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Small victory: wildlife officials released 96 Sunda pangolins in Indonesia after busting the largest case of pangolin smuggling since 2008.

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Colourful magpies. "[M]agpies are not only black and white.  There are other species which belie the general belief that all magpies are: here are some exceptions that prove the rule."
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Doing good via +OpenStreetMap. "I marvel every time I write about OpenStreetMap’s humanitarian team. They epitomize the the power of observation plus attention. While some of the components involved in their work are technically complex, none are particularly difficult to understand. There’s the fleet of satellites—cameras pointing down at the Earth. There’s OpenStreetMap itself—a feat of database programming, perhaps, but also just a map. There’s the tracing software that lets individuals translate pictures into points. And then there’s the Internet, for all its flaws, linking these not-very-large networks of people and tools together, so they they may help other people who are sometimes in the same neighborhood... and sometimes on the other side of the planet."
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More wonders of Sarawak, Malaysia.
 
Muara Tebas Temple and Malay  Fishing Village (4th May 2015)

Went to Muara (ENG: Estuary) Tebas with my family today to have our seafood lunch and to visit the multicultural village as well as the famous Buddhist temple.

Imagine the throng of Buddhist devotees descending upon this little Malay fishing village to make their passage of way to this temple on top on a hill during the auspicious days of the temple’s calendar.

The temple and the village, Kampung (village) Muara Tebas best exemplifies the racial harmony and religious tolerance in Malaysia. And this co-existence dates back to two hundred years ago.

Ching San Yen is a Buddhist temple located about 30 KM from Kuching City. ‘Ching San’ means ‘Green Mountain’ in Chinese. It is situated on a 2.5 acre site on a hill, 120 ft above sea level. One has to climb 142 steps to reach the top.

"The Sarawak Book Of Amazing Facts & Records" published by the Ministry Of Tourism of Sarawak in 2011 described Ching San Yen Temple as the most decorative Buddhist temple in Sarawak.

There are two versions on the origin of Ching San Yen.

The first version is when, about 200 years ago, the Chinese immigrants who had safely arrived at the estuary of Sarawak River went on to build the temple to thank Budhha, Bodhisattvas & Machu (Goddes Of Sea) for their blessing of a safe voyage from China. The immigrants would come to the temple to worship from time to time to receive blessing for good health and good business.

The other version tells of, when Chinese came to Sarawak to trade about two hundred years ago, they started a trading station along the sea-side at the foot of a hill.

The site was chosen for its good geomancy to place the statue of Budhha, other Bodhisattvas & Machu (Goddess of the Sea) in return for good business and blessings. When they needed fresh water, Buddha indicated to them a well at the foot of the hill. This eventually led to the building of a temple on the hill facing the sea.

The well is still in existence and had been the source of fresh water until 1980 when water supply was extended to the village.

Ching San Yen underwent a major renovation and extension work in 1994 and was completed two years later

Article from : http://goo.gl/GJxCYb 

Borneo Post article on Muara Tebas fishing village : http://goo.gl/wPG8xS

#temple   #village   #seafood   #estuary   #kuching   #sarawak  
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Interesting. List of names up to Oxygen included below. Via Hacker News [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9484301 ]. "The first thing we may say about the names of the chemical elements in Chinese is that every single one of them is monosyllabic.  This actually causes great problems for Chinese chemists and other scientists, as well as the lay public, since there are so many homophones and near-homophones among them and with other monosyllabic words not on the list.  Listening to a lecture or holding discussions that mention chemical elements and hearing the elements referred to by these monosyllabic names is challenging, to say the least.  They just don't stand out the way, say, "chlorine" and "hydrogen" do.
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I was both surprised and disappointed by how hard it was to find a simple numerical list giving the following information for each element:  number, symbol, English name, Chinese character (traditional and simplified), Pinyin.  Various Chinese versions of the periodic chart of elements were not hard to locate, but they were all unsatisfying in one way or another (not well organized, not very legible, incomplete, etc.).  In the end, several colleagues helped me devise our own list, which, for now, can only be found here on Language Log.  So far as I can tell, it is more comprehensive and up-to-date than any list of Chinese names for the chemical elements that is available anywhere.

