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2015-06-26 11:27:57 (52 comments, 15 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars ... " The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars.
But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station (ISS) will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done, experts say.

The difficulty with today's suits is they are designed for microgravity work. They would make walking in an environment with substantial gravity difficult, because the lower torso of the suit is stiff, and it's difficult for the wearer to bend at the waist. Better mobility would be needed for doing geologic fieldwork, said Amy Ross, lead of the advanced pressure-garment team at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Future suits will also improve on the design used in the Apollo program, when astronauts needed to bounce to move around on the moon, she... more »

Most reshares: 54

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2015-06-23 13:58:54 (22 comments, 54 reshares, 326 +1s)Open 

IJsseloog: A Sludge Storage Tank in the Middle of a Lake ... "IJsseloog, or the “Eye of IJssel”, is an enormous circular pit in the middle of Ketelmeer lake in the mouth of the river IJssel, in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands. The pit is one kilometer across and 45 meters deep and functions as a storage tank for heavily contaminated slit that is still being dredged from the bottom of the lake.

Between 1950 and 1990, lake Ketelmeer became heavily polluted from toxic industrial run-offs carried by Rhine and IJssel river from industries and factories located upstream. These pollutants were released into the river by industries not only in Holland but in Germany, Switzerland and France as well. The polluted sediments settled to the bottom of Ketelmeer in a thick layer of contaminated sludge. It was feared that the pollutants could contaminate the ground water or spread tothe... more »

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2015-06-23 13:58:54 (22 comments, 54 reshares, 326 +1s)Open 

IJsseloog: A Sludge Storage Tank in the Middle of a Lake ... "IJsseloog, or the “Eye of IJssel”, is an enormous circular pit in the middle of Ketelmeer lake in the mouth of the river IJssel, in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands. The pit is one kilometer across and 45 meters deep and functions as a storage tank for heavily contaminated slit that is still being dredged from the bottom of the lake.

Between 1950 and 1990, lake Ketelmeer became heavily polluted from toxic industrial run-offs carried by Rhine and IJssel river from industries and factories located upstream. These pollutants were released into the river by industries not only in Holland but in Germany, Switzerland and France as well. The polluted sediments settled to the bottom of Ketelmeer in a thick layer of contaminated sludge. It was feared that the pollutants could contaminate the ground water or spread tothe... more »

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2015-07-02 15:24:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html

Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html___

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2015-07-02 15:23:03 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html

Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html___

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2015-07-02 15:17:31 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Koyashskoye Salt Lake ... "Koyashskoye is a salt lake located on the coast of the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, and separated from the Black Sea by a strip of land. Like many salt lakes around the world, the waters of Koyashskoye has an impressive pink hue, due to the presence of a microscopic algae that thrive in the saline water. The lake is not large — about 4 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, and quite shallow with an average depth of just one meter. Because of its shallowness, countless tiny, rocky islands dot the lake’s surface. When the water evaporates, the salt in the lake crystallizes around these rocks and the shores, producing crystal stones and the scent of viola.

The lake is not widely known to the tourists but popular among the locals who say the lake’s mud contain healing properties. The lake belongs to Opuksky Nature Reserve that was created in 1998....&q... more »

Koyashskoye Salt Lake ... "Koyashskoye is a salt lake located on the coast of the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, and separated from the Black Sea by a strip of land. Like many salt lakes around the world, the waters of Koyashskoye has an impressive pink hue, due to the presence of a microscopic algae that thrive in the saline water. The lake is not large — about 4 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, and quite shallow with an average depth of just one meter. Because of its shallowness, countless tiny, rocky islands dot the lake’s surface. When the water evaporates, the salt in the lake crystallizes around these rocks and the shores, producing crystal stones and the scent of viola.

The lake is not widely known to the tourists but popular among the locals who say the lake’s mud contain healing properties. The lake belongs to Opuksky Nature Reserve that was created in 1998. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/koyashskoye-salt-lake.html___

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2015-07-02 15:09:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Standing out in the rain drinking coffee. More fun than it sounds.

Standing out in the rain drinking coffee. More fun than it sounds.___

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2015-07-02 14:54:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Mount Washington: Home of the World's Worst Weather ... BELOW: The weather station atop Mount Washington is chained down to prevent it from being blown away. ... "Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is the highest peak in Northeastern United States and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. Before the European settlers arrived, the natives called the mountain Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit". Today, it is better known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather.”

Mount Washington is located in the temperate climate zone but has Arctic-like conditions. Extreme cold, year-round snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are some of Mount Washington's prominent features. The peak isn’t terribly high either — just 6,288 feet — yet it endures some of the planet’s most extreme weather comparable to thoseexperienc... more »

Mount Washington: Home of the World's Worst Weather ... BELOW: The weather station atop Mount Washington is chained down to prevent it from being blown away. ... "Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is the highest peak in Northeastern United States and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. Before the European settlers arrived, the natives called the mountain Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit". Today, it is better known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather.”

Mount Washington is located in the temperate climate zone but has Arctic-like conditions. Extreme cold, year-round snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are some of Mount Washington's prominent features. The peak isn’t terribly high either — just 6,288 feet — yet it endures some of the planet’s most extreme weather comparable to those experienced on top of Mount Everest or on the South Pole.

The lowest temperature ever recorded at Mount Washington's summit is −46.0 °C. Only the South Pole is colder. The highest wind speed recorded here was 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) which remained the fastest wind speed ever recorded anywhere on earth, for most of the 20th century, besting even the most fierce hurricanes. The peak is blasted by hurricane-force wind on an average of 110 days a year which further lowers the wind chill value. On January 16, 2004, the summit registered a temperature of −42.0 °C and sustained winds of 87.5 mph (140.8 km/h), resulting in a wind chill value of −74.77 °C.

Mount Washington’s extreme weather is due to its geographic location. The peak stands on the path of several storms, mainly those from the Atlantic to the south, the Gulf region and Pacific Northwest. The vertical rise of the Presidential Range, combined with its north-south orientation, makes it a significant barrier to westerly winds. In the winter months, due to the relative temperature differences between the Northeast and the Atlantic Ocean, a low-pressure system develops along the coastline which generates ferocious gusts of wind. ..."

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/mount-washington-home-of-world-worst.html___

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2015-07-02 14:43:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ferropolis: The City of Iron ... "Near the city of Gräfenhainichen, in Germany, in a former open-cast mine, lie five enormous decommissioned industrial machines. There are bucket wheel excavators, continuous bucket dredgers as well as stackers, each measuring up to 130 meters long and 30 meters high. These big machines once helped excavate millions of tons of brown coal in the open mine of Golpa-Nord. When the coal ran out in the 1990s, Golpa-Nord was shut down and these machines were left behind to form an open air museum called Ferropolis: The city of iron. The unusual backdrop formed by these gigantic relics of industrial history, surrounded by the flooded mine shaft, is nowadays a popular setting for open-air concerts, opera and music festivals.

After the Second Word War and the subsequent division of Germany, the communist government began plundering the country’s naturalre... more »

Ferropolis: The City of Iron ... "Near the city of Gräfenhainichen, in Germany, in a former open-cast mine, lie five enormous decommissioned industrial machines. There are bucket wheel excavators, continuous bucket dredgers as well as stackers, each measuring up to 130 meters long and 30 meters high. These big machines once helped excavate millions of tons of brown coal in the open mine of Golpa-Nord. When the coal ran out in the 1990s, Golpa-Nord was shut down and these machines were left behind to form an open air museum called Ferropolis: The city of iron. The unusual backdrop formed by these gigantic relics of industrial history, surrounded by the flooded mine shaft, is nowadays a popular setting for open-air concerts, opera and music festivals.

After the Second Word War and the subsequent division of Germany, the communist government began plundering the country’s natural resources to expand its industrial capacity. The government’s dependence on brown coal to power its cities and factories led to intense mining operation and all scattered individual mining areas were merged into a single entity. At its peak, the German mining industry employed 60,000 workers and produced 100 million tons of coal per year, which was used to supply innumerable power stations, coal-briquette factories and low temperature carbonization plants.

Golpa-Nord was one of the smaller mines, but only by comparison. The scale of operation was huge. The mine covered 1,915 hectares in area and 342 million cubic meters of earth were removed to produce 70 million tonnes of brown coal. The operation was, however, vastly inefficient, and when Germany was reunified in 1989, many outdated plants and mines were shut down. Golpa-Nord stopped production in 1991.

