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Thu Jul 4 08:30:23 EDT 2013

Distance: 4.2 mi
Time 00:41:30
Pace: 09:52 min/mi
Weight: 142 (-3 from initial 145)
Calories: 451
E. Ocean View, Chesapeake Blvd., E. Bayview, Sturgis.

@Runner #running
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Mystery of Saturn's Great White Spot Solved

Approximately once every Saturnian year - equivalent to 30 Earth years - an enormous storm is produced on the ringed planet and which affects the aspect of its atmosphere on a global scale. These gigantic storms are known as Great White Spots, due to the appearance they have on the atmosphere of the planet.
The first observation of one of these was made in 1876; the Great White Spot of 2010 was the sixth one to be observed. On this occasion the Cassini space vehicle was able to obtain high resolution images of this meteorological structure. The storm initiated as a small brilliant white cloud in the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere of the planet, and grew rapidly and remained active for more than seven months. Over this time an amalgam of white clouds was generated which expanded to form a cloudy and turbulent ring with a surface area of thousands of millions of square kilometres.
The Planetary Sciences Group presented a first study of the storm and which was published on the front cover of Nature on the 7th of July, 2011. Now, with this new research, the hidden secrets of the phenomenon have been revealed, studying in detail the “head” and the “focus” of the Great White Spot.

We now understand the nature of the giant storms on Saturn. Through the analysis of images sent from the Cassini space probe belonging to the North American and European space agencies (NASA and ESA respectively), as well as the computer models of the storms and the examination of the clouds therein, the Planetary Sciences Group of the University of the Basque Country has managed to explain the behaviour of these storms for the first time.


The team of astronomers analysed the images taken from the Cassini probe in order to measure the winds in the “head” of the storm, the focus where the activity originated. In this region the storm interacts with the circulating atmosphere, forming very intense sustained winds, typically of 500 kilometres an hour. “We did not expect to find such violent circulation in the region of the development of the storm, which is a symptom of the particularly violent interaction between the storm and the planet’s atmosphere”, commented Enrique García. They were also able to determine that these storm clouds are at 40 km above the planet’s own clouds.

The research revealed the mechanism that produces this phenomenology. The team of scientists designed mathematical models capable of reproducing the storm on a computer, providing a physical explanation for the behaviour of this giant storm and for its lengthy duration. The calculations show that the focus of the storm is deeply embedded, some 300 km above the visible clouds. The storm transports enormous quantities of moist gas in water vapour to the highest levels of the planet, forming visible clouds and liberating enormous quantities of energy. This injection of energy interacts violently with the dominant wind of Saturn to produce wind storms of 500 km/h.

The research also showed that, despite the enormous activity of the storm, this was not able to substantially modify the prevailing winds which blow permanently in the same direction as the Earth’s parallels, but they did interact violently with them.

Apart from the curiosity of knowing the physical processes underlying the formation of these giant storms on Saturn, the study of these phenomena enable us to enhance our knowledge of the models employed in research into meteorology and the behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, in a very different environment and impossible to simulate in a laboratory.

“The storms on Saturn are, in a way, a test bank of the physical mechanisms underlying the generation of similar meteorological phenomena on Earth”, commented Agustín Sánchez Lavega, Director of the Planetary Sciences Group at the UPV/EHU.

The article explaining the discovery, the lead author being Enrique García Melendo, researcher at the Fundació Observatori Esteve Duran – Institut de Ciències de l’Espai, of Catalonia, was published in Nature Geosciences.

Reference: E. García-Melendo, R. Hueso, A. Sánchez-Lavega, J. Legarreta, T. del Río-Gaztelurrutia, S. Pérez-Hoyos, J. F. Sanz-Requena. Atmospheric Dynamics of Saturn’s 2010 giant storm. Nature Goescience, 2013, DOI 10.1038/ngeo1860.

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My breakfast today consisted of a Lilly's Almond/Dark Chocolate bar (no sugar added),

and some Alive & Radiant Original Kale Krunch kale chips,

and Honest Tea Assam Black Tea

I had to get to an appointment early, pedalling my Fuji, and didn't have time to make breakfast at home (overslept), so purchased my breakfast from the local hippy grocers, Edge of the Woods Market

Not a bad breakfast though; Chocolate, kale, and tea, oh, plus a couple of locally grown, organic strawberries.

#organic #healthy #breakfast #hippy #cycling #newhaven #ct #connecticut
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Here is a summation of the trouble in Brazil:

No, I'm not going to the world cup. by Carla Dauden on YouTube

Thanks, Bruce Bane
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#primavera brasileira (bom, de verdade, e inverno em Brasil...)
#brazilian spring (ok, really it's winter down there, but whatever)
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A small city in heavily Christian northern Florida is about to become home to the first public monument in the United States dedicated to atheism.

Florida members of American Atheists, a national advocacy group, plan to erect a 1,500-pound granite display in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, Fla., next month, opposite a controversial year-old display of the Ten Commandments outside the same courthouse.

"We'd rather there be no monuments at all, but if they are allowed to have the Ten Commandments, we will have our own," said Ken Loukinen, the director of regional operations for American Atheists who designed the monument.

The new structure will feature quotes related to secularism from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair on a 4-foot-high panel, alongside a bench. It will stand in a small square in front of the courthouse, opposite the 5-foot, 6-ton Ten Commandments monument sponsored by a Christian group.

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#atheism #atheist @godless
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Carly Kalafus - Bass & Vocals

Waiting For The Call by likevioletmusic on YouTube

I saw this band, Like Violet live, today, on the New Haven Green, as part of the Arts & Ideas Festival.

Caitlin Kalafus - Drums

They were awesome.

Carly Kalafus

official music video Fire Fire- Like Violet by likevioletmusic on YouTube

Image/photo Shaepes Valleau - Guitar & Vocals

#likeviolet #newhaven #ct #connecticut #artsandideas


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