The Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah is the world’s largest excavation; it produces about 17% of the copper used yearly in the United States and 1-2% of all copper resources worldwide. Throughout February of 2013, monitors at the Utah Bingham Canyon copper mine showed that part of the mine’s wall was beginning to slip at a rate of a one mm/day. By early April, this slippage grew to ~5cm /day. “We knew the slide was imminent. We had relocated machinery, we had rerouted roads, we had rerouted utilities, we had rerouted buildings,” said the mine’s manager, Ted Himebufth of Kennecott Copper. And on April 10 of 2013… the earth moved.

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29 April 2013 National Airlines Flight 102 crash.

A Boeing 747-400 headed from Bagram Airfield, Parwan, Afghanistan, to Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai, which stalled shortly after takeoff because a military vehicle it was carrying got loose due to improper cargo handling, shifting the load of the aircraft and hitting the rear bulkhead of the fuselage, damaging key control component that left the aircraft completely uncontrollable, with the abnormal pitch-up rotation, stall and crash to the ground ensuing.

All 7 crew member were lost.

Aaron Tveit and Kerry Butler singing “Seven Wonders” from Catch Me If You Can for Disaster Relief

It was amazing, even better than I imagined. I am still speechless at his voice!

It’s here!!!! Watch this cutie make this face in tonight’s performance of Seven Wonders with Kerry Butler and Seth Rudetsky on the keys!!!

Link from Seth’s FB page(I’m too freaking excited to link it right!):

“Alien language survived in space. Surpassing our frail vibrations, their words had mass and agency. Greetings rained down like meteorites.”

A couple of people have asked why I type out my tweets when you can read them in the image. There are two reasons:
1) It makes each story easier to find with a search engine.
2) Some people need (or prefer) to use text-to-speech software to cruise the Internet. I want to remain accessible to them.
I hope this clears up the confusion. Thank you for reading.

Reflecting on my tour of Chernobyl that never (officially) happened

April 26th marks 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear disaster. But back in 2008, our reporter went there to see what the abandoned nuclear plant looked like.

After he came back, a Ukrainian official told him that the government didn’t allow tourists to go to Chernobyl. He couldn’t have possibly gone. He had to be mistaken.

Here are the photos from that trip:
(Or listen to the story here)

“It’s like a scene from a science fiction movie. The buildings have broken windows and peeling paint, and moss has taken over the streets and buildings. We all suddenly become photographers, documenting the abandoned civilization. A fallen doll and a teddy bear capture what we guess is a moment of panic and the fleeing of one family from the town.”

“I then remember what a professor told me in Kiev: props have been put out for sucker tourists. It feels like a cheap, unnecessary trick — the scene is powerful enough as it is.”

Listen to Jason’s full story here.