For a few years, the hulking machinery of the mine sat on the ground waiting to be hauled away to the scrapping yard. But instead, the five machines were gathered in a plateau to become Ferropolis, a memorial to 150 years of brown coal extraction. A museum in a former power station educates visitors about the history and development of lignite mining technology, while the surrounding ground with sculptures and artistically designed landmarks provide an impressive backdrop for performances and events. The rest of the mine was flooded to create a lake. ..."

MORE: http://thesoundclique.com/portfolio/melt-festival/___

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2015-07-01 21:00:03 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

FORGOTTEN HERITAGE: SUBTERRANEAN CISTERNS OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND ... Below: A Victorian cistern beneath North London. ...
T"he word "cistern" conjures a rather humble image: toilet tank. But to residents of Victorian England, the term had another, much more majestic definition: a cathedral-like subterranean reservoir built to store rainwater.

Unlike the Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul, the disused cisterns beneath London and Leicestershire, located in the English Midlands, are not open to the public. But armed with a camera and caving lamps, Matt Emmett, the urban explorer behind Forgotten Heritage Photography, found a way in to three of these 19th-century reservoirs. These photographs reveal what he saw, but location details are scant in order to prevent a stream of visitors from following in his footsteps.
"All of these locations are not public access and from... more »

FORGOTTEN HERITAGE: SUBTERRANEAN CISTERNS OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND ... Below: A Victorian cistern beneath North London. ...
T"he word "cistern" conjures a rather humble image: toilet tank. But to residents of Victorian England, the term had another, much more majestic definition: a cathedral-like subterranean reservoir built to store rainwater.

Unlike the Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul, the disused cisterns beneath London and Leicestershire, located in the English Midlands, are not open to the public. But armed with a camera and caving lamps, Matt Emmett, the urban explorer behind Forgotten Heritage Photography, found a way in to three of these 19th-century reservoirs. These photographs reveal what he saw, but location details are scant in order to prevent a stream of visitors from following in his footsteps.
"All of these locations are not public access and from experience would not be possible via requesting permission," says Emmett. "In all cases we made our own way into them, photographed them and left without incident. I am of the opinion that they need to be photographed as part of their historical preservation."

The cistern below, built in North London in 1868 to store drinking water, has a dozen arched corridors identical to the one pictured. Each such passage measures about 120 meters long, or 394 feet. It, too, has marvelous acoustics.

"The echo in here had fantastic delay to it, my whoop coming back to me around four seconds after it left my mouth," Emmett recalls.
Assuming you don't shout, the vast space would be eerily quiet if not for the Tube line that runs directly beneath it. "Every now and again there is a rumbling that builds and then fades before the silence descends again," says Emmett.  ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/forgotten-heritage-subterranean-cisterns-of-victorian-england___

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2015-07-01 12:58:23 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Poker Flat Research Range ... Fairbanks, Alaska -- "Research missiles and rainbow auroras at the world's largest land-based rocket range ... Smack in the middle of Alaska is a research facility that studies a wonderful mix of rockets and auroras. The Poker Flat Research Range is comprised of over 5,000 acres of science-y goodness, using rocketry to take a closer look at the Aurora Borealis, the magnetic field, and the ozone.

The land, which sits beneath the normal path of an aurora, has been used to observe the colorful natural phenomena since the 1920s. In the 1940s the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks took control of the site, and they brought rockets with them. The facilities as they are known today weren't completed until the 1970s, with multiple on-site facilities like riometers, magnetometers, and other pieces of precision equipment that... more »

Poker Flat Research Range ... Fairbanks, Alaska -- "Research missiles and rainbow auroras at the world's largest land-based rocket range ... Smack in the middle of Alaska is a research facility that studies a wonderful mix of rockets and auroras. The Poker Flat Research Range is comprised of over 5,000 acres of science-y goodness, using rocketry to take a closer look at the Aurora Borealis, the magnetic field, and the ozone.

The land, which sits beneath the normal path of an aurora, has been used to observe the colorful natural phenomena since the 1920s. In the 1940s the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks took control of the site, and they brought rockets with them. The facilities as they are known today weren't completed until the 1970s, with multiple on-site facilities like riometers, magnetometers, and other pieces of precision equipment that allow the data gained from the rockets to be studied on the premises. 
Rather than military grade missiles, the researchers use "sounding rockets" which are projectiles loaded to the gills with research instrumentation. These are fired up into the atmosphere to a level that sits somewhere between where weather balloons reach and where space begins, allowing for a detailed look into how the Earth's atmosphere interacts with the vacuum of space.

Today there are five separate launch pads and an ever-evolving array of scientific facilities. As the state of research evolves and the range of interests spreads, the PFRR continues to grow with it. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/poker-flat-research-range___

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2015-06-30 23:10:45 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? ... by Mike Wall -- "Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX's unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart about 2 minutes after launching the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the orbiting lab Sunday (June 28). If the mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the "Dragon V2" capsule variant, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

"The escape system slated for the second version of Dragon would have — should certainly have taken the astronauts to a safe place after an anomaly like this," Shotwell said during a news conference following the accident Sunday.&q... more »

Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? ... by Mike Wall -- "Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX's unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart about 2 minutes after launching the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the orbiting lab Sunday (June 28). If the mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the "Dragon V2" capsule variant, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

"The escape system slated for the second version of Dragon would have — should certainly have taken the astronauts to a safe place after an anomaly like this," Shotwell said during a news conference following the accident Sunday. "In fact, it's designed to take a far more energetic event and get the astronauts safely away."

below: "SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on June 28, 2015. The rocket broke apart about 2 minutes into the flight." ..."

http://www.space.com/29801-spacex-rocket-explosion-astronauts-survive.html___

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2015-06-30 23:03:33 (19 comments, 11 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? ... by Mike Wall -- "Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX's unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart about 2 minutes after launching the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the orbiting lab Sunday (June 28). If the mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the "Dragon V2" capsule variant, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

"The escape system slated for the second version of Dragon would have — should certainly have taken the astronauts to a safe place after an anomaly like this," Shotwell said during a news conference following the accident Sunday.&q... more »

Would Astronauts Have Survived the SpaceX Rocket Explosion? ... by Mike Wall -- "Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX's unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart about 2 minutes after launching the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the orbiting lab Sunday (June 28). If the mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the "Dragon V2" capsule variant, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

"The escape system slated for the second version of Dragon would have — should certainly have taken the astronauts to a safe place after an anomaly like this," Shotwell said during a news conference following the accident Sunday. "In fact, it's designed to take a far more energetic event and get the astronauts safely away."

below: "SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on June 28, 2015. The rocket broke apart about 2 minutes into the flight." ..."

http://www.space.com/29801-spacex-rocket-explosion-astronauts-survive.html___

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2015-06-30 22:57:31 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Poker Flat Research Range ... Fairbanks, Alaska -- "Research missiles and rainbow auroras at the world's largest land-based rocket range ... Smack in the middle of Alaska is a research facility that studies a wonderful mix of rockets and auroras. The Poker Flat Research Range is comprised of over 5,000 acres of science-y goodness, using rocketry to take a closer look at the Aurora Borealis, the magnetic field, and the ozone.

The land, which sits beneath the normal path of an aurora, has been used to observe the colorful natural phenomena since the 1920s. In the 1940s the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks took control of the site, and they brought rockets with them. The facilities as they are known today weren't completed until the 1970s, with multiple on-site facilities like riometers, magnetometers, and other pieces of precision equipment that... more »

Poker Flat Research Range ... Fairbanks, Alaska -- "Research missiles and rainbow auroras at the world's largest land-based rocket range ... Smack in the middle of Alaska is a research facility that studies a wonderful mix of rockets and auroras. The Poker Flat Research Range is comprised of over 5,000 acres of science-y goodness, using rocketry to take a closer look at the Aurora Borealis, the magnetic field, and the ozone.

The land, which sits beneath the normal path of an aurora, has been used to observe the colorful natural phenomena since the 1920s. In the 1940s the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks took control of the site, and they brought rockets with them. The facilities as they are known today weren't completed until the 1970s, with multiple on-site facilities like riometers, magnetometers, and other pieces of precision equipment that allow the data gained from the rockets to be studied on the premises. 
Rather than military grade missiles, the researchers use "sounding rockets" which are projectiles loaded to the gills with research instrumentation. These are fired up into the atmosphere to a level that sits somewhere between where weather balloons reach and where space begins, allowing for a detailed look into how the Earth's atmosphere interacts with the vacuum of space.

Today there are five separate launch pads and an ever-evolving array of scientific facilities. As the state of research evolves and the range of interests spreads, the PFRR continues to grow with it. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/poker-flat-research-range___

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2015-06-30 22:51:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

To Sua Ocean Trench ... Upolu, Samoa -- "The world is full of swimming holes, but few compare to Samoa’s idyllic To Sua ocean trench ... Over the course of millennia, erosion of the lava fields around Lotofaga left the area pocked with tide pools and a series of blowholes, the largest of which is To Sua (whose name translates to “big hole”).

