Friday, April 16, 2021

Hot, Warm, & Cold Thermal Facts: Tidewater-Glaciers - 8

This series deals with various aspects of tidewater glaciers (Hot, Warm, & Cold Thermal Facts: Tidewater-Glaciers, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). 

As I mentioned in yesterday's post (Quantum Oceanography - 5), the WOD updated its vast database, so I am updating some additional graphs today as I did yesterday.

The graphs being updated today concern the temperature at which glacial ice melts at the depths along the grounding lines of tidewater glaciers all along the coastlines of Antarctica. 

The bottom line is that the ambient water temperature suffices to cause glacial ice it is close to, or in contact with, to melt (Quantum Oceanography - 5). 

Since the ice we are talking about is grounding line ice, this contributes to sea level rise.

The way the graphs are set up is that the temperatures of the ambient seawater are represented by the top three graph lines.

Each color represents a different Pelagic depth.

The three lines at the bottom of the graphs represent the temperature at which the glacial ice melts at that depth.

Again, each color represents a different depth, as detailed on each graph.

Each graph represents a different sector of Antarctica (except the one that is a mean average combination of all sectors).

The location of the relevant 'Sectors' and WOD Zones are depicted in prior posts (see e.g. HTML Sector Data and Antarctica 2.0 - 11).

The important take home here is that the conditions fit in with Scientific American's declaration that we are living in a time of climate emergency (We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So).

How the melting Antarctic glacial ice fits into that scenario is that the equivalent of a couple hundred feet of sea level rise is contained in the ice sheet of Antarctica (USGS).

This is why Dredd Blog has been focused on the existential danger that sea level change presents (e.g. Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization, 2015).

The recent event where a container ship got stuck in the Suez Canal and damaged international sea trade enterprise, because many ships could not continue to their destination, etc., illustrates (as a microcosm) the dangers sea level change can bring to world trade (Seaports With Sea Level Change, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

The previous post in this series is here.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Quantum Oceanography - 5

Fig. 1 Earth's Largest Desert

In this series, in the first post, I stepped into the fresh concept 'Quantum Oceanography' (Quantum Oceanography, 2, 3, 4).

The concept may or may not have been nicknamed that prior to this series; I just could not find it with a Google Search then; but now it shows up as a Dredd Blog link.

Go figure.

Anyway, in today's fifth element (😎) of this series there are plenty of graphs to update the concept, because the World Ocean Database folks updated their data sets, which allowed me to extend the span of coverage in the graphs from 1970-2019 to 1970-2020.

I updated simply because they recently updated their data set in January of 2021, which included a lot of new 2020 measurements (WOD updates).

A recent Dredd Blog post (which was in response to Dr. Eric Rignot's encouragement that researchers should keep a focus on the 'Grounding Lines' of Antarctica's tidewater glaciers) pointed out how the phenomenon of warming deep water there was a central factor impacting grounding line ice melt (Antarctica 2.0 - 11).

So, I prepared some updated graphs that are relevant:

Appendix Subject
Photon Count (mol/kg)
Graph Page One
Potential Enthalpy
Graph Page Two
Conservative TemperatureGraph Page Three
Quantum ProportionGraph Page Four

The subjects of the graphs (Photons, Potential Enthalpy, Conservative Temperature, and Quantum Proportion) were explained in previous posts.

These graphs, in keeping with that heads up from Dr. Rignot, show that The Southern Ocean waters (surrounding and touching Antarctica) are indeed different from the other oceans at those depths (the Southern Ocean graphs are the final graph on each appendix).

That is, its two deepest water depths on the Pelagic scale are closer in temperature than any of the other oceans (the deepest in some cases is warmer than the shallower depth).

That means more trouble ("climate emergency") due to the increase in melting ice at the grounding lines (The Ghost Plumes - 15).

The previous post in this series is here.

Graph Page Two

This is an appendix to Quantum Oceanography - 5

Graph Page One

This is an appendix to Quantum Oceanography - 5

Graph Page Three

This is an appendix to Quantum Oceanography - 5

Graph Page Four

This is an appendix to Quantum Oceanography - 5

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

On The Origin Of The Home Of COVID-19 - 22

Fig. 1 A Traveler On Mars
Fig. 2 A Traveler Within Us

I. Working Machines

The graphics at Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 show two, yes two, machines; one is the first helicopter-like machine on Mars, and the other depicts a virus-like machine within both humans and animals.

They are both machines, yet the Fig. 2 machine is not characterized that way in the corporate for-profit news media, because they want to characterize viruses as creatures that are out to get us; you know, the typical security-is-us scenario (American Feudalism). 

