At the beginning of this month the Riviera Maya was in the heart of the Big Apple, New York.
This amazing destination was advertised in the Times Square “Jumbotron”. This giant screen placed on one side of old New York Times building where it's estimated daily traffic of 1.5 million people. As you know, the Times Square Jumbotron is located in the most important intersection in Manhattan and is the most spectacular “spectacular”.
The neon sign displayed on the wall of The New York Times is one of the more representative 'pictures' of the Big Apple. It’s here where thousands of tourists take the classic souvenir photo. The Riviera Maya transmitted 25 spots a day and more than 100 times in a week, on a schedule from 9 am to one o'clock.
Times Square is a space known by its ongoing business and huge digital advertising, which are also common in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia; Trafalgar Square London, England, and the Tiananmen Square in Beijing China.
Monday, September 20, 2010
The first findings or writings about the Mayan number system date back to the fourth century A.D. Evidence shows that the Mayan culture of Yucatan and Central America were extremely advanced not only in mathematics, but were believed to be geniuses when it came to time and calendars, astronomy, architecture, and commerce. It is believed that the Mayan culture was obsessed by time and numbers which studies have concluded based on drawings found on historical monuments. The Mayans were a thousand years in advance to Europe when it came to mathematics.
The Mayans used a vigesimal (base twenty) system of numeration with positional notation instead of the base ten decimal system used in today's standards. The Mayans used a system of dots and bars for counting. A dot (pebble) stood for one and a bar (stick or rod) stood for five. Depending on what level in the column the dots and lines were in would determine how many times it would need to be multiplied by twenty to give the right number. The Mayans wrote their numbers vertically instead of horizontally with the lowest denominations at the bottom, increasing as we move to the top.
The Mayans were the first to conceive a systematic use of a symbol for zero in the place-value system. They used this symbol long before others in different latitudes and more than a millennium before the concept ever arrived in Europe. The Mayan zero symbol was used to indicate the absence of any units of the various orders of the modified base-twenty system. This avoids confusing one place with another. Today we take for granted the existence of a symbol for zero but at the time this was certainly ingenious for the concept of zero to be understood. This concept happened only two or three times in the entire history of humanity!
The great advantage of the positional system is that you need only a limited number of symbols (the Mayans only had two, plus their symbol for zero) and you can represent any whole number, however big.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
In 2010 Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
Mexico has been preparing for the occasion for quite some time now, mapping out tourist routes throughout the interior of the country, improving infrastructure and roadways, hosting a variety of cultural events and exhibitions, renovating Plaza Garibaldi and constructing a new metro line in Mexico City.
Happy 200th anniversary and ¡Viva Mexico!
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This small green plant is approximately 8” – 12” long when alive, and is frequently seen floating on the surface or washed up on the shore. There are numerous small bead -like segments con-nected together which sometimes gives the appearance of a necklace. Halimeda was given the common name “Sea Garland” back in 1640 by Parkinson. As the Sea Garland dies and changes colors, the small segments gradually turn white, fragment, and disburse as powder between the grains of sand. In this way, as much as 30% of the sand’s composition becomes a fine white organic powder, compliments of Halimeda.
Over hundreds of thousands of years, the corals and the Halimeda have laid down their lives to gradually build our famous beaches.
The result is the fine white powdered sand that we so much enjoy today. As you walk on the beaches at Sereno, you will notice that the sand never gets hot, even under the midday summer sun. Say thanks to Halimeda, which does not absorb the heat. Have fun on our beaches!
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