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  • String Theory May Create Far Fewer Universes Than Thought

    07/30/2018 3:26:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies ^ | 7/30/18 | Clara Moskowitz
    The problem with string theory, according to some physicists, is that it makes too many universes. It predicts not one but some 10500 versions of spacetime, each with their own laws of physics. But with so many universes on the table, how can the theory explain why ours has the features it does? Now some theorists suggest most—if not all—of those universes are actually forbidden, at least if we want them to have stable dark energy, the supposed force accelerating the expansion of the cosmos. To some, eliminating so many possible universes is not a drawback but a major step...
  • From waterfalls in Iceland to enchanting forests, jaw-dropping images

    11/29/2017 10:36:39 AM PST · by mairdie · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 November 2017 | Ted Thornhill
    New book Masters of Landscape Photography contains the work of 16 renowned photographers Each photographer explains how they got the shot, including technical details The book, published by Ammonite Press, is designed to inspire and even set you on the path to photographic success
  • The Art of Landscapes - Images from Daily Mail to the music of Joseph Blanchard

    08/24/2017 12:37:43 PM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    There are few things more beautiful than an artfully composed photograph of nature. And Daily Mail has more than its share of images of landscape art. To the music of Joseph Blanchard.
  • Gardening by the Yard: Planting Woody Stem Plants

    04/07/2015 6:37:48 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 5 replies
    Its spring time in America - a time when the musky marxists residue of a long winters night is washed away by the cleansing flood of purer more forgiving capitalism. So as you begin searching for plants to purchase for your landscape, lets discuss: -New and exciting plants for the landscape -Ways to recover from freeze damage -Techniques for planting trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants -General lore, tall tales, and history of gardening
  • Metro rips out Phantom Planter’s flowers at Dupont Circle station

    07/07/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-7-13 | Robert McCartney
    It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats’ capacity for folly. Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter. I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out.
  • The Majestic Nature by Yiming Hu

    05/25/2013 4:53:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies ^ | None | Yiming Hu
    Absolutely gorgeous photography, particularly the landscapes...
  • Aztec Conquerors Reshaped Genetic Landscape of Mexico

    02/04/2013 8:09:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    The Aztecs who conquered the city of Xaltocan in ancient Mexico around 1435 may have fundamentally changed the genetic makeup of the people who lived there, new research suggests... Xaltocan was the capital of a pre-Aztec city-state ruled by the Otomi, an indigenous people who lived in Mexico. The period before the Aztec conquest was a tumultuous time for the Otomi, when a century of warfare led to the collapse of their capital city. Colonial records from the 1500s onward told tales of the Otomi fleeing the city en masse in 1395. Those records suggested that the city was abandoned...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, May 2-8, 2010: Around Myrdalsjökull

    05/07/2010 9:26:22 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 698+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various
    Here's the tour around Iceland's Myrdalsjökull ice cap I promised; this ice cap is on top of Katla volcano, which has apparently erupted every time after Eyjafjallajökull erupted (historically). Katla is bigger and reputedly nastier. (click for full-size unless otherwise indicated) I Heart columnar basalt: Skogar stream (this one's full-size) 360-degree panorama of the Solheimajokull glacier: Hraftinnusker, looking like what I imagine the Martian polar regions look like: Myrdalsjökull from the air: from the side: Colored valleys and blue lake Axlafoss

    09/22/2009 11:51:39 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies · 585+ views
    self | Sept. 22, 2009 | swampsniper
    Couldn't sleep last night, got out early and just roamed around with my cup of black coffee. The high seasonal tides are still here, we call them marsh hen tides because the high water pushes the Rails out so they can be hunted. Didn't see any marsh hens but the Great egrets were perching in the Black Mangroves, the water is too deep to wade. The Snowy egret was chasing grasshoppers by the pond. If they can't hunt in the water they do fine on shore. This is a young Snowy egret, still some yellow showing on the legs. Mature...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 13-19, 2009: An easy (?) place to guess

    09/17/2009 9:33:38 PM PDT · by cogitator · 27 replies · 2,008+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various
    OK, so I'm serendipitously looking at a topographic image of a place generated with data acquired during the Space Shuttle topography mission. And I see a location that intrigues me topographically. And I say to myself "Where is that?". And so I do some investigating -- something you can do on the Internet, of course -- and I find out this is a very nice place. And so I'm going to let you guess where it is. It might be easy. After the guessing is done, I'll show the image that led me to it. 3 clues. Part of the...
  • Cornyn thinks 2010 could be good GOP year (a "very promising" landscape in 2010)

    02/27/2009 3:12:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 646+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/09 | Reid Wilson
    National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said Friday that Senate Republicans face a "very promising" landscape in 2010, despite several open seats where Democrats have good chances. "There are some incumbent seats that we must defend and open seats that we must hold, like in Ohio, Missouri and Florida," Cornyn said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "But we may also have opportunities in some unexpected places: New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada and California." The three open seats, vacated by retiring Sens. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Mel Martinez...
  • Economic Woes May Bring Back Victory Gardens

