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Monday, 27 May 2013

27 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Jeans: From Classic to Extreme

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Jeans. From Classic to Extreme. 2013


We can rightly consider 20 May to be jeans “official birthday”. 140 years ago on that date, Jewish immigrant Loeb Levi Strauss received a US patent for the production of dark blue trousers made of canvas, designed for miners in the gold mines… which, later on, became the clothes that conquered the whole world.

Historians long traced the origin of jeans by their names in English… denim and jeans. The first one refers to the French city of Nîmes, which is famous for its durable fabrics, the second to Genoa in Italy, with its textile mills. Written sources preserve only fragmentary information, but it appears that in the middle of the 17th century Genoa shipped cheap fabric of this type to northern Europe (especially, England). The English imported this fabric from Genoa (which later became known as denim), sewed it into clothing, and sold it throughout Europe as “Jane” or “Gin”. Art historians allegedly found an image of people wearing jeans (a woman in a denim skirt and a boy in a denim jacket, which is visible through gaps in his bright clothes) in the paintings of an unknown Italian master in the middle of the 17th century, dubbing him, “The Master of Blue Jeans”.

20 May 2013




Sunday, 26 May 2013

26 May 2013. Things are Getting Curiouser and Curiouser Department… The JP Story Just WON’T Die



I’m getting confirmation that the story about El Gordo going to the Antiochians isn’t only making the rounds, it’s circulating in clerical circles (since Saturday, I’m told). Mind you, it doesn’t mean that it’s true, but it does mean that this story has “legs”… as I stated previously, believe NOTHING until there’s an official confirmation. However, priests are passing this intel on… it means that the whole OCA is interested in this particular little soap opera. Is Philip Saliba taking “stupid pills?” Or, is this just cockamamie bullshit of the highest degree? We’ll all have to wait and see… none of us KNOWS anything. If nothing else, it means that JP won’t be serving at St T‘s tomorrow (on the other hand, don’t be surprised if Herman shows up… he won’t serve, but he may be vested). If he does, it’ll surprise not only me, but just about everyone else in the OCA. Things are NEVER boring covering this beat…



26 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Warming: Observations and Forecasts

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Warming. Observations and Forecasts. 2013


The problem of global warming is one of the key environmental problems facing mankind. Scientists link many changes in animal behaviour and lifestyle and plant development to global warming. To learn more about the possible consequences of global warming, see our RIA-Novosti Infographic.

On 20 May, the international RIA-Novosti multimedia press centre launched a new educational/informational project in conjunction with the Polytechnic Museum, “Science Monday”, which opened with a showing of the documentary Chasing Ice, by the American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, working with a script by Mark Monroe. This picture, a nominee for an “Oscar” in the category “Best Documentary Film“, is dedicated to one of the main dangers of global warming… the melting of the polar ice caps. In addition to viewing this relevant and interesting film, the event will include discussions, lectures, and workshops with the participation of the filmmakers and the film’s direct heroes… scientists and researchers involved in polar research.

20 May 2013




26 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK)

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK). 2013


The concept of the High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK) received its first presentation at the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions in April 2013. Use of the laser will double the icebreaking ability of ships and reduce loads on marine engineering structures, as well as safely eliminate oil spills, without harm to the environment. The SMLK designers had to address such problems as allowing icebreakers and icebreaking vessels to navigate through heavier ice cover, increasing the width of passage through the ice, eliminating oil spills in the extraction and processing of oil reserves, and reducing ice loads on engineering structures working on the continental shelf, amongst other things. The laser system has a fibre laser, a fibre-optic cable installation, guidance and focusing hardware to aim and focus laser beam, and a power supply. A scale-model SMLK confirmed the fundamental ability of a powerful laser to destroy ice cover to a thickness of 1-2 metres (3.3-6.6 feet) when using a fibre laser with a continuously radiated power of 30 kW. In addition, one could fit more-powerful lasers in the SMLK installed on nuclear and diesel icebreakers and icebreaking ship classes, if their power plants are sufficient to supply a more powerful laser system.

20 May 2013




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