The To Sua ocean trench is a swimmer’s delight, set on the edge of a tropical paradise with the South Pacific lapping at its shores. Surrounded by lush gardens, visitors wind along cliffside paths to the natural salt water pool sunken deep into the earth.

The western side of the ocean trench opens onto a small, sandy beach only accessible through a cave-like nook. Sheer rock faces of volcanic basalt disappear underfoot, leaving an epic ladder as the sole access point to the water below.

Too impatient to descendslowly? W... more »

To Sua Ocean Trench ... Upolu, Samoa -- "The world is full of swimming holes, but few compare to Samoa’s idyllic To Sua ocean trench ... Over the course of millennia, erosion of the lava fields around Lotofaga left the area pocked with tide pools and a series of blowholes, the largest of which is To Sua (whose name translates to “big hole”).

The To Sua ocean trench is a swimmer’s delight, set on the edge of a tropical paradise with the South Pacific lapping at its shores. Surrounded by lush gardens, visitors wind along cliffside paths to the natural salt water pool sunken deep into the earth.

The western side of the ocean trench opens onto a small, sandy beach only accessible through a cave-like nook. Sheer rock faces of volcanic basalt disappear underfoot, leaving an epic ladder as the sole access point to the water below.

Too impatient to descend slowly? While making a flying leap into the crystalline water may seem a poor choice, at 90 feet in depth, the salt water pool offers a perfectly safe opportunity for those bold enough to give it a go. Should acts of bravado prove less appealing, paddling the turquoise waters of an ocean trench while humming Bali Hai will likely make for just as memorable an experience. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/to-sua-ocean-trench___

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2015-06-30 14:20:57 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

9 cats, 20 boxes
 ... need we say more?

9 cats, 20 boxes
 ... need we say more?___

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2015-06-30 14:15:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

You Can Now Climb Yosemite’s Famous El Capitan on Google Maps ... "On June 24, 2015, Google launched their first-ever vertical Street View, giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan.

To bring this new imagery, Google partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Check out the incredible behind-the-scenes video below. ..."

Do the Virtual Climb at: https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/yosemite/

via: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/climb-yosemite-el-capitain-on-google-maps/

You Can Now Climb Yosemite’s Famous El Capitan on Google Maps ... "On June 24, 2015, Google launched their first-ever vertical Street View, giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan.

To bring this new imagery, Google partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Check out the incredible behind-the-scenes video below. ..."

Do the Virtual Climb at: https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/yosemite/

via: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/climb-yosemite-el-capitain-on-google-maps/___

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2015-06-30 00:47:20 (7 comments, 18 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Luxury Tank ... "If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now, however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2 (Extreme Vehicle 2) – it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank."

Little is available in technical details right now, which is partly due to the fact that the EV2 will be made largely to individual buyers' specs.
We can tell you, however, that it has a power winch, gull-wing doors, a high-intensity light bar, 12 inches (30 cm) of suspension travel, and a diesel engine that puts out over 600 hp. It additionally has an interiort... more »

Luxury Tank ... "If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now, however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2 (Extreme Vehicle 2) – it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank."

Little is available in technical details right now, which is partly due to the fact that the EV2 will be made largely to individual buyers' specs.
We can tell you, however, that it has a power winch, gull-wing doors, a high-intensity light bar, 12 inches (30 cm) of suspension travel, and a diesel engine that puts out over 600 hp. It additionally has an interior that looks more like something out of one of the Batman movies than a Mad Max creation.

There are also no performance specs just yet, although the company does state that the original Ripsaw (which is the base of the EV2) is the fastest dual-tracked vehicle ever made. In the first of the two videos below, you can see that the EV2 is indeed pretty quick.
Should you be wanting one, you'd better be quick, patient and wealthy. Howe and Howe states that the Ripsaw EV2 will be made by hand in a limited run, each one taking up to six months to build, and costing "well into the 100s of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages." ..."

MORE: http://www.gizmag.com/howe-and-howe-unveils-ripsaw-ev-2-tracked-off-road-vehicle/37706/___

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2015-06-29 18:28:19 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store ... "Being a superhero in New York City is easy. Just walk into the Brooklyn Superhero Supply in Park Slope, 5th Avenue between 5th and 6th street, and walk away with a new cape, a grappling hook, a tin of antimatter, or even a new identity. And if you need a partner, Brooklyn Superhero Supply also runs a sidekick placement service. And like any good superhero, the store itself has a secret second identity.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply is the brainchild of acclaimed novelist Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari who founded 826, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. When they founded the original 826 chapter in San Francisco, the building they chose for their tutoring center was allocated for retail.... more »

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store ... "Being a superhero in New York City is easy. Just walk into the Brooklyn Superhero Supply in Park Slope, 5th Avenue between 5th and 6th street, and walk away with a new cape, a grappling hook, a tin of antimatter, or even a new identity. And if you need a partner, Brooklyn Superhero Supply also runs a sidekick placement service. And like any good superhero, the store itself has a secret second identity.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply is the brainchild of acclaimed novelist Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari who founded 826, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. When they founded the original 826 chapter in San Francisco, the building they chose for their tutoring center was allocated for retail. The law required them to either open a retail store or take their offices elsewhere. Dave and Ninive chose the latter and invented the Pirate Supply Store that not only helped them get past the restriction but also helped attract kids and raise funds for the organization by selling pirate wares and souvenirs. When Dave and Ninive opened the New York chapter of 826, the superhero theme was the obvious choice given the city’s history with vigilante.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. was opened in 2004 and since then has been taking care of the city’s superhero needs. They sell capes, utility belts, masks, and all sorts of infinitely silly accessories such as deflector bracelets, bottles of chaos, anti-gravity, immortality and more. You can get into costumes and test their aerodynamic capabilities in a cape-testing wind tunnel, which is essentially a series of fans on a pedestal, to see how they fare when you are flying or fighting. If you aren’t even sure whether you are a superhero or a villain, you can go into the villain chamber and answer a series of questions to determine your villain type.

All the store’s products are made in house by its staff and volunteers. Some of the toys are repurposed surplus goods, like suction cups that kids can imagine scaling buildings with. Others like the Galactic Light Blaster or the air cannon, which sprays a burst of highly pressurized air to stun foes, are dollar-store toys that suddenly become much cooler with a dose of imagination. The disguise kits are dossiers instructing you on how to adopt a new persona.
The store’s real identity lies behind a secret door designed like a bookshelf that leads to a spacious learning center where students ages 6 to 18 participate in creative writing programs and get homework help. The learning center is free and any children in the age group can walk in and participate. The center is run by a team of 250 volunteers, five staff members, and a handful of interns who help tutor over 2,000 students each year. ..."

MORE:  http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/brooklyn-superhero-supply-store.html___

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2015-06-28 15:56:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Amateur Radio Field Day, Mars Hill NC .. Participants included W4ZWO, KG4LGY, KI4DNY, KJ4SJU, KI4ZHH, and W5VE. 

Amateur Radio Field Day, Mars Hill NC .. Participants included W4ZWO, KG4LGY, KI4DNY, KJ4SJU, KI4ZHH, and W5VE. ___

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2015-06-27 12:16:51 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

CQ FIELD DAY!!! ... Today's the big day of the year for ham radio operators! W5VE will there! ... "Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power... more »

CQ FIELD DAY!!! ... Today's the big day of the year for ham radio operators! W5VE will there! ... "Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity. ...

RULES: ... The contest aspect of a Field Day operating event is to contact as many stations as possible in the given time period (twenty-four hours, during a weekend, if setup commences before the contest starts, or 27 hours if setup commences at contest start time) using the portable station. Each station will exchange information with other participating stations. For the North American Field Day, the exchange consists of the station call sign, the name of the ARRL-recognized section from which the station is operating, and a class designator which indicates the number of transmitters concurrently used at the station and information about the type of electrical power source being used.

The contest portion of Field Day has two purposes. The primary purpose is to demonstrate the group's ability to plan operations that can be effective for an entire twenty-four-hour period, including operator endurance and adequate numbers of operators for a shift operation. The secondary portion is to demonstrate the technical proficiency of the station that has been hastily constructed for the purpose; in theory a better station will be capable of emergency operations in more dire conditions. Such a station will also be capable of making more contacts during the contest portion of Field Day.

The rules governing this activity are published by the sponsor of the particular Field Day exercise. ..."

MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Day_%28amateur_radio%29___

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2015-06-27 12:16:29 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

CQ FIELD DAY!!! ... Today's the big day of the year for ham radio operators! W5VE will there! ... "Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power... more »

CQ FIELD DAY!!! ... Today's the big day of the year for ham radio operators! W5VE will there! ... "Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity. ...

RULES: ... The contest aspect of a Field Day operating event is to contact as many stations as possible in the given time period (twenty-four hours, during a weekend, if setup commences before the contest starts, or 27 hours if setup commences at contest start time) using the portable station. Each station will exchange information with other participating stations. For the North American Field Day, the exchange consists of the station call sign, the name of the ARRL-recognized section from which the station is operating, and a class designator which indicates the number of transmitters concurrently used at the station and information about the type of electrical power source being used.

The contest portion of Field Day has two purposes. The primary purpose is to demonstrate the group's ability to plan operations that can be effective for an entire twenty-four-hour period, including operator endurance and adequate numbers of operators for a shift operation. The secondary portion is to demonstrate the technical proficiency of the station that has been hastily constructed for the purpose; in theory a better station will be capable of emergency operations in more dire conditions. Such a station will also be capable of making more contacts during the contest portion of Field Day.

The rules governing this activity are published by the sponsor of the particular Field Day exercise. ..."

MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Day_%28amateur_radio%29___

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2015-06-27 11:48:39 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Dynjandi Waterfalls, Iceland ... "Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is a series of waterfalls located in the Westfjords (Vestfirðir), Iceland. The waterfalls (7 total) have a cumulative height of 100 metres (330 ft) and are truly one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls in Iceland.

According to Guide to Iceland, it’s quite the hike to the waterfalls and you will pass the six smaller waterfalls en route to larger upper falls of Dynjandi. To make the trek easier, volunteers built a hiking path to the falls in 1996. ..."

MORE: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/04/dynjandi-waterfalls-westfjords-iceland/

Dynjandi Waterfalls, Iceland ... "Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is a series of waterfalls located in the Westfjords (Vestfirðir), Iceland. The waterfalls (7 total) have a cumulative height of 100 metres (330 ft) and are truly one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls in Iceland.

According to Guide to Iceland, it’s quite the hike to the waterfalls and you will pass the six smaller waterfalls en route to larger upper falls of Dynjandi. To make the trek easier, volunteers built a hiking path to the falls in 1996. ..."

MORE: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/04/dynjandi-waterfalls-westfjords-iceland/___

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2015-06-27 11:30:09 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

City Issues Parking Ticket to Car Sculpture it Commissioned ... "A car sculpture by Erin Wurm, created in honour of the German city of Karlsruhe’s 300th anniversary celebration, was recently issued a parking ticket by an unaware city worker.

Funnily enough, the gaffe has generated more attention for the city’s 300th anniversary than any other ‘intentional’ promotion could have dreamed of. ..."

MORE: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/city-issues-parking-ticket-to-car-sculpture-it-commissioned/

City Issues Parking Ticket to Car Sculpture it Commissioned ... "A car sculpture by Erin Wurm, created in honour of the German city of Karlsruhe’s 300th anniversary celebration, was recently issued a parking ticket by an unaware city worker.

Funnily enough, the gaffe has generated more attention for the city’s 300th anniversary than any other ‘intentional’ promotion could have dreamed of. ..."

MORE: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/city-issues-parking-ticket-to-car-sculpture-it-commissioned/___

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2015-06-27 11:20:27 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I really like the updates on what went wrong.  With updates like this, even the failures are entertaining.

[ Side note: and how they name their barges by Iain M Banks culture ship names.. If you haven't read the novels, you're missing out. ]

I really like the updates on what went wrong.  With updates like this, even the failures are entertaining.

[ Side note: and how they name their barges by Iain M Banks culture ship names.. If you haven't read the novels, you're missing out. ]___

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2015-06-27 11:13:09 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation ... now this project has SCOPE! ...  Peter B. de Selding, Space News -- " WARSAW, Poland — Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that will quiet, if not silence its doubters, on June 25 announced that it had raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola and cellular network operator Totalplay Telecommunications Inc. of Mexico.
The announcement in London also included the surprise inclusion of satellite fleet operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and McLean, Virginia, whose position as the world’s largest operator of Ku-band satellite capacity — OneWeb is using Ku-band from low Earth orbit — ostensibly makes it a potential OneWeb adversary.

Intelsat said that its relatively modest $25 million cashinvestme... more »

Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation ... now this project has SCOPE! ...  Peter B. de Selding, Space News -- " WARSAW, Poland — Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that will quiet, if not silence its doubters, on June 25 announced that it had raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola and cellular network operator Totalplay Telecommunications Inc. of Mexico.
The announcement in London also included the surprise inclusion of satellite fleet operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and McLean, Virginia, whose position as the world’s largest operator of Ku-band satellite capacity — OneWeb is using Ku-band from low Earth orbit — ostensibly makes it a potential OneWeb adversary.

Intelsat said that its relatively modest $25 million cash investment in OneWeb is part of a relationship in which Intelsat’s maritime and aeronautical customers will be able to use OneWeb satellites in areas where coverage is spotty.

The advantage for OneWeb is substantial. Its constellation of 648 satellites operating at 1,200 kilometers in Ku-band faces potential interference issues around the equator, and any interference would be resolved in favor of the established operators in geostationary orbit, like Intelsat.

OneWeb’s regulatory license allows it to operate, but only on condition that its broadcasts do not bother Ku-band signals from satellites in higher orbit, which by virture of being there for the past several decades have established priority with international regulators.

Standing on the shoulders of now-dead constellations of 15 years ago that successfully fought for low-orbiting constellations’ ability to coexist with the geostationary operators, OneWeb has committed to lower its power output around the equator to avoid interference.
With Intelsat now on board, OneWeb customers in the equatorial region will have the option of moving onto Intelsat’s Epic high-throughput satellites, as needed, to assure service in what might otherwise be a frequency-contested environment.

OneWeb Chief Executive Greg Wyler, in a June 25 interview, said the company may strike similar arrangements with other established satellite fleet operators. The only other satellite operator with 50 geostationary satellites in its fleet is SES of Luxembourg, which is the leading investor in O3b Networks, a company with a constellation of medium-Earth-orbit Internet delivery satellites. O3b was founded by Wyler.

“We are not against GEO or MEO systems,” Wyler said. “The addition of Intelsat should demonstrate that. The idea is to get Internet out everywhere on the planet. GEO and MEO and LEO systems can work together for this.”

OneWeb also announced June 25 that the Arianespace consortium of Evry, France, would be the principal launch-service provider for OneWeb’s initial constellation.

Arianespace signed a contract with OneWeb for 21 launches aboard Russian Soyuz rockets, which Arianespace commercializes both at Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and at Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport on the northeast coast of South America.
In a conference call with journalists, Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel said Arianespace’s first OneWeb launch, in late 2017, will carry 10 OneWeb pilot satellites into orbit from the European spaceport.

The remaining 20 Soyuz launches – the contract includes options for additional Soyuz rockets and the future Ariane 6 vehicle – will occur in 2018 and 2019, each carrying 32 OneWeb satellites. Israel said it’s likely that most of these will occur from the Baikonur launch base.
Israel decline to disclose the contract’s value beyond saying it was between $1 billion and $2 billion. A separate contract with OneWeb will cover design and construction of a dispenser to fit under the Soyuz rocket fairing to carry the OneWeb spacecraft into orbit and separate them.

OneWeb contracted with Virgin Galactic, a division of Virgin Group — an anchor investor in OneWeb — to use the LauncherOne rocket, now in development for 39 launch campaigns, each carrying between one and three satellites for constellation-maintenance duties. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29781-oneweb-satellite-internet-company-funding.html___

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2015-06-27 11:12:10 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation ... now this project has SCOPE! ...  Peter B. de Selding, Space News -- " WARSAW, Poland — Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that will quiet, if not silence its doubters, on June 25 announced that it had raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola and cellular network operator Totalplay Telecommunications Inc. of Mexico.
The announcement in London also included the surprise inclusion of satellite fleet operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and McLean, Virginia, whose position as the world’s largest operator of Ku-band satellite capacity — OneWeb is using Ku-band from low Earth orbit — ostensibly makes it a potential OneWeb adversary.

Intelsat said that its relatively modest $25 million cashinvestme... more »

Satellite-Internet Company Raises $500 Million for Huge Constellation ... now this project has SCOPE! ...  Peter B. de Selding, Space News -- " WARSAW, Poland — Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that will quiet, if not silence its doubters, on June 25 announced that it had raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises, Coca-Cola and cellular network operator Totalplay Telecommunications Inc. of Mexico.
The announcement in London also included the surprise inclusion of satellite fleet operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and McLean, Virginia, whose position as the world’s largest operator of Ku-band satellite capacity — OneWeb is using Ku-band from low Earth orbit — ostensibly makes it a potential OneWeb adversary.

