A new Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute survey on What Americans Want From Immigration Reform contains some interesting data on what TV news channels are considered most trusted by party affiliation. If you’re an MSNBC fan, better avert your eyes … Continue reading
Acrophobics look away.
Time magazine has gone to the top of the steel-and-glass symbol of freedom — the 1,776-foot high 1 World Trade Center — to make an interactive 360-degree image.
“You can see the whole world up there,” says Jonathan D. Woods, Time’s senior editor for photography and interactive.
How did they do it?
“An eight-month process of design and construction resulted in a 13-ft.-long aluminum jib calibrated to adhere to the base of the beacon at the top of the tower’s 408-ft. spire,” according to Richard Lacayo in Time. “To that rotating arm was attached a Canon 5D Mark II with a 100-mm lens. Over a five-hour span of orbital shooting on Sept. 28, 2013, the camera produced 567 pictures that were then stitched together digitally into a single massive—and zoomable—image of everything the eye can see in all directions.”
You can play with the panorama here.
Read Time’s article on The Top of America here.
Watch a video of how they took the picture here.
On Feb. 17, 1944, the U.S. assault on a now-forgotten atoll in the Pacific begins. The battle for Eniwetok, a small northwest point of the Marshall Islands, forms part of the island-hopping strategy to overtake Japan. It’s north of Guadalcanal, won a year earlier, and due east of Guam, which would be retaken five months later.
Tiny Engebi island is key because it holds a Japanese airstrip that allows the enemy to refuel. After U.S. gunships pound the terrain, 15 Marines with the 22nd regiment and one photographer with Life magazine are the first ashore. George Strock is “actually … on the beach taking pictures of the initial assault and greeting the landing troops” as they arrive, reports Marine First Lt. John M. Popham of Brooklyn, a public relations officer. Continue reading
Retired Gen. David Petraeus is being harassed by leftists, who chased him down a N.Y. street shouting “scumbag,” “war criminal” and worse. Continue reading
What secrets do William Penn and George Washington have in their family trees?
An interactive computer graphic lets you trace Kindred Britain. The colonists were, after all, British, and you can find them among the 30,000 people in the digital network devised by Stanford University. Continue reading
Who are the guys in this Guinness commercial? The answer may surprise you.
The new ad has gone viral, giving some watchers goosebumps and melting hearts. Continue reading