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Notre Dame

Miércoles, 21 Agosto 2019

A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn’t safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument.

French television showed the chief architect of France’s historic monuments, Philippe Villeneuve, taking Culture Minister Franck Riester on a tour Wednesday of the cathedral, which President Emmanuel Macron wants restored in five years.

He said that “we are still in extreme urgency of securing the site.”

Wooden supporting arches are being placed under the 28 buttresses, without anchoring them in stone. A robot was helping to clear debris on the lower level of the cathedral.

The minister said that the safety and quality of the restoration “is what counts” despite the goal of finishing the repairs by 2024.

Space Exploration

Martes, 23 Julio 2019

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Mount Everest

Miércoles, 5 Junio 2019

Three people have died on Mount Everest amid scenes of overcrowding at the summit of the world’s highest mountain. The latest fatalities bring the number of people who have died on the mountain in the past week to seven. The three victims were said to have died from exhaustion while descending from the summit. In the last few days, a 65-year-old Austrian climber, an Irish professor and an Indian mountaineer have also lost their lives on Mount Everest. The deaths come amid traffic jams near the summit as record numbers make the ascent, despite calls to limit the number of climbing permits. It has been reported that Nepal has issued 381 permits of roughly £8,600 each for the spring climbing season at the world’s highest peak. A photograph of hundreds of climbers queuing to reach the top of Everest ignited fears that the high number of attempts is putting lives at risk. The photo of the route to the 8,848m (29,029ft) summit was taken by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine. Mr Purja, who is making a world-record attempt to climb all 14 peaks of the Himalayas in seven months, estimated that there were around 320 climbers in the queue. The number of people climbing Everest in 2019 could exceed last year’s record of 807 people. This has led to calls for limits to be put in place.

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Jueves, 2 Mayo 2019

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Popocatepetl Volcano

Lunes, 1 Abril 2019

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Plant For The Planet

Lunes, 4 Marzo 2019

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Groundhog Day 2019

Sábado, 2 Febrero 2019

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On Groundhog Day 2019, Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we’re in for an early spring. 

The Pennsylvania groundhog isn’t the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.

This is only the 19th time out of 123 in his recorded history (there are 10 years where no record remains) that Phil hasn’t been able to find his shadow. 

Even so, Phil is usually wrong, and meteorologists aren’t too sure Phil’s suspicions are right either. 

It’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner after the polar vortex this past week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 

At least one other prognosticating groundhog disagreed with Phil on Saturday: New Jersey’s Milltown Mel predicted a longer winter after reportedly seeing his shadow. Mel has been giving predictions for the past 10 years.

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2015.

The Groundhog Day shadow legend

The legend goes that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, there will be wintry weather for the next six weeks (just about until the start of spring). If he doesn’t see his shadow, that means fairer weather is on the way. 

What happened at Gobbler’s Knob this morning?

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle — a group that organizes the event and cares for groundhog Phil — brought Punxsutawney Phil out of his den in front of a large crowd as cameras beamed his image around the world.

They reported that Phil communicated in “groundhogese” that he could not find his shadow.  According to legend, that means there will be an early spring.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club traces the tradition’s roots back to Candlemas Day in Europe – the Christian “festival of lights” that falls on Feb. 2, midway between the start and end of winter.

Do emojis and GIFs restrict our language and communication?

Jueves, 3 Enero 2019

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Recently I read Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian novel by George Orwell set in a totalitarian state where even the language they use is controlled. Adjectives are forbidden and instead they use phrases such as ‘ungood’, ‘plus good’ and ‘double plus good’ to express emotions. As I first read this I thought how impossible it would be in our society to have such vocabulary. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised in its own way it’s already happening. I type messages to my friends and alongside each is the obligatory emoji. I often use them to emphasise something, or to not seem too serious, or because this specific GIF conveys my emotions much better than I ever could using just words. And I wonder, with our excessive use of emojis, are we losing the beauty and diversity of our vocabulary?

English has the largest vocabulary in the world, with over one million words, but who’s to say what it’ll be like in the future? Perhaps we will have a shorter language, full of saying ‘cry face’ if something sad happens or using abbreviations like LOL (laugh out loud) or BRB (be right back) instead of saying the full phrase. So does this mean our vocab will shrink? Is it the start of an exciting new era? Will they look back on us in the future and say this is where it all began – the new language? Or is this a classic case of the older generations saying, ‘Things weren’t like that when I was younger. We didn’t use emoticons to show our emotions’?

Yet when you look back over time, the power of image has always been there. Even in the prehistoric era they used imagery to communicate, and what’s even more incredible is that we are able to analyse those drawings and understand the meaning of them thousands of years later. Pictures have the ability to transcend time and language. Images, be it cave paintings or emojis, allow us to convey a message that’s not restrictive but rather universal. 

How to make a yummy fruit salsa?

Lunes, 3 Diciembre 2018

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Diwali

Miércoles, 7 Noviembre 2018

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