New Horizons Exits Safe Mode, Operating Flawlessly for Upcoming Pluto Encounter

Latest color image of Pluto taken on July 3, 2015. Best yet image of Pluto was taken by the LORRI imager on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 3, 2015 at a distance of 7.8 million mi (12.5 million km, just prior to the July 4 anomaly that sent New Horizons into safe mode. Color data taken from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission.  Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Latest color image of Pluto taken on July 3, 2015 shows 4 mysterious dark spots.
Best yet image of Pluto was taken by the LORRI imager on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 3, 2015 at a distance of 7.8 million mi (12.5 million km, just prior to the July 4 anomaly that sent New Horizons into safe mode. Color data taken from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Despite some hair-raising and unplanned 4th of July fireworks of sorts in deep space which caused NASA’s Pluto bound New Horizons spacecraft to enter “safe mode” due to a computer glitch and temporarily halt all science operations over the weekend, the spacecraft is now fully back on track, “healthy” and working “flawlessly” and set to resume all planned research investigations on Tuesday, July 7, NASA and top mission managers announced at a media briefing held this afternoon, Monday, July 6.

It’s now just exactly one week before the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a fast flyby encounter of the ever intriguing binary planet, And the great news could not come soon enough given the proximity of the flyby.(…)
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Cities are catalysts for better economic growth and climate action, according to new report

The low carbon economy is emerging. Read the report http://newclimateeconomy.report #NCE2015

Better economic growth can help close the greenhouse gas emissions gap, according to a new report released today by the New Climate Economy, the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate identifies 10 key areas of economic opportunity that can achieve as much as 96% of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.

The report calls for the scaling up of city-level partnerships like C40 and initiatives like the Compact of Mayors in order to accelerate low-carbon development in the world’s cities. In addition, it says that multilateral development banks, donors and others should develop an integrated package of at least US$1 billion for technical assistance, capacity building and finance to support commitments by the world’s largest 500 cities. Altogether, low-carbon urban actions available today could save around US$17 trillion globally by 2050, and could reduce annual GHG emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e by 2030.

C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said on the report’s findings:

“Low-carbon cities represent a US$17 trillion economic opportunity. Compact, connected, and coordinated cities can generate stronger growth and increase the health and wellbeing of urban citizens. Cities around the world are already leading the way in implementing sustainable and innovative urban solutions, from better mobility systems that reduce traffic and pollution to enhanced measures to treat waste. By sharing and scaling-up these best practices, cities can accelerate global climate action and help close the emissions gap.”

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate comprises 28 leaders from government business, and finance from 20 countries. C40 Mayors Paes and Annise Parker of Houston are members. In 2014, the Commission released the groundbreaking Better Growth, Better Climate —> Read More

Hooray for Gay Animals! 9 Species That Are Also Celebrating

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#LOVEWON

Unless you’ve been hiding under the pot of gold at the end of the #marriageequality rainbow, you probably know that on
Gerald and Tito are the kings of their gay pride…*

2. Bonobos

Bonobos, one of our closest genetic relatives, engage in homosexual acts a plenty. And it has been found that females that engage in more frequent acts with members of the same sex are higher on the proverbial social totem pole. Sexual activity of all kinds is often used to diffuse tension in groups and male-male and female-female sexual activity is highly common. Female “g-g” (genito-genital) rubbing is often seen between bonobo ‘broads’.

Photo by: Marian Brickner

Lucy was a real ladies’ lady.*

3. Penguins

Penguins, in their adorable matching tuxedos, are notoriously gay. Homosexual pair bonds have been seen in penguins for years. And they seem to be leading the fight in the gay animal adoption movement. Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins that once lived in the Central Park zoo, had a long-term love affair that included an adoption of a chick. The two males remained together for 6 years until Silo’s attentions were drawn to a newly introduced female named Scrappy. Roy was left alone but eventually joined a group of male penguins. In Denmark a pair of male king penguins became daddies to an adopted chick after a female had abandoned her egg.

Source: Pond 5
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Even the ice caps couldn’t chill the heat between these two love birds.

4. Giraffes

The tallest animals on earth are also some of the gayest. Homosexual encounters between males sometimes made up 94% of observed sexual activity at one study site. —> Read More

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