Intelsat said that its relatively modest $25 million cash investment in OneWeb is part of a relationship in which Intelsat’s maritime and aeronautical customers will be able to use OneWeb satellites in areas where coverage is spotty.

The advantage for OneWeb is substantial. Its constellation of 648 satellites operating at 1,200 kilometers in Ku-band faces potential interference issues around the equator, and any interference would be resolved in favor of the established operators in geostationary orbit, like Intelsat.

OneWeb’s regulatory license allows it to operate, but only on condition that its broadcasts do not bother Ku-band signals from satellites in higher orbit, which by virture of being there for the past several decades have established priority with international regulators.

Standing on the shoulders of now-dead constellations of 15 years ago that successfully fought for low-orbiting constellations’ ability to coexist with the geostationary operators, OneWeb has committed to lower its power output around the equator to avoid interference.
With Intelsat now on board, OneWeb customers in the equatorial region will have the option of moving onto Intelsat’s Epic high-throughput satellites, as needed, to assure service in what might otherwise be a frequency-contested environment.

OneWeb Chief Executive Greg Wyler, in a June 25 interview, said the company may strike similar arrangements with other established satellite fleet operators. The only other satellite operator with 50 geostationary satellites in its fleet is SES of Luxembourg, which is the leading investor in O3b Networks, a company with a constellation of medium-Earth-orbit Internet delivery satellites. O3b was founded by Wyler.

“We are not against GEO or MEO systems,” Wyler said. “The addition of Intelsat should demonstrate that. The idea is to get Internet out everywhere on the planet. GEO and MEO and LEO systems can work together for this.”

OneWeb also announced June 25 that the Arianespace consortium of Evry, France, would be the principal launch-service provider for OneWeb’s initial constellation.

Arianespace signed a contract with OneWeb for 21 launches aboard Russian Soyuz rockets, which Arianespace commercializes both at Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and at Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport on the northeast coast of South America.
In a conference call with journalists, Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel said Arianespace’s first OneWeb launch, in late 2017, will carry 10 OneWeb pilot satellites into orbit from the European spaceport.

The remaining 20 Soyuz launches – the contract includes options for additional Soyuz rockets and the future Ariane 6 vehicle – will occur in 2018 and 2019, each carrying 32 OneWeb satellites. Israel said it’s likely that most of these will occur from the Baikonur launch base.
Israel decline to disclose the contract’s value beyond saying it was between $1 billion and $2 billion. A separate contract with OneWeb will cover design and construction of a dispenser to fit under the Soyuz rocket fairing to carry the OneWeb spacecraft into orbit and separate them.

OneWeb contracted with Virgin Galactic, a division of Virgin Group — an anchor investor in OneWeb — to use the LauncherOne rocket, now in development for 39 launch campaigns, each carrying between one and three satellites for constellation-maintenance duties. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29781-oneweb-satellite-internet-company-funding.html___

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2015-06-26 16:39:51 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Ultimate Concealed Carry Weapon ... I have not gone in yet to inquire how you conceal this but I'm sure if you can lift it, you'll figure a way.

Ultimate Concealed Carry Weapon ... I have not gone in yet to inquire how you conceal this but I'm sure if you can lift it, you'll figure a way.___

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2015-06-26 14:56:43 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

A pharmacy? Really?

via the Shirk Report
http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/the-shirk-report-volume-323/

A pharmacy? Really?

via the Shirk Report
http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/the-shirk-report-volume-323/___

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2015-06-26 14:54:09 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Does anyone know what kind of hummingbird this is?

via the Shirk Report
http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/the-shirk-report-volume-323/

Does anyone know what kind of hummingbird this is?

via the Shirk Report
http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/the-shirk-report-volume-323/___

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2015-06-26 13:52:35 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Roundabouts of Great Britain ... "Kevin Beresford is the President of The United Kingdom Roundabout Appreciation Society, an odd group of people who meet in and around Redditch, a town in north-east Worcestershire, to discuss everything about roundabouts – their architecture, design, style, location as well as their safety features. Any why not? Roundabouts are not only an essential traffic management system but they also provide space for gardening, sponsorship and sculpture. These roundabouts range from a simple expanse of grass to magnificent landscaped beauties. Some feature works of art or are wildlife havens, others are sources of local history. There are 10,000 roundabouts in the UK. Redditch alone has over forty.

The society started in 2003 when Beresford's printing company was looking for something different to put on a calendar that he intended to present to hiss... more »

The Roundabouts of Great Britain ... "Kevin Beresford is the President of The United Kingdom Roundabout Appreciation Society, an odd group of people who meet in and around Redditch, a town in north-east Worcestershire, to discuss everything about roundabouts – their architecture, design, style, location as well as their safety features. Any why not? Roundabouts are not only an essential traffic management system but they also provide space for gardening, sponsorship and sculpture. These roundabouts range from a simple expanse of grass to magnificent landscaped beauties. Some feature works of art or are wildlife havens, others are sources of local history. There are 10,000 roundabouts in the UK. Redditch alone has over forty.

The society started in 2003 when Beresford's printing company was looking for something different to put on a calendar that he intended to present to his suppliers at Christmas. Beresford chose roundabouts and sent a graphic design student with a camera to shoot the best roundabouts in town. Beresford initially printed only 10 calendars, but the response he got was so overwhelming that he ended up selling 100,000 calendars the world over, and the Roundabout Appreciation Society was born.

Never before has anyone  written so poetically about the traffic rotary. On the society’s webpage, Beresford wrote: “Roads are often condemned as being scars on the landscape but with the coming of the roundabout in all their glory, they counteract the road’s unsightliness. With infinite variety, colour and creative-ness, these bitumen babes lift our sagging spirits on long tiresome trips. The roundabout is truly an oasis on a sea of tarmac.”

British roundabouts are indeed very expressive. You’ll find statues, fountains, war memorials, gardens, topiaries, sculptures, even pubs, cinemas, shrines, windmills and duck ponds.

Each year, the members of this peculiar society meet on a bi-monthly basis in a pub in Redditch, and they swap stories – stories about roundabouts the members encountered on their holidays. They exchange pictures of roundabouts and discuss the different aspects of these “traffic islands”. Then before Christmas, Beresford brings out a new calendar with 12 of the best specimens. These are apparently chosen by Beresford himself and not the society. “I'm never outvoted," he told The Independent. "This society is not a democracy."

The first roundabout was set up in New York's Columbus Circle opened around 1904. The first roundabout in the UK appeared in the Garden City of Letchworth 1909. It was originally intended not for motorists but to help pedestrians cross the street. They became so popular that in 1960s UK developed a miniature version that could be installed in more places with lesser space. The development of roundabouts reached its pinnacle in Swindon’s Magic Roundabout consisting of one large roundabout surrounded by five mini satellites. The Magic Roundabout has been called the most confusing roundabout in the entire country.

Today roundabouts are common in Europe with 10,000 in Britain and France leading the tally with 30,000. Roundabouts never became popular in America who got its first modern roundabouts only in the 90s. But it’s catching up fast – their numbers have grown from a few hundred to 3,000 in the past decade. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/the-roundabouts-of-great-britain.html___

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2015-06-26 11:28:35 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars ... " The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars.
But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station (ISS) will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done, experts say.

The difficulty with today's suits is they are designed for microgravity work. They would make walking in an environment with substantial gravity difficult, because the lower torso of the suit is stiff, and it's difficult for the wearer to bend at the waist. Better mobility would be needed for doing geologic fieldwork, said Amy Ross, lead of the advanced pressure-garment team at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Future suits will also improve on the design used in the Apollo program, when astronauts needed to bounce to move around on the moon, she... more »

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars ... " The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars.
But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station (ISS) will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done, experts say.

The difficulty with today's suits is they are designed for microgravity work. They would make walking in an environment with substantial gravity difficult, because the lower torso of the suit is stiff, and it's difficult for the wearer to bend at the waist. Better mobility would be needed for doing geologic fieldwork, said Amy Ross, lead of the advanced pressure-garment team at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Future suits will also improve on the design used in the Apollo program, when astronauts needed to bounce to move around on the moon, she said.

"It looks clumsy," she told Space.com, "and part of that is [that] lunar gravity is weird. It's 0.16 [times the] gravity [of Earth]."
But Ross said the Apollo suits were also clumsy because they were made for multiple purposes, including microgravity spacewalks.
"But when you're designing [only for] a planetary-surface walking configuration, it will be different," she said.

