Most active volcano in the Philippines sends locals and tourists fleeing

January 16, 2018 by  
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Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines , sent lava billowing down its slopes on Tuesday and prompted an evacuation of more than 21,000 locals who live in threatened areas. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, lava flowed as far as 1.2 miles from the crater while ash from the volcanic activity spread to several communities in the northeastern Albay Province, where Mayon is located. Although the sight of an active volcano is breathtaking, authorities have advised that people remain beyond the 3.7-4.3 mile danger zone around Mayon. “They say it’s beauty juxtaposed with danger,” Office of Civil Defense regional director Claudio Yucot said, according to CBS News . Of the at least 21,800 people to be displaced by Mayon’s most recent eruptive episode, over 16,800 have taken shelter in 22 schools throughout the region. Others found safety at the homes of relatives far from the danger zone. Locals have expressed concern for their livestocks, which authorities have met by setting up evacuation areas for animals such as pigs, poultry, water buffalo, and cattle.  Despite the vivid display of danger, the volcano’s current lava spell was sparked by lava fragments splitting from the lava flow, not from an explosive eruption from within the crater. Further, scientists have not observed the level of volcanic earthquakes that would indicate an imminent eruption. If such an eruption were to appear imminent, authorities say that they are ready for a large-scale evacuation operation. Related: Scientists construct new theory of Yellowstone’s supervolcano hotspot Mayon has erupted about 50 times in the past 500 years, often with great strength. Its first recorded eruption was in 1616 while the most destructive occurred in 1814, when 1,200 people were killed and the town of Cagsawa was buried. The most recent episode before the current occurred in 2013 when an eruption of ash killed five people who attempted to climb the volcano despite warnings. While Mount Mayon may be the most active, it certainly is not the only volcano in the Philippines. Mayon is a part of the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific in which seismic faults are plentiful and often produce earthquakes and volcanic activity. Via CBS News Images via Denvie Balidoy/Flickr and Tom Falcon/Flickr

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Solar-powered Miami office is made entirely from repurposed shipping containers

January 16, 2018 by  
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Argentina-based Reale Arquitectos just unveiled plans for a stunning office building made completely out of shipping containers . Currently under construction in Miami, the contemporary structure is made out of four repurposed containers strategically configured to give the building plenty of open spaces and great ocean views. In addition to the shipping containers, the project take advantage of a variety of green building strategies including solar power and a rainwater harvesting system. Since its inception, the project focused on combining sophisticated design with sustainable systems . The use of repurposed shipping containers cuts down on building and transportation costs. Additional sustainable features include water heating panels, garden terraces, and a greywater harvesting system . The building also features interior and exterior LED lighting as well as energy-efficient appliances. Related: Affordable shipping container village can pop up almost anywhere in the world To fit into the Miami landscape, the containers were painted a stark white, which also helps with passive cooling. The strategic placement of the containers provides the interior with beautiful views of the Miami shoreline, as well as optimal natural light throughout the interior. The configuration was also pivotal in providing the building with a number of outdoor garden spaces for relaxing, working, or entertaining. + Reale Arquitectos Images via Reale Arquitectos

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Ford’s new electric SUV will battle Tesla’s Model X

January 16, 2018 by  
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Over the past few days, Ford has released lots of new information about its future lineup at the Detroit Auto Show. While our eyes were on its latest trucks and even a new Mustang, the automaker quietly dropped some information about its new electric SUV that’s slated to arrive in 2020. In a tweet, Ford posted a quick teaser video with the end of it announcing that the new SUV will be called the Mach 1. Mach 1 isn’t a new name: its roots go back to the 1960s when it was introduced as a performance package for the 1969 Mustang. The decision to use the name for its new electric SUV alludes to the performance that Ford expects from the vehicle. Rather than create en electric crossover, like the Chevy Bolt or upcoming Hyundai Kona EV , Ford is going at it from the other end of the spectrum with a high performance SUV that will rival the Tesla Model X. Related: Hyundai unveils new Nexo fuel cell SUV with an impressive 370-mile range Inspired by icons. Developed by #Ford Team Edison. Born in Detroit. A new all-electric performance SUV. Coming 2020. #FordNAIAS pic.twitter.com/DqFSRAtp8l — Ford Motor Company (@Ford) January 14, 2018 Other than the teaser video, Ford hasn’t released any other details about the Mach 1. When it does arrive in 2020, it will already have a long list of new rivals, including Jaguar’s I-Pace , Audi’s e-tron SUVs and maybe even an electric Porsche SUV. + Twitter All images ©Ford

