Tuesday, 19 May 2015

I thought this was so funny, I made a satirical t-shirt! It's in celebration of those first...


I thought this was so funny, I made a satirical t-shirt! It's in celebration of those first arrested for the Hatton Garden Heist - not their crime, their age!!

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Crop-based biofuels will take years to truly help the environment

The push for renewable energy has led to the generation of biofuels from cellulose-rich biomass, algae, and crops. Currently, crop-based biofuels are limited to those derived from agricultural products: corn, soybean, rapeseed, and surgarcane. An increase in the demand for crop-based biofuels will require either an increase in the amount of agricultural land or an increase in crop production on existing land.

An expansion of agricultural land can only occur if whatever is presently on the land is sacrificed—this can mean abandoned lands, pastures, or natural systems. Natural systems such as grasslands and forests store large amounts of carbon; if turned into agricultural lands, this carbon could be released into the atmosphere. Though crops also store carbon as biomass during their growth, regular harvests do not allow for long-term carbon storage. From a climate perspective, this could be problematic.

Do the carbon and nitrogen emissions that result from the deforestation and land-use intensification offset the environmental benefits of displacing fossil fuels? One way to assess this issue is by calculating carbon payback times, which represent the period over which the total greenhouse gas savings due to the displacement of fossil fuels equals the initial losses in ecosystem carbon stocks caused by land conversion.

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Irina Shabayeva Bridal Collection 2016

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Did you want to catch up on what Project Runway alumni are doing? Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva presented super glamorous evening and bridal looks as the finale runway in a fundraising gala to end human trafficking.

Project Runway's Irina Shabayeva's Show in Support of Freedom Ladder

Counting Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood as fans, Shabayeva is now focused on working with brides and special occasion clients directly right in her studio for a collaborative, custom creation.  Customers who can't make it into her studio directly can work with her via Irina Shabayeva's Etsy boutique.

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The fiery designer was inspired by Victorian structures to 1950's silhouettes for her latest fashion collection. She combined intricate laces and high volume skirts and gigantic ballroom skirts that were still light and transparent.

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The event was produced by The Set NYC. It benefitted Freedom Ladder, an organization that empowers women and children by raising awareness against human trafficking and promoting a safe world for all.

It was a gorgeous collection and I look forward to seeing more of Irina Shabayeva's looks for brides and everyone else.

Photos by Mariana Leung
 
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Researchers toss around rugby-shaped hohlraums for ignition experiments

For several years, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has pursued an indirect

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PaperBridge: A Load-Bearing Arch of Paper Sheets Spans an English Creek

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all photos by Steve Messam courtesy the artist

While it’s certainly not the longest, this weight-bearing structure is definitely one of the more interesting bridges we’ve come across. Unveiled earlier this month, PaperBridge is the latest site-specific installation by environmental artist Steve Messam. It was constructed using 22,000 sheets of bright, red paper. And despite weighing in at over 4.2 tons, the free-standing structure doesn’t have a single screw, bolt or swab of glue holding it together.

On an aesthetic level, PaperBridge acts as focal point that creates a stark contrast between the bridge and the lush landscape. But on a conceptual level, Messam explains the key relationship between the bridge and its surroundings:

Paper is a simple material made from wood pulp and water. The intensity of colour used in the bridge contrasts with the verdant landscape making a bold statement of form and design. Alongside this the materials used have a resonance with the natural environment and the construction of the bridge also reflects local architectural forms, specifically pack horse bridges found throughout the area. All of the paper used in PaperBridge will be recovered and returned to the Burneside Mill for recycling into new paper once the project ends. This transparent cycle is part of the overall environmental narrative of the piece.

PaperBridge was part of the ‘Lakes Ignite’ project. It was located in the Grisedale Valley, near Patterdale and the public was invited to walk across it before it gets taken down today. (via Designboom and The Kid Should See This)

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New Horizons Spots Pluto’s Faintest Known Moons

It’s a complete Pluto family photo – or at least a photo of the family members we’ve already

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Good to see some karmic balance ;)

Good to see some karmic balance ;)

Jeff Billings originally shared:

LOL - This will be a great  "Fish Story" #funny   #funnygifs   #fishstory  

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What surprises have your doodles turned into? I was doodling away on my iPad (using the...


