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PBS News: Mar 2 – 5, 2020, Washington state coronavirus outbreak ‘a mystery so far’, How the Dallas Street Choir grants homeless residents a voice, Greenland Melting (360°), and Yosemite ‘firefall’ slows to a trickle amid drought

TED Talks: David Heymann What we do and don’t know about the coronavirus?

Democracy Now!: Sanders & Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff

CNN: Fareed Zakaria: I want to talk about Bernie Sanders

Inhabitat: Margot Krasojevic – hydroelectric Art Gallery will generate enough wave power to be 100 self sustaining/

The New York Times: By Chris Stanford, Thursday, March 5, 2020 – Morning Briefing     

Wonder World: Yosemite Horsetail Falls

VIVSVIBE: Yosemite National Park Firefall 2019 Behind the Scenes | Horsetail Falls Viewing Location and Tips

Thisiscolossal: Historic Lithograph Reveals Anamorphic Views of Razed Bank of Philadelphia, 3D Ship Drawn on Three Flat Sheets of Paper by Ramon Bruin, and New Geometric Creatures from TRÜF Creative

PBS NewsHour full episode, Mar 5, 2020

Mar 5, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Thursday on the NewsHour, the global impact of novel coronavirus continues to rise as countries close schools and restrict travel. Plus: A former Obama campaign manager on the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, a troubling report on migrant families separated by the U.S. government, Britain’s defense secretary on crisis in Syria and a preacher’s reminder that “everybody is somebody.” WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS The IMF seeks to reduce novel coronavirus’ economic fallout… News Wrap: Schumer denies threatening Supreme Court justices… How Obama’s campaign manager thinks Democrats can beat Trump… Why HHS struggled to reunite separated migrant families… UK defense secretary on Syria crisis, U.S.-Taliban deal… A Brief But Spectacular take on how ‘everybody is someb Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, Mar 4, 2020

Mar 4, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Congress agrees on $8.3 billion bill to fund virus response… News Wrap: Netanyahu appears to fall short of a majority… 2 Democratic strategists on Biden’s Super Tuesday momentum… Novel coronavirus fears also drive stigma and stereotypes… What’s at stake in Supreme Court’s latest abortion law case… Painter Jacob Lawrence’s early American ‘Struggle’…

PBS NewsHour 9pm full episode, Mar 3, 2020

Mar 3, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, U.S. public health officials rush to respond to the growing novel coronavirus outbreak. Plus: Super Tuesday results reshape the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination as former Vice President Joe Biden takes the delegate lead, deadly tornadoes slam Tennessee, Iran struggles with its novel coronavirus outbreak and a naturalist inspired by old-growth forests. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, Mar 2, 2020

Mar 2, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, novel coronavirus is now blamed for six deaths in the U.S., all in Washington state — but officials fear there may be more cases not yet diagnosed. Plus: A tumultuous 48 hours in the Democratic primary, Super Tuesday previews of California and North Carolina, Politics Monday with Tamara Keith and Amy Walter and what’s next for Afghanistan after a provisional peace deal. WATCH TODAYS SEGMENTS Wash. health officials fear virus may have quietly spread… News Wrap: Netanyahu looks victorious in Israeli election… After SC winnows field, 2020 Dems prep for Super Tuesday… How California voters are deciding among 2020 Democrats… Why many NC voters worry they can’t trust election process… Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Biden’s pre-Super Tuesday win… How Afghan government feels about U.S.-Taliban peace deal… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Washington state coronavirus outbreak ‘a mystery so far’

Mar 1, 2020  PBS NewsHour

The coronavirus has now spread to more than 60 countries and more confirmed cases are being reported in the United States. Washington on Saturday reported the first U.S. death from the virus as new cases continue to emerge in the state. Los Angeles Times Seattle Bureau Chief Richard Read joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on the state’s outbreak. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

How the Dallas Street Choir grants homeless residents a voice

Feb 28, 2020  PBS NewsHour

The mantra of the Dallas Street Choir is “homeless, not voiceless.” Some 2,000 singers have passed through the group in the last five years, seeking support, artistic expression and community as they contend with life on the streets. The organization also aims to raise awareness of Dallas’ growing homelessness problem, even as the city’s economy booms. Jeffrey Brown reports. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Greenland Melting (360°)

Sep 20, 2018

NOVA PBS Official

Greenland’s glaciers are melting faster and faster. If they were all to disappear, the sea level around the world would rise by 20 feet, scientists estimate. A FRONTLINE I NOVA I Emblematic collaboration

Category  Science & Technology

What happens if you get infected with the coronavirus? Who’s most at risk? How can you protect yourself? Public health expert David Heymann, who led the global response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, shares the latest findings about COVID-19 and what the future may hold.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.


