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Japan marks 6 months since earthquake, tsunami

Japan marks 6 months since earthquake, tsunami
TOKYO (AP) -- Last Sunday was the six-month anniversary of the day the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's northeast coast. Some 20,000 people are dead or missing. More than 800,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed. This combination of three photos taken over a six-month period shows aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and its cleanup progress in Wakabayashi-ward in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. This combination of three photos taken over a six-month period shows aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and its cleanup progress in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. This combo image, the initial destruction and progress of cleanup after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami is seen in Kesennuma, northern Japan. This combination of three photos taken over a six month period shows the March 11 tsunami, and its aftermath, in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. Related:  Other way of life (Japan)

Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery Should anyone ever decide to make a show called "CSI: Geology," a group of scientists studying a mysterious and rapidly inflating South American volcano have got the perfect storyline. Researchers from several universities are essentially working as geological detectives, using a suite of tools to piece together the restive peak's past in order to understand what it is doing now, and better diagnose what may lie ahead. It's a mystery they've yet to solve. Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. "I call this 'volcano forensics,' because we're using so many different techniques to understand this phenomenon," said Oregon State University professor Shan de Silva, a volcanologist on the research team. Researchers realized about five years ago that the area below and around Uturuncu is steadily rising — blowing up like a giant balloon under a wide disc of land some 43 miles (70 kilometers) across. Uber-Uturuncu? Volcano rap sheet

Le Japon invente une mini-Arche de Noé pour survivre aux tsunamis Capsule Après le tsunami du 11 mars qui a fait près de 20'000 morts et disparus, le Japon a mis au point une capsule de survie aux raz-de-marrée. Elle se présente sous la forme d'une grande balle de tennis jaune. Une petite société japonaise a mis au point une version miniature moderne de l'Arche de Noé pour le cas où l'archipel serait à nouveau frappé par un grand tremblement de terre ou un tsunami, comme ceux qui ont fait près de 20'000 morts et disparus le 11 mars dernier. Il s'agit d'une capsule de survie ressemblant à une énorme balle de tennis jaune. Déjà des commandes Le fabricant dit avoir déjà reçu 600 commandes depuis la finalisation de la balle de survie au début du mois et en avoir livré deux.

Physicists unveil a theory for a new kind of superconductivity (PhysOrg.com) -- In this 100th anniversary year of the discovery of superconductivity, physicists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology have published a fully self-consistent theory of the new kind of superconducting behavior, Type 1.5, this month in the journal Physical Review B. In three recent papers, the authors report on their detailed investigations to show that a Type 1.5 superconducting state is indeed possible in a class of materials called multiband superconductors. For years, most physicists believed that superconductors must be either Type I or Type II. Type 1.5 superconductivity is the subject of intense debate because until now there was no theory to connect the physics with micro-scale properties of real materials, say Egor Babaev of UMass Amherst, currently a fellow at the technology institute in Stockholm, with Mikhail Silaev, a postdoctoral researcher there.

Un nouvel avenir pour Achères: Achères : notre ville - parlons en ! Des réunions publiques sur l'avenir de la ville sont organisées par la municipalité afin de dialoguer avec les habitants, initiative dont nous nous réjouissons. Le site de la ville présente ainsi l'opération : "Achères évolue et fait face à des changements structurels importants : Renouvellement urbain du centre-ville. Grands projets de transports (prolongement du RER E, Ligne Nouvelle Paris-Normandie, Tangentielle Ouest, A104...). Projet de plate-forme multimodale routes-fer-fleuves... Face à ces grands changements, vos élus souhaitent dialoguer avec tous ceux qui font la ville et en constituent la richesse : habitants, associations, commerçants, entreprises...afin d’imaginer ensemble la ville de demain, qui devra concilier développement urbain, économique, et social avec notre qualité de vie et notre environnement exceptionnels. 4 rencontres publiques sont prévues : Vendredi 2 décembre de 20h à 22h, salle Marcel-Pagnol Jeudi 8 décembre de 20h à 22h, salle Maurice-Biraud

