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first_imgThis natural-color view from NASA’s Terra satellite shows the Great Lakes region on Sunday.  Joshua Stevens/NASA EOSDIS/LANCE/GIBS/Worldview While people down on Earth are freezing their tushies off as a polar vortex sweeps across parts of the US, NASA’s eyes in the sky are looking down from the cold environs of space. The space agency posted a Wednesday update with a view from its Terra satellite.The Terra image on Sunday showed “cloud streets,” long stripes of cumulus clouds, and snow reaching across the Great Lakes. The frigid weather is triggering closures, flight cancellations and at least six weather-related deaths so far. “It’ll be colder in Chicago that it is in parts of the Arctic Circle. Even the South Pole is expected to be warmer than parts of the US,” says CBS News. Sci-Tech Share your voice #GOESEast spotted snow on the ground as the sun rose on what will be a bitterly cold day across much of the U.S. A cold Arctic air mass is surging south into the upper Midwest before spreading across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country. More: https://t.co/vBfvFRrnHF pic.twitter.com/rwoTjV5vX6— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 30, 2019 As polar vortex rolls in, Twitter rolls out Star Wars Hoth memes Giant spinning ice disc in river looks like the moon fell to Earth 0 NASA Spacecenter_img So cold Post a comment Tags NASA sees breathtaking clouds on Earth and beyond NASA also shared a look at the cold air mass reaching down into the northern US as envisioned with data run through the GEOS-5 global atmospheric model. “Measurements of temperature, moisture, wind speeds and directions, and other conditions are compiled from NASA satellites and other sources, and then added to the model to closely simulate observed reality,” says NASA.geos5ploarvortex2019This map shows a modeled view of the polar vortex. Joshua Stevens/GEOS-5/NASA EOSDIS/LANCE/GIBS/Worldview The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tweeted a dramatic look at the Great Lakes on Wednesday. The time-lapse sequence shows a white veil forming over the area as the cold Arctic air mass surges south. 22 Photoslast_img read more

first_imgJay-Z’s achievement is termed “bigger than hip-hop”.Getty imagesJay-Z is officially the first billionaire rapper in the world with a net worth of $1 billion, Forbes declared on Monday. He is reported to have built his empire on record labels, music stream, liquor, art, real estates and stakes in companies like Uber.According to the US magazine, one of the factors that led to his financial stardom was his decision to make his own brand instead of endorsing other clothing lines. In 1999, he launched ‘Rocawear’ that was later sold to Iconix in 2007 for $204 million. His investment in a wide range of companies such as D’Ussé, a cognac that he co-owns with Bacardi,  ‘Tidal’, a music-streaming service, validate his widely quoted expression, “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.”Being the first hip-hop artist to be included in the illustrious list, the ride to the top is impressive because it started all the way from the bottom. Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, grew up in one of New York City’s most notorious areas.Known to be a drug dealer before becoming a musician, he started his own label, ‘Roc-A-Fella Records’ and released his debut, ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in 1996. Since then, the rapper has collected more than 14 No. 1 albums, 22 Grammy awards and over $500 million in pretax earnings in a decade. Jay-Z at the 2013 Grammy Awards.Getty imagesKasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, the producer behind some of Jay-Z’s biggest hits (“On To The Next One,”), told Forbes that Jay-Z’s achievement is “bigger than hip-hop”.”A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us” he said.Calling it “the blueprint for our culture’ he further added: “If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be. Because he’s only just starting.”Forbes calculated his wealth by adding the artist’s stakes on companies and subtracting a “healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle”.His assets include:1. Alcoholic beverages Right to left: Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne, D’usse cognacHis stake in brands like Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac amount to a whopping $410 million.2. Cash & investments The rapper owns a stake in Uber worth $70 million.ReutersHis vast investment portfolio includes a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million, making the hip-hop artist’s total cash and investments worth an estimated $220 million3. Music Streaming In 2015, Jay-Z bought Tidal from Norwegian company, Aspiro for $56 million.ForbesJay-Z acquired Tidal from Norwegian media technology company Aspiro for $56 million in 2015. As per the magazine, he makes $100 million in stakes from the music streaming site.4. Music Catalog About $75 million is made through copyrights of his music catalogs.AppleAccording to Forbes, when Jay-Z signed on to become record label Def Jam’s president in 2004, he had negotiated the return of his masters (publishing rights, royalty of 10-15% on music sales). With his streams clocking close to 1 billion streams annually, Jay-Z makes $75 million.5. Entertainment company Rihanna and Jay-Z at Roc Nation’s pre-Grammy’s brunch in 2017Getty imagesHis entertainment company Roc Nation, worth $75 million, represents top sports stars such as Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley to artist giants like Rihanna and J. Cole.6. Art collection Basquiat’s ‘Mecca’ was bought anonymously by Jay-ZNew York PostThe value of his art collection is estimated to be at $70 million. His collection includes Jean Michel Basquiat’s “Mecca,” purchased in 2013 for a reported $4.5 million.7. Real estate Their Bel Air estate was bought for $88 millionForbesThe magazine estimated that he owns real estate properties in upscale New York and Los Angeles that is worth $50 million. His property list includes the twin $26 million East Hampton mansions, a $88 million Bel Air estate he bought with his wife Beyonce as well as a Tribeca penthouse bought for $6.8 million. The couple has had a net worth over $1 billion for several years.Getty ImagesWith Beyonce reportedly worth about $335 million, the couple has had a joint net worth over $1bn for several yearsWhile rumours had it that Dr Dre had reached billionaire status after selling his Beats headphone business to Apple in 2014, last year Forbes put his personal wealth at about $770 million. Forbes 2010 edition had Warren Buffet and Jay-Z on its cover.ForbesIn 2010, Jay-Z appeared on Forbes’ cover along with another billionaire, Warren Buffet, who is 40 years his senior. The magazine stated that Buffet was impressed by the rapper 10 years ago. “Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from” he was reported to have said.Jay-Z and Beyonce’s single “Apeshit” won two awards from eight nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.Youtubelast_img read more