    01/10/2009 6:05:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 143 replies · 2,019+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 | Bill Lamont
    I can remember my mother talking about the victory garden she had in the backyard of their home during World War II. My dad was in the Navy in the Pacific theater during the war and my mother felt that she was supporting the war effort with her little garden. If you look up victory gardens you will find that during World War I and World War II, the government asked the residents of the United States to plant gardens in order to support the war effort. It was one way to bring the people together in support of a...
  • CalPERS misjudges the landscape

    05/19/2008 9:33:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 141+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/19/08 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO -- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, which poured about $1 billion into a troubled real estate deal, is in negotiations to keep a related loan default from turning into a bankruptcy. CalPERS, the nation's biggest public pension fund, and its partners acquired a controlling interest in 15,000 acres of undeveloped land in the Santa Clarita Valley early last year, before the meltdown in the housing market. The land, once owned by Newhall Land and Farming Co., was appraised at $2.6 billion at the time of the CalPERS investment but has dropped considerably in value since then. CalPERS chief...

    02/18/2008 9:30:26 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies · 108+ views
    self | Feb 18,2008 | swampsniper
    The thing about Texas weather is that it won't stay in Texas, it showed up here this morning, thunder and lightning, wind and rain, gonna get cold, too. Oh Well, we had a couple of nice Florida days.
  • Iraq’s Security Landscape a ‘Mosaic,’ General Says

    08/30/2007 5:08:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 203+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2007 – The general who oversees training for Iraq’s security forces called the country a “mosaic,” and said each of Iraq’s regions poses unique challenges to security efforts. “I think every one of the provinces could be rated as having places that are pretty difficult fights,” Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, told military analysts during a conference call. “The country is not a one-size-fits-all, a one-description-fits-all. It’s much more a mosaic.” Dubik dismissed “blanket assessments” that predict how long it will take Iraq’s entire security force to function independently...
  • Houston landscaper accused of bigotry

    11/09/2006 1:11:02 PM PST · by Jaded · 61 replies · 1,658+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 11/9/06 | By MONICA RHOR Associated Press Writer
    HOUSTON — A few short weeks ago, Garden Guy was just a mom-and-pop landscaping business that promoted itself as "making Houston beautiful since 1991" and promised to treat its customers with respect and honesty. Since then, though, the business has been vilified around the world as a bunch of bigots because its Christian conservative owners refused to do work for a gay couple. Michael Lord and Gary Lackey, a gay couple requesting bids for a landscaping job at their new house, received a polite _ and, well, honest _ e-mail from Sabrina Farber, a co-owner of Garden Guy: "I need...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 2-8, 2006: Skogafoss (Iceland)

    07/05/2006 1:26:47 PM PDT · by cogitator · 10 replies · 474+ views
    I accidentally saw a picture of this waterfall over the weekend, and tracked it down. The first image puts it in "landscape" context. This is size-reduced, click for the full-size. It looks very other-worldly. Doesn't this picture make it look like the river is flowing uphill? The second is a close-up with people for scale, unlike last week's lava falls.
  • Whole Yard Stolen

    05/17/2006 6:20:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 568+ views
    victorville daily press ^ | 5-17-06 | Rosenberg
    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Whole yard stolen Arrested man accused of taking sod, sprinklers, landscaping items from home under construction By KATHERINE ROSENBERG Staff Writer ADELANTO — Logic would dictate that one of the tricks to avoid getting caught stealing is to take small, discreet items. That usually rules out stealing something as large as, say, an entire front yard. A local man was arrested Monday after reportedly stealing sod, sprinklers and other landscaping items from a home still under construction, according to Staci Johnson, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Adelanto station. The victim reported that the materials...
  • Dragon-shaped Flying Object Appears in Jilin Province(dragon-sighting continues)

    09/13/2005 7:06:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 82 replies · 10,497+ views
    Dragon-shaped Flying Object Appears in Jilin Province The Epoch Times Sep 12, 2005 An image of the phenomenon captured on an observer's picture-phone (The Epoch Times) At about 6 p.m. on August 6, two students walked out of their library in Jilin University and looked up. “Look! A flying dragon appears in the sky!” A student named Li captured an image of the dragon on his picture-phone, providing the second instance of photo documentation of a dragon flying over China so far this summer. “When I was walking out of the library, I saw a bright, animal-shaped object flying in...
  • Arid Australian Interior Linked To Lanscape Burning By Ancient Humans

    01/26/2005 12:28:52 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies · 1,327+ views
    University Of Colorado-Boulder ^ | 1-26-2005 | Gifford Miller/Jim Scott
    Contact: Gifford Miller 303-492-6962 Jim Scott 303-492-3114 University of Colorado at Boulder Arid Australian interior linked to landscape burning by ancient humans The image of a controlled burn in the interior of Australia today, featured on the cover of the January 2005 issue of Geology, illustrates how Australia might have looked 50,000 years ago. Photo courtesy Gifford Miller, University of Colorado at Boulder Click here for a high resolution photograph. Landscape burning by ancient hunters and gatherers may have triggered the failure of the annual Australian Monsoon some 12,000 years ago, resulting in the desertification of the country's interior...