Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Drones used in fight against plastic pollution on UK beaches

A new initiative is combining drones, tidal studies and navigation technology to try and work out where the millions of tonnes of plastic we dump in the sea ends up.

The Plastic Tides project is mapping the journeys taken by rubbish such as plastic bottles before they wash up on our beaches.

Sky's Technology Correspondent Tom Cheshire reports.



Binging with Babish: Jake's Perfect Sandwich from Adventure Time

Scholars have attempted to crack the code to the perfect sandwich for millennia - in the end, it was Jake the Dog who finally achieved the zenith of 'wichcraft. Can Jake's glowing dream sandwich be realized outside the cartoon realm, or will it topple under the weight of its 12 separate components?


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Death Valley National Park

Enjoy this truly remarkable National Park that attracts millions of tourists. Take delight in a unique phenomenon, when Death Valley is transformed and when it comes to life, when thousands of plants color the intermountain basin. Enjoy the views of flowers in this mysterious place.

Take a virtual tour to the most popular places such as Badwater Salt Flats, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Zabriskie Point, Golden Canyon, Artist’s Palette, Devil’s Golf Course, Dante’s View and different scenic roads.

Discover the beauty and diverse life together with “Death Valley National Park” film in superb 4K quality, 4K HDR version is available for downloading.


VR in court & the app to conquer spider fear

We bring you yet another reason to pay attention to the rapidly expanding world of virtual reality technology this week as Alex Morgan finds out how VR could shape the future of criminal trials.

Also, would you use an app to try and get over a fear of spiders? Gemma Morris meets a group of brave under-12s from Westfields Junior School who've launched the ‘Fear Nothing’ app.

And Dave Jewitt is in the hot seat for this week's video games review with Torment: Tides of Numenera, 1-2-Switch & Sniper Elite 4.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Roberta Mancino's Wingsuit Flight Over An Active Volcano

Flying a wingsuit over an active volcano has long been a dream for Roberta Mancino. After years of training, she embarked on a mission to Chile's Villarrica stratovolcano to fly through the sulfur-infused smoke that pours from its crater.

Villarrica proved to be the place where this dream came true. Watch as Roberta jumps from a helicopter at 15,000ft and flies her wingsuit through the volcanic smoke and turbulence above one of South America's highest active volcanoes.

Filmer: Sebastian Alvarez

Shot 100% on the HERO4

This video features drone footage of Marum from "GoPro: Descent Into the Lava of Marum in 4K"


Beautiful San'in, Japan

Route Romantique San’in stretches from Tottori Prefecture and Shimane Prefecture to Hagi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. This region, which faces the Sea of Japan with the Chugoku Mountains in the background, possesses abundant nature and the oldest history in Japan. Culture and life infused with romantic myths still continue to survive to this day in this region. You will find an authentic Japan here that has been in existence since ancient times.

Film directed by Yuki Eikawa
Music by Wolves Unite Japan, Inc.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Adventure of Life in 4K

All around the world GoPro users are capturing incredible experiences, from the heart-stopping to the heartfelt. Into the caldron of an active volcano, the neon streets of Japan, a refuge for wild mustangs, scaling an iceberg, the world’s biggest dance party, or a whale rescue mission, GoPros have documented every moment. See how GoPro’s new line of our most advanced cameras ever allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

Shot 100% on the new GoPro HERO4 camera from http://GoPro.com.

The HERO4 features ultra high resolution quality of 4K at 30 frames per second + high frames rates at 1080p120. Incredible low light capabilities, including our new nightlapse setting. 2X the high fidelity sound. Faster processing. Protune settings that unlock manual control of many of your GoPro’s features, and so much more. Learn more and be inspired by the most advanced GoPro cameras yet: http://GoPro.com

It’s your life. BE A HERO.

MUSIC
"Run Boy Run" performed by Woodkid
Courtesy of Interscope Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises

FEATURED CHARACTERS

TOMORROWLAND (Boom, Belgium)
Erin Edenholm
Joanna Piotrowska
Steve Aoki
Krewella - Jahan Yousaf and Jasmine Yousaf
Dimitri Vegas
Like Mike

LAVA LAKE (Ambrym Island, Vanuatu)
Geoff Mackley
Brad Ambrose

ICEBERG CLIMB (Ilulissat, Greenland)
Klemen Premrl
Aljaz Anderle
Thierry Dubois

WILD MUSTANGS (Wells, Nevada)
Clay Nannini

JAPAN STREETS (Tokyo, Japan)
Akira Nakai
Shinichi Moroboshi
Nanami Tsukamoto

ORCA RESCUE (Whangarei, New Zealand)
Dr. Ingrid Visser
Terry Hardie
Dian and her two baby orca







Amtrak Train Slams Passengers With Snow - Rhinecliff (New york)

Rhinecliff, New York - Wednesday morning (15th March 2017) Amtrak train sent a wave of snow onto passengers standing on the platform.

