Snakes are scary. Even small ones—the way they move, the prospect of venom, those little forked tongues—can send chills down your neck. But did you know that some snakes can eat human beings? A tragic incident in Indonesia recently reminded the world of this fact.
A popular diving site filled with spectacular coral reefs has been severely damaged in West Papua, New Guinea, after a British-owned cruise ship got caught in low tide and slammed into it. It could take years for the reefs, a candidate UNESCO World Heritage Site, to bounce back, and local officials want the company to…
For several months last fall, Indonesia choked under a blanket of smog fueled by one of the worst fire seasons in its history. But smoldering peatlands didn’t limit their pollution to the island nation: they sent smoke halfway across the world.
You can thank the guys toiling in this pictures for the fact that you don’t have to change your tires very often: They’re mining sulfur, which is mainly used to vulcanize rubber and make it more durable.
Tens of thousands of wildfires ravaged Indonesia in September and October. A sizable portion of these blazes was smoldering subterranean peat fires, which sent toxic gas and particulate matter into the atmosphere. This new map shows the extensive spread of one particularly nasty gas: carbon monoxide.
The United States may be the second largest carbon emitter on the planet, but it’s got a new rival: Forest fires. Indonesia is in the midst of a devastating fire season, one that’s kicking up more greenhouse gases than the entire US economy.
In the woods of Indonesia’s Magelang Regency sits one of the modern world’s more unusual houses of worship: Gereja Ayam, the Chicken Church, which is shaped like a giant fowl wearing a crown. And it’s currently falling to pieces.
Getting excited for the World Cup? The whole world is! So much so that they're doing ridiculous things like playing soccer with flaming coconuts that basically shoot out flames whenever they kick it around. Oh and they're doing all that kicking barefoot.
While American audiences must endure summer snoozefests starring '80s action heros rehashing their glory days, a number of East Asian studios are filling the void with a graphic reimagining of the genre. The bloody jewel atop this brutal cinematic crown is Merantu Film's The Raid: Redemption. It's Old Boy meets Man…
The Indonesian volcano Kelud exploded with a powerful eruption on February 13, killing three people and prompting the evacuation of 100,000 people. The eruption sent a large plume of ash 10 miles (17 kilometers) high into the sky, drifting west across Java and over the Indian Ocean, causing the shutdown of several…
Photovolcanica has captured a tremendous pyroclastic flow that happened last week at Mount Sinabung, Sumatra: "A close-up of the lava lobe is shown including the collapse of the lobe front leading to a pyroclastic flow. Movement of the lobe prior to collapse is just about visible." That thing was really huge—it looks…
Pertamina—Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation—will have a new headquarters in Jakarta in 2020. One that looks like a smooth spaceship about to take off and generates electricity thanks to its design, created by American architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The situation in Sumatra is getting worse: Mount Sinabung erupted eight times in just a few hours on Sunday. The volcano's continuing eruptions cover everything with ash and now officials have reported rocks raining down over a large area, forcing thousands to flee their homes. These new images show the ongoing drama.
Located in East Java, Indonesia, the Kawah Ijen volcanic crater has an eerie beauty to it. But its turquoise waters are filled with deadly acid thanks to the volcano's sulfuric output. That doesn't stop sulfur miners from braving the toxic gases.
The sulfur in your match head comes from the earth just like any other ore. However, most other minerals aren't still excavated by hand. From the edges of giant acid pools.
Behold a creature whose bedroom play may be straight out of the most mind-warping Brueghel painting. Meet a male Megalara garuda, which belongs to both a newly identified species and genus of Indonesian digger wasp.
Here's a new candidate for the world's most precarious school commute. Sorry, two-day Chinese mountaineering expedition.
Need to keep the riff-raff off the roof of your shiny new commuter train? Do what Indonesia's state railway did and just sweep the little bastards off with a broom made of suspended concrete balls. Remember to duck.