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Ralph Roberts has been shared in 211 public circles

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Benjamin Davis8,895This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2015-03-20 17:32:39498001
Colin Wilson21,573This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Carson #City #Las #Vegas #October #New #Hampshire #NH #Concord #Manchester #June #New #Jersey #NJ #Trenton #Newark #December #New #Mexico #NM #Santa #Fe #Albuquerque #January #New #York #NY #Albany #New #York #July #North #Carolina #NC #Raleigh #Charlotte #November #North #Dakota #ND 2015-03-20 10:10:32376337
Daniel Gibbs21,332Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next #circleshare: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving2015-03-10 10:10:22469232549
Ravi Kumar6,997Sharing few from my photographer circle..2015-01-30 08:12:09501010
Ralph Matthew Ramos0hi :) add me to your circle, i post a lot of fun staff #google   #googleshare   #circleshare  2015-01-25 06:29:35119000
Simon Weiner2,034Quality People Circle 9 #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-01-06 12:06:093668415
Sport News95SHARE CIRCLE#sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles  2014-12-23 21:48:28501354
GuruOmBha0This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles#sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles#publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle2014-12-11 01:29:07495337
Sport News95Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circleoftheday #circles #followers #gpluslist #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #topofthepeople #googlecircleshare #googleplus #sharingiscaring #sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia 2014-12-08 21:18:09501536
John Sean6,104This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update 2014-12-06 13:15:29493535680
sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492113
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501839
Dubie Bacino103,464ENGAGERS CIRCLE - Curated by +Dubie Bacino (11th Edition)This is a circle of truly amazing and creative individuals. Most people are the ones I've been interacting with for years here and on other social networks, mixed in with some new friends I've made recently. All people here are very active on Google+ and worth adding to your circles. They come from different countries and backgrounds, some of them are bloggers and social media professionals, others are artists, musicians, writers, photographers… They are not a shy group by any means. All you have to do is reach out and most of them will reciprocate the engagement. When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month: - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).To connect with me - Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)FRIEND FILERIf you need more shared circles, check out the ones posted by +Friend Filer.  If what you are looking for is to grow your audience, expand your reach on Google+ and connect with people on other social networks, I also recommend joining their community at http://bit.ly/1f6AUpH.MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkn2014-09-15 13:15:24496153155198
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Tessa Schlesinger21,767This is my inner core circle  - the people from whom I share frequently. Sometimes, if someone hasn't been posting for a while, I will put them into another circle. I divide my circles into:1. Inner core ; people whose posts I share more often than others.2. Engagers: people with whom I engage and visa versa.3. My science circle. Geeky info that I like to read.4. My temporary circle; when I try out new people.2014-08-30 16:22:3688534
Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
César Bustíos Benites39,965My Favorites CircleIt's been a while since my last circle share, I just reached 40K followers and thought it would be a great moment for an update! This circle contains awesome and interesting people from different countries, they are the reason I enjoy so much being on G+. Follow them now, you won't regreat it ;-) #CircleShare   #PublicCircle   #TopCircles   #TopCircleShare   #PublicCircleShare  +Share Your Circle +Circle Distribution 2014-07-08 18:10:262639515
Chris Goldsmith4,303Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-06-24 13:22:16493109
Harry Day2,588Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #deal   #dx   #dealdxcom   #products   #cheap   #china   #freeshipping   #iphone 2014-06-24 13:10:494934116
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319368
Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+482North Carolina | SHARED CIRCLE | Number 5 of 7Very important Google+ people, pages, communities, places & things in & about North Carolina. Circle by +Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+, Updated 06/09/2014NORTH CAROLINA#whoswho #northcarolina #googlepluscirclesnc #ncgooglepluscircle #ncgooglepluscircles #ncsharedcircle #ncsharedcircles #ncvip #ncvips #northcarolinasharedcircle #northcarolinasharedcircles #googlepluscirclenc #sharedcirclenc #sharedcirclencs #whoswhoinnc #vipsnc #vipnc +Bradford Lowry +Len Raleigh +Jesse Wojdylo +Randy Culler +Heather Barr +Henri Deschamps +Scott Dickson +Charles Payet +2014-06-09 13:59:29461039
Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+482North Carolina | SHARED CIRCLE | Number 1 of 7Very important Google+ people, pages, communities, places & things in & about North Carolina. Circle by +Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+, Updated 06/09/2014NORTH CAROLINA#whoswho #northcarolina #googlepluscirclesnc #ncgooglepluscircle #ncgooglepluscircles #ncsharedcircle #ncsharedcircles #ncvip #ncvips #northcarolinasharedcircle #northcarolinasharedcircles #googlepluscirclenc #sharedcirclenc #sharedcirclencs #whoswhoinnc #vipsnc #vipnc +Bradford Lowry +Len Raleigh +Jesse Wojdylo +Randy Culler +Heather Barr +Henri Deschamps +Scott Dickson +Charles Payet +2014-06-09 13:57:10491369
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440235
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Tourej Ansari16,188My new Worldwide circle of travelerPlease plus, comment add and share! These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content you produce. This circle contains people who have Plussed my posts within the last few weeks.#CircleShare #SharedCircles #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #teamelitecircle #Hearingaids #Hearing #PublicCircle #SocialMedia #Engagers #TeamElite #Circles #EliteInnerCircle #HearingLoss 2014-05-05 10:00:50483241545
Simona AN56,520 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                                         (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノA cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays ~ English Proverb    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of awesome humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - The Cat Pack♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-05-03 20:34:55375653489
Simona AN55,775 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                                         (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノA cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. ~ William Ralph Inge    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of great humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Everybody wants to be... in #CARCIRCLE  Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Brian Setzer - Everybody wants to be a cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...  #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleCurators   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-04-26 21:33:42375943390
Simona AN55,302 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           I didn't forget you!Happy Easter, love and light in your life!Cats are magical… the more you pet them, the longer you both will live. ~ Anonymous        (^..^)ノ The #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of great humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ 'Everybody wants to be a cat' performed by St. George's Hilltoppers♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #hqspanimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CrazyCircle   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-04-19 15:24:57373863383
Simona AN54,703 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes? ~ Fernand Mery        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Alti & Bassi - Everybody Wants to be a cat - gli Aristogatti - Lyrics in description♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in    #CATCIRCLE! #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to petting a cat!I apologize that at previous post I didn't could answer to all of you, as usual!2014-04-12 20:19:1437410933103
Simona AN53,928 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           A home without a cat - and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat - may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title? ~ Pudd'nhead Wilson        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ The Aristocats - Everybody wants to be a cat (movie ending)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-04-05 20:04:46370602393
Daniel Mihai Popescu42,089This is Cats 2, a growing circle :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle #maximumperformance (based on Cat Circle recently shared by +Simona AN , meaning that a little bit more than a third is taken from there, and if there are actually more than that, this is a pure coincidence)Just a "+1" will be enough, my friends and future friends :)2014-03-31 12:46:11386332841
Simona AN52,990 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~ Barbara L. Diamond        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. They are my favorites in Google+. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Alti & Bassi - Everybody Wants to be a cat - gli Aristogatti - Lyrics in description♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #CatLoversNetwork   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CaturdayEveryday   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  ... to cuddle a cat!2014-03-29 21:09:30368872889
Simona AN52,452 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals. ~ George Mikes        (^..^)ノ The #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!Here are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - The Aristocats Disney (Dave Oval Live Acoustic Guitar Cover)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-03-22 21:59:23367633194
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Simona AN50,576 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           Cats are always there when you need them, asleep, telling you with their body language that they don’t need you. ~ Jarod Kintz - "$3.33"        (^..^)ノ Weekly    #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Aristocats: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat. Tiffany-Ensemble♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  2014-03-01 23:17:33363922380
Simona AN49,852 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor ~ Champfleury" - "The Cat Past and Present"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ WALT DISNEY & THE JAZZ - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (From The Aristocats)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-22 20:13:15362863888
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
Circle to Circle0Mega Mixx of top Engagers.  Great circle this week!#Circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-02-18 16:22:154704214
Circle Distribution0And then there was the RANDOMNESS #CircleOfRandomness 8.1 (8.2 will follow this circle share over the next couple of days).(Not to be confused with #CircleYouShare  which will be revamped separately, hopefully based on equal shares to individuals)Just because I think #YoureAwseome and/or new to G+ and need a little shove into the swing of things, I have included you in this random circle share.So yeah, if you're in this circle I'd like it if you shared it. Why? Because YOU deserve to be shared... so yeah, share it!#FriendsShareFriends   #SnowballEffect   #YoureAwesome    #AlteredDNAFsF #CircleOfRandomness   #CircleYouShare  #AlteredDNACircleSharingSupport Here: http://goo.gl/fWrJj52014-02-15 23:41:09500175103104
Simona AN48,882 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be. ~ Elizabeth Peters, "The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ The Ferries Everybody Wants To Be A Cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-15 20:36:23360853489
John Nuntiatio26,956#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-02-10 11:45:51241639
Simona AN48,040 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           It is a difficult matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical, methodical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend, if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave. ~ Théophile Gautier, "Ménagerie intime"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ OLD BLOOD - Everybody Wants to be a Cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE      #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CatsRule   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-08 21:05:593581022978
Simona AN47,158 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. ~ William S. Burroughs, "The Cat Inside"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Piano Solo♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-01 21:15:223581034098
Simona AN46,141 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           Cats are cats . . . the world over!These intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends - who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed - may someday teach us something ~ Lilian Jackson Braun, "The Cat Who Saw Stars"        (^..^)ノ Weekly  #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ An Evening of Disney Jazz - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday    #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #circlecaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-01-25 22:24:173581003585
Simona AN44,888 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           The trouble with sharing one's bed with cats is that they'd rather sleep on you than beside you ~ Pam Brown        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ great movie songs on guitar - "everybody wants to be a cat"♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #CaturdayEveryday   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  and cuddle a cat!2014-01-18 21:56:40355963286
Bernard Piette7,060Hi,First off big hat tip to everyone who just participated in the Great Google+ Circle debate hosted by +David Oldenburg and +Christine DeGraff . Thanks to all on both sides on the debate to help us all get more perspective on this discussion. *NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM :-) *Announcing version 2 of the #MoversandShakers  circle!! Yippee! Again this week, I have spent much time to ensure there are only quality engagers, posters and mentors who can bring value to your Google+ experience.If you want to be included,,,,, wait for it..... Be a strong contributor and participant on the Google+ platform. That's it, that's all. Just be a great google+ netizen.You don't have to be rich, famous or pretty LOL. I built this circle and stream to help Nooglers meet new people, learn new things, hear different perspectives, encounter someone you may never have had the courage to speak to live in person. Trust me, just reach out and comment on a post of someone you appreciate, You'll be amazed how happy people are to engage with you, once you've had the courage to reach out, so like Nike says, JUST DO IT! Please see some of my favorite posts from the last week below. 1. The Great Google+ Circle Debate - By +David Oldenburg ► http://goo.gl/2fYuuR2. My Joke of the day, Who else is in the same position? - By +Anabell Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/pEhlRM3. To most of us, Google +  seems like just another social media platform.  But that misconception�c - By +Ronnie Bincer ► http://goo.gl/AWdvRw4. 11 Quick Tips to Boost Social Media Results - By +Anabell Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/hoJO4h5. Time for another +The Mia Connect Power Chat!  Each week we cover a variety of topics including the - By +Randy Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/IMeMl3=======================================================6. Just Joined Ronnie's Hangout Mastery Group - By +Craig Chamberlin ► http://goo.gl/cB1EeE7. Excited to see how +Jenn Herman is embracing Google+ and seeing how much fun and effective it can - By 2014-01-17 19:23:23493452245

