The wreck sleeps in darkness, a puzzlement of corroded steel strewn across a thousand acres of the North Atlantic seabed. Fungi feed on it. Weird colorless life-forms, unfazed by the crushing pressure, prowl its jagged ramparts. From time to time, beginning with the discovery of the wreck in 1985 by Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel, a robot or a manned submersible has swept over Titanic’s gloomy facets, pinged a sonar beam in its direction, taken some images—and left. In recent years explorers like James Cameron and Paul-Henry Nargeolet have brought back increasingly vivid pictures of the wreck. Yet we’ve mainly glimpsed the site as though through a keyhole, our view limited by the dreck suspended in the water and the ambit of a submersible’s lights. Until now. On closer inspection, though, the site appears to be littered with man-made detritus—a Jackson Pollock-like scattering of lines and spheres, scraps and shards. What is it about the wreck of the R.M.S.
Rome Reborn – An Amazing Digital Model of Ancient RomeWhat did ancient Rome look like in A.D. 320? Rome Reborn is an international initiative to answer this question and create a 3D digital model of the Eternal City at a time when Rome’s population had reached its peak (about one million) and the first Christian churches were being built. The result is a truly stunning bird’s-eye and ground view of ancient Rome that makes you feel as if you were actually there. There are also some high-resolution images that lend themselves perfectly to being used as wallpaper for your computer. Related Content: How the Egyptian Pyramids Were Built: A New Theory in 3D Animation Building The Colosseum: The Icon of Rome Visit Pompeii (also Stonehenge & Versailles) with Google Street View
Attractive Italian Viaduct Has Wind Turbines Built InA new bridge concept incorporates wind and solar energy into its design, generating 40 million kilowatt-hours per year — and looking pretty slick to boot. The Solar Wind concept would use the space between an existing viaduct in southern Italy to install 26 wind turbines, which designers Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino say could provide 36 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. The design team conceived the Solar Wind project for a contest that aims to repurpose some old, unused viaducts near Calabria, a region in the toe of Italy. It would cost about $55 million to demolish the viaducts, so town officials held a contest for proposals that would re-use them in an environmentally friendly way. The proposal also includes a solar-paneled roadway to provide another 11.2 million kilowatt hours, Colarossi and colleagues say.
Titanic SurvivorsWelcome to the History of the Titanic. How many Titanic survivors were there? Related article: Titanic passenger list Sources disagree on the actual number, ranging from 705 to 713. But the odds of surviving were definitely higher for upper-class women and children, and female crew members. The rescue of first class passengers was not a general priority; although all but four of the 140 women traveling first class survived, only 57 of the 175 men were saved. A video of titanic survivors. Oldest, youngest and longest-lived passengers The Titanic passengers ranged in age from 71 years to 73 days. The youngest passenger was 2-month-old Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean. Coincidentally, Millvina Dean was the last of the Titanic survivors; the 97-year-old spinster died in 2009. A Titanic Story of the Dean Family's Loss and Survival Millvina Dean was the last surviving passenger of the ill-fated passenger ship. photos of titanic survivors on way to carpathia The Habitual Survivor
Awesome pictures from around the world | Vivi The MageSomeone sent me these in a chain email, it was horribly formatted. I also do not know who made the comments, or how accurate they are. I take zero credit in the pictures, I just wanted to compile them nicely for all to see. The world’s highest chained carousel, located in Vienna, the height of 117 meters. Thor’s Well – “the gates of the dungeon.” Emerald Lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. Restaurant on a cliff on the east coast of Zanzibar.Depending on the tide the restaurant can be reached both on foot and by boat. Office of Selgas Cano in Madrid Desert with Phacelia (Scorpion Weed). Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey. Dubai. And this is the view down These trees grow in the forest near Gryfino, Poland. The border between Belgium and the Netherlands in a cafe Twice a year in the Gulf of Mexico rays migrate. In the resort town of Skagen you can watch an amazing natural phenomenon. In the Chinese province of Shandong is a bridge across the Gulf of Jiaozhou. Day and night. Family photo Share!
Detailed facts and History on the RMS Titanic Disaster of 1912Glow kittiescat Just in time for Halloween, a team of scientists has introduced a new breed of kittens that glow in the dark. They’re cute, cuddly and bright, with fur that shines yellow-green when you turn off the light. But like the bag you carry around for trick-or-treating, it’s what’s inside these cats that counts. The researchers are testing a way to fight a disease that infects cats all over the world, and the kittens’ spooky glow shows that the test is working. The disease is called Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV. Because HIV and FIV are similar, scientists suspect that if they find a way to fight FIV, they might discover a way to help people with HIV. Eric Poeschla led the study on glowing kittens. A virus (like FIV or HIV) is a tiny particle that finds and attacks cells in the body. Poeschla and his colleagues know that FIV can be stopped — but so far, only in rhesus monkeys. A cell’s genes contain the recipes for all the proteins it needs. molecule A group of atoms bonded together.
Titanic Movie vs. Titanic History - Pictures, Survivors, FactsWhen anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident… or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort. - Captain E.J. Questioning the Story: Were Jack and Rose based on real people? No. I heard there was a J. Yes. Who sketched Jack's drawing of Rose that we see in the movie Titanic? Director James Cameron did the sketch of Rose (Kate Winslet) wearing the necklace. Were the movie's underwater shots of the Titanic wreckage real? Yes. Were any of Pablo Picasso's paintings lost with the Titanic? No. shown here), which depicts five prostitutes in a brothel. Were there any black passengers on board the Titanic? Yes. During the U.S.
An Essay by Einstein -- The World As I See It"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. "I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. "My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. "My political ideal is democracy. "This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. See also Einstein's Third Paradise, an essay by Gerald Holton
Black History Month 2011Did you know that Elijah McCoy was a famous Black inventor whose inventions were always associated with quality, hence the term ‘the real McCoy’? Or that the oldest fossil record evidence of African presence in Europe was found in Ipswich and dates back to the Medieval period 1190 – 1300? Or that Black History Month started in North America in February 1926 as Negro History Week? One of Black History Month’s main aims is to showcase the historical and contemporary accomplishments of Black people in the UK and internationally. These figures make it clear that even though we’ve come a long way in this area, there is still a lot of work to be done by policy makers and organisations like NIACE, to help provide all kinds of learning opportunities to the most marginalised groups of adult learners. We know that learning enhances individuals’ well-being. “Education is something that never ends.