Today, after 20 years of digging by some 2,500 workers, 8 of whom lost their lives, Swiss engineers blasted through the last bit of rock to create the world's longest tunnel. The accomplishment even made macho Swiss miners cry.
Click to viewWell this is pretty sick. Residents in Obion County, Tennessee have to pay an annual fee of $75 for fire department service. The Cranick family didn't pay, so firefighters stood around and watched their house burn to the ground.
Over a hundred firefighters are currently battling a blaze in Herriman, Utah, one which has already scorched 3,500 acres and displaced 1,500 families. It was started yesterday by the Utah National Guard's machine gun practice.
The New York Times has an interesting report on Russian authorities' newest tactic for silencing dissenting groups: claiming that they're using pirated Microsoft software and confiscating all their computers. What's worse is that Microsoft hasn't stopped them from doing it.
There are 47 countries with troops currently stationed in Afghanistan, and that means 47 different pouch-sized meals "intended not just to nourish but also to remind the soldier of home." Here are a few of the most impressive:
Click to viewYesterday afternoon, "Skyscraper Man" Dan Goodwin, also known as Spider Dan, climbed the 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco to raise awareness for terrorism and cancer. Spider Dan's means of conveyance: suction cups, of course.
"Traditional prison," writes Graeme Wood in this month's Atlantic, "has become more or less synonymous with failed prison." One radical solution: scale back traditional prisons in favor of sophisticated monitoring devices. And it's actually not as radical as it sounds.
Whether you think it's cool and futuristic or gross and immoral, cloning can yield leaner, healthier livestock. And the Times reports that some cloned meat and dairy products are already thought to be lining Old World supermarket shelves.
Even for sailors with decades of experience, the ocean can be daunting. Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old Californian attempting to circle the globe by herself, took the challenge head-on, but as of this morning she's missing in the Indian Ocean. UPDATE.
Another day, another update on the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf. BP's latest containment dome effort has successfully siphoned 250,000 gallons of oil to the surface, but it's only a third of the 798,000 gallons spilling daily.