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2CELLOS

Sat, 2011-06-11 10:50 by Hans-Georg

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser playing their arrangement of Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses

Watch it on YouTube

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The Ice Saints

Thu, 2011-05-05 07:07 by Hans-Georg

Let me tell you a little story from the Germanic countries. In Germany everybody knows about a sequence of icy-cold days in May, which are called "Die Eisheiligen" (the Ice Saints).

They even have names: Pakrazius, Servazius, Bonifazius, and "Die kalte Marie" (the Cold Mary).

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Berichterstattung der Massenmedien über den Atomunfall in Fukushima, Japan

Sat, 2011-03-26 11:19 by Hans-Georg

Berichterstattung der Massenmedien

Nach dem Tsunami und dadurch ausgelösten Unfall im Kernkraftwerk Fukushima Daiichi fiel mir in Gesprächen mit Freunden und Bekannten zusehends auf, dass diese völlig falsche Informationen über den Unfall hatten und diese ernsthaft und unkritisch glaubten.

Ein extremes Beispiel war eine Frau, die, von einer Demonstration zurückgekehrt, stolz berichtete, dass sie sich in das Kondolenzbuch für die 20.000 Toten des Kernkraftwerks-Unfalls eingetragen hätte.

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Fukushima status

Sat, 2011-03-19 17:26 by Hans-Georg

One of the better starting pages with frequent updates and daily status tables is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Fukushima_nuclear_accidents

New status page, English

Near real-time sensor data could be found through the following pages:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/monitoring/index-e.html (English)
http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/monitoring/ (Japanese)

The pages show information from both Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima 1)
and Fukushima Daini (Fukushima 2).

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Fukushima situation as of Wednesday, 2011-03-16

Thu, 2011-03-17 07:25 by Hans-Georg

Situation worsens - still no cause for alarm

By Lewis Page

Posted in Physics, 16th March 2011 14:14 GMT

Read the complete article in The Register

See also: Fukushima status

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi powerplant has worsened significantly as it becomes clear that one and possibly two reactors there have suffered a breach in primary containment, making the incident definitely the second worst nuclear accident yet seen.

Nonetheless its human consequences seem certain to remain insignificant against the horrifying backdrop of the earthquake tragedy elsewhere in Japan: and there remain no grounds for anyone to fear for their health.

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The year of the tiger

Sat, 2011-01-01 16:01 by Hans-Georg
© Heather AngeI – A sleek female Bengal tiger walks along a track in Ranthambore N P in India. © Heather AngeI – An Amur tiger breathes out in cold air at dusk in China

As 2010 – the year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar – draws to a close, it is timely to consider the status of this most regal of the big cats. With three of the subspecies of tigers – Balinese, Caspian and Javan already extinct ­– the WWF now estimate the total world population of wild tigers is marginally above 3000. …

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The digital story of the nativity

Tue, 2010-12-21 17:32 by Hans-Georg

What if it happened today?

Experience the 2,000-year time shift:

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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The new power of women

Mon, 2010-12-20 17:25 by Hans-Georg
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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Sat, 2010-12-04 22:27 by Hans-Georg

The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

Original YouTube page


Start the video, then select the highest possible resolution that works well on your computer.

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Earth from above

Sat, 2010-11-27 10:41 by Hans-Georg
Pena, Portugal Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

"Earth From Above" is the result of the aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It's a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet.

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