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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NASA New Camera Gives Scientists an EPIC Perspective of Earth

New NASA Camera
Gives Scientists an EPIC Perspective
of Earth

On March 9, 2016, EPIC captured a powerful series of images of Earth during a solar eclipse. The eclipse was viewed by the DSCOVR spacecraft located 1.5 million km from Earth. The eclipse appears as a dark circle surrounded by a brighter disk. The image of the eclipse moves across Earth as it rotates.

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) connected to NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is NASA’s new tool to provide scientists with a unique perspective of the Earth’s clouds, land surfaces, and aerosols. EPIC captures measurements in visible, ultraviolet, and near-infrared wavelengths, and collects color images of the Earth every two hours. Researchers use these photos to track identifying features as the planet rotates.

Jay Herman, senior research scientist at UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) and the EPIC instrument lead investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, explains that ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths allow him to watch as dust from the Sahara Desert travels west across the Atlantic Ocean, for example. “It’s the only view we have like this where everything is at the exact same instant in time, even though the local times are different,” he says.

Earth rotates through an entire day as captured in this animation of 22 still images taken on Sept. 17, 2015 by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.
Credits: NASA

Other satellite instruments in orbit can pick up this data at fixed local times, but EPIC provides day-long views of this process. “We can see the progression in real time, as it flows across the Atlantic,” Herman adds.

The results from the first EPIC images were shared at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday, December 14.

Monday, January 30, 2017

NASA * Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality

Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality

Using new, high-resolution global satellite maps of air quality indicators, NASA scientists tracked air pollution trends over the last decade in various regions and 195 cities around the globe. The United States, Europe and Japan have improved air quality thanks to emission control regulations, while China, India and the Middle East, with their fast-growing economies and expanding industry, have seen more air pollution.

Scientist Bryan Duncan and his team examined observations made from 2005 to 2014 by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument aboard NASA's Aura satellite. One of the atmospheric gases the instrument detects is nitrogen dioxide, a yellow-brown gas that is a common emission from cars, power plants and industrial activity. Nitrogen dioxide can quickly transform into ground-level ozone, a major respiratory pollutant in urban smog. Nitrogen dioxide hotspots, used as an indicator of general air quality, occur over most major cities in developed and developing nations.

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Air pollution in the world

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Earth From Space

Earth From Space
Full HD Nova

The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet.
Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Don't sit there!

Don't sit there!
Rat in the Park

Don't Sit There!
Best of Just For Laughs Gags

Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

How to Say Happy New Year
 in Chinese

Greetings and Expressions
to Use During Chinese New Year

By Greg Rodgers - Asia Travel Expert
Chinese New Year, perhaps the most widely celebrated holiday in the world, is just around the corner. Knowing how to say happy new year in Chinese will come in useful no matter where you happen to live.
Soon families and friends will be sharing special foods and time together; a whole list of centuries-old superstitions and beliefs will be observed to hopefully make the new year the most prosperous yet.

With vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations taking place from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll have plenty of opportunity to show your respect and well wishes if you know how to say happy new year in Chinese!

An Introduction to Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is huge. With Chinese and descendants scattered around the globe, you'll find major celebrations with fireworks, parades, and festivities in nearly every major city.
Although the first few days are the most observed, Chinese New Year actually runs for 15 days and ends with the Lantern Festival. Preparations take place for weeks in advance to ensure that the new year is filled with luck and prosperity.
Chinese New Year is a time when families reconvene, share lots of food, and set the pace for the new year. Firecrackers are done in abundance to frighten away unlucky spirits, and red is worn -- even red underwear -- because of its symbolic meaning. Children receive small gifts and money in red envelopes, and various figures from history are honored.
How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

Unsurprisingly, with such vast variations in Chinese culture and ethnic groups around the world, there are many ways to say happy new year in Chinese.

Unlike our New Year's Eve celebration in the West which tends to be about resolutions and new beginnings, the primary goal of Chinese New Year traditions is to usher in good luck and prosperity in the new year. Many of the ways to say happy new year in Chinese are centered around luck and financial success.

Here are a few easy ways to express your good wishes:

Gong Xi Fa Cai
Pronounced "gong zee fah chai," gong xi means "congratulations" and is also a way to wish one joy. Fa cai is to become rich or make money. In essence, you are wishing one joy and prosperity in the new year. Business owners and workmates use gong xi fa cai as the usual way to say "happy new year" in Chinese.