David Heymann · Epidemiologist, professor

David Heymann is a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He led the World Health Organization’s global response to the SARS epidemic in 2003.


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Sanders & Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff

Feb 24, 2020  Democracy Now!

As Bernie Sanders’s runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sanders decried what he called “socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” For more, we host a debate on Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism, featuring two well-known economists. Paul Krugman is a New York Times op-ed columnist and author of many books, including his latest, “Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future.” One of his recent columns is headlined “Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Socialist.” Richard Wolff is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at The New School. He is the founder of Democracy at Work and hosts the weekly national television and radio program “Economic Update.” He’s the author of several books, including “Understanding Socialism.” #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: SoundCloud: iTunes:… Daily Email Digest:

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Fareed Zakaria: I want to talk about Bernie Sanders

Mar 1, 2020  CNN

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria analyzes Bernie Sanders’ economic proposals, and how they have fared in other countries. #CNN #News

Category  News & Politics

Inhabitat: Margot Krasojevic – hydroelectric Art Gallery will generate enough wave power to be 100% self sustaining/

London-based architect Margot Krasojevic has just unveiled a futuristic art gallery that runs on hydroelectric power. Slated for the coastal Russian region of Sochi, the Hydroelectric Sculpture Gallery will harness enough wave energy to not only be 100% self-sufficient, but it will also be able to channel surplus energy back into the grid, powering around 200 nearby houses and businesses as a result.

large hydroelectric sculpture

The art gallery will be located on Sochi’s coastline, where it will use the exceptionally strong coastal swells from the Black Sea to power a water turbine system. Krasojevic’s vision depicts a sculptural volume that rises out of an existing wooden promenade. The building, which will be partly submerged into the sea, will be strategically angled at 45 degrees to the coastline for maximum wave exposure.

Related: Oil rig off South Korea’s coast to become a floating hotel that operates on tidal energy

large hydroelectric structure on coastline

According to the design plans, the building will “use the environment’s characteristics to generate clean, sustainable energy, without affecting the quality and nature of the landscape.” State-of-the-art engineering will allow the structure to harvest wave energy through oscillating water columns as the waves crash against it. Generating up to 300kW, the system will enable the gallery to operate completely off the grid and channel surplus energy back into the grid. It could supply clean energy to approximately 200 households and businesses in the same area.

immense sculpture on desert landscape

Visitors to the futuristic gallery will enter through a long walkway stretching out from the shore. The robust exterior of the building will comprise various walkways and ramps that wind around the steel structure. Sinuous volumes will conceal the building’s many turbines, which will also be partially submerged underwater.

upclose shot of concrete base of large sculpture

Inside, the spaces will reflect the building’s functions. The various galleries will be laid out into a power plant format, with steel clad ceilings that mimic the rolling waves that crash into the exterior. Irregularly shaped skylights will also create a vibrant, kaleidoscope show of shadow and light throughout the day.

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Images via Margot Krasojevic

immense sculpture next to beach deck

The Daily Conversation: The World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS: 2019-2040’s (Season 2 – Complete)

The World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS: 2019-2040’s (Season 2 – Complete)

Jun 22, 2017  The Daily Conversation

A documentary on eight of the most ambitious mega-projects currently under development around the world, featuring: Istanbul’s building boom (Turkey); the Mission to put a human on Mars; the effort to develop Lagos (Nigeria); Africa’s unprecedented clean energy opportunity; the project to probe the nearest Earth-like exoplanet; Atlanta’s stadium of the future (Georgia, United States); India’s effort to modernize its highways; and China’s unprecedented One Belt One Road, “New Silk Road” initiative. Get your free audiobook:… Subscribe to TDC:… Video by Bryce Plank and Robin West Music: By Matt Stewart-Evans:… Alex Gopher:… Glimpse Kevin MacLeod… And the YouTube Audio Library Like our page on Facebook… All images and videos used under the ‘Fair Use’ provision of United States Copyright Law:

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The New York Times – Morning Briefing

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | View in browser
Good morning.
We’re covering the state of emergency in California and other responses to the coronavirus outbreak, the latest in the Democratic presidential race, and a rare rebuke from the Supreme Court’s chief justice, John Roberts.

