вторник, 2 января 2018 г.

sterrinswildworldThe puff adder (B. arietans) has a very cool…






sterrinswildworldThe puff adder (B. arietans) has a very cool locomotion. They can move like other snakes, from side to side, but primarily use this caterpiller form. They might look sluggish but they can actually be really fast if they want to. They can also swim and climb.
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St. Michael, 1423, Fra AngelicoMedium: panel, tempera


St. Michael, 1423, Fra Angelico


Medium: panel, tempera


The Death of the Virgin, 1310, Giotto Di BondoneSize: 75×179…


The Death of the Virgin, 1310, Giotto Di Bondone


Size: 75×179 cm
Medium: poplar, tempera


Fox and rooster, Hieronymus BoschMedium: pen, paper


Fox and rooster, Hieronymus Bosch


Medium: pen, paper


Комиссар полиции Израиля готовится к приходу Мессии.

Комиссар полиции Израиля Roni Alsheikh объявил в начале января что его отделение готовится к приходу мессии.



Комиссар полиции Израиля Roni Alsheikh объявил в начале января что его отделение готовится к приходу мессии.     "Мы, полиция, очень активное участие в укреплении мицвот (из заповедей Библии) между человеком и его ближним," объявил Alsheikh на собрании. "Когда придёт Мессия, каждый захочет подойти к нему в плотную всё будет тесно и переполнено," предсказал комиссар. "Это будет время, когда мы должны быть очень сильным в уважении нашего ближнего."  "мало того что мы должны охранять закон, мы также стараемся принять предупредительные меры чтобы укрепить связь с ближним." Комиссар цитирует Лев.19 И да не от­мщáетъ рукá твоя́, и да не враждýеши на сы́ны людíй сво­и́хъ, и воз­лю́биши бли́жняго сво­егó я́ко сáмъ себé: áзъ Госпóдь Бóгъ вáшъ. Не мсти и не имей злобы на сынов народа твоего, но люби ближнего твоего, как самого себя. Я Господь [Бог ваш].

“Мы, полиция, принимаем очень активное участие в укреплении мицвот (из заповедей Библии) между человеком и его ближним,” объявил Alsheikh на собрании. “Когда придёт Мессия, каждый захочет подойти к нему в плотную. Будет тесно и переполнено,” предсказал комиссар. “Это будет время, когда мы должны быть очень сильными в уважении нашего ближнего.”



  Комиссар полиции Израиля Roni Alsheikh объявил в начале января что его отделение готовится к приходу мессии.  Комиссар полиции Израиля Roni Alsheikh объявил в начале января что его отделение готовится к приходу мессии.     "Мы, полиция, очень активное участие в укреплении мицвот (из заповедей Библии) между человеком и его ближним," объявил Alsheikh на собрании. "Когда придёт Мессия, каждый захочет подойти к нему в плотную всё будет тесно и переполнено," предсказал комиссар. "Это будет время, когда мы должны быть очень сильным в уважении нашего ближнего."  "мало того что мы должны охранять закон, мы также стараемся принять предупредительные меры чтобы укрепить связь с ближним." Комиссар цитирует Лев.19 И да не от­мщáетъ рукá твоя́, и да не враждýеши на сы́ны людíй сво­и́хъ, и воз­лю́биши бли́жняго сво­егó я́ко сáмъ себé: áзъ Госпóдь Бóгъ вáшъ. Не мсти и не имей злобы на сынов народа твоего, но люби ближнего твоего, как самого себя. Я Господь [Бог ваш].   "Мы, полиция, очень активное участие в укреплении мицвот (из заповедей Библии) между человеком и его ближним," объявил Alsheikh на собрании. "Когда придёт Мессия, каждый захочет подойти к нему в плотную всё будет тесно и переполнено," предсказал комиссар. "Это будет время, когда мы должны быть очень сильным в уважении нашего ближнего."    "мало того что мы должны охранять закон, мы также стараемся принять предупредительные меры чтобы укрепить связь с ближним." Комиссар цитирует Лев.19 И да не от­мщáетъ рукá твоя́, и да не враждýеши на сы́ны людíй сво­и́хъ, и воз­лю́биши бли́жняго сво­егó я́ко сáмъ себé: áзъ Госпóдь Бóгъ вáшъ. Не мсти и не имей злобы на сынов народа твоего, но люби ближнего твоего, как самого себя. Я Господь [Бог ваш].


