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Watch and discover what happened this week aboard the International Space Station. Got a question? Use #SpaceToGround. https://youtu.be/kia8_cZzxU4 
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Photo of the Day: A lone tree grows on a pillar of quartz and sandstone in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in this image by #YourShot member Kat Lawrence. #photography 
A tree grows on a pillar of rock in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in this National Geographic Photo of the Day from the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.
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South of Waddell © +Barry Blanchard 

Highway One, Looking south towards Greyhound Rock SP, Santa Cruz County.

Last year I started photographing the coastline near my home, specifically that black ribbon of awesome we know as Highway One.
They are actually repaving this road now, so expect more shots like this over the summer.... lucky me.

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark III flying high with the +DJI S1000 octocopter.
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Google Play Music introduces free ad-supported radio in the United States

At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for—from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor—and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music.

It's available on the web today, and is rolling out to Android and iOS devices.

Check it out: http://play.google.com/music

Learn more:
http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/06/play-music-ad-supported.html

Businesses: learn how to advertise on Google Play Music:
http://adwords.blogspot.com/2015/06/introducing-google-play-music-ads.html
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Lenovo Introduces its Ideacentre Stick 300 Google Chromebit Competitor  http://googlechromecast.com/?p=1334   #lenovo   #ideacentrestick300   #googlevslenovo   #chromebitvsideacenterstick   #chromebit  
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"It's finally happened. The North American organization responsible for handing out new IP addresses says its banks have run dry.
That's right: ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, has had to turn down a request for the unique numbers that we assign to each and every smartphone, tablet and PC so they can talk to the Internet. For the first time, ARIN didn't have enough IP addresses left in its stock to satisfy an entire order — and now, it's activated the end-times protocol that will see the few remaining addresses out into the night.
IP addresses are crucial to the operation of the Internet. They're the numbers behind URLs like "google.com" or "facebook.com." They identify every device that connects to the Web, from servers to connected cars. The original designers of the Internet thought they'd only need around 4 billion unique combinations, derived from the series of dots and digits that make up IP addresses everywhere."
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Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online.
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An interview with ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti for +BBC World Service on what life is like on Earth after returning from space. #Futura42  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02vvz0r
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti speaks to Newsday after 199 days in Space.
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Shasta Lake, California

The Golden State’s largest reservoir has warmed and become depleted over the past decade. Read more at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86114&src=googleplus

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Desert Contrast: Volcano in The Sahara | View 2 | Landsat-8
Seen from space, few other dormant volcanoes look as exotic and spectacular as Waw an Namus. The volcano, located deep in the Sahara Desert in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya, appears as a smear of dark basaltic ash and tephra that contrasts sharply with the light-colored sand of the Sahara Desert.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this view of the feature on May 29, 2015. While the precise date of the most recent eruption is not known, the lack of erosion and weathering implies that it probably occurred in the last few thousand years. South of the ash field, mud streams have begun the slow process of eroding the tephra and ash away. The ash field extends around a much smaller caldera that is about 4 kilometers (2 miles) wide. Calderas are hollowed-out circular depressions that form at the summit of volcanoes when magma is withdrawn or erupted from a shallow underground magma reservoir.

Within the volcano's caldera, three small salty lakes ringed with vegetation are visible. The volcano gets its name from the lakes, which are reportedly home to thriving communities of mosquitos. (In Arabic, Waw an Namus means “crater of mosquitos.”) The edge of a cinder cone is also visible near the center of the caldera. Cinder cones are steep, conical hills that accumulate around volcanic vents. They are made from small glassy rock fragments that pile up around vents as ash and congealed lava erupts.

The beauty and unique appearance of Waw an Namus has long fascinated travelers. In 1969, anthropologist Froelich Rainey described the feature this way:
"The whole effect of Waw an Namus is weird. Quite suddenly we seemed to be in the shadow of a cloud, but the sky was clear and looking closely at the desert sand I noticed that it had changed from yellow to black with a thin surface layer of what looked like coal cinders. Then, after crossing about ten kilometers of this black desert, and without warning, we were abruptly halted by a huge crater perhaps three kilometers in diameter. In the center rose a brown volcanic cone surrounded by a series of narrow crescent-shaped blue lakes. There were occasional date palms and bamboo growing about the lakes and one small hut. The dark sand, the isolation, and the obvious record of what had happened there all contributed to the awesome spectacle before us."

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey
Caption Credit: Adam Voiland
Instrument: Landsat-8 - OLI
Release Date: June 16, 2015

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#NASA #Space #Satellite #Earth #Volcano #Science #Geoscience #WawanNamus #Libya #Fezzan #Sahara #Desert #USGS #Landsat8 #GSFC #Goddard 
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Panorama of the Pacific Northwest: V1 | International Space Station
June 22, 2015: This panoramic photograph was taken by an astronaut looking north from the International Space Station. The snow-covered Cascade Range of the U.S. northwest in the foreground gives way to the Rocky Mountains and Coast Mountains in Canada, with Vancouver Island just offshore. Several active volcanoes—Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood—dot the Cascades. One of the space station’s solar arrays points into the view on the upper left.
Short-lens panoramic views often reveal environmental patterns. The cloud bands of an approaching winter storm (upper left) signal a bout of approaching rain to what is one of the wettest parts of North America.

Greener, forested landscapes are evidence of the wet climate experienced by people who live near the coast and on the seaward slopes of the mountains. By contrast, the tan colors of the dry Columbia Basin (lower right) show the rain shadow effect of the Cascades in preventing rain-bearing air masses from reaching the basin. In the foreground, the Columbia River drains the basin, cuts directly through the Cascades at Columbia River Gorge, and then flows into the Pacific Ocean.

Cities typically appear as dull gray zones, but astronauts learn to detect these sometimes difficult targets. In this image, Portland, the Seattle-Tacoma metropolis, and Vancouver are all visible. Mount Rainier lies immediately southeast of Seattle about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away.

Astronaut photograph ISS042-E-294596 was acquired on February 28, 2015, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using a 22 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by a member of the Expedition 43 crew. The image has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public.

Image Credit: NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth Caption Credit: M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State University, Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC
Instrument: ISS - Digital Camera

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#NASA   #Space   #ISS  #Northwest #Coast #CascadeRange #Rocky #Coast #Mountain #Panorama  #USA #UnitedStates #Astronaut #Photography #JSC
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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.
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