Japan Tsunami : 5 Year Debris Computer Model Prediction
SCIENTISTS have created a computer model to track debris that was swept into the Pacific after last year’s Japanese tsunami.
Tonnes of debris was washed into the ocean after the earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
Much of it is buoyant enough to float on the surface and can be moved around by small scale currents and large scale circulation patterns.
So, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have developed a “debris dispersion model”, which you can watch in the animation above.
Using five years of historical weather patterns, the model is used to approximate how debris will circulate across the sea.
Though the bulk of the marine debris is estimated to remain in the ocean for years in an area north of Hawaii, individual pieces are continually washing up on the continental and island shores that border the basin.
Kate Upton the SEXY Sports Illustrated Girl of the YEAR goes out bouncing around in a braless low cut top to match her figure. All this from a simple youtube video about cheering for her local basketball team!
Kate Upton OUT in a BRA-LESS Low Top
Kate Upton OUT in a BRA-LESS Low Top
DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods sat in the driver’s seat of his black Mercedes-Benz S65, the tinted windows obscuring most of his face. His caddie, Joe LaCava, sat to his right.
There would be no comment. Instead, a Miami Dade Fire Rescue vehicle, its empty stretchers poking out from the rear, pulled away from the car. Moments later, Woods was gone too, his round, his tournament and his left Achilles done for the day. Who knows what else is gone, too.
It was 4:40 Sunday afternoon when he left the Doral resort, site of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. About 10 minutes or so earlier, Woods had hit his best drive of Sunday’s final round, a towering 321-yard tee shot that landed in the fairway of 12th fairway.
But the grimace instantly gave it away. Then came the hard lean against his driver shaft. He was hurt.
Woods waited until his playing partner Webb Simpson hit his tee shot. Then he shook hands with Simpson and said, “I’ve got to go in.”
A cart was called and soon Woods and LaCava were taken on a back road to the players’ parking lot. And then he was gone. A statement by Woods was issued later:
“I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning and it continued to get progressively worse. … In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”
There were no other details, other than Woods said he expects to get the Achilles evaluated soon. Hmmm.
What does it all mean? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot.
The fact that Woods limped off the course rather than grind through the final seven holes is telling. At the very least, he was in considerable pain and concerned about injuring it further. Why risk missing next month’s Masters, right?
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters flooded a major highway in Bahrain on Friday in one of the largest opposition rallies in months against the Gulf nation’s rulers. Security forces fired tear gas at smaller groups attempting to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the hub of the uprising.
The march was called as a show of resolve by a Shiite-led rebellion against Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy more than a year after the Arab Spring-inspired protests began. The main procession was mostly peaceful, but breakaway groups were driven back by tear gas as they headed toward Pearl Square, which was the center of the uprising for weeks last year until it was stormed by security forces.
The demonstration is also a reply to Bahrain’s Sunni leadership, which has portrayed the uprising as losing steam ahead of next month’s lucrative Formula One Grand Prix car race. It was canceled last year because of violence on the tiny island.
The march stretched for miles. Some opposition leaders estimated the crowd at nearly 100,000, which would make it one of the largest protest gatherings since the street rallies erupted in February 2011.
Bahrain’s majority Shiites seek to end the Sunni dynasty’s control of all main posts and policies in the strategic Gulf nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Shiites make up about 70 percent of Bahrain’s 525,000 citizens, but they complain of widespread discrimination and say they are blocked from high-level political and security positions.
Krásna Hôrka is a castle in Slovakia, towering over the village Krasnohorske Podhradie near Roznava. The first written mention of the castle is from 1333. Krásna Hôrka is a National Cultural Monument of the Slovak Republic.
During the course of its history the castle was owned by three Hungarian families: the Máriássy family, the Bebeks and the Andrássy family.
On 10 March, 2012, the castle burned down, allegedly due to burning of dry grass. The roof of the castle was destroyed completely. According to the information of the Slovak TV JOJ, the fire was possibly started by ethnic Gypsie Children children.
Historic CASTLE Krásna Hôrka in Slovakia on FIRE r
An Italian politician has complained that the country was not consulted before a failed attempt involving UK special forces to rescue a Briton and Italian who were being held hostage in Nigeria.
Chris McManus, who was working in the country as a building firm contractor, was killed alongside an Italian colleague as Nigerian troops and British Special Boat Service commandos launched a failed mission in West Africa.
Prime Minister David Cameron said Mr McManus and co-worker Franco Lamolinara had been in “imminent and growing danger” and an opportunity had arisen to attempt to rescue them. But he faced criticism after it emerged that Italian authorities were not notified about the covert operation until it was under way.