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2015-03-23 21:06:17 (116 comments, 247 reshares, 1286 +1s)Open 

Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave ... "Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for “Crow’s Cave”) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus region of Georgia. This mountain block contains several hundred caves that started to develop when the mountains started to rise more than 5 million years ago. Five of these caves are deeper than 1,000 meters; Krubera is 2197 meters deep and is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters.

Krubera Cave is a 16,058 meters long cave system which for most part consists of deep, vertical wells which are interconnected with passages. The cave starts high in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,256 meters, with a narrow entrance. Krubera Cave often is very narrow and had to be carved at many places to allowsafe pass... more »

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2015-03-23 21:06:17 (116 comments, 247 reshares, 1286 +1s)Open 

Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave ... "Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for “Crow’s Cave”) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus region of Georgia. This mountain block contains several hundred caves that started to develop when the mountains started to rise more than 5 million years ago. Five of these caves are deeper than 1,000 meters; Krubera is 2197 meters deep and is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters.

Krubera Cave is a 16,058 meters long cave system which for most part consists of deep, vertical wells which are interconnected with passages. The cave starts high in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,256 meters, with a narrow entrance. Krubera Cave often is very narrow and had to be carved at many places to allowsafe pass... more »

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2015-03-23 21:06:17 (116 comments, 247 reshares, 1286 +1s)Open 

Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave ... "Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for “Crow’s Cave”) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus region of Georgia. This mountain block contains several hundred caves that started to develop when the mountains started to rise more than 5 million years ago. Five of these caves are deeper than 1,000 meters; Krubera is 2197 meters deep and is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters.

Krubera Cave is a 16,058 meters long cave system which for most part consists of deep, vertical wells which are interconnected with passages. The cave starts high in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,256 meters, with a narrow entrance. Krubera Cave often is very narrow and had to be carved at many places to allowsafe pass... more »

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2015-03-27 13:36:20 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Tower of Hercules: A 2nd Century Lighthouse Still in Use ... "he Tower of Hercules, originally known as the "Farum Brigantium", is an ancient Roman lighthouse located on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers from the center of La Coruña, Galicia, in north-western Spain. The tower was probably erected in the late 1st or early 2nd century, during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117), to facilitate navigation along the rugged Galicia coastline, on a strategic point on the sea route linking the Mediterranean to northwest Europe. The tower stands on a 57 meter high rock, and rises a further 55 meters, of which 34 meters correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration in the 18th century, when the tower was augmented with two octagonal forms. The original beacon used a wood-fired system located on the summit and opening on to the seaward façade. A spiral staircase weaved aroundt... more »

Tower of Hercules: A 2nd Century Lighthouse Still in Use ... "he Tower of Hercules, originally known as the "Farum Brigantium", is an ancient Roman lighthouse located on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers from the center of La Coruña, Galicia, in north-western Spain. The tower was probably erected in the late 1st or early 2nd century, during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117), to facilitate navigation along the rugged Galicia coastline, on a strategic point on the sea route linking the Mediterranean to northwest Europe. The tower stands on a 57 meter high rock, and rises a further 55 meters, of which 34 meters correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration in the 18th century, when the tower was augmented with two octagonal forms. The original beacon used a wood-fired system located on the summit and opening on to the seaward façade. A spiral staircase weaved around the exterior leading to the top. The tower has been in constant use since the 2nd century and is considered to be the oldest existing lighthouse in the world. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/06/tower-of-hercules-2nd-century.html___

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2015-03-26 11:51:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

NASA plans to bring boulder into moon orbit ... "Washington (AFP) - NASA plans to launch a craft to capture a boulder from a nearby asteroid and move it into orbit around the Earth's moon for exploration by astronauts, the space agency said Wednesday.

The mission, to be conducted in the mid-2020s, will help hone the capabilities NASA needs to send humans deeper into space, including to Mars, the agency said.

"The option to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid will have a direct impact on planning for future human missions to deep space and begin a new era of spaceflight," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement about the Asteroid Redirect Mission.

An unmanned spacecraft will fly to a nearby asteroid, deploy a robotic arm to take a boulder from its surface, and then make a multi-year journey to put the boulder in orbit around... more »

NASA plans to bring boulder into moon orbit ... "Washington (AFP) - NASA plans to launch a craft to capture a boulder from a nearby asteroid and move it into orbit around the Earth's moon for exploration by astronauts, the space agency said Wednesday.

The mission, to be conducted in the mid-2020s, will help hone the capabilities NASA needs to send humans deeper into space, including to Mars, the agency said.

"The option to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid will have a direct impact on planning for future human missions to deep space and begin a new era of spaceflight," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement about the Asteroid Redirect Mission.

An unmanned spacecraft will fly to a nearby asteroid, deploy a robotic arm to take a boulder from its surface, and then make a multi-year journey to put the boulder in orbit around the moon, the agency said.
The craft will use solar electric propulsion for the mission that will test numerous new space navigation techniques, NASA said.

Once the boulder is in orbit, NASA plans to send two astronauts in its Orion spacecraft on a 25-day mission to rendezvous with the unmanned vehicle and study the boulder. ..."

MORE:  http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-plans-bring-boulder-moon-orbit-231007328.html___

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2015-03-26 11:50:40 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

NASA plans to bring boulder into moon orbit ... "Washington (AFP) - NASA plans to launch a craft to capture a boulder from a nearby asteroid and move it into orbit around the Earth's moon for exploration by astronauts, the space agency said Wednesday.

The mission, to be conducted in the mid-2020s, will help hone the capabilities NASA needs to send humans deeper into space, including to Mars, the agency said.

"The option to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid will have a direct impact on planning for future human missions to deep space and begin a new era of spaceflight," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement about the Asteroid Redirect Mission.

An unmanned spacecraft will fly to a nearby asteroid, deploy a robotic arm to take a boulder from its surface, and then make a multi-year journey to put the boulder in orbit around... more »

NASA plans to bring boulder into moon orbit ... "Washington (AFP) - NASA plans to launch a craft to capture a boulder from a nearby asteroid and move it into orbit around the Earth's moon for exploration by astronauts, the space agency said Wednesday.

The mission, to be conducted in the mid-2020s, will help hone the capabilities NASA needs to send humans deeper into space, including to Mars, the agency said.

"The option to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid will have a direct impact on planning for future human missions to deep space and begin a new era of spaceflight," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement about the Asteroid Redirect Mission.

An unmanned spacecraft will fly to a nearby asteroid, deploy a robotic arm to take a boulder from its surface, and then make a multi-year journey to put the boulder in orbit around the moon, the agency said.
The craft will use solar electric propulsion for the mission that will test numerous new space navigation techniques, NASA said.

Once the boulder is in orbit, NASA plans to send two astronauts in its Orion spacecraft on a 25-day mission to rendezvous with the unmanned vehicle and study the boulder. ..."

MORE:  http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-plans-bring-boulder-moon-orbit-231007328.html___

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2015-03-26 11:25:55 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort ..." Located 84 km north of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, in western India, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali range and surrounded by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort was built during the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha and is one of 32 forts built by the Rajput ruler of the Mewar kingdom. The fort is surrounded by a perimeter wall that is an astounding 36 km long, and varies in width from 15 to 25 feet. Historical accounts claim that eight horses could ride side by side over it. While there are many gigantic walls constructed by rulers to protect their kingdoms, building such a large protective boundary around a single fort was unheard of. No wonder, the massive wall at Kumbhalgarh took nearly a century to construct and made the fort virtually impregnable. Some... more »

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort ..." Located 84 km north of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, in western India, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali range and surrounded by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort was built during the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha and is one of 32 forts built by the Rajput ruler of the Mewar kingdom. The fort is surrounded by a perimeter wall that is an astounding 36 km long, and varies in width from 15 to 25 feet. Historical accounts claim that eight horses could ride side by side over it. While there are many gigantic walls constructed by rulers to protect their kingdoms, building such a large protective boundary around a single fort was unheard of. No wonder, the massive wall at Kumbhalgarh took nearly a century to construct and made the fort virtually impregnable. Some claim it to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. Many fondly call it The Great Wall of India.

