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Taiwan’s Extraordinary 111-Year-Old Forest Railway is Getting a Makeover
The Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan, one of the tallest mountain ranges in the country, is set to receive a fresh upgrade with the addition of six new rail cars named Formosensis. Each carriage will be lined with two types of cypresses native to Taiwan, providing passengers with a unique forest scent and a refreshing experience. The railway, completed in 1912, was used to transport now-endangered Taiwan cypress trees, and it's believed to be Asia's highest narrow-gauge mountain railway, climbing from 30 meters to 2,216 meters above sea level.
This October, a "Ring of Fire" Eclipse Will Glow Around the Moon. Here's How to See It.
In October, people across parts of the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America will be treated to a rare celestial spectacle: an annular eclipse of the sun, sometimes referred to as a "ring of fire" eclipse. This event occurs when the moon partially covers the sun, creating a bright ring of sunlight around the lunar silhouette. These awe-inspiring events occur because of the moon's slightly tilted orbit relative to Earth's orbit, creating occasional opportunities for these celestial alignments.
Watch: This Adorable Baby Goat Fits Right In With This Family of Pups
Farmowner Judy shares her household with a diverse set of four-legged friends, including a tiny, fearless baby goat named Ducky. Despite being smaller than the dogs she lives with, Ducky fearlessly cuddles up with them and embraces her adventurous spirit. She enjoys playing with the dogs, climbing on furniture, and even going on paddle board rides with Judy, proving that the bonds between different species can be heartwarming and inspiring.
Meet the Climber on a Mission to Scale Every Peak in Florida
47-year-old Andrew Karr has embarked on a unique quest to climb to the highest point of every county in Florida, one of the flattest states in the US. Using maps, apps, and sightlines, Karr has pinpointed these high points, some of which are deep in the woods or on private property. His adventure showcases the idea that every peak, no matter how humble, is equal, emphasizing the importance of attitude over altitude in life's journeys.
Here Are 4 Ways to Bring Nature Into Your Home - And Why You Should
A return to natural elements in home design is on the rise, with a focus on materials like cotton, wood, bamboo, and earthy color palettes. This "everyday natural" aesthetic not only adds a sense of simplicity and sustainability to living spaces but also has potential mental health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. Embracing nature in design is not just a trend but a reflection of our innate need to connect with the natural world and prioritize well-being in our living environments.
Researchers Have Created a Solar-Powered Water Purification System Cheaper Than Tap Water
A collaborative effort between researchers from MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University has led to the development of a cost-effective and speedy method for seawater purification. This passive solar-powered desalination tool can produce 4-6 liters of clean water per hour and could potentially sustain a coastal household year-round when scaled up. By harnessing thermohaline circulation, similar to the ocean's natural processes, this innovative technology offers a promising solution to water scarcity issues faced by coastal communities globally.
The World's Largest Arcade Game Just Launched in London
KFC launched the world's largest arcade game, 'Pinballer', in the heart of London, projecting it onto the Truman Brewery in Spitalfields. Passers-by had the opportunity to play this giant pinball game, which measured a massive 225 square meters on the building's side. The game was created to promote KFC's new Rewards Arcade app game, giving users the chance to win various prizes, and it celebrates the nostalgia and love for arcade games that many people share.
These Adorable Unlikely Best Friends Refuse to Leave Each Other's Side
In Eureka, Missouri, an unusual friendship formed between a baby raccoon and a baby skunk who were found wandering a parking lot. They refused to leave each other's side, and it turns out they may have been separated from their own families, which led them to bond. After being rescued and initially separated, they were eventually introduced to other orphaned raccoons and skunks at the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center, where they developed essential survival skills and formed new bonds.
In Pictures: The Last Supermoon of 2023 Wows Stargazers Around the World
The summer of 2023 has treated full moon enthusiasts to four consecutive supermoons, culminating in the September Harvest Moon. Supermoons occur when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, making it appear brighter and larger. While the size difference might not be immediately noticeable to casual observers, keen skywatchers and photographers captured the celestial beauty of this year's supermoons, with the next one not expected until the September 2024 Harvest Moon.
Scientists Have Fully Mapped Earth's Long-Lost Eighth Continent
Scientists have mapped Zealandia, Earth's mostly submerged eighth continent, revealing its geography and confirming its distinctiveness from Australia. Zealandia, covering two million square miles and mainly breaking the surface as New Zealand, was formed as the supercontinent Gondwana stretched and allowed ocean water in, eventually submerging it. The researchers found a variety of minerals on the submerged land mass, shedding light on its geological history and making it an incredible discovery in our understanding of Earth's continents.
A Historic Mi'kmaw Trail is Set to be Restored and Reopen After Storm Damage
The Mi'kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail in Nova Scotia, which was closed due to significant damage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona almost a year ago, is set to be restored and reopened with the help of a government grant. The trail is significant for the Mi'kmaw community, and its restoration reflects a positive step in improving relations between the Mi'kmaw people and the government. The dedication of individuals like Steven Julian, who tirelessly cared for the trail, continues to inspire its preservation as a vital cultural and ancestral site.