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Nine former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations have signed a letter to members of Congress urging them not to slash U.S. contributions to the U.N. budget. “The U.N. remains an indispensable instrument for advancing the global stability and prosperity on which U.S. interests and priorities depend,” the ambassadors wrote. “We therefore urge you to support U.S. leadership at the U.N., including through continued payment of our assessed and voluntary financial contributions to the organization.” The ambassadors are from both Republican and Democratic administrations, spanning five presidents. U.S. is U.N.'s largest donor The United States is the U.N.'s largest donor, contributing about $611 million this year to the regular budget of more than $2.5 billion. Washington also contributes more than $2 billion annually to support U.N. peacekeeping missions and hundreds of millions more to vital programs including the U.
Politico
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“No, we wont do that. I promise you we wont do that.” The former ambassadors, a combination of diplomats who served under Republican and Democratic administrations, include Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John Negroponte, Bill Richardson, Madeleine Albright, Edward Perkins, Thomas Pickering, Donald McHenry and Andrew Young. In the letter, they acknowledged the U.N.’s shortcomings — they said it’s imperfect and needs reform — but insisted that it “remains an indispensable instrument for advancing the global stability and prosperity on which U.S. interests and priorities depend.” “We therefore urge you to support U.S. leadership at the U.N., including through continued payment of our assessed and voluntary financial contributions to the Organization,” they wrote. Highlighting the conflict in the Middle East, a saber-rattling North Korea and the growing threat of extremism and organized crime, the former diplomats argued that “[t]he U.
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Futurity
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Instead of a prolonged, comet-like tail, this rough bubble-shape of the heliosphere is due to the strong interstellar magnetic field—much stronger than what was anticipated in the past—combined with the fact that the ratio between particle pressure and magnetic pressure inside the heliosheath is high, says Kostas Dialynas of the Academy of Athens in Greece, lead author of the study that is published in the journal Nature Astronomy . The image on the left shows a compact model of the heliosphere, supported by this latest data, while the image on the right shows an alternate model with an extended tail. (Credit: Kostas Dialynas et al. (left); NASA (right)) The Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument on Cassini, which has been exploring the Saturn system over a decade, gave scientists crucial new clues about the shape of the heliosphere's trailing end, the heliotail.
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In a moment, we will have the News at one with Sophie. That, here is the weather. Winter has reached northern parts of Scotland. It is pretty stormy in Aberdeenshire. White out conditions. Snow settling instrument earlier.
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Pink Floyd in slow motion The resulting effect is a sound closer to an accompaniment for Tibetan meditation than it is to chamber music. And it's far from other well-known tributes to water such as Maurice Ravel's "Fountains" or Luciano Berio's "Water Piano". While the water transports the sound, it also stifles it and slows it down considerably: the effect is a bit like playing Pink Floyd or Jean-Michel Jarre in slow motion. Musician and producer Robert Karlsson plays the violin – made of carbon fibre – and the crystallophone, a distant relative of the glass harmonica invented by Benjamin Franklin. Nanna Bech performs the rotacorda, an instrument inspired by a traditional Byzantine hurdy gurdy. It has six stainless steel strings which can make sound either with a sustained pulling of the string or when fingered. "It's the only one in the world so I don't even have a teacher.
The Iran Project
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Alwaght Before the recent US missile strikes against Syria’s Shayrat airbase, the new administration’s foreign policy team frequently insisted that the new White House leadership's strategy will focus on fighting the ISIS terrorist group and Washington no longer pursued the scenario of removing the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. However, the missile attack and the American officials' anti-Syrian stances that followed the operation made it clear that the new government’s approaches in dealing with the Syrian crisis is not that much different from its predecessor which put high on its agenda working to topple the Syrian leader. The analysts suggest that Washington has used Trump government’s anti-ISIS stances as an instrument to win for the US a leading position on the regional and global stages, something that can pave the way for Washington to expand intervention in West Asia region militarily.
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And for our instrument to detect light from space, we have to prevent it from basically seeing itself
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Our instrument is actually being cooled down to a temperature just four degrees above absolute zero,.
BBC Four
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This, quite simply, is the most advanced optical instrument ever constructed
Mashable
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In what was either a total delight, or a slight annoyance to his fellow travelers, Kenny G gave an impromptu in-air performance on his Saturday night flight from Tampa, Florida to Los Angeles. Per TMZ , Kenny promised a mid-air performance if passengers would help the in-flight crew reach its goal of raising $2,000 for Relay for Life. SEE ALSO: Turn your whole hand into a musical instrument with these gloves When the flight crew reached its goal, the best-selling saxophonist broke out his instrument and performed while pacing up and down the aisle. Tampa's WFLA News Channel 8 managed to snag footage. Hopefully at least half of these people really love adult contemporary: Read more... More about Viral Videos , Watercooler , and Watercooler
Hackaday
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Cheap stuff gets our creative juices flowing. Case in point? [Andy Grove] built an eight-sensor HC-SR04 breakout board, because the ultrasonic distance sensors in question are so affordable that a hacker can hardly avoid ordering them by the dozen. He originally built it for robotics, but then it's just a few lines of code to turn it into a gesture-controllable musical instrument . Check out the video, embedded below, for an overview of the features. His Octasonic breakout board is just an AVR in disguise it reads from eight ultrasonic sensors and delivers a single SPI result to whatever other controller is serving as the brains. In the piano demo, that's a Raspberry Pi, so he needed the usual 5 V to 3.3 V level shifting in between. The rest is code on the Pi that enables gestures to play notes, change musical instruments, and even shut the Pi down.
