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The world’s first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. This crescent of the Earth was photographed August 23, 1966 at 16:35 GMT when the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit and just about to pass behind the Moon.

The U.S. East Coast 09:28 GMT February 6, 2012. Even with a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, eight meters (26 feet) of motion occurs during the exposure. Our 400-millimeter telephoto lens has a resolution of less than three meters on the ground. Simply pointing at a target and squeezing the shutter always yields a less-than-perfect image, and precise manual tracking must be done to capture truly sharp pictures. It usually takes a new space station crew member a month of on-orbit practice to use the full capability of this telephoto lens.

(Source: grin.hq.nasa.gov)

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#earth  #earth day  #science  #nasa  #photography 

99percentinvisible:

Apparently the famous Windows XP “Bliss” background is a real, unaltered photograph

Windows presented an interview with photographer Charles O’Rear in this video, and then went to see the site where the photo was taken, in Napa. 

That first photo is, of course, “Bliss.” The second is what the hill looked like on the day that the Microsoft camera crew went there. 

(via ryanpanos)

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SpanishDict is the world’s largest Spanish-English dictionarytranslation, and language learning website. We develop and provide reliable, accurate, easy-to-use resources for learning Spanish. We also aim to cultivate a fun and active community where members can ask and answer questions, practice with each other, and experience the joy of using a new language. Here are a few fun facts about SpanishDict:

6,000,000 
Unique Visitors

Over 6,000,000 people visit SpanishDict every month.

1,000,000 
Translations

Our dictionaries feature more than 1,000,000 translations.

100,000 
Questions and Answers

Find answers quickly in our Q&A forum.

25,000 
Flashcards

Practice with our multimedia flashcard sets.

5,000 
Video Pronunciations

See native speakers use the language in context with over 5000 video pronunciations.

90 
Lessons

Learn spanish from 90 full length, professional video lessons.

Have an idea on how we can improve? Send us some feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

— 1 week ago
#spanishdict  #spanish  #languages  #dictionary  #translator  #app 
Si considera que nuestra web hace una labor digna de ser mencionada, rogamos hable de ella y establezca enlaces a la misma. AlbaLearning es una web sin ánimo de lucro cuyo único objetivo es promover y extender el amor por los libros, la lectura y las lenguas. Por ello, no requiere para descargar sus audiolibros ningún dato personal (no hay que registrarse), no hay anuncios ni spam, y no le hace pasar por innumerables páginas hasta llegar a la página final de descarga, la cual se hace en un solo clic y sin tiempo de espera.
If you think our website is worthy of note, please contact us and link to us. AlbaLearning is an international non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote and spread the love of books, reading, and languages​​ and therefore does not require you to download audio books, any personal data (no need to sign), no ads or spam, and does not make you go through many pages to get to the final download page, which is done in one click without timeout.
Note from Callahaan: Alba has a great reading voice.

Si considera que nuestra web hace una labor digna de ser mencionada, rogamos hable de ella y establezca enlaces a la misma. AlbaLearning es una web sin ánimo de lucro cuyo único objetivo es promover y extender el amor por los libros, la lectura y las lenguas. Por ello, no requiere para descargar sus audiolibros ningún dato personal (no hay que registrarse), no hay anuncios ni spam, y no le hace pasar por innumerables páginas hasta llegar a la página final de descarga, la cual se hace en un solo clic y sin tiempo de espera.

If you think our website is worthy of note, please contact us and link to us. AlbaLearning is an international non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote and spread the love of books, reading, and languages​​ and therefore does not require you to download audio books, any personal data (no need to sign), no ads or spam, and does not make you go through many pages to get to the final download page, which is done in one click without timeout.

Note from Callahaan: Alba has a great reading voice.

— 1 week ago
#albalearning.com  #spanish  #audiobooks  #videos  #education  #languages 

lingro was conceived in August 2005, when Artur decided to practice his Spanish by reading Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. As a competent but non-expert speaker, he found that looking up new vocabulary took much more time than the reading itself. Frustrated with how slow existing online dictionaries were, he wrote a program to help him translate and learn words in their original context. 

lingro’s mission is to create an on-line environment that allows anyone learning a language to quickly look up and learn the vocabulary most important to them. Whenever we’re developing new tools for lingro or planning the next big step, there are two principles we always consider:• Knowledge and information essential to human communication and interaction should be free and accessible to everyone. This is why we created the most comprehensive set of free dictionaries available under open licenses so that anyone can contribute, download, redistribute, and modify the dictionaries for their own needs. These licenses guarantee that they will always remain free and useful to society. 

