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1 hour ago, abarbarian said:

Feast Your Eyes on the 12 Winning Astronomy Photographer of the Year Images

 

I thought all you space cadets out there would like to see these pictures 😜

 Nice. I used to have APOD as my browser homepage. I searched for hi-res versions and downloaded a couple for wallpapers. Interesting conversation about that meteor streak here - http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?p=310478 and more about every APOD pic in that forum as well.

 

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On 9/17/2021 at 10:16 AM, sunrat said:

I used to have APOD as my browser homepage.

 

Me too way back. Neat article. 😎

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Watch an alternative " I Love Lucy"  

 

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NASA will provide coverage of upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for Lucy, the agency’s first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojan asteroids. 

Lucy is scheduled to launch no earlier than 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 16, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Live launch coverage will begin at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA will hold a prelaunch briefing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and science and engineering briefings Oct. 14.

 

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On 10/11/2021 at 11:00 AM, sunrat said:

Nice rhododendron anyway.

I have a big old rhododendron in my yard. I think it's probably going on 35-40 years old--nothing near 100 though!

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Chinese tombs yield earliest evidence of cannabis use

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Researchers have uncovered the earliest known evidence of cannabis use, from tombs in western China.
The study suggests cannabis was being smoked at least 2,500 years ago, and that it may have been associated with ritual or religious activities.
Traces of the drug were identified in wooden burners from the burials.
The cannabis had high levels of the psychoactive compound THC, suggesting people at the time were well aware of its effects.
Cannabis plants have been cultivated in East Asia for their oily seeds and fibre from at least 4,000 BC.

 

'Cannabis burned during worship' by ancient Israelites - study

 

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Ancient Israelites burned cannabis as part of their religious rituals, an archaeological study has found.
A well-preserved substance found in a 2,700-year-old temple in Tel Arad has been identified as cannabis, including its psychoactive compound THC.
Researchers concluded that cannabis may have been burned in order to induce a high among worshippers.

 

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World's first Western movie 'filmed in Blackburn'

 

Hardly surprising every one I grew up with played cowboys and indians. 😜

 

 

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Forget Hollywood - the world's first Western was shot in the countryside of Lancashire, new research has suggested.

Kidnapping By Indians was filmed in 1899, four years before The Great Train Robbery, which until now was widely seen as the genre's first film.

 

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It follows the plot of a young girl being kidnapped by native Americans before being rescued in a gunfight.

Shot in fields close to Blackburn, the producers used local actors, including some made up as native Americans in a way that might seem unpalatable in the 21st Century but would have been regarded differently at the time.

 

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Bryony Dixon, a curator of early film at the BFI, said a strong case could be made for the significance of Kidnapping By Indians.

She said the storyline of a white girl being kidnapped by Indians was an essential theme and was present in the Last of the Mohicans novels and many other Wild West productions.

"It has native American Indians and it is a fiction-drama with many Western tropes," Ms Dixon said.

"It doesn't have all of the elements of a Western but then again neither does The Great Train Robbery."

 

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Food for thought. The linked article at Forbes is well worth reading.

https://tech.slashdot.org/story/21/11/07/1853246/will-self-driving-cars-be-able-to-handle-bears

 

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A second question is whether the bears might figure out how to communicate with the AI driving system. You know, bears are pretty sharp. Perhaps a truly enterprising bear could convince the AI to take the bear for a cozy ride while inside the self-driving car.

Don't be especially surprised if you start to see bears riding around in self-driving cars.

And please remember, you heard about it here, first.

 

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The World Through a Lens

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With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’re turning to photojournalists who can help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places.

This is well worth a peek at. There are a ton of different sets of photographs. A neat way to while away a few minutes every now and again.

 

I liked this set. I have wanted to visit the Moscow Metro since I first saw pictures of it back in the early seventies. Makes the london underground and the New York subway look so so tacky and dismal, both of which I saw in the seventies.

 

The Stunning Grandeur of Soviet-Era Metros

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Between 2014 and 2020, Frank Herfort visited more than 770 metro stations in 19 cities, creating a remarkable archive of architectural and artistic splendor.

 

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The Moscow Metro alone, which opened in 1935 and serves as a propagandistic model of Soviet might, has more than 200 stations and spans hundreds of miles.

 

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An Extraordinary 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Is Rewriting the History of the Age of Discovery

 

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But no example of these carvel-built “ships of discovery,” Iberian or otherwise, had ever been found intact, a deficit Castro describes as “one of the big holes in our puzzle.” Specialists have had to infer their design from artist interpretations and a few surviving miniature models, and had only the murkiest understanding of how this revolutionary technology spread through Europe. 

That was about to change. In 2013, Niklas Eriksson, an archaeologist and expert in medieval ships at Stockholm University, inspected the wreck off Stora Ekon.

 

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Weapons experts are similarly thrilled. Guy Wilson, of the Royal Armories, who specializes in early hand weapons, says that dated examples of crossbows from this period are practically nonexistent. The new find appears to be of a relatively advanced design and will be crucial for understanding the development of this quintessential medieval weapon. In fact, the team seems to have stumbled across what Foley describes as “a small arms locker.” By June, they recover no fewer than four complete crossbows, as well as components from several others, plus numerous wooden arrows, known as quarrels, with their wood, leather or feathered flights intact. The team also recovers the wooden stock from an arquebus, or early handgun, as well as the suggestively carved handle of a “bollock dagger,” popular among sailors and used for penetrating an opponent’s armor. “To have another dated example of European arms technology, 50 years before the Mary Rose”—a warship belonging to Henry VIII that sank in 1545—“is very exciting,” says Wilson. “It’s going to be amazingly important.”

 

One of the most important historical finds made this century and a interesting story. 😎

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On 11/22/2021 at 1:23 AM, crp said:

from one single ship??

 

The title of the article is probably a tad over the top. However the find has a whole host of never before seen artefacts including the ship itself that have revealed a great deal of new knowledge about the era.

I though it was a most interesting read.

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