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Flooding in Paraguay sends thousands fleeing to shelters
Flooding in Brazil Kills at Least 9 Ahead of World Cup
weather.com Published: Jun 10, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT Associated PressSpectators on a building’s ledge, watch from a distance, Spain’s national soccer team training in the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil under cloudy skies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Flooding has killed at least nine people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in southern Brazil ahead of the World Cup, which opens on Thursday, June 12.Torrential rains caused rivers to swell to record levels on Tuesday in Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Argentina. 132 cities in Brazil’s Parana state have been affected, including the state capital of Curitiba, which is one of 12 World Cup host cities and will be the site of four games, the Straights Times reports. Over the weekend, torrential rains upstream in the Barigui River forced 13,000 people to evacuate the city.”Curitiba picked up over 6 inches of rain in 48 hours late last week,” said weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. „Their average for the entire month of June is only 4 inches. Since the Barigui River is less than 50 miles long, it’s not surprising they’d see a sudden rise in water levels – but barring additional heavy rainfall, any flooding should be short-lived.”So far, authorities in Curitiba say that flooding hasn’t hampered World Cup preparations.(MORE: World Cup Warm-Up Game Halted by Hail)Curitiba City Hall spokesman Alvaro Borba said the Arena da Baixada stadium, which will host its first game on Monday, was not affected by flooding. The city’s stadium, training center, hotels and tourist sites are nowhere near the Barigui River, which overflowed its banks. He said the Spanish national team has been training normally and forecasters said rains are not expected when the stadium hosts its first Cup encounter on June 16, when Iran meets Nigeria.Iran, Honduras, Ecuador, Australia, Algeria and Russia will also compete in Curitiba.The worst-hit areas in Brazil are nearly 200 miles from Curitiba. Parana Governor Beto Richa declared a state of emergency in 77 towns. The torrential rainfalls of recent days also have caused widespread flooding in Argentina and Paraguay, where officials said about 100,000 people had been forced to evacuate.The Iguazu and Parana rivers that Brazil shares with Paraguay and Argentina rose to historic levels, forcing authorities to open two major hydroelectric dams above the world-renowned Iguazu Falls, where the water flow increased nearly 30-fold, from 1,500 cubic meters per second to 43,000 meters per second, topping the previous record of 36,000 set in 1992.The park’s viewing areas were closed to tourists and employees removed walkways that would otherwise be destroyed. On the Brazil side, the rising water swallowed the cement viewing platform where thousands of tourists usually take photos below the „Garganta del Diablo,” or Devil’s Throat.Floodgates also had to be opened to avoid damaging the Yacreta and Itaipu hydroelectric dams that Paraguay shares with Argentina and Brazil upstream from the triple border. Hundreds of riverside homes were flooded, particularly in and around Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, which lies directly downstream from the falls.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Deadly Flooding in Brazil, December 20131 / 13Aerial view of Santa Leopoldina municipality, flooded after heavy rains, in Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Vitor Jubino-A Gazeta)
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Expand The Aviationist caught these cool selfies of two Royal Netherlands Air Force pilots escorting a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in F-16 fighter jets fully armed for air interception duties. But don’t worry, it’s not a terrorism alarm. They were just welcoming the country’s first Dreamliner.Expand
Dr. Harold „Sonny” White is still working on a warp drive at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Their work is still in the experimental stages but that doesn’t mean they can’t imagine already what the real life Enterprise ship should look like according to their math. You’re looking at it right now.
Expand This is the starship that may take us where no human has gone before. And it has me screaming like a little Klingon girl.
