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Friday, March 31, 2017

Time-Lapse Movie of One World Trade Center 11 Year

Official 11 Year Time-Lapse Movie
One World Trade Center
Published on May 28, 2015

In recognition of the opening of One World Observatory in New York City, we have released a special edition of our One World Trade Center video. Watch and share this commemorative time-lapse showing the building progress from October 2004 to Memorial Day 2015

Over the past 11 years, EarthCam’s construction cameras captured hundreds of thousands of high definition images and our Creative Team hand-edited the footage to create this exclusive movie.
Produced and Directed by Brian Cury, EarthCam's CEO & Founder, "It's our mission to continue to document this for future generations, so people can see what it took to rebuild these important 16 acres."

Upper Austria timelapse - Municipality Ottensheim

Upper Austria Timelapse
Municipality Ottensheim
Material Collected over a Year

Oberösterreich Timelapse - Gemeinde Ottensheim
Jahr Material gesammelt - das Ergebnis nun als Video.

Goodbye March

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Melting Candy & Classic Music

Melting Candy
Classic Music

In advance of the Easter candy gorge, here’s a pre-emptive fix that won’t rot your teeth.

Watch chocolates and gummies melt and unmelt to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

The clip, posted Tuesday by Erwin Trummer, makes sure to bring back to life what appears to be a chocolate Easter Bunny.

Nothing sadder than a melted Easter Bunny.

This is a short Compilation video of melting candies with classic music! I hope you enjoy this little video experiment.
Thankfully, the chocolate Easter Bunny gets resurrected.

Music: The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) by John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Pussycat Dolls - Sway

The Pussycat Dolls

When marimba rhythms start to play
I can hear the sounds of violins
Dance with me, make me sway
Long before it begins
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Make me thrill as only you know how
Hold me close, sway me more
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Other dancers may be on the floor
Bend with me, sway with ease
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
When we dance you have a way with me
Only you have the magic technique
Stay with me, sway with me
When we sway I go weak

Other dancers may be on the floor
I can hear the sounds of violins
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Long before it begins
Only you have the magic technique
Make me thrill as only you know how
When we sway I go weak
Sway me smooth, sway me now

You know how

Sway me smooth, sway me now

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dean Martin - Sway With Me

Sway - Dean Martin
Sway With Me
(with lyrics)

Dean Martin

(born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 - December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer.
One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assureds.

He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and a star in concert stage/nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965--1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974--1985).

Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".

When marimba rhythms start to play
I can hear the sounds of violins
Dance with me, make me sway
Long before it begins
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Make me thrill as only you know how
Hold me close, sway me more
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Other dancers may be on the floor
Bend with me, sway with ease
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
When we dance you have a way with me
Only you have the magic technique
Stay with me, sway with me
When we sway I go weak

Other dancers may be on the floor
I can hear the sounds of violins
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Long before it begins
Only you have the magic technique
Make me thrill as only you know how
When we sway I go weak
Sway me smooth, sway me now

You know how

Sway me smooth, sway me now


Climate Change Explained

Climate Change 101
Bill Nye
National Geographic

Published on Dec 2, 2015
Climate Change is a real and serious issue. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a solution.

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Climate Change Explained
Published on Dec 2, 2015
A straightforward explanation of Climate Change: the heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. Historically, every time carbon dioxide levels increase in Earth's atmosphere, the average surface temperature increases, ice melts, and the seas rise.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Undoing Obama’s Legacy On Climate Change

About To Undo
Obama’s Legacy
On Climate Change

The White House plans to scrap a rule on power plant emissions, kneecapping U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord.
By Alexander C. Kaufman - 03/27/2017
Business & Environment Reporter, The Huffington Post

Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Sunday.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Pruitt said the order will be called the “Energy Independence Executive Order.” It is expected to undo former President Barack Obama’s signature program to deal with climate change, the Clean Power Plan, which limited greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. 
“We have made tremendous progress on our environment. We can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment,” Pruitt said. “The executive order will address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs throughout the country through the Clean Power Plan.”
The executive order will likely take other measures to protect the coal industry, such as instructing the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban on coal leasing on federal lands that the Obama administration put in place last year. The order is also expected to scrap federal guidances instructing agencies to factor climate change into policymaking, and to disband a team tasked with calculating the “social cost of carbon.”

