Queen Elizabeth II always travels with one item during her state visits.
Kara Godfrey, a journalist for Express, said that Her Majesty doesn’t go on trips without a pair of gloves in her luggage. Since the Queen meets several dignitaries and royal fans during her official visits, she needs to make sure that her hands are protected at all times.
Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, said, “Given the need to shake hands so often they are used as protection and to stop the spread of infections.”
Other than her gloves, the Queen and Prince Charles also always travel with another surprising item – a personal pack of blood.
See Ryan Gosling soar into the orbit in First Man photo
As Ryan Gosling sat in a spacesuit, bathed in blue light and strapped into a capsule modeled on the specifications of the Gemini 8 spacecraft, he became acutely aware of how claustrophobic the 1966 mission into Earth’s orbit must have been for its astronauts, Neil Armstrong and David Scott. “It’s really hard in a film to convey just how small these capsules were and just how terrifying it was hurtling through space in these,” the First Man star said.
The Gemini 8 mission was just one of the milestones leading up to NASA’s 1969 manned moon landing, the event that inspired director Damien Chazelle to turn his sights to outer space for his new film, re-teaming with his La La Land lead Gosling, who plays Armstrong. “There’s actually a tendency now to take some of these things for granted and forget just how difficult and unlikely and really risky and dangerous and crazy the whole endeavor was,” Chazelle explained of the stakes.
Chazelle shot the earthbound scenes first before moving on to the more challenging and tightly orchestrated flight sequences, which featured scale replicas of the capsules and LED screens playing footage of space to re-create what the astronauts would have seen out of the windows.
In another exclusive still from the film, Gosling’s Armstrong sits with Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll) and Michael Collins (Lukas Haas) at a NASA press conference for the now-famous Apollo 11 mission that took them successfully to the moon. “Even though they were the three selected to be on this historic mission, there were 400,000 people who had made this possible,” Gosling said. “They were the final ones to execute it, but you get a sense from the astronauts that no one wanted to be the one that was the weak link.”
'Rare Earth' Revisited: Anomalously Large Moon Remains Key To Our Existence
But what if no one’s there to host an interstellar meet and greet? What if we’re very rare, if not truly alone as far our telescopes can see?
That’s the question put forth more than a decade ago in the book, “Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe,” by paleontologist Peter Ward and astronomer Donald Brownlee, both at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Astrobiologists often cite the sheer numbers of stars and galaxies as evidence that complex life elsewhere must surely have evolved somewhere. But is probability enough?
Without a moon, we don’t have any idea of how commonly a planet could have the long-term stability needed for complex life. Until we “get” that, going to the sheer numbers argument is useless. Without that moon-forming collision, we wouldn’t have plate tectonics. Without plate tectonics, we might have microbes but we’d never get to animals.
A stream of high-speed solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field, sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. The gaseous material is flowing from a wide hole in the sun's atmosphere--so wide that Earth could remain inside the stream for days to come. NOAA forecasters estimate 50% chance of polar geomagnetic unrest on Aug.21st.
Watch Out California! 53 Major Earthquakes Just Hit The Ring Of Fire In A 24 Hour Period
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 08/21/2018 - 05:33
It certainly is not unusual to see earthquakes happen along the Ring of Fire, but what was unusual about the activity on Sunday was the size of the earthquakes.
The largest quake on Sunday was a massive magnitude 8.2 earthquake that could have done an enormous amount of damage if it had been closer to the surface…
A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.
Earthquakes that are that deep are usually not so large. This “deep focus” earthquake on Sunday was actually the second largest “deep focus” earthquake that has ever been recorded…
The USGS calls these “deep focus” earthquakes, and while some of the biggest earthquakes to strike the earth are deep focus, their depth usually minimises damage.
The biggest deep focus earthquake ever recorded was in 2013 when an M8.3 struck near Russia and was felt all over Asia, giving us a sense of how massive this Fiji quake was.
In addition to this massive earthquake in Fiji...
We live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. In recent weeks we have witnessed earthquake swarms off of the Oregon coast, record-setting heatwaves, hail the size of softballs, and wildfires of unprecedented size and scope.
There are some experts out there that would like to assure all of us that what we are witnessing is completely normal.
But I think that not a lot of people are buying that explanation.
Because there has not been a major seismic event on the west coast for decades, many people have grown complacent. They simply assume that because nothing has happened in such a long time that nothing will happen for the foreseeable future.