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How Humans Change Space Itself

It’s no surprise that humans influence the surface of our planet, but our reach can go farther than that. Humans affect space, too.

We know storms from the sun can naturally change the space environment around Earth, which can have an impact on satellites and power grids.

Scientists now know that Cold War era nuclear tests in the 1950s caused similar effects.

Particles around Earth are organized into layers known as radiation belts. These 1950s tests created a temporary extra layer of radiation closer to Earth. 

The effects of this could be seen all around the world. Aurora appeared at the equator instead of the poles, utility grids in Hawaii were strained, and in some cases, satellites above test sites were affected. 

Some types of communications signals can also affect Earth’s radiation belts

Very low-frequency waves, or VLFs, are used for radio communications. They are often used to communicate with submarines, because these waves can penetrate deep into the ocean. 

The waves can also travel far into the space environment around Earth. When these waves are in space, they affect how high-energy particles move, creating a barrier against natural radiation.

The outer edge of this radio-wave barrier corresponds almost exactly the inner edge of Earth’s natural radiation belts – meaning it could be human activity that at least partly shapes this natural radiation around Earth.  

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bluebelladon  asked:

I feel like there are people on campus who will never graduate, who spend time in the darkrooms tutoring people on developing photographs, leading speech, debate, and dealmaking clubs, pulling sleep-deprived freshmen from their wandering paths into the woods. They're old RA's and tech kids whose words are edged with radio static. They're the ones armed with old crossbows and flaming iron and silver nitrate. They are old as the school and young as the vegetables growing on the roof.

There’s not many of them; they’re not quite ghosts but they’ll never leave, either.

Hello, one and all! I’ve recently been trying to find some creepy podcasts to listen to and figured I might as well make a big ol’ list of them for other interested parties! These range from stories of real encounters, fictional/horror stories, discussions and news about the paranormal, and probably even some other stuff! Some of them don’t seem to be updating these days, but you can still enjoy the past episodes they have to offer. Perhaps sixpenceee might like this? *crosses fingers* Anyway, I hope you like the list I put together. Feel free to add your favorites or even your own, if you have a podcast!

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James and Oliver play dribling siblings at the edge radio station in new zealand and epicly fail at it.

Very funny video.

A fond farewell to 94.1 The Edge…

You might have heard.  Maybe not.  On Monday, when you’re in the Lansing area, and you flip to 94.1 on your FM dial, you’ll be listening to the sweet sounds of Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and other “classic country” on “94.1 Duke FM”.  

Truth be told, I’m really bummed.  Some of our best friends in this “business” are our buddies over at 94.1.  I’m going to keep referring to it as “94.1 The Edge” instead of “94.1 Alternative Radio” or “94.1 WVIC”, because while they changed branding quite a few times, they’re always going to be The Edge to me.  I can remember when I was a teenager, in the late 90s (shit, I’m old), growing up on alternative and grunge like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, I had three options.  89X played some of that stuff, WRIF mixed it in with AC/DC and whatever, and then I was in the western end of Livingston County, I could barely get in this cool station called “The Edge” that played every single song that I wanted to hear.  Those were different times, when radio (and MTV) was how you discovered new music.  There was no Spotify.  Napster wasn’t a thing yet.  It’s probably how the big corporations liked it.  The major labels had control, and the major radio conglomerates were in on it too, and both made lots and lots of money.  

Fast forward to 2015, and most of us with an internet connection can listen to whatever we want, whenever we want.  Spotify gives us just about every record we’ve ever wanted, at our fingertips.  No more waiting for the radio stations to serve us what we like.  

So because of that, radio has changed.  Terrestrial radio has struggled to stay relevant, and as such, I believe that they’re circling the wagons, trying to keep their way of life intact.  It’s hard to work in an industry that’s behind the times, on the verge of being extinct.  While the younger generations flock to Spotify and XM and iTunes, there’s still a generation that’s listening to the radio.  My parents don’t have Spotify.  They don’t own an iPod.  I’m not saying that all of their generation is doing the same, but I’m sure the demographics on radio would play this out.  

Not only are listeners trending older, but I’m sure advertisers are as well.  We spent a decent amount of money on radio advertising over the past five years, but ONLY on shows that featured acts that were played on radio.  Otherwise, we spend our advertising dollars on Facebook, Twitter, and other online outlets.  And we, the younger generation, are the ones that are listening to alternative radio.  It’s like newspapers.  We’re not spending advertising money in print publications.  But the older generations still are, so those publications (and successful radio stations) need to tailor their content to that demographic.  