• To have the best dictionaries, you need to have the best tools. Every tool we create, from games, quizzes, and study tools to in-context word lookup is designed for you, the user. To us, this means that they should be intuitive, fast, easy to use, and hopefully fun. :-)

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#lingro  #languages  #reading  #translator  #dictionary  #education 
Our Story
Bitsboard was inspired by parents and teachers world wide.
Over the last two years at Grasshopper Apps we received hundreds of emails from parents and teachers asking how to make it easier to create and share custom lessons with their students.  So, instead of continuing to create dozens of apps we set out to create THE ONE APP that every parent and teacher could rely on to help their kids and students succeed.

Our Story

Bitsboard was inspired by parents and teachers world wide.

Over the last two years at Grasshopper Apps we received hundreds of emails from parents and teachers asking how to make it easier to create and share custom lessons with their students.  So, instead of continuing to create dozens of apps we set out to create THE ONE APP that every parent and teacher could rely on to help their kids and students succeed.

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#education  #apps  #iphone  #ipad  #bitsboard 
What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 →

Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7.

Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading and math skills. By age 15, Finnish students outperform all but a few countries on international assessments.

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#education  #finland  #school  #articles  #teaching 

The Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre is an amalgam between sculpture and architecture. Built in collaboration between the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, Henning Larsen Architects, and BATTERÍIÐ Architects- the building’s iconic facade systems create an instant icon and draws the building as an integral part of the East Harbour Project, a far-reaching harbour development project in Reykjavik. The building’s prismatic south facade was designed Ólafur Elíasson, known for his use of elemental materials in search of creating environmental experiences for the viewers of his works.

(Source: arch2o.com)

— 1 month ago
#harpa reykjavík concert hall  #Ólafur elíasson  #henning larsen architects  #BATTERÍIÐ Architects  #East Harbour Project  #reykjavik  #iceland  #concert halls 

(Photo: Cara Barer)

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To learn more about our services, please visit our membership benefits page.
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#publishing  #publishers marketplace  #writers  #Writer Resources  #writing 
10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online →

writingsbycrscott:

Are you an aspiring writer who would love to take some university courses on writing, but don’t have the money to spend on classes?

Well don’t fear.  Here is a list of ten universities who are offering free online writing courses to anyone who wants to through a program called the OpenCourseWare Initiative.

Though on their own they won’t give you any official credits, the courses offered are quite in-depth, some taking up to sixteen weeks to complete and are comparable to the classes one would take in a professional writing degree program.

If you go to the link above, you’ll get more detailed links on these writing courses.  Listed below are the universities offering the free writing courses:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit.edu)
  • Utah State University (usu.edu)
  • Open University (open.ac.uk)
  • University of Utah (utah.edu)
  • University of Massachusetts Boston (umb.edu)
  • Purdue University (owl.english.purdue.edu)
  • Steven Barnes’ UCLA Writing Course (lifewrite.com)
  • News University (newsu.com)
  • E-Zine University (ezineuniversity.com)
  • Wikiversity (wikiversity.org)

   

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

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halftheskymovement:

Today is World Water Day, and we’d like to salute some of the organizations striving to provide clean water for all, including Water.org, charity: water, and Students Rebuild through its water challenge. 

Pictured here are students at the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, who have benefited from Shining Hope for Communities’ clean water project, which includes a water tower that provides scarce clean water in a community where there is no running water. 

halftheskymovement:

Today is World Water Day, and we’d like to salute some of the organizations striving to provide clean water for all, including Water.org, charity: water, and Students Rebuild through its water challenge

Pictured here are students at the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, who have benefited from Shining Hope for Communities’ clean water project, which includes a water tower that provides scarce clean water in a community where there is no running water. 

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Five Best Mind Mapping Tools →

Mind mapping is a great way to brainstorm, make a plan, or turn ideas into the steps needed to make it real. Thankfully, there are great tools out there to help you build mind maps, organize them, and save them for later. Here’s a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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#mind maps  #organization  #education