“мало того что мы должны охранять закон, мы также стараемся принять предупредительные меры, чтобы укрепить связь с ближним.”

Комиссар цитирует Лев.19

И да не от­мщáетъ рукá твоя́, и да не враждýеши на сы́ны людíй сво­и́хъ, и воз­лю́биши бли́жняго сво­егó я́ко сáмъ себé: áзъ Госпóдь Бóгъ вáшъ.

Не мсти и не имей злобы на сынов народа твоего, но люби ближнего твоего, как самого себя. Я Господь [Бог ваш].






Researchers on board NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for…


Researchers on board NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, observed the collapse of portions of six interstellar clouds on their way to becoming new stars that will be much larger than our sun.


When a gas cloud collapses on itself, the cloud’s own gravity causes it to contract and the contraction produces heat friction. Heat from the contraction eventually causes the core to ignite hydrogen fusion reactions creating a star.


Astronomers are excited about this SOFIA research because there have been very few previous direct observations of collapse motion. These SOFIA observations have enabled scientists to confirm theoretical models about how interstellar clouds collapse to become stars and the pace at which they collapse. Actually observing this collapse, called “infall,” is extremely challenging because it happens relatively quickly in astronomical terms.


“Detecting infall in protostars is very difficult to observe, but is critical to confirm our overall understanding of star formation,” said Universities Space Research Association’s Erick Young, SOFIA Science Mission Operations director.


Using the observatory’s GREAT instrument, the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies, scientists searched for this developmental stage in nine embryonic stars, called protostars, by measuring the motions of the material within them. They found that six of the nine protostars were actively collapsing, adding substantially to the previous list of less than a dozen protostars directly determined to be in this infall stage.


For several weeks each year, the SOFIA team operates from Christchurch, New Zealand, to study objects best observed from southern latitudes, including the complete center of the Milky Way where many star-forming regions are located. Heading south during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter months, when the nights are long and infrared-blocking water vapor is especially low, also creates prime observing conditions.


An infrared image of the W43 star-forming region located 20,000 light years away in the direction of the constellation Aquila, o
An infrared image of the W43 star-forming region located 20,000 light years away in the direction of the constellation Aquila, one of the places where Wyrowski et al. detected cloud clumps collapsing to become massive stars.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/2MASS
“With the Southern Hemisphere deployments of SOFIA, the full inner Milky Way comes into reach for star formation studies. This is crucial for observations of the earliest phases of high-mass star formation, since this is a relatively rapid and rare event,” said Friedrich Wyrowski, astronomer at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany.


The results were from observations made in the Southern Hemisphere in 2015, and were published in Astronomy and Astrophysics earlier this year. SOFIA spent seven weeks during 2016 observing from Christchurch. The scientific teams involved in the Southern Hemisphere observations are analyzing the acquired data now.


SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR. NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the SOFIA program, science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart. The aircraft is based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Hangar 703, in Palmdale, California.


Space Facts And Space News


A Look Back: 2017 Highlights at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center [00:03:29]


NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California, supported the agency in 2017 by advancing flight research through a number of center milestones. From Armstrong’s modified Gulfstream III aircraft’s support of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, to the center’s F-18’s extensive supersonic research, Armstrong never fails to demonstrate its passion and dedication to building a stronger foundation for the future of aerospace. The center’s research continues to become increasingly recognizable through its ability to partner with the aviation and space industry contributing to the nation’s efforts to provide more sustainable, affordable and safe flight research.


As the agency works to integrate NASA technology into commercial airspace, Armstrong is at the forefront of not only leading the development of various flight technologies, but is also supporting NASA aeronautics by demonstrating these technologies in flight and sharing the results with the aviation industry and the public.


