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New Pictures from Russian “Crater”

Ok, I’m officially even more stumped about what the heck this thing is now that I’ve seen it at person scale. This is the “crater” we posted about last night (http://tinyurl.com/qxuh46n). A team of Russian scientists has arrived and Siberian Times has their first photos.

The feature on the Yamal Peninsula is smaller than was estimated from the air, is about 70 meters deep, has a significant quantity of ice in it, and has water at the bottom and cascading down the walls.

Click the link for lots of images ^^

How much should a person be compensated to breathe China’s polluted air? If you’re an expatriate employee of Coca-Cola, the answer is a 15 percent bonus, according to a report last week in the Australian Financial Review. (Local Chinese are excluded from the bonus, despite breathing the same air.) Is offering an “environmental hardship allowance” enough for multinational companies in China to retain expatriate employees?
For more, see Adam Minter, “Coke Pays Employees to Breathe China’s Air,” Bloomberg View (16 July 2014)
earthstory:

New technique can predict flood conditions nearly a year in advanceIn 2002, NASA launched the GRACE mission: a pair of satellites that would orbit the Earth together and enable scientists to measure the planet’s gravity field.Earth’s gravity is constant enough for us to not notice any differences, but there are tiny variations across the globe, reflecting the presence of things like mountain ranges, oceans, rivers, lakes, ice-caps, anomalies within the mantle, and so on.The GRACE satellites measure these tiny variations in Earth’s gravity by measuring changes in their orbit. The distance between the satellites can be measured with extreme precision, allowing small orbital changes to be measured and for those changes to be converted into details about Earth’s gravity.When there is a flood, there is a lot of extra mass in an area for a short time because of all the extra water. The GRACE satellites have measured these effects previously, but a new technique led by a scientist at UC Irvine/JPL found that there was even more that could be done with this data.A flood doesn’t just happen by chance; it takes literally months of the proper conditions. The ground must first be saturated, there must be long-periods of above-average precipitation, and then eventually the conditions become primed for a major flood.Some of these variables, like snowpack and rainfall, can be measured weeks to up to 2 months in advance, but even then that’s a fairly small warning to prepare for a major flood.But, by using data from the GRACE mission and the 2011 Missouri River flood as a test, Dr. Reager found that the anomalous signal in gravity began appearing as far as 11 months before the actual flood.Having the right conditions for a flood doesn’t mean one is guaranteed to happen, but an 11-month warning in advance of potential flood conditions could be huge. It could allow heavy and valuable equipment to be moved or for levees to be reinforced for seasons that are at high risk with a substantial lead-time.Floods cause billions of dollars worth of damage worldwide every year. This satellite mission, launched over a decade ago, might well have a new use in cutting those losses down.-JBBImage credit: http://www.soil-net.com/album/Water/Flooding_Erosion_Deposition/slides/Stamford%20Bridge%20Flood.htmlPress release: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/grace/clues-to-flood-danger-20140710/#.U8Vv0o1dXzYOriginal article: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2203.html

earthstory:

New technique can predict flood conditions nearly a year in advance

In 2002, NASA launched the GRACE mission: a pair of satellites that would orbit the Earth together and enable scientists to measure the planet’s gravity field.

Earth’s gravity is constant enough for us to not notice any differences, but there are tiny variations across the globe, reflecting the presence of things like mountain ranges, oceans, rivers, lakes, ice-caps, anomalies within the mantle, and so on.

The GRACE satellites measure these tiny variations in Earth’s gravity by measuring changes in their orbit. The distance between the satellites can be measured with extreme precision, allowing small orbital changes to be measured and for those changes to be converted into details about Earth’s gravity.

When there is a flood, there is a lot of extra mass in an area for a short time because of all the extra water. The GRACE satellites have measured these effects previously, but a new technique led by a scientist at UC Irvine/JPL found that there was even more that could be done with this data.

A flood doesn’t just happen by chance; it takes literally months of the proper conditions. The ground must first be saturated, there must be long-periods of above-average precipitation, and then eventually the conditions become primed for a major flood.

Some of these variables, like snowpack and rainfall, can be measured weeks to up to 2 months in advance, but even then that’s a fairly small warning to prepare for a major flood.

But, by using data from the GRACE mission and the 2011 Missouri River flood as a test, Dr. Reager found that the anomalous signal in gravity began appearing as far as 11 months before the actual flood.

Having the right conditions for a flood doesn’t mean one is guaranteed to happen, but an 11-month warning in advance of potential flood conditions could be huge. It could allow heavy and valuable equipment to be moved or for levees to be reinforced for seasons that are at high risk with a substantial lead-time.

Floods cause billions of dollars worth of damage worldwide every year. This satellite mission, launched over a decade ago, might well have a new use in cutting those losses down.

-JBB

Image credit: http://www.soil-net.com/album/Water/Flooding_Erosion_Deposition/slides/Stamford%20Bridge%20Flood.html
Press release: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/grace/clues-to-flood-danger-20140710/#.U8Vv0o1dXzY

Original article: 
http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2203.html

Europe, Equipopulous, Big Think.

