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Category Archives: Immortality
Posted: January 9, 2022 at 4:38 pm
2015 finale of the television series CSI
Episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
"Immortality" is the two-hour series finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation aired on September 27, 2015, on CBS.
When a suicide bomber detonates his vest on the floor of the Eclipse casino, owned by Catherine Willows, the FBI special agent returns from Los Angeles to join the investigation. Gil Grissom, meanwhile, working to preserve sharks in international waters, is arrested for trespassing at the Port of San Diego, and D.B. Russell offers Sara Sidle the chance to supervise the local investigation into the bombing. Sidle, who is vying for the position of director of the Las Vegas Crime Lab, is initially irked when Sheriff Conrad Ecklie inquires about Grissom's location when "Lady" Heather Kessler is linked to the crime. Ecklie ensures Grissom is released from custody, and Willows and he, alongside Eclipse security officer Jim Brass, assist in locating the suspect.
As the team works to restore safety to the streets of Las Vegas, Russell decides it is time for him to "head East" and pursue new challenges, while he places a plaque, dedicated to the memory of Julie Finlay, alongside his personal possessions. Willows expresses an interest in leaving the FBI and working alongside her daughter Lindsey in the Las Vegas Crime Lab, noting that, should Sidle reject the promotion she is going to be offered, Willows will accept it in lieu of her former colleague. The series ends with the newly promoted Sidle, upon hearing a recording of Grissom confessing his love for her, sailing from the Port of San Diego with Grissom.
Off-screen, Sidle resigns, and Willows is hired as lab director. Scenes were filmed to explicitly depict the transition, although they were cut from the aired episode. A second scene, featuring Willows and her daughter, was also deleted; in it, Willows informs Lindsey that she should only resign if she does not feel like "King Kong on cocaine" following her first arrest. She then informs Lindsey that Holly Gribbs was killed in the line of duty. A third deleted scene shows Russell visiting Finlay's grave.
The finale was shot over 17 days. Filming for the principal cast began on July 29, 2015, and production wrapped on August 21, 2015. The finale was filmed with the option to be broadcast as two episodes under the titles "Immortality Part I" and "Immortality Part II", respectively. The production codes for the episodes are 1601 and 1602.
During the CBS 2015 Upfront, Les Moonves and Nina Tassler announced that former lead actors Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen would reprise their roles as Catherine Willows and Gil Grissom, respectively. Ted Danson, who starred in the series since the beginning of the 12th season, also returned as D.B. Russell. On July 24, 2015, it was confirmed that both George Eads, who played Nick Stokes for 15 seasons, and Elisabeth Shue, who played the lead role of Julie Finlay for four seasons, had declined options to return. Elisabeth Harnois, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, and Jon Wellner all reprised their roles, as did Paul Guilfoyle.
Melinda Clarke, who appeared as Lady Heather Kessler, a long-time friend of Grissom, also returned. Katie Stevens was cast as Lindsey Willows, Catherine's daughter, a CSI level 1. Recurring guest star Marc Vann also returned as Sheriff Conrad Ecklie, as did Larry Mitchell as Officer Mitchell.
The episodes were directed by Louis Shaw Milito, and written by series creator Anthony E. Zuiker. William Petersen assisted in the breaking of the story. Like the series, the finale used "Who Are You" by The Who as the opening and closing theme. Executive producers included Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker, Jerry Bruckheimer, William Petersen, and Cynthia Chvatal. The episodes were produced by CBS Television Studios, distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and broadcast on CBS. The film's run-time was 88 minutes.
Following the end of the series, Ted Danson joined the cast of CSI: Cyber in his role as D.B. Russell. This relocation was alluded to in the movie, with Russell announcing his intention to "head east". Elisabeth Shue's Julie Finlay was featured prominently in archive footage during the Cyber episode "Hack ER".
The episode received 12.22 million viewers and an 1849 rating of 1.8.
Upon reviewing the series finale, Gavin Hetherington of SpoilerTV named the episodes "the perfect send-off for such an epic show". He later called the episode a "dream come true" for fans of the series with the reunion of Gil, Catherine and Sara.
