Try this incredible interactive four BILLION pixel image of Everest


Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres above sea level.
In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest.
It has become a mecca for climbers, and has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the north ridge from Tibet.
The southeast ridge is technically easier and was the route used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 when they reached the summit for the first time.
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THIS INCREDIBLE INTERACTIVE FOUR BILLION PIXEL IMAGE OF EVEREST LETS YOU ZOOM IN AS IF YOU WERE ACTUALLY THERE ON THE MOUNTAIN 

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  • Astonishing image was created from 477 photographs stitched together

  • Created by filmmaker David Breashears and nonprofit organisation GlacierWorks to highlight the effect of climate change on the area

  • Team also produced stunning ‘then and now’ pictures to show the effect climate change on the area since 1921

  • Working with Microsoft on even more detailed version

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by Mark Prigg

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It is an astonishing image that shows the beauty and majesty of the Himalaya region.

A climber and filmmaker has created the stunning mosaic of images to show the effect of climate change on the the area surrounding Mount Everest.

The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest. 

To view the interactive gigapixel photo, click through to the Glacier Works website.

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Doomsday for Iran? US Tests EMP Bomb



As it stands, one of the best ways to render a building packed with satellite and communications equipment ineffective is to get someone close enough to throw that one, clearly marked breaker switch. You know the one, it’s in all the movies.
Another, and often more chosen method, is to blow the entire building to smithereens. While effective, destroying entire buildings not only ensures plenty of collateral damage, it also makes it much easier to paint a nation as blood-thirsty savages. Believing there to be a better way, US manufacturer Boeing teamed up with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to create the Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP for short.
CHAMP is a missile which replaces common munitions with high-powered microwaves. It is designed to fly safely over buildings with the aforementioned satellites and communications equipment and fire directed and potent microwave beams at these buildings. Its designed to do this in order to ruin all electronics equipment inside, such as computers, networks and the like.
The Boeing and Air Force team conducted a test in an undisclosed location in Utah on October 16th, 2012 and found that the CHAMP system worked, well, just like a champ. Read more
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WHEN SCIENCE FICTION BECOMES SCIENCE FACT

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by Tzvi Gedalyahu

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Boeing has successfully tested an EMP missile that could be doomsday for Iran; media have largely ignored the development.

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Israel National News — Boeing has successful tested an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) missile that turns “science fiction into science fact” and could be the doomsday weapon against Iran, but media have largely ignored the development.

The U.S. Air Force and Boeing demonstrated the device more than two months ago over a military site in the Utah desert, reported the VR-Zone technology website.

Boeing did not keep the test a secret, but most mainstream media and technology sites overlooked the report.

The test was codenamed CHAMP — Counter-Electronics High Power Advanced Missile Project and was the first time a real EMP missile has been tested with positive real world results.

One of the most startling developments in the research and test is that the missile system does not use any explosives, thereby limiting damage to its intended goal of directing microwave energy that can cause instant blackouts.

Keith Coleman, who serves as Boeing’s CHAMP program manager in their Phantom Works division, stated that video camera showed “images of numerous desktop computers running, and then suddenly all of them go out quickly followed by the camera going to black,” VR-Zone reported. 

“We hit every target we wanted to…  Today we made science fiction, science fact,” said Coleman.   

An Arutz Sheva opinion article in August mentioned Israel’s possible use of an EMP bomb against Iran. The report triggered a chain reaction, allegedly influencing U.S. intelligence sources who have since been quoted in several publications with doubtful assumptions that the article reflected Israel government thinking.

The London Times subsequently reported that an EMP bomb could cripple Iran by shutting down its electronics and sending the Islamic Republic “back to the Stone Age.”

EMP causes non-lethal gamma energy to react with the magnetic field and produces a powerful electromagnetic shock wave that can destroy electronic devices, especially those used in Iran’s nuclear plants.

The shock wave would knock out Iran’s power grid and communications systems for transport and financial services, leading to economic collapse.

