The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. —Four stars.
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“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a factory. I believe more movies should be made about enterprising young boys who are given factories. —Three and a half stars. (Half a star off for the grandparents, who are sponging off the labor of Charlie and his mother. If Grandpa Joe can dance, Grandpa Joe can work.)
The subject of this image bears a remarkable resemblance to a porous sea sponge, floating in the inky black surroundings of the deep sea.
Indeed, the cold, hostile and lonely environment of deep water is not too far removed from deep space, the actual setting for this image in which one of Saturn’s outer moons, Hyperion, can be seen in incredible detail. This image was taken by Cassini when the spacecraft performed a flyby of the small moon on 26 September 2005.
During the flyby, Cassini got more than it bargained for as Hyperion unleashed a burst of charged particles towards the spacecraft, effectively delivering a giant 200-volt electric shock. It appears that Hyperion’s surface becomes electrostatically charged as it is bathed in charged particles – both those constantly streaming out into space from the Sun and those trapped within the magnetic field of the moon’s host planet, Saturn.
While astronomers expected many bodies throughout the Solar System to be charged, the data from the Cassini flyby represent the first-ever experience of a charged natural object in space other than our own Moon.
Hyperion is shaped a bit like a potato and, with dimensions of 410 x 260 x 220 km, is one of the largest bodies in the Solar System known to be so irregular. Its odd, almost ‘bubbly’ appearance, can be attributed to it having a very low density for its size. Because of these properties the entire moon is porous, like a sponge, with well-preserved craters of all shapes and sizes packed together across its surface. Scientists think that this moon is mostly made up of water ice, with small amounts of rock.
Images taken using infrared, green and ultraviolet filters were combined to create this view. The natural redness of Hyperion’s surface was toned down in this false-colour image to enhance the visibility of the moon’s surface features
Cassini was approximately 62 000 km from Hyperion when the image was taken, and the image scale is 362 m per pixel.
The Cassini–Huygens mission is a cooperative project between NASA, ESA and Italy’s ASI space agency.
This image was previously released on the JPL photojournal image archive in September 2005.
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. Its data includes images of the sun in 10 wavelengths every 10 seconds. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171Å channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that are called "coronal loops". Loops are shown here in a blended overlay with the magnetic field as measured with SDO's Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager underneath. Blue and yellow represent the opposite polarities of the magnetic field. The combined images were taken on Oct. 24, 2014, at 23:50:37 UT.
Homologation specials existed in the days before the Lancia Stratos, but the Stratos was still different, and an incredibly important car. The first car built specifically for WRC, it was powered by a Ferrari Dino V6 and singlehandedly restored Lancia's credibility in the world of motorsports. Styled by Bertone, the first incarnation of the car was the Stratos Zero concept car which was revealed at the 1970 Turin Motor Show, and it still looks outrageous today.
A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping.
During a recent spring day the engineers took the GL-10 to test its wings at a military base about two hours away from NASA Langley. The remotely piloted plane has a 10-foot wingspan (3.05 meters), eight electric motors on the wings, two electric motors on the tail and weighs a maximum of 62 pounds (28.1 kilograms) at take off. This photograph captures the GL-10 prototype taking off in hover mode like a helicopter.
Between 55 million and 40 million years ago, the northern edge of what is now India began to slam into the giant slab of Earth's crust that today carries Nepal and Tibet. This ancient collision had a terrible after-effect this past Saturday: The deadly earthquake, centered in Nepal, which had an estimated death toll of nearly 4,000 people as of Monday evening.
India bulled its way under Nepal those many millions of years ago, shoving the northern land skyward. That move began to create the towering Himalaya, including Mt. Everest. The collision is still going on, as India moves several centimeters north each year, and this has created an unstable fissure in the planet's crust, known as the Himalayan frontal thrust fault. This boundary zone, shown below, continues to release enormous earthquakes. Saturday's magnitude 7.8 disaster appears to overlap a segment that released a 8.1 magnitude quake in 1934, according to Susan Hough, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, California. That quake killed an estimated 10,700 people.
