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world's largest message-in-a-bottle lost at sea

world's largest message-in-a-bottle lost at sea | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
the high-tech 30 feet long message-in-a-bottle is part of a promotion created by try / apt for norwegian soft drink solo.
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'the giant bottle was released to the ocean currents outside of tenerife on march 15th. besides it's own twitter account (@solosoftdrink) it comes with state-of-the-art tracking equipment allowing fans to follow its progress across a world map online, along with a 360 degree camera taking photos every eight hours. but after last weeks heavy sun storms, the satellite connection is down and the company is for the moment not able to get updates on the bottles whereabouts. we are asking for people in the area to keep a lookout and notify us with any information'
-  joakim sande, ceo of solo, the norwegian soft drink that is behind the project.

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Caffe Italiano | Visual.ly

Caffe Italiano | Visual.ly | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Caffè Espresso, Caffè macchiato (with milk), Caffè americano (American coffee)… There are so many types of Coffee and many different ways of drinking it. Italians are renowned for drinking Espresso, of course, but also for their way of ordering it!

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Voxy Blog

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Voxy Blog | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Learning a new language can be difficult, but some languages can be trickier than others. For native English speakers, the difficulty level of a new language depends on a variety of factors. So which are the most difficult to learn? And which languages would you be able to master in under a year? View the infographic below to learn more.

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Not 'Elysium,' But Better 'Ringworld' Settlements Could Return Our Future to Its Past (Commentary)

Not 'Elysium,' But Better 'Ringworld' Settlements Could Return Our Future to Its Past (Commentary) | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Giant off-Earth space settlements were originally envisioned as egalitarian engines for wealth distribution — self-sustaining islands built, as much as possible, with materials and energy from the unused bounty of the sun, moon and asteroids.
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n the sci-fi film "Elysium," a half-million wealthy citizens live on a space habitat 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) in diameter and 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) wide. 

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Unemployment in Europe: Reducing wages is not a panacea

Unemployment in Europe: Reducing wages is not a panacea | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
In order to kickstart growth, Madrid has only to do what Ireland and Latvia have done: cut wages. The suggestion has caused an uproar in Spain. And, where the idea has been put into practise, it has left negative results to go with the positive ones.
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

There is hope. That’s the idea that the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs wanted to launch last Tuesday. Olli Rehn chose an unusual medium, his blog, to spread a message of high political tension: Spain has no reason to resign itself to abysmal rates of unemployment and anemic growth. If it wants to climb out of the hole, though, it must make mighty efforts – as mighty, for example, as having workers accept a general cut in wages of 10 per cent. To make his case, Rehn showcases for Spain what he calls “two success stories”, Ireland and Latvia.

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Top 10 TV Shows on Social Media This Week [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top 10 TV Shows on Social Media This Week [INFOGRAPHIC] | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Check out our list of top 10 tv shows on social media this week.
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HBO's True Blood tops our list of most popular TV shows on social media this week, after the show's season-six teaser video blew up on YouTube.

The supernatural series with plenty of vampires was followed in popularity by AMC's Breaking Bad, which resumes its final season Sunday night. Another hot show this week included Doctor Who. After the BBC revealed Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor on Sunday, Doctor Who's official account gained over 42,000 new Whovians.

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Space News: Excellent prospects for August's Perseid meteors

Space News: Excellent prospects for August's Perseid meteors | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this week. And because the Moon will be just past new, no moonlight will hinder the view.

Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at or near its peak late on Sunday night (late on Aug. 11 and early morning on Aug. 12) and on Monday night (August 12-13).

"The nearly moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent," noted Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope.

Although an occasional Perseid meteor might catch your attention shortly after evening twilight ends, the prime viewing hours are from about 11 p.m. or midnight (local time) until the first light of dawn.

This is when the shower's “radiant,” its perspective point of origin, is high up in your sky. The higher the radiant, the more meteors appear all over the sky.