The impregnable Fort boasts of seven massive gates and seven ramparts strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers. Inside the protective walls are over 360 Jain and Hindu temples and a magnificent palace at its pinnacle aptly named “Badal Mahal” or the Palace of Cloud. From the palace top, it is possible to see kilometers into the Aravalli Range. The sand dunes of the Thar desert can also be seen from here. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/the-great-wall-of-kumbhalgarh-fort.html___

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2015-03-26 11:25:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Other Taj Mahal ... "Do you know that India has not one but two Taj Mahals? Indeed, there is a monument identical to the Taj that stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is a mausoleum called Bibi Ka Maqbara ("Tomb of the Lady") built by Prince Azam Shah, the son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, between 1651 and 1661 A.D, in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.

Bibi Ka Maqbara draws its inspiration from the famous Taj Mahal of Agra built by none other that Prince Azam Shah’s grandfather, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Azam Shah intended to build a monument that would rival the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, he lacked the treasury his grandfather had access to, as well as the skilled labour the treasury bought, resulting in a poor copy of the latter. Even so, Bibi Ka Maqbara is an architectural wonder withi... more »

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Other Taj Mahal ... "Do you know that India has not one but two Taj Mahals? Indeed, there is a monument identical to the Taj that stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is a mausoleum called Bibi Ka Maqbara ("Tomb of the Lady") built by Prince Azam Shah, the son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, between 1651 and 1661 A.D, in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.

Bibi Ka Maqbara draws its inspiration from the famous Taj Mahal of Agra built by none other that Prince Azam Shah’s grandfather, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Azam Shah intended to build a monument that would rival the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, he lacked the treasury his grandfather had access to, as well as the skilled labour the treasury bought, resulting in a poor copy of the latter. Even so, Bibi Ka Maqbara is an architectural wonder with intricate designs, carved motifs, imposing structure and beautifully landscaped Mughal-style garden. Due to its strong resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is lovingly called the “Taj of the Deccan”. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/11/bibi-ka-maqbara-other-taj-mahal.html___

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2015-03-26 11:24:08 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served witha sugar syru... more »

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served with a sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour that is often served with other types of mochi. Is it worth it? Well, if you like eating future food it is. Therefore yes, it’s worth it.
If you don’t want to travel to Japan, drive two hours, climb a mountain and wait in line for an hour, then just make it yourself at home by following this simple video with random measurements and very little direction. As the very futuristic Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pCQUMAD-Jao

MORE: http://nerdist.com/the-future-of-dessert-is-here-and-its-a-water-cake/___

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2015-03-26 11:23:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served witha sugar syru... more »

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served with a sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour that is often served with other types of mochi. Is it worth it? Well, if you like eating future food it is. Therefore yes, it’s worth it.
If you don’t want to travel to Japan, drive two hours, climb a mountain and wait in line for an hour, then just make it yourself at home by following this simple video with random measurements and very little direction. As the very futuristic Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pCQUMAD-Jao

MORE: http://nerdist.com/the-future-of-dessert-is-here-and-its-a-water-cake/___

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2015-03-26 11:21:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served witha sugar syru... more »

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served with a sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour that is often served with other types of mochi. Is it worth it? Well, if you like eating future food it is. Therefore yes, it’s worth it.
If you don’t want to travel to Japan, drive two hours, climb a mountain and wait in line for an hour, then just make it yourself at home by following this simple video with random measurements and very little direction. As the very futuristic Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pCQUMAD-Jao

MORE: http://nerdist.com/the-future-of-dessert-is-here-and-its-a-water-cake/___

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2015-03-26 11:20:02 (37 comments, 70 reshares, 253 +1s)Open 

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served witha sugar syru... more »

The Future of Dessert Is Here, and It’s a Water Cake! ... "Cronuts? Please, that’s so last year. This is 2015, we are a people of the future, and we deserve something more cutting edge when it comes to desserts. More exclusive, more enchanting, more…translucent.

I give you… the water cake. To the naked eye it may look like the return of Clear Pepsi or a giant bubble of water, when in fact it’s a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. The best, most futuristic part about this dessert? If you don’t eat it within 30 minutes it disappears. To the future!

Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served with a sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour that is often served with other types of mochi. Is it worth it? Well, if you like eating future food it is. Therefore yes, it’s worth it.
If you don’t want to travel to Japan, drive two hours, climb a mountain and wait in line for an hour, then just make it yourself at home by following this simple video with random measurements and very little direction. As the very futuristic Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pCQUMAD-Jao

MORE: http://nerdist.com/the-future-of-dessert-is-here-and-its-a-water-cake/___

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2015-03-26 11:09:38 (9 comments, 13 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Britain’s Telephone Box Libraries ... "The iconic red telephone boxes found all over the UK are beginning to disappear, but thanks to the effort of local communities and British Telecom, hundreds of them have been recycled into libraries.
In 2002 there were 92,000 BT phone boxes on the streets of Britain. The figure has now fallen to 51,500, while just 11,000 of these are traditional red phone boxes. During the last 20 years, the company has stripped thousands of the iconic landmarks from locations across the country as people switched to using mobile phones and Internet.

But for many towns and villages, the phone box is part of the community's history and identity. They are landmarks and an important part of the scenery and character of the village. People just don't want to have an empty space where the phone box once stood. Many communities have lobbied BT for ther... more »

Britain’s Telephone Box Libraries ... "The iconic red telephone boxes found all over the UK are beginning to disappear, but thanks to the effort of local communities and British Telecom, hundreds of them have been recycled into libraries.
In 2002 there were 92,000 BT phone boxes on the streets of Britain. The figure has now fallen to 51,500, while just 11,000 of these are traditional red phone boxes. During the last 20 years, the company has stripped thousands of the iconic landmarks from locations across the country as people switched to using mobile phones and Internet.

But for many towns and villages, the phone box is part of the community's history and identity. They are landmarks and an important part of the scenery and character of the village. People just don't want to have an empty space where the phone box once stood. Many communities have lobbied BT for the right to retain red phone boxes because of their historical and visual appeal. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/09/britains-telephone-box-libraries.html___

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2015-03-25 13:32:26 (20 comments, 26 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

Was This the Plexiglass Car of the Future in 1952? ... "here is a Plymouth show chassis that was built entirely out of plastic with the exception of what appears to be metal internal parts in the engine and other component parts.

The occasion was the 1952 Chicago Motor Show and the press photo is dated Feb. 18, 1952. The caption reads as follows; Plymouth chassis and operating motor enclosed in plastic fascinate models Myra Miller (left) and Josephine Gayton. Plastic enables visitors to see the motor running.

It appears that it was a complete chassis setup with some type of electric motor and speed-reduction gear, to rotate the internal engine parts slowly to dazzle show attendees. It looks like both Myra and Josephine were also equipped with plastic head gear and pointers. The Old Motor photo. ..."

MORE: http://theoldmotor.com/?p=27977

Was This the Plexiglass Car of the Future in 1952? ... "here is a Plymouth show chassis that was built entirely out of plastic with the exception of what appears to be metal internal parts in the engine and other component parts.

The occasion was the 1952 Chicago Motor Show and the press photo is dated Feb. 18, 1952. The caption reads as follows; Plymouth chassis and operating motor enclosed in plastic fascinate models Myra Miller (left) and Josephine Gayton. Plastic enables visitors to see the motor running.

It appears that it was a complete chassis setup with some type of electric motor and speed-reduction gear, to rotate the internal engine parts slowly to dazzle show attendees. It looks like both Myra and Josephine were also equipped with plastic head gear and pointers. The Old Motor photo. ..."

MORE: http://theoldmotor.com/?p=27977___

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2015-03-25 11:36:02 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates Mars marathon milestone ... "(CNN)It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon.

It might have taken the robot 11 years and two months but it represents a significant landmark for NASA.

"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. ..."

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/world/opportunity-rover-marathon-milestone/index.html

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates Mars marathon milestone ... "(CNN)It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon.

It might have taken the robot 11 years and two months but it represents a significant landmark for NASA.

"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. ..."

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/world/opportunity-rover-marathon-milestone/index.html___

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2015-03-25 11:34:26 (28 comments, 50 reshares, 295 +1s)Open 

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates Mars marathon milestone ... "(CNN)It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon.

It might have taken the robot 11 years and two months but it represents a significant landmark for NASA.

"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. ..."

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/world/opportunity-rover-marathon-milestone/index.html

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates Mars marathon milestone ... "(CNN)It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon.

It might have taken the robot 11 years and two months but it represents a significant landmark for NASA.

"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. ..."

MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/world/opportunity-rover-marathon-milestone/index.html___

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2015-03-25 10:56:22 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Laerdal Tunnel: The World’s Longest Road Tunnel ... "n Norway, it’s practically impossible to drive from one place to another without making a mountain crossing or riding on a ferry across a fjord. It’s a beautiful country but its intricate geography created by a maze of fjords, glaciers, and mountains meant that many Norwegian communities remain isolated from one each other during the long winter months.

Neighbors may live less than a mile from one another, but on opposite sides of the fjord or mountain, and that’s a world apart. That was before Norway started building an extensive network of tunnels. If a mountain stands on the way, they will drill through it. A fjord is too long to build a bridge? Go under. Tunnels make driving through the country much more easier than taking circuitous routes along mountains or ferry hopping.
There are over 900 road tunnels in Norwaywith to... more »

Laerdal Tunnel: The World’s Longest Road Tunnel ... "n Norway, it’s practically impossible to drive from one place to another without making a mountain crossing or riding on a ferry across a fjord. It’s a beautiful country but its intricate geography created by a maze of fjords, glaciers, and mountains meant that many Norwegian communities remain isolated from one each other during the long winter months.