The key will be giving the suits more flexibility in the lower body, allowing astronauts to bend, twist and move around to pick up rocks and other samples on Mars or another remote location. Ross said she hopes that one of the current designs she's working on will also be adequate for microgravity. Astronauts shouldn't need to fight to stay stable on a platform or an asteroid because their leg joints are too flexible, she said. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29769-spacesuit-technology-mars-exploration.html___

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2015-06-26 11:27:57 (52 comments, 15 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars ... " The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars.
But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station (ISS) will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done, experts say.

The difficulty with today's suits is they are designed for microgravity work. They would make walking in an environment with substantial gravity difficult, because the lower torso of the suit is stiff, and it's difficult for the wearer to bend at the waist. Better mobility would be needed for doing geologic fieldwork, said Amy Ross, lead of the advanced pressure-garment team at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Future suits will also improve on the design used in the Apollo program, when astronauts needed to bounce to move around on the moon, she... more »

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars ... " The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars.
But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station (ISS) will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done, experts say.

The difficulty with today's suits is they are designed for microgravity work. They would make walking in an environment with substantial gravity difficult, because the lower torso of the suit is stiff, and it's difficult for the wearer to bend at the waist. Better mobility would be needed for doing geologic fieldwork, said Amy Ross, lead of the advanced pressure-garment team at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Future suits will also improve on the design used in the Apollo program, when astronauts needed to bounce to move around on the moon, she said.

"It looks clumsy," she told Space.com, "and part of that is [that] lunar gravity is weird. It's 0.16 [times the] gravity [of Earth]."
But Ross said the Apollo suits were also clumsy because they were made for multiple purposes, including microgravity spacewalks.
"But when you're designing [only for] a planetary-surface walking configuration, it will be different," she said.

The key will be giving the suits more flexibility in the lower body, allowing astronauts to bend, twist and move around to pick up rocks and other samples on Mars or another remote location. Ross said she hopes that one of the current designs she's working on will also be adequate for microgravity. Astronauts shouldn't need to fight to stay stable on a platform or an asteroid because their leg joints are too flexible, she said. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29769-spacesuit-technology-mars-exploration.html___

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2015-06-25 17:05:51 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

observing the infinite sky of night.

Night Fire

Shooting the heavens is amazing. On top of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the Big Island felt like I was on top of the world. At 14,000 feet, I felt I could almost reach up and touch the sky. 

As the sun set, a whole new world opened up and I was blown away. I have never seen anything like it! I left the coast at 85° but the conditions on top of the summit were brutal. 30°!!! Also, altitude sickness was making me extremely dizzy and disorientated but I just had to get the shot. 

The camera sees what the human eye can’t, and after a 30-second exposure I was stunned at the beauty that was revealed in front of me: the roaring Milky Way. The telescope added a human perspective to complete this moment that I will remember forever.

#PeterLik   #potd   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #fineartphotography   #fineartphotos   #naturephotography   #naturephotos ___observing the infinite sky of night.

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2015-06-25 16:59:55 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" ... "The Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" designed by Charles H. Zimmerman was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program.

Both the V-173 and the XF5U featured an unorthodox "all-wing" design consisting of flat, somewhat disk-shaped bodies (hence the name) serving as the lifting surface. Two piston engines buried in the body drove propellers located on the leading edge at the wingtips.

The first flight of the V-173 was on 23 November 1942 with Vought Chief Test Pilot Boone Guyton at the controls. The aircraft's most significant problem concerned its complicated gearbox that routed power from the engines to its two long propeller shafts. The gearbox produced unacceptable amounts of vibration in ground... more »

Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" ... "The Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" designed by Charles H. Zimmerman was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program.

Both the V-173 and the XF5U featured an unorthodox "all-wing" design consisting of flat, somewhat disk-shaped bodies (hence the name) serving as the lifting surface. Two piston engines buried in the body drove propellers located on the leading edge at the wingtips.

The first flight of the V-173 was on 23 November 1942 with Vought Chief Test Pilot Boone Guyton at the controls. The aircraft's most significant problem concerned its complicated gearbox that routed power from the engines to its two long propeller shafts. The gearbox produced unacceptable amounts of vibration in ground testing, delaying the aircraft's first test flight for months. Flight testing of the V-173 went on through 1942 and 1943 with 190 flights, resulting in reports of UFOs from surprised Connecticut locals. Charles Lindbergh piloted the V-173 during this time and found it surprisingly easy to handle and exhibiting impressive low-speed capabilities. On one occasion, the V-173 was forced to make an emergency landing on a beach. As the pilot made his final approach, he noticed two bathers directly in his path. The pilot locked the aircraft's brakes on landing, causing the aircraft to flip over onto its back. Remarkably, the airframe proved so strong that neither the plane nor the pilot sustained any significant damage.

The developmental V-173 made its last flight 31 March 1947. In 131.8 hours of flying over 190 flights, Zimmerman's theory of a near-vertical takeoff- and landing-capable fighter had been proven.

The V-173 is now part of the Smithsonian collection at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. It is currently at the Vought Aircraft plant in Grand Prairie, Texas being restored to go back on display. As of April 2012 it is on loan to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. ..."

MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_V-173___

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2015-06-25 16:56:56 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" ... "The Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" designed by Charles H. Zimmerman was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program.

Both the V-173 and the XF5U featured an unorthodox "all-wing" design consisting of flat, somewhat disk-shaped bodies (hence the name) serving as the lifting surface. Two piston engines buried in the body drove propellers located on the leading edge at the wingtips.

The first flight of the V-173 was on 23 November 1942 with Vought Chief Test Pilot Boone Guyton at the controls. The aircraft's most significant problem concerned its complicated gearbox that routed power from the engines to its two long propeller shafts. The gearbox produced unacceptable amounts of vibration in ground... more »

Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" ... "The Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" designed by Charles H. Zimmerman was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program.

Both the V-173 and the XF5U featured an unorthodox "all-wing" design consisting of flat, somewhat disk-shaped bodies (hence the name) serving as the lifting surface. Two piston engines buried in the body drove propellers located on the leading edge at the wingtips.

The first flight of the V-173 was on 23 November 1942 with Vought Chief Test Pilot Boone Guyton at the controls. The aircraft's most significant problem concerned its complicated gearbox that routed power from the engines to its two long propeller shafts. The gearbox produced unacceptable amounts of vibration in ground testing, delaying the aircraft's first test flight for months. Flight testing of the V-173 went on through 1942 and 1943 with 190 flights, resulting in reports of UFOs from surprised Connecticut locals. Charles Lindbergh piloted the V-173 during this time and found it surprisingly easy to handle and exhibiting impressive low-speed capabilities. On one occasion, the V-173 was forced to make an emergency landing on a beach. As the pilot made his final approach, he noticed two bathers directly in his path. The pilot locked the aircraft's brakes on landing, causing the aircraft to flip over onto its back. Remarkably, the airframe proved so strong that neither the plane nor the pilot sustained any significant damage.

The developmental V-173 made its last flight 31 March 1947. In 131.8 hours of flying over 190 flights, Zimmerman's theory of a near-vertical takeoff- and landing-capable fighter had been proven.

The V-173 is now part of the Smithsonian collection at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. It is currently at the Vought Aircraft plant in Grand Prairie, Texas being restored to go back on display. As of April 2012 it is on loan to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. ..."

MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_V-173___

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2015-06-25 16:41:28 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind ... " A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.

The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

"I was astonished by the mere size of the cloud of gas escaping from the planet," said study lead author David Ehrenreich, an astronomer at the observatory of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. ..."

http://www.space.com/29752-cometlike-planet-first-of-its-kind.html

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind ... " A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.

The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

"I was astonished by the mere size of the cloud of gas escaping from the planet," said study lead author David Ehrenreich, an astronomer at the observatory of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. ..."

http://www.space.com/29752-cometlike-planet-first-of-its-kind.html___

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2015-06-25 16:40:53 (12 comments, 26 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind ... " A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.

The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

"I was astonished by the mere size of the cloud of gas escaping from the planet," said study lead author David Ehrenreich, an astronomer at the observatory of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. ..."

http://www.space.com/29752-cometlike-planet-first-of-its-kind.html

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind ... " A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.

The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

"I was astonished by the mere size of the cloud of gas escaping from the planet," said study lead author David Ehrenreich, an astronomer at the observatory of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. ..."

http://www.space.com/29752-cometlike-planet-first-of-its-kind.html___

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2015-06-25 14:31:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Samsung Wants to Outfit Trucks with Cameras and TVs So You Know When It’s Safe to Pass ... it's an ad but a really cool idea ...  "In Argentina, a person dies in a car accident almost every hour. 80% of those happen on roads, often when cars are attempting to overtake another vehicle. In a country with hundreds of one-lane roads, large transport trucks that obstruct views ahead can cause many dangerous overtake situations.