What surprises have your doodles turned into? I was doodling away on my iPad (using the notability app) and saw this face looking up at me ;)
I could almost hear the character giving out nondescript advice, like this gem ;) #quotefail  

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I do like a nice turn of phrase - esp. the impenetrable ones!

I do like a nice turn of phrase - esp. the impenetrable ones!
Isn't this a cracker: "The team used a system of repeatedly performing projective quantum non-demolition parity measurements to track errors"?

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7 arrests of men aged from 48 to 76 years old in the Hatton Garden heist. Entry and abseiling...

7 arrests of men aged from 48 to 76 years old in the Hatton Garden heist. Entry and abseiling down a liftshaft... makes you proud to be British!

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*Zazzlers rejoice!* ZazMySite V4 in all its glory is with the beta testers. On their say-so...

*Zazzlers rejoice!* ZazMySite V4 in all its glory is with the beta testers. On their say-so it'll be released into production (trial, monthly plus and perpetual).
Actually, it's me who should be rejoicing. It's been a long, hard-fought series of enhancements but so worth it! ZazMySIte has been through its boisterous teens and has now "fully growed" ;)

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Earth from above

Images of our world when snapped from above create a kaleidoscope of color that can cause you to wonder, "What exactly am I looking at?" Below, appreciate the Earth anew with a curated selection of bird's-eye views. 

Egmont National Park, New Zealand (Photo taken July 3, 2014 and released Nov. 14, 2014): Mt. Taranaki is seen at the center of an image taken by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite. | (REUTERS/NASA/USGS/Handout via Reuters)



Iguazu Falls, Argentina (June 9, 2014): Authorities were forced to close down the iconic Iguazu National Park for several days after heavy rainfall in the region caused the Parana, the river feeding into the falls, to flood. The tourist walkways and viewpoints that normally give way to breathtaking views of the falls were almost completely submerged. | (REUTERS/Raul Puentes)



Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (Sept. 8, 2014): The bay's more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets are largely uninhabited. | (REUTERS/Kham)


Pilbara region, Western Australia (Dec. 2, 2013): The Pilbara region, which is the size of Spain, has the world's largest known deposits of iron ore — it supplies nearly 45 percent of global trade in the mineral. Here, we see dried-up rivers in the region. (REUTERS/David Gray)



Lake Ontario: Late-summer plankton blooms across one of North America's Great Lakes, in this photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA. Microscopic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, can reach such large concentrations and color the water to such an extent that the change is visible from orbit. | (REUTERS/NASA/Handout)



Adiyaman, Turkey (Nov. 10, 2014): The town of Susuz (center) is seen on the northern shore of the Ataturk dam. | (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)



Pilbara region, Western Australia (Dec. 2, 2013): A road next to sand dunes covered in vegetation. | (REUTERS/David Gray)



Fort McMurray, Alberta (Sept. 17, 2014): Oil runs into a tailings pond at the Suncor tar sands operations. In 1967, Suncor helped pioneer the commercial development of Canada's oil sands, one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. | (REUTERS/Todd Korol)



Melbourne, Australia: A small dam (left) containing water is seen in a dry paddock, next to another that has been burned by a fire. | (REUTERS/David Gray)

 
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Ants use jaws to catapult themselves out of death traps

The trap-jaw ant has a won notorious reputation in the insect kingdom for its super-strong, spring-loaded mandibles, which it uses to crush prey with ease and defend its nests.

However, a new study, reported in PLOS ONE, has revealed a whole new use for its impressive jaws: flinging itself out of "death traps" set by predators.

Research carried out by Fredrick Larabee and Andrew Suarez, entomologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, compounds earlier findings from 2006, which showed that trap-jaw ants could use their lightning-fast mouths for "ballistic jaw propulsion"—in short, opening their jaws to 180 degrees before snapping them shut at 140 miles per hour.

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Ceres’ White Spots Multiply in Latest Dawn Photos

We don’t know exactly what those mysterious white spots on Ceres are yet, but we’re getting closer to

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Automated counting of tumor cells in blood

Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years.

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High-tech Analysis of Orion Heat Shield Underway

Engineers from three NASA field centers are partnering this month at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,

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