“An extra-tall wave struck a cruise ship off the Mediterranean coast of Spain this week, claiming two lives and injuring one person on board. Though the wave may not qualify as a “rogue wave,” it could have been created by the same forces.” (Wired)
World’s Biggest Recorded Tsunami
1720 feet-tall – Lituya Bay, Alaska, July 9, 1958 (geology.com). Yes, that’s 1720 feet, 1/3 of a mile high.
“Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.” (physorg.com)
Tomorrow we have a moment that can be described as: 12:34:56 7/8/9. [via abby]
‘…[A] collection of a few of the more interesting spheres found around the world.
Sweden Solar System: The world’s largest model of our planetary system centered around the largest spherical building in the world.
The Mapparium: An three story inside-out glass globe built in 1935.
The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A gigantic spherical neutrino detector built into the largest man made underground cavity in the world.
Costa Rican Stone Spheres: Mysterious spherical rock formations from an earlier era.
Paris Sewer Museum: Giant wooden balls helped keep the Parisian sewers clean.
The Republic of Kugelmugel: A spherical “micro-nation” in the heart of Vienna…’ [via boing boing]
Found in the photographer’s casting net on a Tampa Bay beach.
“The explosive nature of these fascinating geological mountains provide us with a time line of earth’s past, they create chains of living and breathing islands, and they cause deathly destruction to everything they touch.” (Scienceray)
Grazing and resting cattle and deer orient themselves toward magnetic north, according to analysis of satellite images. This has apparently never been noticed by herdsmen or hunters, the researchers say. via PNAS.
Now, as to why in the world this might be…
Video tour, via LiveLeak.com.
…or Phenomenal Fake? via Truemors thanks to Guy Kawasaki.
“Trudging gingerly across the arid sands of the Gobi desert, Czech explorer Ivan Mackerle is careful not to put a foot wrong, for he knows it may be his last. He scours the land and shifting valleys for tell-tale signs of disturbance in the sands below, always ready for the unexpected lurch of an alien being said to kill in one strike with a sharp spout of acidic venom to the face. A creature so secretive that no photographic evidence yet exists, but the locals know it’s there, always waiting in silence for its prey, waiting to strike – the Mongolian Death Worm.” via Environmental Graffiti.
“Here is some terrific video of a bioluminescent deep-sea siphonophore — an eerily fantastic creature that appears to be a single, large organism, but which is actually a colony of numerous individual jellyfish-like animals that behave and function together as a single entity. The individual units, called zooids, all share the same genetic material and each perform a specialized role within the colony. The best-known siphonophore is the poisonous Portuguese Man o’ War (Physalia physalis), which lives at the surface of the ocean, unlike the one shown in this video (filmed at a depth of 770 meters). Some siphonophore species can grow up to 40 meters (130 ft) in length.”
via Pink Tentacle.
“Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief from a DNA sample taken from a mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle.”