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May 5, 2019

Time Zones of Russia


There are 11.

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May 5, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ponzitracker: The Ponzi Scheme Authority


No less an authority on Ponzi schemes than the formidable Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times, author of "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, declared Ponzitracker fo shizzle.

Not in those words, mind you: she tweeted "My fave."

May 5, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Hubble Legacy Field Zoom-Out

From BGR:

Hubble can peer deep into space thanks to its powerful lenses, but when NASA reveals its images of far-off galaxies and other features, it's difficult to put its power into perspective.

With that in mind, astronomers have produced what they're calling the Hubble Legacy Field, a combination of images that does an outstanding job of showing us just how much detail the telescope is capable of detecting and displaying.

Starting with a zoomed-in image showcasing the deepest view of the universe that Hubble has been able to generate, the video above slowly zooms out to show the full scope of Hubble's imaging power.

"The deep-sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, provides a wide portrait of the distant universe, containing 265,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the big bang," NASA explains. "The faintest and farthest galaxies are just one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see. The universe's evolutionary history is also chronicled in this one sweeping view. The portrait shows how galaxies change over time, building themselves up to become the giant galaxies seen in the nearby universe."

May 5, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tokyo Underground Discharge Channel


From Wikipedia:


The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (Japanese: 首都圏外郭放水路; translit. shutoken gaikaku hōsuiro), is an underground water infrastructure project in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan.


It is the world's largest underground flood water diversion facility, built to mitigate overflowing of the city's major waterways and rivers during rain and typhoon seasons.

It is located between Showa in Tokyo and Kasukabe in Saitama prefecture, on the outskirts of the city of Tokyo in the Greater Tokyo Area, Japan.

Work on the project started in 1992 and was completed by early 2006.


It consists of five concrete containment silos with heights of 65 meters and diameters of 32 meters, connected by 6.4 km of tunnels, 50 meters beneath the surface, as well as a large water tank with a height of 25.4 meters, with a length of 177 meters, with a width of 78 meters, and with 59 massive pillars connected to 78 10 MW (13,000 hp) pumps that can pump up to 200 tons of water into the Edo River per second.

"Ryukyukan" for Underground Exploration Museum of The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is also a tourist attraction and can be visited for free; however, as the tours are conducted in Japanese, a Japanese speaker must be present in the group to act as a translator for non-Japanese speakers.


Media Coverage

The main water tank resembles a temple and has been used in some movies and TV programs to create mystic scenes.

In 2006, a Land Rover television commercial and print campaign was produced using Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel as a location.

The Dutch TV program Wie is de Mol? had an assignment taking place in the water tank.

The video game Mirror's Edge featured a version of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel in several of its level designs.


In 2014, Australia's ABC TV science show Catalyst broadcast a short documentary (12'40") titled "Tokyo Flood Prevention" about this and associated flood mitigation structures.

The 2015 movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 also used the facility during the underground approach to the Capitol scenes.

May 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Square Hanging Planter

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"Hangs from the ceiling and has a vintage element that will complement almost any aesthetic."

Holds a 3" pot.

10" x 10".

$38 ("pot and plant not included").

May 5, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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