To enjoy the Perseids, you need no equipment but your eyes. Find a dark spot with a wide-open view overhead. Bring a reclining lawn chair or a ground cloth so you can lie back and watch the sky in comfort. Bundle up in blankets or a sleeping bag, both for mosquito shielding and for warmth; clear nights can grow surprisingly chilly under the open stars (due to radiational cooling).

“Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the dark,” said Robert Naeye, Sky & Telescope's editor in chief. “With a little luck you'll see a ‘shooting star’ every minute or so on average.”

Perseids can appear anywhere and everywhere in the sky. So the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, usually straight up. Faint Perseids appear as tiny, quick streaks. Occasional brighter ones may sail across the heavens for several seconds and leave a brief train of glowing smoke.

When you see a meteor, track its path backward. If you eventually come to the constellation Perseus — which climbs the northeastern sky as the night progresses, as seen at right — then a Perseid is what you’ve just witnessed.

Occasionally you may spot an interloper. The weaker Delta Aquariid and Kappa Cygnid showers are also active during Perseid season, and there are always a few random, “sporadic” meteors. All of these track back to other parts of the sky.

Any light pollution will cut down the numbers visible. So will the radiant's lower altitude if you’re viewing early in the night.

But the brightest few meteors shine right through light pollution, and the few that happen when the radiant is low are especially long — skimming the upper atmosphere and flying far across the heavens.

In fact, a recent NASA analysis of all-sky images taken from 2008 to 2013 shows that the Perseids deliver more bright meteors (those that outshine any star) than any other annual meteor shower.

How and why

Meteors are caused by tiny, sand- to pea-size bits of dusty debris streaking into the top of Earth's atmosphere about 80 miles up.

Each Perseid particle zips in at 37 miles per second, creating a quick, white-hot streak of superheated air. The nuggets in Grape Nuts cereal are a close match to the estimated size, color and texture of typical meteor-shower particles.

These particular bits were shed long ago by Comet Swift-Tuttle and are distributed all along the comet's orbit around the Sun. Earth passes through this tenuous "river of rubble" every year in mid-August.

More about the Perseids and how to watch them appears in the August issue of Sky & Telescope magazine and at www.SkyandTelescope.com/Perseids .

Anyone can download Sky & Telescope's new free ebook, “Shooting Stars,” at http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/meteors-free-ebook.html .

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How do you test a live shark? Quickly and carefully, researchers say

How do you test a live shark? Quickly and carefully, researchers say | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Calling all great white sharks in the waters off Cape Cod: Please report to Chatham to be measured and tagged by scientists.
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Unemployment in Europe: Everybody's business

Unemployment in Europe: Everybody's business | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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According to Eurostat figures published July 31, the unemployment rate in the eurozone is 12.1 per cent, and 10.9 per cent across the EU.

The number of Europeans without jobs has gone slightly down compared with the preceeding months, but has risen by more than a million in one year. Eurostat notes that “in one year, the unemployment rate increased in 17 member states and decreased in 10.”

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3D Printing Weaves Its Way into Fashion

3D Printing Weaves Its Way into Fashion | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
3D printing has been around for decades, but it has just started to weave its way into the world of fashion. It may not be long before people can print out clothing from the comfort of their living room.
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The latest runway fashions aren't made with a sewing machine, but with a printer.

3D printing has been around for decades, but it has just started to weave its way into the world of fashion. A technology once used primarily for prototyping is now spitting out wearable items. Already, 3D printers are used to make jewelry and high-end apparel, and it may not be long before people can print out clothing from the comfort of their living rooms.

In fact, consumers will be printing their own clothing by 2020, according to inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. [The 10 Weirdest Things Created By 3D Printing]

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Italy: Crime and punishment

Italy: Crime and punishment | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Berlusconi in prison?

Everyone is celebrating


Looks like he is going to bring the good times with him here


On August 1, the Italian Court of […]
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Berlusconi in prison?

