I would like to note though that I was hoping to also see some positives about language speakers who have future tense in their language.
The flower you see in this animation isn't NASA’s attempt to celebrate the coming of spring. It’s actually the latest design in a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun.
Astronomers have been indirectly detecting exoplanets for more than 15 years, but actually taking a picture of one has proven an immensely difficult task. Picking out the dim light of a planet from a star billions of times brighter is akin to finding a needle in a cosmic haystack, especially when the planet in question is a small, rocky world similar to Earth. In order to achieve this feat, researchers are developing techniques to block out the starlight while preserving the light emitted by the planet. This is called starlight suppression.
It’s a task that NASA’s flower-shaped starshade is designed to make easier. Working in conjunction with a space-based telescope, the starshade is able to position itself precisely between the telescope and the star that’s being observed, and can block the starlight before it even reaches the telescope’s mirrors.
With the starlight suppressed, light coming from exoplanets orbiting the star would be visible. Using this technology, astronomers would be able to take actual pictures of exoplanets – images that could provide clues as to whether such worlds could support life as we know it.
Source and further reading:
NASA | Flower Power Starshade Unfurls in Space [HD]
1) South Korea (#57 globally)
2) Japan (#59)
3) Mongolia (#88)
4) Bhutan (#92)
5) Kyrgyzstan (#97)
Please note this top 5 does not include Taiwan (#50) and Hong Kong (#61) which are not UN member states and Kuwait (#91) and Israel (#96) which are located in the Middle East.
I am from Kyrgyzstan and I live abroad for 7 years, and people ask me this question way too often. :)
OK, let's look at Global Terrorism Index:
So why there is a danger stereotype covering 5 *stan countries mentioned?
I think mainly because there is also #2 is PakiSTAN and #3 is AfghaniSTAN and more importantly we all really love simplifications and generalizations. I have also visited 3 largest cities in different parts of Pakistan and most issues are in one remote area of the country, but we don't have time to understand the intricacies better and prefer simplifying to a country-level.
Let's remind ourselves once again that the world is much more complex and interesting. :)
Please help restore the balance and reshare this post. :)
And peace to everyone!
Source of ranking: http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#/page/indexes/terrorism-index
Image by Birla Vidya Niketan [UNESCO Education Portal]
Second issue we have is that "Y" is a consonant in English language. It's like КЙРГЙЗСТАН for Russian speakers. "Y" does not make it sound closer to original "Ы" than "I".
I would vote for Kirgiz Republic in English and keep Кыргызская Республика in Russian. Kirgizland is a potential option too.
Today I found out about yet another list of most amazing lakes in the world that includes Issyk-Kul. This time it is favorited by The Travelers Zone:
Large Hadron Collider in Numbers:
Circumference: 27 km
Cost: $9 billion
Temperatures: from -271.3°C (lower than outer space) to 5.5 trillion °C (350000 times hotter than the Sun)
Particle collisions per second: 600 mln
Speed reached: 1’079’252’839.09 km/h (only 9.7km/h slower than maximum speed in nature - speed of light)
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