A lot has changed in the past 10 centuries — including genetics.
A mythical song of gods and volcanoes.
In the world’s hottest man-made hole, temperatures reach up to 1000 °C (1800 F).
Not a good sign for a race hoping to colonize space.
In a few months, Iceland will be drawing power directly from molten rock.
After two large earthquakes with magnitudes over 4, the Katla volcano in Iceland seems set to erupt.
The legends might have been true after all.
The guys at Hybrid Dynamic Media went on an epic adventure through the stunningly beautiful country and came back with this video. The detail and sharpness is amazing, and they did a fantastic job at surprising Iceland’s raw, geological beauty. Here’s the clip. Iceland from the sky from Hybrid Dynamic Media on Vimeo.
Scientists are working to gather more and more details about Icelandic DNA, in an attempt to design better drugs and understand how drugs react to genetic variation. So far, the DNA of over 1% of all Icelanders has been sequenced and more will likely follow. This operation is conducted by Amgen’s DeCode Genetics. The team now claims that they can identify every woman at high-risk of breast cancer “at the touch of a button” and it would be “criminal” not to use the information.
A team of geologists from Iceland, Sweden and Saudi Arabia has found changes in groundwater chemicals prior to earthquakes. They emphasize that they haven’t found a precursor to earthquakes, but there seems to be a connection between these chemical changes and incoming earthquakes. There is no reliable earthquake warning system, and there almost certainly won’t be any (at least in
Taken at distances as small as 1 kilometer, these pictures of Grimsvotn (the volcano that erupted recently in Iceland) reveal how beautiful and terrifying at the same time volcanic eruptions can be. Blending smoke and ash with lightning, the pictures are truly breathtaking. They were taken by Johann Ingi Jonsson, an amateur photographer from Reykjavik, who sits 124
Volcanoes have fascinated human beings since the dawn of time; thankfully, now we know enough not to think of them as powerful earth/fire gods, but to understand them as the magnificent phenomena they are. However, there are still many things we still haven’t been able to figure out them, and even if we would have, they would still be fascinating.
Iceland is definitely one weird country; it is extremely rich in geothermal and volcanic energy, and has access to a significant quantity of fish, but other than that, resources are extremely scarce. At the end of 2008, the economy collapsed, with all major banks going bankrupt. Since then, they have been desperately trying to rise an economy that right now