Cryosat Mission Took Detailed Data of Polar Ice Caps

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The ESA’s Cryosat mission has been watching the Arctic sea ice with a high degree of precision ever since it was launched in 2010 to monitor the changes in thickness and shape of polar ice. It’s taken two years for scientists to tackle the amount of data that Cryosat generated.

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50 KM Night Bike Ride

Wilier Cento Uno
Wilier Cento Uno

Today, right after work, I went into Taipei to check up some leads on some bicycle shops. Before committing myself to a Wilier frame, I wanted to make sure that there wasn’t a better deal to be had.

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Rest Day

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Time RXR Ulteam by Lookatmybike

After riding 170 km over the last three days, I felt like a rest. It wasn’t planned, but in the end, I decided to rest. I ended up teaching from 6-8PM, so that cut into my usual work out time.

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50 KM Bike Ride

After yesterday’s ride, I wanted to go out and do about 100 km, but I got started too late and didn’t want to exhaust myself as I plan on going out again tomorrow. Monday won’t be a  rest day. I felt pretty good and started to pace myself, even though I rode the first 25 km in 34:40.

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Source Of Northern Lights Found By String Of Satellites

The source of auroras has been found by a string of satellites named Themis. Auroras are bright dancing lights that fill polar skies.

The original energy source for the aurora is the solar wind, a stream of charged plasma that billows from the Sun and deforms the Earth’s magnetic field, producing a long ‘magnetotail’ on the far side of the Earth.

While coronal mass ejections can cause larger plasma storms that last for more than 24 hours, deformation of the magnetotail can create smaller substorms that last just a few hours.