Here’s What Happens When You Put Canned Ravioli In 2,000-Degree Lava

Behold, the most badass way to heat canned ravioli:

Just kidding — it’s a terrible idea. Even if you do have molten lava in your backyard, this should go without saying: Don’t try this at home.

This can of ravioli was doomed from the start. Hawaii-based photographer Bryan Lowry placed it in 2,000-degree lava as a makeshift experiment. (For science, he insisted.)

Lowry has been photographing lava on Hawaii’s Big Island since 1991, and recently began taking video of experiments placing canned food and drink items in active lava flows. His YouTube videos have, unsurprisingly, garnered a lot of attention.

“These are simple experiments showing people what does happen to certain objects when lava hits them,” Lowry told The Huffington Post. “I never expected these videos to be so popular. Thought maybe a few hundred science-type people might watch and like them.”

The videos, shot with a Nikon D800 and GoPro Hero 2, show red-hot, gelatinous lava devouring everything in its path, reducing the cans to a liquid state and burning up the contents.

“The items I put in melted down to nothing — liquified into the rock itself,” Lowry said. “There’s nothing to find or dig up.”

Lowry said he evaluates the volcanic activity and shoots video only if he feels it is safe. “I’m not interested in risking my life for a silly photo or video,” he said. “I’m patient and shoot what the volcano lets me.”

Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983 and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano makes up the southeastern tip of Hawaii Island, including Volcanoes National Park. Breakout lava flows, such as those seen in Lowry’s footage, happen often on the Big —> Read More

World of Dances #9

New York City Ballet principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia in World of Dances by Kike Calvo

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.

World of Dances #9. Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet. Photo © KIKE CALVO

Dancer : Gonzalo Garcia (Spaniard)
Ballet: New York City Ballet
Location: New York City (United States)
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Selected reading:
Art and Dance in the Drone Age
Abigail Sartin : Dancing Through Adversity

Books on Dance and Ballet:
Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet
Darcey Bussell
Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina
(Anna) Pavlova: Portrait of a Dancer
Dance of the Swan: A Story about Anna Pavlova (Creative Minds Biography)
The Dancer’s Way: The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition
Dance Anatomy (Sports Anatomy)
The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers
American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History
Dance (Dk)
The Ballet Book

Selected Reading for Children:
Marie, Dancing
Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children)
Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas’ “The Little Dancer” (Picture Books)
What Makes A Degas A Degas?
DK Eyewitness Books: Dance
Ballet Training for Girls

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Unique Trial Alternative Considered For Hawaii Telescope Protesters

HONOLULU (AP) — Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation.

Three defendants in the case filed a motion asking for hooponopono (ho-OH’-po-noh-po-noh) as an alternative to a trial. Hooponopono is traditionally used within families to work out differences, using prayer and discussion.

Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth said his office supports the motion. He met with a group of defendants Monday night to discuss how the unique process may be used in a criminal case that is rooted in protesters’ belief that they are protecting Mauna Kea, a site they consider sacred, from desecration.

A total of 31 people were arrested in April when protesters blocked workers from accessing the construction site near the summit of Mauna Kea for the planned $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. Roth’s office later moved to dismiss trespassing charges for 10 defendants.

Roth said hooponopono is being considered only for the remaining 21 people charged with obstructing. A few of them have told prosecutors they prefer to proceed with a trial, he said. It’s not being considered for 12 people who are charged in a second round of arrests last month.

“It may not be pure hooponopono. It may be something culturally based between hooponopono and mediation,” Roth said Tuesday. “We’re open. We would not be a party to it. We’re trying to facilitate how this would happen.”

In doing that, Roth has asked the defendants to come back to his office in about two weeks with parameters for the process. Roth said he envisions other participants to be representatives from the governor’s office, the state attorney general, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the nonprofit company building the telescope —> Read More

Eyeing up Earth-like planets

Almost 2000 exoplanets have been discovered to date, ranging from rocky Earth-like planets to hot-Jupiters, and orbiting every type of star. But how many of these distant worlds are habitable? Today’s technology means that we currently have very little information about what exoplanets are like beyond their presence, size and distance from star. With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope we may have our first glimpses into atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets. —> Read More

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