 By Chris Stanford

California holds cruise ship offshore
A ship with suspected links to two coronavirus cases, one fatal, was being held off the coast of San Francisco until everyone on board could be tested, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. At least 21 people on the ship had symptoms.
On Wednesday, a former passenger became the first U.S. coronavirus death outside Washington State and the 11th over all. Here are the latest updates and maps of where the virus has spread.
Federal health officials announced new testing criteria, requiring only a doctor’s agreement. But it’s unclear whether there are enough tests for everybody who’ll want one.
“The Daily”: Today’s episode is about the outbreak in Washington State.
Related: New Jersey has announced its first case, a man in his 30s who had been hospitalized just across the Hudson River from New York City. Nine new cases in New York were connected to a patient in Westchester County.
Closer look: Some patients experienced no physical discomfort from Covid-19, the disease brought on by the virus. Others are still coughing as they recover. Six Americans who have tested positive spoke to The Times about their experiences.
Read more about the symptoms of the coronavirus and the prospects for vaccines and treatments. For an informed guide to the outbreak, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Chloe Lau, a high school student, doing her schoolwork at home in Hong Kong. By Wednesday, 22 countries had announced school closures of varying degrees.  Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times
The toll of the outbreak
The coronavirus has already disrupted the education of nearly 300 million students worldwide, according to the United Nations. A Seattle-area school district said on Wednesday that it would cancel classes for two weeks, the largest virus-related shutdown in the U.S.
Among other effects:
? United Airlines became the first American carrier to announce a widespread cut to domestic service, suggesting that fear was eroding ticket sales even away from the epidemic’s hot spots.
? Congress is expected to vote this week on a funding package, including help for small businesses.
? The London Book Fair and the Geneva International Auto Show were canceled. (The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are still on, for now.)
? The Louvre in Paris reopened after a three-day closure, but guards will not move around to maintain order in the room where the Mona Lisa hangs.
Watch: We used satellite images to show what the outbreak’s effects look like from space.
Joe Biden addressed supporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when he won 10 of the 14 states up for grabs.  Josh Haner/The New York Times
A shift of momentum in the Democratic race
Since Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary in a landslide last weekend, much of the Democratic establishment has aligned behind the former vice president.
Mr. Biden was endorsed by Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday, after the former New York City mayor ended his brief, multimillion-dollar candidacy.
Bernie Sanders, who seemed to have a clear advantage a week ago, faces pressure to show that he can expand his political base, and he acknowledged on Wednesday that his campaign hadn’t generated the turnout among young people that he had counted on.
Related: Elizabeth Warren’s campaign manager told staff members that the senator was assessing her options after failing to finish in the top two of any Super Tuesday contest. Here are the near-final results.
What’s next: Most delegates awarded after Super Tuesday are at stake in the East, where Mr. Sanders has underperformed. Our Upshot columnist Nate Cohn looked at the state of the race.
Another angle: Wall Street executives are opening their checkbooks for Mr. Biden. That could be a mixed blessing for a candidate who presents himself as anti-elitist.
If you have 5 minutes, this is worth it
A police tool, and a plaything of the rich

Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

The Times reported in January about a groundbreaking facial recognition system being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies, developed by a start-up called Clearview AI. In response to subsequent criticism, the company said that its technology was “available only for law enforcement agencies and select security professionals.”
But The Times has found multiple other individuals with access to the technology among Clearview’s investors, clients and friends. They include John Catsimatidis, above, the billionaire owner of the Gristedes grocery store chain in New York, who used Clearview to surveil shoppers and to identify a man he saw on a date with his daughter.
Here’s what else is happening
Supreme Court rebuke: Chief Justice John Roberts denounced remarks by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, after the Democratic leader criticized President Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees. A spokesman for the lawmaker said his comments had been misrepresented.
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Snapshot: Above, antennas in Australia that are part of the Deep Space Network. The system, which lets spacecraft communicate with Earth, will be taken offline for almost a year starting Monday for upgrades and repairs.
In memoriam: Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, a two-term secretary general of the United Nations during the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday at 100. He helped broker several peace agreements, including the end of a 10-year war between Iran and Iraq, and the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
Late-night comedy: After Jill Biden confronted protesters who rushed onstage during her husband’s victory rally on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon said, “Forget first lady — she should be secretary of defense.”
What we’re reading: Anahad O’Connor, a health reporter, highlights a fascinating — and somewhat frightening — new study of coral species that suggests that Earth’s “sixth extinction” may be well underway. The science journalist Emily Laber-Warren tells the story in Newsweek.

Yosemite ‘firefall’ slows to a trickle amid drought

Mar 1, 2020  PBS NewsHour

A natural spectacle called “firefall” happens each February in California’s Yosemite National Park when light from the setting sun strikes the park’s Horsetail Falls, making it look like it’s ablaze with fire. But this year the waterfall slowed to a trickle. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker spoke with University of California Berkeley climate scientist Patrick Gonzalez to learn more. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

