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Upheaval and extinctions linked to magnetic reversal 42,000 years ago | Earth | EarthSky

Posted by Kelly Whitt in Earth | Human World | February 20, 2021

As the magnetic reversal of 42,000 years ago helped bring about earthly extinctions, these scientists said, the skies would have been lit by widespread auroras. These scientists suggest the reversal could help explain evolutionary mysteries, such as the extinction of Neanderthals. Image via Unsplash/ UNSW.

A magnetic reversal 42,000 years ago helped bring about earthly extinctions, scientists said, accompanied by changes in the sky including electrical storms and widespread auroras.

A new international study suggests that a magnetic field reversal – combined with changing solar winds – contributed to an environmental crisis and mass extinctions 42,000 years ago. It happened around the time of the demise of the Neanderthals, an extinct human species that once roamed what’s now Europe, these scientists said, and it would have come with electrical storms, widespread auroras and an influx of cosmic radiation.

Source: Upheaval and extinctions linked to magnetic reversal 42,000 years ago | Earth | EarthSky

Crisis Ensued The Last Time Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flipped, Researchers Say : NPR

  A giant kauri tree grows in Waipoua Forest in Northland, New Zealand. Trees like this one that fell long ago and were preserved for thousands of years are helping researchers discern fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic poles. Kim Westerskov/Getty Images
A giant kauri tree grows in Waipoua Forest in Northland, New Zealand. Trees like this one that fell long ago and were preserved for thousands of years are helping researchers discern fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic poles. Kim Westerskov/Getty Images

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An ancient, well-preserved tree that was alive the last time the Earth’s magnetic poles flipped has helped scientists pin down more precise timing of that event, which occurred about 42,000 years ago.

This new information has led them to link the flipping of the poles to key moments in the prehistoric record, like the sudden appearance of cave art and the mysterious extinction of large mammals and the Neanderthals. They argue that the weakening of the Earth’s magnetic field would have briefly transformed the world by altering its climate and allowing far more ultraviolet light to pour in.

Source: Crisis Ensued The Last Time Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flipped, Researchers Say : NPR

Rolodex retired.. 30 years later…

A Sample Card in my old Rolodex, before retirement…

Here’s some information and snapshots of some of the contacts and information I had in my faithful Rolodex. This year, just this week, I’ve retired it, mostly sans regrets, but it was a truly valuable resource.. contacts you make can be golden.. and you never know when they will be of deep and true value.. in your work, or your life…

Travel agent, handled all my business and personal travel for years…

Research Gold…

This reminds me of some of the best information-fact-finding strategies I learned from my business and research colleagues in the information and research field.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com
  1. Find out WHO knows what you need to know. Then, act.

    Call them, email them, contact them directly.
    Human personal contact should never be shied away from; it’s the best fount of information.

  2. Pearl-spinning, sometimes called pearl-growing, is a technique related to the above, in finding out WHO knows what you need to know. Find the closest resource to your answer, the best “almost” resource, and then look at its title, its subjects, its keywords, its references.


    Somewhere in that accumulated (you gathered it) metadata is the next thread you should follow, so spin that find into a pearl, and dig deeper… you are closer than you realize to the answer you seek…

Below is an eclectic list from the old Rolodex, some places of work, colleagues, people I met at conferences and conventions, work places, film business, vendors, librarians, etc. Other are there for various reasons and contacts. Contact me for any more background or details.

For many years in the profession, I was in SLA (Special Libraries Association), and went to their annual meetings for 14 years straight. I was in the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (FAN) Division of SLA, while I worked in research information/patents at W.R. Grace & Co., and I planned the Pittsburgh conference for FAN, among other association activities. The Division changed in 2011.


