luni, 14 noiembrie 2016

Super Moon

Luna, la 350.506 km de Pamant, cea mai apropiata distanta din 1948 si pana acum. Urmatoarea, in 2034

joi, 10 noiembrie 2016

Povestea americanului cu bani

A fost odata ca niciodata, un american, un redneck, cum s-ar zice, un white trash, care voia sa isi cumpere o masina. De fapt, sa isi schimbe masina pe care o avea de opt ani si care nu mai era pe placul lui, consuma mult, dadea rateuri mai ales dupa ce statea in parcarea terenul de golf, si ii cam sarise frumoasa vopsea pe ici pe colo. O mai carpea el, o mai lustruia, dar parca nu se compara o masina veche cu una noua. Asa ca merse americanul intr-un salon auto unde a vazut la lucru nu mai putin de 17 modele de automobile, toate productie americana, desi despre unul se zicea ca e asamblat in Canada. Ei, si dupa cateva luni de gandire, perioada in care dintre cele 17 masini 16 au ramas de caruta pe drum, s-a gandit ca SUV-ul asta cu design mai old fashion cu semnalizatoarele de un portocaliu caraghios si cu stopurile rosii-aprins, si un claxon – mama, mama, ce claxon, cand il apasa scoatea sunete stridente care speriau femeile si pe cei care traversau ilegal strada - ar fi o optiune pentru el si familia lui numeroasa. Dar, pe piata facea valuri, prin ziare si la TV, alt model de autorutism, mai fâșneț, care era laudat de multa lume. Fabricat in Illinois, marca de autoturism avea o istorie interesanta. Acum vreo 25 de ani fusese rulata tot vreo opt ani de un angajat al Casei Albe, care ii cam patase stofa. Ma rog, a trecut peste evenimentul neplacut si a schimbat orasul, a inceput sa ruleze pe strazile din New York, vreo patru ani, dupa care a incercat sa se lanseze in productie nationala, dar a pierdut contractul in fata unei marci de care auzise nimeni, fabricata pe undeva prin Hawaii, cu piese din Kenya. Degeaba a incercat sa dovedeasca faptul ca rivalul auto nu e fabricat in SUA, tot a pierdut. Dar a fost o infrangere merituoasa, pentru ca fostul concurent a numit-o sefa de filiala si a avut posibilitatea sa conduca milioane de kilometri prin toata lumea, chiar si prin Rusia, unde s-a imprietenit cu seful Registrului Auto local. Eh, ma rog, i-a luat foc motorul intr-un eveniment nefericit prin Libia, dar nu a pus la suflet. Se intampla. Ce mai poti schimba, ca motorul tot ars ramane. Si un mic scurcircuit la computerul de bord a trecut, asta e, model vechi, probleme multe. Ei, si dupa ce si-a tras carburatorul 4 ani, iar a incercat sa intre pe piata nationala americana. Asa a ajuns americanul nostru, cel de la inceput, mai tineti minte?, sa aleaga intre SUV-ul usor caraghios si masina de viteza. A stat ce a stat, s-a gandit bine, si-a dat seama ca masina mai atragatoare cam scapa ulei pe la motor, pe la e-mailuri, e cam dependenta de petrolul arab, a folosit banii companiei pentru interese personale, si pana la urma americanul si-a cumparat cu banii jos SUV-ul cu portocaliu strident si claxon nărăvaș. Toata lumea, efectiv, lumea, a fost șocată. Vai, dar nu esti intreg la cap? E o masina urata si face zgomot, se sperie si femeile si cei care traverseaza strada ilegal? Americanul daduse banii si nu avea de gand sa renunte, cel putin patru ani. A fost felicitat de alti proprietari de masini din Europa si Rusia, aia din Rusia chiar au claxonat de fericire, dar s-a trezit cu proteste la el pe strada si in alte orase, in care era condamnat pentru modul in care si-a cheltuit banii. Banii lui de redneck si whitetrash, castigati prin munca si prin evitarea platii unor taxe. Unii mai tineri, care nu au nici carnet de sofer si nu au condus o masina, au strigat furiosi ca sa-i auda americanul: Asta nu e masina mea. Altii, si mai trendy, au zis ca isi muta casa de pe strada americanului. Acum, redneckul si whitetrashul asta de american asteapta sa semneze actele si sa ia cheile masinii, Mai inainte, seful companiei ii va arata mici secrete ale condusului acestui SUV masiv. Cam asta e povestea americanului. Bip-bip! 