The center also continues its tradition of early approach and landing flight research and testing for new spacecraft. Through accomplishing dynamic flight research and sharing with industry, academia and other government communities, Armstrong is facilitating an understanding of aeronautics concepts and demonstrating the role that flight will play in the nation’s future.


the-barnes-art-collection: River Scene–Boat and Trees by…


the-barnes-art-collection:



River Scene–Boat and Trees by Ernest Lawson, Barnes Foundation


Medium: Oil on canvas


Barnes Foundation (Merion), Gallery, G16


https://collection.barnesfoundation.org/objects/3048/



The cool science fiction themed artworks of Hung-Wen Chang -…





The cool science fiction themed artworks of Hung-Wen Chang – https://www.this-is-cool.co.uk/the-sci-fi-concept-art-of-hung-wen-chang/


January 15, 2016 – Tim Peake became the first astronaut to wear…


January 15, 2016 – Tim Peake became the first astronaut to wear the British flag on a spacewalk. (Space Shuttle Almanac)


Planet Saturn, observed in 1943 by Bernard Lyot at the…


Planet Saturn, observed in 1943 by Bernard Lyot at the Pic-du-Midi Observatory in France. (NASA)


For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in…


For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. These maps were created from the researchers’ studies of the circulation of gases within the gas giant planet’s atmosphere.


Infrared observations provide details not possible at other wavelengths. When gas planets like Jupiter are studied with visible light, they can only see the light reflecting from the top of the gas clouds that make up the atmosphere. Using infrared light allows scientists to see past the clouds and into the deep layers of the atmosphere, providing a three-dimensional view of the planet and the ability to study how gasses circulate within the atmosphere.


Leigh N. Fletcher from the University of Leicester, England, led a team of researchers that used the SOFIA telescope and data from the Faint Object infraRed Camera for the SOFIA Telescope, known as FORCAST, to make these observations. Fletcher’s team was looking for the two types of molecular hydrogen, called “para” and “ortho” – differentiated by whether their protons have aligned or opposite spins. The fraction of hydrogen in the “para” flavor is a good indicator for gasses upwelling from deep within the planet’s atmosphere. This interaction of gas molecules was observed at infrared wavelengths between 17 and 37 microns, a spectrum range that is largely inaccessible to ground-based telescopes.


The left-hand panel shows a visible-light image of Jupiter. The two right-hand panels show SOFIA images of Jupiter.
Jupiter was observed with SOFIA by stepping the FORCAST spectroscopic slit across the planet. The left-hand panel shows a visible-light image of Jupiter with blue rectangles illustrating the orientation and size of the FORCAST slit. For each pointing of the telescope, the spectrum was made at every position along the slit. The two right-hand panels show SOFIA images of Jupiter made from combining the wavelengths in two of the slits. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is evident and has rotated between the different observations. The total information content is full images of Jupiter at all wavelengths between 17.9 and 32.9 microns, or equivalently, spectra at each position.
Credits: Visible light image: Anthony Wesley. FORCAST slitscan: NASA/SOFIA/Fletcher et al.
Much of the current understanding of Jupiter’s circulation patterns are based on results from space-based missions of the past, including the Voyager mission, Galileo mission (1989–2003), and the Cassini spacecraft, which flew past Jupiter in 2000. SOFIA’s airborne location, above more than 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking water vapor, combined with the powerful FORCAST instrument, provides one of the only current facilities capable of studying Jupiter’s overall atmospheric circulation. These new SOFIA observations allow comparisons of how Jupiter’s atmospheric circulation has changed over time.


Images from SOFIA reveal several interesting features. The cold, red spot in the southern hemisphere indicates an upwelling of gas that is cooling the atmosphere. The belt zone structure near the equator shows that the equator is cold and surrounded by warm belts of sinking gas. The atmospheric heating from Jovian aurora in the northern reaches of the planet indicates the presence of methane and ethane in the stratosphere. SOFIA’s unique observations of the comparison between ortho and para hydrogen reveal a gradual trend from the equatorial to polar regions.


