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This Explorer Makes History Inside A Nicaraguan Volcano And It’s Epic AF

Nowadays, there’s Internet connectivity in just about any corner of the world… including in an active volcano in Nicaragua. Yes. Volcano.

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Sam Cossman, an explorer and filmmaker, made international headlines after descending 1,200 feet inside the Masaya volcano with one goal in mind: to connect to the Internet. In case you’re wondering, that’s roughly about the height of the Empire State Building in New York City.

General Electric and the Nicaraguan government partnered to send Cossman and an expedition team that included former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski to explore the Masaya Volcano for over a month. The volcano is located 12 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua and continually emits large amounts of sulfur dioxide gas. This has caught the attention of many volcanologists, including Cossman, who happened to be in the country filming a documentary for National Geographic.

During his expedition, Cossman and part of his team zip-lined inside the volcano and installed 80 wireless sensors…

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But, no, this is not so that you can Snapchat and post pictures on IG. The sensors will gather real-time data about Masaya’s volcanic activity and notify those who live in danger zones.

“The goal is essentially to install all these sensors and create the most effective early warning system in the world that would ultimately serve as a proof of concept for implementing something similar to communities around the world who are exposed to similar risks,” Cossman told The Verge, adding that the data will be transmitted via an open-source database called Predix, owned by GE.

The exhilarating experience, which finalized earlier this month, was also all the rage on Snapchat and Facebook Live, where the adventurous boys made sure everyone joined them in their endeavor of bringing a volcano online for the first time in history.

“It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life and I’m honored to have shared it with the world,” expressed Cossman after one of his live videos from Level 0 in Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano.

Learn more about Volcan Masaya here.

READ: Monkeys In Nicaragua Are Dropping Dead And People Have NO Idea Why

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Austin Just Might Become The First Sanctuary City In Texas

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Austin Just Might Become The First Sanctuary City In Texas

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If the Democratic candidate for sheriff of Travis County has her way, Austin, Texas, will become the first sanctuary city in Texas.

You heard right. The deep blue pocket in arguably the most Republican state in the country is going to be taking its progressive agenda one step further. According to The Texas Tribune, one of the main issues of the 2016 Travis County sheriff’s election is whether or not to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement by detaining undocumented immigrants for pick-up by federal officials. The current sheriff of Travis County, Democrat Greg Hamilton, fully complies with ICE officials and allows for county jails to hold undocumented immigrants while they wait to be picked up for deportation.

“I just don’t think you solve the criminal justice process by deporting them,” Democratic candidate Sally Hernandez told The Texas Tribune.

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CREDIT: Credit: @SallyForSheriff / Twitter

“We talk about being progressive,” Hernandez added. “I believe we need to lead the way.”

The current race for sheriff of Travis County is between Democrat Sally Hernandez and Republican Joe Martinez. While both of the candidates are running on platforms to better the lives of undocumented immigrants in Travis County, there is a clear difference. Hernandez is in favor of adopting a complete sanctuary city status for Austin, and Martinez wants to decrease the scope of Travis County’s compliance with ICE by only detaining the worst criminals.

“How can you release somebody back into the population to do more harm,” Martinez told The Texas Tribune.

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CREDIT: Credit: Joe Martinez for Travis County Sheriff / Facebook

“Where is it going to stop? When you hurt or maim and kill somebody? An American citizen or another immigrant? The federal government has a job to do,” Martinez added. “Let’s let them do their job.”

You can read the full story on The Texas Tribune here.

READ: Politician Behind Anti-Immigration Bill Loses Her Cool When Confronted About Anti-Immigration Bill

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