West Antarctic Ice Sheet exposed to Warmer than expected Temperatures

Henry Brecher, Ohio State University, research associate (now retired) at Byrd Polar Research Center, took this picture in winter 1959-1960. The sign reads: Astronomical Position Observed Here. Credit: Photo by Henry Brecher, courtesy of Ohio State University. Usage Restrictions: None

(Best Syndication News) - The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has the potential of melting at a faster pace because the temperature increased twice as much as expected. The average annual temperatures recorded at the Byrd Station increased 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 1958. The research findings were published in the online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.

This temperature increase is three times faster than the average temperature rise around the world. David Bromwich, professor of geography at Ohio State University and senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, noticed the warming trends were occurring during the summer months – December through February – and the temperature increase is almost double what previous research had suggested.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loan rates drop at U.S. Bank and Citibank

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates dropped despite an upswing in the equity markets (see the mortgage rate charts below). SunTrust raised their rates while Bank of America, Citigroup, and U.S. Bank lowered their loan rates.

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Bargain hunters reacted to the lower stock prices Thursday despite more negative rhetoric from Washington. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he would bring a proposal to Congress that would raise taxes on Americans making $1 million or more. Traders were optimistic that a solution would be reached.

Dogs invited to New York Stock Exchange to Ring Opening and Closing Bell

Thomas Kay and Chris Carella take a break from a busy morning of trading stocks to hang out with Pawl Griffin, Vice President of Canine Communications, Eukanuba Dog Foods who lent a paw to help ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, December 20, 2012. credit: P&G/BUSINESS WIRE

(Best Syndication News) - The NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) used dogs to help open and close the trading day by ringing in the opening and closing bell. Shelter and service dogs were invited to the NYSE to help bring awareness to two charities.

Eukanuba joined Canine Companions for Independence to ring the opening bell. Iams teamed up with Helen Woodward Animal Center to ring the closing bell.

Iams rang the bell in honor of their “Iams Home 4 the Holidays”, which is one of the largest pet adoption drives. The pet adoption drive is in its 14th year. This year the drive is going on between October 1, 2012 and ends on January 2, 2013.

December 21, 2012 marks the End of the Mayan Calendar

December 21, 2012 end of Mayan Calendar - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - For years, the doomsday soothsayers have been forewarning of a doomsday scenario for December 21, 2012. NASA has received so many inquiries about this doomsday event that they have presented several discussions disputing the end of the world. NASA is so certain the end is not coming that they have created several videos debunking the doomsday predictions.

NASA says people are contacting them with various scenarios. One reason the agency has been contacted involves the idea that ancient Sumarians talked about a planet called Nibiru (or Planet X) that will enter into Earth's orbit. This Planet X could supposedly change the way the Earth spins; some people think that Noah's flood was caused by Nibiru. The Nibiru prediction failed the first time in May 2003, and then the prediction was moved to December 2012. NASA said that no such planet has been spotted heading our way.

Moms with Vitamin D deficiency had Lower Birth Weight Newborns

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(Best Syndication News) - Women who had deficient levels of vitamin D early on during their pregnancy were at an increased risk for having a baby with a lower birth weight. The study results will be reported in the January print edition and online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburg Graduate School Of Public Health. Lead author, Alison Gernand, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., post-doctoral associate in Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, explained that being deficient in vitamin D during the first trimester put the fetus at twice the risk of restricted growth during the pregnancy.

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