Undoing The Clean Power Plan
Trump’s executive order will likely kneecap the federal government’s most important policy for reducing carbon emissions. Doing so would also hamper U.S. efforts to meet the commitments made more than a year ago in the 195-country Paris Agreement ― the first global climate deal to include the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest polluters. 
The long-expected order would give teeth to Trump’s America First Energy Plan, a vague policy outline he issued after his inauguration to eliminate Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
Obama’s plan, launched in 2013, set a strategy for combating climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The utility sector accounts for the greatest portion of the U.S. carbon footprint, producing 30 percent of all emissions, according to 2014 data from the EPA. That’s largely because coal, by far the dirtiest-burning fossil fuel, has long served as the country’s primary source of electricity.
The core of Obama’s initiative was the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping EPA rule that aimed to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels. The policy set new standards for new natural gas-burning power plants, and put stricter limits on coal-fired, steam-based plants. By implementing the plan, the U.S. hoped meet its emissions reduction goals as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (The failure of previous global deals, such as the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, hinged partly on the United States’ refusal to implement emission cuts.) 
The president’s elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, convinced the president to remove language from his new order that was critical of the Paris accord, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s unclear how the U.S. can meet its commitments without the Clean Power Plan in place. 
Last year, a coalition of Republican-controlled states ― led by Pruitt, who was then Oklahoma’s attorney general ― filed a lawsuit to stop the emissions rules, prompting the Supreme Court to grant a stay suspending implementation. Pruitt launched at least 13 lawsuits against the EPA before he became the agency’s administrator last month.
Repealing those rules could prove expensive and deadly, costing the U.S. economy up to $600 billion by removing critical incentives to increase energy efficiency, according to the research firm Energy Innovation. The CCP’s repeal could lead to billions of tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere, which in turn could contribute to more than 120,000 premature deaths, according to a writeup of the study in Forbes.
Still, another Supreme Court decision may hinder the Trump administration’s efforts to completely scrap the plan. In 2007’s Massachusetts v. EPA, the court ruled that greenhouse gas emissions constituted pollution, requiring the EPA to take action. Plus, courts work both ways: Environmental groups are widely expected to sue over attempts to stop cutting emissions. 
“In order to make policy change, it’s going to need to be supported by the science, and that’s where I think ultimately the effort is going to founder,” Pete Fontaine, a veteran environmental lawyer who worked at the EPA, told The Huffington Post. “Yes, you can cut programs and you can go about it with your fiscal authority to try to change policy, but in order to modify regulations, you have to be able to withstand an arbitrary-and-capricious standard.” 
Such standards, which can be used to overturn previous court rulings, would need to stand the test of climate science, Fontaine said. 
“Facts will not be changed by people expressing beliefs in an alternative set of facts,” he said. “The science is well settled on climate change, and that science is based on literally more than a century of scientific inquiry and the laws of physics, which are going to govern here no matter what people say is contrary to their beliefs.” 
Yet a battle appears to be brewing in the Trump administration over the future of the endangerment clause, policy that spawned from the Supreme Court’s ruling categorizing carbon dioxide and methane emissions as a public health threat. David Schnare, an appointee from the EPA transition team, quit suddenly earlier this month in part because Pruitt refused to take on the clause, Politico reported. 
“The backstory to my resignation is extremely complex,” Schnare told E&E News, an energy and environment news wire. “I will be writing about it myself. It is a story not about me, but about a much more interesting set of events involving misuse of federal funds, failure to honor oaths of office, and a lack of loyalty to the president.”

King Coal’s Decree
By lifting the temporary moratorium on coal leasing, the Trump administration is ending a policy aimed at lessening the environmental impact of mining and increasing the government’s yield on investment.
The current rules grant coal companies the right to apply to schedule leases at times favorable to them, as well as to design the tracts and control the terms on which they’re offered. Critics say the standards are lopsided, giving coal producers above-market-value cuts of revenue generated from mining.
The government levies an 8 percent cut of revenue from underground mining and takes 12.5 percent from surface mining, which includes environmentally destructive techniques such as mountaintop removal and open pit mining. That money is split between the federal government and the state where the coal is mined. 
But Dan Bucks, former director of revenue for the state of Montana, a major coal producer, said the leasing program is “essentially broken,” with more than 90 percent of leases awarded without real competition. 
“Lease payments, for those of us who have examined from outside can determine, have failed the market value standard test,” he said. “The American people have been shortchanged on the leasing side as well as the royalty side.”
“The Obama administration wanted to fix that,” added Bucks, who is not aligned with either Democrats or Republicans. “They wanted to update the leasing program so public issues, namely environmental issues and climate change, could be taken into account before leases were offered.” 
Trump vowed to resuscitate the coal business by axing environmental rules that he and the industry blame for years of decline and thousands of layoffs. Those promises won him big victories in coal country. But shrinking market demand has actually played a bigger role in coal’s decline.
Cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas has devoured coal’s share of the electricity market over the past decade. In response, coal companies have bet big on continued demand from China. But Chinese demand peaked in 2012, and has since plummeted due to the country’s slowing economy and a move to suspend the construction of coal-fired power plants in favor of renewable energy.

