111 Feet Up–Climbing the Main Mast of a Fully-Rigged Tall Ship … at 9 Knots

Here’s a video posted by Norway’s Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet academy showing first-person view of a climb up the main mast of the world’s oldest full-rigged tall ship Sørlandet.…MORE


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Boulder cops declare ‘rock stacking’ a jailable offense to stop local artist who spent 7 years creating sculptures

Michael Garb/Gravity Glue (Facebook)Michael Grab, a Boulder artist who goes by the name Gravity Glue, said that police threatened to ticket or jail him for creating stacked river rock sculptures that the community has been enjoying for years.…MORE

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3D-printed ultrasound lets blind mom “see” unborn baby

30-year-old Tatiana Guerra lost her sight at the age of 17. In the video, she arrives for an ultrasound during her 20th week of pregnancy. At first, the doctor describes what he sees. Then a 3D printer converts the ultrasound image into a relief sculpture of the baby’s face, and Tatiana dissolves into tears as her fingers trace the features of the son she plans to name Murilo.…MORE

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Kent State 45 years on

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The Worst Shipwreck in U.S. History is One You May Not Even Know About

sultana-2_custom-0bf675973b7998857a74357e308ae004e36d6a6a-s800-c85This week marks the 150th anniversary of the explosion and sinking of the steamboat Sultana as it travelled up the Mississippi River carrying Union soldiers just days after the end of the Civil War. Unbeknownst to many, the shipwreck was and still is the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, killing an estimated 1,800.…MORE

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Nuclear Forest Fires heading for Chernobyl

The forest fire is heading in the direction of Chernobyl’s installations. Treetop flames and strong gusts of wind have created a real danger of the fire spreading to an area within 20 kilometers of the power plant. There are about 400 hectares [988 acres] of forests in the endangered area. The potential danger in this fire comes from the radioactive contaminants the burning plants have absorbed, ecologist Christopher Busby told RT. “Some of the materials that were contaminating that area would have been incorporated into the woods. In other words, they land on the ground in 1986 and they get absorbed into the trees and all the biosphere. And when it burns, they just become re-suspended. It’s like Chernobyl all over again. All of that material that fell on the ground will now be burned up into the air and will become available for people to breathe.” …MORE

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Falcon 9 rocket launches, carrying Turkmenistan satellite

falcon-rocket-launch-lift-off-042715CAPE CANAVERAL — A Falcon 9 rocket is now heading to space, carrying the first satellite for Turkmenistan.   Skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had been overcast all day Monday, and there was only a 60 percent chance of favortable conditions during the 90-minute launch window. It was almost an hour before the weather cleared enough for the rocket to launchMORE

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