miercuri, 9 noiembrie 2016

Don Trump, the new USA president

We, the people decided in 2016. Against all odds, against all the poll predictions. Against all the attacks and mockings. Trump was elected by THE PEOPLE. Democrats were against him, top republicans were against him bt he won.

luni, 12 septembrie 2016

Hillary a lesinat la 9/11

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Hillary Clinton at a ceremony at the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York City on Sunday.CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times
Hillary Clinton on Sunday abruptly left a ceremony in New York marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and a video appeared to show her struggling to maintain her balance as a pair of Secret Service agents lifted her into a van. The incident, according to a statement from her physician, was related to pneumonia and dehydration.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, who examined Mrs. Clinton at her house in Chappaqua on Sunday. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
Mrs. Clinton was taken from the morning event at ground zero to the Manhattan apartment of her daughter, Chelsea. About 90 minutes after arriving there, Mrs. Clinton emerged from the apartment in New York’s Flatiron district and waved to onlookers, posing for pictures with a little girl on the sidewalk.
“I’m feeling great,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
Mrs. Clinton left in her motorcade without the group of reporters that is designated to travel with her in public. A campaign spokesman, Nick Merrill, indicated that she returned to her Chappaqua, N.Y., residence after 1 p.m., but did not give an exact time.
Mr. Merrill described the Democratic presidential nominee as feeling “overheated” during the commemoration ceremony.
But a video of Mrs. Clinton taken by an attendee appears to show her legs buckling as she struggles to steady herself and walk toward her waiting van. She requires assistance from two Secret Service agents, who held her on either side, to get off a curb and into the van. Close-up images revealed her feet were dragging as she was hoisted into the vehicle.
Mrs. Clinton arrived at the commemoration event around 8 a.m. and left at about 9:30. But for over an hour after that, her campaign would not offer any information about why she had left early or where she was.
Mr. Merrill did not respond to multiple inquiries about whether Mrs. Clinton was treated by a doctor or took any medications.
“During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so she departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better,” Mr. Merrill said.
Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, also attended the event, as did a host of other dignitaries. Temperatures were in the high 70s on Sunday morning in New York, and it was humid.
Others at the event said afterward that Mrs. Clinton did not appear ill when she first arrived at the former site of the World Trade Center.
“She seemed fine,” said Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, who recalled greeting and speaking briefly with the former secretary of state around 8:30 a.m.
But about an hour later there was a minor commotion, Mr. King said. A number of New York’s current and former elected officials had been standing in silence as the names of the victims of the attacks were read. Suddenly, Mrs. Clinton, herself a former New York senator, left her position.
Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, who was standing alongside Mrs. Clinton, indicated that she was not carried away. “It was pretty hot out there, but she seemed fine to me, and left on her own accord,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement, recalling that he and Mrs. Clinton had “chatted for quite a while about our remembrances of Sept. 11 and our families.”
Mr. King said it was hot enough that officials working at the event offered the dignitaries bottles of water as they stood. But he noted that he did not see anybody accept a bottle.

miercuri, 24 august 2016

Another Earth, discovered


Proxima b: Alien life could exist on 'second Earth' found orbiting our nearest star in Alpha Centauri system