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Siberia’s "gateway to the underworld" crater is rapidly growing due to climate change

June 15, 2016 by  
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In a remote area of Siberia, outside the small town of Batagaiin the Sakha Republic, the ground suddenly opened up between 25 and 50 years ago, and it never stopped. The crater now measures a mile long and is almost 400 feet deep. Geological surveys suggest that the crater has been growing over 60 feet each year but, despite its size and rapid growth rate, most people outside of the immediate area don’t even know it exists, let alone how climate change is making it worse. The chasm is dubbed the Batagaika Crater, and locals refer to it as a “gateway to the underworld.” Its location, in the middle of a vast boreal forest, is no accident. The catastrophic chasm probably wouldn’t exist if not for the surrounding trees, because it’s presumed that the crater was inadvertently created when a swath of forest land was cleared . The Siberian Times reports that happened in the 1960s, while other outlets have reported it as being in the 1980s or 1990s. Regardless, the deforestation caused the land to begin sinking, and the crater was formed. Related: The Gates of Hell: Gas crater in Turkmenistan has been ablaze for 41 years Recent warmer temperatures brought on by climate change have continued to melt the permafrost, accelerating the sinkage of the crater, which is shaped like an incredibly giant tadpole. Major flooding in the region in 2008 also contributed to the crater’s growth. Similar craters have been reported in northern Canada, but none come close to the vast size of the Batagaika Crater, also known as the Batagaika ‘megaslump.’ The geologic event in Siberia is two to three times the size of the next largest crater with a similar origin story. “I expect that the Batagaika megaslump will continue to grow until it runs out of ice or becomes buried by slumped sediment. It’s quite likely that other megaslumps will develop in Siberia if the climate continues to warm or get wetter,” Dr. Julian Murton, a geology professor at the University of Sussex said in an interview with Motherboard. He is one of few researchers investigating the site, alongside a team from the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North-East Federal University in Yakutsk. Via Motherboard Images via Research Institute of Applied Ecology of the North

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Researchers present a scientific explanation for Bermuda Triangle disappearances

March 16, 2016 by  
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Aliens, supernatural forces, and the city of Atlantis have all been blamed for the disappearances of planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle, an area between Bermuda , Puerto Rico, and Miami. The Bermuda Triangle myth was propelled into the public imagination in the 1950’s and although it was effectively debunked in the 1970’s, has lived on in movies, music, and articles. Now, a Norwegian team’s Arctic research may provide some answers to this tropical area of the ocean . Read the rest of Researchers present a scientific explanation for Bermuda Triangle disappearances

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Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

December 10, 2014 by  
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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a curious find on the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor – evidence shows that a 96-mile-wide crater on the Red Planet may have been filled with water billions of years ago. The Guardian reports that the new findings are the result of more than two years worth of data collection by the rover, which landed inside the Gale Crater in August, 2012. The new findings provide further evidence that Mars may have once been a planet much like Earth that supported microbial life, according to scientists. Read the rest of Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient , crater , Curiosity , exploration , gale , lake , mars , mount , Rover , sharp , space

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The Gates of Hell: Burning Gas Crater in Turkmenistan Has Been Ablaze for 41 Years

August 23, 2012 by  
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Lavish Ngorongoro Lodge is Perched On the Inside of a Volcano Crater in Tanzania

August 17, 2011 by  
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Paypal Founder Invests $1.25 Million to Create Floating Micro-Countries

August 17, 2011 by  
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