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Vicky Veritas

Vicky Veritas 

Saving the world, one map at a time.

Occupation: Senior Geosystems Specialist

Location: Silicon Valley, California

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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych439,291http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00662  
Fraser Cain987,906Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00538  
Fraser Cain987,906*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00425  
Fraser Cain987,906It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00108  
Fraser Cain987,906To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004845  

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2016-04-27 00:51:32 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

If you ever doubted that cartography could be a political act, these maps should set you straight.
All works of satire, they reference various Trumpisms about foreign policy and foreigners.
None of them look like particularly comfortable worlds to live in.


Most reshares: 6

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2016-04-23 13:48:44 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

"An illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders, Restless, Ingenious, Willful, Violent, Proud to be Alive! by Charles Turzak, Boston, 1931. A whimsical map of the city including parks, planes, and even Lake Michigan sea monsters (Stanford Libraries, David Rumsey Map Center)" Just one of the 150,000 historic maps in Stanford's new David Rumsey Map Center. Brilliant!

Thank you, +Smithsonian Magazine 

Most plusones: 55

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2016-04-23 13:48:44 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

"An illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders, Restless, Ingenious, Willful, Violent, Proud to be Alive! by Charles Turzak, Boston, 1931. A whimsical map of the city including parks, planes, and even Lake Michigan sea monsters (Stanford Libraries, David Rumsey Map Center)" Just one of the 150,000 historic maps in Stanford's new David Rumsey Map Center. Brilliant!

Thank you, +Smithsonian Magazine 

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2016-04-28 13:04:16 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Map of Springfield at http://www.cityplanner.it/webapp/springfieldmap/

The ambiguity of the state that the Simpson's "average American" town of Springfield was located in was one of the biggest ongoing geography jokes of all time. The show characterized it as "a riddle wrapped in an enigma that is Springfield's location."

Episodes frequently made fun of the fact that Springfield's state was unidentifiable by making contradictory geographic descriptions, obscuring any maps shown onscreen, and disrupting any geographic references during conversations. Lisa teased that  "it's a bit of a mystery, yes. But if you look at the clues, you can figure it out."

Figuring the location from clues proved to be a pretty daunting task as the scenery showed a wide variety of geographic environments such as "forests, meadows, mountainr... more »

Map of Springfield at http://www.cityplanner.it/webapp/springfieldmap/

The ambiguity of the state that the Simpson's "average American" town of Springfield was located in was one of the biggest ongoing geography jokes of all time. The show characterized it as "a riddle wrapped in an enigma that is Springfield's location."

Episodes frequently made fun of the fact that Springfield's state was unidentifiable by making contradictory geographic descriptions, obscuring any maps shown onscreen, and disrupting any geographic references during conversations. Lisa teased that  "it's a bit of a mystery, yes. But if you look at the clues, you can figure it out."

Figuring the location from clues proved to be a pretty daunting task as the scenery showed a wide variety of geographic environments such as "forests, meadows, mountain ranges, volcanoes, a desert, a gorge, a glacier, beaches, badlands, canyons, swamps, a harbor, waterholes, and waterways." Springfield had a bridge, a prison, a mall, a train station, a nuclear power plant and a Kwik-E Mart. 

Fan sites were set up to gather all the clues and speculate on the location, but it remained such a mystery that the Simpson's Wiki came to the conclusion that Springfield simply moved from place to place: http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Springfield's_State

Then in 2012, after 25 years of Simpson's episodes, Matt Groening, the series creator, finally revealed that the Simpson's Springfield was modeled after Springfield Oregon.

Esri created a beautifully detailed pictorial map of Springfield http://simpsons.playgis.com/ that includes everything from the nuclear plant to the Kwik-E Mart. But if you wander too near the edge the darkness swallows you and you are lost again. 

Now +PJ Hooker has ported that map into Leaflet.js. One difference this map offers is the ability to crowdsource suggestions to the map. Thank you for playing +PJ Hooker and long live the enigma that is Springfield!

Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield_(The_Simpsons)

Thank you, +PJ Hooker and  +Maps Mania!

    #springfield     #geography   #simpsons   #leaflet  ___

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2016-04-27 16:23:55 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Fashionable to a fault.

Thank you, +Patrick Barkman​ and +Donald Petersen​!

Tie of the day___Fashionable to a fault.

Thank you, +Patrick Barkman​ and +Donald Petersen​!

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2016-04-27 13:02:51 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The size of each dot shows the peak number of slaves in each 250 square mile cell and colors show the year of the peak. Go to the link to cycle through the years to see how slavery spread from 1790 to 1860. You can download the graphics or a poster by Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography.

Thank you, +GeoAwesomeness 

#GeoawesomeMapOfTheDay The map of American slavery via http://ow.ly/4n8T5C___The size of each dot shows the peak number of slaves in each 250 square mile cell and colors show the year of the peak. Go to the link to cycle through the years to see how slavery spread from 1790 to 1860. You can download the graphics or a poster by Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography.

Thank you, +GeoAwesomeness 

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2016-04-27 12:38:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

This is why I love you, +Fragile Oasis Keep shining your light.

There's a light, a certain kind of light... May it shine on you #FromSpace___This is why I love you, +Fragile Oasis Keep shining your light.

