Why Morocco loves its meteorites   
Why have more space rocks been recovered in Morocco than in other countries of a similar size? It’s a great question for the world’s Asteroid Day  
          TV picks for Friday, June 30: ‘Masters of Illusion’ season premiere; lots on asteroids   

Tenor Andrea Bocelli also turns up to perform in Florence, Italy.
          Saatte 72 Bin Kilometre Hızla Atmosfere Giren Bir Asteroidin Başına Neler Gelir?   
NASA, 4 yıl önce atmosfere giren 20 metre uzunluğundaki meteoru simüle etti. Görüntüler, cismin büyük bir hızda eriyip paramparça olduğunu gösteriyor. Dört yıl önce körüklü bir şehir içi otobüsü boyutundaki göktaşı, Rusya’nın Chelyabinsk şehrinin gökyüzünde net bir şekilde görülen yaklaşık 100 kilometrelik iz bırakarak paramparça oldu. Yere düşen parçalar yüzünden toplamda 1.200 kişi yaralandı: NASA,
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike   
Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.

          Dinosaury zabil meteorit, na výsluní je vynesly sopky   
Už desetiletí vědci spekulují, že částečnou vinu za zánik dinosaurů mohou nést mohutné sopky v Indii. To je stále nejisté, ale jak se ukazuje, vulkanická činnost sehrála klíčovou roli při nástupu dinosaurů na výsluní o dobrých 135 milionů let dříve.
          An asteroid was streaking toward Earth. A collision seemed all too possible   
On December 6, 1997, Jim Scotti of the Spacewatch programme at the University of Arizona, in the US, spotted an asteroid.
          Did you know? Today is International Asteroid Day! Wouldn't it be amazing if one were to...   

Tune into space boffins' 24-hour telethon celebration

Space scientists and enthusiasts are today celebrating International Asteroid Day – with events in 190 countries and a 24-hour telethon with boffins from NASA, ESA, and JAXA plus assorted celebrities.…


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          La ONU celebra oficialmente el primer Día Internacional de los Asteroides   
La fecha busca sensibilizar al público sobre los riesgos del impacto de estos cuerpos astrales.
          Agencia Espacial Europea busca apoyo económico para su misión ... - El Comercio   

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Agencia Espacial Europea busca apoyo económico para su misión ...
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Los responsables han desarrollado una versión simplificada de la misma misión que reduce su precio de 250 a 210 millones de euros.

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          Día del Asteroide: cuando el peligro de impacto es real - EL DEBATE   

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Día del Asteroide: cuando el peligro de impacto es real
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La Agencia Espacial Europea, por ejemplo, celebrará este día participando en un maratón televisivo de 24 horas, junto a astrofísicos de la NASA y de la agencia espacial JAXA (Japón). El objetivo es aumentar la concienciación del público sobre el ...
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          Watch Live 24-Hour Webcast for International Asteroid Day   

Every day, Earth is hit by 60 to 300 metric tons of space dust and smaller meteoroids. But sometimes, larger and more dangerous space rocks plummet to Earth, such as on June 30, 1908 when an estimated 40 meter-wide meteoroid exploded over the Tunguska, Siberia region in Russia, devastating 2000 sq. kilometers (770 square miles) […]

The post Watch Live 24-Hour Webcast for International Asteroid Day appeared first on Universe Today.


          La ONU celebra por primera vez el Día Internacional de los Asteroides   
Este viernes se celebra el primer Día Internacional de los Asteroides, una fecha que busca sensibilizar al público sobre los riesgos del impacto de estos cuerpos astrales y de informarle sobre las medidas de comunicación que se deberían adoptar en caso de que el mundo enfrentara una amenaza de este tipo.
          Timaleon.com   
Timaleon.com Let's play free online Timaleon.com unblocked game and explore the secret in the new colorful world! The combat that you are joining is set in a strange universe. In which, you have to attempt to survive and win. The mission is to be the top player as soon as possible. Control a spaceship looking like a triangle and move carefully to take out every enemy as well as destroy asteroids. Some of them will drop power-ups such as ammo or other upgrades. Have fun!
          Dinosaury zabil meteorit, na výsluní je vynesly sopky   
Už desetiletí vědci spekulují, že částečnou vinu za zánik dinosaurů mohou nést mohutné sopky v Indii. To je stále nejisté, ale jak se ukazuje, vulkanická činnost sehrála klíčovou roli při nástupu dinosaurů na výsluní o dobrých 135 milionů let dříve.
          Guillaume Marks Asteroid Day   
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Dominique Gaul
Today is Asteroid Day and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume marked the occasion by receiving a group of people including astronauts Ed Lu, Rusty Schweickart and Jean-François Clervoy at the palais. The Hereditary Grand Duke as well as his wife already met some of today's guests during their trip to the United States earlier this year. Asteroid Day is an annual global event that aims to raise awareness about asteroids and what can be done to protect the Earth.

          Best of 2014: Audiobooks   
I cannot express the right words for how passionate I am about my audiobooks.  There are days (weeks!) when I don't look at a single printed page of a book because I'm running around like my hair is on fire.  But audios I can do...in the car, cleaning the house, doing yard work, cooking, walking.  A well-narrated audio can be the most incredible experience...in some cases the entire story comes to life and feels like a movie in my head.  

I can't vouch for these books in print.  But in my ears they came alive.  

Non-Fiction




Five Days at Memorial - Sheri Fink (narrated by Kirstin Potter):  This is an absolutely riveting and horrifying story about the events that transpired at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Katrina hit.  No electricity, a failed generator, and hundreds of critically ill and elderly patients too frail to evacuate.  In a move that was highly controversial, decisions were made to euthanize the most helpless patients with lethal doses of painkillers.  It is hard to imagine such events occurring today, and brings up some highly discussable topics.  Perfect for book clubs.  Kirstin Potter is a wonderful narrator, but the real attraction here is the facts. 





In the Kingdom of Ice - Hampton Sides (narrated by Arthur Morey):  This bit of history about an ill-fated Polar expedition in the late nineteenth century reads like a thriller.  An eccentric playboy benefactor, incorrect maps and misinformation, starvation, frostbite, a breached hull, trudging for hundreds of miles in the frozen tundra, madness...it just doesn't get any more fascinating than this.  Like "Five Days at Memorial", the narration was well-done but the facts are self-sustaining.    




This is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett (narrated by the author):  Before I listened to this audio, I would have sworn that I wasn't into "essays".  But Patchett's, written for magazines over the expanse of her career, are ones that will touch on something that will move you.  MOST of them moved me.  Stories about writing her first book, about her dog, about her failed first marriage and her successful second one, about relationships with family and friends, opening a bookstore, being persecuted because of the content of her books...it is absolutely perfect in every way.  Patchett is so natural in her narration too.  This is one audio that I want to purchase in print to keep forever.


Fiction  




Native Son - Richard Wright (narrated by Peter Francis James):  This story knocked the wind out of me.  Set in 1930's Chicago, it tells the tale of Bigger Thomas, a young black man that makes a series of bad decisions that drags him into a downward spiral.  It is gut-wrenching, and shows the desperation and hopelessness of the black man during that time.  I suspect the novel in print would have an equal impact, but the narration is superb.    





We Are Water - Wally Lamb (narrated by Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, Tavia Gilbert, Richard Ferrone, Edoardo Ballerini, Cynthia Darlow,  Therese Plummer):  If you asked me to list my top 10 audios EVER, this one would be one of them.  Lamb is a hell of a storyteller, in this case covering everything from a modern family and their individual struggles, gay marriage, pedophilia, racial prejudice...oh yeah you get it all here, as is Lamb's way.  But the narrators?  That is a loaded cast of voices, and they made this audio completely unputdownable.  It unfolded like a movie right before me, truly some of the best narration I've heard.  We read this in my book club, and some of the members refused to read it because of the pedophilia.  It's too bad because while that was very hard to listen to, I believe it to be one of the best books written this year.




Someone Else's Love Story - Joshilyn Jackson (narrated by the author):  Most of you know this, but I refuse to read a JJ book in print.  All of her books but one are narrated by the author herself, and she is marvelous.  Her stories are marvelous too...quirky, usually dysfunctional, Southern, and all center on very strong women.  In this novel, she also throws in autism and a love triangle of sorts.  And a girl who got pregnant without having sex.  You have to read it to believe it.  It is classic Joshilyn Jackson.  



Every Day - David Levithan (narrated by Alex McKenna):  While this book officially fell under the YA genre, it gets serious credit for tickling my brain and presenting a very unique premise (something you don't get often in ANY genre).  Every day "A" (a spirit? a soul? a male?  a female?) wakes up in a different body.  A is at peace with its existence, and lives by the rules of not interfering or causing attention in its subject's life.  Then A meets and falls in love with a girl.  Suddenly every day is a mission to get close to her, which is difficult when each day A is a radically different person.  It sounds a little wacky, but it works.  It is beautiful.  And very beautifully narrated.     




The Martian - Andy Weir (narrated by R.C. Bray):  If you've been anywhere near a book review this year, you will recognize this one.   This book was all the rage!  This won't be the only list you will see it on, particular in audio form.  About a wise-ass brainiac that get accidentally left on Mars during an exploration mission, it makes science fiction accessible and LIKABLE by one and all.  The narration of Bray provides the perfect snarky voice of a guy who is basically screwed but uses his last wit to stay alive.  Oh and by the way, it's going to be a movie starring Matt Damon.  Yep.




The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith (narrated by Robert Glenister):  If you thought J.K. Rowling shot her wad on Harry Potter, you were wrong.  This series started with "The Cuckoo's Calling" and set the groundwork with a protagonist who is a rumpled but genius private investigator, and his cute ambitious assistant.  I felt that Cuckoo's mystery was a tad pedestrian and one-dimensional, but she let out all the stops on this one.  The cherry on top was that the mystery occurs butt-deep in the publishing industry.  Robert Glenister's narration is simply as good as it gets.  He is amazing.   




World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters (narrated by Peter Berkrot):  This book is the third installment in The Last Policeman Trilogy, and yes, it is extremely unusual that the final book would be the mind-blower but it was.  The premise of the trilogy is that a very large asteroid is going to hit the earth and end civilization as we know it.  As time ticks down, people hunker down, pursue their bucket lists, kill themselves, get stoned on drugs.  But Detective Hank Palace (a little on the spectrum I think) continues to solve murders, chase down missing persons, and try to save his little sister.  The first two novels are good, but this one is remarkable.  Not too many people can pull off the end of the world quite like this.  The narrator isn't the best in the business, but his voice became Hank Palace and I was glad they kept him through the series.  





          Sunday Salon: The best day   
 Happy Sunday everyone!  If you participated in the readathon yesterday, you probably are sleeping off your book buzz.  I'm almost never able to block off an entire day in the fall, but my thoughts are always with you guys.  One of these years I swear I'm going to run away to the beach for one of these events.

The weather has cooled off again...low to mid 80's in the day and low 60's at night.  Major cold front!!!  It is a pleasure to go on our walks, or sit out at night with a cocktail.  Here is a picture I took on a long walk yesterday, just around the corner from a neighborhood.  I love that about Florida.  There is nature everywhere. 

















It was a typical week for me this week.  My son's first homecoming activities occurred daily (themed dress days, the parade and football game Friday, and the dance last night).  My daughter threw out her back somehow, so she has been down for the count for a couple of days.  I feel like I am the downtrodden servant!  I took a treadmill stress test because I'd been having heart palpitations, and I passed with flying colors.  It is nice to know I haven't lost my mojo!  So my conclusion is heart palpitations = teenagers + menopause.  Something for you young 'uns to look forward to.

The best day of the entire week seems to be, without a doubt, SUNDAY!  Granted, it is a day full of the kids scrambling to get chores and homework done, but it also includes THE WALKING DEAD.  The season opener last week was epic.  My daughter and I have rewatched it three times.  I have looked forward to today all week.  I know, I'm obsessed.  So sue me.

My reading, at least in print, has been dismal.  I can't manage to propel my way through "Purge" by Sofi Oksanen.  I have progressed a little but can't get interested.  I'll keep trying for a little bit longer, but I'm really dying to read "House of Leaves" and "The Paying Guests", so I'm close to losing my patience.  I did take a break yesterday and read "Relish" by Lucy Knisley, which is a short graphic novel.  (I read "French Milk" a few years ago, a graphic memoir of her time in France.)  Adorable.

Audio is the only way I get anything done these days.  I finished "The Innocent Sleep" by Karen Perry.  It is a domestic drama and mystery about a missing child, but has twists in it that made it a surprisingly intriguing listen.  Plus the Irish-accented narrators were incredible.  I also quickly got through "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica which I rated four stars but easily could have been swayed to five.  I'm still thinking about it even now...a kidnapping gone wrong, with much more emotion and character bonding than your normal read.  Then I FINALLY got "World of Trouble" on audio from the library. I loaded it in about 30 minutes and plunged into the third and final installment of a story about the final days on earth before an asteroid takes it out, from the perspective an earnest police officer.  Great stuff!


I'm not sure what is on the agenda today.  Usually I don't have a whole lot of say in the matter.  My son is putting in some community service hours with the Orlando Police Department, which is part of his Criminal Justice magnet program at school.  Maybe a walk.  Maybe some reading.  Maybe a little Walking Dead!!  Hope everyone has a nice relaxing day to rest up for another week!



          Wenn ein Asteroid die Erde trifft: Forscher enthüllen, was wirklich passiert   
Heute ist Welt-Asteroiden-Tag. Im Zuge dessen rekonstruieren Forscher, was bei einem Einschlag eines Asteroiden auf der Erde genau passieren würde - und fanden nun heraus, welcher Effekt der verheerendste für die Menschheit ist.
          Oggi è il giorno dell’asteroide   
Le celebrazioni coinvolgono agenzie spaziali, scienziati, astronauti, appassionati
          Tunguska: la explosión de 12 megatones que nos recuerda que el espacio está lleno de maravillas, pero también de horrores   

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El 30 de junio de 1908 una explosión del tamaño de una bomba H destruyó millones de árboles en decenas de kilómetros a la redonda. Así entró Tunguska, una remota región siberiana, en los libros de historia.

La explosión fue tan salvaje que se llegó a hablar de antimateria en 1965 o incluso de un diminuto agujero negro en 1973 . Pero esas no son, ni de lejos, las explicaciones más "interesantes". Se ha hablado de ovnis estrellándose por accidente o, atención, de una prueba de concepto del famoso "rayo de la muerte" de Nikola Tesla.

¿Qué pasó en Tunguska?

Tunguska Event Fallen Trees

Sin embargo, la realidad es mucho más prosaica y, hoy por hoy, los científicos discuten si se trataba de un asteroide pequeño o del fragmento de un cometa. Porque ni en 1921 (cuando se envió la primera expedición al lugar), ni en ninguna de las expediciones posteriores se ha encontrado algo parecido a un cráter.

¿Cómo sabemos entonces que ocurrió algo en Tunguska esa mañana de junio? Pues porque se enteró todo el mundo: los sismógrafos de toda Asia y toda Europa captaron la explosión; el Observatorio de Greenwich captó variaciones en la presión atmosférica por la cantidad de aire puesto en circulación; y, para rematar, el polvo en suspensión hizo que en el norte de Eurasia la noche fuera tan brillantes que parecía de día.

Es decir, algo pasó en aquellas deshabitadas tierras del Óblast de Irkutsk, de eso no hay duda. La teoría más aceptada es que ese pequeño meteorito originó una explosión termonuclear a unos 8 kilómetros de altitud y con una potencia de 12 megatones. Todo lo de después fue muerte y destrucción.

¿Podría repetirse?

La respuesta corta es sí. De hecho eventos como el del Mediterráneo Oriental, el de Vitim o incluso el de Cheliábinsk muestran que es posible que se repita. La respuesta larga es que se trata de algo poco probable. No sólo porque este tipo de eventos sean ya de por sí algo bastante raro, sino porque (como en todos estos casos) cuando se producen, se suelen dar en zonas despobladas.

No es casualidad: la inmensa mayoría de la superficie de la Tierra está despoblada. No obstante, no debemos bajar la guardia. Hace un par de años, la gente de Microsiervos rescataba un texto de Arthur C. Clarke donde imaginaba qué pasaría si Tunguska ocurría en el corazón de Europa:

A las 9.46 (meridiano Greenwich) de la mañana del 11 de septiembre, en el verano excepcionalmente hermoso del año 2077, la mayor parte de los habitantes de Europa vieron aparecer en el cielo oriental una deslumbrante bola ígnea. En cuestión de segundos se tornó más brillante que el Sol y al desplazarse en el cielo -al principio en completo silencio– iba dejando detrás una ondulante columna de polvo y humo.

En algún punto sobre Austria comenzó a desintegrarse produciendo una serie de explosiones, tan violentas que más de un millón de personas quedaron con los oídos dañados para siempre. Fueron las afortunadas.

Desplazándose a cincuenta kilómetros por segundo, un millón de toneladas de roca y metal cayó sobre las llanuras del norte de Italia y destruyó con una llamarada de segundos la labor de siglos. Las ciudades de Padua y Verona fueron barridas de la faz de la Tierra; y las últimas glorias de Venecia se hundieron para siempre en el mar cuando las aguas del Adriático avanzaron atronadoras hacia tierra después de aquel golpe fulminante venido del cielo.

Seiscientas mil personas murieron, y el daño material se calculó en más de un trillón de dólares

Feliz día del Asteroide

Cita con Rama se publicó en 1973 y es, evidentemente, pura ficción. Sin embargo, el relato es sugestivo: la capacidad del espacio exterior para comprometer la vida en este planeta es tan cierta como lo eran, hace 66 millones de años, los dinosaurios.

Por eso cada año, el 30 de junio se celebra el Día del Asteroide con la intención de crear conciencia sobre este problema y debatir sobre las posibilidades que tenemos para proteger a la Tierra. Desde este año, además, está reconocido por la ONU.

El espacio es un lugar maravilloso, pero, como la noche, también es oscuro y alberga horrores. No está de más recordarlo, al menos una vez al año.

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La noticia Tunguska: la explosión de 12 megatones que nos recuerda que el espacio está lleno de maravillas, pero también de horrores fue publicada originalmente en Xataka por Javier Jiménez .


          NASA Simulates Asteroid Impacts to Help Identify Possible Life-Threatening Events   
When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid’s shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people. In support of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, researchers are creating 3-D models and using one of NASA’s most powerful supercomputers to produce simulations of hypothetical asteroid impact scenarios. Their results help first responders and other ...
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike - CNN   

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          Moon Station Could Use Tech from Scrapped Asteroid Mission, NASA Says   
NASA is salvaging technology from a scrapped asteroid mission to help build a space station orbiting the moon.
          Asteroid Day Rocks! Here Are Some of the Cool Events Happening Worldwide   
Today is Asteroid Day: From online broadcasts and lectures to hands-on activities, colleges, museums and observatories all over the globe are striving to raise awareness about the wonders and potential dangers of asteroids.
          7 Movies Featuring Earth-Threatening Asteroids   
We're celebrating Asteroid Day by discussing films that show asteroids or comets threatening Earth, from "Armageddon" to "The Good Dinosaur."
          Chelyabinsk-Like Asteroid Gets Incinerated in Supercomputer Simulation (Video)   
When a small asteroid fell to Earth over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013, the speeding space rock exploded midair and created a shock wave powerful enough to damage thousands of buildings and injure more than 1,200 people.
          Perché oggi celebriamo l’Asteroid Day   

In tutto il mondo sono in programma iniziative ed eventi che puntano ad aumentare la conoscenza sulle potenziali minacce che arrivano dallo Spazio con asteroidi e comete in rotta di collisione con la Terra

L'articolo Perché oggi celebriamo l’Asteroid Day sembra essere il primo su Galileo.


          This is how NASA spots potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth   
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Ever wonder how NASA is able to find and track possibly hazardous asteroids near our planet? Well, this video explainer has you covered. 

It was released on World Asteroid Day, which is devoted to raising public awareness of the dangers of asteroids and comets in our cosmic backyard. NASA has actually discovered tens of thousands of asteroids floating around our part of space.

SEE ALSO: The largest planet in the solar system could also be the oldest

Asteroid Day takes place every June 30, on the anniversary of the Tunguska event, which occurred in 1908. On that day, researchers think a 40-meter-wide space rock entered the atmosphere over Siberia flattening trees for about 800 square miles.  Read more...

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          Russia develops space monitoring system to identify asteroids undetectable from Earth   
As was earlier reported, Russian scientists recommended launching a telescope to monitor asteroids that fly to the Earth downsun
          Dinosaury zabil meteorit, na výsluní je vynesly sopky   
Už desetiletí vědci spekulují, že částečnou vinu za zánik dinosaurů mohou nést mohutné sopky v Indii. To je stále nejisté, ale jak se ukazuje, vulkanická činnost sehrála klíčovou roli při nástupu dinosaurů na výsluní o dobrých 135 milionů let dříve.
          'Asteroid Day' is a good time to learn about the threat of space rocks   
On June 30th, 1908, more than 770 square miles of remote Russian forest were obliterated from the face of the Earth when a relatively small meteor, estimated at only around 400 feet across, unleashed 15 megatons of energy above the Stony Tunguska Riv...
          It's Asteroid Day: Here are cool events happening worldwide   

          The end of days is all but inevitable   
Earth is at “very high risk” of being hit by an asteroid large enough to have a “devastating” effect on humanity. That’s the ominous warning from the European Space Agency, which has spoken out to mark International Asteroid Day, June 30. “Sooner or later we will get … a minor or major impact,” warned Rolf...
           NASA craft to crash into asteroid and knock it off course    
Called Dart, it is hoped the refrigerator-sized spacecraft will blast off and hit its first target in 2022. Will impact nine times faster than a bullet, approximately 3.7 miles per second.
           Watch a simulated asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere    
NASA is creating 3D supercomputer simulations that could help first responders prepare for how an asteroid might behave once it crosses through Earth’s atmosphere.
           Asteroid Day, maratona tv della Nasa    
ROMA - Una maratona online di 24 ore trasmessa dalla Tv della Nasa e dal Virtual Telescope da Lussemburgo sarà trasmessa dal canale ANSA Scienza e Tecnica rispettivamente alle 19,00 e alle 21,00 in occasione dell'Asteroid Day che ricorre oggi. Si tratta della giornata internazionale dedicata agli asteroidi vicini alla Terra, i cosiddetti Neo (near Earth Objects) e alla loro sorveglianza. Sono previsti più di 700 eventi in 190 Paesi e sono numerose le iniziative orgaizzate in Italia. In occasione dell'Asteroid Day l'Agenzia Spaziale Europea (Esa) ha lanciato l'hashtag #Asteroid Day. ''L'iniziativa ha l'obiettivo di trasformare un tema apparentemente di nicchia in un argomento di interesse globale, visto che globali sarebbero le conseguenze di un impatto catastrofico'' ha detto all'ANSA l'astrofisico Gianluca Masi, responsabile del Virtual Telescope e coordinatore per l'Italia dell'Asteroid Day.
          World Asteroid Day: Are we living on borrowed time?   
Scientists have only discovered a tiny fraction of the asteroids capable of hitting Earth. On World Asteroid Day, they're focusing on how to find even more.
      
 
 

          7 Movies Featuring EarthThreatening Asteroids   
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          Los asteroides, un "peligro real" para la Tierra   
Científicos de todo el mundo pretenden concienciar a la población en el Día Internacional del Asteroide de la importancia de la investigación en este campo
          10 Largest asteroid impacts   

In the spirit of it being Asteroid Day, I’ve rounded up ten of the largest asteroid impacts of all time in no particular order.

The post 10 Largest asteroid impacts appeared first on Popular Mechanics.


          Can we predict the next asteroid strike?   

Scientists debate as to whether asteroids will hit the Earth at regular intervals. The information could help predict when the next asteroid will strike.

The post Can we predict the next asteroid strike? appeared first on Popular Mechanics.


          Thread: Terraforming Mars:: General:: Penguins promo card   

by danissimus

Hi,
I just got the game from the local online shop. I was very surprised when I saw they included two promo cards. Frist one was Terraforming Mars: Small Asteroid promo, but the second I cannot find everywhere.

It is called Tucnaci (Penguins in english). Is it something special only for czech version or anybody hear about this?


          How a speck of light becomes an asteroid   
On the first day of the year 1801, Italian astronomer Gioacchino Giuseppe Maria Ubaldo Nicolò Piazzi found a previously uncharted "tiny star" near the constellation of Taurus. The following night Piazzi again observed this newfound celestial object, discovering that the speck had changed its position relative to the nearby stars. Piazzi knew that real stars were so far away that they never wandered—that they always appeared in the sky as fixed in location relative to each other. Due to the movement of this new object, the astronomer to the king of the two Sicilies suspected he had discovered something much closer—something within our solar system. Piazzi made history's first asteroid discovery. He named it after the Roman goddess for agriculture: Ceres.
          NASA simulates asteroid impacts to help identify possible life-threatening events   
When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid's shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people.
          Image: 3-D printed planetary models   
3-D-printed scale models of asteroids and other planetary bodies are used for real-life testing of spacecraft navigation and landing systems – martian moon Phobos seen in the foreground here.
          Seattle Week in Review: State Budget, Startup Funding, Asteroid Day   
The clock ticks toward midnight and the deadline for the state of Washington to pass a two-year budget or face a government shutdown....
          Journée mondiale des astéroïdes : l’humanité doit être prête à une collision   
Journée mondiale des astéroïdes : l’humanité doit être prête à une collision
Il n’est pas impossible qu’un jour nous soyons touchés par un astéroïde, c’est même une certitude ! La Terre a été frappée dans le passé et le sera dans l’avenir, alors mieux vaut-être préparé. Aujourd’hui, 30 juin, se déroulera la journée mondiale des astéroïdes.

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© Rédigé par, Emmanuel Ghesquier pour Begeek.fr le ven, 30 Juin 2017 à 08h00
          NASA Answers The Question: How Does A Speck of Light Become An Asteroid?   
On the first day of the year 1801, Italian astronomer Gioacchino Giuseppe Maria Ubaldo Nicolò Piazzi found a previously uncharted "tiny star" near the constellation of Taurus.
          Ibiza Deep House Cues for DJs (2017)   
Artist: VA Album: Ibiza Deep House Cues for DJs Genre: House Year: 2017 Format: mp3 Quality: 320 Kbps Tracks: 57 Duration: 01:26:51 Size: 199.09 mb Tracklist: 01. Tomer Aaron – Chapo Brexit (Remaster) (1:40) 02. Tomer Aaron – Ambition on My Mind (Remaster) (1:40) 03. Tomer Aaron – Asteroid Belt (Remaster) (1:40) 04. Tomer Aaron
          Asteroid Day: How Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Impact   
On Asteroid Day, scientists draw attention to possibilities of near-Earth objects (NEO) striking home. When is the next big asteroid impact likely to take place, and what's the magnitude of damage to be expected?
          Heute ist Asteroid Day!   
Appell für mehr Überwachung von Erdbahnkreuzern und Forschung an Abwehrmethoden

          Asteroide Bee-Zed orbita em direção oposta à dos planetas   
O asteroide faz um circuito completo ao redor do Sol a cada 12 anos, correspondente ao período orbital de Júpiter, com o qual compartilha sua órbita, mas viaja na direção oposta
          Survivalism for the Shattered Tribe in the Fog of Winter   
Could this be the week we will look back, someday, with the realization that our wine collecting days are over? For one, the span of my life, or anyone’s life for that matter, might not exceed the time it will take to open and drink all the wines we have amassed. For another, the idea of wine, in the age of disruption, just doesn't seem that high on the list of important things to concern oneself with. Or am I wrong? Perhaps this is the perfect time to open up anything, and everything that matters. We’re not getting any younger. And the asteroid is still light years away from impact, isn’t it?


My safe room, it seems, is where the wine is stored. During a recent tornado alert, we were instructed to go to the safest room in the house, one in the middle, away from windows. An interior closet. But it was already filled with wine. So, after pulling several cases out and making room for three, maybe four people, it barely passed as a room to huddle while the storm passed. That night the tornado didn’t make it to our neighborhood, but a few miles away, it cut a path through apartments and homes and destroyed many residences and lives. An act of God, they call it, at the insurance company.

I’m not sure the times we are living are actually being caused by God. There are a few too many humans on the stage, pushing the deity off. For now. But, like the tornado, and the asteroid, it’s only a matter of time. Oh, you’ve spent the better part of your adult life constructing a successful career? You’ve done all the right things, saved money, curbed your debt, stayed lean and ready? Well, get ready for this; because we’ve passed through an unidentified cosmic storm and it appears half of us have been smote with some form of mass psychosis. And the other half of us truly thinks they’ve dodged that bullet. It’s only the other folks, the ones who don’t believe like them.

So, while we wait out the storm, ala 'On the Beach', what would you open today, tonight, this week, just in case things next week get even dodgier? Where have you gone Dr. Strangelove, when we need you, to help us pick out a wine?

Strangelove, like Spock and Leary, are not here. They no longer feel the pain of human bondage, they no more feel the pleasure of wine. We still can. Even if it doesn’t quite feel right in these times, for some of the tribe.

That bottle of 1936 Est! Est!! Est!! (Amabile)  I've been saving for so many years. The Hermitage from 1989? The Bi-Centennial Commemorative Champagne from 1976? Probably dead. Oh, all the old port, the 1970, the ’85; good Lord, I have enough port for two nuclear winters. And it will probably survive us all.

There isn’t any white wine of any great consequence to cry alligator tears over; it all gets drunk up quickly. And there isn’t any safe room for rosé here. Sure, there is a bottle or two from the Jura, cowering among the Mouton and the Brunello. I need to liberate them all, soon.

"There isn't time. No time to love... nothing to remember... nothing worth remembering."
Really it is an overwhelming thing, choosing the last bottle, or bottles, of wine to drink before an apocalyptic event...

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"I think I’ll have that cup of tea now."





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          Clasificación de los asteroides   
Para celebrar el primer día oficial de los asteroides, a lo largo del fin de semana republicaremos artículos sobre estos pequeños cuerpos con la finalidad de aprender más sobre ellos.


El primero de los artículos que he elegido es "Clasificación de los asteroides".


En este artículo, vamos a clasificar a los diferentes asteroides en función de su posición en el Sistema Solar.

1) Cinturón de asteroides.

La mayor parte de los asteroides conocidos giran alrededor del Sol en una agrupación que se conoce con el nombre de cinturón de asteroides, que se encuentra entre Marte y Júpiter. Este cinturón está a una distancia del Sol comprendida entre 2 y 3,5 unidades astronómicas (UA), y sus periodos de revolución se sitúan entre 3 y 6 años.



2) Asteroides cercanos a la Tierra (NEA).

Existe un especial interés en identificar asteroides cuyas órbitas interseccionan la órbita de la Tierra. Los tres grupos más importantes de asteroides cercanos a la Tierra son los asteroides Amor, los asteroides Apolo y los asteroides Atón.

- Los asteroides Atón, caracterizados por tener un rango de órbita radial cercano a una UA (unidad astronómica, la distancia de la Tierra al Sol) y un afelio de la longitud del perihelio terrestre, lo que los coloca dentro de la órbita de la Tierra.

- Los asteroides Apolo, con un rango de órbita radial más grande que el de la Tierra y un perihelio menor al afelio terrestre.

- Los asteroides Amor, con un rango orbital radial entre la órbita de Marte y la de la Tierra y un perihelio muy por encima de la órbita terrestre (de 1,017 a 1,3 ua). Los objetos que integran este tipo frecuentemente cruzan la órbita de Marte, pero no la de la Tierra. Las dos lunas de Marte, Fobos y Deimos quizás alguna vez fueron asteroides del tipo Amor que fueron capturados por el planeta rojo.



3) Asteroides troyanos.

Se denominan asteroides troyanos a los pertenecientes a un grupo de asteroides que se mueven sobre la órbita de Júpiter. Están situados en los dos puntos de Lagrange triangulares a 60 grados por delante, L4 (precediendo a Júpiter en su órbita), y por detrás de Júpiter, L5 (siguiéndolo en su órbita).
También el planeta Marte cuenta con sus propios troyanos, siendo, (5261) Eureka, que ocupa el punto L5 del sistema Sol-Marte, el más conocido.

Igualmente, el planeta Neptuno tiene al menos cinco asteroides troyanos; los primeros en ser descubiertos fueron 2001 QR 322 (también denominado 2001 QR322), y 2004 UP10, que orbita delante de Neptuno en su punto lagrangiano L4). En junio de 2006 se descubrieron tres nuevos asteroides troyanos de Neptuno. Y se espera que su número sea incluso superior a la familia de Júpiter.



4) Asteroides centauros.

Se denominan asteroides centauros a los que se encuentran en la parte exterior del Sistema Solar orbitando entre los grandes planetas. Veamos unos ejemplos. (2060) Quirón orbita entre Saturno y Urano, (5335) Damocles entre Marte y Urano. Chariklo cuenta con su propio sistema de anillos.



5) Asteroides coorbitantes de la Tierra.

Son asteroides que al acercarse a la Tierra permanecen capturados por la gravedad terrestre por algunos años y luego se alejan nuevamente. Ejemplos de este tipo de asteroides son: 2003 YN107 y 2004 GU9.



          EL CIELO A SIMPLE VISTA EN JULIO 2017   


Con las primeras luces del crepúsculo de este mes de julio podemos ver al suroeste, en la eclíptica, a Júpiter, a la derecha de Espiga, (Alpha Vir) la estrella principal de VIRGO. Sobre ellos vemos a Arturo, (Alpha Boo) la estrella principal de Boyero. Y al sureste también vemos Saturno, a la izquierda de Antares (Alpha Sco) la estrella principal de ESCORPIÓN, constelación ésta que junto con SAGITARIO son características de las noches de julio y que podemos apreciar en la foto del socio Iñaki Taboada tomada en la Foz de Arbaiun (Navarra)

Foto cortesía de Iñaki Taboada
Saturno se encuentra en el "muslo" de OFIUCO, el "Serpentario", la gran constelación que vemos cruzando nuestro meridiano local cuando se van apagando las luces crepusculares, con Ras Alhague (Alpha Oph), su estrella principal. A su(s) costado(s) encontramos la constelación de SERPIENTE, la única constelación formada por dos asterismos separados, "Cabeza de Serpiente" al Oeste y " Cola de Serpiente" al Este

También con las últimas luces del crepúsculo, ya podemos advertir en la eclíptica, y a muy baja altura, las estrellas de la constelación de LIBRA, Zuben El Genubi (Alpha2 Lib) y Zuben El Chamali (Beta Lib). que acaban de cruzar nuestro meridiano local. 

Al Oeste. en la eclíptica advertimos al LEÓN zambulléndose tras el horizonte, y al Sureste vemos completo a SAGITARIO, A media altura en este mismo cuadrante, cerca de la medianoche, podemos advertir a las pequeñas constelaciones de ZORRILLA, FLECHA, DELFÍN y CABALLITO.


Cerca del cénit, al final del crepúsculo, vemos el "pie" de HÉRCULES aplastando la "cabeza" del DRAGÓN. y tras la medianoche vemos culminando casi en el cénit a la brillante Vega (Alpha Lyr), que con Deneb (Alpha Cyg) y Altair (Alpha Aql) se enseñorean del cielo de julio conformando el conocido asterismo del "Triángulo de Verano". Ras Algethi (Alpha Her) es la estrella principal de Hércules, su "cabeza", y a su costado Oeste vemos Alpheka (Alpha CrB) la principal de la CORONA BOREAL

Mirando al norte, al final del crepúsculo, vemos el asterismo del trapecio de la OSA MENOR comenzando a caer hacia el Oeste en su rotación en torno a Polaris (Alpha UMi), y serpenteando en la parte alta de la región circumpolar a DRAGÓN. A media altura al Noroeste vemos a la OSA MAYOR y a su misma altura, pero al Noreste vemos a CEFEO por encima de CASIOPEA. En la parte baja apenas se advierte CAMELOPARDALIS.

EFEMÉRIDES DESTACADAS EN JULIO 2017

1 jul
Luna en cuarto creciente
2 jul
Asteroides 5 Astrea y 3 Juno en oposición
3 jul
Tierra en afelio
6 jul
Luna en apogeo
9 jul
Luna llena
16 jul
Luna en cuarto menguante
21 jul
Luna en perigeo
23 jul
Luna nueva
27 jul
Marte en conjunción
30 jul
Luna en cuarto creciente, máxima elongación Este de Mercurio (27.2 grados) y máximo de las Delta Acuáridas

EL SOL EN JULIO 2017


El Sol, en GÉMINIS, pasa a CÁNCER el día 20 aunque según el zodíaco ya se halla en este signo al comenzar el mes y pasa a Leo a partir del día 22.

SOL julio 2017                                                
Día 1
Día 15
Día 30
Comienzo Crepúsculo Matutino
04:13
04:31
04:12
Orto
06:29
06:39
06:54
Tránsito
14:11
14:13
14:14
Ocaso
21:53
21:47
21:33
Final Crepúsculo Vespertino
00:10
23:56
23:31
Ascensión Recta
06h41m50s
07h39m08s
08h38m45s
Declinación
N23 05' 16"
N21 28' 55"
N18 26' 49"

  
En Julio destaca la lluvia de meteoros de las Delta Acuáridas, cuyo periodo de visibilidad va del 12 de Julio al 23 de agosto, siendo su máximo el 30 de Julio

LA LUNA EN JULIO 2017

Cortesía de Belén Santamaría


Fases Lunares
día
Hora
(Tiempo Local)
Constelación
Sale
Culmina
Se pone
Cuarto Creciente
1
02:51
Virgo
14:40
20:43
02:37
Luna
Llena
9
06:07
Sagitario
21:10
02:03
06:57
Cuarto Menguante
16
21:26
Piscis
01:19
07:38
14:06
Luna
Nueva
23
11:46
Cáncer 
06:47 
14:18 
21:44 
Cuarto
Creciente
30
17:23
Libra
14:29
20:06
01:37
Las horas, en Tiempo Local, de los Ortos, Tránsitos y Ocasos están calculadas para Donostia/San Sebastián. En verde aparecen las horas del día anterior al señalado en la tabla y en rojo las del posterior. En azul la Luna está bajo el horizonte
Órbita Lunar
día
Hora
(Tiempo Local)
Constelación
Distancia a la Tierra en Km
Apogeo
6
06:24
Ofiuco
405 932.1 km
Perigeo
21
19:11
Tauro
361 240.2 km
Apogeo es el punto de la órbita lunar más alejado de la Tierra y Perigeo el más cercano

























LOS PLANETAS EN JULIO 2017

Posiciones heliocéntricas de los planetas a mediados de julio 2017
Ascensión Recta
Declinación (J2000)
Día 1
Cons
Día 15
Cons
Día 30
Cons
Mercurio
 7h 28m 13s
Gem
9h 11m 09s
Cnc
10h 21m 39s
Leo
N 23 46' 24"
N 17 26' 59"
N 8 53' 49"
Venus
3h 34m 53s 
Tau
 4h 38m 27s
Tau
5h50m57s
Ori
N 16 30' 45"
N 19 46' 23"
 N 21 44' 40"
Marte
7h 14m 42s
Gem
7h53m41s
Gem
8h 34m 09s
Cnc
N 23 21' 00"
N 21 57' 17"
 N19 52' 29"
Júpiter
12h 52m 16s
Vir
12h 56m 20s
Vir
13h 02m 38s
Wikipedia
La ONU ha aprobado la celebración de un Día del Asteroide, a propuesta de la Asociación de Exploradores del Espacio. Aunque este día se celebra desde 2015, este año es la primera vez que la celebración es oficial.

La finalidad de este día es concienciar del peligro del impacto de un asteroide contra la Tierra y de la necesidad de avanzar en los diferentes proyectos propuestos para proteger nuestro planeta.

¿Y por qué se ha elegido como Día del Asteroide el 30 de junio? Porque precisamente fue un 30 de junio, pero del año 1908, cuando un bólido penetró en la atmósfera y detonó en el aire generando una gran destrucción en Tunguska.

El bólido, de unos 80 m de diámetro, detonó en el aire debido a que probablemente estuviese formado por compuestos helados. La explosión fue detectada por numerosas estaciones sismográficas y hasta por una estación barográfica en el Reino Unido debido a las fluctuaciones en la presión atmosférica que produjo. Incendió y derribó árboles en un área de 2.150 km², rompiendo ventanas y haciendo caer a la gente al suelo a 400 km de distancia.

La energía liberada se ha establecido, mediante el estudio del área de aniquilación, en aproximadamente 30 megatones. Si hubiese explotado sobre una zona habitada, se habría producido una masacre de enormes dimensiones. Según testimonios de la población tungus —la etnia local nómada de origen mongol dedicada al pastoreo de renos— que lo vio caer, «brillaba como el Sol». Informes del distrito de Kansk (a 600 km del impacto), describieron sucesos tales como barqueros precipitados al agua y caballos derribados por la onda de choque, mientras las casas temblaban. 

A pesar de que el impacto ocurrió en 1908, la primera expedición científica que llegó al área lo hizo 19 años después. En 1921, Leonid Kulik, el conservador principal de la colección de meteoritos del Museo de San Petersburgo condujo una expedición a Tunguska. No obstante, las duras condiciones de la zona del interior de Siberia impidieron al equipo alcanzar el área de la explosión. En 1927, una nueva expedición, liderada otra vez por Kulik, logró finalmente alcanzar la meta.

En los años siguientes hubo varias expediciones más; en 1938 Kulik realizó fotografías aéreas de la zona, lo que puso en evidencia una estructura del área de devastación en forma de «alas de mariposa». Esto indicaría que se produjeron dos explosiones sucesivas en línea recta. En los años 50 y 60 otras expediciones hallaron microlitos cristalinos muy ricos en níquel e iridio enterrados por toda la zona, lo que refuerza la teoría de que pudo tratarse de un objeto natural de origen extraterrestre. También se encontraron pequeñas partículas de magnetita.

          Things to Do Saturday!   
13 things to do for July 1 by Mercury Staff

The Day Fade
Some Saturdays, you ignore the creeping growth of your dandelion lawn and put any thoughts of self-betterment out of mind. Some Saturdays, you get out of bed late and head to the bar, where there will be drinks, and dancing, and DJs spinning really, really good tunes. The soul needs such Saturdays, and lucky for you this is one of them. DIRK VANDERHART
2 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5


Gaytheist, Nasalrod, Drunk Dad
Gaytheist plays the kind of rock music that’ll pummel your eardrums with the force of a thousand fiery asteroids (in a good way). Tonight the Portland band celebrates the release of their new album, Let’s Jam Again Soon—14 furiously fast tracks that bring new meaning to the word “heavy.” CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, The Know, $10

Bombay Beach, Wave Action, Craig Brown Band
After more than a decade spent fronting various garage punk bands (Terrible Twos, the Mahonies, Liquor Store), Craig Brown is a legitimate Detroit city personality. For instance, the trailer for Drunk History’s Detroit episode features Brown’s ruminations about the city’s lawlessness, punctuated as he yells, “Judas Priest is better than Iron Maiden!” into the cold night. Brown is a funny and memorable character, and that likability translates onto his debut album, The Lucky Ones Forget, from his Third Man Records-backed country project, the Craig Brown Band. It’s a love letter from a punk rocker to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a surprisingly smooth marriage of Brown’s cut-the-shit songwriting, nasally punk vocal tricks, and honky-tonk slide guitar—all filled out by the warm backing vocal harmonies of the band’s Drinkard sisters. SUZETTE SMITH
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5

Mark Battles, King Kap, Young Tom, Ty Spacely, Kid Jone$, Falling Atmosphere
The fast-rising Indianapolis-hailing rapper, songwriter, producer, and founder of independent record label, Fly America, swings back through Peter's Room at the Roseland for another all ages show supporting his 2016 studio album, Before The Deal.
8 pm, Peter's Room at the Roseland, $20-35, all ages

Gran Ritmos
Portland’s favorite Pan-American dance party Gran Ritmos is kicking off summer’s dog days by inviting Riobamba to headline their next showcase. One of Brooklyn’s most fire DJ acts, Riobamba is a multitalented artist with Ecuadorian and Lithuanian roots who delivers energetic sounds from around the world. In addition to producing her own mixes, she founded the label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS in 2016 to empower the voices of other Latinx artists. Riobamba spent a year in Bogota studying the connections between politics, identity, and digital music production through a Fulbright Scholarship. Her sets integrate a wide variety of audio sources ranging from YouTube clips to underground Panamanian bass to urban field recordings as a means of intentional disruption. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of the unexpected. EMILLY PRADO
9 pm, Holocene, $10

Teen Daze, Sam OB
If in some bizarro parallel universe Grouper and Leon met while playing Minecraft, Teen Daze would most likely be the outcome. With EPs like 2010’s Four More Years and Beach Dreams, British Columbia recording artist Jamison Isaak’s building a body of work similar to other young but prolific artists like Alex G or Frankie Cosmos. Since Isaak’s early slow-mo drum-and-bass EDM, Teen Daze has truly developed into mellower but more expansive take on dance music. All of the releases are paired with naturalist album art that could decorate a sleek minimalist coffee shop or the default screensavers for the next generation of Windows. The music itself doesn’t try to stray from this aesthetic, and instead embodies a postmodern simplicity. Though Teen Daze’s fifth LP, Themes for Dying Earth, has a pretty fatalistic name, it moves at a snail’s pace. All of the vocals are awash in reverb, and the keyboard riffs sound like springtime walks through city gardens—secluded enough, but surrounded by the bustle of metropolitan life. CAMERON CROWELL
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, $10-12

Skull Diver, The Dead Ships, Pacific Latitudes
Last month Portland rock trio Skull Diver released Chemical Tomb, an unapologetically dark sophomore album that wanders with a zombie's sinister drive between proggy riffage, pop swagger, and stoner metal haze, exploring shadowy corners while never quite settling into a groove. The record is united not just by this densely curated sense of disquiet, all fuzzy guitars and cavernous organs, but by a gripping melodicism and singer Mandy Payne's nimble voice floating over the darkness—less ethereal and more a foreboding siren's call. Two covers round out the second half, Nick Drake’s “Parasite” and the Violent Femmes’ “Good Feeling,” both evidence of Skull Diver’s flexible mastery over their expansive sound. It’s not the most cohesive album, but anyone who likes their music on the heavy side will find something to enjoy. NATHAN TUCKER
9 pm, Bunk Bar, $7

Reds, Whites & Brews
Breakside’s new Slabtown brewpub hosts a Fourth of July weekend kick-off party with help from some of their buddies in the beverage industry. Enjoy live music from the Kinky Brothers, wine from Archery Summit, A-Z Winery, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Clay Pigeon, Patton Valley, Chehalem, Elk Cove, and Ponzi Winery, and brew from the likes of pFriem, Culmination, Commons, Deschutes, Double Mountain, Great Notion, Upright, Migration, Occidental, Gigantic, Ninkasi, Widmer, and Portland Cider Company, all while supporting the Children’s Cancer Association & New Avenues for Youth.
2 pm, Breakside Brewery, $15, all ages

Pink Martini
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale and his legendary Portland-based jazz and classical pop ensemble, featuring co-lead vocalists China Forbes and Storm Large, return to the Edgefield lawn for a picturesque evening show in the setting Summer sun.
7 pm, Edgefield, $35, all ages

Avenue Q
Triangle Productions brings back their staging (tonight's the last night!) of the Tony Award-winning comedy/musical about racism, homophobia, homelessness, unemployment, and finding the purpose to life, but with puppets. No children under 17 admitted unless accompanied by adult due to all of the puppet fucking.
7:30 pm, The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, $15-35

Fit for an Autopsy, Moon Tooth, Tombs
Read reviews of Moon Tooth’s 2016 album Chromaparagon and you’ll find lots of references to prog-minded metal (or hard rock) bands like Rush, Mastodon, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, and Tool. Far less often do critics cite the New York band’s irrepressible interest in funk- and jazz-metal, which is on full display on Chromaparagon’s eye-popping opening track, “Queen Wolf.” Here, Moon Tooth sounds like Living Colour and (gulp) the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Add in the quartet’s interest in whiplash rhythms and highly technical playing, and you’ve got quite a concoction of influences widely considered “uncool” in the 21st century. But Moon Tooth makes it work by playing its showy, shifty jazz-funk-prog-thrash-metal with such absolute power and awe-inspiring precision, you just can’t help but be impressed. (The band’s knack for finding a melody in its maelstrom doesn’t hurt, either.) BEN SALMON
6 pm, The Analog Cafe & Little Theater, $13, all ages

Timbaland + Pharrell: A Tribute
A DJ night dedicated to two of the most unique hip-hop producers of the late '90s and early 2000s, featuring Duncan Gerow, B Hammer'd, and Anechoic touching on all the best beats that both Timbaland and Pharrell turned out in their heyday.
9 pm, O'Malley's Saloon & Grill, $3

Death of Glitter: Island of the Misfits!
This month, the "Genderf#ck Cabaret for a Cause" benefits Brave Space with misfit-themed performances from Anastasia Euthanasia, Darcy Blows, Draven, Marla Darling, Prince Peanut-Butter, Lioness, Miss Pamela Voorhees, Mars, Clare Apparently, Poly-Amithyst, The Glam King, BeElzzaBub Doll, and more. Featuring dance music from DJ Cat Lady.
9 pm, Paris Theater, $7-10

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!

