There is an overwhelming sense among Christians in the West that we are not only in a time of cultural decline, but that it is gaining pace. The pastor who preaches for the transformation of his people is equipping them for service in this life that will echo into eternity. As we contemplate persecution—and the persecuted—we realize that blessedness is something more than and something strangely different from what we had imagined. It appears in retrospect that the Cultural Revolution, seen at the time as an unmitigated disaster for the church, was actually of great assistance to the growth of Christianity in many places in China.
There is an honesty and a holy distinctiveness in being a Christian in Australia today that makes the work of evangelism and the reality of church so much easier. May these persevering lives in the midst of persecution and suffering instruct us, as perhaps even now we endure, or are preparing to endure. Read this book if for no other reason than it puts flesh and bone on our prayers as it illustrates the faithfulness of God in keeping his promises. Books like the two reviewed here will help keep Christians aware of the persecution being suffered in the wake of gospel discipleship.
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Suddenly, things began to move. And in mid-August, he watched from Moscow as the system sent its first signals back to Earth. Just a few days later, Wikelski drives his convertible Fiat onto a dirt airstrip on the edge of Konstanz. Bounding up the steps of the two-storey control tower, he greets the lone air-traffic controller on duty with a hug.
Pulling open a hangar door, Wikelski pushes the small red-and-white prop plane outside. After a pre-flight check and a bumpy take-off over a rutted grass field, he banks north above the blue waters of Lake Constance. As Wikelski heads for the forested hills to the north, he turns on an antenna mounted on one of the wing struts and balances a tablet computer on his lap. Somewhere down below, he explains over the roar of the engine, are five blackbirds wearing some of the first ICARUS tags deployed in the wild.
For faster data transmission, researchers can download information from the tag using a handheld radio device if they can get close enough — anywhere from a few hundred metres to 15 kilometres, depending on geography and vegetation. Colleagues say that the array of sensors on the tags offers researchers the opportunity to answer thorny but crucial questions about animal behaviour.
They could, for example, explore why birds choose certain flyways, by combining accelerometer data on the number of times they flap their wings, and their GPS positions, with wind speed and precipitation records. Scientists could use all of that to compare how much energy it would cost for a bird to take one route instead of another 3.
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Monitoring bird migrations is only the beginning. Tracking the airspeed and temperature of thousands of birds, he argues, amounts to creating a low-cost, distributed weather-monitoring system across the globe 4. Folktales are full of animals that can predict seismic events. So Wikelski thought it might be possible to create an earthquake early-warning system by putting tags with accelerometers on animals in seismically active areas. To test the idea, in Wikelski tagged semi-feral goats that roam the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in Sicily, Italy, with data-logger tags that let him analyse their movements after he recovered the tags.
Over the course of several years, he observed the goats moving around much more during the 4 to 6 hours before major eruptions than after the events. For all the potential of an internet of animals, Wikelski recognizes that colleagues still have reservations about creating such a system.
And no matter how light the tags might be, catching creatures and placing trackers on them subjects the animals to increased risk. It will also require expanding the system from a lone antenna on the ISS to a network of satellites that would enable real-time read-outs and monitoring. Wikelski hopes those talks will be resolved soon and the system will come online. Then he needs biologists around the world to adopt it en masse — and soon.
The DLR, meanwhile, has plans to fund the mission only until That gives Wikelski and his collaborators a decade, at most, to convince the research community and space agencies that ICARUS is worth expanding into a global satellite network. We have to go. Cochran, W. Science , — Sherub, S. Weinzierl, R. Download references.
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