1 H Hydrogen 氫:氢 qīng
2 He Helium 氦:氦 hài
3 Li Lithium 鋰:锂 lǐ
4 Be Beryllium 鈹:铍 pí
5 B Boron 硼:硼 péng
6 C Carbon 碳:碳 tàn
7 N Nitrogen 氮:氮 dàn
8 O Oxygen 氧:氧 yǎng
[...]"
previous post |. Mike Pope relayed to me the following from his son Zack, a high school physics teacher: I was wondering what the periodic table of elements looked like in China, and found this image. This may or may not be the "official" periodic table, but I thought it was interesting to see ...
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Get element chart with american info, then combine chinese also making a composite. 
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Good info, saved for the day I get to try it. "After four long years in beta, Kerbal Space Program has been officially released as version 1.0. This is an intimidating game full of real science and engineering to learn. Even with endless hours to learn the ropes, it won’t appeal to everyone. However, if you like tinkering and simulation-style games, Kerbal Space Program may come to dominate your free time. So, how do you get started? Check out these ten tips and you’ll be go for launch before you know it."
After four long years in beta, Kerbal Space Program has been officially released as version 1.0. This is an intimidating game full of real science and engineering to learn. Even with endless hours [...]
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Soyuz-Apollo docking - Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov for Человек и Вселенная (Man and the Universe) by Alexei Leonov and Andrei Sokolov, 1976.
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#SpaceRace #SpaceAge #Soviet #AndreiSokolov #1970s
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"Over the next year the Library at the Royal College of Surgeons of England will be preparing almost 2,500 volumes to send to the Wellcome Library for digitisation as part of the UK Medical Heritage Library project. Carried out by a team-in-residence from Internet Archive at its Euston Road centre, this project will make our collections visible and accessible to a new, global audience.

Handling the items as I prepare them for digitisation is fascinating and I am frequently surprised at the variety of titles that I come across. While some may seem puzzling to today’s reader (for instance Joseph Sampson Gamgee’s 1852 inquiry “into the reasons why the horse rarely vomits”, with a further inquiry apparently necessary in 1857), others contend with issues still hotly debated even today, for example the effectiveness or necessity of vaccines, the form medical education should take, or who has responsibility for caring for the poor."
Over the next year the Library at the Royal College of Surgeons of England will be preparing almost 2,500 volumes to send to the Wellcome Library for digitisati
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"Fight me on that if you want, but there’s plenty of evidence that suggests scientists love J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic. Several newly discovered animal species have been named after characters from the books—a genus of wasps in New Zeland is now called Shireplitis, with species S. bilboi, S.  frodoi, S. meriadoci, S. peregrini, S. samwisei and S. tolkieni. The wasps bear the names of the hobbits because they too are “small, short, and stout,” according to a press release. On the other side of the size spectrum, paleontologists named a 900-pound ancient crocodile Anthracosuchus balrogus, after the Balrog, a giant whip-wielding fire monster from The Lord of the Rings. There is also a dinosaur named after Sauron, which seems kinda harsh to me. And many, many more, if the website “Curious Taxonomy” is to be believed."
What has it got in its academic journals, precious?
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Javatari is now Javatari.js! The emulator has been completely rewritten, and is now 100% in HTML5 and Javascript. Javatari.js is a multiplayer Atari 2600
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Proof that the Singapore Prime Minister knows how to code. From his Facebook page. "Lee Hsien Loong

I told the Founders Forum two weeks ago that the last computer program I wrote was a Sudoku solver, written in C++ several years ago (http://bit.ly/1DMK5Zk). Someone asked me for it. Here is the source code, the exe file, and a sample printout - http://bit.ly/1zfIGMc"
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An Unexpected Aurora over Norway
Image Credit & Copyright: Tommy Richardsen
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150504.html

Sometimes the sky lights up unexpectedly. A trip to northern Norway to photograph auroras was not going as well as hoped. It was now past midnight in Steinsvik, Troms, in northern Norway, and the date was 2014 February 8. Despite recent activity on the Sun, the skies were disappointing. Therefore, the astrophotographer began packing up to go. His brother began searching for a missing lens cap. When the sky suddenly exploded with spectacular aurora. Reacting quickly, a sequence detailing dramatic green curtains was captured, with the bright Moon near the image center, and the lens-cap seeking brother on the far right. The auroral flare lasted only a few minutes, but the memory of this event, the photographer speculates, will last much longer.
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