Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nyiragongo's lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). Continue reading for more amazing facts.
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Curie died in 1934 at the sanatorium of Sancellemoz (Haute-Savoie), France, due to aplastic anemia brought on by exposure to radiation - mainly, it seems, during her World War I service in mobile X-ray units created by her. Continue reading for more.
The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) Ice Bucket Challenge is basically an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. The rules state that the nominated participants are required to have a bucket of ice water poured on their head within 24-hours and / or donate money to charity should they decline.
The stones you are about to see, including the raw fire opal above, are not from the Marvel universe, but rather all over planet Earth. The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semi-transparent. Continue reading for more.
Not just a concept, a select group of individuals will actually be able to purchase the McLaren P1 GTR. Unlike the standard P1, the GTR boasts aggressive aerodynamic parts, including a new splitter and redesigned intakes to channel airflow around the vehicle's heavily flared wheelarches. Continue reading for more cool things about this amazing hypercar, set to cost $3.3-million USD.
Before the iPhone, Windows CE phones, T-Mobile Sidekick, etc., there was the IBM Simon, developed by IBM and cellular company BellSouth. According to Charlotte Connelly, it was initially marketed around the idea of the game 'Simon says' and 'the marketing was that it was so simple, that it could do anything you instructed it to,' she explained. There was built-in software that allowed users to write notes, draw, update their calendar and contacts, and send and receive faxes, as well as allowing calls. Plus, it even had a slot for cartridges that were early 'apps' of sorts. Continue reading for more.
The Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevsehir Province, Turkey. It extends to a depth of approximately 60m and was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. This is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. Continue reading for more.
We've all probably reached the point where even several cups of coffee won't help you stay awake, and that's where this desk comes in. Greece-based designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL invented a convertible desk of sorts that can be used as a bed in just four easy steps. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading to see more.
Properly trained waiters are one of the keys to success for any restaurant, and now, robots are replacing humans by providing no nonsense service in Chinese restaurants and hotels. While humans eventually tire, these robots can carry trays of food steadily to diners all-day, and perform repetitive arm motions to 'cook'. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about China's strange robot restaurants.
Betty and Barney Hill were an American couple who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials in a rural portion of New Hampshire on September 19-20, 1961. The couple's story, called the Hill Abduction, and occasionally the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they had been kidnapped for a short time by a UFO. The Hill Abduction claim was the first widely publicized report of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident. Many of Betty Hill's notes, tapes, and other items have been placed in a permanent collection at the University of New Hampshire, her alma mater. Continue reading for more.