Daily Archives: August 11, 2014

Quantum computers to crack the world

Quantum computers to crack the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27974877

Cuba Catholics plan first new church in decades

Cuba Catholics plan first new church in decades http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28738730

ITAR-TASS: World – Russian humanitarian aid for Ukraine needs Kiev’s consent – White House


Dream of a Gaza Seaport Is Revived in Truce Talks – NYTimes.com


‘Islamists’ held in Kosovo raids

‘Islamists’ held in Kosovo raids http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28739084

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams found dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28749702

Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile

Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile

Stunning timelapse photography taken of the skies over the Atacama desert, Chile. The Paranal Observatory uses a combination of huge telescopes to achieve this, and it is quite simply BRILLIANT. The laser is used as a calibration device to allow for curvature of the Earth’s atmosphere and produce higher resolution images.

Please let us know what you think of the footage.


ALL IMAGES: (eso.org) Taken on location by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado, at the VLT (Paranal), ALMA (Chajnantor) Observatories and the E-ELT Site (Armazones) in the Atacama Desert, II Region, CHILE.

ESO/S. Guisard (http://www.eso.org/~sguisard)

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (http://www.josefrancisco.org)

MUSIC SCORE: “Post Mortem” – God Is An Astronaut (2008)

EDITION: Nicolas Bustos


Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go


F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Police Killing of St. Louis Teenager – NYTimes.com


US Agency Warns Consumers About Bitcoin Risks – ABC News




EDF shuts two nuclear power stations

EDF shuts two nuclear power stations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28738074

‘Tractor beam’ created in water

‘Tractor beam’ created in water http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28739368

Music piracy in Russia in spotlight

Music piracy in Russia in spotlight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28739602

US tech firms rally behind Facebook

US tech firms rally behind Facebook http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28739329

Software smoothes shaky video clips

Software smoothes shaky video clips http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28739751

Russia warned over Ukraine ‘aid’

Russia warned over Ukraine ‘aid’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28743478

What was that tune again?…PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román: make music part of your life series

PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román.


what was that tune again?…Leroy Anderson’S The Typewriter (Voces para La Paz- La Paz Symphony Orchestra): make music part of your life series

Typewriter symphony Orchestra

The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson

today’s holiday: Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

There were a number of women who joined the Second Order of St. Francis, but the first and most famous was St. Clare (c. 1194-1253). She was joined 16 days later by her sister, Agnes; other women, referred to as the Poor Ladies, were eventually drawn to the hard life that Clare had chosen, and the religious order that she and Francis founded is known today as the Poor Clares. Clare died in 1253 and was canonized on August 12, 1255. Her feast day was eventually moved to August 11, the date of her death according to the revised Roman Catholic calendar. More… Discuss

Quotation: Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discu

today’s birhtday: Eiji Yoshikawa (1892)

Eiji Yoshikawa (1892)

Yoshikawa was a popular Japanese historical novelist. Despite the fact that many of his novels are actually revisions of past works, Yoshikawa was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 1960. Just before his death from cancer two years later, he received the Mainichi Art Award as well. His success is especially impressive given his lack of formal education—he had not been able to study beyond primary school due to his family’s financial troubles. What are some of Yoshikawa’s novels? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More… Discuss

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia

Older adults with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a recent study has found. This does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of dementia, as it is also possible that another unknown factor could cause someone to have both low vitamin D levels and dementia. Further study is needed to determine the nature of the relationship between vitamin D and dementia, but if it is indeed found to be a causal relationship, it could mean that simply eating more vitamin D-rich foods or taking supplements could reduce dementia risk in later life. More… Discuss

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is a large, blue diamond, currently housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Its history can be traced to the “Tavernier Blue,” a crudely cut diamond of about 112 carats originally mined in India, which King Louis XIV of France later purchased and cut into “the Blue Diamond of the Crown,” or “the French Blue.” Legend has it that the Hope Diamond is cursed and causes misfortune to befall its possessors. How did it acquire this reputation? More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Monday, August 11th, 2014

Saint of the Day

Image of St. Clare

St. Clare

Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called “Poor Clares.” When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great … continue reading

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Most Popular Republished and Guest Posts of 2013


Most Popular Republished and Guest Posts of 2013

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Yahoo! News Twitter hack claims Ebola outbreak in Atlanta | www.wpxi.com


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RAF abort Iraq air drop over safety

RAF abort Iraq air drop over safety http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28736342

Bolivia deports ‘Dirty War’ officer

Bolivia deports ‘Dirty War’ officer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28739213

In pictures: Darfur refugees then and now

In pictures: Darfur refugees then and now http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28739000

Riots over killing of US black teen

Riots over killing of US black teen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28737025

Human rights chief barred from Egypt

Human rights chief barred from Egypt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28738953