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Energy bursts arriving from deep in space have strange origin, scientists say

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    Earth from the ISS

    From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset


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    Frosty slopes of Mars

    This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. The image was taken by Nasa’s HiRISE camera, which is mounted on its Mars Reconaissance Orbiter


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    Orion Capsule splashes down

    The Orion capsule jetted off into space before heading back a few hours later — having proved that it can be used, one day, to carry humans to Mars


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    The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launch

    The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, carrying three new astronauts to the International Space Station. It also took caviar, ready for the satellite’s inhabitants to celebrate the holidays


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    Yellowstone from space

    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman shared this image of Yellowstone via his twitter account


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    Black Hole Friday

    Nasa celebrated Black Friday by looking into space instead — sharing pictures of black holes


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    X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)


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    This near-infrared color image shows a specular reflection, or sunglint, off of a hydrocarbon lake named Kivu Lacus on Saturn’s moon Titan


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    Worlds Apart

    Although Mimas and Pandora, shown here, both orbit Saturn, they are very different moons. Pandora, “small” by moon standards (50 miles or 81 kilometers across) is elongated and irregular in shape. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), a “medium-sized” moon, formed into a sphere due to self-gravity imposed by its higher mass


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    Solar Flare

    An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken 10 September, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory


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    Solar Flare

    An image from Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a 200,000 mile long solar filament ripping through the Sun’s corona in September 2013


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    Cassiopeia A c

    A false colour image of Cassiopeia A comprised with data from the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes and the Chandra X-Ray observatory


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    Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy

    An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy seen in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. Regions of space such as this are where new stars are born from a mixture of elements and cosmic dust


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    Mars Rover Spirit

    Nasa’s Mars Rover Spirit took the first picture from Spirit since problems with communications began a week earlier. The image shows the robotic arm extended to the rock called Adirondack


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    Morning Aurora From the Space Station

    Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photograph of the green lights of the aurora from the International Space Station

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    Launch of History – Making STS-41G Mission in 1984

    The Space Shuttle Challenger launches from Florida at dawn. On this mission, Kathryn Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to perform a spacewalk and Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space. The crew of seven was the largest to fly on a spacecraft at that time, and STS-41G was the first flight to include two female astronauts

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    A Fresh Perspective on an Extraordinary Cluster of Galaxies

    Galaxy clusters are often described by superlatives. After all, they are huge conglomerations of galaxies, hot gas, and dark matter and represent the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity

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    Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant

    Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the Veil Nebula – expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago

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    Hubble Sees a Galactic Sunflower

    The arrangement of the spiral arms in the galaxy Messier 63, seen here in an image from the Nasa Hubble Space Telescope, recall the pattern at the center of a sunflower

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    A Hubble Cosmic Couple

    The spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it

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    Pluto image

    Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto

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    Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars

    The HiRISE camera aboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a “fresh” (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars. This impact crater appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta

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    Earth Observations From Gemini IV in 1965

    This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission during orbit no. 19 in 1965. The Gemini IV crew conducted scientific experiments, including photography of Earth’s weather and terrain, for the remainder of their four-day mission following Ed White’s historic spacewalk on June 3

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    Nasa Celebrates 50 Years of Spacewalking

    For 50 years, NASA has been “suiting up” for spacewalking. In this 1984 photograph of the first untethered spacewalk, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless is in the midst of the first “field” tryout of a nitrogen-propelled backpack device called the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU)

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    Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way

    This Nasa Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way

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    An Astronaut’s View from Space

    Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on 2 September 2014

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    Giant Landform on Mars

    On Mars, we can observe four classes of sandy landforms formed by the wind, or aeolian bedforms: ripples, transverse aeolian ridges, dunes, and what are called “draa”

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    Expedition 39 Landing

    A sokol suit helmet can be seen against the window of the Soyuz TMA-11M capsule shortly after the spacecraft landed with Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

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    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Viewed by Voyager I

    Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic. Vibrant bands of clouds carried by winds that can exceed 400 mph continuously circle the planet’s atmosphere

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    Chandra Observatory Sees a Heart in the Darkness

    This Chandra X-Ray Observatory image of the young star cluster NGC 346 highlights a heart-shaped cloud of 8 million-degree Celsius gas in the central region

British Vogue advert for fur trade causes confusion over magazine’s stance under new editor

The relationship between fur and fashion has always been a tempestuous one.

With several major labels now boycotting the use of fur in their designs entirely, British Vogue’s decision to take advertising from the International Fur Federation (IFF) may come as a surprise.

A full-page ad for appears in the February issue of the magazine in a prominent position alongside the title’s masthead.

Gucci and Michael Kors are just two of the high-profile bands to stop using fur in their products.

Speaking at the London College of Fashion, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri revealed that the label would be going fur-free in 2018.

“Technology is now available that means you don’t need to use fur. The alternatives are luxurious. There is just no need,” he told Vogue at the time.

Meanwhile, one of the most recent blogs on the IFF’s website condemns this decision in a post entitled: “Does Gucci really want to choke the world with plastic fur?”

The ad features three models, each posing in opulent fur items of clothing.

According to the site, animal welfare is a “top priority” for the IFF, who claim that the fur sector respects the legal and ethical rights of animals.

“Anti-fur groups do not want to hear this message,” they write.

“Many anti-fur campaigns and campaigners are not about improving welfare but simply the abolition of the fur trade on ideological grounds.

“Most anti-fur myths that are regularly circulated are easily debunked.”

However, according to PETA, there are a myriad of ways in which fur production goes against animal rights.

For example, they claim that animals are often electrocuted by fur manufacturers to limit damage to their fur. The only US state in which this process is currently illegal is New York.

Meanwhile, in China more than 2m cats and thousands of dogs are hanged or skinned alive for their fur.

Plus, they state that one third of all fur sold in the US comes from animals who have been killed in steel-jaw traps which slowly suffocate the animal.

It was widely known that fur products were not to be promoted in editorial content under Alexandra Shulman’s reign; speaking to The Guardian in 2009, Shulman revealed that British Vogue “broadly speaking” doesn’t feature fur.

While the advert might have led some to believe that Vogue‘s policy has changed since new editor Edward Enninful joined, a spokesperson for the magazine confirmed this is not the case.

Vogue’s policy has not changed,” they said.

“From an advertising perspective, it has always been the commercial policy to accept fur advertisements as long as they strictly respect British and European Union legislation. Vogue may make reference to fur editorially as a trend if it is being featured on the catwalk.”

How To Select The Right Floor plan For Your Novel Home

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Request a pro.  If you requisite help finding the faultless floor plan, call a professional to help you! They are helping folks get in to the new household of their dreams. The expert in your flooring store could show you samples plus colors and offer you pricing which might be a pleasing surprise.

Your floor plan would most likely comprise an outdoor relaxation area. Whether that is a portico, lanai, swimming pool otherwise other facilities.  When selecting a floor plan, evaluate how much your family will usage these outdoor relaxation amenities. Like a large yard, it appearances beautiful while you keep up with it, however can look awful if you don’t.  Confirm you want the additional responsibility of keeping up through the outdoor plan AS WELL AS the inside all at once.