SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at biodiversity.
Mild Winter Weather May Invigorate Ticks
Reader Alan W. spotted this: Mild winter weather means ticks might be more active than usual. Alan says: “Unlike the northern half of the country, the mid-Atlantic is having a mild winter and that will mean that our insects are still active.”
Biodiversity Yields Financial Returns
And another from C.B.: Biodiversity yields financial returns. Here is a quote:
“Farmers could increase their revenues by increasing biodiversity on their land. This is the conclusion reached by an interdisciplinary research team including the fields of agricultural sciences, ecology and economics at ETH Zurich and other universities.
Many farmers associate grassland biodiversity with lower yields and financial losses. “Biodiversity is often considered unprofitable, but we show that it can, in fact, pay off,” says Nina Buchmann, Professor of Grassland Sciences at ETH Zurich.”
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Interstate Compact on 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries
Reader Larry C. sent us this YouTube video link: These 8 States Could Form The Interstate Compact on 2nd Amendment Sanctuary!
USB Charging? Beware of ‘Juice Jacking’
Reader C.B. sent this: Charging your phone using a public USB port? Beware of ‘juice jacking’. Here is how the article opens:
“Have you ever used a public charging station to charge your mobile phone when it runs out of battery? If so, watch out for “juice jacking.”
Cybercriminals are on the prowl to infect your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and access your personal data, or install malware while you charge them.
Specifically, juice jacking is a cyber attack in which criminals use publicly accessible USB charging ports or cables to install malicious software on your mobile device and/or steal personal data from it.
Even a 60-second power-up can be enough to compromise your phone‘s data. This is because USB cables allow the transmission of both power and data streams simultaneously. Victims can be left vulnerable to identity theft, financial fraud, and significant stress.”
High School Hosts ‘Adulting Day’
This one came from Reader DSV: High School Hosts ‘Adulting Day’ To Teach Students How To Cook, Clean, And Change A Tire
New Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered
Reader C.B. sent this: Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered. The article begins:
“Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy—primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North Carolina State University. “es of cultivation. Their paper has just been published in the journal Nature Communications.”
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Ancient Viruses Found in Tibetan Glacier
And, finally, Reader A.D. suggested this fascinating article at Science magazine’s web site: Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier. Here is a pewricope:
“In 2015, when researchers embarked on an expedition to retrieve the oldest ice on the planet, they were doing it to look for clues about past climate. But during the journey—to the Guliya ice cap in China’s Tibet (above)—they also found 15,000-year-old viruses—some of them new to science, Vice reports. The scientists retrieved the ancient viruses by drilling 50 meters deep into the glacier ice. Then, to rule out any contamination, they developed an original method to study the microbes in the lab, they reported earlier this month on the preprint server bioRxiv. The critters they found, including 28 new viral groups, represent the microbes that were present in the atmosphere at the time they were trapped in the ice, giving scientists a window to understanding the past climate and microbial evolution.”