A War On Environmental Protections
Trump has put numerous other environmental regulations on the chopping block since his inauguration. He and many Republican lawmakers argue that these rules created unnecessary and at times pricey hurdles for corporations and small businesses.
Last week, the White House proposed slashing the EPA’s budget by nearly one-third, a move that would eliminate popular programs like Energy Star and environmental justice initiatives, and would cripple the agency’s enforcement division. The EPA scrapped a rule earlier this month requiring oil and gas drillers to report leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas 40 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Last month, after House Republicans voted to overturn a rule protecting waterways from coal mining pollution, Trump signed an order instructing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to overhaul the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which expanded federal control over wetlands and other waterways by 3 percent. The rule essentially provided guidelines on whether anti-pollution laws would apply if, for example, a farmer dams a stream to make a pond for livestock or a developer fills in a marsh to build a new house.
But in the view of the country’s top environmental policymaker, the pendulum swung too far in the direction of environmentalists under the previous administration, and course correction is needed.
“We need a pro-growth and pro-environment approach for how we do regulations in this country,” Pruitt said on Sunday. “For too long, we have accepted a narrative that if you’re pro-growth, pro-jobs, you’re anti-environment.”

Difference Between Global Warming & Climate Change

The Difference Between
Global Warming & Climate Change
This Is Why Some People
Don't Believe in Scientific Facts

Science skeptics are not ill-informed, but they tend to cherry-pick information that supports their beliefs.

US science agencies reported in early January that 2016 surpassed both 2014 and 2015 as the hottest year on record. Sixteen of the warmest 17 years ever measured have occurred since 2000. Yet, only 45 percent of Americans agree with the scientific consensus that the planet is warming and it's a very serious problem.

Acceptance of scientific fact divides along partisan lines in the US. Many Republicans doubt the existence of climate change, or that it's a problem caused by humans, despite the plethora of scientific evidence to support it. 

Democrats are far more likely to consider climate change a serious problem.
Questioning the validity of science is nothing new in the United States. While researchers have long identified ideology and beliefs as driving forces behind scientific doubt, whether it's climate change, vaccinations or even the link between tobacco and cancer, the recent, high-profile skepticism of proven scientific theories is renewing the importance of science literacy. 

Matthew Hornsey, a psychology professor from the University of Queensland, has looked extensively at why some people embrace — and others resist — scientific messages about climate change, vaccines and evolution, among other topics.

In his most recent study, Hornsey led a team that conducted a series of observational studies, surveys and experiments, aimed at revealing the ideologies, cultural norms and cognitive processes that lead some people to question the validity of science. Their goal is to make future science messaging more effective on skeptics.
It's tempting to think that skepticism is an affliction of the ill-informed, but Hornsey found this to be untrue.
"In fact, among Republicans, climate skepticism is higher among those who are more educated," Hornsey said. "Education in some ways gives you the skills and resources to cherry-pick data and to curate your own sense of reality, one that's in-line with your underlying worldviews," he added.
It's also easy to think, Hornsey said, that all skeptics must have similar geographic, economic or cultural backgrounds. But researchers failed to find a single commonality that was true for all skeptics across the different areas of science that receive the most criticism.
"If you've got a group of climate skeptics in the same room as a group of anti-vaxxers, for example, they'd probably have very little in common," Hornsey commented.
People who are skeptical of science treat facts as more or less relevant depending on whether it supports their opinion or ideology. Saying something is a "fact" or "data" does not change their mind.
Hornsey said skeptics often manipulate data to support their ideas. "1998 was an unusually hot year, so if you look at a graph of global temperatures that starts in 1998, it gives the impression that warming is slower than it would if you started the graph in any other year," he said.

While it might be difficult to alter a person's view of the role of government in society or whether scientists are trustworthy, Hornsey said it is possible for science communicators to present their findings in a way that might be more digestible to skeptics.

Researchers found that identifying a person's underlying motive or belief, then aligning messages with those ideas, was the most effective strategy. 

