biodiversity in Western forests,
University of Connecticut, October 4, 2016.

 Tree Forum

Ancient wingless wasp, now extinct, is one of a kind, Oregon State University
 October 11, 2016. 

Problem-solving spreads both socially and culturally in bumblebees,
 PLOS, October 5, 2016.

Bee News Forum

This little amoeba committed grand theft
 Rutgers University, October 10, 2016.

Great apes can 'read minds'
  Kyoto University, October 7, 2016.

Amazing Planet 

 November 17, 2016

 Thawing ice makes the Alps grow,
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre, November 10, 2016.

November 7, 2016 

Popcorn-rocks solve the mystery of the magma chambers,
Uppsala University, November 2, 2016.

  November 1, 2016  

 Enormous dome in central Andes driven by huge magma body beneath it,
University of California - Santa Cruz, October 25, 2016.

Dumbass Human Tricks

Some Los Angeles earthquakes possibly triggered by oil production in early 20th 
, Seismological Society of America, October 31, 2016.

Most British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins' work misrepresents 
, Rice University, October 30, 2016.

New evidence for California Condors' genetic bottleneck,
Central Ornithology Publication Office, October 14, 2016.


Lord of the Rings: UC archaeologists unveil new findings from Greek warrior's 
, University of Cincinnati, October 4, 2016.

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