[Source: The NY Times] Revelations about tainted water have sparked worry across the country. The New York Times decided to look at how the nation’s largest municipal water supplier delivers what has been called the champagne of drinking water to 9.5 million people.
. . . Earth imagery from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft since late 1999 is now available to users everywhere at no cost.
The public will have unlimited access to the complete 16-plus-year database for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument, which images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER’s database currently consists of more than 2.95 million individual scenes. The content ranges from massive scars across the Oklahoma landscape from an EF-5 tornado and the devastating aftermath of flooding in Pakistan, to volcanic eruptions in Iceland and wildfires in California.
Previously, users could access ASTER’s global digital topographic maps of Earth online at no cost, but paid METI a nominal fee to order other ASTER data products.
In announcing the change in policy, METI and NASA cited ASTER’s longevity and continued strong environmental monitoring capabilities. Launched in 1999, ASTER has far exceeded its five-year design life and will continue to operate for the foreseeable future as part of the suite of five Earth-observing instruments on Terra.
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The Internet is full of fascinating information. While getting lost can sometimes be entertaining, most people still prefer somewhat guided surfing excursions. It’s always great to find new websites that can help out and be useful in one way or another. . . . [Continue reading]
Khanty-Mansiysk is an oil-rich and hilly region in central Russia. About 1.5 million people populate this vast area the size of France. The English-language newspaper Siberian Times has called it “the Siberian equivalent of Texas.” Over half of Russia’s oil is produced here. Today, the capital of the region (also called Khanty-Mansiysk) is a booming oil town with futuristic architecture, downhill ski slopes, and world-class cross-country ski tracks.
The area was historically populated mostly by the Khanty and Mansi peoples, as well as other ethnic groups. Under Soviet rule, the government developed parts of the region, introduced standardized education in Russian-language schools, and offered replacements for traditional nomadic homes with housing in newly erected villages. Local Khanty and Mansi languages, which are related to Hungarian, are now spoken by few.
Photographer Fyodor Telkov visited the village of Varyogan, where just 660 people live, all composing five very large Khanty families, for whom the traditional…
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I came to Canada with my family in 1996 with big dreams and aspirations. Four years after we arrived in Canada, my brother committed suicide and shortly afterwards my sister was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. It took me and my family 15 years to overcome grief and start talking about this openly. In 2012 I finally understood that silence makes things much worse for those struggling with mental health, and it affects their families similarly. This is when I created a blog site called Side by Side, initially as a personal blog to share my feeling and thoughts. In less than six months my blog had more than 3000 followers. I found each post received dozens of comments and active discussion. This is when I realized that I was not alone and that my simple blog had the possibility of serving as a much needed platform for support…
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In this bewildering world we have to decide what to believe and how to act on that. In principle that’s what science is for. “Science is not a body of facts,” says geophysicist Marcia McNutt, who once headed the U.S. Geological Survey and is now editor of Science, the prestigious journal. “Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.” But that method doesn’t come naturally to most of us. And so we run into trouble, again and again.
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We all make choices and we have to live with it. Growing up in their lives, or at one point in time in the past, before they did what they did, it might not have been clear to envision what lay ahead – the results of one’s actions and the choices they made. Perhaps, most of what happened was instantaneous, but it’s also important to try and understand on what led to those circumstances and why does anyone behave and act to their impulse during those times. If they are capable of doing it, anyone of us could be too, given those circumstances. Here is a look into a project that gives them an opportunity to reflect on their past and share it – the mistakes and the choices – and what advice they would offer to their younger selves; and also to everyone else.
“REFLECT: Convicts’ Letters to Their Younger Selves” is an artistic documentation of choices, consequences, and reflection. Bell’s portraits—along with video documentation by Joe Carter and additional prison guard portraits by Corey Desrochers. for more information visit: trentbell.com