Here are illustrations that show, first, how the initial collision occured, then how the thrust fault is continuing to fracture the crust in the area, and finally where the frontal thrust fault lies in relation to other cracks in this very quake-prone zone.
Santorini, GreeceAn ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, Santorini feels like no other place on earth. Here, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera. (Courtesy Art Kowalsky / Alamy)
Scientists who analyzed the bottles said the Champagne contains about three times more sugar than modern Champagne, possibly because the producers added grape syrup to make it sweeter.
After analyzing the chemical structure of the Champagne, scientists were able to actually taste it. At first, they did not taste very good.
"At first, the Baltic samples were described using terms such as 'animal notes,' 'wet hair,' 'reduction,' and sometimes 'cheesy,'" said the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and explained that the unappealing flavors could result from the lack of oxygen at the bottom of the sea. "Upon swirling the wine in the glass to oxygenate it, the aroma became far more pleasant, with the main aromas described as empyreumatic, grilled, spicy, smoky, and leathery, together with fruity and floral notes."
In this Chandra image of ngc6388, researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close. When a star reaches its white dwarf stage, nearly all of the material from the star is packed inside a radius one hundredth that of the original star. The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Using several telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star – the dense core of a star like the Sun that has run out of nuclear fuel – may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close. More information. Image Credit: NASA
Two hundred years ago on April 10, the Indonesian volcano Tambora erupted, obliterating an entire tribe of people, cooling the Earth by several degrees, and causing famines and disease outbreaks around the world.
It remains the largest eruption on historical record: larger than the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and roughly 20 times bigger than Mount Vesuvius, which wiped the Italian town of Pompeii off the map. If such a cataclysmic event happened now, the results would be even messier, experts say.
"The consensus is that it would be absolutely devastating," says Gillen D'Arcy Wood, an environmental historian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our transportation, food, and humanitarian infrastructure are much better now than they were in the early 1800s, he says. "But we are also a planet of seven billion with a highly complicated global food and trade network."
BODO, Norway — From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of the Norwegian military’s operations headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War.
“I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior,” the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he is not too alarmed by increased Russian military activity alongNATO’s northern flank.
“It is more or less the same as when I started,” said General Lunde, who began his career tracking Soviet warplanes as a Norwegian Air Force navigator in the early 1980s.
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After a long hiatus following the December 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, when Moscow grounded its strategic bombers for lack of fuel, spare parts and will to project power, President Vladimir V. Putin’s newly assertive Russia “is back to normal behavior,” General Lunde said.
Ανάγκασαν την Έφες να μαζεύει τη μπάλα από το καλάθι. "Κένταγαν" στην επίθεση, με έναν Παπαπέτρου συγκλονιστικό, τους Λαφαγιέτ- Μάντζαρη να τα κάνουν όλα και τον Πρίντεζη να "ξεκαθαρίζει" ότι τρίτη σερί ήττα δεν υπάρχει για την ομάδα του. Ο κόσμος ανέλαβε να παίξει άμυνα. Αυτοί οι οχτώ χιλιάδες, που μάλλον τόσοι χρειάζονται, γιατί αυτοί αποδεικνύεται ότι το γουστάρουν και έχουν μάθει να "παίζουν" σε κάθε φάση. Τι μείγμα αποδείχθηκε «μολότοφ» για την τουρκική ομάδα! Δέκατη φορά ο Ολυμπιακός στα προημιτελικά της Ευρωλίγκας, οι Αγγελόπουλοι «μπαίνουν μέσα» οικονομικά, αλλά έχουν φτιάξει μια ομάδα που ο κόσμος της γνωρίζει καλά, ότι κερδίσει- χάσει, θα ‘χει δώσει την ψυχή της. Άρα όταν περάσει το Πάσχα, μην αγχώνεστε για το αποτέλεσμα. Ο περήφανος δεν είναι πάντα ο νικητής, είναι αυτός που κι όταν "πεθάνει", θα το ‘χει κάνει με το δικό του τρόπο…
H Κρήτη συνήθως υπερηφανεύεται για τα παληκάρια της. Ωστόσο, αυτός ο τόπος δεν ξεχωρίζει μόνο για τις μπαλωθιές του. Μικρόσωμη, λεπτοκαμωμένη και με κουρασμένο πρόσωπο από τη θάλασσα. Τίποτα στην εμφάνισή της δεν μαρτυρά το επάγγελμα που κάνει.