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2016-04-27 00:51:32 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Scary maps are scary. My one and only political share, I promise :-)

Thank you, +Kristin Milton​

If you ever doubted that cartography could be a political act, these maps should set you straight.
All works of satire, they reference various Trumpisms about foreign policy and foreigners.
None of them look like particularly comfortable worlds to live in.
___Scary maps are scary. My one and only political share, I promise :-)

Thank you, +Kristin Milton​

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2016-04-27 00:14:37 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The oldest road in continuous use in America is the King's Highway built in the 1600s from Boston, Massachusetts to Charleston, South Carolina. Click on link for the map.

Thank you, +Ancient Origins and +Lilium Candidum !

Often, there are hidden truths and old tales that get lost with each generation. As such, there is an untold story about the United States that begins in the 1600s. An upcoming documentary featuring historical documents, photographs, maps and artifacts, is set to give a glimpse into the past and the oldest road in the nation.
#history #roads #USA___The oldest road in continuous use in America is the King's Highway built in the 1600s from Boston, Massachusetts to Charleston, South Carolina. Click on link for the map.

Thank you, +Ancient Origins and +Lilium Candidum !

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2016-04-26 23:58:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Behold here a map which as you perceive wears the heart of a nation on history's sleeve.
~ Caption on the absolutely gorgeous pictorial map of the northwest territory during the Revolutionary era.

Superb! Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery!

Pictorial Maps became a great method for teaching history, showing the geographical backdrop and the culture of a specific period. Here the early "Northwest Territory" during the Revolutionary era. When Missouri was still a Spanish Territory. ‪#‎pictorialmaps‬ ‪#‎oldmapgallery‬ ‪#‎oldmaps‬___Behold here a map which as you perceive wears the heart of a nation on history's sleeve.
~ Caption on the absolutely gorgeous pictorial map of the northwest territory during the Revolutionary era.

Superb! Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery!

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2016-04-26 23:52:03 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The map of New York below shows a red dot for every business that sells goods and services directly to consumers, and explains one of the reasons this consumer's paradise is so popular. Maps of other cities at the link below.

Thank you, +david oremland and +Donald Petersen 

The map of New York below shows a red dot for every business that sells goods and services directly to consumers, and explains one of the reasons this consumer's paradise is so popular. Maps of other cities at the link below.

Thank you, +david oremland and +Donald Petersen ___

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2016-04-25 12:50:11 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

When you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, just kick it to the side and forge ahead. I had to smile. May your Monday be amazing, Plussers!

Thank you, +Resurrection Stranger son 

Christian Espejel___When you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, just kick it to the side and forge ahead. I had to smile. May your Monday be amazing, Plussers!

Thank you, +Resurrection Stranger son 

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2016-04-24 16:13:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I imagined many moons in the sky lighting the way to freedom.
~ Cyndi Mayweather, Janelle Monae's android personae

Superb! Thank you, +Cheryl Martin 

How black folk do science fiction.___I imagined many moons in the sky lighting the way to freedom.
~ Cyndi Mayweather, Janelle Monae's android personae

Superb! Thank you, +Cheryl Martin 

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2016-04-24 15:59:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I was in the midst of fooling around with some mapping software in hopes of putting together a geographical vision of Wakanda, the setting for my story.

I’ve always liked maps. Maps were half the fun in any Dungeons and Dragons campaign. When I was a kid I spent hours pouring over my parents’ atlas of the country. Nevertheless, the results from this outing were … less than spectacular.
~ Ta-Nehisi Coates on trying to build a map Wakanda, the fictional, technologically advanced African nation ruled by T'Challa, aka the Black Panther.

Good catch! Thank you, +Kristin Milton 

I find it funny when authors suddenly realise that mapping their fictional worlds is a non-trivial exercise.
For Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Black Panther it has to be even harder - there's canon to incorporate and it's based at least 'theoretically' in real world geography.
It's a little reminiscent of the map of Africa, uncolonised: https://plus.google.com/+KristinMilton/posts/EVN8uRJpYpJ

Anyway, having seen the concept, I'm really curious to see what the final version looks like.
___I was in the midst of fooling around with some mapping software in hopes of putting together a geographical vision of Wakanda, the setting for my story.

I’ve always liked maps. Maps were half the fun in any Dungeons and Dragons campaign. When I was a kid I spent hours pouring over my parents’ atlas of the country. Nevertheless, the results from this outing were … less than spectacular.
~ Ta-Nehisi Coates on trying to build a map Wakanda, the fictional, technologically advanced African nation ruled by T'Challa, aka the Black Panther.

Good catch! Thank you, +Kristin Milton 

2016-04-23 23:21:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

For Night

The stars go wander through the night,
When I am slept and they be out of sight,
And twinkle in the ditch for moths to see,
When curtains draw across eternity;
The hours of the stillness and the stone,
When the moon is half, and darkness is the other sea.

Here time is not, the door is open by the silver hatch,
And catch the wishes as they flee without a home,
And coins count not, nor men their worth,
Here give birth the dreams as we thought,
The sun miles away and hours, the day;
Here will I pass the time I sought.

For Night

The stars go wander through the night,
When I am slept and they be out of sight,
And twinkle in the ditch for moths to see,
When curtains draw across eternity;
The hours of the stillness and the stone,
When the moon is half, and darkness is the other sea.

Here time is not, the door is open by the silver hatch,
And catch the wishes as they flee without a home,
And coins count not, nor men their worth,
Here give birth the dreams as we thought,
The sun miles away and hours, the day;
Here will I pass the time I sought.___

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2016-04-23 22:30:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Once a year the pole marker is actually over the geographic south pole. The rest of the year it is in motion. So every year they put up a beautiful new marker to mark the axis of rotation. This year's is really out of this world. Who knew?

