Molten Magma Could Power Electric Plants of the Future

Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea—and the results of their experiment have just been published in the journal Geothermics. Read More >>

Icelandic Innovators are Making Beer out of Whales

These days brewers get pretty creative with what they put in their beer. You can get beer containing anything from doughnuts to moon dust. And, wacky as it is, weird beer is a pretty fun conversation starter. That is, until you start putting endangered species in it. Read More >>

Belief in Elves Causing Road Upgrade Delays in Iceland

If you think your local council has some daft reasons for not sorting out the potholes on your street, try getting some tarmacing done in Iceland -- a highway project there has been scrapped for fear of disturbing the habitats of elves. Read More >>

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This Time Lapse of Iceland Is So Beautifully Alien

You can travel every inch of this world and probably travel every inch of the galaxy and you'd find very few places more beautiful than Iceland. Even alien paradises don't look this good. Stian Rekdal covered over 3,000 miles and took more than 40,000 photos of Iceland over three weeks to cook this time lapse video up and it's so worth it. More efficient than combing through the entire universe to find something better. [Stian Rekdal via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

The Pirate Bay Finds Safe Harbour in Iceland

After making a run for it from Sweden to Greenland, and then finding that Greenland really didn't want a bunch of pirates plundering its waters, Iceland seems happy to have the Pirate Bay. So, time to update your bookmarks: is TPB's new home. Read More >>

Iceland Wants to Ban Internet Porn

"If we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet." Those are the now immortal words of Halla Gunnarsdóttir, the political advisor to Iceland's Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson. Iceland wants to block all internet porn. Read More >>

Iceland Is So Inbred It Needs a Website to Avoid Incest

When your society has inhabited a small, remote island for countless generations and boasts a population of only 300,000, the odds of having sex with a relative are significant. Luckily, Icelanders now have a handy tool to avoid family-sex. Read More >>

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This Gorgeous Time Lapse Proves You Should Be in Iceland Right Now

I've never been to Iceland. Had never planned to visit, really, until I saw this stunning time-lapse of the land of the midnight sun. Now I'm dreaming of having my morning coffee on sun-kissed ice block this side of nowhere. Read More >>


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