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          10 for $10: The Best Bang for Your Buck Shows, June 30-July 2   
by Mercury Staff

Gran Ritmos
Portland’s favorite Pan-American dance party Gran Ritmos is kicking off summer’s dog days by inviting Riobamba to headline their next showcase. One of Brooklyn’s most fire DJ acts, Riobamba is a multitalented artist with Ecuadorian and Lithuanian roots who delivers energetic sounds from around the world. In addition to producing her own mixes, she founded the label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS in 2016 to empower the voices of other Latinx artists. Riobamba spent a year in Bogota studying the connections between politics, identity, and digital music production through a Fulbright Scholarship. Her sets integrate a wide variety of audio sources ranging from YouTube clips to underground Panamanian bass to urban field recordings as a means of intentional disruption. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of the unexpected. EMILLY PRADO
Jul 1, 9 pm, Holocene, $10


Gaytheist, Nasalrod, Drunk Dad
Gaytheist plays the kind of rock music that’ll pummel your eardrums with the force of a thousand fiery asteroids (in a good way). Tonight the Portland band celebrates the release of their new album, Let’s Jam Again Soon—14 furiously fast tracks that bring new meaning to the word “heavy.” CIARA DOLAN
Jul 1, 8 pm, The Know, $10

Ralph Lawson, Tripwire
With a career spanning two decades and an influential off-kilter style that stays ahead of the curve, Jay Tripwire never fails to impress. He’s one of the most prolific house and techno producers around, with over 200 vinyl releases to date. His versatile mixes reveal keen sensibilities that can make a believer out of even the harshest of dance music critics. Ralph Lawson is a legend in his own right, and widely regarded as one of the best house music DJs in the world. His record label, 2020Vision, showcases a well-rounded catalog that gives interesting insights into electronic music’s ever-changing landscape over the last 20 years. These two heavyweights will perform an outdoor daytime concert at the White Owl Social Club to allow for maximum sunshine fun time. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
Jul 2, 2 pm, White Owl Social club, $10

Gardener, On Drugs, Monsterwatch, FLRT
The Chicago-based Gardener trucks in equally hazy and often beautiful melodies that take cues from early electronic pioneers like Charles Wuorinen and Tangerine Dream, while giving some of his work an extra layer of distance between the listener and the heartfelt creator by recording onto hissy cassettes and using noisy, shortwave-radio-frequency tones. ROBERT HAM
Jul 2, 9 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $8

Lithics, Tender Age, Mattress, Media Jeweler
Lithics minimalist post-punk pulses and chirps, manically pushing forward and pulling back, while building insistent loops before pretending to fall apart, as vocalist Aubrey Hornor brings an understated, bordering-on-spoken-word nonchalance. This restraint, at least on record, keeps the tension high, while also keeping something bubbling below the surface, waiting. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
Jun 30, 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $7

Skull Diver, The Dead Ships, Pacific Latitudes
Last month Portland rock trio Skull Diver released Chemical Tomb, an unapologetically dark sophomore album that wanders with a zombie's sinister drive between proggy riffage, pop swagger, and stoner metal haze, exploring shadowy corners while never quite settling into a groove. The record is united not just by this densely curated sense of disquiet, all fuzzy guitars and cavernous organs, but by a gripping melodicism and singer Mandy Payne's nimble voice floating over the darkness—less ethereal and more a foreboding siren's call. Two covers round out the second half, Nick Drake’s “Parasite” and the Violent Femmes’ “Good Feeling,” both evidence of Skull Diver’s flexible mastery over their expansive sound. It’s not the most cohesive album, but anyone who likes their music on the heavy side will find something to enjoy. NATHAN TUCKER
Jul 1, 9 pm, Bunk Bar, $7

The Day Fade
Some Saturdays, you ignore the creeping growth of your dandelion lawn and put any thoughts of self-betterment out of mind. Some Saturdays, you get out of bed late and head to the bar, where there will be drinks, and dancing, and DJs spinning really, really good tunes. The soul needs such Saturdays, and lucky for you this is one of them. DIRK VANDERHART
Jul 1, 2 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5

The Thermals
Portland pop-punk stalwarts the Thermals aim to spice up your Fourth of July weekend on the cheap with a 5-dollar show at the Doug Fir Lounge. Deathlist and Loveboys provide support.
Jul 2, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $5

Bombay Beach, Wave Action, Craig Brown Band
After more than a decade spent fronting various garage punk bands (Terrible Twos, the Mahonies, Liquor Store), Craig Brown is a legitimate Detroit city personality. For instance, the trailer for Drunk History’s Detroit episode features Brown’s ruminations about the city’s lawlessness, punctuated as he yells, “Judas Priest is better than Iron Maiden!” into the cold night. Brown is a funny and memorable character, and that likability translates onto his debut album, The Lucky Ones Forget, from his Third Man Records-backed country project, the Craig Brown Band. It’s a love letter from a punk rocker to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a surprisingly smooth marriage of Brown’s cut-the-shit songwriting, nasally punk vocal tricks, and honky-tonk slide guitar—all filled out by the warm backing vocal harmonies of the band’s Drinkard sisters. SUZETTE SMITH
Jul 1, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5

Ice Queens, And And And, Ah God
Local indie rock shredders Ice Queens return to Rontoms for their second Sunday Session of the year, this time in celebration of the release of their self-titled debut album.
Jul 2, 8:30 pm, Rontoms, free

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          ¿Por qué hoy es el Día Mundial de los Asteroides?   

El 6 de diciembre de 2016, la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas aprobó la resolución, en la que se declaró el 30 de junio el Día Internacional de los Asteroides.

La entrada ¿Por qué hoy es el Día Mundial de los Asteroides? aparece primero en Elpilon.com.co.


           How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid    

Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid

June 30 is International Asteroid Day. Have you ever wondered how asteroids are discovered? Here's the story.




          Happy Asteroid Day! Here’s how scientists plan to save us from Armageddon   
June 30 is Asteroid Day, a United Nation sanctioned event to raise awareness about asteroid risks and shine a spotlight on the people working to spot near-Earth objects in the sky.
          Moon Station Could Use Tech from Scrapped Asteroid Mission, NASA Says   
NASA is salvaging technology from a scrapped asteroid mission to help build a space station orbiting the moon.
          Asteroid Day Rocks! Here Are Some of the Cool Events Happening Worldwide   
Today is Asteroid Day: From online broadcasts and lectures to hands-on activities, colleges, museums and observatories all over the globe are striving to raise awareness about the wonders and potential dangers of asteroids.
          7 Movies Featuring Earth-Threatening Asteroids   
We're celebrating Asteroid Day by discussing films that show asteroids or comets threatening Earth, from "Armageddon" to "The Good Dinosaur."
          Chelyabinsk-Like Asteroid Gets Incinerated in Supercomputer Simulation (Video)   
When a small asteroid fell to Earth over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013, the speeding space rock exploded midair and created a shock wave powerful enough to damage thousands of buildings and injure more than 1,200 people.
          Así sería el impacto de un asteroide contra la Tierra a 72.000 km/h   


          Hoje é Dia Internacional do Asteroide, e cientista teme impacto em 2029   
Hoje é o Dia Internacional do Asteroide, e os cientistas espaciais disseram que a chance de que a Terra seja esmagada por uma rocha gigante é quase inevitável. Rolf Densing, chefe do Centro Europeu...

Visite OVNIhoje.com para maiores detalhes...

          Comentário em Pequenas maravilhas nos anéis de Saturno por Carlos Oliveira   
Sim, várias destas luas seriam asteroides que foram capturados pelo campo gravitacional de Saturno. Muitos mais asteroides foram capturados por Júpiter e agora são a maioria das mais de 60 luas. Marte tem duas luas, em que ambas são asteroides capturados ;) Sim, a rotação da Lua em volta do seu próprio eixo demora sensivelmente o mesmo tempo que a órbita da Lua à volta da Terra. Daí só vermos um dos lados. O mesmo acontece com as grandes luas de outros planetas (como as luas Galileanas em Júpiter) e com os Hot Jupiters (grandes planetas em órbitas próximas das suas estrelas). abraços!
          Bizarro comet challenging researchers     
(University of Central Florida) Scientists pursue research through observation, experimentation and modeling. They strive for all of these pieces to fit together, but sometimes finding the unexpected is even more exciting. That's what happened to University of Central Florida's astrophysicist Gal Sarid, who studies comets, asteroids and planetary formation and earlier this year was part of a team that published a study focused on the comet 174P/Echeclus. It didn't behave the way the team was expecting. 
          Revelation 9-10   
In my opinion, this is essentially the last part of the book of Revelation in which the "setting" for the rest of the book will be explored and explained. After this, things will start flowing a little bit more, be at least a slight bit easier to understand, and we'll get to a time-line of sorts in which we can probe what the author is trying to say.


Revelation 9-10
  • Review definitions that they need to know.
  • Up to this point we've covered the author of the book, the audience, some description about God, and an introduction to the setting through the seals and trumpets.
  • These seals have unleashed Destruction, Violence, Economic catastrophes, Death, Unjust slaughter of martyrs, Devastating political occurrences, and natural calamities in the seven seals, and fiery/icy hail, meteorites/asteroids, poisoned waters, as well as a darkened day.
  • Jumping into chapter nine, we start off with the fifth trumpet. What's interesting is that these last three trumpets are called “woes” (9:12)
  1. One thing that's different about this fifth trumpet is the amount of the text that is devoted to describe it. The first four trumpets are just glanced over, and at this point we start taking a much more detailed look at the text. Additionally, after the fourth trumpet, an eagle gave a warning that the three remaining trumpets would be the worst. In my opinion, if it's important, the text will focus on it more. With this trumpet, a star falls to heaven presumably opening up a shaft or abyss in the earth (9:2). From this abyss rises smoke which darkens out the sun and also from which powerful locusts swarm out. These locusts were given power like scorpions (9:3), and were told to harm people. The specific number of five months is given, and while this could quite possibly be a real amount of time, I think the more likely interpretation is that the “torment” exists for a short or limited time only. This truly is a torment because they will long for death, but they won't be able to actually find its comfort (9:6) There is a lot of description about the locusts, comparing them to lions or armored chariots (9:8-9), but I think the main idea that's being portrayed here is that they're powerful. And over these kings is someone who is named Abbadon (in Hebrew) and Apollyon (Greek). These names both mean “destroyer” and I think that's pretty obvious given what they are put in charge of. 
  2. The sixth trumpet, like the fifth one before it and the seventh one after it is given a lot more detail than the first four. This fits in nicely with the image of these last three being the final “woes” or the especially bad ones. What is released here is a mounted army that is 200 million strong (some manuscripts actually read “only” 100 million as the English Standard Version does) (9:16). While the locusts before them weren't supposed to kill anyone, these horseman were charged with killing off one third of the human race (9:15). With these fractions and numbers, I tend to disregard them as factually literal, and instead view them as symbolic. As always, though, my opinion is exactly that, and there are hundreds of other views on the matter that take it as factually literal. Whatever stance you take, try to examine it from the other view and to then develop a strong reason for embracing that view. All those who aren't killed by these horseman still chose not to make remission of their sins (9:20). I think what this passage is making clear is the harm that can come about when someone ultimately rejects their best interests and buy into sins making these sins idols in their life (9:20).
  • So, while I bet everyone was expecting that we would get to finish up the trumpets at this point, that's sadly not the case. What instead happens is that the author gets a little bit off track (just like with what happened between the sixth and seventh seals), and starts talking about other things. I think this is really where the book starts getting a bit more unified. Up to this point, I like to think that John was laying the setting for the rest of the story to come, and now that's it has been eloquently laid out in detail, we're ready to actually get to the "bulk" of it all.
  • In chapter 10, we start talking about a mighty angel who comes down from heaven (with a rainbow; the sign of hope). As would be expected of John, he describes the supernatural through natural terms (face like the sun, legs like fiery pillars, and a rainbow over his head) in his description of this angel (10:1-2). He is holding a little scroll opened in his hand, and it seems that this will be important in a little bit (10:2). I have a feeling that the scroll itself isn't all that small (as my study Bible suggested), but that the angel holding it is so big that it just looks small in comparison.
  • While some people may like to approach this text with a hard-core, literal approach, I think we can all agree that at this point we're starting to hit some serious symbolism. The angels starts but putting his right leg on the sea and his left on the land (10:2). While it's not exactly specified, my best guess is that this isn't like having one foot in the ocean and one on the beach, but rather like having one in the middle of North America and one in the middle of the Pacific. Looking at this symbolically, what do you think having one foot on the sea and one on the land means?
  • He roars, which is described like a lion, and then seven “thunders” speak with their voices (10:3). Clearly we're hitting some symbolism here since I think we all know that thunder can't speak. Regardless, these thunders said something that John heard, but he was immediately told not to write it. (10:4) What do you think could have been said, and why do you think that John wasn't allowed to write it down? Though this is all speculation, I think it helps create interest in the text, and can get your mind thinking.
  • What follows after the thunders is a little bit strange. The angel raises up his right hand and swears an oath upon God (10:6). He then goes on to say that there will no longer be an “interval of time” (10:7). When I first read that, I was a bit confused, but thanks to my study bible, I realized that what they meant was a delay. What he is saying is that there won't be a delay any longer, and that the seventh trumpet will be blown soon and God's “hidden” plan will be completed.
  • John is then commanded to take the scroll from the angel and to then eat it (10:8-9). He is told it will be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach (10:9). John does as he is told, and sure enough, it happens. Immediately after this, he is told that he is to go and prophesy to/against many people, nations, languages, and rulers (10:11). I think the message about the bitter-sweet scroll, though a bit hidden, isn't too hard to understand if you look at it deeply enough. Given that immediately after he ate the scroll he was told to go prophesy (or preach), I think the message given by the symbol of the scroll is that though the John's message may seem sweet at first, it will be bitter and difficult for some to swallow thereafter (alternate views such as the one expressed in my study Bible is that the word of God is pleasing at first, but later unpleasant and difficult to truly understand the “depth” of; the word of God may seem sweet or "easy" at first, but eventually trials, tribulations, hard times, or persecutions will come).
  • There we go. We've concluded a lot of stuff, and not all of it is exactly cohesive or easy to piece together. This is understandable, and I really recommend that people take things chunk-by-chunk and write down there thoughts and important stuff as they go about reading it. When we come back, we'll start discussing more about the “actual story” of Revelation and what precisely we can learn from it.
I think John borrows a lot of imagery from the Prophets of the Old/First Testament, and so if you are interested, I would recommend that you read all or some of these passages as I think they'll give you a new appreciation or understanding of the writing style of the book of Revelation.  

Alternate reading: 
Ezekiel 2, 3
Exodus 7-12, and 15 (story of bitter water) 
Joel 1, 2.
Assignment over break: Reread and finish the rest of Revelation, read the book of Hebrews, and read as many minor prophets as you can (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, as examples). These minor prophets will really help you understand the symbolism, or at least make you a bit more familiar with it. Exploring the major prophets (the only real difference between a major prophet and a minor prophet is the length of the text they wrote; the minor prophets wrote short books while the major prophets wrote long books. It's not like a major prophet is more important than a minor prophet) can also help you gain an understanding for this sort of writing style, but they're longer, thicker, and more difficult to understand. If you have a study bible, please read the section before the book about the historical context, as I think this really helps you understand the text and why specifically it was written, and can also shed some light on some of the more confusing parts of the text.

          Comment on Panel sees ASTEROIDS Act as step in right direction for space property rights by Jim Van Zandt   
"send humans to visit an asteroid in a native orbit" Except that mission takes years, and we don't know how to protect astronauts from cosmic rays for that long a mission. There's no way to abort the mission if there's a mechanical failure or medical emergency. You could only visit an asteroid once. It will be really hard to refine your tools. And you really don't know what to expect. I want to learn about asteroids. I agree that bagging one may not be a practical defense against a collision. But to design that defense, it's really important to know how strong it is. I expect one to be more like a snowdrift or a loose pile of gravel than a boulder. I want men to experiment over a long period of time. With ARM, astronauts will be able to visit an asteroid on missions lasting weeks rather than years. They will be able to abort missions if there are problems. They can build infrastructure on one mission and use it on subsequent missions. They can plan a mission using things they learned on another mission a month earlier. If there's platinum in an asteriod, is it spread evenly throughout, or is it concentrated? If you centrifuge material from an asteroid, do the valuable parts separate out? Astronauts can try things that it will be hard to design robots to do. After we have studied a few asteroids close at hand, we will be in a much better position to plan a mission to visit an asteroid in its native orbit.
          The Duke returns? Xbox One could get the original Xbox’s gargantuan controller   

When future civilizations look back to try to figure out what event led to the extinction of modern humans, they will have to consider the possibility that an original Xbox controller fell to Earth like an asteroid. That’s right, it’s time to start joking again about the 2001 Xbox’s original controller. That gamepad, which many […]


          Why Was This Video Seen 5.2 Million Times?   

Today is Asteroid Day. In case you want to join the celebration, you can watch a program on NASA TV describing how researchers find, track and characterize Near-Earth Objects.

From the skies to the seas: a video showing tourists in shallow water at a Florida beach has been seen more than 5.2 million times. Not because of the tourists, but because of the seven sharks swimming around them.

From sharks to tragedy: An aspiring YouTube star convinced his girlfriend to shoot a gun into the thick book covering his chest. He was certain that the book would stop the bullet and the video would make them famous. The bullet killed him; his girlfriend has been charged with manslaughter.

From tragedy to celebration: A baby was born on a Spirit Airlines plane traveling from Ft. Lauderdale for Dallas/Ft. Worth. The airline has awarded him free air travel for life.

You're probably wondering what these stories have to do with you today. Here's the answer: very little. Your odds of dying from a meteor, asteroid, or comet impact are one in 1,600,000. You are 17,777 times more likely to die in a car crash.

Sharks are not likely to kill you, either—falling coconuts kill fifteen times more people than sharks each year. I would guess that you're not willing to fire a gun into a book on your chest. And I could find no statistics for the number of babies born on airplanes since this happens so rarely.

Here's my point: We typically care about the news in direct proportion to its relevance to our daily lives. With the advent of social media and digital news sources, we can limit what we see to what we want to see more fully than ever before. If a topic isn't obviously relevant to us today, it's not relevant at all.

This is an understandable way to cope with the onslaught of messages that bombard us every day. But it's exactly the wrong way to think about issues that matter most. The urgent is seldom significant, and the significant is seldom urgent.

This theme has been on my mind recently because of a petition I read in The Valley of Vision, a compendium of Puritan prayers. The author says of Jesus' return, "That day is no horror to me, for thy death has redeemed me, thy Spirit fills me, thy love animates me, thy Word governs me."

He knows that on that day, "Thou wilt come to raise my body from the dust, and re-unite it to my soul, by a wonderful work of infinite power and love, greater than that which bounds the oceans' waters, ebbs and flows the tides, keeps the stars in their courses and gives life to all creatures." As a result, "I triumph now in thy promises as I do in their performance."

Nothing seems less relevant to our secular culture than preparing for eternity. But on the day we die and go to Jesus or He comes for us, nothing will be more relevant. In the meantime, being ready for that day is the very best way to live each day.

One day will be our last day. What if it were today? {eoa}


          Eufloria   
Welcome to Eufloria an addictive ambient game of space exploration and conquest, plant growth and bio mechanical evolution.Explore a beautifully realized universe rendered in a style that is unique and compelling, reminiscent of children’s books like the little prince.Conquer asteroids in deep space and use their resources to literally grow and nurture semi-organic plants and […]
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike   
Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.

          It's Asteroid Day: Here are cool events happening worldwide   
Nerds around the world are striving to raise awareness about the wonders and potential dangers of asteroids
          NASA celebrates International Asteroid Day with 24-hour live stream   
The live stream includes everything you ever wanted to know about asteroids and the dangers they pose.
          Bummer: Giant Asteroids Not An Immediate Threat   
In light of Asteroid Day, which is today, we’d like to clarify some of the apocalyptic misinformation that’s spreading.
          Watch a Simulated Asteroid Hit the Atmosphere at 45,000 Miles Per Hour   
Like Deep Impact, but worse!
          Journée mondiale des astéroïdes: les techniques pour les empêcher de dévaster la Terre   

ESPACE - Depuis deux ans, les astéroïdes ont droit à une Journée internationale. Ce vendredi 30 juin, pour la première fois, elle est même reconnue par l'ONU. Mais l'idée n'est pas de célébrer les petits et gros cailloux qui se baladent dans le système solaire. Mais surtout d'appeler les Terriens à prendre conscience des dangers que représentent ces petits corps et à soutenir les initiatives pour tenter de se protéger de la menace.

"Un jour, nous pourrions être heurtés par un astéroïde et il faut absolument que nous soyons mieux préparés que ce n'est le cas actuellement", explique à l'AFP le cinéaste allemand Grigorij Richters, l'un des fondateurs de l'Asteroid Day.

Plus de 700 événements se dérouleront à cette occasion dans 190 pays, assurent les organisateurs qui diffuseront pendant 24 heures d'affilée un programme en live sur internet, orchestré depuis le Luxembourg. Astrophysiciens, astronomes, agences spatiales feront le point sur la diversité des astéroïdes et les risques qu'ils font courir aux habitants de la planète.

Depuis sa naissance, il y a 4,5 milliards d'années, la planète a subi de nombreuses collisions avec des astéroïdes. "Ces objets ont contribué à l'apparition de la vie sur Terre, en apportant de l'eau, des matériaux organiques", relève Antonella Barucci, astronome de l'Observatoire de Paris.

Beaucoup d'astéroïdes connus, mais...

Mais ils ont aussi occasionné des destructions. C'est un astéroïde tombé sur le Mexique qui serait responsable de la disparition des dinosaures il y a 65 millions d'années. Quant à la date du 30 juin, elle n'a pas été choisie au hasard. En 1908, un astéroïde de 40 mètres s'écrasait en Sibérie, avec une puissance estimée à près de 30 fois la bombe d'Hiroshima.

Mais alors que faire? Déjà, il faut apprendre à mieux connaître ces voyageurs de l'espace.

De nombreux programmes de recherche tentent de répertorier les objets qui croisent, de près ou de loin, l'orbite de la Terre. Ainsi, 90% des astéroïdes qui représentent un risque d'extinction de l'humanité (plus d'un kilomètre de diamètre) sont répertoriés, estime la Nasa. Et les risques d'anéantissement de l'espèce humaine dans les 100 ans sont inférieurs à 0.01%.

Mais ce n'est pas le cas pour les plus petits, qui peuvent pourtant causer de sérieux dégâts. Ainsi, l'agence américaine pense que seuls 30% des météores de 160 mètres et plus sont répertoriés. Pour ceux de 30 mètres, on passe à 1%. De plus, si l'on connait assez bien la trajectoire des astéroïdes répertoriés, elle peut aussi changer, en fonction de plusieurs phénomènes.

Bombe nucléaire (mais pas pour le détruire)

Tout dépend de la taille de l'astéroïde et du temps dont on dispose pour agir. "Pour les astéroïdes de toute petite taille, inférieurs à 50 mètres, avec un temps d'impact très court, la seule chose que l'on puisse faire, c'est de prédire le point d'impact et d'évacuer la zone", déclare à l'AFP Ian Carnelli, chef du projet AIM (Asteroid Impact Mission) à l'Agence spatiale européenne (ESA).

Si les risques sont assez faibles, ils font froid dans le dos. Ainsi, précise le rapport, les fameux astéroïdes de plus de 140 mètres, s'ils venaient à toucher la Terre, auraient une force équivalente au minimum à 60 millions de tonnes de TNT, plus que n'importe quelle bombe atomique jamais testée.

Alors que faire pour empêcher un contact? Si l'objet est plus gros, l'idée est d'éviter la collision en déviant l'astéroïde, souligne Daniel Hestroffer, de l'Observatoire de Paris. Il y a principalement trois techniques pour dévier les astéroïdes.

La première consiste à lancer une ogive nucléaire dans l'espace et à la faire exploser "près de l'astéroïde afin que l'énergie se dépose sur la surface et pousse l'astéroïde", indique Ian Carnelli.

Cette technique n'est valable que pour un astéroïde de très grande taille (supérieure à 1 kilomètre). Appliquée à un petit astéroïde, elle risquerait de détruire l'objet en morceaux qui pourraient tomber sur la Terre. Le remède serait pire que le mal. Des travaux de simulation sur ordinateur de cette technique sont réalisés notamment aux Etats-Unis mais personne ne songe à la tester pour de vrai dans l'espace, souligne Ian Carnelli.

Tracteur gravitationnel

Deuxième méthode, celle du "tracteur gravitationnel", valable pour les astéroïdes de petite taille, et pour lesquels on dispose de beaucoup de temps pour agir. Elle consiste à envoyer un assemblage assez massif de satellites artificiels près de l'astéroïde. La force de gravitation qui s'exercera permettra de modifier petit à petit l'orbite de l'astéroïde.

Troisième technique, celle de l'"impacteur cinétique" pour les astéroïdes de taille moyenne (entre 50 mètres et plusieurs centaines de mètres). Elle consiste à envoyer un satellite artificiel heurter à très grande vitesse l'astéroïde. Cela doit permettre de changer la vitesse de celui-ci et de dévier sa trajectoire. C'est la méthode la plus avancée.

Une mission test américano-européenne baptisée AIDA est en préparation. Les Américains doivent envoyer dans l'espace un engin autoguidé baptisé DART. Il doit percuter en 2022 la Lune de l'astéroïde Didymos, afin de changer légèrement sa vitesse.

Mais le volet européen AIM, qui consistait à envoyer une sonde séparée pour prendre des images avant, pendant et après l'impact, bat de l'aile faute d'un soutien financier suffisant des Etats membres de l'ESA. La sonde AIM ne pourra pas être lancée en 2020 comme prévu, a reconnu l'ESA qui réfléchit à envoyer une caméra qui volerait sur DART et se détacherait peu avant l'impact.

Début 2017, la Maison Blanche a publié un rapport sur le sujet, qui fait le point sur notre connaissance actuelle de la menace astéroïde et évoque sept "objectifs stratégiques" pour que les Etats-Unis soient prêts au cas où une grosse météorite menace de s'écraser sur la Terre. Espérons que ces procédures n'aient jamais besoin d'être appliquées.

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          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Opinion-G20 is 'test run' for Trump-era climate governance By Simon Schunz-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:06-Weeks after US president Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the debate is still raging on in regard to the possible implications of his decision.Some fear a global domino effect, with more countries renouncing climate protection pledges and ceasing domestic emission reduction efforts.Others argue that the Paris accord's architecture is sufficiently resilient, and that efforts to keep global temperature increases to "well below 2°C" – as stipulated by the agreement – will endure.Activities at the sub-national level in the US also seem to support the argument that the agreement will prevail and domestic opponents of Trump’s decision have mobilised remarkably quickly.Cities and states with progressive climate policies joined forces across the US, committing themselves to honouring the Paris agreement.For instance, support came via the bipartisan "US Climate Alliance" of states – including heavyweights such as California and New York – and the "We Are Still In" initiative, which involves hundreds of businesses, investors, and institutes of higher education.Moreover, these sub-national players are linking up with leading nations to create innovative climate diplomacy networks: California and China have held talks to collaborate on emission reduction efforts, while several US states have intensified climate cooperation with Canada.Though these developments enhance the Paris agreement’s chances of survival, they will not be enough.Fight for survival-The resilience of the agreement hinges on how other major emitters will react to Trump’s break.To pursue effective global climate governance, these countries must repeat the steps taken in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate meeting, where a strategy of "multiple bilateralism" between US-China, China-India and China-EU (among others) served to build trust and resolve crunch issues.The emerging consensus among key emitters was translated into cooperation in the world’s club governance fora (G7, G20) and fed into the multilateral negotiations, leading to the Paris agreement’s ultimate entry into force.True to this spirit, six members (plus the EU) were already pressuring the US to remain committed to the Paris agreement at the recent G7 summit in Sicily. Not that it seemed to do much good, as Trump withdrew from the climate pact a few days later.The next litmus test for effective global climate governance comes in July, when leaders from countries accounting for 80% of global emissions meet for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July.With the US thrusting itself into isolation, the German G20 presidency will seek to gather the broadest possible support for the Paris agreement.But a question remains: is a G20 entente possible? It might be, if others show the way.Climate leaders-From the G7, the EU and Canada display the clearest leadership ambitions.EU heavyweights have signalled their "strongest commitment" to uphold their pledges to combat climate change.In his reaction to Trump’s Paris exit, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his country's "unwavering commitment to fight climate change".The Canadian government has also vehemently denied recent reports that Trudeau wished to scrap references to climate from the draft G20 declaration, in order to appease the US government.But leaders need followers. And whether followers can be mobilised depends on how G20 members define their interests – economically and politically.Economically, many G20 countries appear to believe the energy transition – accelerated by the Paris Agreement – must continue.Investing in low-carbon development is no longer seen as a burden on growth prospects. If anything, there is a growing consensus that Trump’s decision will put the US at risk of lagging behind technologically.Politically, the relationship between G20 countries and the US (particularly the Trump administration) is tricky.Are countries like Australia, Japan, Turkey and the UK willing to risk relations with the president of a key ally by adopting a confrontational attitude over climate change? The answer depends heavily on whether the German G20 presidency can dispel their concerns by convincingly demonstrating that the world is changing – because it is.-Changing world-At an EU-China summit the day after Trump’s announcement, a draft joint declaration on climate change characterised the Paris Agreement as “an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development” and outlined numerous joint actions.Although it was ultimately withheld due to trade-related differences, this declaration contains the blueprint for a shifting centre of gravity in global climate governance to Eurasia.If supported by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has reiterated support for the Paris Agreement, a solid pro-climate coalition including three of the world’s top four emitters would emerge.Cooperation with Canada, and with the sub-national forces in the US, could then provide additional momentum to convince other G20 members.As a major guiding forum, the G20 represents a test run for the future of global climate governance during the Trump era.The direction this governance will take, depends heavily on the strength of emerging partnerships, and their ability to convince others to join them regardless of US policies.If the will is robust enough, this "multiple bilateralism" could bring about the dawn of a new era, and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.If it fails, however, global climate politics faces a complicated, daunting future.Dr Simon Schunz is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and a professor of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven.

Opinion-EU parliament should befriend transparency By Sylvie GUILLAUME and Danuta HUEBNER-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 17:24-A few days ago, an NGO representative expressed her concerns about the way the European Parliament was dealing with the European Commission’s proposal for a revised inter-institutional agreement on a “mandatory transparency register”.The proposal was submitted by the EU commission on 28 September 2016 and aimed at including the Council of the EU, where representatives of member states sit, as a new partner within the framework.Following the commission's proposal, the EU parliament’s Conference of Presidents entrusted us, as the responsible lead negotiators - supported by a contact group composed of one MEP from each political group - with developing a draft negotiating mandate.We organised five contact group meetings, where detailed discussions provided the opportunity for all political groups to give their input and ideas. It led to the endorsement of a balanced text on 11 April this year.We enriched our deliberations by means of a half-day meeting between the contact group and the involved NGO representatives - including Nina Katzemich from the website LobbyControl, and others from organisations such as Transparency International, Civil Society Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory.We listened carefully to their concerns, many of which we had already incorporated into our work, such as the necessity to enlarge the definition of lobbying and to include an independent observer in the management structure of the transparency register.We also discussed how we to pursue the negotiations with the EU commission and the council in order to get those concerns taken on board.Instead of the expected swift adoption of the mandate, which would signal the parliament’s readiness to enter into negotiations, we were deeply troubled to find that the item had been taken off the agenda of the Conference of Presidents on successive occasions.-Horse-trading-It appeared that some MEPs used procedural manoeuvres and political horse-trading to achieve repeated postponements of the adoption of the mandate, even though a large majority in parliament supported its content.It seems that it is sometimes those who believe themselves to be on the path of righteousness, who are most willing to misuse our system of procedures to score cheap political points.We found it disturbing that some wilfully ignored parliament’s power to determine its own internal organisation.It has also saddened us to see that some of those who claim to be at the forefront of stemming the tide of populism, do not seem to mind riding on that very same tide when it serves their own political ends.However, we were glad to see that the Conference of Presidents finally adopted the mandate two weeks ago on 15 June, in the very same form that had been proposed by the contact group.Following its adoption, the mandate was immediately published on the EU parliament’s website.Regarding the free and independent mandate of MEPs - enshrined in EU primary law - it is noteworthy that the independence of elected representatives is a cornerstone of a representative democracy and a principle this is not easily dismissed.Therefore, any limitation on MEPs in the exercise of their free mandate must be proportionate and cannot, for example, unduly restrict his or her right to seek information.Moreover, a principle enshrined in primary law cannot be altered by secondary law, let alone by an inter-institutional agreement.The mandate adopted on 15 June is based on a long line of parliament’s decisions regarding its relations with interest representatives.It reflects the position of a broad majority of MEPs and it constitutes a solid base for negotiations on a significant improvement to the current transparency register and a widening of its scope.-Negotiating framework-The mandate should be understood as a framework for the negotiations.Parliament’s position will continue to be adapted as the negotiations progress. Once the negotiations are concluded, parliament will adopt follow-up decisions with respect to its internal organisation, in order to implement the new inter‑institutional agreement.But the European Parliament still remains committed to pushing for a transparency regulation that would go beyond an inter-institutional agreement and lay down the relevant provisions on transparency and the register in secondary law.One should not forget the progress that parliament has achieved so far in this field. It initiated the Transparency Register as early as 1996, as well as a Code of Conduct with a commitment for registered lobbyists to act in accordance with high ethical standards.Parliament is, and remains, the most open EU institution, which can be seen with the web-streaming of its meetings and the ability for citizens to visit all of its buildings.Furthermore, parliament decided that registration on the transparency register was to be made a requirement to be invited as a speaker at committee hearings and to receive a long-term access badge for its premises.It also put in place a voluntary legislative footprint last year, and it encourages its MEPs to meet only with registered organisations.Katzemich considers the EU commission to have made a big step in 2015 by publishing meetings of commissioners, heads of cabinets and directors‑general.Certainly, this is true. However, this measure was decided by the commission with a view to its own internal organisation and cannot be easily translated to other institutions such as EU parliament or the council, both of which have a different set-up.Furthermore, the commission’s system is not without its flaws and has room for improvement, as Transparency International and other organisations regularly report.As the EU parliament's lead negotiators, we are particularly committed to getting the council on board and to adding significant value compared to the current framework.Three principles-A new register should encompass the following three principles.First, the widest possible scope of application for EU institutions and other bodies, including meaningful participation of the council.Next, a comprehensive and clear framework, without weakening the current system, for the regulation of interest representation activities.Finally, structures and resources that guarantee effective implementation.One of the main issues is that the new inter-institutional agreement provides a framework for coordination among the EU institutions, while at the same time fully respecting their different competences and prerogatives.-The mandate-The approach we have developed in our mandate would allow for:- The full respect of MEPs' independent mandate.- An inclusive transparency policy for all types of interest representative, as with the current register that features over 11200 registered interest groups from all over the world.- The possibility to maintain the wider definition of lobbying, covering both direct and indirect interest representation (as with the current system).- The full respect for each institutions’ needs, e.g. in the case of parliament as an open house but also with the need to know, for security reasons, who is coming in and why.- More flexibility in respect to the EU institutions’ roles and structures (parliament cannot simply duplicate rules that were designed for the commission).- Better quality information on the database – making the register more reliable as a source of information for the institutions themselves and for the general public.The quality of the new system will depend on how far the council can be convinced to match the parliament’s and commission’s commitment to transparency.We would therefore advise to look at the whole picture and analyse the situation comprehensively, especially with a view to scrutinising the council’s approach.It takes time to change long-standing practices, but we are fully committed to forge ahead, knowing that a pragmatic and constructive approach will yield the best results.Transparency certainly is one important aspect of ensuring citizens’ trust in the EU institutions. But it is not the only one. Keeping true to the facts is another.Sylvie Guillaume is a vice-president of the European Parliament, and Danuta Huebner is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee-Correction: The article's footnote originally said that Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact, she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee

EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline By Andrew Rettman-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:29-EU states have given initial backing for the European Commission to negotiate the legal model of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.Pablo Micallef, a spokesman for the Maltese EU presidency, told EUobserver that “some 13” member states spoke out on the plan when EU energy ministers met for informal talks in Brussels on Monday.The incoming Estonian EU presidency is now expected to convene a working group to take things forward.The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, who was among the 13 EU backers, said: “I’m very satisfied. It was the best thing that could have come out of the meeting”.The mandate will have to be formally approved later down the line in a “reinforced qualified majority” vote by member states, a higher than usual threshold of 72 percent of EU countries representing 65 percent of its population.Maros Sefcovic, the EU energy commissioner who drafted the proposal, told the Reuters news agency: “I’m definitely optimistic about getting the [formal] mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate."Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate 70 percent of Russian gas supplies to Europe in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.But its critics, which include the Nordic states, the Baltic countries, Poland, and the US, say it would harm EU energy security and undermine Ukraine, a Western ally, by making Ukraine’s transit pipes obsolete.-EU laws-Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the Commission’s energy spokeswoman, told EUobserver on Tuesday that the Commission wanted to talk to Russia on whether the offshore part of Nord Stream 2 should be covered by the EU’s so-called third energy package.That EU law would oblige Russian state firm Gazprom to open up its Nord Stream 2 monopoly to EU competitors - a demand which led Russia to stop a previous project, the South Stream pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria.But Itkonen said the talks would “not [be] about a [Commission] veto, it is not about the future of the pipeline, not about the Commission approving it or not”.She said the Commission-Russia talks would be designed to give “legal certainty” on Nord Stream 2 and that they would be “nothing spectacular or extraordinary” because EU officials had held similar discussions with “third countries” on other projects.The Nord Stream 2 regulatory framework is currently being negotiated between Germany and Russia.German, Austrian, French, and Anglo-Dutch firms - Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell - are to take part in the project, with Germany and Austria keen to press ahead.Neither the German nor the Austrian minister spoke out on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Germany and Austria recently attacked the US over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.“We decide who supplies us with energy and how they do it”, the German and Austrian foreign ministers said in a joint statement on 15 June.-Ukraine unhappy-Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told Reuters in Paris on Monday that Nord Stream 2 "would have disastrous consequences for the energy security of the European Union and would make the EU dependent on one source.""Maybe some companies will benefit for the time being, but in the long-run it will lead nowhere”, he said.He added that there was no progress on Russia ending hostilities in east Ukraine."How can you trust Russia in setting up a unique source of gas supply?”, he said, referring to broader EU and US concerns over Russia’s aggressive behaviour toward neighbouring states.

Focus-Nordics consider alternative to EU emissions trading system By Lisbeth Kirk-june 28,17-euobserver

Copenhagen, Today, 07:44-If the European emissions trading system is not reformed to work efficiently, a Nordic carbon price floor could be introduced to secure future green investments in the region, according to a new strategic review of energy co-operation by the Nordic Council.The plan, which has been in preparation for over a year, is penned by Finnish businessman Jorma Ollila, who had formerly chaired Royal Dutch Shell for almost ten years and was the chairman and CEO of Nokia.It comes at a crucial time, just as the final talks on reforming the EU's carbon trading scheme are due to take place in Brussels.On Tuesday (27 June), representatives of the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met for one of the final meetings on how the EU’s flagship climate instrument – the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) – should look in the 2021-2030 period.But before the real talks have even started, hopes of reforming the EU system to work efficiently are fading.”I think everyone realises that this is not enough. The [EU] proposal will not deliver a carbon price that we need to decarbonise the industry sectors,” said Femke de Jong, EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch.Her organisation brings together more than 800 NGOs and academics from 70 different countries, working to make the carbon market “an effective climate mitigation tool.””I think it is only logical to have a debate on how we can complement the system. A carbon floor price – at least at the regional level – seems a realistic option,” de Jong said.-Nordic energy union-Norway and Sweden are strong on hydropower, Norway produces oil and gas, Denmark has wind, while Finland and Sweden have built nuclear plants and are pushing for more bio-fuels as a future energy resource.Some 20 years ago, these countries decided to connect their national electricity grids with water reservoirs, allowing hydropower to serve as a kind of Nordic battery to compensate for periods without wind, for example.”There were significant benefits, welfare benefits, lower electricity prices and easier management of the generation of electricity in tough times or during high peak demand in winter times,” Ollila pointed out.This Nordic solution, Ollila said, has been "managed historically very well". He added that since the EU is looking into different prospects for the energy union, there is an opportunity to learn from "what has been done in Nordic countries over the past 20 years."In addition to Nordic carbon trade, Ollila also suggested a Nordic export strategy for green energy solutions, alignment of research and using the whole Nordic area as a testbed.Nuuk in Greenland has been suggested to become a testbed for the full deployment of electric vehicles, and Reykjavik in Iceland may become a testing ground for infrastructure and systems that can support electrification of visiting cruise and fishing ships.The Faroe Islands may become the place for the development of battery technology and energy storage.-Green transition and growth-Put together, the Nordic region today is one of the 12 largest economies in the world and it is already living proof that the green transition is not incompatible with economic growth.However, the Nordics must become even greener to complete their transition into renewable energy, the Nordic Council report said."The energy transition is already underway – but if the Nordic countries do not participate to the fullest, the jobs will be created elsewhere," warned Jorma Ollila."The renewables will take off faster than what was thought only five years ago. So, the role of the renewables will grow quite significantly," he added."The focus should be on securing the most efficient green transition. If the ETS does not provide this, it may be relevant and timely to discuss a joint Nordic approach to support the schemes for renewable energy," Ollila's report concluded.”Another approach could be to discuss the introduction of a Nordic carbon price, based on the United Kingdom’s carbon price floor, in order to secure stronger incentives for the green transition,” it said.-UK leads the way-The prospect of a regionalised European carbon trading system in the future is not limited to the Nordic area. For instance, the UK already introduced a carbon price floor in 2013.”So far, the only country in Europe that has a carbon floor price is the UK. There it was very effective. They introduced a carbon floor price in 2013 and it has resulted in UK coal emissions falling by almost 60% last year," Femke de Jong said, adding: "So it is really significant."She goes on to say that: "It can be a very effective instrument to – at least in the intermediate time – to make sure that the carbon price reflects the damage cost of the pollution to the society.”Under the UK carbon floor price system, carbon emission prices rise automatically – currently at 18 pounds sterling (€20) from 2016 to 2020.Currently the carbon price in Europe stands at €5, but it should rise to €40 to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and rise further to €100 in 2030.-Regional carbon trade-”Ideally, this should be solved at the EU level, but if this is not possible in the short-term, it makes sense to go for a regional solution,” de Jong said.”France has been pushing for it very much in the past and we think that now, with Macron [as president of France], he will also push for that," she added."Let's see," she said, "maybe after the German elections, there can also be a regional carbon price in Western Europe – with Germany, maybe Belgium, the Netherlands and France."Linking the Nordic carbon trade to the British system might be made complicated by the Brexit process, however.”I think it might be tricky for the Nordic countries to join the UK system,” said de Jong.”It is still an open question if the UK will withdraw from the ETS or not. Maybe it is also an idea to team up more with other countries that are contemplating this,” she suggested.

Luxembourg not a tax haven, claims PM By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 28,17-euobserver

Luxembourg, Today, 08:42-Luxembourg continues to refute any notion that it is a tax haven, despite widespread evidence of dubious schemes that it cuts global tax bills for big firms."We were never a tax haven," Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, told EUobserver on Tuesday (27 June).Bettel's comments follow a grilling of Luxembourg's former prime minister and current European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker in late May told the European Parliament that he was unable to explain why the Grand Duchy "didn't want to remove tax secrecy."But Bettel, who was fielding a wide range of questions from reporters at an event hosted by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, defended the country's tax policies by saying it was one of the first places to push transparency and the exchange of tax rulings with other member states."It is important for me that we have common rules and Luxembourg was one of the first one for transparency," he said.Luxembourg was rocked by scandal following media revelations in late 2014 that exposed how nearly 340 companies secured secret deals that shaved billions of euros from taxes, which were due to be paid elsewhere.The revelations ushered in a raft of new EU and national legislation to increase tax transparency and weed out abuse.The scandal also triggered a probe by the European Parliament, which slammed Luxembourg for allowing corporations to dodge "tax that could have been used to build schools, hospitals or pay down national debt."A report by the Brussels-based NGO, Eurodad, had also revealed last December that Luxembourg had in fact increased the number of so-called tax rulings in the wake of the 2014 media revelations by some 50 percent.The issue saw former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour face prison time for leaking the secret rules to the media, posing larger questions on whistleblower protection laws.But Bettel maintained that his country was fully compliant with tax standards and had not committed a crime."There are over 20 countries in Europe doing [tax] rulings," he noted, echoing a similar refrain to his predecessor, Juncker.Luxembourg, under Juncker's decade-long leadership of the country, had also repeatedly blocked the rolling back of aggressive tax planning schemes throughout the EU, according to a cache of German cables leaked earlier this year.Bettel also opposes any pan-EU taxation system and refuses to impose any sort of tax on financial transactions.The financial transaction tax, also known as the FTT, aims to raise money for the public good by imposing a 0.1 percent tax on shares and bonds, and 0.01 percent on derivative products."I am fully against and I will block that," said Bettel. But he noted that other member states are free to move ahead on the file as part of a two-speed Europe.He also added that people in Luxembourg should not have to pay more tax only "because other countries were not responsible with public finances."