Thank you, +Canadian Geographic 

PHOTOS: The cool ceremonial markers that have marked the shifting South Pole since 1959: http://ow.ly/4mZyYD___Once a year the pole marker is actually over the geographic south pole. The rest of the year it is in motion. So every year they put up a beautiful new marker to mark the axis of rotation. This year's is really out of this world. Who knew?

Thank you, +Canadian Geographic 

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2016-04-23 13:48:44 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

"An illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders, Restless, Ingenious, Willful, Violent, Proud to be Alive! by Charles Turzak, Boston, 1931. A whimsical map of the city including parks, planes, and even Lake Michigan sea monsters (Stanford Libraries, David Rumsey Map Center)" Just one of the 150,000 historic maps in Stanford's new David Rumsey Map Center. Brilliant!

Thank you, +Smithsonian Magazine 

"An illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders, Restless, Ingenious, Willful, Violent, Proud to be Alive! by Charles Turzak, Boston, 1931. A whimsical map of the city including parks, planes, and even Lake Michigan sea monsters (Stanford Libraries, David Rumsey Map Center)" Just one of the 150,000 historic maps in Stanford's new David Rumsey Map Center. Brilliant!

Thank you, +Smithsonian Magazine ___

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2016-04-23 13:39:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Celebrating the genius that was Shakespeare in the Wunderkammer today. Thank you, +Dirk Puehl 

#onthisday in 1564, 400 years ago, William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon.

"Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be  man spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he  moves my bones"
 
(Shakespeare’s epitaph on the stone slab covering his grave in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.)
 
 “Bardolatry” G.B. Shaw called the Victorian’s nearly religious reverence of William Shakespeare, who was finally raised to Olympian heights a few generations before by the Romantics. On the British Islands, in the German speaking states and elsewhere in Europe. But he was a cultural phenomenon already centuries before. Of the 17,677 words Shakespeare uses, he invented one-tenth, more than 1,700, himself by changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, pairing words into a new meaning and inventing some that had never been used before, from “advertising” (“Measure for Measure”) to “rant” (“Hamlet”) and “swagger” (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). No wonder, the actual earthly existence of this demi-god-like figure was called into question. As if the idea of an individual with an otherwise rather assessable biography, graduate of a grammar school, married, three children, decent marketing skills and a job as theatre director, being one of the greatest authors of world literature at the same time was simply unbearable.
 
But read more on:
 
http://wunderkammertales.blogspot.de/2015/01/triumph-my-britain-thou-hast-one-to.html *
 
 
 
* in a short article I actually wrote two years ago on the occasion of his 450th birthday in 2014. But one can’t celebrate Shakespeare enough, what? Bardolatry.
 
Depicted below is Sir John Gilbert’s (1817 – 1897) picture puzzle “The Plays of William Shakespeare“ (c. 1849)

#shakespeare400   #shakespeare  ___To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Celebrating the genius that was Shakespeare in the Wunderkammer today. Thank you, +Dirk Puehl 

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2016-04-23 00:02:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

+Maxime Plasse​, prize-winning and professional cartographer, never disappoints.

Superb! Thank you, +Maxime Plasse​

Last year, I was commissioned by Harpers Collins to make two maps for author Heidi Heilig and her new book "The Girl from Everywhere". In this book, the main character lives aboard her father's ship, sailing across tne centuries and the world. As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time and any place.___+Maxime Plasse​, prize-winning and professional cartographer, never disappoints.

Superb! Thank you, +Maxime Plasse​

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2016-04-22 13:00:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, takes us on a lovely and fascinating drive through the "upside-down" rocks of Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park. Don't miss it!

Thank you, +Garry Hayes!

One of the premier routes in Death Valley National Park.___Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, takes us on a lovely and fascinating drive through the "upside-down" rocks of Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park. Don't miss it!

Thank you, +Garry Hayes!

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2016-04-22 12:49:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016

The landforms of the  Dasht-e Kavir desert in Iran have been eroded into brush stroke patterns by the wind. A beautiful work of art for Earth Day.

Thank you, +European Space Agency, ESA 

Earth observation image of the week: The swirling landscape of Iran’s salt desert, Dasht-e Kavir, is reminiscent of an abstract painting in this Sentinel-1 image.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/04/Dasht-e_Kavir

#sentinel1 #Iran  ___Earth Day 2016

The landforms of the  Dasht-e Kavir desert in Iran have been eroded into brush stroke patterns by the wind. A beautiful work of art for Earth Day.

Thank you, +European Space Agency, ESA 

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2016-04-22 12:19:45 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

The New Urban Age

The defining feature of this new urban age will be megalopolises whose populations are measured in the tens of millions, with jagged skylines that stretch as far as the eye can see.
~ Parag Khanna, global strategist talks about the future in which government and economic power is centered in massively populated technology hubs of the megacity.

More at: http://www.paragkhanna.com/home/2016/4/21/megacities-not-nations-are-the-worlds-most-dominant-enduring-social-structures

Thank you, +Online Maps Blog and +Lucas Appelmann 

___The New Urban Age

The defining feature of this new urban age will be megalopolises whose populations are measured in the tens of millions, with jagged skylines that stretch as far as the eye can see.
~ Parag Khanna, global strategist talks about the future in which government and economic power is centered in massively populated technology hubs of the megacity.

More at: http://www.paragkhanna.com/home/2016/4/21/megacities-not-nations-are-the-worlds-most-dominant-enduring-social-structures

Thank you, +Online Maps Blog and +Lucas Appelmann 

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2016-04-22 11:40:27 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars 
Did wander darkling in the eternal space, 
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth 
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air; 
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day
~ Lord Bryon, excerpt from his poem, Darkness, inspired by the apocalyptic darkness after the eruption of Mt. Tambora.