Xin Nian Kuai Le
Pronounced "zeen neean kwai luh," kuai le means "happy" or "joyous" and xin nian means "new year." Xin nian kuai le is a great way to say happy new year in Chinese to friends without using a reference to money.
See more useful phrases for Chinese New Year in Mandarin.
How to Say Happy New Year in Cantonese
Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese differ slightly than those in Mandarin, however, both are actually written the same way.

Gong Hey Fat Choy in Cantonese is the equivalent of gong xi fa cai in Mandarin, or simply "congratulations and prosperity."
How to Say Hello in Chinese
Take your Chinese New Year greeting one step further by offering a polite hello to newly met friends before you say happy new year in Chinese.

Ni hao -- pronounced "nee how" -- is the simplest, default greeting in Mandarin Chinese. Know how to show more respect in your greeting and how to understand the responses by learning how to say hello in Chinese.
Learn How To Sing the Chinese New Year Song

Gong Hey Fat Choy !!

!!!  恭喜发财  !!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai !!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Space Debris 1957 - 2016

Space Debris
1957 - 2016

Over 40,000 man-made objects have been tracked in Earth orbit since 1957. Many of the objects have since burned up in the atmosphere and currently there are just over 17,000 trackable objects in orbit. Less than 10% of these active satellites.
This visualization, created by Dr Stuart Grey, lecturer at University College London, shows how the amount of space debris has changed since the dawn of the space age.
The tracking data covers objects over 10cm in size and is supplied by
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Space Debris 1957 - 2016
Episode 5
The story of space debris highlighting how the unintended consequences of intense spaceflight activity during the past 60 years has resulted in a growing population of debris objects that pose hazards to safe space navigation. In 2013, experts estimate that 29 000 objects larger than 10 cm were orbiting Earth.
Space Debris Story
European Space Agency, ESA

This video was produced for the 6th European Conference on Space Debris, 22-25 April 2013.

Solving the Space Debris Problem

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spanish Harlem * Nuits d'Espagne

Nuits d'Espagne
(Spanish Harlem)
Paroles (Lyrics)

 The Drifters
Spanish Harlem
by Ben E. King

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
It is a special one, it’s never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It’s growing in the street right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreaming

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
With eyes as black as coal that look down in my soul
And starts a fire there and then I lose control
I have to beg your pardon

I’m going to pick that rose
And watch her as she grows in my garden
La la la, la la la, la la la la
(There is a rose in Spanish Harlem)

Maya Casabianca
Nuits d'Espagne

Dalida -  Nuits d'Espagne

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monet's Pond, Seki City, Japan.

« Monet’s Pond »

Healing Relaxing Video / Zen music

Nestled in the mountains surrounding Seki City is one of the many Shinto shrines that pepper the Japanese landscape.  Nemichi Shrine is a wooden building that honors the gods and goddesses of the indigenous faith of Japan. But nearby is a pond that is gaining quite a bit of attention due to its picturesque beauty and resemblance to a series of paintings by the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.

There is such an amazing attraction in the Japanese mountains of Gifu Prefecture, which is worth seeing. It is an absolutely incredible pond with carps, which shimmers with bright colors, and is very reminiscent of the famous Monet’s painting “Water Lilies.” Everything here reminds masterpiece of the great French painter – transparent water, lilies, colorful small fish and even the bridge evoke Monet’s paintings. If you take a picture of the landscape from any angle, every shot would be a piece of art.
Water Lilies by Claude-Monet
Thus it has got a nickname « Monet’s Pond ». Though in fact, the pond has no official name, and is often called simply “Unnamed pond in Gifu”. But tourists easily find this place and admire its unreal scenery! When the weather is clear, the water in the pond is amazingly clean and limpid. In such days you can see the algae and other details of the underwater life. But, of course, fish looks the most spectacular – thanks to the tranquility and transparency of the pond, you might think that it is floating in the air. They say in autumn the colors are so saturated that the landscape is particularly wonderful, and turns into a vivid picture.
Looking at the photos of Hidenobu Suzuki living painting
Monet's Pond
Seki City
Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Koi Pond
with water as clear as crystal

Water Lilies by Claude-Monet

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Birthplace * Race * Politics * Religion *

Race: ...........Human
Politics: .......Freedom
Religion: .....Love