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World-Class Hybrid Grass for the World Cup – YouTube   Leave a comment

World-Class Hybrid Grass for the World Cup – YouTube.

” Published on 26 May 2014

May 27 (Bloomberg) — Desso Sports Systems’ “Grassmaster” is the cyborg version of soccer turf: neither natural nor artificial but a hybrid. Artificial fibers are injected into the pitch, then natural grass is planted and its roots grow entwined with the fibers, anchoring the grass. The result: a more even and durable playing field. The system has been used in the Olympics and in NFL stadiums. Now it’s been installed at the Arena de Sao Paulo — the venue for the opening match of the 2014 World Cup. (Source: Bloomberg) “

Posted May 26, 2014 by arnoneumann in agriculture, FIFA, Sports, Technology

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NASA Releases Earth Day “Global Selfie” Mosaic of Our Home Planet | NASA   Leave a comment

 

NASA Releases Earth Day “Global Selfie” Mosaic of Our Home Planet | NASA.

” NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
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NASA
May 22, 2014
Facinating nd ambitious creative Project by NASA to coincide with Earth Day.
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NASA Releases Earth Day “Global Selfie” Mosaic of Our Home Planet

For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social media. NASA released Thursday a new view of our home planet created entirely from those photos.

The “Global Selfie” mosaic was built using more than 36,000 individual photographs drawn from the more than 50,000 images tagged #GlobalSelfie and posted on or around Earth Day, April 22, on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. The project was designed to encourage environmental awareness and recognize the agency’s ongoing work to protect our home planet.

Selfies were posted by people on every continent and 113 countries and regions, from Antarctica to Yemen, Greenland to Guatemala, and Pakistan to Peru. The resulting global mosaic is a zoomable 3.2-gigapixel image that users can scan and explore to look at individual photos. The Global Selfie was assembled after several weeks of collecting and curating the submitted images.

“With the Global Selfie, NASA used crowd-sourced digital imagery to illustrate a different aspect of Earth than has been measured from satellites for decades: a mosaic of faces from around the globe,” said Peg Luce, deputy director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington. “We were overwhelmed to see people participate from so many countries. We’re very grateful that people took the time to celebrate our home planet together, and we look forward to everyone doing their part to be good stewards of our precious Earth.”

The GigaPan image of Earth is based on views of each hemisphere captured on Earth Day 2014 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. Suomi NPP, a joint mission between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, collects data on both long-term climate change and short-term weather conditions.

The Global Selfie mosaic and related images and videos are available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1n4y8qp

The Global Selfie is part of a special year for NASA Earth science. For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth Science missions are scheduled to launch in one year. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint mission with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, was launched in February. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is set to launch in July with the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission to follow in November. And two Earth science instruments — RapidScat and the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System — will be launched to the International Space Station.

NASA missions have helped identify thousands of new planets across the universe in recent years, but the space agency studies no planet more closely than our own. With 17 Earth-observing satellites in orbit and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns, NASA produces data that help scientists get a clearer picture of Earth’s interconnected natural systems. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

For more information about NASA’s Earth science activities in 2014, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow

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Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-0918
stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov “

Posted May 24, 2014 by arnoneumann in aerospace, Photography

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Old Bicycle Parts Become Brilliant New Bike Racks – CityLab   Leave a comment

Old Bicycle Parts Become Brilliant New Bike Racks – CityLab.

Innovative, creative and practical.

 

“Old Bicycle Parts Become Brilliant New Bike Racks

Recycling, Picasso-style.

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Andreas Scheiger

Technically, turning bike handlebars and seats into something of a bull was Picasso’s idea first. But Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger’s brilliant interpretation of Picasso’s Tête de Taureau shows how all sorts of modern bike parts can become gorgeously functional.

Scheiger has created a whole series of these bicycle hunting trophies, which can hold anything from umbrellas to hats to more bikes. A few pre-made versions are for sale in his online shop, but he also shows those who are so inclined how he made them here.

All images courtesy of Andreas Scheiger. “

Posted May 20, 2014 by arnoneumann in creativity, Innovation

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Visualia 2014 in Pula: Interview with organiser Marko Bolkovic   Leave a comment

Visualia 2014 in Pula: Interview with organiser Marko Bolkovic (Includes first-hand account).

You dont have to be a large City to be innovative and creative…..Pula in Croatia has only approximately 55,000 people.

Everything is Connected… Why a Pulp and Paper Mill is a Perfect Metaphor for Sustainability | 3BL Media   Leave a comment

 

Everything is Connected… Why a Pulp and Paper Mill is a Perfect Metaphor for Sustainability | 3BL Media.

It takes ALL PARTS to make a whole ! It is not either the environment OR the economy…….it is AND that ties it all together.

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Friday, May 2, 2014 – 3:30pm
Many of Domtar’s Mills are integrated. That means there’s a Fiberline and a Paper Machine department. There’s a bit of pride in the groups, and this leads to some good natured ribbing. Papermakers often refer to the Fiberline as “the back end of the mill”. Papermakers are directly involved in the production of the final product and they naturally feel they are the most important part of the operation. Fiberline workers hear this and just shake their heads. The raw materials come in to the Fiberline where they are processed and made ready for making paper. Since the process begins in the Fiberline, it’s obvious that the Paper Machines are “the back end of the mill”.
So who is right?
It doesn’t matter where the mill is, Papermakers and Fiberline workers are as different as night and day, yet they both are critical in making a mill run. The differences in their point of view can be attributed to the process they work in. In a Fiberline, the process takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to complete. On a paper machine, it’s a matter of seconds. An operator makes a change in the Fiberline, and it could take hours, or even days, to see the result. Papermakers have seconds to act and operate under constant pressure to “keep the sheet on the reel”.
The reality is that an integrated mill’s manufacturing process is a system, where each piece is interconnected and relies on the smooth operation of the step that precedes and follows it. From woodyard to digester to paper machine to converting to shipping to sales and support…every step of the way, every step is as important as the next.
But for a simpler answer to the question, “who’s right?” Ask the folks who work in the Recovery and Utilities area (the place where the steam and power are produced) …they’ll say that nothing runs without them!
This article was first published on our blog Fiberlines: an online space where you’ll get insights about our business and our products, stories about our host communities, and opinion about industry innovation and sustainability trends.
Check it out at FiberlinesDomtar.com or follow us on Twitter (@DomtarCorp), LinkedIn or Google+ (+domtar).  “

Posted May 4, 2014 by arnoneumann in Sustainability

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