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The top four teams were in action once again in the latest round of action in the Saudi Pro League. Below are five things we learned.
1. Talisca makes spectacular use of greater freedom
It was hardly the most fluid of performances from Al-Nassr as they beat Damac 2-0, but the Yellows will not care as that makes it four wins in a row and five from the past six. The title challenge is well and truly on, though the gap behind Al-ittihad in first remains six points with one more game played.
Pity Martinez, with his first goal in almost a year, would normally be the one making the headlines, but this game was all about Talisca, though Waleed Abdullah pulled off some good saves in goal.
Since taking charge last month, coach Miguel Angel Russo has given the Brazilian greater freedom to roam. As Al-Nassr built an attack in the first half, Damac were perhaps expecting Talisca to be in the area. Instead he arrived late just outside the box, was given too much time and then fired a delicious shot into the top corner. The goal took him to 11 for the season and first place in the scoring standings, pretty impressive for someone who is not an out and out striker.
2. When even Hawsari scores then all is going well for Al-Ittihad
Al-Ittihads 2-0 win over Al-Feiha was a sixth league victory in a row and a welcome return to clean sheets after two successive 3-2 wins. It is almost crazy to think that Al-Ittihad fired their coach after losing two of the first three games of the season.
That is ancient history now with the Tigers three points clear at the top with a game in hand. It was a comfortable and deserved victory with the second goal a thing of beauty: A chipped pass from deep from Bruno Henrique into the area was met first time by Romarinho who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper in a way that only an expert poacher can.
Though less easy on the eye, the opening goal was noteworthy. Omar Hawsawi rose high to head Henriques first-half corner home. It was a regulation move but the first league goal the 36-year-old has scored since 2016. If the center-back is getting in on the scoring act then this really could be Al-Ittihads year. A first title since 2009 is looking increasingly possible.
3. Ighalo back in action, but cant shoot Al-Shabab to victory
Nigeria may not be happy that Al-Shabab refused to release Odion Ighalo for the African Cup of Nations campaign but the Super Eagles loss should be the Riyadh clubs gain. Not quite on Saturday, however, as despite the best efforts of the former Manchester United man, Al-Shabab were held to a 1-1 draw by Abha.
It could have been worse as the title-chasers fell behind early but then had the chances to win the game and then some. It is a case of two points dropped to leave the six-time champions three points off the pace, even if there is a long way to go.
If Ighalo was annoyed at not getting the chance to become AFCON top scorer for the second successive tournament, he did not show it. The Nigerian worked hard and had the ball in the net early in the game, only for the strike to be ruled offside by VAR by the narrowest of margins. He came close again, but it was not to be. At least Ighalo looked sharp and Al-Shabab still look dangerous.
4. Damac lack game changers
It has been pointed out before that Damacs title challenge was always unlikely to last. The 2-0 loss to Al-Nassr means they have taken just two points from the last four games, but the fact that they still sit in fourth place in the standings is testament to just how good they were earlier in the season.
This game was a pretty even affair, but the difference between the two teams was clear to see. Simply put, Damac lack talents of the caliber of Talisca and Pity Martinez. Croatian playmaker Mijo Caktas is a fine player who has had an excellent campaign so far, but the former Hajjduk Split star is unable to consistently change a game in the way that Al-Nassrs creative players do.
For Damac, the important thing now is to keep their heads. There was always likely to be a dip at some point in a long season. The real challenge is to ensure that the slump does not become a major slide. Damac performed well enough against the in-form Al-Nassr, but the big game is next weekends clash with Al-Tai and the target is a win that will get the former leaders back on track.
5. Al-Taawoun trying to escape fierce relegation scrap
A 2-1 win over bottom club Al-Hazem looks to have given the Buraidah outfit some much-needed breathing space. It has been a roller-coaster few years for the Al-Taawoun faithful. In 2019, they finished third, almost got relegated the season after and last time around managed to take fourth spot in the league.
This campaign has been hugely disappointing. No wins, though plenty of goals, from the first nine games had the team in real trouble but the situation is improving. Last weeks 3-0 victory over Damac gave Al-Taawoun confidence and the latest victory pulls them up into the dizzy heights of 11th.
