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Nov 05

Higher, bigger, larger…

16 comments 2004 at 08.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago I came across an article* about some extreme advanced projects that engineers are working on these days (real or still in concept stage). Here are some of those extraordinary engineering projects:

Nov 03

Hot October in the Mediterranean

10 comments 2004 at 01.25 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

If you had to escape the gray weather and still enjoy the beauty of some summer sun, Ibiza wouldn’t have been a bad place in October since the folks of meteorological office just released figures that it was the hottest October since 1961.

Sep 16

Amazing shot from space of hurricane Ivan

13 comments 2004 at 07.55 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Hurricane Ivan is one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recent history and if we are to believe climate experts more such storms are likely in the future due to global warming. Ivan was a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricanes need warm water and the oceans are heating up.

Mar 17

Spring is in the air

5 comments 2004 at 04.10 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today in Belgium Spring has arrived. It’s official: this day will be marked in history as the first gorgeous day of 2004. Yes we had some sun already but never this warm. Today temperatures will climb to around 18 or 20° Celsius.  Kind of remarkable for this time of year and even better then the weather on my favorite Balearic island Ibiza.

Feb 06

A peek into the wonderful world of nature

2 comments 2004 at 02.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Guido SterkendriesIf you are into nature like I am, you’ll love today’s posting. Meet Belgium’s finest extreme wildlife photographer Guido Sterkendries. On his nice website you’ll find all the amazing creatures that nature has to offer. He’s always discovering and exploring the unknown and its inhabitants. Most of the animals or creatures on the site are never seen before or very rare and hard to find.

Jan 30

First real snow this winter

0 comments 2004 at 12.16 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

We had our first real snow here yesterday and I wanted to share this.
Snow is always a great setting for a nice shoot isn’t it?

First snow this Winter

Jan 13

Full Mars panorama snap released

0 comments 2004 at 11.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Planet MarsTime to get in Sci-Fi mode now, the US space agency’s Mars rover Spirit has sent back a complete 360-degree panoramic colour image of its location on the surface of the Red Planet. The composite picture provides a startling glimpse of an alien world, one which Spirit is due to begin investigating early on Thursday.

A high resolution version of the image will help scientists decide which parts of the landing site to explore. The presence of carbonates may indicate that some of the rocks formed in water. The rover should spend 90 days travelling several hundred metres to analyse rocks and soil for past evidence of water, one of the key requirements for life.

Jan 04

Spirit landed on Mars

0 comments 2004 at 11.58 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Spirit robotBeagle 2 of ESA is still missing and not sending images back to earth but NASA has more luck with it's Mars mission. The first US rover - called Spirit - landed on at Mars at about 0435 GMT today.

The "robotic geologist" will be followed down in late January by its twin, Opportunity. Their mission is to examine their landing sites for past environmental conditions that may have been conducive to life.

Dec 27

Cows Going Wild in Switzerland

1 comments 2003 at 01.37 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

The classic Swiss postcard scene picturing a happy, brown cow with a bell around its neck munching grass against a backdrop of Swiss mountains is no longer as idyllic as it seems. Swiss cows have developed a mean streak since being left alone in the wild under a new rearing technique, raising the risk of attack for the unsuspecting rambler. As part of a new rearing technique, Swiss farmers are allowing their cows to roam the countryside for months at a time. Under this complete lack of human supervision, the cows have rediscovered their primal instincts and, as a result, they have become more aggressive towards people and dogs.

Swiss cows

Dec 20

Discovery of biggest maternity hospital for stars

0 comments 2003 at 05.09 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Giant gas cloudThe Space Telescope Institute has announced that an international team of astronomers have discovered the biggest, brightest and hottest area in the cosmos (found until now) where stars originate. Through systematic study with a series of telescopes researchers came across a super-hot cloud of gas where millions of blue-white suns are being born behind a far away cluster of stars-systems.

The cloud in the constellation Lynx is a million times brighter then the Orion-nebulae, which exists nearby earth and from where small telescopes can detect the existence of stars. She looks like a mysterious red bow. The stars that originated from the giant cluster are twice as hot as stars compared in our galaxy. Fascinating is that the star-system generates gigantic stars, much bigger then all suns in our galaxy.

The giant stars have a surface temperature as far as 80.000 degrees Celsius. Our sun reaches five thousand degrees. Since the cloud is situated at a distance of twelve billion light-years from us, it is a rare observed example of the early years of the universe. Especially two billion years after the Big Bang.

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