Neighbors may live less than a mile from one another, but on opposite sides of the fjord or mountain, and that’s a world apart. That was before Norway started building an extensive network of tunnels. If a mountain stands on the way, they will drill through it. A fjord is too long to build a bridge? Go under. Tunnels make driving through the country much more easier than taking circuitous routes along mountains or ferry hopping.
There are over 900 road tunnels in Norway with total length exceeding 750 km, and at least 33 undersea tunnels. According to one source, the count is even higher – above one thousand. For a country the size of Norway, that’s an awfully lot of tunnels.

Wikipedia has a short list of some of the longest tunnels in the country. The longest of these engineering phenomena is the Lærdal Tunnel.

The Laerdal Tunnel is a 24.51-kilometre long road tunnel, the longest in the world, connecting the villages of Lærdal and Aurland, but fundamentally linking the capital of Oslo to Bergen and the country’s second-largest city of Bergen. To set the records straight, Laerdal Tunnel is the longest “road” tunnel. The true longest tunnel is the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland at 57 km, but it’s used only by trains.

The decision to build the Laerdal Tunnel was made in June 1992 when the government realized that a reliable all-weather snow-free, fjord-free land connection was needed between the two cities. The tunnel, which is one of many that lies along the European Route E16, allows uninhibited flow of traffic while preserving the alpine environment of the region. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/laerdal-tunnel-worlds-longest-road.html___

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2015-03-24 13:57:46 (16 comments, 30 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

Smallest Island in the World with a Major Building ... re: Guinness Book of World Records -- "Bishop Rock is a small rocky ledge jutting out of the sea, 4 miles west of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. The rock rises from a depth of 45 meter to expose a tip 46 meters long by 16 meters wide. On this narrow ledge stands a lighthouse, which makes Bishop Rock the world's smallest island with a building on it, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

The rocks around the Scilly Isles caused the wreck of many ships over the years. When Sir Cloudesley Shovel's squadron of the British Fleet sank in 1707 along with 2,000 men, the Elder Brethren of Trinity House decided that the lighting of the Scilly Isles, which at that time consisted of only the old lighthouse at St. Agnes, was inadequate, and resolved to build a lighthouse on the most westerly danger, the Bishop Rock.
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Smallest Island in the World with a Major Building ... re: Guinness Book of World Records -- "Bishop Rock is a small rocky ledge jutting out of the sea, 4 miles west of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. The rock rises from a depth of 45 meter to expose a tip 46 meters long by 16 meters wide. On this narrow ledge stands a lighthouse, which makes Bishop Rock the world's smallest island with a building on it, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

The rocks around the Scilly Isles caused the wreck of many ships over the years. When Sir Cloudesley Shovel's squadron of the British Fleet sank in 1707 along with 2,000 men, the Elder Brethren of Trinity House decided that the lighting of the Scilly Isles, which at that time consisted of only the old lighthouse at St. Agnes, was inadequate, and resolved to build a lighthouse on the most westerly danger, the Bishop Rock.

James Walker, Engineer in Chief to Trinity House, was against building a solid granite tower on Bishop Rock arguing that the rock ledge was too small and the elements too powerful. He claimed that such a tower would not withstand the tremendous force of the seas, demonstrating that the wind pressures here sometimes exceeded 7,000 lb per square foot.

So in 1847, it was decided to erect a screw-pile lighthouse at a cost of £12,000. The first task was to sink cast iron legs into the solid granite, braced and stayed with wrought iron rods. The idea was that the waves would crash right through the piles instead of slamming into a solid masonry tower. Within two years the structure was complete and all that was required was a lighting apparatus. Before it could be completed the following season, a heavy gale swept away the whole structure on the evening of 5th February 1850.

James Walker shrugged off the news and this time turned to the idea of a granite tower. It was a dangerous task, because the sea was rough and the island too small. The workmen had to be housed on a small nearby uninhabited islet, where living quarters and workshops were erected. The men were carried to and from the site as the weather permitted  All the granite were brought over from the mainland to the island depot where it was shaped and numbered before being sent to the rock. After seven years labour the tower was finally completed in 1858. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/07/bishop-rock-smallest-island-in-world.html___

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2015-03-24 13:21:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Prabalgad Fort, India ... "Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin’s Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats. It was built at the pinnacle of a rocky plateau very close to Matheran. Previously, the fort was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule.

The fort can be approached via a chillingly steep climb. The steps leading up to the fort were cut into the rock of the hill. There are no safety rails on the edge and no ropes on the wall to grab on to. The hardest part is the descent, especially if you have vertigo.

According to legend the fort was built for a queen named Kalavantin but that really seems to be all that anybody knows. Around 1458 Malik Ahmad, the prime minister of the kingdom of Ahmednagar,t... more »

Prabalgad Fort, India ... "Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin’s Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats. It was built at the pinnacle of a rocky plateau very close to Matheran. Previously, the fort was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule.

The fort can be approached via a chillingly steep climb. The steps leading up to the fort were cut into the rock of the hill. There are no safety rails on the edge and no ropes on the wall to grab on to. The hardest part is the descent, especially if you have vertigo.

According to legend the fort was built for a queen named Kalavantin but that really seems to be all that anybody knows. Around 1458 Malik Ahmad, the prime minister of the kingdom of Ahmednagar, took over the fort during his conquest of Konkan. The Mughals took control of Prabalgad along with Kalyan, Mahuli, Karnala and a number of other forts after Sambhaji's death. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/11/prabalgad-fort-india.html___

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2015-03-24 13:17:01 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Other Taj Mahal ... "Do you know that India has not one but two Taj Mahals? Indeed, there is a monument identical to the Taj that stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is a mausoleum called Bibi Ka Maqbara ("Tomb of the Lady") built by Prince Azam Shah, the son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, between 1651 and 1661 A.D, in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.

Bibi Ka Maqbara draws its inspiration from the famous Taj Mahal of Agra built by none other that Prince Azam Shah’s grandfather, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Azam Shah intended to build a monument that would rival the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, he lacked the treasury his grandfather had access to, as well as the skilled labour the treasury bought, resulting in a poor copy of the latter. Even so, Bibi Ka Maqbara is an architectural wonder withi... more »

Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Other Taj Mahal ... "Do you know that India has not one but two Taj Mahals? Indeed, there is a monument identical to the Taj that stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is a mausoleum called Bibi Ka Maqbara ("Tomb of the Lady") built by Prince Azam Shah, the son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, between 1651 and 1661 A.D, in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.

Bibi Ka Maqbara draws its inspiration from the famous Taj Mahal of Agra built by none other that Prince Azam Shah’s grandfather, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Azam Shah intended to build a monument that would rival the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, he lacked the treasury his grandfather had access to, as well as the skilled labour the treasury bought, resulting in a poor copy of the latter. Even so, Bibi Ka Maqbara is an architectural wonder with intricate designs, carved motifs, imposing structure and beautifully landscaped Mughal-style garden. Due to its strong resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is lovingly called the “Taj of the Deccan”. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/11/bibi-ka-maqbara-other-taj-mahal.html___

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2015-03-24 13:01:58 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

A Town Named ‘Zzyzx’ in California ... "About half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as you drive along Interstate 15 through the lonely Mojave Desert, you’ll come across an unusual exit sign directing you towards a rather oddly-spelled “Zzyzx Road” (pronounced “Zye-Zex” and rhymes with “Isaacs”). The 4.5 mile-long, part paved and part dirt road leads you to an old health resort, now abandoned, called Zzyzx Springs, started by a self-proclaimed minister and quack named Curtis Howe Springer in the 1940s. Today, it’s home to the Desert Studies Center, and the artificial Lake Tuendae that the pseudo-doctor built is now a refuge habitat of the endangered Mohave tui chub, a kind of fish.

Before Zzyzx became Zzyzx, it was called the Soda Springs, because of the presence of a natural spring, and was a popular stop for Indians in search of fresh water. The area hadprehistoric quarry ... more »

A Town Named ‘Zzyzx’ in California ... "About half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as you drive along Interstate 15 through the lonely Mojave Desert, you’ll come across an unusual exit sign directing you towards a rather oddly-spelled “Zzyzx Road” (pronounced “Zye-Zex” and rhymes with “Isaacs”). The 4.5 mile-long, part paved and part dirt road leads you to an old health resort, now abandoned, called Zzyzx Springs, started by a self-proclaimed minister and quack named Curtis Howe Springer in the 1940s. Today, it’s home to the Desert Studies Center, and the artificial Lake Tuendae that the pseudo-doctor built is now a refuge habitat of the endangered Mohave tui chub, a kind of fish.

Before Zzyzx became Zzyzx, it was called the Soda Springs, because of the presence of a natural spring, and was a popular stop for Indians in search of fresh water. The area had prehistoric quarry which later became a mining site. In 1944, Curtis Howe Springer, who had made a name for himself as a Los Angeles radio personality, purchased a mining claim on 12,800 acres of land surrounding the springs with the intention of building a Mineral Springs and Health Spa. He called the area Zzyzx, a name he had invented himself claiming it to be “the last word in the English language.” ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/a-town-named-zzyzx-in-california.html___

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2015-03-23 23:29:00 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

That's not a mike

some people are less than technically oriented.

via the Shirk Report

That's not a mike

some people are less than technically oriented.

via the Shirk Report___

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2015-03-23 23:24:48 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Yacht-queduct ... "In this amazing capture we see the incredible “Symphony” yacht (project 808) by Feadship. Symphony is the largest yacht Feadship has ever built, measuring 101.5 meters (333 ft) in length.

Spotted by Feadship Fanclub, Sypmphony is seen here, passing the Gouwe aqueduct in Gouda, The Netherlands during her transport from Kaag to Rotterdam. Underneath this section of the aqueduct is highway A12 (The Hague to Arnhem). Can you imagine seeing this ship passing by on your daily commute? What a sight! ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/03/feadship-symphony-yacht-on-gouwe-aqueduct-netherlands/

Yacht-queduct ... "In this amazing capture we see the incredible “Symphony” yacht (project 808) by Feadship. Symphony is the largest yacht Feadship has ever built, measuring 101.5 meters (333 ft) in length.

