April 2, 2013 |
Getting information on volcanic plumes can be perilous work. The unbearable heat. The noxious gas. The jagged terrain. So NASA found a new way to carry out the mission without putting its researchers in danger: drones. PHOTOS: America's drone fleet Last month, a team of NASA researchers sent three re-purposed military drones with special instruments into a sulfur dioxide plume emitted by Costa Rica's 10,500-foot Turrialba volcano. The team, led by principal investigator David Pieri of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caña da - Flintridge, launched 10 flights involving the small, unmanned spy planes.
March 21, 2013 |
More than 200 million years ago, toothy crocodile-like creatures stalked a hot, dry mega-continent while squid-like mollusks with spiral shells drifted in the surrounding ocean. Then, in what passes for an instant in geologic time, they vanished - making way for the age of the dinosaurs. How some 50% of terrestrial vertebrates and an even larger share of marine life died off in the late Triassic period has become more clear from new research published online Thursday in the journal Science.
March 20, 2013 |
Travelers can sneak a peek at the renovated Volcano House with this deal before the historic property's official reopening in June. The deal: The Volcano House's introductory Pardon our Dust rate offers discounts on both hotel rooms and Namakanipaio Campground cabins. Each of the available remodeled Crater View rooms costs $200 per night (excluding tax). Each of the 10 newly refurbished Namakanipaio Cabins costs $55 per night (excluding tax). The historic hotel closed for remodeling in 2010, and the National Park Service and the concessionaire have spent more then $6 million in seismic upgrades, safety improvements and renovations.
January 23, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Year in and year out, some of the most completely exciting things I see at Sundance aren't on any theatrical screen but rather are part of the always invigorating New Frontier installations at the Yard exhibition space. This year was no exception. Curated as always by Shari Frilot, 2013's installations are presented under the rubric of “The Pixelated Pavilion,” an exhibition that promises to “immerse our physical bodies within moving image environments.” It does that with a vengeance.
October 21, 2012 |
HILO, Hawaii - About 11,000 feet up Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, a plaintive-looking young couple stood by the side of the road, their thumbs thrust out. Tied around the woman's waist was a yellow sweater as bright as the plumage on a canary that contrasted with the black lava landscape. She and her companion were impossible to miss. Yet I didn't stop. On Hawaii, hitchhiking might be common, but getting the car started again would have been a feat, not unlike the couple's efforts to reach the 13,796-feet summit on foot.
October 8, 2012 |
There's still time for a summer vacation, if you head south -- way south -- and like to cycle. BikeToursDirect offers a guided bicycling tour of central Chile that winds through the country's lake and volcano district. The eight-day tour along back roads starts in Temuco and travels south to Puerto Varas. During the trip, participants tour the Andes Mountain area at the border with Argentina and then visit a national park in the Alto Bio-Bio area. Trip highlights include visits to adventure tourism town Pucon, the Huilo Biologicall Reserve as well as Lake Llanquihue, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Petrohue Waterfalls.