Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Bath Tubs of Mystic Hot Springs

At Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah, hot water comes out from deep underground at a scalding 75 degrees degrees Celsius at a rate of about 200 gallons per minute. The water travels through a long channel, cooling as it flows, and distributed to various locations across the property. By the time it reaches the two concrete pools and eight vintage bath tubs, it was cooled to a comfortable 37-43 degrees. Hundreds of tourists come here to soak in the mineral rich waters. The eight huge, claw-footed tubs are perched at the top of the hill from where one can have stunning views of the valley below. Each tub is cleaned and filled with fresh water daily, and the lower pools are refilled with fresh water once or twice weekly.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Best Photos of Space of 2015 That Are Thrilling to See (21 pics)

The Hubble Space Telescope captured these jets of energized gas shooting from a young star.
The Pillars of Creation as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared light.

Comet 67P taken by the Rosetta Orbiter.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this picture of Acidalia Planitia, a location from the movie ‘The Martian.’

Globular cluster Messier 22 as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Star Hen 2-427 and nebula M1-67 taken by the Hubble Space telescope.

Galaxy NGC 488 taken by the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory gave us this new Blue Marble image of Earth.

A beautiful view of the Milky Way from astronaut Kjell Lindgren.

NASA’s Curiosity rover took this composite image of Mount Sharp on Mars.

The New Horizons spacecraft’s historic flyby gave us this detailed image of Pluto.

Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Tethys line up in this photo by the Cassini spacecraft.

In this photo from the Hubble Space Telescope gravitational lensing caused this group of galaxies to appear as a smiley face.

This nebula is named ‘Thor’s Helmet’ and was taken at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

Astronaut Terry Virts took this photo of Super Typhoon Maysak from the ISS.

A close up photo of Pluto’s moon Charon taken by the New Horizons spacecraft.

New Horizons took this photo which shows Pluto’s blue layer of haze.

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren gave us this view of Earth.

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this photograph of Scott Kelly working on the ISS.

This photo of the Westerlund 2 star cluster was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope as the 25-year anniversary image.

NASA’s Curiosity rover took this photo of the ‘Kimberly’ formation on Mars.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Brave Mother Goes Viral Thanks To A Photo Of Herself In Her Underwear (6 pics)

Mel Rymill never expected her Facebook photo to go viral, but it did, and it inspired a lot of other women in the process.

Brand new mother, Mell Rymill, went to a fitness studio to get back into shape after a long hiatus from the gym. It was her experience however, that led her to post this angry Facebook post – with which she has now attracted world-wide attention:

Within just 7 hours, this post was shared over 7000 times – even though the photo was removed for a short time, because someone registered it as going against Facebook’s nudity guidelines. “Laughable”, commented Mel to this, “what I’m wearing here is more than my normal swimwear!” Nevertheless, Facebook users around the world are celebrating Mel for her actions and her words. The Australian has also invited other women to act as an example against the pressure of clothes-size, and to upload similar photos of themselves in underwear! Hundreds of women have answered her call.

Mel Rymill never thought her Facebook rant would go viral, but finds it encouraging that so many women would publicly display their bodies so proudly, alleged flaws and all.

“It’s not about whether you are big, small, lumpy, cuddly, boney, shaped like a dodecahedron, a woman, anywhere on the gender scale or anything else you can think of”, she wrote. “It’s about reclaiming the world that we live in and flooding it with real bodies, no, REAL PEOPLE.”

Mel Rymill believes that nobody should let anybody else dictate how they look or what body shape they should have – and to this cause, she took off her clothes. If this strong message has impressed you, then share it with all of your friends!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Few Lesser Known Facts about Cats That You Might Find Interesting (14 pics)

Cats are America’s most popular pets: there are 88 million cats compared to 74 million dogs.
A cat inherited a US$13 million fortune from its owner in Italy.

Towser the Mouser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female, was the resident feline pest control expert at Glenturret distillery from 1963 to 1987. She holds the world record for an estimated 28,899 mouse kills.

Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.

A cat has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.

A single pair of cats (one male and one female) and their offspring could result in 420,000 kittens in just seven years!

Contrary to popular belief, most adult cats are lactose intolerant.

On November 18th, 1963, FĂ©licette became the only cat ever to have gone into space (by the French in 1963) and survive.

Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third, researchers found.

Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear while humans have only 6.

The oldest known example of a human keeping a cat as a pet was traced to Neolithic village of Shillourokambos over 9,000 years ago.

After about 6 weeks, cats perfect the “righting reflex” that allows them to land on their feet after falls as short as 12 inches. There have been instances of cats surviving falls of more than 65 feet.

Mymains Stewart Gilligan the longest domestic cat ever measured – 48.5 inches when fully stretched out.

Like many other carnivores, cats have a genetic mutation that makes them unable to taste sweets.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Devil’s Slide, Utah

The Devil’s Slide in Utah, the United States, looks like a giant playground slide fit only for the Devil. The Slide consist of two parallel slabs of hard, weather-resistant limestone rock about 20 feet apart, some 40 feet high and 200 feet long. In between these two hard layers is a shaly limestone that is softer in comparison to the outer limestone layers, which makes it more susceptible to weathering and erosion, thus forming the chute of the slide.

The Devil’s Slide is the tilted remnant of sediments deposited in a sea that once occupied Utah is the distant geologic past. “Approximately 170 to 180 million years ago, a shallow sea originating from the north spread south and east over areas of what are now Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. This sea extended as far east as the present-day Colorado River and south into northern Arizona,” explains the website of Utah’s Geological Survey.