Relive the Apollo 8 Earthrise

first_img45 years after Apollo 8’s  historic first, everyone can experience what it was like to see the “blue marble” rise above the limb of the moon.Detailed “archaeological” work has allowed computer animators to recreate what Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, the crew of Apollo 8, experienced on Christmas Eve, 1968.“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there!” exclaimed Anders. “There’s the Earth comin’ up. Wow, is that pretty!”Andrew Chaikin narrates a new NASA video posted on that lets the viewer ride along with the astronauts, seeing what they saw out the window.  The picture Anders took, called “Earthrise,” quickly became a space classic, launching music, poetry and commentary about the precious orb, free of national boundaries, that we call home – the only body in the blackness of space where life is known to exist.NASA researchers, comparing original Apollo photographs with high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), were able to locate the exact point in lunar orbit where the experience happened.  Combining original photography with computer animation and the voices of the astronauts, they created the most accurate recreation to date of that historic moment.The article doesn’t mention it, but later in orbit at lunar sunrise, the astronauts read the story of creation from Genesis 1, before wishing everyone “a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”  The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating that moment, with the Earthrise picture and the caption, “In the beginning, God…”  Atheists at the time protested the word “God” on the stamp, but responses by many others prevailed, and it was kept.Only seniors will have a memory of that amazing Christmas Eve when the world stood still and listened to the Bible.  It had been a tumultuous decade, filled with riots, wars, and conflict, with divisions even worse than those we complain about today.  The Cold War was in full swing, Americans were torn over the carnage in Vietnam, leftists were rioting in the cities, the hippie and drug culture were ripping apart families, and traditional values were under assault everywhere.  Interest in the manned space program had waned from the glory days of the “Mercury 7” astronauts; launches had become routine, and after the Apollo 1 disaster, many were questioning the value of the space program with so many pressing ground-based problems.But then, Apollo 8 raised public interest once again when NASA changed plans, deciding to beat the Russians with a daring mission to lunar orbit.  It was to be the first manned mission away from Earth’s domain.  Within 14 hours after the Earthrise picture was beamed back home, on Christmas Eve, everyone hushed for a moment at news the crew was going to speak.  Bill Anders spoke, from 240,000 miles away, “For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.…”   The world stood still as the crew took turns reading from Genesis 1:1-10.  ….And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.  Millions around the world listened respectfully for those few minutes.  Then they resumed their rioting.We’re glad NASA has recreated that beautiful day in time for Christmas Eve when the light pierced the darkness.  Take 7 minutes to enjoy it.  Merry Christmas, and God bless you, all of you on the good Earth! (Visited 145 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Meek Control the Earth

