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Nature Lovers Now Have 270,000 Acres of Land Open in California

Many people looking to get back into nature have a hard time finding places that are pristine, open, and ever so natural to unwind and just have a great time.

Nature lovers now have a new area in California to view breathtaking mountains, an abundance of wildlife, ancient old oak trees, fields and streams, along with so many hiking trails.  You might just discover your next excellent vacation spot without ever having to leave the country!

Tejon Ranch has donated a great deal of land so visitors can enjoy nature in the most wonderful way.  Tejon Ranch has been around since 1843 and the owner, Fitzgerald Beale, has partnered with an online travel company, Explore Ranches, to allow their members access to 270,000 acres of private land.

About Tejon Ranch:

The ranch is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 south of Bakersfield.  It is the largest, continual expansion in California offering 422 square miles of land. Tejon Ranch has joined other natural environments in the state, Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, and Coastal Range.  The spans of land is larger than New York City.

There are hundreds of miles of trails and roads to hike along, fields of grass, coniferous forests, ancient oak and Joshua trees, a huge diversity of wildlife, and many reservoirs and streams.

Their partnership with Explore Ranches allows visitors to choose their accommodation from 4 separate lodges that will hold 4 to 12 people at three different locations, including the Venado Cabin.

Located at the foot of the mountains, Venado Cabin offers incredible, endless views from the porch of the cabin.  You can see red-tailed hawks, an occasional condor, eagles, and deer roaming freely along the hillsides.

You can also enjoy a game of horseshoes with their private horseshoe pit.  For those who want to explore the ranch, there are miles of trails for hiking, going on driving tours, or biking.  Just below the cabin, there is an incredible fishing pond loaded with bass and bluegill and a massive meadow with huge oak trees.

If you want a really wonderful vacation away from your hectic lifestyle, visiting this property will give you access to so many activities including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and the incredible opportunity to take photos of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. What an idyllic way to totally unwind!

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Giant Telescope the Focus of Hawaii Protest

Hawaiian activists led by native elders are protesting against the construction of a giant telescope atop the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, which they say is sacred ground.

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Weird ‘Praying Monk’ Ice Daggers Host Life in an Extreme Environment

We first heard of nieves penitentes in scientific literature written by Charles Darwin back in the 1800s, but most of us have never heard of this strange term.

This is because nieves penitentes, strange blades of ice found in remote places, were discovered first in the Andes which are difficult and extreme and therefore, extremely hard to venture into, especially for an extended period of time for study.

However, a group of brave scientists made the trip into Chile’s Volcán Llullaillaco, recording their findings in the journal Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. “This is a very remote area that’s difficult to access,” study co-author Steve Schmidt, from the University of Colorado Boulder, said in a statement.

“The entire back of one of our pickup trucks had to be filled with barrels of drinking water. It’s no trivial thing to go out there, and that’s one of the reasons these formations haven’t been studied much.”

Nieves penitentes are long blades of hardened snow and ice ranging anywhere from a few inches to 16 feet long. They are found in cold, dry regions about 13,000 feet, the most extreme, high-altitude environments on Earth.

Since UV radiation is high and humidity is low, the temperature changes drastically and the winds are extreme, making it difficult for life to exist.

These snow formations usually form pointed toward our sun, and they were named nieves penitentes – meaning “penitent snow” – because of their resemblance to praying monks wearing white robes.

Red Ice?

What the scientists found was astounding: the penitente fields, found at a height of over 16,000 feet, had red ice patches. This means that microscopic life exists! Further analysis showed that the patches held a community of snow algae closely related to that which has been found in other alpine and polar environments.

“In this environment penitentes provide both water and shelter from harsh winds, high UV radiation and thermal fluctuations, creating an oasis in an otherwise extreme landscape,” the team wrote.

This is the first time life has been recorded in these formations. Since they are believed to exist on other bodies within the solar system, including Pluto and Jupiter’s moon Europa, this could provide insight into extra-terrestrial life.

The scientists say its meaning is significant when we consider the search for alien life.”Intriguingly, recent planetary investigations have suggested the existence of penitente-like structures on other planetary bodies of our solar system,” the team concludes.

“Therefore, penitentes and the harsh environment that surrounds them provide a new terrestrial analog for astrobiological studies of life beyond Earth.”Lara Vimercati, lead author of the study, said in a statement:

“Snow algae have been commonly found throughout the cryosphere on both ice and snow patches, but our finding demonstrated their presence for the first time at the extreme elevation of a hyper-arid site.” They found nieves penitentes near the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth; moreover, it’s landscape is thought to be most similar to Mars.