Note: We regret that we have not been able to upload the video that shows the test firing of the EMP missile by the joint USAF and Boeing team. This is because of the current ban by the Government of Pakistan on YouTube videos in the Pakistan. Readers in other countries can view the video directly at the site Information Clearing House from where this article has been cross posted.
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Salam, Abdus Salam [1 of 2]


A two-room bungalow, the birth place of Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam, today stands empty, testament to the indifference, bigotry and prejudice surrounding the country’s greatest scientist. — Image by AFP. [In the picture, a boy draws water through a hand pump near the house of Professor Salam].
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WE DOWN OUR HEADS IN SHAME, DR. SAHIB!

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by Nayyar Hashmey

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Today, the 21st of Nov. is the day when one of Pakistan’s greatest sons left us for ever. Today, this sixteenth death anniversary of that great Nobel of Pakistan, there are no meetings, no gatherings, no singing of our national anthem, no national songs, no speeches, long or short, commemorating the great deed of the man who was a nobel noble Pakistani from the backward district of Jhang in the Punjab province. But he, Dr. Abdus Salam was the man who not only brought the name of his backward town, but also the name of his country among the list of those illustrious scientists whose discoveries are many breakthroughs in the realm of science, discoveries that changed the life patterns, the welfare, the social as well as physical well being of the humanity not only in their home countries but throughout the world.

I being a Sunni by belief and having nothing to do with either the Qadiyaniyat philosophy or the one of those who oppose the Ahmadis, have a strong faith in Dr. Salam’s integrity as a staunch Pakistani and a great scientist and that’s what matters to me most.

I do not bracket people according to their beliefs, faiths or sects, for this is the deed, the creed and the color of the clerics. For me if somebody is a Pakistani, whether Muslim or non Muslim, is good enough to be credited as a patriot of the Pakistani motherland. On this yardstick of mine late Dr. Abdus Salam stands tall and distinct.

Another aspect of Salam as a Pakistani is his contribution in discovering the god particle. 
In a report titled:

PAKISTAN ISN’T PROUD OF ITS CONTRIBUTION TO HIGGS BOSON

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/07/pakistan-isnt-proud-its-contribution-higgs-boson/54321/

Alexander Abad-Santos writes:

In any other country, we’d wager that the late Dr. Abdus Salam would be a national hero: he’s a Nobel laureate in physics and laid the groundwork for the biggest physics discovery in the past 30 years–the Higgs boson. That isn’t the case in Pakistan, where he’s been wiped from textbooks and history for not being fundamentalist enough.

“He belonged to the Ahmadi sect, which has been persecuted by the government and targeted by militants who view its members as heretics,” [Associated Press’ Sebastian Abbot.]

No doubt last week’s Higgs breakthrough is shining new light on Salam’s case and one more chapter in his illustrious biography.

“His grand unification theory of strong, weak and electromagnetic fields opened the gateway for the discovery of bosons and laid down the basis for this quantum electrodynamics project,” writes Anam Khalid Alvi for Pakistan’s Express Tribune.

And Khurshid Hasanain, chairman of the physics department at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad tells the AP, “This would be a great vindication of Salam’s work and the Standard Model as a whole.”

Ironically, we welcome many such people who belonged to the soil of Pakistan (Pakistan being the land of their birth), but they left the land of their mothers to places which offered them better chances, better opportunities to excel in their careers or professions.

Though they too deserve all our credit for owing allegiance to their birth in Pakistan and we respect and honour all of them, but what I can’t understand why men from showbiz, politics, performing arts and so many other diverse fields who originally belonged to this soil either out of political, religious, or some other reasons left this country, when they come here, are celebrated like demigods. But the man who was real son of this sacred soil who earned a name for his motherland, the man who was offered citizenship by so many countries and assured every facility to continue his work, who having spent all his life as a researcher in that great wilayat, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, when the Nobel Citation Committee entered the country of his research work as the United Kingdom, he asked the Committee to base their citation on his being a Pakistani and not a British scientist. He though had spent his life time in the United Kingdom felt more proud to accept his Nobel Award as a Pakistani in a typical Pakistani attire.

But all those credentials of an illustrious son of the Pakistani motherland, he being the man behind the great discovery, the discovery of the god particle, he being the only Nobel winner of Pakistan, do not qualify him to be even mentioned in our media, in our text books, not even a single word on the day this great patriot departed. I as a Pakistani if confronted with the spirit, the soul of that great Pakistani can’t face the spirit, can’t face the soul that’s Dr. Salam. Hum sharminda haen, Dr. Sahib! Hum sharminda haen!