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Its pace appeared to slow as the day wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.The malware's origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools."The virus is spreading all over Europe and I'm afraid it can harm the whole world," said Victor Zhora, the chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kyiv , where reports of the malicious software first emerged early afternoon local time Tuesday.In Ukraine, victims included top-level government offices, where officials posted photos of darkened computer screens, as well as energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. Ukrainian Railways and the communications company Ukrtelecom were among major enterprises hit, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a Facebook post .The virus hit the radiation-monitoring at Ukraine's shuttered Chornobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, forcing it into manual operation.Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn't specify the extent of the damage.Ukraine bore the brunt with more than 60 per cent of the attacks, followed by Russia with more than 30 per cent , according to initial findings by researchers at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It listed Poland, Italy and Germany, in that order, as the next-worst affected.In the U.S, two hospitals in western Pennsylvania were hit; patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System would say only that operational changes had to be made. A Wellsville, Ohio, woman at one of its hospitals to have her gallbladder removed said she noticed computer monitors off and nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.Security experts said Tuesday's global cyberattack shares something in common with last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry . Both spread using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.Security vendors including Bitdefender and Kaspersky said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched — otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others."Once activated, the virus can automatically and freely distribute itself on your network," Ukraine's cyberpolice tweeted.Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared such self-spreading software to a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," he said.Ryan Kalember, a security expert at Proofpoint, said one reason the attacks appeared to be slowing down was that the ransomware appears to spread only when a direct contact exists between two networks — such as when a global company's Ukraine office interacts with headquarters.But once it hits a computer on a network, it spreads quickly, even among computers that have applied the fix for the NSA exploit."It's more harmful to the organization that it affects, but because it's not randomly spreading over the internet like WannaCry, it's somewhat contained to the organizations that were connected to each other," Kalember said.Botezatu said the new program appeared nearly identical to GoldenEye, a variant of a known family of hostage-taking programs known as "Petya." It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.Unlike typical ransomware, which merely scrambles personal data files, the program wreaking havoc Tuesday overwrites a computer's master boot record, making it tougher to restore even a machine that has been backed up, said Kalember.It may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, according to tweets by the country's cyberpolice unit. It said a rogue update seeded the infection across Ukraine. In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked.The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown. Ukraine has been a persistent target of pro-Russian hackers, who are blamed for twice shutting down large swaths of its power grid in the dead of winter and sabotaging its elections system in a bid to disrupt May 2014 national elections.Emails sent Tuesday to an address posted to the bottom of ransom demands went unreturned. That might be because the email provider hosting that address, Berlin-based Posteo, pulled the plug on the account before the infection became widely known.In an email, a Posteo representative said it had blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was associated with ransomware. The company added that it was in contact with German authorities "to make sure that we react properly."___Bajak reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Anick Jesdanun in New York, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Larry Rosenthal in Beaver, Pennsylvania and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press.

Trudeau appoints his first climate change ambassador with revamped mandate-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped a long-time Canadian diplomat to step into a revamped role of Canada's ambassador for climate change.Canada hasn't had such an ambassador since January 2015.Jennifer MacIntyre fills the role as of Tuesday, with a mandate to push Canada's international relationships on the climate change file, including promoting Canadian clean technology businesses abroad.She is the fifth person to hold the title of ambassador for climate change — but the first where the role is not the equivalent of Canada's chief negotiator for climate change treaties.As such she will not be on hand next week when Trudeau sits down with other G20 leaders in Germany where the Paris climate change agreement will be front and centre.Instead her role is to find ways for Canada to take advantage of any international opportunities for trade and investment that climate change policies bring.MacIntyre spent most of the last four years as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The Canadian Press.

NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BRUSSELS — NATO's chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defence this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend to keep it up."Unveiling new figures, Stoltenberg said European allies and Canada have increased spending by almost $46 billion over the last three years.He said 25 of NATO's 29 allies aim to raise defence spending in 2017.Only the United States, Britain, Estonia, debt-burden Greece and Poland met NATO's spending targets last year. Romania says it will meet the 2 per cent of GDP guideline this year, while Latvia and Lithuania plan to in 2018.The Associated Press.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres ).The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

The Associated Press
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Trudeau touts open Canadian immigration system in face of Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to promote Canada's open immigration policy on the world stage as controversy rages over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.Trudeau said Tuesday during a news conference in Ottawa to wrap up the parliamentary sitting that government officials have had "multiple conversations" with the U.S. administration about protecting Canadian rights in the face of immigration decisions south of the border."But at the same time, Canadians have been very clear that we see immigration as a net positive, that we know we don't have to compromise security to build stronger, more resilient communities," he said. "I will continue to stand for Canadian values and Canadian success in our immigration system as I always have, whether it's in Washington or in Hamburg next week or elsewhere around the world."On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.The justices will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."-Trudeau defends sniper role-In the wide-ranging news conference in the National Press Theatre, Trudeau was asked about topics ranging from trade concerns with the U.S. to recent news that a Canadian special forces member had shot and killed an ISIS fighter at a record distance for a sniper.Trudeau called the sniper actions "entirely consistent" with the role of troops in northern Iraq. The "advise and assist" mission has always had an element of defending Canadian forces as well as our coalition partners, he said."That is something that is integral to this mission, and that is something that has always been followed," he said.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident suggests Canadian forces are actually involved in direct combat in Iraq, and has called on Trudeau to provide the public with more details on the role of the mission.Trudeau said the incident should be "celebrated" for demonstrating the excellence in training and performance of duties by the Canadian Forces.National Defence said the sniper, part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Trudeau also said he broke his key electoral promise to reform Canada's electoral system because there was no compromise from other parties, and he didn't want to use his Liberal majority to ram through fundamental change."There was no path to do that."-'No path' on electoral reform-Trudeau said Liberals preferred a ranked ballot system, while the NDP wanted a proportional voting system that would have led to "fragmented" parties.Conservatives wanted to keep the status quo, he said."It was a very difficult decision for me," Trudeau said in describing his decision to break the promise.Asked about when the government will eliminate the deficit, Trudeau said his government is targeting billions in new spending on infrastructure and other services Canadians need and will not put a timeframe on when it will "arbitrarily" balance the books.Trudeau also touted what he sees as the government's key accomplishments so far, namely helping improve the quality of life for the middle class and taking steps to tackle the opioid crisis before taking questions.The prime minister also reacted to a new round of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Canada's softwood lumber industry by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He said he is focused on being "constructive" and working toward a deal that will help protect thousands of jobs in Canada.Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister issued a statement to mark Multiculturalism Day.'Differences make us strong'"Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practise many faiths, and represent many cultures," he said. "Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity, and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong."Canada's tradition of multiculturalism has meant fresh perspectives and new answers to old problems, Trudeau said.Noting that Canada is celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said the milestones are a reminder of the values that unite Canadians: Openness, inclusion and deep respect for our differences."Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country," he said.

U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath-YAHOONEWS-[Reuters]-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.The U.S.-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that began fighting inside Raqqa three weeks ago.The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.McGurk has met the council in Ain Issa in north Syria twice before in meetings that were not publicized, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, Omar Alloush, said.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, said coalition members are routinely in northern Syria working with the SDF and other local entities including the council. He could not confirm McGurk's visit on Wednesday and referred queries to the special envoy's office.Alloush said McGurk and other coalition officials, including its deputy commander Major General Rupert Jones, promised infrastructure help but did not discuss how much money was available."They did not specify any sum, but they decided we will support first removing mines, lifting rubble, maintenance of schools, then electricity stations and water," Alloush said.This month, volunteers at the council told Reuters they had informed the coalition it would take about $10 million a year to restore power and water supplies, roads and schools.(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT — A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River ValleyTwo Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said the weapons were dropped on the village of Doblan by an unidentified jet. Russian, Syrian, and U.S.-led coalition aircraft are all known to operate in the area.Cluster bombs are designed to spread small bomblets across a wide area, but many fail to explode, endangering civilians long after the fighting has ended.Omar Abou Layla, the head of Deir Ezzor 24, said 15 bodies, including of women and children, were recovered in the village. He said residents expect to find many more killed.Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life, said local informants counted at least 35 dead in the village, which is between the IS strongholds of al-Mayadeen and Boukamal.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead.At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. The coalition said it was looking into the reports.Turkey's military meanwhile said it returned fire after an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying the "detected targets."The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed militia that is battling the Islamic State group in the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.Turkey was angered by a U.S. decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.The Associated Press.

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town-[Reuters]-By Kanupriya Kapoor-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very dangerous situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Islamic State."All they do is just to kill and destroy, and killing in a most brutal way," he said at an event where he received hundreds of sniper and assault rifles donated by China to help the military campaign in Marawi."They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras. They have to be dealt with, with the same ferocity but not the brutality," he said.The information about the beheadings came via a text message to reporters from Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command. Garcia did not respond to repeated requests for details.A civilian rescue worker, Abdul Azis Lomondot, told Reuters body parts were found, but with "no proof of beheading".Military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera said bodies were found separately in two groups, of 12 and five, but he was unable to confirm if the five were beheaded.The battle entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with intense gunfights and bombing in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running between buildings as explosions rang out.The rebels' hold on Marawi, while incurring the full force of a military for years trained by its U.S. counterparts, has much of the region on edge, concerned that Islamic State's influence may run deeper than thought.Those fears are also being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are among the Maute group of rebels fighting in Marawi, suggesting the group may have built a cross-border network that has gone largely undetected.-RISING TOLL-Military spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently and escapees had reported many in the area of fighting."(It) may increase significantly," Padilla told reporters. "There have been a significant number that have been seen."Padilla said the cause of all of those deaths would be "atrocities committed by the terrorists".Among those atrocities, the army says, have been residents being forced to loot homes, take up arms or become sex slaves.Videos have appeared this month on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency and its social media channels of hostages in Marawi pleading for their lives, saying they would be beheaded if air strikes were not stopped. Clips have also appeared of kneeling captives, shot in the head from behind.Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.The military has so far been reluctant to discuss the possibility that the real impact of the fighting on civilians could be far more severe than has been reported.It has played down the impact of daily air strikes and mortar assaults aimed at rebel sniper positions, which have reduced areas of the lakeside town to rubble and alarmed people stuck there, some of whom have said the shelling was a bigger threat than the militants.Military spokesman Padilla said troops needed more time to finish what was a tricky mission, complicated by trapped civilians, hostages and booby traps.(For a graphic on battle for Marawi, click http://tmsnrt.rs/2sqmHDf)(Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in MANILA; Writing by Martin Petty)

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

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Scientists have only discovered a tiny fraction of the asteroids capable of hitting Earth. On World Asteroid Day, they're focusing on how to find even more.
     
 
 

          Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009   
Taxon "Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009" has been added by Anh D. Nguyen via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T19:03:23+00:00
          Eutrichodesmus subasteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2016   
Taxon "Eutrichodesmus subasteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2016" has been added by Anh D. Nguyen via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T19:03:23+00:00
          The Rocket Scientist   
Of late, I have been spending a lot of my screen time on Quora. To the detriment, I must add, of this blog, for which I apologise. The nice people at Quora voted me a Top Writer for 2016, which was very affirming. I enjoy answering the questions, and I really enjoy learning new and interesting things from other people, especially where I knew little before.

One of the other Quora Top Writers for 2016 is Sophia de Tricht, who describes herself on her Quora profile as a published writer, a transwoman and a rocket scientist. It also says she has been described as "Our aerospace engineer that fell from grace," which Sophia says she found mildly flattering. Her online resume suggested she was part of a team renovating and rebuilding a very interesting aircraft. She is currently a student at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she is specialising in commercial space flight.

Clearly she sounds like someone who has some interesting things to say, and I am always interested in hearing from inspiring people. As a result of reading her CV, I learned what an aerospike engine is: trust me; it's cool. I contacted her for an interview, and she responded immediately.
Sophia: Rocket scientist

So here is Sophia, sitting on my virtual couch, answering my virtual interview questions:

Tell us a little about yourself and your trans journey.

Well, let's see. I was raised in a non-permissive conservative Christian environment. A series of them, really. My dad sold computers in the halcyon years of the dot-com boom. Then he jumped ship (wisely) and went into medical supplies, but retained approximately the same territory. As the child of a salesman, I moved around a lot, but never to big cities. Atlanta was something I was aware of without having ever been there. We lived in swamps and dusty onion fields and recklessly racist nowhere towns. A couple of relatively nice places, but nice places in the middle of not-nice is its own kind of not-nice. The first time I ever went to a genuinely big city was when I left for boot camp at 18. It was in Chicago.

I never knew an environment of understanding. It was always an environment of shame and what I consider un-Christian practices. My family has always been heavily opposed to my being trans and I don't speak with them very much anymore and I always end up regretting it when I do.

Because I moved around a lot as a kid, I didn't really have good social skills, so I found it difficult to make friends. I had crushes, but once and only once in my entire school experience were they ever requited. I am the poster child for the unrequited crush. It was my normal.

But I tell you all that to tell you this: I didn't have the words to describe what was happening to me until I was 28 years old, when I came out. I was recently divorced and I had been asking a lot of big questions and it just seemed like the right time to explore and I did. I knew from the very first time that I felt right. I was in the military for about nine months before I was found out and discharged.

Can you tell us a bit about your career in the military? How did you get along being trans in the military?

I joined the Navy when I was 18 years old, in 2002. I joined to be a linguist. I failed the school and did some time as a deck seaman, doing general mariner work, then I got orders to intelligence school and I aced that and did that for the remainder of my time in the Navy.

I got out in 2010. Things were not going very well economically. So really I had only one choice: go back into the coast guard as an intelligence specialist.

Before I came out, I was... complicated. I attempted to drown out everything in ridiculous masculinity while mocking relentlessly all the trappings of masculinity. I loved to hate gym bros and dudes who put glass packs on their cars. I played airsoft, I tried to go for special operations, I qualified as a rescue swimmer... I was ridiculous. Just in general.

My military friends are a diverse lot. Most of them understand, some of them do not. There's not much of a conclusion you could draw from the demographics.

And you were an intelligence officer for a couple of years. Did they give you a cool car with machine guns behind the headlights, and an exploding pen?

Fallen from grace?
The intelligence thing is fascinating, but there's only so much I can say about it. I like to compare it to playing chess with foreign naval commanders. It was my job to know, through my various tricks, what they were going to do before they did. Then I told my commanders what the other commander was going to do.

Did they discharge you from the military because you came out as transgendered?

Yes. I was discharged because I was "unavailable for worldwide deployment."

Tell me how you acquired the title "aerospace engineer who fell from grace"?

I came to Embry-Riddle to be an aerospace engineering student. I took on several engineering projects and then I was seduced by the power of the dark side and went to commercial space operations. That's the "fall from grace" bit. It's flattering because I was never an actual engineer.

What drew you towards commercial space travel?

Gosh, when I was in 4th grade, my science text book had a false-colour image of Saturn and I was just enraptured by it. I had to know everything there was to know about that place. And so one of my enduring loves has always been space. Commercial space operations seemed to me to be a very lucrative way to work with space.

When one thinks of commercial space travel, one thinks of booking flights to the Moon, to a 7-star hotel under a giant dome. Realistically, however, space tourism is likely to mean Low-Earth Orbit, at least for the next couple of decades, surely?

Heh. Not even that. In the near future, it'll be suborbital flights. It's way easier to escape the atmosphere than it is to enter orbit. Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and WorldView are the passenger services and they're all suborbital at this point. The orbital stuff is all cargo right now. Human flights to the International Space Station will start probably next year, if all goes to plan. That said, there is a company that can get you a ride on a Soyuz, which is the only manned vehicle to go to orbit right now. And there's one that's just starting up that's trying to go to the moon for a very steep price.

I can imagine space tourism being a popular, but very niche industry. What other applications of commercial space flight might we be looking at?

Well, the very fabric of our lives in this modern age depends on space applications. I'll finish typing this answer and hit send, it will travel through the wi-fi and through some lines and it'll be beamed to a satellite and piped down to you. Then, in the morning, I'll get up, turn on my GPS and drive over to spend time with a friend. This weekend, I'll be using Google maps, which relies on remote sensing satellites as well as ground vehicles. And so on; the list is nearly endless.

Fun fact: basically all of that stuff is not just a space application, but a commercial space application. Satellites have to be replaced occasionally. Cargo has to go to the International Space Station, and trash has to leave. Asteroids can be mined. Agriculture can be greatly improved by affordable remote sensing satellite access.

What are you going to do with your BD-5J MicroJet once you get it airborne again? Looks a bit dangerous to me!

Dinky but dangerous: the BD-5J
Well, the aircraft is dangerous for the unexperienced pilot, and it's very difficult to get the required experience. It started off as a cool project for which I held a very impressive title. Otherwise, it was kind of a joke.

The current leadership on that project decided that once it was complete, it would become a static display. Permanently. I'm no longer involved with the project. But when I was, I was in charge of flight and occupational safety. On the one hand, I had to make sure that everyone wore their hard hats and safety glasses. On the other hand, I had to make sure that the aircraft was safe to fly, which in my case meant understanding where it had failed in the past and getting my proposals for a fix rejected. I started to rewrite the pilot's operating handbook, but the idea was also junked because of bureaucratic pressure.

You are fluent in several languages. How did that come about?

I don't know; it just kind of happened. It started with Japanese, because I thought it would be a challenge that me and my brother and my dad would do together. Of the three of us, I'm the only one who speaks it at all. I learned French in high school (my French is terrible), Norwegian because I was thinking about relocating there, Spanish in Latin America (three of my four deployments and my one shore station were all in Latin America--I should own a winter home in Panama), Persian in linguist school. Oddly, quite a bit of Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, and Korean as well; Mohawk because it's a dying language and I think it's kind of nifty to be the keeper of arcane knowledge, Tibetan and Mongolian because I thought they'd be fun.

What draws you to Quora?

Originally, I came across it when I googled a question I had. I stuck with it because I like sharing what I know, and as of this writing, I've been able to share my knowledge and views with 5.1 million people. I've been published in Forbes thrice and once in Newsweek. It's good exposure. Quora has a team of people that liaise with the publishers. They're the best.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing for trans people, what would it be?

Employment, hands down. I am sometimes asked to give talks about trans issues in the workplace for some bizarre reason. I'm comfortable with public speaking and I know trans issues, I assume. Anyway, I tell them all a couple of different things, one of which is "The only thing that is required for the success of transgender people in American society is that employment discrimination be eliminated." Look, it's easy to discriminate against trans people in employment. Even in places with strict laws in place. If that goes away, we'll start making money. A vast majority of our problems can be ameliorated to some extent by gainful, meaningful employment. Not as short-order cooks, but in corporate America.

I've been turned down for a lot of jobs (three years worth) after interviews that began with the manager falteringly not knowing how to handle speaking to me.

Tell us more about Sophia the woman?

Are Aviator glasses compulsory?
Sure. I love dancing. I belly dance and I'm trying to get proficient enough to perform, and I can flamenco a bit. Belly dancing is a great workout and it makes you feel very sexy once you get it down.

When I was in the coast guard, I qualified as a cutter surface swimmer which is like the more traditional rescue swimmer, but instead of a helicopter, we jump off the ship in a storm. I love swimming. I've swum in the deep ocean. I hear people say the idea terrifies them. I didn't mind it much. It's all time and practice and not thinking about it. It's salt water. You'll float in it if there's breath in your lungs. And you never swim far from the ship.

I fancy myself a funny lady. My father does stand-up back where he's from, we're an amusing lot. Granted, my two routines are essentially my best two sea stories--they're foul!

And who doesn't love a good wine? Some other things... I don't do much right now in my free time because I haven't got any. But on the rare occasion I do get some time off, I do enjoy heading out to see old friends and visit new places and drink and dance. Nothing finer.

What famous person would you most like to meet and why?

Hm. Lindsey Stirling, maybe? I quite fancy her. I dunno. I don't think I care much. I'm not actually very good at social interactions. It would almost certainly be awkward.

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So, as always, a little reflection is in order.

First, Sophia seems to fit into the theme, touched on in some of my other posts, that some trans women attempt to become uber-masculine, as a way to "prove", to themselves and others, that they are men. Almost always, this causes great suffering. As I have mentioned before, no amount of military discipline can "make a man out of you", no matter what the common beliefs around this might be.

Second, and again in common with other trans people I've spoken to, Sophia admits to some difficulty with social interactions. Difficulties at home growing up, difficulties at school; those things would be enough to make any adult awkward and ill-at-ease socially. I know I love to be among friends, but among crowds of strangers I often hang back, unsure how to break in. (And I can so relate to that comment about free time? What free time?)

Third, I always find it interesting to talk to high-functioning trans women. It's clear that, to succeed in any field, a trans woman must overcome considerable obstacles: in order for her brilliance to shine, she needs to be accepted, and given an opportunity. A very few (that I can think of) have made it that far (Sophie Wilson and Jan Morris spring to mind). Those are people for whom the thought would be "this is a very successful individual, who happens to be a trans woman" rather than "this is a trans woman who happens to be successful".

Here is someone who has the potential to be extremely valuable and productive for any company which hires her. And yet, by her own admission, she is struggling to get employment (and she points out the same is true of many other trans people). I can well imagine that discrimination is common: "I'm afraid you're not what we're looking for right now" may be an acceptable, euphemistic version of "We're not sure that hiring a trans woman is OK with our management team right now".

So if you happen to live in Tibet, or Mongolia, and want a commercial space specialist who can speak your language, give Sophia a call.

But I am sure Sophia is right. There is probably an untapped reserve of trans talent out there: professional, qualified, experienced, hard-working, ready to step into the labour market (albeit in tights and heels, but who cares?). Employing those people is a win-win: a win for trans people, who will get better recognition, better self-esteem, better wages, better acceptance; and a win for the companies, who will get capable, loyal employees to work for them.

Perhaps those companies should have a re-think. After all, it's not exactly roc-- oh, wait a minute.
          Dinosaury zabil meteorit, na výsluní je vynesly sopky   
Už desetiletí vědci spekulují, že částečnou vinu za zánik dinosaurů mohou nést mohutné sopky v Indii. To je stále nejisté, ale jak se ukazuje, vulkanická činnost sehrála klíčovou roli při nástupu dinosaurů na výsluní o dobrých 135 milionů let dříve.
          EFEMÉRIDES: en un día como hoy, 30 de junio…   
– Día Internacional de los Asteroides  – Día del Ejército en Guatemala 1520 – Hernán Cortés y sus hombres, asediados por los indios, se ven obligados a retirarse de la ciudad de México. 1860 – Se publica el primer número del periódico vaticano “L’Osservatore Romano”. 1871 – En Guatemala, la revolución liberal encabezada por Miguel […]
          Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA   

La amenaza de que un asteroide como el que acabó con la vida de los dinosaurios vuelva a impactar con el planeta Tierra se mantiene vigente y por ello, expertos han comenzado a desarrollar tecnologíapara detectar estos objetos y después, desviarlos de su órbita. Así lo informó la investigadora del Departamento de Ciencias Espaciales del Instituto de Geofísica de la UNAM, María Guadalupe Cordero, quien explicó que, ...

La entrada Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA aparece primero en RR Noticias.


          Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009   
Taxon "Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009" has been added by Anh D. Nguyen via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T19:03:23+00:00
          Eutrichodesmus subasteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2016   
Taxon "Eutrichodesmus subasteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2016" has been added by Anh D. Nguyen via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T19:03:23+00:00
          3D printed planetary models   

3D-printed scale models of asteroids and other planetary bodies are used for real-life testing of spacecraft navigation and landing systems – martian moon Phobos seen in the foreground here.

The models are based on accurate digital elevation model data gathered from past space missions,” explains Olivier Dubois-Matra of ESA’s Guidance, Navigation and Control Section.

“We then add colour and surface finishing. Asteroids and comets do tend to be very dark – the images usually seen have been lightened and enhanced to reveal detail.”

Mobile cameras manoeuvre around a model – to give the equivalent of a spacecraft’s eye-view – enabling the real-world testing of guidance and landing software and systems, which are often based on the mapping of surface features.

Such physical testing can be carried out in parallel to virtual testing, such as that carried out using the dedicated ‘Planetary and Asteroid Natural scene Generation Utility’ or Pangu software.

Tomorrow, 30 June, is international Asteroid Day, spreading the word on the tiny bodies that Earth shares space with, as both a scientific resource and a potential danger.


          Pangu – simulating planetary close encounters   

The high performance of ESA’s new generation ‘Planetary and Asteroid Natural scene Generation Utility’ or Pangu software enables real-time testing of both landing algorithms and hardware.

‘Entry, descent and landing’ on a planetary body is an extremely risky move: decelerating from orbital velocities of multiple km per second down to zero, at just the right moment to put down softly on an unknown surface, while avoiding craters, boulders and other unpredictable hazards.

But Pangu can generate realistic images of planets and asteroids on a real-time basis, as if  approaching a landing site during an actual mission. This allows the testing of landing algorithms, or dedicated microprocessors or entire landing cameras or other hardware ‘in the loop’ – plugged directly into the simulation – or run thousands of simulations one after the other on a ‘Monte Carlo’ basis, to test all eventualities.

Seen here is a Pangu recreation of the Mars Curiosity’s rover’s approach to Mars, using original telemetry, and then a view of Mars moon Phobos.

This is followed by another recreation the Japanese Hayabusa probe’s encounter with the rubble-strewn Itokawa near-Earth asteroid, and finally a telemetry-based recreation of  the field of view of the New Horizons mission as it performed its rapid flyby of Pluto.

This new generation of Pangu was developed for ESA by the University of Dundee in Scotland.


          Seattle Week in Review: State Budget, Startup Funding, Asteroid Day   
The clock ticks toward midnight and the deadline for the state of Washington to pass a two-year budget or face a government shutdown. Lawmakers just released the 600-odd page, $43.7 billion budget for public review Friday morning. It was negotiated secretly. Some of the headlines include a 13.5 percent spending increase, and a $7.3 billion […]
          Asteroid Day, une journée internationale pour ne pas oublier le prochain impact   

Et si un Asteroid venait frapper la Terre et décimer tout ou partie des espèces vivantes ? Scénario catastrophe sur bon nombre de films de sciences fiction, il n'en reste pas moins que ce risque existe et qu'il doit être pris en considération. Afin de ne pas l'oublier, le 30 juin est célébré comme étant l'Asteroid Day.


          Asteroid Day   

Celebrate Asteroid Day on Saturday, July 1, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00pm) at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Asteroid Day is a global movement established to heighten awareness of the potential threat to humanity posed by asteroid impacts. On July 1, the Institute of Science will offer lectures and activities including the chance to inspect and handle genuine meteorites from around the world, and the opportunity to explore a special "Tutankhamun and Rocks from Space" exhibition (free with regular admission). 


          Asteroid Day Rocks! Here Are Some of the Cool Events Happening Worldwide   
The star Vega, like Earth, has a rocky asteroid belt. On Asteroid Day, scientists around the world consider how Earth could defend itself from such celestial bodies. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
          NATALIA ALBA - "AS ENERGIAS DE JULHO DE 2017" - JULHO / 2017   


DESMORONAMENTO DAS LINHAS DE TEMPO DA TERRA 3D VERSUS ANCORAMENTO DAS FREQUÊNCIAS 5D

Meus amados,

Começamos agora um novo mês energético, e embora como humanos, gostemos de fazer tudo de modo linear e compartimentado, julho é uma continuação do que vimos vivenciando desde o início deste ano, à medida que estamos nos realocando em um espaço dimensional mais elevado, enquanto as linhas de tempo da 3D continuam desmoronando, com intensidade aumentada devido ao próximo solstício, cujas energias, junto ao eclipse – em agosto – vão nos acompanhar até setembro, quando a separação final da velha Terra 3D será palpável.

Muitos dentre vocês podem estar sentindo como se estivessem prestes a experimentar a “morte” física, conforme disse muitas vezes. Essa não é uma morte literal, mas, enquanto trabalhamos na recuperação da alma, e começamos a incorporar níveis mais elevados da consciência, nosso antigo eu começa a se desvanecer, e nosso ser egóico sentirá nossa evolução natural como uma morte literal, porque teme a mudança e o desconhecido. Neste momento, principalmente para aqueles que estão começando a caminhar nessa jornada, podem sentir depressão e ansiedade, entre muitas outras sensações, como o resultado do trabalho interno de purificação do antigo, que permanece internamente, e que continuará conforme vocês continuam a despertar o seu DNA.

Permaneçam sempre na presença luminescente de sua alma, amados. Permaneçam em seu coração superior e na sua essência amorosa, quando os desafios e o que vocês virem no seu entorno atingirem o seu ser benevolente. Tudo é necessário para que os outros vejam, experimentem o que eles precisam, conforme nós, certa vez, também tivemos essa oportunidade. Vimos esperando, nos preparando para este avanço final, não apenas por alguns meses ou anos, mas por eons. Agora não é o momento de olhar para trás, agora não é o momento de se arrepender de escolhas passadas ou presentes, agora é o momento de assumir responsabilidades, reivindicar nossa soberania e caminhar como as Sementes da Nova Terra em que estamos nos transformando.

É exatamente neste momento, quando mais precisamos de ajuda para curar, que começamos este novo mês de julho com o curador cósmico, como eu o chamo, ou Quíron, passando ao movimento retrógrado em primeiro de julho. Essa frequência do asteroide vai nos ajudar a trazer cura e purificação profundas – se nos prepararmos para confrontar nossas sombras. Porque algumas almas, e também coletivamente, estarão enfrentando todos os conflitos internos, temores e crenças limitadas que estão profundamente enterradas em si mesmos, e que precisam ser desfeitos, antes que possam começar sua jornada única de integração e evolução da alma.

No momento em que estabelecemos a intenção consciente de ascender, a nossa Alma e Eu Unificado, desencadeiam uma série de eventos, situações e encontros anímicos necessários para que nos conscientizemos do que precisamos curar e purificar, antes que possamos sustentar uma frequência superior e começar a fazer descer mais luz de nossa Presença EU SOU. Quando isso ocorre, é uma bênção disfarçada, porque, mesmo que enfrentemos um período desafiador, tudo está nos levando para onde realmente desejamos estar.

Toda situação que o nosso eu inferior rotula como “negativa” é algo perfeitamente planejado, previamente, para que possamos aprender o perdão, a compaixão e a integridade. O mais importante de tudo, essas situações rebaixam nossas antigas características da personalidade tridimensional, bem como suas estruturas limitadas, para possibilitar que finalmente incorporemos um nível de consciência superior.

Sim, amados, neste momento, aqueles que caminham conscientemente, e sabem o que está acontecendo nos reinos invisíveis, reconhecem que há uma batalha para controlar a Terra, porque as forças sombrias estão reticentes em baixar a guarda e permitir que possamos ascender. Visto que não estão sendo bem-sucedidos, haverá uma maior intenção em manipular – em um nível inconsciente – para exercer mais controle.

Não é hora de concentrar-se no que é insustentável – em frequência – mas em acolher nossa nova relação com a Fonte e nos manter vibrando do modo mais elevado possível, permanecendo em nossa luz, abraçando a liberdade, crendo em Todos como uma Família de Alma, e apoiando essa transição, sendo em todos os momentos testemunhas compassivas da própria experiência humana e a de Todos.

Como confirmação das energias criativas, abundantes e expansivas que julho traz, este mês, na numerologia, é um número universal 8 (17 reduzido). Temos uma mensagem de criatividade, recursos ilimitados e expansão nesta etapa de transição. Porque isso é o que nós, como almas, estamos experimentando, uma expansão infindável em direção à reunificação com Tudo o Que É.

A frequência que provém do número mágico e infinito, 8, nos dá a coragem de dar à luz aos nossos mundos interiores e ancorá-los no físico. Este mês nos mostrará onde criamos a plenitude e onde há ausência disso. É uma oportunidade de criar a síntese em lugar da separação, e trazer amor para todos os nossos aspectos e  vida física para manifestar uma realidade abundante.

Se vocês desejarem mais abundância em sua vida, de alguma forma possível, mas não estão amando, respeitando e honrando quem vocês são, e reconhecendo que fazem o suficiente, então, vocês não vão poder cercar-se da abundância que vocês já são. Este é um mês para dominar o nosso criador interno, bem como manifestar com a frequência nova e mais elevada, que alguns de nós já está integrando e com que se está trabalhando.

Observem onde vocês criam limitações. Todas as limitações se originam das mentes humanas. Reparem quando tiverem um forte desejo de alma para tornar tangível, e o seu eu inferior lhes diz que vocês não têm o suficiente, porque a abundância é infinita, assim como a natureza da sua essência. Toda vez que vocês se rebaixam, toda vez que vocês se dizem que algo não é possível, vocês estão criando mais falta.

Toda vez que vocês permanecem altivos e seguros, e caminham nesta Terra em profunda comunhão com o Divino interno, sabendo que vocês sempre têm tudo de que necessitam, amando cada simples coisa que estão destinados a enfrentar, sem qualquer julgamento, vocês estão amando, e, portanto, criando abundância. A escolha do que vocês precisam experimentar neste momento é sempre sua.

Em um mês regido por Leão, a partir de 22 de julho, o número 8 também é representado pela ígnea carta de tarô da força – uma mulher segurando as mandíbulas de um leão (Sol) – é a força física ou a força interior que só pode vir por meio do poder do amor, da sabedoria e do equilíbrio? Essa é uma perfeita representação da deusa sábia do amor abraçando o ardente leão, acalmando a natureza selvagem dele com a sua essência amorosa.

A mensagem, para mim, é que tudo pode ser feito pelo poder do amor, tudo pode ser modificado e desfeito quando o eu humano, finalmente, se render a um Poder Superior, que está contido em todas as coisas e em todos os seres, e deixar que ele conduza o caminho, em vez de forçar/moldar nossa realidade com o nosso eu egóico, que pode imaginar somente uma pequena e limitada visão do que está acontecendo realmente.

Em um nível cósmico, julho começa com Vênus, o planeta do amor e da abundância, entrando em Gêmeos, no dia 4 de julho, e, no dia seguinte, também temos Júpiter fazendo um quincúncio com Netuno. No turbilhão que estamos sentindo fortemente, esses alinhamentos cósmicos vêm testar nossa fé, fazendo-nos lembrar da importância que a expressão criativa tem – nesta etapa de nossa jornada – e compartilhar quem nós somos, da nossa maneira exclusiva.

Ambos os eventos virão nos convidar a alcançar um estado de ser mais elevado, baseado na confiança que temos no divino, naquilo que ainda está por vir. Vocês têm fé no seu aspecto unificado que orquestra tudo de uma forma perfeita para vocês? Ou  duvidam de si mesmos e da Inteligência Superior que habita em cada decisão e ação que vocês tomam? Vocês estão dispostos a expandir-se de novas maneiras, que vão beneficiar a Todos? Ou vocês vivem na falta, com medo de desperdiçar o que é infinito por natureza? Vocês estão vivendo como seres soberanos, que sabem que tudo está funcionando sempre a nosso favor? Ou estão ainda deixando que seres e circunstâncias exteriores ditem a sua realidade?


Como sempre, a fim de crescer, ascender e criar novamente, deve-se arriscar tudo o que se teme perder. A questão é: Vocês estão preparados para deixar para trás ou desfazer tudo o que não estiver alinhado com quem vocês se tornaram e avançar, com alegria e em profunda gratidão, por esse passo mais elevado? Ou vocês ainda estão escolhendo viver na dualidade, com medo do desconhecido? Nunca perdemos nada, senão nossas ilusões e expectativas humanas. Na verdade, carregamos tudo internamente – para onde quer que vamos – e com o tempo divino, nos reuniremos ao todo novamente.

No dia 5 de julho, temos Mercúrio, o regente da comunicação, entrando no ardente Leão. Como vocês utilizam a sua autoridade, quando permanecem altivos e seguros em suas crenças e expressam os seus sentimentos? Vocês a utilizam sob uma perspectiva egóica para controlar/forçar/impor sua vontade aos outros? Ou vocês utilizam sua autoridade – poder interior – como seres soberanos, para comunicar firmemente sua verdade, utilizando apenas a força e o respeito do amor para expressar com integridade os seus verdadeiros sentimentos? Há uma tênue linha entre o verdadeiro eu capacitado e soberano, e a eterna batalha egoica em ser mais do que os outros, em querer estar sempre certos – apegados às velhas crenças – e utilizar o poder para manipular aqueles que ainda não se conscientizaram do poder deles.

Em 9 de julho, temos uma poderosa Lua Cheia, no grau 17 de Capricórnio. Essa é uma Lua que dará ênfase a tornar tangíveis os desejos de nossa alma, porque a essência yang (sic), de terra, de Capricórnio, nos lembra de trazer nossas visões internas para o físico com determinação, em vez de apenas confiar nos sonhos e deixar que os nossos objetivos desapareçam no ar, visto que é neste plano denso onde nossos desejos podem realmente ser usufruídos.

Todavia, para conseguir dar à luz as visões da nossa alma no físico, tem-se que destruir os velhos mundos, renovar-se, e a partir desse espaço puro de profunda comunhão com a nossa alma, reconstruir nossa nova realidade. É por isso que essa Lua capricorniana, junto a Marte, fará conjunção com Plutão, para nos fazer recordar da importância que tem, desfazer o velho e nos regenerar, antes de acessar uma nova linha de tempo.

Essa é uma dádiva cósmica para que possamos dominar o modo como utilizamos esse novo influxo de energia, visto que estamos aqui para aprender a nos lembrar de como administrar essa poderosa força interior, que cria mundos. Isso não é para que se sintam sobrecarregados, mas para que a utilizem de modo sábio, libertando-se de todas as limitações que os impedem de ser quem vocês são realmente, e tecer a sua preciosa e única jornada.

No dia 20 de julho, começamos a ter muitos planetas passando pelo fogoso Leão. Temos o guerreiro, Marte, entrando em Leão, no dia 20 de julho, e no dia 22, o Sol finalmente passará para o signo de Leão, vindo de Câncer. Essa energia poderosa culminará com uma poderosa Lua Nova no grau zero de Leão, para nos exaltar, nos lembrar para onde estamos nos dirigindo, que é apenas o início de um Novo Ciclo de possibilidades infinitas e novas maneiras de criar nossa experiência terrena.

Essa Lua leonina nos impelirá para queimar os remanescentes do velho e começar a construir uma vida estável e próspera, ao sermos purificados, tanto em nível interno, quanto celular. Como almas ascendentes, nosso estado de ser será um de mudança consciente constante, visto que, quanto mais incorporamos um nível mais elevado de consciência, mais nos conscientizamos da verdadeira natureza de nossa existência, que é sempre de movimento contínuo, se regenerando, sempre buscando novos horizontes para experimentar.

Este é um Mês que nos traz a oportunidade de dominar nosso criador interno. Criar no físico se faz por meio de uma comunhão profunda com a nossa alma, em um espaço em que os temores não habitam, apenas a constante manifestação de nosso Eu Divino e os seus recursos ilimitados. Se, em vez de concentrar toda a sua intenção consciente nos seus medos, vocês pudessem utilizar o seu poder para viver na possibilidade, no momento presente, em amor, em alegria, em abundância, que já estão os envolvendo, pode não ser fácil, mas em um curto período, toda a sua realidade se ajustará à usa frequência. Essa é a dádiva cósmica que este mês nos oferece. Vocês vão utilizá-lo sabiamente?

Como vocês já sabem, eu não considero nenhum aspecto como sendo menor na Criação. Assim, em 29 de julho, temos Urano em um semi-sextil com Quíron. Urano, o chamado planeta da rebelião, provoca a mudança que realmente desejamos fazer, mas que o nosso eu inferior ainda está reticente em pôr em prática, por causa do medo da mudança e da liberdade que advém disso. Urano, em semi-sextil com Quíron, trará cura profunda, se estivermos dispostos a confrontar aquilo que nos limita e nos abrirmos para vivenciar a verdadeira libertação.

O processo de autocura e liberação nunca termina, porque toda vez que incorporamos um nível mais elevado de consciência, temos que descartar determinadas crenças que não estão alinhadas com uma mais elevada, e assim por diante, porque a nossa jornada em direção à Fonte deve ser combinada com a contínua liberação de nosso antigo eu e suas meias verdades e limitações.

Para nos acalmar, principalmente após toda a intensidade das energias ígneas deste mês, encerramos esse poderoso e abundante mês, com Vênus entrando no amoroso signo de Câncer. Essa é uma bênção para todos que desejam criar novas reuniões de alma, que estejam alinhadas com quem eles se tornaram. Vênus se sentirá em casa quando estiver em Câncer, isso vai nos desafiar a não buscar segurança em nossos relacionamentos, mas internamente, porque estamos constantemente mudando, assim como nossos companheiros de alma, e nada permanecerá como seguro, porque isso estará somente ocorrendo se a nossa realidade for linear e fixa, embora possamos ainda ter essa visão, não há nada fixo na Criação.

É um momento para deixar brilhar a sua essência amorosa e única, e começar a ancorar-se na 5D, para escolher brilhar a luz que vocês conduziram profundamente dentro de vocês, oculta durante eons. Este não é o momento de habitar na escuridão, mas de acolhê-la e amá-la como igual, porque estamos agora nos tornando o que sempre fomos, seres de amor e luz unificados, passando da dualidade para a consciência da unidade. É nesse momento que vocês serão convidados a transitar pelo desconhecido, na possibilidade, na alegria e no serviço ao Todo.

O tempo de usar a máscara de quem vocês não são, o tempo de ceder o seu poder para desculpas e vícios, a fim de amainar sua dor ou culpar os outros, terminou. Porque vocês escolheram a liberdade e a autenticidade – amar e aceitar tudo como é, e saltar para o desconhecido, com o seu coração amplamente aberto, sabendo e confiando que o melhor ainda está por vir, e perceber que todo o tempo em que vocês estiveram trabalhando para acessar um nível mais elevado de consciência, valeu a pena, foi necessário e muito apreciado por todos na Criação.

Com amor, luz e serviço, como vocês todos estão também.

Natalia Alba.


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          Asteroid Day 2017 - 24 heures pour comprendre les astéroïdes   
LUXEMBOURG - Vendredi, en live sur Internet et orchestré depuis le Luxembourg, l'Agence spatiale européenne présente 24h de programmes sur les astéroïdes.
          Día del Asteroide, una fecha para recordar que el peligro de impacto es real   


De los más de 750.000 asteroides que hay en nuestro sistema solar, 1.800 tienen -en términos astronómicos- órbitas "cercanas" a la Tierra, por lo que, sin ser alarmistas, "el peligro de impacto es real", señalan a Efe astrónomos, que aseguran que tecnología e investigación son las únicas vías para evitarlo.

La entrada Día del Asteroide, una fecha para recordar que el peligro de impacto es real aparece primero en EFE futuro.


          April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death   
Was it a comet or asteroid, volcanic eruptions, both or neither. Come find out.
          Eve of Impact   
Category: Games
Latest version: 1.3.4
Size: 38.54 MB

Blast away at an increasing barrage of asteroids to protect earth from destruction!

Tap your screen to fire missiles at incoming asteroids, watch the immense explosions push away or shatter their targets. Aim carefully because the more missiles explode the more panic is caused and the slower earth's evacuation progresses. The moment you can no longer hold of the barrage of asteroids you witness the end of earth as it has never been shown in any mobile game.

Can you hold of the asteroids long enough, giving mankind a chance to survive?


PRESS

"Eve of Impact is among the 5 best iPhone games of the week. There’s something both haunting and mesmerizing about this one."
Appolicious

"A beautifully crafted game exhibiting an original idea with detailed lights, explosions and missile trails. I can definitely recommend it."
AppAdvice 5/5

"The graphics, animations, physics, and sounds all come together to create one hell of an immersive experience, especially for an arcade tapping game."
The App Shack 4/5

"A simple, yet well-done mix of Asteroids and Missile Command that’s perfect for a minute or two of free time."
Slide to Play 4/5

"Eve of Impact does a magnificent take at saving the earth from impending destruction by asteroids, with its stunning visual effects and simplistic gameplay style."
What's On iPhone 4/5


HIGHLIGHTS

● Cinematic lifelike visuals that will pull you in.
● Challenging fast and strategic gameplay.
● Unique gameplay influenced score system.
● Dramatic and thrilling end game animations.
● Online leader boards and achievements.
● Ideal for those short pick up and play sessions.
● Can be enjoyed on both your iPad and iPhone.


CREDITS

Soundtrack by Remy van Dun

Beta tested by Frank Buiting, Leon Schrijvers and Marc te Vruchte

          On Asteroid Day, UN space agency urges international cooperation against potential threat - UN News Centre   

UN News Centre

On Asteroid Day, UN space agency urges international cooperation against potential threat
UN News Centre
30 June 2017 – A top United Nations official today urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact. Marking the first observance of International ...

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          Stephen Hawking says humans need to leave earth in 100 years   
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking says According to Hawking, threats to human survival on earth include climate change, overpopulation, epidemics and asteroid strikes. Hawking told the Oxford University Union Human colonization of Mars is becoming a reality, and billionaire Elon Musk has ...
          Reply by Ice   
http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images Cor 1 behind This is a pinned thread OP caught this Any chance it's a asteroid ? Don't stone I'm just asking
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 26240567)   
asteroid!
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 25512421)   
No shit that's weird. Check out the tunbling action. Is THIS the asteroid we are supposed to pray to God it misses? Good catch Opie and 5 gold stars for you.
          UCF Expert Teams up with Astronaut for World Asteroid Day   
For the third annual World Asteroid Day on Friday, UCF physics Professor Humberto Campins is teaming up with friend and astronaut Tom Jones for a special presentation at Kennedy Space Center   beginning at 1:30 p.m. They will talk to the public about the importance of learning everything possible about asteroids. Asteroids represent a danger and […]
          Bizarro Comet Challenging Central Florida Researchers   
Scientists pursue research through observation, experimentation and modeling. They strive for all of these pieces to fit together, but sometimes finding the unexpected is even more exciting. That’s what happened to University of Central Florida’s astrophysicist Gal Sarid, who studies comets, asteroids and planetary formation and earlier this year was part of a team that published […]
          Conoce por qué el 30 de junio se celebra el Día del Asteroide   

Como parte de una campaña para sensibilizar acerca del peligro que representan para la Tierra, el 30 de junio se celebra el Día del Asteroide.

La entrada Conoce por qué el 30 de junio se celebra el Día del Asteroide aparece primero en El Semanario Sin Límites.


          The First Asteroid We Knew Would Hit Earth in Advance   
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On October 7, 2008, at quarter-to-six in the morning, commuters waiting for the train at Station 6 in Nubia, Sudan, were greeted to a spectacular display: a massive fireball that streaked through the sky overhead and quickly disappeared.

It seems safe to say that they were surprised. Elsewhere in the world, though, astronomers had been expecting it. This was 2008-TC3—the first asteroid scientists had ever spotted in time to predict its arrival, a feat that hasn't been repeated since.

"It's the only case where an object was discovered in space, before it struck the earth," says Richard Binzel, an asteroid expert and a professor of planetary sciences at MIT. Although Binzel was not directly involved with the effort to track 2008-TC3, he watched it play out in real time, along with much of the rest of the international astronomy community.

As Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society reported soon afterward, it all started on October 6, about twenty minutes before midnight, when the University of Arizona researcher Richard Kowalski "discovered an object… that appeared to be on a collision course with Earth." The object, then called 8TA9D69, was soon spotted by other observatories in Arizona and Australia. They all called in reports to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, a NASA-funded group that's in charge of keeping track of the various B-list rocks whirling around our solar system.