The unassuming passengers, stood on the platform as the train arrived. Passengers Nick Colvin and Craig Oleszewski captured the incident on their camera. Oleszewski said it was Amtrak train 236 which was scheduled to arrive at 9:07 AM.

May be the train was moving faster than usual plus fresh snow from Stella resulted in a more spectacular arrival than expected.



Watch the moment Sky crew survives bomb explosion

This is the moment a Sky News crew narrowly avoids a suicide bomb blast as they run from sniper fire on the front line of the Iraqi offensive against Islamic State in Mosul.

Sky News Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay is at the front of the offensive along with cameraman Nathan Hale, Iraq producer Haider Kata and security adviser Mike Mawhinney.

On Wednesday, they were forced to shelter inside a vehicle as a huge explosion rocked the nearby area and then run across open ground covered by IS snipers when their position came under heavy fire.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

8 Horrifying Videos Caught on GoPro

GoPro is an American manufacturer of action cameras, often used in extreme-action videography, such as sports, stunts, riding, surfing, skydiving, etc. They can also be used for just general first-person video shots. Being so widely used around the world, there are going to be some crazy moments caught on video; so I have collected 8 of the best I could find.


Wingsuit Pilot Jeb Corliss on His Crash and Recovery

Professional BASE jumper, Jeb Corliss, suffered a life threatening crash while proximity flying during a routine BASE jump. This is the story of his long road to recovery, his first jump back and the valuable life lesson learned along the way.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How I Escaped North Korea' | Defector Hyeonseo Lee

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope — and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.


Most Crazy Girl Ever Viki Odintcova

The Cayan tower in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is the world’s tallest twisted tower. It is the building that is twisted in the middle. Recently a Viki Odintsova took some risks on the tower for Instagram photos.

Decisions, decisions. Take a cool photo but risk death. Try to get a photo to post on Instagram but maybe fall 73 stories or 300 meters with no one to save you. Aim for fame but perhaps end up splattered on the sidewalk. Apparently Russian model Viktoria Odintcova thought the risk was worth it when she climbed to the top of the Cayan Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates without getting permission for the following photo shoot:


Plastics from our clothes is polluting oceans

If you've been following our Ocean Rescue campaign, you'll know that we've been highlighting the impact of plastics on marine life, from bottles to microbeads.

But what you might not know is that even your clothes can have an impact on pollution in the sea.

Sky's Rebecca Williams explains how.


Giant Statue of Pharaoh Ramses II Discovered in Egyptian Slum

The statue is made of quartzite and could be up to 3,000 years old. The statue was discovered in mud near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, which is why archaeologists believe the statue is a likeness of the famous ruler. A limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, the grandson of Ramses II, was also found at the site.



Monday, March 6, 2017

16 Unbelievably Beautiful Abandoned Places



Have you ever explored an abandoned place? We have gathered a list of 16 unbelievable abandoned places you will be sure to visit!

16 Most beautiful Abandoned Places

10 - Not something from a Sci Fi movie…
This was actually the HQ for the Communist Party in Bulgaria. It looks like a giant flying saucer, and was created by the communist regime as a meeting place. It was active from 1981 to 1991, and then fell into disrepair when the fall of the Soviet Union took place. Apparently they are looking into restoring it.

9 - Old places have soul…
And this exquisite abandoned railway station oozes soul. Its location is the former Russian territory known as Abkhazia. It was deserted in the 90’s, more than likely due to blockades imposed by Russia. This type of architecture is known as Stalinist Gothic or Socialist Classicism.

8 - Only memories left behind...
This is the Gouqi Island, which forms part of a group of nearly 400 islands called the Shengsi Islands in China. At one stage it was a super busy fishing village, but with the developments of secondary and tertiary industries, many of these little fishing villages didn’t last too much longer, and people left seeking work elsewhere.




7 - Hauntingly Beautiful…
Sadly, the stories of what went on inside the Beelitz -Heilstaten hospital are not as hauntingly beautiful as some of the architecture seen in this building. This hospital once had Hitler recovering there for a bit. It saw thousands of TB patients heading through the doors, had murders take place inside, accidental deaths and I’m sure many other atrocities.
The Sanatorium is in Brandenburg in Germany, and sees many people breaking in just to capture some of the beauty that the actual building hosts.

