Only a sheet of ice protects you from falling a 1000 feet down this hole

Only a sheet of ice protects you from falling a 1000 feet down this hole


Photographer Aaron Huey, who is on assignment for National Geographic, recently shared a picture of a frighteningly deep hole on the Lower Ruth Glacier. The only thing stopping people from plummeting down the 1000 feet drop into the ground is a sheet of ice. One crack, though.


Huey wrote:



Staring down what could be a 1,000ft deep worm hole through the blue ice of the Lower #RuthGlacier. I was never afraid of the ones full of water, they'd just be cold, but some had no water and it was easy to imagine a long slide to an icy death. #yikes (on assignment for @natgeo in #DenaliNationalPark)



You can follow Aaron Huey on his website and fantastic Instagram. Read more about his Alaskan adventure here.





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'The Quest' Episode 1 Recap: You'll Feel Very Silly - Silly Is Good Right?

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The Quest is a twisted fairytale mirror of a reality show, worth your attention for, if nothing else, the way it will make you feel about the way you already felt about both high-minded fantasy and lowbrow reality TV.


Which ... is a bit silly. Extra silly if you like both.


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Not that this silliness is entirely bad: The Quest is the height of summer escapist reality TV. To think such a thing could be as worldly as, say, The Amazing Race, or as physically punishing as Survivor, or even 1/10th as emotionally punishing as Game of Thrones is to seriously undermine the merits of all three. Read more...


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This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss game subscriptions, Uber ratings, octocopters, 3D printing, the Oculus DK2, and Amazon's terrible Fire phone. Enjoy!


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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

Qi standard now works over longer distances


The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has boosted the range of its Qi wireless …read more


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BA owner IAG moves into profit


British Airways owner IAG moves into profit for the first half of 2014 after an improved performance by its Iberia …read more


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Child asylum seekers at ‘great risk’


Lone child asylum seekers are at great risk of harm or being exploited, the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC) warns. …read more


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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

Wagwan, bruv, come bump the rock with me like Ali G, init


In the 21st Century it seems there are …read more


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This giant flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon of World War I

This giant flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon of World War I


You're looking at a Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector in action, the mother and father of all flamethrowers, capable of torching everything as far as 100 to 130 feet away (30 to 40 meters.) They were deployed for the first time in World War I by the British Army, and apparently they were quite effective.


World War I was perhaps even more horrible and savage than World War II, with dreadful chemical weapons—like mustard gas, phosgene and chlorinethat have been banned ever since. And yet, the mere sight of these gigantic flames must have caused soldiers to run in panic and never look back.



The full-size unit you can see in action here was built by the British archeology TV program Time Team after historians from Glasgow University's Centre for Battlefield Archaeology found the remains of one of these infernal machines in Mametz, France, in 2010.


Only four of these experimental dragons were deployed in the war. Two were destroyed at the Battle of the Somme before they could be used in 1916. The other two were used near Diksmuide, and they seemed pretty effective in instilling terror in German troops: "Their use may have helped the British in those sectors of the front as British losses there were comparatively low."


This giant flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon of World War I


This is a 3D model of the Livens Large Gallery Flame Projectors. These things were 56 feet (17 meters) long and weighed 2.5 tons.




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OIB: Across the Ross


















During their last Antarctic campaign, NASA's Operation IceBridge completed the first-ever basin-wide airborne survey of ice in the Ross Sea. This survey, known as the Ross Sea Fluxgate mission,...



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Donald Trump Advances In Buffalo Bills’ Sale Process


Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills.


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Hopes ‘bleak’ for landslide missing


Officials say hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village are fading, as the number …read more


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Eric Cantor: I’ll Resign House Seat in August


Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.<br …read more


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Poochi the robot dog can talk with your 3DS (and play rock-paper-scissors)


You can count on Japan to perpetually push the idea of robot pets — and some of us are okay …read more


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72-hour humanitarian cease-fire begins in Gaza

A U.N. and U.S. announced cease-fire begins in Gaza, following weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas that have led …read more


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Latest Oculus Rift Dev Kit Screen is a Galaxy Note 3 Display

The display on the new Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) uses the display of a Samsung Galaxy …read more


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Poochi the robot dog can talk with your 3DS (and play rock-paper-scissors)

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It's only been around a short three years, but the 500 Startups Accelerator has already cemented its spot as one of the top programs for founders who are looking to improve their products...


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No safe havens in Gaza?

Mangled limbs wrapped in blood-stained rags were strewn across rooms in the school. …read more


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Xinjiang imam murder ‘suspects shot’


Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China’s largest mosque and captured another, state …read more


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Why You Shouldn't Get A Pet (Rocket) Raccoon


















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Radeon R9 290X Non-Reference Comparison


















Now that 290X prices are stabilized and vendors have had time to create their own flavors of 290X cards, let's take a close look at all the different versions of this flagship single-gpu card...


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Cinema Plays Wrong Movie To Guardians Of The Galaxy Crowd

Cinema Plays Wrong Movie To Guardians Of The Galaxy Crowd


You know how it goes. You settle in to catch the Summer's big blockbuster (which by all accounts is excellent), the curtains part, the sound kicks in and...wait a minute, this isn't Guardians of the Galaxy.



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— maddie (@thestorysofxr) August 1, 2014




THEY WERE LITERALLY PLAYING "RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" THAT WAS FROM 2 YEARS AGO


— maddie (@thestorysofxr) August 1, 2014




THE BLACK GUY INFRONT OF US WAS LIKE "DO I GET MY POPCORN MONEY BACK TOO" TO THE LADY FUCKCICXJ


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— maddie (@thestorysofxr) August 1, 2014



Obviously, the theatre being full of people, poor maddie wasn't alone



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— Dean Browell (@dbrowell) August 1, 2014



Better luck next time guys. And hey, it could have been worse. It could have been 2006's smash hit The Guardian, starring the always-cheery Kevin Costner and consistently-wonderful Ashton Kutcher.


Linode open-sources its secret support sauce

IaaS operator happy for you to edit its tutorials


Infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud concern Linode has open-sourced the support documentation it …read more


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Wonkblog: Suddenly, Obamacare is more unpopular than ever

Even after survey after survey has recently shown a major drop in the nation’s uninsured rate, Obamacare just had …read more


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The Moon Is Actually Shaped Like a Lemon

The Moon Is Actually Shaped Like a Lemon


We might think that we know our closest celestial neighbour well, but it's kept one secret hidden until now: it's not round. In fact, it's shaped like a lemon.


New research, published in Nature this week, reveals that the moon is less like a ball and more like squashed sphere, with a distinct lump. Ian Garrick-Bethell, one of the researchers involved in the new finding, claims that in fact it's "like a lemon with an equatorial bulge." If that's hard to picture, imagine taking a water balloon and spinning on its axis: the rotation causes it to flatten out slightly, and that's how the moon looks.


All the measurements required to reach this finding were gathered using a laser altimeter to create maps of the moon's surface with unprecedented detail. From there, researchers were able to calculate the true topography of the Moon, and understand its actual shape. Such attempts in the past have been hindered by the rough nature of the rocky satellite's surface.


So why is it that the Moon isn't a perfect sphere? The researchers, from University of California, Santa Cruz, suggest that it's probably down to tidal heating which took place when the Moon was much younger. Essentially, the orbital forces between Earth and MOon could have generated friction in the Moon's interior, causing it to deform into the shape it currently exhibits. As the Moon's orbit grew larger, the forces reduced, but the shape remained. [Nature via NYT via Verge]


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Vision Correcting Displays


















Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or...



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