Real interesting video and report from the Guardian this week. Using Google Earth imagery over time, blogger Brown Moses has been able to trace the trajectory of rockets using the craters they left. The trajectory showed a possible location of a launch site in Russia. Examining the marking on the ground at the possible launch site, they were even able to suggest what were the exact launch vehicles. Combined with videos of the smoke in the area taken from social media, it poses some compelling evidence that the attack was launched from Russian territory.
If you are as nerdy as me, instead of reading weather forecasts you go directly to the source of information to get weather updates. Straight to Met.ie to look at the satellite images before you make a decision on whether to wear a rain jacket or not on that night out (and yes I am that nerdy).
However, I have recently started checking a new source for my weather updates. Earth is an interactive map of global weather conditions. Forecast by supercomputers, and updated every three hours, Earth visualizes Air and Ocean conditions across the globe. With the ability to easily see conditions such as wind speed, temperature, humidity, along with preciptiable and cloud water allows for an interactive and fun way of finding out what the weather will be like. So have a look, but beware of loosing hours examining current weather conditions on the planet.
In this interview, Padraig talks about how the outbreak of the disease fits in with reports about Africa now being the fastest growing continental economy globally. In discussing “Africa Rising”, Padraig states that “Africa is said to be “rising”. However, Liberia has a mere 90 doctors and Sierra Leone is reported to have around 120. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s fastest growing economies…. yet its per capita income is only around US $680 a year. There are a few points to take away from this: 1) Growth has been largely driven by mineral exports and, consequently, it has not been sufficiently inclusionary, and 2) it is relatively easy to grow an economy quickly when you begin from a lowly base.”
Padraig also discusses how growth rates experienced are often highly unequally distributed, “So, is the “Africa Rising” discourse really justified? Who is the continent rising for, and what is it rising towards? And, what does the ebola outbreak tell us about this narrative? Will the “market” solve the challenge of African development?”
British filmmaker Danny Cooke has made an haunting and eerie short film on the remains of Chernobyl. He used a drone to capture some of the footage, which allows us to see some interesting views of the town.