There is still a long way to go, however, and the relegation battle is shaping up to be fierce. Al-Hazem are in danger of getting cut off at the bottom, but then just four points separates the next eight teams. It is unfortunate for Al-Taawoun that their new-found momentum may well be broken next week at the home of champions Al-Hilal.
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From Gilgamesh onwards, quests for the fountain of youth have not ended well. That has not deterred Silicon Valley billionaires such as Peter Thiel, who once described death as a problem that can be solved.
The quest to extend longevity radically is the first blue sky idea Lex is examining in our annual focus on early-stage innovation.
Jeff Bezos is reported to be among the other tycoons backing the endeavour. Altos Labs, incorporated in the UK and US, is pursuing biological reprogramming technology. It will build on pioneering research of Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka, who will be an unpaid adviser. He discovered that adding four specific proteins can make mature cells revert to something approaching an embryonic state. They can then be transformed into any type of cell needed to treat diseases.
Such an approach might be able to restore vision damaged by glaucoma, a leading cause of age-related blindness. That is the implication of recent experiments on mice by a team from the Harvard Medical School. In September, researchers largely based in Germany reprogrammed heart cells in the same animals. They were able to regenerate cardiac tissue after a heart attack.
Calico, an Alphabet-backed anti-ageing company founded in 2013, is also working on reprogramming, publishing a paper on the topic in 2021. It conducts more than 20 early-stage programmes addressing disease states in collaboration with US-based AbbVie. In June 2021, the partners agreed to invest another $1bn in the pursuit of new insights into the biology of ageing and targets for age-related diseases.
There are numerous challenges to overcome before such treatments can be tested on humans. The main risk is that reprogramming will awaken cancer-causing genes. But advocates for this and other approaches, such as clearing senescent zombie cells and reducing inflammation, insist it has great potential.
There are people alive today who will live for 1,000 years, according to one biomedical gerontologist. That, if taken seriously, conjures a dystopian future. If the technology is expensive, only the rich would have access to it; if not, it would further strain environmental resources.
A less contentious and more realistic goal would be delaying the onset of age-associated disorders. Treatments that target multiple disease pathways could lighten the economic burden of an ageing population.
Tech titans chasing after immortality are ridiculed for their hubris. But anti-ageing research could have wide benefits if it is able to reduce years of ill health at the end of every life.
This is the first of five articles on blue sky thinking published by Lex today. Look out for the others in Lex online.
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"If you go back in Tom Brady and LeBron James’ careers, they have similar situations": Joe Montana compares NFL and NBA’s biggest modern day…
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Tom Brady and LeBron James are, and have been, two of the greatest (if not the greatest) athletes in their sports, and recently Joe Montana pointed out the similarities in their careers.
Brady has been a staple quarterback in the league since his first full year as a starter where he guided the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl victory. Since then, hes only won six more titles, giving him more than any franchise in NFL history.
LeBrons path to immortality was a little more drawn out as he didnt win his first title until his ninth season in the NBA. However, he quickly became unquestionably the best player in the NBA a few years after his induction into the NBA. Now, LeBron sits on four titles, and now in his 19th year in the league, hes still contending for another championship and MVP award.
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Joe Montana once knew all about the immortality Tom Brady and LeBron are enjoying. Of course, Montana still goes down as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but its different when youre playing and when youre on the sidelines as a memory.
Montana released a new docuseries, Cool Under Pressure, the title paying tribute to his nickname, Joe Cool. He hopes this docuseries will highlight his glory days, showcasing both the highs and lows of everything that happened to him. About LeBron and Brady, Montana had a lot to say.
Ill bet if you go back in both of their careers, they have similar situations. I dont know about LeBron because he has been a beast forever. But there were doubts about Tom when he first came in the league by where he was drafted.
Look at LeBron right now, everybody is over him, and he is one of the greatest players to play that game. If he really wanted, he could take over every game but he doesnt, Montana goes on. I bet you there are a lot of things in there. And the same with Tom. It would be interesting to see and listen to their stories when they reach the pinnacle of where they are.
