The Museum of Natural History is showing the world in a whole new light. Our Amazing World, the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, opens today, Sept. 7. It uses a computer system, data sets and four projectors to display earth sciences information on a sphere about two metres in diameter. “The exhibit is cutting edge and the first permanent exhibit of its kind in Canada,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “We are pleased to invest in this technology to help Nova Scotians and visitors learn more about our province’s connection to the world.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration developed the technology, called Science on a Sphere. Our Amazing World is one of 73 museums and organizations worldwide using the technology. The room-sized exhibit broadcasts more than 400 data sets, or programs, including live weather such as storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. Other data sets display information on commercial air and water traffic routes, ocean acidification, Facebook connections and planets. The data sets are created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, government agencies, museums and science centres. “Our Amazing World is extremely vivid and dynamic,” said director of operations for the Nova Scotia Museum, Calum Ewing. “We look forward to welcoming families, school groups and other visitors to the museum for this fun and educational experience.” For more information about Our Amazing World, call 902-424-7353 or visit http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca .
FOUR MEN HAVE been handed prison sentences at Belfast Crown Court today for blackmailing a couple in Northern Ireland.Gary Fulton (40), Philip Blaney (48) and Marc Briggs (40) were each sentenced to five years imprisonment for their roles in the blackmail of a couple in March 2011. They all pleaded guilty to two counts of blackmail.Daniel Hamilton (31) was also sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting blackmail.Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall, of the PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch, said sentencing was “the culmination of a complex and professional investigation”.He said that blackmail can be a “difficult crime to combat” but police have systems in place to ensure that those who come forward with complaints are looked after properly. “We will work with them to ensure those responsible are apprehended,” he added.“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that the police and partners within the Criminal Justice System will bring those responsible for terrorising people to court and that those who are made amenable can expect to receive substantial sentences,” said Marshall.