These discoveries giving insight into life existing on such harsh environments help scientists understand what types of places it could show up in the rest of the solar system. Currently, researchers strongly believe that Jupiter’s moon could be harboring microscopic lifeforms in its subsurface, saline ocean since they’ve found thousands of species beneath Antarctica’s surface.”

Our study shows how no matter how challenging the environmental conditions, life finds a way when there is availability of liquid water,” Vimercati said. Schmidt added: “We’re generally interested in the adaptations of organisms to extreme environments. This could be a good place to look for upper limits of life.”

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Billionaire to Investigate the Great Blue Hole

There are so many strange places in the world yet to be explored. One of them is the great blue hole; it was discovered in Belize, on the eastern coast of Central America. The great blue hole is now the focus of many explorers who are determined to find out what is beneath the hole.

Currently, there is a team of scientists and explorers who plan to investigate the great blue hole. They will be going on this expedition with a full crew of filmmakers who will capture the adventure and show everything the explorers discover.

The great blue hole is located at the center of the Lighthouse Reef. Its measurements indicate the great blue hole is about 100 kilometers off the eastern coast. The site is about 300 hundred meters wide and 125 meters deep from the estimations. The past reports indicate the place was formerly a limestone cave. Over the years, the water level rose, and the cave became destroyed forming the cavern now known as the great blue hole. It is currently the second largest blue hole existing in the world.

The efforts to explore the great blue hole started in 1971; the expedition was organized by Jacques Cousteau, a French diver, and explorer. Now, the team going on this new expedition include Fabien Cousteau, the son of the explorer and Richard Branson, known for his interests in exploration and adventure. The goal of this team is to map and explore the great blue hole.

The team will be using specially designed Aquatica Stingray 500 submersible watercraft to reach depths that cannot be reached by divers. With this high-tech equipment, it may be possible to see what lies beneath the great blue hole.

This adventure will be fun; there are also many benefits. The reports from this exploration will be useful in understanding the events that led to the formation of the great blue hole. There may also be useful discoveries to help us understand how the Mayan Empire which existed in the 10th century fell. The team plans to collect water samples from the bottom of the cavern as well as soil samples from the seabed. These and more findings will be analyzed to find more details about the great blue hole.

The audience has not been left out of this expedition. You can watch the preparations and some parts of the expedition on the Discovery Channel; the shows will start running in December 2018. The expedition is planned to last for about two weeks, but it may take longer. There will be video clips captured at the bottom of the great blue hole to show the world what it looks like at those depths.

The entire expedition will also be channeled towards projecting the need to preserve the aquatic habitat and its marine life. While exploring the depths of the great blue hole, efforts will be made to avoid touching or destroying the natural settings beneath the water, shipwrecks and other objects found beneath will only be photographed without physical contact.

There is a lot to reveal, considering that the great blue hole was explored many years ago. So, we look forward to the new findings.

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Which Is Better For The Environment? Real or Fake Christmas Trees

We live in times when everyone is concerned about the environment. Every year millions of Christmas trees are purchased and set up in homes as part of the Christmas decoration. It is a long time tradition that won’t go away in a hurry.

However, in a bid to make our actions more environmental friendly many people are considering buying the fake Christmas trees because they believe these trees are more environmentally friendly. Are they really?

The fake Christmas trees are made from plastic, at least 80% of them are, these trees can add to your carbon footprint too. Now imagine millions of people buying the fake Christmas trees, it can become a disaster. We also consider the distance these synthetic Christmas trees have to be transported before reaching your doorstep. That’s a lot of exposure to the environment.

The studies infer that a fake Christmas tree measuring about 6 feet has a carbon footprint of about 40kg. This is evaluated based on the greenhouse emissions from the product. It is quite high when compared to the real trees cut and used as Christmas trees.

While we frown at the fact that so many real trees will be cut and this can affect the forests, it is such a relief to know that these trees can be recycled after Christmas. Fortunately, many communities have special arrangements to collect all used real Christmas trees for recycling after the festive period.

So, we can confidently advise you to consider buying the real Christmas trees. However, there are some things you should look out for during purchase.

First, confirm the real Christmas tree has been grown locally. This is essential because locally grown Christmas trees can be easily delivered within a short time; hence carbon footprint during delivery is reduced.

