About 3.4 billion years ago, while the earliest multicelled organisms were busy seeding the evolutionary pathways for life on Earth, Mars was getting rocked by meteor impacts that devastated the planet s northern landmasses with tsunamis so large they dwarf most of those seen on earth during recorded history.Evidence of two such events was discovered by Alexis Rodriguez, a researcher at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, along with a team of colleagues who found traces of the catastrophe using satellite imagery.The tsunamis seemingly occurred within a region of the Martian landscape where two major regions — the Arabia Terra highlands and the Chryse Planitia lowlands — bump up against one another.The main source of contention focuses on the remains of that potential shoreline, which is not visible in all places it should be, and therefore has caused uncertainty among scientists.Using the help of a Mars-orbiting spacecraft, the team pinpointed evidence in the form of two geological formations that show evidence of both an initial impact-generated tsunami 3.4 billion years ago, which would have dropped massive boulders over 300 miles inland, and another some 4 million years later.The hypothesis was proposed in a 2010 study, which concluded that high-energy tsunamis would have left a mark on the shoreline.
NASA s New Horizons spacecraft has provided the best look at Pluto s surface to date, and NASA has assembled the images into a pleasant video, as well as a high-resolution image strip you can check out for yourself.As you can see in the video, the image represents a very long strip of Pluto, with the top part showing what NASA calls the Hummocky cratered uplands — a span of seemingly smooth surface pocked with impact craters of all sizes.From there, the image shows the rocky, very different Washboard terrain, a name no doubt derived from its heavily disrupted, mountainous surface.The cellular nitrogen ice plains follow, and they look like a close up scan of some sandy space with striations mixed throughout NASA has talked about these before .This leads into the rugged dark highlands, at which point we ve spanned many, many miles and reached the end.An impressive range of landscape types were captured in the strip, the width of which cover between 45 miles and 55 miles.
NASA s New Horizons spacecraft has provided the best look at Pluto s surface to date, and NASA has assembled the images into a pleasant video, as well as a high-resolution image strip you can check out for yourself.As you can see in the video, the image represents a very long strip of Pluto, with the top part showing what NASA calls the Hummocky cratered uplands — a span of seemingly smooth surface pocked with impact craters of all sizes.From there, the image shows the rocky, very different Washboard terrain, a name no doubt derived from its heavily disrupted, mountainous surface.The cellular nitrogen ice plains follow, and they look like a close up scan of some sandy space with striations mixed throughout NASA has talked about these before .This leads into the rugged dark highlands, at which point we ve spanned many, many miles and reached the end.An impressive range of landscape types were captured in the strip, the width of which cover between 45 miles and 55 miles.
Eileen Scanlon, left, steps across a 44-foot wooden boat on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, underneath a home she rents in Highlands, N.J. Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP HIGHLANDS, N.J. – Workers raising a waterfront home in New Jersey made a nautical discovery: a 44-foot wooden boat from the 19th century.The 12-foot wide vessel, its rudder fully intact, was found beneath Eileen Scanlon's Highlands bungalow on Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press reported.The boat likely was used to transport coal and other good along local waterways, and pieces of coal were found scattered along the floor.Rumors of the vessel's existence had circulated for years.Scanlon got a peek of what looked like a rudder through the home's crawlspace shortly after buying it in 2010, but she didn't anticipate the size and scope of the boat.It's built from 3-inch-thick wooden plants and is held together with 18-inch iron nails.
Video: Pluto As It's Not Been Seen BeforeThe US space agency NASA has published what it describes as the most detailed view of Pluto's terrain we are likely to see "for a very long time".The pictures, which have a resolution of about 260 feet 80 metres per pixel, were obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past the dwarf planet on 14 July, 2015.NASA says they provide scientists with the best opportunity so far to examine the various types of terrain on Pluto and "determine the processes that formed and shaped them".What NASA describes as "washboard terrain"The mosaic strip ranges in width from more than 55 miles 90 kilometres at its northern end to about 45 kilometres 75 kilometres at its southern point.It includes cellular nitrogen ice plains and what NASA calls "rugged dark highlands".The photos were taken by New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager LORRI approximately 9,850 miles 15,850 kilometres from Pluto.
NSW Police has published photographs of nine men and three women wanted for questioning over Internet banking fraud.The group recruits mules to open bank accounts, and link them to accounts the scamsters have taken control of.While the police haven't detailed the technique for getting control over victims' bank accounts, they say the group lifted around AU$1.5 million from their targets, as well as attempting a further $700,00 in fraudulent transactions.Banks were targeted in Sydney, Newcastle, and the Southern Highlands between November 2014 and July 2015, the State Crime Command's Fraud and Cybercrime Squad says.They request anybody recognising the people in the images call Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or file a report here.The gallery is here.