Montana was widely considered the NFL GOAT before Brady, and he understands why Brady (and to the same extent, LeBron James) wants to keep playing this late into his career.
I think its a driver, it makes you wanna still be at the top of your game. And eventually it will start to taper down for him. Whether its physically or age or whatever.
Montanas docuseries is definitely a must-watch if youre an NFL fan. It dives deep into his career, right from his time at Notre Dame up until his retirement in 1994. Montana won four Super Bowl titles, never losing on the games biggest stage, before calling it quits and was the gold standard for quarterback comparisons before Brady.
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Matthew Price| Special to The Oklahoman
Periodical comics sales stabilized and even likely increased in 2021 after a challenging 2020. Most industry estimates indicate periodical comic-book numbers for the year will surpass pre-pandemic sales.
But what of the comics themselves? Superheroes are still the prominent periodical genre, with street-level heroes like Nightwing and Daredevil among the years best. Barbarians, space adventurers and detectives also made their mark in this years comics. Here are my picks for the top 10 periodical comic books of 2021.
Humans are about to discover immortality which is going to put the incarnation of Death out of a job. Death is put into the body of Laila Starr, and sent to find the man who will render her obsolete. Writer Ram V and artist Filipe Andrade join letterer AndWorld Design in this magical realism series set in Mumbai.
Set during the Chinese immigration ban of the 1920s, Edison Hark is a Chinese-American police detective in San Franciscos Chinatown investigating gang killings that may be tied to the death of his mother many years ago. Writer Pornsak Pichetshote joins artist Alexandre Tefenkgi for the series.
Writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo bring some zing to Nightwing as Dick Grayson inherits a large sum of money and tries to revitalize his town of Bludhaven. The former Robin, now grown up and on his own away from Batman, works as a street-level vigilante and confronts a possible foe with ties to his past in this years stories. Visually compelling and kinetic, its a reminder of what superhero comics should be.
A former FBI agent is inducted into a mysterious group known as the Department of Truth that investigates conspiracy theories in this ongoing Image Comics series by writer James Tynion IV and artist Martin Simmonds.
The assassin Elektra must take over as the Daredevil of Hells Kitchen when Matt Murdock is incarcerated. As the Kingpin has become mayor of New York, crime families and superheroes alike come under his scrutiny. Chip Zdarsky writes; Marco Checchetto and others are the artists for this years series.
Ten years ago, the sun was swallowed by darkness, and most of humanity was turned into monstrous shades. Val Riggs works as a ferryman, providing transport for the remaining humans and the goods they need across the deadly dark roads in her 18-wheeler. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Tony Daniel are the creative team.
As mutants forge their own society on the island of Krakoa, some are having trouble fitting in. Former X-Men foe Mr. Sinister volunteers to help a team of misfit mutants, including former X-Man Havok, but Sinister has his own set of motives. The series is written by Zeb Wells with art by Stephen Segovia and Roge Antonio and others.
Working with artist Jamal Campbell (Naomi), writer N.K. Jemisin (the Broken Earth novels) follows Green Lantern Jo Mullein as she investigates a murder mystery far from Earth. After a handful of delays, Far Sector wrapped up its inventive premise in 2021. Writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell are the creative team.
Writer Michael Moreci and artist Nathan C. Gooden provide a twist on the barbarian genre, as Owen the Barbarian and his weapon, Axe, have been cursed to do good and aid others.
Screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) writes first-person accounts from various DC Comics characters of color in The Other History of the DC Universe. Artists include Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi.
Matthew Price, matthew@matthewLprice.com, has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.
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Veer Baal Diwas to be observed on 26th December to pay tribute to martyr sons of Guru Gobind Singh: PM Modi – OpIndia
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a big announcement on Sunday 9th January 2022, on the occasion of Guru Parv that is the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh ji. He said that Veer Bal Diwas would be celebrated every year on 26th December from this year onwards. It will be a fitting tribute to the courage and pursuit of justice of the Sahibzadas.
PM Modi announced the celebration of Veer Bal Diwas on twitter. In his Tweet, he has said, Today, on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, 26th December shall be marked as Veer Baal Diwas. This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzades and their quest for justice.
