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The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

The Japanese military invaded American soil in 1942 when a force of 500 men overtook the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska in Alaska. They captured a Navy weather crew stationed there and occupied the islands, which are the westernmost parts of the USA. It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused [...]

Scientists develop see-through soil

The transparent soil will help experts observe the way in which plant roots grow and develop underground. It took many years of experimentation with s…

Is evidence of Mars life below the surface ?

Simple organic molecules could be present just a few inches below the soil on the surface of Mars. In August NASA’s ambitious car-sized rover, Curiosi…

A new species of legless amphibian found

Scientists have discovered a new species of legless amphibian in the monsoon soaked soil of India. The find was made by a team of biologists who have …

Farming Like the Incas

The Inca civilization grew a variety of crops in the Andes Mountains, despite the rough terrain and scant rainfall, using sophisticated agricultural methods developed over centuries. Those methods faded away when the conquistadors took over, partly because so many Incas died of war and disease, and also because the invaders insisted on doing things their [...]

Mars soil more suitable for life than thought

Scientists have found that the soil on Mars may be a lot more suitable for life than previously believed. Far from being completely incapable of susta…

Atomic Energy for the Farmer

This 1948 advertisement for a “radioactive soil conditioner” promises a 20% increase in your tomato, beet, lettuce, and carrot crops. What could possibly go wrong? Link -via Boing Boing

Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Ever Fall?

Construction on the tower began in 1173 and it started listing soon after as it settled on soft soil. Over the centuries labourers and engineers tried to compensate for the lean but none of the measures succeeded . In 1990 the tower was closed to the public when a similarly constructed tower in Pavia collapsed. [...]

How to Build an Earthbag Dome

Isn’t this an adorable house? You almost expect to see Frodo coming out of it! Owen Geiger built this earthen dome in Thailand in 2007. The main component is bags of soil. You can build your own with his tutorial at Instructables. Link -via The Daily What