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.
London’s Tower Bridge has just joined the Grand Canyon, Willis Tower, and the Eifel Tower by opening a glass walkway 120 feet above the bridge deck. The walkway is the first of two walkways to open over the bridge that will allow visitors to experience vertigo inducing views of the Thames River. The other walkway, over the east side of the bridge, will be opened on December 1.
Earthquake prediction and warning is an evolving technology, which is going to significantly contribute to civil and property protection. The possibility to have an actual early warning earthquake system is now closer to reality, thanks to a collaboration between USGS and a small start up company in the Golden State.
Developers Wright Runstand & Company released drawings yesterday of a new building that will be built in Rainier Square in Seattle, Washington. The 58-story tower will include residential, office, restaurant, and retail space. The developers hope to break ground later next year and complete the tower by 2017. Once completed, the tower will become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper.
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.