"A gleaming vision of the technology school of the future was unveiled Thursday
as Mayor Bloomberg officially signed over 12 acres of prime Roosevelt Island property for an innovative graduate-level college and tech start-up hub.
Under the terms of the deal, Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology - which joined forces to create the Cornell Tech school - will lease the site just south of the Queensboro Bridge for the next 99 years."
ROOSEVELT ISLAND IS CONNECTED TO MANHATTAN VIA CABLE CAR!
From Nazareth to Bethlehem:
Getting Ready for
The Israel Ministry of Tourism is working in cooperation with the Church and the Palestinian Authority to facilitate Christmas celebrations for tens of thousands of faithful expected for the holiday season. 75,000 visitors are expected to arrive in Israel for the Christmas period, 25,000 of them pilgrims.
It is anticipated that about 2 million people will have visited Bethlehem in 2013 (almost double the 2012 figure of 1.18 million).
Forbes: Canada, Israel And Switzerland Are America's Top Innovation Partners
"Despite the perennial myth of the lone genius, the fact remains that innovation depends on cooperation. And as technology becomes ever more complicated, improving that research requires larger and larger groups working together - including groups working across national borders. US-Israel.
In an attempt to quantify that transnational cooperation, the US-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) has created a "U.S.-Israel Innovation Index" to measure bilateral research and development between the U.S. and other countries. "
America's Shoulder Angel vs. Shoulder Devil
The angel represents conscience; it usually sits or hovers near the right shoulder. The devil represents temptation and sits on the left because (I looked it up in Wikipedia) the left side traditionally represents dishonesty or impurity.
Obviously, moral dilemmas haunt political systems as much as they do individual citizens.
As if that weren't enough, my shoulder angel and devil have recently begun to speak with the voices of American presidents...
If you have had similar experiences, share them in the comments and use this blank if you like.
NOTE THE GROWTH SINCE 1979
DECEMBER 2013 JERUSALEM
NORTH AMERICA? THE ONLY ANOMALY HAPPENED WHEN JIMMY CARTER WAS PRESIDENT!
NASA satellite imagery reveals that at one point in January 2011 the nation saw its fifth largest snow cover extent. Click the image for a larger view. (NASA)
How much snow has fallen this season in Colorado all depends on where you are. The high country has continued to see snowfall far in excess of normal while here on the Plains we remain mostly dry. For the nation, a new NASA satellite image reveals that 71 percent of it was covered in snow at one point last month.
The new image (right), taken by NASA's Terra satellite using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), reveals a snow covered contiguous United States in January. http://tinyurl.com/nxud4qk
Researchers have measured a new record for sea-ice extent in the Antarctic. Why the white splendour is extending there while it is rapidly disappearing in the Arctic is a mystery.
Antarctica: The extent of sea ice (white) reached a record on 22 September. The yellow line shows the median of 1981 to 2000. Ice shelf is shown in gray.
Whenever the ice at the North and South Pole is mentioned, it is mostly in the context of melting ice triggered by global warming. However, the sea ice in Antarctica – in contrast to that in the Arctic – has proved to be remarkably robust. New measurements have now confirmed that. As the U.S. space agency NASA announced, the sea ice in the Antarctic has extended over an area of 19.47 million square meters at the end of September. That is the highest since measurements began in 1979.
The result is based on data from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board of the Japanese satellite "GCOM-W1″. "The winter maximum has been a record for on the second consecutive year" said Walt Meier, a meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, he stressed that it is by no means a rapid growth: The now measured maximum extent is only 3.6 percent above the average maximum extent of 1981 to 2010. "This year, the ice edge extends therefore only 35 kilometres further out to sea than in an average year," Meier said.
Moreover, the mere extent of sea ice does not necessarily say something about the volume of the ice, because that also depends on the thickness of the frozen layer. And the vast majority of the Antarctic ice mass is located on the Antarctic continent – and there the ice has decreased in recent years as a whole, particularly in West Antarctica.
But why the sea ice is increasing is a mystery. Scientists suspect that a change in the air currents could explain to a great extent the increase in Antarctic sea ice in recent decades. Other speculations are that ocean currents carry cooler surface water to the Antarctic or that the melting water, which flows through massive channels in the ice, decreases the temperature of the surface sea water.
Translation by Philipp Mueller
See full article at Spiegel Online, 21 October 2013http://tinyurl.com/qbscn3t
We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potatolike chip. Or doomed to die with the polar bears. It was to be a soggy end for the most beautiful planet in the cosmos and for all the passengers riding on it. The global alarmists never quite got their story of fright and fear straight, whether by now we would be fried or frozen.
First they warned of global warming, and when they needed a new narrative "global warming" became "climate change." They finally settled on something they could prove because the climate does, in fact, change. First it rains, and then the sun comes out. Then it rains again. Rain, sun, rain, sun, drip, drip and dry. The narrative is ever new.Only 13 years ago (and 13 is the unluckiest of the numbers, which is pretty scary, too), a scientist at the climate-research unit of Britain's University of East Anglia predicted that "within a few years' time" a snowfall would be "a vary rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is."
That was then, and this is now, and Britain is huddled against predictions that 2013-14 will be one of the coldest and wettest winters in a very long time. "Worst winter for decades," cried the Daily Express. "Record-breaking snow predicted for November." And so it came to pass.
The global-warming hysteria grew quickly after that early prediction of a scarcity of snow. Certain scientists with more ambition than sense saw opportunity lying close at hand. With the falling snow could come falling grants to pay for learned papers. Learned academics have learned that a feverish alarm, served with a dollop of hysteria, can move the learned nonsense out of the faculty lounge and into the newspapers and onto television screens. And not just in Old Blighty, whence the scam originated.James Hansen, whose career at NASA gave him the credentials to be taken seriously even when he didn't sound serious, predicted that in the decade after 2020 the average annual temperature would rise by 9 degrees, with more heat to come. Soon we would be boiling like lobsters.
Mr. Hansen, in an op-ed essay in The Washington Post, blames everything on "climate change" — the European heat wave of 2003, the Russian heat wave of 2010, catastrophic droughts in Texas and Oklahoma last year. To discount his view of what's at stake — a climactic version of hope and change — "would be like quitting your job and playing the lottery every morning to pay the bills."The admiration Mr. Hansen and his like-minded colleagues have for themselves is as breathtaking as their contempt for all who disagree with them. The more their scam crumbles, the louder they shout its particulars.
Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.http://tinyurl.com/k3js2wc
"In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend." --Alexander Hamilton
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