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Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote
*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés
If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.
Photos: Emma Thompson in Arctic; tortoise oldest animal, a well respected resident; dolphins at world's top surfing competitions
Emma Thompson and daughter join Greenpeace ship on voyage to protect the Arctic. (Credit: Emma Thompson Fans / savethearctic.org / GreenPeace)
Meet Jonathan the Tortoise, the Oldest Animal in the World (182) (Credit: negreenplanet.org / seychellesnewsagency.com / puravidasail.com)
Octopus sets record for motherly care: deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over four years - longer than any known animal (Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
Surf's up! Playful dolphins put pros to shame as they ride the waves during prestigious surfing competition in South Africa (Credit: Stan Blumberg / Barcroft Media, Mail Online)
2014 FIFA World Cup: a tournament for the men's football world championship. Brazil: June 12 to July 13
opening ceremony: World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June12
Rafael Marquez (C) and Javier Hernandez (R) of Mexico go for a header: Mexico vs Cameroon
France's Karim Benzema scores a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and France.
German fans before the game against Portugal
U.S. fans during the match with Germany
Belgian fans celebrate during the 2-1 win over Algeria.
Mexico fans before the game against Croatia
Dutch fans prior to the match against Australia
High Tech's black humor:"brain of its own","Runaway Drones:fr War Zones to School Zones","Spyware'd trigger Google Glass camera"
The Navy's Newest Destroyer Is a Drone, the first ship with a brain of its own
Among the high-tech features included on the USS Zumwalt—cannons that fire rocket-propelled, GPS-guided rounds and stealth design that gives the 610-foot ship the radar signature of a small fishing vessel—there’s also a computer intelligence capable of preparing the ship for battle and engaging enemy targets on its own. Think of it as a gigantic floating drone: “Most UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] are a few million dollars,” says Wade Knudson, who heads the Zumwalt project for Raytheon (RTN), which made most of the ship’s computer systems. “This is a $5 billion UAV.” read more »
World Oceans Day, June 8th: little things we can do everyday to save our oceans, the life support system of Planet Earth
Oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth, they are the Earth’s largest life support systems. To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans. Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe. At any given moment, more than 97% of the world’s water resides in oceans. Oceans provide a sixth of the animal protein people eat. They’re the most promising source of new medicines to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change. read more »
Australia v. Japan, landmark case: Let justice be done. In a 12-4 vote, World Court orders Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica
St Valentine, shelter cetacean mammals, high-IQ whales & dolphins; brain wt: whale 9000g, dolphin 1500g, human 1200g max
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy calls Japan's dolphin slaughter “inhumane”