June 27 Global Sea Ice Area Fourth Highest On Record – Highest Since 1996

Real Science

Nobel Laureate Albert Arnold Gore Jr. said there was a 75% chance the Arctic would be ice free this summer, but in fact we have seen quite the opposite.

The amount of sea ice on Earth is 4th highest on record for the date, and the highest since 1996.

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Bratislava, Slovakia

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Not a whole lot to say about Bratislava. It’s another Eastern European, post-communist city that’s got plenty of charm. What I will say is that if you’re there in Winter and it’s pouring rain then it going to be bloody cold, I assure you of that. I wouldn’t say there’s anything mind-blowing about this little city but it’s certainly a worthy stopover for a day or two if you’re passing through. So here’s a bunch of pictures that will undoubtedly tell you more about Bratislava than I just did.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts in Seattle

Suyash Chopra

Before I flew for Seattle in the October of 2012, everyone told me to enjoy and immerse myself in the fall colors of Seattle – one of the best places in USA to witness Fall. And so did I. As expected the weather of Seattle was predictably unpredictable with light drizzle reaching the earth, just at any time of the day. And sunlight at the very next moment behind the clouds. Some say, its kind of depressing weather there due to the rain and months of low sunlight.

Elliot Bay Seattle

I was at the top of the Space Needle, enjoying the majestic view of the city and its suburbs, cloaked in fall colors. And then I saw this contrast where sunlight falling on the waters of Elliot Bay made a portion of the bay so bright, whereas rest of the bay was under the spell of the dark clouds. This contrast was made even more remarkable by…

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Cedarburg hosts Strawberry Festival, and the line for strawberry brats is about two blocks long!

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CEDARBURG (WITI) — Cedarburg hosted its 29th annual Strawberry Festival this weekend — a popular event that’s gaining national attention!

The streets of Cedarburg were buzzing this weekend with people from across the country.

« We had people from Florida, people from California, » B.J. Homayouni, the executive director of Festivals of Cedarburg said.

Some came for the entertainment, but a big draw was the food.

« The strawberry brat is amazing! » one festival-goer told FOX6 News.

They’re so good, they keep Judy Kinart and her husband coming back every year.

« It tastes like a bratwurst with a little hint of sweet every once in awhile, » Kinart said.

She wasn’t the only one eating them this weekend!

« The line practically almost goes two blocks long, » Samantha Champea with Schwai’s Meat & Sausage Market said.

So what’s in these sweet meats?

« I actually can`t say because it`s a secret. It is a secret recipe, »…

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goexploreindonesia: Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh), Pangandaran Cukang Taneuh actually refers to the rock formation that connects two plant covered hills whose walls really do remind travelers who have been to the United States of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It measures about three meters wide and forty meters long thus forming some sort of an arc or tunnel. Some parts of the river have rapids which is ideal for adventure rafting. But for guests who just wish to immerse their bodies in the cool waters, there are several pools from which this can be done easily and safely. Kids are also allowed to join the excursion although they should be big enough to fit in a life vest.

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Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh), Pangandaran

Cukang Taneuh actually refers to the rock formation that connects two plant covered hills whose walls really do remind travelers who have been to the United States of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

It measures about three meters wide and forty meters long thus forming some sort of an arc or tunnel. Some parts of the river have rapids which is ideal for adventure rafting.

But for guests who just wish to immerse their bodies in the cool waters, there are several pools from which this can be done easily and safely. Kids are also allowed to join the excursion although they should be big enough to fit in a life vest. http://ift.tt/TuBG9V

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Des dirigeants de Google viennent à Cuba pour promouvoir un « internet libre » (presse) – La Libre.be

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La Havane, 29 juin 2014 (AFP)

Le président exécutif de Google, Eric Schmidt, s’est rendu à Cuba cette semaine avec trois autres dirigeants de l’entreprise pour promouvoir « un internet libre », a-t-on appris dimanche du journal en ligne d’opposition « 14yMedio », dirigé par la blogueuse Yoani Sanchez.

M. Schmidt, Jared Cohen, Brett Perlmutter et Dan Keyserling « ont eu des réunions avec le secteur officiel », ont dialogué « avec des jeunes des écoles polytechniques » et ont visité samedi « l’Université de sciences informatiques (UCI) », dans l’ouest de La Havane, est-il indiqué sur le site de 14ymedio (www.14ymedio.com), sans plus de précisions sur les dates d’arrivée et de départ du groupe.

Durant cette visite de deux jours dont l’objectif était de « promouvoir les vertus d’un internet libre et ouvert », les dirigeants du géant américain d’internet ont également « contacté les rédacteurs et journalistes de 14ymedio », le premier média de presse indépendant apparu en 50 ans sur l’île.

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A new species of mammal (a sengi)

Why Evolution Is True

New species of mammals aren’t found very often, but reader Roo called my attention to one in the Torygraph’s « Pictures of the day » showing a new species of what’s called a « shrew ». But it isn’t really a shrew, it’s a sengi, and can you believe this (from the California Academy’s press release)? (My emphasis):

Sengis are restricted to Africa and, despite their small size, are more closely related to elephants, sea cows, and aardvarks than they are to true shrews. Found in a remote area of Namibia, on the inland edge of the Namib Desert at the base of the Etendeka Plateau, scientists believe this new species went undescribed for so long because of the challenges of doing scientific research in such an isolated area. Yet it is precisely this isolation, and the unique environmental conditions in the region, that have given rise to this and other endemic…

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