In April of 1815, Mt. Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sambawa, experienced a colossal eruption, killing 10,000 and sending clouds of ash and particles into the atmosphere plunging the Earth into a volcanic winter that lasted for nearly three years. Famine, social upheaval, and economic collapse were spread world-wide, and the coldness reached the young America, causing migration westward: https://goo.gl/ql6oR8 The impact of the darkness is captured dramatically in the literature and art of the time, and the lessonsof Mt... more »

The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars 
Did wander darkling in the eternal space, 
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth 
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air; 
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day
~ Lord Bryon, excerpt from his poem, Darkness, inspired by the apocalyptic darkness after the eruption of Mt. Tambora.

In April of 1815, Mt. Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sambawa, experienced a colossal eruption, killing 10,000 and sending clouds of ash and particles into the atmosphere plunging the Earth into a volcanic winter that lasted for nearly three years. Famine, social upheaval, and economic collapse were spread world-wide, and the coldness reached the young America, causing migration westward: https://goo.gl/ql6oR8 The impact of the darkness is captured dramatically in the literature and art of the time, and the lessons of Mt. Tambora are still being studied today.  

Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077j4yv

Read: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/blast-from-the-past-65102374/?no-ist

The image is The Lake, Petworth: Sunset, Fighting Bucks by J. M. W. Turner - the spectacular sunset a by-product of Mt. Tambora's eruption: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/10721956/Turner-helps-global-warming-study.html

A vivid reminder of the power of our planet for Earth Day. Thank you,  +Kevin Clift​ ___

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2016-04-21 13:15:20 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I [..] want to arouse interest in the geological process, the process of transformation that has been going on for millions of years and is constantly reshaping our planet. The purpose of my GeoArt project, is to document unspoiled natural landscapes. By doing this I hope to broaden people’s awareness that there are still large expanses of our planet that are worth protecting.
~ Bernhard Edmaier, geologist, photographer and author of geoscientific books.

Much more here: http://www.bernhard-edmaier.de/en/portfolio/muster-der-erde.html

Happy Earth Day! Thank you, +Rob Jongschaap 

Earth’s Most Striking Scenes, As Seen From Above | PROOF

'Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and Proof is celebrating all week. This is the fourth post in a five-day series about our planet.

Twenty-three years ago, German photographer Bernhard Edmaier was working as a geologist. He was fascinated with the Earth and its ever changing structures, but something about spending his life doing research underground just didn’t sit right. Edmaier decided to combine his burgeoning love of photography with his obsession with crust, mantle, and core. His solution? Aerial photography.'

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/21/earth-edemaier-aerial-pictures/___I [..] want to arouse interest in the geological process, the process of transformation that has been going on for millions of years and is constantly reshaping our planet. The purpose of my GeoArt project, is to document unspoiled natural landscapes. By doing this I hope to broaden people’s awareness that there are still large expanses of our planet that are worth protecting.
~ Bernhard Edmaier, geologist, photographer and author of geoscientific books.

Much more here: http://www.bernhard-edmaier.de/en/portfolio/muster-der-erde.html

Happy Earth Day! Thank you, +Rob Jongschaap 

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2016-04-20 13:20:31 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Fascinating! Thank you, +Sharon Fisher and +Matt Hall 

The Epic of Gilgamesh isn’t just widely known in the performing arts world, but in the computer world as well. It has often been used in high tech, such as being scanned by Google in 2008 as part of itsGoogle books project, and as an early book to be read aloud by a computer. In addition, when researchers began using 3D scanners to digitize cruciform script on clay tablets, the Epic of Gilgamesh was the example they tested because it was so well-known.___Fascinating! Thank you, +Sharon Fisher and +Matt Hall 

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2016-04-20 13:14:57 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

We’ve perhaps eliminated the possibility of a total species wipe-out due to an asteroid impact, But, there are probably a million objects out there which could destroy a city on the planet, and worse.
~ Brian May, Astrophysicist and Queen Guitar Player

Why do we need the Asteroid Impact Mission? This video explains more...___We’ve perhaps eliminated the possibility of a total species wipe-out due to an asteroid impact, But, there are probably a million objects out there which could destroy a city on the planet, and worse.
~ Brian May, Astrophysicist and Queen Guitar Player

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2016-04-20 12:52:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

In graph theory, the shortest path problem is the problem of finding a path between two vertices (or nodes) in a graph such that the sum of the weights of its constituent edges is minimized.
Wikipedia

Thank you, +Data Visualization 

___In graph theory, the shortest path problem is the problem of finding a path between two vertices (or nodes) in a graph such that the sum of the weights of its constituent edges is minimized.
Wikipedia

Thank you, +Data Visualization 

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2016-04-20 12:38:23 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw

  Yellow: Local restrictions
  Orange: Fines and restrictions
  Red: Prison sentences
  Burgandy: Death sentences

Wolfgang's  Links:

a. Europe’s blasphemy and defamation laws threaten democratic values, critics say:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/europes-blasphemy-and-defamation-laws-threaten-democratic-values-critics-say/

b. Blasphemy law: Blasphemy law is a law limiting the freedom of speech and expression relating to blasphemy, or irreverence toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, or beliefs. Blasphemy laws are generally used to protect the religious beliefs of a majority or those who control the law.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law

c. Lèse-majesté: Lèse-majesté /ˌliːz ˈmædʒᵻsti/(French: lèse-majesté [lɛ... more »



"At least five European nations still have laws prohibiting insults against heads of states or royals. [...]"