It is also important to check if it is indicated that the tree you are about to buy can be recycled. The trees are mostly chipped during recycling, so it is an environmentally friendly process.

It would help if you also considered buying a real Christmas tree because they absorb carbon dioxide from your environment and help replenish oxygen. This is a normal process with all plants and a good reason to protect our green environment.

Many artificial Christmas trees have been imported from other countries. This is why buying locally grown Christmas trees comes with peace of mind. You are certain that your tree is fresh and will add value to your environment.

From another perspective, some people claim they can keep their fake Christmas trees and reuse them many times, in the coming years. This is possible, but even if you keep the tree for as long as three or four years, there comes a time when it will be discarded, and that becomes a threat to your environment because it is made from non-biodegradable plastic.

So, this Christmas, consider buying a real Christmas tree. Fortunately, these trees can be purchased from your local stores. You can either buy the potted Christmas trees, which come in different sizes or larger versions. It is also possible to buy and erect a real Christmas tree in front of your home. Bothered about the size? No problems. Simply find the local services that have been set up to collect these trees after the festive period for recycling.

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Dog Discovers 13,000 Year Old Mammoth Bone

I spend a lot of energy commanding my dog to stop digging in the backyard. After this story, maybe I will just allow him to dig, he might find a treasure in my backyard. In this case, the little dog discovered something spectacular and of huge scientific importance.

The dog, a Labrador retriever, lived in Whidbey Island, Washington with its owner. It loved to dig, and in September, the Labrador’s efforts paid off with the discovery of a 13,000-year-old mammoth fossil. At first, it was not clear what the object was, but the scent excited the dog. It was like the dog knew it had unearthed something of a great mystery.

The object was analyzed, and it later turned out to be a mammoth tooth. The dog’s owner Kirk Lacewell was excited about the discovery, and the potential of finding more fossils in his backyard.

Lacewell confirmed he knew when the dog named Scout discovered the fossil, but at that time it looked like a piece of rock. Scout had other thoughts, he played with the discovery and did not discard it; Scout carefully left the mammoth fossil at a location it could be seen by Lacewell the next day. A closer look revealed the object had the features of a bone. Lacewell washed it and realized that he was holding something that needed to be further examined by professionals.

The pictures of the bone were sent to the scientists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. They examined its features and determined what it was, and its age was estimated. Lacewell had read about such discoveries before but never imagined he will be the person to make such a finding. He was in possession of a mammoth’s tooth, it was incredible.

At the Burke Museum, it was confirmed that there had been so many other fossils of woolly mammoths discovered in different parts of the Whidbey Island. This indicates that many years ago the Island was home to hundreds of these creatures. The unique composition of their bones made it possible to be preserved for many years. The woolly mammoths are thought to have gone extinct after the last Ice Age which happened about 11,000 years ago.

It is not known if Lacewell plans to sell his mammoth tooth. For now, it hangs on his living room mantle, where he and other visitors can admire the tooth. There have been so many discoveries in the area, so museums are not particularly interested in purchasing the tooth because they have so many already. However, it helps to know that neighbors and friends will not have to make a trip to the museum if they want to see what a mammoth’s tooth looks like. All it takes is a visit to Lacewell’s home.

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A Remote Tribe Killed a US Missionary. How?

Unless you manage to basically avoid all news this week, you’ve likely seen the latest piece of untouched humanity we’re about to ruin and corrupt. The remote, previously undiscovered tribe that was located by a US Missionary, who was then killed, sparkled a huge amount of interest in the media.

While some made the reasonable point that we should leave them be, other people wanted to ride in and bother the tribe, ‘uplifting’ them – or welcoming them to the big-ass hellhole we’re doing such a fine job of building.

Not a great deal is known about them at the moment. The Sentinelese, one of the most isolated tribal groups around, have absolutely nothing to do with mainstream society. In a way, we kind of envy them. So, when the news that John Chau was killed trying to interact with them, it was quite sad to hear such actions had taken place.

However, this is a tribe that has made it clear in the past that it wishes to be left well alone. While groups such as Survival International have learned some about the tribe, they are mostly shrouded in mystery. The fear is that, with their rise to ‘stardom’, more people will try to irritate them and end up creating an international scene. Hopefully, nothing more comes of this – the world has a habit of moving on from a news story almost immediately. Let’s hope the same happens here.

