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Airborne Armour in (in)Action
Quite an unusual selection of gear (you'd expect T-80s and BMP's):
2S9 Nona-S Airborne Self-Propelled Gun/Mortar 
BTR-D Airborne troop transporters
BMD-2 Airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle
 
Armour in Eastern Ukraine
The Ukrainian "anti-terrorist operation" seems to have fallen a part completely, a few quick notes on the armour seen in these scenes.
The armoured vehicles (or tanks as they're referred to in the media) appear to be all airborne equipment.
The big armoured vehicle with the stubby gun is a Nona self-propelled gun/mortar, the unarmed vehicles with troops riding on top are BTR-D troop transporters and in the last picture is a BMD-2 airborne IFV.
As always arms and armour require humans to operate, and this soldiers (to their credit) appear to have been unwilling to turn their guns on their fellow citizens.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27050534
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Bunker Girl
I don't know the significance, if any, of this painting. But it sure is an eye-catcher, even in it's current slightly faded state. 
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Memory is a funny thing indeed :-)
I had no idea that Rhijnauwen had an exotic twin either, that's an interesting connection :-)
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That's no... wait, maybe it IS a moon
The Cassini probe may be witnessing the birth of a moon:
"We have not seen anything like this before," said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London, the report's lead author. "We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is just leaving the rings and heading off to be a moon in its own right."

Whether or not the object known as "Peggy" will become a moon in it's own right is not clear, but it certainly is a unique observation that will give new insights into the formation of objects from Saturn's rings: http://go.nasa.gov/P18FQW

Via +European Space Agency, ESA 
 
#space   #discovery   #NASA  

Disturbance in the Force: Pics from +NASA Cassini Mission to Saturn may reveal the birth of a new moon. 

Full story: http://go.nasa.gov/P18FQW
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A look back at the Mesozoic News of March
It was a good month for theropods BIG and small, with a tiny Alaskan Tyrannosaur and a giant European predator. Also the now infamous _ 'Chicken from Hell' made the headlines.

In other Mesozoic news Koumpiodontosuchus aprosdokiti will probably be a big hit with people who feel that modern palaeontology is often too snappy or popular. And a newly discovered piece of giant turtle bone turns out to be the other half of a piece found over a century ago.
 
Last Month's Big Dinosaur News
Your monthly recap of important new stories from the Mesozoic:
Europe's largest land predator goo.gl/JTiFWa
Nanuqsaurus the Polar Tyrant goo.gl/5fqmke
British button-tooth croc goo.gl/bKT5Cs
Anzu the 'Chicken from Hell' goo.gl/GS3IOv
Giant Turtle bone back together again goo.gl/pJ7fy4
Oldest bird eggshell ever found goo.gl/9gBWKQ

#dinosaursareawesome   #dinosaurdiscoveries  
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Ok raptor it up. tricerotop that. im not too bluntasaurous am i. hope i did not t rex the vibe.
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My dinosaur bookshelf, now show me yours ;-)

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Armour in Eastern Ukraine
The Ukrainian "anti-terrorist operation" seems to have fallen a part completely, a few quick notes on the armour seen in these scenes.
The armoured vehicles (or tanks as they're referred to in the media) appear to be all airborne equipment.
The big armoured vehicle with the stubby gun is a Nona self-propelled gun/mortar, the unarmed vehicles with troops riding on top are BTR-D troop transporters and in the last picture is a BMD-2 airborne IFV.
As always arms and armour require humans to operate, and this soldiers (to their credit) appear to have been unwilling to turn their guns on their fellow citizens.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27050534
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Secrets of the Blue Dragons
Creepy but Curious is always worthwhile, and this episode is about the borrowed defence of the beautiful Blue Dragon (or blue sea slug if you prefer). 
 
Blue Dragons
Earlier today, I recorded a segment on the local radio about the blue sea slug (listen here: http://goo.gl/UNNfmD - apologies for the audio quality, there was a technical problem with the recording studio and we had to do it over the phone).
Despite its fantasy-like appearance, the blue sea slug (in the genus Glaucus) is an actual real-life animal. They spend their lives drifting in the open waters of the world's ocean, eating jellyfishes (and sometimes each other). So how do they manage to eat jellyfish without being stung and how does a small, seemingly vulnerable creature like Glaucus protect itself against other hungry animals of the sea? To find out, simply follow this link http://goo.gl/UNNfmD
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #seaslug  
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I'm not sleepy...
I'm staying awake until caturday starts, really not sleepy... Zzz..