Proxima b in 60 secondsPlay!01:06

It is invisible to the naked eye from Earth and outshone by the bright glow of Alpha Centauri, but our closest star is holding an intriguing secret, scientists have discovered.  
Proxima Centauri, which lies in our nearest star system, is orbited by a rocky planet that is so similar to Earth that it could harbour life.
The planet, dubbed ‘Proxima b’ is only four light years away, just next door in astronomical terms, and sits in a position known as theGoldilocks Zone, where the temperature is mild enough for water to remain liquid.
An artist's impression of the newly discovered Proxima b planet which orbits our nearest star 
An artist's impression of the newly discovered Proxima b planet which orbits our nearest star  CREDIT: ESO/M. KORNMESSER
Hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered in recent years which could harbour life, but this is the closest to our solar system.
The planet is more than 25 trillion miles away, a distance that would take around 30,000 years to reach with current technology. 
It is a great place to start looking for life outside the Solar System and it is a very exciting discoveryDr Mikko Tuomi, University of Hertfordshire
However, the planet is close enough to give scientists confidence that they can develop a space craft that would be able to reach it within the scale of a human life time and they believe robotic probes could be sent to Proxima b in years to come.
 Much further in the future the planet may even be colonised by space travellers from Earth, assuming conditions on the surface are survivable.
Professor Stephen Hawking is currently devising a small spacecraft to travel to the Alpha Centauri star system in which Proxima Centauri resides in just 20 years. It would use a 100-gigawatt beam of light to reach speeds of 100 million miles an hour.
Dr Mikko Tuomi, from the University of Hertfordshire, who was part of the discovery team,  said: "According to the findings the planet has a rocky surface and is only a fraction more massive than the Earth.
An artist's impression of proxima b in space
Proxima b orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri which is 4.3 light years away from Earth  CREDIT:  ESO/M. KORNMESSER
"It is the closest possible exoplanet to us and may be the closest to support life outside the solar system.
“It is intriguing to think that the simple ingredients - water, carbon dioxide, and rock - that are needed for the formation of biochemical cycles that we call life, could all be present and interacting on the planet’s surface.
“It is a great place to start looking for life outside the Solar System and it is a very exciting discovery.”
Proxima b is only 4.4 million miles (7.5 million km) from its star, five per cent of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, and takes just 11.2 days to complete one orbit.
But because Proxima Centauri is a dim red dwarf star radiating much less heat than the Sun, the planet still occupies the habitable zone.
Stephen Hawking announces mission to Alpha CentauriPlay!02:28
However its proximity its sun means it is blasted by powerful ultraviolet rays and X-rays so any life that evolved on its surface would have to have evolved to withstand the punishing radiation.
Nevertheless, the prospect of finding life on Proxima b has excited scientists.
Dr Guillem Anglada-Escude, from Queen Mary University of London, who led an international team of about 30 astronomers, said: "Succeeding in the search for the nearest terrestrial planet beyond the solar system has been an experience of a lifetime, and has drawn on the dedication and passion of a number of international researchers.
"We hope these findings inspire future generations to keep looking beyond the stars. The search for life on Proxima b comes next."
An infographic compares the orbit of the planet around Proxima Centauri (Proxima b) with the same region of the Solar System 
An infographic compares the orbit of the planet around Proxima Centauri (Proxima b) with the same region of the Solar System 
Proxima Centauri is part of a triple system of stars in the constellation of Centaurus. It is the faintest of the three, which also include a much brighter pair of stars known as Alpha Centauri A and B.
From Earth, the system appears as a single bright star - the third brightest visible in the night sky.
Astronomers made the discovery studying Proxima Centauri using a special instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope operated by theEuropean Southern Observatory at La Silla in Chile's Atacama desert.
The High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher was able to measure the tiny "wobble" in the star's position caused by its interaction with the planet's gravity.
A view of the southern skies over the ESO 3.6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile with images of the stars Proxima Centauri (lower-right) and the double star Alpha Centauri AB (lower-left) from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. 
A view of the southern skies over the ESO 3.6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile with images of the stars Proxima Centauri (lower-right) and the double star Alpha Centauri AB (lower-left) from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.  CREDIT: Y. BELETSKY (LCO)/ESO/ESA/NASA/M. ZAMANI
Shifts in the star's light spectrum showed that at times the star was approaching Earth at around human walking pace - about 3mph - and at other times receding at the same speed.
From this data the scientists were able to infer the presence of a planet around 1.3 times more massive than the Earth.
Because red dwarfs can mislead planet hunters by giving false signals linked to "star spots" - the equivalent of sun spots - the scientists had to be sure of their findings.
Initial hints of a planet were observed in March 2000 and it took another 16 years before sufficient evidence was available to justify announcing the discovery to the world.
Does alien life exist?Play!03:25
Co-author Dr John Barnes, from the Open University, said: "Once we had established that the wobble wasn't caused by star spots, we knew that that there must be a planet orbiting within a zone where water could exist, which is really exciting.
"If further research concludes that the conditions of its atmosphere are suitable to support life, this is arguably one of the most important scientific discoveries we will ever make."
The research was published in the journal Nature.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/24/proxima-b-alien-life-could-exist-on-second-earth-found-orbiting/

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