Gorgeous picture today from NASA's Terra satellite. Taken about 8 hours ago, it shows a snow covered Great Britain. For those not in the know, we've probably been hit with more snow than we've had in decades, this picture nicely captures it.
Now if only our country was more horizontal, at least then we could use it as a wallpaper.
Higher resolution (right down to 250 metres per pixel) versions are available from NASA.
Update: A few people have said NASA's website is being a bit slow for them, so I've uploaded the highest resolution version here.
Some guy going under the name Chas_chas_123 thinks Richard Dawkins isn't sure on his "faith".
Seemingly unaware that atheism is not based on faith. Everyone is born an atheist, and everyone is an atheist in respect to most of the gods that we've ever dreamt up. Faith is choosing to believe in something, like a supreme intergalactic dictator, without evidence. Atheism is simply the default position towards theistic superstition.
Arch-atheist Richard Dawkins recently supported a campaign saying "There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life"
Doesn't seem that he's very sure of his faith?
Is it rational to bet your life on a 'probably'?
"There's probably no God" refers to an advertising campaign run on buses in the UK, which Richard Dawkins supported, but the original idea was that of Ariane Sherine.
As an atheist myself, I cannot say for certain that there is no [insert your favourite god here]. Just like I cannot say there are definitely no Leprechauns, Langoliers or that we definitely do not live in a computer simulation. However based upon what we know about the universe the god hypothesis is unlikely. The specific god of certain Bronze Age beliefs from one tiny planet from one tiny period in time is even more unlikely.
No rational person would say that there is 100% definitely not anything, because a rationalist is always open to the possibility that something could be proven to exist given sufficient evidence.
Here's what Richard Dawkins had to say about the word probably in the slogan:
I would like to add in addition to that, using the word probably helps atheists/rationalists/sceptics etc. differentiate themselves from absolutists like those of a religious background. You'll never see Christians use the slogan "There probably is a God, and there probably is a Hell for you to burn in eternity for, so you should probably go ahead and be a Christian".
How do evolutionists resolve the problem of galaxies and stars being billion of lights years away from Earth?
When the universe is only six thousand years old?
Simple, the universe is not 6000 years old. The universe is 13.73 (+/- .12) billion years old.
Christians believe that God accelerated the speed of light in the past, making it at least a million times faster for a few thousand years, so that we would be able to enjoy the starlight at night. =)
Most christians don't believe that, most won't even know what you're even talking about. Your creationist videos/books have come up with this excuse for how objects can be billion of light years away in a 6000 year old universe and be visible.
What about for you evolutionists? What is the naturalistic explanation for how these stars are so far away in a six thousand year old universe?
Well its really not a question for "evolutionists", ignoring your poor attempt to associate biology and science with an ideology, biologists study life on Earth, not the universe. Cosmologists and astronomers study the universe. As for the answer it's simple, your basic premise is wrong. The age of the universe is greater than 6000 years.
...According to Dave from Portsmouth. From BBC News' Have your say. Well known not to bring out the brightest of people. Dave writes:
We had acid rain in the 80's. That was quickly followed by the o-zone layer. Why are these two things never mentioned today?
Climate change is a mere excuse to tax us to death.
Dave, referring to past environmental "scares" attempts to paint global warming with the same brush, well at least his mental version of this brush, thinking they were merely fads which just went out of fashion. Seemingly unaware that acid rain is an on-going problem although one we have tackled relatively effectively through the use of scrubbers to filter out sulfur, nitrogen oxides, etc and the odd international treaty here and there.
The ozone layer is however the classic example of what we can do internationally to solve something, and should be used as an example of what to do to tackle global warming. We spot that the ozone layer is eroding due to the release of CFCs into the atmosphere, in 1987 we ban the use of CFCs and today, we have an ozone layer that is gradually recovering.
Above all else it shows how dumb some of these global warming deniers are, seemingly unaware about acid rain, and worse yet the ozone layer. But I suppose that's what you get when you have people who think it's hotter at the equator because it's closer to the Sun trying to understand climate science.
Since Catherine got the HTC HD2 I've been hoping that HTC would release a keyboard equipped phone in the Touch Pro series that sported the 1Ghz processor, and the capacitive screen would be a nice too, and of course Touch Flo/Sense that supported landscape mode.
The good news is HTC's product roadmap for the first half of next year has leaked. The bad news is, there's no sign of any such phone. There are three phones under their productivity category all of which are powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.
The Photon, which seems to be keyboard-less, but still under productivity?
This seems to be a mini version of the HD2, it sports a 600Mhz processor, 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive screen with 256MB RAM.
There's also the Trophy, which has a similar form factor to most BlackBerrys, it has a 3 inch VGA screen also capacitive, with another 600Mhz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Then there's the Tera which seems to have the same form factor as the Touch Pro 2, only it sports a disappointing 3 inch WQVGA screen and the same 600Mhz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Looks like I'll be waiting until at least the second half of 2010. At least it shows how future-proof the HD2 is, only one other phone will be using the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor in the next six months and that will be the Bravo, whose main feature seems to be 720p video recording, but even that doesn't come close to the massive 4.3 inch screen on the HD2.