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I Suppose a Room With a Balcony is out of the Question

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Even in 2010, the idea of a fully-functional underwater community seems like a super futuristic and ridiculously impossible sci-fi dream. It wouldn't surprise me to see an underwater fortress being used as a hideout by Dr. Evil in the next Austin Powers movie. It also makes me think of the Looking Glass station on LOST, and we all know by now what happened there. (If you don't, don't click that link, yell at yourself for being so far behind, and get on Netflix right now and find out.)

What I am describing is not, in fact, a far-off dream but a currently-under-construiction reality named the Poseidion Undersea Resort - a fully-submerged getaway that will be open to anyone willing to pony up about $1500 a night for a 550 square-foot suite:

The resort's official website details the concept:

Accessible by elevator and nestled in the crystal clear cerulean waters of the 5,000-acre Fijian lagoon, Poseidion Undersea Resort is the world's first seafloor resort and the only place where you can spend the night 40 feet underwater in incomparable luxury.

Beginning in early 2010, a select group of the world's adventure travelers and undersea enthusiasts will have the opportunity to stay with us for week-long visits, enjoying two nights underwater and four nights in our remarkable beachfront and over-water bungalows.

When completed (is it "early 2010" yet?), the resort will feature all of the typical fare (spa, restaurants, fitness club, conference facilities) as well as activities for the more adventurous among us (submarine piloting, scuba diving, water sports, parasailing, etc.). The site even mentions the ability to play 9-holes of golf. I assume that they mean on land nearby, but in the unlikely event that they are developing some new mind-blowing technology that allows you to hit the links underwater, I just may have to book my stay.

Baring the new golfing technology, I have seen the movie The Abyss far too many times to brave a claustrophobic week in the Posedion. But, don't let me spoil the party. Who among us would be brave enough to enjoy a water-logged week of R&R?

(Via Wayfaring)

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Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]


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