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NASA Unveils Plan To Drill Into Yellowstone Supervolcano To Save The Planet

NASA plans to drill into Yellowstone to save the planet from an impending catastrophe.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said they want to drill into the Yellowstone supervolcano in the hopes to save the planet from an impending eruption. This massive volcano could cause a greater catastrophe than any asteroid or comet.

The Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a vast, ancient and active volcano. The extreme heat pours off its underground magma chamber. It’s responsible for the geysers and more than 10,000 hot springs in the area.

The Yellowstone Park is about 3,500 square miles that sits atop an active volcano.

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But for scientists, this unimaginable heat could be the greatest natural threat to humans. The supervolcano beneath the Yellowstone National Park erupts every 600,000 years. It has been about 600,000 years since it last erupted.

Brian Wilcox of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) told BBC Future:

“I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for Nasa to defend the planet from asteroids and comets.”

“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

NASA scientists found a logical solution to save the planet – simply cool the supervolcano down. Apparently, a supervolcano’s heat is equivalent to about six industrial power plants. At present, Yellowstone leaks approximately 60 to 70 percent of the heat through water, which seeps into the magma chamber via cracks.

NASA releases a thermal image of the Yellowstone Park with the higher heat released in white areas.

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Once the heat reaches its maximum level, an eruption is inevitable. However, according to IflScience, magma is only eruptive when it’s molten to a certain degree. The scientists agreed to reduce the magma heat by 35 percent to prevent a supervolcanic eruption in the near future.

Most of the Yellowstone Park is found in Wyoming, with some areas found in Montana and Idaho.

They want to do this by drilling into the supervolcano’s massive magma source and pump high-pressure water through it. The water comes back up to a temperature of 662 degrees Fahrenheit or 350 degrees Celcius.

This procedure, though done slowly and gradually, would extract heat from the volcano.

Yellowstone features lush forests, dramatic canyons, hot springs and geysers, including the popular Old Faithful.

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Aside from saving the planet from an impending doom, NASA scientists propose to use the heated water as a source of geothermal energy. This energy is strong enough to power up the entire Yellowstone area.

Will the risky plan of NASA to drill into the Yellowstone Park save the world?

NASA hopes the plan pushes through. Besides, it’s only a matter of time before the supervolcano erupts. If the plan is successful, the procedure could pave the way to stop other supervolcanoes from erupting across the globe.

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‘Racist’ Soap Dispenser Appears To Work For White People But Not For Blacks

Is this soap dispenser RACIST?

Ah, technology. They say it's humanity’s key to unlimited resources, though no one can tell what resources these are exactly. Actually, some believe that with its advancement, people will instead gradually become dumb or stupid.

Case in point, a video of a soap dispenser has gone viral because of blatant racism - it appears to offer soap to whites, but not to blacks. This definitely has something to do with technology, no?

A soap dispenser has taken the internet by storm due to its unique capability.

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The video was courtesy of Chukwuemeka Afigbo, a Nigerian who works in a tech company. The video, which was first uploaded on Twitter, features an automatic soup dispenser. But apparently, it only dishes soap to a white person’s hand and not to a black person’s. Hence the tag “racist.”...

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Ancient Viking Fortress In Denmark Unveils A Technologically-Advanced Society

The 1000-year-old Viking fortress reveals how technologically-advanced the society was during this time.

A team of scientists has found a new Viking ring fortress built in the late 10th century. The 1000-year-old massive and perfectly circular fortress has left the scientists baffled at how technologically-advanced the society was when it was built.

This new discovery might change the image of the Vikings, who were known as explorers and skilled seafarers between the eighth and 11th centuries. They have long been known as pirates of the medieval world that have established trade routes across the globe.

Scientists have uncovered a Danish Viking fortress which is similar to this Swedish fortress reconstruction.

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Now, in the study published in the journal Antiquity, the Danish archaeologists have described the fortress, now called Borgring, as a perfect circular arrangement built from timber and earth. The fortress, which spans 144 meters in diameter, was found just south of Copenhagen on the island of Zealand, Denmark....

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Losing Sense Of Smell Is An Early Sign Of Alzheimer’s Disease

This is actually a huge step towards curing the disease!

Alzheimer’s disease is a very serious illness in today’s society. It has affected a good number of old people across the world. Although we’ve developed medicine and/or treatment to battle the disease, it’s still not enough.

Interestingly, researchers have discovered an indicator that could help in diagnosing the disease earlier. This could also boost the noninvasive ways of tracking a patient’s progress.

Alzheimer's disease is deemed as the most common form of dementia.

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Basically, diagnostic tests are currently conducted through the use of memory. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t prove to be helpful in one way or another. Why? That’s because the signs of memory loss mean that the victim already acquired the disease for 20 years or so. ...

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