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Annual Gathering gives Pittsburgh a spin July 1-5

American Mensa’s national convention, the 2009 Annual Gathering, will convene July 1-5 at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. More than 1,500 Mensans, their guests and their children have registered to attend the event, which has the theme of “AM/FM.” In keeping with the theme, the AG’s program features plenty of musical performances and a keynote address by radio icon Dr. Demento. Other program highlights include games, tournaments, tours, dances, seminars and workshops, and lots of socializing in the Hospitality suites. Local membership candidates may sign up for one of two sessions where the Mensa Admission Test will be administered.

http://www.us.mensa.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home

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American Mensa’s national convention, the 2009 Annual Gathering, will convene July 1-5 at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh

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July 1-5 from your host group Western Pennsylvania Mensa

Where better than the gorgeously restored Omni William Penn for you to enjoy three scrumptious formal meals with your fellow Mensans? The AG09 meal plan includes the Friday Awards Luncheon, the Saturday night banquet and Sunday brunch. Is your Local Group up for some national awards, or do you want great seats for Dr. Demento? Buy your meal plan today!

http://www.ag2009.us.mensa.org/Sites/ag2009/NavigationMenu/Contacts/Contacts.htm
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Utrecht, Netherlands

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_(city)

View on the Uithof campus of Utrecht University

Utrecht is well known for its institutions of higher education. The most prominent of these is Utrecht University (est. 1636), the largest university of The Netherlands with 26,787 students (as of 2004). The university is partially based in the inner city as well as in the Uithof campus area, on the east of the city. According to Shanghai Jiaotong University‘s university ranking in 2007 it is the 42nd best university in the world.[44] Utrecht also houses the much smaller University of Humanistics (estimated at a few hundred students).

Utrecht is home of one of the locations of TiasNimbas, focused on post-experience management education and the largest management school of its kind in The Netherlands. In 2007, its executive MBA program was rated the 11th best program in the world by the Financial Times.[45]

Utrecht is also home to two other large institutions of higher education: the Hogeschool Utrecht (30,000 students), with locations in the city and the Uithof campus, and the HKU Utrecht School of the Arts (3,000 students).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_(city)

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Take the Mensa Admission Test

Beat the heat in July!
Take the Mensa Admission Test and
save $5 on your test fees this month.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Mensa, our certified, volunteer Proctors welcome you to schedule a supervised testing session in your area!

The Mensa Admission Test takes two hours to complete and includes two tests featuring questions involving logic and deductive reasoning. If you score at or above the 98th percentile on either of the two tests, you’ll qualify and be invited to join Mensa.

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http://www.us.mensa.org/Content/AML/NavigationMenu/Join/TakeourTest/TakeOurTest.htm

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New map shows 99 percent of Earth’s terrain

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/07/01/nasa.earth.map/index.html

updated 10:52 a.m. EDT, Wed July 1, 2009

(CNN) — NASA and Japan improved our world view this week, or at least our view of the world.
The American space agency and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have released a new digital topographic map of Earth that accurately portrays more of our planet than ever before.

The new map consists of 1.3 million images taken by NASA’s Terra satellite that have been pieced together to form a unified picture of the planet. The images were taken by a Japanese imaging instrument called the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, or ASTER.

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http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/07/01/nasa.earth.map/index.html

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Global Map

NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry (METI) released the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) to the worldwide public on June 29, 2009. The GDEM was created by processing and stereo-correlating the 1.3 million-scene ASTER archive of optical images, covering Earth’s land surface between 83 degrees North and 83 degrees South latitudes. The GDEM is produced with 30-meter (98-feet) postings, and is formatted as 23,000 one-by-one- degree tiles. The GDEM is available for download from NASA’s EOS data archive and Japan’s Ground Data System. In this colorized version, low elevations are purple, medium elevations are greens and yellows, and high elevations are orange, red and white.
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Global Map

NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry (METI) released the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) to the worldwide public on June 29, 2009. The GDEM was created by processing and stereo-correlating the 1.3 million-scene ASTER archive of optical images, covering Earth’s land surface between 83 degrees North and 83 degrees South latitudes. The GDEM is produced with 30-meter (98-feet) postings, and is formatted as 23,000 one-by-one- degree tiles. The GDEM is available for download from NASA’s EOS data archive and Japan’s Ground Data System. In this colorized version, low elevations are purple, medium elevations are greens and yellows, and high elevations are orange, red and white.
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L.A. basin
Los Angeles Basin image

The Los Angeles Basin is bordered on the north by the San Gabriel Mountains. Other smaller basins are separated by smaller mountain ranges, like the Verdugo Hills, and the Santa Monica Mountains. In this perspective view looking to the northwest, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) simulated natural color image data were draped over digital topography from the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) data set. Dodger Stadium is visible in the lower right, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the light- colored area at the foot of the mountains in the upper right of the image. The ASTER data were acquired August 15, 2006, and are located near 34.1 degrees north latitude, 118.2 degrees west longitude.
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Death Valley, Calif.
Death Valley

