Las Vegas tunnel people: How 1,000 people live under shimmering strip | Mail Online

Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.

But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.

Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care – their 400sq ft ‘bungalow’ boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf.

via Las Vegas tunnel people: How 1,000 people live under shimmering strip | Mail Online.

Brazil to replace oil rigs with ‘underwater cities’ – Telegraph

Petrobras plans to turn science fiction into reality to extract oil from the vast pre-salt oil fields discovered off the south east coast of Brazil.

The plan is to construct ‘cities’ more than 2,000 metres under water, containing machines, giant pieces of equipment and robots that could inspect the systems being used to extract millions of barrels of oil. Many operations would be fully automated while others would be controlled by humans at a distance.

via Brazil to replace oil rigs with ‘underwater cities’ – Telegraph.

Plants initiated evolutionary drama of Earth`s oxygenation

An international team of scientists has taken a major step toward unlocking the secrets of oxygenation of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere.

The new research indicated that the appearance of large predatory fish as well as vascular plants approximately 400 million years ago coincided with an increase in oxygen, to levels comparable to those we experience today.

via Plants initiated evolutionary drama of Earth`s oxygenation.

Midnight grocery runs capture economic desperation – USATODAY.com

Once a month, just after midnight, the beeping checkout scanners at a Walmart just off Interstate 95 come alive in a chorus of financial desperation.

Here and at grocery stores across the country, the chimes come just after food stamps and other monthly government benefits drop into the accounts of shoppers who have been rationing things like milk, ground beef and toilet paper and can finally stock up again.

Shoppers mill around the store after 11 p.m., killing time until their accounts are replenished. When midnight strikes, they rush for the checkout counter.

via Midnight grocery runs capture economic desperation – USATODAY.com.

Dragon’s Beard Candy recipe

I found this great rouge cooking site, on which they had a recipe for Dragon’s beard candy.
It is basically cotton candy, made by hand.

Gave it a go, and after a false start (and a kilo of carmel) I managed to make some. It was really good. Worth the effort.

I had some trouble finding the recipe online, so here is the only I used.

For the candy

  • 200gms Sugar (I did not use any corn syrup, just granulated)
  • 2 drops (literally drops) of vinegar

For the filling

  • Corn Flour (to stop the strands sticking)
  • Almond slivers
  • Sugar

To make the candy.  Heat the sugar on moderate heat.
DO NOT STIR THE MIXTURE (this was my big mistake first time around, was a mess).
Heat until it reaches 130C on a candy thermometer.
Pour in a tub or bowl to cool.
When cool remove from the bowl (it is very sticky) and form into a donut.
Then make 2, 4, 8, 16, etc strands as per the video.
Use the corn flour to coat the strands all the time and stop them sticking.

For the filling I toasted some almonds & mixed with sugar.
Wrapped with the dragons beard it was delicious.