first_img(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 How can such a small thing affect the geology and climate of the whole planet?  Don’t underestimate the power of small creatures.Ants Control the WorldA paper in Geology presents “Ants as a powerful biotic agent” of the dissolution of two common types of rock: plagioclase and olivine.  Both minerals are important constituents of earth’s crust.  The scurrying and digging activity of uncounted trillions of ants can add up to a big effect, Ronald Dorn of Arizona State has calculated from controlled observations spanning 25 years.The biotic enhancement of Ca-Mg silicate weathering has helped maintain Earth’s habitability over geological time scales by assisting in the gradual drawdown of atmospheric CO2. 25 years of in-situ measurements of Ca-Mg silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, root mats, bare ground, and a control reveals ants to be one of the most powerful biotic weathering agents yet recognized. Six sites in Arizona and Texas (USA) indicate that eight different ant species enhance mineral dissolution by ∼50×–300× over controls. A comparison of extracted soil at a 50 cm depth in ant colonies and adjacent bare ground shows a gradual accumulation of CaCO3 content for all eight ant species over 25 yr. Ants, thus, have potential to provide clues on how to enhance contemporary carbon sequestration efforts to transform Ca-Mg silicates and CO2 into carbonate. Given that ants underwent a great diversification and biomass expansion over the Cenozoic, a speculative implication of this research is that ant enhancement of Ca-Mg silicate dissolution might have been an influence on Cenozoic cooling.This makes one wonder how the biosphere got along before the Cenozoic.  Regardless, a response to the global warming alarmists might be, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard” (Proverbs 6:6); “consider her ways, and be wise.”  The finding also raises questions about the habitability of planets without ants.  This is an interesting finding that seems to reinforce the concept of the biosphere being intricately linked to a planet’s habitability.Salamander SalveAnother small animal may have power over humans: the ability to heal.  Medical Xpress reported experiments that show a peptide in salamander skin, when rubbed on mice, promoted “quick and effective” wound healing in mice.  This could lead to human trials before long.  Salamanders are way ahead of humans, too, in the ability to regenerate limbs.  There’s things people can learn from the lowly in the world.Long Live the MonarchThe delicate butterflies that fly 3,000 miles in their migration are in need of help.  Stars of Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, these beautiful one-gram kings and queens of lightweight flight have declined some 90% in two decades, PhysOrg says, primarily because new GMO corn allows farmers to spray Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide indiscriminately on their corn crops, killing off the milkweed on which the butterflys’ life cycle depends.  National Geographic calls on concerned citizens to rescue them by planting milkweed in their yards, but it appears this will require a national effort of many ordinary citizens to be effective.Name that AnimalScientists are scratching their heads over creatures collected back in 1986 in deep waters off Tasmania, stored in jars and forgotten.  They look like mushrooms, but they don’t fit obviously into any known animal phylum (see pictures in the BBC News, Science Daily, National Geographic or Nature).  They have “medusae” (umbrella-shaped tops with dangling stalks), but they don’t have the characteristics of jellyfish and comb jellies.  What are they?  The authors who announced them in PLoS ONE don’t know.  They recommend researchers go out and find more, so that they can sequence their genomes.There’s an outside possibility, based on resemblance, that these creatures, named Dendrogramma enigmatica and D. discoides, represent living members of Ediacaran organisms, long thought extinct before the Cambrian Explosion.  If so, they could represent the oldest “living fossils” on earth, raising the usual questions about how they could have survived intact so long without leaving a trace in the fossil record.  New Scientist notes that the organisms are small, just half an inch or so; “There are no obvious sex organs in the specimens, no nervous system and no apparent means by which the disc could be flexed to enable movement.”  Then the article asks:Dendrogramma‘s disc-like shape is very reminiscent of three Ediacaran genera – Albumares, Anfesta and Rugoconites. The snag is that all three went extinct half a billion years ago, along with all of the other weird Ediacaran creatures.Does this mean that Dendrogramma is proof that some Ediacaran creatures have managed to cling on in the remote depths of the oceans for all this time?This will be a story to watch.Update 6/07/16: Tim O’Hara at The Conversation reports that Dendrogramma is a siphonophore, a member of cnidarians that include jellyfish and corals. Genetic information from new samples has solved the puzzle. It is not an Ediacaran.We humans often feel small and insignificant in such a vast world and universe.  These stories remind us that size is not necessarily a barrier to having a great impact.  When the glory is given to the Lord, He can take any small instrument and accomplish much.  Go to the monarch butterfly, thou sluggard: consider her ways, and be wise.  Maybe the Lord would have you take a part in a stewardship campaign to save a true wonder of nature.last_img read more

Baguio to NLEX in three-team shakeup

first_imgKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The 36-year-old Baguio will rekindle his partnership with former teammates JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier in NLEX as Guiao slowly bolsters his roster with tested veterans.Baguio has been averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBaracael, meanwhile, will bring his toughness to the Batang Pier after toiling the bench in NLEX.Ababou, on the other hand, hopes to reboot his career plagued with injuries as he joins an upstart Phoenix crew. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRebuilding NLEX from the ground up, coach Yeng Guiao has secured another familiar face as he reunites with 6-foot-2 guard Cyrus Baguio in a three-team trade set to be approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office  Tuesday afternoon.Sources close to the situation disclosed that the deal will send the former UST star to the Road Warriors, Mac Baracael to GlobalPort, and Dylan Ababou along with NLEX’s 2020 second round pick to Phoenix as the three teams swapped veteran swingmen.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodman

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodmanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is confident of keeping Freddie Woodman.Benitez has insisted England U20 World Cup winning Woodman has a “great future” – despite the youngster being in limbo over a contract wrangle.Newcastle won’t release him on loan and lose control of the players development – but he needs more senior games to improve.The Blackburn clash will be his 38th senior appearance, third for Newcastle, after loan spells at Crawley, Kilmarnock and the Dons.Benitez says he has time to fulfil his potential. He said: “We talk about keepers and they have more time to develop.“In this case we have a very good young keeper. He is focused and he is training well. Any game will be an experience for him and I think he has a great future.” last_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class.— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

Emmanuel Kabongo Stars In CBCs New Show 21 THUNDER

first_img Login/Register With: 21 Thunder: A Must See TV Series Emmanuel Kabongo Stars in CBC’s new show 21 THUNDER premiering July 31st at 9 pm!Star Emmanuel Kabongo was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and relocated to South Africa with his family before moving to Toronto in 1998. He began his acting career in short and independent films and has since made guest appearances on TV shows such as Flashpoint, Nikita, Call Me Fitz, Murdoch Mysteries and Rookie Blue. In 2013, Kabongo played a lead character in The Animal Project (Ingrid Veninger, director; TIFF 2013 Official Selection) and appeared in the feature film Pompeii in 2014. He produced and starred in the web series Teenagers, which won three awards at the 2014 LA WebFest. Kabongo completed the Theatre Arts Program at George Brown College and was awarded with the Actors Conservatory Program scholarship at the Canadian Film School. Advertisement Twitter  21 Thunder   shows the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Election 2011 Youth Panel

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s one voice missing from Election 2011: Aboriginal youth. They’re Canada’s fastest-growing population, and they’ve got billions of dollars in campaign promises coming their way. Politicians always talk about what needs to happen–but what do young leaders think?Host Cheryl McKenzie is joined in studio by eight of those young Aboriginal leaders from across Canada to discuss what matters to them in Election 2011.Jump to the 30:00 mark in this video for the start of our panel.last_img read more

Premier announces childcare savings coming into effect next month

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. — B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that parents with children enrolled in licensed childcare will start seeing savings of up to $350 a month next month.The child care fee reduction is available to families with children up to kindergarten age, who go to licensed child care and whose providers opt in. To date, providers have applied for fee reductions for more than 18,000 children, and more providers are opting in to savings for families every day. The fee reduction will result in savings of:$350 per month for each child in group infant and toddler care.$200 per month for each child in family infant and toddler care.$100 per month for each child in group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.$60 per month for each child in family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.“Parents in every corner of B.C. will start seeing their child care bills go down next month,” said Premier Horgan. “These fee reductions will offer families relief, and help people, particularly women, return to work. No one should be forced to choose between child care and other family needs.” In order to maximize the number of families receiving benefits next month, the government has extended the deadline for child care providers to opt in to April’s fee reduction until April 20th. After that date, providers can sign up for savings for future months at any time.However, not all childcare providers will be able to drop their fees starting next week. Adam Reaburn, owner of the Wiggle and Giggles Daycare in Fort St. John as well as and 100.1 Moose FM, said that fees at his daycare will not be reduced April 1st. Reaburn explained that his Daycare has applied for the Childcare Fee Reduction Program, but the B.C. Government has not confirmed if the daycare has been approved to participate. He added and he doesn’t expect to hear anything before Easter, but that if Wiggles and Giggles is approved, the fee reduction would be applied to future bills.“Parents have been left to struggle with rising child care costs for too long,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy. “The child care fee reduction is the first step toward bringing down sky-high child care costs so that families can get ahead.”The child care fee reduction will help providers to keep their program competitive with other programs in their community. Those who choose to participate will receive an increase of 10 percent on top of their individual base funding to support operational expenses.last_img read more