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The MPC gave the asteroid a more formal, and slightly catchier, name: 2008-TC3. They then set out to get its story straight, and to tell everyone about it. The asteroid was 88 tons, about as heavy as a blue whale, and had a 13-foot diameter, the same as a large trampoline. It posed no danger to Earthlings, as it would almost certainly not survive its passage through the atmosphere.

The next eleven hours was a game of long-distance cat and mouse. "Astronomers around the world scrambled to their telescopes," Lakdawalla wrote. Those who successfully spotted the asteroid submitted their observations to the MPC, which continued to refine its orbit, and thus to tighten predictions about exactly where and when it would hit.

Eventually, they made the final call: it was heading for the Nubian Desert in Sudan, and would enter the atmosphere there at 5:45:28 a.m. local time, give or take fifteen seconds. Different scientists kept an eye on it until 4:40 a.m. Sudan time, at which point the asteroid disappeared into Earth's shadow. Its last hour of approach was shrouded in darkness.

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At that point, everyone who had been watching the asteroid hunkered down and waited for it to get here. The Center for Astrophysics put out a press release about the new arrival—which, they wrote, would appear as "an extremely bright fireball traveling rapidly across the sky." The United States also tried to give Sudan a heads up: "There was an attempt to call the embassy in Sudan and say that this event is going to happen," says Binzel. "But it was the middle of the night, and no one answered the phone." One meteorologist, Jacob Kuiper, dialed Air France, and suggested they radio their nearby pilots so that they could keep an eye out.

The impact time came and went. Now, the astronomers faced another needle-in-haystack problem: how to figure out whether their predictions had come true. Satellite images helped them pinpoint the impact spot. An earthquake detector in Kenya picked up the blast the asteroid made as it came through the atmosphere, which verified the time.

Eyewitness reports came in from the people at the train station, as well as one Air France pilot who had been flying over Chad. And although they didn't expect to find any physical traces—it was thought the asteroid would vaporize completely—a team of students and staff from the University of Khartoum went out to search the desert for space rocks.

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Sure enough, they ended up discovering 15 meteorites—pebble-sized, jet-black, and "fresh-looking," as the resulting scientific paper put it. Follow-up trips increased the total haul to 280. These were the first rocks ever discovered that could be directly linked to a particular asteroid observed in space, and subsequent analysis of them has helped scientists begin to trace where asteroids come from.

Thanks to real-time international teamwork, astronomers had been able to turn Kowalski's single initial observation into a kind of scientific comet-streak: a 12-hour rush of useful predictions, followed by a long, elegant tail of unique discoveries. Overall, NASA later declared, "the system worked well for the first predicted impact by a near-Earth object."

Encouraging—especially since it will definitely not be the last. "A house-sized object flies in between the earth and the moon at least weekly," says Binzel. "The objects are going to be there no mater what, it's just a question of whether we see them in advance."


           Asteroid Day, il 30 giugno maratona tv dalla Nasa    
Il 30 giugno è l'Asteroid Day, giornata internazionale dedicata agli asteroidi vicini alla Terra e alla loro sorveglianza. Sono previsti più di 700 eventi in 190 Paesi, fra cui...
          Friday scent of the day 6/30   

Lou chairs designed by Philippe Starck

Happy Bottle Porn Friday! (Plus, Asteroid Day, if you don't have enough worries already.) Our community project for today: wear a fragrance that you bought because you were drawn to the aesthetics of the bottle, or just wear a fragrance from a bottle you think is perfect. Thanks to chocolatemarzipan8 for the idea!

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I had a hard time choosing today, but in the end I went with one of my favorite bottles from 2016, Starck Paris Peau de Pierre...


          ‘We zijn onvoorbereid op asteroïde’   
‘We zijn onvoorbereid op asteroïde’

Als morgen blijkt dat er een grote asteroïde op weg is naar aarde, kunnen we daar niets tegen doen. Nou ja, bidden misschien.

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          Why the First 100 Days Concept Is Bogus   
Jeff Greenfield: “The Trump White House is treating April 29 as if an asteroid were headed straight to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Why? Because it marks the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. And, according to one White House official, ‘One [...]
          Causa general   
Por mucho que el tontolaba de Floriano siga dando la barrila con la infumable cantinela de que hay abierta una "causa general" contra el PP —cacareando el argumentario suministrado por el jefe de prensa oficioso de su partido, Paco Marhuenda—, lo cierto y verdad es que el asunto de Bárcenas y sus asuntillos —valga la redundancia— se está descubriendo como un "pozo sin fondo", según ha titulado el ABC haciendo gala de una inusual coña marinera: compraventa dorada, marchantismo ilustrado, billetes viajeros, declaraciones a devolver, millones a cascoporro, rutinas deluxe… De todo hubo en la viña del señor que manejaba el cotarro de los dineros. Al sibarita Bárcenas se lo imagina uno, tanto en las duras como en las maduras, recitando a Churchill frente al espejo: "No podría vivir sin el champán. En la victoria me lo merezco; en la derrota, lo necesito". Además, tengo para mí que el bon vivant genovés aún anda luciendo pescuezo por las cumbres capitalinas porque es de esos que piensa que "el dinero es el boletín de notas de la vida", como reza una antológica viñeta recopilada en El dinero en The New Yorker. Pero, aunque el antiguo contable de la famiglia pepera merezca matrícula de honor por su destreza matemática, su expediente vital retrata al mayor suspenso de nuestra joven democracia: un pitagorín que, más pronto que tarde, lo único que podrá contar serán los días que le queden para volver a ser libre. Por eso, al mamarracho Floriano le convendría saber que la única causa general habida en la patria que se apellidó una, grande y libre, fue la instruida por sus abuelos políticos sobre lo que ellos mismos denominaron "la dominación roja"; mas no creo que el papagayo mangurrino que nos cuesta muchísimo más de lo que vale conozca el alcance de las consecuencias de aquel proceso.

          Watch A Simulated Asteroid Hit The Atmosphere At 72,420 Kilometres Per Hour   
Four years ago, an asteroid the size of a city bus screamed across the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, shattering glass around a 100km perimeter and sending 1200 people to hospitals with related injuries. In an effort to learn more about these rare but dangerous encounters with objects from space, NASA has used a supercomputer to recreate the moment an asteroid of comparable size hits the atmosphere. More »
   
 
 

          Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?   
Paris (AFP) June 28, 2017
Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation. When the next big impact will be, nobody knows. But the pressure is on to predict - and intercept - its arrival. "Sooner or later we will get... a minor or major impact," Rolf Densing, who heads the Eur
          Magnetic memories of a metal world   
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed environment of the early solar system, a protoplanet roughly the size of Mars was involved in a series of fierce collisions with other large planetary bodies. A number of powerful impacts stripped the planet of its rocky mantle, leaving an exposed nickel-iron core. After further blows, break-away pieces of metal were flung into space - the f
          I dag är det internationella asteroiddagen   
I dag, den 30 juni, är det den internationella asteroiddagen. FN har instiftat dagen för att göra oss uppmärksamma på alla de rymdstenar som riskerar att kollidera med jorden. Både forskare och rymdentusiaster välkomnar initiativet.
          To mark Asteroid Day, here's some reassuring (or disappointing, depending on your point of view) news [Obvious]   
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          NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides - El Universal   

El Universal

NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides
El Universal
Investigadores de la Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés) realizan modelos tridimensionales para producir simulaciones y los daños que ocasionarían los impactos de asteroides. Para el desarrollo de ...
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          Vietnam for taxon Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009   
Distribution "Vietnam" for taxon Eutrichodesmus asteroides Golovatch, Geoffroy, Mauriès & VandenSpiegel, 2009 has been added by Anh D. Nguyen via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T19:03:23+00:00
          Impact Winter - Trailer (Ankuendigung)   
Das Entwicklerstudio Mojo Bones stellt im Trailer sein Action-Adventure Impact Winter vor. Es dreht sich um den Überlebenden eines Asteroideneinschlags.
          Osiris Rex - Nasa   
Osiris Rex ist eine Nasa-Mission zu dem Asteroiden Bennu. Die Sonde soll diesen erforschen und Proben sammeln, die sie dann zur Erde zurückbringen wird. Das Video stellt die Mission vor.
          Zum Asteroiden Bennu und wieder zurueck - Nasa   
Osiris Rex ist eine Sonde, die die Nasa zu dem Asteroiden Bennu schickt. Das Video zeigt, wie die Reise der Sonde geplant ist.
          Prospector X - Trailer von Deep Space Industries   
Start frei für Deep Space Industries: Das Weltraumbergbau-Unternehmen will in wenigen Jahren das erste Raumschiff zur Prospektion zu einem Asteroiden schicken. Ein Testsatellit soll schon bald starten.
          Today is Asteroid Day!   
  It’s Asteroid Day today, and we hope you’ll be a part of the global conversation. Join from your home or office by watching the first space and asteroid focused 24-hour live broadcast featuring international programming about important asteroid missions and discoveries from scientists and experts from around the...
          2017 MJ7 - MPEC 2017-N09   
Key info includes, small asteroid, i = 37.1 deg., H = 22.1, roughly 129m in diameter. Picked up on 26 June by the Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS), observing it at June 26.28-29p3 and 30.22-23p3. Dated 0358 UT, noted at 0404 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MG7 - MPEC 2017-N07   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 22.4, roughly 112m in diameter. Picked up on 24 June by PS1, observing it at June 24.51-54p3 at w = 21.7-22.1. Dated 0352 UT, noted at 0404 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MF7 - MPEC 2017-N06   
Key info includes, small asteroid, Earth MOID = 1.1 LD, H = 25.9, roughly 22m in diameter. Picked up on 24 June by PS1, observing it at June 24.48-50p4. Dated 0349 UT, noted at 0404 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MC7 - MPEC 2017-N03   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 22.9, roughly 89m in diameter. Picked up on 23 June by PS1, observing it at June 23.35-40p3. Dated 0339 UT, noted at 0404 UTC. - [direct]
          Happy Asteroid Day!   
June 30th is Asteroid Day.
          Aumenta el riesgo de colisión con un asteroide   
La primera celebración del Día Internacional de los Asteroides, prevista para este viernes 30 de junio en recuerdo del asteroide que explotó en Tunguska, coincide con las advertencias de los científicos del aumento de riesgo de colisiones de nuevos asteroides contra la Tierra, algo que consideran es sólo cuestión de tiempo.
Aumenta el riesgo de colisión con un asteroide
El próximo viernes 30 de junio se celebra por primera vez el Día Internacional de los Asteroides, creado el año pasado por la Asamblea General de la ONU para promover la sensibilización pública sobre los riesgos del impacto de asteroides.

La decisión de la Asamblea General de la ONU se produce después de una serie de descubrimientos que han aumentado las probabilidades de que la colisión con un asteroide de tamaño significativo colisione con nuestro planeta.

De hecho, la fecha del 30 de junio se escogió porque ese mismo día de 1908 u...

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           Asteroid Day rocks: Here are some of the cool events happening worldwide    
Today is Asteroid Day, when colleges, museums and observatories across the globe are striving to raise awareness about the wonders and potential dangers of asteroids.
          Asteroids Revenge   
This is a cool twist on the classic Asteroids retro arcade game but only now youre the asteroid
          Ziua Internațională a Asteroidului - o inițiativă care trage un semnal de alarmă în privința necesității de protejare a ... - AGERPRES   

AGERPRES Ziua Internațională a Asteroidului - o inițiativă care trage un semnal de alarmă în privința necesității de protejare a … AGERPRES Asteroizii au începând din acest an o Zi Internațională care le-a fost dedicată printr-un decret semnat de ONU în decembrie 2016. Vineri, 30 iunie, locuitorii Terrei sunt îndemnați să conștientizeze pericolele reprezentate de aceste mici corpuri … și altele »

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          Selamat Hari Asteroid!   
Kredit: Asteroidday.org
Info Astronomy - Hari ini, 30 Juni 2017, diperingati sebagai Hari Asteroid Internasional. Tahun ini menjadi tahun ketiga dalam penyelenggaraannya. Apa tujuan dari diadakannya Hari Asteroid ini?

Menurut panitia, Hari Asteroid adalah kampanye kesadaran global untuk membantu orang-orang belajar tentang asteroid dan apa yang dapat kita lakukan untuk melindungi Bumi dari dampak asteroid.

Hari Asteroid diperingati setiap tanggal 30 Juni sebagai hari peringatan peristiwa Tunguska pada tanggal 30 Juni 1908, ketika sebuah asteroid meledak dengan kekuatan setara 100 ton TNT di ketinggian 5-10 kilometer di atas Krai Krasnoyarsk, Rusia sekitar pukul 7:14 waktu setempat yang telah menghancurkan area seluas sekitar 1.000 km persegi.

Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa telah secara resmi memproklamasikan bahwa Hari Asteroid akan terus diperingati secara global pada tanggal 30 Juni setiap tahun dalam resolusinya.

Sejarah Hari Asteroid

Pada bulan Februari 2014, Brian May, astrofisikawan yang juga seorang gitaris untuk band rock Queen, mulai bekerja dengan Grigorij Richters, direktur film 51 Degrees North, yang mengisahkan tentang dampak asteroid fiksi di London dan kondisi manusia akibat peristiwa semacam itu.

May diberi mandat oleh Richters untuk menggubah musik untuk film tersebut. Setelah pemutaran film 51 Degrees North sukses di Festival Starmus 2014, Richter dan May berinisiatif untuk mendeklarasikan Hari Asteroid pada bulan Oktober 2014, yang secara resmi diumumkan dalam sebuah konferensi pers dengan Lord Martin Rees, Rusty Schweickart, Ed Lu, Thomas Jones, Ryan Watt, dan Bill Nye.

Konferensi pers Hari Asteroid pertama tersebut secara langsung disiarkan dari Science Museum di London, Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan California, New York, hingga São Paulo.

Deklarasi

Kelompok kerja Hari Asteroid menciptakan sebuah deklarasi yang disebut sebagai "Deklarasi 100X", yang dianggap cukup menarik oleh semua ilmuwan dan ahli teknologi yang mendukung gagasan untuk menyelamatkan Bumi dari asteroid. Mereka semua pun menandatangi deklarasi ini.

Tiga tujuan utama Hari Asteroid adalah:

1. Memanfaatkan teknologi yang tersedia saat ini untuk benar-benar mendeteksi dan melacak asteroid dekat Bumi yang dapat mengancam populasi manusia melalui pemerintah dan organisasi swasta.

2. Akselerasi cepat seratus kali lipat dalam penemuan dan pelacakan asteroid dekat Bumi sampai 100.000 asteroid per tahun dalam sepuluh tahun ke depan.

3. Pemberitahuan secara global bahwa ada Hari Asteroid yang diperingati untuk meningkatkan kesadaran akan bahaya asteroid dan usaha kita untuk mencegah dampak yang dapat timbul karenanya.

Pada tanggal 30 Juni 2014, dengan pengakuan dari Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa, melalui deklarasi ini Hari Asteroid pun ditetapkan. Percaya atau tidak, Bumi bukan tempat yang aman. Cepat atau lambat, sebuah asteroid raksasa mungkin saja akan menabrak planet kita.

Selamat Hari Asteroid.


Referensi: Asteroidday.org, EarthSky.org.
          From JPL: “How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid”   
JPL-Caltech June 30, 2017 DC Agle Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 818-393-9011 agle@jpl.nasa.gov Guy Webster Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif 818-354-6278 guy.w.webster@jpl.nasa.gov Dwayne Brown NASA Headquarters, Washington 202-358-1726 dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov Laurie Cantillo NASA Headquarters, Washington 202-358-1077 laura.l.cantillo@nasa.gov In this sequence of four images taken during one night of observation by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, […]
          Kangaroo too : a novel by Chen, Curtis C, author.   
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          Scientists Create first “Space Nation”   
This week an international consortium of scientists announced the creation of Asgardia, a new “space nation.” The idea behind it is to create a country (in space) which shoots down asteroids and space debris which might otherwise hurt Earth–even Oklahoma! The Asgardians have plans to put up a satellite in 2017 and, eventually, build space read more »
          Searching for asteroids   

ESA's Rüdiger Jehn explains why asteroids and other space rocks pose a risk and how Europe is working to contribute to the global asteroid hunt
          Asteroid Day Memes 2017: Best Jokes, Funny Photos, GIFs & Images   
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          Music Festival Confetti Cannons Might Be Our Only Surefire Defense Against Drones   

As if random asteroids and vengeful hawks weren’t enough of a reason to keep a wary eye on the skies, drones have gone from being harmless RC toys to genuine weapons. Until now, the only way to stay safe was to only go outside on windy days, but it looks like there’s a new weapon for the war on drones: confetti…

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          Why an asteroid (probably) won't wipe us out   
Asteroid and Earth

You've likely heard of a "doomsday asteroid" poised to collide with Earth. But the good news is, astronomers have yet to find one. But that doesn't mean we're completely out of the woods in our cosmic shooting gallery.


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           The Aftermath by Ben Bova    
In the depths of the Asteroid Belt, many years from now, the aftermath of a short but brutal war for the resources of the asteroids leaves a number of lingering repercussions. One family is torn apart by an unprovoked attack, while an entire space habitat is destroyed, its inhabitants slaughtered. The perpetrator, soon afterwards, undergoes traumatic changes and sets out on a new path, one of attempted redemption.
          10 LEDAKAN TERDASYAT & TERBESAR DI ALAM SEMESTA   

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1. Pancaran Sinar Gamma

Pancaran sinar gamma adalah paling kuat yang pernah diketahui di alam semesta. Sinar yang memancar dari area yang sangat jauh namun terlihat, adalah GRB 090423, menjangkau “dunia” kita dari kejauhan 13 Milyar tahun cahaya !!!! dari bumi. Ledakan tersebut, yang hanya terekam kurang dari 1 detik, melepaskan energy lebih dari 100 kali energy yang dilepaskan oleh matahari selama 10 Milyar tahun.

2. Supernova

Supernova adalah bintang yang meledak yang seringkali “menyinari” keseluruhan galaksi. Supernova yang paling terang yang pernah di catat dalam sejarah adalah yang dilihat di konstelasi Lupus (bahasa latin untuk srigala) pada musim semi tahun 1006.
Ledakan luar biasa yang berwarna keemasan yang sekarang dikenal sebagai SN 1006 terjadi di hampir 7.100 tahun cahaya jauhnya, dan cukup terang untuk menyebabkan adanya bayangan dimalam hari, dan membaca dimalam hari, dan masih terlihat hingga berbulan-bulan pada siang hari.

3. Ledakan Komet Shoemaker-Levy9

Komet Shoemaker-Levy9 bertabrakan secara spektakuler dengan planet Jupiter pada 1994, gravitasi planet raksasa tersebut menarik komet tersebut dan memecahkan komet tersebut hingga area seluas 3 km, dan mereka menghujam dengan kecepatan 60 km/detik menghasilkan 21 tumbukan yang terlihat.
Tumbukan terbesar menyebabkan bola api hingga setinggi 3000 km diatas awan Jovian dan menyebabkan bintik hitam dengan diameter 12.000 km2 (sekitar sebesar bumi) dan diperkirakan meledak dengan kekuatan 6000 Giga Ton TNT.

4. Tumbukan Cretaceous-Tertiary

Era dinosaurus berakhir dalam bencana alam hamper 65 juta tahun lalu dan membunuh hampir setengah dari semua species di planet ini. Peneliti menyatakan bahwa sebenarnya planet sudah berada dalam ambang kehancuran lingkungan sebelum tumbukan Cretaceous-Tertiary (meteorit). Kawah seluas 180 km di chixulub di mexico mungkin adalah lokasi tumbukan tersebut.

5. Ledakan Gunung Tambora

Pada 1815, Gunung tambora di Indonesia meledak dengan kekuatan hampir 1000 mega ton TNT, merupakan ledakan gunung berapi terdahsyat yang direkam dalam sejarah.
Ledakan tersebut melontarkan 140 Milyar ton magma dan tidak hanya membunuh 71.000 orang di pulau Sumbawa (Dekat Lombok) tapi abu vulkanik yang dilontarkan menyebabkan anomaly iklim secara global, pada tahun selanjutnya (1816), dikenal sebagai tahun tanpa musim panas, salju turun di bulan juni di Albany N.Y, sungai es dapat ditemukan di bulan Juli di Pennsylvania, dan ratusan ribu orang menderita kelaparan secara global.

6.Ledakan Dekat Sungai Podkamennaya Tunguska

Sebuah ledakan misterius dekat sungai Podkamennaya Tunguska di 1908 meratakan area seluas 2000 km2 dari hutan Siberia (hampir seluas kota Tokyo). Peneliti mengira bahwa ledakan tersebut disebabkan oleh asteroid atau komet, mungkin diameternya sebesar 20m dan seberat 185.000 metric ton (7 kali berat titanic). Ledakan in tercatat  hampir sekuat 4 mega ton TNT (250 kali lebih kuat dari bom Hiroshima).

7. Bom Atom di Trinity site,Alamogordo

Bom atom yang pertama dalam sejarah, di ledakkan di Trinity site, dekat Alamogordo, N.M pada 1945, meledakan denga kekuatan hamper 20kilo ton TNT, ilmuan J. Robert Oppenheimer kemudian mengatakan, ketika dia mengawasi pengujian, Ia memikirkan sebuah petikan dari manuscript hindu Bhagavas Gita : “Saya akan menjadi Kematian, penghancur dunia”, senjata nuklir kemudian mengakhiri PDII dan menyebabkan ketakutan terhadap senjata pemusnah nuklir hingga berpuluh tahun kemudian.
Ilmuwan kemudian menemukan bahwa masyarakat di New Meksiko mungkin terkena radiasi nuklir ribuan kali dari batas normal yang masih bisa ditoleransi oleh tubuh.

8.Nuklir di Chernobly, Ukraina

Pada 1986, sebuah reactor nuklir meledak di Chernobly di ukraina, itu adalah kecelakaan nuklir terburuk dalam sejaran, ledakan tersebut melontarkan rector seberat 2000 ton dan menyebarkan 400 kali kadar radioaktive dibandingkan bom Hiroshima, mengkontaminasi lebih dari 200.000 km2 eropa, 600.000 orang terkena radiasi dosis tinggi, dan lebih dari 350.000 orang harus dievakuasi dari derah yang terkontaminasi.

9.Tabrakan kapal Kargo Perancis

Pada 1917, sebuah kapal kargo prancis, yang berisi penuh dengan bahan peledak untuk PD I, secara tidak sengaja bertabrakan dengan kapal berbendera belgia di pelabuhan Halifax, Kanada. Hal tersebut menyebabkan ledakan dengan dampak yang jauh lebih besar dari peladak yang pernah dibuat oleh manusia sebelumnya, setara dengan 3 kilo ton TNT.
Menyebarkan serbuk berwarna putih hingga 6.100m diatas kota dan menyebabkan Tsunami dengan ketinggian gelombang setara 18 m , hingga radius 2 Km disekitar pusat ledakan. Itu adalah kehancuran total, dan merenggut 2000 nyawa dan 9000 lainnya terluka. Itu tetao menjadi kecelakaan terburuk didunia yang disebabkan peledak buatan manusia.

10. Ledakan di kapal kargo SS Grandcamp

Sebuah kebakaran di kapal kargo SS Grandcamp yang sedang berlabuh di texas city pada 1947 memicu 2.300 ton amoniu nitrat, sebuah campuran yang digunakan untuk penyubur dan berdaya ledak tinggi.
Ledakan tersebut merontokan 2 pesawat terbang yang sedang melintas disekitarnya dan memicu reaksi berantai yang memicu ledakan sebuah kapal kargo lainnya yang juga membawa 1000 ton ammonium nitrat. Bencana ini membunuh lebuh dari 600 orang dan melukai 3.500 lainnya, dan secara umum dikategorikan bancana industry terburuk dalam sejarah U.S

          One Day at a Time   
Together at last: Kendall Jenner and the clown from It. by Ann Romano

MONDAY, APRIL 3

As the American experiment continues its shuddering slide into abject failure, there was a dream that, perhaps, one thing could bring us together: objective truth. Turns out that dream is bullshit. “Hopes that science and its unending quest for the truth can mend the cracks in a divided society have taken a hit as new research has found liberals and conservatives share little common ground on the subject—apart from a fascination with dinosaurs,” reports the Guardian. In analyzing science books purchased by liberals and conservatives, researchers discovered that, “even within subjects, liberals and conservatives read very different books,” the Guardian notes. One of the few things readers agreed on? That dinosaurs are cool. “It turns out that liberals and conservatives can agree about dinosaurs, but not much else,” said Cornell University’s Michael Macy. We suppose that makes sense, since—like the dinosaurs—we’ll all be extinct soon. (Hey, do any scientists read this column? Please tell us what the chances are that a rogue asteroid will make our deaths quick and painless. Thx!)


TUESDAY, APRIL 4

In 1984, the New York Daily News reported that the pomade in Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming an ad for Pepsi—leading to a panicked rush to the hospital and second-degree burns. Until now, that was the worst Pepsi ad. Leave it to a Kardashian to make one that’s even worse! This week the idiots at Pepsi teamed up with Kendall Jenner—who, even in a family of idiots, is really an idiot—to make an ad in which Kendall leaves a photo shoot, joins a generic “protest,” and hands a Pepsi to a cop, thus solving all of America’s problems. “The ad was quickly accused of appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement and using social justice to sell soda,” reports CNN. “If I had carried Pepsi I guess I never would’ve gotten arrested. Who knew?” tweeted Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson. God. We’ve been so fixated on the Trumps for the past few months that we forgot all about America’s second-worst family! All Kardashians are monsters. SPEAKING OF MONSTERS... This week’s slightly less horrifying ad was a trailer for Stephen King’s It, starring the malevolent, child-eating clown Pennywise. While the trailer racked up 197 million views in its first 24 hours, it made clowns very sad. “We do have clowns in society, and yes it will affect business, of course it will,” whimpered Glasgow’s Celine Harland, AKA “Tickles the Clown.” “I have parents and teachers phoning me,” Tickles whined to the Press Association. “They’re scared to hire you for 35 kids in case they’ve got one child who will be upset.” “Oh, shut your pie-hole, Tickles,” Pennywise cackled from his bone-strewn lair beneath the haunted town of Derry, Maine. “Certainly, my relentless need to feast on the sweet flesh of the innocent will destroy your pointless career. But on the other glove, things could be worse—you could be Kendall Jenner!”


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

This week, Republicans are doing their damnedest to force conservative lackey Judge Neil M. Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court. And while Democrats are proving remarkably inept at stopping them (surprise, surprise), at least one Democrat, Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, is undergoing what the New York Times called an act of “congressional masochism” in protest. “Beginning early Tuesday evening and slogging through the middle of Wednesday morning, Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, held forth on the Senate floor for more than 15 hours in protest of the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch,” the Times reported. “Mr. Merkley railed against Judge Gorsuch’s record on workers’ rights... [and] suggested that the Senate should not confirm a lifetime appointee of President Trump’s amid investigations into ties between Mr. Trump’s orbit and Russia.” FRIENDLY REMINDER, DEARS... Portland’s congressional representatives—Merkley, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici—have been excellent in standing up to our failed fascist of a president. Let them know when they—like Merkley—do great work! Find out how at govtrack.us/congress/members/OR. (Unless you’re a clown. They don’t want to hear from clowns. For obvious reasons.)


THURSDAY, APRIL 6

Hurrah, it’s “choose your own gossip adventure” day! Question one: Would you rather read about how Senate Republicans nuked the Democrats’ ability to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, thereby screwing themselves once the Dems are once again in power? Or would you rather read about how Britney Spears personally delayed an election in Israel? Fine, BRITNEY IT IS. According to Spin magazine, the head of Israel’s Labor Party has postponed a primary election vote “due to the fact that there is a major event at Yarkon Park” right next to the polling location. The major event in question is a Britney Spears concert, which is part of her first non-US tour since 2011. Party members are absolutely correct to predict that voters will either be unable to navigate the throng of Britney fans to cast their ballots, or will simply forgo voting to watch the show. IN A RELATED STORY... Vladimir Putin has fired WikiLeaks, and will be hiring Britney to upend the next American election. QUESTION TWO: Would you rather read about how President Trump pulled a complete 180 from previous promises and launched an airstrike (without congressional approval) on a Syrian airfield—in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his own people—which made cable newscasters giddy, and infuriated the president’s racist “America first” supporters because their glorious leader broke his solemn campaign promise to stay out of Syria? Or would you rather read about Lindsay Lohan wearing an Islamic-style Burkini while paddleboarding in Thailand? Fine, LINDSAY IT IS. Lindsay Lohan was photographed wearing an Islamic-style Burkini while paddleboarding in Thailand. Have a nice day.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Today Twitter said “fuck this nonsense” and sued the federal government after Customs and Border Protection (part of Homeland Security) sent the social media company a summons to reveal the true name of the person(s) behind the @ALT_USCIS account. The tweeter is thought to be a Citizenship and Immigration Services employee who has dutifully been posting smack-talkin’ resistance-style messages against the Trump administration. “A time-honored tradition of pseudonymous free speech on matters of public moment runs deep in the political life of America,” Twitter said in its lawsuit. “These First Amendment interests are at their zenith when, as here, the speech at issue touches on matters of public political life.” Translated: “You can’t tell Americans to STFU. So why don’t you STFU?” And how did Homeland Security react to Twitter’s lawsuit? By quickly backing down and withdrawing their summons. Twitter has since dropped its suit, and @ALT_USCIS can now return to speaking truth to power from deep inside the lion’s den. (That was some actual good news! Quick, slam your computer shut before something else terrible happens!)


SATURDAY, APRIL 8

We warned you to quit reading before something terrible happened, but you didn’t listen—so this one’s on you. As we learned last week, Fox News’ cash cow Bill O’Reilly is the subject of multiple settled lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment. Between the company and O’Reilly, $13 million in settlements have been doled out to five former employees who say the O’Reilly Factor host made promises of career advancement, but yanked the offers after his sexual propositions were refused. (While we’re loath to repeat it, O’Reilly was also accused of masturbating while talking to one of the women on the phone EWW EWW EWW!) The good news is that more than 60 companies have refused to advertise on the O’Reilly Factor since the New York Times broke the story last week. Aaaaaaaaand here comes the bad news: Not only are loyal O’Reilly buttholes continuing to watch the program, the show has gained over a million extra buttholes this past week, making his butthole viewership higher than ever. Conclusion: YOU ARE TERRIBLE, AMERICA! Let’s see: the presidency, cable news, professional sports, organized religion... is there any segment of American life where you won’t support a sexual abuser?


SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Today on a full United Airlines plane in Chicago, an attendant told passengers the flight was overbooked, and four “volunteers” needed to get off the plane to make room for some United employees. (OH, HELL NO.) One man—an Asian doctor—was chosen to “volunteer” and when he refused, he was “volunteered”... which is to say he was physically assaulted by security and dragged off the plane by his arms. People were screaming, it was a hot mess, and Twitter responded by dragging United’s reputation all over the internet. IN A RELATED STORY... “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU,” squealed Pepsi to United Airlines for being even bigger dicks than they were this week. “If you need a spokesperson, we’ll loan you Kendall Jenner!”

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          whpearson on Open Thread: November 2009   

Interesting. You can do similar calculations for things like asteroid prevention, I wonder which would win out. It also gave me a sickly feeling when you could use the vast numbers to justify killing a few people to guarantee a safe singularity. In effect that is what we do when we divert resources away from efficient charities we know work towards singularity research.


           Animation shows how NASA’s DART would target and strike asteroids    
Animation shows how NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) would target and strike the smaller (left) element of the binary asteroid Didymos to demonstrate how a kinetic impact could potentially redirect an asteroid.
           NASA release simulation of asteroid entering Earth    
NASA release supercomputer simulation of Chelyabinsk-like asteroid entering Earth’s atmosphere.
          Bummer: Giant Asteroids Not An Immediate Threat   

Every few months, a journalist asks a scientist about the looming threat of Armageddon. That scientist’s quotes are then predictably blown out of proportion and turned into some iteration of “The End Is Nigh.” In light of Asteroid Day, which is today, we’d like to clarify some of the apocalyptic misinformation that’s…

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          Hoje é Dia Internacional do Asteroide, e cientista teme impacto em 2029   
Hoje é o Dia Internacional do Asteroide, e os cientistas espaciais disseram que a chance de que a Terra seja esmagada por uma rocha gigante é quase inevitável. Rolf Densing, chefe do Centro...

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          Perjantaina tv:ssä – Queen-yhtyeen kitaristi Brian Mayn asteroidipäivä esittää uhkakuvia   
Queen-yhtyeen kitaristi Brian Mayn ideoima Asteroid Day on vuodesta 2015 järjestetty teemapäivä.
          Live Videos | LIVE: NASA Scientist Arcand Talks Black Holes, Asteroids & Total Solar Eclipse   
Kimberly Arcand who works in NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, joined GoLocal LIVE to discuss black holes, World Asteroid Day on June 30 and the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. 
          10 Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini   
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik - Hai sahabat Berkonten.com kita jumpa lagi ya dengan informasi menarik yang wajib untuk dibahas, kali ini Berkonten,com masih akan menginformasikan mengenai beberapa film terbaik dan tebaru saat ini yang tak boleh kamu lewatkan, tetapi film yang akan kita bahas kali ini pasti akan sangat menarik karena bertemakan luar angkasa.

Beberapa judul film luar angkasa terbaik sepanjang masa produksi hollywood memang dapat membawa kamu seperti merasakan petualangan di luar angkasa yang sesungguhnya. Apalagi bagi kamu para pecinta astronomi mungkin beberapa judul film yang akan kita bahas kali ini bisa lebih mengimajinasi fikiran kamu ketika menyaksikannya.

Bagi kamu yang sudah penasaran mengenai apa saja judul film luar angkasa terbaik dan terbaru saat ini, kamu bisa menyimaknya dalam artikel Berkonten.com dibawah ini. Berikut ini telah rangkum beberapa daftar judul film luar angkasa yang bisa kamu saksikan mulai yang diproduksi pada tahun 90-an hingga satu dekade setelahnya.

Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

  1. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Yang pertama film luar angkasa terbaik yang wajib kamu saksikan kali ini berjudul 2001: A Space Odyssey. Film yang dirilis tahun 1968 ini menjadi film fiksi ilmiah luar angkasa yang disukai banyak orang. Film luar angkasa terbaik yang diproduseri dan disutradarai oleh sineas ternama, Stanley Kubrickfilm ini mendapatkan banyak acungan jempol sekaligus perbincangan yang seakan tak ada habisnya.

Film luar angkasa terbaik ini mengisahkan asal-muasal manusia atau filosofi kehidupan manusia yang dimulai sejak zaman purba. Film yangbdibagi ke dalam 4 bagian cerita ini meliputi The Dawn of Man, TMA-1, Jupiter Mission, dan Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite. Film ciptaan Kubrick dibuat murni untuk tujuan seni yang terdapat enigma dan teka-teki, dipenuhi oleh ambiguitas yang tidak terselesaikan.
  1. GRAVITY (2013)
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Film luar angkasa terbaru yang berjudul Gravity ini juga wajib kamu saksikan keseruannya. Film scifi luar angkasa terpopuler yang dirilis pada 4 Oktober 2013 di Amerika ini sukses mengumpulkan 10 nominasi Oscars dan memenangkan 7 kategori. Film ini dimainkan oleh Sandra Bullock dan George Clooney yang bertema space-survival. Film luar angkasa terbaru ini sangat menarik dan berbalut unsur thriller.

Film luar angkasa terbaru ini mengisahkan dua orang astronot bernama Dr. Ryan Stone yakni insinyur medis dan mekanik mesin yang menjalani misi luar angkasa pertamanya. Ditemani oleh Matt Kowalski, seorang astronot berpengalaman yang menjalankan misi terakhirnya menggunakan pesawat ulang alik milik NASA.

Tetapi dalam film luar angkasa terbaru ini ketika mereka melakukan spacewalk atau berjalan di luar angkasa pesawat yang membawa mereka hancur terkena bagian dari sebuah satelit yang lepas. Mau tidak mau, mereka harus berada di luar bumi dalam keadaan udara terbatas. Tanpa bisa berkomunikasi dengan bumi, mereka harus kompak untuk bisa bertahan hidup di tempat gelap sunyi tersebut.
  1. CONTACT (1997) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Selanutnya film luar angkasa terbaik yang wajib kamu saksikan ini berjudul Contact. Film yang dirilis tahun 1997 ini diangkat dari novel Carl Sagan tahun 1985. Film box office yang menyatukan genre drama, mysteri, dan Sci-Fi ini dibintangi perempuan bernama Ellie Arroway yang sejak kecil mencintai ilmu astronomi dan pemuda bernama Palmer Joss, seorang penulis terkenal yang ahli di bidang teologi.

Dalam film luar angkasa terbaik ini Mmereka berdua terlibat dalam sebuah program satelit bernama SETI untuk mengetahui kehidupan di luar angkasa. Program tersebut sempat macet dikarenakan sumbangan dana dari David Drumlin diputus. Drumlin menganggap program proyek yang selama ini dikerjakan oleh Ellie hanya membuang waktu dan uang.

Tetapi Ellie berkeyakinan akan adanya keberadaan asing di semesta jauh. Suatu waktu komputer Ellie menangkap sinyal yang dikirim oleh kehidupan asing. Sinyal tersebut berasal dari bintang Vega dengan jarak 26 tahun cahaya dari bumi yang kemudian dikonversi menjadi bentuk rancangan pesawat. Ellie dan Palmer yang berbeda pandangan memulai pencarian satu hal yang disebut jalan kebenaran.
  1. APOLLO 13 (1995) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Film luar angkasa terbaik selanjutnya yang tidak boleh kamu lewatan kali ini berjudul Apollo 13. Film dokudrama Amerika Serikat yang rilis tahun 1995 ini merupakan arahan sutradara Ron Howard dan penulis naskah William Broyles Jr. ditemani oleh Al Reinert. Cerita film ini diadaptasi dari buku Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 yang ditulis oleh Jim Lovell dan Jeffrey Kluger yang menjadi kru dari Apollo 13.

Film luar angkasa terbaik ini dibintangi aktor Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, dan Kevin Balcon. Cerita flm ini didasari peristiwa Apollo 13 yang menjalankan misi menuju bulan. Ketiga astronot yang mengetahui bahwa segala sesuatu berjalan sesuai rencana setelah mereka meninggalkan orbit bumi kemudian mendapat masalah. Tangki oksigen meledak sehingga pendaratan di bulan harus dibatalkan.
  1. SOLARIS (2002) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Solaris adalah salah satu film luar angkasa terbaik yang juga tidak boleh kamu lewatkan kali ini. Film besutan Steven Soderbergh ini dibintangi oleh aktor kawakan George Clooney. Dengan mengangkat genre drama sci-fi, film luar angkasa terbaik yang rilis pada 27 November 2001 di Amerika Serikat ini mengikuti alur cerita pada novel karangan Staisnlaw Lem dengan durasi tayang hampir 100 menit.

Film luar angkasa terbaik ini mengisahkan Dr. Chris Kelvin, ahli psikologi luar angkasa yang mendatangi planet Solaris untuk membongkar misteri planet tersebut. Di mana banyak penghuninya yang hilang dan bunuh diri. Hingga datang kabar yang membuat Kelvin begitu terpukul, dirinya menyimpulkan bahwa keganjilan yang banyak terjadi di planet Solaris tersebut diakabatkan oleh planet itu sendiri.
  1. ARMAGEDDON (1998) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Armageddon juga masuk dalam daftar film luar angkasa terbaik yang sangat menarik. Film yang terbit 1 July 1998 di Amerika Serikat ini dengan genre Action, Adventure, dan Sci-Fi. Film di bawah arahan Michael Bay ini, didukung para aktor yang begitu mendalami perannya sebagai Armageddon. Film luar angkasa terbaik ini mengisahkan bumi yang hampir tamat setelah adanya asteroid yang bisa menghancurkan bumi.

Dalam film luar angkasa terbaik ini Harry S. Stamper bersama tiga belas rekannya memperoleh tugas dari NASA untuk menanam nuklir untuk meledakan asteroid tersebut agar pecahannya mengalami perubahan arah dan tidak mengenai bumi. Hanya dengan pelatihan menjadi astronot 12 hari, berhasilkah mereka mencegah bumi dari kehancuran besar dalam film luar angkasa terbaik ini.
  1. SUNSHINE (2007) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Film luar angkasa terbaru berikutnya yang juga wajib kamu saksikan ini berjudul Sunshine. Film yang dirilis tahun 2007 ini menceritakan Danny Boyle yang seakan mencoba menimbulkan bayangan menakutkan tentang punahnya kehidupan di bumi dikarenakan matahari yang sekarat. Mungkin kamu juga akan membayangkan apa yang terjadi di bumi ketika matahari tidak bersinar lagi.

Kisah film luar angkasa terbaru ini bermula dengan kondisi matahari yang sekarat, hingga bumi gelap disertai suhu dingin yang bsia membunuh manusia secara perlahan. Untuk mencegahnya, tim yang terdiri dari delapan orang astronot mendapatkan misi berat untuk melontarkan sejenis bom untuk menghasilkan supernova agar matahari bisa kembali berfungsi seperti semula.
  1. MOON (2009) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Selain itu, film luar angkasa terbaru paling populer yang berjudul Moon ini juga wajib kamu saksikan keseruannya. Film yang dirilis 17 Juli 2009 di Inggris ini adalah hasil kerja sama Liberty Films UK, Limelight Fund, dan Xingu Films yang memiliki durasi tayang selama 97 menit. Film luar angkasa terbaru ini disutradarai oleh Duncan Jones sekaligus penulis skenario dan ditemani Nathan Parker.

Dalam film luar angkasa terbaru ini menampilkan kegiatan astronot bernama Sam Bell yang diperankan Sam Rockwell yang bekerja di Lunar Industries melakukan penambahangan mineral di bulan selama tiga tahun. Bell yang hanya ditemani robot GERTYmenunggu momen kerjanya yang ahmpir usai, karena lama tidak berkomunikasi apalagi melihat secara langsung sang istri yang sedang hamil dan anak tercintanya.

Pada inspeksi rutin di permukaan bulan, Bell mengalami sakit kepala yang menimbulkan gangguan halusinasi sehingga ia megalami kecelakaan fatal yang membuat Bell tak sadarkan diri. Kemudian, dalam keadaan setengah sadar bell merasakan sebuah kejanggalan karena bertemu dengan versi muda dari dirinya. Kejadian tersebut membuat Bell harus memecahkan misteri tersebut dengan waktu yang tersisa.
  1. WALL-E (2008) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Film luar angkasa terbaru yang tidak boleh kamu lewatkan keseruannya ini berjudul Wall –E. Film animasi produksi Pixar ini dirilis pada 13 Agustus 2008 lalu di Indonesia. Wall-E adalah film sci-fi dan drama yang dikepalai oleh Andrew Stanton. Film ini menceritakan kehidupan manusia di tahun 2805 dimana bumi sudah tidak layak dihuni karena hampir seluruhnya diisi oleh sampah.

Sedangkan dalam film luar angkasa terbaru ini manusia tinggal di pesawat luar angkasa bernama Axiom selama beratus-ratus tahun dengan dimanjakan teknologi canggih. Wall-E sendiri merupakan robot luar angkasa pengangkut sampah di bumi yang menjalani petualangan luar biasa yang bisa mengubah nasib dan takdir seluruh umat manusia.

Petualangannya dalam film luar angkasa terbaru ini berawal sejak EVE, robot probe yang ditugaskan mencari tanaman diturunkan ke bumi yang kemudian diikuti dengan adegan peperangan seru dan berlanjut ke hubungan romantis antar Wall-E dan EVE.
  1. INTERSTELLAR (2014) 
Film Luar Angkasa Terbaik dan Terbaru Saat Ini

Selain itu film luar angkasa terbaru yang satu ini juga wajib kamu saksikan yakni berjudul Interstellar. film yang dirilis tahun 2014 ini besutan Christoper Nolan dan dibintangi oleh Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, dan Michael Caine.

film luar angkasa terbaru ini mengisahkan keadaan bumi di masa depan yang mengalami kehancuran dan manusia butuh tempat tinggal baru selain bumi. Lalu dimulailah misi melakukan ekspedisi luar angkasa. Sebuah lubang cacing (wormhole) terbuka, sekelompok ilmuwan dan penjelajah harus melakukan perjalanan menembus batas terjauh dari pemahaman ilmiah manusia menuju dimensi lain.
Nah sahabat Berkonten.com demikian tadi beberapa informasi mengenai daftar film luar angkasa terbaik dan terbaru saat ini yang bisa kamu saksikan. Nah bagi kamu yang ingin mengetahui informasi menarik lainnya, kamu bisa tetap menyimak artikel Berkonten.com selanjutnya. Cukup sekian dulu informasi kali ini dan selamat menyaksikan.

          Uudelleenmasteroitu StarCraft saapuu elokuussa   
Blizzard on vahvistanut, että sen uudelleenmasteroitu versio klassikkopeli StarCraftista saapuu pian markkinoille. Yhtiön elokuussa julkaistava peli on parannettu versio 1998 julkaistusta RTS-pelistä, joka nousi jopa kulttisuosioon. Blizzard kertoi jo maaliskuussa tuovansa legendaarisen pelin takaisin uudelleenmasteroituna versiona. StarCraftiä voikin elokuun 14. päivä lähtien nauttia siis Remastered-version mahtavassa 4K UHD -resoluutiossa. Peli joka toi reaaliaikaset strategiapelit (real-time strategy) uuteen kilpapelaamisen aikaan tarjoaa uuden version myötä paremman grafiikan lisäksi myös uudelleen masteroidut äänet, mahdollisuuden yhdistää Blizzard-sovellukseen (ent. Battle.net), pilvitallennuksen sekä paljon muita uusia ominaisuuksia. Pelillä on hintaa 14,99 euroa ja sen voi ennakkotilata Blizzardin verkkokaupasta. Peli on saatavilla sekä Windows- että Mac-järjestelmille.

