MAPPING THE INTERNET

If the internet is a global phenomenon, it’s because there are fiber-optic cables underneath the ocean. Light goes in on one shore and comes out the other, making these tubes the fundamental conduit of information throughout the global village. To make the light travel enormous distances, thousands of volts of electricity are sent through the cable’s copper sleeve to power repeaters, each the size and roughly the shape of a 600-pound bluefin tuna.Once a cable reaches a coast, it enters a building known as a “landing station” that receives and transmits the flashes of light sent across the water. The fiber-optic lines then connect to key hubs, known as “Internet exchange points,” which, for the most part, follow geography and population.

Source: MAPPING THE INTERNET

Why human cells fail to defend against the plague | Daily Mail Online

Scientists can finally explain exactly how and why a cell’s defences fail against some invaders, including the plague, while successfully fending off others.A new super-resolution microscopy technique is providing researchers with never-before-seen detail of a cell membrane.They claim the development could open doors to new diagnostic, prevention and treatment techniques.

Source: Why human cells fail to defend against the plague | Daily Mail Online

Jupiter Spacecraft Captures Image of Towering Polar Storms – Arizona Public Media

A spacecraft taking pictures of Jupiter with a camera that a Tucson-based scientist manages has sent back pictures of a storm that would dwarf any earthbound hurricane. NASA’s Juno spacecraft made a first pass by Jupiter in August, and its instruments were turned on just to test them. The camera pictured a storm more than half the size of Earth.

Source: Jupiter Spacecraft Captures Image of Towering Polar Storms – Arizona Public Media

Most Read 2016: Quetag

Always good to reflect back on the year… nice to nice Dragon’s Beard Candy is still of interest.

  1. Dragon’s Beard Candy recipe
  2. The UK – EU referendum: An analogy
  3. Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table
  4. Canada’s “Other” Problem: Record High Household Debt
  5. The end of your bank branch… as we know it?
  6. A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries
  7. The advantages of a bilingual brain
  8. Young people flock away from social media
  9. The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital
  10. A special report on debt: Repent at leisure

Astronomers spot distant world in Solar System’s far reaches : Nature News & Comment

Astronomers have spotted a distant world that orbits far beyond Pluto, in the extreme reaches of the Solar System.The object, known informally as L91, may be in the process of gradually shifting its way inward from the Oort cloud — a reservoir of comets and other icy bodies — into the nearby, equally icy Kuiper belt. No object has ever been seen doing this.

Source: Astronomers spot distant world in Solar System’s far reaches : Nature News & Comment

Key Reading: December 2016 #roar

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Utilites – Energy

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Telecommunications

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