Ukrainian freighter MV Arvin was headed through choppy waters in the Black Sea when it broke in two. The 1975 vessel, 113m long, was in sight of land and other ships when disaster struck, but at least two crew died before help could arrive and some sources say four are dead. There appears to be some controversy over the speed of the response; the video shows that the captain immediately called in a mayday and described the vessel's problem in clear English.
More than 20 people are feared dead after devastating mudslides in Japan, with two bodies so far recovered. Videos shot in Atami, a resort town, show walls of mud overwhelming buildings Saturday, carrying cars, debris and even houses downhill. The disaster followed days of torrential rain in Shizuoka prefecture, with more falling in the first… READ THE REST
A crush at the Lag BaOmer religious festival at Mt. Meron in Israel left at least 45 dead and 150 more injured Friday morning, caused by participants crowding onto a slippery staircase in a packed corridor. NPR: Witnesses said people were asphyxiated or trampled in the tightly packed corridor. The stampede occurred in the men's… READ THE REST
At 20 minutes long, no time is wasted in this forensic reconstruction of August's massive explosion in Beirut. Footage of the fire and the detonation are carefully timestamped and positioned, the smoke plume studied by experts, and both the scene and the explosion modeled in 3D to determine exactly where, why and what happened. I… READ THE REST
Remember the last time you juiced up your iPhone using that short little charging cable it came with? The phone probably rang mid-charge, and it was a call you absolutely had to take. Of course, if you were at full charge, you could've taken the call from the comfort of your armchair. But if that… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Let's face it. Getting what you need from a store shouldn't be insanely inconvenient. But, often, that can be precisely the case, and sometimes prices can make the experience even worse. So, with no… READ THE REST
There's a lot of reasons to buy a new smoking piece. Maybe you dropped your old one and that cool glass octopus build doesn't work so well when it's in a million pieces. Perhaps you're making the switch from rolling your own to something a little less cumbersome. Or maybe you just want an upgrade. Whatever… READ THE REST