Based over in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar, the Sentinelese are a happy people who, as far as we know, take nothing to do with our own worlds. Indian law means you cannot go within five miles of their island in a bid to help preserve their way of life.

Avoiding extinction

Another good reason why we stay clear of them is that we could wipe them out. Given they take nothing to do with us, logic dictates that their immune systems have never really dealt with the pathogens that we would today consider harmless. As such, a simple illness we treat in minutes with over the counter remedies could wipe out their whole populace.

The risk, then, is too great. And besides, if they never asked for ‘enlightenment’ then how could anyone force it upon them?

This is a community that has supposedly lived here for over 50,000 years – we should do nothing to interrupt a way of life which has obviously done them so well. Look at what we have wiped out across ‘civilized’ society across time – perhaps we should avoid trying to be too influential in a part of the world we don’t understand. Or belong.

It’s believed anything from 15-200 people live on the island, with small bands of people staying together to survive. With large huts and more short-term shelters, they are a culture that looks pretty harmonious. Leave them to it, please. These aren’t people who deserve to be ruined by the ‘gift’ of industry and economics.

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New Found Dinosaur Species Named After Marvel’s Thanos

Any Comic book  fan knows who Thanos is, he was always quite a big deal within the Marvel lore but unlike other Marvel characters that broke out into the mainstream in the last two decades, Thanos remained in the shadow for a while. All of that off course changed when Infinity War came along and showed what a great character he really is. Now that Josh Brolin’s portrayal of the  the Mad Titan made him a household name all across the world, Thanos receives a huge honor from the scientific community as he now has a dinosaur named after him. Yeah, you read that right  Thanos is now the name of a newly-discovered species of dinosaurs.

The species which is called the Thanos simonattoi —was a carnivorous dinosaur that resided in Brazil during the later part of Cretaceous Period around 145 million years ago. The announcement of the new dinosaur discovery first came in Historical Biology, a journal first published online on November 16, 2018.

“In the present contribution, we describe a new abelisaurid (Thanos simonattoi, gen. et sp. nov.) from the São José do Rio Preto Formation, Bauru Group, Brazil (Upper Cretaceous). Thanos differs from other theropods by having a well-developed keel becoming wider and deeper posteriorly on the ventral surface; two lateral small foramina separated by a relative wide wall on each lateral surface of the centrum, and well-developed and deep prezygapophyseal spinodiapophyseal fossae.”

It is still unknown what the future holds for the character in the the MCU, Brolin is set to reprise his role as Thanos once again in next year’s Avengers 4, but that might not because of the last time according to the actor. If he has his way, Brolin would appear in more Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the near future.

“You know what, I don’t know what the future brings and who knows, but [I] love the idea of something infinite like this,” Brolin told ScreenRant. “I’ve never been involved in sequels. The fact that we’ve done some of Avengers 2, oh sorry, Avengers 4 but Infinity War 2, I’m going back. I’m going to do more, and we’re going to do some re-shoots and all that. So, I’m excited about all that. I love the Russos. I love working on the Avengers. I didn’t think I was going to and I actually loved it. I didn’t even like it. I loved it.”

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How One Japanese Island Seemed to Vanish

In the rapid and exceptional changing pace of our world, it’s hard to notice everything. Don’t pass through a city for a month or two, and it changes a fair bit. Don’t pass through for a year or two, and it’s transformative. However, things like islands and genuine land masses tend to be something that we can spot and acknowledge – if they were not there, we would surely notice. Right?

Apparently not. According to Japanese outlet Asahi Shimbun, one of the 158 islands which belong to the country but was uninhabited, has vanished. The Japanese Coast Guard are out searching for the island, which is known as Esanbehanakitakojima. The island in question is around a third of a mile away from Sarufutsu, a small village based on Hokkaido island. According to Japanese media author Hiroshi Shimizu, the man who reported the missing island, it’s gone.

He was to visit the island as part of a project that he was writing as a follow-up to his picture book on Japanese islands. The paper rejected his claim, though saying he couldn’t find it: so Shimizu headed out to Sarufutsu to ask around.

It turns out that Esanbehanakitakojima was last surveyed by the Coast Guard in 1987 – when the island was around 4 ½ feet above sea level. Now, it’s not able to be seen from land whatsoever. One senior Coast Guard quoted in Asahi Shimbun, Tomoo Fujii, said: “There is a possibility that the islet has been eroded by wind and snow and, as a result, disappeared,”

Has this happened before?

