quotation: Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
Paris is widely regarded as the romance capital of the world, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than its Pont des Arts footbridge spanning the Seine. The bridge has, in recent years, become a pilgrimage site for couples from all over the world, who have taken to leaving padlocks inscribed with their initials on the bridge’s fencing and tossing away the keys into the waters below to symbolize their enduring love for one another. Romantic as the gesture is, it has also proved to be quite destructive. Recently, a metal grill laden with “love locks” collapsed onto the bridge’s walkway. No one was hurt, but the incident highlights the danger of this seemingly innocuous practice. More…Discuss
In the empire of the senses You’re the queen of all you survey All the cities all the nations Everything that falls your way There is a deeper wave than this That you don’t understand There is a deeper wave than this Tugging at your hand
Every ripple on the ocean Every leaf on every tree Every sand dune in the desert Every power we never see There is a deeper wave than this Swelling in the world There is a deeper wave than this Listen to me girl
Feel it rising in the cities Feel it sweeping over land Over borders, over frontiers Nothing will its power withstand There is no deeper wave than this Rising in the world There is no deeper wave than this Listen to me girl
All the bloodshed, all the anger All the weapons, all the greed All the armies, all the missiles All the symbols of our fear There is a deeper wave than this Rising in the world There is a deeper wave than this Listen to me girl
At the still point of destruction At the centre of the fury All the angels, all the devils All around us can’t you see There is a deeper wave than this Rising in the land There is a deeper wave than this Nothing will withstand
The world we live in would be nothing like it is today were it not for the internal-combustion engine. In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler built an internal-combustion engine that is widely viewed as the prototype of the modern gas engine, and Karl Benz built the first practical automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine, ushering in a new era in transportation. Today, internal-combustion engines are used to power everything from cars and trucks to locomotives, ships, and jets. How do they work? More…Discuss
Widely known in the English-speaking world as “fool’s gold” because it has often been mistaken for the precious metal but is vastly less valuable, pyrite is a gold-colored mineral made of iron and sulfur. Despite its nickname and reputation, it does sometimes contain small amounts of real gold. Pyrite is useful in electronics because of its semiconducting properties, but its chief use is as a source of sulfur in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. What are the hazards of mining pyrite? More…Discuss
A suspension bridge, like San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, features a roadway suspended from vertical cables. Though an early version of the suspension bridge existed in 15th-century Tibet, the first Western design dates back to 16th-century Italy. While suspension bridges are ideal for spanning long distances, their tendency to vibrate during heavy winds can have devastating consequences. Which suspension bridge collapse—caused by severe winds—was caught on film in 1940? More…Discuss
Technophobia—a fear of advanced technology—emerged alongside the mechanical innovations of the Industrial Revolution and became ever more pervasive as inventions ranging from the light bulb to the atomic bomb demonstrated technology’s astounding capabilities. Mild technophobia is quite common—many experience it when facing an unfamiliar computer system at a new job. More acute technophobes see technology as inherently dangerous. What well-known novel was one of the first to tackle technophobia? More…Discuss
This is an edited version of the originally uploaded “Wilderness Park In Downey California”. The main difference is the clips transition, and I think you will enjoy it more this way. Why did I make this movie? Because I believe that our time calls for refocusing on our psyche, on what makes all natural beings live in harmony. In other words I just took the time away from the modern word to look to nature, and rediscover its beauty, empathy, resilience, acceptance, and above all power to restore. It is the intent of the well known “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, to restore, to build the bridge between the internal, overwhelming at times noise, and the external, harmony in nature.
The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere during the conclusion of its 28th mission to space, killing its seven-member crew. Investigations revealed that the breakup resulted from damage sustained during launch when a piece of foam insulation broke free from an external tank and struck the shuttle’s left wing. NASA learned of the foam strike early on but failed take steps that might have averted the disaster. Why did they ignore the issue? More…Discuss
Cosmos 954 was a Soviet reconnaissance satellite that used radar to observe ocean traffic. It was launched in September 1977 and quickly began to experience problems. Within months, it had deviated from its designed orbit. A malfunction prevented the safe separation of its onboard nuclear reactor, so when the satellite reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, it scattered radioactive debris over northern Canada, necessitating an extensive clean-up operation. How much did Canada bill the USSR for this? More…Discuss
Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan’s best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. Since 2006 she has also been known as a highly visible supporter of the ASPCA, as well as various other charities.
