Coming soon to a home and yard near you

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Publisher's note:  As if we don't have enough stuff to worry about.  Imagine up to and more than 20 billion tiny ants per acre that eat EVERYTHING.  They don't bite or sting, but they will eat housing wiring insulation and other materials designed to protect one's home.  According to one exterminator, "But when all is said and done I guarantee you, you’d rather have the fire ants because they are much easier to deal with.”

This is the stuff of nightmares.

Fox News:  This is one horror film plot that may be all too real: Billions of voracious ants are about to descend on the Houston area, destroying entire homes and anything else that gets in their way.

Rasberry Crazy Ants, even more destructive and mobile than their angry cousins, fire ants, are just weeks away from descending on the largest city in Texas. Since 2008, the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship in the 1930s, have expanded their presence to 27 counties from just eight. Once in a home, they zero in on electrical systems, chewing through insulation and causing short circuits and general havoc. 

“I’ve been in houses where every time you took a step you’d literally be stepping on thousands of ants with each step,” exterminator Tom Rasberry told FoxNews.com.

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Climate change man-made?! Not so fast!

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Publisher's note:  Yet another story that won't be given much coverage in the media; Patrick Moore, a Co-Founder of Greenspeace, has stepped forward to denounce the idea that man is a contributing factor to climate change.  The way I see it, too much time, money, and energy, not to mention control, has been expended on this bogus science, and it will never go away.  I liken it to the theory of evolution; all hype with no substance.

Fox News:  A co-founder of Greenpeace told lawmakers there is no evidence man is contributing to climate change, and said he left the group when it became more interested in politics than the environment.

Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.

Even if the planet is warming up, Moore claimed it would not be calamitous for men, which he described as a “subtropical species.”

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Earth barely a spec in the Martian Sky

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Publisher's note:  If you were standing on the planet surface of Mars and knew where to look at just the right time, the photo is what our home planet Earth would look like.  I am always amazed by the quality and simple beauty of such images.

Fox News:  Carl Sagan once referred to the Earth as "where we make our stand."

And when seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity spacecraft across the vast expanse of space, that pale, blue dot he described suddenly makes sense. It's home -- but just one tiny speck barely visible in the infinite reach of space.

One very important speck, that is:

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there -- on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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Hawking reverses 'Black Hole' theory

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Publisher's note:  I find it very interesting that Stephen Hawking has reversed his position on this issue; I also see it as a sign that perhaps some of the rebuttals of his claims by Ravi Zacharias are starting to take hold.  Time will tell.

Fox News:  Stephen Hawking now says there are no black holes, doing an about-face on the objects that helped cement his reputation as the world’s preeminent scientist, New Scientist reports.

In 1974, Hawking took a black hole theory and added quantum mechanics, sparking a debate that rages to this day.

But now, after a bet with another physicist, Hawking says things may be able to escape from black holes.

According to New Scientist, Hawking originally said that when a black hole dies, it takes everything inside with it.  Now, 40 years later, he is arguing that it might be possible for light and information to escape. 

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Stars escaping the Milky Way?!

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Publisher's note:  I am always fascinated by the cosmos, and this story of stars actually escaping the gravitational pull of our galaxy is amazing.

Science Daily:  Jan. 9, 2014 — An international team of astronomers has discovered a surprising new class of "hypervelocity stars" -- solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy.

The discovery of this new set of "hypervelocity" stars was described at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week in Washington, D.C., and is published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

"These new hypervelocity stars are very different from the ones that have been discovered previously," said Vanderbilt University graduate student Lauren Palladino, lead author on the study. "The original hypervelocity stars are large blue stars and appear to have originated from the galactic center. Our new stars are relatively small -- about the size of the sun -- and the surprising part is that none of them appear to come from the galactic core."

The discovery came as Palladino, working under the supervision of Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, assistant professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt was mapping the Milky Way by calculating the orbits of Sun-like stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a massive census of the stars and galaxies in a region covering nearly one quarter of the sky.

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