Then And Now: The Shocking Aftermath Of The Largest Volcanic Eruption In U.S. History

Before Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens on May 17, 1980, the day before the eruption. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Prior to 1980, a dense forest covered the land around Washington’s Mount St. Helens, supporting a thriving ecosystem and a small logging village. But what looked, to the untrained eye, like a peaceful and innocent mountain was actually a volcano sitting directly on top of the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire.

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21 Entrancing Examples Of Tension Furniture Forged By Physics

We’ve become accustomed to a world where furniture is always in our peripheral view, but the work of designer and woodworker Robby Cuthbert puts everyday furnishings at center stage.

Cuthbert crafted this ethos while in college. There, his interest in cross-country skiing and the way the body works eventually yielded a series of sculptures that examined the inner mechanics of human muscle. “[My art professor and I] ended up talking about how muscles work and how you might express that idea with a sculpture,” Cuthbert said.

“I ended up finding some steel cable laying around the studio and decided to try and wire a couple of pieces of curved wood together,” the designer said. “The idea was that the two pieces of wood, though never touching, would work to support each other through the counteracting forces provided by the cables.”

From this, Cuthbert developed the idea for tension furniture, which would be free from the traditional methods of adhesion. Instead, his designs rely solely on opposing forces of tension to achieve a surprising stability and sturdiness. The aesthetic and functional results are a fascinating juxtaposition of form and physics:

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Suspension Shelf 2

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf 3

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Suspension Shelf

Chair 2

Tension Chair

Chair

Tension Chair

Chair 3

Tension Chair

Wine Rack 2

Balance Wine Rack

Wine Rack

Balance Wine Rack

Coffee Table

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 2

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table 3

Contour Coffee Table

Coffee Table Tension

Contour Coffee Table

Countor Lamp Tension Furniture

Contour Lamp

End Table

Balance End Table

End Table Suspended Tension Furniture

Balance End Table

Patio Chair

Patio Chair

Patio Chair 2

Patio Chair

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp

Peering Lamp Suspension Furniture

Peering Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp

Table Lamp 2

Table Lamp

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Why Gravitational Waves Are The Most Important Discovery Of The Century

Black Holes Gravitational Waves

A computer simulation of the collision of two black holes, the event responsible for our historic new understanding of gravitational waves. Image Source: Caltech

1.3 billion years ago, two enormous black holes — with masses of 29 and 36 times that of the Sun — crashed into each other, creating a burst of power 50 times greater than the output of all the stars in the universe. And finally, last September, that gargantuan force made a pair of antennas in Louisiana and Washington vibrate.

What those vibrators were detecting were gravitational waves, a phenomenon that does nothing short of reveal ripples in the fabric of spacetime, finally proving Einstein’s 100-year-old predictions about the nature of the universe and illuminating the mysteries of how the universe began.

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