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Friday, July 28, 2006

The 20 happiest nations in the World are:

1. Denmark
2. Switzerland

3. Austria

4. Iceland

5. The Bahamas

6. Finland

7. Sweden

8. Bhutan

9. Brunei

10. Canada

11. Ireland

12. Luxembourg

13. Costa Rica

14. Malta

15. The Netherlands

16. Antigua and Barbuda

17. Malaysia

18. New Zealand

19. Norway

20. The Seychelles
Other notable results include:
23. USA 35. Germany 41. UK 62. France 82. China 90. Japan 125. India 167. Russia
The three least happy countries were:
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo 177. Zimbabwe 178. Burundi
This was seized 4 u at EurekAlert

Do black holes exist?

Researchers have found what they believe may be a MECO (Magnetic, Eternally Collapsing Object) inside of a quasar. MECOs are rivals to black hole theory and involve plasmas that never reach the state of being a singularity. The most obvious differences between them are that MECOs have a magnetic field and do not have an event horizon. The problem lies in that the Universe cannot have both MECOs and black holes - it can only have one or the other. If this object truly is a MECO, then black holes do not exist. Anywhere. Read more...
This was seized 4 u at SlashDot

Friday, July 21, 2006

Space tourists offered a spacewalk

Space Adventures, Ltd., my favorite travel agency, announced today that orbital spaceflight clients can now participate in a spacewalk during their stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Also known as an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), those clients interested in the spacewalk option have the availability to spend up to 1.5 hours outside of the space station.
Spacewalk candidates are required to participate in approximately a month of EVA simulations and other specialized training sessions, in addition to meeting the medical and physical requirements, familiarizing themselves with the Russian Soyuz TMA spacecraft and learning how to live aboard the ISS.
The current duration of a Space Adventures' orbital spaceflight mission is 10 days. Past orbital clients have paid $20 million (USD) for their spaceflight which includes six months of cosmonaut training. The addition of a spacewalk would lengthen the mission approximately six to eight days and the price for this option is $15 million (USD) which means that this all inclusive adventure only will cost $35 million (USD). Read more...

Report Confirms Chicago Police Tortured Black Prisoners

In Chicago, special prosecutors have released a major report confirming that African American men have been systematically tortured inside the Chicago prison system. The report said enough evidence exists to support the prosecution of three police officers but that the statute of limitations had expired.

This was seized 4 u at Democracy Now

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Peter Bialobrzeski's Tiger Cities

Just enjoy these two pictures.
"Tiger Cities" are pictures of a high-rise, high- density megalopolis, where architecture is in constant metamorphosis, and where its residents truly are living in the fast lane.

Enchanted by the intense neon lights illuminating these cities so unlike Europe's older cities,
Bialobrzeski sets out at a snail's pace with a traditional tripod-mounted view camera to record what he sees as a hypermodern fantasy world.
Bialobrzeski forces us, through a seductive and romantic palette, to understand that these futuristic, almost utopian downtown scenes are quite real and very much part of a daily routine for the millions of people who reside in these dense vertical cities.
This was seized 4 u at Laurence Miller Gallery