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Nuno Luciano
"Earth is My Homeland, Humanity is My Family"
"Earth is My Homeland, Humanity is My Family"

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Travel to India

The two faces of India are equally harsh. The poor face, where hygiene or health are as alien concepts in their day to day as present and indispensable in ours. The other side , saturated bright colors but unjust turn , where his spirituality, the sparkle in his eyes and wide smile of happiness , reveal a life expectancy , somehow complete to them.

This is their home and this way of life.
New Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra, Varanassi.

Canon 5D Mark III / Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
Music: "The fun never starts" "Day 22" Thomas Newman

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Salt is a 28min #documentary #film shot over many years at Lake Eyre in Central Australia. It follows the journey(s) of the #photographer Murray Fredericks, who made over fifteen, often month long journeys, to the centre of the Lake to produce the "Salt" photographic series.
The film won over 12 international awards including the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography at the Camera Image Film Festival, the International Documentary Association's Best Documentary Short and a Jury Prize at Silverdocs/AFI.

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Time-Lapse short produced at Lake Eyre in central Australia as part of the SALT project.

Cinematographer Murray Fredericks, Producer Michael Angus, Editor Lindi Harrison.
Music 'Iridium' by Aajinta - Dean Frenkel, Jason Day, Michelle John

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The Wait
#documentary #film #photography #wildlife
[french with english subtitles]

A world-famous photographer goes on the hunt for the 'perfect shot'. And it's breathtaking to see.

In 2014, at just 22 years of age, the Belgian wildlife photographer Michel D’Oultremont made his name on the international scene by winning the ‘Rising Star’ award at the National History Museum’s annual 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition. London based film director David Hayes and producer Hannah Salvanes Mclean were part of the crowd admiring his work. Their new documentary 'The Wait’, produced with Contra Agency, is a beautiful and honest insight into the process, passion and patience of an incredible young talent.

The film takes the viewer on a journey from Michel’s hometown in Belgium to the remote mountains of Romania. On the trail of wild bison, Michel tracks the movement of the animals and then waits for the perfect moment; a process that can take up to a week to capture one shot.

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The Black Hole

A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole - and then greed gets the better of him...

Grand Prize Winner Virgin Media Shorts 2008
Directors: Phil & Olly Actor: Napoleon Ryan

#shortfilm #movie #cinema

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X-ray Echoes Map a Black Hole’s Disk

Some 3.9 billion years ago in the heart of a distant galaxy, the tidal pull of a monster black hole shredded a star that wandered too close. X-rays produced in this event first reached Earth on March 28, 2011, when they were detected by NASA's Swift satellite. Within days, scientists concluded that the outburst, now known as Swift J1644+57, represented both the tidal disruption of a star and the sudden flare-up of a previously inactive black hole.

Now astronomers using archival observations from Swift, the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory and the Japan-led Suzaku satellite have identified the reflections of X-ray flares erupting during the event. Led by Erin Kara, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Maryland, College Park, the team has used these light echoes, or reverberations, to map the flow of gas near a newly awakened black hole for the first time.

Swift J1644+57 is one of only three tidal disruptions that have produced high-energy X-rays, and to date it remains the only event caught at the peak of this emission. While astronomers don't yet understand what causes flares near the black hole, when one occurs they can detect its echo a couple of minutes later as its light washes over structures in the developing accretion disk. The technique, called X-ray reverberation mapping, has been used before to explore stable disks around black holes, but this is time it has been applied to a newly formed disk produced by a tidal disruption.

Swift J1644+57's accretion disk was thicker, more turbulent and more chaotic than stable disks, which have had time to settle down into an orderly routine. One surprise is that high-energy X-rays arise from the innermost regions of the disk instead of a narrow jet of accelerated particles, as originally thought.

The researchers estimate the black hole has a mass about a million times that of the sun. They expect future improvements in understanding and modeling accretion flows will allow them to measure the black hole's spin using this data.

