A celebration of women honours me as a “Woman of Action”. Thank you for this award for female leaders but I would like to dedicate it to those mentioned who trusted in my ability and ” took that leap to an open mind”.
(art by a dear favorite, Helen Frankenthaler )
Art theft is the third-highest grossing criminal trade in the world, preceded only by drugs and weapons. This claim comes from a smart, extensive Newsweek article covering a three-day conference held at New York University Law School last month called “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art.”
Yeah art theft but not the #idiots using fake art theft 2pretend2B real street…lol.
(NASA) Uncomfortably close Typhoon Rammasun (right) and 25 million light-year distant galaxy M101 don’t seem to have much in common. For starters, Rammasun was only a thousand kilometers or so across while M101 (aka the Pinwheel Galaxy) spans about 170,000 light-years, making them vastly dissimilar in scale, not to mention the different physical environments that control their formation and development. But they do look amazingly alike: each with arms exhibiting the shape of a simple and beautiful mathematical curve known as a logarithmic spiral, a spiral whose separation grows in a geometric way with increasing distance from the center. Also known as the equiangular spiral, growth spiral, and Bernoulli’s spiral or spira mirabilis, this curve’s rich properties have fascinated mathematicians since its discovery by 17th century philosopher Descartes. Intriguingly, this abstract shape is much more abundant in nature than suggested by the striking visual comparison above. For example, logarithmic spirals can also describe the tracks of subatomic particles in a bubble chamber, the arrangement of sunflower seeds and, of course, cauliflower.
A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a million people to flee from its lethal wind and rains, officials said. (AP)
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Super Typhoon Rammasun
This is a satellite image of super typhoon Rammasun, which struck the island of Hainan on Friday.
This storm has spent the last several days churning its way through the countries on the Pacific Basin. Earlier this week, it struck the island of Luzon in the Philippines with 125 mph winds as a category 3 storm; this was the first typhoon to hit that nation since super-Typhoon Haiyan devastated large areas of Luzon last year. Over 50 were reported killedduring the Philippines landfall.
The storm was intensifying rapidly prior to landfall in the Philippines, but hitting land disrupted that process at the time. It left the Philippines as a weakened storm but found ideal conditions over the South China Sea to strengthen again. During the hours over the ocean, it strengthened into a category 4 Super-Typhoon.
The island of Hainan has a population of about 8 million and this is now the strongest storm to hit that island in at least a decade, possibly in several decades.
The storm is once again moving out over water and is expected to make a final landfall in Vietnam while still remaining a strong typhoon.
The storm is also called typhoon Glenda in the Philippines, the Siamese word for “Thunder God.”
Image credit: NASA