A stunning series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. Set to the song "Walking in the Air," by Howard Blake.
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If a startup called Urthecast has its way, you’ll soon be able to replicate that experience from your computer, thanks to HD cameras mounted on the station to stream near real-time video of Earth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be the first-ever HD streaming video feed of Earth from space, and will let viewers discern objects as small as one meter wide.
The company’s cameras are being built right now, says co-founder Scott Larson, and will be completed in early summer. Then they’ll be shipped to Russia, where the Russian Federal Space Agency will schedule them for transport to the station. Larson says the system should be fully up and running early next year.
The cameras will continuously film Earth as the station orbits the planet about 15 times per day. Footage will be downlinked to ground stations, then immediately streamed via Urthecast.com. Larson expects to provide footage every second for five to ten years.
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Despite the fact that it is "causing a huge commotion" in North Carolina, President Obama chose not to mention Amendment One in his speech at the University of North Carolina today, notes Andrew Rosenthal at the NYT:
The president has made some effort to end officially sanctioned discrimination against gay couples, one of the last remaining formal barriers to true equal rights. His administration has stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex unions.
Yet he still refuses to come out in support of marriage equality, claiming that his position is “evolving.” His silence on Amendment One this afternoon, and on gay marriage throughout his presidency, may keep his campaign managers happy, but hardly reflects the “yes we can” attitude that got him elected.
The closest Obama has come to speaking out against the measure, which would constitutionally prohibit same-sex marriage, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships in the state, was a statement in March delivered by a campaign spokesman, "that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples."
No doubt that a statement, today, with the measure up for a vote on May 8, could have added to the momentum of those opposing it, who are seeing some gains in that area.
MINNESOTA: A hideous new ad supporting the anti-gay marriage amendment.
JAY BAKKER: Son of Jim and Tammy Faye speaks out against NC's Amendment One.
WIRED: Father discovers teachers are bullying his autistic child.
CHINA: Teen disappears into sinkhole that opens up on sidewalk in Xi'an, northern China.
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Bradley Manning presses for dismissal of charges...
Outsports: The NFL Draft on Grindr.
Shirley Maclaine says there's one good thing about Dick Clark's passing.
Broad transgender rights on the horizon in Argentina? "Taking the next step in becoming the most progressive Latin American nation on LGBT issues, Argentina is poised to adopt a far-reaching gender identity law that would grant transgender individuals the right to change their name and gender on their official identification records."
Gambian president condemns "evil and ungodly" homosexuality.
Calvin Klein boytoy Nick Gruber arrested for cocaine possession: "Cops say they noticed Nick suspiciously reaching into the front of his pants ... so they conducted a strip search back at the station..."
James Franco premieres Francophrenia.
Christine Quinn leads rivals by 20 points in early '13 NYC mayoral poll. "The NY1-Marist poll released Monday found that 32 percent of city Democrats say they'd support Quinn in the 2013 primary. Former city comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson follows with 12 percent, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are close behind. Publisher Tom Allon is named by 1 percent."
Cristiano Ronaldo accentuates his package.
Darren Criss dons warpaint at Coachella.
Gotye backtracks on Glee cover criticism: "Really clever to transpose the song to two guys ... It was a great idea."
Adrian Pracon, man spared by Swedish killer right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, was gay: "As a young gay man in a Catholic family he faced difficulties from some of those close to him when he came out - and although he has a good relationship with them now he felt isolated in his later teens."
More shots of Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings.
The cause of brain freeze revealed by studying people sipping ice water: "They saw that increased blood flow to the brain through a blood vessel called the anterior cerebral artery, which is located in the middle of the brain behind the eyes. This increase in flow and resulting increase in size in this artery brought on the pain associated with brain freeze."
African women respond to Swedish Minister of Culture over genital mutiliation cake.
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Sweden to deport trans women assaulted and urinated on by Russian police.
Janice Dickinson on America's Next Top Model: “Okay. I’m just going to say it. COVERGIRL chooses the model. It’s not the judges. It’s not Tyra.”
Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett do The Graham Norton Show.
Rosie O'Donnell rips Lindsay Lohan casting as Elizabeth Taylor: "You're out of your mind! You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good she was sixteen."
Male strip club sues North Miami Beach for discrimination: "city officials long ignored a local law that prohibited three strip clubs from serving alcohol alongside naked dancers. Anyone visiting the city would think North Miami Beach is comfortably in touch with human sexuality. But now that one of those establishments is catering to a mostly homosexual clientele and changed its name to Swinging Richards, North Miami Beach suddenly has decided it's time to crack down on erotic adult entertainment."
NOM Coalition Releases North Carolina Ad Urging Protection of Biblical 'God-Created' Marriage: VIDEO
Vote for NC Marriage, the group consisting of the Christian Action League, NC Values Coalition, a coalition of African American pastors, NC Baptists, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has released its first ad urging voters to approve Amendment One in North Carolina.
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If you missed the new ads urging opposition to Amendment One, you can watch them HERE.