"At least seven European nations still have blasphemy laws. [...]"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/europes-blasphemy-and-defamation-laws-threaten-democratic-values-critics-say/

Links below!___All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw

  Yellow: Local restrictions
  Orange: Fines and restrictions
  Red: Prison sentences
  Burgandy: Death sentences

Wolfgang's  Links:

a. Europe’s blasphemy and defamation laws threaten democratic values, critics say:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/europes-blasphemy-and-defamation-laws-threaten-democratic-values-critics-say/

b. Blasphemy law: Blasphemy law is a law limiting the freedom of speech and expression relating to blasphemy, or irreverence toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, or beliefs. Blasphemy laws are generally used to protect the religious beliefs of a majority or those who control the law.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law

c. Lèse-majesté: Lèse-majesté /ˌliːz ˈmædʒᵻsti/ (French: lèse-majesté [lɛz maʒɛste]; Law French, from the Latin laesa maiestas, "injured majesty"; in English, also lese-majesty, lese majesty or leze majesty) is the crime of violating majesty, an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A8se-majest%C3%A9

d. Image: Blasphemy laws worldwide.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blasphemy_laws_worldwide.svg

Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens 

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2016-04-19 13:20:43 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Also see a short clip on the history of mapping India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhODHjFVqmY

Wonderful! Thank you, +Irina T. 

The Great Trigonometrical Survey 

"The Great Trigonometrical Survey was a project which aimed to measure the entire Indian subcontinent with scientific precision. It was begun in 1802 by the infantry officer William Lambton, under auspices of the East India Company.Under the leadership of his successor, George Everest, the project was made a responsibility of the Survey of India. Everest was succeeded by Andrew Scott Waugh and after 1861 the project was led by James Walker, who saw the first completion of it in 1871.
Among the many accomplishments of the Survey were the demarcation of the British territories in India and the measurement of the height of the Himalayan giants: Everest, K2, and Kanchenjunga. The Survey had an enormous scientific impact as well, being responsible for one of the first accurate measurements of a section of an arc of longitude, and for measurements of the geodesic anomalywhich led to the development of the theories of isostasy."
Quoted/more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Trigonometrical_Survey

"It’s surprising but true that cartography in the 19th century in India was actually the most advanced in the world. Other nations, such as Britain, were not mapped to the extent that India was.
Aside from the precisionist aspect of the Great Trigonometrical Survey it should be noted that there was always a strong element of control in the mapping of South Asia. As Ian Barrow states: “there was a sense among surveyors and the [East India Company]'s high bureaucracy that trigonometrical mapping would enhance the reputation of the Company as an enlightened patron because of its rigorous and scientific nature…. This rhetoric of scientific progress and improvement was a significant factor contributing to the character of colonial rule in India during the nineteenth century. The Survey not only helped the state gather information and knowledge, it also (and this was its greatest advantage over route surveys) added legitimacy to colonial rule by making it seem that this form of science in India would not only result in India’s progress but would also improve geodesy.” (Ian J. Barrow, Making History, Drawing Territory, p. 83-84)"
Excerpted from Online Exhibit by the The University of Michigan Library
More at : 
http://www.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/india-maps

If of interest:
A Memoir On The Indian Surveys. 2nd Ed.
by Clements R Markham, Published 1878
https://archive.org/details/memoirontheindia025502mbp

Image:
A map showing the triangles and transects used in the survey, produced in 1870
Wikipedia: https://goo.gl/fAcC7J___Also see a short clip on the history of mapping India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhODHjFVqmY

Wonderful! Thank you, +Irina T. 

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2016-04-18 13:08:43 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Your morning chuckle courtesy of +Tom Eigelsbach  Make it a good one Plussers :-)

___Your morning chuckle courtesy of +Tom Eigelsbach  Make it a good one Plussers :-)

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2016-04-18 12:32:14 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

A Zircon is Forever

Crystallized from magma or in metamorphic rocks, zircons are so durable and resistant that they can last for billions of years. They can survive many geologic events, which can be recorded in rings of additional zircon that grow around the original crystal like tree rings, forming a tiny time capsule recording events lasting hundreds of millions of years. The core of the zircon itself remains unchanged, and preserves the chemical characteristics of the rock in which it originally crystallized. Various radiometric and other techniques are used to provide ages precise within tens of million years and tell us much about the conditions on earth, in this case perhaps answering the question, "When did life begin on Earth?"

Thank you, +Geology IN 

4.1-billion-year-old crystal may hold earliest signs of life
Zircon crystals, composed of silicon, oxygen and zirconium, are some of the oldest artefacts available – predating even the most ancient of rocks that formed 4 billion years ago – to researchers studying the early Earth conditions. Image credit: Parent Géry...___A Zircon is Forever

Crystallized from magma or in metamorphic rocks, zircons are so durable and resistant that they can last for billions of years. They can survive many geologic events, which can be recorded in rings of additional zircon that grow around the original crystal like tree rings, forming a tiny time capsule recording events lasting hundreds of millions of years. The core of the zircon itself remains unchanged, and preserves the chemical characteristics of the rock in which it originally crystallized. Various radiometric and other techniques are used to provide ages precise within tens of million years and tell us much about the conditions on earth, in this case perhaps answering the question, "When did life begin on Earth?"