Based upon earlier observations, Fletcher’s research team assumed that Jupiter should have equilibrium everywhere in its atmosphere, but they found that at low latitudes in the tropics there is significant mixing. Aureoles may be affecting this mixing, but further observations are necessary to better understand the processes over time. The results from the Fletcher team’s observations were recently published in the journal Icarus.


“These results demonstrate that from Earth we can now capture a similar quality of spatially resolved observations as we can obtain from space missions like Voyager,” said Fletcher. “These SOFIA observations will fill the gap in the wavelength coverage of current and future space-based observatories and provide spatial and temporal context for them.”


SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. It is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR. NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley manages the SOFIA program along with science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart. The aircraft is based at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Hangar 703, in Palmdale, California.


Space Facts And Space News


Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers’ Galactic Trek

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map for Voyagers' Galactic Trek

NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. Along the way, they are measuring the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map — by measuring the material along the probes’ trajectories as they move through space. Even after the Voyagers run out of electrical power and are unable to send back new data, which may happen in about a decade, astronomers can use Hubble observations to characterize the environment through which these silent ambassadors will glide.


A preliminary analysis of the Hubble observations reveals a rich, complex interstellar ecology, containing multiple clouds of hydrogen laced with other elements. Hubble data, combined with the Voyagers, have also provided new insights into how our sun travels through interstellar space.


“This is a great opportunity to compare data from in situ measurements of the space environment by the Voyager spacecraft and telescopic measurements by Hubble,” said study leader Seth Redfield of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. “The Voyagers are sampling tiny regions as they plow through space at roughly 38,000 miles per hour. But we have no idea if these small areas are typical or rare. The Hubble observations give us a broader view because the telescope is looking along a longer and wider path. So Hubble gives context to what each Voyager is passing through.”


The astronomers hope that the Hubble observations will help them characterize the physical properties of the local interstellar medium. “Ideally, synthesizing these insights with in situ measurements from Voyager would provide an unprecedented overview of the local interstellar environment,” said Hubble team member Julia Zachary of Wesleyan University.


The team’s results will be presented Jan. 6 at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Grapevine, Texas.


NASA launched the twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft in 1977. Both explored the outer planets Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 went on to visit Uranus and Neptune.


The pioneering Voyager spacecraft are currently exploring the outermost edge of the sun’s domain. Voyager 1 is now zooming through interstellar space, the region between the stars that is filled with gas, dust, and material recycled from dying stars.


Voyager 1 is 13 billion miles from Earth, making it the farthest human-made object ever built. In about 40,000 years, after the spacecraft will no longer be operational and will not be able to gather new data, it will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, in the constellation Camelopardalis. Its twin, Voyager 2, is 10.5 billion miles from Earth, and will pass 1.7 light-years from the star Ross 248 in about 40,000 years.


For the next 10 years, the Voyagers will be making measurements of interstellar material, magnetic fields, and cosmic rays along their trajectories. Hubble complements the Voyagers’ observations by gazing at two sight lines along each spacecraft’s path to map interstellar structure along their star-bound routes. Each sight line stretches several light-years to nearby stars. Sampling the light from those stars, Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph measured how interstellar material absorbed some of the starlight, leaving telltale spectral fingerprints.


Hubble found that Voyager 2 will move out of the interstellar cloud that surrounds the solar system in a couple thousand years. The astronomers, based on Hubble data, predict that the spacecraft will spend 90,000 years in a second cloud before passing into a third interstellar cloud.


An inventory of the clouds’ composition reveals slight variations in the abundances of the chemical elements contained in the structures. “These variations could mean the clouds formed in different ways, or from different areas, and then came together,” Redfield said.


An initial look at the Hubble data also suggests that the sun is passing through clumpier material in nearby space, which may affect the heliosphere, the large bubble containing our solar system that is produced by our sun’s powerful solar wind. At its boundary, called the heliopause, the solar wind pushes outward against the interstellar medium. Hubble and Voyager 1 made measurements of the interstellar environment beyond this boundary, where the wind comes from stars other than our sun.


“I’m really intrigued by the interaction between stars and the interstellar environment,” Redfield said. “These kinds of interactions are happening around most stars, and it is a dynamic process.”


