Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: The last giant jets in the sky

TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.

The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.

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Astronomers’ sensational discovery: someone lives on Venus

Venus is the Planet of Storms. It looks like it is inhabited.

Rumors that have been stirring up the scientific world for two days have been confirmed. At a press conference held at the Royal Astronomical Society, it was announced that for the first time in the world, very serious signs of the existence of extraterrestrial life were found. She – life seems to be on Venus. It is evidenced by phosphine – a gas, the impressive amounts of which were “noticed” by astronomers at the University of Manchester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cardiff University, who observed the second planet from the Sun, working in two independent other observatories – with the ALMA radio telescope in Chile and the James Clark Maxwell infrared telescope in Hawaii (James Clerk Maxwell telescope).

Details are in the RAS press release.

Phosphine molecule.

Phosphine molecule.

Phosphine – it is also phosphorous hydrogen, it is also hydrogen phosphide, it is phosphorus hydride, it is phosphane – a colorless poisonous gas. It can be obtained artificially, but under natural conditions anaerobic organisms are gassed with phosphine. That is, some living creature is most likely bacteria that do not need oxygen for life. Of course, anaerobic bacteria are not at all what we want to see outside the Earth. But before them, nothing was found anywhere. Nothing at all. And the idea that our planet is the only inhabited place in the Universe was quite reasonable.

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University who led the research.

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University who led the research.

There is a lot of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus – so much that its molecules could be seen from a very far distance. As astronomers assure, there is so much gas that it could not be synthesized by itself. At least they are not aware of such a natural process. Therefore, phosphine is of biological origin. And it is a so-called biosignature – a manifestation of the consequences of life.

By the way, American astronomers have long been “bending” this line, arguing that life on Venus exists, but not on the surface, but high in the clouds. That is, where it is not very hot – about 60 degrees Celsius – and the pressure is close to Earth’s. Similar more or less favorable conditions exist at heights of the order of 50-60 kilometers.

Last year, Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her colleagues even proposed a mechanism for Venusian life in the clouds. They assured, including in the journal Astrobiology, that even some terrestrial bacteria could exist there. For example, Acidithiobacillus ferrooxid. They would not be afraid of sulfuric acid, drops of which soar in the clouds of Venus.

The year before last, Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin – Madison talked about the mysterious dark spots he saw in the atmosphere of Venus. The spots retained their shape and position for several days. The astronomer suggested that these are colonies of bacteria living here. And now it seems that confirmation has been found that someone still lives in the atmosphere of Venus.

Phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus is a sign of life somewhere on it.

Phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus is a sign of life somewhere on it.

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Life on Venus was discovered by Russian scientists a few years ago

The discovery was made by Leonid Ksanfomality, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Leonid Vasilievich showed pictures taken by Soviet devices that visited the surface of Venus. And he showed the plants and creatures that he saw there. I saw, I emphasize, on the surface of the planet. Who knows, maybe someone lives there in the clouds. Any bacteria that American astronomers believe in. Or maybe larger animals gasp with this very phosphine.

The final one will clearly bring further studies of the second planet from the Sun, which, surprisingly, turned out to be more promising than Mars. In the sense of looking for life.

Leonid Ksanfomality, unfortunately, died in 2019 at the age of 88 – shortly after he published his sensational work entitled “Hypothetical Signs of Life on the Planet Venus: A Revision of the Results of Television Experiments 1975-1982.” The scientist’s co-authors were Professor Lev Zeleny – Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, scientific leader, and in the recent past director of the IKI RAS, Valentin Parmon – Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, scientific director of the Institute of Catalysis named after G.K. Boreskov SB RAS and Valery Snytnikov – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of General Physics of the Novosibirsk State University. All are “aces” of the scientific world who value their reputation.

According to the Russian version, you can take a look at the numerous inhabitants of Venus in our material.

By the way, NASA does not comment on the current discovery of transcendental life on Venus. Like, did not take part. And they cannot give hope for their part.

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Guadeloupe under the magnifying glass of Gregory Halpern

Equivocal at will, the very first photograph in the exhibition alone condenses the point. The lower part of the body submerged in the ocean, we see a man holding a woman in his arms. Impossible to identify, with a bob on the head and black skin as ebony, we can not guess the features of the first. While the second, white, has closed eyelids. Depending on how you interpret it, the image may seem quiet or, conversely, terribly dramatic. Protected by anonymity, did the man commit a mischief? Or, on the contrary, did he come to the aid of the inert woman, of whom nothing moreover proves that she is still alive – a fortiori in a potentially dangerous context, where the hypothesis of death by drowning is not would there be nothing out of the ordinary?

