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November 22, 2013

These are real snowflakes, photographed by Alexey Kljatov with a macro lens. Truly beautiful stuff in this collection. As a bonus, he’s posted high-res versions too, and they’re all free to download. source

15:16 // 4 months ago
May 31, 2013
nationalpost:

Perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, complete with liquid blood, discovered in ArcticRussian researchers say they have discovered a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal.They say the frozen remains of a female mammoth were so well-preserved that blood was found in ice cavities when they were broken up.Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum who led the expedition, said Thursday the carcass was preserved because its lower part was stuck in pure ice. He said the find could provide scientific material for cloning a mammoth. (SEMYON GRIGORYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

"Oh, we just found a wooly mammoth in the ice. No big deal.”

nationalpost:

Perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, complete with liquid blood, discovered in Arctic
Russian researchers say they have discovered a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal.

They say the frozen remains of a female mammoth were so well-preserved that blood was found in ice cavities when they were broken up.

Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum who led the expedition, said Thursday the carcass was preserved because its lower part was stuck in pure ice. He said the find could provide scientific material for cloning a mammoth. (SEMYON GRIGORYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

"Oh, we just found a wooly mammoth in the ice. No big deal.”

8:47 // 10 months ago
October 6, 2012

Journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas arrested for driving with cancelled license

  • then Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist formerly with the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post, admitted publicly last year that he was an undocumented immigrant – he was brought to the U.S. from the Philippines at age 12, and was raised and has lived here since. This revelation came with huge professional and personal risks for Vargas, chief among them awareness of his status by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • now Vargas has devoted himself to working as an activist and advocate for undocumented immigrants, and was pulled over for a driving violation on the way to a speaking gig in Minnesota. The driver’s license he presented was cancelled, causing him to be jailed for a few hours, and ordered to a court date on October 18th. Thankfully for him, though, ICE opted to not get involved, neither arresting him nor issuing an immigration detainer. “Thank you to everyone for your support. I am fine,” Vargas tweeted yesterday night. source
18:19 // 1 year ago
September 1, 2012
In recent weeks, I have been the focus of unfounded allegations designed to destroy my reputation, but of greater concern, however, is the threat these allegations represent to the reputation of this agency and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE’s mission. As such, I feel it is incumbent upon me to take every step necessary to prevent further harm to the agency and to prevent this from further distracting from our critical work. Therefore, it is with great regret that I submit my resignation as chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr • In her resignation letter, directed to ICE director John Morton, which denies allegations that she was responsible for “sexually offensive behavior” that created an office environment that was discriminatory towards men. An immigration official, James T. Hayes, filed a lawsuit last week claiming that he was denied a position because of his gender. In his lawsuit, Hayes claimed Barr created “a frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Republican Rep. Peter T. King (who heads the House Homeland Security Committee) claimed the resignation, which surfaced in the middle of a holiday weekend, suggests significant management issues in the Department of Homeland Security.
21:31 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2012
11:20 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2012
breakingnews:

The 370-foot Russian tanker Renda will have to go through more than 300 miles of  sea ice to get to Nome, Alaska — a city of about 3,500 people on the western  Alaska coastline that did not get its last pre-winter fuel delivery  because of a massive storm - AP & msnbc.com
[Image: The Coast Guard Cutter Healy escorts Renda  250 miles south of Nome on Friday, making their way through ice up to  5-feet thick (AP)]

Whatever you’re doing today is probably not as difficult as this.

breakingnews:

The 370-foot Russian tanker Renda will have to go through more than 300 miles of sea ice to get to Nome, Alaska — a city of about 3,500 people on the western Alaska coastline that did not get its last pre-winter fuel delivery because of a massive storm - AP & msnbc.com

[Image: The Coast Guard Cutter Healy escorts Renda 250 miles south of Nome on Friday, making their way through ice up to 5-feet thick (AP)]

Whatever you’re doing today is probably not as difficult as this.

10:42 // 2 years ago
February 1, 2011

Mother Nature hates Americans: Chicago gets snowy, NYC gets icy

  • number of feet of snow expected in the Chicago area this week
  • 0.3˝number of inches of ice –  ICE! – expected in NYC this week
  • 3,897 number of flights that have been cancelled so far source
10:26 // 3 years ago
December 19, 2010
Travelers stuck in Europe, going crazy ‘cause it’s almost Christmas: Proof that Mother Nature hates Europeans – it’s the weekend before Christmas, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and images like this one exist. Snow sucks. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Travelers stuck in Europe, going crazy ‘cause it’s almost Christmas: Proof that Mother Nature hates Europeans – it’s the weekend before Christmas, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and images like this one exist. Snow sucks. source

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11:07 // 3 years ago