Weird News Stories » Tattoo Artist Facing Civil Lawsuit November 21st, 2011 Two trailer park residents in Dayton, Ohio are going to be battling this out in court over the next few months. Tattoo artist, Ryan L. Fitzjerald was hit with a $100,000 lawsuit last week by his ex-girlfriend Rossie Brovent. She claims that her boyfriend was supposed to tattoo a scene from Narnia on her back but instead tattooed an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it. Apparently Ryan found out that she had cheated with a long-time friend of his and this was his way of getting even. Entry Filed under: Crazy Folks,Mostly True,Scary Strange

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ Sheeting We now offer international shipping through global provider, Borderfree. As you shop, you will see prices in your selected currency. You can change where you would like to ship your items in the top right corner of our website. To learn more about international shipping, please visit our International Orders page. PLEASE NOTE: Some items are not eligible for international shipping. Interview - Karyn Poupée A l'occasion de la sortie de son dernier ouvrage Histoire du Manga, la journaliste Karyn Poupée a eu la gentillesse de nous accorder une interview pour parler de son livre et de sa carrière... Voici le portrait d'une auteure française qui aime profondément les japonais, le Japon et sa culture! Manga-news: Pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots?Karyn Poupée: Je suis journaliste à l'Agence France-Presse (AFP), où j'officie en tant que correspondante permanente à Tokyo depuis fin 2004. Mon travail consiste à cerner chaque jour dans l'actualité japonaise ce qui nécessite la rédaction immédiate de dépêches sur des sujets très divers (politique, économie, faits de société), ainsi qu'à effectuer des reportages et entretiens sur des thèmes extrêmement variés. Comment avez-vous obtenu ce travail de correspondante? Le premier livre que vous avez écrit s'intitule Les Japonais. Pour vous, quel est le plus gros défaut qu'on reproche aux japonais et qui n'a en fait pas lieu d'être?

Dinosaur Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago, and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years, from the beginning of the Jurassic (about 201 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago), when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of most dinosaur groups at the close of the Mesozoic Era. The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic Period and, consequently, they are considered a subgroup of dinosaurs by many paleontologists.[1] Some birds survived the extinction event that occurred 66 million years ago, and their descendants continue the dinosaur lineage to the present day.[2] Etymology Definition The common House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is often used to represent modern birds in definitions of the group Dinosauria General description Distinguishing anatomical features

Google Earth : Paris modélise son futur Survoler Paris et sa région jusqu'au port du Havre, planer au dessus de la Défense telle qu'elle sera dans quelques années, découvrir le futur quartier des Halles d'un peu plus près... La «maquette numérique» Paris, métropole 2020, présentée hier au sein du Pavillon de l'Arsenal, la structure municipale chargée de documenter et d'exposer l'histoire urbaine de la capitale française, est ambitieuse et se dédouble en ligne dans un add-on de Google Earth à télécharger. Dans sa version physique, elle est vaste de 37 mètres carrés et se compose de 48 écrans posés à plat, à l'image des maquettes traditionnelles en plâtre qui prennent la poussière dans tous les offices du tourisme de France (un sort auquel n'échappe pas la vieille maquette du Pavillon de l'Arsenal, déplacée dans un recoin après presque vingt ans de bons et loyaux services). Autour, plusieurs pupitres tactiles permettent de naviguer dans la carte. Sous les écrans, 17 ordinateurs font tourner 48 versions de Google Earth.

Skeptic finds he now agrees global warming is real WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. He said he went even further back, studying readings from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. What's different, and why everyone from opinion columnists to "The Daily Show" is paying attention is who is behind the study. One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party. Muller's research team carefully examined two chief criticisms by skeptics. View gallery Still, Muller said it makes sense to reduce the carbon dioxide created by fossil fuels.

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