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Little Simba, today of all days, I can emphathize with that. Pleasant dreams.
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I'm glad it's alive . 
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Does the Sun revolve around the Earth after all? (Nope)
"Everything we think we know about the universe is wrong" intones Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager) at the start of the trailer, and then things get wonky fast.
Geocentrist (and Holocaust-denier) Robert Sungenis has cobbled together this "documentary" by duping actual physicists (note how often they  mention dark matter or dark energy) and Kate Mulgrew into lending their names and voices to this thing, and interspersing their interviews with those of honest-to-god creationists.

Lawrence Krauss who, to his surprise, appears in the trailer says we should ignore it and let it die a quiet death (http://goo.gl/OqOMKU), but I'm more into pointing fingers and laughing. And if you like mocking faux-science, this trailer is a laugh riot.
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Hallelujah!
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History could have been quite different
If only Sorge and Clausen had picked another date to inform STAVKA, as it was Stalin was understandably reluctant to trust this information. His unwillingness to seem a fool left the USSR open to German invasion.
 
#onthisday in 1941, the Soviet military intelligence officers Richard Sorge and Max Clausen broadcasted the first message deciphered with a MESM computer from Tokio to Moscow, warning Stalin of the imminent Nazi invasion.

“On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?"...I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.” (Charles Babbage)

The frontline use of a Turing-complete computer in 1941 by two Soviet spies in Japan, two years before the British MK III Colossus and German Z4 devices were put into operation, is a largely untold tale, fallen into oblivion during the early years of the Cold War, but nevertheless, the "Malaya Elektronno-Schyotnaya Mashina", the Small Electronically Computing Machine" or MESM developed by scientists at the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems in Moscow already used binary digits to represent all numbers and data, performed all calculations using electronics and separate systems for computation and memory. The two Soviet spooks of German origin, Richard Sorge and his radioman Max Clausen, used the MESM mainly for deciphering, scrambling and support the broadcasting of messages coming from Ribbentrop and Canaris’ departments, the foreign ministry and intelligence service, towards Nazi Germany’s  Japanese allies and the dynamic duo’s first major coup was intercepting and decoding the message of the imminent Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, due in June 1941.

Duly warned and ignored by Stalin himself, the second message of Sorge and Clausen via the MESM was of an at least equally important strategic importance: the two deciphered confidential Imperial Japanese material that there would be no Japanese invasion in Siberia, no matter what – a detail that allowed Stalin to move most of his Eastern divisions under Marshal Zhukov’s command on his western theatre to fight the Nazi invasion – a decision that made all the difference in the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War and the Japanese indeed never came. Sorge and Clausen, however, got busted by the Tokko, the Japanese secret police in October 1941 after broadcasting 65.000 words in 141 MESM-coded messages to Moscow. The Japanese never managed to crack the MESM-code but Sorge’s pro-Communist contacts in Tokio, long observed by the Tokko, became his downfall – he along with journalist Hotsumi Ozaki, his prime contact, were hanged in November 1944.

The radioman and MESM operator Clausen was spared and it is at least rumoured that he gave away vital details of the device’s design that would be vital for the development of the parametron circuit completed in 1954 and Japan’s PC-1 parametron device and the later Musasino-1 system. The captured MESM device ended up in the University of Tokyo after the war and was forgotten there in the early 1960s. Rediscovered and returned to Russia after the end of the Cold War, several replicas of the MESM were created and exhibited in several technological museum across the CIS, such as the one depicted below from the Institute of Radio-engineering and Electronics in Moscow

The picture was found on

http://www.modding.ru/view/14393.html

and more about Richard Sorge on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sorge

#history #wunderkammer #sciencehistory #dieselpunk   #picturewantsastory   #aprilfoolsday  
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Happy birthday +Marko Bosscher ;-) 
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