Thank you, +Geology IN 

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2016-04-17 21:28:16 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

New Haven, Connecticut - Stop 3: Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, Physicist and Barrier Breaker

Optics is an example of the different ways a human is able to see things in the world. The same goes for the color of a person's skin and even though optics present that there are differences in color, these do not state that they should necessarily be treated as different.
~ Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, 1852 - 1918

The fact that Edward Bouchet was here is a major piece of history for Yale and for the Department of Physics. [...] He was off-the-scale brilliant.
~ Jack Harris, Yale associate professor of physics and applied physics on the 140th anniversary (this year) of Bouchet's completion of a PhD at that august institution.

As a black man in a rigidly segregated society, Edward Alexander Bouchet must have faced nearly insurmountable obstacles. Born in... more »

New Haven, Connecticut - Stop 3: Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, Physicist and Barrier Breaker

Optics is an example of the different ways a human is able to see things in the world. The same goes for the color of a person's skin and even though optics present that there are differences in color, these do not state that they should necessarily be treated as different.
~ Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, 1852 - 1918

The fact that Edward Bouchet was here is a major piece of history for Yale and for the Department of Physics. [...] He was off-the-scale brilliant.
~ Jack Harris, Yale associate professor of physics and applied physics on the 140th anniversary (this year) of Bouchet's completion of a PhD at that august institution.

As a black man in a rigidly segregated society, Edward Alexander Bouchet must have faced nearly insurmountable obstacles. Born in 1852 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of a freed slave, Bouchet was spurred on to excel in academics by his own drive to learn, his parent's tenacity, and a dedicated teacher who encouraged his dreams. Bouchet did not disappoint them, graduating valedictorian of the segregated school he attended, and winning acceptance to Yale - the first African American to break the Ivy League color barrier.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued at Yale in the newly created PhD program in physics. When he finished his dissertation in 1876, Measuring Refractive Indices, Bouchet was the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university: http://connecticuthistory.org/edward-alexander-bouchet-the-first-african-american-to-earn-a-phd-from-an-american-university/#sthash.WOtVmBSJ.dpuf

Despite being one of the most brilliant physicists in America, Dr. Bouchet was unable to cross the color barrier in his professional career. No university or college would hire him for a professorship after his graduation due to the color of his skin. He spent the next 26 years of his life teaching physics and chemistry at an all-black high school, mentoring and encouraging his students to succeed academically. What a huge blow it must have been to him when the high school, influenced by the philosophy of Booker T. Washington, changed from a college-preparatory focus for black students, to a industrial-vocational institution.

Dr. Bouchet left teaching and for the next 14 years changed jobs frequently. Demoralized and with serious health problems, Dr. Bouchet died in 1918 at the age of 66. His legacy lives on, however, inspiring young black Americans to achieve their academic goals, and celebrated by Yale in naming part of the University in remembrance of him: http://news.yale.edu/2016/02/29/honoring-edward-bouchet-and-original-sloane-laboratory-where-he-studied

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, Dr. Edward Bouchet was inspiring the next generation to achieve their academic dreams.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 3 on the makeshift  teetotum, and moved from New England - Stop 0: The Stone Walls of New England, Sermons in Stone to New Haven, Connecticut - Stop 3: Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, Physicist and Barrier Breaker.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #edwardbouchet   #firstafricanamericandoctoratedegree   #yaleuniversity   #newhavenconnecticut  ___

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2016-04-16 15:28:49 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

"The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009 through June 2015. Taken as a whole, the detailed trip-level data is more than just a vast list of taxi pickup and drop off coordinates: it’s a story of New York."

Fascinating! Thank you, +Sebastian Reyes Espinosa  and +Kee Hinckley !

#dataviz about the #taxi and #uber service in NYC___"The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009 through June 2015. Taken as a whole, the detailed trip-level data is more than just a vast list of taxi pickup and drop off coordinates: it’s a story of New York."

Fascinating! Thank you, +Sebastian Reyes Espinosa  and +Kee Hinckley !

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2016-04-16 14:55:00 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The Magic School Bus coming to a kid near you. More at: https://www.generation-beyond.com/

The Magic School Bus coming to a kid near you. More at: https://www.generation-beyond.com/___

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2016-04-16 14:48:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

"...Walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night"
- Langston Hughes, American Poet

"...Walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night"
- Langston Hughes, American Poet___

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2016-04-16 00:38:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Treat life like a game of chess. In chess you have to make great decisions on every single move and life is often like that.
~ Maurice Ashley, Chess Grandmaster, Author, and motivational speaker on the first thing he teaches kids.

Don't miss Ashley's inspirational TED Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd8lGs7997k

Thank you, +Socratica 

Chess Grandmaster is Transforming Young Lives Through the Game

Maurice Ashley, a member of the US Chess Hall of Fame, has launched dozens of chess school programs in cities all over the country, including Ferguson, Missouri. The chess programs teach the students how the rules of the game can be practiced in real life, too, which he said he hopes will help encourage the kids to pursue their dreams.___Treat life like a game of chess. In chess you have to make great decisions on every single move and life is often like that.
~ Maurice Ashley, Chess Grandmaster, Author, and motivational speaker on the first thing he teaches kids.

Don't miss Ashley's inspirational TED Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd8lGs7997k

Thank you, +Socratica 

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2016-04-16 00:18:46 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Night Club Map of Harlem, E. Simms Campbell, 1932

The stars indicate the places that are open at night .... The only important omission is the location of the various speakeasies but since there are about 500 of them you won't have much trouble ....

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe!

