Friday, August 27, 2010
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Via: MBA Online
The internet has helped everyone around the world gather information much more quickly, especially students enrolled in online classes. It’s amazing to know people from anywhere in the globe can get an MBA online without having to live next to a physical institution. So in honor of the internet, we’ve created the following infographic highlighting the major events in internet history
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A recent touring exhibition is turning a long held common belief on its head. The common perception is that the great statues and buildings of ancient Greece and Rome were all pure unpainted stone or green tarnished bronze, but researchers have been arguing that this may not been what these classic monuments really looked like back in the era of their creation. That, in fact, these statue's were quite alive and vibrant, full of color.
Researchers believe, particalurly Vinzenz Brinkmann who has been doing this research for the past 25 years, that artists used mineral and organic based colors and after centuries of deterioration any trace of pigment leftover when discovered, would have been taken off during any cleaning processes done before being put on display, washing the historical art clear of its true colors.
The findings of this research completley changes the commonly held modern ideas of the ancient world, and the way we view modern sculpture and art today, much of which was based on those classical Greek and Roman styles.
Image rights: Stiftung Archaeologie
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Michael Knapp is an avowed workaholic who occasionally dabbles in laziness. For years he teetered between a dismal career playing in rock bands or a sporatically paid career as a freelance illustrator. Through some strange twist of fate, he now pursues neither while working at Blue Sky Studios as the Art Director on the third Ice Age movie. Although somehow, his employment at Blue Sky led him to drawing comics. Go figure…
He previously worked as a designer on the animated films Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears A Who and spent a few months art directing the Academy Award nominated short No Time For Nuts. His work can be found in Spectrum 12 and 13 as well as the Society of Illustrators Annuals 48 and 49. He is also the book designer, co-producer and story contributor for the anthologies Out of Picture Volumes 1 and 2. He recently completed his work as the Art Director of Blue Sky’s fifth feature film Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
• Forging ahead on one of the upcoming projects at Blue Sky
Art Director – Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Art Director – No Time For Nuts
Designer – Horton Hears A Who
Designer – Ice Age: The Meltdown
Designer – Robots
Additional Matte Paintings – Ice Age
The power of the sea has many times shown its amazing strength by polishing the rocks and making the sand look like a blanket of shining diamonds reflecting the sun rays in a million colors.
The stormy nights and days that sweep over the surface of the ocean are able to bring to the shore a spectacular opportunity for creating amazing shots.
Washed up photography is the chance to make immortal a perspective over the beauty of what the waves are pushing from the depths of the wild waters on to the sandy shore that is ready to embrace them and make them shine inside a memorable shot.
Almost everyone loves the beauty of the sea and ocean waves are the most eye-catching and pleasing thing for everyone. Some photographers have attempted to capture the beauty as the waves roll and created these breath-taking images.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We've all heard about the possibility that the Maldives could go underwater because of rising seas caused by climate change. But there are other nations facing the same risk.
Not that going underwater is the only form of danger: climate change is finding vulnerabilities in countries from Mexico to Russia, droughts in already-arid countries will grow worse, and the number of climate refugees worldwide is growing steadily.
Rainforests are threatened, disease is exacerbated, and hardest hit are poor populations and women around the world.
But, it's still probably fair to say that the greatest threat from climate change faces small island nations that could be washed underwater with just a slight rise in sea levels. Here's a look at a few of those nations.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
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I am trying to raise tuition funds for my final year of my graduate degree at Columbia University through a fundraiser raffle of my photographs.
If you would like to own any of my photographs, this is your chance to! Every raffle ticket sold goes a long way :) If I can sell 1000 tickets, then I will be able to pay for my Fall semester this year.
please help if you could!
Last week's northern lights—which lasted a few days—were products of a large burst of plasma, or charged gas, from the sun known as a coronal mass ejection. A NASA orbiter called the Solar Dynamics Observatory saw last Sunday's eruption, which was aimed directly at Earth and sparked predictions of a shimmering sky show.
Now it seems aurora fans may be in for another treat: A solar flare spotted Saturday by NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory was even more powerful than the previous eruption. Although this time the bulk of the plasma burst isn't aimed right at Earth, scientists say it could still trigger another round of colorful auroras.
Friday, August 13, 2010
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Paxi (Greek: Παξοί, pronounced Paksi in English ) is the name given to the smallest group of the Ionian Islands (the Heptanese). In Greek it is a plural form and it refers to a complex of islands, the largest of which are Paxos and Antipaxos (a smaller nearby island famous for its wine, and two of the finest sandy beaches in the Ionian Sea). In Greek mythology, Poseidoncreated the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and wife Amphitrite could have some peace and quiet.
Monday, August 9, 2010
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A junk is a Chinese sailing vessel design dating from ancient times and still in use today. Junks were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and were used as ocean-going vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were built and used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. They were found, and in lesser numbers are still found, throughout South-East Asia and India, but primarily in China, perhaps today most famously in Hong Kong. Also, found more broadly, is a growing number of modern recreational junk-rigged sailboats.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
That’s the conclusion of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. After conducting brain scans of a woman telling a story off the cuff and then of 11 people listening to a recording of her, researchers Greg Stephens and Uri Hasson say they found that the same parts of the brains showed activation at the same time, suggesting a deep connection between talker and listener.
Graduate student Lauren Silbert was the team’s storytelling guinea pig. She recounted tales of high school, like deciding whom to take to prom, while undergoing an fMRI scan.
The study certainly comes with caveats: Its sample size is small, and scientists don’t know exactly what causes the synchronization, nor the exact function of the brain regions in question to any more specificity than “language.” But Stephens and Hasson argue that their findings speak to conceptual common ground people must meet to make conversation possible:
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DISCOVER: Why Has Steven Pinker Studied Verbs for 20 Years?
Monday, August 2, 2010
Have you ever seen
in your life
than the way the sun,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
as it warms you
as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--
or have you too
- Mary Oliver