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The Spaceship graveyard

The Spaceship graveyard

In a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, the broken remains of space stations and robotic freighters litter the ocean floor, 4km below the waves. The world’s space agencies call this region the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area. But it’s also called the Spacecraft Cemetery.

There are no islands in these waters, the nearest shores are thousands of kilometres away, and shipping traffic is relatively light here. It’s an ideal place for spacecraft to plunge back to Earth and die, far from any humans that might be injured by falling debris.

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Russia’s nuclear tank

Russia’s nuclear tank

This tank can be considered a symbol of the nuclear war that never happened. Its construction is optimal for opposing to shock waves, four-crawler track undercarriage – to move in the conditions of a nuclear winter…

Heavy tank “Object 279″ was unique and had no competitors. It had an unusual ellipsoidal shape protecting the tank from overturning if hit by a shock wave of a nuclear explosion.

Let’s have a closer look at the vehicle.

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Search for MH370 turns up a ship wreck

Search for MH370 turns up a ship wreck

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned up the unexpected discovery of a shipwreck on the sea floor of the southern Indian Ocean.

This week the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said the wreck of a ship had been found about 4 kilometres below the surface and more than 1,000kms off Western Australia.

At this stage, authorities know little about the wreck, but said the debris was man-made and that images would be handed to marine archaeologists for identification.

WA Maritime Museum curator Michael McCarthy said the wreck was likely to be a 19th century cargo ship.

“The best we can do at the moment is a mid-to late 19th century wooden hull, iron sailing ship and of unknown origin but of European-style build,” he said.

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Boffins find a hole in space

Boffins find a hole in space

Snapped using their 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope, the superb image above was released this week by the European Southern Observatory, showing part of the Milky Way inOphiuchus, the much neglected thirteenth zodiac sign.

Darkness in the sky can represent an absence of stars. But when marked out against a forest of stars such as this, it indicates dark molecular clouds that block out the light of everything behind them from our point of view.

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The ISS space station heaps love on Australia

The ISS space station heaps love on Australia

“Australia, you are very beautiful,” was the gobsmacked reaction of NASA astronaut Scott Kellyas he soared above the nation’s red centre on April 6.

Commander Kelly, who posted the photo to Twitter from 400 kilometres up in the International Space Station, began his one-year mission with Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko on March 27.

Twitter user Peter Caltner told the Herald the striking photo was of the Simpson Desert near Birdsville in Queensland.

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The Beast of Turin lives again

The Beast of Turin lives again

The vehicle in question is a Fiat S76, built in 1911 to do nothing but go fast in a straight line, contesting the era’s outright land-speed record. It features a monstrous 28.5-liter four-cylinder engine churning out 290 horsepower that propelled what would become known as the Beast of Turin to a top speed of around 140 miles per hour, which was downright crazy for that era.

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Russia is farting, scientists are poopin

Russia is farting, scientists are poopin

Respected Moscow scientist Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky has called for ‘urgent’ investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears.

Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.

Two of the newly-discovered large craters – also known as funnels to scientists – have turned into lakes, revealed Professor Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Return to Callan Park to visit the secret tunnels

Return to Callan Park to visit the secret tunnels

Before you go ahead, if you have not seen the first part of this site then please check this out.

Today I had one of my exploration dreams come true. Access to the underground tunnels of Callan Park. The site of Australia’s only Kirk Bridie building and until recently a massive insane asylum. Today the site is an Arts University and through a friend a tour of the tunnels was arranged. Continue reading

  
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This is no ordinary mine, no warren of small dark tunnels and dangerous industrial pitfalls. This is a small city, an art gallery, a place of work and a house of worship… and it’s all carved out of salt.

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The big bang was not the beginning?

The big bang was not the beginning?

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

The widely accepted age of the , as estimated by , is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or . Only after this point began to expand in a “Big Bang” did the universe officially begin.

Although the Big Bang singularity arises directly and unavoidably from the mathematics of general relativity, some scientists see it as problematic because the math can explain only what happened immediately after—not at or before—the singularity.

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Strange Ocean lights

Strange Ocean lights

A pilot and his co-pilot have spotted a mysterious orange and red glow over the Pacific Ocean.

The strange lights were spotted south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka during the flight of a Boeing 747-8 from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska.

And while no explanation has yet been given, it’s thought that they may have originated from the explosion of a huge volcano under the surface of the ocean.

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New Batavia mass grave found

New Batavia mass grave found

Secrets from one of the nation’s most horrific maritime mass murders have been unearthed on a tiny island off Western Australia’s coast.

A new grave has been discovered almost four centuries after the Batavia was wrecked on Morning Reef, within the Abrolhos Islands.

The Dutch East India vessel was on its maiden voyage when it wrecked with more than 300 people on board.

The survivors managed to swim to the nearby Beacon Island, but about 40 people drowned.

What then played out on the tiny coral outcrop was a 17th-century tale of mutiny and systematic murders of those aboard that inspired movies, books and plays and remained one of the darkest chapters of Australia’s maritime history.

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If you don’t know about the Batavia then read this and watch this. It’s one of the most darkest and messed up shipwrecks in Australian history.

  
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SS Morro Castle – The Ship of Death

SS Morro Castle – The Ship of Death

Under ordinary circumstances, the final evening of a cruise aboard the luxury turbo-electric ocean liner SS Morro Castle was a splendid event. Hundreds of lady and gentlemen passengers would gather in the Grand Ballroom in their finest evening attire for the customary Farewell Dinner, where veteran sailor Captain Willmott would captivate his guests with salty tales from his years at sea over endless glasses of champagne. Reality, bills, hangovers, and economic depression were all far away, on the other end of tomorrow morning’s gangplank in New York. But on the night of Friday, the 7th of September 1934, circumstances aboard ship were not ordinary. Passengers were indeed draped in their finery in the ballroom, yet the captain’s chair at the captain’s table was conspicuously vacant. He had somewhat suddenly felt unwell. And atop the typical worries lurking outside were two near-hurricane-force storms, one approaching from the north and another from the south. The agitated sea and gusty winds were beginning to cause some sway in the decks, putting already-eaten entrées in danger of unscheduled egress. The surly weather was bound to be a considerable distraction.

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Abandoned jail in French Guiana

Abandoned jail in French Guiana

Devil’s Island and Other Islands of “Salvation”: The Prison Complex Was Abandoned in 1953, and Now Trees Are Reclaiming The Dark Past

French Guiana is a fascinating place in itself (one of the three Guianas, probably the least known tropical country to English-speaking tourists), but the Iles du Salut (nothing to do with “Salvation”, apparently) – Devil’s Island, Isle of St. Joseph and Royal Island – are simply off the charts when it comes to so-called “grief tourism”, i. e. visiting places where terrifying suffering took place in the past… This sinister prison complex of French government dating from Napoleon times was closed down in the 1950s, but as you can see from the following photographs, another sort of activity is taking place there – the Old Mother Nature steps in, and trees are now growing in and around the cells like some giant snakes or tentacled monsters:

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