Mr Cameron informed Italian premier Mario Monti about the results of the operation by telephone and London and Rome were said to have been in regular contact throughout the long-running efforts to locate and free the men. However, Lucio Malan, of the Italian People of Freedom party, questioned why the British government did not inform Italian counterparts of its intentions before launching the operation.
Peyton Manning’s 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end after owner Jim Irsay informed the four-time NFL MVP that the team will release him Monday night, according to team sources.
Irsay and Manning were traveling together Tuesday night from South Florida on Irsay’s private jet and will conduct a joint press conference Wednesday to announce the quarterback’s departure, the sources said.
Colts spokesman Avis Roper told The Associated Press he could not confirm the decision — or that a news conference would be held Wednesday — because Irsay was out of town and could not be reached for comment. Neither Irsay nor Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, responded immediately to messages left by The AP.
The decision to pass on the $28 million bonus owed to Manning and not to pick up the four remaining years on his contract means Manning will become a free agent. Sources said Manning intends to continue playing despite missing the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae.
Without Manning, the Colts went just 2-14 and landed the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft.
Irsay has since rebuilt the Colts organization, firing vice chairman Bill Polian, coach Jim Caldwell, most of Caldwell’s staff and general manager Chris Polian, Bill’s son.
Miley Cyrus came under fire this week for a controversial tweet hat some critics deemed anti-Christian, according to a report from AOL.
The pop singer tweeted a photo of theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, along with the word “beautiful.” On the photo is one of his quotes that reads, “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
But Cyrus’ Christian fans were livid that the star would tweet a photo that said the words, “forget Jesus” and slammed the singer.
“So you are no longer a Christian? Forget Jesus??? Seriously? What has happened to you out there in the famous world? What????,” one person wrote.
Another told the singer to simply “Go to hell.”
Cyrus, who has come under fire in recent years for her increasingly risqué choices and possible references to drug use, said Tuesday that she had “bad dreams all night.”
“How can people take the love out of science and bring hate into religion so easily,” she wrote. “It makes me sad to think the world is this way. Like Einstein says “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
Miley Cyrus Controversial Tweet “FORGET JESUS”
Miley Cyrus Controversial Tweet “FORGET JESUS”
An Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed on Monday, the 13th such attack since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011, witnesses said.
The attack on the installation that crosses the increasingly volatile Sinai region occurred in the Massaeed area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish, in north Sinai.
Witnesses in al-Arish told Reuters that two blasts were set off within 15 m (yards) of each other using remote-controlled explosive devices.
The bombs were planted by at least six armed men who arrived in two pickup trucks, the witnesses added.
Security in Sinai was relaxed after Mubarak’s fall as the police presence thinned out across Egypt.
No group has claimed responsibility for the pipeline attacks.
Egypt’s 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with some Egyptians, with critics accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.
Previous explosions sometimes have forced weeks-long shutdowns along the pipeline run by Gasco, a subsidiary of the national gas company EGAS.
Gasco said it had resumed pumping gas to households and industrial factories in al-Arish and began experimental pumping to Jordan and Israel last week.
The pipeline has been shut since an explosion on Feb. 5.
Egypt said in November it would tighten security along the pipeline by installing alarms and recruiting security patrols from Bedouin tribesmen in the area.
Egypt Pipeline Bombed and Blast Leaves Everything in Flames
VCU Beats Drexler in CAA Goes Back to NCAA Tournament
RICHMOND, Va. — Troy Daniels is such a good shooter, Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart has said he thinks every shot the junior takes is going in. Lucky for the Rams, they did when it counted Monday night.
Daniels made four free throws in the final 19 seconds Monday night, allowing the Rams to hold on after blowing a big lead and beat top-seeded Drexel 59-56 in the championship of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
A year after making a stunning run to the Final Four as an at-large selection — one of the last teams chosen for the field of 68 — VCU is heading back to the NCAA tournament with an automatic bid.
As his teammates struggled down the stretch, Daniels managed to step up and knocked down the pivotal free throws.
“It’s something that a shooter has in his mind,” Daniels said. “You learn to block stuff out when you miss shots and when other people miss shots. It’s not contagious to any shooter I know.”
For much of the night, the Rams looked like they wouldn’t need any heroics. They led by 16 at halftime thanks to their smothering, ball-hawking defense, but the Dragons slowly climbed back.
Daniels bailed them out, making a pair from the line with 18.9 seconds left to give them a 57-53 lead, and then following a 3-pointer by Drexel’s Chris Fouch with two more with 11.9 ticks left.
When Frantz Massenat’s 3-point try was off the mark at the either end, the Rams were one their way back to the NCAA tournament.
VCU Beats Drexler in CAA Goes Back to NCAA Tournament
A KAZAKH public event descended into farce when organizers confused the national anthem for the Ricky Martin pop song “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”
Dignitaries were stood in solemn silence, hand on heart, awaiting a stirring rendition of Menin Qazaqstanim – My Kazakhstan – at the opening of a skiing event.