Malaise

Thus we would be reduced to conjecture, if one of the rare cartels accompanying the small fifty selected images had not the gentleness to dissolve the enigma. Which, we will see later, will fortunately not always be the case, far from it: not only has the torpid creature not known any misfortune, but, better still, it participates in an aquatic session of relaxation, supposedly source of well-being. Nevertheless, the doubt has crept in, which will not disappear anytime soon. Even to the point of constituting the quintessence of the project: from the start, we understand that the color vision of Guadeloupe given by the American photographer Gregory Halpern will not be all black, nor all white, but often suffused with ambiguity. at the edge of malaise, firmly anchored, beyond the sunny clichés, in the complex and painful history of the overseas territory marked by several centuries of colonization. “For an image to work, it must have something that defies expectations, something surprising or disturbing, or rewarding, something that doesn’t just reaffirm what you already know or feel”, considers the artist on purpose, in an interview with photographer and writer Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, published in the catalog that accompanies the exhibition presented in Paris, at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (1).

Titled “Soleil cou coupé”, echoing the collection published in 1948 by (among others) Martinican poet Aimé Césaire (who had himself borrowed the verse from Guillaume Apollinaire), this one, we will have guessed, did not was initiated by the tourist office of the West Indian archipelago. But by the Hermès Foundation, which imagined Immersion, a program dedicated since 2014 to contemporary photography with the specificity of choosing, one year, an American artist invited to create a new work in France, and, the following year, a French the reverse path.

Fourth laureate, the native of Buffalo – who has already signed in his country several (in) notable quests, including Harvard Works Because We Do (2003) or ZZYZX (2016) – therefore wanted to address the exogenous question “Through the prism of the experience of a former French colony”. Three expeditions resulted in 2019, retracing a curious peregrination between land and sea, city and countryside, where Gregory Halpern does not seem so much to hunt down the singularity at all costs, as to uncover the sometimes explicit traces (a marble bust of Christopher Columbus vandalized), sometimes allusive (a metal curtain on which is painted a Photomaton booth), but also gruesome or malefic (dismembered animals), from a viscerally tormented history, today killed by the tourist manna.

Attracted by “This murky zone in which the photo could be situated between documentary and fiction”, as he recalled from the United States during the opening, Halpern thus sows his little stones such as many clues referring to the fault lines (social, racial, economic, cultural) of a community of which he does not have the claim to unravel the mysteries.

Carcass

Like the entangled bodies of this couple on a beach, whose embrace could well not be motivated so much by an irrepressible surge of tenderness as by the desire not to be recognized – an adulterous relationship, or even a priced one? Or the burnt out carcass of a car, in the middle of the road, in a dilapidated residential area – some clues that allow us to guess that it has been lying there for a very long time. Or the indecisive gaze of this young woman with the afro cut posing with the decapitated head of a white mannequin; an image which dialogues with that of a white hand, holding a string at the end of which hangs a black statuette by the feet. Atmosphere.

(1) In accordance with its vocation, the HCB Foundation offers two simultaneous exhibitions, the second, heritage, this time devoted to London in the winter of 1958-1959 crisscrossed by the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain.

Gilles Renault

Gregory Halpern Sun neck cut Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 75003. Until October 18.

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US ship blows up during military test at sea – Telemundo New York (47)

HONOLULU – Ten countries participated in the weekend of military exercises in Hawaiian waters, where they blew up a US military ship as part of the exercises.

The Pacific Rim Exercises (RIMPAC) are held every two years in Pearl Harbor Bay.

Countries participating in the military exercise this year include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines, and Singapore.

On August 30, the navies of the 10 countries shot and launched missiles at the USS Durham as part of the tests.

In total, 22 ships, a submarine, and more than 5,000 personnel from the various navies participated in the event.

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Shinzo Abe, the surprise resignation of a veteran of Japanese political life

He’s a marathon runner who collapses on arrival. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation on Friday. “Unfortunately, my health deteriorated sharply in July and this month and was confirmed to have recurrence of intestinal inflammation. I decided to resign having lost confidence in my ability to conduct an effective policy in the service of the population ”said the head of government, his throat tight and his voice hoarse. He will benefit from a new treatment. His political entourage had already commented on this departure after media leaks several hours before the official announcement. “It’s a shame, we had a lot of things to do, starting with the preparation for the Tokyo Olympics”, reacted the governor of the Japanese capital, Yuriko Koike.

“We will reorganize the party according to this event”, added a Liberal Democratic Party official chaired by Abe. “I didn’t expect it at all, it’s a total surprise”, assured one of his relatives, the nationalist Tomomi Inada. A party meeting is scheduled for the evening to prepare for the appointment of his successor as chairman of the party and prime minister.

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Shinzo Abe, 65, who explained himself at a press conference, had just passed the 2,798 continuous days at the head of the country, a record for longevity in a term previously held by his great-uncle, Eisaku Sato (Prime Minister from 1964 to 1972). But, barely this record broken, he is forced by illness to leave the front of the political scene. This is the second time that this has happened to this political animal who has as many detractors as admirers, including in his camp.

