Building a better missile ... The test flights took place from Sandia National Laboratories' Kauai Test Facility in the Aloha State. Olga Spahn, Sandia's manager over HOT SHOT payload integration, explained that having better data at an early stage of development could create opportunities to explore new, innovative ideas by reducing the risk of failure. It could also improve the overall performance of future missile systems by fostering development of components that reduce size, weight, and power requirements. … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: Cause of Vega failure found, China seeks rocket customers
"When these things go over land, the fact that they're separated from the ocean means they're separated from their energy source," Braun said; many scientists thought the storm wouldn't turn into a hurricane after re-emerging over water until later this evening. … [Read more...] about Hurricane Hunters Fly Through Karl
And no matter the size of a water craft, rogue waves are always a concern. Rogue waves are rare but towering problems that can soar 100 feet and are known to sink large cargo ships. Scientists have only recently begun to figure out what's behind the once-mythical waves. A study in 2008 suggested that in rare circumstances, waves that would normally cancel each other out can combine to form tall monsters in quick fashion. … [Read more...] about How the World’s Largest Cruise Ship Floats
According to the model simulations, that’s what we would expect to see in the region as the climate warms. They show that a rainfall event like the recent one is at least 1.4 times as likely (and probably closer to double) as it was in 1860. That means a 100-year rain event drops to at least a 70-year event—with a new, stronger 100-year event taking its place. … [Read more...] about Was August deluge in Louisiana worsened by climate change?
The rains hit hardest just to the east of Baton Rouge in Livingston Parish, which straddles Interstate 12 and is home to about 130,000 people. Some state officials have estimated that as many as 70 percent of the homes and businesses in this parish—more than 30,000 homes—were flooded. Across the state, officials say as many as 80,000 structures may have flooded. Some 20,000 people had to be rescued from flooded homes and vehicles. Very early damage estimates pegged the storm at $1 billion to $2 billion. At least seven people have died. … [Read more...] about Louisiana’s 1,000-year floods inundated 80,000 homes and businesses