“Here’s a fascinating video in which Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori demonstrates how dishonest many conflict photographs are.
Salvadori spent a significant amount of time in East Jerusalem, studying the role photojournalists play in what the world sees.”
“After starting out producing security cameras, German-based Mobotix is now taking video surveillance to new heights – literally. One of the company’s type-M12 cameras has been situated at an altitude of 5,643-meters (18,514 ft) on the Kala Patthar mountain to stream high definition images of the summit of the nearby 8,848-meter (29,029 ft) high Mount Everest.
The solar-powered webcam takes the title of the world’s highest webcam from the now second highest webcam in the world located at the 4,389-meter (14,400 ft) high base camp of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
The Kala Patthar location, which was chosen for its excellent view of the western side of Everest, including the north and southwest faces of the mountain and the West Ridge, exposes the webcam to some pretty harsh conditions with high winds and temperatures as low as -30°C (-22°F).
Images captured by the webcam are transmitted wirelessly to the Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory/Observatory, which is located at an altitude of 5,050 meters (16,568 ft). Here, the video is analyzed before being sent onto Italy for further evaluation.”
“The planet Mercury is dotted with holes that appear to be unlike any other landform yet seen in the solar system, new pictures show.
High-resolution photographs from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft revealed the shallow, rimless, irregularly shaped depressions—similar to the holes in Swiss cheese—in impact craters all over Mercury.
The features are “widespread both in latitude and longitude,” said study co-author David Blewett, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland.
Dubbed hollows, the odd landforms can be tens of meters to a few kilometers wide, whereas the impact craters that contain them are tens of kilometers wide or bigger.
The hollows are often seen in clusters on the walls, floors, and peaks of the craters. Many hollows have smooth, flat bottoms and feature highly reflective material.
While Mercury had previously been thought of as a geologically dead planet, with few changes to its surface over the past billion years, “these [hollows] just look fresh,” Blewett added.
“I think there’s a distinct possibility that they’re active today.””
If you remember my earlier post on the visually stunning and historically priceless photo gallery of rare World War II photos, you must be waiting for more.
Though the Retrospective is still waiting for six more entries and will be complete on October 30th, you can visit the site again to look at the entries that has been added since my last post.”
“Check out the gigantic volume of photos now stored in Facebook compared to Flickr, the Library of Congress and Instagram.
I knew they were big, but I never imagined the difference could be so huge. 140 billion photos!
It defies belief. It’s 10,000 times larger than the photo catalog in the Library of Congress!
And Flickr, which I erroneously thought would be larger than anything else, is just a tiny fraction of Facebook.”