The heliosphere is compressed when the sun moves through dense material, but it expands back out when the star passes through low-density matter. This expansion and contraction is caused by the interaction between the outward pressure of the stellar wind, composed of a stream of charged particles, and the pressure of the interstellar material surrounding the star.


The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C. The Voyagers were built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which continues to operate both spacecraft. JPL is a division of Caltech.


Source Hubble – News feed


cloudair:Granite Pyramid in Pyrenees


cloudair:



Granite Pyramid in Pyrenees



Medieval town gate, Wexford, Ireland 


Medieval town gate, Wexford, Ireland 


Fashioned out of pewter, this distinctive Viking pendant depicts…


Fashioned out of pewter, this distinctive Viking pendant depicts the goddess Freya. It is based on an original artefact from Aska in Sweden, which is now housed in the Swedish Historical Museum. In Norse mythology Freya is the goddess of love, childbirth and fertility.


Available here: Freya pendant 


Christ before Pilate, 1566, TintorettoSize: 380×515 cmMedium:…


Christ before Pilate, 1566, Tintoretto


Size: 380×515 cm
Medium: oil, canvas


Christ and the Good Thief, 1566, TitianSize: 149×137 cmMedium:…


Christ and the Good Thief, 1566, Titian


Size: 149×137 cm
Medium: oil, canvas


The Concert, 1510, TitianSize: 124×87 cmMedium: oil, canvas


The Concert, 1510, Titian


Size: 124×87 cm
Medium: oil, canvas


Bruce Pennington, 1971


Bruce Pennington, 1971


The three worlds at Alta From about 4000 BC the smooth cliffs…


The three worlds at Alta


From about 4000 BC the smooth cliffs around the Alta Fjord in Northern Norway were the setting of petroglyphs carved by hunter-gatherers living in this area. The petroglyphs (6000 in total) have a great variety in subject and are of special interest because the numerous native animals that are depicted. There are hardly any ethno historical sources about these prehistoric carvings and this makes it hard to discover their background and true meaning. Many scholars have argued that the Alta petroglyphs could be the first signs of a Nordic religion in the area. Around 500 BC the last carvings were made at Alta.

Observing the 2018 Quadrantids display

Like every year, as the New Year just begins, skies give us a unique opportunity (for Northern hemisphere observers) to start it with a flurry of wishes: the Quadrantids meteor shower, one of the most active of the year, is on its way, and should peak on January 3rd, 2018!


2014 Quadrantids display photographed from China by leo Lamm, at the foot of the Great Wall. Credit: Leo Lamm
2014 Quadrantids display photographed from China by Leo Lamm, at the foot of the Great Wall. Credit: Leo Lamm

A meteor shower with complex origin


Three main meteor showers are regularly active every year. These are the Perseids (in August), Geminids (in December) and… the Quadrantids! This last meteor shower is less famous than the two previous, principally because they are much harder to observe, due to the position of the radiant and the winter unfavorable meteorological conditions. But they are as active as them, and sometimes even more active: this will be the primary source of meteors during the coming nights, especially the January 02/03 and 03/04 ones.


Quadrantids activity started on December 28, and will last until January 12, with a maximum predicted on January 3rd, around 20 h UT. But activity of this meteor shower is very low during most of its activity period, and only raised a few hours around the peak of activity, which explains why it is easily missed when observing conditions are not favorable and do not coincide with it. Meteors belonging to this source are associated to several object, but the main meteoroid provider seems to be the potentially extinct comet 2003 EH1, which was discovered 14 years ago. It currently behaves like an asteroid, but must have released a lot of dust particles when it was active in the past. Another contributor to this meteor shower is the currently active 96P/Machholz comet, which also seems to participate to a lower level to the Quadrantid meteor activity. But the meteoroid and stream dynamics of this shower aren’t accurately known, which explains why the activity is harder to predict than for other showers like the Perseids or the Leonids.