FIREFALL – Yosemite Horsetail Falls

•Aug 21, 2018  Wonder World

Firefall is one of Yosemite National Park most amazing spectacles. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls at just the right angle, to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall, and when conditions are perfect, Horsetail Falls glows orange and red at sunset, giving the illusion it’s on fire. As the sun sets, and dips behind the horizon line, everything will begin to go dark and it will seem, for a moment, as if the Firefall has failed to ignite. But as the last of the sunlight disappears, it will hit and reflect off the falls at the exact right angle, creating a spectacular if short-lived effect, that looks like a beautiful flowing cascade of fluid fire. The phenomenon known as “Firefall” draws scores of photographers to a spot near Horsetail Fall, which flows down the granite face of the park’s famed rock formation, El Capitan. Thanks for watching ___________________________________________________________________ CREDIT LINKS ? AreStraka Youtube Channel –… ? AreStraka Video –… ? Amazing Places Youtube Channel –… ? Amazing Places Video –… ? mrbsellers72 Youtube Channel –… ? mrbsellers72 Video –… ? Yosemitebear62 Youtube Channel –… ? Yosemitebear62 Video –… ___________________________________________________________________ ? Wonder World Twitter – For business enquiries, content submission or copyright concerns or disputes, please contact me

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Yosemite National Park Firefall 2019 Behind the Scenes | Horsetail Falls Viewing Location and Tips

Jan 29, 2020  VIVSVIBE

Every year in February the light hits Horsetail falls perfectly and creates a firey illusion. Firefall has been captured many times over the years and continues to grow in popularity as it becomes more and more well-known. In order to get a picture of this phenomenon, the conditions have to be perfect. Even a single cloud can mess up the colors and vibrancy of Firefall. The natural beauty of this phenomenon is epic, but what I found even more outstanding was the effort, time and the sheer number of people who made the trek out in the freezing cold to witness the cascade of “fire” down El Cap. My feet froze the first and second night, so by the third night, I was bundled up real nice and stayed warm while watching the show. If you’re going to witness Firefall, it’s wise if you can block out a few days, you might not get it first the first day… this gives you a few chances to see and capture the falls. Even one cloud can hinder the glow of the falls, as we experienced the last night we watched. Even if you take the trip out to Yosemite and don’t get to witness the glow, the park and people are amazing! I hope this gives y’all a better idea of what to expect and what it takes to capture Firefall. Thanks for watching! Enjoy! Things to do in Yosemite while you wait:… Huge thanks to David Bobbitt for editing the footage!

Horsetail Waterfall becomes Firefall at Yosemite National Park on February 15-26, 2018

Horsetail Waterfall, Firefall at Yosemite National Park, California

My Modern Met – Spectacular Yosemite Firefall Ignites Waterfall in Brilliant Blaze

The firefall!

Horsetail Waterfall, Firefall at Yosemite National Park, California – Shiyu Photography

Historic Lithograph Reveals Anamorphic Views of Razed Bank of Philadelphia


“Horizontorium” (1832), hand-colored lithograph, 22.5 x 16.5 inches

In 1832, artist John Jesse Barker added depth to a drawing by Philadelphia-based William G. Mason to create an optical illusion titled “Horizontorium.” Part of a tradition of anamorphic works, this depiction of the Bank of Philadelphia is one of the two surviving works looking at the historic financial building designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. At the time, it was the unofficial bank of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that sat at the southwest corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets. The structure was razed in 1836.

Horizontoriums became popular throughout England and France in the 18th century, although this piece is the only one known to be made in America. Viewers would set the lithograph on a flat surface and perpendicularly position their face at the center of the work (note the semicircle on this lithograph suggesting a spot for a chin) to peer over the image. The sharp angle would produce a distorted perspective that appears to project the building and its passersby upward. Sometimes, viewers even would peek through a small hole carved out of paper or cardboard to block out their peripheral vision and give the work a more distinct look. (via Graphic Arts CollectionThe Morning News)

“Horizontorium” (1832), hand-colored lithograph, 22.5 x 16.5 inches

“Horizontorium” (1832), hand-colored lithograph, 22.5 x 16.5 inches

“Horizontorium” (1832), hand-colored lithograph, 22.5 x 16.5 inches

“Horizontorium” (1832), hand-colored lithograph, 22.5 x 16.5 inches

3D Ship Drawn on Three Flat Sheets of Paper by Ramon Bruin



Artist Ramon Bruin (previously) recently drew this fun anamorphic illusion that appears to be a 3D ship but is actually a skewed drawing on three sheets of flat paper. You can see more of his recent work over on deviantART. (via my modern met)

New Geometric Creatures from TRÜF Creative


Charming new illustrations by TRÜF Creative (previously) combine a conservative color palette with wildly imaginative interpretations of animals. An ongoing passion project by the Santa Monica-based design studio, the series’s latest chapter is titled “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” (which is a reference to Prince, for fans who are wondering). The TRÜF team describes the project as “our minimalistic and strange interpretation of the animal kingdom that only exists in our heads.” If you’d like to make one of their geometric birds, whales, or fish your own, find prints in their online store.

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