The Diphylleia grayi is an astonishing flower with white petals that turn gorgeously transparent upon contact with water. During light rain showers, the elusive blooms transform into blossoms as clear as glass, fitting its common moniker "skeleton flower." However the plant can be found growing on moist, wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of Japan and China come late spring. The stunning Diphylleia grayi is known by its large, specifically umbrella-like leaves topped with small clusters of pearly white blossoms that undergo an enchanted transformation in the rain.
Friday, 28 November 2014
You would be thinking that the last place on earth where people would want to inhabit to the bottom of a steep volcano hosting the world's largest fluid lava lake. Mount Nyiragongo Virunga National Park Democratic Republic of the Congo is an active volcano and very famous for housing the biggest lava lake in the world. The volcano’s slopes are steep and lava is very fluid, thus enabling it to flow in high velocity when it erupts.
In spite of the continuous threat of catastrophic fiery death, the area at the foot of Mount Nyiragongo is dotted with greatly populated bustling villages. Well, the one such disaster happened in 1977, when the walls of the crater burst open and the lake of molten rock drained in less than an hour, pouring itself down into the villages at a frightening speed of up to 60 mph. Different your average lava flow, the exclusive presence of an alkali-rich volcanic rock, melilite nephelinite, creates a extremely fluid consistency, allowing it to move at speeds that can with no trouble overcome anything in its path. The official death toll was 70, but numerous report states much higher numbers, some guessing the losses at several thousand.
The dreadful eruption of 1977 took place when the lake was at its maximum depth ever recorded, 10,700 ft., but the extent of its volume varies depending on activity. Because no one exactly knows how long the volcano has been active, but history tells us since 1882 it's been very busy, erupting more than 34 times, sporadically bubbling and spewing fire for years before settling down. It is located inside Virunga National Park about 20 km. North of Goma, Mount Nyiragongo is now still active, its last deadly eruption taking 147 lives in 2002. Its activity is, for now, being confined to the crater, where the lake of lava is slowly rising once more.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
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This truly amazing wedding was beautifully organized by a dive club called “Top Dive” which has launched a novel concept of wedding in French Polynesia. The bride and groom held hands as they stood in front of a Polynesian priest who performed their remarkable ceremony. The priest stood at an altar made of pearls to welcome the couple Nicolas and Alexandra from Madrid, Spain. The couple decided to seal their union four meters under water in the spectacular turquoise waters of Bora Bora. It was the first underwater wedding in this lagoon, but it will definitely not be the last. Paul Ramos, manager of “Top Dive” diving clubs in Polynesia said he thought about this novel concept and finally developed the idea to give couples the experience of a lifetime for just €2,700. Both Alexandra and Nicolas said that they were enthusiastic about getting married in such an exclusive way and donned white wedding diving outfits for their distinct ceremony. The ceremony lasts 20 minutes and costs around 2700 euros.
(Photos Credit To: Ben Thouard/AFP Photo)
Monday, 10 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He can be easily described as "The King of the Wire". Wow, what a record-breaking daredevil Nik Wallenda 35 years old finally completed his most challenging feat to date: a tightrope walk between two skyscrapers 600 feet above downtown Chicago, moderately blindfolded. Huge crowds below cheered on the seventh-generation aerialist, who wore a microphone during his untethered walk. The "Skyscraper Live" walk was broadcast on Discovery. I love Chicago, and Chicago definitely loves me. What an astonishing roar, when he crossed above the Chicago River.
The daring walk comprised of two parts, starting from Marina City's West Tower, about 588 feet high. And then he has to cross above the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett Building in just under short time of 7 minutes, finishing 671 feet above the street. When he returned to the West Tower, Nik crossed to the East Tower blindfolded in one minute and 20 seconds.