Spotted by Feadship Fanclub, Sypmphony is seen here, passing the Gouwe aqueduct in Gouda, The Netherlands during her transport from Kaag to Rotterdam. Underneath this section of the aqueduct is highway A12 (The Hague to Arnhem). Can you imagine seeing this ship passing by on your daily commute? What a sight! ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/03/feadship-symphony-yacht-on-gouwe-aqueduct-netherlands/___

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2015-03-23 23:20:17 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Citroen Karin French concept car, 1980... "Perhaps the most interesting French concept car of the 1970s and 1980s, Citroen Karin 1980 debuted at the 1980 Paris Motor Show: it looked sensational with its pyramidal, or rather trapezoidal design (its roof was no bigger than an A3 sheet of paper) - and boasted some wildly unconventional interior ..."

MORE ON CONCEPT CARS OF THE 70s and 80s: 
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2015/03/futuristic-concept-cars-of-1970-80s.html

Citroen Karin French concept car, 1980... "Perhaps the most interesting French concept car of the 1970s and 1980s, Citroen Karin 1980 debuted at the 1980 Paris Motor Show: it looked sensational with its pyramidal, or rather trapezoidal design (its roof was no bigger than an A3 sheet of paper) - and boasted some wildly unconventional interior ..."

MORE ON CONCEPT CARS OF THE 70s and 80s: 
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2015/03/futuristic-concept-cars-of-1970-80s.html___

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2015-03-23 21:17:51 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Paranal Observatory in Chile ... "Paranal Observatory is an astronomical observatory located on the mountains of Cerro Paranal in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 2,635 meters, about 120 kilometers south of Antofagasta and 80 km north of Taltal. Far from city lights, high above sea level, with more than 350 cloudless days a year, Atacama desert is an ideal location for ground-based astronomy.

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal is European Southern Observatory's premier site for observations in the visible and infrared light, and at one time, was one of the most powerful optical array in the world. This groundbreaking observatory consist of four separate 8.2 m (320 in) telescopes and a large collection of instruments. Additionally, the four main telescopes can combine their light to operate as a single device. Unknown to most people except... more »

Paranal Observatory in Chile ... "Paranal Observatory is an astronomical observatory located on the mountains of Cerro Paranal in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 2,635 meters, about 120 kilometers south of Antofagasta and 80 km north of Taltal. Far from city lights, high above sea level, with more than 350 cloudless days a year, Atacama desert is an ideal location for ground-based astronomy.

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal is European Southern Observatory's premier site for observations in the visible and infrared light, and at one time, was one of the most powerful optical array in the world. This groundbreaking observatory consist of four separate 8.2 m (320 in) telescopes and a large collection of instruments. Additionally, the four main telescopes can combine their light to operate as a single device. Unknown to most people except astronomers and photographers, the observatory had a brief moment of mainstream fame in 2008 when it appeared in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/08/paranal-observatory-in-chile.html___

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2015-03-23 21:14:09 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Mocona Falls: A 3 km Waterfall That Runs Parallel to The River ... "Iguazu Falls may be the most popular waterfalls in Argentina, but Mocona Falls take the crown for the most unique. Mocona does not follow the normal downward and forward trajectory that most waterfalls do. Instead, it runs along the length of the river with water spilling off the side into a gorge. At 3 km long, it is perhaps the only waterfalls in the world to run parallel to the river rather than perpendicular.

Mocona Falls, also known as Yucumã Falls, is located in the Uruguay river, in the province of Misiones, in Argentina, 337 kilometers from the city of Posadas and 322 kilometers from Iguazu Falls. Since the Uruguay river acts as a natural border between Argentina and Brazil, this unique geological feature is shared by both countries. The name Moconá means “to swallow everything” in the Guarani languageand i... more »

Mocona Falls: A 3 km Waterfall That Runs Parallel to The River ... "Iguazu Falls may be the most popular waterfalls in Argentina, but Mocona Falls take the crown for the most unique. Mocona does not follow the normal downward and forward trajectory that most waterfalls do. Instead, it runs along the length of the river with water spilling off the side into a gorge. At 3 km long, it is perhaps the only waterfalls in the world to run parallel to the river rather than perpendicular.

Mocona Falls, also known as Yucumã Falls, is located in the Uruguay river, in the province of Misiones, in Argentina, 337 kilometers from the city of Posadas and 322 kilometers from Iguazu Falls. Since the Uruguay river acts as a natural border between Argentina and Brazil, this unique geological feature is shared by both countries. The name Moconá means “to swallow everything” in the Guarani language and is used mostly in Argentina. Yucumã means “the big fall” and is popular in Brazil. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/09/mocona-falls-3-km-waterfall-that-runs.html___

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2015-03-23 21:06:17 (116 comments, 247 reshares, 1286 +1s)Open 

Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave ... "Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for “Crow’s Cave”) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus region of Georgia. This mountain block contains several hundred caves that started to develop when the mountains started to rise more than 5 million years ago. Five of these caves are deeper than 1,000 meters; Krubera is 2197 meters deep and is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters.

Krubera Cave is a 16,058 meters long cave system which for most part consists of deep, vertical wells which are interconnected with passages. The cave starts high in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,256 meters, with a narrow entrance. Krubera Cave often is very narrow and had to be carved at many places to allowsafe pass... more »

Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave ... "Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for “Crow’s Cave”) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus region of Georgia. This mountain block contains several hundred caves that started to develop when the mountains started to rise more than 5 million years ago. Five of these caves are deeper than 1,000 meters; Krubera is 2197 meters deep and is the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters.

Krubera Cave is a 16,058 meters long cave system which for most part consists of deep, vertical wells which are interconnected with passages. The cave starts high in the mountains, at an altitude of 2,256 meters, with a narrow entrance. Krubera Cave often is very narrow and had to be carved at many places to allow safe passage. At other places, the passageway is as large as subway tunnel. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/07/krubera-cave-worlds-deepest-cave.html___

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2015-03-23 20:58:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Boy And His Leaking Boot ... "The Boy with the Leaking Boot is a recurring theme of statues that appear throughout the United States. The life-sized statue, often about 4 feet tall, depicts a young boy with a bare right foot, holding up and inspecting the leaks on his right boot. The statue isn’t complete with an actual leaky boot, hence the statue is almost always a fountain with water emerging from numerous holes on the toe of the boot. There are at least 25 documented examples, and probably hundreds more. Yet, nobody knows who the boy is, and why does he hold aloft his leaking boot.

Some believed that the boy was a real Italian newspaper seller who drowned. Others said he was a Civil War drummer boy who brought water to wounded men in his leaky boot. Still others thought he was a brave little fireman who used his boot in a bucket brigade when there weren't enough bucketst... more »

The Boy And His Leaking Boot ... "The Boy with the Leaking Boot is a recurring theme of statues that appear throughout the United States. The life-sized statue, often about 4 feet tall, depicts a young boy with a bare right foot, holding up and inspecting the leaks on his right boot. The statue isn’t complete with an actual leaky boot, hence the statue is almost always a fountain with water emerging from numerous holes on the toe of the boot. There are at least 25 documented examples, and probably hundreds more. Yet, nobody knows who the boy is, and why does he hold aloft his leaking boot.

Some believed that the boy was a real Italian newspaper seller who drowned. Others said he was a Civil War drummer boy who brought water to wounded men in his leaky boot. Still others thought he was a brave little fireman who used his boot in a bucket brigade when there weren't enough buckets to go around. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/the-boy-and-his-leaking-boot.html___

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2015-03-22 17:26:11 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This Pigeon-Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed ... "Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really.

During World War II, the US military needed to find accurate ways to guide missiles to their targets. University of Minnesota psychologist B. F. Skinner suggested that a missile nose cone be supplied with three compartments, each with a window. A pigeon would be placed in each section, and trained to peck on the window when the target appeared. If all three pigeons pecked, the weapon would be released. This prototype was never developed, but influenced later work on animal training.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's a good thing this particular weapon of war was never deployed. First off, I can't help but feel like someone would... more »

This Pigeon-Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed ... "Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really.

During World War II, the US military needed to find accurate ways to guide missiles to their targets. University of Minnesota psychologist B. F. Skinner suggested that a missile nose cone be supplied with three compartments, each with a window. A pigeon would be placed in each section, and trained to peck on the window when the target appeared. If all three pigeons pecked, the weapon would be released. This prototype was never developed, but influenced later work on animal training.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's a good thing this particular weapon of war was never deployed. First off, I can't help but feel like someone would quickly find a way to subvert pigeons from their correct target. Moreover, suicide bombing birds is just plain cruel. Still, the idea of pigeons hurling across the sky, raining judgement down upon our enemies in this adorable little retrofuture contraption is worth a laugh. Americans are nothing if not inventive. ..."

http://gizmodo.com/this-pigeon-guided-missile-system-was-thankfully-neve-1692857032___

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2015-03-22 17:18:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

After Pluto, Where Will NASA's New Horizons Go? ... "Scientists are mulling over which of two icy bodies NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should visit following its Pluto encounter this summer — provided the U.S. space agency comes up with funding for an extended mission.

Image credit: NASA

The New Horizons team ended up having to turn to the Hubble Space Telescope to find Kuiper belt objects that would be suitably positioned for New Horizons to reach.

Two contenders remain out of five original candidates found by Hubble, which spent 45 days last summer scouting for targets. Follow-up observations in October narrowed the list to two objects within range of the spacecraft, which has limited fuel for a maneuvering burn, scientists said at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

The newly named objects are 2014 MT69, a3... more »

After Pluto, Where Will NASA's New Horizons Go? ... "Scientists are mulling over which of two icy bodies NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should visit following its Pluto encounter this summer — provided the U.S. space agency comes up with funding for an extended mission.

