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Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado • photo Andrew Young on 500px.
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Beacon - Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
 
If you’ve every found yourself traveling across Nebraska, you may have an understanding of what the early settlers encountered during their westward journey (aside from Dysentery). It’s a big place, with big skies, seemingly endless prairies and quite flat terrain. It must have been appreciable to see this 300 foot tall beacon of sandstone, now known as Chimney Rock, jutting out of the horizon. As a landmark, it indicated the travelers were heading in the right direction and would soon be entering the Rocky Mountain region.
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Beacon - Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
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"In what is being billed as a "window into the future impacts of global sea-level rise," scientists have documented how the ocean swallowed up five small islands that were part of the Solomon Islands archipelago northeast of Australia.

Writing in the Environmental Research Letters, the researchers say this is the first scientific account of how climate change is affecting coastlines in the Solomons."
Five small islands in the Pacific were swallowed up by the sea, which is rising because of climate change. The islands were not inhabited but some islands that are could face the same fate.
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Chestnut-breasted Coronet Napo, Ecuador
One of the most stunning hummingbirds we photographed back in January.
Nikon D810 & 600mm f/4 + extension
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"After the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, in 2008, it appeared that all attempts at gun control might be doomed, as a matter of constitutional law, for the foreseeable future. In an opinion by Antonin Scalia, writing for a five-Justice majority, the Court reversed decades of precedent and asserted that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual the right to possess firearms (discounting the amendment’s reference to “a well regulated militia”). So, in light of monstrosities like the massacre in Orlando, are the state, local, and federal governments powerless to pass laws that restrict the purchase, possession, and use of guns?

As it turns out, no. Major Supreme Court decisions often raise as many questions as they settle, and that was certainly true of Heller. That decision rejected a District of Columbia ban on the possession of handguns that extended to weapons kept in the home, but it did not resolve many other issues regarding the regulation of firearms. Several recent lower-court decisions have narrowly interpreted the words of Heller in upholding important local rules about guns."
It’s political will, not the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, that’s blocking gun-control efforts. Credit ILLUSTRATION BY JON HAN
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Here's why you need to start paying attention to an obscure Google feature you've probably never heard of. (You'll likely want to turn it off.)
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Extremely Happy and a real honour for me to have been chosen by +DJI  to represent them and be part of their small Elite group of Photographers. DJI is the global leader in the development and manufacturing of consumer and commercial drones. Cannot wait to see what I will be able to achieve using their amazing gear. I will now have more chances to capture images from above but without having to jump on a helicopter like I had to in order to capture this scene. Not that I was complaining...far from it :) Wish me luck, this is something completely new and exciting for me. Will hopefully have images to share with all of you very soon.

Would like to thank @RockiesHeliCanada and +Travel Alberta  for giving me the opportunity to live an amazing life experience and capturing the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
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I'm 60 something, retired, with little money. I use the internet for news, music and art. I'm a movie maven also, IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) is great. I usually get showtimes there. I use Google+ as a news source and the added family and friend news is nice. I feel like I need to contribute, and since I'm not real active anymore I usually share news stories and videos I like, or feel should have a bit more exposure. Since the news stories have time limits more or less, I delete them in 12-24 hours. Video links I leave for a day or so depending. Some things, images and such are significant, so I leave them. And there are some quite interesting articles on Wikipedia that need a reminder, so I leave them indeterminately. Anything personal I usually put in the photo albums. I follow news outlets and musicians mostly. I'm relatively apolitical, though apparently center left. I'm a spiritualist, in the 19th century sense, maybe like Arthur Conan Doyle. I like Charles Fort also, the paranormal investigator. I like philosophy and metaphysics also. I do not own a 'smartphone', I use a laptop.
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Large-ish Meteor Hits Earth... But No One Notices : DNews
news.discovery.com

If a space rock hits the atmosphere, and no one is around to hear it, does the tabloid press still report it as an Earth-shattering event?

PHEME: Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data | Computing...
www.pheme.eu

About PHEME. The London Eye was on fire during the 2011 England riots! Or was it? Social networks are rife with lies and deception, half-tru

Chicago: Dry Weather to Rule This Week
www.accuweather.com

Umbrellas will gather dust in Chicago this week as the city experiences a stretch of dry weather.

Microsoft will charge for Windows 10 upgrades after one-year freebie off...
www.pcworld.com

It's official: If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 without spending a dime, you'll want to do so in the first year after it launches. After

Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle : DNews
news.discovery.com

The Cicada drones are being designed for a range of missions and can be outfitted with light-weight sensors, including microphones.

Russian Spacecraft Spinning Out of Control in Orbit : DNews
news.discovery.com

The Russian space agency is scrambling to regain control of a robotic cargo ship that appears to have suffered a serious malfunction.