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February 2, 2020

The New York Earth Room — Walter De Maria

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His 1977 installation — a field of dirt in a mostly   empty   white space

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— has withstood 43 years of wonderment and scorn.

February 2, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Chernobyl"

Superb five-part series on HBO/Amazon Prime.

Back in 1986 when it happened I knew it was serious — but I had no idea how serious.

According to Mikhail Gorbachev, the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 caused the collapse of Soviet communism five years later.

The Soviet Union's last General Secretary described the explosion as a "turning point" that "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue."

February 2, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Strangers in the Night — Roz Chast

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February 2, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Highest resolution photos ever taken of the sun

From CNET

From the summit of 10,000-foot Haleakala in Hawaii, 93 million miles away from the sun, the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has delivered its first look at our mass of incandescent gas, with never-before-seen detail.

In the highest-resolution images of the sun's surface ever captured (above), features as small as 18 miles across are visible for the first time.

The churning plasma of our nearest star is divided into "kernels": cell-like structures, each one about the size of the state of Texas, that carry heat from the inside of the sun to the outside.

The Inouye Solar Telescope allows scientists a look at features on the sun that are three times smaller than anything visible before now.

This close-up look is just the beginning of the new telescope's observations of the churning ball of million-degree plasma.

The National Science Foundation says that during the first 5 years of the instrument's lifetime, the Inouye Solar Telescope is expected to collect more information about our sun's explosive behavior than all the solar data gathered since Galileo first pointed a telescope at the sun in 1612. 

A gigantic nuclear furnace, the sun burns 5 million tons of hydrogen fuel every second and makes our life on Earth possible.

With its 4-meter f/2 aperture — the largest aperture of any solar telescope — the hope is that this telescope will be able to map the magnetic fields within the sun's corona and help scientists better understand how changes there can impact life on Earth. 

Captured on December 10, 2019, this first image marks an informal start for the Inouye Solar Telescope, which is technically still under construction.

When it formally begins operation, the 13-foot mirrored telescope will be the most powerful solar telescope in the world.

February 2, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vertebra Mug

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From the website:

The clever handle is designed to look like an actual lumbar vertebra.

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Solid heavy ceramic.

10 oz. capacity.

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$21.99.

February 2, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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