In an attempt to reduce the danger, Samsung thought maybe a built-in wireless camera broadcasting to TV displays on the back of the truck would let drivers know when it was safe to pass. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/samsung-outfits-truck-with-cameras-and-tv-for-safety/

Samsung Wants to Outfit Trucks with Cameras and TVs So You Know When It’s Safe to Pass ... it's an ad but a really cool idea ...  "In Argentina, a person dies in a car accident almost every hour. 80% of those happen on roads, often when cars are attempting to overtake another vehicle. In a country with hundreds of one-lane roads, large transport trucks that obstruct views ahead can cause many dangerous overtake situations.

In an attempt to reduce the danger, Samsung thought maybe a built-in wireless camera broadcasting to TV displays on the back of the truck would let drivers know when it was safe to pass. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/samsung-outfits-truck-with-cameras-and-tv-for-safety/___

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2015-06-24 22:37:49 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Cypress Tree Avenue – Point Reyes, California ... "Seen here is the stunning cypress tree lined road that leads to the historic KPH public coast radio station in Point Reyes, California. For most of the 20th century, it provided ship to shore communications including telegrams (using Morse code) and marine telex service (using radioteletype). The station discontinued commercial operation in 1998, but is operated occasionally as a historic service – its signal can be tuned in throughout a large portion of the western hemisphere.

The receiving station and control point now occupy a classic white 1920s Art Deco building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore whereas the transmitter site is about 20 miles south at 37°54′52.32″N 122°43′30.26″W, near the town of Bolinas. The reason for siting the transmitters so far away from the receivers is thattheir powerfu... more »

Cypress Tree Avenue – Point Reyes, California ... "Seen here is the stunning cypress tree lined road that leads to the historic KPH public coast radio station in Point Reyes, California. For most of the 20th century, it provided ship to shore communications including telegrams (using Morse code) and marine telex service (using radioteletype). The station discontinued commercial operation in 1998, but is operated occasionally as a historic service – its signal can be tuned in throughout a large portion of the western hemisphere.

The receiving station and control point now occupy a classic white 1920s Art Deco building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore whereas the transmitter site is about 20 miles south at 37°54′52.32″N 122°43′30.26″W, near the town of Bolinas. The reason for siting the transmitters so far away from the receivers is that their powerful outgoing signals would make it difficult to hear weak incoming signals from faraway ships on the same frequency (or channel). Operators at the receiving site remotely control and key the transmitters by means of landlines connecting the two sites. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/cypress-tree-avenue-point-reyes-california/___

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2015-06-24 22:02:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota ... "The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of Dickinson, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The paved county highway, which begins near the town of Gladstone and terminates at Regent, features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family. The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.

mall towns in the country were slowly being deserted and Gary Greff was worried about this growing trend. So beginning in 1990, he started creating massive metal sculptures that he planned to place along the... more »

The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota ... "The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of Dickinson, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The paved county highway, which begins near the town of Gladstone and terminates at Regent, features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family. The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.

mall towns in the country were slowly being deserted and Gary Greff was worried about this growing trend. So beginning in 1990, he started creating massive metal sculptures that he planned to place along the Regency-Gladstone Road every few miles to arouse the curiosity of drivers and tourist using the road. Gary wants to create ten sculptures. So far, he has completed seven and the eighth one is reportedly in progress. All the sculptures face north, toward the oncoming traffic from the interstate, and each one is accompanied by a pull-out area with place for picnic and tourists to unwind. It was Gary’s idea to rename the road the Enchanted Highway.

Gary is helped by volunteers and local farmers who know about metal works and welding. Some farmers also gave him generous terms on leasing land to erect the work – something like $1 for 20 year lease, with renewal. Local boy scout troops and shop class have helped with some of the signs and picnic tables. But Gary does most of the work and all the maintenance. He cuts the grass under the statues, and builds the parking areas and fences.

Although Gary struggles for money and material for each construction, his dreams are big. Gary eventually wants to add a water park, restaurant, and even an amphitheater. So far he has managed to add a spectacular inn with 19 rooms which should bring him some revenue for all the troubles that he went through. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/the-enchanted-highway-north-dakota.html___

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2015-06-24 20:48:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Even the elephants here at the publishing company like coffee!

Even the elephants here at the publishing company like coffee!___

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2015-06-24 13:00:32 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests ... "Artist's concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction phase of the TMT project officially kicked off in October 2014; the telescope should achieve “first light” in 2022, if all goes according to plan.

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by protestors opposed to the ambitious project.
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano — work that was halted in April after a series of protests—will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.

"Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Henry Yang, chairof the ... more »

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests ... "Artist's concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction phase of the TMT project officially kicked off in October 2014; the telescope should achieve “first light” in 2022, if all goes according to plan.

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by protestors opposed to the ambitious project.
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano — work that was halted in April after a series of protests—will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.

"Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory Board, said in the statement. "We are now comfortable that we can be better stewards and better neighbors during our temporary and limited use of this precious land, which will allow us to explore the heavens and broaden the boundaries of science in the interest of humanity." ..."

http://www.space.com/29729-thirty-meter-telescope-construction-restart.html___

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2015-06-24 12:57:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Room With a View ... "In this amazing ‘tent view’ by Chris Burkard, we see Iceland’s famous Skógafoss waterfall. Situated on south Iceland’s Skógá River, the waterfall is approximately 200 ft tall and 82 ft wide with a single drop, making it one of Iceland’s largest.
Chris Burkard is one of today’s most popular outdoor and travel photographers in the world. He has amassed a huge following online and for good reason, his photographs are incredible (seriously, just check out his Instagram feed). You can also order prints, books and more at his online shop. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/room-with-a-view-chris-burkard/

Room With a View ... "In this amazing ‘tent view’ by Chris Burkard, we see Iceland’s famous Skógafoss waterfall. Situated on south Iceland’s Skógá River, the waterfall is approximately 200 ft tall and 82 ft wide with a single drop, making it one of Iceland’s largest.
Chris Burkard is one of today’s most popular outdoor and travel photographers in the world. He has amassed a huge following online and for good reason, his photographs are incredible (seriously, just check out his Instagram feed). You can also order prints, books and more at his online shop. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/room-with-a-view-chris-burkard/___

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2015-06-24 12:53:54 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The 30 Most Edited Wikipedia Articles of All Time ... any you wonder why Wikipedia does not have the greatest reputation for veracity? ... "Reddit user yaph (Ramiro Gómez) created the above chart of the 30 most edited Wikipedia articles of all time, running a query to see which articles had the most revisions from the launch of Wikipedia on January 15, 2001 until March 27, 2015. Yaph used Matplotlib, a python 2D plotting library, to generate the data. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/most-edited-wikipedia-articles-of-all-time/

The 30 Most Edited Wikipedia Articles of All Time ... any you wonder why Wikipedia does not have the greatest reputation for veracity? ... "Reddit user yaph (Ramiro Gómez) created the above chart of the 30 most edited Wikipedia articles of all time, running a query to see which articles had the most revisions from the launch of Wikipedia on January 15, 2001 until March 27, 2015. Yaph used Matplotlib, a python 2D plotting library, to generate the data. ..."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/06/most-edited-wikipedia-articles-of-all-time/___

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2015-06-24 12:47:49 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests ... "Artist's concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction phase of the TMT project officially kicked off in October 2014; the telescope should achieve “first light” in 2022, if all goes according to plan.

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by protestors opposed to the ambitious project.
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano — work that was halted in April after a series of protests—will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.

"Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Henry Yang, chairof the ... more »

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests ... "Artist's concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction phase of the TMT project officially kicked off in October 2014; the telescope should achieve “first light” in 2022, if all goes according to plan.

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by protestors opposed to the ambitious project.
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano — work that was halted in April after a series of protests—will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.

"Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory Board, said in the statement. "We are now comfortable that we can be better stewards and better neighbors during our temporary and limited use of this precious land, which will allow us to explore the heavens and broaden the boundaries of science in the interest of humanity." ..."

http://www.space.com/29729-thirty-meter-telescope-construction-restart.html___

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2015-06-23 15:27:49 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Ceres' Odd Bright Spots Coming Into Focus ... "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the best-ever photo of the mysterious bright spots that speckle the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots, which are found inside a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide, into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.

