Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Orinoco and Caroní river union. Bolivar State. Photo by: Heribert Dezeo.
CARACAS, Venezuela (VIANEWS) - One of the biggest lies of this century has emerged in Venezuela and is called the Arco Minero del Orinoco (AMO). The AMO was first announced by former president Hugo Chávez Frías in 2011. He would later include this new project on his governmental program for the period running from 2013-2019. What is the Arco Minero...
Taj Mahal, India
NEW DELHI, India (ViaNews)- Indian Supreme Court banned fireworks in Delhi during this year’s Diwali celebration. Diwali is the foremost festive season of the city, and most of the country for that matter, for which bursting of crackers and lighting of streets formed the major axis of celebration. There were frowns from various people who considered this as a violation...
Uruguay: Self-sustainable school.
Montevideo, Uruguay (VIAnews) – What if someone had already figured out a way of building completely self-sufficient houses? Apparently, someone already did. Michael Reynolds is a 72-year-old architect who grew up in Kentucky, USA. He has written several books on sustainable housing, founded the world-class Sustainable Buildings company "Earthship Biotecture", and is the drafter of New Mexico Sustainable Testing Sites. According...
Hampi
NEW DELHI, India (ViaNews) – When attempting to preserve ancient empires, cities, and temples, there are competing notions of how this should be done. Should the sites be treated as if they are an outdoor museum and try to recreate them in all of their beauty and glory as they once looked hundreds or thousands of years ago? Or,...
Ice Stupa.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - Living in Trans-Himalayan mountain desert of Ladakh, India is not just daunting, but it comes with lots of hardships for locals who face water shortage from time to time. Summer starts with an acute shortage of water followed by flash floods in the month of June-July when the glaciers begin to melt. The only solution...
Mumbai, India, flood 2017
A complete shut-down due to floods has become a regular occurrence amongst large Indian cities. With crumbling infrastructure and government apathy, the financial capital of Mumbai is vulnerable to floods every year during the annual monsoon season. On August 29, Mumbai received 322mm of rainfall in just 24 hours, according to data recorded by the Indian Meteorological Department. The flash...
Amuay oil refinery in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (ViaNews) - One of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Venezuela is its natural resources, but more specifically it’s oil. The indigenous communities knew well enough how to use this powerful resource before the arrival of the Spaniards, in fact, oil was used as a medicine to cure some diseases. Two years after the...

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Microsoft (Bing Maps) shipping container. It has about five petabytes of storage. The Bing Map team processes its maps and redistributes them to other datacenters using this datacenter. Photo credit: Robert Scoble.

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