A nationally recognized US physicist, accomplished saxophonist, and black belt in karate, McNair was selected to join NASA’sastronaut training program in 1978. Six years later, aboard the space shuttleChallenger, he became the second African American in space. His next trip into orbit was to take place on the same shuttle on January 28, 1986, and McNair brought his sax along for the ride, intending to be the first to record an original piece of music in space. Why did this never happen? More…Discuss
GOD’ biggest gift to us is Hope: to keep our unreasonable dreams bathing in light…
to bridge over the hopeless depths of all sorts of crevices,
some more material than others…
Hope that there is life identical to ours-somewhere else
and that we’ll find and reach that place and then that we will drain its entirety, its life, as we are doing, for whole history, to ours…
But, above all, the hope that it will be all forgiven and forgotten, that HE will be back for us, to read to us bed time stories and sing us to sleep by hermetic lullabies, because: We are HIS children, and all we hope for is in the hopes.
One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact. In 2008, who cited the disaster as one of five “cautionary tales” for engineers and geologists? More…Discuss
In 1920s Britain, airships were envisioned as a way to make the most remote parts of the British Empire accessible. Two starkly different teams of engineers were employed to create two crafts for passenger travel, one conservative and one more experimental. However, British use of airships effectively ended when the ambitious R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people—12 more than the infamous Hindenburg disaster. What was R101’s destination?More…Discuss
Planned obsolescence is a policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it, thereby stimulating sales. Now applied to many different products, notably computer software, the concept first emerged in the 1920s when companies began to analyze every aspect of mass production. Planned obsolescence can refer to both technical failures and to “style” obsolescence. What are some examples of modern products that are designed to become obsolete? More…Discuss
Per Giorgio Lo Cascio questa era una delle canzoni più belle scritte da De Gregori ed io la penso allo stesso modo. Ricorda una canzone di Leonard Cohen( Story of Isaac) dove c’è un verso( “I was running, he was walking”) identico a “”Lui camminava ed io correvo” presente nella canzone di De Gregori
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Researchers in Japan have created tiny functional humanlivers from stem cells. The team’s success may be due to its novel approach, which involved bringing together several different types of stem cells in an attempt to mimic the processes that occur during human embryonic development. When mixed together, the cells spontaneously began to organize themselves into “liver buds,” collections of liver cells with the potential to develop into a full organ. The researchers then implanted the buds into mice and found that they began to perform many of the functions of mature human liver cells. More…Discuss
Cell phonetheft is a costly and dangerous problem, and it is on the rise. It has become so prevalent, in fact, that it has even been given a catchy nickname: Apple-picking. Some US lawmakers believe that a “kill switch” that would render a mobile device inoperable if it were stolen would deter robbers and are therefore ramping up pressure on mobile phone makers to incorporate such a feature in their devices. The cell phone industry has faced criticism in the past for its apparent unwillingness to institute changes that would help combat theft.More…Discuss
Smartphones do not come cheap, but $15 million is a little much, even for an iPhone 5. A businessman from Hong Kong commissioned what is being touted as “the world’s most expensive phone,” an iPhone with a solid gold casing encrusted with 600 flawless white diamonds and a single, 26-carat black diamond that functions as the device’s home button. The black diamond, a family heirloom, is valued at $14.5 million. The man tasked with crafting the phone had previously designed a $9 million iPhone as well as a solid gold iPad. More…Discuss
Editing tools, make interesting effects: This set of photos, for instance have been saved with Sketch effect, on a standard Videolan Application. I like the look which reminds me of nice film-animation movies from the past…such as “Juno”, for example. The depersonalization of images, has the effect of standing out and when complemented by appropriate music, can become a unforgettable event: Afterall it what we’re trying to accomplish in the end, creating an unforgettable moment!
Lab-grown human kidneys are not yet on the horizon, but researchers believe they have taken the first steps in that direction. A team from Massachusetts General Hospital has engineeredrat kidneys that functioned and produced urine following implantation. Though the organs were only marginally effective, the results indicate that researchers are on the right track. To create the organs, researchers first stripped rat kidneys of their cells and then seeded the remaining collagen scaffolds with a combination of human and rat cells. More…Discuss
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