Both marry historically accurate styles to modern data.For the first map, cartographer Charley Glynn applies the classic 1967-style quarter-inch map to the contemporary West Highlands.The other special edition map has been created by Chris Wesson, and attempts to map the contemporary sprawl of Dubai-by-Thames, but in the style of early 19th Century OS maps, and it s done with some wit.What could be the purpose of that vast, strange circular building in Blackwall?Essentially, the original 1801 map was a one inch to one mile or 1:63,360 map with a 1:10,000 data detail, as there were far less features and less urban sprawl at that time, so the product spec could at that time show more – such as field boundaries and all of the churches.The London map is already up for sale - there ll be more detail on the excellent OS blog in coming weeks.
A pre-Routemaster double decker, this particular model is a Bristol Lodekka, one that served Scotland in the 1950s and 60s, before retiring, Beckham-style, to the US for an easy life of relaxing and adoration.Or this, a famous London local landmark, an old Routemaster wherein some estate agents sit and talk about commissions and wonder when it's all about to come crashing down again.Glenfinnan Station in the Scottish highlands has an old carriage that's now a cafe, conveniently placed on the line that takes the as seen in Harry Potter heritage steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.Or these shoes, branded as Above Below London and made, in part, from textiles salvaged from scrapheap-bound buses and train carriages.It's like wearing little bits of seat, and hopefully more comfortable than it sounds.If you want a cheap bit of an old train where loads of bottoms have been, the astounding virtual aisles of the London Transport Museum shop have much more of the same.
A pre-Routemaster double decker, this particular model is a Bristol Lodekka, one that served Scotland in the 1950s and 60s, before retiring, Beckham-style, to the US for an easy life of relaxing and adoration.Or this, a famous London local landmark, an old Routemaster wherein some estate agents sit and talk about commissions and wonder when it's all about to come crashing down again.Glenfinnan Station in the Scottish highlands has an old carriage that's now a cafe, conveniently placed on the line that takes the as seen in Harry Potter heritage steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.Or these shoes, branded as Above Below London and made, in part, from textiles salvaged from scrapheap-bound buses and train carriages.It's like wearing little bits of seat, and hopefully more comfortable than it sounds.If you want a cheap bit of an old train where loads of bottoms have been, the astounding virtual aisles of the London Transport Museum shop have much more of the same.
A scorpion, Scorpio palmatus, under ultraviolet light.The twists and turns of a scorpion's underground burrows are generally inaccessible to anything that isn't a scorpion — including scientists.Researchers used an unusual method to model the lairs of these underground arachnids, finding out that the subterranean refuges built by different species are surprisingly similar, even when the scorpions inhabit different environments.Despite notable differences in the dirt the scorpions were digging through — silty soil in the Negev, sandy and loamy soil in the highlands, and sand dunes in the Kalahari — the scorpion species in all three locations built lairs with features that were common across all the burrow structures.The temperatures taken inside the scorpions' tunnels matched that of the soil around it.Tunnel soil also held more water than soil at the surface, likely providing the arachnid with relief from hot, dry conditions, the researchers suggested.
Bjork Digital coincides with a one-off UK tour date at London's Royal Albert Hall.Björk has announced plans to bring a new virtual reality exhibition to London's Somerset House in September.The project titled Björk Digital combines elements from the Icelandic singer-songwriter's ninth LP, Vulnicura, with "immersive" VR technology.The showcase marks the first exhibition of Björk Digital in Europe, giving local fans a chance to sample aspects of Björk's ambitious next project ahead of its release - a full "VR album" based on Vulnicura.sic ive put importance in the exhibition on the interactive element , that folks can watch vulnicura on vr and try biophilia w ipads."The theatrical exhibit reportedly hopes to capture the "emotional landscape" of the artist's work by "pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology," and it certainly sounds like it will be quite an experience.
An out-of-control wildfire ripping through California s central coast is expected to get worse before it gets better.On Saturday, California s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection CalFire announced that the so-called Soberanes fire, which has already burned an area larger than San Francisco, could quadruple in size and rage for another month.A 30,000 acre wildfire on Friday, the Soberanes fire expanded rapidly this weekend, scorching over 40,000 acres in Monterey County by Monday morning.More than 5,000 firefighting personnel are working to extinguish the blaze, which has destroyed 57 homes, threatens 2,000 more, and has claimed at least one life.Now, the US Forest Service is steeling itself for the possibility that this will become one of the worst wildfires of the summer, engulfing up to 165,000 acres by the end of August.The Soberanes fire is proving exceptionally difficult to fight due to an unfortunate combination of geography—it s burning through steep, forested ridges of the Carmel highlands 120 miles south of San Francisco—and unusual weather patterns.
Image: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet.Here s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area.The 60 x 10 mile 100 x 15 km elliptical target is located within the Meridiani Planum region in the southern highlands of Mars near the equator.The primary goal of the mission—a collaborative effort between the European Space agency and Roscosmos—will be to test technologies for the second phase of ExoMars, and to search for evidence of biological and geologic activity on Mars.This false color perspective highlights the region s topological features.
