Monthly Archives: February 2013

Young- Dog is Dead

Great. An amazing song from Dog is Dead released in 2010, but is still one of my favorites.

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Charlene Soraia- Wherever you Will Go

An amazing cover of the original by America’s ‘The Calling’ which is one of the most emotional songs I have ever come across.

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Scanning for Alien Life?

Huge telescopes around the world, like one being built in Chile, could actually be used to scan for alien life by detecting oxygen on other planets. Scientists say that as all plants and bacteria on this planet give off Oxygen when they are living, finding oxygen on another planet could hint at life. New Scientist says ‘Current telescopes can look at the light that passes through exoplanet atmospheres and tease out their make-up, based on the substances that absorb particular wavelength bands.’ They say that they are even doing this for planets as big as Jupiter, and can be used to detect oxygen on planets hundreds of light years away.

Around the world, huge telescopes may be built to hopefully extend our knowledge of potential life, or just gain information about the universe as we know it. These telescopes, however, were not built solely for the purpose of detecting oxygen.

But, apparently, there are no telescopes currently large enough to complete the job usefully. In fact, most of the ground observations cannot filter out earth’s oxygen filled atmosphere and Space missions designed to find oxygen on distant planets have been cancelled. The first telescope which scientists feel would be able to do the job effectively would be the ‘European Extremely Large Telescope’ in Chile which is due to be completed within the next decade which has a 39 meter main mirror, one of the largest we have ever seen.

(Source of information: New Scientist Magazine)

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Bastille- Pompeii

Bastille’s fantastic new singe- Pompeii. Released on the 24th of February in the UK. Amazing.

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Please Don’t Say You Love Me

A fantastic new single- ‘Please Don’t say you love me’ by Gabrielle Aplin.

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Merry Farmer

In honor of International Women’s Day earlier this month I read a neat article from The Independent about the best and worst places to be a woman.  They broke it down throughout various disciplines, education, opportunity, health care, and the like.  It was no surprise to me that Scandinavian countries ranked so high in so many areas and that Iceland was named the best place to be a woman.  (I’m part Scandinavian, after all)  It was interesting to see other places throughout the world ranked high in other areas though.  Like Rwanda being the best place to be a female politician.

So it got me thinking….  When were the best and worst times to be a woman?

Now if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time then you know I’m something of a History Apologist.  I believe very strongly that the past was not such a bad…

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