Image credit: NASA

The New Horizons team ended up having to turn to the Hubble Space Telescope to find Kuiper belt objects that would be suitably positioned for New Horizons to reach.

Two contenders remain out of five original candidates found by Hubble, which spent 45 days last summer scouting for targets. Follow-up observations in October narrowed the list to two objects within range of the spacecraft, which has limited fuel for a maneuvering burn, scientists said at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

The newly named objects are 2014 MT69, a 37-mile (60-km) wide body circling some 44.3 times farther away from the sun than Earth. An encounter with MT69 would occur around New Year's Day 2019.

"It's not a terribly bright target and it's not very big … and it's quite possibly smaller, if it's a binary or if other things are going on," said astronomer and New Horizons team member Simon Porter, with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The advantage of MT69 is that New Horizons can reach it using less fuel. The encounter also would occur three months sooner than a flyby of the other candidate, known as 2014 MT70.

MT70 is brighter than MT60, and possibly larger, with a diameter of about 47 miles (76 km), so more desirable from a scientific perspective, Porter said.

"We can only go to one of these, so we have to make the decision. MT69 is the front-runner because it's lower Delta-v (change in velocity). Engineers love that. On the other hand, they kind of hate that it's dimmer because on approach we might end up using more fuel for final (course) corrections," he said. ..."

MORE: http://io9.com/after-pluto-where-will-nasas-new-horizons-go-1692944864___

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2015-03-22 17:18:25 (21 comments, 20 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

After Pluto, Where Will NASA's New Horizons Go? ... "Scientists are mulling over which of two icy bodies NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should visit following its Pluto encounter this summer — provided the U.S. space agency comes up with funding for an extended mission.

Image credit: NASA

The New Horizons team ended up having to turn to the Hubble Space Telescope to find Kuiper belt objects that would be suitably positioned for New Horizons to reach.

Two contenders remain out of five original candidates found by Hubble, which spent 45 days last summer scouting for targets. Follow-up observations in October narrowed the list to two objects within range of the spacecraft, which has limited fuel for a maneuvering burn, scientists said at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

The newly named objects are 2014 MT69, a3... more »

After Pluto, Where Will NASA's New Horizons Go? ... "Scientists are mulling over which of two icy bodies NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should visit following its Pluto encounter this summer — provided the U.S. space agency comes up with funding for an extended mission.

Image credit: NASA

The New Horizons team ended up having to turn to the Hubble Space Telescope to find Kuiper belt objects that would be suitably positioned for New Horizons to reach.

Two contenders remain out of five original candidates found by Hubble, which spent 45 days last summer scouting for targets. Follow-up observations in October narrowed the list to two objects within range of the spacecraft, which has limited fuel for a maneuvering burn, scientists said at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

The newly named objects are 2014 MT69, a 37-mile (60-km) wide body circling some 44.3 times farther away from the sun than Earth. An encounter with MT69 would occur around New Year's Day 2019.

"It's not a terribly bright target and it's not very big … and it's quite possibly smaller, if it's a binary or if other things are going on," said astronomer and New Horizons team member Simon Porter, with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The advantage of MT69 is that New Horizons can reach it using less fuel. The encounter also would occur three months sooner than a flyby of the other candidate, known as 2014 MT70.

MT70 is brighter than MT60, and possibly larger, with a diameter of about 47 miles (76 km), so more desirable from a scientific perspective, Porter said.

"We can only go to one of these, so we have to make the decision. MT69 is the front-runner because it's lower Delta-v (change in velocity). Engineers love that. On the other hand, they kind of hate that it's dimmer because on approach we might end up using more fuel for final (course) corrections," he said. ..."

MORE: http://io9.com/after-pluto-where-will-nasas-new-horizons-go-1692944864___

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2015-03-22 17:09:31 (33 comments, 74 reshares, 583 +1s)Open 

"Supertide" Creates Dramatic Temporary Island Off The Coast Of France ... "A rare "supertide" (caused by last night's post-eclipse supermoon) briefly turned France's Mont Saint-Michel into a completely encircled island. The historic site is located just off the coast of Normandy, and is usually linked to land via a bridge. ..."

http://io9.com/supertide-creates-dramatic-temporary-island-off-the-c-1692852721

"Supertide" Creates Dramatic Temporary Island Off The Coast Of France ... "A rare "supertide" (caused by last night's post-eclipse supermoon) briefly turned France's Mont Saint-Michel into a completely encircled island. The historic site is located just off the coast of Normandy, and is usually linked to land via a bridge. ..."

http://io9.com/supertide-creates-dramatic-temporary-island-off-the-c-1692852721___

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2015-03-22 13:41:27 (11 comments, 31 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Ford Seattle-ite: one of history's most significant concept cars ... GizMag -- "Concept cars attempt to predict the future, demonstrating new technologies to make our lives safer, more comfortable and enjoyable. With the 20-20 vision afforded by hindsight, Ford's 1963 World Fair Showpiece stands out as one of the most visionary concept cars in history. Many concept cars have forecast technologies that have become standard equipment but few have forecast as many technologies so far before their time as the Ford Seattle-ite XXI. Built to symbolize the future of American technological know-how for the 1963 World’s Fair, it encompassed some remarkable concepts – interchangeable fuel cell power units, interchangeable bodies, interactive computer navigation, mapping and auto information systems, and four driving and steering wheels.

The interchangeable power units included fuelcel... more »

Ford Seattle-ite: one of history's most significant concept cars ... GizMag -- "Concept cars attempt to predict the future, demonstrating new technologies to make our lives safer, more comfortable and enjoyable. With the 20-20 vision afforded by hindsight, Ford's 1963 World Fair Showpiece stands out as one of the most visionary concept cars in history. Many concept cars have forecast technologies that have become standard equipment but few have forecast as many technologies so far before their time as the Ford Seattle-ite XXI. Built to symbolize the future of American technological know-how for the 1963 World’s Fair, it encompassed some remarkable concepts – interchangeable fuel cell power units, interchangeable bodies, interactive computer navigation, mapping and auto information systems, and four driving and steering wheels.

The interchangeable power units included fuel cells and the possibility of “compact nuclear propulsion devices.” Nuclear fusion was at that time promoted as a safe and viable future power source, fell from favour, and is now once again on the agenda. ..."

MORE: http://www.gizmag.com/ford-seattle-ite-one-of-historys-most-significant-concept-cars/2798/___

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2015-03-21 15:43:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

New York circa 1948. "C. Rose Distributing Co. truck." ... "Just in out of the rain, with a backdrop of Piel's, Fitzgerald's, and maybe Rose himself. Who if he dressed any sharper might make your eyes bleed. 4x5 negative by John Fox. ..."

SEE FULL SIZE: http://www.shorpy.com/node/19352?size=_original#caption

New York circa 1948. "C. Rose Distributing Co. truck." ... "Just in out of the rain, with a backdrop of Piel's, Fitzgerald's, and maybe Rose himself. Who if he dressed any sharper might make your eyes bleed. 4x5 negative by John Fox. ..."

SEE FULL SIZE: http://www.shorpy.com/node/19352?size=_original#caption___

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2015-03-21 15:34:05 (79 comments, 122 reshares, 737 +1s)Open 

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort ..." Located 84 km north of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, in western India, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali range and surrounded by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort was built during the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha and is one of 32 forts built by the Rajput ruler of the Mewar kingdom. The fort is surrounded by a perimeter wall that is an astounding 36 km long, and varies in width from 15 to 25 feet. Historical accounts claim that eight horses could ride side by side over it. While there are many gigantic walls constructed by rulers to protect their kingdoms, building such a large protective boundary around a single fort was unheard of. No wonder, the massive wall at Kumbhalgarh took nearly a century to construct and made the fort virtually impregnable. Some... more »

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort ..." Located 84 km north of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, in western India, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali range and surrounded by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort was built during the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha and is one of 32 forts built by the Rajput ruler of the Mewar kingdom. The fort is surrounded by a perimeter wall that is an astounding 36 km long, and varies in width from 15 to 25 feet. Historical accounts claim that eight horses could ride side by side over it. While there are many gigantic walls constructed by rulers to protect their kingdoms, building such a large protective boundary around a single fort was unheard of. No wonder, the massive wall at Kumbhalgarh took nearly a century to construct and made the fort virtually impregnable. Some claim it to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. Many fondly call it The Great Wall of India.

The impregnable Fort boasts of seven massive gates and seven ramparts strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers. Inside the protective walls are over 360 Jain and Hindu temples and a magnificent palace at its pinnacle aptly named “Badal Mahal” or the Palace of Cloud. From the palace top, it is possible to see kilometers into the Aravalli Range. The sand dunes of the Thar desert can also be seen from here. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/the-great-wall-of-kumbhalgarh-fort.html___

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2015-03-21 15:28:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Shot Towers: The Buildings That Revolutionized Ammunition Manufacturing ... "Ever since the invention of firearms sometime around the thirteenth century, ammunition makers struggled to make lead shots that were perfectly spherical. An obvious method was to pour molten lead into molds, but this was a laborious process that could produce only a limited number of shots at a time. Besides, it often left a seam where the two halves of the mould met, making the shots aerodynamically inefficient. Manufacturers tried pouring molten lead through a sieve suspended several inches above a barrel of water, but this often produced tear drop-shaped shots with a tail. Another method that was used until the early nineteenth century was to take small cubes of lead and agitate them in a barrel until the corners were knocked off and approximately round shot was produced. Yet, none of these methods were satisfactory... more »

Shot Towers: The Buildings That Revolutionized Ammunition Manufacturing ... "Ever since the invention of firearms sometime around the thirteenth century, ammunition makers struggled to make lead shots that were perfectly spherical. An obvious method was to pour molten lead into molds, but this was a laborious process that could produce only a limited number of shots at a time. Besides, it often left a seam where the two halves of the mould met, making the shots aerodynamically inefficient. Manufacturers tried pouring molten lead through a sieve suspended several inches above a barrel of water, but this often produced tear drop-shaped shots with a tail. Another method that was used until the early nineteenth century was to take small cubes of lead and agitate them in a barrel until the corners were knocked off and approximately round shot was produced. Yet, none of these methods were satisfactory while the demand for shot, both for military purposes and for sport, was continually growing.

