A 79-year-old Florida woman returned from running an errand to find a giant sinkhole had opened up underneath her property and collapsed half of her house on Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday, the hole had swallowed Susan Minutillo's back bedroom and bathroom, and measured 20 by 40 feet. City officials in Hudson, near Tampa Bay, condemned the property, and have told Minutillo's neighbors to evacuate.
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Researchers in Sri Lanka's forests have discovered a rare species of toad thought to have disappeared over a century ago. Last seen in 1876, scientists presumed that the Sri Lankan Kandyan dwarf toad was extinct until an expedition from the Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka discovered four of the amphibians in a stream, according to a paper published this month in Zootaxa. A second trip to the area yielded some 100 specimens. Although the toad is no longer thought to be extinct, it will s... Read More
Scientists on Thursday unveiled a supercamera capable of taking gigapixel images that reveal details in a scene with 1,000 times greater resolution than ordinary cameras. David Brady and colleagues from Duke University engineered the two-by-two-foot-square camera, dubbed AWARE2, to combine images from 98 14-megapixel microcameras, each with separate autofocus and exposure, that peer through a single spherical lens with a 120-degree field of view. A single image of Pocosin Lakes National Wildli... Read More
Cyclist Mark Cavendish will be featured on a new set of stamps, the Isle of Man Post Office has announced. The seven-stamp collection pictures scenes from the sprinter's career, including his win at the World Road Race championship in 2011 and him riding in the sprinter's green jersey at the Tour de France. "It's a great honor for me personally, but it's also a reflection of the widespread interest in cycling now," said Cavendish, who was born and lives on the Isle of Man. The stamps are made ... Read More
Pictures of Swiss ski runs included in Google's Street View will remain online after Switzerland's highest court ruled on Friday that they don't violate the country's famously strict privacy laws. Privacy activists filed a lawsuit against Google in 2009, alleging that Google broke Swiss law by capturing images of people on the slopes and nearby buildings without obtaining individual permission. In its decision, the court said that Google did not have an obligation to protect people's identitie... Read More