"There's evidence that Republicans are more skeptical about climate change because they have a strong moral suspicion of big government," Hornsey said. "They reject the science because they don't like the solution: government regulations that curb industry."
If you point out that new industries designed to combat climate change could create more jobs and achieve greater energy security, however, a skeptic might be more supportive.

Hornsey noted, "It's amazing how open-minded and curious people can be to science if the science doesn't challenge their underlying ideologies and vested interests."
 The Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nina & Alex

Nina & Alex
03.26.17 @ 12:50pm
Alex Last Day working on Sundays

Monday, March 20, 2017

Man Tries to Hug a Wild Lion

Man Tries to Hug a Wild Lion
See What Happens Next...

Written By: Zach Souza

When you hear of someone trying to hug a wild lion, you immediately think you know exactly what’s about to happen. But trust me when i say, you will not see this coming.

Kevin Richardson is a South African Zoologist who over the years has conducted extensive research on the native animals of the African plains. If this was any one other than Kevin trying to hug a lion, we may have had an all too predictable story to tell. But with his decades of hands on study and research, Mr. Richardson has developed an awe-inspiring and heart-warming relationship with these ferocious felines of the South African Savanna.

Strapped with a jeep full of GoPro cameras, Kevin takes his crew as close as they can get to these wild creatures, without letting the rest of them get out of the car. Obviously.

As you hear him call for these animals and then watch them charge after him, you immediately think to yourself ” Yup! This guy’s about to get eaten!” But to all of our surprise, these gigantic lions wrap their paws around him and give him the most adorable hug you’ll ever see in your life. It’s truly amazing to see these 400 pound animals act like house pets around Kevin as they cuddle a frolic through the bushes. It’s almost too beautiful to be real.

Kevin is able to use his unique relationship with these animals to capture people’s attention and draw awareness to the problems facing the wild life in Africa. While many people still see Africa as a gaming paradise, teeming with animals to hunt, the numbers of wild life are dwindling, bringing many animals, including these majestic lions closer on the endangered species list. So much so that Kevin predicts that if we continue down the same road, we will not be able to see any more lions within the next 20 years.

Man Tries to Hug a Wild Lion, You Won't Believe What Happens Next 2
When looking for reasons why these animals numbers are dropping Richardson has found a common thread. These wondrous creatures are losing their natural habitats very quickly, due to unscrupulous hunting and human “development”.

It is Kevin’s hope that with his ability to interact with the animals, surpassing the need for fear to force submission, he can change the view and outlook we have on these beautiful creatures. Instead of the predator, “Kill or be Killed” mentality, these over sized cats are more playful than primal.

Man Tries to Hug a Wild Lion, You Won't Believe What Happens Next 3 

Question of the Day:
If you could hug any animal on the planet, what would it be?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Highest-Resolution Image of Earth Ever Made

The Highest-Resolution Image
of Earth
Ever Made
Unlike NASA's Blue Marble - Which is a composite made from many different photographs - this is a portrait of Earth taken in one single shot
It's the highest resolution image of our home planet, 121 megapixels. That's an amazing 0.62 miles per pixel.

It was taken by Russia’s latest weather satellite, the Electro-L, which is orbiting Earth on a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometers above the equator, sending photographs of the entire planet every 30 minutes.

The image combines four light wavelengths, three visible and one infrared. The three reflected sunlight bands can simulate a conventional red-green-blue color picture. The near infrared channel (orange in the image) is a vegetation indicator, since plants reflect near-ir as well as green.
A composite made from many different photographs

Published on Apr 20, 2012
A timelapse of Planet Earth from Electro-L, a geostationary satellite orbiting 40000km above the Earth. The satellite creates a 121 megapixel image every 30 minutes with four visible and infrared light wavelengths. The infrared light appears orange in these images, and shows vegetation. The images were obtained beginning on May 14th, 2011 and end on May 20th. The images are the largest whole disk images of our planet, the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel. The images are "masked" by a circular barrier that blocks out the light of the Sun and other stars. This is to prevent damage to the camera by exposure to direct sunlight. The images have been interpolated (blended) to create a smooth animation.

 Planet Earth's Northern Hemisphere

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Earth's Transformation In 30 Years - Google Earth Timelapses

Extraordinary Google Earth Timelapses
Show Earth's Transformation In 30 Years
Published on Nov 30, 2016

Here are 10 extraordinary Google Earth timelapses showing how our planet has transformed in the past 32 years

Three Decades of Earth Seen From Space
Published on Dec 9, 2016
Watch three decades of various views of Earth taken via satellite

From 1984 to 2016.