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“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power,” Borja said. “But at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/07/05/pilot-captures-incredible-nighttime-thunderstorm-photo-over-the-pacific-ocean/

http://www.santiagoborja.com/


A developing thunderstorm climbs high into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean south of Panama. (Santiago Borja © )
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In case you missed it, here's an awesome GIF of NASA astronaut Kate Rubins' launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday. Check it out: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/147142147244/liftoff-on-july-7-three-crew-members-launched#notes
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David Galland has been posting rants putting the entire blame for the world’s refugee crisis on George Soros. Well, why not? The party of oligarchy knows that there's a rising, instinctive revulsion toward oligarchic rule embedded in American DNA. So, it must be diverted onto a symbolic scapegoat oligarch. A democrat! Soros. Fine, but there has to be a core rationalization. Something to make Soros seem equal to Murdoch, Adelson, the Kochs, Wall Street and the Saudi Royal House, combined! How do you pump up one man to loom as the archetype rich (and Jewish) manipulator?

For twenty years, what was the 'smoking gun' proving Soros to be a brilliant evil genius? Beck and Fox and Limbaugh and Hannity all parroted the same line:

"Here's a man who single-handedly toppled EIGHT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS!"

In fact, that's an exaggeration. George Soros had help topping those governments. But yes!  Soros was probably more responsible than almost any other human for sending those governments that he despised crashing down.

Only... did the nodding dittoheads ever... even once... ask Beck or Limbaugh or Hannity: "Say, Sean... WHICH foreign governments did George Soros topple?

Are you one of the dittoheads who never asked that question? Are you able to lift your head and ask it now?  Actually, the number isn't eight. It is ten.

Go ahead and exercise the human quality of curiosity.   Sure it's suppressed by the insane War on Science.  But try.  Try once.  Just this one time. Here I'll make it  easy. Repeat after me: "WHICH  foreign governments do the entire right wing establishment credit George Soros with toppling?"

 Now you see the Lobotomization Explanation for Donald Trump.
In 2015, a Sky News reporter found “Migrant Handbooks” on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was later revealed that the handbooks, which are written in Arabic, had been given to refugees before crossing the Mediterranean by a group called “Welcome to the EU.” Welcome to the EU is funded by—you guessed it—George Soros' Open Society Foundations. Soros has not only backed groups that advocate the resettlement of third-world migrants into Europe, he in ...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of acclaimed Broadway musical "Hamilton," performed in the show one last time on Saturday night
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of acclaimed Broadway musical "Hamilton," performed in the show one last time on Saturday night.
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A version of this flag once flew outside NAACP headquarters in New York City during the 1920s and '30s to protest lynchings
A version of this flag once flew outside NAACP headquarters in New York City during the 1920s and '30s to protest lynchings.
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Okay, sticking this much harder landing on the barge means that Elon's SpaceX team really knows their stuff. No fluke but a new era in a can-do civilization that deep down loves science and believes in the future.  Apocalypse-be-damned. Ain't gonna happen.  We are awakening.

http://www.space.com/32811-spacex-rocket-landing-jcsat-14-launch.html
For the second time in less than a month, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea.
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There are now 6 humans living & working on the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) joined their other crew members aboard the International Space Station officially at 2:26 a.m. EDT July 9 when the hatches opened between their Soyuz spacecraft and the space station.

Space Station Commander Jeff Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos welcomed the trio aboard their orbital home.

In the coming months, the crewmates are scheduled to receive multiple cargo resupply flights delivering several tons of food, fuel, supplies and research.

Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi are scheduled to remain aboard the station until late October. Williams, Skripochka and Ovchinin will return to Earth in September.

Learn more: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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Robots and AI will not have to become fully intelligent or domineering, in order to control us. All they will have to do - and it is coming fast - is become cute, empathic-seeming and, yes, pathetic-yearning to tweak and tug at our natural human sympathy-drives. My weekend posting explores this likelihood, being developed in labs all over the world.  And there's more, about our coming transparent world.


http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/07/endearing-visages.html
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I’ve long believed that the Russians are right about Phobos… that the larger moon of Mars is one of the most valuable sites in the solar system. Ideally situated to serve as a logistics base for visiting the Red Planet, it would offer a radiation-shielded base for humans as well as a supply and refueling center. The capstone would be if Phobos has a lot of volatile deposits – ideally water. If so, then In Situ Resource Utilization or ISRU could multiply its value ten-fold, allowing us to ship Mars landers empty and fuel them with locally made propellants. (They could then top off from ISRU auto-factories pre-set on the Martian surface.) Eliminating fuel and life support water from the transport loop would make Mars trips viable.

Hence finding out more about Phobos is vital! Yet, the failure of the Russian GRUNT mission left a void in this department. Are there volatiles? We thought so, when reflectance data suggested Phobos might be a carbonaceous chondritic asteroid, but orbital considerations make that seem almost impossible. See where it’s now thought the Mars satellites formed from material blown off the planet by some long ago impact which, I fear, might mean they are as dry as our bone-dead moon. Alack.
Scientists have long been puzzled by Mars's strange little moons, Phobos and Deimos. But perhaps a long-gone moon could help unravel the mystery, suggests new research.
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Fiction just doesn't seem to have the audaciousness of reality. The Cracked guys outdid themselves with this one. Makes you laugh AND cry.
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The fuzzy collection of stars seen in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image forms an intriguing dwarf galaxy named LEDA 677373, located about 14 million light-years away from us.

This particular dwarf galaxy contains a plentiful reservoir of gas from which it could form stars. However, it stubbornly refuses to do so. In a bid to find out why, Hubble imaged the galaxy’s individual stars at different wavelengths, a method that allows astronomers to figure out a star’s age. These observations showed that the galaxy has been around for at least six billion years — plenty of time to form more stars. So why has it not done so?

Rather than being stubborn, LEDA 677373 seems to have been the unfortunate victim of a cosmic crime. A nearby giant spiral galaxy, Messier 83, seems to be stealing gas from the dwarf galaxy, stopping new stars from being born.

Credits: NASA and ESA

Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/29ztnUI
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You've heard about the women who denounced her fellow passenger for doing... math?  A ditzy biddy, but to pull the quiet professor OFF the flight? What's politically redolent is the stunning disproportionality.  Red Americans are utterly safe, generally.  Rural or suburban, they are more likely to be harmed in a snowmobile collision with a big rig than by terror.  But when they fly, they have to go to a city airport and shiver and quake with dread... while urbanites who live each day in the terrorists' crosshairs just shrug and get on with it, applying something called reasonableness.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/05/professor_questioned_for_doing_math_on_plane_taugh.html#incart_river_home
Guido Menzio was taken from a plane for doing math. the former UPenn professor used to teach at Princeton
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