“Lets get weird.” It is a statement you hear from the best of the fringe; hessians, ruffians, goths, hipsters. Whether it be a silly outfit or a asinine dare, we all get weird sometimes. Cowboys, on the other hand, are more known for their down home normality. They eat steak and potatoes, they fear god, they have good family values. Then again, every once in a while, they like to get weird too. Each March in Leadville, Colorado, skiers and cowboys (or cowgirls) team up, tie a long rope to a saddle and tow a skier down main street Leadville at high speed. The streets are lined with spectators banging on cowbells, cheering, hooting and hollering as the duos make their way from one end of main street to the other, slaloming their way through a course that gives even the best skiers a run for their money. Welcome to the sport of ski joring. [Read more...]
Animal portraiture fights for the top of the charts of cheesiness in most cases. While most people would agree that a dog in a Halloween costume is particularly amusing, many dogs probably get humiliated being forced into outfits that make them uncomfortable. Then, the next thing you know a photographer puts together a pointless book with a collection of humiliated dogs.
When you end up in a place called Fish Farm, logic tells you that you are likely to see a lot of fish. Off the shore of Grand Bahama, this “fish farm” however, is not the kind that raises fish for money, instead it is a shallow scuba spot that has a ton of sea life from coral and eels, to plants and yes, fish. Because of the shallow depth, the light is perfect to get extra vivid photos of the creatures beneath the surface. Lobsters, brain coral, fan coral, butterfly fish, spotted eels (they are mean by the way), barracudas, poisonous stonefish, lionfish and more surround you in this underwater tropical paradise. [Read more...]
As of 2010, 3,142 people have climbed Everest with a total of 5,104 ascents. Some have skied it, others just climb, but Babu and Lakpa took an entirely different approach. Both had climbed the peak before, but they did not want to just climb to the top again: this time they wanted to focus on an epic descent. From the top in a paraglider, the two glided as long as possible to land, rode bikes to the river, and jumped into kayaks paddling their way thousands of miles down the Ganges to the Indian Ocean. On February 28th, the two won National Geographics readers choice Adventurers of the Year for 2012, the perfect finale for their 29,028ft descent from Everest to sea level. [Read more...]
When planning an adventure in the Bahamas, you are likely to come across bonefishing somewhere along the line. Then you are likely to find a lot of people asking, “What is a Bonefish?” According to Wikipedia:
The bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the Albulidae family, or bonefishes in order Albuliformes. It is amphidromous, living in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide ebbs.
In real life, the Bonefish possesses an entirely more dynamic existence. What Wikipedia fails to mention is the ability of a Bonefish to mirror its surroundings and camouflage itself from eager fisherman and fierce predators. It also fails to mention that they will quickly change direction if so much as a shadow graces their path. The iridescent fish is also rumored as the strongest and fastest moving of any saltwater fish. This superfish also has a lung-like airbladder that allows it to tolerate oxygen-poor water by inhaling air. [Read more...]
After Japan’s tsunami, much of the positive light shed on nuclear energy since Chernobyl has vanished. It is likely hard to find many people with confidence in the safety of nuclear energy these days. Concerns ranging from waste, to meltdowns, to terrorist attacks have nuclear power on par with apocalypse and while those concerns are blown wildly out of proportion, they are still valid. Nuclear power has gotten a bad rap over the years, but a rebirth is on its way.
In comes TerraPower. The company’s mission to develop a sustainable and economic nuclear energy system while greatly reducing proliferation risks and creating new options for converting low-level waste into vast energy resources, puts the company in a world that many would deem as science fiction. Their new technology is still in development, but boasts the ability to turn nuclear waste (depleted uranium) into vast sources of power. TerraPower projects their traveling wave reactor (TWR) to turn an 8-metric-ton canister of depleted uranium into 25 million megawatt-hours. That is enough power for 2.5 million households for an entire year. [Read more...]
Wim Hof has truly earned himself the nickname of “Iceman.” The Dutch world record holder now possesses 18 world records, one of which is the longest ice bath. Doctors have studied his incredible ability to control his body temperature, using the Tantric practice of Tummo, which Hof claims allows him to turn up his own body temperature using just his brain. In addition to his world record setting feat of remaining for 1 hour and nearly 15 minutes in an ice bath, he has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in two days with nothing but a pair of shorts and completed a full marathon above the arctic circle, again with nothing but shorts. His icy marathon took him a total of just 5 hours and 25 minutes. Still not impressed? In 2007, Hof attempted to climb Mt. Everest in his shorts. He did not make it to the top because of a foot injury, but he did not stop because he was too cold. [Read more...]
Masoud Bwisri has become a star in Libya since the start of the revolution last year. As the protests turned into a fight for freedom, Bwisri marched on the front lines with his guitar side by side with machine guns and rocket launchers. A year after the start of this revolution, fears of what the future holds are in the forefront of public concern. Bwisri believes that the revolution has brought guns instead of peace as militias have not turned over their guns and in many cases have more control than the National Transition Council (NTC). “Music brings peace. Machine guns cannot bring peace. Strings, for me,” said Bwisri, “are stronger than guns.”
Bill Gates has credit for a lot of things. Even after Microsoft, he continues to push the limits of giving with his Gates Foundation, but what about all of the other incredible people that made Microsoft the technology behemoth that it is? Where are all the other incredible minds from the company now? Former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, Nathan Myhvold, like Gates, is pursuing some mind boggling endeavors in his post Microsoft life. He holds degrees in mathematics, geophysics, and space physics from UCLA, and PhDs in mathematical economics and theoretical physics from Princeton University. Besides starting successful invention incubator Intellectual Ventures, he has nearly 250 patents issued or pending of his own. Many of those patents are related to food technology, which has led to his publication of Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Science and Cooking. The incredible tome is a 2,438 page, six-volume set of books set out to “reinvent cooking.” [Read more...]
With a world full of over 7 billion people, many governments have trended toward desperate fixes to keep up with the increased needs of their people. Unfortunately the worlds ever increasing appetite for energy often comes at the cost of nature. In Brazil, yet another large scale energy project has been launched, the Belo Monte dam. It is planned to be the world’s third largest in installed capacity. However, it will only produce 39% of its maximum capacity, so the majority of its effect on the environment will not even produce energy. David de Rothschild, the adventurer behind the well-known Plastiki project, has started a new organization named MYOO to address environmental irresponsibility just like this [Read more...]