Observing the Quadrantids


The radiant of the Quadrantids is circumpolar for most of Northern hemisphere locations: they are theoretically observable during all the night from northern observing sites, and not observable for Southern hemisphere observers. But its celestial position (the radiant lies between the constellations of Draco, Hercules, the Big Dipper and Boötes) makes it very low on the northern horizon during most of the first part of the night. It’s only after local midnight that it starts rising in the sky. Observations should thus be performed when it reached a useful elevation above the horizon. This year, the second issue will come from our satellite: the Moon will be full on January 2nd, and will thus be present in the sky during the whole night, highly reducing the number of meteor seen per hour. Be sure to find the most transparent skies not to increase this source of natural light pollution (what will do any cloud layer, even thin ones, fogs, or particles in the atmosphere). And try to hide our natural satellite with a mountain, a hill, a building, or any object, to avoid ocular tiredness and limit its nuisance during your observations. If you can’t hide it, do not face it, but watch in the opposite direction. Under those conditions, you may expect to see 20 to 30 Quadrantids per hour. on the morning closest to the Quadrantids maximum. Entry speed of meteoroids is 41 km/s: meteors will have a medium apparent speed, and a low one if observed close to the radiant or the horizon.


Ready to go? Then enjoy, and we expect you to make as many wishes as you can while watching this meteor display to well start the new 2018 year!


A new way of creating illusions with Face

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence.



The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure.


facial identity real-time facial reenactment
facial identity

Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination. We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.


7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к...


Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую.

Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное.

 Ответит что мало молитесь и вера ваша слаба.


Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный Его великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры,

дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость к бездомным.


 Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую. Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное. Ответит что мало молитесь и вера ваша слаба. Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный свой великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры, дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость и призрение к бездомным. Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую. Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное. Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный свой великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры, дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость и призрение к бездомным.    7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу   7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу


За бездомье отвечает Совет Федерации в нём целых 5 богов сидят

к ним на поклон идите с челобитными



Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую. Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное. Ответит что мало молитесь и вера ваша слаба. Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный свой великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры, дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость и призрение к бездомным.  Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую. Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное. Ответит что мало молитесь и вера ваша слаба. Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный свой великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры, дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость и призрение к бездомным. Ну и к кому вы все обращались. Подумали? У патриарха фундамент религии выстроен на мученичестве и постоянной нужде. На мучении плоти и Духа, на бездомье и терпении бедности, на безропотном служении Господам, каким он является напрямую. Он по религиозной правде вам всем ответит, что терпение и скорбь есть дорога в Царствие небесное. Было бы чудом если ошибаюсь и Его вiсячество всё же преклонит на полк бездомный свой великий взор и ниспошлёт вам дома и квартиры, дабы прибавилось число верующих в Его великость и призрение к бездомным.    7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу   7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу За бездомье отвечает Совет Федерации в нём целых 5 богов сидят к ним на поклон идите с челобитными    7 января 2017 Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу





7 января 2017


Бездомный полк Обращение офицеров России к Патриарху Кириллу


За несколько часов до Нового года, в канун светлого праздника Рождества Христова бездомные военнослужащие обратились за помощью к Патриарху Кириллу





jeremylfisher:Sunrise, Valley of Fire, NV


jeremylfisher:



Sunrise, Valley of Fire, NV



King Seti I making an offering to the fertility god Min, Karnak


King Seti I making an offering to the fertility god Min, Karnak


Detail of the back of the throne of Tutankhamun


Detail of the back of the throne of Tutankhamun


scifiarchitect: Ken Fairclough Concept Artist @ Bioware – Share…


scifiarchitect:



Ken Fairclough

Concept Artist @ Bioware




Share via Artstation iOS App, Artstation © 2018



The Marriage of the Virgin, 1600, El GrecoSize: 83×110 cmMedium:…


The Marriage of the Virgin, 1600, El Greco


Size: 83×110 cm
Medium: oil, canvas


Spring Device, Leonardo Da VinciMedium: ink, paper


Spring Device, Leonardo Da Vinci


Medium: ink, paper


View the back side, 1308, Duccio di BuoninsegnaMedium: wood,…


View the back side, 1308, Duccio di Buoninsegna


Medium: wood, tempera


met-robert-lehman: Chalice Veil Made into a Cushion, Robert…


met-robert-lehman:



Chalice Veil Made into a Cushion, Robert Lehman Collection


Medium: Silk; metal


Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/460768



2018 January 2 Unexpected X-Rays from Perseus Galaxy Cluster…


2018 January 2


Unexpected X-Rays from Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXO/Oxford University/J. Conlon et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/Univ. of Montreal/Gendron-Marsolais et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/IoA/A. Fabian et al.; DSS


Explanation: Why does the Perseus galaxy cluster shine so strangely in one specific color of X-rays? No one is sure, but a much-debated hypothesis holds that these X-rays are a clue to the long-sought identity of dark matter. At the center of this mystery is a 3.5 Kilo-electronvolt (KeV) X-ray color that appears to glow excessively only when regions well outside the cluster center are observed, whereas the area directly surrounding a likely central supermassive black hole is actually deficient in 3.5 KeV X-rays. One proposed resolution – quite controversial – is that something never seen before might be present: florescent dark matter (FDM). This form of particle dark matter might be able to absorb 3.5 KeV X-radiation. If operating, FDM, after absorption, might later emit these X-rays from all over the cluster, creating an emission line. However, when seen superposed in front of the central region surrounding the black hole, FDM’s absorption would be more prominent, creating an absorption line. Pictured, a composite image of the Perseus galaxy cluster shows visible and radio light in red, and X-ray light from the Earth-orbiting Chandra Observatory in blue.


∞ Source: apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180102.html


The Metal Age invader that never was #2

I just figured out how the Metal Age invader that never was came about. Take a look at this slide from an FTDNA presentation by Dr. Michael Hammer.



Hammer’s taken the ADMIXTURE analysis from Lazaridis et al. 2013 and labeled the clusters according to what he thinks they represent. FTDNA then basically copied the analysis and the cluster labels for their “Ancient Origins” test. But those clusters do not represent what Hammer thinks they do, in other words ancient populations like Western Hunter-Gatherers (WHG) or Ancient North Eurasians (ANE). Ancient ancestry proportions are listed in other parts of the Lazaridis et al. paper, like table S.14.10. Moreover, Hammer appears to be under the impression that the Metal Age invader (that never was) came from Asia, and today it is the Kalasha people of the Hindu Kush who carry the highest ancestry proportion from this ancient population (that, of course, never actually was). First of all, the Bronze Age Yamnaya pastoralists and related groups (i.e. the real Metal Age invaders) expanded both into Europe and Asia from the Pontic-Caspian Steppe. Obviously, the Pontic-Caspian Steppe is located in what is now known as Eastern Europe, not Asia. Secondly, the Kalasha people carry about the same amount of Yamnaya-related ancestry as present-day Northern and Eastern Europeans, not three or four times as much, which, as per the figure above, is what Hammer seems to think. Formal stats-based Yamnaya-related (or Steppe_EMBA) ancestry proportions for Europeans are listed in Haak et al. 2015 and for South Asians, including the Kalasha, in Lazaridis et al. 2016. See below.




Source Eurogenes Blog


spaceplasma: Relativistic jets and the Collapsar…


This animation shows the most common type of gamma-ray burst, thought to occur when a massive star collapses, forms a black hole, and blasts particle jets outward at nearly the speed of light.



spaceplasma:



Relativistic jets and the Collapsar model


Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) were first detected by American nuclear detection surveillance satellites in the late 1960s. The Vela spacecraft series were designed to monitor world-wide compliance with the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The satellites detected no clandestine nuclear explosions, but they discovered something far more interesting: powerful bursts of gamma rays emanating from random directions in space. By analyzing the different arrival times of the bursts as detected by different satellites, scientists concluded that the sources of the bursts were cosmic and not terrestrial or solar. The discovery was declassified and published in 1973 as an Astrophysical Journal article entitled “Observations of Gamma-Ray Bursts of Cosmic Origin”. This alerted the astronomical community to the existence of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), now recognized as the most violent events in the universe.


