Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stories Worth Knowing 8: 4/10/2011 - 4/16/2011 Japan's Laser shooting Volcano PLUS: This Week in History

Area of ash fall after last eruption about 640,000 years ago
The Yellowstone 'Super' Volcano has erupted three different times. Its origins are a 'hot-spot' similar to the hot-spot that created the Hawaiian Islands; that lies beneath the Continental U.S. It appears that the cavity in the crust of the Earth, which holds magma, is larger than once thought.

The Science Behind Japan‘s Incredible ’Liquidfaction’ Videos
I'll be honest, I have no idea what the science is behind this phenomenon. I do know this for sure though; if I was walking through the park and the ground started swaying and cracking, then water started coming up through the cracks... I WOULD RUN LIKE HELL!

Navy Laser Sets Ship on Fire
I, for one, think his is great! After this successful test I am one step closer to owning my very own laser gun!

PLUS: This week in History!

April 10:
  • 1912: RMS Titanic leaves Southampton, England for her maiden voyage
April 11:
  • 1868: President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech
  • 1970: Apollo 13 is launched
  • 1976: The Apple 1 is created
April 12:
  • 1861: American Civil War Begins when Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter
  • 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; VP Harry Truman is sworn in a the 33rd President of the U.S.A.
April 13:
  • 1796: The first elephant ever seen in the U.S. arrives from India
  • 1861: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces
  • 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes
April 14:
  • 1849: The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, for California
  • 1860: The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, CA
  • 1865: President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1912: The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm
April 15:
  • 1865: Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening
  • 1912: RMS Titanic sinks at 2:20am 1,517 people die
April 16:
  • 1881: Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle in Dodge City, KS

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