Tuesday, 09. December 2008
New News Stories in PhotographsThe recent "acqua alta" (high water) in Venice, Italy reached a depth of 1.56 meters (5 ft, 1 in.) on Monday - the deepest flood in 22 years, and the fourth highest flood level in recent history, claimed Venice's Tide Center. The water began to subside on Tuesday, while residents and tourists made their way through the city, hip-waders or not - one man even took the opportunity to ride his wakeboard through Piazza San Marco (until police stepped in). Although this flood was severe enough for the mayor to ask tourists to temporarily stay home, Venetian floods are fairly routine, several occurring every year, and residents usually take it all in stride.
Venice under Water (25 photos total)
Photographer Mike Hettwer has been kind enough to share with us some of his photographs depicting what remains of the Green Sahara. About 9,000 years ago, a very wet climate prevailed in parts of the Sahara Desert called the Neolithic Subpluvial period. Lasting several thousand years, this Green Sahara was home to many grassland and woodland animals as well as humans. While on an expedition for dinosaur fossils with paleontologist Paul Sereno in Niger in 2000, Hettwer discovered a burial area containing hundreds of skeletons from two distinct cultures, each thousands of years old - the Kiffian and Tenerian.
Green Sahara (17 photos total)
And don't miss the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008
Wednesday, 05. November 2008
Viva Obama !
And you did it!
Thank you, America. You made the right decision!
A victory for the United States and the entire World!
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Saturday, 13. September 2008
- You can view hurricanes and hurricane season dating back to 1851
Cloud cover (updated every 6 hours) is available back to 2005.
Clicking on a storm in the “2006 Storm Season Summary” should open up a historical description of the storm and pan over to the storm in the map window.
Satellite images update every half-hour or so.
This and much more @ Stormpulse.
Tuesday, 12. August 2008
News from Big PicturesJupiter is in the news again, this time because its "Baby Red Spot" - a storm less than a year old - appears to have been swallowed up by the massive storm known as the Great Red Spot. This is good occasion to share some of the best photographs of Jupiter and its larger system of rings and moons, as seen by various probes and telescopes over the past 30 years. (16 photos total)
Views of Jupiter
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years. (27 photos total)
Large Hadron Collider nearly ready
Riding big waves or small, or riding the wind and catching some air, people across the world have been busy surfing over the past few months - in competitions, as therapy, or just for serious fun. Here, you'll find a collection of images of people recently enjoying the surf in several ways. (23 photos total)
Riding the waves
Beijing held its formal opening ceremony today for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The ceremony, held in the National Stadium known as the Bird's Nest, was attended by thousands, and watched by millions more on television. Below are some highlights of the nearly 4-hour performance. (24 photos total)
2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony
GREAT - just great: The Big Picture.
Friday, 18. July 2008
The Big Picture
The Big Pictures tells you stories using high quality pictures. If you like photos and you like a good stories, you will find this site as a fascinating resource!
I have spent a long time browsing through the stories, e.g. Recent Volcanic Activity or Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain is simply outstanding. Enjoy!
Monday, 09. June 2008
LiveNewsCamerasThe idea behind this page is interesting - to bring together the resources of Fox and other broadcasters around the world, and make it easy to find live streaming video to watch on your computer.
On LiveNewsCameras you can watch nearly 150 live Web and satellite news feeds from the U.S. and around the world.
Each stream has a thumbnail that gets updated every 1 to 5 minutes. Click on any feed and you can watch and listen to that station's feed in the video player on the center of the page, or double-click it to pop the video stream into a separate player window.
Well, but here's the unique part: In the upper right corner of the site is a live on-camera moderator who scans all the feeds and who is watching the site right along with you. Too see him or her consider the time zone in which your country is located, means that they need to sleep too.
(via The Presurfer)
Monday, 02. June 2008
Brazil Amazon Jungle TribeEveryone has heard about the lost tribe in the Amazon. So enjoy this video with cool pictures and see here: What do the pictures tell us?
UPDATE June 4th:
Friday, 02. May 2008
Secrets of a Colossal SquidIn February 2007, a colossal squid was accidentally caught by New Zealand fishermen working in the Ross Sea near Antarctica. The 1,102-pound squid was already near death, but the fishermen didn't want to waste it. They hauled it onboard and managed to get it into their ship's freezer. New Zealand's Ministry of Fisheries later gave the frozen squid to The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa.
The frozen colossal squid was thawed this week. Te Papa who revealed the exact size of the squid on Thursday believe it is still the world's largest known squid.
Find out how this huge squid was caught, and what they know of its life history - also how they are going to thaw this enormous squid ice block!
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa
See also The Papa's Blog, with recordings, videos and other squid things ...
At Discovery News: After waiting for the tentacles to defrost so the squid could be fully extended, the researchers measured its weight at 1,091 pounds and its length at nearly 14 feet. The squid's heft and large beak "confirm that it was almost certainly longer and is still the largest invertebrate specimen in the world," Te Papa spokesperson Jane Keig told Discovery News. She added that it also has the largest eye of any animal at about 10.5 inches in diameter.