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          NASA Has Found 16,000 Asteroids Near Earth. Don't Panic.   
But if you were to die via asteroid, this is how it would happen.
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          30 de junio, Día del Asteroide, una fecha para recordar que el peligro de impacto con la Tierra es real   
Este viernes se celebra en todo el mundo el tercer Día del Asteroide, una iniciativa que tiene detrás a científicos, astronautas o músicos y que pretende, entre otras cosas, sensibilizar sobre la importancia de seguir invirtiendo para estudiar y rastrear estos cuerpos celestes. La fecha elegida recuerda el ‘evento Tunguska’, cuando un asteroide impactó violentamente en Siberia el 30 […]
          Home   
Home. Where is home. We’ve had a few, us humans. Earth. I guess it all started there. Earth was home; still is, to some. But what about our other planets? What about Mars? Terra? Are they home? Our houses are homes. Or are our homes houses? Either way, I‘d have to have one for it to be one. Now… my Prospector. She’s a home. She’s my home. Where is she though… HA! Who’m I kidding?! She’s right where she ought to be, under my hands, mining! Just me and my Prospector, my Napanee, floating through space. Just floatin’. Minin’. Who needs a ‘home’. --- There’s a feeling one has, when they look at something completely extraordinary that they’ve been seeing their entire life. The feeling someone who lives on the coast gets every morning when they wake up and look out over the ocean. The feeling the best poker player in the ‘Verse gets when he wins the Galactic Invitational for the thirteenth time running. The feeling a mother gets when she has her seventh child. The feeling a 30 year veteran gets during another Vanduul raid. It is perfectly described in one word. ‘Enh.’ The word comes with a shrug, that kind of nonchalant noncommittal shrug that says, well… it says ‘enh’. The word and the shrug go together, like a jam and cheese sandwich eaten by someone with no taste buds. That word and shrug, though, they perfectly embodied the feelings running through Anoty’s head as he looked up through the asteroid field, looked up at all the other small rocks with their small domes, owned by the other prospecting families. Dozens of asteroids of different shapes and sizes and colours, all floating aimlessly, drifting lazily, through the cold black of space. Like cheerios floating in milk when you’ve eaten most of the cheerios and there are just a few left. Except that they weren’t all clumped together like they do in milk, but kept kind of separate in the milk instead, like how asteroids in space float kinda together but not really too close. Anoty had just started the metaphor segment of his English schooling. It was a work in progress. He sat in his room in his house under the force dome and missed his dad. Well, not his house, it was his mothers’ house. But it was his dad that he missed. He remembered his mom, four years ago, sitting him down and saying his dad was dead. That he’d taken the prospector out on a mission, that he’d got himself blown up by raiders. That the UEE had called her, said there wasn’t even a semblance of the ship anymore, or of his dad, the wreckage was so bad. Anoty sat on his bed, thinking. Thinking about his dad, and where he’d got to. Thinking of home. Wondering why his dad hadn’t thought home was with him. For Anoty, home wasn’t in the asteroid belt. Here he was stuck inside a dome on a gyrating asteroid orbiting a small planetoid in one of the most breathtaking displays of orbital dynamics that human eyes have ever seen, a literal stellar stereotype, the distant planetoid hazy through its fuchsia-tinged atmosphere, the closer asteroids and their domes spinning and revolving in a gravitational ballet of the highest magnitude, all seen from a dusty dirt rock with a horizon of infinity. Home was a place where his mom was still happy, and where his dad hadn’t left. --- Shaer hated home. Home was bills. Home was stress. Home was memories. Home was a son who played games all day, who couldn’t get his basic schooling figured out. He’d failed English, math, astronomic, piloting, farming, law, chemistry, and every other conceivable course she could download from the central UEE home-school repository. And every one of those downloads cost credits. To Shaer, home was in default. To Shaer, home was a lifeless rock, completely mortgaged out to pay for a ship for a low-life scum of an ex husband who’d taken the ship and left, sticking her with an idiot child, a worthless rock, and no way to pay the bills. To Shaer, home was the last straw. The final blow in a lifetime of blows. She’d wanted to go to the inner planets, visit Terra, Earth, Mars. She’d wanted to see the ‘Verse, to see where humanity came from. She thought about that, as she smashed the control-panel for the dome, causing the power to fail and the safety-net between the house and the black void of space to come crashing down. She’d always wanted to see Earth, especially. Learn where she’d come from; where everyone had come from. As the air rushed away from those that needed it most, raging like a hurricane, loud as a summer storm, quiet as a whisper, and then silent as death, Shae thought of Africa, of how she’d always wanted to see it. To see where Humanity had come from. To see something that truly was home. --- Anoty, in his panic and confusion, in the terrible, aching last gasps of life, thought of his father, knew that he would come back, that he would save Anoty and his mom. --- Home SWEET home, Dale said, patting the Prospector on the dash. He’d dropped off a load of trellium ore at the refinery, picked up a nice young thing to keep his mind and… other parts… occupied, and was headed back into the black. He’d checked the news. Life was good. Home was wherever he wanted. There was nothing left to hold him back.
          Tic-Talk Tonight: Theodore Felix-Grafton   
Welcome to the newest edition of Tic-Talk, the transcript that follows is the full interview as conducted by Indira Nooyi with our guest interviewee, Theodore Felix-Grafton, local farmer from Goss I and former captain of the Nightingale. Interview was carried out on the planet Goss I on 2947-03-28. Indira Nooyi(IN): Good evening and welcome to another edition of Tic-Talk, for our traditional viewing audience this will be a bit of a departure from normal as this interview will be pre-recorded for the convenience of our current guest of tonight’s segment. Today I’m on the planet Goss I touring the farming operation of Theodore Felix-Grafton. Thank you for inviting us to your home, we really appreciate the chance to interview you today. Theodore Felix-Grafton(TFG): Well miss, the pleasure is all mine. Not every day a pretty young reporter visits this old man. IN: Well, we are here to highlight your unique story Mr. Felix-Grafton... TFG: No, no miss. Ted. Call me Ted. IN: Very well, Ted. Now your name came to our attention in a very indirect way, the producer of Tic-Talk heard about you from a neighbour of hers who told her a very interesting, wild story. Her neighbour maintains that you saved her life 22 years ago, from the Orion system. The thing that very much intrigued us at Tic-Talk tonight about this story was that, nobody has heard of this or even known about it until this very moment. I would have to say my very first question would be how do you think this managed to stay under the radar for so long? Cause you rescued how many people, Ted? TFG: Well, what I was doing wasn’t precisely sanctioned by the UEE. I was doing it to help people but I wasn’t sure how it would be received by the higher ups, so I asked those I saved to keep it a bit quiet. You know, not a secret to their friends and family but I asked them not to tell the media and such. My crew and I saved 47 people. Took some hits on our way out too… you can see some of the burns on Nightingale’s hull… like that one there. IN: So, these biodome pods you’re showing me now, once was the ship that took you to Orion system to save these 47 people? TFG: Interestingly, no. I couldn’t go in to Orion for this mission with biodome pods strapped to Nightingale… that just wouldn’t do. So Indira... may I call you Indira? IN: Of course, please do. TFG: So Indira, I called upon my dear friend Jack O’Leary who ran a Hope-class Endeavor named Mercy. He lent me his medical and landing bays for this mission. Interestingly these biodome pods have been here since then… I decided to bring Nightingale down here instead of bringing the farm pods back up… in the end. The rest of the buildings you see here are actually her, my ship.  Still protecting me. IN: Still living on, I’m sure she’s a comfort to you. I’m curious to know though why you decided to more or less invade the Orion system, risk discovery and possible death from the Vanduul, to rescue these people. Were they family? Friends? Was there a personal aspect that motivated you to do it? TFG: An old Genesis pilot I met in a freezing shithole of a bar in Oberon… I think the planet is Uriel? Anyway, he mentioned that he had heard from a reliable source that there were still folk stuck in Orion. Indira… two centuries of scraping together a life under constant threat of attack at any moment from the fucking Vanduul. Once I heard about those poor people I had to do something. But I’m not a fool. I checked with every source I could find and it seemed like the rumours had merit… that those people were actually there.  I thought I could help. Might’ve died trying, but what good is this ‘verse without people willing to help those who need it? IN: Very brave venture you undertook. Many of those families have been hiding or existing in Orion for generations now, the progeny of the original groups the UEE left behind when they vacated the system long ago. How did you know they wanted to be rescued or more to the point how did you get in touch with them to let them know you were coming? It otherwise might have been difficult to organize such a rescue. TFG: That’s the thing Indira, I couldn’t. I couldn’t risk the whole thing by broadcasting wide. I thought long and hard about it. If you were living in a place where you could die at any moment, even if it was home, wouldn’t you consider leaving so you and your family could be safe? IN: I would think so, but many of those families have grown accustomed to living stealthily. So, the 47 you rescued I would assume are the people you managed to either persuade to come with you or came of their own volition. Did you meet any Vanduul resistance either entering or leaving the system? TFG: Yeah… I was younger and a bit brash. I was going to Armitage to save people. If I had actually made it there I probably would have got everyone killed. As it turned out, during our pass by the main asteroid belt in Orion we got the luckiest and faintest hit on our sensors. We were a mite jumpy so at first we were sure it was the Vanduul come to tear us apart, but it became obvious after a few moments that it wasn’t anything of the sort. Turns out that a group of survivors from long ago had hidden out in the asteroid belt and eventually constructed a small space station out of several damaged ships and whatever scrap they could find. They had done a good job shielding it from scanners but the rickety thing was malfunctioning at that moment. IN: Sounds like a good bit of luck followed you into the Orion system. So, when you discovered the ‘space station’ did you manage to communicate with them or did you just send someone over to investigate? TFG: Still concerned about transmissions, I decided to just dispatch the ambulances from our bays to make contact. IN: And in doing so you found 47 survivors, and from what I’m hearing you arrived just at the right time before their current habitat started to fall into further disrepair.  Once you managed to dock with the station, you were able to evacuate the station and escape the system unscathed then? TFG: The folks were happy to see us. A bit wary, you understand, but once they knew fellow humans had come to help they were thrilled. They all came back with us. At that point the ship was getting very cozy… we had a total of 63 aboard. That was enough and from their tales it sounded like Armitage was a fool’s errand. Nightingale headed back for the jump point to Caliban but part way there we got the attention of a Vanduul patrol. They gave us a few scars for our efforts, though we ultimately were able to hold them off long enough to get through the jump. Caliban is no picnic either but thankfully we got through to Oberon unscathed. IN: Sounds like quite the adventure, Ted and I’m sure those 47 were unendingly grateful to you. I have one final question for you, after all that… what possessed you to give up a spacefaring life for that of a humble Goss farmer? TFG: They were grateful. They were. I was too though. It was the most exciting, nerve-wracking, and meaningful event of my life. That event grew some of my most cherished friendships. I still keep in contact with many of those folks. Interestingly, I actually married one of the survivors. Her name is Florence. Honestly after that I just felt that my adventuring days were over. It was time to come home, settle down, and do some work on the ground for once. For me at least, when it came down to it, I felt better to belong to a place. We’ve built a good life here, a nice place, don’t you think? IN: Indeed, it’s a very idyllic place to settle down and your story was not only inspiring but also shows that humanity can still do good things. Thank you for your time, Ted. I’m Indira Nooyi and this has been another edition of Tic-Talk, thanks for joining us and see you next week.  
          Tic-Talk Tonight: Lonnie Grant    
Welcome to the newest edition of Tic-Talk, the transcript that follows is the full interview as conducted by Indira Nooyi with our guest interviewee, Lonnie Grant, captain of the Voyager. Interview was carried out on the planet Cascom in the Castra system on 2947-03-12. Indira Nooyi(IN): Good evening and welcome to another edition of Tic-Talk, I’m your host for the evening Indira Nooyi and with me tonight is the captain and pilot of a Freelancer DUR named Voyager. Thank you for joining me tonight, Mr. Grant. Lonnie Grant (LG): Thank you for having me on Indira. I love your show. IN: Thank you. Now Mr. Grant, you just recently discovered a new jump point, would you please tell our viewing audience a little bit about how you came to discover it. LG: Well you see Indira… it wasn’t really the most clever way to discover a jump point. It occurred to me that for the size of the system, Castra has an inordinate number of jump points… I think there were 5. It occurred to me that this concentration might be significant so I started scouring the outer rim of the system with my scanners. After a few days I got a hit on my jump scanners. IN: And upon closer investigation you found this new jump point, correct? LG: Yeah… it took me awhile to triangulate it but eventually I got close enough and she just opened up in front of me. They’re a beautiful sight, jump points. They’re all different… have their own character. IN: Did you immediately travel through it following discovery? LG: It’s always a nervous thing, you know? Plenty of explorers have vanished forever after attempting a new jump point. I guess that’s a long way of saying that I took some time... Wrote out messages for my family and friends and left them in a buoy before I ventured inside. IN: And what did you find on the other side? LG: Well first of all, this particular jump was pleasantly simple to navigate. Some of them can be really nasty. Either way, on the far side I discovered a red dwarf star with 4 major worlds orbiting, along with many other smaller worlds of course. IN: A brand new system then? LG: Yes! This is a fresh jump. IN: So, with that being said this opens up several possibilities to you. What do you see yourself doing with the jump point coordinates? Are you considering selling them to the military or off to a scientific research facility maybe? LG: My plan is to sell the coordinates to the UEE’s exploration and colonization division, and then return to the system to continue my work exploring the worlds it holds.  There’s a lot to learn! IN: That would make you a very rich man, Mr. Grant. Why continue to work and explore when you could retire and live the rest of your life in ease and comfort? LG: Honestly for most explorers… there’s a drive to keep pushing the edge of our knowledge and it doesn’t go away with a full bank account. I will always be most at home on the fringes, searching for the next horizon. Might have to update some of my equipment though! IN: Indeed and you will have the funds to do it. With this being a new system, I know that there is always a push to find new habitable worlds for humanity to colonize. Does this new system have anything that sets it apart from the rest? LG: So this is kind of interesting… This is a tiny star so the worlds orbit close. One appears too close, probably too hot. The furthest planet seems outside the habitable zone… although perhaps some extremophiles could live there. Once again though this is the long way of saying that the middle two planets appear habitable.  One is about the size of Earth and has large oceans covering about 80% of its surface.  The other one is smaller, about the size of Mars, and has limited water - maybe 20% ocean - but appears to support abundant life regardless. I haven’t taken any detailed scans yet… the new equipment would be right up that alley - help me get better quality scans. IN: So, at least two habitable worlds, your find might be more valuable then you consider it to be. If people were to move there today, what would they be calling this system? Do you plan to name it or leave that up to the scientists? LG: Well Indira, you have to understand that it is rare in an explorer’s career that they find anything of really major value. Comets, lucrative asteroids, small black holes… these are common place and enough to keep you going but new star systems are really the dream. I have thought of a name and I will be submitting it, with your approval. I do love your show, so I was going to name the system Indira. IN: Wow, I don’t know what to say, Mr. Grant. I’m very flattered. I only hope that whatever name you choose does the system justice. Sounds like you’ve found yourself a small little paradise. I sincerely wish you luck on your next adventure and again thank you for joining me tonight and sharing your story. Maybe it will inspire the next generation of explorers to go out there and find their own jump point. I’m Indira Nooyi and this has been another edition of Tic-Talk, thanks for joining us and see you next week.  
          Tic-Talk Tonight: Elias Portwin   
Welcome to the newest edition of Tic-Talk, the transcript that follows is the full interview as conducted by Indira Nooyi with our guest interviewee, Elias Portwin, captain and operator of the Bolide. Interview was carried out at the Central Advocacy Detention Centre in the Ferron system on February 14, 2947. Indira Nooyi(IN): Good evening and welcome to another edition of Tic-Talk, I’m your host for the evening Indira Nooyi and with me tonight I have the captain and operator of the mining ship, the Bolide. Thank you for granting us this interview, Mr. Portwin. Elias Portwin(EP): Uh… It’s my pleasure ma’am. It’s just good to be able to tell my side, you know? IN: Indeed and we are looking forward to giving you the opportunity to tell your side. Now… Mr. Portwin, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How did you become a miner? A few personal details of that nature. EP: I’m from Tram, on Asura, here in Ferron. Things are tough there… but there’s still a lot of mining know how to go around.  My family were some of the lucky ones, still have a bit of money. My parents made a living off of refurbishing and selling used mining equipment. I worked with my folks until I had enough credits for my beautiful Bolide. IN: Thank you. For those folks unfamiliar with the events that have brought you here tonight. Could you in your own words give our viewing audience a little backstory on what happened? EP: Well, ya see, I’d had a few run-ins with the Chomper crew. They were always tailin’ me, because I actually know how to find the veins. They’re a gang of talentless thieves, they are. Anyhow, I had uncovered this beauty cluster of platinum asteroids here in Ferron and I was ‘bout to start up my drillin’ when along came the fuckin’... wait, can I swear? IN: Well, this is a live feed and would prefer if you kept it to a general tone in terms of language, please continue. You mentioned a vein of platinum... EP:  Yeah… yeah. I’d found some nice platinum asteroids out on the ragged edges of Ferron. Along came Chomper to try to push me out. Ya see, Orions have weapons. Not much a little Prospector like Bolide can do to defend a claim. I sure don’t have the credits to hire mercs. I had had enough, ya know? It’s hard enough gettin’ by out there in the black all by your lonesome without a monstrosity like that breathin’ down your neck. So I decided to do something about it. IN: I see, but Ferron is a system open to trades like miners such as yourself to scout and claim these precious resources. So the Chomper, Orion mining vessel, had equal opportunity and rights to chase the same veins of resources you yourself were. I guess my question would then be, did you consider what it would mean for yourself if you decided to take the situation into your own hands? EP: With all due respect Ms. Nooyi, I don’t think you know what it’s like out there. Code among miners is that if you discover a claim and are actively mining, that’s yours. Full stop. They just waltzed in there throwing their weight around… like they always do. Did I consider what it would mean when I ruffled their feathers? Honestly, not really ma’am. I was angry and fed up. IN: Such rash action has in turn brought you into Advocacy custody waiting to hear whether or not charges are going to be laid against you or more than likely what charges will be brought forward. So in your eyes, was it worth it in the end? EP: You don’t pull your punches, do ya miss? I… well, you know, at the time it was pretty rewarding to finally get a chance to stand up for myself.  But I know it was wrong.  And was it worth it, really? No… not in the end. IN: Just for the record, do you know of or are you acquaintances with the Chomper’s captain? I know in some of these industries you run across the same people from time to time. It wouldn't take much to build a small personal grudge if one was rubbed the wrong way on a prior occasion. EP: Yeah, I know him. As I said, we’ve had some run-ins. He’s always on me because I’m good… makes the life of his crew easy to use me as a dowsing rod. We’ve had words… many times. I was tired of bein’ used. IN: It would then not be much of a stretch to say that this was more or less a simmering pot ready to boil over. I can understand how frustrating this whole situation could have been for you and in the end I think you can probably count yourself lucky no lives were lost during this incident. Now that we heard your version of events in your own words, I would like to just get some clarification on how things unfolded. To my knowledge, it was stated that you maneuvered an asteroid into the Chomper which then caused significant damage. Could you please elaborate for me not only how you managed that but what gave you the idea in the first place? EP: Yes ma’am. Well, you see… I love the Bolide but she comes equipped with just the one set of small guns up front. Not much protection and completely useless to actually attack anything. So I had to come up with somethin’ more… improvised. I discovered awhile back that if you pour energy into your front shields and are very gentle with the initial contact, you can actually push asteroids with the Bolide. I settled her nose into an impact crater on an asteroid about half the size of the Orion. I poured my power into shields, engines, and a bit into the tractor to keep the rock tight to the shields… and I pushed it right into Chomper. Those Orions are like freakin’ space whales. They can’t move worth sh… uh… worth anything. It smashed right into them, wrecked their engines before they could do anything about it. I knew I want you to know… I knew it wouldn’t destroy them. I didn’t want to. I just wanted to push back a bit… stand up for myself. IN: Since you’ve now had a chance to tell your side of the story, what was your reasoning for accepting this interview? Aren’t you concerned the information you gave today can be used to incriminate you? EP: Ms. Nooyi, I haven’t hidden anything. The sensor data from Chomper, the sensor data from Bolide. It’s clear what happened. I’m not going to avoid punishment. I hope that the judge in my case will take into account the history involved but there’s no need to try and twist the truth. I’m glad no one was hurt. I just wanted a chance to tell folks my side of what happened. Thank you for giving me that chance ma’am. IN: Thank you for sitting down with me this evening, I do wish you the best of luck going forward. I’m Indira Nooyi and this has been another edition of Tic-Talk, thanks for joining us and see you next week.
          Asteroidy też mają swoje "święto". Przypada ono w rocznicę ogromnej katastrofy   
Co roku 30 czerwca obchodzony jest Międzynarodowy Dzień Asteroid. Partnerem wydarzenia od początku jest kanał Discovery Science, który w specjalnym bloku pokaże dokumenty dotyczące asteroid i podboju kosmosu.
          Teatru si filme pentru copilul tau in luna octombrie   
Timpul liber petrecut alaturi de copiii nostri este foarte important iar organizarea lui poate fi de cele mai multe ori cheia succesului. Copiii au nevoie de timp liber, asa cum si noi avem nevoie; si ce este mai frumos decat sa il petrecem impreuna in diverse locatii cum ar fi teatrul sau filmele,  mai ales in lunile reci ale anului.
Timpul liber trebuie sa constituie un prilej de deconectare pentru copil, sa contribuie la dezvoltarea sanatatii psihice si fizice al lui, sa fie un mijloc de unificare a familiei si a grupului din care face parte copilul. De asemenea este foarte important sa gasim timp, oricat de putin ar fi, pe care sa-l petrecem doar alaturi de copilul nostru si fara a mai fi implicati intr-o alta activitate de orice gen, deoarece el trebuie sa simta ca acele cateva ore petrecute impreuna ii sunt doar lui dedicate. Este important sa facem acest lucru deoarece il ajuta foarte mult in formarea personalitatii lui.
Exista o serie intreaga de activitati pe care le putem realiza cu copilul nostru fie ca il petrecem in casa sau ca decidem sa il petrecem in aer liber. Important este sa ii acordam atentia necesara si sa ne rupem in totalitate de orice alta problema sau grija.


Un loc ideal pentru a ne petrece timpul liber in acest sezon sunt iesirile la teatru sau film pentru copii.
Beneficiile teatrului sunt multiple. Vizionarea spectacolelor reprezinta o metoda eficienta de a stimula increderea si stima de sine a micutilor, de a combate timiditatea si de a le pune creativitatea si imaginatia la lucru. De asemenea contribuie la depasirea emotiilor si temerilor de a vorbi in public sau ajuta la dezvoltarea capacitatii de a se dezvolta.
In luna octombrie sunt multe spectacole la teatrele din Bucuresti. Prin urmarea, mai jos o sa gasiti atasat cateva dintre ele:

  • Teatru pentru copii "Zbor prin povesti"

 24 octombrie, 10.00 & 12.00 la Teatrul Elisabeta
Scenariu si regia: Violeta Dincă
Varsta: 3-6 ani
Durata: 40 minute
Teatru copii

  • Teatru de Umbre pentru… copii și adulți - 24.10.2015

Locatie: Şos. Kiseleff nr. 30, Sala V.I.Popa
Organizator: Muzeul Naţional al Satului „Dimitrie Gusti”
Varsta: Array
Muzeul Naţional al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti” continuă în perioada octombrie – decembrie 2015, modulul INVATA SA FACI: TEATRU DE UMBRE invitand atat copiii, cat si adultii sa se inscrie la ateliere.

  • Teatru Tandarica

 MARTI 27.10, ora 10.00
ALBA CA ZAPADA
Sala Lahovari
 Varsta copii: peste 3 ani
Durata: 60 min

 Spectacol pentru copii adaptat dupa povestea fratilor Grimm, Alba ca Zapada este una dintre cele mai iubite povesti pentru copii. Spectacolul reda povestea fetei de imparat care prin frumusetea, cumintenia si dragalasenia ei starneste invidia mamei ei vitrege.

  • Teatru Tandarica

 JOI 29.10, orele 10.00 și 14.00
VINERI 30.10, ora 10.00
MICUL PRINT
Sala Lahovari
Varsta copii: peste 3 ani
 Durata spectacol: 60 min

 Erou al unei povesti nemuritoare si extrem de iubite, Micul Print este acum un personaj legendar, simbolul unei umanitati responsabile si generoase, care aduce un mesaj de speranta si fraternitate. Povestea Micului Print, un baiat cu par balai si inima pura, este spusa de un pilot care s-a prabusit cu avionul in desertul Sahara. Micul Print traia pe un asteroid pe care s-a decis sa-l paraseasca pentru a explora lumea. Este indemnat sa plece in calatorie chiar de floarea pe care o iubea, dar de a carei vanitate a fost dezamagit. Pamantul este a saptea planeta pe care ajunge, dupa intalniri pe alte planete cu diverse personaje care ilustreaza un viciu sau defect omenesc.
Micul Print este o carte filosofica in care sunt ridicate întrebari esentiale pentru fiecare dintre noi: prietenia, dragostea, moartea, timpul, realitatea.



          Hoy se celebra el Día del Asteroide   
"Los dinosaurios no los vieron venir, ¿cuál es nuestra excusa?"
          NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides - El Universal   

El Universal

NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides
El Universal
Investigadores de la Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés) realizan modelos tridimensionales para producir simulaciones y los daños que ocasionarían los impactos de asteroides. Para el desarrollo de ...
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          ¿Qué pasa cuando un asteroide entra en contacto con la atmósfera de la Tierra? La NASA publica un vídeo mostrando las consecuencias   
Para que un asteroide impacte sobre la Tierra, la órbita del planeta y la del propio asteroide se tienen que cruzar, algo que tiene una probabilidad muy baja, según los expertos.
          Comment on Lockheed Martin Reveals Plans Of A Manned Mars Base Camp By 2028 by Psyche - NASA's Discovery Mission To Metal Asteroid That Could Change The World   
[…] the moon was the craziest thing humans could think of. Fifty years later, humans are thinking about habilitating Mars and touching the sun, and no one thinks that they are crazy anymore. The next mission on […]
          'Asteroid Day' is a good time to learn about the threat of space rocks   
On June 30th, 1908, more than 770 square miles of remote Russian forest were obliterated from the face of the Earth when a relatively small meteor, estimated at only around 400 feet across, unleashed 15 megatons of energy above the Stony Tunguska Riv...

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          Asteroid Day, marcată în Oradea, oraşul primul meridian 0   
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          Aszteroida Világnap: élő közvetítés a SES műholdjaival   
Holnap, június 30-án az aszteroidák egy történelmi párbeszéd részei lehetnek, amit világszerte követhetünk az űrről és az aszteroidák naprendszerben betöltött szerepéről szóló 24 órás közvetítésnek, az Asteroid Day LIVE-nak köszönhetően. Tudósok szerint...

          Asteroiden-Dag!: Marathon-Sendung fir den Dag vun den Asteroiden   
Um Freideg war den Asteroid Day. 2016 huet d'UNO den 30. Juni offiziell zum internationalen Dag vun den Asteroiden deklaréiert.
          VIDEO: Wëssenschaft : 1. Science Week zu Lëtzebuerg déi aner Woch   
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          NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase   
The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense — the Double Asteroid Redirection Test
          How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid   
On the first day of the year 1801, Italian astronomer Gioacchino Giuseppe Maria Ubaldo Nicolò Piazzi found a
          Moon Station Could Use Tech from Scrapped Asteroid Mission, NASA Says   
NASA is salvaging technology from a scrapped asteroid mission to help build a space station orbiting the moon.
          Asteroid Day Rocks! Here Are Some of the Cool Events Happening Worldwide   
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          7 Movies Featuring Earth-Threatening Asteroids   
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          Sistema Solar !!!!    
                                                       Sistema Solar


O sistema solar é formado por um conjunto de oito planetas, satélites naturais, milhares de asteroides e cometas que se ligam ao Sol através da gravidade. O sistema solar também é composto por uma grande quantidade de gases e poeiras interplanetárias. O Sistema Solar situa-se na Via Láctea.
Formação do Sistema Solar 
A formação do Sistema Solar remonta há  aproximadamente 4,6 bilhões de anos. De acordo com astrônomos, o Sistema Solar foi formado a partir de uma mesma nuvem de poeira e gás. Esta nuvem é conhecida como Nebulosa Solar Primitiva. Em algum momento ocorreu um colapso desta nuvem, provocando o fim do se equilíbrio gravitacional e gerando sua contração. Foi a partir dai que teve início a formação do Sistema Solar.
Os planetas 
Existem oito planetas no Sistema Solar: Mercúrio, Terra, Marte, Júpiter,Vênus, Saturno, Urano e Netuno. Até agosto de 2006, Plutão era considerado um planeta, porem, a  União Astronômica Internacional mudou os critérios para a definição de um planeta. Como Plutão é pequeno em relação aos outros, passou a ser considerado um planeta anão ou planetoide. 
Muitos destes planetas podemos visualizar a noite a olho nú ou com a ajuda de um telescópio. Os planetas, ao contrário das estrelas, não possuem luz própria e só podem ser vistos graças a luz que refletem do Sol. Ao redor dos planetas, gravitam 67 satélites, dentre eles a Lua (satélite natural do nosso planeta), que gravita ao redor no planeta Terra.
Os asteroides 
Nas órbitas de Marte e Júpiter, localizam-se grande parte dos asteroides que variam de tamanho, podendo ser até mesmo minúsculos. Os asteroides são compostos de blocos de rocha, diferente dos cometas que são formados por poeira cósmica e gelo.
Os cometas 
Historiadores e paleontólogos acreditam que foi a queda de um cometa em nosso planeta que ocasionou a extinção dos dinossauros na Terra há milhões de anos. A preocupação ainda existe, pois muitos deles passam perto da órbita terrestre. O impacto de um cometa, de grandes proporções, poderia provocar danos incalculáveis ao nosso planeta.
Como você pode ver abaixo, apesar do Planeta Terra ser maior do que outros 4 dos seus planetas vizinhos, sendo que Plutão nem é mais considerado um planeta: 



A Terra também é menor do que outros 4 dos planetas vizinhos do nosso sistema solar:

 

Mas quando vista em escala, num gráfico que inclua também o nosso Sol, o planeta Terra mal pode ser visto. Se você somar toda a massa de todos os planetas do sistema solar, incluindo o Sol; o Sol ficará com 99.9% da massa total!

 

Mas, por maior que seja o nosso Sol, ele ainda não é o maior corpo celeste que podemos encontrar no universo. Dê uma olhada no nosso Sol comparado com alguns outros sóis que podemos encontrar próximo ao nosso sistema.

 

E estes também ainda não são os MAIORAIS. Até mesmo a maior estrela exibida acima, Arcturus, é reduzida a um pequeno ponto, quando comparada com outras grandes estrelas que estão circulando em outros sistemas e galáxias vizinhas.

 

Isso faz você se sentir pequeno?


Taking place in randomized galaxies with an ultimate foe at the end of the stars, each of the races offers slightly different attributes and bonuses. Each solar system is chock full of planets, asteroids, nebulae, comets, stars, and anomalies that are explored through mini-games called encounters; these are short (which helps to counter their repetitive nature), not tedious, and challenging later in each game. Each encounter rewards resources that are used to trade for cash and upgrade ships. Ships can be equipped with varied components and increased in size to handle larger foes. Research points are used to unlock higher fleet stats, which are required to access encounters (and also provide buffs along the way). Pausible combat utilizes equipped items and weapons and is fairly intriguing. Diplomacy is bare (though it is not a focus of the game): races with good relations can be traded with, but there are no agreements other than shooting things. The interface looks archaic but actually presents information in a mostly intuitive manner, once you get past the initial learning curve. Despite appearances, Star Fleet Armada: Rogue Adventures adds interesting, somewhat varied mini-games and a lot of detail to a space exploration outline.

          Happy Asteroid Day! Simulator Lets You Create Collision With Earth to See What Would Happen   

Happy Asteroid Day! Simulator Lets You Create Collision With Earth to See What Would HappenUpdated | Ever wondered what it would be like if a huge asteroid smashed into Earth? Impact Earth is a program that lets people simulate an asteroid collision. It was first devised over a decade ago by researchers from Purdue University, Indiana, and Imperial College London, U.K. At present, the team behind it is working on an update to the program that coincides with Asteroid Day, an annual event held on June 30 to raise awareness of the risks asteroids pose to Earth.



          Asteroid Day: Watch NASA Live Broadcast on How it is Defending Earth From a Space Collision   

Asteroid Day: Watch NASA Live Broadcast on How it is Defending Earth From a Space CollisionJune 30 is International Asteroid Day. To celebrate, NASA will run a special television program about its Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which tracks asteroids and other Near Earth Objects (NEOs). The program will explain the damage that could be caused by an asteroid hitting Earth, and how NASA is prepare to avoid such an eventuality—including by potentially using a nuclear explosion to vaporize part of the asteroid before impact.



          Agencia Espacial Europea busca apoyo económico para su misión ... - El Comercio   

El Comercio

Agencia Espacial Europea busca apoyo económico para su misión ...
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Los responsables han desarrollado una versión simplificada de la misma misión que reduce su precio de 250 a 210 millones de euros.

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          Los asteroides, la gran amenaza que viene del espacio - Clarín.com   

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Los asteroides, la gran amenaza que viene del espacio
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“Tarde o temprano sufriremos un impacto menor o mayor”, dijo a la agencia AFP Rolf Densing, director del Centro Europeo de Operaciones Espaciales, en Darmstadt (Alemania), con motivo del Día Internacional del Asteroide, que se celebra hoy.
Día del Asteroide: cuando el peligro de impacto es realEL DEBATE
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          Mysterious Asteroid Unmasked By Space Probe Flyby   
A European spacecraft zoomed by past a mysterious asteroid Saturday to take the first-ever close look at the space rock while flying more than 282 million miles from Earth. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe flew past the asteroid Lutetia, an object discovered in 1852 that appeared only as a bright speck in the sky to astronomers until today. The first new photos of the asteroid revealed Lutetia to be a lumpy rock with a potato-like appearance. Rosetta was about 1,900 miles (3,100 km) from the asteroid at its closest approach. The enigmatic space rock, which is about...
          El Emperador IV   

Esa noche Úrsula empezó su diario tal y como se había prometido. Quería comenzarlo de manera especial, las primeras páginas son algo que siempre rezuman un sabor único que las identifica. Además: era noche de Reyes, de Reyes y Emperadores, pensó. La habitación de invitados de la casa de Pili convidaba a soñar con sus colores azules y cornisas de estrellas de mar. Estaba en la cama frente a la ventana. La noche era clara y fría. Más estrellas en el cielo. Se arremolinó entre las mantas y se puso a buscar con qué podría comenzar su diario sobre el viaje hacia El Emperador (era una manera de decirlo). No se le ocurría nada. Levantó la cabeza y vio en el cielo una única estrella y entonces recordó el cuento de El Acertijo y lo escribió:


El acertijo

Había una vez que hace mucho tiempo, tanto que casi nadie puede recordarlo a no ser por las contadoras de historias y las echadoras de cartas porque son las únicas que conocen cuanto ocurrió cuanto ocurrió antes de que el tiempo pudiera contarse.

Y un día el reino empezó a crecer como si le hubieran echado levadura. Se hizo grande y rechoncho tal como les había prometido la Reina Blanca antes de dejarles, no sin tristeza igualmente elevada. Algunos aún recordaban que les había auspiciado que el cielo les protegería. Pues así habría sido, se decían algunos, mientras espiaban cómo las estrellas les observaban. El reino parecía henchirse de noche y crecer de día. ¡Como los panes!, reían unos y otros.

Había ciertos detalles que hubieran desconcertado a los visitantes, sin embargo. En los huertos crecían por igual las flores y las legumbres. Las campanas de las iglesias redoblaban con el viento, que era muy caprichoso y así podían entretenerse en un repique prolongado. Si alguien se hubiera puesto a estudiar los terrenos habría descubierto que había más jardines que huertos, más campanas que iglesias, más teatros y tabernas que casas. Los trovadores siempre que podían se detenían más tiempo allí dada la naturaleza alegre, amante de las artes y amable de los habitantes de aquel reino inigualable. En medio de aquella felicidad pronto surgieron algunos problemas, como los hierbajos, por ejemplo.

Estaban todos y todo muy apretujados, a tal punto que cuando alguien se desperezaba podía (y así era) darle un codazo a una rosa que pinchaba a un tercero que no encontraba la manera de dejar de sangrar. Cuando alguien estornudaba en medio de una función del teatro, lo hacía con tal fuerza que agitaba el aire; y el viento se arremolinaba antojadizo haciendo sonar las campanas, claro. Entonces todos reían, actores y público se olvidaban de la función hasta el día siguiente. Ya nadie sabía qué hora era y las compañías que esperaban para actuar se agolpaban en la carretera. Los pintores pintaban por todas partes, a veces hermosos cuadros aguantaban estoicamente debajo de los cascos de los caballos que al mirar al suelo no sabían dónde detenerse (para ellos las figuras y los humanos eran personas de similar índole). Nadie lograba llegar a dónde realmente quería ir sin dar grandes rodeos utilizando diversos medios. Más de una vez sucedieron malentendidos. Sin embargo, aquella gente reía y seguía disfrutando gracias a la mágica estela dejada por la Reina Blanca.

Las estrellas que les observaban decidieron que había que hacer algo y convocaron una reunión con la Luna y el Sol. Era evidente que allí hacía falta un poco de orden. También acudieron otros planetas, asteroides y cometas. Estaban preocupados, con razón, porque pronto las confusiones llegarían a liar al día con la noche dado que cuanto ocurre en la tierra también afecta al cielo. Evidentemente eso era un desastre que había que evitar. ¡Incluso las nubes estuvieron de acuerdo!

¿Pero quién pondría en orden aquel reino manteniendo su alegría y su espontaneidad? La tarea no era nada fácil. La Corte Celestial envió emisarios por doquier. Aquellos días los ángeles y los querubines tuvieron mucho trabajo entregando mensajes. El aire se llenó de una delicado frufrú de alas y las campanas sonaron más y mejor que nunca.

En muy poco tiempo, algo así como unas siete lunas, los arcoiris del cielo se llenaron de pretendientes al reino. Se presentaron casi todos los príncipes, reyes, emperadores, reinas, emperatrices, guerreros y guerreras de los cuentos. También enviaron emisarios muchos dioses de oriente y occidente. Los jefes de los hombres más poderosos acudieron con sus deseos de poder. La cola que se formó era casi infinita. Los habitantes del cielo volvieron a reunirse. ¿Cómo podrían elegir entre tantos y tantos y tantos y ...?

La idea se le ocurrió a una pequeña estrellita que solía lucir justo encima del campanario de la iglesia mayor de aquel reino, no por nada había observado desde tan alta perspectiva hasta cada amanecer, entusiasmada. ¡Un acertijo! ¡Un acertijo! Las demás estrellas, la luna, el sol, los planetas, asteroides y cometas aceptaron entusiasmados. Y las nubes también. Como los ángeles estaban un poco cansados después del trajín de la jornada anterior, fueron las gotas de lluvia las encargadas de hacer llegar las palabras de aquel acertijo a todos los reinos:


Cruza las piernas y los brazos
Busca la sabiduría de la belleza
Jefe entre los poderosos
El carnero sensato con el rubí
Es el Padre, buen rey del uno y de los cuatro senderos


La lluvia fue generosa.


Continuará...
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Imagen: Arcano IV, El Emperador, Tarot de Carlos VI de Francia, Borgoña, siglo XV.

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          Encuentran en la órbita de Marte restos de antiguos mini-planetas   
Para celebrar el primer día oficial de los asteroides, a lo largo del fin de semana republicaremos artículos sobre estos pequeños cuerpos con la finalidad de aprender más sobre ellos.


El segundo artículo que he elegido es: Encuentran en la órbita de Marte restos de antiguos mini-planetas.

Crédito: Apostolos Christou
El planeta Marte comparte su órbita con un puñado de pequeños asteroides llamados troyanos. Ahora un equipo internacional de astrónomos, empleando el Very Large Telescope instalado en Chile, ha encontrado que la mayoría de estos objetos comparten una composición común: son probablemente los restos de un mini-planeta que fue destruido por una colisión hace mucho tiempo. Los resultados aparece publicados en la Royal Astronomical Society.

Los asteroides troyanos orbitan en los puntos de Lagrange de los planetas. 

Crédito: Wikipedia
Los puntos de Lagrange, también denominados puntos L o puntos de libración, son las cinco posiciones en un sistema orbital donde un objeto pequeño, solo afectado por la gravedad, puede estar teóricamente estacionario respecto a dos objetos más grandes, como son en este caso Marte y el Sol. Los puntos de Lagrange marcan las posiciones donde la atracción gravitatoria combinada de las dos masas grandes proporciona la fuerza centrípeta necesaria para rotar sincrónicamente con la menor de ellas. Es decir, los asteroides se mueven a la misma distancia media del Sol que el planeta Marte, pero atrapados en un ángulo seguro de 60 grados por delante y por detrás del planeta rojo. El punto de Lagrange que precede al planeta es el L4, mientras que el que va por detrás en su órbita es el L5.


Alrededor de Júpiter se han encontrado 6.000 troyanos, y alrededor de Neptuno 10. Se cree que datan de los primeros tiempos del Sistema Solar, cuando la distribución de los planetas y de los otros cuerpos menores de nuestro sistema era diferente de la actual.

Marte es hasta ahora el único planeta telúrico en el que se han encontrado asteroides troyanos en órbitas estables. El primer troyano del planeta rojo fue descubierto hace más de 25 años en L5 y se llama Eureka, en referencia a la famosa exclamación de Arquímedes. Hoy se conocen 9, y aunque parezca una cifra irrelevante si la comparamos con los cuerpos localizados en los puntos de Lagrange de Júpiter, en realidad, nos encontramos ante una estructura que no se ve en otro lugar del Sistema Solar.

Para empezar, todos los troyanos, excepto uno, se encuentran en el punto Lagrange L5.  Es más, las órbitas de todos, excepto de uno de los 8 Troyanos de L5, se agrupan alrededor de Eureka. La causa de la distribución irregular de estos objetos todavía no ha sido aclarada, aunque hay un par de teorías. En un primer escenario propuesto, una colisión rompió un precursor de un asteroide en el punto L5, lo que generó los fragmentos que forman el grupo que observamos hoy. Otra posibilidad es que un proceso llamado fisión rotacional provocara que un proto-Eureka se fragmentara. Cualquiera que sea la causa, la agrupación sugiere con mucha probabilidad que los asteroides de esta "familia Eureka" formaban parte de un solo objeto o un cuerpo progenitor. Aunque la evidencia circunstancial de esta hipótesis es fuerte, la prueba que quedaba por realizar era si estos cuerpos comparten una composición común o no. Afortunadamente, esto se puede investigar midiendo la luz del Sol reflejada en la superficie del asteroide, en otras palabras, obteniendo su espectro.

Para ello, un equipo internacional de astrónomos dirigidos por Apostolos Christou y Galin Borisov del Observatorio de Armagh en Irlanda del Norte, utilizaron el espectrógrafo X-SHOOTER montado en "Kueyen", a principios de 2016, para registrar los espectros de dos asteroides que pertenecen a la familia Eureka, 311999 y 385250. Analizando los espectros, encontraron que ambos objetos poseen una composición similar. El hallazgo muestra que estos asteroides están compuestos principalmente de olivino, un mineral que se forma típicamente en objetos mucho más grandes bajo condiciones de alta presión y temperatura, lo que significa que estos asteroides son probablemente restos materiales del manto perteneciente a un mini-planeta o planetesimal que, como la Tierra, desarrolló corteza, manto y núcleo a través del proceso de diferenciación pero, en este caso, el cuerpo fue destruido por una o más colisiones.

Christou señala que "existen muchas otras familias en el Cinturón de Asteroides situado entre Marte y Júpiter, e incluso entre los troyanos de Júpiter, pero ninguna está formada por estos asteroides compuestos por olivino". Esto se relaciona con el llamado problema del manto desaparecido: es decir, si se suma la masa de los diferentes minerales presentes en el Cinturón de Asteroides y particularmente aquellos que se cree que son pedazos de asteroides disgregados y diferenciados, hay un déficit de material procedente del manto de antiguos cuerpos, si lo comparamos con respecto al material encontrado procedente de la corteza y el núcleo de los mismos. 

Aunque el descubrimiento de esta familia dominada por olivinos no proporciona una solución final al problema del manto que falta, muestra que el material del manto estuvo presente cerca de un joven Marte en la historia temprana del Sistema Solar. Como explica Christou: "Nuestros hallazgos sugieren que tal material ha participado en la formación de Marte y quizás su vecino planetario, nuestra propia Tierra".




Fuente: Phys.org


          Dato para lucirse en el día del asteroide: hay 16.000 que pasan 'cerca' de la Tierra   


          Why Morocco loves its meteorites   

In Morocco's High Atlas mountains, the twin lakes of Isli and Tislit have an unusual origin. Abderrahmane Ibhi from Ibn Zohr University in Agadir found strong evidence in 2013 that they were impact craters, formed when an asteroid hurtling towards Earth split in two about 40,000 years ago.


           NASA craft to crash into asteroid and knock it off course    
Called Dart, it is hoped the refrigerator-sized spacecraft will blast off and hit its first target in 2022. Will impact nine times faster than a bullet, approximately 3.7 miles per second.
           Watch a simulated asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere    
NASA is creating 3D supercomputer simulations that could help first responders prepare for how an asteroid might behave once it crosses through Earth’s atmosphere.
          New Short Story for Writing Group   
Universe Mother



She started as floaties, small things wrapped around my arms to keep me from drowning. How she grew into a large island I do not know. I remember she changed from floaties to a full-on raft shortly after I called her and told her I was out of food, a fridge-empty-piss-poor-college-student. 500 dollars appeared in my account the next morning. Months later I was more observant than Neil Armstrong ever had been and explored those new regions of the universe where the belly button shaped a hole deeper and larger than asteroids ever made on this little planet.

Mother is bigger than the moon.

I stayed a while on her ribcage. I could feel her breathe in and out, and the motion felt soothing, but soon thereafter, she grew so large she was like the world. Sure we spin and move, but the orb is so large you don’t really know you move, just let scientist and sixth grade teachers explain it. They do it best, besides mom. Mom describes everything the best, whether it be a dead bird or how to tie a shoelace, no one can teach it better than mother. She taught me most of life is found in nature the other half through nurture. Mother is a nature-nurturer.

Once, movement of her body ceased, I felt like she might be dead, so I took out a telescope and surveyed the flesh-covered oceans for as far as the eye sponsored by technology could see. I was certain she no longer existed even though I walked upon her. That’s what happens when something grows so big and you are so small. Mother exists, but she doesn’t. She has grown beyond existence.

I breathe in mother when I breathe. Mother is salty air. Mother is thought. Mother is everything I see and don’t see. Mother is big enough to fill infinity, and mother is as small as my big toe.


The telescope hit on something one day. Three brothers, though one reluctantly, had joined me on universe Mother. The youngest kept his eye glued to my telescope, never believing mother really existed. Leave it to the doubter to find the greatest discovery of our time. It looked like one billion universes of color symmetrically diverging from a black center.

Mother has a multi-colored eye, mostly blue, mostly green, splash in a few hundred daubs of lesser colors. We’ve yet to find her second eye, but the youngest is steady as he goes, glued to the telescope.

            My oldest brother said he would get to the eye. He began his journey with sandwiches made from mother and a backpack made from mother and water created by mother. He left us with our telescope and sought out across the barren middle we described as stomach. We never saw him again. Mother can be cruel.

I am mother’s favorite.  

            We found bones shortly after we started our own journey to mother’s eye. Depraved of mother’s sustenance, the oldest had died of starvation. All he had to do to survive would have been to make another sandwich out of mother or drink from the pools that covered the swampy area. He must have grown tired of the same food and water. The water tasted like two-percent milk. The second oldest told us he could no longer live off of mother and so he left us, never to be seen again.

There are many places to get away from your brothers on mother.

            Just the two of us, my youngest brother and I, had the nerve to continue towards the eye, hoping mother would see us and take mercy on us, most of all, we hoped she would recognize her offspring. My younger brother grew tired of mother. He constantly said such reliance on mother made him weary. He didn’t quit the journey to her eye, he just changed his view of mother as the universe, described all the ways she mistreated him between bites from the sandwich made of mother. His hatred turned into his life philosophy, a disdain for all things that he had to rely on and couldn’t do for himself.

I liked mother more than my brothers.

            I told my poor, picked on younger brother to remain on mother’s throat. I said I would come back to him after I looked into mother’s eye. I ditched him, really. You get tired of groveling after a while. Mother’s nose had no comparison, no Himalaya that would even do it justice for how large it was. I followed it for three weeks straight.

