The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in a major new lawsuit against Obamacare this June, and the health coverage for millions hangs in the balance.

This challenge to the Affordable Care Act, called King v. Burwell, came from longtime Obamacare opponents who claim that, because of a key phrase in the law, the federal government may provide tax credit subsidies only in states that operate their own health insurance exchanges. Thirty-four states declined to establish these marketplaces, and instead left that responsibility in the hands of the federal government.

If the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in this case, it would eliminate health insurance subsidies for 7.5 million low- and moderate-income people in those states, causing most of them to become uninsured when their premiums become unaffordable without financial assistance.

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Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging

The map, which dates to about 1491 and depicts the Earth’s surface from the Atlantic in the west to Japan in the east, is dotted with descriptions in Latin of various regions and peoples.


Perhaps the most interesting revelations, say the researchers, concern southern Africa. By studying visible river systems and legible place names, Van Duzer had previously determined that Martellus based his depiction of the region on the Egyptus N[MC1] ovelo [BL2] map, which survives in three manuscripts of Ptolemy’s “Geography.” The Egyptus Novelo used geographical data from native Africans, not European explorations. It is thought that the map was based on information shared by three Ethiopian delegates to the Council of Florence in 1441.

The new images show that the Martellus map’s depiction of southern Africa extends further east than the known versions of the Egyptus Novelo do, suggesting that the German cartographer was working from a more complete version of the map that showed the eastern reaches of the continent.

“It’s a seminal and tremendously important document of African mapping by the people of Africa, in this case preserved by a western source,” says Van Duzer.

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This is a part of why it’s so important that we constantly interact with and reexamine historical documents, artworks, maps, and objects.


The luminous haze that obscures our view of the constellations - light pollution -is one of the most prevalent forms of environmental alteration. Its impact is felt across a swath of life from the migration of sea turtles to the circadian rhythm of humans. 

A new atlas of light pollution created by an international team of scientists reveals just how pervasive this artificial glow is. The atlas shows that more than 80% of the world and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans.

Check out this interactive map and read more here.


Credible people Who’ve Seen UFOs:

Presidents || NASA Astronauts || 

Pilots Who Have Disappeared Chasing a UFO:

Mantell UFO Incident || Disappearance of Frederick Valentich || The Kinross Incident

Mass UFO Sightings/Highly Credible UFO Sightings:

Belgium UFO Waves || Hudson Valley UFO || Phoenix Lights || Rendlesham Forest Incident || Washington D.C. UFO Sighting || Redlands UFO Sighting || Green Fireballs In New Mexico || California UFO ||

Ancient UFOs:

List of Most Famous UFO Sightings from 214 BCE to Modern Day || UFOs In Old Paintings from the 1100 to 1538 ||


Famous Alien Abductions or Encounters (with multiple witnesses) :

Betty and Barney Hill || Travis Walton || 60+ Children in Zimbabwe Witness UFO and Occupants || Vorenzh UFO Sighting || Father Gill/Papua New Guinea Sighting || Allagash Abduction || Whitley Strieber || Ron Noel Case || 

Well Constructed Conspiracies:

Roswell ||

Online Resources:

Interactive UFO Map || Alien Encounter Documentary Made By Disney || Best UFO Pictures || Declassified UFO and Alien Documents || MUFON UFO Reports || NUFORC UFO Reports || The Original Radio Broadcast from the Roswell Crash || UFO Detection and Tracking  || Alien Imprint||


The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States in 2015, to monitor their demographics, and to tell the stories of how they died. 

The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the United States, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible. Contributions of any information that may improve the quality of our data will be greatly welcomed as we work from a dearth of available information toward better accountability. Please contact us to pass on tips, links and multimedia as well as new information on existing cases already recorded.

Why is this necessary?

The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. Before stepping down as US attorney general earlier this year, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as “unacceptable”. The Guardian agrees with those analysts, campaign groups, activists and authorities who argue that such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by police.

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Proof of concept demo from Russian creative agency The Family can turn any surface or objects into a touch interface using a Leap Motion sensor. The effect could be called ‘interface mapping’ in a similar way to how projection mapping works (although that term is already applied somewhere else in the field of user interface design). Video embedded below:



Alex Wellerstein, an historian of science who specializes in the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear secrecy, has put together two online maps mashups: NUKEMAP2, and NUKEMAP3D, which use Google Maps and Google Earth, respectively. With those tools, you can see the blast radius for nuclear explosions of your own design, or from one of the presets. But this doesn’t get into dispersion of fallout. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, you might want to see various smoke modeling tools, which are used for wildfire management.”

Via Metafilter

Image:Nuclearsin by Vinicius Quesada