"At least eight spots can be seen next to the largest bright area, which scientists think is approximately 6 miles (9 km) wide," NASA officials wrote in a statement today (June 22). "A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots — ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options, too." ..."
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Ceres' Odd Bright Spots Coming Into Focus ... "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the best-ever photo of the mysterious bright spots that speckle the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots, which are found inside a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide, into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.

"At least eight spots can be seen next to the largest bright area, which scientists think is approximately 6 miles (9 km) wide," NASA officials wrote in a statement today (June 22). "A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots — ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options, too." ..."

http://www.space.com/29725-ceres-bright-spots-photos-dawn.html___

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2015-06-23 15:26:44 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Ceres' Odd Bright Spots Coming Into Focus ... "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the best-ever photo of the mysterious bright spots that speckle the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots, which are found inside a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide, into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.

"At least eight spots can be seen next to the largest bright area, which scientists think is approximately 6 miles (9 km) wide," NASA officials wrote in a statement today (June 22). "A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots — ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options, too." ..."
more »

Ceres' Odd Bright Spots Coming Into Focus ... "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the best-ever photo of the mysterious bright spots that speckle the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots, which are found inside a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide, into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.

"At least eight spots can be seen next to the largest bright area, which scientists think is approximately 6 miles (9 km) wide," NASA officials wrote in a statement today (June 22). "A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots — ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options, too." ..."

http://www.space.com/29725-ceres-bright-spots-photos-dawn.html___

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2015-06-23 15:18:59 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Human footprints found along British Columbia. shoreline may be oldest on continent ... "VICTORIA - Evidence of what could be the oldest family camping trip in North America has been discovered below the shoreline of a remote British Columbia island.

Fossilized human footprints believed to be of a man, woman and child and estimated to be more than 13,000 years old were discovered at Calvert Island, which is located on B.C.'s central coast and is accessible only by boat or float plane.

Remnants of an ancient campfire were found nearby.

Archeologist Duncan McLaren said radiocarbon dating indicates the charcoal materials are 13,200 years old, and he is preparing to duplicate those tests to confirm the results.

"We're very excited about it," he said.

Fossilized human footprints, especially footprints more than 10,000 years old... more »

Human footprints found along British Columbia. shoreline may be oldest on continent ... "VICTORIA - Evidence of what could be the oldest family camping trip in North America has been discovered below the shoreline of a remote British Columbia island.

Fossilized human footprints believed to be of a man, woman and child and estimated to be more than 13,000 years old were discovered at Calvert Island, which is located on B.C.'s central coast and is accessible only by boat or float plane.

Remnants of an ancient campfire were found nearby.

Archeologist Duncan McLaren said radiocarbon dating indicates the charcoal materials are 13,200 years old, and he is preparing to duplicate those tests to confirm the results.

"We're very excited about it," he said.

Fossilized human footprints, especially footprints more than 10,000 years old are rare. McLaren said the oldest human footprints in the Americas are 14,500 years old and were found at a site at Chile's Monte Verde.

Sites in Washington, Oregon and Alaska also confirm human activity more than 14,000 years ago but they do not have fossilized footprints, said McLaren.

"We figure that at some point people were hanging out around this fire," he said. "They left their footprints in the grey clay and then they were subsequently filled by this black sand, which essentially preserved the footprints."
The footprints' sizes indicate they were made by a large adult, likely a man, a smaller adult, believed to be a woman, and a child whose feet would fit a present-day child's size-seven shoe.

McLaren said the footprints illustrate how long people have lived along B.C.'s coast. He said the Calvert Island footprints are 800 years older than human footprints discovered on nearby Haida Gwaii.

"It shows that this place we inhabit has a long history," said McLaren. ..."

MORE: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/photos/section-soil-where-impressions-human-footprints-buried-shoreline-photo-213942613.html___

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2015-06-23 14:04:00 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Enchanting Waterfall Island ... "Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay. Resembling some of the more inspired landscapes from Avatar movie, this spectacular waterfall conceals a wonderful island (shown here), and multiple falls form a singular mind-boggling cascade, making famous Niagara collection of waterfalls pale in comparison ..."

Read more at http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/04/pic-of-day-enchanting-waterfall-island.html

Enchanting Waterfall Island ... "Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay. Resembling some of the more inspired landscapes from Avatar movie, this spectacular waterfall conceals a wonderful island (shown here), and multiple falls form a singular mind-boggling cascade, making famous Niagara collection of waterfalls pale in comparison ..."

Read more at http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/04/pic-of-day-enchanting-waterfall-island.html___

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2015-06-23 13:58:54 (22 comments, 54 reshares, 326 +1s)Open 

IJsseloog: A Sludge Storage Tank in the Middle of a Lake ... "IJsseloog, or the “Eye of IJssel”, is an enormous circular pit in the middle of Ketelmeer lake in the mouth of the river IJssel, in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands. The pit is one kilometer across and 45 meters deep and functions as a storage tank for heavily contaminated slit that is still being dredged from the bottom of the lake.

Between 1950 and 1990, lake Ketelmeer became heavily polluted from toxic industrial run-offs carried by Rhine and IJssel river from industries and factories located upstream. These pollutants were released into the river by industries not only in Holland but in Germany, Switzerland and France as well. The polluted sediments settled to the bottom of Ketelmeer in a thick layer of contaminated sludge. It was feared that the pollutants could contaminate the ground water or spread tothe... more »

IJsseloog: A Sludge Storage Tank in the Middle of a Lake ... "IJsseloog, or the “Eye of IJssel”, is an enormous circular pit in the middle of Ketelmeer lake in the mouth of the river IJssel, in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands. The pit is one kilometer across and 45 meters deep and functions as a storage tank for heavily contaminated slit that is still being dredged from the bottom of the lake.

Between 1950 and 1990, lake Ketelmeer became heavily polluted from toxic industrial run-offs carried by Rhine and IJssel river from industries and factories located upstream. These pollutants were released into the river by industries not only in Holland but in Germany, Switzerland and France as well. The polluted sediments settled to the bottom of Ketelmeer in a thick layer of contaminated sludge. It was feared that the pollutants could contaminate the ground water or spread to the connected fresh water lake of IJsselmeer, which is the largest lake in the Netherlands and a major source of fresh water for both agriculture and drinking. The IJsselmeer also offers a number of opportunities for recreational activities such as yacht sailing.

In 1994 a decision was made to remove the polluted sediments from the lakebed. Removing the slit will also deepen the channel leading to the mouth of the IJssel, thus improving access to the river for navigation. There was, however, the problem of disposal. The slit couldn’t be disposed on land without being a nuisance to agriculture and for local residents, and it also posed a serious health hazard due to presence of toxic substances and metals such as cadmium, nickel, lead, arsenic, and mercury. Therefore it was decided to store the contaminated sludge in an enormous pit called IJsseloog, situated on the lake itself.

IJsseloog was constructed between 1996 and 1999. It has a diameter of 1 kilometer and depth of 45 meters and a capacity to hold 20 million cubic meters of sludge. The pit is surrounded by a ten-meter-high embankment. To prevent leakage, the floor of the depot is sealed with clay, the dike is lined with foil, and the water level in the pit is held below that of the lake.

An island was created surrounding the pit that has processing facilities to separate pollutants from the dredged sand and peat. The cleansed sand will be used for construction at other locations.
The dredging operation started in 2000 and is expected to take 20 years to complete. When the depot is full, it will be sealed with layers of clay and sand, and the island and marshland will be used for recreation purposes, allowing nature to take over. Two artificial island created immediately east of the sludge depot have already been taken over by waterfowl like swans, geese, spoonbills, mountain ducks and grebes. ..."

MORE PHOTOGRAPHS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/ijsseloog-sludge-storage-tank-in-middle.html___

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2015-06-22 14:32:27 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries ... "... is an oil painting on canvas completed by Jacques-Louis David in 1812. It depicts French Emperor Napoleon, wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Imperial Guard Foot Grenadiers, standing in his study at the Tuileries Palace. Unlike David's earlier painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, here the emperor is depicted as a civil hero rather than a military one, though his martial prowess is alluded to through the sword on his chair. The painting has been in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., since 1954."

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The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries ... "... is an oil painting on canvas completed by Jacques-Louis David in 1812. It depicts French Emperor Napoleon, wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Imperial Guard Foot Grenadiers, standing in his study at the Tuileries Palace. Unlike David's earlier painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, here the emperor is depicted as a civil hero rather than a military one, though his martial prowess is alluded to through the sword on his chair. The painting has been in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., since 1954."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page#/media/File:Jacques-Louis_David_-_The_Emperor_Napoleon_in_His_Study_at_the_Tuileries_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg___

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