Everyone is celebrating

Looks like he is going to bring the good times with him here

On August 1, the Italian Court of Cassation confirmed Silvio Berlusconi's conviction for tax evasion. In view of his age – he will be 77 in September, the former prime minister will be allowed to serve his one year jail sentence under house arrest or instead complete a period of community service.

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774% difference in phone call prices across the EU

774% difference in phone call prices across the EU | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

Mobile users across the European Union face huge price differences for the same services. The biggest price difference is in domestic mobile calls – a 774% difference between Lithuania, the cheapest country, and Netherlands, the most expensive. These price differences cannot be explained by differences in quality, differences in the cost to provide the service, or by differences between countries in consumer purchasing power.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "As these numbers clearly show, the 28 national telecoms markets in Europe today are not benefitting consumers like a single market would. It is critical for the whole EU to move quickly to build a real single market to achieve a truly connected continent."

Average cost per minute (in € cents) in mobile communications

There are much smaller price differentials in other categories of basic goods and services in the European single market. For example a litre of milk can be bought for between €0.69 and €0.99 wherever they are in the EU, a price difference of 43%. An occasional purchase like an iPad is subject to only an 11% price difference across the EU.

The EU is a single market. So why do call costs vary so much?

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Pan Fried Halloumi With Strawberry, Cherry Tomato, Mint And Lime Salad

Pan Fried Halloumi With Strawberry, Cherry Tomato, Mint And Lime Salad | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

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Ingredients

cherry tomatos

Fresh Local strawberrys

lime (Segmented)

mint

Green leaf

halloumi

balsamic vinegar

Rapeseed oil

Preparation1.

Salad: Half Tomatoes, quarter strawberrys and segment limes, pick mint leaves. add lime juice, balsamic vinegar, rapeseed oil and season, toss together.

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Halloumi : add a little oil, salt and pepper, then lay down in a dry, screaming hot pan, leave to brown on both sides then place in oven for 4 minutes.

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Serve onto a wooden board and lay halloumi on top

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

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Introducing Scoop.it! to students for almost all kinds of research.

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It is very interesting to note new variety of subjects and information coming at the speed of light. It is how to grab all this information is what matters most.
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Easy aharing by selection!

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The Coffee Facts by The Coffee Club Belgium | Visual.ly

All you need to know about coffee and Fairtrade in the world! Created by The Coffee Club, a coffee house chain located in Belgium.
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Disabled Greeks get to swim in sea thanks to solar chair

Disabled Greeks get to swim in sea thanks to solar chair | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Disabled Greeks get to swim in sea thanks to solar chair

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Europe's Immigration challenge (2/4): The failure of Swedish integration

Europe's Immigration challenge (2/4): The failure of Swedish integration | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Sweden wants to be a homogeneous and egalitarian society, but in reality it is a country with wide segregation and has great difficulty integrating its minorities, writes a Dutch journalist.
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Nazanin Johansson has never personally experienced any trouble with this. Yes, she was stared at, because of her dark hair, brown eyes and Persian appearance, and she knew she had to try harder than others. Yet for her, Sweden is a country where you can work your way out of a disadvantaged position. And where you can become a bold intermediary for an employment office in a notorious neighbourhood, just like her.

But it must be something you really want. And Nazanin sometimes has doubts about this when she talks to young people. “They want to have a job, but only if it’s a cool one. They don't want to start at the bottom. It’s easy to forget that it is also the mentality of many of these young people that is the cause.” Nazanin works at the employment office of Kista, a suburb of Stockholm, and the technical hub of the Swedish capital. But Kista is also situated between Rinkeby, Husby and Tensta, neighbourhoods that were in the news in May when young people thererioted.

 
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Europe's Intellectuals: Whatever happened to freedom of thought?