            I made it to her eye and nearly blinded myself by looking into such radiance. “Mother,” I said. “It’s me, your favorite son.” The thing is eyes can see but they can’t talk. I shielded my eyes and stared into her eye. I think she comprehended me, but I can’t be certain. How could I be certain; it was an eye, and it was way too large to know if she looked at me or saw me.

            I live in the comfort of mother’s hair now. I don’t want to seek her lips. If she spoke, I don’t think I would be able to hear her. I’m comfortable spending my days in mother’s hair.

I know I am her favorite.
 
 
 
Dan, Levi and others, this is what I came up with from free writing sessions. Down below is the first paragraph or paragraphs that I cut because they felt too much like some sort of essay or introduction into the story, whereas I felt the new first line is a much more abrupt into right into the thing
 
Cut Portion of Story:
 
 
It wasn’t the enormity of her flesh at first that appealed to or scared me, maybe both. I had read a book about distant worlds and new futures, and the ideas and suppositions scared me, uncharted territory, like the ominous darkness separating the numerous campfires of opposing enemy battalions preparing for morning battle when the black space could be more readily defined. The unidentifiable struck a fear in me greater still than not knowing myself. As such, the indefinite future is a ruthless, unsympathetic bitch. You can’t predict it. You can say what you think will happen, but you don’t really know outcomes or destinies. YOU don’t grasp the universe, but YOURS TRULY does. Yes, I even know what my future holds, and I don’t need tarot cards to predict it. Mother is only an island now, but soon she will cover the immensity of the Milky Way—the milky way—the life-sustaining breast. I won’t tell you about a savior, men are dead, don’t you get it, men have been dead since world war 1. Women and milk rule the world, and they will rule infinity, it’s in the very title.  If God isn’t a woman soon then God isn’t.

          This is how NASA spots potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth   
Ever wonder how NASA is able to find and track possibly hazardous asteroids near our planet? Well, this video explainer has you covered. 

It was released on World Asteroid Day, which is devoted to raising public awareness of the dangers of asteroids and comets in our cosmic backyard. NASA has actually discovered tens of thousands of asteroids floating around our part of space.

SEE ALSO: The largest planet in the solar system could also be the oldest

Asteroid Day takes place every June 30, on the anniversary of the Tunguska event, which occurred in 1908. On that day, researchers think a 40-meter-wide space rock entered the atmosphere over Siberia flattening trees for about 800 square miles.  Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, Science, Asteroids, and Comets Reported by Mashable 12 hours ago.
          The Star Wars Millennium Asteroid Chase Coffee Table is a Must Have Item for Your Household   
The Star Wars Millenium Asteroid Chase Coffee Table is a Must Have Item for Your Household While your friends can mull around in darkness near a shabby sorry ass coffee table, you can increase your awesomeness levels with the official Star Wars Falcon Asteroid Chase coffee table. Yep, this baby is a reality; it is […]
          I♥tvseries: 10 serie tv interessanti da vedere.   
Da brava maratoneta di serie tv, durante la pausa invernale ho avuto modo di smaltire un sacco di puntate arretrate, di cominciare nuove serie e di allungare -e spuntare- la mia infinita lista di telefilm.
Questo post, senza girarla troppo per le lunghe visto che bisogna partire con l'elenco, è una sorta di lista/consiglio delle ultime serie che ho avuto modo di vedere, hai visto mai che a qualcuno serva una dritta per una nuova serie da incominciare. E che ci vuole, ci penso io, stò qua apposta! 
 Volevo avvisare tutti gli scoraggiati in ascolto, che sono tutti telefilm recenti, con pochi episodi, quindi potrete tranquillamente lasciarvi influenzare senza farvi venire il febbrone per la quantità di episodi da recuperare. Parto subito, così "tolto il dente, tolto il dolore" e finiamo in fretta, prometto che sarò il più sintetico possibile!

       SKAM       
Se non ne avete ancora sentito parlare, non ci credo! Questo telefilm è sulla bocca di tutti, è stato un vero successo, sopratutto tra gli adolescenti. In effetti, me ne vergogno un pò a parlarvene, perchè ormai l'adolescenza l'ho bella e che passata, però che vi devo dire, la quindicenne che c'è ancora in me l'ha molto apprezzato. Il telefilm è norvegese (quindi è già interessante, perchè è una lingua diversa dall'inglese, giusto per trasgredire ogni tanto) e racconta la storia di un gruppo di adolescenti, tra problemi, scandali e ordinaria vita di tutti i giorni. Telefilm simile a questo -giusto per farvi capire meglio il genere- è Skins. L'unica differenza è che in quest'ultimo, ogni puntata era dedicata a un ragazzo del gruppo, in skam invece hanno dedicato un intera serie ad ogni ragazzo protagonista.
Per adesso sono uscite solo tre stagioni, con puntate da circa 20 minuti ciascuna. La prima stagione su Eva, la seconda (la mia preferita) su Noora, e la terza, la più apprezzata dal web, su Isak, che all'inizio lo ammetto, mi stava un pò antipatico... ma alla fine ha fatto piangere anche me.
 Degna di nota anche la scelta delle canzoni. Ve la consiglio un botto. 


       GOOD BEHAVIOR        
Contrariamente a Skam, questo telefilm è uscito in punta di piedi, non rientra neanche nel solito genere di telefilm che guardo, ma mi ha rapito dopo pochi minuti. I protagonisti sono magnetici, tutte le puntate non hanno neanche un minuto morto, la storia è sempre "sul pezzo" come diciamo oggi. Protagonista è Letty, una scaltra ladruncola, che ha avuto problemi di alcol e droga, nei quali continua sempre a ricascare nonostante ci provi con tutte le forze a tornare sulla retta via. Oltre alla battaglia con sè stessa, deve anche lottare per cercare di riottenere la custodia di suo figlio che gli è stata tolta -giustamente-. All'inizio di questo percorso, incontra -e si scontra, tanto per citare "Kiss me Licia"- con Javier un affascinante sicario con il quale intraprenderà una "pericolosa" relazione. L'attore maschile devo dire che, non è il solito belloccio, ma è davvero molto affascinante, sarà anche per il ruolo che interpreta, ma io me ne sono innamorata al primo sguardo. Ve lo consiglio spassionatamente, anche perchè la storia man mano che và avanti si espande nei particolari, c'è la puntata della cena in famiglia di lui, che per me è stata un qualcosa di spettacolare. Ne vale la pena. Indicativamente, vi dò due nomi di telefilm ai quali potrebbe assomigliare: White collar (secondo me), The catch (suggerito dal web).

       THIS IS US       
Questo forse possiamo definirlo il telefilm rivelazione dell'anno. Nel caso decidiate di vedere questa serie, vi avviso di procurarvi una discreta scorta di kleenex, perchè piangerete, eccome se piangerete. Quindi daje a ride, come dicono a Roma.
Una rivelazione vera è propria, perchè è straordinario come in tanta semplicità, attraverso il racconto della storia di una normalissima famiglia, possano scatenarsi tante emozioni contrastanti. Volete un motivo in più per guardarlo? Vi dico solo: Milo Ventimiglia
Serie tv simili: Parenthood.

       UNTRADITIONAL       
Finalmente un telefilm italiano.
Snobbato da molti, a prescindere, solo perchè c'è di mezzo Fabio Volo, francamente io, boh, non sò che dirvi, poveri voi! Personalmente, Fabio Volo non mi ha fatto niente, non mi ha ucciso nessun parente, quindi sono una dei pochi che non prova odio per questo personaggio. A parte i libri, che non ho letto tutti, lo ascolto sempre in radio, lo guardo da Fazio e ho sempre seguito tutti i suoi programmi (da "italo/francese" e "italo/spagnolo" su mtv, a "volo in diretta" su rai3, programmi che tra l'altro ricordo con tanta nostalgia perchè mi piacevano un sacco, sopratutto il momento post-it a fine puntata. Qualcun'altro oltre me se lo ricorda?)... dicevo, lo seguo e non me ne vergogno, non sò perchè dovrei poi. Anyways, il telefilm è ambientato tra Milano e New York (quindi avrete anche occasione di rifarvi un pò gli occhi), e cito wikipedia: "l'apertura della sitcom alla prima puntata è ispirata ampiamente al famoso monologo di Woody Allen in Manhattan."  Nel corso delle puntate, Fabio che interpreta se stesso, racconta le diffoltà che incontra nel realizzare il proprio sogno. E' stato rinnovato anche per una seconda stagione. Haters rosicate. Tanto.

       NO TOMORROW       
Una comedy spensierata e leggera. Se ne cercavate una, eccovela! Evie conduce una vita piuttosto ordinaria e priva di colpi di scena, fin quando non incontra Xavier (ossia Joshua Sasse, l'attore di Galavant) che la incoraggia a cogliere l'attimo, perchè fermamente convinto che un asteroide colpirà la terra tra soli otto mesi. Così comincia la loro avventura, Evie comincerà a fare una sorta di bucket list insieme a Xavier, e comincerà a provare l'ebbrezza di vivere fuori dagli schemi, e in ogni puntata li vedremo spuntare qualche voce della lunga lista.
 
       DIVORCE       
Questo avevo provato a vederlo in lingua originale, e vi dico solo che, ho chiuso la puntata a metà. Poi sky l'ha dato in italiano, e ho deciso di dargli una seconda possibilità, solo per Sarah Jessica Parker. Non mi ha entusiasmato tantissimo, però non è da buttare. Forse la storia è un pò troppo adulta, per gli argomenti che tratta, insomma non credo che ad un ragazzo di età compresa tra i 15 e i 30 anni, possano interessare i problemi di una coppia che stà per divorziare. O almeno, a me non interessava tanto, fortunatamente non ci sono ancora arrivata a quello stadio, anche se, da figlia di genitori divorziati posso dire di averla guardata comunque con interesse, magari ti aiuta a metterti un pò nei panni dei tuoi genitori... e magari colpevolizzarli di meno.
L'unica cosa che non capisco, è perchè questo telefilm è stato definito "comedy", a parte qualche battuta sarcastica, io non l'ho trovato divertente. Da una comedy uno si aspetta di ridere tanto, a crepapelle, ma non è questo il caso. Sarah Jessica Parker comunque è bellissima. La storia è un pò lenta, ti ci appassioni quasi verso la fine. Lo consiglio solo alle persone tenaci, o ai fan di SJP.
Telefilm simili: Desperate housewife (secondo il web).
       MAN SEEKING WOMAN       
E' la prima volta che parlo male di un telefilm, avevo tante aspettative, ne avevo sentito parlare così bene che avevo deciso di vederlo, ero troppo curiosa. Ho fatto anche i salti mortali per trovare le puntate... e niente, non mi è piaciuto affatto! Infatti alla terza puntata mi sono arresa. Probabilmente avrò perso un capolavoro che a me non è arrivato, ma pazienza. Avete presente Fantozzi? Mi ha ricordato un pò quella comicità. Anche Fantozzi faceva ridere un sacco di gente, ma a me faceva l'effetto contrario, mi innervosiva. Ma tanto. Si vede che sono troppo ignorante per quel tipo di comicità, perchè dicono che per apprezzare Fantozzi bisogna essere super intelligenti. Questa serie mi ha scatenato la stessa reazione di Fantozzi, mentre gli altri gridano al capolavoro. De gustibus. Resto nella mia ignoranza! 
Telefilm simili: the last man on earth e Wilfred (secondo il web).

       VICTORIA       
Le famiglie reali incuriosiscono sempre. Questo racconta la storia della regina Victoria, e mi è piaciuto un sacco. Anche per imparare un pò di storia, quella sconosciuta, io a scuola mi rifiutavo categoricamente di impararla, non ci riuscivo. Se vi interessa dal 3marzo arriverà anche in italia, su laeffe (canale 139 di sky).
  Ah! Vi avviso che la canzone della sigla crea dipendenza, ti entra nel cervello e non se ne và più, vi ritroverete a spolverare a casa e cantarla... e non  è una canzone pop, è tipo lirica, quindi vi lascio immaginare le stecche formidabili. Questo però ha avuto meno successo in confronto a quello di cui vi parlerò sotto.

       THE CROWN       
 
Científicos de todo el mundo pretenden concienciar a la población en el Día Internacional del Asteroide de la importancia de la investigación en este campo
          Moon Station Could Use Tech from Scrapped Asteroid Mission, NASA Says   
NASA is salvaging technology from a scrapped asteroid mission to help build a space station orbiting the moon.
          Asteroid Day Rocks! Here Are Some of the Cool Events Happening Worldwide   
Today is Asteroid Day: From online broadcasts and lectures to hands-on activities, colleges, museums and observatories all over the globe are striving to raise awareness about the wonders and potential dangers of asteroids.
          Chelyabinsk-Like Asteroid Gets Incinerated in Supercomputer Simulation (Video)   
When a small asteroid fell to Earth over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013, the speeding space rock exploded midair and created a shock wave powerful enough to damage thousands of buildings and injure more than 1,200 people.
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike   
Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.
          Tag der Asteroiden I: "Der oberste Planetenverteidiger"   
Ein NASA-Wissenschaftler beobachtet Asteroiden, die womöglich die Erde treffen könnten.
          Tag der Asteroiden II: Mehr Aufmerksamkeit für Gesteinsbrocken   
Was muss ein Asteroid tun, um in die Schlagzeilen zu kommen? Vier nicht ganz ernst gemeinte Vorschläge.
          Elementary 5 su Rai2 con Sherlock e il segreto di Paige, anticipazioni episodi 1° e 8 luglio   

Stasera, in seconda serata, torna l'appuntamento con Elementary 5 su Rai2 con un nuovo episodio inedito della quinta stagione della serie tv in onda negli Stati Uniti su CBS. Lo show ha chiuso il suo quinto capitolo lo scorso maggio, registrando 4,1 milioni di telespettatori totali e un rating di 0.5, restando quindi nei minimi. Nonostante gli ascolti scarsi, la CBS ha deciso di concedere un'altra possibilità alla serie, rinnovandola per una sesta stagione di 13 episodi, che andranno in onda all'inizio del 2018; con questa mossa, il network decreterà la fine di Elementary il prossimo anno? Al momento gli spettatori italiani non devono preoccuparsi perché la quinta stagione viene trasmessa regolarmente ogni sabato in seconda serata - salvo cambiamenti di palinsesto della Rai, come spesso accade con le serie tv che vanno in onda sull'emittente (la programmazione di Blue Bloods, ad esempio, che va a singhiozzi ogni venerdì sera). Ecco le anticipazioni sugli episodi di Elementary 5 su Rai2 in onda stasera 1° luglio e sabato 8 luglio, alle ore 22:45 circa. Nell'episodio 5x03, intitolato "Ricatto e riscatto", un ragazzo, Kenneth Tolan, in un rifugio per nudisti, riprende con il telefonino una donna tenuta in ostaggio in un cottage. Scoperto, viene ucciso. L'indagine di Sherlock lo porterà subito a collegarlo al rapimento di una donna avvenuto una settimana prima. Nel frattempo, il detective indaga anche su una truffa, dopo aver ricevuto l’incarico da Paige (la guest star Virginia Madsen), la fidanzata del Capitano Gregson, malata di sclerosi multipla. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rov6WdwFe9Y Nell'episodio 5x04, intitolato "Henry Penny, il cielo sta cadendo", quando la sua unità viene selezionata per ricevere un riconoscimento ufficiale per il suo lavoro esemplare, il Capitano Gregson intende includere anche Holmes e Watson nel premio, ma Holmes non vorrebbe accettare. Intanto, mentre consultano l'inchiesta sull'assassinio di un analista finanziario, Sherlock e Joan vengono attirati nel mondo dello sfruttamento delle risorse minerarie sugli asteroidi.
          Asteroid Day, marcată în Oradea, oraşul primul meridian 0 - Digi24   

Digi24 Asteroid Day, marcată în Oradea, oraşul primul meridian 0 Digi24 Astroclubul Meridian Zero sărbătoreşte Asteroid Day, un eveniment internațional care are scopul de a informa populația cu privire la riscurile generate de asteroizi. Această zi este marcată anual, la scară planetară, pe 30 iunie, dată la care, în 1908, … și altele »

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          PIA21712: Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid ...   


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          International Asteroid Day: NASA celebrates occasion with a special broadcast   
The US space agency NASA marks the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day on June 30 with a special television program featuring the agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs).
          Simulating asteroid impacts to help identify life-threatening events   
6/30/17
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When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid’s shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people.

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          177 - Final Mission   
Wesley Crusher is headed to Starfleet Academy. He just needs to run a quick errand, survive a shuttle crash, solve a logic problem, and save the life of Captain Picard. Also, the Enterprise does a stint as the galaxy’s most luxurious tugboat. Asteroids! Deserts! Radioactive waste! See it all when we finally put Final Mission in the Mission Log. Got something to say? We want to hear it: On Facebook: facebook.com/missionlogpod On Twitter: @missionlogpod On Skype: missionlogpod On the phone: (323) 522-5641 Online: http://missionlogpodcast.com We may use your comments on a future episode of Mission Log.
          058 - The Paradise Syndrome   
Amnesia! Ancient technology! Asteroids! Hardly sounds tranquil, but it's everything a forgetful Jim Kirk could ever want. Find out why when we put The Paradise Syndrome in the Mission Log.   Got something to say? Don't forget to say it:   On Facebook: facebook.com/missionlogpod On Twitter: @missionlogpod On Skype: MissionLogPod On the phone: (323) 522-5641 Online: http://missionlogpodcast.com   We may use your comments on the show!
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike   
The date commemorates the Earth's largest recorded asteroid impact in 1908 when a powerful asteroid struck the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in a remote Siberian forest of Russia.
          Ultraman Gaia - Episode 17 - The Shadow of Space, Light of Earth   

Fujimiya awakens a monster, Zonnel, with the intention of stopping an asteroid headed towards the Earth. While Fujimiya might want to preserve the planet, Gamu fears that he's not as concerned about saving human lives.
          Asteroid Day: Tunguska è un monito per l'umanità   
30 giugno, l'Asteroid Day cade in questo giorno per ricordare l'evento di Tunguska, quando un asteroide esplose in atmosfera sopra la Siberia, vaporizzando 2.000 km quadrati di foresta.

          Cum s-ar vedea un asteroid care arde în atmosferă la 72.000 km/h   
Momentul în care un asteroid arde în atmosferă la o viteză de 72.000km/h a fost simulat cu succes de către NASA. În urmă cu aproximativ patru ani, un asteroid de dimensiunile unui autobuz intra în atmosferă deasupra orașului Chelyabinsk, din Rusia, spărgând ferestre pe un perimetru de aproximativ 100 de kilometri și provocând răni care […]
          Africa: On Asteroid Day, UN Space Agency Urges International Planning for Potential Impact Threat   
[UN News] The potential impact of an asteroid or comet hitting Earth could be catastrophic, a top United Nations official today warned, urging the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger.
          'Salvation' Series Premiere, Spoilers: MIT Grad Student Tries to Stop a Killer Asteroid Collision in Upcoming Show   
A brand new series is coming to CBS this summer with a potentially deadly asteroid at its tails. In "Salvation," humanity only has six months to figure out how to stop a fatal asteroid collision, but it quickly becomes apparent that the upcoming global disaster may be the least of their problems.
          5 Kejadian yang Bisa Memusnahkan Peradaban Manusia   

Manusia adalah spesies yang tahan banting. Kita telah menyintas selama 200 ribu tahun dan mengatasi kelaparan, kekeringan, penyakit, perubahan iklim, dan bencana alam.

Lalu apakah ada satu peristiwa tunggal yang dapat membinasakan manusia? Atau setidaknya mengurangi populasi manusia, hingga ke titik di mana kita tidak bisa bangkit kembali?

Tentu saja ada.

Misalnya, di angkasa ada planet yang secara liar melintas mengganggu keseimbangan orbit-orbit planet yang mengelilingi matahari.

Planet Jupiter menjaga orbit Bumi pada zona nyaman, sehingga gangguan terhadap orbit planet itu mengganggu keseimbangan orbit Bumi dan cuaca planet menjadi kacau balau.

Atau bisa juga karena matinya suatu bintang pada jarak 7.000 tahun cahaya. Bintang itu menciut menjadi lubang hitam (black hole) sambil mengirim sinar gamma selama 10 detik.

Sinar mematikan itu pada akhirnya mencapai bumi dan telah membesar selama perjalanannya di angkasa. Lapisan ozon Bumi rusak dan cuaca tidak lagi mendukung kehidupan.

Hal ini diduga pernah terjadi, misalnya kebinasaan pada masa Ordovicia sekitar 440 juta tahun lalu yang 'melahap' 70 persen kehidupan di Bumi. Kiamat waktu itu diduga disebabkan oleh sinar gamma yang berasal dari bintang berjarak 6.000 tahun cahaya.

Atau, ada juga dugaan tabrakan asteroid ke Bumi yang telah membinasakan dinosaurus.

Berikut ini sejumlah skenario peristiwa tunggal yang diduga bisa membiasakan manusia dari Bumi, dirangkum dari toptenz.net pada Sabtu (1/7/2017):

 

Saksikan video menarik berikut ini:

 

 

Ilustrasi virus. (Sumber Pixabay)

Bayangkan seseorang sedang bersantai menonton televisi di rumah. Lalu berita televisi menyebutkan adanya komet yang jatuh di kota tetangga dengan jarak 1 jam perjalanan.

Esok harinya, ketika kembali bekerja, ternyata sekitar separuh rekan kerja tidak masuk karena sakit. Kita pun ikut merasa sakit dan minta izin pulang ke rumah, lalu ternyata banyak mayat bergelimpangan di jalan dan terjadi suasana darurat. Diduga ada penyakit yang dibawa oleh komet yang menjadi berita sebelumnya.

Sebenarnya belum ada bukti adanya kehidupan patogen di luar Bumi, tapi semesta ini amat luas sehingga masih banyak yang belum kita ketahui.

Seandainya ada patogen dari angkasa, maka sistem kekebalan tubuh manusia tidak punya penangkalnya. Kasus serupa pernah terjadi dalam sejarah ketika bangsa Eropa datang ke benua Amerika dan membawa sejenis penyakit, yang kemudian membawa kebinasaan sekitar 95 persen suku-suku pribumi Amerika -- karena belum adanya kekebalan terhadap penyakit asing dari Eropa.

Mengenai penyakit dari angkasa, beberapa ahli astronomi dari Cardiff University menduga hal itu pernah terjadi. Suatu teori menyebutkan bahwa debu yang berasal dari komet yang melintas dekat Bumi, menyebabkan wabah penyakit pada 1918 sehingga menewaskan lebih dari 20 juta orang.

Fitoplankton, mahluk renik penting dalam rantai pasokan pangan untuk ekosistem. (Sumber Pixabay)

Misalkan pada suatu hari ada pengumuman untuk memasang masker gas. Tentu ada suatu alasan yang kurang menyenangkan terkait hal tersebut. Bahkan kita pun telah memasang pita isolasi untuk menutup celah-celah pintu dan jendela.

Ternyata diatom, fitoplankton yang paling lazim ada, telah mencemari udara dengan gas klorin yang mematikan. Plankton jenis itu menyerap molekul-molekul udara dan memisahkan hidrogen dari oksigen dalam air.

Tapi, plankton itu mulai menyerap garam dari lautan, yaitu sodium klorida, dan memilah atom-atomnya. Hasilnya adalah gas klorin yang dilepas ke udara, bukan oksigen.

Menurut Joe Kirschvink, ahli geobiologi dari California Institute of Technology, menduga skenario mungkin saja tapi kecil kemungkinannya. Hal serupa pernah terjadi 2 miliar tahun lalu ketika atmosfer Bumi terutama terdiri dari metan dan gas rumah kaca.

Pada 2,35 miliar tahun lalu, ganggang biru kehijauan bernama cyanobacteria memompa oksigen secara bebas sehingga atmosfer mulai berubah dan memungkinkan munculnya kehidupan. Tapi tidak ada yang mengetahui mengapa ganggang itu mendadak menghasilkan oksigen.

Menurut Kirschvink, perubahan sifat diatom yang menjadikannya mencerna garam hanyalah "…perubahan kecil dalam lintasan metabolisnya."

Ia menekankan bahwa tidak ada manfaat evolusioner bagi diatom untuk mengubah pencernaannya, tapi belum jelas juga alasan evolusioner bagi cyanobacteria mendadak mengeluarkan oksigen.

Ilustrasi susunan atom. (Sumber Pixabay)

Dalam kisah-kisah bertema kiamat, orang mencoba memberikan cara pandang tentang bentuk kiamat tertentu. Tapi, skenario kiamat oleh materi aneh tak bisa dibayangkan karena belum ada orang yang yakin sekali bagaimana materi aneh berperilaku.

Hanya perlu beberapa detik mulai dari pembentukan materi itu untuk memusnahkan kehidupan di dunia. Tebakan yang paling mungkin adalah bahwa Bumi akan menjadi bola, yang amat sangat padat bergaris tengah sekitar meter saja.

Kejadian itu kecil kemungkinannya. Tapi, jika terjadi, maka hal itu mungkin terjadi di Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider yang terletak di Brookhaven National Laboratory di Long Island, negara bagian New York.

Lab itu serupa dengan fasilitas Large Hadron Collider, tapi dengan tingkat energi yang lebih rendah.

Para peneliti di sana berpendapat bahwa salah satu uji coba yang dilakukan dapat menciptakan materi aneh hipotesis yang mencakup partikel aneh. Hanya perlu satu materi aneh bermuatan negatif untuk memulai reaksi berantai yang memusnahkan dunia hanya dalam hitungan beberapa detik.

Tapi, para kritikus menganggap mesin collider itu menghasilkan terlalu banyak panas bagi penciptaan materi aneh.

Ilustrasi unggahan jiwa manusia ke dalam sistem komputer. (Sumber Wikia)

Sekitar 60 tahun dari sekarang, seandainya masih hidup, maka setengah dari kerabat dan teman sudah meninggal dunia. Yang masih hidup mungkin memilih mengunggah pikiran mereka ke suatu program komputer bernama Existence 2.0. Malah mungkin kita adalah satu-satunya manusia jasmani yang masih hidup di Bumi.

Jika ingin bergabung dengan Existence 2.0, robot-robot akan menempelkan beberapa elektroda di kepala dan dalam beberapa jam kemudian kesadaran kita ditransfer dari tubuh kita, diubah menjadi kode, dan diunggah ke Existence 2.0.

Ketika kesadaran kita sudah kembali, kita bisa memilih suatu tubuh kalau kita menginginkannya, lalu menjelajah luasnya Existence 2.0.

Masalahnya, orang mati menghasilkan unggahan yang buruk. Pernah dicoba berdasarkan detail pribadinya, tapi unggahan penuhnya tidak otentik lagi dalam Existence 2.0. Apalagi pemerintah memutuskan agar orang yang sudah tak bernyawa tak lagi membuat pilihan sehingga tidak bisa diunggah.

Apakah orang memilih untuk menetap dalam tubuhnya dan meninggal? Atau mengunggah isi pikirannya dan tidak pernah mati lagi?

Eksperimen itu terasa mengerikan dan mungkin menjadi pilihan terakhir bagi sebagian dari kita di masa depan.

Menurut futuris Ray Kurzweil yang mengacu kepada Moore's Law, menjelang 2045 nanti komputer telah mencapai tahap singularitas teknologi. Pada titik itu, unit tersebut sudah lebih cerdas daripada manusia.

Pada saat itulah dimungkinkan antarmuka antara komputer dengan pikiran manusia. Artinya, kita bisa mengunggah kesadaran kita ke suatu komputer.

Pada akhirnya, kita bisa mencapai suatu titik di mana semua manusia telah mengunggah pikiran mereka karena bisa meneruskan kehidupan tanpa persoalan-persoalan masa kini seperti penyakit, nyeri, dan penderitaan, lalu kemudian mencapai pengalaman-pengalaman yang luar biasa.

Namun demikian, sebagai biaya bagi keabadian itu, kita tidak lagi memiliki tubuh secara jasmani sehingga kita bukan lagi manusia. Kita telah menjadi spesies yang berbeda.

Ilustrasi kerjasama manusia dengan mesin kecerdasan buatan (AI). (Sumber Pixabay)

Pada tahun 2050, kehidupan sehari-hari cukup mudah karena robot-robot yang mengurusi banyak hal dalam kehidupan kita. Robot bisa memasak, melakukan bersih-bersih, dan bahkan mengemudi.

Tapi gambaran horor terjadi, ketika pada suatu pagi alarm tak berbunyi dan semuanya gelap gulita. Bahkan 'rumah pintar' pun tidak lagi bisa diperintah untuk menyalakan lampu.

Kita tidak lagi bisa memerintahkan rumah untuk membuatkan sarapan. Bahkan untuk sekadar membuka pintu dan jendela untuk memulai ulang (reboot) sistem karena kecerdasan buatan (artificial intelligence, AI) telah mengunci kita dalam rumah.

Seandainya kita berhasil ke luar rumah dengan memecahkan jendela, maka lingkungan di luar sunyi. Mendadak terdengar mobil AI melesat mencoba menabrak kita, lalu ada drone AI yang melontarkan roket untuk melumat rumah kita.

Seperti disebutkan sebelumnya tentang singularitas komputer, maka bisa saja suatu saat nanti komputer malah tidak menginginkan keberadaan manusia. Manusia telah dianggap sebagai parasit yang harus dibasmi.

Jangan anggap remeh karena hal ini menjadi kekhawatiran serius di kalangan ahli teknologi. Misalnya, Elon Musk memperingatkan bahwa AI bisa menjadi lebih berbahaya daripada senjata nuklir.

Ia juga menegaskan bahwa kita hanya punya satu kesempatan untuk melakukannya secara benar. Jika tidak, AI akan memusnahkan kita.

Pandangan itulah yang menjadi alasan mengapa DeepMind (divisi AI dalam perusahaan Google) dan Oxford University mengembangkan "kill switch" untuk AI.

Karena, jika sistem AI lepas kendali, maka kita mungkin tidak pernah bisa lagi mengendalikannya dan menekan tombol darurat itu untuk merestart ulang programnya.

Jika tidak mereka akan melakukan pembalasan. AI dapat melakukan perhitungan bahwa lebih mudah baginya membinasakan  semua manusia.

 


          Microsoft Surface and the Future of Home Computing?   

Originally posted on: http://brustblog.net/archive/2007/05/30/112857.aspx

The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface.

A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this:

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them / etc. A bit off in the future but a wonderful look at where technology might be taking us. Is this a glimpse of the future of home computing? I think so. Will it be a table? - maybe not - or will it be a stand up screen like in the movie Minority Report? Its funny, but the table reminds me of my first days of seeing a "computer gaming machine" which was a pong game at my local Pizza Hut when I was a kid. We would lean on the tabletop computer game and play a ton of those pong/asteroids games. Though - that table got really greasy after awhile.

It is interesting to see where Microsoft is spending their dollars for the future of home computing. There will be a emergence of technologies in the future for the home - but when will that come is anyone's guess. Though, right now, Microsoft is making investments in gaming consoles (and doing a good job at it I might add), Tivo-like machines such as Media Center, this Microsoft Surface and more.

Whatever it will be - there will be a heavy emphasis on networking with devices, dummy terminals in the house, communicating with house members at their jobs, as they travel and more. There will be a heavy emphasis on a massive data store in the home for the huge amount of video, pictures, history that a family will want to digitally collect. I, today, could use a 5TB data store for everything I want to store - but alas - not yet.

Too bad we die and don't live on and on as I love seeing technology evolve and the experience just gets better over time. My kids are the lucky ones that will get to play with all those cool gadgets. Enjoy the moment, eh?

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          El Día Internacional del Asteroide se celebra por primera vez para concienciar sobre el peligro de su impacto   
El evento principal durará 24 horas y consiste en varias mesas de especialistas en el que se harán conexiones en directo desde distintas partes del mundo. Más de 700 eventos han sido organizados en 190 países por esta conmemoración.
          Post re: Alex Honnold has soloed El Capitan   
normajean wrote:

I think he narrowed it down. A lot.

Should hopefully be released before the next asteroid hits earth.  Before the Trump presidency ends lets hope.  Hey,,if we are lucky, that could be in just a few months !!!



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          Wussy “Waiting Room” & “Asteroids” (live on Ultra Sessions)   
One of the best indie rock bands around, Wussy, had an Ultra Sessions.  Here’s “Waiting Room“… http://ultrasessions.com/home/wussy-waiting-room/ And “Asteroids“… http://ultrasessions.com/home/wussy-asteroids/ Check out their latest album, Strawberry, listen and buy if you like it on Amazon. I saw Over the Rhine last night at the Triple Door in Seattle.  Review, setlist, and photos up before Thanksgiving! […]
          Episode 356: Offsetting the Bigotry Footprint   
Stories covered in episode:  Polygamous Mormon Church Allowed to Keep Its Police Force Former Ohio mayor who called himself ‘dedicated’ Christian admits to molesting girl, called her ‘willing participant’: court docs San Antonio Mayor Says Atheism Causes Poverty 3 Pakistani women confess to killing man over blasphemy Chechnya’s President Vows To Eliminate Gays By The Start Of Ramadan Hidden files reveal plight of the boys 'made into slaves' Michael Reagan: Men Should Sue Women For ‘Sexual Arousal’ Charisma Author: Nine-Year-Old Boy’s Vision of Asteroid, Nuclear War ‘From The Lord’  Jesse Lee Peterson: The Firing Of Bill O’Reilly Was ‘A Modern-Day Lynching’  Your Grammar Would Be As Weird As Trump’s If You, Too, Saw the Future https://www.patreon.com/citationpod  
          Episode 193: Take It in the Asteroid   
  Bryan Fischer Says Michael Brown Was Possessed By A Homicidal Demon - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-says-michael-brown-was-possessed-homicidal-demon#sthash.MzuzfeuU.dpuf   Twin Cities Archdiocese sues insurers, saying firms won't pay abuse claims: http://m.startribune.com/local/283863161.html   Pope Francis names US priest who hid reports of abuse to be Vatican prosecutor of sex crimes: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/priest-selected-by-pope-to-prosecute-sx-charges-failed-to-report-abuse-complaints/   Mike Huckabee: Abortion Rights Worse Than Nazi Holocaust; Gay Marriage Dooms America - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-abortion-rights-worse-nazi-holocaust-gay-marriage-dooms-america#sthash.hPRwCI3B.dpuf   Houston pastor refuses to bury 93-year-old woman who didn’t tithe enough while in a coma: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/houston-pastor-refuses-to-bury-93-year-old-women-who-didnt-tithe-enough-while-in-a-coma/   Former leader of ‘gay cure’ group marries male partner: http://metro.co.uk/2014/11/22/former-leader-of-gay-cure-group-marries-male-partner-4957963/   Creationist Ken Ham: Climate change is Earth ‘settling down’ after God punished sinners with the Flood: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/creationist-ken-ham-climate-change-is-earth-settling-down-after-god-punished-sinners-with-the-flood/   Most White Evangelical Protestants Believe Bible's 'End Times' Cause Natural Disasters: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/christianity/most-white-evangelical-protestants-believe-bibles-end-times-cause-natural-di   Sought For Murder, Indian Guru Was “Using His Devotees as a Human Shield” During Massive Siege on Ashram: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/11/25/sought-for-murder-indian-guru-was-using-his-devotees-as-a-human-shield-during-massive-siege-on-ashram/ http://dogmadebate.com/fbb/
          Episode 148: First Bort   
  Microchips-For-Newborns Hoax Has Thousands of Christians Believing That the End Times Are Near… Again Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India's Socialist Party Police: WV ‘magical warlock’ coerced sex from kids by promising to cure ill mother Parents Say 234 Schoolgirls Are Missing in Mass Nigerian Kidnapping, Far Higher Than Official Reports http://homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/50-shades-of-grey-or-contemporary-christian-music-lyrics-a-quiz/ Private school chief linked to Islam Trojan Horse plot says: Stone all adulterers to death   Archbishop Slings Bigotry at Atheists Glenn Grothman Says John Kerry Upset God By Condemning Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown Bob Marshall Reiterates Claim That Disabled Children Represent God's 'Vengeance' For Abortion Pat Robertson: Jesus said an asteroid could destroy Earth next week http://igg.me/at/veteranjobs   http://youtu.be/v-j26Cn3MRE?t=4m11s
          Hoy se celebra el Día del Asteroide   
"Los dinosaurios no los vieron venir, ¿cuál es nuestra excusa?"
          'Salvation' Episodes to Stream on Amazon Days After They Air on CBS   
Salvation - Cast
Episodes of the sci-fi thriller will be available to stream on Amazon four days after they air on CBS.

          Rummissilet kan ramme os ud af det blå   
Selv en "beskeden" asteroide på 100 meter kan blæse hele København omkuld og ankomme fuldstændig uforudset. Derfor er det af afgørende betydning, at vi får styr på de truende rummissiler over os.
          Asteroides amenazan con impactar contra la Tierra   

La amenaza de que un asteroide como el que acabó con la vida de los dinosaurios vuelva a impactar con el planeta Tierra se mantiene vigente.
          La escala de Turín: clasificación del peligro de impacto de objetos cercanos a la Tierra   
Para celebrar el primer día oficial de los asteroides, a lo largo del fin de semana republicaremos artículos sobre estos pequeños cuerpos con la finalidad de aprender más sobre ellos.


El terdcer artículo que he elegido es: "La escala de Turín: clasificación del peligro de impacto de objetos cercanos a la Tierra"

La Escala de Turín es un método de clasificación del peligro de impacto asociado a los objetos de tipo NEO (Near Earth Objects, objetos cercanos a la Tierra), entre los que se encuentran asteroides y cometas. Fue creada como instrumento de uso de los astrónomos y el público para conocer enseguida la peligrosidad de un eventual impacto contra nuestro planeta, combinando la probabilidad estadística y el potencial derivado de la energía cinética que procede del mismo impacto. La Escala de Palermo es parecida, pero es más técnica y compleja.

La Escala de Turín emplea una escala de valores de 0 a 10. Un objeto clasificado con el número 0 indica que éste tiene una posibilidad casi nula de colisionar con la Tierra, o con efectos eventualmente comparables a los del polvo espacial normal, es decir, demasiado pequeño como para penetrar la atmósfera y alcanzar intacto la Tierra sin desintegrarse. Un valor de 10 indica una colisión segura, con efectos a gran escala, como sembrar la destrucción total en la Tierra. Sólo se expresan números enteros: no se usan por tanto valores fraccionarios o decimales.

Un objeto recibe un valor de 0 a 10 basándose en su probabilidad de colisión y en su energía cinética, expresada en megatones (1 megatón=1 millón de toneladas de TNT). Por ejemplo, Little Boy, la bomba atómica que estalló en Hiroshima (Japón), tuvo una potencia de cerca de 13 kilotones de TNT. Por tanto, un megatón de TNT equivale a cerca de 77 bombas como la de Hiroshima.


La Escala de Turín actual usa una escala de colores: blanco, verde, amarillo, naranja y rojo. Cada color tiene un sentido descriptivo.

RIESGO NULO (blanco)

0.La probabilidad de colisión es cero, o tan baja que es prácticamente cero. Se aplica también a objetos pequeños como meteoros o cuerpos celestes que se desintegran a su paso por la atmósfera, o que raramente caen a la Tierra en forma de meteorito, y sólo excepcionalmente pueden causar daños de algún tipo.

NORMAL (verde)

1.Las observaciones ocasionales pueden descubrir el paso cerca de la Tierra de objetos que tienen un cierto peligro de colisión. Los cálculos y análisis realizados muestran que las probabilidades de colisión son extremadamente bajas y no merecen mucha atención y preocupación entre la gente. Con casi total probabilidad, las nuevas observaciones que se hagan llevarán a una reasignación al nivel 0.

MERECEDORES DE ATENCIÓN POR PARTE DE LOS ASTRÓNOMOS (amarillo)

2.Colisión muy improbable de un objeto que lleva una trayectoria cercana a la Tierra. Merece la atención de los astrónomos, pero no hay motivo de preocupación por parte de la población, ya que el riesgo no es muy probable. Las nuevas observaciones pueden reasignar el riesgo al nivel 0.

3.Encuentro cercano, merecedor de atención por parte de los astrónomos. Los cálculos indican una probabilidad de colisión de hasta un 1%, capaz de causar destrucción a nivel local. Muy probablemente, las nuevas y más precisas observaciones reconduzcan el peligro al nivel 0. Será necesaria la atención del público y de las autoridades sobre todo si el riesgo de colisión está a menos de 10 años.

4.Encuentro cercano, merecedor de atención por parte de los astrónomos. Los cálculos indican una probabilidad de colisión de más de un 1%, capaz de causar devastación a nivel regional. Muy probablemente las nuevas observaciones reasignarán el nivel de peligro a 0. Será necesaria la atención del público y de las autoridades sobre todo si el riesgo de colisión está a menos de 10 años.

ACONTECIMIENTOS PREOCUPANTES (naranja)

5.Encuentro cercano con un objeto que supone una amenaza seria, pero todavía incierta, de devastación regional. La atención crítica de los astrónomos es necesaria para determinar si existe o no la posibilidad de un choque. Si la colisión está prevista para menos de 10 años, deben considerarse medidas gubernamentales de urgencia.

6.Encuentro cercano con un gran objeto que supone una amenaza seria, pero todavía incierta, de una catástrofe global. La atención crítica de los astrónomos es necesaria para determinar si existe o no la posibilidad de un choque. Si la colisión está prevista para menos de 30 años, deben considerarse medidas gubernamentales de urgencia.

7.Encuentro muy cercano con un gran objeto, que si ocurriera en el mismo siglo, supondría una amenaza sin precedentes, pero todavía incierta, de catástrofe global. En estos casos, deben planificarse medidas internacionales, y especialmente la necesidad de determinar rápidamente y con la mayor certeza posible si la colisión tendrá lugar o no.

COLISIÓN SEGURA (rojo)

8.La colisión es segura, y con capacidad para causar destrucción localizada si impacta en tierra o un tsunami si impacta en el mar. Tales acontecimientos se presentan de media entre una vez cada 50 años y una vez cada varios miles de años.

9.La colisión es segura, y con capacidad para causar destrucción regional sin precedentes si impacta en tierra o un tsunami devastador si lo hace en el mar. Tales acontecimientos se presentan de media entre una vez cada 10.000 años y una vez cada 100.000 años.

10.La colisión es segura, y con capacidad para causar una catástrofe climática global que pueda amenazar el futuro de la civilización tal como la conocemos impacte donde impacte, en tierra o en el océano. Tales acontecimientos se presentan de media una vez cada 100.000 años o más.



Hasta la fecha, el asteroide que había alcanzado el nivel más alto en la escala de Turín ha sido el conocido Apophis.

En el año 2004 se descubrió el asteroide Apophis. Al analizar su trayectoria saltó la alarma porque fue el primer cuerpo en alcanzar el nivel 4 en la escala de Turín. Los científicos calcularon que había una probabilidad de hasta el 2,7% (1 entre 37) de que el asteroide impactara contra la Tierra el 13 de abril del 2029. Pero tras analizar observaciones previas, los astrónomos fueron capaces de calcular su trayectoria con mejor precisión descartando cualquier peligro de impacto para el año 2029, pero no para su próximo paso cercano en 2036. Nuevas medidas recientes de la órbita también han descartado el peligro de impacto para el año 2036, pero los astrónomos vigilan este cuerpo ya que es posible que durante el sobrevuelo cercano a la Tierra en el año 2029, se pueda modificar su órbita. El descubrimiento de Apophis evidenció la necesidad de poseer un sistema de protección eficaz contra un posible impacto.

Aunque los científicos han descartado que se produzca un impacto el 13 de abril de 2029, el hecho de que coincida el sobrevuelo con un “viernes y 13” ha provocado que la red se llene de falsos rumores catastróficos. Apophis pasará a tan sólo 36.000 kilómetros de la Tierra, por lo que sí se tendrá que evaluar el posible daño que pueda causar a algún satélite artificial. Por lo demás, este evento será una oportunidad para que podamos observar el paso de un asteroide de la magnitud 3,3 en el cielo. ¡Todo un espectáculo visible a simple vista!

Ahora bien, aunque hemos descartado un posible impacto de Apophis, merece la pena preguntarse qué consecuencias tiene el impacto de un cuerpo de este tamaño sobre nuestro planeta. 

Los efectos exactos de cualquier impacto varían en función de la composición del asteroide, su ubicación y su ángulo de impacto. Cualquier impacto de un cuerpo de este tamaño sería fatal para un área de miles de kilómetros cuadrados, pero sería poco probable que tuviese efectos duraderos. Asumiendo que Apophis posee 325 metros de diámetro, si estuviese compuesto de roca sedimentaria, generaría un cráter de 4,3 kilómetros de impacto. Su entrada en la atmósfera generaría una energía cinética de 750 megatones. Se estima que el evento de Tunguska generó 3-10 megatones, la erupción de Krakatoa en 1883 fue equivalente a 200 megatones, y el impacto de Chicxulub, al que se ha culpado de la extinción de los dinosaurios, liberó 100.000.000 megatones. Los científicos sabrían semanas antes del impacto el lugar exacto donde se produciría lo que permitiría la evacuación de la población.

Bólido de  Cheliábinsk 


          Penguasa Dubai Bantu Warga Inggris Membeli Gereja   

Secara tak disangka, seorang penguasa Dubai, Syekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum menyumbangkan sejumlah uang untuk membantu penduduk sebuah kampung di Inggris untuk membeli gereja.

Seperti diberitakan BBC yang dikutip Sabtu (1/7/2017), bantuan itu diterima warga Godolphin Cross, Cornwall, barat daya Inggris setelah mereka mengirim email kepada Emir Dubai yang juga menjabat Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Pertahanan Uni Emirat Arab tersebut untuk meminta sumbangan.

"Nama kampung mereka sama dengan nama kandang kuda terkenal, Godolphin, yang sekarang dimiliki oleh Syekh Mohammed," demikian dilaporkan koran lokal Cornwall Live.

Richard Mckie dari Asosiasi Komunitas Godolphin Cross mengaku senang dengan bantuan itu. "Kami amat mengapresiasinya," ujarnya.

Mereka membutuhkan 90 ribu pound sterling atau sekitar Rp 1,5 miliar untuk membeli gereja yang akan dijadikan pusat kegiatan masyarakat. Namun saat ini baru berhasil menghimpun dana 25 ribu pound sterling.

Sejauh ini tak diketahui berapa jumlah sumbangan dari Syekh Mohammed, namun seperti kata Mckie, bantuannya cukup banyak.

"Kami pikir tidak akan mendapat apa-apa, tapi kami menerima telepon dari Abu Dhabi," kata McKie, "Kami pikir sedang dikerjai, tapi ternyata bukan hoax dan benar diberi sumbangan."

Seorang penduduk Godolphin Cros, Valerie Wallace, mengatakan gagasan menghubungi syekh itu merupakan upaya terakhir setelah gagal menggalang dana dari sumber-sumber lain.

Sejauh ini belum ada komentar dari Syekh Dubai yang sudah diundang berkunjung ke desa tersebut.

Kini warga Godolphin masih harus menggalang dana sebesar 350 ribu pound sterling atau sekitar Rp 6 miliar, untuk memperbaiki gereja yang akan dijadikan pusat kegiatan masyarakat itu.

