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A Real-Time Map of Wind on Earth

The wind is an incredibly interesting thing to think about. It is something that is completely invisible to us. We can hear, feel, smell, and even taste it but we can only see what it does to things that we can see. Ultimately it is just air in our atmosphere moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure and that is one of the most important parts of what makes weather possible on Earth.

I bring this up because I found an incredibly cool interactive globe last night that shows you the wind speeds everywhere on Earth in real-time. Looking at it zoomed out you’ll observe that the strongest winds at any given time will be over our oceans where there’s no land to get in the way. You have to zoom in pretty closely over the continents to actually see how fast the air is moving on land. It is a really fun tool to play around with and it gives you a good sense of what the weather might be like everywhere in the world at the moment.

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If you want to see something really cool, check out Antarctica.

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A New Record is Set for the Lowest Temperture Recorded on Earth

If you look at a weather forecast across America today it’s freezing cold just about everywhere (except you South Florida). New England and the Mid-Atlantic just got their first bit of snowfall today making the act of commuting quite miserable. If you’re someone in the northeast who hates cold and snow of the winter well I have an article here to remind you that we really don’t have it that bad. Recently revealed satellite data from NASA reveled that they measured the lowest temperature ever measured on the Earth’s surface in August of 2010 in Eastern Antarctica, -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This shatters the previous record low record of -128.6 degrees in Antarctica in 1983 and is about 50 degrees colder than the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. The 30 degree temperatures outside suddenly don’t feel so cold now. Remind me never to take a summer vacation on the bottom of our world.


That’s pretty much what you’ll see if you ever decide to go there.

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Tanzania Has One of the Coolest Hotel Suites Ever

Unusual hotels have always existed in some form or another. Some exist on the tops of trees and mountains, while others reside in the depth of caves and the ocean floor. They all exist to stand out from the competition and give their guests a truly cool and unique experience. Following in that trend is The Manta Resort on islands off the coast of Tanzania. They have just opened a suite that floats on the surface of the Indian Ocean and has an incredible underwater room with a 360 degree view underneath the waves. The views of the marine life are especially incredible at night because many sea creatures are attracted to the light coming from inside the room. Though it would be incredibly cool to check out, there is no way I would ever want to sleep in that underwater room. The sight of an octopus sticking to my bedroom window would most certainly keep me up all night.


That’s one good way to attract tourists to Zanzibar.

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11 Things to Do At Home Before a Vacation

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to the number of people traveling in America. With that in mind, Apartment Therapy has a great post up listing all of the things you should do in your house before you leave home for an extended period of time. While this is prescient for the upcoming holiday, this advice holds true for any vacation where you leave home for more than a few nights. Here are their suggestions for converting your living space to “vacation mode” so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises when you get back:

Clean your refrigerator – Toss anything that is nearing its expiration date before you leave. You’re probably not going to eat it when you get home.

Refrigerate fresh fruits and vegetables – Produce sitting on your countertop is bound to attract bugs after a while. Sticking them in the fridge will avoid that problem.

Take out the garbage
– The longer garbage sits around, the worse it smells and it is also something that will attract bugs and mice.

Clean surfaces
– Give any countertops and tabletops a good wipedown before you leave.

Take care of your plants – Give them some extra water before you head out and move them to a cool area of the house. In cooler weather plants drink up less water and the rate of soil evaporation is much lower. This will ensure your best shot at keeping them alive while you’re out.

Stock up on easy meals – When you get back home you’re rarely in a mood to cook. A few ready made meals will help you get settled back in.

Suspend your mail – An overflowing mailbox is a huge sign to everyone that you’re out of town. Suspending the mail or having a neighbor pick it up is a good way to take care of that.

Turn down (or up) your thermostat – There’s no need to pay to keep the house at your ideal temperature when no one is home. If you’re leaving in the winter turn the thermostat down to 55 which is just warm enough to avoid frozen pipes. If you’re out in the summer, shut off the AC. Your wallet will thank you.

Throw out fresh flowers – Even if they look nice now they’ll probably be dead when you get back home.

Have a plan for your pets – If you’re not taking them with you, you need to have a plan to ensure that they’re taken care of.


That’s how your kitchen should look when you’re on vacation.

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The Regions That Make Up America

The United States is an enormous country with enormous regional differences. Different parts of our country were settled and developed by different people which has led to different attitudes about most of the things that we face and that has largely defined our history. Those differences are often fleshed out in the arena of politics where there have always been regional fights about the issues of the day and those fights have even resulted in a civil war. Well for the first time Colin Woodward and Brian Stauffer of Tufts University have attempted to define the broad regions that make up America both in terms of the composition of the people that live in each region and the general attitude that those regions have about society. They split up the the US and Canada into 11 distinct regions which they call Yankeedom, New Netherlands, Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, Deep South, El Norte, The Left Coast, The Far West, New France, and First Nation. The map and article is a great look at the regional diversity that fundamentally shapes America’s identity and I find that incredibly cool to think about.


Well that certainly explains the difference between North and South Jersey.

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NASA’s First Deep Space Craft is Powered Up for the First Time

This week NASA just accomplished a major milestone in its continuing mission of space exploration. For the past few years NASA has been developing a deep-space spacecraft named Orion that is designed to take humans beyond Earth’s orbit. Well NASA just powered parts of that spacecraft up for the first time. While much has been made about the retirement of the space shuttle without anything else ready to replace it, this is what NASA has been working on. NASA has been shooting people into orbit for over 50 years and the furthest away from Earth a human has ever gone was to the Moon. This spacecraft is designed to try to send people far beyond the Moon towards asteroids and Mars and progress is being made towards that endeavor.

The Orion test module is scheduled to be launched into space without a crew next year for two Earth orbits at 20,000 miles per hour about 3700 miles above the Earth’s surface. The mission of that flight is to gather data regarding how well the ship’s systems work in space in preparation for a manned flight in 2020. Though most of us are destined to spend our whole lives on the Earth’s surface, the idea of humanity traveling into deep space beyond the Earth’s gravity really excites me. It is also the only way humanity can survive for the long haul tens of millions of years from now because the sun will eventually make the Earth too hot to support life. These may be baby steps into the cosmos but it is progress that that future generations will be able to build upon to do extraordinary things that science fiction writers only dreamed about. Besides I’d love to be a shareholder in a potential Martian real estate market.


That’s what it will look like in space.

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A Lost World is Discovered in Australia

Scientists have just discovered the closest thing to Jurassic Park that we’ll ever find. No they didn’t find any preserved dinosaur DNA nor did we find any dinosaurs still living, we found something much cooler. In an extremely remote part of Northern Australia scientists discovered what they’re calling an undiscovered “Lost World” that they only found thanks to Google Earth. On this isolated plateau they found a rainforest that has been preserved since before the dinosaurs even existed. Many of the animals that they found there were completely undiscovered species that have been isolated from their closest cousins for hundreds of millions of years. It is thought that this plateau hasn’t changed too much since the end of the Permian Extinction about 250 million years ago.

The scientists have discovered and documented three species so far in their initial exploration, the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko, the Cape Melville shade skin, and the Blotched boulder frog. I find it absolutely incredible that there are parts of the Earth that we still haven’t fully explored yet and species of plants and animals that we haven’t yet discovered. It took Google Earth and a helicopter to find one of these last unknown frontiers and seeing this story makes me wonder just how many more unexplored places there are.


No one in human history had ever laid eyes on that frog before this week.

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