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Saturday, April 17, 2010

NASA satellite image of Very Strange And Unusual Iceland Volcanic Ash

REYKJAVIK, April 18 (Reuters) - Powerful tremors from an Icelandic volcano that has been a menace for thousands of travellers worldwide rocked the countryside on Sunday as eruptions hurled a steady stream of ash into the sky.
Ash from the volcano drifted southeast towards Europe, sparing the capital Reykjavik and other more populated centres but forcing farmers and their livestock indoors as a blanket of ash fell on the surrounding areas.
Iceland's Meterological Office said tremors from the volcano had grown more intense and had increased from a day ago, but that the column of steam and ash rising from the volcano had eased back to 4-5 km (2.5-3 miles) from as high as 11 km when it started erupting earlier this week.
"We are seeing mixed signals. There are some hints that the eruption will be decreasing, and others that show it is not decreasing," Einar Kjartansson, a geophysicist at the Meteorological Office, told Reuters.http://live.reuters.com/Event/Volcanic_ash_cloud_developments

Very Weird News of Dead Man Elected Mayor In Tennessee!

It’s the voter’s way of sending a message to politicians they have grown tired or

distrustful of, sort of a “Thanks for coming, now get out and don’t let the screen door smack you in the butt.”
The good folks of Tracy City, Tennessee, population 1,679, have just done that to their mayor, and boy did they ever send a message.
On Tuesday they chose Carl Robin Geary Sr. over the incumbent, Mayor Barbara Brook.
What’s truly amazing is Geary died back on March 10.
“I knew he was deceased, I know that sounds stupid, but we wanted someone other than her,” said Chris Rogers in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mr. Geary, an alderman in Tracy City since 2006 and known for always wearing overalls, campaigned on straight talk, according to supporters.
At his funeral exactly one month before the election, someone propped up one of his campaign signs among the floral arrangements.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Very Amazing Canadian Solar Car sets Ice Road Record

Canadians were behind this past weekend's record-setting ice road drive by a solar-powered vehicle.
Driving the Power of One (XOF1) from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk - a distance of 187 km - Marcelo da Luz and his team managed the world's longest ice road in about nine and a half hours, despite suffering four flat tires from ice cracks along the way.

Amazing Solar Car!
The XOF1 can accelerate from 0 to 85 km/h in just six seconds, and can travel 483 km in the daytim and 200 km at night. Developed by da Luz in 1999, it is the first solar car to function in below zero temperatures.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Unusual and Strange Underwater Volcanic Vents Found!

A British scientific expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, known as 'black smokers', 3.1 miles (5000 metres) deep in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. Using a deep-diving vehicle remotely controlled from the Royal Research Ship James Cook, the scientists found slender spires made of copper and iron ores on the seafloor, erupting water hot enough to melt lead, nearly half a mile deeper than anyone has seen before.
Deep-sea vents are undersea springs where superheated water erupts from the ocean floor. They were first seen in the Pacific three decades ago, but most are found between one and two miles deep. Scientists are fascinated by deep-sea vents because the scalding water that gushes from them nourishes lush colonies of deep-sea creatures, which has forced scientists to rewrite the rules of biology. Studying the life-forms that thrive in such unlikely havens is providing insights into patterns of marine life around the world, the possibility of life on other planets, and even how life on Earth began.
"Seeing the world's deepest black-smoker vents looming out of the darkness was awe-inspiring," says Copley, a marine biologist at the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES) based at the NOC and leader of the overall research programme. "Superheated water was gushing out of their two-storey high mineral spires, more than three miles deep beneath the waves". He added: "We are proud to show what British underwater technology can achieve in exploring this frontier - the UK subsea technology sector is worth £4 billion per year and employs 40 000 people, which puts it on a par with our space industry."