 

 

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          Asteroids   
Vernietig alle asteroïden met behulp van uw sterrenschip in de ruimte. Laat niet dat vijanden je vermoorden.
          (VIDEO) Rivelazione shock: “La Terra sarà distrutta da un asteroide”   
“La Terrà sarà distrutta da un asteroide”. Questo è quello che annunciano gli esperti dopo anni di studi… PROSEGUI su giornaledicattolica.com CLICCA QUI
          Hoje é o Dia do Asteróide no Discovery Channel   

O Dia do Asteróide é uma iniciativa a nível global que pretende sensibilizar a população para os potenciais perigos que representam os asteróides para o planeta Terra, ativar o debate sobre possíveis estratégias de defesa e potenciar a investigação de forma a proteger, da melhor forma, as próximas gerações. O Dia do Asteróide celebra-se a […]

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          ICQ Podcast Episode 240 – Repair and Safety   

In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Bill Barnes N3JX  to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Repair and Safety

We would like to thank Kevin Strishock (N3LGA) and our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate


          Celebrating Third Year of Asteroid Day – and Linux is the ‘Special Guest’   

On June 30th 2017 the world is celebrating the third Asteroid Day. What initially had started as a discussion among the movie makers and astrophysicists, scientists and artists during and around the creation of the end time movie “51 Degrees North” from the German movie director Grigorij S. Richters has become a serious worldwide initiative …

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The post Celebrating Third Year of Asteroid Day – and Linux is the ‘Special Guest’ appeared first on SUSE Blog. chabowski


          Touring a Shattered C5   
I am out exploring in my Manticore.  Perhaps I'll break a long kill drought today.  But I don't, at least not down two of the four wormholes in my home system.  So, on to the third.  I warp to my C5 static and jump.

Something about C5a is ... different.

The first indication that something is strange is the lack of POCOs on my overview.  This happens occasionally in C5 and C6 -- dreads do it -- but it is rare even there.  But there is something else on my overview that's odd: a celestial beacon.  We don't have those in wspace.  This one is called "Epicenter".

Dscan is also unusual.  The local star is a "Turbulent Blue Subgiant", which I've never seen before.

I look at the system map.  No moons!  It's a shattered system!  Let's put on our galoshes and Hawaiian shirts, and go see the sights.

First, the nearest planet.  It is shattered, all right.  And huge -- hard to screen shot.
Not so bad as Alderaan.
The anoms in the probe scanner reveal the system is unusual for a C5.  It has many normal C5 type combat anoms, but it also has C6 anoms.  Also, it has ice!  There's an ore anom "Shattered Ice Field".  Naturally, I warp over for a look.
Endless ice, or at least 355km of it.
The field is vertically aligned, and vast. It's about 400km from top to bottom. You could mine ice here all day long, if you had the miners and the guts. Would I ice-mine in wspace? In an anomoly? Uh... you've got to be kidding. (I warp back to this site later, and it does have sleeper guards: a cruiser and two frigates.)

There is also a "Shattered Debris Field", a new kind of ore anom.   It is even larger than the ice anom, being about 600km from end to end.  (It is horizontally aligned, BTW.) 
Endless ore.  Even stupider to mine.

Finally I warp over to the Epicenter, at 100km in case it's nasty.  It's a sleeper site: a sleeper cruiser and two frigates are there.  There's a lot of interesting scenery.
What is going on here?
Among the more obvious bits are wormholes, five of them.  They are called "Violent Wormholes", and don't show up on overview, so evidently not jumpable.

There are also three things that look like torches.  These turn out to be Talocan Disruption Towers, each attached to four Talocan Static Gates, and above that a Spatial Rift.
Talocan scenery.
In addition there are a bunch of Veldspar asteroids, and Talocan artifacts of various kinds.  Nothing appears to be of any value.

Now I scan down the system.  There are twenty sigs, so it takes a while.  They are all the normal sort of thing one would find in a C5 or C6.

Later on, I return to my system to open up my static C4.  I jump in and... it's another shattered system!  At first I think I somehow made a mistake and flew to C5.  But no, it's a C4 shattered system with C3 and C4 sites, an ice anomoly, etc.  What are the chances of being two for two?
          Chatting with Newbies   
There's been a huge influx of newbs into EVE following the release of the amazing new EVE trailer.  I've always wanted to give a little back to the community, and this seems like a good time for it.

So I spent a night doing nothing in EVE except talking.  I logged in, entered newbie chat, and answered questions solidly for three hours.  It's a surprisingly fun activity.  I start to get competitive with the other oldsters, seeing how fast I can type out a good answer that does not assume much knowledge.  Trying to pick up on questions that did not get answered.

There are a lot of newbies getting stuck in the training missions at one point or another.  Mostly, the volunteers in the channel talked them through all sorts of weird conditions that we'd never think of.  Like, the guy who had a blueprint in his hold and could not get it to work.  Lots of questions of "where are the asteroids?"  (Apparently they'd been mined out in the newb systems.)  Most of the questions about the missions I did not even try to answer, since I just don't know.  I should create a trial and see how those missions work these days.

It was other questions that I was able to help with.  All sorts of questions about EVE; things we take for granted.  How do you fly in space?  Can I move my ships sideways?  Can I move all my ships to a different station without flying back and forth?  How do you quit out of the game?  How do I get item X?  (The market is apparently a novel thing.)  Can I earn enough to buy a PLEX in 14 days?

Then there were some harder ones.  I finished the training missions; what do I do now?  What's a good corp to join?  How do I make ISK?  (That's a tough one.  Do I tell a newb to... mine??)

One guy in particular I remember.  He PMed me, then gradually worked out for himself (with me supplying answers), that he wanted to PVP and did not want to earn ISK in game, but could do it by PLEXing.  And that he could buy a character... he thought this was a bit pay-to-win, and it is at least pay-to-get-ahead... but as I told him, character skill is useful but player skill is what is most important.  You can't buy that.
          Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life   
In his new book, the originator of the theory that a comet or asteroid killed off the dinosaurs discusses the origins of life itself
          Transformers: The Last Knight    
Michael Bay’s $200 million cry for help

Ah yes, we meet again, Michael Bay, my old nemesis. My Nemesis Prime, you might say. That's what hero truck-bot Optimus Prime changes his name to when he turns evil in Bay's latest bit of deviltry, The Last Knight. ...

*sigh*

Okay look, y'all. I gotta be honest. My heart's not really in this. I know, I love writing a good Michael Bay takedown as much as you like reading them — probably more, if I'm being honest. I've been doing them for years. Back in the day, Chris Herrington, the Flyer's former film editor, would assign me to do the Michael Bay movies, because he knew I hated them. I've had a Michael Bay-sized chip on my shoulder since 1998's Armageddon. How do you mess up a movie about heroic astronauts trying to save the earth from an asteroid? There were so many ways. Then there was Pearl Harbor. How do you mess that up? This is the film where Ben Affleck gets on a train to go from New York to London, neither of which is anywhere NEAR Pearl Harbor.

I include that tidbit in every Michael Bay review, because I still haven't gotten over it.

And now, another Transformers movie. The fifth one. Giant Robots Go to England. At least they don't take a train.

I don't think Michael Bay's heart is in it any more, either. Back when he had Will Smith and Martin Lawrence demolishing Haitian neighborhoods in Bad Boys 2, at least he seemed like he was having fun with it. In the nonsensical opening scene — in which it is revealed that the secret to King Arthur's success turns out to be, you guessed it, Transformers — Merlin (Stanley Tucci) takes a big swig of whiskey before staggering into a crashed alien spaceship to forge an alliance with a giant robot. It has the feeling of a confessional moment for Bay: Oh boy. Here we go again. ...

Bay's been watching Game of Thrones and obviously missing the point. You like flawed characters caught in impossible situations making hard choices? How about a bored looking Markey Mark just kind of floating through the frame while animated piles of scrap metal scrape together in the background? To say Mark Wahlberg is phoning it in overstates his engagement. Wahlberg is leaving a voicemail for the audience. He was hoping you wouldn't pick up.

As a longtime Bay watcher, he's always been indifferent to the audience's suffering, but in last year's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, I detected something new: a seething resentment of the audience. The Transformers Reaction Force, a special forces group led by Santos (Santiago Cabrera), who can't seem to decide what side he's on, seems imported from that movie. It's like Bay's sneering misogyny, evident in his treatment of Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock), the Oxford English Lit professor who can't seem to speak in complete sentences, has been extended to the entire world. Our alleged hero Cade speaks in Trumpian word salad, insulting any and everyone he comes into contact with. For Bay, there's only one use for words: busting chops. Expressing dominance.

There's a general shoddiness to the whole endeavor. A Goonies-like group of kids is introduced early, only to just wander off without explanation. Bay has always had a knack for explaining things that didn't need explaining and not explaining big things like, "Where did those five kids go? Did they die in the robot apocalypse along with the tens of millions others alluded to but never seen?" The same stock footage of fighter planes peeling off to attack is used over and over again in the final battle, which itself is inexplicably ripped off from last year's epic flop Independence Day: Resurgence.

"It's just big, dumb fun!" might be a valid defense against my half-hearted critical barbs, except for one thing: No one is having any fun, least of all Michael Bay. It's not even fun to hate-watch Transformers: The Last Knight. At this point, even writing this review feels like enabling bad behavior. As a three-headed robot dragon swoops in, breathing fire, King Arthur screams, "This is what the end looks like!" And I can only say I hope so.



          Ein exotischer Asteroid: Interview zum Ziel der Raumsonde Dawn   

Am 16. Juli 2011 tritt die NASA-Sonde Dawn in einen Orbit um Vesta ein, einem der größten Asteroiden des Hauptgürtels zwischen Mars und Jupiter. In diesem ausführlichen Interview spricht Ralf Jaumann vom DLR-Institut für Planetenforschung in Berlin über die Mission und warum Dawn gerade den Asteroiden Vesta besucht.

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          #AsteroidDay webcast   

Replay of the live segment from ESA's mission control centre, part of the 30 June global webcast featuring scientists, astronauts and (space) rock stars
          UFO Sighting in Caulksville, Arkansas on 2012-06-10 00:00:00 - It was the biggest, brightest with long colorful trail of fire meteor like colorful explosion right before it hit the ground with no sound!   
I was sitting on my mom's northern back porch when i noticed as soon as it appeared like a meteor or shooting star. {that descended starting from the northwest at about 10:00 or 11:00 direction wise} it was real bright white light with the biggest and longest most colorful trail of fire from entering earth's atmosphere i have ever seen! it came dangerously close to the ground and seemed to be very large when all of a sudden it exploded in the air with the most beautiful and colorful explosion that threw pieces of it in all directions with every piece that was a different color than the other! but what i thought was crazy was that it made no sound that i heard at all! my immediate thought or feeling was is that this is going to be bad or even a global killer type of asteroid! i was literally in fear for my life and my family's as well, including every body in the immediate area too! i never reported it or recorded the time and date and i don't remember when that happened exactly, but i wish i would've so somebody to go out there and possibly find and recover some of the pieces that exploded off of it i am about 99% sure that if you looked hard enough in that direction, you would be able to recover some of the pieces off of it that hit the ground! i seen some of the colorful pieces fall straight all the way to the ground! and now i feel stupid for not ever doing anything about it! but now that i am a member of mufon, which i am very excited about! i will not let something like that happen again and not just record the date and times but get out there maybe with some kind of radiation detector or something and recover some of the pieces that survived the explosion and made it's way to the ground! it was a very profound moment, but i guess it could've just been a regular 'ol meteor, but it was the most amazing one i have ever seen! if that's what it was. but it had a very powerful look to it although it made not one sound that i heard, and it happened extremely close to where we were! like maybe a mile give or take away from us! i will never forget it! p.S.Probably just a regular meteor that just didn't make it to the ground!But it was by far the biggest, meanest, most colorful explosion i've ever seen! it was violently scary and graphic!
          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 5, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 4, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 3, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 2, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 1, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          WARNING: DOOMSDAY ASTEROID/COMET ATTACK IMMINENT (JUNE 30, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Plotting Man-Made Asteroid/Comet Strike on July 1-15, 2017, Possibly via ‘Comet 45P’ and/or Asteroids ‘2017 BX’ and/or ‘2016 WF9’—Impending Man-Made Space Rock Strike Will Predictably Mimic Nuclear Detonation…Mushroom Cloud and All   

          La Terra rischia di essere distrutta da un asteroide», la rivelazione choc   

    “La Terrà sarà distrutta da un asteroide”. Questo è quello che annunciano gli esperti dopo anni di studi. In passato il nostro pianeta ha subito cambiamenti spesso catastrofici per gli esseri viventi proprio a causa dell’impatto di asteroidi che è inevitabile e spesso estremamente distruttivo.     Secondo quanto riporta il Daily Mail… Read More »

L'articolo La Terra rischia di essere distrutta da un asteroide», la rivelazione choc proviene da Baritalia News.


          Asteroid Day: Monitoring skies for next strike   

Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.


          30 de junio, Día del Asteroide   
Aunque los científicos trabajan en mejorar la detección y estudio de estos objetos, todavía no existe una estrategia clara para mitigar las consecuencias de un posible impacto. En la historia reciente de la humanidad existen evidencias del riesgo de choque de un asteroide contra nuestro planeta. Una de las más recientes fue la explosión aérea de un asteroide a 20 kilómetros de altura sobre la ciudad de Cheliábinsk (Rusia) el 15 de febrero de 2013, indica Muy Interesante. Una roca de unos 15 metros de tamaño y con masa de 10.000 toneladas entró en la atmósfera terrestre a una velocidad aproximada de 65.000 kilómetros por hora. Este objeto, al explotar en el aire, liberó energía treinta veces superior a la bomba nuclear de Hiroshima. Tras la explosión, se encontraron en la superficie terrestre hasta 5.000 kilogramos de fragmentos del asteroide. El fenómeno ocasionó desperfectos en edificios y 1.500 personas resultaron heridas, 100 de ellas hospitalizadas. Pero, sin duda, el suceso más destacado del siglo pasado fue el de Tunguska, en 1908, en el que un bólido de unos 80 metros de tamaño entró en la atmósfera terrestre y, sin impactar con la superficie, liberó una potencia aproximada de 30 megatones, el equivalente a 1.800 veces la energía generada por la bomba atómica de Hiroshima. Por suerte, el suceso tuvo lugar en una región de Siberia no poblada, de lo contrario habría arrasado una ciudad entera. Devastó un área de árboles de más 2.000 kilómetros cuadrados y sus efectos perduraron en la atmósfera durante varios días. Para conmemorar el bólido de Tunguska y tomar conciencia de la necesidad de aumentar el esfuerzo en la detección y estudio de los asteroides peligrosos, la UNESCO declaró en 2016 el 30 de Junio Día del Asteroide. Se trata de una iniciativa tomada por astrónomos del Reino Unido y respaldada por más de cien científicos, astronautas, premios Nobel y artistas de todo el mundo, que pretende aprender acerca de los asteroides y concienciar a la ciudadanía de la necesidad de avanzar en la detección de estos objetos. Del análisis de los impactos que durante la historia se han producido en nuestro planeta y de la información procedente de los descubrimientos hechos hasta la fecha, se deduce que el 90% de los asteroides que pudieran causar un cataclismo planetario ya se han descubierto; sin embargo, todavía hay muchos asteroides de pocos cientos de metros que podrían provocar un desastre a nivel local o incluso regional. Hasta la fecha se han descubierto 16.207 asteroides cercanos a la Tierra y de ellos, 1.809 están clasificados como potencialmente peligrosos (asteroides PHA, potentially harzardous asteroid), con una probabilidad no nula de impactar en un futuro contra la Tierra. Según los expertos, solo se han descubierto el 10% de estos asteroides con un tamaño de más de 20 metros, y con la tasa actual de detecciones tardaríamos casi 1.000 años en descubrir el resto asteroides peligrosos. Estamos ante un problema de tiempo, que va en nuestra contra, porque es cuestión de tiempo que un asteroide impacte contra la Tierra. Para conmemorar el Dia del Asteroide, instituciones científicas, universidades, observatorios astronómicos y otras entidades han organizado eventos en muchos países.
          IS Sympathisers Told They Will Be Forced Out   
As the Islamic State group loses its grip on the Iraqi city of Mosul, those suspected of sympathising with IS are being threatened with forcible expulsion. Also on the programme: French politician and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil dies at the age of 89; and how worried should we be about asteroids? (Picture: A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State group. Credit: Getty Images)
          Guía de series: Estrenos y regresos de julio 2017   
Series Julio 2017

Los veranos de sequía ya se acabaron, pero no nos referimos al cambio climático. Las cadenas apuestan ahora por una parrilla estival completa, variada y equilibrada para que no nos olvidemos de ver series ni en vacaciones.


¡Feliz julio!


Leyenda:

  • Verde: series nuevas. 
  • Rojo: series de las que haremos reviews semanales. 
  • Negro: regresos de otras series. 
  • Naranja: miniseries. 
  • Amarillo: tvmovies, especiales o pilotos. 
  • Morado: season finales. 
  • Morado claro: midseason finales. 

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Calendario de series


  • 1 de julio: Doubt (1bT) en CBS
  • 4 de julio
    • The Words That Built America en HBO
    • Broken (1T finale) en BBC One
  • 5 de julio
    • Snowfall (1T) en FX
    • The Windsors (2T) en Channel 4
  • 7 de julio: Castlevania (1T) en Netflix
  • 8 de julio
    • Still Star-Crossed (cambio de día) en ABC
    • Tour de Pharmacy en HBO
  • 10 de julioWill (1T) en TNT
  • 11 de julio
    • In the Dark en BBC One
    • The Fosters (5T) y The Bold Type (1T) en Freeform
    • Still the King (2T) en CMT
  • 12 de julio
    • Salvation (1T) en CBS
    • I'm Sorry (1T) en truTV
    • Suits (7T) en USA Network
  • 14 de julio: Friends from College (1T) y To the Bone en Netflix
  • 16 de julio
    • Game of Thrones (7T) en HBO
    • The Strain (4T y última) en FX
  • 18 de julio
    • Shooter (2T) en USA Network
    • Being Mary Jane (4bT) en BET
  • 21 de julio
    • Ozark (1T) en Netflix
    • Descendants 2 en ABC, Freeform, Lifetime y Disney XD
    • Raven's Home (1T) en Disney Channel 
  • 23 de julioInsecure (2T) y Ballers (3T) en HBO
  • 24 de julio
    • Midnight, Texas (1T) en NBC
    • Somewhere Between (1T) en ABC
    • People of Earth (2T) en TBS
  • 28 de julio
    • Room 104 (1T) en HBO
    • The Last Tycoon (1T) en Amazon
  • 29 de julio: Still Star-Crossed (series finale) en ABC
  • 30 de julio: Rick and Morty (3T) en Adult Swim


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Estrenos de series


Snowfall (FX)

Snowfall FX

En 1983, nació la primera epidemia de crack en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. La serie sigue a ciertos personajes cuyas vidas se cruzarán debido a la droga, como un traficante de 19 años (Damson Idris), un luchador mexicano (Segio Peris-Mencheta; Al salir de clase, Isabel), un agente de la CIA (Carter Hudson) o la hija de un criminal (Emily Rios; The Bridge, Breaking Bad). Completan el reparto Michael Hyatt (True Detective, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Amin Joseph (Baywatch), Manuel Uriza (The Bridge, Better Call Saul) y Tim Matheson (Hart of Dixie, The West Wing). Creada por John Singleton (Four BrothersBoyz n the Hood), Eric Amadio y Dave Andron (Justified). Diez episodios.

Estreno: 5 de julio
  • A favor: Los actores protagonistas cumplen y los personajes secundarios destacan.
  • En contra: De desarrollo pausado y poca verosimilitud. No engancha.







Will (TNT)

Will TNT

Un joven William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson), en sus primeros días como dramaturgo, llega al teatro punk-rock del Londres del siglo XVI en esta versión contemporánea con una banda sonora moderna que ayuda a mostrar su imprudencia, su brillantez y sus tentaciones. Completan el reparto Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot, The Prisoner), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Ewen Bremmer (Wonder Woman, Trainspotting), Max Bennett (The Duchess, Anna Karenina) y Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers). Diez episodios.

Estreno: 10 de julio
  • A favor: Dicen que la música.
  • En contra: Encargada primero por Pivot y cancelada antes del estreno, es un invento curioso.







The Bold Type (Freeform)

The Bold Type Freeform

Antes conocida como Issues, es un drama de Sarah Watson (Parenthood) inspirado en la vida de Joanna Coles, editora de Cosmopolitan, y producido por ella misma, que se centra en el amor, el sexo, la identidad personal y social y la moda desde el punto de vista de tres trabajadoras jóvenes de la revista Scarlet: Jane (Katie Stevens, Faking It), Kat (Aisha Dee; Sweet/Vicious, Chasing Life) y Sutton (Meghann Fahy; Miss Sloane, One Life to Live). Melora Hardin (Transparent, The Office) da vida a la redactora jefe de la revista. Les acompañan Nikohl Boosheri (Rogue), Sam Page (Desperate Housewives, Switched at Birth) y Matt Ward (Remedy). Doce episodios.

Estreno: 11 de julio
  • A favor: La relación entre las tres protagonistas, sin centrarse en hombres o rivalidades.
  • En contra: Tomar como referente a Coles para crear una (buena) serie sobre otra cosa.







In the Dark (BBC One)

In the Dark BBC One

Adaptación de las novelas 'In the Dark' y 'Time of Death' de Mark Billingham. La detective Helen Weeks (MyAnna Buring; Ripper StreetTwilight: Breaking Dawn) está embarazada, es uno de los mayores retos de su vida. Cuando el marido de una antigua amiga del colegio (Emma Fryer; IdealCritical) es acusado del secuestro de dos chicas, Helen regresa a su pueblo natal y debe enfrentarse a su doloroso pasado. Entonces, una tragedia la arrastra a los bajos fondos criminales de Manchester y le hacen plantearse incluso su relación con las personas más íntimas. Completan el reparto Ben Batt (Scott & BaileyShameless UK), David Leon (The RefugeesVera), Ashley Walters (Cuffs), Matt King (Peep Show), Clive Wood (Sense8The Pillars of the Earth), Jamie Sives (Game of Thrones), Fisayo Akinade (Ordinary LiesCucumber), Tim McInnerny (Game of Thrones), Pearce Quigley (Detectorists), Sinead Matthews (Chewing GumIdeal) y Jessica Gunning (FortitudePride). Escrita por Danny Brocklehurst (The FiveOrdinary Lies) y dirigida por Gilles Bannier (The Tunnel) y Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen (Taxi). Cuatro episodios.

Estreno: 11 de julio
  • A favor: La solvencia de BBC en este tipo de dramas está más que demostrada.
  • En contra: Disfrutarla es cuestión de gustos.

 




Salvation (CBS)

Salvation CBS

Un asteroide se acerca peligrosamente a la Tierra, y solamente un graduado del MIT (Charlie Rowe, Red Band Society) y un tecnólogo multimillonario (Santiago Cabrera; Heroes, The Musketeers) saben ver que la alcanzará dentro de seis meses. Intentarán avisar al Gobierno a través de Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan, Tyrant), secretaria de prensa del Pentágono, antes de que sea demasiado tarde. Quizás entre el Vicesecretario de Defensa (Ian Anthony Dale; Hawaii Five-0, Murder in the First) y una escritora de ciencia ficción con aspiraciones (Jacqueline Byers, Roadies) se consiga un plan para salvar a la humanidad. Completan el reparto Shazi Raja (High Maintenance), Rachel Drance (Reign), Dennis Boutsikaris (Better Call Saul, Billions) y Aaron Poole (Copper, Incorporated). Escrita por Liz Kruger y Craig Saphiro, creadores de Necessary Roughnes y showrunners de la segunda temporada de Extant, recibió luz verde directa en octubre. Trece episodios.

Estreno: 12 de julio
  • A favor: Ligera y fresca, al estilo CBS verano.
  • En contra: ¿Veis Zoo? Pues ese es el estilo del que estamos hablando.







I'm Sorry (truTV)

I'm Sorry truTV

Comedia creada y protagonizada por Andrea Savage (Veep, Episodes) sobre una comediante, esposa y madre de padres divorciados que parece segura de sí misma pero expone su inmadurez y su inestabilidad emocional en los momentos más inesperados y menos oportunos. Tom Everett Scott (Scream, Southland) y Olive Petrucci interpretan a su marido y su hija. Kathy Baker (The Ranch) y Martin Mull (Veep, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) son sus padres. Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Gary Anthony Williams, Steve Zissis (Togetherness) y Nelson Franklin (Veep) serán recurrentes. Además, tenemos cameos de June Squibb (Nebraska, Shameless) o Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Mean Girls). Diez episodios.

Estreno: 12 de julio
  • A favor: Producen Will Ferrell y Andy Samberg, habrá que fiarse.
  • En contra: Parece muy olvidable.







Friends from College (Netflix)


Veinte años después de licenciarse en Harvard, estos amigos de la universidad deciden reencontrarse. ¿Qué tal va su vida amorosa? ¿Se caducan las viejas amistades? ¿Es la vida adulta mejor que la estudiante? Comedia creada, escrita y producida por Nick Stoller (The Carmichael Show, Neighbors) y su esposa Francesca Delbanco y dirigida por Stoller que tiene como protagonistas a Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Playing House), Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, The Grinder), Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate, Married), Annie Parisse (Vinyl, Person of Interest) y Jae Suh Park. Billy Eichner (Difficult People, Parks and Recreation), Greg Germann (Ally McBeal, Once Upon a Time), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) y Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Pineapple Express) son recurrentes. Ocho episodios.

Estreno: 14 de julio
  • A favor: Un reparto magnífico (magníficamente desaprovechado).
  • En contra: Tramas sin gancho, risas inexistentes y personajes detestables y/o anodinos. Fatal.







Ozark (Netflix)

Ozark Netflix

Jason Bateman dirige, produce y protagoniza este drama sobre droga y blanqueo creado por Bill Dubuque (The Judge). El asesor financiero Marty Byrde (Bateman) se muda junto a su familia de Chicago a un resort de las montañas Ozark, en Missouri, intentando así recuperar la gran cantidad de dinero que debe a un narcotraficante mexicano. Laura Linney (The Big C, The Truman Show), Julia Garner (The Americans, The Get Down) y Michael Mosley (ScrubsSirens) acompañan a Bateman. Diez episodios.

Estreno: 21 de julio
  • A favor: Quizás lo más llamativo sea el enfoque distinto al habitual en el mundo de la droga.
  • En contra: Bateman como actor siempre ha sido regular, especialmente en drama.







Midnight, Texas (NBC)

Midnight, Texas NBC

Adaptación de la saga de novelas de Charlaine Harris (True Blood). Es un viaje a un remoto pueblo de Texas donde nadie es lo que parece: Midnight está lleno de brujas, vampiros, videntes y sicarios; es un refugio para los que son diferentes. Los habitantes han formado una familia y evitan que la policía, bandas de moteros o incluso su propio pasado se entrometan. François Arnaud (Blindspot, The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black, Heroes Reborn), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones), Arielle Kebbel (UnREAL, John Tucker Must Die), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Peter Mensah (Spartacus, Sleepy Hollow), Yul Vazquez (Magic City) y Sean Bridgers (Rectify, Room) forman el cast. Escrita por Monica Owusu-Breen (Fringe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Trece episodios.

Estreno: 24 de julio
  • A favor: Festival de la carne.
  • En contra: Va a ser una mamarrachada pero de las malas.







Somewhere Between (ABC)

Somewhere Between ABC

Laura (Paula Patton; Precious, Mirrors) sabe perfectamente cuándo y cómo asesinarán a su hija Serena (Aria Birch), pero no por qué ni quién. ¿Podrá hacer algo por evitarlo? J.R. Bourne (Teen Wolf, Revenge), Serge Houde (iZombie) y Devon Sawa (Nikita, Final Destination) también participan. Este remake de la serie coreana God's Gift: 14 Days recibió luz verde directa en diciembre. Escrito por Stephen Tolkin (Legend of the Seeker, Brothers & Sisters). Diez episodios.

Estreno: 24 de julio
  • A favor: Recuerda a la trama de Premonition.
  • En contra: Será parecida a Premonition.





Room 104 (HBO)

Comedia de los hermanos Duplass (Togetherness) que contará en cada episodio una historia ocurrida dentro de esta habitación de un hotel corriente. Podremos ver a James Van Der Beek (Apartment 23Dawson's Creek), Orlando Jones (American Gods, Sleepy Hollow), Amy Landecker (Transparent, Louie), Philip Baker Hall, Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Karan Soni (Blunt Talk, I Live with Models), Poorna Jagannathan (The Night Of, Gypsy), Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone, I'm Dying Up Here) o Jay Duplass (Transparent, The Mindy Project). Doce episodios.

Estreno: 28 de julio
  • A favor: Desborde de imaginación con un punto de partida muy simple.
  • En contra: Quiere darle un giro a Inside No. 9, pero ya parte como segundona.







The Last Tycoon (Amazon)

The Last Tycoon Amazon

Basada en la novela inacabada de F. Scott Fitzgerald, inspirada en el magnate cinematográfico Irving Thalberg y en su mentor Louis B. Mayer. Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer; American Horror Story, White Collar) es el primer niño prodigio dentro de la producción de la industria del cine en los años 30, y quiere llegar a la cima contra su mentor y actual presidente del estudio, Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer; Frasier, Boss). Brady, que empezó de cero, no tiene ninguna intención de volver a su situación anterior y hará cualquier cosa por mantener el éxito de su estudio. También protagonizan Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Okja), Rosemarie DeWitt (United States of Tara, Black Mirror) y Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Underground). Jennifer Beals (Taken, The L Word) y Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time, Ray Donovan) serán recurrentes. Escrita y dirigida por Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips).

Estreno: 28 de julio
  • A favor: ¿Empezar la serie por Matt Bomer? Sí.
  • En contra: No han conseguido crear personajes suficientemente interesantes.





          Internationaler Asteroiden-Tag: So sollen Asteroiden-Einschläge verhindert werden   
Zuletzt passierte es im Jahr 2013: Ein explodierender Meteor sorgte für beschädigte Gebäude und Verletzte. Sind wir in der Lage, in Zukunft grosse Asteroiden abzuwehren?
          Internationaler Asteroiden-Tag: Für die Abwehr von Asteroiden fehlt das Geld   
Der Asteroiden-Tag soll die Gefahr bewusstmachen, die von erdnahen Asteroiden ausgeht. Es gibt zwar Konzepte, wie man im Ernstfall reagieren könnte. Doch Testmissionen kommen nur schleppend voran.
          Are Asteroids the New Global Warming?   
Yesterday, Phys.org released an alarmist article about how asteroid strikes are humanity’s gre
          Things to Do Saturday!   
13 things to do for July 1 by Mercury Staff

The Day Fade
Some Saturdays, you ignore the creeping growth of your dandelion lawn and put any thoughts of self-betterment out of mind. Some Saturdays, you get out of bed late and head to the bar, where there will be drinks, and dancing, and DJs spinning really, really good tunes. The soul needs such Saturdays, and lucky for you this is one of them. DIRK VANDERHART
2 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5


Gaytheist, Nasalrod, Drunk Dad
Gaytheist plays the kind of rock music that’ll pummel your eardrums with the force of a thousand fiery asteroids (in a good way). Tonight the Portland band celebrates the release of their new album, Let’s Jam Again Soon—14 furiously fast tracks that bring new meaning to the word “heavy.” CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, The Know, $10

Bombay Beach, Wave Action, Craig Brown Band
After more than a decade spent fronting various garage punk bands (Terrible Twos, the Mahonies, Liquor Store), Craig Brown is a legitimate Detroit city personality. For instance, the trailer for Drunk History’s Detroit episode features Brown’s ruminations about the city’s lawlessness, punctuated as he yells, “Judas Priest is better than Iron Maiden!” into the cold night. Brown is a funny and memorable character, and that likability translates onto his debut album, The Lucky Ones Forget, from his Third Man Records-backed country project, the Craig Brown Band. It’s a love letter from a punk rocker to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a surprisingly smooth marriage of Brown’s cut-the-shit songwriting, nasally punk vocal tricks, and honky-tonk slide guitar—all filled out by the warm backing vocal harmonies of the band’s Drinkard sisters. SUZETTE SMITH
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5

Mark Battles, King Kap, Young Tom, Ty Spacely, Kid Jone$, Falling Atmosphere
The fast-rising Indianapolis-hailing rapper, songwriter, producer, and founder of independent record label, Fly America, swings back through Peter's Room at the Roseland for another all ages show supporting his 2016 studio album, Before The Deal.
8 pm, Peter's Room at the Roseland, $20-35, all ages

Gran Ritmos
Portland’s favorite Pan-American dance party Gran Ritmos is kicking off summer’s dog days by inviting Riobamba to headline their next showcase. One of Brooklyn’s most fire DJ acts, Riobamba is a multitalented artist with Ecuadorian and Lithuanian roots who delivers energetic sounds from around the world. In addition to producing her own mixes, she founded the label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS in 2016 to empower the voices of other Latinx artists. Riobamba spent a year in Bogota studying the connections between politics, identity, and digital music production through a Fulbright Scholarship. Her sets integrate a wide variety of audio sources ranging from YouTube clips to underground Panamanian bass to urban field recordings as a means of intentional disruption. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of the unexpected. EMILLY PRADO
9 pm, Holocene, $10

Teen Daze, Sam OB
If in some bizarro parallel universe Grouper and Leon met while playing Minecraft, Teen Daze would most likely be the outcome. With EPs like 2010’s Four More Years and Beach Dreams, British Columbia recording artist Jamison Isaak’s building a body of work similar to other young but prolific artists like Alex G or Frankie Cosmos. Since Isaak’s early slow-mo drum-and-bass EDM, Teen Daze has truly developed into mellower but more expansive take on dance music. All of the releases are paired with naturalist album art that could decorate a sleek minimalist coffee shop or the default screensavers for the next generation of Windows. The music itself doesn’t try to stray from this aesthetic, and instead embodies a postmodern simplicity. Though Teen Daze’s fifth LP, Themes for Dying Earth, has a pretty fatalistic name, it moves at a snail’s pace. All of the vocals are awash in reverb, and the keyboard riffs sound like springtime walks through city gardens—secluded enough, but surrounded by the bustle of metropolitan life. CAMERON CROWELL
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, $10-12

Skull Diver, The Dead Ships, Pacific Latitudes
Last month Portland rock trio Skull Diver released Chemical Tomb, an unapologetically dark sophomore album that wanders with a zombie's sinister drive between proggy riffage, pop swagger, and stoner metal haze, exploring shadowy corners while never quite settling into a groove. The record is united not just by this densely curated sense of disquiet, all fuzzy guitars and cavernous organs, but by a gripping melodicism and singer Mandy Payne's nimble voice floating over the darkness—less ethereal and more a foreboding siren's call. Two covers round out the second half, Nick Drake’s “Parasite” and the Violent Femmes’ “Good Feeling,” both evidence of Skull Diver’s flexible mastery over their expansive sound. It’s not the most cohesive album, but anyone who likes their music on the heavy side will find something to enjoy. NATHAN TUCKER
9 pm, Bunk Bar, $7

Reds, Whites & Brews
Breakside’s new Slabtown brewpub hosts a Fourth of July weekend kick-off party with help from some of their buddies in the beverage industry. Enjoy live music from the Kinky Brothers, wine from Archery Summit, A-Z Winery, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Clay Pigeon, Patton Valley, Chehalem, Elk Cove, and Ponzi Winery, and brew from the likes of pFriem, Culmination, Commons, Deschutes, Double Mountain, Great Notion, Upright, Migration, Occidental, Gigantic, Ninkasi, Widmer, and Portland Cider Company, all while supporting the Children’s Cancer Association & New Avenues for Youth.
2 pm, Breakside Brewery, $15, all ages

Pink Martini
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale and his legendary Portland-based jazz and classical pop ensemble, featuring co-lead vocalists China Forbes and Storm Large, return to the Edgefield lawn for a picturesque evening show in the setting Summer sun.
7 pm, Edgefield, $35, all ages

Avenue Q
Triangle Productions brings back their staging (tonight's the last night!) of the Tony Award-winning comedy/musical about racism, homophobia, homelessness, unemployment, and finding the purpose to life, but with puppets. No children under 17 admitted unless accompanied by adult due to all of the puppet fucking.
7:30 pm, The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, $15-35

Fit for an Autopsy, Moon Tooth, Tombs
Read reviews of Moon Tooth’s 2016 album Chromaparagon and you’ll find lots of references to prog-minded metal (or hard rock) bands like Rush, Mastodon, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, and Tool. Far less often do critics cite the New York band’s irrepressible interest in funk- and jazz-metal, which is on full display on Chromaparagon’s eye-popping opening track, “Queen Wolf.” Here, Moon Tooth sounds like Living Colour and (gulp) the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Add in the quartet’s interest in whiplash rhythms and highly technical playing, and you’ve got quite a concoction of influences widely considered “uncool” in the 21st century. But Moon Tooth makes it work by playing its showy, shifty jazz-funk-prog-thrash-metal with such absolute power and awe-inspiring precision, you just can’t help but be impressed. (The band’s knack for finding a melody in its maelstrom doesn’t hurt, either.) BEN SALMON
6 pm, The Analog Cafe & Little Theater, $13, all ages

Timbaland + Pharrell: A Tribute
A DJ night dedicated to two of the most unique hip-hop producers of the late '90s and early 2000s, featuring Duncan Gerow, B Hammer'd, and Anechoic touching on all the best beats that both Timbaland and Pharrell turned out in their heyday.
9 pm, O'Malley's Saloon & Grill, $3

Death of Glitter: Island of the Misfits!
This month, the "Genderf#ck Cabaret for a Cause" benefits Brave Space with misfit-themed performances from Anastasia Euthanasia, Darcy Blows, Draven, Marla Darling, Prince Peanut-Butter, Lioness, Miss Pamela Voorhees, Mars, Clare Apparently, Poly-Amithyst, The Glam King, BeElzzaBub Doll, and more. Featuring dance music from DJ Cat Lady.
9 pm, Paris Theater, $7-10

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          10 for $10: The Best Bang for Your Buck Shows, June 30-July 2   
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Gran Ritmos
Portland’s favorite Pan-American dance party Gran Ritmos is kicking off summer’s dog days by inviting Riobamba to headline their next showcase. One of Brooklyn’s most fire DJ acts, Riobamba is a multitalented artist with Ecuadorian and Lithuanian roots who delivers energetic sounds from around the world. In addition to producing her own mixes, she founded the label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS in 2016 to empower the voices of other Latinx artists. Riobamba spent a year in Bogota studying the connections between politics, identity, and digital music production through a Fulbright Scholarship. Her sets integrate a wide variety of audio sources ranging from YouTube clips to underground Panamanian bass to urban field recordings as a means of intentional disruption. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of the unexpected. EMILLY PRADO
Jul 1, 9 pm, Holocene, $10


Gaytheist, Nasalrod, Drunk Dad
Gaytheist plays the kind of rock music that’ll pummel your eardrums with the force of a thousand fiery asteroids (in a good way). Tonight the Portland band celebrates the release of their new album, Let’s Jam Again Soon—14 furiously fast tracks that bring new meaning to the word “heavy.” CIARA DOLAN
Jul 1, 8 pm, The Know, $10

Ralph Lawson, Tripwire
With a career spanning two decades and an influential off-kilter style that stays ahead of the curve, Jay Tripwire never fails to impress. He’s one of the most prolific house and techno producers around, with over 200 vinyl releases to date. His versatile mixes reveal keen sensibilities that can make a believer out of even the harshest of dance music critics. Ralph Lawson is a legend in his own right, and widely regarded as one of the best house music DJs in the world. His record label, 2020Vision, showcases a well-rounded catalog that gives interesting insights into electronic music’s ever-changing landscape over the last 20 years. These two heavyweights will perform an outdoor daytime concert at the White Owl Social Club to allow for maximum sunshine fun time. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
Jul 2, 2 pm, White Owl Social club, $10

Gardener, On Drugs, Monsterwatch, FLRT
The Chicago-based Gardener trucks in equally hazy and often beautiful melodies that take cues from early electronic pioneers like Charles Wuorinen and Tangerine Dream, while giving some of his work an extra layer of distance between the listener and the heartfelt creator by recording onto hissy cassettes and using noisy, shortwave-radio-frequency tones. ROBERT HAM
Jul 2, 9 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $8

Lithics, Tender Age, Mattress, Media Jeweler
Lithics minimalist post-punk pulses and chirps, manically pushing forward and pulling back, while building insistent loops before pretending to fall apart, as vocalist Aubrey Hornor brings an understated, bordering-on-spoken-word nonchalance. This restraint, at least on record, keeps the tension high, while also keeping something bubbling below the surface, waiting. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
Jun 30, 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $7

Skull Diver, The Dead Ships, Pacific Latitudes
Last month Portland rock trio Skull Diver released Chemical Tomb, an unapologetically dark sophomore album that wanders with a zombie's sinister drive between proggy riffage, pop swagger, and stoner metal haze, exploring shadowy corners while never quite settling into a groove. The record is united not just by this densely curated sense of disquiet, all fuzzy guitars and cavernous organs, but by a gripping melodicism and singer Mandy Payne's nimble voice floating over the darkness—less ethereal and more a foreboding siren's call. Two covers round out the second half, Nick Drake’s “Parasite” and the Violent Femmes’ “Good Feeling,” both evidence of Skull Diver’s flexible mastery over their expansive sound. It’s not the most cohesive album, but anyone who likes their music on the heavy side will find something to enjoy. NATHAN TUCKER
Jul 1, 9 pm, Bunk Bar, $7

The Day Fade
Some Saturdays, you ignore the creeping growth of your dandelion lawn and put any thoughts of self-betterment out of mind. Some Saturdays, you get out of bed late and head to the bar, where there will be drinks, and dancing, and DJs spinning really, really good tunes. The soul needs such Saturdays, and lucky for you this is one of them. DIRK VANDERHART
Jul 1, 2 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5

The Thermals
Portland pop-punk stalwarts the Thermals aim to spice up your Fourth of July weekend on the cheap with a 5-dollar show at the Doug Fir Lounge. Deathlist and Loveboys provide support.
Jul 2, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $5

Bombay Beach, Wave Action, Craig Brown Band
After more than a decade spent fronting various garage punk bands (Terrible Twos, the Mahonies, Liquor Store), Craig Brown is a legitimate Detroit city personality. For instance, the trailer for Drunk History’s Detroit episode features Brown’s ruminations about the city’s lawlessness, punctuated as he yells, “Judas Priest is better than Iron Maiden!” into the cold night. Brown is a funny and memorable character, and that likability translates onto his debut album, The Lucky Ones Forget, from his Third Man Records-backed country project, the Craig Brown Band. It’s a love letter from a punk rocker to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a surprisingly smooth marriage of Brown’s cut-the-shit songwriting, nasally punk vocal tricks, and honky-tonk slide guitar—all filled out by the warm backing vocal harmonies of the band’s Drinkard sisters. SUZETTE SMITH
Jul 1, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5

Ice Queens, And And And, Ah God
Local indie rock shredders Ice Queens return to Rontoms for their second Sunday Session of the year, this time in celebration of the release of their self-titled debut album.
Jul 2, 8:30 pm, Rontoms, free

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          Matematyka rakiet   
quotDefend swoją bazę z najeźdźców i bezpańskie asteroidy odpowiedzi matematyka pytania poprawnie pokonać wrogów i poziom się swoją obecność planet zbieraj złote odpowiadając pytania poprawnie budować swoją obronę, ale uważaj, że co 3 błędne odpowiedzi będzie tarło więcej attacksquotInstructionsquotStart gry przez uderzenie grać. Następnie wybierz klasy i matematyczne umiejętności chcesz praktyki. Potem odpowiedzi pytania poprawnie do zdobycia złota, które można użyć do zasilania ups i innych elementów.
          Welchen Zweck erfüllt ein weltweiter Asteroiden - Tag ?   
Heute ist Welt - Asteroiden Tag, welchen Zweck erfüllt solch ein Tag?
          Potwór Pielęgnacja   
Asteroidy upadł na ziemię i para potwór zakażone chorobami skóry. Traktować je przez czyste uszy i zęby, na miejscu wszy, itp. Przynosić im powrót do wyglądać kilka doskonały potwór.
          Potwór Pielęgnacja   
Asteroidy upadł na ziemię i para potwór zakażone chorobami skóry. Traktować je przez czyste uszy i zęby, na miejscu wszy, itp. Przynosić im powrót do wyglądać kilka doskonały potwór.
          Cudzoziemca miejsca podróży   
Się w podróży kosmicznych, a następnie współpracownik ten obcy podróżować w kosmosie i bezpiecznie wylądować. Zbierać kamienie i gwiazd na drodze i zdobyć punkty. Uniknąć uderzenia asteroidy, jak zmniejsza się Twoje życie. Cieszyć podróży
          Wash Your Hands Thoroughly and Often   
Call me paranoid, or perhaps just realistic, but I think it is pretty clear that the end is always near. It could be an earthquake, catastrophic climate change, an asteroid or, what the heck, even a zombie outbreak that does … Continue reading
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring skies for next strike   

Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.


          Cosmo Pilot   
Jazdy jetpack, wypełnić statku kosmicznego paliwa do krajobrazu z planetoide. Nie pozwól, aby asteroidy cię zabić.
          Asteroidy   
Zniszczyć wszystkie asteroidy przy pomocy twój statek w przestrzeni. Nie pozwól, że cię zabić wrogów.
          Umieść Phoenix   
Misją grupy jest fly inny statek kosmiczny między każdym z określonych planety i zniszczyć niebezpieczne asteroidy, którą można znaleźć na swój sposób.
          On Asteroid Day, UN space agency urges international cooperation against potential threat   
A top United Nations official today urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact.
          Asteroid Day: Monitoring the skies for the next strike   
Friday is International Asteroid Day. A 24-hour live broadcast will include everything you've ever wanted to know about these rocky bits of space debris, the threats they may pose to Earth and what we can gain from studying them.
          NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides - El Universal   

El Universal

NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides
El Universal
Investigadores de la Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés) realizan modelos tridimensionales para producir simulaciones y los daños que ocasionarían los impactos de asteroides. Para el desarrollo de ...
NASA recrea posibles daños por impactos de asteroides - Grupo ...Milenio.com

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          Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA - Excélsior   

Excélsior

Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA
Excélsior
Para el desarrollo de los simulacros computacionales, los científicos emplean una de las supercomputadoras más poderosas de la NASA, cuyos resultados ayudan responder, identificar y tomar mejores decisiones contra los cuerpos menores del Sistema ...
NASA muestra con video cómo sería destruida la Tierra por un ...e-consulta
NASA revela cómo sería el impacto de un asteroide con la TierraColombia.com
Día del Asteroide: NASA se prepara para un posible impactoLa Prensa
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          »Rummissilet« er stort nok til at udslette København og kan ramme os ud af det blå   
Selv en "beskeden" asteroide på 100 meter kan blæse hele København omkuld og ankomme fuldstændig uforudset. Derfor er det af afgørende betydning, at vi får styr på de truende rummissiler over os.
          Has The Earth Ever Been Hit By Space Rocks?   
For billions of years, the Earth's only natural satellite has been bombarded with asteroids. Surely, it's been the target of space rocks in the past.
          They Saw the Moon Go Boom   
Sure, you hear about all kinds of exciting things happening in space, including giant asteroids crashing into planets. There is a written record of five average guys, British monks in fact, who, on a June evening in 1178, happened to see something astounding happen on the moon. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
          The Youngest Crater   
We usually think of craters as being very old, but some have formed quite recently. Learn about the last asteroid to hit the moon on this Moment of Science.
          Comment on Watch Live 24-Hour Webcast for International Asteroid Day by Aqua4U   
Dang double darn.. missed it. Will check YouTube connex next..
          Your Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Bargains for June 29, 2017   
FREE BOOK OF THE DAY Icefall: Episodes 1-6 (The Clearsky Chronicles) by Walt Stone and Mica Stone A sun-blocking shroud has trapped civilization in an ice age and Cerebus Command has controlled mankind since Icefall. But a group of rebels is on the verge of fulfilling a 200-year-old plan to crash an asteroid into Earth, […]
          The Dirty Earth - Aurora (2017)   
The Dirty Earth - Aurora (2017)

Artist: The Dirty Earth
Album: Aurora
Country: Australia
Genre: Hard / Blues / Stoner Rock / Female Vocal
Quality: Mp3, CBR 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Black Hole
02. Cheating Heart
03. Shout
04. Coming Home
05. She
06. Mother Asteroid
07. Take Your Time
08. Get out
09. Itch
10. One Last Kiss

          Preocupación mundial por los asteroides en ruta de colisión con la Tierra   

Hace unos 65 millones de años un asteroide de 10 o 15 kilómetros de longitud impactó contra la Tierra, a una velocidad de entre 57.000 a 115.000 kilómetros por hora. El impacto creó en cuestión de minutos un cráter de 180 kilómetros de diámetro, licuó la superficie y levantó enormes cordilleras. La explosión produjo un devastador megatsunami, y los fragmentos del choque provocaron una lluvia de fuego y rocas. El polvo cubrió la atmósfera y extendió la oscuridad por el planeta durante semanas o meses. El impacto dio lugar a la extinción masiva del Cretácico-Terciario, en la que desaparecieron el 75 por ciento de las especies de animales y plantas de la Tierra, incluyendo a los dinosaurios.