In a following tweet, PM Modi hailed the bravery of Mata Gujari, Guru Gobind Singh ji and his sons Sahibazades. Two of the four Sahibzades were torchered and killed by Mughals in 1705. The PM said in his tweet, The bravery and ideals of Mata Gujri, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the 4 Sahibzades give strength to millions of people. They never bowed to injustice. They envisioned a world that is inclusive and harmonious. It is the need of the hour for more people to know about them.
He further said, Veer Baal Diwas will be on the same day Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji attained martyrdom after being sealed alive in a wall. These two greats preferred death instead of deviating from the noble principles of Dharma.
The four Sahibzade Khalsa warrior princes were the sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji. Guru Gobind Singh ji had four sons Sahibzada Ajit Singh, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh. All four of his sons were initiated into the Khalsa and all were executed by Mughal forces before the age of 19. Sikhism honors the illustrious martyred sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji in the prayer of ardas for their valor and sacrifice as Char Sahibzade, that is the four princes of the Khalsa warrior order.
Ajit Singh was martyred at the age of 18, on December 7, 1705 CE at Chamkaur after he volunteered to leave the besieged fortress andface the enemy on the battlefield. Jujhar Singh was martyred at the age of 14, on December 7, 1705 CE at Chamkaur where he earned the reputation of being likened to a crocodile for his fierceness in battle, when he volunteered to leave the besieged fortress with five of the last Singhs standing, and all achieved immortality on the battlefield.
Zorawar Singh and his younger brother Fateh Singh were captured with their grandmother Mata Gujari, the mother of Guru Gobind Singh. They were imprisoned with their grandmother and put to death by cruel Mughals on the orders of Aurangzeb, who attempted to suffocate them inside a brick enclosure. At the time of martyrdom, the ages of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were 9 years and 6 years respectively. This sacrifice is seen as the bravest sacrifice for Dharma by any young boys in the Indian history and this is why PM Modi has announced that the day of their martyrdom will be observed as Veer Baal Diwas.
Guru Gobind Singh was also killed by a Mughal assassin in 1708, a year after the death of Aurangzeb.
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In the 1960s, NASA Photographers Captured Glimpses of the Universe. Now, the Iconic Images Are Available on Artnet Auctions – artnet News
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As a result of the space race in the 1960s, NASA created some of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century in their quest to reach the moon. These ubiquitous images were printed on the covers of magazines and newspapers, featured on television, and even illustrated on postage stamps.
Now, The Final Frontier: NASA Photographs From the 1960s, live on Artnet Auctions through January 12, presents images that continue to spark curiosity and ignite our universal desire to explore the unknown. These rare to market, awe-inspiring photographs of space allude to scientific breakthroughs, the vastness of the universe, and the fragility of our own planet, while cementing their place in the history of both art and science.
It is impossible to view vintage NASA photography without acknowledging the intense political rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that spurred the impressive technical innovation during the mid 20th century. The use of photography was crucial to NASAs missions into space and the U.S.s competition with the USSR. The technology for 70-millimeter film cameras, equivalent to the size of modern IMAX filming, was used by the department of defense to spy on the Soviet Union. For preparatory voyages into space, NASA eventually borrowed this technology to produce images of space.
In the early days of NASA, photography was minimally explored and underutilized. Given the weight requirements of traveling to and from Earth, camera equipment was viewed as unnecessary baggage, as the successful completion of a mission was prioritized over documentation or artistry. However, in the early 1960s, after the astronauts themselves advocated to allow cameras to accompany them into space, NASA appointed Richard Underwood as chief of photography. He became a staunch proponent of thoroughly photographing the lunar missions. Underwood taught the astronaut-turned-photographers how to frame their photographs and set exposures.
Your key to immortality is in the quality of your photographs and nothing else, he once told them.
Once NASA embraced the power of photography, the iconic Hasselblad camera became one of the most important tools onboard the lunar missions. In 1965, James McDivitt photographed fellow astronaut Ed White during the first spacewalk, with his camera at center stage in one of the most iconic images from the Gemini IV mission. The rigorous tests to become an astronaut, and to even be in the running for a spacewalk like Whites, are widely known, but few consider the benchmarks set for their cameras.