Reaching for smartphone bad for health

first_imgUsing your smartphone to relax and pass time may be associated with negative feelings, lack of control and a reduced sense of purpose in life, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, is the first to thoroughly evaluate how smartphone use is associated with measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia showed habitual smartphone use and entertainment use – to relax, escape and pass time – were the best predictors of lower wellbeing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe survey of over 500 students found problematic smartphone use was associated with feelings of negative emotions, lack of control, a reduced sense of purpose in life, and a ability to resist social pressure. “There’s a constant stream of news and entertainment in our life now, and if that content is not necessarily positive it might be contributing to technological overload or techno-exhaustion,” said lead researcher Sharon Horwood from Deakin’s School of Psychology. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”While there has been some analysis of smartphone use and subjective wellbeing, this study goes into much greater depth,” Horwood said in a statement. Past research has examined wellbeing in terms of life satisfaction and whether people tend to experience more positive emotions than negative emotions. “This research offers a more complete picture of what makes the ‘good life’ including positive social relationships, a sense of personal growth, autonomy, and having a sense of control over one’s life,” Horwood said. “While we found that smartphone use is unrelated to people’s overall life satisfaction, it is associated with mood and these broader indicators of human flourishing,” she said. “Wellbeing is about feeling satisfied with your life, managing day-to-day activities, and positive relationships. We found that problematic smartphone use impacts all those things,” he said. Horwood said there are four main areas of wellbeing which negatively related to problematic smartphone use. These included how much control people felt they had over their use, whether smartphone use interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, whether the phone gets in the way of positive relationships with others, and whether smart phone use was a panacea for boredom and lack of personal growth. “The question is, does using your smartphone in a problematic way lower wellbeing, or is someone whose wellbeing is low for other reasons more likely to turn to their smartphone for comfort, distraction, or perhaps escapism?” she said. However, Horwood said it was important to note her study showed smartphone use was not all bad. “For what we term ‘communication use’ – calls and text messages – we found a slight positive association with wellbeing,” she said. The next step in research is to drill down into the impact of smartphone use on children’s social and emotional wellbeing.last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi based on pakadwa vivah

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who has wrapped up shooting his upcoming film Jabriya Jodi, said the romantic comedy film is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which is rampant in Bihar. On the basic premise of the film, Sidharth said: “It is a romantic comedy film based in Patna (Bihar). It revolves around the concept of Pakadwa Vivah. We have been shooting for this film since last year. We created a lot of things of Patna in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe is glad to have collaborated with Parineeti again after Hasee Toh Phasee. “I think I haven’t played this kind of role earlier in my career and for Pari (Parineeti Chopra) also, it’s a different world and different role. We are really excited for the film and that’s why we are celebrating with a wrap-up party of the film. The entire crew has worked really hard on this film and hopefully soon, in a month or two, we might release some content of the film,” the actor said. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaSidharth’s last released film Aiyaary didn’t fare well at the box office. Asked about the pressure he is feeling with the release of Jabariya Jodi, he said: “We are nervous with every film. We are as nervous and as excited with every film.” On the unique title of the film, the director said: “Since it is based on forced weddings that happen in Bihar and in Bihari language, forced means ‘jabariya’. So, that’s how we came up with the title of this film.” When Parineeti was asked if she faced any difficulty in learning Bihari for the film, she said: “I think the good thing was that our director knows that world really well and in his Hindi also, there is a little bit flavour of Patna. So, it was really easy for me and Sidharth (Malhotra) because we used to follow Prashant blindly.”last_img read more