Denali, North America’s Highest Peak, Is Now 83 Feet Shorter


America’s claim to the tallest mountain in the region just got a little more tenuous.

According to new data collected by Alaska’s Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative (SDMI), Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, or simply, “The Great One,” is 83 feet shorter than previously thought. The new information, obtained using special radar technology able to penetrate ice and snow, found Denali’s high point to be 20,237 feet, as compared to the 20,320 foot height estimate obtained in 1952 using photogrammetry.

Denali’s smaller size was first discovered back in 2011, when the data from SDMI’s radar planes was analyzed. However, the details were not know to the general public until Wednesday, when Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced the new height during a symposium of the International Map Collectors’ Society.

“The good news is: Denali is still the tallest peak in North America,” said Treadwell.

At least for now, that position is still relatively safe. The second…

View original post 353 more words

Miss America Victory Marred by Racist Slurs

Its unfortunate that the issue of racism still persist in countries that pride themselves as civilized people.


On Sunday evening, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, making her the first Indian American to hold the title. Moments later, the racists rushed to Twitter. What followed was a rather appalling display of ignorance and hate, from comments linking her to terrorism, to references about convenience stores, and cries that Miss America should be more “American.”

But Davuluri has graciously dismissed the haters: “I have to rise above that,” she said. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Thankfully the days of peroxide blonde barbie dolls dominating the pageant are long gone, with two of the runners up this year, Crystal Lee and Rebecca Yeh, boasting Asian roots. And this really shouldn’t be a surprise given that white children have fallen into the minority of those born in the U.S., according to the latest census data.

(MORE5 Questions with Alexis Wineman: Miss…

View original post 78 more words