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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

NASA: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

Published on Feb 22, 2017
Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaël Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. 

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Brooklyn Museum Art School

Brooklyn Museum
Art School

This advertising poster produced for the Brooklyn Museum Art School in 1974 provided a humorous take on the dynamic between artists and models.  
Drawing from the live model has a long tradition not only in the history of art, but also the at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Dating back to 1841, BKM has provided hands-on art education by organizing drawing classes. 

A century later, Brooklyn Museum Art School opened as a non-degree professional school for artist. 
NOT  from the  Brooklyn Museum Art School

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Cosmic” Jellyfish Is it a UFO or a Jellyfish?

“Cosmic” Jellyfish
Is it a UFO or a Jellyfish?
Scientists Discover Unique Sea Creature
This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 on April 24, 2016, while exploring the informally named “Enigma
Seamount” at a depth of ~3,700 meters.

Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. Note the two sets of tentacles — short and long. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode. Within the bell, the radial canals in red are connecting points for what looks like the gonads in bright yellow.

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

It’s a UFO ― an underwater fishy object.
A jellyfish that looks amazingly like a flying saucer was recently filmed by a team of marine biologists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This “UFO” isn’t really unidentified. Its scientific name is rhopalonematid trachymedusa, a type of deep-sea jellyfish. It was filmed last week by scientists aboard the Okeanos Explorer, a NOAA ocean research ship now exploring the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

Watching the jellyfish move around the deep ocean can be a hypnotic experience.

The researchers who filmed the bizarre creature said the jellyfish has two sets of tentacles, one set facing upward and the other downward. The reason for this is unknown.

It's one of the most hostile places on Earth and extends seven miles (11km) below the waves at its deepest point, but the Mariana Trench is full of secrets. A deepwater exploration mission of the area has spotted beautiful, unknown jellyfish with two types of tentacles as well as a number of other bizarre animals just one week into the study. The orb-like jellyfish was spotted on a dive at a location named Engima Seamount at a depth of 12,139ft (3,700 metres). While experts were able to identify it as belonging to the genus Crossota, they are unable to assign a precise name to the pretty hydromedusa.

They filmed the jellyfish 'floating' through the depths with its long tentacles extended outwards and its bell motionless, suggesting 'an ambush predation mode'. It is thought the red colour in the bell is the creature's radial canals, while the bright yellow may be its gonads. The researchers believe this animal is an ambush predator which waits motionless for something to bumble into its tentacles. The jellyfish was filmed by experts aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) ship, Okeanos Explorer on April 24 using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer. Scientists nicknamed it 'Microsoft Paint', which looks like a resemblance to a jellyfish drawn in that program design.

They are in the process of collecting information about the poorly known deepwater areas in and around the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM) which protects approximately 95,216 square miles of submerged lands and waters.

It is close to the famous Mariana Trench, which measures 1,580 miles (2,550 km) long, with an average width of just 43 miles (69 km). The distance between the surface of the ocean and the trench's deepest point, the Challenger Deep is nearly seven miles (11 km). In the coming months, the researchers will explore deep habitats, new hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, and seamounts, as well as subduction zone and trench areas. It's hoped the information they collect until July will help improve our understanding of of the deep-ocean habitats of the Mariana archipelago.

Video snippets and snapshots - Credits: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

Bizarre jellyfish is spotted in the depths of the Mariana Trench: Experts believe the orb-like creature may be an entirely new species caught on camera 12,000ft down in Pacific Ocean. Discovery of New Jellyfish Species In Mariana Trench Proves There Is Much To Know About The World’s Oceans. Scientists find surprising species of jellyfish near the Mariana Trench. 

Mysterious glowing jellyfish discovered near Mariana Trench. Jellyfish discovery highlights how little we know about Earth's oceans. Jellyfish Discovered in Mariana Trench Has Bizarre Neon Coloring. 

Amazing Jellyfish Discovered In Ocean Depths Looks Straight Out Of Sci-Fi. Newly discovered 'stunningly beautiful jellyfish' belongs to genus Crossota. Lovely GIF-looking Jellyfish; Massive Single-celled Amoeba Found in Mariana Trench. Alien Jellyfish Discovered By Deep Sea Scientists. Alien-like sea creature discovered 12,139-feet deep near Mariana Trench. Researchers capture video of unknown jellyfish. Jellyfish: April 24, 2016.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Statue Surprise!

Statue Surprise!
Incredible reactions!!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Animation of Earth Spinning

Earth Spin Animation
Silent - 1 hr

This is not meant to be super photo-realistic nor physically correct.

Mars Spin Animation
Silent 1080p

Mars Spin Animation:

Real Earth:

I made this for me to use it as a background animation but why not share it with all? 
Feel free to use it in your living room as a “screensaver” for example.
Lukas [kN]

Animation Software:

Earth From Space HD

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is How Our World will be If the Ice would Melt Off

This is How
Our World will be
If the Ice would Melt Off

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.

As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world's major cities.

Places like Brussels, Barcelona, Venice and London
 will be submerged in water.

East African cities like Dakar and Accra – all under water.

Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo all will also be under water.
 Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro will be under water.

All the major eastern cities of United States will be under water.

And lastly, cities like Mumbai and Kolkata will be also face the wrath of Antarctic ice melts.

It is no news that the world is going through one of the worst climate changes phases of the modern history. The planet has lived through millions of years and yet there was never such a time where we could ever think of destroying it completely. But as we speak of it, we are burning fossil fuels like matches sticks at religious place.

A study stated that if we do not change our way we live our lives we will melt off the entire ice sheet of Antarctica. "This would not happen overnight, but the mind-boggling point is that our actions today are changing the face of planet Earth as we know it and will continue to do so for tens of thousands of years to come," said lead author of the study Ricarda Winkelmann, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

The Business Insider video blow shows how much bad the world will be if we are able to speed the process of ice sheet melting off and see the effect of it on the world.

If All Earth's Ice Melted

Published on Jul 17, 2015
Polar ice is melting at an unprecedented rate, and we can already measure the impact on rising sea levels. How fast is ice in Greenland and Antarctica melting and what would happen to Earth if all the ice melted? (Based on NASA, ESA, and National Geographic data and simulations).

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Matrix - The Merovingian's French Cursing

The Matrix
The Merovingian's French Cursing

Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère!

Le Mérovingien

The Best of
The Merovingian and Persephone

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love in Venice

Love in Venice

This exhibition is part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival
La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic
Open now
Ends August 26th, 2017
A tolerant and secular state, the Venetian Republic originated in the lagoon communities around Venice and existed for half a millennium, from 1297 until 1797. 
Lovers and Chaperone Meeting on the Venetian Canal - Giacomo Mantegazza
Dominated by a merchant capitalist elite who did business through sea trade, the Republic of Venice enjoyed an autonomy and freedom that was not typical of the rest of Italy, and which for centuries made it a destination for love and pleasure.
Titled “Love in Venice,” the exhibition at The New York Public Library will examine the literary, artistic, musical and cultural aspects of Venice’s seductiveness, including its beautiful courtesans, lavish festivals, lively carnivals and libertine counter-culture. 
Casanova at dinner.
Watercolor by Auguste Leroux (1871-1954)
from the 1932 French edition of Casanova’s Histoire de ma Vie
On view will be works as diverse as the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, one of the most iconic works produced in Venice to explore ideas of desire, to flap books showing the undergarments of Venetian prostitutes, etchings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, letters from Lord Byron’s paramours and examples of wedding poetry celebrating the unions of leading European families.
Braille and large-type versions of the information in the gallery are available at the info desk in Astor Hall.