Paolo Venturini, a 50-year-old police officer, ran almost 40 km in -52°C in the world’s coldest inhabited place, Oymyakon. But why did he do it? A lone athlete is running through a frozen Siberian landscape. Closely watched by his crew in a truck moving slowly behind him, his sole focus is completing the 39-km slog from the village of Tomtor to Oymyakon, known as the “Pole of Cold” where temperatures can drop below -60°C. It makes the London Marathon seem like a stroll in the park. On Jan. 20, after three hours, 54 minutes, and 10 seconds in -52°C he finally reaches his destination. His eyelashes are frozen and he can feel the ice piercing through six layers of clothes. Paolo Venturini is his name and he’s a 50-year-old police officer-cum-marathon runner from the Italian city of Padova. From one extreme to another Traveling to Yakutia wasn’t a rash decision for Paolo. He started running at the age of seven and has never shied away from … [Read more...] about How an Italian marathon runner braved bone-chilling temperatures in Russia’s Yakutia
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Nosy Be, which means “big island” in Malagasy, is Madagascar’s most popular beach resort thanks to its laid-back towns, unique wildlife, and amazing snorkelling. Located just off the coast of Africa, the world's oldest island is home to weird and wonderful animals, a lot of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. From a chameleon the size of your little finger to an inch-long frog, these bizarre creatures have evolved in isolation for over 60 million years, and coming face to face with them is an experience of a lifetime. For those who don’t fancy a jungle trek, Nosy Be offers much more: year-round sunshine, bright blue seas, and a vibrant nightlife. 1. Meet its unique inhabitants Located in the southeastern part of the island, Lokobe reserve is the last remaining primary forest in the region, and home to the endangered black lemur. Access to the reserve is through the picturesque village of Ampasipohy, where colourful fabrics hang from clothing … [Read more...] about 10 reasons to visit the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar
JAPAN’S space agency JAXA has released new images from the Hayabusa 2 robot rovers it deployed to the surface of the Ryugu asteroid four years ago. But just what is the Ryugu asteroid and what is the Hayabusa mission? We take a closer look. What is the Ryugu asteroid? The Ryugu asteroid, known as “162173 Ryugu” is a potentially hazardous asteroid of the Apollo group. It is approximately 0.6 miles in diameter, 900 metres wide and displays the characteristics of C-type asteroids, rotating every 7.5 hours. The lumpy, diamond-shaped asteroid was discovered by astronomers with the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research at the Lincoln Lab's ETS near Socorro, New Mexico, in the United States on May 10, 1999. It was provisionally named 199 JU 3 but was renamed “Ryugu” by the Minor Planet Center on September 28, 2015. How close is the asteroid to the Earth? The asteroid is approximately 180 million miles from planet earth. It would take approximately 16 minutes for a … [Read more...] about What is the Ryugu asteroid, is it close to earth and what is Hayabusa 2?
THOSE in the UK may be sweltering in a current heatwave as the mercury touches 30C but this is nothing compared to some of the highest temperatures ever recorded around the world. Here's the lowdown on the places that are quite simply too hot to handle. Where is the hottest place in the world? Here are the top ten places that have recorded the highest temperatures. Death Valley, California, USA The desert valley hit 56.7C in the summer of 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch. But July 2018 saw the hottest month on record for the famously scorching location. The average daily temperature throughout the month was 42.3C. Death Valley station at the National Park Service Visitor’s Center reported a world record monthly temperature of 41.8C in 2017, meaning the region broke the record for two years. In 2018 a new all-time monthly average of 42C was recorded at Death Valley's Furnace Creek Visitor Center. El Azizia, Libya Once believed to hold the title when a temperature of 58C was recorded in … [Read more...] about Where is the hottest place on Earth, how hot are Death Valley and the Sahara desert and what’s the highest temperature ever recorded?
1. RSC Summer Activities The Royal Shakespeare Company lays on the kind of activities that most adults would equally love to take part in. There’s the opportunity to dress up in costumes and try out props at the new Lost and Found cabinet, and have a make-up session at the ever popular Blood, Guts and Gore workshop. Meanwhile, at the Swirl, a new outdoor pop-up venue, budding theatre buffs can see short shows inspired by the Shakespeare plays in the RSC’s summer season, among other things. RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon (01789 403493; rsc.org.uk), Tues-Sept 2 2. Horrible Histories Live Terry Deary’s 1993 creation has grown into a mega-brand, with a Bafta-winning TV show and an ever-growing library of books. Now ye olde anarchic live spectacular is returning to the West End throughout August with a new show, Barmy Britain: Part Four. Rotten Romans, wicked witches and terrible Tudors pop up for gruesome gore and poo gags, along with Richard III’s … [Read more...] about 10 cultural events for children this summer