Hope Among “The World’s Greatest Heap Of Debris”

Highwire Over Cologne 1946

World War II ravaged Cologne, Germany, destroying infrastructure, dozens of landmarks and–perhaps the hardest to rebuild–a sense of cultural substance.

After the war, sights like the one above–a woman walking a high-wire–were not uncommon, and were meant to offer those living within Cologne a brief reprieve from their quite literally ruined reality.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVII

Syrian Refugee Holding Children

Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally near Akcakale on June 14. Source: The Atlantic

Syrian War Refugees Burst Through Border Fence Into Turkey

Syrian Refugees Squeeze Fence

Syrians squeeze through a hole in a border fence near Akcakale on June 14. Source: The Atlantic

Battle flared between ISIS and Syrian Kurdish fighters near Tal Abyad, Syria this past weekend. Thousands of civilian refugees then fled to the Turkish border fence–only to be pushed back by both ISIS and Turkish soldiers on the other side with warning shots and water cannons. On Sunday, a flood of refugees returned to the border. This time, they broke through. Thousands of Syrians poured into Turkey and escaped the fighting, which ended with Kurdish forces taking Tal Abyad. Many Syrians have since crossed back into Tal Abyad, at the moment free from ISIS rule. Experience the struggle and the (at least momentary) triumph at The Atlantic.

Syria Turkey Border Refugees

Syrian refugees plead for water at the Turkish border near Tal Abyad on June 13. Source: The Atlantic

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The Super Cold (And Awesome) Clouds Of Saturn

Clouds Of Saturn

In the early 1980s, a Voyager mission discovered a curious hexagon on Saturn’s north pole. Incredibly enough, just one side of the hexagon is 8,600 miles long, or more than Earth’s diameter. The jury is still out as to why such a shape appears on the planet, but most astronomers believe it is due to a standing-wave pattern within Saturn’s atmosphere.

It was also Voyager that discovered Saturn’s finer clouds patterns. In the upper cloud layers, temperatures are around 100-160 Kelvin, or really, really cold.

For more fascinating space finds, check out these space facts and the most astonishing nebulae photography!

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