Strangely, yes. Land vanishing might seem very odd, but a 2016 report which was published in Environmental Research Letters claimed this is more commonplace than one might assume. They found that five reef islands of the Solomon Islands had vanished between the years of 1947-2014. They believe that major events, such as sea walls and ‘inappropriate development’ could be the main causes of that kind of vanishing act.

Interestingly, Japan has in the past been very clear about claiming islands in a bid to ensure territorial dominance over some of their neighbors. In 2016 they committed to a $107m rebuild of an observatory tower on Okinotorishima, around 1,000 miles from Tokyo.

This was disputed by China, and has created a back-and-forth quarrel ever since, culminating in a United Nations convention suggesting that “rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own” cannot qualify as an exclusive economic location.

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Watch: Animation Of What 80,000 Tons Of Garbage In The Ocean Looks Like

Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up inside the sea. In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch alone, about 80,000 tons of debris find their way inside the ocean annually.

In recent years, plastic has continued to pose an increased level of threat to the ecosystem and human life in general. Most animals inside the sea ingest harmful chemicals such as microplastics which human consumption as well when they use these animals to prepare meals. It is estimated that about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean annually.

The world generates a huge amount of plastic every year, large enough to build 50 pyramids of Giza. That automatically translates to over 350 million tons of candy wrappers, synthetic T-shirt and PVC pipes. 8 million tons end up in the sea while the rest end up in landfills each year. Most of them find their way into massive garbage patches in different parts of the world. A good example of such is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Each piece of plastic picked in this patch would result in 1.8 million individual parts. Such could weigh up to 80,000 tons which is equivalent to the weight of three statutes of liberty.

Half of the patch comprises of plastic fishing nets, ropes and lines as a result of the fishing activities performed in the area. The other half is made up of films and hard plastics such as plastic wraps and water bottles. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch does not refer to a mountain of debris as the name implies, rather it relates to waste that is scattered over an oceanic region that is twice the size of Texas alone.

It will take you 121 days to pick up every piece of plastic on the ocean at a walking pace of 5 km/hr. But the garbage patch has no end in reality because it is constantly flowing with the ocean currents. The size of the patch is getting bigger, and for 70 years, its size has been on the increase. The permanent nature of plastics causes this. For instance, a plastic fishing line will take at least 600 years to decompose.

Even after they break down, the resultant effect will still linger on the environment. Some of them decompose into microplastic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. But sea animals can ingest them, and when humans consume these animals, their health is automatically in danger. According to recent studies, every species of sea turtle has ingested these harmful microplastics including 60% of whales and seabirds.

Even at that, plastic is heaped unto the ocean on a daily basis. It has been estimated that by the year 2050, the number of plastics in the ocean will be more than the entire species of fishes in the oceans of the world.

When next you toss a water bottle inside the sea, have a deep thought on its recycling effect and how it is harmful to sea life and human life. You can contribute your quota to help make the environment safe for habitation.

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The Earth Map Is A Lie!!!

Turns out the Earth actually is flat. Those YouTube accounts with suspiciously large followings might just be right after all.

Sorry, jokes aside. It turns out that the world map that most of us grew up observing, though, might not be true either. The world is not quite the way it was set out in the maps of old. Most of the maps that we see come from the Mercator projection. However, at a good bit over 450 years old, the map obviously has some limitations.

The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection on a flat surface, presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. The projection on a flat surface creates a distorted image of land masses and countries.

Instead, Google Maps has decided to stop using the old metric and start creating its own projection instead. Since it poorly maps out the size of countries properly, the Mercator projection often poorly projects the size of some locations. For example, climate scientist Neil formed a new map visualization which is a closer medium between the Mercator projection and other accepted projections.

Want to see just how odd this project can be at times? Take a look at this GIF – it shows you in perfect detail why this might not be the best way to estimate the size of nations.


Indeed, limitations like showing Greenland to be larger than the whole of Africa is a joke. At fourteen times the size of Greenland, it’s these limitations that make the Mercator projection more than a little wobbly all these years on. While once a very powerful and useful, today it’s possible that we can do even more.

Why the need for a change?

Well, the Mercator projection came to be in 1569, when Gerardus Mercator put it together. The famous Finnish cartographer was a major name in his time, and he was seen as the creator of a tool which made navigation much easier. By being able to plot a straight-line course whilst maintaining the true shape of country, it was very useful for the time.

