Freediving Mexico: The Surreal Reality The cenotes of the Maya Riviera in Mexico have been on my shooting bucket list almost as long as I have been interested in underwater photography. For years, I have poured over the work of fellow photographers and marveled at the lush, dramatic cascades of cathedral lighting that gush through these extensive subterranean systems. But when I finally got a chance to plan a trip, instead of just scouting the cenotes with the magnificent lighting they are famous for, I found myself ferreting out the spookier, dark, and almost fairytale-like sinkholes in hopes of creating a sort of dreamlike sequence influenced by a youthful love of fables. I did five days of immensely enjoyable scouting in order to get a sense of the range of landscape contained in the cenotes. As a result of five days of scouting and two of actual shooting, I produced a rather mixed batch of imagery. But through shooting and exploring, you often uncover inconvenient truths.
Reader Isolée depuis des millions d’années, l’île de Socotra abrite les paysages les plus “extraterrestres” de la Terre Il existe une mystérieuse île au large du Yémen isolée depuis des millions d’années et dont une grande partie de ses paysages est introuvable ailleurs sur la surface de la Terre. Des arbres et plantes à l’aspect bizarre et jamais vu… DGS vous propose d’explorer les fascinants paysages de Socotra que l’on surnomme déjà « l’île extraterrestre » ! L’île de Socotra qui se trouve au large du Yémen, dans le Nord-Ouest de l’océan Indien à la particularité d’abriter une flore qui ne pousse qu’à cet endroit précis du globe. 30 % de sa végétation est composée d’arbres et de fleurs très étranges, ce qui a valu à l’île le doux surnom d’île ‘‘extraterrestre‘‘, mais également de se retrouver sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. L’île est restée coupée du monde pendant près de 6 millions d’années après sa séparation du continent et les quelques touristes qui s’y aventurent, s’accordent à dire que les paysages sont littéralement à couper le souffle.
Petra Jordanie The City of Petra was hidden in the mountains of Jordan for thousands of years when a young Swiss explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt rediscovered it in 1812. Temples, tombs, and other buildings are all carved out of the sandstone cliffs, wich also gives it the name the "rose red city" In the last scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade the Treasury serves as a secret temple lost for hundreds of year. And that is actually what it is. Greg visited some of the most famous places in the world during this assignment, but he describes the visit at Petra as the most memorable. Links: Jordan - Touristic Sites - South of Amman BBC - Holiday - 50 places - Petra Modified ecstasy 'attacks blood cancers' Modified ecstasy could one day have a role to play in fighting some blood cancers, according to scientists. Ecstasy is known to kill some cancer cells, but scientists have increased its effectiveness 100-fold, they said in Investigational New Drugs journal. Their early study showed all leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma cells could be killed in a test tube, but any treatment would be a decade away. A charity said the findings were a "significant step forward". In 2006, a research team at the University of Birmingham showed that ecstasy and anti-depressants such as Prozac had the potential to stop cancers growing. The problem was that it needed doses so high they would have been fatal if given to people. The researchers, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia, have chemically re-engineered ecstasy by taking some atoms away and putting new ones in their place. One variant increased cancer-fighting effectiveness 100-fold. 'Soapy' cells 'Genuinely exciting'
Inside Antelope Lower Canyon in Page, Arizona Reddit user remizik recently went on an adventure that made me foam at the mouth with jealousy. He decided to go inside Antelope Lower Canyon, which is located in Page, Arizona. He had been to Page from France once before, but he was unable to go inside. So now, returning in 2013, he was determined to do it. What he discovered is beautiful, natural awesomeness. This is the entrance. As soon as you enter, you’re immediately blown away by the beauty. The colors are gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. It was 9am and the sun was rising. The sun beaming inside is a sight you never forget. An incredible sand cascade. I MUST see this for myself. “remizik” gave some advice to anyone who wants to check it out for themselves: “This place is so peaceful.Note that it is the “LOWER” canyon. Source Officially adding this to my bucket list.
The Amazon Kindle Fire: First impressions - Computerworld Note: Pricing in this article is in US dollars. The wraps are finally off Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. Its splashy entry into the tablet firestorm was hard to miss — Amazon made quite a statement with its $199 price — and yet I'm underwhelmed. Although reporters were not allowed to touch the Kindle Fire during the demonstrations following Amazon's New York launch event, I spent considerable time observing the tablet in action, and grilling Amazon executives about different features. The rumor mill had been rife with talk of an Amazon Android tablet for months. Where Amazon stumbles The Kindle Fire is limited in several meaningful ways. You can sideload content of your own, but you'll also have to shop for your own apps to play that content. Another limitation may be apps. Still another issue beyond the comparatively limited app selection: Amazon again gave mixed answers regarding compatibility between the Kindle Fire and the greater universe of Android apps.