Ordinary cameras from the 1960s would have been ill-equipped to photograph in the extreme conditions of space with temperatures reaching 120C in the sun and plummeting to negative 65C in the shaded vacuum of outer space. NASA worked closely with the Swedish manufacturer Hasselblad to develop the lightest possible camera to accompany the astronauts into space. With no room for error or time to reshoot images, the Hasselblad Data Camera, fitted with a Zeiss lens specifically designed for NASA, traveled to the moon on Neil Armstrongs chest to capture some of the most well-known images of the Apollo missions. For the journey home, the film was removed from the camera, while its body was left behind to meet the strict weight requirements for travel back to Earth. In total, 12 abandoned camera bodies accumulated on the lunar surface after missions Apollo 11 to Apollo 17.
The images are much more than their impressive technical feats, though. Their carefully crafted compositions and technical skill cement their status as true works of art. The market for vintage NASA photography differs from the traditional fine art photography market due to the finite number of printed photographs. These works were not made to be sold to collectors or galleries: They werent always printed in standard sizes, nor were they editioned. Rather, the photographs were printed for specific purposes as individual works, meaning variations in print date led to variations in color.
Most were printed on eight-by-10-inch fiber paper bearing the A Kodak Paper watermark on the reverse. In 1972, around the same time as the final Apollo 17 mission, Kodak altered its watermarks to read This Paper Manufactured by Kodak. In the margins of vintage NASA photographs, red NASA numbers correspond to the image and are coded to indicate the mission.
In this auction, some of the lots also have purple NASA stamps on the reverse of the image with a description of the scene and NASA identification numbers. Larger versions of images were typically used for scientific presentations or political gifts and are much rarer to come to market. Artnet Auctionss sale The Final Frontier: NASA Photographs from the 1960sincludes several notable examples of this presentation size image, including the Blue Marble, as viewed from the Apollo 17 mission, and James Irwin saluting the American flag, taken by Apollo 15 Commander David R. Scott.
NASAs images of the Earth seen from the moon dramatically altered the way society viewed our planet and our relationship with the environment. When viewed from a distance, such as in the iconic Earthrise image from the Apollo 8 mission, our small blue planet appears beautiful in solitude. The desolation of the lunar surface in the foreground contrasts with the vibrancy of the Earths oceans and the energy of its swirling clouds, starkly represented against the unending blackness of space.
Recognizing the importance of this type of imagery, NASA released this Earthrise photograph after cropping the image and rotating it 90 degrees, making the Earth appear larger at a more recognizable angle.
Images like the Blue Marble from the Apollo 17 mission and the Earthrise shot, taken by Astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, spurred environmentalist feelings across the globe as the fragility of our planet was affirmed through photography.
To me it was strange that we had worked and had come all the way to the moon to study the moon, Anders said during the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, and what we really discovered was the Earth.
At the time of the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s, as the U.S. was shaken by assassinations, civil rights protests, and the Vietnam War, the successes of these trips fulfilled the long-held hopes that man could reach the stars, uniting the nation toward a common goal. Looking at todays America and its deep divisions, our circumstances are not so differentour quest for understanding the world beyond our planet continues.
With this cultural backdrop and the renewed media spectacle surrounding space tourism by billionaire thrill seekers, the images presented in The Final Frontier: NASA Photographs from the 1960s are particularly relevant to todays collectors.
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Uncensored. Uncut. Surviving the Beast the ugly truths about state capture and why they tried to kill me. Its all death, denial and deceit in Angelo Agrizzis latest book, the sequel to Inside the Belly of the Beast. He explores the failings of state capture and why so many big fish still swim free. The integration of QR codes in this book create an interactive experience for the reader, bringing to life key video evidence, articles, interviews, testimonials and documents from the Zondo State Capture Commission on Inquiry, as well as as-yet-unseen details, photographs and graphic accounts of relevant events. Truth Be Told Publishing.
