A new 3D map shows how volcanic activity on the surface stems from deep below the Earth’s mantle

September 11, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Volcanoes are fascinating, powerful, and somewhat mysterious. Researchers at University of California at Berkeley have been working on shedding a little light on the subject, by using supercomputers and seismic waves to build a 3D map of the Earth’s interior . They did it, in part, to explain how volcanic islands, like Hawaii, are formed. But their research also provides a deeper understanding of the nature of volcanic activity deep under the Earth’s surface. Read the rest of A new 3D map shows how volcanic activity on the surface stems from deep below the Earth’s mantle

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This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

August 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The Celtic Sea, located off the south coast of Ireland, is a curious place; home to common dolphins, harbor porpoises, fin whales and a surprising number of marine predators, but it has yet to be designated a protected Marine Conservation Zone. In the hopes of learning more about this diverse and mysterious region, an unmanned solar and wind-powered vehicle, the C-Enduro, known more familiarly as Thomas, is spending a month surveying the area with GoPro  cameras, meteorological equipment and marine mammal acoustic detectors. And once Thomas has spent a month out in the Celtic Deep it will return with a wealth of information that will assist oceanographers in not only better understanding the area, but also in developing a plan for protecting the Celtic Deep. Read the rest of This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

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Olafur Eliasson’s ship-inspired circle bridge opens in Copenhagen

August 25, 2015 by  
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Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

August 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Stormwatcher James Chambers was whale watching at the beach when he happened to capture an amazing sight on video: a rare glimpse of a white humpback whale , surfacing just off the coast of Queensland, Australia . Avid whale watchers speculate that Chambers’ video shows the world-famous Migaloo, one of the few white whales in the world. Avid whale watchers like to follow Migaloo as he travels north along the Australian coast, and a news helicopter spotted the whale shortly after Chambers, and posted the amazing footage on Twitter . There has been a lot of speculation since the two sightings as to the true identity of the majestic white giant, but the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection hasn’t been able to confirm that the whale in the videos is Migaloo. Chambers says on his YouTube page that he spotted seven or eight whales at the beach that day, but we’re guessing this humpback was his favorite. After all, it was his white whale. Via Mashable Images via James Chambers and News 7 

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Man shatters slack line record 1,000 feet in the sky with zero safety gear

August 19, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Spencer Seabrooke just shattered the highest slacklining record and confirmed all our fears of heights in one fell swoop. Conquering the 210-foot gap between two mountains in Squamish, BC seemed like no big feat for the professional daredevil from British Columbia. The video above shows him stepping carefully over the 951-foot drop – and expertly catching his falls – barely breaking a sweat. Read the rest of Man shatters slack line record 1,000 feet in the sky with zero safety gear

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A superbly stinky Corpse Flower is about to blossom in Denver for the first time in 15 years

August 19, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. A rare and quite extraordinary plant known as the Corpse Flower is about to blossom at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and will provide visitors with an odor that is reportedly akin to “rotting meat.” The plant originates from the rainforests of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia , and Denver’s 15-year-old specimen has never before blossomed—but once it does, it will be hard to miss, and won’t blossom again for another decade. Read the rest of A superbly stinky Corpse Flower is about to blossom in Denver for the first time in 15 years

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Sign this petition to stop the sale of dyed baby chicks as toys

August 4, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand recently made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach: vendors are selling baby chicks that have been dyed bright colors and lumped into sealed plastic bags on sweltering hot days. A petition is making its rounds on Care2 to bring attention to the cruelty – sign it here ! STOP SELLING DYED CHICKS AS TOYS > Read the rest of Sign this petition to stop the sale of dyed baby chicks as toys

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Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii until April 2016 for repairs to damaged batteries

July 15, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will remain grounded in Hawaii until at least April 2016, according to the latest update from the team. In the process of its round-the-world journey, SI2 has encountered numerous delays due to shifting weather patterns, but this latest hiccup came about due to irreversible damage sustained by the batteries when they overheated on the first day of co-founder André Borschberg’s flight from Japan to Hawaii . The team anticipated some maintenance on the single-seater solar plane while in Hawaii, but it’s become apparent that the battery repair will take more time than is left in the flight season. Read the rest of Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii until April 2016 for repairs to damaged batteries

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Stanford researchers create a computer that operates on water droplets

June 10, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Come on in: the water is not only fine, it’s pretty amazing. Engineers at Stanford University have created the first step in a whole new class of computers that rely on the unique physics of moving water droplets. This computer wasn’t designed to rival your laptop or replace the processor in your smartphone, though. Unlike familiar computing devices which manipulate information, the Stanford computer is intended to create new ways to move physical matter. Read the rest of Stanford researchers create a computer that operates on water droplets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioengineering , computer moving water droplets , computers to manipulate physical matter , computers to move physical material , manu prakash , new class of computers , stanford university , synchronous computer , water based computer , water droplet computer

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Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos

May 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Researchers from Google and the University of Washington are combining their efforts to gather time-stamped and geo-tagged photos  from all over the internet to build an amazing mine of time-lapse photography . The team is using photos uploaded from the public of major landmarks and creating these incredible images. Read the rest of Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: google timelapse photography , scientists time lapse photos , time lapse images , time lapse research , timelapse computer pictures , timelapse photography

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