6 - A romantic tale…
There doesn’t seem to be an exact story as to how the Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium came into being, but it’s a breathtaking sight. The cars are surrounded by plants and branches and vines are growing through the vehicles. Reporters say the cars were left in haste, but the romanticized story attached to them is that the cars belonged to US Soldiers, who left them behind when the war finished and they returned home.

5 - Going back in time…
This makes me feel like I am right there at this blade mill in France. Not much is given about this exact blade mill, but the sharpening of blades, scythes, sickles, knives and swords took place there. Apparently many grinders died very young due to grinders disease, which is a lung disease more than likely from inhaling the dust when the grinding took place.

4 - No trespassing allowed…
It’s all because of one brave girl that we have access to these beautiful images of an abandoned rocket factory in Russia. We only know her as Lana, and she broke into the factory, situated just outside Moscow. As you can imagine, Russian authorities weren’t happy at all, and even posted threatening letters on her website. So a big thank you Lana, for showing us what it looks like on the inside!

3 - A personal journey…
This 27-meter-deep well is found in Sintra and is known as the Initiation Well. It’s meant to be lead one on a journey of self-discovery and rebirth. You’re either going into the darkness or coming out into the light. Also could be deemed as death and birth.
It was owned by a well-known freemason, who used the wells (there are 2 of them) for ceremonial purposes. They were never used to draw water, and every part of the wells is symbolic in some way.

2 - Ghost Town…
Or rather Ghost Subway… this is stunning, the City Hall Subway Station in New York, and was supposed to the showpiece when it came to subway stations. However, a mere 41 years after opening – it was actually closed down. For some reason, traffic at that station saw a rapid decline, and then with the onset of the Great Depression and then WW2, the station wasn’t used at all… so it was shut down. It received landmark status in 1979, and there plans in the pipeline a few years ago to bring it back to life.

1 - History created…
This breathtaking Crystal Mill is from 1892, and is actually a decompressor station. Constructed in 1893, it was used as a power plant. This Mill is said to be one of the most photographed sites in Colorado in the US, and has a place on the National Register of Historic Places.







The Iron Nun - The 86 Year Old Sister Madonna Buder

She's known as the "Iron Nun" and Sister Madonna Buder doesn't give up easily. She's been running IRONMAN triathlons for more than 30 years and says: "The only failure is not to try."

At 82, she became the oldest person ever to finish the grueling IRONMAN Triathlon and even helped launch new age groups in the sport, but Sister Madonna Buder says it's not about setting records or getting accolades. Her real mission is to encourage others to discover and develop their God-given gifts for the benefit of all. She how "the Iron Nun" is leading by example.
Unlimited Youth!!
Maximal Potential!!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Banksy's art in West Bank hotel with world's 'worst view'

The 'Walled Off' hotel has windows which face onto a view of the wall, which cuts through the occupied West Bank.

In 2005, Banksy said he considers the separation wall illegal and wanted to use his art to highlight the impact the barrier has on the lives of Palestinians.



The hotel, several of whose rooms look onto an Israeli security watchtower, is awash in the trademark satirical work of the mysterious artist. The highlight is room number three, known as "Banksy's Room," where guests sleep in a king-size bed underneath Banksy's artwork showing a Palestinian and an Israeli in a pillow fight.

The hotel also features a presidential suite and a museum with the artist's politically-charged work. It has the markings of a gentleman's club from the English colonial period. The entrance to one small niche accommodates a life-size figure of Arthur James Balfour signing his 1917 letter that came to be known as the Balfour declaration, and was the basis for the international push for the creation of Israel.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Awake Craniotomy with singing and talking

I'm a professional opera, concert and choral singer that was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The neurosurgeon's (prof. dr. Pierre Robe) advice was to do an awake craniotomy so that I could sing during the surgery (on June13th 2014) in order to avoid deficits after the procedure. The music neuro team of the UMC in Utrecht was also involved in order to assist the surgery. There is no blood or exposed flesh in the video.
I sing two (first and last) couplets of Schubert's lied “Gute Nacht”: the minor - major transition in order to see if I can still recognise the key change.
All is fine until min. 2:40 when things start to get very interesting…
It’s been more than a year since and I’m doing fine, continuing my professional singing career.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cobalt mining for phones: How you could be holding a product of child labour

The Chinese mining company Hauyou has refused to apologise after Sky News found that it was sourcing cobalt mined by children as young as four. We've also discovered that Apple has told Huayou to suspend all sourcing from mines until they can be checked to be free of child labour. Here's our Technology correspondent Tom Cheshire.



"The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage," Amnesty researcher Mark Dummett said.

"Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw materials that make their lucrative products."


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