21 January, 2020

    Sunken Port Royal: how a thriving city in Jamaica ended up under water

    Port Royal, located on the southeast coast of Jamaica, was once a thriving trading port. It was a bay of pirates, traders and adventurers of all stripes, who spent time on merry feasts and robberies, from time to time making their pirate attacks and annoying the merchant ships of the Caribbean Sea. ...
    • Only once a year, at 11:11 a.m., the sun reveals the secret of the memorial in Arizona

      The Ante Veterans Memorial, Arizona, is dedicated to the memory of those who served and sacrificed their lives in the United States Armed Forces. However, 364 days a year, this extraordinary design does not seem completely completed. To fully enjoy its beauty, you need to come here at a certain time. "Every year on Veterans Day (November 11), at 11:11 a.m., the rays of the sun penetrate the ellipses of the five pillars of the memorial and form perfect sunlight exactly above the mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States," the city council said in a statement. ...
    • Rare animals of our planet that can still be saved

      The fauna of our planet is rich and diverse. But among the animals found on the globe, there are very rare species, the number of which does not exceed several hundred individuals, and which are on the verge of extinction. As a rule, these are endemic islands or inhabitants of very limited spaces with specific living conditions. ...
    • How baleen whales lost their teeth

      Modern whiskered whales eat measuredly: they open their mouths, swallow more water, and then filter it through a mustache, leaving all the living creatures on the tongue inside and swallowing it. But their ancestors, apparently, were more mobile and active in finding food. How did they turn from “toothbrushes” into proud owners of a whalebone? ...
    • Christmas decorations from around the world, from which tears roll down my cheeks

      Christmas and New Year are the brightest and most anticipated holidays of the year. They can be called children’s, because children are especially waiting and believe in miracles these days. However, Christmas decorations and New Year's decorations, both in the interiors of houses and shops, and in the design of streets, are designed to create a festive mood for everyone from small to large. ...
    • Brazilian magnetic anomaly: this place is defenseless against radiation

      There is a vast region on our planet in which the protective effect of the Earth’s magnetic field is practically absent. In this anomalous zone, an increased level of radiation is observed, and the operation of communication satellites and many devices is impossible due to non-standard geophysical parameters. The region located in the Southern Hemisphere is called the Brazilian, or South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly. ...
    • 16-year-old Australian conquered the South and North Poles and put in place sexists

      16-year-old Australian skier Jade Hamister is one of the coolest teenagers of our time. After a grueling 37-day trip to Antarctica, she became the first so young person in history who managed to make the so-called "polar hat-trick." It includes overcoming the North and South poles, as well as the ice sheet of Greenland. ...
    • 26 of the most magical bookstores from around the world

      A book is no worse than a journey. In fact, a book is a journey, because it can transfer the reader to any point in space and time. And the best bookstores in the world not only sell the largest number of books, but also are historically valuable works of architecture, as well as treasures of literary culture, which are managed by bibliophiles. ...
    • 5 most ridiculous bans from different countries

      Laws are created in order to clearly and unconditionally determine the rights and obligations of people, to outline the prohibited area and territory of freedom. In our view, laws should be logical, consistent, well thought out and balanced. They should be a model of correctness and judgment. Many think so, but in fact it turns out that even in the most developed and civilized countries there are such absurd bans that they simply do not fit into the head! ...
    • Dhigali Maldives - barefoot island

      Opened in the early summer of 2017, the Maldivian hotel Dhigali Maldives in the first six months received the maximum number of positive reviews from tourists from all over the world. This suggests that the Dhigali Maldives team knows their stuff. Dhigali Maldives is chosen because of its unique location. ...
    • 21 photos about why Australia is the best place on the globe

      If you dream of the most unforgettable and spectacular trip, a trip that you will later call the trip of your life and which you will tell your grandchildren about, then you only need one country - the incomparable Australia! Everything here - endless expanses, majestic cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, huge fabulous forests and vibrant, cutting-edge megacities - created for inspiration and admiration. ...
    • 5 exclusive photos of an abandoned luxury travel train

      A photographer from Rotterdam named Brian managed to capture part of the story, which is slowly, but inexorably, immersed in oblivion. He took photographs of the abandoned Orient Express, a train that embodied the concept of travel luxury in 1883. There are only a few such beauties in the world. ...
    • Minsk. Castles, swans, wounded storks and the echo of war ...

      Last week I had a chance to go to Minsk for a few days and visit its surroundings. Spring in the vastness of Belarus is felt much more clearly than in Moscow. I was conquered by the green expanses of the fields and clean air. I hasten to share the results of my acquaintance with this new country for myself with you. An important note: I learned that now, according to international etiquette, it is right to say "Belarus" and not "Belarus", as many of us say out of habit. ...
    • Karachay-Cherkessia: excursion to the largest telescope in Eurasia

      I wanted to get to this place in the mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia for a very long time. And finally, my little dream - to see the Big Telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in action - came true! Of course, I had heard about the large size of the telescope, the construction process of which lasted 15 years, but when I stood next to it and this unique structure did not fit in my “fish” lens, I was really amazed! ...
    • New strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics were discovered on the ISS

      NASA experts conducted another study of pathogenic bacteria aboard the ISS and found that the microorganisms living there are resistant to modern antibiotics. Previously, similar organisms that the strongest drugs can not cope with have already been found in several countries around the world. True, microbiologists reassured by announcing that these species do not pose a threat to the health and life of astronauts, but on board the ISS there are specific conditions that can provoke any other mutation. ...
    • New Zealand: White Island - a private volcano in the middle of the ocean

      The Isle of Wight in New Zealand is not exactly an island. In fact, this is an active volcano, most of which is hidden under water. Only a crown with a diameter of two kilometers comes to the surface. Landscapes of the island are replete with acid and unnatural colors, which makes it seem that he was on another planet. I don’t know if they made science fiction films here, it seems to me that this is the most suitable place. ...
    • How one Turkish dam created a huge problem for Iraq

      Rivers flowing simultaneously along the territory of two or even three states often become the subject of controversy and disagreement of neighbors. In the modern world, when the problem of lack of fresh water is becoming more acute, many countries are ready to spend tremendous amounts of money to leave on their territory those precious cubic meters of water that the river carries downstream to the territory of a neighboring state. ...