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[Orlando] has even thrown on temperature and light sensors for environmental monitoring. [Orlando] is quick to point out that this is an educational project and not a medical instrument, and that it should only ever be used completely untethered from mains battery power and Bluetooth only, please. Want to know why? Check out the shocking truth about transformerless power supplies . The Hackaday Prize2017 is Sponsored by: Thanks to [fustini] for the tip. Filed under: Medical hacks , The Hackaday Prize
The Sun Daily
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Returning in the new luxury plug-in hybrid sedan is the BMW ConnectedDrive as well as a suit of driver assistance systems including the latest BMW head-up display, Parking Assistant as well as Driving Assistant Plus and Surround View systems. Charging options with BMW 360° ELECTRIC “With a gross energy capacity of 9.2kWh, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery of the new 740Le xDrive can be recharged from any domestic power socket. Meanwhile, full charge through the BMW i Wallbox Connect can be achieved in under five hours and the charging process managed via either the BMW Remote app on a smartphone or the graphic in the car’s instrument cluster. As part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC program, owners of the new 740Le xDrive join those of the BMW i8, 330e and X5 xDrive40e in enjoying easy access to GreenTech Malaysia’s network of 181 ChargEV stations nationwide through the BMW ChargeNow mobility service.
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So this hospital is the unique hospital that receive the traumatised and also the dead from the civilian people." M/S Outside seating *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "If the relative came here and they know the dead person, they took it, as I mentioned, to the forensic centre to that area. And if they didn't know anything about them, we keep them in the fridge for a period of time." W/S Damaged building *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "This is a unique and the only hospital located in the western part of Mosul. We start our job here since 23rd January 2017. As you see all the hospital was completely destructed and all the instrument and equipment are stolen by ISIS before they ran away when the Iraqi troops liberate Qayyara." C/U Doctor Mansour Maarouf W/S Hole in the wall M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "They have staff that are responsible for the treatment of the ISIS people - doctors, nurses, all they worked here before the Iraqi troops liberate this area.
Ruptly TV
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So this hospital is the unique hospital that receive the traumatised and also the dead from the civilian people." M/S Outside seating *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "If the relative came here and they know the dead person, they took it, as I mentioned, to the forensic centre to that area. And if they didn't know anything about them, we keep them in the fridge for a period of time." W/S Damaged building *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "This is a unique and the only hospital located in the western part of Mosul. We start our job here since 23rd January 2017. As you see all the hospital was completely destructed and all the instrument and equipment are stolen by ISIS before they ran away when the Iraqi troops liberate Qayyara." C/U Doctor Mansour Maarouf W/S Hole in the wall M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "They have staff that are responsible for the treatment of the ISIS people - doctors, nurses, all they worked here before the Iraqi troops liberate this area.
The Sun Daily
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His position is also impartial. It is often said that 'the King is like the country's umbrella where people seek shelter'. So the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is positioned above, and people seek shelter under him. We always focus on executive power, but we need to remember that the supreme power is that of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the highest in the country. These elements of tradition, elements of heritage will be maintained and will continue to be implemented in the installation ceremony. There is a difference in the installation ceremony this time as has been assented to by the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V - where normally we have a 'Nobat' (Royal Musical Ensemble) involved in the installation, but this time, the group allowed to do the honours are called the 'Pasukan Gendang Besar Diraja Kelantan'. It is not too different from the Nobat, however this traditional musical instrument team is involved in official ceremonies held at the Kelantan palace.
Ruptly TV
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So this hospital is the unique hospital that receive the traumatised and also the dead from the civilian people." M/S Outside seating *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "If the relative came here and they know the dead person, they took it, as I mentioned, to the forensic centre to that area. And if they didn't know anything about them, we keep them in the fridge for a period of time." W/S Damaged building *CUTAWAY* SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "This is a unique and the only hospital located in the western part of Mosul. We start our job here since 23rd January 2017. As you see all the hospital was completely destructed and all the instrument and equipment are stolen by ISIS before they ran away when the Iraqi troops liberate Qayyara." C/U Doctor Mansour Maarouf W/S Hole in the wall M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients M/S Doctor Mansour Maarouf speaking to patients SOT, Doctor Mansour Maarouf (English): "They have staff that are responsible for the treatment of the ISIS people - doctors, nurses, all they worked here before the Iraqi troops liberate this area.