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has announced that it has acquired “the original artwork for a 1932 map of Harlem nightclubs drawn by E. Simms Campbell, the first African American illustrator to be syndicated and whose work was…___Night Club Map of Harlem, E. Simms Campbell, 1932

The stars indicate the places that are open at night .... The only important omission is the location of the various speakeasies but since there are about 500 of them you won't have much trouble ....

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe!

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2016-04-14 12:48:47 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

What we did was build a probability map for each of these layers – the species distribution, the right sort of geological conditions for fossil formation (for example, sedimentary rocks, or caves and lakes), and the ease of discovery (for example, open areas rather than dense forest. We combined each of these for an overall 'suitability for fossil discovery' map.
~ Professor Corey Bradshaw,  University of Adelaide and Project Leader

Thank you, +Geology Page 

New models predicting where to find fossils | #Geology #GeologyPage

An international team of scientists has developed a way to help locate fossils of long-extinct animals.

Using the estimated ages and spatial distribution of Australian megafauna fossils, the team from University of Adelaide in Australia and Kiel University in Germany built a series of mathematical models to determine the areas in the country most likely to contain fossils.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2016/04/new-models-predicting-where-to-find.html

Geology Page
www.geologypage.com___What we did was build a probability map for each of these layers – the species distribution, the right sort of geological conditions for fossil formation (for example, sedimentary rocks, or caves and lakes), and the ease of discovery (for example, open areas rather than dense forest. We combined each of these for an overall 'suitability for fossil discovery' map.
~ Professor Corey Bradshaw,  University of Adelaide and Project Leader

Thank you, +Geology Page 

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2016-04-14 12:37:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Sherry Ott explains all you need to know when exploring Alaska by Bush flight, an adventure all on its own. Do not miss her wonderful pictures from the air here: http://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/alaska-bush-flights-what-to-expect/

Thank you, +Sherry Ott!

During my 3 weeks traveling to remote #Alaska towns, I flew a number of Alaska Bush flights. Be aware of these few things that are essential to know when you take Alaska Bush flights. http://bit.ly/1Xx9L4T___Sherry Ott explains all you need to know when exploring Alaska by Bush flight, an adventure all on its own. Do not miss her wonderful pictures from the air here: http://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/alaska-bush-flights-what-to-expect/

Thank you, +Sherry Ott!

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2016-04-12 13:25:14 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

If I had a hammer...

Thank you, +Geology IN 

Hammer helps geologist find the story behind the rock
A geologist's hammer used to break up rocks, as well as a scale in the photograph Some wag from the 19th century once described geologists as "those crazy blokes with their wee little hammers, busy turning mountains back into molehills." That may be a small...___If I had a hammer...

Thank you, +Geology IN 

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2016-04-12 13:20:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!” – Yuri Gagarin, the first human to live off our home planet, 12 April 1961 #YurisNight

“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!” – Yuri Gagarin, the first human to live off our home planet, 12 April 1961 #YurisNight___

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2016-04-12 12:57:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

+Olivier Malinur is right. This is a very simple, but very powerful graphic that points out the inequality in life expectancy at age 40. While most of the difference in life expectancy at age 40 differs by state and city, and most of the difference between the wealthiest and poorest seem attributable to health behaviors, the fact that the wealthiest 1% have a life expectancy at age 40 that is 10 - 15 years greater than the poorest 1% is incontrovertible ... but not inevitable. 

Thank you, +Andrei Pandre  

___+Olivier Malinur is right. This is a very simple, but very powerful graphic that points out the inequality in life expectancy at age 40. While most of the difference in life expectancy at age 40 differs by state and city, and most of the difference between the wealthiest and poorest seem attributable to health behaviors, the fact that the wealthiest 1% have a life expectancy at age 40 that is 10 - 15 years greater than the poorest 1% is incontrovertible ... but not inevitable. 

Thank you, +Andrei Pandre  

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2016-04-11 01:54:20 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

The first entire map of the world of Game of Thrones is coming and the man who makes them brings you the scoop!

I can't wait! Thank you, +Fantastic Maps​​

It's coming.___The first entire map of the world of Game of Thrones is coming and the man who makes them brings you the scoop!

I can't wait! Thank you, +Fantastic Maps​​

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2016-04-11 01:09:21 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Part of the 1,300-mile route that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled from 1846 to 1868 still visible a century and a half later by using LiDAR imaging.

More at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_Trail

Amazing! Thank you, +Bob Libra​

Lidar sees cool stuff. These are ruts and tracks along  the 1846-47 Mormon Trail near Mt. Pisgah, in Union County Iowa. About 40 miles SW of Des Moines. Loess-derived soils and a long agricultural land use, but the tracks can still be seen from on high. ___Part of the 1,300-mile route that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled from 1846 to 1868 still visible a century and a half later by using LiDAR imaging.

More at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_Trail

Amazing! Thank you, +Bob Libra​

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2016-04-10 19:28:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Burundi bleeds and the world is blind.

Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens​.

The world looks away as blood flows in Burundi:

More than a quarter of a million people have fled in terror as opposition militias plot their return. Without international assistance a humanitarian disaster looms___Burundi bleeds and the world is blind.

Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens​.