Music:" The Orion Arm" and "Particle Acceleration," both from Killer Tracks.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger

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Senate introduces bill to give Nasa $19.5 billion for Mars exploration, but says it must happen within the next 25 years (including Humans on Mars And Europa missions)

U.S. Congress has just passed a new bill that authorizes $19.5 billion worth of spending for 2017. The bill includes items such as manned missions to Mars and Europa exploration missions.

The House approved on a voice vote the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, S.442, after a brief discussion on the House floor where no members spoke against the bill. The same bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent Feb. 17.

This is huge news, as it’s the first time in over 6 years that congress has approved a NASA authorization build. Facing little opposition, the bill is now awaiting the signature of President Trump.

The bill argues that the robotic exploration of Europa “should be supported”and will work towards the “long-term goal of human missions near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s”. It will also maintain funding for existing projects such as Orion, SLS, and the commercial crew program.

One part of the mission, the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), was scheduled to move an asteroid into lunar orbit by 2020, but this project seems destined for delays as congress acknowledges “the technological and scientific goals… have not been demonstrated”.

“The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 reaffirms our support for the bold visions and commitments that will shape America’s future in space,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee, said in a statement after the bill’s passage. “This bill reiterates the importance of maintaining NASA’s continuity of purpose to ensure America remains a leader in space exploration.”

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Scientists Turn To Chile’s Atacama Desert To Study Life On Mars

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Astrobiologists seeking to understand where life might be found on Mars, and what form it might take, are finding that the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest in the world, may hold some important clues.

Since a 2003 study that examined microbial life in the ‘Mars-like soils’ of the Atacama, astrobiological research – the study of life on Earth to understand how it may form elsewhere in the universe – in the desert has grown dramatically.

“It is much cheaper than traveling to Mars,” said Armando Azua, a Chilean astrobiologist at the Bl Marble Space Institute in the U.S., who grew up in one of the Atacama’s few populated areas.

“It is the driest and oldest desert in the world, a unique place where life had no choice but to adapt to the lack of water.”

Still, even in this harsh environment, scientists have found life – usually at the microbiological level – clinging on.

“We think that even in those places on Mars where previously it was thought life would not be found, because they were too dry for anything to survive, well we’ve found places just like that on Earth and there are still different kinds of microrganisms,” said Azua.

Scientists are currently investigating if fungi or other organisms could adapt and harvest high levels of ultraviolet radiation as an energy source, in the way that fungi found near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster was apparently feeding off the area’s high levels of radiation.

Azua’s team identified a patch of the Atacama that was the driest of all, where centuries may pass without any rainfall. They dug down, and found a whole host of thriving bacteria.

“If we can show that in the Atacama desert, life is capable of tolerating extreme dryness…that will open up tremendously the possibilities of finding life not only on Mars but elsewhere in the universe,” he said.

(Reporting by Reuters TV and Rosalba O’Brien; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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The Cosmic Web
The entire fabric of our cosmos.

The Cosmic Web is a web of gas that stretches between galaxies and makes up the entire known observable universe. The organization and distribution of galaxies is not random. Galaxies are set up like a massive network. And that network is The Cosmic Web. Galaxy clusters, filamants, even regions devoid of any galaxies – they’re all found within the Cosmic Web. All this and the entire universe – you really can’t get any bigger than that.

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The Huge-LGQ, or Large Quasar Group is a collection of Quasars that forms what is believed to be the largest astronomical structure group in the universe. The known universe, that is. A quasar is a gigantic and uber-remote celestial object that emits very, very large amounts of energy. When viewed through a telescope, they look starlike. Scientists think that quasars are powered by black holes millions of times bigger than our little sun. The Huge-LGQ is a collection of 73 quasars that measures around 4 billion light years across. There are some issues about its structure but one thing’s for certain – it’s so gigantic they had to use the word “huge” in the name.
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