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World's Highest Fastest Biggest Swing China
If you’re not afraid of heights, a new attraction at Longgang National Geopark in Yunyang of the municipality of Chongqing in south-western China, has a cliff swing for you. It’s touted as the world’s highest and fastest cliff swing, this single-seat ride is suspended by a rainbow-coloured arch and hurls you at a speed of up to 80mph. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Space Debris  Russia  Military Satellite Australia
On Friday, March 22, 2020, Russia launched a military satellite into orbit and the debris it generated caused quite a stir on social media. It w as launched aboard a four-stage Soyuz-2 rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia early transporting a classified payload alleged to be t he fourth satellite for the country’s EKS OiBU missile-warning network. Read more for videos that some captured of the event.

Burger King Giant Crown Social Distancing Whopper
Burger King wants to ensure that its customers in Germany are socially distancing themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to promote this, they’ve debuted “social-distance crowns”. These are specially designed to keep customers exactly 6-feet apart as restaurants reopen dine-in service. Read more for a video of the new “Social Distancing Whopper” that goes along with these giant crowns.

1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Volcano Anniversary
Today marks 40-years since the eruption of Mount St. Helens shortly after 8:30 a.m. on May 18, 1980. For a period of two months preceding the event, there were over 2,800 earthquakes recorded at Mount St. Helens, which eventually caused a volcanic bulge to landslide down the mountain, reducing the its height by 1,314 feet. Read more for some video footage of the fateful event and additional information.

Razer Mask Singapore
Razer’s face mask manufacturing line is currently operational and fully automated with a manufacturing capacity of approximately 5-million masks per month. These masks are made in Singapore and manufactured in an ISO 13485 certified controlled room environment, complete with local and international certification. Now, they’re dispensing them for free through a network of vending machines across the city-state. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Antarctica Rainforest South Pole
Photo credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / James McKay | CC-BY 4.0
Way back when dinosaurs roamed the planet, Antarctica was not the cold, desolate place it is now, but rather had a dense temperate, swampy forest environment, similar to the forests found in New Zealand today. This finding was uncovered when unexpected fossil traces of the temperate forest were found in a core sediment dug up near West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier back in 2017. Read more for a video and additional information.

San Rafael Waterfall Ecuador Sinkhole
Photo credit: Ecuador Ministry of Tourism | CC BY-SA 2.0
Ecuador’s San Rafael waterfall on the Coca River was a popular tourist attraction, attracting tens of thousands of people every year, but the iconic waterfall has now vanished and replaced by three streams. Tourists are no longer welcome to the site, which has now been closed due to a huge sinkhole that appeared in the Coca River a few meters before the falls and diverted the watercourse. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Dyson CoVent Ventilator
James Dyson and his team have designed a completely new ventilator suited to the needs of COVID-19 sufferers from scratch in just 10-days, and will deliver the first batch in early April. These ventilators support a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, and this particular model boasts a bed-mounted design. Read more for a video and additional information.

Yellowstone Caldera Supervolcano Eruption
Before we dive into what would happen, supervolcanos are basically characterized as volcanic centers that have had eruptions covering more than 240 cubic miles, and in the US, there are two: Yellowstone and Long Valley, California. In the past 2.1-million-years, Yellowstone has had three major events, which subsequently led to the creation of the calderas, or large volcanic craters. Read more for a video and additional information.

Poland Government Minecraft Coronavirus
Countries around the world are going into lockdown mode to slow down the spread of COVID-19, and that includes Poland. The Polish government wants to help the restless students make good use of their time during the mandatory 14-day quarantine, so the Ministry of Digitization is launching a Minecraft server. It’s a part of their Grarantanna program, which is a series of online activities meant to both entertain and educate students who can’t go to classes during this time. Read more for a video and additional information.