We down our heads in shame because the great son of the soil of Pakistan is a persona non grata in his own soil, a soil which till last breath he proudly owned, proudly subscribed and loved.

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Sweden Imports Waste From European Neighbors To Fuel Waste-To-Energy Program


A bridge in downtown Stockholm. Since its recycling program has been so successful, Sweden has been forced to import trash to power its waste-to-energy program, which provides heating and electricity.
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SWEDEN IS SO GREEN IT HAS TO IMPORT GARBAGE

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by Public Radio International

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Sweden’s successful waste-to-energy program converts household waste into energy for heating and electricity. But they’ve run into an unusual problem: they simply aren’t generating enough trash to power the incinerators, so they’ve begun importing waste from European neighbors.

When it comes to recycling, Sweden is incredibly successful. Just four percent of household waste in Sweden goes into landfills. The rest winds up either recycled or used as fuel in waste-to-energy power plants.

Burning the garbage in the incinerators generates 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, a system of distributing heat by pumping heated water into pipes through residential and commercial buildings. It also provides electricity for a quarter of a million homes.

According to Swedish Waste Management, Sweden recovers the most energy from each ton of waste in the waste to energy plants, and energy recovery from waste incineration has increased dramatically just over the last few years.

The key to efficient heat and power production is co-generation, which minimises unnecessary loss of energy by maximising the useful applications of the surplus heat in the system. Swedish waste-to-energy plants are highly efficient as they transform more than 90 % of the energy in the incoming waste into useful heat and power.

The problem is, Sweden’s waste recycling program is too successful.

Catarina Ostlund, Senior Advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency said the country is producing much less burnable waste than it needs.

“We have more capacity than the production of waste in Sweden and that is usable for incineration,” Ostlund said.

However, they’ve recently found a solution.

Sweden has recently begun to import about eight hundred thousand tons of trash from the rest of Europe per year to use in its power plants. The majority of the imported waste comes from neighboring Norway because it’s more expensive to burn the trash there and cheaper for the Norwegians to simply export their waste to Sweden.

In the arrangement, Norway pays Sweden to take the waste off their hands and Sweden also gets electricity and heat. But dioxins in the ashes of the waste byproduct are a serious environmental pollutant. Ostlund explained that there are also heavy metals captured within the ash that need to be landfilled. Those ashes are then exported to Norway.

This arrangement works particularly well for Sweden, since in Sweden the energy from the waste is needed for heat. According to Ostlund, when both heat and electricity are used, there’s much higher efficiency for power plants.

“So that’s why we have the world’s best incineration plants concerning energy efficiency. But I would say maybe in the future, this waste will be valued even more so maybe you could sell your waste because there will be a shortage of resources within the world,” Ostlund said.

Ostlund said Sweden hopes that in the future Europe will build its own plants so it can manage to take care of its own waste.

“I hope that we instead will get the waste from Italy or from Romania or Bulgaria or the Baltic countries because they landfill a lot in these countries. They don’t have any incineration plants or recycling plants, so they need to find a solution for their waste,” Ostlund said.

In fact, landfilling remains the principal way of disposal in those countries, but new waste-to-energy initiatives have been introduced in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.

It is also important, Ostlund notes, for Sweden to find ways to reduce its own waste in the future.

“This is not a long-term solution really, because we need to be better to reuse and recycle, but in the short perspective I think it’s quite a good solution,” Ostlund concluded.

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Achievers despite heavy odds [2 of 3]


Undeterred by excessive power outages and financial setbacks, a ‘tandoor’ boy namely Mohammad Mohsin Ali — a private candidate from Hafizabad district of the Punjab province — braved all odds to clinch first position in the BA/BSc examinations of the Punjab University with a record 688 marks out of total 800 marks.
Above: Mother of Mohammad Mohsin kisses her son on August 11, 2012 after he clinched first position in the BA examination of the Punjab University Lahore.
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ANOTHER PAKISTAN

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by Mubashir Akram

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A boy who works at a tandoor since age 14 tops nationwide BA scores. His record again proves Pakistanis is a nation waiting to be unleashed but is held back by an unworkable political system.

