A great clear night last night, topped of by a MASSIVE! Fireball at about 2225 going SSE to NNW. Pretty much directly overhead - bright enough to cause...
Val Buss's insight:
A good reason for the existence of Spaceguard UK and other similar groups, although it would be good to have / know of contingency plans if something did hit. NASA NEO (Near-Earth Objects) lab is invaluable in providing warning for known objects, but how many others are out there, unknown?
I also saw a bolide once - quite spectacular, but harmless. My then-young son was with me, watching for the Perseids. We got a treat!
As camera manufacturers attempt to counter the onslaught of a smartphone-in-every-pocket mobile photography movement taking the place of point-and-shoot cameras, some solutions seek to combine the two devices. Thanks in part to crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, smaller companies and individuals are also proposing crossover gadgets that integrate mobile and traditional cameras.
Greenhouse gas reduction could prevent millions of premature deaths NBCNews.com Now West and his colleagues have devised a global model to simulate likely future scenarios of the interaction between mortality and air pollutants, such as ozone and...
Val Buss's insight:
Any reduction of pollutants is likely to help! As the mother of an asthmatic, I've seen the effect of having a school playing field near a busy road and the 'right' weather conditions to cause a layer of 'smog' or most likely NOx. My daughter ran into this misty layer on a cross country-run and suddenly found she couldn't breathe. She was doing well up to that point.
So, why 'greenhouse gas' and not just 'air pollutants'?
The Guardian Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks The Guardian In the presidential directive, the criteria for offensive cyber operations in the directive is not limited to retaliatory action but vaguely framed as...
Val Buss's insight:
Well before this happened, I made reference in my novel, The Silver Spindle, of the "IP8 authority" or "The Great Data-Sifter in the Sky". I do so hope we are not heading that way, but it is scarily looking a little like it.
You hear new stories every day: humans are ruining the planet. If we don’t do something now, we’ll certainly destroy the world for our children. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is wildly popular, and for good reason! These scenarios, while bleak, are also exciting and offer the opportunities for lots of what-ifs. However, in the spirit of optimism, I wanted to explore some future scenarios that offer hope and a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
We asked this week’s panelists…
Q: It’s not unusual to hear negative things about what the future might bring for the Earth and humankind, and dystopian narrative certainly makes for entertaining futuristic sci-fi scenarios (environmental disaster, overuse of technology, etc). In the spirit of optimism and hope, what are a few of your far future scenarios that speak to the possible positive aspects of our evolving relationship with our world?
The spirit of optimism and hope shines best when recovering from natural disasters, when petty differences are eclipsed by the basic needs of humanity. I'd like to invite all in the developed world to imagine themselves to be returning from the moon, looking towards our jewel of a planet, recalling the immediate threats to the inhabitants and looking for ways to combat them. It would be a case of evaluating the most presing problem, and valuing what we have at the present moment. Thinking outside the planet for the planet, perhaps.
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