Geologists would love to get a closer look at what's going on underneath active volcanoes, but the very thing that makes them so interesting -- their ability to unleash super-hot, super-violent geological destruction -- makes them hard to get too close to. But a new breed of wireless sensor that can withstand temperatures above 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit could change all that, allowing researchers to implement a wireless early-warning sensor network deep within a volcano's molten-hot bowels.
Seismologists and geologists would love to know which volcano is going to erupt next. Now, so do bookies, odds-fixers and those with a taste for games of chance. Paddy Power, Ireland's largest bookmaker, is taking bets on which volcano around the world will next blow its top to the tune of a VEI-3 eruption. Following the recent eruption of Philippine's Mount Mayon, apparently Paddy Power was flooded with requests by -- and we're quoting here -- "punters around the globe" who wished to wager on nature's next super-destructive geo-seismic event. Apologies up front to Japan; it seems the odds are stacked against you.