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 The Academy of Food Marketing, Saint Joesph's University,
   Philadelphia, PA
 Access Innovations, Inc. - Albuquerque, NM
 Alpine Inn - Little Switzerland, NC
 America Online, Inc. - Dulles, VA
 AOL Networks - San Mateo, CA
 Apple Computer, Inc. - Cupertino, CA
 ASIS, American Society for Information Science
 Autumn Inn - Northhampton, MA
 Aubergine Information Service (Reva Basch) - Berkeley, CA
 Barbara Quint (writer/editor) - Santa Monica, CA
 Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc. (BBN) - Cambridge, MA
 Peter Benedesk (attorney) - Beverly Hills, CA
 Bernan, UNIPUB - Lanham, MD
 Information Today - Medford, NJ
 Brentwood Entertainment - Thousand Oaks, CA
 BRS, Latham, NY
 Korn/Ferry International - Atlanta, GA
 Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - Columbus, OH
 San Diego Supercomputer Center - San Diego, CA
 CAPCON - Washington, DC
 Cargill - Minneapolis, MN
 InfoQuest! Information Services - Portland, OR
 Chandler's Crabhouse - Seattle, WA
 Census Bureau - Washington, DC
 The Coca-Cola Company - Atlanta, GA
 Commerce Clearing House (CCH) - Los Angeles, CA
 CompuServe - various locations
 Scholes Library of Ceramics - Alfred, NY
 Clemson University - Clemson, SC
 College of Charleston - Charleston, SC
 Congressional Quarterly, Inc. - Washington, DC
 Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. - Salem, MA
 Copyright Office, Library of Congress - Washington, DC
 Cryovac Division, W. R. Grace & Co. - Duncan, SC
 Datasearch - Ithaca, NY
 Dataquest - San Jose, CA
 Dun & Bradstreet - various locations
 DataTimes - Oklahoma City, OK
 Data Trek - Calsbad, CA
 Defense Technical Information Center (DTEC) - Washington, DC
 DIALOG - Arlington, VA
 Disclosure - Bethesda, MD
 Document Center - Belmont, CA
 Dow Corning Corporation - Midland, MI
 Dysart & Jones Associates - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 EBSCO Publishing - Birmingham, AL
 Elsevier - New York, NY
 Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities,
   San Francisco, CA
 Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore, MD
 EXXON Corporation - Irving, TX
 FAXON Company - Glendale, CA
 FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
   Washington, DC
 Federal Information, Washington Service Bureau - Washington, DC
 Financial Times - various locations
 FIND/SVP - New York, NY
 William Fisher, Graduate Studies, San Jose State University,
   San Jose, CA
 FOI Services, Inc. - Rockville, MD
 Foreign Business Information, Annual Reports Service
   St. Louis, MO
 Frito-Lay, Inc. - Irving, TX
 Gaylord - Syracuse, NY
 Georgia Institute of Technology, Economic Development
   Institute, Atlanta, GA
 Glaxo Inc. - Research Triangle Park, NC
 GPO, Government Printing/ Publishing Office - various locations
 Hersey Foods Corporation - Hershey, PA
 Hughes Aircraft Company - Torrance, CA
 INFOGLOBE, The Globe & Mail - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 Information on Demand (IOD) - Berkeley, CA
 The Information Store - San Francisco, CA
 Inktomi Corporation - San Mateo, CA
 Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) - Philadelphia, PA
 International Trade Information Resources - Brooklyn, NY
 The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Medicine,
   Baltimore, MD
 Learned Information, Inc. - Medford, NJ
 LEGI-SLATE - Washington, DC
 Lexis-Nexis - Dayton, OH
 Library of Congress - Washington, DC
 Majors - various locations
 Maricopa County Library District - Phoenix, AZ
 Martin Marietta Laboratories - Baltimore, MD
 Mead Data Central - Dayton, OH
 McCormick & Company, Inc. - Hunt Valley, MD
 Moody's Investors Service - New York, NY
 National Fire Protection Association - Quincy, MA
 National Geographic Society - Washington, DC
 National Ground Water Information Center - Dublin, OH
 National Information Center for Educational Media,
   Albuquerque, NM
 The National Library Bindery Company - Roswell, GA
 National Library of Canada - Ottawa, Canada
 National Translation Center - Washington, DC
 Netscape Communications Corporation - Mountain View, CA
 Niebaum-Coppola Store - Palo Alto, CA
 North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The University of
   Tennessee (Fred Stoss), Oak Ridge, TN
 OCLC - Dublin, OH
 ORBIT Search Service - McLean, VA
 The Pillsbury Company - Minneapolis, MN
 Predicasts - Cleveland, OH
 Price Waterhouse - St. Louis, MO
 Rapid Patent Service - Arlington, VA
 Rolls-Royce, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
 Royal Society of Chemistry - London, England
 San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG),
   San Diego, CA
 San Diego County Law Library - San Diego, CA
 San Diego State University, Government Publications Division,
    Library - San Diego, CA
 Sea Breeze Inn - Cape Cod, MA
 SOLINET - Atlanta, GA
 Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC
 Spacesaver - various locations
 Space Telescope Science Institute - Baltimore, MD
 Special Libraries Association (SLA) - Washingon, DC
 STN International - Columbus, OH
 StorageTek - Louisville, CO
 Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Inc. - Tampa, FL
 Torry Research Station - Aberdeen, Scotland
 UMI - Ann Arbor, MI
 University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library - Honolulu, HI
 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
 University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
 University of South Carolina,
    School of Information Science - Columbia, SC
 W. R. Grace & Co., Washington Research Center - Columbia, MD
 Westinghouse Savannah River Company - Aiken, SC
 World Resources Institute - Washington, DC


