the skint - free and cheap new york. every day. Bridgehunter TopoPlace Map-Models Floating City on Venus Hellish Venusian surface. Courtesy NASA.gov (Note: this is a part of The Space Colonization Series)When space colonization is mentioned many things come to mind: Mars, the Moon, the future, terraforming, and even occasionally asteroids. One thing that rarely comes to mind, however, is Venus. The Idea The concept is actually based on a rather simple premise--buoyancy. Bespin from the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Other than the extreme density of Venus' atmosphere providing buoyancy, it also provides many important resources necessary for food and oxygen. The Reason Obviously research of the planet is one simple and arguably lame reason to visit. Before the runaway greenhouse effect, was early Venus temperate? [NOTE: pdf file is currently down so to view a transcript of the file I have decided to host it here.]There are many other reasons to colonize Venus. In terms of flight time, Venus is closer to the asteroid belt than either the Earth orMars. Of course there are.
Brokelyn Follow the brown signs Past Forward: Mannahatta I may have mentioned my love of historic urban maps. If not, then I will plead guilty here, and offer up Strange Maps as a vital modern contribution to our historical heritage, and let slip fact that I've read most of the written works of Mark Monmonier. As objects, maps are fascinating artifacts. Even more interesting is using these remnants of history to attempt to visualize and recreate a baseline, whether that be social, ecological, or other. The work of Dr. :: 1782 British Headquarters Map Detail - image via the New Yorker :: 1819 Farm Maps - image via the New Yorker Mannahatta, which is derived from the indigenous Lenni Lenape tribal name for the land, seemed historically to burst with diversity. :: Mannahatta, circa 1609 (with current landform outline) - image via the New Yorker :: Collect Pond (now Foley Square) - image via the New Yorker :: Lower Manhattan - image via the New Yorker :: Mannahatta + Manhattan (Times Square then and now) - image via the New Yorker
10 Minutes Of Staring at Boobs Daily Prolongs Man's Life by 5 Years Listen, guys, now we know why Pamela Anderson made her transplants: to make us healthier. "Angels of mercy" like Jordan just prolong our life and Hugh Hefner knows it. A German research published in New England Journal of Medicine and Weekly World News said that men staring at women's breasts in fact prolong their lives with years. "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female such as Baywatch actress Pamela Lee is equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out," said author Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist. The team led by Weatherby was made up of researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany, and found this results after monitoring for 5 years the health of 200 male subjects, half of whom were asked to look at busty females daily, while the other half had to abstain from doing so. For five years, the boob oglers presented a lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and decreased risk of coronary artery disease.