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Tuvan Throat Singing #2 ~ Tuva is nowadays a federal subject of Russia, nominally self-governing and at the geographic heart of Asia. It is home for an indigenous population with strong ties to neighbouring Mongolia and a distinctive cultural heritage. At 65,800 square miles Tuva is larger than Tunisia but smaller than Uruguay, roughly equivalent in size to the US state of Missouri…
Twilight ~ Twilight is the time between dawn and sunrise, then sunset and dusk. But did you know about the three established and accepted divisions of this period known as civil, nautical and astronomical twilight, defined according to the position of the geometric centre of the Sun and its distance below the horizon? Well, you do now…
Uncyclopedia: Astrology ~ The Uncyclopedia is a satirical take on the Wikipedia phenomenon. Its articles contain information that is lampooned and parodied to such an extent that little, if any, factual accuracy remains. On a good day it is extremely funny, for example the Astrology section I’m featuring. Try not to laugh too loudly, as you review this page…
Virgin Galactic ~ Suborbital flight should bring space tourism within the reach of more people, taking you beyond the Kármán line, the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space at an altitude above 100km. Virgin Galactic hope to offer six minutes of weightlessness for $200,000. Over 430 people have already booked their voyage…
Warburg Iconographic Database ~ The¬†Warburg Institute is associated with the¬†University of London. Founded by the art historian Aby Warburg, we are fortunate much of their reference material is freely available online. I don’t know when you last saw a Sun sign illustration from a book written in tenth century England for instance, but for me that is one gigantic inspiration.
Weather Underground ~ This is one of the best websites for those interested in the finer points of the weather, but I am recommending it for its astronomy content, which is helpful for anybody watching the sky. You’ll find detailed star charts and lots about the Sun and Moon, tailored to where you are. Select your locality and then follow the links to visit the astronomy section…
Wedding Anniversaries ~ This may seem an unlikely choice, but it arose after revisiting the links between gemstones or precious metals and the zodiac signs. Although there are some differences either side of the Atlantic and commercialism has triumphed over tradition in the US today, it is great to hear of one Indian couple reaching their Granite anniversary in Bradford, UK…
What’s Your Sign? ~ That old cliché again, only this site offers so much more. It catalogues the use of signs and symbols in a broader context and includes a section on astrology. You will discover an easily digestible guide to the Native American and Burmese zodiacs, Celtic tree astrology and animal signs among others, all of which can prove challenging to pinpoint elsewhere…
Where-to-be-born Index ~ Whereabouts you were born is a big part of any analysis based on the planets at that time. Slowly, economists and statisticians are getting to grips with what astrologers have been saying for millennia. In terms everyone can understand, you are best off being born in Switzerland. With several clients from this region of the world, I am not surprised…
Wikipedia: Multilingual Support ~ Just as certain languages need to display characters beyond those normally encoded, so astrology software uses specific glyphs to represent the planets and the signs. Font support has been of concern to astrologers since the early days of personal computing. It is important to be familiar with the issues, now the Internet has taken hold…
Wikitravel - Space ~ Wikitravel launched in July 2003, with the aim of creating a free, up to date and reliable worldwide travel guide based solely on the experiences of its contributors. Nowadays these boundaries have been stretched, as illustrated by the Space travel topic, which although mainly tongue in cheek seems accurate and informative too…
WISSARD ~ Why is Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling or WISSARD, so important? Because it is conceivable Europa, a moon of Jupiter and Enceladus, orbiting Saturn have liquid water beneath their icy crusts. In the search for life across the Solar System, Lake Whillans is a significant discovery. It has water and even fish, 800m below the Antarctic ice.
WolframAlpha ~ As I write WolframAlpha is in development, but claims to be the first computational knowledge engine on the World Wide Web. This means you ask a question and it comes up with the answer, so I’ve linked to the astronomy bit which has many interesting examples. On entering astrology, it just said ‘pseudoscience’ though…
Worldometers ~ You’ll find a treasure trove of information here, based entirely on the circumstances of the global collective from a statistical point of view and with each numerical titbit, updating in comparatively real time. If you’ve ever wondered about the human condition, where that is heading or how you can escape the inevitable, this is probably an excellent place to start…
World Record Jump ~ Felix Baumgartner’s skydive from the stratosphere 24.26 miles above the deserts of New Mexico has been big news all week. So how is it Joe Kittinger, previous record holder with a jump made over 52 years previously still managed to steal the show, stating simply as Felix left the capsule “Our guardian angel will take care of you…”?
Zooniverse - Real Science Online ~ Zooniverse is a citizen science portal, born out of the original Galaxy Zoo project you’ll remember getting a mention here, way back whenever. These days you can also study solar flares, look for undiscovered planets transiting the Sun, analyse an ancient Greek papyrus or our local galaxy and even investigate the ocean floor…