Switzerland and northern Italy are severely battered by heavy rain in the last days, which caused extensive landslides and cost several lives. Weather forecasts predict that rain will continue to hit the area for the next 24 - 36 hours, leading both countries to issue major flood alerts.
The European Space Agency made history yesterday by successfully landing Philae to Comet 67P. Philae was carried by the Roseta spacecraft that traveled for more than 10 years until it reached its destination. Philae successfully landed on the surface of the comet, but, according to the latest information available, it has not been able to attach itself to the comet and is running a risk of detaching from the comet’s surface. It still transmits truly unique data from the surface of the comet.
A recently published study demonstrates that earthquakes instead of climate change as previously thought, have an effect on the rate of landslides in Peru. The particular findings were published in Nature Geoscience (Nature Publishing Group, 2014) by Devin McPhillips, a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences of Syracuse University.
More than a decade after the initial discovery of a secret tunnel underneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan, researchers have unearthed many ritual objects from a location that may be a royal tomb. Watch the video below to learn more and witness this marvel of ancient world.
Fatal landslides are triggered by monsoon rains in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, causing many casualties, leaving hundreds of missing and washing away homes and destroying a tea-growing region of the country.
The recently and extensively flooded region of Kashmir is still trying to recover from the disaster and starts evaluating the induced damage particularly to its cultural heritage. Some of the most historic sites of the region were severely hurt and journalist Shujaat Bukhari describes the damage to the monuments.
The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara or blue eye of Africa, is a peculiar geological formation in the Sahara desert in Mauritania near Ouadane. Due to its size, the Eye is visible from space and it is a landmark for astronauts, helping them to realize thei position over the vast 3,600,000-square-mile desert.