State of Terror is the utterly readable thriller, which instantly jumped to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. And why wouldnt it? Co-written by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 67th secretary of state, and Louise Penny, a multiple award-winning novelist, you know therell be inside info and expertise, which always makes for an exciting read. Its all, obviously, American politics, with secret coded warnings, terrorist attacks, a race to develop nuclear weapons, the Russian mob and a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization. A thrill a minute. Simon and Schuster.
Good grief. Youll just need the one book this holiday if you choose Ken Folletts latest novel, Never. Its a whopping 846 pages a thrilling, action-packed drama from this author who knows how to deliver (and has sold more than 160-million copies of his books to prove it!). With drug-smuggling, human trafficking, terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading, it jumps from a stolen US army drone to a shrinking oasis in the Sahara desert, from a undercover spy working with jihadis to a Chinese spymaster to a US president fast paced, frantic and massively enjoyable.Pan Macmillan.
We were trained to permanently neutralise, ideas or people or institutions, on behalf of the government of the day. Confessions of a Stratcom Hitman is Paul Erasmuss searing, explosive account of his time as a security policeman during apartheid. In this book, in which Erasmus attempts to come to a reckoning with the atrocities he committed and was party to, he tells of the corruption and power mongering in the South African Police, names names, and ultimately asks himself how he could have done what did. His testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was extensive, and allowed a view into the world of Stratcom. This book takes that testimony a step further. Jacana Media.
Dan Moyane was 10 years old when he lay on his back on a patch of grass at his parents home in White City Jabavu, Soweto, looking at the moon and thinking, I dont want to die unknown. The year was 1969, and Neil Armstrong and his team had recently achieved immortality by completing the first moon landing. It was the knowledge that the astronauts would be remembered as long as the world turned that made Dan realise that he, too, would like to be remembered by people outside of his immediate community; just as he would like to find out more about what lay beyond his horizon. In I Dont Want to Die Unknown, Moyane tell of how he achieved his goal from his days as a student at the apex of South Africas political turmoil, to his years in exile in Mozambique and his first job in media, and the trajectory of a career that would see him become one of South Africas most highly regarded and influential broadcasters. Described as part memoir, part legacy, the story provides the framework for his next significant question: How best to use his public profile to benefit his countrymen. Tracey MacDonald Publishers
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Stetson Bennett and Warren Ericson talk before the game against Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart and his talented roster are angry and ready to serve this dish to Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide.
And lets not beat about the bush because Georgia wants to serve it cold freezing cold.
There is no doubting that Georgia and its fans are still hurting from that SEC Championship game, and rightly so. The Dawgs went into the SEC decider as overwhelming favorites, demonstrating the stoutest defense as the SEC and probably college football has ever seen.
But yet this defense did not live up to its hard-edged reputation and recorded zero sacks against Bryce Young.
While not the single most important statistic, it is helpful to compare that Auburn sacked Bryce Young seven times in the first half alone of the Iron Bowl. And this is a Georgia team that has recorded 45 sacks in the season so far. So instantly, it was evident that something was amiss with the Georgia defense.
So what and how does Georgia get revenge over that painful SEC Championship game?
The Bulldogs had momentum going into the SEC Championship game but did not use it to their advantage.
Momentum is everything in sports, giving teams confidence, team cohesion and a genuine belief in their ability to overcome the next challenge. How many times has one event during a game swung momentum in favor of the team that wins the game.
While the defeat to Alabama slowed momentum, there is no doubt that the impressive slaying of Michigan swings momentum back in favor of Georgia.
There isnt a better way to progress to the national championship game than by nullifying and dismantling the Wolverines, which was the hottest ticket in town and the name n everybodys lips going into the Orange Bowl. This Michigan team was on the crest of a wave led by Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson and a quarterback who finally lived up to the Big Blue hype, Cade McNamara.
Yet the Dawtgs contained both as Georgia ran out of Miami with a 34-11 victory. An impressive win and reminded the college football world that Georgia football is an excellent team.
Lets not underplay this the Georgia players and coaching staff are angry.
Angry at their performance in the SEC Championship game, mad at the level of criticism leveled at them, and mad that they succumbed to, of all teams the Crimson Tide.
