You never know exactly what you’ll find when you go churning up muck, but apparently odds are pretty good you’ll find some viruses. The other day we heard how raw sewage is a hotbed of unknown viruses; now a French team has found the largest virus ever, living in the sea off the coast of Chile.
There’s very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we’ll just set the scene and get out of the way. The video below was captured by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile’s Atacama Desert. And it might make you cry.
After 33 miners were discovered trapped alive deep within a collapsed Chilean gold and copper mine, authorities in Chile sought advice from NASA scientists on the best means to keep the men alive in such isolated circumstances. Now Chilean officials are getting something even better from NASA: a four-man team of physicians and scientists that is en route to Chile to advise on-site about the situation unfolding some 2,300 feet below ground.
When Chilean officials contacted NASA seeking advice from the space agency on how to keep 33 miners trapped in a tiny subterranean chamber both physically and mentally healthy, we wondered what that advice might be. NASA officials are now in a meeting to hash out exactly what they might be able to do to help the Chileans, though its still unclear what kind of advice or assistance they might provide.
The European Extremely Large Telescope -- the European Southern Observatory's successor to its Very Large Telescope, which will be the world's largest optical telescope when it is built -- finally has a home. The ESO will build its mega-observatory atop Cerro Armazones, a 10,000-foot-high mountain in Chile's Atacama desert, and about 12 miles from the Very Large Telescope.
It’s easy to think of tsunamis as phenomenon that mimic the behavior of ripples on the surface of water; you toss a stone into a pond and the resulting energy from the splash moves out away from the epicenter in a series of even, concentric circles. But this NOAA energy distribution map from the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile over the weekend tells a different story.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.