Month in Review: October 2012’s Must Read News

October 31, 2012
Formations earlier this month in Kong lor Cave, Laos

Formations earlier this month in Kong lor Cave, Laos. Photo by Gnilenkov Aleksey/flickr

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spooky culmination of the tenth month of the year let’s review the top ten most popular news items on Caving News in the last 31 days.

This monthly look back gives you, our valued reader, a chance to see what other readers found interesting, and to allow you to catch anything you may have missed.

Although they didn’t make the top ten list, perhaps some of you recently took part in the Halloween events in caves such as the first annual Trick or Treat at Tennessee’s Cherokee Caverns.

Now, without further ado, we present the ten most popular articles of caving news that appeared in October 2012, ordered by the number of views.

October’s Top 10 News Items

  1. Wearable Real-Time Mapping Device Developed at MIT
    Researchers at MIT have developed a wearable sensor that automatically creates a digital map on the fly as the user moves through an area.
  2. 2012 Peru Caving Expedition Visits the World’s Highest Caves
    An international expedition to visit the world’s highest caves is underway in the Andes mountains of Peru.
  3. Man Sleeping in Cave Prompts Major Rescue
    A man found unresponsive in a cave on the north coast of Cornwall initiated a major rescue involving police, the coastguard and a helicopter.
  4. Hypothermic Caver Rescued From UK Cave
    In their 62nd rescue of the year, the UK’s Cave Rescue Organisation responded to a caver suffering from hypothermia.
  5. Students Break Record for Malaysia’s Largest Caving Expedition
    A record-breaking caving expedition was recently undertaken in Malaysia’s Fairy Cave.
  6. Borneo’s Bats Strange Relationship with a Carnivorous Plant
    Scientists studying bats in Borneo have discovered that the bats and a carnivorous plant have an unusual mutually beneficial relationship.
  7. Giant Harvestman Spider Discovered in Laos
    One of the world’s largest harvestman spider has been discovered in a cave during a research trip to Laos.
  8. Syrian Schools Operate in Caves to Escape Violence
    To escape the ongoing violence of Syria‘s civil war, many schools have been left abandoned. While some students have gone into hiding with their families, others attend schools operating underground, in caves.
  9. New Respiratory Virus Linked to Bats
    Britain’s Health Protection Agency looking into a new respiratory virus has discovered a close link to bats.
  10. Popular Annual Cave Rescue Fundraiser Discontinued
    The Broughton Game Show, an annual fundraiser of Cave Rescue Organisation and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, has been permanently called off.
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