A baby holds a flag at Harbin Railway Station. That baby and the caregiver will represent just two of the nearly 3 billion trips scheduled to occur during the 2019 Chunyun travel rush. Tao Zhang/Getty Images Do you think your commute is bad? Try being part of the largest human migration on the planet. Each year, in celebration of Lunar New Year, billions of people in China make the trek home to visit family and bring gifts. For some, this could mean thousands of miles of travel by plane, train, bus, automobile, boat or even motorbike. Called Chunyun, or Spring Festival in English, this annual travel rush lasts 40 days. In 2019, Chunyun occurs from Jan. 21 until March 1, and will see an expected 3 billion trips to honor the Year of the Pig, which officially begins on Feb. 5. With the massive movement of people, Chunyun travelers often share a common crowded experience. Consider that the Chinese national railway network expects more than 406 million passengers, according to a 2019 … [Read more...] about Forget Thanksgiving! Lunar New Year Sees World’s Largest Annual Migration
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The USS Midway is huge. She was the first of a new generation of carriers, referred to as battle carriers. She measures nearly 1,000 feet long. For 10 years, from 1945 to 1955, she was the largest ship in the world, and one of the largest moving objects ever made by humans. After 47 years of service, including tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm, she was finally decommissioned in 1992. Now she sits in quiet San Diego, a massive floating museum. She's the largest aircraft carrier in the world that you can tour, and the tour makes for an incredible experience If you can't make it to San Diego to see it for yourself, here's how it looks in many words and photos. Take a tour of the USS Midway (pictures) 58 Photos Battle CarrierAdvancing from the earlier Essex class, the Midway was the first of her class. Larger in nearly every dimension, she was a marvel of engineering in her day, and is still an incredible sight. In countless ways, she seems far more modern than other aircraft … [Read more...] about Behold the USS Midway, the largest aircraft carrier in the world you can tour
Other worlds have significant amounts of gas like hydrogen or methane in their atmospheres. Could a rocket's engine or stray spark accidentally light a whole world on fire? Steven Puetzer/Getty Images Some day in the distant future, explorers from Earth decide to visit Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, and probe its mysteries. At the end of their nearly two-year journey, they reach the giant planet, so immense that more than 1,300 Earths would fit inside it. As the spacecraft descends, the astronauts marvel at Jupiter's 67 moons — so many that astronomers haven't even named them all. They gaze in wonder at the planet's Great Red Spot, an immense, perpetual hurricane-like storm, and ponder the planet's shroud of brown, yellow, red and white clouds. But when our fictional adventurers deploy the spacecraft's rocket thrusters to slow their descent, something awful happens. The heat and flames from the nozzles come into contact with the Jovian atmosphere, … [Read more...] about Could Our Spacecraft Accidentally Ignite an Alien World’s Entire Atmosphere?
The U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Comfort is seen in the Port of San Juan as it arrives to help after Hurricane Maria swept through the island on Oct. 3, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Joe Raedle/Getty Images As President Donald Trump implied, hurricane relief is more difficult on an island. Fortunately, the U.S. military is prepared to offer medical help and other emergency assistance when those in need are located in the middle of "a very big ocean." Oftentimes that assistance comes in the form of one of the United States' two largest hospital ships: the USNS Comfort, which arrived in Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017, and its sister ship, the USNS Mercy. Mercy is stationed in San Diego and typically serves missions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Comfort, which is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, (and therefore closer to Puerto Rico), often serves that region. But the priority of both ships is the same: to provide medical care in times of war. When they're not needed to care for military … [Read more...] about How the Navy Ship Comfort Is Aiding Puerto Rico
This illustration shows that the proposed Stad Ship Tunnel would need a terraced exterior for structural support. Kystverket/Norwegian Coastal Administration/Snhetta On Norway's western coast you'll find the Stad Peninsula. With no offshore islands around it to block rough seas and strong currents, the region is treacherous for ships to navigate. The area gets as many as 106 stormy days each year, with heavy waves that can continue for days after the weather passes. But building a canal, like in Panama or Suez, to avoid the coastline would be pretty much impossible, since the mountainous landscape rises to a peak of more than 2,100 feet (640 meters) above sea level. The yellow bar at the center of the map shows the proposed site of the Stad Ship Tunnel. Kystverket/Norwegian Coastal Administration That's why the Norwegian government has announced that it's moving ahead with a plan to blast a passageway under the rugged peninsula. The proposed Stad Ship Tunnel will be 1 mile … [Read more...] about World’s Largest Ship Tunnel Will Go Straight Through Norwegian Mountain