Failed Russian spacecraft to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere Friday

BBC News: An unmanned cargo ship carrying three tons of supplies is expected to disintegrate as it enters Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, scientists say. The Russian spacecraft was to deliver food and supplies to the International Space Station, but it began spiraling out of control after a communications failure. 

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7, Jaime/Sansa

Same ‘verse as my previous Jaime x Sansa fill

“I almost lost you,” Jaime says, gripping the girl by her narrow shoulders and giving her a sharp shake.

Her eyes blink in a silent show of terror, as her head jerks back from the force of the shake. He has never been rough with her and Sansa Stark hasn’t looked this terrified in his company since the first few days after he took her from the Vale, when in spite of his promises to bring her to safety, she insisted on believing he was only awaiting an opportunity to slit her throat. He’s frightening her, nearly as much as she frightened him, when she disappeared as the ship’s cargo was being loaded.

She should be frightened. If he lost her and someone else found her, her life would be forfeit. He would be left without purpose. His life might as well be forfeit too. Their escape onboard this ship is their only hope.

“Where were you?” he demands, grabbing her arm with his left hand and roughly pulling her along the dock.

“I saw that child and I had the hard roll to share. I thought…”

“You didn’t think. Never do that again,” he grits through clenched teeth. “Do you understand? You stay close. Always.”

15 of the world’s largest cargo ships pollute as much as 760 million cars. Cargo ships are the most pollutive transportation vehicles on planet earth.

  • The world’s biggest container ships have 109,000 horsepower engines which weigh 2,300 tons.

  • Each ship expects to operate 24hrs a day for about 280 days a year

  • There are 90,000 ocean-going cargo ships.

  • Shipping is responsible for 18-30% of all the world’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution and 9% of the global sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution.

  • One large ship can generate about 5,000 tonnes of sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution in a year.

  • 70% of all ship emissions are within 400km of land.

  • 85% of all ship pollution is in the northern hemisphere.

  • Shipping is responsible for 3.5% to 4% of all climate change emissions.

Via: Health Risks of Shipping Pollution Underestimated, The Guardian

Egypt's Lost Fleet—It's Been Found

The discovery of 
an ancient harbor on 
the Red Sea proves 
ancient Egyptians 
mastered oceangoing technology and 
launched a series of 
ambitious expeditions 
to far-off lands.

The scenes carved into a wall of the ancient Egyptian temple at Deir el-Bahri tell of a remarkable sea voyage. A fleet of cargo ships bearing exotic plants, animals, and precious incense navigates through high-crested waves on a journey from a mysterious land known as Punt or “the Land of God.” The carvings were commissioned by Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s greatest female pharaoh, who controlled Egypt for more than two decades in the 15th century B.C. She ruled some 2 million people and oversaw one of most powerful empires of the ancient world.

The exact meaning of the detailed carvings has divided Egyptologists ever since they were discovered in the mid-19th century. “Some people have argued that Punt was inland and not on the sea, or a fictitious place altogether,” 
Oxford Egyptologist John Baines says. Recently, however, a series of remarkable discoveries on a desolate stretch of the Red Sea coast has settled the debate, proving once and for all that the masterful building skills of the ancient Egyptians applied to oceangoing ships as well as to pyramids. Read more.


Chittagong Ship-Breaking Yards - Bhatiari, Bangladesh

Supertankers and giant cargo ships are the backbone of our global consumer society. Hundreds of meters long, ferrying millions of tons of goods across the globe, the sheer size of these immense vessels is awe inspiring. Construction of one such behemoth is a fascinating feat of engineering. However, the destruction and final resting place of these steel giants is even more intriguing.

Even when such a ship is not seaworthy anymore, and repairs are not economically viable, the raw material it is constructed from has some value. Nowadays ship-breaking yards tend to be located in third world countries, places far out of sight of the consumers whose supermarkets they helped supply, and where labor is cheap and environmental protection laws are lax.

There ships are chipped down bit by bit, usually by hand, and stripped of every last bit of value. Fauzdarhat, 20 kilometers northwest of Chittagong in Bangladesh, is where many of the world’s ships go to die.

Visit the Chittagong Ship-breaking Yards on Atlas Obscura…

Mediterranean Ships Equipped to Detect and Avoid Cetaceans

As steam-powered ship technology evolved in the 1800s, reports of ships striking whales began to appear. The number of collision has steadily increased through the years, especially with the rapid globalization of the planet and the ever-increasing number of bigger, faster, louder ships on the water. In the case of endangered, endemic or geographically-isolated cetacean populations in particular, these collisions pose a significant conservation threat. 

Over the last 40 years, scientists have estimated that about seventy cetaceans are dead following a collision with cargo ships traveling through the Mediterranean. To reduce these numbers, a French organization “Souffleurs d'Ecume” has been developing for the last 7 years a navigation system that would allow ships to receive real time information on the position of cetaceans along their shipping route. 

Over 10 cargo ships are already equipped with the Repcet System - Reperage en temps reel des Cetaces, - as they often navigate very close to the Pelagos Sanctuary, extending between France, Italy and Monaco, and where over 3,000 cetaceans migrate to each year to feed and reproduce.

The Repcet System operates in a very simple manner: each observation of a marine mammal by a crew member is transmitted in real time by satellite to a server. This server then gathers all the data and diffuses alerts to all ships equipped with Repcet and that may be susceptible to encounter the animals. 

The collaborative nature of the system means it relies on the density of commercial maritime traffic. Other vessels are also welcome to voluntarily contribute to the system by reporting cetacean sightings, especially military vessels, scientists at sea, whale watching operators, and pleasure boaters.

Nevertheless, members of the Souffleurs d'Ecume organization realize that Repcet is not the ultimate solution, and they encourage ships to reduce their speeds around crucial cetaceans locations. But it remains hard to convince shipping companies to reduce their speeds, as it would result in an increased transit time for cargo ships and potentially a loss of money.

Collisions with vessels are the number one cause of mortality of whales in the Mediterranean. Noise pollution, water pollution and increased sea temperatures are further causes of distress for cetaceans in the area. Hopefully, Repcet will encounter success around the Mediterranean, and might be developed for many more cargos traveling around the world. 



Life of Pi by Yann Martel

“Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life.”— The New York Times Book Review

As the son of a zookeeper raised in Pondicherry, India, Pi Patel has an extensive, instinctual knowledge of animal behavior and a love of storytelling. When he is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America on a cargo ship filled with zoo animals. When the ship sinks, Pi is left alone with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450 pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Lost at sea, he spends 227 days secluded without a ravenous Richard Parker. When the authorities find Pi, he tells them “truth.” Could it be possible that a young boy spent 227 days unharmed by a wild animal? 

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