Steamboat Geyser erupts
Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser — the world’s tallest — has erupted for the first time in more than eight years. Park geologist Hank Heasler says Wednesday night’s nine-minute blast sent steaming hot water an estimated 90m in the air. Steamboat is one of more than 500 geysers at Yellowstone, which boasts the largest collection of hydrothermal features in the world. In the past, it has gone as long as 50 years without a major event. In 1964, it erupted a record 29 times.
BBC sorry for prince’s penis
The BBC apologized on Thursday for accidentally showing an image of Prince William with a penis drawn on his head. The broadcaster’s breakfast TV show aired a video clip of a comedy group who were appearing later on the program. The image of the prince, with a beard and moustache scrawled in black pen on a newspaper photograph, flashed up on the screen for a couple of seconds. He had also acquired glasses, missing teeth and a penis on his head. It had apparently been missed by BBC editors, but was spotted by several viewers. “This image was shown fleetingly within a comedy promotional video for Barbershopera, a humorous barbershop group, who were appearing later on in the program,” a BBC spokeswoman said. “The material was provided by Barbershopera, but we failed to spot the offending material within it. We apologize for this.”
Birth earns Metro fare card
A woman who gave birth to a boy on a Washington Metro platform has received US$100 in subway or bus fare. Shavonnte Taylor received a handwritten note of congratulations on Thursday from Metro general manager Richard Sarles, along with a US$100 fare card. Taylor gave birth on the L’Enfant Plaza station platform on Thursday morning. She went into labor aboard a train and an off-duty emergency medical technician helped her off the train and delivered the baby. Taylor and her son, Amir, were reported to be in good health.
King statue wording fixed
Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin (雷宜鋅), who created the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, said on Thursday that a disputed inscription on the side of the monument has now been completely removed. Lei said his team is putting the final touches on the white granite monument. Dedicated two years ago, the monument features several historic quotations from King, who was assassinated in April 1968. But one inscription — “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness” — was challenged by critics who said it had been taken out of context. The National Park Service said the repair work — at a cost of up to US$800,000 — would be completed before the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28.
Space boss reprimanded
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday issued an official reprimand to Roscosmos boss Vladimir Popovkin after a series of embarrassing rocket launch failures. The reprimand is a warning to Popovkin that he faces the sack if he does not rectify the stated shortcomings.The country suffered one of its worst space failures of recent years on July 2 when a Proton-M rocket carrying a navigation satellite exploded shortly after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome. That failure came after a string of botched unmanned launches in the last two years.