A viral YouTube video, “I Forgot My Phone,” has a clear message: The ever-present smartphone is ruining “the moment.” The video shows smartphone users interrupting a birthday celebration, a wedding proposal and other special occasions. It has garnered more than 22 million views so far.
The message has sparked a national conversation, and, to quote the New York Times, “may have landed at one of those cultural moments when people start questioning if something has gone too far and start doing something about it.”
Scientists may be able to track dangerous ash-filled clouds by using information similar to the bars showing signal strength on a cell phone.
The new technique analyzes the GPS’s “signal strength” — the intensity of a GPS signal – as it attempts to cut through a volcanic plume. The research was published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The dangerous particles within these plumes can clog an airplane’s engines and send it plummeting from the sky.
Two years ago this month, Grímsvötn, a volcano in Iceland, erupted, leaving behind a thick column of ash that led to canceled flights all over Europe for days.