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2016-04-09 17:38:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Also known as Basin and Range, this beautiful relief map points out an area of the US undergoing lithospheric extension producing alternating narrow faulted mountain chains and flat arid valleys or basins. More maps and info here:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Basin#Great_Basin_physiographic_section and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basin_and_Range_Province

Thank you, +Online Maps Blog and +Lucas Appelmann 

___Also known as Basin and Range, this beautiful relief map points out an area of the US undergoing lithospheric extension producing alternating narrow faulted mountain chains and flat arid valleys or basins. More maps and info here:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Basin#Great_Basin_physiographic_section and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basin_and_Range_Province

Thank you, +Online Maps Blog and +Lucas Appelmann 

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2016-04-09 15:21:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute... 
~ Gustave Flaubert

Sharing again because the quote explains all. Thanks again, +Miss Melony 

An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute... 
~ Gustave Flaubert

Sharing again because the quote explains all. Thanks again, +Miss Melony ___

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2016-04-09 14:46:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

"Last month our Republican Legislature rolled back the autonomy of all the state’s town councils, all gay-and-trans rights. Officials invented a boogeyman excuse: murderous transgender bathroom intruders. This is Jim Crow politics unleashed on L.G.B.T. citizens by lawmakers furious since the court of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. dignified gay marriage. Our governor? He explained that the legislation was “unifying.” I take this personally."
~ Allan Gurganus, native North Carolinian, novelist, and eloquent critic of homophobia and racism writes an op-ed piece in the New York Times.

Thank you, +Shannon Turlington  

My North Carolina State of Mind http://nyti.ms/1qd3H6L___"Last month our Republican Legislature rolled back the autonomy of all the state’s town councils, all gay-and-trans rights. Officials invented a boogeyman excuse: murderous transgender bathroom intruders. This is Jim Crow politics unleashed on L.G.B.T. citizens by lawmakers furious since the court of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. dignified gay marriage. Our governor? He explained that the legislation was “unifying.” I take this personally."
~ Allan Gurganus, native North Carolinian, novelist, and eloquent critic of homophobia and racism writes an op-ed piece in the New York Times.

Thank you, +Shannon Turlington  

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2016-04-08 12:26:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.
~ Eugene "Gene" Cernan,  retired American naval officer and Naval Aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, NASA astronaut and Last Man on the Moon

+Jochen Fromm writes:
 
One reason why I like America is they love science and technology, and brought the first man to the moon and back. There is a new documentary named 'The Last Man on the Moon', like the book from Eugene Cernan and Don Davis of the same name. If +Buzz Aldrin ​​ and Neil Armstrong​ were the first men on the moon, Eugene Cernan was the last. In his book Cernan writes about what it takes to make a moonshot: "There were 33,000 people on the +NASA  payroll and 383,000 in private industry working on Apollo" (in Chapter 16 Phoenix Rising)

More info here:http://thela... more »

“Dream the impossible – and go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. What can’t you do?”

- Eugene (Gene) Cernan, the last man on the Moon.

#quote   #usa   #moon  ___Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.
~ Eugene "Gene" Cernan,  retired American naval officer and Naval Aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, NASA astronaut and Last Man on the Moon

+Jochen Fromm writes:
 
One reason why I like America is they love science and technology, and brought the first man to the moon and back. There is a new documentary named 'The Last Man on the Moon', like the book from Eugene Cernan and Don Davis of the same name. If +Buzz Aldrin ​​ and Neil Armstrong​ were the first men on the moon, Eugene Cernan was the last. In his book Cernan writes about what it takes to make a moonshot: "There were 33,000 people on the +NASA  payroll and 383,000 in private industry working on Apollo" (in Chapter 16 Phoenix Rising)

More info here: http://thelastmanonthemoon.com/
here http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/31/the-last-man-on-the-moon-eugene-cernan-interview
and here http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jun/08/last-man-on-moon-documentary-eugene-cernan

Via +Chris Veerabadran  and +Jenny Winder 

Thank you, +Jochen Fromm! I will have to read the book and watch the documentary!

2016-04-08 12:06:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Summer's Not Far

The summer's not far in us;
The gate's ajar, but paths to reach
Are common, and not to be believed.
This light's joy, this received,
Unboxed, with green wrappings and shadows
And every bird that sings sang thus,
For happiness and for us.

The Summer's Not Far

The summer's not far in us;
The gate's ajar, but paths to reach
Are common, and not to be believed.
This light's joy, this received,
Unboxed, with green wrappings and shadows
And every bird that sings sang thus,
For happiness and for us.___

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2016-04-08 01:21:26 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

…we cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets or can set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish.
~ Sir Arthur C. Clarke

From: http://www.clarkefoundation.org/about-sir-arthur/sir-arthurs-quotations/ Thank you, +Irina T. 

15 years ago - 2001 Mars Odyssey launched on April 7, 2001.

"The name "2001 Mars Odyssey" was selected as a tribute to the vision and spirit of space exploration as embodied in the works of renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. Evocative of one of his most celebrated works, the name speaks to our hopes for the future and of the fundamental human desire to explore the unknown despite great dangers, the risk of failure and the daunting, enormous depths of space."
Quoted from
http://marsmobile.jpl.nasa.gov/odyssey/mission/overview/
Image :

The large fracture seen in this THEMIS image contains multiple upper right to lower left trending channels which feed into the fracture. The term fracture is used to describe brittle failure which has occurred causing a planar break within a geological unit / material. The lava found within the large crater surrounding the fracture was possibly fed into the crater by the left to right trending fracture.This image was originally released as part of the THEMIS Art series - barbed wire or maybe the stitches on Frankenstein's head.
See at full (i cropped it for posting )
https://themis.asu.edu/zoom-20050225039341a
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University.

Time magazine published a great gallery of images today, check it out at
http://time.com/4279319/best-photos-mars-odyssey/___…we cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets or can set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish.
~ Sir Arthur C. Clarke

From: http://www.clarkefoundation.org/about-sir-arthur/sir-arthurs-quotations/ Thank you, +Irina T. 

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