It turns out that Google has an adventure bucket list, too. The tech giant recently crossed four of the world's highest peaks off its list after sending a team of people with digital cameras and fisheye lenses to chronicle Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and Everest Base Camp. Now they have posted photos of the trips to Google Street View so online viewers can have a look around.
"While there’s nothing quite like standing on the mountain, with Google Maps you can instantly ... Read More
A 43-year-old climber is presumed dead after an avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday evening. David Laurienti and his climbing partner, Lisa Foster, 45, were reported overdue Monday morning.
Park rangers found Foster near Ypsilon Lake with "numerous" injuries Monday afternoon and transported her to a hospital. Laurienti's body could not be immediately recovered.
A park spokesman said that Blitzen Ridge, from which the pair descended, includes sections of technical rock that can b... Read More
Scientists around the world are growing giddy at the prospect of resurrecting extinct species, and that whole mad scientist thing in general. Last week at a conference in Washington, Australian scientists reported that they had revived the genome of the long-extinct gastric brooding frog, a species primarily known for incubating its young in its stomach and giving birth through its mouth.
The scientists used a cloning technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer. According to the Guardian, ... Read More
Brains and brawn go together more often than you may think. That's the takeaway from a new study which found that elite athletes performed better at cognitive tasks than their non-athletic counterparts.
Researchers at the University of Illinois subjected 87 top Brazilian volleyball players, including Olympic medalists, to a battery of memory and cognitive tests, and compared their results to a control group, and found that the athletes scored better on all but one of the activities.
"We foun... Read More
Wildfire season is off to a roaring start this year as two large blazes have already caused hundreds of evacuations and damages. In the Great Smoky Mountains, a 200-acre fire that began Sunday evening has destroyed at least 30 rental cabins at the Pigeon Forge resort area of Sevier County, and forced the evacuation of 200 people. No serious injuries were reported.
The second fire, west of Fort Collins, Colorado, began on a dry, windy Friday night and has so far destroyed between 750 and 1,000... Read More