The 28 member states of the E.U. together add up to a population of 506 million. The ideal average would therefore be a member state with just over 18 million inhabitants. Basing himself on existing administrative borders, Mr. Gunn came up with this map which, if nothing else, provides a good view of the more and less densely populated areas of the E.U.But the joyous, or infuriating (if you’re the Daily Mail) central attraction of this map is its eradication of national borders, replacing the tired old sameness of existing states with a fresh new batch, without the ballast of presumed prejudice and historical injustice. Not that all states are entirely new: a few have names and locations that have a familiar ring to them.+

Anglo-Mercia till I die

Europe, Equipopulous, Big Think.

The 28 member states of the E.U. together add up to a population of 506 million. The ideal average would therefore be a member state with just over 18 million inhabitants. Basing himself on existing administrative borders, Mr. Gunn came up with this map which, if nothing else, provides a good view of the more and less densely populated areas of the E.U.

But the joyous, or infuriating (if you’re the Daily Mail) central attraction of this map is its eradication of national borders, replacing the tired old sameness of existing states with a fresh new batch, without the ballast of presumed prejudice and historical injustice. Not that all states are entirely new: a few have names and locations that have a familiar ring to them.+

Anglo-Mercia till I die

Bit worrying that so few ICT teachers know about Boolean logic and logical thinking…

versatilism:

hipster-rawry:

With the heartbleed bug forcing us to change many of of our passwords, I think it’s appropriate to bring back this comic.

Yes!! Hate the standard sheep rules of enforcing 8 digits including caps, numbers and punctuation.
Passphrases are so much better. Some easily memorable suggestions off the top of my head:
magpie novel trapdoor block
funny table horrible sweetcorn
make blanka scrabble guru
red llama punched cubans
maps hungry at royal anger

Two fantastic discussions about this password scheme on StackExchange:
XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase?
Is “the oft-cited XKCD scheme […] no longer good advice”

versatilism:

hipster-rawry:

With the heartbleed bug forcing us to change many of of our passwords, I think it’s appropriate to bring back this comic.

Yes!! Hate the standard sheep rules of enforcing 8 digits including caps, numbers and punctuation.

Passphrases are so much better. Some easily memorable suggestions off the top of my head:

  • magpie novel trapdoor block
  • funny table horrible sweetcorn
  • make blanka scrabble guru
  • red llama punched cubans
  • maps hungry at royal anger

Two fantastic discussions about this password scheme on StackExchange:

Great jaaeeeorrb Hamstray


Some countries are richer than others, and some places within a country are richer than others. But outstanding amongst EU members, down at the bottom of the graph, is the UK. The spread of economic outcomes here is extraordinary. We have here the richest single area in the whole of Europe, Inner London. And yet, at the same time, we have some places – in this, case Cornwall and the Welsh Valleys, right at the poorest end of the spread – more comparable to recent EU members like Bulgaria and Romania.

Balancing act: the government’s regional growth plan doesn’t go far enough, NEF

Some countries are richer than others, and some places within a country are richer than others. But outstanding amongst EU members, down at the bottom of the graph, is the UK. The spread of economic outcomes here is extraordinary. We have here the richest single area in the whole of Europe, Inner London. And yet, at the same time, we have some places – in this, case Cornwall and the Welsh Valleys, right at the poorest end of the spread – more comparable to recent EU members like Bulgaria and Romania.

Balancing act: the government’s regional growth plan doesn’t go far enough, NEF

Interesting breakdown of FIFA’s direct football costs in putting on the World Cup. Dwarfed by their revenues of course, but still…

I’ve always slightly worried about cracking my knuckles and my creaky knees… this is reassuring!

gradnessmadness:

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”  Surely this was a joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.  Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.  “Absolutely,” the professor said.  “In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.”  ~Joann C. Jones

Because there was no football today I’ve made up a random story using players name’s and teams at the World Cup.

Garay had grown up in a Foster home before moving in with his Nani Jo. It had always been on his Hart to go and watch the world cup final. He exchanged his pound Sterling into brazilian real.
With the Kompany of Ryan, Oscar and Barry he set off for Brazil, but not their friend Bernard who they thought was a bit of a Ponce.

Garay listened to Prince as he ate his Muller light on the flight over. They hired a Honda to travel around in. They had booked into a Villa near the Shaw. In the living room there was a poster of the Hulk and another of batman & Robben. There were some used Wilkinson razors left in the bathroom and there was Greece all over the kitchen. Inside in was all very Messi and everything was very Costly. Nobody wanted there to be a Hazard Oar to break a Bone.

Before the match they ate some Chile and a leg of Lahm each.
As they got Klose to the stadium they could hear cheers of Bravo as children played football in the streets. The match was lively as each team sang an uplifting Song. The ref had been Blind at times and needed Lens but he was mostly Wright.

The ball was Fred through the defence like Moses parting the red sea. Goalllll, the goalkeeper in Green was beaten.
Holland had ended with a Silva medal again, it was Krul but Fer. But it didn’t Mata the match was over.

Who will win in Russia one of them asked? England! Came the reply and they all laughed.

People are Stupid, xkcd 1386
Sorry People.

People are Stupid, xkcd 1386

Sorry People.