Europe's Intellectuals: Whatever happened to freedom of thought? | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
More than simply a political project, Europe should be a moral project and a haven of free speech and tolerance. Intellectuals play a central role in this, but sadly they sometimes lack an open mind, remarks philosopher Alicja Gescinska.
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

Just as Europe is more than just a geographical entity, the EU is more than just a political body. I see it first and foremost as a moral project. If we are striving for an open society in Europe, that implies the need to support specific values, such as freedom, tolerance and individual and interpersonal responsibility. These are moral values that have to be anchored politically and institutionally. Otherwise, these values crumble.

We often take the values we enjoy for granted. Only when we risk losing them do we realise that that is not so. A few weeks ago, the internationally famed sociologist Zygmunt Bauman was threatened by 100 Polish skinheads during a lecture at Wrocław‎ University. This turbulent incident reminded me of the need for intellectual freedom and the role of intellectuals in society.

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Το «όλον ΠΑΣΟΚ» στην εκδήλωση για την 3η Σεπτεμβρίου

Το «όλον ΠΑΣΟΚ» στην εκδήλωση για την 3η Σεπτεμβρίου | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Την εκδήλωση θα κλείσουν με ομιλίες τους οι πρώην πρωθυπουργοί, Κώστας Σημίτης, και Γιώργος Παπανδρέου αλλά και ο Ευάγγελος Βενιζέλος
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ΘΑ ΠΕΣΕΙ ΤΟ ΓΕΛΙΟ ΤΗΣ ΑΡΚΟΥΔΑΣ !

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Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures
Arches frame a street in Limassol, Cyprus—also called Lemesos—in this photo from the 1920s.
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50+ Advantages of Using Electronic Signatures | All Infographics

50+ Advantages of Using Electronic Signatures | All Infographics | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Infographics om benefits of using electronic signatures for large business organization for handling documents and other various bank documents

Via Christino Martin
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Greece: Fired

Greece: Fired | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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On the cloud: "Economy"

On the plane: "Memorandum"

On August 6, the Greek authorities announced a series of emergency measures to fight the fires – some of which are thought to have been started deliberately – that have swept through parts of the country. Hundreds of hectares of scrubland, olive groves and forests have been devastated in recent days, along with dozens of homes, thanks to the sustained winds and high temperatures.

As a result, walking and driving tours through woods and forests on the outskirts of urban areas have been banned from sunset to sunrise, with some areas also deemed out of bounds during the day. Police and military patrols have been launched in some forest areas.

At the same time, the government announced the layoff of 8,200 employees, in line with the conditions of a bailout deal signed with international donors.

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Image of the Day

Image of the Day | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Amazing images every day!
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Here comes the sun!

This mesmerizing sunrise photo from space was taken by astronaut Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station on July 30. The space station travels at 17,500 miles per hour (more than 28,000 kilometers per hour), circling the Earth every 90 minutes. From this orbital perch, astronauts aboard the massive laboratory see about 16 sunrises and sunsets daily.

Nyberg launched to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on May 28. Nyberg's Soyuz crewmates included Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency. Upon their arrival at the orbiting outpost, the trio rounded out the space station's Expedition 36 mission. [Space Photos by Astronaut Karen Nyberg]
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Food: Udderly appetising

Food: Udderly appetising | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
'Worldburger' The world’s first laboratory-grown beefburger, dubbed the “Frankenburger”, by the Daily Mirror newspaper, was unveiled, cooked and eaten at a press conference in London […]
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The world’s first laboratory-grown beefburger, dubbed the “Frankenburger”, by the Daily Mirror newspaper, was unveiled, cooked and eaten at a press conference in London on August 5.

Co-founder of Google Sergey Brin picked up the €248,000 bill to develop the dish, which was grown from stem cells in a lab in the Netherlands. Scientists believe the technology could be on supermarket shelves within a decade.

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Lagarde Says EU Must Cut Greek Debt

Lagarde Says EU Must Cut Greek Debt | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ hope that international lenders will yet agree to cut Greece’s debt even if it makes them take losses is still alive, at least with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who said Europe should find a way to help Greece meets its fiscal targets.

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