The Jovian Trojans follow Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System.
The Jovian Trojans

NASA sent the Lucy spacecraft on a Discovery-class mission to explore the Jovian Trojans. The Trojans are two large swarms of rocky bodies that precede and follow Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun. The leading flock is called the Greeks, while the trailing swarm is known as the Trojans. Scientists assume that these asteroid-like objects have been captured in the early stages of the formation of the Solar System during the migration of the giant planets to their present stable orbits. But how, where, when and why they were swept along is, until now, a mystery. For several years, it has been known that the Trojans bear no resemblance to either the Kuiper Belt or Asteroid Belt asteroids, and it is unclear where they originated. It is assumed that they are remnants of the primordial material from which the outer planets were formed. Results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE) revealed that the Jovian Trojans are uniformly dark with a hint of burgundy color. To find out more about the Trojans, in October 2021, NASA sent Lucy on a 12-year journey.

Images: KK mindcraft and NASA Juno mission



Hello World. You still alive?

angry earth


Greta is right, no, not the Garbo, the other one, the young one. The statements and speeches of the leading representatives of the "Free World" at the G20 summit in Rome and the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow sound like this: blah blah, blah. Smokescreen after smokescreen is presented as if they are the greatest achievements. One promise after another is made and never kept. They talk grandly about their goals until 2050 or 2060, by which time they will all be long dead, for real, died of old age. At that time, I'll be 98 years old, at best, or 108. WTF. At some point, Darwin's Law will come into effect, whereby more intelligent creatures will dominate the world.
 

 

Quotesque

The bad Joke of the Decade
Brave New World: Twice-impeached former U.S. President Donald Trump wants to launch a social media platform called TRUTH.

Inspirational Quote of the Week
So if you feel you are in a black hole, don't give up—there's a way out.
Stephen Hawking

The Advice of the Time
Check out the Rules.

Basic Rules
The king may move one square in any direction as long as no piece blocks his path.

 

A tribute to Black Music


In celebration of Black History Month (which should be every month), we've added a little more color, a few more artists and more music to our beloved List of Black Musicians, singers and songwriters, to remind us how much they've influenced the fabric of our global culture.
 

100+ of the world's most amazing countries

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions,
it might be a good idea to update your travel related bucket list from home.
In the Nations Online Project you will find a wealth of triple-checked information about every country in the world.


All Countries of the World

 
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Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
Italy

 
Benin Tata somba village
Benin

 

Statue of Liberty with mask
Statue of Liberty leading the people
It is your social contribution to wear a mask.
Be a hero, wear a mask. It has never been so easy to save lives.

.kk.
 
World map of countries with COVID-19 cases
Historical map of countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Image: nationsonline.org


COVID-19
The number of cases is frightening, but it could get much worse; only 0.6% of the world population is affected by COVID-19 today. The virus took only three months to spread around the world and the number of cases is still rising.




According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now more than 229 million.
See a map of the world with all countries with confirmed cases and more information about the virus outbreak (from April 2020).

Source: Johns Hopkins University


Global Travel Warnings. Many countries have initiated or strengthened border controls, introduced visas, and quarantine obligations or closed borders completely.


 

Are you confused by all the conflicting messages that rush at us daily? You are not alone.

But be aware that this also happens to less educated people (like me) who are even less able to understand what interests are behind these messages.
Many people feel more and more helpless or ignore the obvious and run to the next strong man.
How can this be avoided in the future?

Education could help. Give the next generation a better chance. Teach them critical thinking, make them understand the connections.

 
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Image: kk. origin: jpl.nasa

The Heart Breaking News
Organic life on Earth will bite the dust if we do not stop feeding the planet with greenhouse gases. Sorry, there is no beautiful clean coal or clean petrol - only if it stays where it is.


Biodiversity Crisis
Scientists have calculated that by the end of this century at least 550 animal species will follow in the footsteps of the mammoth and the sabre-toothed cat and will become extinct because humans exert an immense predatory impact on the animal kingdom. (Science Advances)


Japanese pollution
According to media reports, Japan is about to release 1 million tons of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. (DW)


 
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Torched Earth
Image: NASA Blue Marble
   
Deadly typhoons in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, devastating wildfires in Australia, Siberia, and the United States, hurricanes are making land-fall with disastrous consequences, and poisonous pollution all over the planet. The oceans suffocate from plastic waste, and madmen promote beautiful clean coal, and they want to sell their "Black Gold" -- oil.

This is our world, thanks to you. Because you can't get enough. There is your limitless greed. My houses, my cars, my boats, my stocks, my women, but it's not enough for you. You want your neighbors' houses, and cars, and boats, and stocks, and wives. And it's still not enough. You just can't get enough.

More, more, more, give it to ME.
You want it all, and you want it now. And you don't give a damn sh..t about others, or your country, or about the environment, or about the children of others. You cheat and twist the facts until they are no longer recognizable, and you ruin others just to satisfy your appetite for more power and influence. You wear expensive fashion brands and ignore that they are made by indentured laborers in a faraway land. You ship your garbage to Third World countries, but you couldn't care less about the fatal consequences for the people there. You ignore the fact that it is ultimately these people who make your luxury life possible.
But this has to stop. And if you get in the way when people try to save the planet, you could get hurt, not necessarily by other people but by the consequences of your behavior. Air and water no longer support life; fires, floods, landslides, tornadoes, devastating hailstorms will come ever closer to your luxurious home with its golden faucets and five cars in the garage. And one day, it will be too late to run away.

 

 
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