To this day GRBs remain one of the greatest mysteries of modern astronomy. We know that GRBs lasting less than 2 seconds (short GRBs) may originate from a variety of processes. There are several theories that explain how the energy from a gamma-ray burst progenitor is turned into radiation. One hypothesis describing how long gamma-ray bursts originate is called the “collapsar” model: gamma-rays are generated when massive, spinning stars collapse to form black holes and spew out powerful jets of plasma at nearly the speed of light.These stellar collapses (collapsars) are thought to be similar to supernovae, except that a jet is produced by the accretion of stellar material onto a compact object formed at the center of the collapsing star.


These jets are called ’relativistic jets’ and they can transport the energy from the collapsed core to large distances. Inside the jet, the uneven distribution of temperature, density and pressure create internal shock waves that move inward and outward as faster regions within the jet collide with slower ones. The collisions between the fast-moving gas and its surroundings, as well as within the jet itself, create gamma rays. When the jet hits the surrounding interstellar medium it produces another shock wave. This causes particles to rapidly lose energy (fast cooling), due to the strong magnetic field in the GRB emission region, through a process known as synchrotron radiation. This phenomenon is observed as long gamma-ray bursts and it’s followed by a so-called “afterglow”, a slowly fading emission that can be seen at all wavelengths; starting with X-rays, followed by ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, and eventually radio waves.The afterglow can last for days or even weeks.


For more information:



Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center



Serrated Bronze of Antiochus VI 143-142 BCE, Antioch on the…



Serrated Bronze of Antiochus VI 143-142 BCE, Antioch on the Orontes, Seleucid Syria


Radiate and diademed head of Antiochus VI, right; wreathed in ivy


Elephant, left Basileos Antichos Epiphanes Euergetes (I think, I couldn’t find a reference for the type)


A cool bronze this week, as I try to build up a queue for us. I’m off to a conference this week, so if anyone is going to be in Boston, drop me a note. I’m going to try to get some photos of the MFA’s state of the art coin gallery and would be glad to bump into followers.


Antiochus VI (aka Dionysus) was a child king, who was nominated to the throne by Diodotus Tryphon, a general of the Seleucid kingdom. He was around 5 years old at the time that this coin was struck, and he would die within a year of it entering circulation. Though it is unclear on this coin, Antiochus appeared as a child on most of his coinage, making it clear that he was truly a puppet ruler, whose death may have been orchestrated by the same general that raised him to power.


UFO Transforms Into Plane Date of UFO sighting: March 17,…



UFO Transforms Into Plane


Date of UFO sighting: March 17, 2011
Source: Gork master


Eye Witness States: “Impressive UFO that transforms into plane, this object was taken with a sony camera of high resolution, the object as it is observed does not emit the typical light of landing, rather it is pure energy, since the whole object itself is surrounded by the energy , The object was never on the radar of the airport that was only 3 kilometers away, I live near the airport and therefore know perfectly when it is the landing light and more so when it is taken with a camera and the famous distortion occurs By the effect of the zoom, I comment that this is not the case of defocused, much less the refraction by the sun. For me it simply does not have a logical explanation. Is nothing more and nothing less than an unidentified object.”


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Multi colored tourmaline for Monday






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Multi colored tourmaline for Monday


Bronze relief from a mirror, Greek and Roman ArtMedium:…


Bronze relief from a mirror, Greek and Roman Art


Medium: Bronze


Rogers Fund, 1907

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/247968


met-european-sculpture: Pair of tassels, European Sculpture and…


met-european-sculpture:



Pair of tassels, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts


Medium: Linen


Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1930

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/222491



ooooh, lava surface breakout spreading out.






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ooooh, lava surface breakout spreading out.


Four Angels Staying the Winds and Signing the Chosen, 1497,…


Four Angels Staying the Winds and Signing the Chosen, 1497, Albrecht Durer


Portrait Of A Girl, 1515, Albrecht DurerMedium: charcoal, paper


Portrait Of A Girl, 1515, Albrecht Durer


Medium: charcoal, paper


The Apparition of the Virgin the St. James the Great, 1629,…


The Apparition of the Virgin the St. James the Great, 1629, Nicolas Poussin


Size: 242×301 cm
Medium: oil, canvas


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