Forget open–top bus tours, crumbling cathedrals and gallery jaunts around major European capitals - you deserve an altogether geekier holiday treat.Not that we can help if you've already booked a fortnight in the Scottish highlands or a trek across the Gobi desert.Especially when there s a chance to go up and away in Germany s infinitely cooler cousin instead.This is a modern Zeppelin rather than a creaking 19th century model, but we promise you ll still feel like a monied German baron for the duration of the flight.Physics–loving staff run free guides every day and it doesn t cost to look around the exhibitions either.Sure, you could indulge your Lord of the Rings obsession by emulating Frodo and scaling Nguaruhoe, aka Mount Doom.
A Bosnian pine on a barren hillside in the highlands of northern Greece has been named Europe s oldest living in habitant.Discovered by scientists from Stockholm University, the tree has been dated as more than 1075-years-old.It is believed to one of more than a dozen trees in the Pindos mountains to be aged at over a millennium.Scientists hope the trees rings will shed light on climatic conditions spanning thousands of years.Practising dendrochronology, researchers removed part of the core of the tree to survey the rings.Expedition leader Paul J. Krusic said: I am impressed, in the context of western civilization, all the human history that has surrounded this tree; all the empires, the Byzantine, the Ottoman, all the people living in this region.
This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Put that coffee down, Alec Baldwin growls at an underling in Glengarry Glen Ross.According to a new report from the Climate Institute—commissioned by Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand—the beloved beverage may soon be an exclusive product indeed.The villain: climate change, which is expected to fall hardest in the very region where coffee thrives, the tropics.Coffea Arabica—which accounts for 70 percent of the coffee grown globally, including your morning joe—requires the cool year-round temperatures and ample rainfall found in tropical highlands.Robusta Coffea Canephora —source of the the low-grade joe that supplies the instant market—also requires a tropical climate, but can tolerate warmer, drier conditions.
On Nov. 18, 2015, a woman named Wasfia Nazreen climbed to the top of Carstensz Pyramid, located in the western central highlands of the Papua Province in Indonesia.By reaching the summit, she not only scaled the highest mountain on the continent of Australia, she became the first Bangladeshi to climb all of the seven summits, the highest peaks on each continent of planet Earth.And she did so, as she explains in a short film named for her, to prove to the world how far women from Bangladesh have come. Wasfia is a 11-minute documentary, directed by Sean Kusanagi in association with RYOT Films, that celebrates the accomplishments of Nazreen, the activist and mountaineer who uses sports diplomacy to bring awareness to issues like sustainability, indigenous culture and women s rights around the globe.She dedicated her treks to the tops of Mount Kilimanjaro Africa , Denali North America , Mount Elbrus Europe , Aconcagua South America , Carstensz Pyramid, Vinson Antarctica and Mount Everest Asia to the women of Bangladesh in particular.Growing up in Bangladesh, she was aware of the fact that women in her country face one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the region, and that more than half of married Bangladeshi women ages 15 to 49 reported experiences of physical or sexual violence from their husbands, including dowry-related violence.
Josh can be found on the Prowler 5 off the Atlantic Highlands working on his next project.How to join the networkI have used my free time this summer revisiting a childhood passion: fishing.I would inevitably catch something very small, put it in a cup and hope it would survive overnight to show my friends.As I grew older, we graduated to fishing boats launching from City Island and Sheepshead Bay.These fishing trips came to mind recently on a farewell call with Steve maybe not his real name , a former IBM colleague.
UK mobile operator EE seeks government exemption to use drones to deliver spare parts so that it can fix mobile base stations in remote areas fasterTo continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue."We want to show the UK government that we can test out drones in a safe way in the highlands of Scotland on a corridor of coverage called the 'Drone Way', where we put meshed small cells that can talk to each other on lighthouses on the coast to improve coverage," EE's Director of Radio Access Network Mansoor Hanif told IBTimes UK."We're looking to see if we could design a drone to deliver spare parts for fixed networks and mobile networks in order to improve coastal service for the islanders.This could impact people's lives, because if something goes wrong with a base station, to repair it we have to book delivery of spare parts on the ferry, which could take a week or two, and if the ferry is delayed, you don't get any delivery."The issue however is that at present, the UK Civil Aviation Authority is not permitting any commercial drone flights that are beyond the line of sight.
Seems like it s been a while since we checked up on our favorite country via a sweeping nature video, so it s good to know that, yup, Iceland is still the most visually stunningly place on Earth.The drone footage comes from the Highlands of Iceland, which are in the center of the beautiful island, and feature a wonderful array of colors and landscapes.It s not quite the pretty alien otherworld view that we ve seen of Iceland before, but there are some shots that make you question if you re still on Earth.The other shots are just drop-dead gorgeous.
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