If this anger can be corralled and harnessed correctly, there is no better mindset than being full-blown mad. Best of all? Georgia has almost an immediate opportunity to get revenge for that defeat.
How many times does a team have to wait a year to get their revenge? Not this time, Georgia had to wait a little over a month, and during that time, you can bet that Smart and company will be reminding his team just what they can achieve by doing what they should have done, what their talent should have allowed them to do in the SEC Championship game?
The opportunity to gain immortality in Athens is a compelling proposition. This factor is huge for the Dawgs massive.
Listen to any commentator of the game worth their salt, and they will all say how difficult it is to beat the same team twice in short succession. First, the teams have just met, so there is little time to create something new. And if you do miracle up a new play, are you going to use it in the key moments of a championship game? No, frankly.
Secondly, the SEC Championship game was a must-win situation for Alabama. In that game, Georgia had a safety net, and it showed. This time around, there is no net. Both teams have to go at it, knock out punch for knock out punch.
The 2018 National Championship game went into overtime, and it would not be surprising if this game were similarly close. Both teams will look to nullify the threats which hurt them most last time around. So history points us to a tighter game.
Tight in the fourth quarter, and it is anybodys game. Either coach would accept it being close going into the fourth quarter as they naturally have faith inter the teams abilities. Its time for Georgia football players to step up and take what is theirs.
Time will tell if Georgia can overcome the SEC Championship game defeat to secure the National Championship title. We will find out on Monday. But an angry Bulldog is not to be reckoned with, and the signs are that the Bulldogs can use this defeat to propel themselves to avenge against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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Quantum suicide is a thought experiment in quantum mechanics and the philosophy of physics. It was originally claimed that it can distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. It is based on imagining oneself as the cat in the Schrdinger's cat thought experiment. Quantum immortality refers to the experience of surviving quantum suicide.
The thought experiment was created by Max Tegmark. In the thought experiment, a person stands in front of a gun which fires if it detects a subatomic particle as having an upward spin, or does not fire if the gun detects a downward spin. The gun does this repeatedly. From an outside perspective, both outcomes are equally likely. However, according to the thought experiment, if the many-worlds interpretation is true, the person in front of the gun finds that the gun never fires, even though this is very, very unlikely. In the many-worlds interpretation, the gun fires in one world and does not fire in another, but the person can only continue being conscious in a world in which the gun does not fire. According to the thought experiment, such a person would find themselves to be immortal.
In response to questions about whether people should generally expect to be immortal, Max Tegmark stated that is flawed reasoning because dying is not an instantaneous event, and "fully dead" and "fully alive" are not the only possible outcomes, as in the thought experiment. Rather, it is a progressive process, with a continuous series of states of decreasing consciousness. In most real causes of death, one's self-awareness fades out gradually. It is only within this specific imaginary scenario that a person finds themselves surviving.
Most experts believe that the experiment would not actually work in the real world.:371
Max Tegmark now believes that from their own point of view, the person in the thought experiment should not expect immortality. Since they die in some worlds, they afterwards exist in much fewer worlds than they had before. People are less likely to find themselves in a world where their own existence is less likely. Therefore, it is only a possibility, not a certainty, that the person who does the experiment then goes on to feel like they survived. This same problem, of not existing as much afterwards, was pointed out by Lev Vaidman in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Physicist David Deutsch, though in favor of the many-worlds interpretation, states regarding quantum suicide that it would not work under the normal probability rules of quantum mechanics. Instead, one would need to add an additional assumption of ignoring worlds where the experimenter is not there. He believes that assumption is false. Physicist David Wallace argues that a decision theory analysis shows that a person who prefers certain life to certain death must prefer to keep themselves alive in worlds that are more likely outcomes, not just in less likely ones.
Physicist Sean M. Carroll, though also in favor of the many-worlds interpretation, states about quantum suicide that neither experiences nor rewards should be thought of as being shared between future versions of oneself, because these future versions become distinct persons when the world splits. He then states that a person cannot pick out some future versions of oneself as really being oneself and not the others. He concludes that quantum suicide kills some of these future selves, which is a bad thing the same as if there were no other worlds.
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