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Memorable Memorials: 10 Extraordinary War Monuments

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ]

These extraordinary war monuments stand out from the crowd in commemorating those who have fallen while performing their duty in the service of their country.

Memorial Day was formerly known as “Decoration Day” and was traditionally celebrated on May 30th – a date upon which no major battles had been fought. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day in that the latter honors veterans of war. We lead off with a unique war memorial designed to fulfill its mission, as it were, on only one day every year: November 11th, at 11:11am, no less. The Anthem Veterans Memorial in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, was dedicated in 2012. The monument’s white stones, red bricks and blue sky reflect the colors of the American flag.

The Anthem Veterans Memorial consists of five staggered stone pillars signifying the five branches of the United States military. Designer Renee Palmer-Jones precisely aligned the pillars so that at 11:11am on November 11th, the sun’s rays pass through elliptical cutouts in the five pillars. The sunlight spotlights a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States set into the red-bricked Circle of Honor.

Soldierstone Memorial

Most people have neither seen nor even heard of Soldierstone… and that’s just as the memorial’s creator, the late Stuart Allen Beckley, intended. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam veteran sought to pay tribute to the uncredited people who assisted foreign soldiers over many decades of war in Southeast Asia.

Secreted in a clearing deep in Colorado’s 1.8-million-acre Rio Grande National Forest at 10,000 feet above sea level, Soldierstone‘s central 10-ft-tall monument bears quotes engraved in Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and French – the languages of America’s allies through thirty years of fighting. Flickr user MJM1977visited the memorial on July 24th of 2014.

Polar Bear Monument

The Polar Bear Monument in Troy, Michigan, commemorates fallen soldiers of the North Russian Expeditionary Forces. About 75 percent of the 5,500 Americans sent to Archangel, Russia as part of the post-WWI Allied Intervention were from the Detroit area and called themselves the “Polar Bears”.

96 soldiers were KIA in Russia and in 1929; the remains of 56 were recovered and subsequently interred on this site on May 30th of 1930. Flickr user Jazz Guy (flickr4jazz) visited the Polar Bear Memorial on May 2nd, 2011.

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Breathing Earth of vegetation

Flowing Data

Using data from NOAA STAR, Nadieh Bremer creates a breathing Earth that shows the seasonal cycles of vegetation over the course of a year.

The animation happening in the map above, through all 52 weeks of 2016, visualizes these seasonal cycles. The rise and fall of the growing season in the Northern Hemisphere is particularly visible. However, when focusing on different parts of the planet other cycles & different seasons become noticeable as well; the Southern regions of Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand, having the reverse cycle as the North, or India getting drier and drier up until the July when the monsoons start. The more often you watch the year go by, the more small details will start to stand out.

See also John Nelson’s project from a while back of the same name, which made use of satellite imagery.

Tags: animation, environment, vegetation


¿Esta píldora te evitará ir al gimnasio?

Genciencia by Sergio Parra

Si el olor de los gimnasios te repele, si no quieres compartir espacio vital con los que suelen retorcer mancuernas para, a continuación, avanzabar en esa actitud chulesca que recuerda de perfil a un croissant, o sencillamente hacer deporte te da pereza, quizá esta píldora podría ser la solución a todos tus males.

En definitiva, una pastilla que produce los beneficios del ejercicio físico ahorrándonos los sacrificios que acarrea.

El desarrollo de la píldora

Esta pastilla no era un mito, sino una idea conceptual basada en un desarrollo de investigadores del Instituto Salk, en La Jolla (California), que creen que sería posible de concebirla.

Con todo, si ya estás empezando a dar palmadas de alegría, mejor que te advierta que: a) todavía queda trabajo para terminarla y b) no se usará para los perezosos, sino para personas con trastornos cardiacos o pulmonares, discapacitados o afectados por la diabetes tipo 2.

El secreto reside en el hallazgo de un gen en ratones, el el PPARD, que causa los mismos efectos que el entrenamiento físico: no ganaban peso con facilidad y tenían una respuesta rápida a la insulina.

Los investigadores han encontrado también un compuesto químico, llamado GW1516, que activaba el gen PPARD.

Tras el análisis molecular de los músculos de ratones que habían recibido este compuesto duarante ocho semanas, se descubrió que cambiaba la expresión de 975 genes: los que se activaban estaban vinculados a la quema de grasa para conseguir energía, mientras que los se apagaban eran los encargados de hacer lo propio con los carbohidratos (azúcares). Según explica Michael Downes, coautor del estudio:

El estudio sugiere que quemar grasa no es tanto una manera de lograr la resistencia cardiovascular, sino más bien de ahorrar glucosa y preservar el buen funcionamiento del cerebro.

El siguiente paso potencial sería la creación de un medicamento para humanos basado en el compuesto GW1516 que pueda activar el gen PPARD sin necesidad de hacer ejercicio a fin de ayudar a personas con trastornos cardiacos o pulmonares, discapacitados o afectados por la diabetes tipo 2.