Let us be introduced to real Pakistanis who are in a majority. Let us not pay too much attention to what those who are overly-critical of Pakistan, let us stop emphasize the negative side of Pakistan and now and then have glimpses of the positive side of Pakistan, and this country has many positive features.

In the newspaper, we have all read about Muhammad Mohsin and Kanwal Latif who secured first and second positions respectively in the BA exams of the University of Punjab. Both have brought honor and pride to their parents and their families, and to tens of millions of poor, lower-middle class and middle-class Pakistanis by courageously defeating insurmountable odds to get where they are.

Mohsin, the eldest son of his family, helps his father by working at a tandoor, where he makes a meager income despite the exhaustion and fatigue involved in the work, not to mention the heat. And he has been doing this for seven years. He was born and grew up in Hafizabad, a city in Punjab where life is brutal for poor people. So Mohsin went through a hard life since early childhood.

Now nearly 21, he has been working at the tandoor since he was 14. His usual workday stretches to nearly 18 hours, with no day off in the week. It does not need to be mentioned that in the kind of work that he does, there are no bonuses, annual leave and medical coverage.

Despite strong opposition to his studies by his own family and his relatives, he continued to do what he wanted to do: pursue his education so that he could receive the Bachelor of Arts degree. His father even punished him for “wasting time” in studying, rather than earning more to support his family.
Studying, after all, is not a source of earning, and his family needed every penny they could get to make both ends meet. Many times Mohsin’s books and notes were thrown away, but he somehow compensated for these losses.

He studied secretly when he could not do it openly, he told me. And yet he arrived at the tandoor at five in the morning to start work and found time for studies with great difficulty.

His moment of glory came on August 10 when he stood first in the university exams. Soon after this was made public, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a decision to bear his further educational expenses in the future and allotting him a home in his Aashiana scheme.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced a reward of one million rupees for him. Mohsin has requested the chief minister of Punjab to give the Aashiana home to someone who is needier than he is. Imagine a young man who has been receiving daily wages saying the home allotted to him be given to someone else.

The second-position holder, Kanwal Latif, is a resident of Shahdara. Her father works at a hardware shop and makes a meager Rs. 13,000 per month. Her elder brother, once a bright student of the ACCA, gave up his education to get a petty accounts job to support her and their two younger brothers.

Her comments in a news show on a TV channel showed what a fine young woman she is. She came across as contented, despite her difficult life, and hardworking.

Above all she did not brag about her achievement despite all the difficulties she faced. She started to cry when she mentioned the sacrifice her eldest brother had made for her and the whole family.

Thank you Mohsin. Thank you Kanwal. So long as Pakistan has sons and daughters like you, we are destined to move forward.

Mohsin and Kanwal are part of a long list of Pakistani achievers who have emerged during the past decade.

This decade was dominated by the US-led war in Afghanistan and the consistent negative media coverage of Pakistan primarily driven by the American media.

As the US media demonized Pakistan for political reasons, it detracted the world from seeing Pakistanis as a hardworking people trying to improve their lives like people do everywhere.

The real story of Pakistan is the one that Shafay, Arfa and other smart and hardworking Pakistanis epitomize, a country where ordinary Pakistanis would excel if not suffocated by failed civ and military politicos whose faces haven’t changed over the past quarter century and their political parties have turned into armed militias and family holdings threatening to turn Pakistan into another Lebanon.

Unlike a failed democratic system, ordinary Pakistanis are the engine that drives progress and creativity in Pakistan.

This year, six universities of Pakistan won positions in the list of top 300 Universities, according to QS World Universities Rankings 2012. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency.

This year, rap song Islamabad II became a sensation, as pop music in several Pakistani languages, including Pashto, Sindhi, Punjabi, and the national language Urdu attracted wide following outside Pakistan.

Also in 2012, a Pakistani scientist was honored by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) as the Scientist of the Year for his pioneering work in the cotton biotechnology sector. This was also an honor in a way for Pakistan’s progress in civil nuclear science, since honored scientist, Dr. Yusuf Zafar, is a director general for agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

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