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Experts Connect Volcano to the Internet to Save Lives

This volcano is active and could erupt at anytime. Check out how scientists team up with a filmmaker to connect ‘The Mouth of Hell’ online.

Calamities such as earthquakes, thunderstorms, landslides, and floods have unquestionable destructive power over any technological advancements us humans make. Of these natural disasters, volcanic eruptions rank as one of the most devastating. Eruptions from active volcanoes can come at any time– sometimes without any warning. Because of this, General Electric and filmmaker Sam Cossman decided to make sure that the Masaya Volcano remains monitored.

Located in the municipality of Nindirí in Nicaragua, the Masaya Volcano became popular for its nickname “La Boca del Infierno” which translates to “The Mouth of Hell.”

The Mouth of Hell

The Mouth of Hell

Because of its continued activity, the Nicaraguan volcano became popular among tourists. Hikers travel between 1.4 and 5.9 kilometers with a guide for about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Some even took it to the next level by climbing the volcano and looking over the crater of “The Mouth of Hell.” Fortunately, the “Plaza de Oviedo” (or the crater) is off-limits to tourists.

But aside from being a famous tourist attraction, the Masaya Volcano also earned its ominous moniker because of the constant threat it presents to the people of Nindirí. What makes it even more dreadful is the fact that potential eruption cannot be detected in the usual way because of its constant activity.

Because of this, Cossman and a couple of his friends decided to bring the Masaya Volcano online. The filmmaker who made a name for himself as “volcano diver” intends to bring the volcano online for constant visual and environmental monitoring over the Internet.

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With the help of equipment provided by GE, Cossman and the Nicaraguan government installed dozens of Wi-Fi sensors inside the volcano. With the help of volcanologist Guillermo Caravantes, the team plans to connect Masaya online and gather real-time environmental data such as temperature, gravity, gas levels, and atmospheric pressure.

“The goal is essentially to install all these sensors and create the most effective early warning system in the world,” says Cossman.

The team has since updated their social media accounts on the progress of the installation of the sensors as well as the activities of the volcano they have detected and recorded in the hopes of being able to warn residents of Nindirí ahead should “The Mouth of Hell” unleash its power.

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Man Lost Almost 90% of His Brain, Still Alive and Normal!

Can we still think, feel, walk, be alive if we lose almost 90% of our brain?

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The brain surely is one of the most mysterious organs in our body. Not only is it fascinating with all its powerful functions, but because there are still a lot of things that we don't fully understand about it. But a few things are certain, if we lose more than half of our brain parts, we will surely die right? We won't be able to function normally anymore and lose memories and consciousness right?

Well that is what researchers and neuroscientists thought too, until they met a 40-year old French guy who will change some of the important things we know about the brain and survival.

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The Backstory

It was the year 2007 when a 44-year old French man walked in on a hospital complaining of the weakness in his legs which has been going on for 2 weeks already. Upon history taking, the specialists learned that the man had the same condition since he was a child. The findings before were that the ventricles in his brain has filled up with cerebrospinal fluid. Back then the doctors addressed the problem by draining the fluid and inserting a shunt to prevent this from happening again. But more than 40 years later, the problem came back. ...

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Learn The “Morning Secret” Men Have That Most Women Don’t Know

There’s this phenomenon almost every man experiences in the morning, and here are the reasons it happens.

When you wake up next to your man, sex might not be the first thing on your mind, right? But to your dismay, you find that your guy is pitching a tent while soundly sleeping. What should you do?

Most women just ignore it and go about their day. But some women are genuinely curious about this phenomenon. So what is it? Is he having a steamy dream? Is your mere presence beside him making him horny? Or, anticlimactic as it may seem, does he just need to pee?

Actually, it could be all or none of that.

1. His brain is pretty much turned off, which gives the penis freedom to do whatever it wants.

The medical term for morning wood is nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), and just like you, most scientists are baffled by this phenomenon. Luckily, there are a couple of explanations....

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Energy-generating Bricks Can Transform Homes into Efficient Machines

Imagine living in a home where the bricks give you your energy. Living Architecture has created smart bricks that can do just that!

As a society, we're becoming more and more conscious of where we get our energy from. Companies are now aiming to use more sustainable forms of energy such as solar and wind power. Living Architecture (LIAR) is one of those companies, and their latest innovation is "smart" bricks.

No, it has nothing to do with using bricks to browse the web. Smart bricks extract resources from sunlight, waste water, and air. And as is the nature of bricks, they fit together to create "bioreactor walls" that can be incorporated in building houses, public buildings, and office spaces.

Each block contains a microbial fuel cell that is filled with synthetic microorganisms. Once robotically activated, each chamber contains a variety of microorganisms that can clean water, reclaim phosphate (a mineral that is becoming increasingly scarce), generate electricity, and create new detergents. Each brick contains cells that sense their surroundings and respond to them through the use of digitally coordinated mechanisms, thus transforming buildings into efficient machines....

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