ENDLING -a word for an individual animal that is the last of its species or subspecies.
1912 - 2012
M 81 (Bode’s Galaxy), M 82 (Cigar Galaxy) and part of IFN, Messier 81 (Bode’s Galaxy or NGC 3031) and Messier 82 (Cigar Galaxy or NGC 3034) are respectively spiral and starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.This couple is seen through the faint glow of an Integrated Flux Nebulae (or IFN).
Credit: Emil Ivanov
The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.
Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library’s holdings.
By law, “all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway,” so when the library is finished scanning, the entire record of a people’s language and literature will be machine-readable and sitting in whatever we call the cloud in 15 years.
If you happen to be in Norway, as measured by your IP address, you will be able to access all 20th-century works, even those still under copyright. Non-copyrighted works from all time periods will be available for download.
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Stars Become the Night
Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison captivated the world with his first Star Trails collection with surreal swirls of stars in the night sky, created using long-exposure techniques. Recently, Harrison added a new collection titled Nightscapes to his gallery and it’s just as breathtaking. In this series, the stars seem to be just out of reach, shining like suspended diamonds in a colorful night sky.
Harrison uses the same technique of long-exposure frames to capture the brilliant movements of the stars. He shoots the night sky separately with a creative zoom technique, and then layers the images in post-production. His entire collection can be viewed at his site.