- 2.1 the magnitude of the explosion in West, Texas on the Richter scale. People living more than 30 miles away felt the “quake”—which was rooted in an explosion at a fertilizer plant. About half the town was evacuated—a level much higher than early reports suggested.
- 100 the number of people injured by the blast; 50-75 buildings were destroyed by the freak incident. source
Despite spilling tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals into an Arkansas neighborhood, thanks to a loophole in a law from 1980, ExxonMobil will not be paying into a federal oil spill cleanup fund because the oil they spilled is not the right type of oil. It is a twisted example of the legal technicalities and lax regulations that all too often favor oil companies, but a coalition of environmental groups are working to close the loophole.
Lost continent found off coast of Madagascar lost to the ocean depths 85 million years ago
It isn’t quite Atlantis, but scientists from Norway, Germany and Britain have found what they say is a lost continent that they’ve named Mauritia at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
The strip of continent once connected Madagascar, the island archipelago of Seychelles and India. As tectonic movement shifted the land masses apart, the connective tissue of Mauritia was pushed to the bottom of the Ocean, where it was shredded and partially consumed by underwater volcanos. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Iceland may soon become the first Western nation to use Internet filters to ban its citizens from viewing or downloading online porn.
The ban would likely resemble the Great Firewall of China used to block Chinese citizens from accessing many sites around the web, but would only apply to pornography. It could also make it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to access pay-for-porn sites, according the Daily Mail newspaper.
Ice Water Found on Mercury!
NASA announced today that its Messenger spacecraft has discovered “compelling” evidence of frozen water and possible organic materials on Mercury’s north pole (shown left in red), confirming the decades of suspicion in the scientific community.
“The neutron data indicate that Mercury’s radar-bright polar deposits contain, on average, a hydrogen-rich layer more than tens of centimeters thick beneath a surficial layer 10 to 20 centimeters thick that is less rich in hydrogen,” according to David Lawrence, a Johns Hopkins University physics scientist working on the Messenger project.
Has NASA’s Curiosity rover made a big discovery?
NASA scientists are to checking and double-checking the results before announcing the Mars Science Laboratory’s potential findings.