ExpandConcept 3D artist Mark Rademaker told io9 that „he worked with White to create the updated model, which includes a sleek ship nestled at the center of two enormous rings, which create the warp bubble.”Here’s NASA’s New Design for a Warp Drive Ship In 2010, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for a… Read on io9.comThe updated model is the one you can see above, a variation of the original concept which, according to Dr. White, was rendered by Rademaker based on an idea by Matthew Jeffries, the guy who came with „the familiar Star Trek look.” This is the original warp drive spaceship concept:Expand Dr. White—whose daily life is working in future propulsion solutions for interplanetary travel in the near future, like ion and plasma thrusters—developed new theoretical work that solved the problems of the Alcubierre Drive concept, a theory that allowed faster-than-light travel based on Einstein’s field equations in general relativity, developed by theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre.A spaceship equipped with a warp drive would allow faster-than-light travel by bending the space around it, making distances shorter. At the local level, however, the spaceship wouldn’t be moving faster than light. Therefore, warp drive travel doesn’t violate the first Einstein commandment: Thou shall not travel faster than light.Here’s more views of the IXS Enterprise during its construction phase, the concept that Dr. White developed with Rademaker:The spacecraft reminds me a bit to the spaceship in Chris Nolan’s Interstellar, a film that—in theory—will portrait realistic faster-than-light travel. This is partial view of the ship in the movie, which also has a ring of some sort around it.Not a fantasy, but real science But Interstellar is just science fiction. Dr. White’s work at the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate is science. And while his department only gets peanuts compared to NASA’s budget (not to talk about the Pentagon’s) I find his words comforting:Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility.See, Dr. White and his colleagues aren’t making a movie or coming up with 3D renders for the sake of it. They just don’t just believe a real life warp drive is theoretically possible; they’ve already started the work to create one:Working at NASA Eagleworks—a skunkworks operation deep at NASA’s Johnson Space Center—Dr. White’s team is trying to find proof of those loopholes. They have „initiated an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble” using an instrument called the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer.It may sound like a small thing now, but the implications of the research huge. In his own words:Although this is just a tiny instance of the phenomena, it will be existence proof for the idea of perturbing space time-a „Chicago pile” moment, as it were. Recall that December of 1942 saw the first demonstration of a controlled nuclear reaction that generated a whopping half watt. This existence proof was followed by the activation of a ~ four megawatt reactor in November of 1943. Existence proof for the practical application of a scientific idea can be a tipping point for technology development.The roadmap to the warp driveAccording to Dr. White, this is a roadmap that they need to follow to achieve that final objective of rapid interstellar travel. He explains this roadmap in the video above.Expand If his work is successful, he says that we would be able to create an engine that will get us to Alpha Centauri „in two weeks as measured by clocks here on Earth.” The time will be the same in the spaceship and on Earth, he claims, and there will not be „tidal forces inside the bubble, no undue issues, and the proper acceleration is zero. When you turn the field on, everybody doesn’t go slamming against the bulkhead, which would be a very short and sad trip.”Every time I read that paragraph I smile. These renders just make my smile so wide it looks stupid.OK, Dr. White, you got our attention. And since the government isn’t paying any—can someone like Bill Gates please give this man the money he needs?
New Private Spacecraft Will Be 1st US Space Lifeboat in 40 Years
The second reason that young people can’t find work is that they’re young. Young workers today are under-employed at high levels, but they’ve been under-employed at high levels for decades. Because they’re young. Young people have long suffered higher unemployment than the rest of the country, unless they have a college degree. Because they’re young. Graduates are moving from unemployment (school) to employment (workforce). Finding a job is always harder than keeping a job.The third reason that young people can’t find work is that they’re having the same trouble that other job-seekers are having following the deep recession and slow recovery. One way to measure whether the youth job market is particularly sick is to investigate whether the youth unemployment rate is rising faster than the rate for overall workers. Here’s the youth unemployment multiple going back to 1985…The first thing you might see is that the overall youth unemployment rate (in light blue) hasn’t budged from its historical average. There is nothing uniquely wrong with the youth job market. Youth unemployment is exactly as high as you might expect. The second thing you’ll see is that there is something uniquely wrong with the job market for young grads who never went to college. Their unemployment rate is clearly elevated—a sign that a college degree is a necessary rung on the ladder to the quality career.Young people—including college grads—take time to establish themselves in the economy, and they always have. The most important concern today shouldn’t be whether they find work, but what kind of work they find. „It has become more common for underemployed college graduates to find themselves in low-wage jobs” since the 2001 recession, according to a recent New York Fed report. The problem isn’t that Obama killed entry level jobs, as Puzder argues. It’s that he lacks the power to enrich those entry level jobs.
Four Indian Students Dead After Dam Release Swept Them Away; Dozens Still Missing
Published: Jun 10, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT weather.comCollege Students Washed Away In River A sightseeing trip in a mountainous resort town in northern India turned tragic on Sunday after dozens of students were swept away by surging waters from a dam release while snapping pictures on a riverbank. Four bodies were recovered Monday morning, but 21 others are still missing with police calling the chances for survival „slim.”A group of 48 engineering students from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad were visiting the resort town of Manali, about 330 miles north of New Delhi. The engineering students were taking photos along the bank of the Beas River when a sudden discharge of water from a dam upstream caught them by surprise, according to the Associated Press. At least 24 students were washed away from the surge of water.AP PhotoBonath Shekar Naik shows a portrait of his son Rambabu, one of the students feared dead during a field trip near the mountain resort town of Manali. (AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.)Kiran Kumar, a professor accompanying the students, said he saw the water level rising and tried to tell the students to step back from the bank, but „within one or two seconds, the water level increased all of a sudden. Some of the students were washed away right in front of me,” he told the Associated Press.(MORE: Cost of Natural Disasters on the Rise)One student said that he saw a „wall of water” swallow the students alongside the river and that they „disappeared under the waves.”The Indian Express reports that authorities released water from an upstream reservoir without any warning. The incident prompted fury from locals, who blocked the national highway in protest. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam’s engineer be suspended while the incident is investigated.Search efforts were ongoing Monday, but a shortage of boats and divers was hampering those operations.The Associated Press contributed to this report.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: World’s Most Polluted Rivers – Ganges, India1 / 21