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MOL Comfort on Fire [IMAGES and VIDEO]


Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reported Saturday that a fire has broken out on the rear end of the fore part of the vessel at around 0030UTC (0930 JST) on July 6.

“We immediately requested the salvage company to start fire fighting. The tug boat and other two rescue boats are responding to the fire at the scene,” notes MOL in a statement on their website.

UPDATE: 8 July

Indian Coast Guard pollution response vessel, “ICGS Samudra Prahari” has arrived on scene to assist in the firefighting efforts on the fore section of the MOL Comfort. 

 We spoke with the Indian Coast Guard and they note that contrary to some reports, the fire is not yet contained and firefighting efforts continue as of 1500 GMT. 

Here are some photos from the scene.

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

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Is Anything Stopping a Truly Massive Build-Out of Desert Solar Power?

Engineers and industry agree that although challenges abound in utility-scale solar in the sunniest places on Earth, we have the technology to go big in the desert
By Dave Levitan

DESERT SOLAR: The sprawling Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California is near completion.Image: Courtesy of BrightSource

The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to the grid, likely by the end of the summer. 

When all three of its units are operating by the end of the year, its 392-megawatt output will make it the largest concentrating solar power plant in the world, providing enough energy to power 140,000 homes. 

And it is pretty much smack in the middle of nowhere.

The appeal of building solar powerplants in deserts like Ivanpah’s Mojave is obvious, especially when the mind-blowing statistics get thrown around, such as: The world’s deserts receive more energy beamed down from the sun in six hours than humankind uses in a year. 

Or, try this one: Cover a…

TRICKS OF THE TRADE (INDIA) : Girdling can cause a mango flood!

Himansshu Bhatt, TNN | 

Jul 8, 2013, 11.18 PM IST

SURAT: Don't be surprised if you find 'Valsadi Hafoos' flooding the markets by February next year. 

This is because of girdling, an innovative farming method, that has been adopted by a number of farmers in Valsad district, especially in Bhilad.

Experts claim that girdling around the tree trunks leads to abundant flowering and early fruition of mangoes. The fruit is ready 60 days in advance, giving farmer a good price on his yield. The fruit is also saved from monsoon showers and diseases caused by pests.

"Girdling is nothing more than an attempt to keep the processed food (carbohydrates) through photosynthesis in the upper level of the tree," a farm consultant from Bhilad Vasant Donga Patelsaid. He is an MSc in agriculture.

"Carbon and nitrogen ratio in the tree determines the fruit yield. Girdling tries to keep the processed food in the form of carbohydrates in upper segment of the tree. This leads to early flowe…


A rose is a rose...or is it?

This gorgeous blossoming Mango Cream Pie fromComfortably Domestic is so beautiful, it may be hard for you to cut into it...but it's also so delicious; how could you not eat it?

2 great OXO tools to help you make your own stunning pie are the Mango Splitter :

 and Fruit Scoops:

What other blossoming foods have you made before?