In maybe the most Icelandic move I've seen for a while, telecoms operator Míla deliberately buried fiber-optic lines ahead of an active lava flow just so they could see how they survived - after all, Iceland has more than a few volcanoes, and it's nice to know if the internet keeps working, I guess.
Reports 36 hours in said the fiber-optic cable is doing great, so the very calm Icelandic approach to living on an island full of very active volcanoes can continue unabated, safe in the knowledge that while the roads might need a bit of repair now and again, their internet should be fine.
It was a big worry that the COVID-19 pandemic would have an outsized impact on some industry areas - including live events, travel, and of course, museums - and many governments (the UK included) have been pretty bad about supporting all of these causes.
Thankfully, this report looks at the UK's museums now the pandemic is starting to lessen, and finds that only nine have closed (and one of those nobody wanted anyway), which is actually significantly less than previous years. Hopefully the trend continues - the UK has an absolute delight of small museums, and it is generally sad to lose any of them.
Well, any of them that aren't the contentious Jack The Ripper Museum, which claimed it was a "women's history museum" on the planning application and duped a lot of people involved. That appears to be one of the ones that's gone, and thank goodness for that.
This week's bridge news is this bridge in Qinghai, China, that unfortunately was very near a magnitude 7.3 earthquake and had, well, let's call it a slight failure.
Fortunately, nobody appears to have been injured, and the locals are now left with a bridge that is only really suitable for fans of spectacular bridge jumps.
River Runner is a fantastic tool that uses a load of USGS data to let you drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous 48 US states and see which river it ends up in.
Of course, there's a very decent chance it'll be the Mississippi, but just avoid the entire middle third of the country and you should be fine.
It's especially fun to try various places around the Continental Divide - the point in the US where rivers change from flowing towards the Atlantic to towards the Pacific - especially as I can see part of it from my window here in Denver. Top marks to any Europeans who actually know where Denver is without looking it up.
The full details of this week's tragic cable car (aerial tram) accident in Italy have started to emerge, and as everyone unfortunately suspected, it was not a fundamental cable-car problem - instead, it was humans overriding a safety system.
This style of cable car runs on two sets of cables - one set to hold it up in the air (the track cables), and one to pull it up the slope (the haulage cable). It turns out the emergency brake - meant to stop the car sliding backwards if the haulage cable snapped - had been misbehaving, so the people running the cable car decided to just... turn it off. Unfortunately, this meant that when the haulage cable snapped, the cabin slid at high speed back down its track cable and detached due to the forces involved.
Rightly, those people are now facing manslaughter charges, and I hope this covers any executives or owners who pressured the maintenance staff into making this call, since that often seems to be what happens. There is sadly only one survivor at this point, but his critical condition is at least improving - my best wishes to him.