As a member of the famed Flying Wallendas, founded by his grandfather Karl Wallenda in the 1920s, Wallenda is no stranger to death-defying stunts. He dared the walked across a wire 1,500 feet above a river in Arizona in June 2013, becoming the first individual to traverse the gorge near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Before that, he made a record journey across Niagara Falls in 2012.
Jeopardy also runs in the Wallenda family. His Great-grandfather Karl Wallenda was killed at 73 during he was attempting to walk between two buildings in Puerto Rico in 1978. But on Nov 02, 2014, Wallenda made it look so easy. He said I am so blessed for these opportunities, and you guys watching think I'm crazy, but this is what I was made for.
A quick time-lapse of Nik Wallenda's record breaking #skyscraperlive in Chicago. from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
In 1961, the ill-famed Berlin Wall was constructed and fully cut off West Berlin from East Germany and East Berlin. However, the ongoing infrastructure was taken down in 1989 and with it reclaimed free movement between East and West. That was about 25 years ago, and to honor this occasion, light artist Christopher Bauder and filmmaker Marc Bauder designed Lichtgrenze, a 10-mile reconstruction of the Berlin Wall. Nonetheless, in its place of concrete and barbed wire, the fundamental path will feature stunning 8,000 glowing white balloons to be set up for two days. The lovely installation will begin in the middle of the night on November 7 to signify the how the original wall was constructed, which was literally overnight.
Therefore at 6 prime locations have selected along the route, Lichtgrenze will show historical footage of life during the Berlin Wall’s presence. People will also catch that every 500 feet features personal stories and memories of people who lived on both sides of barrier, or whose lives were badly affected by it in some way. Lichtgrenze will be erected until November 9 at 7PM. In this time, more than thousands of volunteers (recognized as balloon patrons) will attribute personal messages to the orbs, separate their strings, and send the lit balloons into the sky. The glittering display will be ecological, too. Researchers at the University of Hanover particularly designed the lovely balloons to make sure that they’re entirely biodegradable.
Well, this’d be quite thrilling to travel in a Windowless Plane to have an amazing panoramic view and allows passengers to surf the internet on full length screens fitted to cabin walls. A UK based company is set to revolutionize the future of commercial air travel with a windowless plane that lets passengers to select panoramic views of the world around them or swipe a touch screen to surf the internet or check their email from 35,000ft. Moreover windows would be replaced with ultra-thin and highly-flexible screens that’d display outside scenery captured by cameras attached to the plane’s exterior or act as a personal touch screen computer. The idea is still at design phase, but researchers believe it could become the world’s first windowless commercial aircraft in the next ten years. Therefore passengers in the “window seat” would be able to select their view or use the full-length screens as an in-flight entertainment system, whereas those who’re in the middle or aisle seats would be able to access the futuristic system on a screen embedded in the head rest in front of them. The views displayed on the high-definition screens would be able to changing as the passenger moves his or her eyes.
Moreover to offering more entertainment, the screens fitted directly into the fuselage or into the wall panels, would furnish delicate cabin lighting from gently glowing walls and could be switched on or off. The system could assist to offset jet lag as lighting panels would permit passengers to control color changes related with sunrise and sunset. That would support them to adjust to time zone changes on long-haul journeys, according to CPI, Based in north-east England, CPI is a member of the United Kingdom’s high value manufacturing catapult, which is aimed at stimulating development in new and emerging technologies. As government funding CPI works with firms to produce a new product, including the OLED screens at its facility in Sedgefield, County Durham.
Well, the screens are not just for the enjoyment of passengers as they’re beautifully designed to ease aircraft weight and costs for both airlines and travelers. The fuselage would be lighter without windows and that would translate into fuel savings, fewer harmful emissions and lower operating costs for airlines. Ultimately it could mean lower fares and wider seats for passengers. For every one per cent reduction in weight the approximate fuel saving is 0.75 %. Although they’re amazingly futuristic CPI have faith in the screens could be formed at a stable cost that is likely to be any more than present displays. It’ll take around 5 years before the screens, using organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), are ready for full production.