Huge supervolcanoes may have shaken early Mars

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:08 AM

It’s been a big past few weeks for Mars news: the discovery of water in the soil, the sad news that there’s less and less evidence for current life, and now a new theory that the planet might be home to some of nature’s most destructive volcanoes.

 We already know Mars has some big volcanoes. Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar system at three times the height of Mount Everest, is actually volcanic. (Via European Space Agency)

But it’s nothing compared to the supervolcanoes that might have helped shape the planet’s surface.

In a new article for Nature, scientists claim to have found several possible supervolcanoes in the planet’s northern hemisphere, basing their findings on several huge craters that don’t appear to be asteroid strikes.

See, when a normal volcano erupts, it tends to leave behind a tall mountain-like structure. But with supervolcanoes, so much pressure is released that the ground actually collapses. (Via History Channel)

Just to give you some perspective, Earth has its own supervolcanoes, including one under Yellowstone National Park. YouTube’s popular SciShow has some terrifying numbers for you.

“Its eruptions can eject nearly 250 cubic miles of ash, dust and gas. For comparison, that’s about 1,000 times the volume of Mount Saint Helen’s eruption in 1980.”

But while the thought of massive Martian eruptions is pretty cool — I mean, look at this animation — at least one volcano expert thinks we should cool our jets. (Via Nature)

He tells National Geographic: “Every decade or two someone proposes yet another otherwise previously unrecognized volcano on Mars.” He adds that while the new study looks pretty solid, it, “rests on interpretation of the Martian surface, which has a long history of misleading observers.”

But if early Mars history really did include supervolcanoes, the massive explosions might have actually caused Mars to become habitable.

One of the researchers tells the BBC: “These volcanoes spew loads of gas and dust into the atmosphere. For one thing, that gas becomes the atmosphere."

So if there ever was life on the red planet, it might have owed its existence to some of the most destructive forces in nature.

Naked man caught on camera stealing $25,000 swan sculpture in Florida

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 9:42 PM


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook on Thursday in an effort to help track down a $25,000 swan sculpture stolen by a naked man in Lakeland, Florida.

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The man was caught on surveillance camera squeezing through a gap in the fence at Lakeland Cold Storage just before 5 a.m. Friday.

He was naked and carrying a five-gallon bucket, the video shows.

A short time later, a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck loaded with a black and white-checked swan sculpture can be seen driving from the business.

“The truck was later recovered in Hillsborough County, sans swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook.

The naked man was also identified by deputies, but his name was not released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators were confident that someone has seen the large missing swan statue.

“It’s got to be hard to hide one of these,” the office said on Facebook. “Someone has seen it.”

While the truck has been found and the suspect identified, the swan remains missing and investigators hope the public will help track it down.

“So, we have a naked man, a bucket and a very expensive and very large stolen swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook. “We know who the man is and we have the truck back. But have you seen the missing swan? Call us.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen swan is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.

Coroner on scene of fatal crash in Clearcreek Twp.

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 9:25 PM

A fatal crash was reported Thursday night, May 25, 2017, on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.


Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.

Can you ID Beavercreek theft suspect?

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 9:15 PM

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a theft suspect in Beavercreek.

The suspect entered a retail store on Monday and placed merchandise in a shopping bag on his way to the register. After waiting in line for about a minute, he left the store and got into the passenger side of a silver car that took off, police said.

Security did not record a license plate.

The Beavercreek Police Department urges anyone with information to call 937-426-1225 or the tip line at 937-320-7393.

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Arrest warrant issued for hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

LONDON - MARCH 13: Students practice the unique Bikram Yoga. The class normally involves two breathing exercises and 26 postures in a 90 minute class. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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An arrest warrant was issued for Bikram Choudhury, the “hot yoga” founder who is embroiled in sexual abuse allegations.

Minakshi “Micki” Jafa-Bodden, who headed Choudhury’s legal team from 2011 to 2013, sued her employer for sexual harassment and wrongful termination after she was fired from her six-figure position for refusing to cover up a rape allegation. 

Choudhury, who claimed last year he was nearly bankrupt, was ordered to pay her $7 million in December but instead hid assets and fled the country, according to KABC.

"To have that bench warrant issued for Bikram. It sends a message to a debtor like Bikram that he will be held accountable and that the wheels of justice, although they don't turn as fast as we would want them to, they do turn," Jafa-Bodden said outside of court Wednesday, KABC reported.

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Attorneys for Jafa-Bodden said Choudhury moved a fleet of 43 luxury cars out of California and have orders blocking him from moving property out of storage lockers in Nevada and Florida. 

The cars including Bentleys and Rolls Royces vanished from a California warehouse last year. Jafa-Bodden’s attorneys tracked 20 of the cars to a Florida warehouse.

Choudhury, a pioneer of yoga in the United States, developed his Bikram yoga routine often performed in a room which reaches temperatures over 100 degrees. He has a celebrity client list and franchised his yoga studios worldwide.

Despite the legal issues, he still is teaching disciples in Acupulco, Mexico, according to KABC

Choudhury also faces sexual assault lawsuits from six other women. 

He denies any wrongdoing and no criminal charges were filed in those incidents. However, he has settled three out of court and three others are pending, according to KABC

Choudhury’s bail is set at $8 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.