View their slideshow of the colossal squid here: The Dissection of a Lifetime.
Yes, scientists sample the squid for posterity. Their conclusion? Tastes like ammonia.
Read more: Colossal Squid "Not Nearly As Tasty As Hoped" by Scoop.
Wednesday, 30. April 2008
The goal of Earthrace is to set a new world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe, running 100% renewable biodiesel fuel, and with a net zero carbon footprint. The amazing Earthrace boat will make the attempt starting from Sagunto in Spain. Earthrace is also undertaking a two year promotional tour, visiting 100 great cities around the globe. The crew meet local people, talk about their experiences, and most of all connect with people about the need to get renewable fuels into our energy mix and to inspire them to do something themselves to minmise their impact on the environment.
The current record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe is currently 74 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes. This record was set by UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998.
Round the world speed record started April 27, 2008. So stay tuned!
Check the speedboat and find it by Google Map.
Wednesday, 09. April 2008
Day in Pictures · DIPI like the section "Day in Pictures" issued and published by some newspapers. The photo below I found at USA Today: The Day in Pictures.
A young boy with his face painted like the Tibetan flag participates in a pro-Tibetan demonstration in San Francisco. Protesters are demonstrating against China as San Francisco prepares to host the Olympic Torch relay.
By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Also of interest:
Tibet Blogs displays blog updates from tibetan bloggers and serves as an online directory for tibet related weblogs.
Free Tibet Campaign
Free Tibet Campaign stands for the Tibetans' right to determine their own future. It campaigns for an end to China's occupation of Tibet and for the Tibetans' fundamental human rights to be respected. Founded in 1987, Free Tibet Campaign generates active support by educating people about the situation in Tibet. It is independent of all governments and is funded by its members and supporters.
Saturday, 12. January 2008
"Knut 2.0"? New polar bear star gets own web pageThe Berlin zoo's polar bear, Knut - who garnered worldwide fame by being hand-raised by his keepers from a pint-sized fluffball to adulthood - now has company. It's a girl!
Knutette? Knutilda? The new bear's name will be chosen in a public competition.
Yesterday, the German city of Nuremberg launched a web page dedicated to the four-week-old polar bear: Das Nürnberger Eisbär-Baby.
The site provides details of the cuddly creature's health and lures viewers with a gallery of photos. It also gives readers a chance to name the cub. "We're getting 15 e-mails with name suggestions every minute," city spokesman Robert Hackner said. "This afternoon we received over 1,000 suggestion for a name." But for now, zoo keepers have dubbed the cub Flocke - German for flake, as in snow flake - because of its brilliantly white and fluffy fur.
Two days ago:
It's a little girl with a strong appetite!
Also of interest:
In photos: Polar bear cub separated from mother by Monsters and Critics.
Why we SHOULD have stepped in to stop a polar bear eating her cubs
by Daily Mail.
Wednesday, 09. January 2008
NewseumThe Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism.
Every morning, more than 500 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet to be part of Today's Front Pages.
When the Newseum opens in 2008 in downtown Washington, D.C., the Today's Front Pages gallery will give visitors an up-close look at the day's news on up to 80 newspaper front pages from every state, the District of Columbia and countries around the world.
Newseum - Today's Front Pages - updated daily with images and PDF versions of newspaper front pages from around the world.
The Newseum also keeps an archive of national and international front pages that chronicle events of historical significance.
Monday, 17. December 2007
50 Top 10 Lists of 2007The Time Magazine has posted their annual top ten lists: 50 Top 10 Lists of 2007. That's practically a top ten for every week of the year, and should keep you busy for a little while. ...
Saturday, 08. December 2007
Next Atlantis Launch Opportunity SundayThe first attempt to launch Atlantis ended hours before liftoff on Thursday when a pair of sensors in its fuel tank failed a routine check. The flight to deliver the Columbus laboratory module to the International Space Station was pushed to Friday and then to Saturday, but NASA decided to spend more time studying the problem.
Now mission managers have decided to try to launch Atlantis on Sunday, Dec. 9. Liftoff of Atlantis and its seven astronauts now is scheduled for 3:21 p.m. (Eastern U.S. time.).
Check out the NASA Website: View live streaming video, and stay up to date with the latest information on the Space Shuttle. You can also look at past missions, streaming and interactive video, high resolution imagery, and sattelite photos.
You find NASA TV also on the left side in my sidebar "watch the best streaming live TV" ...
Image of the Day Gallery: A flock of birds took flight shortly after the Space Shuttle Atlantis arrives
at Pad 39B after being rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building for its thrid voyage in 1988.
UPDATE December, 10:
The launch of space shuttle Atlantis has been rescheduled for no earlier than Jan. 2, 2008. Engineers are evaluating false readings from the engine cutoff sensor system.
Tuesday, 06. November 2007
King Tut RevealedEverybody has heard the archaeological news of the week:
For the first time, the mummy of King Tut is put on public display in Luxor, Egypt.