Old Time Radio : Free Audio : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive

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FAQ City: Fit For A Queen

The name “the Queen City,” the crowns on everything from street signs to trash cans — there are just some common things associated with Charlotte. We look into why these things represent Charlotte and answer questions about the city’s origins.

Source: FAQ City: Fit For A Queen

How a Charleston Guide Reckons with the City’s Past—and Celebrates Its Present

Toby Smith, who leads tours at the McLeod Plantation, shares the neighborhood she frequents and the sites of reflection she visits.

Source: How a Charleston Guide Reckons with the City’s Past—and Celebrates Its Present

How Trump’s impeachment stacks up, in four charts

By Zachary B. Wolf and Curt Merrill, CNN
Updated 9:08 PM ET, Wed December 18, 2019

“The bad news for Trump is that the party of every President who faced impeachment lost the next presidential election.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/impeachment-history-johnson-nixon-clinton-trump/index.html

Filmmaker unearths historical treasures in home movies | PBS NewsHour Weekend

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Rick Prelinger produces a film series called “Lost Landscapes,” montages that present city life across 100 years. These portraits tell hidden histories of American cities through the most personal of lenses: home movies. So far, he’s presented films about San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports.

Source: Filmmaker unearths historical treasures in home movies | PBS NewsHour Weekend

Adam Serwer: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots – The Atlantic

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Edel Rodriguez

Editor’s Note: A long essay, which contains some background on our nation that I’d not been fully aware of. Historically, we seem to have twin beliefs that are long in conflict, and it helps place our current divided republic in some context. Recommended read.

A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it

Source: Adam Serwer: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots – The Atlantic

At Harvard’s Houghton Library, the beauty of the book in all its forms – Harvard Gazette

The binding and a vividly illuminated page from “Heroides,” the humanist manuscript by the Roman poet Ovid.
The binding and a vividly illuminated page from “Heroides,” the humanist manuscript by the Roman poet Ovid.

 

For last semester’s seminar “Harvard’s Greatest Hits,” David Stern got about a dozen first-year students in a room and had them examine some of the rarest and oldest volumes at Houghton Library, Harvard’s rich and vast repository of art, culture, history and much, much more.

Source: At Harvard’s Houghton Library, the beauty of the book in all its forms – Harvard Gazette