Iceland’s "Thor" volcano power plant can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells

May 5, 2017 by  
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Tapping into geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland is taking things majorly next level by drilling nearly 3 miles into a live volcano to tap liquid hot magma. The well is likely the hottest hole on the planet, reaching oozing magma that averages 800 °F. The hole was completed in January and energy production kicks off today. If successful, the clean energy source will be able to generate ten times more energy than conventional oil or gas wells. The project is nicknamed Thor after the Norse god. The geothermal well will tap into what is called “supercritical” fluid – neither gas nor liquid – to generate clean, renewable energy. It works by using the fluid to generate steam, which then causes turbines to move generating power. Related: Google Street View takes you inside the fiery depths of an active volcano As you’d imagine, volcano power is pretty potent stuff. To supply Iceland’s capitol Reykjavik (with a population of 212,000 people) with power, you’d need 30-35 conventional wells. But if Thor performs as expected, it would only take 3 – 5 wells. Via Phys.org Images via Statoil and Peterhartree Save

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Iceland is building the first temple to Norse gods in 1,000 years

February 4, 2015 by  
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For the first time since the age of the Vikings, Icelanders will be able to publicly worship at the altar of Thor (or any other Norse god they choose). This month, construction begins on a temple dedicated solely to the Norse gods, where neo- pagans can celebrate ancient rituals, perform marriages and lay people to rest under the watchful eye of Odin. It’s the first temple of its kind in Iceland for at least 1,000 years, when Norse gods last dominated the religious scene. Read the rest of Iceland is building the first temple to Norse gods in 1,000 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: first modern norse god temple , first modern pagan temple , Iceland norse temple , Iceland pagan temple , norse gods , Norse pagan church Reykjavik , Norse pagan temple Reykjavik , norse temple , pagan norse temple , pagan temple Reykjavik , Reykjavik , temple odin , temple thor , worshiping norse gods

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Kichler pendant lamp doubles as a fan for tiny apartments

February 4, 2015 by  
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The Kichler Terna pendant lamp has blades made from translucent polycarbonate instead of wood that stretch up rather than out. Built to not only illuminate kitchen islands, offices, hallways and pool tables, the lamp also has spinning elements that create a refreshing breeze for more confined spaces. Read the rest of Kichler pendant lamp doubles as a fan for tiny apartments Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ceiling fan , ceiling fan for sloped ceiling , ceiling fan for small areas , confined space ceiling fan , green design , green lighting , Kichler , Kichler Terna , kitchen lighting , lamp design , pendant lamp , pendant light , polycarbonate

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Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner

February 4, 2015 by  
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Over a year ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z spent 22 days on a strict plant-based diet, in an effort to undergo physical and spiritual cleansing. Now, Beyoncé has announced her continued partnership with the trainer behind the cleanse, Marco Borges. They are launching a vegan meal delivery service under the 22 Days Nutrition brand to help share the wonders of whole foods with anyone with a credit card. However, the meals don’t come with a guarantee that you’ll end up looking like Beyoncé. Read the rest of Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 22 Days , 22 Days nutrition , beyonce , diets of famous people , healthy meal delivery , how to eat healthier , ordering vegan meals for delivery , personal chef service , plant-based meals , vegan , vegan challenge , vegetarian

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Norse Sod Homes: Melding into the Landscape for Millennia

September 5, 2014 by  
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BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

September 5, 2014 by  
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BP was yesterday found guilty of being “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout. The blowout killed 11 workers and caused the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history. In the latest phase of the ongoing trial investigating BP’s liability for the incident, Louisiana District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling means the U.K. oil company could be liable for up to $18 billion in additional fines under the Clean Water Act, on top of the $43 billion in charges the company already anticipated. Read the rest of BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $18 billion in fines , BP , BP faces $18 billion in fines , BP grossly negligent under Clean water Act , clean water act , deepwater horizon , gulf of mexico oil spill , halliburton , Judge Carl Barbier , louisiana , oil rig disaster , Transocean , worst offshore environmental disaster in US history

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HippopoThames: Giant Hippo Spotted on London’s River Thames!

September 5, 2014 by  
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A giant hippo was recently spotted floating on London’s River Thames! No, it’s not a freakish migration caused by global warming; rather it’s a work of art by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman , who is famous for his scaled-up sculptures (like this gigantic Rubber Duck ). The 21-meter-long HippopoThames was inspired by prehistoric mammals that once inhabited the river. The sculpture will remain on display at Nine Elms on the South Bank until September 28, 2014. Read the rest of HippopoThames: Giant Hippo Spotted on London’s River Thames! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dutch artists , Florentijn Hofman art , Florentijn Hofman bunny , Florentijn Hofman sculptures , giant hippo Florentijn Hofman , giant sculptures , HippopoThames , inflatable Rubber Duck , London Thames hippo

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