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Η Στέλλα Φραντζεσκάκη από τα Νέα Ρούματα Χανίων, ένας οικισμός σε υψόμετρο 320 μέτρων, είναι μία από τις ελάχιστες πλοιάρχους, ίσως και η μοναδική σε φορτηγό πλοίο. Οι πρώτες γυναίκες που αναφέρονται ως πλοίαρχοι στη σύγχρονη ναυτική ιστορία είναι η Αννα Σαρίδου και η Νίκη Σκέντζου, ενώ σημειώνεται ότι ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα καράβια του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση, το «Ολύμπικ Σερένιτι» 100.000 τόνων, το κυβερνούσε γυναίκα, η Αθανασία Μπουμπουράκη. Στα 1978 η Πολιτεία προχώρησε στην ίδρυση και της πρώτης δημόσιας σχολής πλοιάρχων γυναικών, της ΑΔΣΕΝ πλοιάρχων Πειραιά, με έδρα της τον χώρο του ΚΕΣΕΝ στου Ρέντη. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1xjxNCA
Already one in three humans has no access to clean water. Is this situation bound to worsen with a further growing global population? Would it be possible to distribute clean water more equally? What about marine water? Has the use of water changed in your country during your lifetime?
Title Siloe Patera Released 21/05/2015 11:00 am Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Description The 30 x 40 km Siloe Patera structure lies close to the centre of this colour image within the Arabia Terra region of Mars. A recent study favours this construct as the remains of a volcanic caldera.
The image was acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express 26 November 2014 during Mars Express Orbit 13837. The image is centred on 36ºN / 6ºE. The ground resolution is about 24 m per pixel.
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On May 13, 1992, following the successful capture of the Intelsat VI satellite, three astronauts continue moving the 4.5 ton communications satellite into the space shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay. A fellow crew member recorded this 70mm still frame from inside Endeavour's cabin. Left to right, astronauts Richard J. Hieb, Thomas D. Akers and Pierre J. Thuot, cooperate on the effort to attach a specially designed grapple bar underneath the satellite. Thuot stands on the end of the Remote Manipulator System's (RMS) arm while Hieb and Akers are on Portable Foot Restraints (PFR) affixed to Endeavour's portside and the Multipurpose Support Structure (MPESS), respectively. The sections of Earth which form the backdrop for the scene are blanketed with thousands of square miles of clouds.
The Intelsat satellite, stranded in an unusable orbit since its launch aboard a Titan vehicle in March 1990, was equipped with a new perigee kick motor. The satellite was subsequently released into orbit and the new motor fired to put the spacecraft into a geosynchronous orbit for operational use. The capture required three spacewalks: a planned one by astronaut Pierre J. Thuot and Richard J. Hieb who were unable to attach a capture bar to the satellite from a position on the RMS; a second unscheduled but identical attempt the following day; and finally an unscheduled but successful hand capture by Pierre J. Thuot and fellow crewmen Richard J. Hieb and Thomas D. Akers as Commander Daniel C. Brandenstein delicately maneuvered the orbiter to within a few feet of the 4.5 ton communications satellite.