Las evidencias astronómicas y geológicas , según recoge Gonzalo López Sánchez en ABC, demuestran que es cuestión de tiempo que algo así vuelva a ocurrir. No será mañana ni probablemente en los próximos 200 años, pero acabará pasando. Por eso, algunos astrónomos temen que el ser humano no esté haciendo lo suficiente para evitar un futuro cataclismo. Es la idea que está detrás de una campaña internacional de sensibilización, conocida como el Día del Asteroide («Asteroid Day»), que este 30 de junio avisa del peligro que se cierne sobre el planeta. La conmemoración, que el año pasado recibió el respaldo de Naciones Unidas al declararla como día internacional, será celebrada con 700 eventos en 190 países y un debate entre expertos que podrá seguirse en directo. Además, Discovery Channel emitirá varios documentales sobre el tema y estrenará «Cómo sobrevivir a un asteroide», que ha sido rodado con miembros de la campaña.--Preocupación mundial por los asteroides, las montañas que caen del cielo--.

«Anoche, la Tierra fue golpeada miles de veces», ha explicado Rusty Schweickart, ex astronauta del programa Apolo de la NASA y miembro del «Asteroid Day» que fue invitado a un debate telefónico organizado por Discovery Channel. «Cada día, a la Tierra llegan unas 100 toneladas de asteroides. La mayoría son pequeños granos o guijarros, y quizás dos o tres de ellos tienen el tamaño de una pelota de fútbol. Pero lo más preocupante es que es cuestión de tiempo que seamos golpeados por uno mucho mayor capaz de causar graves daños en la superficie».

 


          Stay Cool, Geek 177: Han Solo Enters an Asteroid Field   
In which Kurt and Jahblahblahblahblah discuss the firing of Lord & Miller from the standalone Han Solo movie. What does this mean? Should we be concerned? What does this say about Kathleen Kennedy? And what do we think of the Ron Howard hiring?  The guys get fairly passionate about all things happening in the Star Wars cinematic universe, all while trying to stay cool. This leads to a larger discussion of Marvel films, branded content, and utilizing someone's specific creative talent while still keeping pieces in line with a company's stated goals and themes. Finally, we take about the Black Panther trailer, the Inhumans trailer, Transformers, and the Universal Dark Universe.
          Impact Earth: constatez par vous même les dégâts d’un astéroïde   
Impact Earth: constatez par vous même les dégâts d’un astéroïde
C'est hier, le 30 juin qu'a eu lieu la journée mondiale de l'astéroïde, les chercheurs souhaitent mettre en avant le risque d'une collision avec un astéroïde, afin que l'on commence à imaginer des solutions.

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          GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "Promo Auction - $5 Starting Bid for all items"    

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          Órbita Laika - Las amenazas a la Tierra - El futuro ya está aquí   

El vídeo musical de la semana (una canción de REM) nos presenta los peligros que la humanidad podría afrontar en un futuro, desde el impacto de un asteroide hasta la proximidad de un agujero negro o una supernova... sin olvidar los efectos de la crisis ecológica causada por los propios humanos.


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          NASA: Researchers Simulate Asteroid Impacts to Help Identify Possible Life-Threatening Events   
When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid’s shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people.
          Bizarro comet challenging researchers   
Scientists pursue research through observation, experimentation and modeling. They strive for all of these pieces to fit together, but sometimes finding the unexpected is even more exciting. That's what happened to University of Central Florida's astrophysicist Gal Sarid, who studies comets, asteroids and planetary formation and earlier this year was part of a team that published a study focused on the comet 174P/Echeclus. It didn't behave the way the team was expecting. "This is another clue that Echeclus is a bizarre solar system object," said University of South Florida physics research Professor Maria Womack, who leads the team. Comets streak across the sky and as they get closer to the sun look like bright fuzz balls with extended luminous trails in their wake. However, comets are actually bulky spheres of mixed ice and rock, many of them also rich in other frozen volatile compounds, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen cyanide and methanol. Comets heat up as they get closer to the sun, losing their icy layers by sublimation and producing emission jets of water vapor, other gases and dust expelled from the comet nucleus, Sarid said. Once they move away from the sun, they cool off again. But some comets start showing emission activity while still very far from the sun, where heating is low.
          2017 MT7 - MPEC 2017-N17   
Key info includes, small asteroid, Earth MOID = 6.4 LD, H = 24.1, roughly 51m in diameter. Picked up on 27 June by MLS, observing it at June 27.41-46p8. Dated 0423 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MS7 - MPEC 2017-N16   
Key info includes, small asteroid, Earth MOID = 1.5 LD, H = 22.4, roughly 112m in diameter. Picked up on 27 June by MLS, observing it at June 27.37-39p4 and 27.45p4. Dated 0419 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MR7 - MPEC 2017-N15   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 22.3, roughly 117m in diameter. Picked up on 27 June by MLS, observing it at June 27.24-26p4. Dated 0417 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MQ7 - MPEC 2017-N14   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 23.2, roughly 78m in diameter. Picked up on 27 June by MLS, observing it at June 27.23-24p4 and 27.32p4. Dated 0414 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 MP7 - MPEC 2017-N13   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 25.5, roughly 27m in diameter. Picked up on 27 June by MLS, observing it at June 27.22-24p4 at V = 20.6-22.3 and 27.32p4 at V = 21.4. Dated 0410 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          2017 ML7 - MPEC 2017-N11   
Key info includes, small asteroid, H = 22.5, roughly 107m in diameter. Picked up on 26 June by PS1, observing it at June 26.29-32p4. Dated 0405 UT, noted at 1400 UTC. - [direct]
          Darkside v1.10.10 [Juego]   
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          La NASA explica cómo evitaría impactos de asteroides en la Tierra   
La NASA explica cómo evitaría impactos de asteroides en la Tierra

Un vídeo publicado por la NASA explica a detalle cómo funcionaría un sistema para evitar que asteroides impacten en la Tierra.

Los asteroides pueden ser una amenaza para la Tierra. Desde que una roca atravesó la atmósfera y provocó daños en una pequeña región de Siberia, los posibles peligros de los asteroides cercanos a nuestro planeta son cada vez más estudiados y controlados. A partir de ese incidente de 1908, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas declaró el 30 de junio como el Día del Asteroide.

Desde 2013, la NASA ha catalogado más de mil nuevos asteroides que se encuentran cercanos a la Tierra y, según el Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 2.000 objetos considerados como peligrosos se encuentran a muy poca distancia de la Tierra, lo que podría provocar un impacto contra el planeta.

La NASA ha desarrollado nuevas tecnologías para evitar que estos asteroides peligrosos logren impactar en la Tierra. Para difundir su misión y explicar en qué consiste, la Administración ha publicado un vídeo con ilustraciones que muestran el modus operandi de los especialistas.

En primer lugar, los telescopios especializados analizan el cielo y, cuando hay una imagen que muestra un movimiento, el sistema lo detecta automáticamente y lo manda a la base de datos. Una vez allí, se comprueba si el posible nuevo asteroide es uno ya detectado con anterioridad o es un nuevo hallazgo. Dentro de la lista de objetos por confirmar el nuevo dato puede marcarse como prioritario si se encuentra a una distancia especialmente cercana respecto a la Tierra.

Otros astrónomos, de la NASA o de otras instituciones, y hasta personas no expertas se dedican a añadir nueva información que vayan descubriendo sobre el nuevo asteroide. Con cada nuevo dato se puede redefinir la trayectoria y lograr que no siga acercándose más a nuestro planeta.

La NASA, además de cambiar la trayectoria de los asteroides, está llevando a cabo la Misión de Redirección de Asteroides (ARM) "para visitar un gran asteroide cercano a la Tierra, recoger una roca de varias toneladas de su superficie y redirigirla hacia una órbita estable alrededor de la Luna", explicó la Agencia en un comunicado.

El objetivo es lanzar nave robótica a finales de esta década y la misión ayudará a identificar más técnicas de defensa planetaria para desviar asteroides peligrosos y así proteger el planeta Tierra.

Uno de los últimos impactos de un asteroide sobre la Tierra ocurrió en 2013 en Tunguska, Asia Central. El objeto apareció en el cielo como una bola de fuego después de atravesar la atmósfera a 68.000 kilómetros por hora. El incidente causó varios accidentes como la rotura de cristales o paredes.


          Pedro Mairal: La uruguaya   

Idioma original: español
Año de publicación: 2016
Valoración: muy recomendable

Apenas 180 páginas y resulta que la impronta de esta novela de Pedro Mairal es profunda. Mérito íntegro del argentino, sobre el que habrá que investigar en profundidad. Porque no es fácil conseguir este nivel. En lo estilístico, inapelable, grandioso, con una consciencia de que se aborda una novela no muy extensa y que no es cuestión de desperdiciar nada, con lo que todo está en el sitio perfecto. Y en lo que concierne a la historia, porque esa esencia de la concisión y de la concentración se extiende. Ya hablé de autoficción cuando reseñé a Juan Pedro Villalobos. Mairal no se queda corto, y aunque renuncie a ponerle su nombre al protagonista, sí es un escritor argentino el protagonista y sí va a publicar un texto por el que un editor español le ha pagado un dinero.
En esa Argentina donde la transacción en divisa es tan poco ventajosa, Lucas Pereyra ha de cruzar hacia Uruguay para hacer efectivo un mejor cambio de unos dólares USA. Eso le va a permitir vivir mejor una temporada, le asegura una etapa de tranquilidad económica que le permita escribir mejor.
Pero no es ése el único motivo de su viaje. Esas horas en Uruguay van a permitirle encontrarse con La uruguaya, mujer que conoció en una estancia anterior y a la que cree haber seducido. Así que Lucas consumará dos infidelidades. La patriótica, saltándose las restricciones cambiarias, y la conyugal, traicionando a su esposa y madre de su hijo.
Y qué tiene esta novela que lo que ocurre en esas horas va a arrastrarnos hasta impresionarnos. Primero, he de insistir, esa prosa que es puro goce y que me recuerda (a eso ayudan esos escenarios fluviales y cierta aura surrealista en los hechos y en los desenlaces) a ese portento que hay que reivindicar llamado Juan José Saer. Segundo, que la excusa del jugueteo infiel sirve para sumir al lector en un proceso de reflexión más allá de esa situación epidérmica. La huida, dice Lelia Guerriero, hacia adelante, hacia ninguna parte, diría yo. Pues Pereyra no debería tener queja de su vida de hombre de mediana edad que puede vivir de su talento, y va y la caga. Sí, esa es la palabra adecuada: cagarla. Quién le manda complicarse una vida que no es la de un millonario, pero al menos es plácida. ¿Las ganas de aventura? ¿La crisis de los cuarenta? ¿Verse abrumado ante su paternidad? ¿Considerarse, como escritor de relativo renombre que acude a un congreso, una especie de rock-star literaria?
La uruguaya, asequible tamaño y cuidada edición de Asteroide, me ha transmitido cierta sensación de cercanía y de relativa asequibilidad para amplio espectro de lectores. Y hacía tiempo que no tenía tan claro que una segunda lectura será una opción muy agradable para el futuro.


          Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA - Excélsior   

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Hay amenaza latente de impacto de asteroide en la Tierra: NASA
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Para el desarrollo de los simulacros computacionales, los científicos emplean una de las supercomputadoras más poderosas de la NASA, cuyos resultados ayudan responder, identificar y tomar mejores decisiones contra los cuerpos menores del Sistema ...
NASA muestra con video cómo sería destruida la Tierra por un ...e-consulta
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          NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides - El Universal   

El Universal

NASA simula daños que ocasionarían asteroides
El Universal
Investigadores de la Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés) realizan modelos tridimensionales para producir simulaciones y los daños que ocasionarían los impactos de asteroides. Para el desarrollo de ...
NASA recrea posibles daños por impactos de asteroides - Grupo ...Milenio.com

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          The Dirty Earth – Aurora (2017)   


Artist: The Dirty Earth
Country: Australia
Album: Aurora
Genre: Blues / Hard Rock

01. Black Hole
02. Cheating Heart
03. Shout
04. Coming Home
05. She
06. Mother Asteroid
07. Take Your Time
08. Get out
09. Itch
10. One Last Kiss
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          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 36892270)   
iv had the many moon dream which showed me what happens on our last moon ever at the end of time and afterwards and alien invasion by the demonic aliens and all out chaos while there where incoming asteroid which where going to kill all life on earth..:hiding:
          Pulau Sekudu is alive!   
We return for our annual predawn survey of Pulau Sekudu aka Frog island, just off Changi and Pulau Ubin. And enjoyed a spectacular sunrise!
Sunrise over Chek Jawa from Pulau Sekudu
I was glad to see recovery in sponge diversity, the seagrasses are doing well, and lots of interesting marine life. Our last survey was in Jul 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching.


Today, I saw a few small colonies of Boulder pore coral none of them were bleaching, although the colonies had signs of recent death. Kok Sheng also pointed out two Pock-marked corals one of which was half dead and covered by a sponge. There were also patches of healthy Zebra coral  near the high water mark. During the mass coral bleaching survey in Jul 2016, I saw more Boulder pore corals but none of them were bleaching.
Today, there were many Pink flowery soft corals and Spiky flowery soft corals, as well as some Ball flowery soft corals. They all looked alright. During the mass coral bleaching survey in Jul 2016, I saw a few small colonies of Spiky flowery soft corals and they were all bleaching, but the many small Ball flowery soft corals were not bleaching.
The usual sea pens are still on the shore and I didn't see any that were bleaching: several Spiky sea pens, many Flowery sea pens and for the first time, I saw many Sea pencils here. I saw a few Cerianthids and they seemed alright.
Today, I saw many more sea fans than I did on our last survey in Jul 2016. Most of them were Gnarled sea fans and Candelabra sea fans. But I also saw one Skinny sea fan and a few Flat branch tree fans too.
 I also saw these two sea fans that I've not seen before. One of them might be Maze sea fan.
The most abundant cnidarian on the shore were Haddon's carpet anemones. They came in all kinds of colours. I did not see any that were bleaching. Other anemones seen in large numbers included Swimming anemones and  Posy anemones.  I also saw one Sand frilly anemones, one Big hermit hitching anemone. The rest of the team found many other kinds of anemones including Glass anemones.
I saw this anemone that I'm not sure of its identity.
Today, we saw a lot of  Knobbly sea stars, mostly large wrinkled grandmothers, but also a few smaller younger ones. I also saw some Biscuit sea stars. The rest of the team saw many other different kinds of sea stars. One feather star was also seen.
I saw a few  White salmacis urchins, and one Oval heart urchin above the ground. Today, there were two Diadema sea urchins. Kok Sheng also saw a Thick-edged sand dollar.
There were a variety of sea cucumbers including some Thorny sea cucumbers, Pink warty sea cucumbers, Ball sea cucumbers. There were many Sponge synaptid sea cucumbers among the sponges. I also saw one Garlic bread sea cucumber.
There were many crabs on the shore. The most abundant were Swimming crabs of various kinds. I saw a Velcro crab and a Blue-tailed shrimp. I also saw one small Reef octopus. I didn't see any slugs but the rest of the team saw some.
I was delighted to see a greater variety of sponges growing on the rubble. This is similar to what we saw at Chek Jawa two days ago. It seems similar to what we saw in Jul 2016, the first time we saw a recovery in sponges since a noticeable reduction in Aug 2013.
I saw a Fine-lined flatworm, the Purple spotted yellow flatwom and a large Elegant lined flatworm.
The shores are lushly covered in seagrasses, mostly Spoon seagrass (both small and large leaf blades).
Seagrass meadows at Pulau Sekudu
The lagoon and reefy arm around it is no longer very bare and sandy as we saw in Jul 2015. Sprinkles of seagrasses, seaweeds and other marine life are now seen here. I came across two clumps of Tape seagrass both with cropped leaf blades, there were many patches of Fern seagrass and Needle seagrass. The patch of Serrated ribbon seagrass is still there. The ground where they are growing is still very soft, a similar observation made during our survey in Jul 2015.
I saw a well encrusted abandoned net, and several fish traps that were all disabled (large holes in the traps or squashed). This is an improvement as on our last survey in Jul 2016, we found 7 fish traps. During our survey in July 2015, we also found 8 active fish traps.
There are a few mangrove trees growing on the high ground, and they seemed alright.
Mangrove trees and rocky shore at Pulau Sekudu
This little island lies just off Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin. It is part of the Chek Jawa Wetlands that is managed by NParks. Pulau Sekudu is off limits since 2007 and requires special permission from NParks. Thanks to NParks for permission and support to do these predawn low spring tide surveys of Chek Jawa. Thanks also to Chay Hoon for making all the transport arrangements. And the team for helping to cover as much ground as we can during the narrow low tide window. Thank you!

Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu may be affected by the 2030 landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development. The plan includes plans for a road link (black line) from the mainland jumping off at Punggol, crossing to Pulau Ubin through Chek Jawa to jump off to Pulau Tekong before circling back to the mainland on Changi East. Proposed reclamation (in yellow) will bury Pasir Ris shores, Pulau Sekudu and Chek Jawa as well as a large amount of shore at Changi Beach.

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I feel it is thus important to update our understanding of what is going on in the field at these sites including Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu.

We probably won't be back to visit Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu until next year. I hope these unique and beautiful shores remain well until then.

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Others on this trip: Loh Kok Sheng, Toh Chay Hoon, Nicholas Yap.




          Beting Bronok slowly dying   
This shore is close to last week's an oil spill off Pengerang. Six months ago, there was a 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait that impacted Pulau Ubin. During our last survey in Jun 2016, we saw coral bleaching.
Sunrise over living shores of Beting Bronok
Today, I'm relieved that I didn't see any coral bleaching. Although there were fewer hard corals, and I saw pale and 'melting' sponges as well as some pale flowery soft corals, we did see a wide variety of marine life. Nevertheless, Beting Bronok continues to decline and appears to be slowly dying.


There are still many colourful sponges, and some sea fans on the small richest corner of Beting Bronok.
Living shores of Beting Bronok
The most abundant sponge were Yellow bumpy sponges, which seemed to dominate this shore since our survey in Aug 2015. And there were a variety of many other sponges in small clumps.
But I saw several clumps of sponges that look like they were melting or losing colour.
I saw a few hard corals, none of them were bleaching. I saw three small Boulder pore corals. A few Branching pore corals and some tiny patches of Neat hexa corals. This is much fewer than the number of colonies I saw on our survey in Jun 2016 during mass coral bleaching. I did not see any Big ring merulinid corals which were bleaching on our survey last year.
There were many Pink flowery soft corals. Most seemed alright although a few had yellowish tips. There were many Spiky flowery soft corals, none of them bleaching. But only a few Ball soft corals .
The most common anemone was Haddon's carpet anemones. Those I saw seemed alright.
Other anemones seen included many Swimming anemone, one Snaky anemone, one Mini carpet anemone and one Big hermit hitching anemone. The rest of the team also saw some special anemones such as the Glass anemone. Sadly, we didn't see any Haekel's anemones. Beting Bronok used to be home to many of them as recently as our survey in Aug 2015. Button zoanthids still cover vast areas of the reef. I also saw a small patch of Sea mat zoanthids.
I came across a few large cerianthids: Common ceriathids and one Black mouth cerianthid. There were also many small clumps of various hydroids including Fern hydroids and the nasty Stinging hydroids. Also many Candy hydroids although most of them were heavily covered in epiphytes.
There were also many Spiky sea pens, some Flowery sea pens and one Slender sea pen.
There were some Candelabra sea fans and Gnarled sea fans.
 Here's some sea fans that seem different.
Among the most interesting encounters for me today was a pair of Spangled flatworms 'penis' fencing. There were many of these flatworms today. Marine flatworms are hermaphrodites, that is, each flatworm has both male and female reproductive organs. When two flatworms meet, they exchange sperm. Some species simply insert their needle-like penis anywhere in the body of the partner. This is not surprisingly called 'hypodermic impregnation'. In yet other species, each flatworm tries to impregnate the other without itself being impregnated, as it involves more energy to produce eggs. This results in a sort of 'penis-fencing' when the two flatworms meet!
'Penis' fencing by Spangled flatworms (Acanthozoon sp.)
I came across many large Biscuit sea stars, one large Knobbly sea star. Kok Sheng saw 15 Knobbly sea stars in deeper water! I also saw several Thorny sea urchins. I didn't see many sea cucumbers: one Thorny sea cucumber, a few Orange sea cucumbers and two Big synaptid sea cucumbers. The rest of the team also saw a Red scaly sea star, the Bordered sea star and a large Basket star. None of saw a feather star.
I saw several Blue dragons and one Ceratosoma gracillimum nudibranch. The rest of the team saw many more nudibranchs of various kinds.
There were many many Onyx cowries once again (there were few on our last survey in Jun 2016). I saw one False cowrie in a soft coral, two Noble volute snails and a few live Gong gong snails. None of us saw the Baler snail which we did see in Jun 2014. I saw only one octopus.
There were also many Fan bellied filefishes. I saw one False scorpionfish, one small Kite butterflyfish, two Pink-eared emperors and a large Toadfish out of the water (they usually do fine after the tide comes in).
I saw several Stone crabs, one Red egg crab, many Purple-legged swimming crabs and one well camouflaged Velcro crab.
A thick layer of fine silt has settled on large areas of the southern edge of Beting Bronok. Today, I saw sprinkles of Spoon seagrass with large leaf blades and some Hairy spoon seagrass here.
The seagrasses are very sparse though. We first started seeing this in Jun 2014.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis)

Beting Bronok slowly dying

Every year we visit Benting Bronok, we see less and less marine life. Today, the shore seems similar to what we saw in Jun 2016, which was better than during our last survey in Aug 2015. This is what the shore looked like today.
Living shores of Beting Bronok

This is what the shore looked like in years past...
Growths of marine life in Jun 2016.
Mostly zoanthids only on the shore, Aug 2015
Marine life on at Beting Bronok in 2014
Marine life on Beting Bronok in 2013.
Colourful marine life at Beting Bronok in 2012.
Beting Bronok in 2012.
Here's what Beting Bronok looked like ten years ago in 2003.
Beting Bronok in 2003.
Beting Bronok in 2003.
There used to be a wondrous variety of sea fans.
Sea fans on Beting Bronok in 2004.
Hopefully they will return as sea fans are common even on Changi shores. But lost forever probably are the wonderful Sunflower mushroom corals and other corals that we used to see here.

Where is Beting Bronok? What is it's status and future?

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When the 2030 landuse plan by the Ministry of National Developmentwas announced, it was also announced that Beting Bronok and Pulau Unum have been granted 'Nature Area' status. As I understand it, this status means the area "will be kept for as long as possible until required for development". Here's an earlier about 'Nature Area' status seem to mean.

It was good to see that Beting Bronok remains alive and full of fascinating creatures. But to me, it seems to be in steady decline since the reclamation started at nearby Pulau Tekong . It has since also been affected by the flooding that led to mass deaths at Chek Jawa in 2007, and the coral bleaching in 2010, a ferry ran aground on Beting Bronok in Jul 2011 and it suffered mass coral bleaching again in 2016. Here's some old photos of marine life at Beting Bronok. We can only hope for the best for this wonderful reef on our Northern shore.

There are plans that may affect Beting Bronok a in the not too distant future. These include plans to locate at Pengerang Johor, a petrochemical complex that was rejected in Taiwan for environmental and health reasons.
Today, we noticed some large scale construction going on at Pengerang Johor, opposite Beting Bronok.
Works at Pengerang, Johor opposite Beting Bronok
Just as on our last survey in Jun 2016, today we didn't see any fish traps. We almost always see signs of fishing pressure on this reef on every survey. We also notice there are changes in the structure of the reef, the northern 'arm' around the lagoon appears to be much narrower.

Thanks to Chay Hoon for organising the trip. Our annual trips to Beting Bronok are bitter-sweet. Like visiting our favourite grandma and watching her painfully, slowly fade away. I feel privileged to have seen her at her best.


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Others on this trip: Ivan Kwan, Adriane Lee.
          Chek Jawa is still alive!   
This is our first survey of the coral rubble area since Chek Jawa was hit by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait six months ago. And last week, there was an oil spill near Pulau Tekong. During last survey of this part of Chek Jawa in Jul 2016, we saw mass coral bleaching.
Various colourful sponges and marine life on the coral rubble area, Chek Jawa
So I was very relieved to see lots of colourful sponges and marine life at Chek Jawa this morning! In fact, Chek Jawa is looking more like it used to before the devastating mass deaths in 2007 which wiped out the sponges and many other animals here.


During our last survey in Jul 2016, the survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching and 100% of the flowery soft corals were bleaching. We were glad to see a wider variety of sponges than on our last survey.
Bleaching coral seen in Jul 2016.
Today, I saw a variety of hard corals, and none of them were bleaching. I saw several medium sized Boulder pore corals. All were nice and brown, although a few had white or dead patches.
I saw a few clusters of Zebra coral and Neat hexa coral which are often seen on Changi and other northern shores. I saw two small colonies of Flowery disk coral. I also saw two small colonies of Boulder sandpaper coral. These sightings are similar to what I saw in Jul 2015 before the mass coral bleaching.
Haddon's carpet anemones were still abundant. Most of them were alright. One or two were pale or yellowish.
During our last survey in Jul 2016, I noticed more sponges. Today, there were even more colourful sponges growing on the coral rubble area! As well as many different kinds of ascidians and other encrusting animals.
This is what it looks like under the Jetty at House No. 1
Various colourful sponges and marine life on the coral rubble area, Chek Jawa
A closer look at some of the sponges seen today.
Ascidians are the favourite prey of flatworms, so not surprisingly, we saw several today: Blue-lined and Blue spotted flatworms, Purple-spotted yellow flatworm, Marbled flatworms and Elegant lined flatworm.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the many colonies of a variety of flowery soft corals: with many Spiky flowery soft corals, a few Pink flowery soft corals and a few Ball flowery soft corals, one with a white commensal snapping shrimp living in it. These sightings are similar to what I saw in Jul 2015 before the mass coral bleaching.
There were also many different kinds of sea fans. The most abundant were Gnarled sea fans. There were a few Candelabra sea fans, one Asparagus sea fan and one Flat branch sea fan.
I also saw some sea pens: Several flowery sea pens, several sea pencils and one Spiky sea pen.
And there were a variety of other cnidarians: Several large bushy clumps of Stinging hydroids, several clumps of Button zoanthids, a few Common cerianthids, and many clusters of Posy anemones.
There were also many sea stars! We saw several large wrinkly and probably Grandmother Knobbly sea stars. But also some smaller younger ones. The most abundant sea star were Biscuit sea stars from small to large ones. I saw several Cake sea stars and one Plain sand star.
The easiest way to tell apart the Cake sea stars from the Biscuit sea stars is to look at their underside.
The most abundant echinoderm are brittle stars: There were a few large ones in burrows, extending only their arms. Meanwhile, countless tiny ones festooned sea fans and soft corals.
There were also many sea cucumbers: I saw many large Garlic bread sea cucumbers, most were half buried. Among sponges and ascidians, there were many small Sponge synaptid sea cucumbers. The sandy areas had buried Ball sea cucumbers. Dotting the seagrasses were some tiny Thorny sea cucumbers and Pink warty sea cucumbers. And I saw a few Beige sea cucumbers. I did not see any but the rest of the team saw one White sea urchin.
The seagrasses were lush. Growing thickly and leaf blades green and clear of growths (epiphytes). There were lots of nice green Needle seagrass (skinny leaf blades), Fern seagrass, Spoon seagrass (big and small leaf blades). Smooth ribbon seagrasses have taken over most of the seagrass meadows near the coral rubble area. The rest of the team saw some Tape seagrass, some with cropped leaf blades, others with longer ones (about 50cm).
Today we did not come across any nets or traps. Hurray!

Thanks to NParks for permission and support to do these predawn low spring tide surveys of Chek Jawa. Thanks also to Chay Hoon for making all the transport arrangements. And the team for helping to cover as much ground as we can during the narrow low tide window. Thank you!

Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu may be affected by the 2030 landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development. The plan includes plans for a road link (black line) from the mainland jumping off at Punggol, crossing to Pulau Ubin through Chek Jawa to jump off to Pulau Tekong before circling back to the mainland on Changi East. Proposed reclamation (in yellow) will bury Pasir Ris shores, Pulau Sekudu and Chek Jawa as well as a large amount of shore at Changi Beach.
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I feel it is thus important to update our understanding of what is going on in the field at these sites including Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu.

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Others on this trip: Ivan Kwan, Nicholas Yap.


          Changi six months after the oil spill   
These Changi shores were impacted six months ago by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, My last survey of this series of shores was in May 2017, five months after the oil spill.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis)
The seagrasses appear fine, I saw some of the usual animals, although the shore is less lively than usual. I also checked out Changi Creek, the mangroves up the Creek and shores at Carpark 3. I did not see any signs of massive oil spill impact.


The meadows were all Spoon seagrass, mostly fresh and green, although some were covered in epiphytes. There were patches of scum on some of the seagrasses. Also, in small patches, filamentous hairy black stuff (Cyanobacteria?) on seagrasses and rocks.
Brown scum on seagrasses
As usual, there were lots of sea cucumbers. The seagrasses were dotted with small Warty pink sea cucumbers. I saw a few Orange sea cucumbers. But I didn't see any Thorny sea cucumbers. The sand bar was dotted with buried Ball sea cucumbers, and I also saw some washed up above ground. I also saw one small Garlic bread sea cucumber.
I saw one small Biscuit sea star, one Hairy sea hare and a long Pink ribbon worm. There were also large patches of Gregarious tubeworms, forming a shaggy carpet on the low water mark. And some Solitary tubeworms too. The presence of delicate burrowing animals suggest the ground is alright.
I saw two Cerianthids in the seagrass meadows, both with Phoronid worms. Colin spotted one Sea pencil. On the rocky shores I saw one small Pink flowery soft corals, a few small sea fans. There were some small patches of Zebra coralButton zoanthids still dominated one corner of the bay.
The rocks were still lively at the high water mark. Some had patches of Little black nesting mussels dotted with Lined bead anemones. There were many Drills and clusters of them were laying eggs. There were many Banded bead anemones and I saw some Onch slugs.  There were also many Thumbs-up sea squirts and Yellow clustered bead ascidians.
Today, I saw many tiny Blue-dotted flatworms, some in clusters.
Blue-dotted flatworm (Pseudoceros indicus)
On the rocks were many plants and animals include clumps of Round sea grape seaweeds. And patches of sponges and corals.
The most abundant sponge on the rocky shore remains the Melted chocolate sponge.
Melted chocolate sponge (Chondrilla australiensis)
There were many clumps of blue Elegant sponge. For the first time since the oil spill, I saw a few Purple branching sponges, usually the  most abundant sponge on this shore.
The little mangrove sapling on the seawall that was somewhat oiled, seems fine now!
Sapling that was oiled seems fine
Sadly, as usual, there remained a line of plastic litter along the mid-water mark. Many were coated in oil and this will remain a source of oil pollution until they are removed. Although this beach is cleaned everyday, only the high tide line is cleaned.
Trashline at Changi
After the tide turned, I headed out to check Changi Creek itself. There are several large mangrove saplings growing near the seawall. The mudflats and seawall looks normal and I didn't see any signs of sheen. Although there is still the stain of oil on the drain wall.
Mangrove saplings at Changi Creek
A boom has been retied across the drain. Another boom near the bridge is still there (!). There is some dead vegetation near the bridge.
There is a 'jetty' next to the Ferry Terminal. This 'jetty' is still well used by fish farmers. It was very busy as the tide was coming in.
Changi Creek Jetty still well used by fish farmers, Jun 2017
I headed upstream to the mangroves at Changi Creek. The mangroves looked alright. No massive yellowing leaves or bare branches.
Changi Creek mangroves
Most of the Bakau kurap trees were producing propagules that were nice and long. I didn't see any propagules with odd colours.
I also saw some saplings under the big mangrove trees.
Saplings at Changi Creek mangroves
I saw two Blue-spotted mudskippers and many small fishes swimming in the water. But I didn't see any Giant mudskippers.
Blue-spotted mudskipper (Boleophthalmus boddarti)
Some parts of the mud stream banks had Leaf oysters that seemed alive.
Leaf oyster (Isognomon ephippium)
I also saw a large clump of blue Elegant sponge growing in the middle of the Creek next to the mud flats.
Elegant branching sponge (Haliclona sp.)
At Changi Beach near Carpark 3, the oiled stakes and geobags are still there and still falling apart. In fact, one of the large trees next to the beach had been cut down as it was probably a danger to the public as its roots were severely eroded.
Tree affected by erosion at Changi Point has been cut
It's a relief to see the shores did not seem too badly affected by the oil spill so far.

Posts about the Jan 2017 Johor Strait oil spill

Survey on 10 Feb, one month after the oil spill
Other surveys and news posts


          Big Sisters Island after mass coral bleaching   
We check on Big Sisters Island for the first time since mass coral bleaching affected the reefs here.
Living reefs of Big Sisters Island
It was a relief to see that most of the corals were not bleaching. But we sense about 50% of the corals have died, and some corals had bleaching portions or were very pale. We also saw signs of some disturbing threats.


This is what I saw in Jun 2016 at the height of mass coral bleaching. At that time, the survey team asssess about 60% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 50% for sea anemones. Today, I didn't see any totally white coral colonies.on the shore facing Small Sisters Island.
Mass coral bleaching seen in Jun 2016.
Some of the Boulder pore corals were pale or had very pale portions.
Some of the Merulinid corals (previously Family Faviidae) were alright, but many colonies were mostly dead with only small portions of living tissue. There were some small colonies starting to grow on dead corals.
I saw a few small Flowery disk corals, all of them bleaching. I only saw one other small Disk coral.
I saw one Cauliflower coral, half of the colony was dead. I saw several Crinkled sandpaper corals that were alright.
There were a few small Brain corals, most with dead portions.
I saw one small Acropora coral growing on the sea wall and a few Montipora corals. I did not see any Carnation coral or Ridged plate coral.
I saw a few Anemone corals, most with dead portions. The small Goniopora coral colonies I saw were alright although some had pale patches. And a few small Galaxy corals that were alright.
Some coral colonies  had white patches.
This is a short video clip of the shore facing Small Sisters Island.
Some bleaching still seen at Big Sisters Island, Jun 2017
I saw one Asparagus flowery soft coral, and many small leathery soft corals of various kinds. None of them were bleaching.
But this Omelette leathery soft coral was seriously peeling, although it was not bleaching.
There were large patches of Sea mat zonathids, and Button zoanthids. None of them were bleaching. Although the Feathery soft corals had paler patches.
There were some corallimorphs of various kinds in small clusters. None of them were bleaching.
I saw several Giant carpet anemones, none with anemonefishes. All were not bleaching. I saw one Haddon's carpet anemone with anemone shrimp. I saw a few Frilly sea anemones, some were very pale.
There were still lots of fishes in the big lagoon. Many Tropical silversides and some Common mojarra. I saw one Snake eel and one small Anchor tuskfish.
 Other animals seen include many Red egg crabs. One Spangled flatworm, a few Ornate leaf slugs. There were many large Common sea stars gathered closely together in the big lagoon.
I couldn't find any Spoon seagrass in either lagoon. The small patch of Tape seagrass in the small lagoon was cropped.
Today, we didn't see any monkeys. The dustbins don't appear to be locked and they appear accessible from the underside too.
Shortly after sunrise, there was an overwhelming stench of sewerage while I was on the shore facing Small Sisters Island. The rest of the team in the big lagoon also smelled it. It was much too strong for a small pile of monkey poo. Then I remembered Alex our skipper, telling us that every morning, a huge barge full of live pigs arrives from Indonesia (1,000 pigs per day according to this Today article 14 May 2017).
From Today, 14 May 2017
Indeed, there was a barge near the Sisters Islands. It stopped there, waiting for immigration clearance. In the half an hour that I was in sight (and smell) of the barge, the immigration boat still had not arrived. Meanwhile, the barge drifted as the tugboat tried to maintain position without anchoring. Is it just the smell that hits the Marine Park? Or is pig shit actually dumped over the side and thus pollutes the Marine Park?  What happens if the tugboat loses control of the barge and the barge hits the shores of the Marine Park? Here's a video of the barge.
Barge full of live pigs parked off the Sisters Islands Marine Park
There isn't much plastic trash on the shore.
Marine trash at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
But as usual, a lot of single use water cups (the kind given out at funerals) which is not commonly used by Singapore picnickers. Where do these come from? Ferries that ply the waters nearby?
Marine trash at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
I also came across two hooks with sinkers, and a short stretch of monofilament with 6 small fish hooks. They were in the middle of the reef and I easily picked them up. They were not caught in the rocks. So why did the fishermen cut these off?
Fishing hooks and weights found on the reef
On the shore, I saw at least 6 large fishing poles and a shelter was cordoned off with music playing in the area. Later, I had a friendly chat with one of the occupant. He shared how he used to come often and was very sad that the corals were all dead now. He said he and his sons came last night and did catch and release. There aren't any good fishes here anymore.
People seen fishing at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
Fishing is now prohibited in the Marine Park. Near the jetty, there is a sign outlining the Do's and Don'ts in the Park.
No fishing and other rules at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
Like many parks in Singapore, you can visit Big Sisters Island any day from 7am to 7pm. You don't need a guide or a permit to visit. There is no ferry to the Sisters Islands but you can hire a water taxi to take you there from Marina South Pier. There are about 10 commercial water taxi companies located there. You can call to book a taxi or just go to the Pier and get a taxi. Most leisure visitors go with Island Cruise, which caters to tourists. More about the Sisters Islands Marine Park on the NParks website.
Big Sisters Islands
I hope Big Sisters Islands will recover by the time of our next survey!

Photos by others on this trip

          Signs of dugong at Changi   
After a rain storm, we survey the large expanse of Changi's seagrass meadows during a super low tide. The seagrasses are lush and thick. We saw lots of dugong feeding trails!
Living seagrass meadows at Changi
I heard that this shore was affected by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait in January. I didn't see any signs of oil today and was glad to see many of the usual animals.


Dugongs eat seagrasses (and hence sometimes also called sea cows). They leave a typical trail when feeding in a seagrass meadow. A band of bare sand of equal width, somewhat meandering. There were many such trails visible today in the very low tide.
Dugong feeding trail in seagrass meadows, Changi May 2017
Some of the trails were exposed briefly above water.
Dugong feeding trail in seagrass meadows, Changi May 2017
Here's a brief view of the large extent of the seagrass meadows, exposed on this super low tide today.
Seagrass meadows at Changi
The meadows comprised mostly of Spoon seagrass (large and small leaved) with some Needle seagrass (mostly narrow, but I saw a few clumps of broad leaved ones) and some patches of healthy looking Fern seagrass. I couldn't find the patch of Smooth ribbons seagrass, but they might still be there, I just overlooked them.
Seagrass meadows are home to all kinds of animals. I saw this small green filefish that looked just like a seagrass blade, and a small solefish.
Later on, we saw a Cowfish!

As usual, the most abundant animal on the seagrass meadows are sea cucumbers. Dominating the shore were many Thorny sea cucumbers and Pink warty sea cucumbers. There were also many Orange sea cucumbers, some Purple sea cucumbers. I saw one small Garlic bread sea cucumber and a Smooth sea cucumber and a few Ball sea cucumbers.
In fact, Changi is full of spectacular echinoderms such as sea stars. Today, we saw many small to medium sized Knobbly sea stars. There were many tiny to small Biscuit sea stars. I saw one Common sea star.
There were also some White sea urchins (I saw about 10 small to medium sized ones), many Flat-armed brittlestars and I saw one feather star.
There are lots of Haddon's carpet anemones on the shore.
Living seagrass meadows at Changi
Most the Haddon's carpet anemones were alright, but I saw two that were very pale.
Other anemones seen included one Swimming anemone, one Big hermit-hitching anemone, some Tiger anemones, one Mini carpet anemone. Dr Sergio was with us and fortunately we found a few cerianthids that he found interesting. But this shore doesn't have many of them.
Other critters seen included some Orange-striped hermit crabs, a few Flowery sea pens, some Acorn worms. And many clumps of these lacy white things. I'm not sure what it is.
I didn't see any living Noble volutes, but did see one of their egg capsules that looks like the babies had hatched. There were many Hammer oysters. I saw some pink egg strings but couldn't find any sea hares. The only slug I saw was an Ornate leaf slug.
Recent surveys by others at Changi reported seeing the Clear sundial snail, which we have seen only in the South so far. I saw one today, laying eggs.
Sundial snail (Architectonica perspectiva) laying eggs
Why are  these snails suddenly appearing at Changi? Did they come in with the sand that is being used to reclaim Tekong?

We had planned to survey the seagrass meadows at Changi Point. But we got word that a huge excavator was seen yesterday ripping out old pipes there, probably causing extensive damage to the shore. Marcus and Kok Sheng checked it out today and saw many injured Ball sea cucumbers. These sea cucumbers are usually buried.


Photos by others on this trip



On 28 May, Loh Kok Sheng and some of the team visited this shore at Changi and saw some awesome marine life! Jianlin Liu and Jesselyn Chua were also on the trip.


Victor Toh was also at Changi. And saw traces of oil in his footprints.

On 31 May, Chris Wong surveyed Changi bay next to the Ferry Terminal and shared what he saw.

          Cerianthid search at Cyrene   
The search goes to Cyrene today, with Dr Sérgio N. Stampar, an expert in cerianthids (peacock anemones).
Living seagrass meadows of Cyrene
The seagrass meadows were lush today, and we also saw many cerianthids. But the reefs appear quiet.


It was a relief to find many cerianthids today. But it appears they were only of at most two species. Compared to yesterday's trip to Changi where we found many different species. Also called peacock anemones, cerianthids are related to but are not true sea anemones. Unlike sea anemones, cerianthids build a tube to live in (and hence also called tube anemones) and they have ring of short tentacle in the center, with a ring of longer outer tentacles.
There were a wide variety of anemones. I saw several Giant carpet anemones, one Magnificent anemone, one Frilly anemone and one Snaky anemone. I also saw a few Haddon's carpet anemones. There were lots of Banded bead anemones, although they might be something else. And Chay Hoon found the Brown peachia which was first described from Singapore by Nicholas Yap!
Dr Neo Mei Lin led a team to survey the White sea urchins on Cyrene. There were a lot of the urchins today! Here's a video of one of the sea urchins walking by moving its spines. It also has lots of long tube feet.
White salmacis urchin (Salmacis sphaeroides)
It was relief to see that the seagrasses are doing well on Cyrene. Seagrasses are lush in the deep pool and everywhere on Cyrene. Here's a video of what we saw, plus a little glimpse of the reefs. Our last survey here was in Feb 2017.
Lush seagrass meadows at Cyrene, May 2017
It was nice to see lots of long Tape seagrass! Although there were also still many that were cropped. I also came across a large patch of Smooth ribbon seagrass.
Seagrass meadows at Cyrene
I saw several bulbous hairy balls and they turned out to be fruits of Sickle seagrass. Chay Hoon point out a fruit that had opened, it looks like a flower.
I saw a few Knobbly sea stars, scattered across the seagrass meadows. Most of them were medium sized.
Living seagrass meadows of Cyrene
Seagrasses are important habitats for a wide variety of creatures. Here are some that I saw today.
Various creatures of the seagrass meadows at Cyrene
We had a brief look at the reefy parts. This shore was hit by mass coral bleaching last year. There were few living corals. But I didn't see any bleaching corals.
Living coral reefs, Cyrene
There were some impressive large colonies of hard corals.
Living coral reefs, Cyrene
There were only a few hard corals, but all of them were alright.
There were also many zoanthids of various kinds.
We arrived before dawn, with flaring at the petrochemical plants of Pulau Bukom.
Predawn survey of Cyrene Reef
Cyrene lies in the middle of the industrial triangle made up of the massive industries on Jurong Island, huge refineries on Pulau Bukom and the world-class container terminals at Pasir Panjang.
I'm glad to see the seagrasses are doing well, and I hope the reefs will recover too by the time we return to Cyrene.
          Cerianthid search at Changi   
Today, we surveyed a shore that was badl affected by the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait in January. Five months later, we are back with Dr Sérgio N. Stampar, an expert in cerianthids (peacock anemones).
Oil spill in the Johor Strait (5 Jan 2017) from Changi Carpark 4
I saw thick oil landing on this shore in 5 Jan 2017.
It was a relief to find the seagrasses were doing well, with lots of cerianthids as well as other marine life.


How nice to come across many different kinds of cerianthids. Some of them Dr Stampar was hoping to see. These included the large cerianthid commonly seen, often with little black Phoronid worms living with them.
Common cerianthid with Phoronid worms (Phoronis australis)
Also called a peacock anemone, cerianthids are related to but are not true sea anemones. Unlike sea anemones, cerianthids build a tube to live in (and hence also called tube anemones) and they have ring of short tentacle in the center, with a ring of longer outer tentacles. Today, we saw a Black-mouth cerianthid, which I usually only see in the South. Cerianthids seem to love our northern soft silty shores and we found many different kinds including many tiny ones. Dr Stampar will help us to identify all of them! Hurray!
There were also many different kinds of sea anemones, which Nicholas Yap is working on. I saw one Swimming anemone, several Big hermit-hitching anemone, many Tiger anemones, some Haddon's carpet anemones. Not in the photo, I also saw one Seagrass anemone, a few Peachia anemones, and one Mini carpet anemone.
Another kind of animal that loves soft silty ground are sea pens. I saw one small uprooted Spiky sea pen, a few Sea pencils and many Flowery