Posts Tagged ‘ Support ’

The Real Life ‘Robin Hood’ Teams Up With United.


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Normally I hate starting a post with a video, but in this case I feel it’s well deserved.  The ‘Robin Hood’ charity organization fights multiple causes from all around the world, and has teamed up to create two simultaneous events, to help fight poverty in New York city.  With the help of United Airlines, young adults can fly from all over the world to help in this massive doing of good.  You can check out more information about this amazing charity by clicking here.

 

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Benjaman Kyle’s Million Dot Drawing


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Miguel Endara is a great atrist known for his incredibly realistic dot drawings. One of his art works – a portrait of Benjamin Kyle – is an attempt to support a man who can not get the help from the state. Benjamin Kyle now on the lips of Americans, eight years ago a man was found unconscious behind a Burger King dumpster with no belongings, no ID and no memory of who he was. At the hospital, the poor man adopted the name Benjaman Kyle, since he was unable to remember anything about his past life.

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Kyle, suffering from retrograde amnesia, still has no memory of his former life. To complicate matters even further, Kyle is currently unable to receive a new social security number because of his peculiar situation, and is thus unable to get a job or register at a homeless shelter. Artist Miguel Endara was one of many citizens who, after hearing Kyle’s story, wanted to help. Miguel used his incredibly painstaking stippling technique to create a lifelike portrait of Kyle in 138 hours. The final product contained 2.1 million dots, each applied one by one at an average of 4.25 dots per second. Endara was determined to raise awareness surrounding Kyle’s unimaginable tale. Through selling prints of the work for $90 each, Endara will donate half the proceeds to help his subject. But you don’t have to be an expert photorealistic artist to contribute; an online petition is currently circulating to grant Kyle a social security number and help him begin his new life.

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Hello From Earth.


Any consistent readers know that I’m a self-proclaimed nerd,  but some news running through the scientific community over the last week really got me excited.  (Be warned, it’s about to get REAL scientific in this b*tch).  Apparently for the first time in human history, we have identified a planet 20 light years away that could be capable of supporting life, complex/intelligent life, and possibly even human life.  The name of the planet (for now) is Gliese 581 D.  Check the article below.

An Earth-like planet spotted outside our solar system is the first found that could support liquid water and harbor life, scientists announced recently.  Liquid water is a key ingredient for life as we know it. The newfound planet is located at the “Goldilocks” distance-not too close and not too far from its star to keep water on its surface from freezing or vaporizing away.  And while astronomers are not yet able to look for signs of biology on the planet, the discovery is a milestone in planet detection and the search for extraterrestrial life, one with the potential to profoundly change our outlook on the universe.

Imagine life from the surface of this planet – its sun, being one third the size of our Sun and 50 times fainter – would be a dull, red glow in the sky. Under a deep, possibly planet-encompassing ocean, thick layers of ice surround the planet’s rocky centre.   It’s the “first serious waterworld candidate”, according to astronomer and exoplanet hunter Stephane Udry, from the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland, who was part of the team that discovered the planet in April 2007.

The habitability of this distant, possible waterworld depends on the composition and presence of an atmosphere. A Venus-like atmosphere, with a runaway greenhouse effect, could boil water away, whereas a thin, Mars-style atmosphere would see ice sublimate into vapor.

Gliese 581d orbits its sun every 66.8 days at about one fifth of the distance from the Earth to the Sun (0.22 astronomical units, or AU), closer than initial estimates and firmly within the star’s habitable zone according to a study published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics in April 2009.