Ever since the invention of firearms sometime around the thirteenth century, ammunition makers struggled to make lead shots that were perfectly spherical. An obvious method was to pour molten lead into molds, but this was a laborious process that could produce only a limited number of shots at a time. Besides, it often left a seam where the two halves of the mould met, making the shots aerodynamically inefficient. Manufacturers tried pouring molten lead through a sieve suspended several inches above a barrel of water, but this often produced tear drop-shaped shots with a tail. Another method that was used until the early nineteenth century was to take small cubes of lead and agitate them in a barrel until the corners were knocked off and approximately round shot was produced. Yet, none of these methods were satisfactory while the demand for shot, both for military purposes and for sport, was continually growing. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/shot-towers-buildings-that.html

BELOW: Clifton Hill shot tower, Australia -- tallest ever built.___

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2015-03-20 13:12:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Ready to do a little ham radioing ... W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117' end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far. ... more info about amateur radio and me at http://w5ve.com

Ready to do a little ham radioing ... W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117' end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far. ... more info about amateur radio and me at http://w5ve.com___

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2015-03-20 13:10:48 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Ready to do a little ham radioing ... W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117' end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far. ... more info about amateur radio and me at http://w5ve.com

Ready to do a little ham radioing ... W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117' end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far. ... more info about amateur radio and me at http://w5ve.com___

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2015-03-20 12:38:46 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

San Francisco, 1920. ...  "Franklin touring car at Golden Gate Park Conservatory." The air-cooled Franklin's styling hallmark was a radiatorless hood that was said to resemble a coal scuttle. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin."

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San Francisco, 1920. ...  "Franklin touring car at Golden Gate Park Conservatory." The air-cooled Franklin's styling hallmark was a radiatorless hood that was said to resemble a coal scuttle. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin."

SEE FULL-SIZE: http://www.shorpy.com/node/19348?size=_original#caption___

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2015-03-20 12:33:13 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Mercury Is Shrinking ... NatGeo -- "Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help us understand the origins of life on Earth — especially the permanently shadowed craters at the planet’s north pole, which could harbor organic materials and host a significant amount of water ice despite Mercury’s closeness to the sun. ...

... The new data, presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, come from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mercury since 2011. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft’s mission will end in late April when it runs out of fuel and crashes into the planet. For now,though, the spa... more »

Mercury Is Shrinking ... NatGeo -- "Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help us understand the origins of life on Earth — especially the permanently shadowed craters at the planet’s north pole, which could harbor organic materials and host a significant amount of water ice despite Mercury’s closeness to the sun. ...

... The new data, presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, come from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mercury since 2011. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft’s mission will end in late April when it runs out of fuel and crashes into the planet. For now, though, the spacecraft has been dipping ever lower over Mercury’s surface, collecting high resolution images and other data from as close at 15 kilometers above the cratered terrain.
Among the oddities MESSENGER studied recently are mysterious landforms referred to as hollows. There are thousands of them, ranging in size from a few meters to more than a kilometer across. First appearing as bright spots in early images, the hollows are flat-bottomed depressions that defied easy explanation. Now, scientists’ best guess is that the hollows are formed when volatile materials – probably a sulfur-containing compound – buried beneath Mercury’s surface sublimate, causing the terrain to sink by several tens of meters. ..."

FULL ARTICLE: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/17/small-shrinking-mercury-is-a-space-oddity/___

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2015-03-20 12:32:45 (13 comments, 21 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Mercury Is Shrinking ... NatGeo -- "Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help us understand the origins of life on Earth — especially the permanently shadowed craters at the planet’s north pole, which could harbor organic materials and host a significant amount of water ice despite Mercury’s closeness to the sun. ...

... The new data, presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, come from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mercury since 2011. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft’s mission will end in late April when it runs out of fuel and crashes into the planet. For now,though, the spa... more »

Mercury Is Shrinking ... NatGeo -- "Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help us understand the origins of life on Earth — especially the permanently shadowed craters at the planet’s north pole, which could harbor organic materials and host a significant amount of water ice despite Mercury’s closeness to the sun. ...

... The new data, presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, come from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mercury since 2011. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft’s mission will end in late April when it runs out of fuel and crashes into the planet. For now, though, the spacecraft has been dipping ever lower over Mercury’s surface, collecting high resolution images and other data from as close at 15 kilometers above the cratered terrain.
Among the oddities MESSENGER studied recently are mysterious landforms referred to as hollows. There are thousands of them, ranging in size from a few meters to more than a kilometer across. First appearing as bright spots in early images, the hollows are flat-bottomed depressions that defied easy explanation. Now, scientists’ best guess is that the hollows are formed when volatile materials – probably a sulfur-containing compound – buried beneath Mercury’s surface sublimate, causing the terrain to sink by several tens of meters. ..."

FULL ARTICLE: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/17/small-shrinking-mercury-is-a-space-oddity/___

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2015-03-19 22:18:50 (96 comments, 164 reshares, 634 +1s)Open 

Onward, my noble steed! The story behind the woodpecker-riding weasel ... "Well, here's one for the books: a weasel riding a woodpecker! Amateur photographer Martin Le-May was walking through a London park with his wife, hoping to show her a green woodpecker for the first time, when he snapped this incredible photo.

As much as we'd love to say this weasel is embarking on an epic journey atop his very own luck dragon, what Le-May actually witnessed was a failed attempt at lunch. Small and adorable as they may be, weasels are voracious hunters and have been known to chomp down on a wide variety of prey items including moles, squirrels, hares, snakes and birds.

"The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst," says Le-May. "I guess our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunityan... more »

Onward, my noble steed! The story behind the woodpecker-riding weasel ... "Well, here's one for the books: a weasel riding a woodpecker! Amateur photographer Martin Le-May was walking through a London park with his wife, hoping to show her a green woodpecker for the first time, when he snapped this incredible photo.

As much as we'd love to say this weasel is embarking on an epic journey atop his very own luck dragon, what Le-May actually witnessed was a failed attempt at lunch. Small and adorable as they may be, weasels are voracious hunters and have been known to chomp down on a wide variety of prey items including moles, squirrels, hares, snakes and birds.

"The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst," says Le-May. "I guess our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self-respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight. The weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry." ..."

MORE: http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/onward-my-noble-steed-the-story-behind-the-woodpecker-riding-weasel___

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2015-03-19 22:03:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada ... "Deep in Nevada desert, runs a lonely stretch of highway from State Route 318 at Crystal Springs to U.S. Route 6 at Warm Springs. This is Nevada State Route 375, but since 1996, it’s popularly referred to as the “Extraterrestrial Highway” because of the countless UFO sightings people claim to have made along this route. Most of these reports, if not all, could be easily explained: the highway runs alongside the vast Nellis Air Force Base, which contains the Nevada Test Site, where many top secret missiles, aircraft and weaponry have been tested since the 1950s. Even today, as you drive along the highway, you can hear the sonic boom of F18s as they zoom overhead breaking the sound barrier, every now and then.

Route 375’s extra-terrestrial fame is due in particular to a mysterious part of the base known as Area 51. This small parcel ofland of... more »

The Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada ... "Deep in Nevada desert, runs a lonely stretch of highway from State Route 318 at Crystal Springs to U.S. Route 6 at Warm Springs. This is Nevada State Route 375, but since 1996, it’s popularly referred to as the “Extraterrestrial Highway” because of the countless UFO sightings people claim to have made along this route. Most of these reports, if not all, could be easily explained: the highway runs alongside the vast Nellis Air Force Base, which contains the Nevada Test Site, where many top secret missiles, aircraft and weaponry have been tested since the 1950s. Even today, as you drive along the highway, you can hear the sonic boom of F18s as they zoom overhead breaking the sound barrier, every now and then.

Route 375’s extra-terrestrial fame is due in particular to a mysterious part of the base known as Area 51. This small parcel of land of about 10 miles by 6 miles, located near the dry bed of Groom Lake, is shrouded in secrecy because of which it’s frequently the subject of conspiracy theories involving flying saucers, aliens landings, and alleged UFO cover-ups.

Prior to mid-1950s, military aircraft flew under 40,000 feet. Once the Lockheed U-2 began flying at above 60,000 feet, an unexpected side effect was an increasing number of UFO sighting reports. Sightings occurred most often during early evenings hours, when airline pilots flying west saw the U-2's silver wings reflect the setting sun, giving the aircraft a "fiery" appearance. Similarly, projects such as OXCART (a reconnaissance plane known as A-12) and NERVA (a nuclear thermal rocket engine) at Area 51 inadvertently prompted many of the UFO sightings and other rumors. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/the-extraterrestrial-highway-nevada.html___

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2015-03-18 15:15:09 (27 comments, 22 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack ... In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails. ... "With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack -- that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam -- incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions... more »

Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack ... In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails. ... "With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack -- that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam -- incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator.

The attack sent out over 750,000 spam emails, in bursts of 100,000 emails at a time, three times a day, with no more than 10 emails sent from any one IP address, making them difficult to block. Over 25 per cent of the emails were sent from devices that weren't conventional computers or mobile devices. It is the first documented case of common appliances being used in a cyber attack -- but that doesn't necessarily mean it was the first time it occurred, and it certainly won't be the last. ..."

