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Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City

Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.<p>At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon. Part of the illusion is due to the …

Masdar City: New Urban Energy Future and Climate Change Solution?

The United Arab Emirates has one foot firmly planted in tradition and the other stretching toward new ground. The UAE was built on traditional fossil …

Masdar: The City of the Future | Part Two | Fully Charged

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Are smart cities the answer to rising populations?

Meeting the twin global challenges of more people and dwindling resources requires dramatic solutions. One answer is to build entirely new "smart …

APOD: A Super Moon's Halo (2013 Jun 28) Image Credit & Copyright: Luis Argerich http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130628.html Explanation: A Full Perigee Moon rose as the Sun set last Sunday. At its closest to Earth it was, by just a bit, the year's brightest and largest Full Moon also known as a Super Moon. Seen from Punta Piedras, Argentina and the mouth of the Rio de La Plata, near Buenos Aires, the Super Moon's light created this magnificent circular lunar halo. Still, the size of a lunar halo is determined by the geometry of six sided water ice crystals in planet Earth's high, thin clouds. The crystals deflect the rays of moonlight more strongly through a minimum angle of 22 degrees. So this halo has an inner radius of 22 degrees, just like the halos of the less-than-super moons. Even more common than a Super Moon, beautiful 22 degree halos can be spotted at any time of year. http://www.luisargerich.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130628 #APOD

APOD: Stars and Lightning Over Greece (2013 July 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Metallinos http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130703.html Explanation: It may appear, at first, like the Galaxy is producing the lightning, but really it's the Earth. In the foreground of the above picturesque nighttime landscape is the Greek Island of Corfu, with town lights surrounding Lake Korrision. Visible farther in the distance are lights from the town of Preveza on the Greek mainland. In the more distant sky a thunderstorm is threatening, with two lightning strokes caught together during this 45 second wide-angle exposure taken in mid-May. The lightning branch on the left appears to be striking near Preveza, whereas the lightning strike on the right appears to be striking near Mount Ainos on the Greek Island of Cephalonia. Much farther in the distance, strewn about the sky, are hundreds of stars in the neighborhood of our Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy. Furthest away, arching over the entire panorama, are billions of stars that together compose the central band of our Milky Way. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130703 #APOD

APOD: NGC 2170: Still Life with Reflecting Dust (2013 Jul 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130707.html Explanation: In this beautiful celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines at the upper left. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a compact red emission region, and streamers of obscuring dust against a backdrop of stars. Like the common household items still life painters often choose for their subjects, the clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars pictured here are also commonly found in this setting - a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The giant molecular cloud, Mon R2, is impressively close, estimated to be only 2,400 light-years or so away. At that distance, this canvas would be about 15 light-years across. http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://skycenter.arizona.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130707 #APOD

APOD: Supergiant Star Gamma Cygni (2013 Jul 09) Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Francisco Hernandez (Altamira Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130709.html Explanation: Supergiant star Gamma Cygni lies at the center of the Northern Cross, a famous asterism in the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). Known by the proper name Sadr, the bright star also lies at the center of this gorgeous skyscape, featuring a complex of stars, dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. The field of view spans over 3 degrees (six Full Moons) on the sky and includes emission nebula IC 1318 and open star cluster NGC 6910. Left of Gamma Cygni and shaped like two glowing cosmic wings divided by a long dark dust lane, IC 1318's popular name is understandably the Butterfly Nebula. Above and slightly left of Gamma Cygni, are the young, still tightly grouped stars of NGC 6910. Some distance estimates for Gamma Cygni place it at around 1800 light-years while estimates for IC 1318 and NGC 6910 range from 2,000 to 5,000 light-years. http://altamiraobs.org.es/ http://altamiraobs.teobaldopower.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130709 #APOD

APOD: The Pillars of Eagle Castle (2013 Jul 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Emanuele Colognato & Jim Wood http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130714.html Explanation: What lights up this castle of star formation? The familiar Eagle Nebula glows bright in many colors at once. The above image is a composite of three of these glowing gas colors. Pillars of dark dust nicely outline some of the denser towers of star formation. Energetic light from young massive stars causes the gas to glow and effectively boils away part of the dust and gas from its birth pillar. Many of these stars will explode after several million years, returning most of their elements back to the nebula which formed them. This process is forming an open cluster of stars known as M16. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130714 #APOD