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Yvette Mattern

Yvette Mattern is a New York and Berlin based visual artist whose work has an emphasis on video and film, which intersects performance, public art and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Mattern has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University, her ongoing monumental laser light installation Global Rainbow has been presented over ten times since 2009 including: launching the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the Northeast, Northwest England and Northern Ireland, Transmediale 2010 in Berlin, Nantes and Toulouse France, New York City with Art Production Fund, New Haven, CT and a special presentation in Pittsburgh with Lightwave International. It 2012 it was projected above Manhattan skies as "an uplifiting light on those destroyed by the terror and darkness cast by Superstorm Sandy." It was featured in Toronto, Ontario for Nuit Blanche in 2014. The Global Rainbow installation beams seven rays of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the seven colors of the rainbow.

The artist had been inspired by seeing an unusual rainbow in a beautiful spot at ‘Walden Pond’ in Massachusetts. Mattern aims to connect all demographics in a beautifully engaging experience, she sees her work as a visual translation of peace. Yvette Mattern is married to son of German Painter Sigmar Polke. Yvette Mattern has Maximilian Mattern-Knuesel and three step-children with Georg Polke, she lives between Berlin and the United States

Conus granulatus

Conus granulatus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies. Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are venomous, they are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled or not at all. This species occurs in the Western Atlantic, at depths to 50 metres, in the Caribbean Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico; the maximum recorded shell length is 64.1 mm. Shell fragments are known; the shell is grooved throughout the body whorl, with the interstices plane or granular. The spire is striate gradate; the color is orange-red, raised portions with narrow chestnut revolving lines, white clouded in the middle, forming an irregular band, mottled and bordered with chestnut. The interior of the aperture is rosy. Minimum recorded depth is 0 m. Maximum recorded depth is 30 m. At Barbados, the species seems to prefer offshore banking reefs where the water is clean and well oxygenated although in past times it appears to have inhabited much shallower waters close to shore, before environmental degradation.

Linnaeus, C.. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, genera, cum characteribus, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. Ii, 824 pp Puillandre N. Duda T. F. Meyer C. Olivera B. M. & Bouchet P.. One, four or 100 genera? A new classification of the cone snails. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 81: 1-23 The Conus Biodiversity website Cone Shells - Knights of the Sea

Festivali i Këngës 47

Festivali i Këngës 47 took place at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana, Albania. There were a final with 20 entrants competing; the winner was determined by a jury of 7 judges. The RTSH orchestra was present; the director was Pali Kuke, the artistic director was Pirro Çako. All singers performed their songs in the first semi final. In the second semi, they were joined by another guest singer and performed a different version of their competing song. At the final, they tried to wow the jury by performing the original version of their running songs. Kejsi Tola ended up the winner with the song "Më merr në ëndërr" scoring 126 points. 20 artists competed in FIK 47: Adelina Thaçi Agim Poshka Besa Kokëdhima Emi Bogdo Burn Dorina Garuci Endri & Stefi Prifti Era Rusi Erga Halilaj Evis Mula Juliana Pasha & Luiz Ejlli Julian Lekocaj Kejsi Tola Kujtim Prodani Marjeta Billo Rovena Dilo & Eugent Bushpepa Shpat Kasapi Soni Malaj Vedat Ademi West Side Family The two semi-finals were held on 19 and 20 December 2008.

No voting all 20 songs progressed to the final. The final of Festivali i Këngës 47 was held on 21 December 2008, with a different running order than in the semi-finals; the winner was decided through the votes of seven jury members, who each awarded 1–20 points to each song. Eno Koço Gjergj Bojaxhi Florent Boshnjaku Gentian Demaliaj Nora Çashku Myfarete Laze Leonardo Leopoldi FIK Official website: FIK Videos: 49th Edition RTSH Videos

Karlskrona Artillery Corps

Karlskrona Artillery Corps was a coastal artillery unit of the Swedish Navy which operated between 1893 and 1902. The unit was based in Karlskrona in Blekinge. Karlskrona Artillery Corps, intended for crew in Karlskrona's fortifications and was part of the Swedish Navy, was established in 1893 after its organization was adopted by the 1892 Riksdag; the corps consisted of four companies with a total of 360 men, enlisted to serve three years and in constant service. There were 28 non-commissioned officers; every year, 500 conscripts enrolled into the corps. In the end of 1900, the effective force of the Swedish Navy personnel was 399 officers, 143 other officers, 389 non-commissioned officers, 1,939 sailors, 440 boatmen, 200 cabin boys and 306 men of the artillery corps. In addition, 18,264 conscripts, of whom 2,301 were from Karlskrona Artillery Corps. In connection with the proposal for a new military order, the establishment of a coastal artillery was proposed, which would account for both artillery and mining crew to all coastal fortifications.