However, convert the Mercator projection into a 3D globe, and it does not really work. Unless the flat Earth people are correct, it’s likely that this rule very much needed an update. Others claim that the Mercator projection needs to go as it presents a very European-sympathetic view of the world – to the point where some schools got rid of it and replaced it with the alternative maps made by Gall-Peters.

The 2018 release of the Equal Earth projection map is supposed to be the catch-all solution to bring an end to these constant arguments. However, we are sure that cartographers will continue to vociferously debate the pros and cons of each choice.

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Yellowstone Geyser Spits Out Freaky Objects In Eruption

As one of the most stunning pieces of natural land, Yellowstone is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is also one of the most dangerous, though. The home of many a catastrophe waiting to happen, the immense power held within Yellowstone can be hard to quantify in many ways. Indeed, when a huge geyser eruption took place recently in Yellowstone, it was enough to produce some interesting objects due to being ‘coughed up’ along the way.

Over at Ear Spring, the normally quiet hot pool spat out all manner of garbage – in what is the largest eruption to take place here since the late 1950s. What it produced, though, was more of a surprise than anything else.

According to the park itself on their official Facebook page, they said: “After Ear Spring erupted on September 15, employees found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent! Some are clearly historic: they’ll be inventoried by curators and may end up in Yellowstone’s archives,”

What was produced by Ear Spring?

It produced all manner of items from back in the day. One of the oddest items to have come out was that of a pacifier that came from the 1930s. How it’s still in one piece, we will never know. It also spat up a bunch of coins – which will no doubt become worth a pretty penny just purely because of where they came from.

Some plastic knives and forks came up, too, and also a series of aluminum cans were spat out from the geyser. It’s all quite nuts, and can be pretty hard to actually fathom. How can so much be produced in such a short space of time? It’s incredible to see, in truth.

Using a clean-up team to get rid of the items and put them into storage, they found all manner of odd items including funnels and even a sign that appeared to be for some kind of bear management business.

However, fear not: while some are making it out like this is a sign that a major eruption is on the way, it’s not. The supervolcano is not on the verge of eruption: geothermal activity happens all the time, and is entirely normal. Don’t worry, cans and coins being spat out by the ground is – to our knowledge – not one of the signs of the apocalypse, Ragnarok or any other end of days’ scenario.

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Hilarious: Wildlife Funny Photography Award Finalists

This is the third year it will be held. Every year, the fans gather round to view the annual comedy Wildlife Photography Awards nominated pictures. As always, this year will be even better. We expect to see animals in their natural habitats caught on camera in acts that may not have been believable. But with the photographs as proof, these pictures make it to the Awards.

The humour attached to the annual event is exceptional. The animals are in no way harmed, but they have been captured in rare displays that leave the audience reeling over in laughter.

The awards started in 2015; it was organized by Paul Joynson Hicks. They promote the Born Free Foundations through the event. Paul is also a wildlife photographer who has been an active member of the foundation. The Born Free Foundation was established to create more awareness about the need to protect our wildlife. The submissions are open to everyone. After all the photographs are collected, screening commences, and only the best make it to the final selection.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 |Mary McGowan | Title: Caught In The Act | Location of shot: Brandon, FL USA

In total, every year, over one thousand pictures are collected for this award. The final selection screens out the rest leaving only forty-one pictures. Some of the criteria used for the selection include the photographs that show animals making the funniest expressions.

Many pictures also depict the animals in their natural habitat interacting in peculiar ways that can be termed as hilarious. However, not everyone may find the pictures very funny. The ability to project our lifestyle as humans in these pictures is a starting point to connect with the photographs in a comedic way.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018| Shane Keena | Title: Peek-a-boo! | Location of shot: Salton Sea, CA

This year the final forty-one pictures have been released. It is now time to start voting for the winners. The public is encouraged to view the final selections and pick their favourite. This year’s event is sponsored by the Affinity Photo, the software company. All participants during the voting exercise also stand a chance to win an iPad. It has also been announced that the winners will be revealed at the ceremony scheduled for November 15, 2018.


The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Jamie Bussey | Title: Crouching Tiger, Peeking Moose | Location of shot: Southern Alberta, Canada

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Geert Weggen | Title: split | Location of shot: BispgÃ¥rden

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Amy Kennedy | Title: Bullies! | Location of shot: South Georgia

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Sergey Savvi | Title: Hot Kiss | Location of shot: Krabi, Thailand

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Robert Adamson | Title: majestic stag?! | Location of shot: Laggan, Scottish highlands

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This is the third year it will be held. Every year, the fans gather round to view the annual comedy Wildlife Photography Awards nominated pictures. As always, this year will be even better. We expect to see animals in their natural habitats caught on camera...