Death Valley, Calif., has the lowest point in North America, Badwater at 85.5 meters (282 feet) below sea level. It is also the driest and hottest location in North America. Located in eastern California and western Nevada, Death Valley forms part of Death Valley National Park. The region is characterized by deep valleys and high mountain ranges, located in the large Basin and Range province of the western United States. This view looking towards the northwest was created by draping an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) simulated natural color image over digital topography from the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) data set. Furnace Creek ranch in the right foreground is the only place on the valley floor where vegetation grows year-round due to water channeled through Furnace Creek. The ASTER scene was acquired September 24, 2003, and is located near 36.4 degrees north latitude, 116.9 degrees west longitude.
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Bhutan Himalayas
Himalayan glaciers in Bhutan

In the Bhutan Himalayas, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer data have revealed significant spatial variability in glacier flow, such that the glacier velocities in the end zones on the south side exhibit significantly lower velocities (9 to 18 meters, or 30 to 60 feet per year), versus much higher flow velocities on the north side (18 to 183 meters, or 60 to 600 feet per year). The higher velocity for the northern glaciers suggests that the southern glaciers have substantially stagnated ice. This view looking towards the northwest was created by draping an ASTER simulated natural color image over digital topography from the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) data set. The ASTER scene was acquired November 20, 2001, and is centered near 28.3 degrees north latitude, 90.1 degrees east longitude.
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http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/20090629.html

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Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs – NOAA

Coastal Factory

To better serve as stewards of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources, NOAA was the first federal agency in the United States Government to establish an office dedicated to Sustainable Development.

Created in 1993 by NOAA Administrator Dr. D. James Baker, the Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs works within NOAA and with partners inside and outside of the federal government to promote sustainable development solutions to advance NOAA’s Strategic Goals, environmental stewardship and environmental assessment and prediction.

Most directly, NOAA is dedicated to Building Sustainable Fisheries and Sustaining Healthy Coasts. Coastal communities are among the fastest growing and most ecologically rich regions in our country. In coastal areas, the need for development is pressing and the stakes of getting that development right are high. The NOAA Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs is dedicated to meeting this challenge by helping to find solutions that bring balance between economic vitality, social equity and environmental integrity.

Functions of the office include:

  • Supporting the Secretary of Commerce and the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (the Administrator of NOAA) in their roles as members of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development.
  • Advising the Secretary on Commerce and the Under Secretary/Administrator on policies to encourage positive relationship between economic growth and environmental protection.
  • Offering organizational and technical assistance to collaborative pilot community and academic projects that promote sustainable development.

http://www.susdev.noaa.gov/

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http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/global_warming_worldbook.html

Global Warming

Global warming is an increase in the average temperature of Earth’s surface. Since the late 1800’s, the global average temperature has increased about 0.7 to 1.4 degrees F (0.4 to 0.8 degrees C). Many experts estimate that the average temperature will rise an additional 2.5 to 10.4 degrees F (1.4 to 5.8 degrees C) by 2100. That rate of increase would be much larger than most past rates of increase.

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The main human activities that contribute to global warming are the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) and the clearing of land. Most of the burning occurs in automobiles, in factories, and in electric power plants that provide energy for houses and office buildings. The burning of fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide, whose chemical formula is CO2. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that slows the escape of heat into space. Trees and other plants remove CO2 from the air during photosynthesis, the process they use to produce food. The clearing of land contributes to the buildup of CO2 by reducing the rate at which the gas is removed from the atmosphere or by the decomposition of dead vegetation.

A small number of scientists argue that the increase in greenhouse gases has not made a measurable difference in the temperature. They say that natural processes could have caused global warming. Those processes include increases in the energy emitted (given off) by the sun. But the vast majority of climatologists believe that increases in the sun’s energy have contributed only slightly to recent warming.

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Climatologists are studying ways to limit global warming. Two key methods would be (1) limiting CO2 emissions and (2) carbon sequestration — either preventing carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere or removing CO2 already there.

Limiting CO2 emissions

Two effective techniques for limiting CO2 emissions would be (1) to replace fossil fuels with energy sources that do not emit CO2, and (2) to use fossil fuels more efficiently.

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http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/global_warming_worldbook.html

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Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs – NOAA

http://www.susdev.noaa.gov/partner.html

One of the greatest challenges for sustainable development is bridging the gaps of information and coordination between the many stakeholders that influence the nature and extent of development impacts through their investment, consumption, and regulatory decisions.

The Office of Sustainable Development works actively to build effective partnerships with a wide range of organizations in other federal agencies, with state and local governments, and with non-profit and civic organizations. We measure our success by bringing new constituencies and new perspectives to the task of integrating social, economic, and environmental activities to build stronger communities and a stronger society.

SDIA Partnership Projects

Presidents Council on Sustainable Development

Joint Center for Sustainable Communities

Department of Commerce Partners

Interagency Working Group on Brownfields

Vice Presidents Task Force on Urban Sprawl

Community and University Partnerships for Smart Growth

International Activities

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