The truth is that we have more machines in us than mars has ever had on it and orbiting above it:

"Molecular machines are tiny energy conversion devices on the molecular-size scale. Whether naturally occurring or synthetic, these machines are generally more efficient than their macroscale counterparts. They have their own mechanochemistry, dynamics, workspace, and usability and are composed of nature's building blocks: namely proteins, DNA, and other compounds, built atom by atom. With modern scientific capabilities it has become possible to create synthetic molecular devices and interface them with each other. Countless such machines exist in nature, and it is possible to build artificial ones by mimicking nature. Here we review some of the known molecular machines, their structures, features, and characteristics. We also look at certain devices in their early development stages, as well as their future applications and challenges"

(Molecular Machines). To be more specific:

“Our cells, and the cells of all organisms, are composed of molecular machines. These machines are built of component parts, each of which contributes a partial function or structural element to the machine. How such sophisticated, multi-component machines could evolve has been somewhat mysterious, and highly controversial.” Professor Lithgow said.
Many cellular processes are carried out by molecular ‘machines’ — assemblies of multiple differentiated proteins that physically interact to execute biological functions ... Our experiments show that increased complexity in an essential molecular machine evolved because of simple, high-probability evolutionary processes, without the apparent evolution of novel functions. They point to a plausible mechanism for the evolution of complexity in other multi-paralogue protein complexes.
The most complex molecular machines are found within cells.
Writing in the journal PLoS Pathogens, the team from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences show how they studied the molecular machine known as the 'type II bacterial secretion system', which is responsible for delivering potent toxins from bacteria such as enterotoxigenic E. coli and Vibrio cholerae into an infected individual.

Professor Richard Pickersgill, who led the research, said: "Bacterial secretion systems deliver disease causing toxins into host tissue. If we can understand how these machines work, then we can work out how it they might be stopped.""

(On The Origin of the Genes of Viruses). These statements refer to working machines.

II. What About Damaged Machines?

In a recent post I pointed out that there are many viruses that have been extracted from both humans and animals that have 'Siamese Twin' genes within them, i.e. two genes fused into one, but labeled "overlapping genes" (The Coronaviridae - 7).

Fig. 3 Overlapped genes?

That is a misnomer and it is bad nomenclature (Good Nomenclature: A Matter of Life and Death).

In a serious accident when two cars are fused together by impact the result is not "overlapping vehicles", it is rightly called a pile of junk (Fig. 3).

This bad nomenclature not only gives new meaning to "junk genes", it also makes me wonder why "they" don't call genetic damage by disaster what it is (One Man's Junk Gene Is Another Man's Treasure Gene?).

The appendix to today's post lists such viruses in various countries (Appendix Link).

III. Damaged Genes That Are Fused
Into Junk Genes Don't Work Anymore

The main hypothesis set forth in this series is that the overuse of chemicals, which causes overkill, by the mass-production-of-animals-for-food industry is spreading pathogens into animals and people via their vast distribution system.

Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) listed that as one possible reality:

 "3. Introduction through refrigerated or frozen foods WHO ASSESSMENT: possible"

 (National Geographic, 'We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus'). The damage to genomes is also a reality:

"Cellular fitness relies heavily on the ability of the cell to cope with mistakes resulting from biological processes being intrinsically imprecise and from exposure to a multitude of endogenous and exogenous insults. Damaging agents alter the chemical composition and, hence, the function of biomolecules, including DNA, RNA, protein, and lipids. Nucleic acids are specifically susceptible to chemical damage primarily due to the reactivity of the nitrogen and oxygen atoms of the nucleobase with a variety of chemicals. These chemical assaults include reactive oxygen species (ROS), ultraviolet light, and alkylating agents. Curiously, certain species of damaged RNAs, typically oxidized, have been linked to a number of neurodegenerative disorders. These observations suggest that the inability of the cell to clear damaged RNAs could contribute to disease or that certain diseases may interfere with cellular handling of damaged RNA.

Unlike naturally occurring modifications of specific nucleotides in rRNA and tRNA, unwanted modification
[of nucleotides] resulting from chemical agents typically has deleterious effects on RNA’s function. Specifically, some modifications can prevent base pairing completely, while others alter the base-pairing properties of the modified nucleotide. Consistent with these ideas are recent discoveries showing that chemically damaged RNAs pose significant hurdles to translational fidelity and efficiency. Modifications interfere with the decoding process on the ribosome, whereby codon–anticodon interactions are disrupted and, depending on the type of damage, result in stalling or miscoding."

(The Coronaviridae - 6).  That refers to a microbe host ("cell") that when damaged does not replicate genetic material correctly, but the same dynamic can also apply directly to viruses (machines) that are working properly but are then damaged to become pathogens too: 

"OLGs are known entities but remain inconsistently reported in viruses of the species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (subgenus Sarbecovirus; genus Betacoronavirus; Coronaviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses et al., 2020). For example, annotations of ORF9b and ORF9c are absent or conflicting in SARS-CoV-2 reference genome Wuhan-Hu-1 (NCBI: NC_045512.2) and genomic studies (e.g. Chan et al., 2020; Wu et al., 2020b), and OLGs are often not displayed in genome browsers (e.g. Flynn et al., 2020). Further, ORF3b, an extensively characterized OLG within ORF3a that is present in other species members including SARS-CoV (SARS-CoV-1) (McBride and Fielding, 2012), has sometimes been annotated in SARS-CoV-2 even though it contains four early STOP codons in this virus. Such inconsistencies complicate research, because OLGs may play key roles in the emergence of new viruses."

(The Coronaviridae - 7). Let's point out the OLG reality far and wide then.

IV. Closing Comments

So, let the research continue because if the Dredd Blog hypothesis is correct, the mass-production-of-animals-for-food industry will continue to mass-produce damaged viruses and microbes in food.

The previous post in this series is here.