But as the sound system kicked into life, it launched instead into Latin hunk Martin’s 1999 chart-topping hit, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
It was a scene right from Borat’s playbook, when he sang his version of the Kazakh national anthem at an American rodeo in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Strap on your cringe goggles and scroll down for the video – in all of its awesome awkwardness
Nuraly Saduakasov, regional head for Kazakhstan’s northern city of Kostanay, and his guests remained motionless until the mistake was finally rectified, and the country’s anthem began to play.
The report, citing a local Kazakh news agency, did not reveal whether it was the work of a prankster or a genuine mistake.
Deron Williams’ eyes grew a little wider when he realized the Charlotte Bobcats had opted not to double-team him off pick and rolls.
It’s something he hadn’t seen all season.
“I’m used to getting double-teamed on those,” Williams said. “It’s kind of refreshing not to be.”
Williams took full advantage, scoring a franchise-record 57 points to lift the New Jersey Nets to a 104-101 victory over the Bobcats on Sunday night. That’s the most points scored in the NBA this season and breaks the team record of 52 points shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams.
It was the second-most points scored against the Bobcats, one shy of Kobe Bryant’s 58 in 2006.
Williams, who came into the game averaging 21.7 points per game, shot 16 of 29 from the field and was a perfect 21 for 21 from the free-throw line. He did miss one free throw, but the Bobcats were called for a lane violation and it didn’t count.
Williams was surprised when a teammate told him he had 39 points at the end of the third quarter, three shy of his personal career-best set April 6, 2010, against Oklahoma City.
With George Clooney and Brad Pitt leading the charge, the gay-marriage play “8″ had its L.A. debut Saturday in a splashy event that was part activist theater, part Hollywood in-party.
The sky-high celebrity factor no doubt helped to fill the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to near capacity for the one-night benefit performance, even if it made “8″ feel something like “Ocean’s Eight.”
Clooney and Pitt played a lawyer and a judge, respectively, in this dramatization of the 2010 court case Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, which challenged the legality of Proposition 8, the ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in California.
Saturday’s staged reading — in which actors read from scripts on a courtroom set — featured a 20-member cast that included Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Matthew Bomer.
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, wrote “8″ relying largely on transcripts from the trial. The play, which had a reading in September in New York, condenses 12 days of court hearings into a running time of less than 90 minutes, alternating between witness testimony and biographical scenes of the plaintiffs.
The performance served as a benefit for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the nonprofit group that spearheaded the court case against Proposition 8. Black and Rob Reiner, who directed the reading, serve as board members of the group.
In a brief interview before Saturday’s performance, Black said that he had made changes to the script since the New York performance, excising some of the legal scenes that he felt were repetitive and creating domestic scenes with the plaintiffs — Kris Perry (Christine Lahti) and Sandy Stier (Jamie Lee Curtis), and Paul Katami (Morrison) and Jeff Zarrillo (Bomer).
The cast had an extremely brief rehearsal schedule. The actors met for the first time earlier the same day for two run-throughs before the evening performance.
Reilly played David Blankenhorn, head of the Institute of American Values and a proponent of Proposition 8. The actor was originally cast as Judge Vaughn Walker. But when Pitt became available, he took the role of Blankenhorn, which was supposed to be played by Reiner.
In a scene that provoked abundant laughter from the audience, David Boies (Clooney), an attorney for the plaintiffs, attempts to dismantle Blankenhorn’s testimony. Reilly, who portrayed his character as awkward and ill-at-ease on the witness stand, said in an interview after the show that he didn’t do much research on his character. “I don’t even know what he looks like,” he said.
Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic with a performance worthy of the new No. 1 player in golf.
Right when it looked as though McIlroy had no serious challenge Sunday, Tiger Woods put some colour into that red shirt with a birdie-eagle finish for a 62 — his lowest final round ever — to get within one shot of the lead.
McIlroy could hear the roar from the farthest corner of PGA National, and the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland responded with some clutch golf of his own. He made an 8-foot birdie putt, and then made three clutch par saves during a daunting stretch at PGA National.
He played it safe with a two-shot lead on the par-5 18th and made par to close with a 1-under 69 and the victory he needed to replace Luke Donald atop the world ranking that will be published Monday.
“It was tough today, especially seeing Tiger make a charge,” McIlroy said. “I knew par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot 1 under in these conditions, when you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job done.”
McIlroy is the 16th player to be No. 1 in the world, and the second-youngest behind Woods, who was 21 when he first went to No. 1 after the 1997 U.S. Open.
Donald responded quickly to the victory, tweeting “Congrats (at)McIlroyRory enjoy the view!”
