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3 Great Catches: Cat Friday, Timelapse world, Cracks in New Zealand

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The Daily Catch - published on 12/01/16

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you enjoy the lineup.

Record Number of Cats Adopted on Black Friday – (

It is so nice to hear that Black Friday could be more than just a day to concentrate on what is material.

The Manhattan ASPCA’s adoption center celebrated their sixth annual Cat Friday event by waiving all cat adoption fees for November 25th. According to officials, 90 different cats and kittens were adopted, which is 29 more than last year – a new record. “The enormous success of Cat Friday demonstrates New Yorkers’ deep instinct for compassion, even on a day so focused on consumerism,” said Matt Bershadker, the ASPCA’s president, in a statement. An additional 44 animals who weren’t ready for adoption due to age, illness, or vaccination were also put on hold, giving them a home when they’re happy and healthy. Altogether, the grand total of adoptions came to over 130.

Google Timelapse lets you see how any location on Earth has changed in 32 years – (

Google now offers time lapses of the last 32 years of satellite images of certain areas. It’s really neat to see the man made and environmental differences.

With 5 million satellite images taken from 1984 to 2016, Google Earth’s new Timelapse update allows you to go anywhere on the planet, and see a perfect timelapse of the shifting landscape, whether you want to see how your home has fared, or what the hell happened to the Aral Sea. “Using Google Earth Engine, we sifted through about 3 quadrillion pixels – that’s 3 followed by 15 zeroes – from more than 5,000,000 satellite images,” Chris Herwig, program manager for the Google Earth Engine, writes in a blog post. “For this latest update, we had access to more images from the past, thanks to the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation Program, and fresh images from two new satellites, Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2.”

Epic drone footage captures giant cracks left by New Zealand earthquake (VIDEOS) – (

A look at the cracks in the ground left by the recent 7.8 earthquake that hit New Zealand.

The footage shows the extent of the damage caused, and is a sobering watch in light of the latest earthquakes that struck the country Tuesday. The North Island was hit with a 6.0-magnitude earthquake. The South Island also experienced a 5.3 quake a few hours later that may have been an aftershock from the previous week.

The Kekerengu Fault is one of several to have ruptured during the Kaikoura earthquake on the South Island. Scientists estimate the surface rupture to be about 30km (19 miles) long.

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