The fighting between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian militant groups, now in its 15th day, is so severe that it is visible from space. A German astronaut on the International Space Station named Alexander Gerst, who has been posting photos on his Twitter account, posted this on Wednesday, in which he says the explosions of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rockets are visible:
The photo is oriented such that north is to the right and south to the left; that dark area at the top is the Mediterranean Sea and the brightest spot, on the coast, is Tel Aviv. To the left of Tel Aviv, just 44 miles to the south, is Gaza City, the largest city in Gaza and the location of a lot of the worst fighting.
This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?
It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.
If you aren’t concerned about keeping warm while taking a wintry drive, perhaps you’d like to try traveling in a truck made of ice. This amazing self-propelled ice sculpture is a life-size, functioning truck made of 11,000 pounds of sculpted ice atop a modified 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD chassis, engine, and electrical system.
This piece of mobile winter art is the work of Iceculture and Canadian Tire. Altogether the ice truck weighs 15,000 pounds. A special steel frame was built to support the weight of all the ice. On December 12, 2013 the truck was driven for 1.6km (almost one mile) at a speed of roughly 20 km/h or 12 mph.