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How the Starfish Prime Nuclear Bomb Worked – blowing up the radiation belts for science by Marshall Brain | July 2, 2010 Imagine you are a scientist. In 1958 there is a big discovery – some of the very first satellites launched by the United States discover the Van Allen radiation belts. Over the next couple of years they are further studied and characterized by more satellites. So imagine that you are a scientist, and there are no nuclear proliferation or testing bans in place yet.

Bringing history to life Today you can discover 42 new online historical exhibitions telling the stories behind major events of the last century, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust. The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts, first-hand video testimonials and much more. Much of the material is very moving—and some is on the Internet for the first time. Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events. Among others you’ll see: The historical collections are the latest chapter in the work of the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art Project, World Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives.

How extreme isolation warps the mind Sarah Shourd’s mind began to slip after about two months into her incarceration. She heard phantom footsteps and flashing lights, and spent most of her day crouched on all fours, listening through a gap in the door. That summer, the 32-year-old had been hiking with two friends in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan when they were arrested by Iranian troops after straying onto the border with Iran. Accused of spying, they were kept in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran, each in their own tiny cell. She endured almost 10,000 hours with little human contact before she was freed. One of the most disturbing effects was the hallucinations.

Anri Sala Uomoduomo, 2000 By chance, Anri Sala discovered one of this homeless asleep in Milan Cathedral. The biblical call to convert runs: "Awake, up, you who are sleeping, and arise from the dead." (Eph. 5,14) The person asleep in Sala's video seems, however, unreceptive to any awakening and revelation. The sleeping person has long been a symbol for the unbeliever, to whom eternal life will remain denied and who is, therefore, destined for death. Homeless and only given any protection in God's House, sleeping peacefully, and with that totally vulnerable and in the sight of everyone – the existential paradox of this situation becomes manifest in this sleeping person and shows the human body as the sole revelation.

DMMapp - Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App The DMMapp (Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) links to more than 400 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is developed by the Sexy Codicology Team; it is part of the Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Maps (DMMmaps) project. Discover medieval manuscripts with us! Zoom to Location ( find me) The Quest For Gnosis — Gabriel D. Roberts Those who have read my other works know that I came from fundamentalist Christian background; a mindset that clearly set boundaries of what I should and should not believe. This book may touch on some of those ideas in conversation, but will not be the primary focus here, instead the focus is upon equipping you with a new sense of wonder and understanding of just how big this omniverse is and just how amazing a part of it you can be. Though you will find the definition to vary within the pages of this book, the term Gnosis in its most basic form simply means knowledge. Going more deeply Gnosis means intrinsic knowledge of a mystical nature; something that is personal and experiential. It is my opinion that the best way to understand something is to take a hands on approach to its investigation, not taking other people’s word for it. Poetic speech is nice, but it does little to stem the tide of real evil at work in this world.

Information Philosopher - Introduction Introduction The Information Philosopher has established that quantum mechanics and thermodynamics play a central role in the creation of all things. This finding has enormous implications for philosophy and metaphysics. Instead of a closed universe that is winding down deterministically from an initial state of high information, we find the universe is open and increasing information indeterministically from an initial state of relatively high entropy and low information.

In the Spirit of Seatco, Sasquatch, Indians, Geography, and Science in the Nineteenth Century In the Spirit of Seatco Sasquatch, Indians, Geography, and Science in the Nineteenth Century By Henry J Franzoni III Over 4000 Indian place name coordinates compatible with Google Earth Over 60 maps providing detailed coverage of place names across North America Many Indian legends presented, interpreted, and explained archivethequickandthedead Jason Dodge, Four Carat Black Tourmaline and Half Carat Ruby Inside an Owl, During the process of embalmment, precious gems have been placed inside of an owl, 2007, unique 2 x 7 x 5", Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Francis Alÿs, Paradox of Praxis 1, 1997, Stills from video; 5 min., Courtesy David Zwirner, New York, © Francis Alÿs. Adrian Piper, What Will Become of Me, 1985-ongoing, Hair, fingernails, skin, jars, shelf and typed text on paper 16 x 69-1/2 x 6", installed, Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton. Steve McQueen, Running Thunder, 2007, 16mm film (color, silent) 11.41 min., © Steve McQueen Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman, New York/Paris, and Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Rivane Neuenschwander, 00:00, 2007, Metal, plastic, vinyl; edition of 3, 1AP 4-3/4 x 13-3/4 x 3 in. Collection Curt Alan Conklin, Chicago Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York Photo: Fabian Birgfeld.

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