Monday Musings: Kirishima, Cleveland, Tambora, Santorini and more!
Sorry about the paucity of new posts lately - there is a lot going on in the background here at Eruptions HQ, but all will be revealed in the next day or so.
Lots has been going on volcanically, so trying to play catchup seems a little futile - I know many of you have been watching the revived activity at Kirishima (top left) in Japan - be sure to check out the webcams for the action - and Sakurajima isn't doing too badly either. Speaking of Japan, CNN posted a tourist account of visiting Mt. Aso (albeit with an overblown title). Last week we also saw a volcano headed in the other direction, as AVO lowered the alert status at Cleveland back to Yellow from Orange. Around the globe, there isn't much concern about a major eruption from Indonesia's famed Tambora right now, but eyes are watching the volcano as it shows increasing signs of unrest. The NASA Earth Observatory also posted yet another image of the almost-constant plume at Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle. Today, there is also still a live feed from the dive to the Colombo Bank near Santorini. You can try to catch up on all of last week's volcano news in the GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report as well.
And if you're interested in reading some science fiction, check out the article about the so-called "artificial volcano" built by Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering that will release sulfates to attempt to cool the atmosphere. I'm sure "artificial volcano" is a lot more palatable (but less accurate) name than "sulfate spewer".
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Beyond Beef sizzles and marbleizes just like real beef, Beyond Meat says.
- Shares of Beyond Meat opened at around $200 on Tuesday morning, falling to nearly $170 by the afternoon.
- Wall Street analysts remain wary of the stock, which has been on a massive hot streak since its IPO in May.
- Beyond Meat faces competition from Impossible Foods and, as of this week, Tyson.
Average waiting time for hitchhikers in Ireland: Less than 30 minutes. In southern Spain: More than 90 minutes.
- A popular means of transportation from the 1920s to the 1980s, hitchhiking has since fallen in disrepute.
- However, as this map shows, thumbing a ride still occupies a thriving niche – if at great geographic variance.
- In some countries and areas, you'll be off the street in no time. In other places, it's much harder to thumb your way from A to B.
A recent study used data from the Big Five personality to estimate psychopathy prevalence in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.
- The study estimated psychopathy prevalence by looking at the prevalence of certain traits in the Big Five model of personality.
- The District of Columbia had the highest prevalence of psychopathy, compared to other areas.
- The authors cautioned that their measurements were indirect, and that psychopathy in general is difficult to define precisely.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.