Tiger Woods Shoots 10 Under Loses to Rory McIllroy
Tiger Woods Shoots 10 Under Loses to Rory McIllroy
Brazzaville – Stunned residents of Congo’s capital surveyed damage caused by deadly blasts at a weapons depot on Sunday that levelled homes, destroyed military barracks and blew out windows in a neighbouring city.
“I experienced the apocalypse,” said Jeanette Nuongui, the soul survivor from a family home that was destroyed in one of the blasts that rocked Brazzaville.
“It is by the grace of God I am here. My mother died, my father, my two brothers and my two sisters also. There’s nothing left,” she added.
At least 100 people, possibly many more, were killed and hundreds more wounded when a weapons depot caught fire, triggering a series of at least five explosions.
Vladimir Putin has claimed victory in Russia’s presidential election after exit polls cited by state television indicated he won by an overwhelming margin, as opposition parties and independent observers say the vote was tainted by widespread violations.
Putin, the country’s current prime minister who previously served as president between 2000 and 2008, made the claim at a rally of tens of thousands of his supporters just outside the Kremlin,
During his speech, Putin thanked his supporters for helping foil foreign plots aimed to weaken the country.
“I have promised that we would win and we have won!” he shouted to the flag-waving crowd, which responded with shouts of support. “We have won in an open and honest struggle.”
Putin tallied 58 per cent of the vote, according to a nationwide exit poll conducted by the VTsIOM polling agency. Another exit poll done by the FOM polling agency showed Putin received 59 per cent of the ballot.
Official vote results from the far eastern regions where the count was already completed seemed to confirm the poll data. With just over 20 per cent of all precincts counted, Putin was leading the field with 63 per cent of the vote, the Central Election Commission said.
Its all about making Money. As of March 1, Google and its services will begin a new set of privacy rules, allowing them to compile a profile of data for each user. Although data collection is nothing new in the age of the Internet, others, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, fear that control will be lost over user information.
While personalized ads have been used based on search terms in the past, the new rules allow any Google service to pull from this profile to offer ads. You may be able to expect more pet adoption ads on your Gmail account if you have been searching “funny cat videos” on YouTube.
“They have been doing [data collection] for a long while,” Arabnia said. “However, what they are doing now, or intend to do, is to provide that profile information for a cost.”
Google launched the new policy on Thursday, March 1.
“That’s unethical,” said Chelsea Hanlon, a sophomore English education major from Dahlonega. “We all assume that we have some sort of Internet footprint, but to manipulate where you’ve been and where you prefer to go into a marketable thing doesn’t seem right.”
The idea has created mixed feelings for Arabnia, who is unsure of how to feel about how his online life will be affected.
PHILADELPHIA — A day after an SUV crashed through a fence and sped onto a runway, causing an approaching plane to have to pull up quickly, officials said that the facility’s perimeter fencing meets federal standards but that police are investigating whether there are ways to make the airport more secure.
Kenneth Richard Mazik is being charged with disrupting operations at the airport and endangering safety there, the U.S. attorney said Friday. Mazik, of the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, drove his Jeep through a fence Thursday and sped up and down two runways at speeds of more than 100 mph before being surrounded and apprehended, police said.
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning took another positive step forward in his recovery from neck surgery on Friday, conducting an aggressive throwing session in his Colts helmet, shoulder pads and jersey at Duke University, a source in attendance told ESPN.
Manning can be seen in a video clip posted late Friday on YouTube, independently verified as authentic, making apparent encouraging progress in his recovery from the surgery that sidelined him for all of last season. The session comes as a Thursday deadline approaches for the Colts’ decision to exercise their $28 million option on Manning.
Manning can be seen completing passes in the video posted by a user who had access to a videotaped portion of the session near the Duke practice field.
Sources at Duke and close to Manning confirm he has been conducting aggressive throwing sessions in shoulder pads and helmet since Tuesday at Duke, where his former University of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe is now the head coach. It is Manning’s second trip to work under the supervision of Cutcliffe.
Peyton Manning Throwing After Surgery
Peyton Manning Throwing After Surgerycoul
Washington • President Barack Obama warned that he is not bluffing about attacking Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in an interview published Friday, Obama also cautioned U.S. ally Israel that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good.
In his most expansive remarks on the issue thus far, Obama told The Atlantic magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that “a military component” is among a mix of many options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy. That is the most direct threat he has issued during months of escalating tension with Iran over its disputed nuclear development program.
His comments appeared aimed more at Israel and its supporters in the United States than at Iran. Obama addresses the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday and meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday at the White House. Netanyahu will also address AIPAC.
“I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” he said in the interview. “I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But (both) governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”
Netanyahu, speaking Friday ahead of a meeting in Canada with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, called Iran’s nuclear ambitions a “grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I think it’s important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize.”