Mount Everest’s New Height

Officials from Nepal and China, the two nations that border Mount Everest, just announced a new official height for the mountain. Now documented as standing at 8,848.86 meters (29,031.69 feet) tall, Everest measures three feet more than the previous height, which was recorded in the 1950s. A number of facts impact Everest’s official height: earthquakes can cause it to sink somewhat, while shifting tectonic plates …

How Cyborg Moon Ribas Translates Seismic Activity into Dance

In 2013, performance artist Moon Ribas grafted a small computer chip onto her elbow, allowing her to sense every earthquake in the world. She uses this connection as the basis for her latest performance, “Waiting for Earthquakes,” in which she spontaneously choreographs dances to the Earth’s seismic activity. Online publication Hopes&Fears and GIF artist Alex Thebes recently visited Ribas to discuss how life with the …