World of 7 Billion! - a child is born in Kaliningrad, Russia
We've covered "Overpopulation" topic in our interview with National Geographic Senior Environment Editor Robert Kunzig before. Now the time has come to announce the birth of 7 billionth human being on this planet. The boy's name is Peter Nikolayev (though his claim to fame is disputed: India, China and the Leningrad Region have also laid claim to the 7 billionth child) - more info.
Regarding the whole population issue, there is an interesting interactive BBC page: Seven Billion and You. National Geographic magazine has also come up with new "7 Billion" app, based on its year-long series on world population:
A metal-roofed metropolis, Goma sits at the crossroads of conflict in eastern Congo, its population exploding with displaced villagers, soldiers, profiteers, and aid workers. The lava-rumpled city sprawls between Lake Kivu, full of dangerous gases, and the restless Nyiragongo volcano:
(top photo: Pascal Maitre/National Geographic, bottom left: slums in Dhaka, photo by Jonas Bendiksen)
Despite all the world's troubles, let's hope that this new 7 billionth inhabitant of Earth will have a joyful, happy life!
Rarest Treasure in Halloween Style
One of the oldest surviving pot vessels in the world - Japanese Middle Jōmon vessel (3000–2000 BCE). Incredible, totally unique shape! -
More fascinating Japanese sculpture, from the era of Nitta Yoshioki:
Every good boy and girl deserves an Apple
... in all these enticing colors! -
Golden Forest Wave
Lappland, Sweden - photography by Henrik Bonnevier, for "Ororda Vatten" (Untouched Waters) project.
Galaxy M-83 is a crazy hub of activity - six (!) supernovas registered there, plus Hubble telescope has unveiled a huge number of newborn stars at the outer limits of M83 - that, according to the standard model of star formation, should not be there in such numbers - more info:
"The Pillars of Creation no longer exist. In 2007, astronomers announced that they were destroyed about 6,000 years ago by the shock wave from a supernova. Their actual destruction, however, will not be visible for another millennium." - more info:
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