This is not a Lansing thing.  You guys supported the station, and they put out a great product.  We all probably could have done better, but across the nation, alternative stations are disappearing.  It’s only a matter of time before it disappears as an FM format almost entirely.  We used to know who Matt Pinfield was.  We used to listen to the alternative station for what the next hot rock band was.  Now, we turn to Twitter, to our Facebook feed, to Spotify playlists and YouTube and everything BUT radio.  

So we say goodbye.  It’s incredibly sad to announce, but last weekend’s show with J Roddy Walston and the Business at the Loft was our last with 94.1.  We might find a way to work with the country station at some point, but in its current format, this weekend will be the end.  

We want to very publicly show our appreciation for our friends Scott, Melik, Span, Jay, Sandra, Clark, Parker, and of course, Fusion’s favorite hug artist, Mars.  Through the ups and downs, the folks over at that station were among my favorite people to work with, and we have an awful lot of memories.  So instead of lamenting the fact that we’re not going to be able to do that anymore (at least not in the same way), let’s celebrate what we’ve done together in Lansing.  And besides, we’ll still have their support from Q106, from the new country station, and from them as friends and part our little family.

I thought it might be fun to post all the shows we’ve done with 94.1 over the years, as a little trip down memory lane.  Reblog and tell your own stories!  

2011
11/13 AWOLNATION
12/17 The Parlor Mob / IAMDYNAMITE

2012
5/22 Neon Trees
6/15 Anberlin
7/17 Electric Guest
9/8 Wombats
9/22 Mutemath
9/24 Foxy Shazam
10/8 Henry Rollins
10/12 IAMDYNAMITE
10/27 Flobots
11/10 Matisyahu
12/2 Youngblood Hawke
12/3 Walk The Moon

2013
2/2 Frontier Ruckus
2/12 Twenty One Pilots
4/8 The Joy Formidable
4/11 Family of the Year / The Mowgli’s
4/20 Anberlin
4/24 New Politics
7/2 Middle Class Rut
7/15 Youngblood Hawke
7/22 Fastball
9/5 Robert DeLong
9/15 IAMDYNAMITE
9/16 Airborne Toxic Event
10/17 Electric Six
10/22 Needtobreathe
11/7 Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers
11/13 J Roddy Walston and the Business
11/22 X Ambassadors

2014
1/22 Man Man
2/7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
3/1 The Unlikely Candidates
4/8 Sleeper Agent
4/11 Skaters
4/13 Dan Croll
5/13 Morning Parade
6/23 Kongos
7/15 New Politics
9/3 The Griswolds
9/16 Young Rising Sons
9/30 Bear Hands
10/12 Airborne Toxic Event
10/18 Local H
11/8 Knox Hamilton

2015
3/1 Catfish and the Bottlemen
3/7 J Roddy Walston and the Business

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Hover : Revolt Of Gamers, Inspired by Jet Set Radio & Mirror’s Edge

Open world futuristic freerun / parkour game inspired by great games like Jet Set Radio and Mirror’s Edge

Key Points of the Game:

  • Crazy sensations of freedom and movement
  • In a 100% explorable openworld inside a vast futuristic extra-terrestrial city
  • Colorful cartoon HD graphics
  • Numerous characters to unlock and play
  • An experience system and a skill grid per character
  • join various clans
  • A dynamical scenarisation without interruptions
  • Non linear adventure and missions
  • The game can be switched to multiplayer at any time
  • Ability to create real time multiplayer events
  • First and third person view
  • Compatible and particularly adapted to the Oculus Rift
  • Gameplay technique through a quick and intuitive handling

About:

Halfway between the crazy universe from Jet Set Radio, the interactivity of a Mirror’s Edge and inspired by movies like the 5th Element or Star Wars, “Hover: Revolt of Gamers” places itself on another world and puts you in charge of a band of Gamers revolted against opression and the anti-video-games laws that rules the city.

You’ll have to free the citizen restrained by the autorities, localise and then infiltrate into control centers of the anti video games propaganda, retrieve gaming consoles confiscated from the population to dethrone the new Mayor, who is the cause of all that mess. Beware, some new security drones are patroling the city and you’ll have to be vigilent at the cost of being chased and having to shake them off.

For more information head on over to Kickstarter

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