Weekly Webcrawl: January 17, 2014

This fantasy landscape sits in Cappadocia, Turkey, the Göreme National Park to be specific. The cones, pillars, and pinnacles you see resulted from eons of wind and water carving a 10-meter thick layer of volcanic ash that covered the area a couple millennia ago. In the 19th century BC the area was inhabited by people who further carved out these crazy sites and called them home. For more info check out this National Geographic article. Photo by Tiberio Frascari via Flickr Creative Commons.

This fan­tasy land­scape sits in Cap­padocia, Turkey, the Göreme National Park to be spe­cific. The cones, pil­lars, and pin­na­cles you see resulted from eons of wind and water carving a 10-​​meter thick layer of vol­canic ash that cov­ered the area a couple mil­lennia ago. In the 19th cen­tury BC the area was inhab­ited by people who fur­ther carved out these crazy sites and called them home. For more info check out this National Geo­graphic article. Photo by Tiberio Fras­cari via Flickr Cre­ative Commons.

 

By now you’ve prob­ably heard of the chem­ical spill in West Vir­ginia, but you may have had to wade through some of the Chris Christie news to get there. A though pro­voking com­men­tary on  US media cov­erage from the UK’s Guardian.

Ever wonder why and how birds fly in a V? Ed Yong has some answers for you.

Here’s a cool thing: con­tact lenses that allow people with dia­betes to check their blood sugar levels, no pricking necessary.

Also, some researchers are one step closer to curing lupus.