Intestinal problems

Shinzo Abe ended a first term of only one year in 2007, officially due to intestinal problems, but also after a wave of resignations of ministers mired in scandals. He was then much less seasoned. Crossing the desert put to good use, effective medicine until recently, change of hairstyle, more ease in front of the cameras, better advice and freed from the shadow of his mentor Junichiro Koizumi, this assumed nationalist had returned to business at the end of 2012. He then posed as the savior of a Japan in peril after the three years in power of a center-left party and the triple disaster of March 11, 2011 (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accident in Fukushima). The waltz of heads (a new Prime Minister every year between 2006 and 2012) ended there. He settled in his chair with a solid footing, the almost full support of the omnipotent Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), co-founded by his grandfather and ex-Prime Minister from 1957 to 1960, Nobusuke Kishi.

“He tackled one problem after another and seven and a half years went by in one go. Since January, with the whole of the government, he has been dealing with all his might for the coronavirus crisis ”, Government Secretary General Yoshihide Suga said this week, while denying a decline in the Prime Minister’s health. “He is in top form”, had even sworn one of his proteges, the Minister of Economic Revitalization, Yasutoshi Nishimura.

During all these years, the heir of a dynasty of politicians distinguished himself first with an economic policy called “Abenomics” supposed to rid the country of nagging deflation via its “3 arrows” – generous fiscal policy, ultra-flexible monetary policy and structural reforms. Under the Abe government, reshuffled many times, full employment took hold, even with staff shortages in some sectors, but also many working poor, not working enough to live well, but too much to enter the statistics unemployment. The position of women has improved a little, but they “Shine” not as much as he had promised. The consumption tax has seen two successive increases (from 5 to 10%), which did not please everyone.

Ultimate ambition

The year 2020 was to be the year of consecration with the Tokyo Olympics for which he wet his shirt by accompanying the candidacy of the capital to deliver a speech in English (which he does not speak fluently), swearing that marine pollution was “Under control in Fukushima”and dress up as a plumber Mario in Rio. 2020 was also to be, according to his plans, the year of the first revision of the Japanese Constitution, drafted in 1946 by the American occupier, which entered into force in 1947 and never amended since. He made it the ultimate ambition of his career, a matter of almost family honor, in memory of his grandfather Kishi. He said to himself Friday “Very sorry not to have been able to complete” which was for him a mission. “It is a promise from our party and a successor, whoever he is, will take this reform in hand”.

Since 2012 and until recently, he had always been cunning to maintain himself at the head of the country, despite cases, repeated suspicions of favoritism, some arrangements with the Constitution to harden the prerogatives of Japanese soldiers abroad. Did he fall in the polls that he always had two weapons at his disposal: the tours abroad where he restored the image of the country. He was thus rebuilding his health by posing with Donald Trump or Vladimir Poutin, relegating internal troubles to the background. Another weapon: the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament. With a shattered opposition unable to field candidates everywhere, his PLD was unlikely to lose and he himself had little rival in his party, although some were actively preparing to be the prime minister “post -Abe ”. The coronavirus crisis, against which he announced on Friday new measures to face the risks to come, deprived him of stays outside the archipelago and his weakening health precipitated the fall already well underway because of various scandals.

Who to succeed him? No one knows, but the post-Abe, “It risks being Abe without Abe”, warns political scientist Koiichi Nakano.

Tokyo correspondent Karyn Nishimura

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On the death of Nina Kraft: wrong track in Hawaii

She was the first German Hawaii winner. But only for a few weeks. On October 16, 2004, triathlete Nina Kraft was the first to cross the finish line on the legendary Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, it was a strange picture. The woman from Braunschweig, actually at the goal of all dreams, seemed impassive, no overflowing happiness could be seen. It soon became clear why. She was convicted of doping with Epo and lost her title. A wave of indignation followed.

Nina Kraft made no excuses against her, but a clear confession. She knowingly doped, yes, and she was ashamed of it at the moment of victory. After that, their hitherto ideal world collapsed. “It was the worst for me to tell my brother and my parents about it,” she said in an interview with the magazine “tri-mag” in 2007, the only one that has survived. “A world has collapsed for them. Only then did I understand what I was doing. I barricaded myself in my apartment and kept trying to numb my feelings. My parents were really afraid for me during this time. “

Nina Kraft was banned for one year in 2004, went into psychiatric treatment and started triathlon again in 2005. She won five other, smaller, Ironman races, but avoided public appearances away from the racing courses.

Nina Kraft retired to Florida, lived in Clermont, a small town of 40,000 that she knew from training camps. She was there in the triathlon and running scene and tried her hand as a personal trainer.