The STS-49 mission, the first flight of shuttle Endeavour, set records for the first (and only, to date) spacewalk involving three astronauts; first shuttle mission to feature four spacewalks; first shuttle mission requiring three rendezvous with an orbiting spacecraft; first attachment of a live rocket motor to an orbiting satellite and first use of a drag chute during a shuttle landing.
The constellation of Cygnus is one of the most recognisable in the northern hemisphere. During the summer months, the stars of its long neck stretch along the Milky Way and its wings sweep from side to side.
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Switch to the invisible wavelengths of the far-infrared and the Milky Way’s river of stars disappears to reveal tendrils of cold dust. Shown here, in this image from Japan’s Akari space observatory, are the central regions of Cygnus, and it can be seen that the Milky Way displays a rich stock of dust.
This dust is part of the interstellar medium, which also contains gas. These infrared images reveal the detailed distribution of the interstellar medium, highlighting areas where bright, new stars are about to emerge in the Milky Way.
Far-infrared light is the key wavelength range for investigating stars and planet formation. When the interstellar medium gathers together under the attraction of its own gravity, it forms a giant molecular cloud. These can be hundreds of light-years across. Denser parts, just a few tenths of a light-year across, are known as molecular cloud cores. These are where stars and planets form.
Akari images, such as this one, are the only images in which scientists can closely examine the entire giant molecular cloud with the resolution of a molecular cloud core.
This false-colour image, spanning 20x15°, is constructed from three far-infrared bands: blue represents 65 micrometres, green shows 90 micrometres and red codes the 140 micrometre wavelength. The image is part of Akari’s recently released all-sky survey.
The mission observed more than 99% of the entire sky over a period of 16 months. The all-sky images have a resolution of 1–1.5 arcminutes, in four wavelengths: 65, 90, 140 and 160 micrometres.
Akari was a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) project with ESA’s participation.
Οι εικόνες που βλέπεις δημιουργήθηκαν για την διαφημιστική καμπάνια του Surfrider Foundation, και θέλουν να μας κάνουν να σκεφτούμε τον τρόπο που χρησιμοποιούμε πλαστικά αντικείμενα. Σύμφωνα με την καμπάνια 26 εκατομμύρια τόνοι πλαστικών συσκευασιών εγκαταλείπονται κάθε χρόνο στη θάλασσα. Το δημιουργικό γραφείο Young & Rubicam από το Παρίσι , μας προκαλεί να σκεφτούμε το πόσο η καταναλωτική μας μανια επιρρεάζει το περιβάλλον και τα πλάσματα που ζουν σε αυτό και…δεν καταναλώνουν πλαστικό αλλά πολλές φορές καταναλώνονται από αυτό.
We've now reached the point where over half of online adults today surf the web on anything other than a traditional computer. Of online adults today, over 80% use a smartphone and 50% have a tablet. With this in mind, it's important that websites offer legibility and maximum usability for smartphone and tablet users.
It's plain and simple: responsive design is a step in the positive direction for your customer service strategy. If a potential customer cannot navigate your website from their phone, you may have lost them forever.
In addition, it's also good for SEO-- aka, Google recommends you do it too.
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«η Ιρλανδία, είναι παγκόσμιο πρότυπο για τον οικο-τουρισμό, ευλογημένη από την θέση της και το κλίμα, ανέπτυξε πρακτικές και προϊόντα για τον οικοτουρισμό, που αξίζει να αντιγράψουν και να εφαρμόσουν όλες οι χώρες στον Κόσμο.»
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When I saw the first roll of dark skin emerge from the water, I knew we weren’t alone. I was on a boat with Whale Watch West Cork less than a kilometre off the coast of Baltimore, a village on Ireland’s southwest coast, and the captain, Nic Slocum, had just spotted a menacing shadow creeping up from the depths below. He switched off the engine. A moment later, the 10 Spanish, British and German travellers on deck started to shriek: next to our drifting tugboat was a 7.5m-long, bullet-headed minke whale, capable of knocking us sideways.
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