MORE:  http://www.cnet.com/news/fridge-caught-sending-spam-emails-in-botnet-attack/

+Steven Vaughan-Nichols ___

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2015-03-18 15:04:10 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Titanic Museum in Branson ... "The Titanic Museum at Branson, Missouri, is a two story museum dedicated to the doomed ship, shaped like the RMS Titanic itself. The museum is housed inside a half-scale replica of the front half of the ship, and is anchored in a small pool of water to create the illusion of the Titanic at sea. A stucco iceberg is wedged into the side of the ship and acts as the entrance. Inside, there are more replicas - the ship's Grand Staircase, the Dinning Hall, First Class and Third Class cabins, the bridge and about 400 artifacts from the wreck of the ship displayed in 20 different rooms. It also has various interactive exhibits such as a touchable iceberg, the Captain's bridge from where the ship is steered, the Telegraph room from where one can send SOS message, and lots of actors dressed as the crew. ..."

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The Titanic Museum in Branson ... "The Titanic Museum at Branson, Missouri, is a two story museum dedicated to the doomed ship, shaped like the RMS Titanic itself. The museum is housed inside a half-scale replica of the front half of the ship, and is anchored in a small pool of water to create the illusion of the Titanic at sea. A stucco iceberg is wedged into the side of the ship and acts as the entrance. Inside, there are more replicas - the ship's Grand Staircase, the Dinning Hall, First Class and Third Class cabins, the bridge and about 400 artifacts from the wreck of the ship displayed in 20 different rooms. It also has various interactive exhibits such as a touchable iceberg, the Captain's bridge from where the ship is steered, the Telegraph room from where one can send SOS message, and lots of actors dressed as the crew. ..."

MORE:  http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/03/the-titanic-museum-in-branson.html___

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2015-03-17 18:48:17 (30 comments, 26 reshares, 118 +1s)Open 

It's the death of Internet Explorer as we know it ... "Microsoft has finally announced that it will put Internet Explorer out to pasture when Windows 10 launches. All they need to do now is come up with a name for its replacement.

Let's be honest, there's not a huge amount wrong with Internet Explorer these days. And even if there is, Firefox and Chrome are just as bad in their own way. So while Microsoft's decision to kill off the name "Internet Explorer" is sad, it's also not that much of a surprise. After all, post-IE6 its name has more or less been mud. ..."

MORE: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/microsoft-is-going-to-kill-internet-explorer-1288578

It's the death of Internet Explorer as we know it ... "Microsoft has finally announced that it will put Internet Explorer out to pasture when Windows 10 launches. All they need to do now is come up with a name for its replacement.

Let's be honest, there's not a huge amount wrong with Internet Explorer these days. And even if there is, Firefox and Chrome are just as bad in their own way. So while Microsoft's decision to kill off the name "Internet Explorer" is sad, it's also not that much of a surprise. After all, post-IE6 its name has more or less been mud. ..."

MORE: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/microsoft-is-going-to-kill-internet-explorer-1288578___

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2015-03-17 15:22:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

this has GOTTA be COOL!

this has GOTTA be COOL!___

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2015-03-17 15:07:19 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Time for Coffee Break! ... back in 10 ... or 20

Time for Coffee Break! ... back in 10 ... or 20___

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2015-03-17 14:58:49 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Futuristic Lawnmower from 1957: with AC, Radio Telephone, etc ... via http://darkroastedblend.com

Futuristic Lawnmower from 1957: with AC, Radio Telephone, etc ... via http://darkroastedblend.com___

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2015-03-17 13:58:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

23 Places We've Found Water in Our Solar System ... Oceans, Ices, Vapors: Turns out the Solar System isn't so parched. We survey the moons and planets where scientists are finding water in all its forms. -- "... It seems there are few places in the solar systems without some amount of water, whether liquid or solid. There's even a small amount of water vapor on Venus, something like 20 parts-per-million. And every time a source of liquid water is found or suggested, it brings up the chances of life on that world because of the way water acts as a solvent – facilitating the metabolic processes at the most basic level of life. That's why the hunt for extraterrestrial life (quite doubtfully of an intelligent sort, though we've found some quite remarkable octopuses on Earth) has turned from distant solar systems to our own cosmic backyard. ..."

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23 Places We've Found Water in Our Solar System ... Oceans, Ices, Vapors: Turns out the Solar System isn't so parched. We survey the moons and planets where scientists are finding water in all its forms. -- "... It seems there are few places in the solar systems without some amount of water, whether liquid or solid. There's even a small amount of water vapor on Venus, something like 20 parts-per-million. And every time a source of liquid water is found or suggested, it brings up the chances of life on that world because of the way water acts as a solvent – facilitating the metabolic processes at the most basic level of life. That's why the hunt for extraterrestrial life (quite doubtfully of an intelligent sort, though we've found some quite remarkable octopuses on Earth) has turned from distant solar systems to our own cosmic backyard. ..."

MORE: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a14555/water-worlds-in-our-solar-system/___

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2015-03-17 13:57:58 (38 comments, 60 reshares, 267 +1s)Open 

23 Places We've Found Water in Our Solar System ... Oceans, Ices, Vapors: Turns out the Solar System isn't so parched. We survey the moons and planets where scientists are finding water in all its forms. -- "... It seems there are few places in the solar systems without some amount of water, whether liquid or solid. There's even a small amount of water vapor on Venus, something like 20 parts-per-million. And every time a source of liquid water is found or suggested, it brings up the chances of life on that world because of the way water acts as a solvent – facilitating the metabolic processes at the most basic level of life. That's why the hunt for extraterrestrial life (quite doubtfully of an intelligent sort, though we've found some quite remarkable octopuses on Earth) has turned from distant solar systems to our own cosmic backyard. ..."

MORE:h... more »

23 Places We've Found Water in Our Solar System ... Oceans, Ices, Vapors: Turns out the Solar System isn't so parched. We survey the moons and planets where scientists are finding water in all its forms. -- "... It seems there are few places in the solar systems without some amount of water, whether liquid or solid. There's even a small amount of water vapor on Venus, something like 20 parts-per-million. And every time a source of liquid water is found or suggested, it brings up the chances of life on that world because of the way water acts as a solvent – facilitating the metabolic processes at the most basic level of life. That's why the hunt for extraterrestrial life (quite doubtfully of an intelligent sort, though we've found some quite remarkable octopuses on Earth) has turned from distant solar systems to our own cosmic backyard. ..."

MORE: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a14555/water-worlds-in-our-solar-system/___

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2015-03-17 13:54:35 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Why the Warm Ocean on This Moon of Saturn Could Be Perfect for Life ... One of the most promising places to look for life beyond Earth just got even more tantalizing -- "Move over, Europa. It looks as though the most life-friendly habitat ever discovered outside of Earth is Enceladus—Saturn's sixth-largest moon.

Astrophysicists working with NASA's Saturn sweeping Cassini spacecraft have just announced that Enceladus has a warm ocean at its southern pole with ongoing hydrothermal activity—the first ever discovered outside of Earth. This new research, published in the journal Nature, builds upon last year's discovery of the moon's 6-mile-deep ocean, which is also believed to contain many of the chemicals commonly associated with life.

"We now have very strong evidence that there is a hot hydrothermal environment at the base of Enceladus's ocean,per... more »

Why the Warm Ocean on This Moon of Saturn Could Be Perfect for Life ... One of the most promising places to look for life beyond Earth just got even more tantalizing -- "Move over, Europa. It looks as though the most life-friendly habitat ever discovered outside of Earth is Enceladus—Saturn's sixth-largest moon.

Astrophysicists working with NASA's Saturn sweeping Cassini spacecraft have just announced that Enceladus has a warm ocean at its southern pole with ongoing hydrothermal activity—the first ever discovered outside of Earth. This new research, published in the journal Nature, builds upon last year's discovery of the moon's 6-mile-deep ocean, which is also believed to contain many of the chemicals commonly associated with life.

"We now have very strong evidence that there is a hot hydrothermal environment at the base of Enceladus's ocean, perhaps like those where we believe life began on Earth," says Jonathan Lunine, a planetary scientist at Cornell University who works with the Cassini spacecraft but was not involved in the new research. "This is yet another discovery in a series of really remarkable findings that have come one by one, to tell us that this may be the place to go look for life in the outer solar system." ..."

MORE: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a14507/enceladus-saturn-moon-ocean/___

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2015-03-17 13:54:08 (26 comments, 27 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

Why the Warm Ocean on This Moon of Saturn Could Be Perfect for Life ... One of the most promising places to look for life beyond Earth just got even more tantalizing -- "Move over, Europa. It looks as though the most life-friendly habitat ever discovered outside of Earth is Enceladus—Saturn's sixth-largest moon.

Astrophysicists working with NASA's Saturn sweeping Cassini spacecraft have just announced that Enceladus has a warm ocean at its southern pole with ongoing hydrothermal activity—the first ever discovered outside of Earth. This new research, published in the journal Nature, builds upon last year's discovery of the moon's 6-mile-deep ocean, which is also believed to contain many of the chemicals commonly associated with life.

"We now have very strong evidence that there is a hot hydrothermal environment at the base of Enceladus's ocean,per... more »

Why the Warm Ocean on This Moon of Saturn Could Be Perfect for Life ... One of the most promising places to look for life beyond Earth just got even more tantalizing -- "Move over, Europa. It looks as though the most life-friendly habitat ever discovered outside of Earth is Enceladus—Saturn's sixth-largest moon.

Astrophysicists working with NASA's Saturn sweeping Cassini spacecraft have just announced that Enceladus has a warm ocean at its southern pole with ongoing hydrothermal activity—the first ever discovered outside of Earth. This new research, published in the journal Nature, builds upon last year's discovery of the moon's 6-mile-deep ocean, which is also believed to contain many of the chemicals commonly associated with life.

"We now have very strong evidence that there is a hot hydrothermal environment at the base of Enceladus's ocean, perhaps like those where we believe life began on Earth," says Jonathan Lunine, a planetary scientist at Cornell University who works with the Cassini spacecraft but was not involved in the new research. "This is yet another discovery in a series of really remarkable findings that have come one by one, to tell us that this may be the place to go look for life in the outer solar system." ..."

MORE: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a14507/enceladus-saturn-moon-ocean/___

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