Nina Kraft died last Sunday under previously unexplained circumstances. She was 51 years old. “The sun sank before evening” is written above the obituary with which her family in Braunschweig said goodbye. The burial should take place in the closest family circle. The friends in Clermont have announced an evening of remembrance and farewell for September 7th – “with a short program and a long run – exactly how she would have wanted it”.

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On the death of Nina Kraft: wrong track in Hawaii

She was the first German Hawaii winner. But only for a few weeks. On October 16, 2004, triathlete Nina Kraft was the first to cross the finish line on the legendary Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, it was a strange picture. The woman from Brunswick, actually at the goal of all dreams, seemed impassive, no overflowing happiness could be seen. It soon became clear why. She was convicted of doping with Epo and lost her title. A wave of indignation followed.

Nina Kraft made no excuses against her, but a clear confession. She knowingly doped, yes, and she was ashamed of it at the moment of victory. After that, their hitherto ideal world collapsed. “It was the worst for me to tell my brother and my parents about it,” she said in an interview with the magazine “tri-mag” in 2007, the only one that has survived. “A world has collapsed for them. Only then did I understand what I was doing. I barricaded myself in my apartment and kept trying to numb my feelings. My parents were really afraid for me during this time. “

Nina Kraft was banned for one year in 2004, went to psychiatric treatment and started triathlon again in 2005. She won five other, smaller, Ironman races, but avoided public appearances away from the racing courses.

Nina Kraft retired to Florida, lived in Clermont, a small town of 40,000 that she knew from training camps. She was there in the triathlon and running scene and tried her hand as a personal trainer.

Nina Kraft died last Sunday under previously unexplained circumstances. She was 51 years old. “The sun sank before evening” is written above the obituary with which her family in Braunschweig said goodbye. The burial should take place in the closest family circle. The friends in Clermont have announced an evening of remembrance and farewell for September 7th – “with a short program and a long run – exactly as she would have wanted”.

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“Hanna” emergency in Texas: Hurricane Douglas hits Hawaii – Panorama

“Hanna” had brought heavy rains with it. CNN reported that more than 250,000 households in southern Texas had lost their power as a result of the storm. Governor Greg Abbott had declared a state of emergency for numerous counties in Texas. The corona pandemic, which is rampant there, makes the work of the helpers in the storm more difficult, Abbott said according to the US media.

Over the Atlantic, NOAA was expecting an above-average hurricane season this year, according to a forecast from May. From June to the end of November, up to ten hurricanes can be expected, of which up to six could become very strong cyclones, the authority had said. On average there are six hurricanes over the Atlantic each year, three of which develop into storms of great strength.

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Storm surges expected: Hurricane “Douglas” on the way to Hawaii

Cyclone “Hanna” has just caused chaos in Texas when the next hurricane is sweeping towards the coast. This time it will hit Hawaii, the preparations on the island have long since begun.

The hurricane “Douglas” in the Pacific threatens the islands of the US state of Hawaii: The national hurricane center of the US climate agency NOAA announced that the hurricane with wind speeds of around 140 kilometers per hour will leave Maui on Sunday and Monday night to Kauai over the islands or just past them. Life threatening high and potentially destructive waves, heavy rains, and dangerous storm surges were predicted.

Relief supplies were delivered to Maui in preparation for the storm. The civil protection agency urged the people of Maui to seek refuge at home and avoid roads if possible. Preparations are also underway at the Red Cross in Hawaii.

The first hurricane of this year’s season over the Atlantic hit land on Saturday in the US state of Texas. The hurricane of the lowest level one reached the coast with winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour, as the National Hurricane Center announced. Then “Hanna” weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm. The weather agency expected the storm to resolve on Monday.

Above-average hurricane season expected

“Hanna” brought heavy rains with it. According to CNN, more than 250,000 households in southern Texas lost power as a result of the storm. A port in Corpus Christi was damaged, as the local broadcaster KRIS reported.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott had declared a state of emergency in numerous counties. The corona pandemic, which is rampant there, makes the work of the helpers in the storm more difficult, Abbott said according to the US media. “This challenge is complicated, and it is made worse when you consider that it is sweeping through what is the most Covid-19 hit area in the state.” According to the Johns Hopkins University, around 5000 people have died in Texas alone as a result of the corona pandemic.

Over the Atlantic, NOAA was expecting an above-average hurricane season this year, according to a forecast from May. From June to the end of November, up to ten hurricanes are to be expected, of which up to six could become very strong cyclones.

On average there are six hurricanes over the Atlantic each year, three of which develop into storms of great strength. In view of the available climate data and the higher water temperature in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, the probability of a normal season is only 30 percent, and that of a below-average season is only 10 percent, it was said at the time. US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that his administration is closely monitoring the storms and is in contact with the affected states.

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