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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
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    In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, an unusual, ghostly green blob of gas appears to float near a neighboring spiral galaxy.

    Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel (University of Alabama) and the Galaxy Zoo Team



    The bizarre object, dubbed Hanny's Voorwerp (Hanny's Object in Dutch), is the only visible part of a 300,000-light-year-long streamer of gas stretching around the galaxy, called IC 2947. The greenish Voorwerp is visible because a beam of light from the galaxy's core illuminated it. This beam came from a quasar—a bright, energetic object powered by a black hole. The quasar may have turned off about 200,000 years ago.

    This Hubble view uncovers a pocket of star clusters, the yellowish-orange area at the tip of Hanny's Voorwerp. The star clusters are confined to an area that is a few thousand light- years wide. The youngest stars are a couple of million years old. The Voorwerp is the size of our Milky Way galaxy, and its bright green color is from glowing oxygen.

    An interaction between IC 2947 and another galaxy about a billion years ago may have created Hanny's Voorwerp and fueled the quasar. The Hubble image shows that IC 2947 has been disturbed, with complex dust patches, warped spiral arms, and regions of star formation around its core. These features suggest the aftermath of a galaxy merger. The bright spots in the central part of the galaxy are star-forming regions. The small, pinkish object to the lower right of IC 2397 is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the background.

    The image was made by combining data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3. The ACS exposures were taken April 12, 2010; the WFC3 data, April 4, 2010
    Wed, Jan 12, 2011  Permanent link
    Categories: space, energy, nasa
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    Gil Scott-Heron

    Sat, Sep 27, 2008  Permanent link

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    Eddie Harris/Les McCann...doing what they do.

    Thu, May 15, 2008  Permanent link

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    My friend Brian spends most of his time traveling and taking incredible photos of surfers in their various habitats around the world from Senegal, Japan, and New Hampshire to The Antarctic. This year he'll reach his goal; seeing all 7 continents by his thirtieth birthday. Somewhere along the way in his globe trotting mission to capture the spirit of surf, a tendril of deeper purpose has grown. Through organizations such as Surf Aid, Brian has volunteered to help children with malaria & AIDS as well as supporting those affected by the Tsunami of 2004.

    His recent mission, however, resonated in a way he had not previously experienced. He went to Nicaragua with Love Light & Melody; "a nonprofit organization dedicated to battling the physical, emotional, and spiritual affects of extreme poverty." They spend time with families who work and live in landfills. Under extreme circumstances of impoverishment the dump is a last resort for resources and food. Children live amongst syringes, bio-hazard, jet fuel, decaying animals and are subjected to toxins from methane fueled fires that burn constantly.

    Love Light and Melody are "committed to becoming expert on the life and culture inside the dump, identifying and meeting the immediate physical needs, raising awareness about and fighting social injustice, and using music and the arts to rebuild, restore, and bring healing to communities ravaged by extreme poverty."

    For more information and photo documentation:

     http://lovelightandmelody.org/ 
    Wed, Mar 12, 2008  Permanent link

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    "We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain.


    By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies- all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool informations about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation , every human group is a society of island universes."

    Aldous Huxley

    Tue, Feb 26, 2008  Permanent link

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    Zero Emissions No Noise...and you can fit 12 cases of beer in the back.

    I'm proud to be a Canadian.





    and more here.

    Wed, Jan 9, 2008  Permanent link

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    Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. London Symphony Orchestra. For a comprehensive experience check out the full length.

    I was first introduced to The Emperor Concerto while watching the film version of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron'. A science fiction short story based on the idea of an egalitarian society achieved by handicapping the talented, strong and beautiful people. The 'Handicapper General' reminisces of a time in the world when superior talent such as Beethoven's freely existed.

    I think this piece is one of many musical expressions that represent the depth and complexity of our species. It's beautiful, brave, regretful, triumphant, and sad all at the same time. Much like humanity.
    Mon, Dec 17, 2007  Permanent link

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    “Our gardens need native plants to support a diverse and balanced food web essential to all sustainable ecosystems. Plants are the fundamental source of energy for all terrestrial creatures. Insects transfer the most energy from plants to animals.” Douglas W. Tallamy

    My friend Lucas is an avid conservationist. This past season he planted milkweed in his yard, providing the enriched environment necessary to delicately raise 75 Monarchs from egg to butterfly. His photo documentation is a beautiful example of how we can contribute to bio diversity.














    ...finally, tagged and ready for flight to wintering grounds in Central Mexico. More amazing info on our friends.
    Wed, Nov 28, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: conservation, ecology
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    Ceramic jellyfish by Toronto based artists Alissa Coe and Carly Waito

    Sat, Nov 24, 2007  Permanent link

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    A lovely little book is about to make it to the big screen.

    Dr. Seuss's 'Horton Hears A Who' is about an elephant named Horton who is shocked to find that a speck of dust, which he has happened upon, is trying to communicate with him. What Horton discovers is that this speck of dust is actually a microscopic society called 'Who-Ville'. The inhabitants are of such minuscule proportions that our protagonist cannot even see them, however he can hear them. The Whos enlist Horton as their protector and he gladly obliges, standing guard for his vulnerable new friends. His vigilance does not go unnoticed by the other animals in Horton's jungle and as a result, he is ridiculed and even put in grave danger because no one else can hear the Whos that he so strongly believes in.

    Horton urges the Whos to make their presence be known by taking a stance and rallying all the members of Who-Ville so that their collective voice will be heard, which in the end they are greatly successful at.

    I love the simple metaphors in this story; You're never too small or insignificant. Be open to the possibility of a whole other world existing just around the corner.

    Sat, Nov 24, 2007  Permanent link

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