The proposal was passed by the Riksdag, by Royal Decree on 1 November 1901, Vaxholm Artillery Corps and Karlskrona Artillery Corps were merged from the beginning of 1902, as well as some mining crew from the navy, into the Swedish Coastal Artillery


Segisaurus is a genus of small coelophysoid theropod dinosaur, that measured 1 metre in length. The only known specimen was discovered in early Jurassic strata in Tsegi Canyon, for which it was named. Segisaurus is the only dinosaur to have been excavated from the area. Segisaurus lived about 183 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Segisaurus was the size of a goose and was a primitive bipedal theropod. Segisaurus was 1 meter long, half a meter tall and weighed about 4-7 kilograms, it was insectivorous, although it may have scavenged meat also. It was bird-like in structure, with a elongated neck and stout body. Segisaurus had powerful legs that were long compared to its body length. Like its legs, Segisaurus had long forearms, its collar bone was not unlike a bird's, thus strengthening scientists' arguments that dinosaurs were related to avians. Segisaurus is described from the only specimen found, the holotype UCMP 32101, a sub-adult; the full size of Segisaurus as an adult may never be known.

Strangely, clavicles were found on the Segisaurus specimen, which were unknown in other dinosaurs from that era. A speculative interpretation by Charles Lewis Camp was that the "splint-like" neck ribs supported a Draco-like patagium along the neck, to improve the animal's ability to move quickly. Segisaurus is significant because it demonstrates that the clavicle was primitively present in early theropods. Segisaurus was described in 1936 by the paleontologist Charles Lewis Camp, based on specimen UCMP 32101, a fragmentary fossil skeleton which consisted of portions of the limbs and vertebrae. Cranial material was not recovered. Segisaurus went ignored for the next half century; when the specimen was examined during this period, all who viewed it commented on the presence of clavicles and the "solid" bones that the dinosaur had. Segisaurus appeared to be related to the better-known Coelophysis, but unlike the hollow bones of Coelophysis, Segisaurus had solid bones; this caused. In 2005, a re-examination of the Segisaurus holotype revealed that contrary to reports it did in fact have hollow bones.

In this study, Carano et al. found that although it was unusual, Segisaurus was a coelophysoid, a close relative of Procompsognathus. A diagnosis is a statement of the anatomical features of an organism that collectively distinguish it from all other organisms. Some, but not all, of the features in a diagnosis are autapomorphies. An autapomorphy is a distinctive anatomical feature, unique to a given organism or group. According to Rauhut, Segisaurus can be distinguished based on the following features: the dorsal centra are not constricted ventrally the scapula is slender the humeral shaft has stronger torsion than does that of Coelophysis the presence of a large ischial fenestra the humeral deltopectoral crest is rectangular In 1933, Max Littlesalt, a Navajo Indian, discovered Segisaurus in Tsegi Canyon of the Navajo Sandstone Formation, of Coconino County, Arizona; the specimen was found in calcareous sandstone, deposited during the Pliensbachian - Toarcian stages of the Jurassic 190 to 174 million years ago.

After discovering the remains, who kept livestock inside the canyon, pointed out the fossils to archeologists who were on an expedition inside the canyon. Other than the first finding of Segisaurus, no other specimens have been discovered; when the specimen of Segisaurus was discovered, Camp likened its posture to that of a "sitting hen", due to the position the dinosaur's remains were in. Other theropods used this positions to stay sheltered during sand and ash storms; the Segisaurus holotype was found in a bed of sandstone, suggesting that the dinosaur had been buried in a layer of sand and died. This is still only a hypothesis, as no den materials were discovered with the specimen. Geological features of the Navajo Sandstone Formation suggest that this genus lived in an environment resembling modern sand dunes. Segisaurus in the Dino Directory