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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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Why You Should Put A Tape Over Your Webcam

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

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When it comes to cyber security, most of us are content with merely staying away from harmful sites, not clicking unwanted links, and perhaps using a good anti-virus software. While all of these are unquestionably important, many users are forgetting about one basic thing that could likewise compromise their safety – covering that web camera.

Mark Zuckerberg does it. Edward Snowden does it. And even former FBI director James Comey does it. So it must be very important, right? And yet many of us, common folks, actually don’t bother.

It’s not about being paranoid – it’s about staying safe.

Cameras are everywhere these days – from our laptops and smartphones, to everything else in between – and that can definitely be risky. In the past, previous reports have confirmed that, unscrupulous and tech-savvy crooks can actually hack people’s cameras and microphones to spy on them.

In 2010, for example, we’ve heard a news report about two high school students sued a local school district. The reason? Well apparently, school personnel “had activated the anti-theft software on their school-issued MacBooks and secretly photographed the students at home.” The district later admitted that thousands of photos of dozens of students had been taken.

Meanwhile, a 2011 incident tells us of Luis Mijangos, a man confined to a wheelchair, who was given a sentence of 6 years for the crime of spying on more than 100 ladies – many of whom were under 18. He contacted his victims, asking them for more naked photos while threatening to make to make public the private photos and videos of them he had in his possession.

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

As the victims have learned for themselves, camera hacking can happen to anyone and the simple act of putting a tape over a webcam can really make a big difference.

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As a LaptopMag article encourages us:

“If you’ve got a computer in your bedroom, put black electrical tape over the webcam. Cut off the plug from a broken pair of headphones and stick it in the microphone jack to disable the external microphone.

“If you’re talking about something and you’d rather the conversation didn’t leave the room, make sure there are no smartphones or laptops in the room. If you’re a company executive discussing sensitive information in a meeting, do the same. Your friends may think you’re a nut, but that’s their problem.”

Consider this seriously, folks. I know I will!

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Meet Codey Rocky, The Robot That Teaches Your Kids To Code

Codey Rocky is being described as a “new coding companion for budding innovators from ages 6 and up.”

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Parents, take note. There’s one cool toy robot out there today that’s more than just a plaything – it can also teach your kids with coding skills.

Meet Codey Rocky, an awesome robot that’s been designed to help young children learn coding and AI. Its combination of “easy-to-use robotics hardware with graphical programming” makes it easy for youngsters to learn the basics in the world of coding.

Codey Rocky is “an entry-level coding robot for STEM education, suitable for children ages 6 and up.”

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According to its Kickstarter page, Codey Rocky is actually two robots in one.

We read:

“Codey is the detachable controller that holds all the magic. It includes more than 10 electronic modules that can be controlled via code. Rocky is the car that lets you take Codey anywhere you want, so that your clever programs can be run everywhere.”

Codey Rocky allows users to create interactive games, make music, receive and display weather reports, and much, much more.

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Ideas become reality with Codey Rocky.

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With it, a kid can easily create his or her first program by dragging and dropping code blocks.


Eventually, he or she can progress into advanced coding.

Makeblock, the team behind the interesting invention, aims to improve education with the use of robots and drones.

Source: Makeblock

The page further tells us:

“Codey Rocky comes with more than 10 integrated and programmable modules and mBlock 5, the latest version of our graphical programming platform that also supports advanced Python programming. The seamless integration of software with robotics hardware means that kids of all ages can start coding in minutes and instantly see the results of their code by interacting with Codey Rocky.”

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If this sounds pretty interesting to you, go ahead and check out Codey Rocky over at Kickstarter.

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A Rover Dived to the Mariana Trench to Unravel Its Deepest Mysteries

Have you ever thought about what the ocean surface looks like miles below?

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Ever since you were a kid, you have always wondered what the ocean has to offer. Perhaps you wanted to know what sort of other creatures live beneath it, or just how the surface of the ocean looks like miles below. After all, it is human nature to get curious.

As far as science is concerned, the Mariana Trench is known to be the planet’s deepest point. Scientists from all over the world have been trying to unravel its mystery. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just sent cameras down into its depths – and the images captured are just mind-blowing.

A dive into the unknown indeed.

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The depth was estimated to be six miles. Equipped with fast internet connection, the agency was able to live-stream the whole trip.

The camera rover was tasked to explore the deep water around the entire area.

Source: NOAA

Below are some of the most fascinating – and disturbing – images captured by the rover:

#1. This jellyfish looks like from outer space or something.

Source: NOAA
#2. An enchanting yet fragile deep-sea coral.

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#3. A flower-like crinoid.

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Also known as sea lilies, this living thing is somehow related to starfish.

#4. And there are other versions of them.

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#5. Oh, let’s not forget about the other reefs – and the shark!

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#6. Add to that a tiny fish.

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#7. Not your “ordinary” fish buddy, right?

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#8. The Mariana Trench is also packed with amoebas.

Source: NOAA
#9. This one here is a tunicate, aka sea squirt.

Source: NOAA
#10. Although it remains unconfirmed, researchers dub it a “relicanthus.”

Source: NOAA
#11. Just another acorn worm.

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#12. A shrimp with some sort of parasitic backpack.

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#13. Sadly, this garbage found its way below.

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#14. This one, too.

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#15. They just never stop.

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It cannot be denied that the Mariana Trench is one of the most beautiful things on Earth. Unfortunately, humanity is starting to destroy its innocence – and the last three images are proofs to it.

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