Earth Tech News

Google’s New “Touring Bird” App Is A Traveler’s Dream

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.

Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours spent on the web reading reviews, scrolling through photos, and comparing prices are familiar to every traveler. “Traveling to new places is fun and exciting — but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research, reading dozens of travel guides and blogs across the web, sifting through reviews, compiling your own lists, comparing prices and offerings, and asking friends and family for recommendations,” Google’s Touring Bird team wrote.

Thanks to their new web application, planning a trip has never been easier. “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place,” Google says.

Touring Bird is accessible on both desktop and mobile, and offers the best price for each selected activity or activities, including options to bundle activities to save money. The website includes a built-in bookmarking and sharing feature which allows you to save your favorites to a list.

The website displays a mixture of things to experience for each city divided into categories. These include:

  • Top Sights: Most popular Prague-area attractions.
  • Tours & Activities: Guided tours, tickets & travel experiences.
  • Local Tips: Recommendations from locals & travel experts.
  • Free Tours: Guided tours on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • and the ability to explore the city by interest.

The interest category allows visitors to filter the city’s attractions, such as helping them find essential experiences, track hidden spots and locals’ picks, discover drinking and dining (and cooking) experiences, learn about the kid-friendly activities on offer, locate the arts and architecture hub, as well as pinpoint the most Instagrammable sites and selfie-worthy spots. “A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days,” Lax Poojary, who leads the Touring Bird team said. “People want to do top activities and attractions in the first few days, but then they want to do more immersive things. We wanted to build a one-stop shop.”

An added bonus of the website is that it also serves as a useful tool to assist in locating trusted ticket booking options for when tourists are ready to start checking out attractions. Each entry on the website has a price included, with the ability to filter by price according to your budget, as well as the refund options available. The website also gives easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which is a huge welcome to travelers who typically find this difficult to locate as this is often buried in the fine print, and sometimes requires a phone call to understand.

The website currently lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with plans to increase the number in the future. “We’re working hard to bring Touring Bird to more cities—please stay tuned!” says the website. The cities currently covered are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Orlando, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.
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Earth Science

Discovery: Scientists Find New Pyramid Evidence

From the source of infinite power through to being a dimensional portal, few structures on this planet are as mythical as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built thousands of years ago – it varies massively depending on who you listen to – it’s among the most amazing structures ever seen. However, despite extensive investigation and research into the pyramid itself, there is still so much that we do know not about them and are still learning as time goes on.

Indeed, the 481ft pyramid built for the famous Pharaoh, Khufu, is typically believed to house many unique secrets of ancient Egyptian life. Today, the aim is more on trying to find out the physical properties that can be proven instead of looking into mythical and spiritually-based content.

The latest discovery, then, is definitely more physical in nature. The pyramid has been found to have the ability to concentrate magnetic and electric energy into its various chambers and also below the base. This would create unique and powerful pockets of energy within the walls.

According to Dr. Andrey Evylukhin, the co-ordinator of the latest project: Egyptian pyramids have always attracted great attention. We as scientists were interested in them as well, so we decided to look at the Great Pyramid as a particle dissipating radio waves resonantly.”

By looking into the electromagnetic content of the pyramid, the hope is that they will be able to find more of the hidden chambers – including where the remains of Khufu himself may be. According to the research team: “The electromagnetic energy accumulates in the chambers […] It is shown that basically the Pyramid scatters the electromagnetic waves and focuses them in to the substrate [underground] region.”

The belief, then, is that this could be used to help create nanoparticle designs. After using thermal scanning to look at the Great Pyramid in 2017, a major anomaly was found: three massive stones at the base of the pyramid, with much higher temperature readings than those around them.

This led to the belief that yet more hidden chambers may exist that were yet to be discovered. Indeed, the massive void that exists within the central point of the pyramid above the rand Gallery was found last year alone: there is still so much to find out and discover about these amazing pieces of architecture.

Who knows what will come next for these incredible pieces of architecture? One day we might even find out how they were truly built!

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From the source of infinite power through to being a dimensional portal, few structures on this planet are as mythical as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built thousands of years ago – it varies massively depending on who you listen to – it’s among the most...