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Mars Waterpark a Booming Place

Mars Waterpark a Booming Place

first_imgTwo surprises about Mars came from NASA this week: (1) water may be flowing today down gullies in places (NASA press release), and (2) meteorites are still hitting the surface (NASA press release).  The water evidence comes from fresh deposits downslope of a gully on a crater wall.  One photo in the second article shows a dark crater that formed since 2001; another NASA photo shows a bright crater that formed sometime between 1999 and 2003.  Overall, 20 new craters were detected in comparison photos taken over the recently-ended 10-year life of Mars Global Surveyor.    Whenever water and Mars appear in the same sentence, chances are the word life can’t be far behind.  That was the case here, too: “Liquid water, as opposed to the water ice and water vapor known to exist at Mars, is considered necessary for life.  The new findings heighten intrigue about the potential for microbial life on Mars.”  An Associated Press write-up on the NASA announcement (see Fox News) used the L word four times.  See also National Geographic, which had a paragraph on water and life, saying “Confirming the presence of liquid water on Mars would open the possibility for subterranean environments that might harbor living organisms.”The usual NASA fluff about life on Mars, with its instant recipe “just add water,” can be ignored as an oblique appeal for funding (08/06/2006, 01/07/2005).  What’s interesting is the cratering rate.  The press release did not mention any figures, but said that “If you were living on Mars, chances are that within 10 or 20 years, an impact would occur close enough to where you live that you’d notice it – perhaps you’d hear the impact and it would startle you out of your seat.”    That represents a pretty remarkable change in thinking about a planet smaller than the Earth.  We don’t get impacts that large that often (thank goodness).  Our atmosphere can only burn up particles smaller than a certain threshold in size relative to entry speed.  Mars has less gravity to attract impacting bodies (but also a thinner atmosphere to resist them).  If impacts large enough to hear or feel in any given place on Mars occur within one or two decades, the planet-wide crater count adds up quickly.  In addition, a single impact can generate multiple secondary craters (see 06/08/2006).  This was corroborated further by one of the photos.  The caption said, “In either case, the impactor came in at a somewhat oblique angle, and broke up just before hitting the ground, because it formed multiple small craters.”  This fresh impact, which occurred sometime after 2001, was as big as a football field.    Someone without long-age bias should do the math and find out what would be expected if impactors were punching holes at this rate for 4.5 billion years.  Quick mental math (4.5 billion / 10) suggests hundreds of millions of craters in that time – even assuming today’s impact rate held constant, which is probably vastly conservative – and overlooks the larger number of secondaries that would be expected.  If the assumed age were a fact, it would seem the surface should have been pulverized beyond recognition many times over by now.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 10, 2018

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 10, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the near-term forecast through the rest of this week, but this morning we are keeping an eye on a couple of new wrinkles for the weekend, and next week. These wrinkles are hinting at some better precipitation chances and totals, but we are not changing our forecast just yet. As always, we are looking for a couple more data points to confirm the need to change, so stay tuned.Today looks very similar to yesterday, meaning we are dry in nearly every part of the state. There may be some heat-based instability and cloud cover in west central or southwest Ohio that can trigger a very isolated shower or two, but it is not enough to really be concerned about at all…just pay attention in those areas this afternoon. Dry weather holds tomorrow through Friday, and temps remain warm. Highs today through Friday to be in the mid to upper 80s statewide,  with a few places making a run at 90. Those temperature ranges are generally 2-5 degrees above normal. Humidity values will stay low today and tomorrow but may start to build later this week. The map at right shows rain potential through Friday.For the weekend, we are keeping our forecast dry. But, this is where wrinkle number 1 comes in. We have a disturbance moving over the great lakes for the weekend. Some models are trying to sweep a little moisture out of this system farther south into northern Indiana through the day Saturday, and late in the day into NW Ohio. . It’s not so much that the track is changing, but more that these models are trying to project a less compact circulation. If moisture were to develop, it would likely stay north of US 30, meaning at least 2/3 of the state sees nothing anyway. The best chances would be later Saturday and Saturday night.  But to be clear, we are not putting more moisture in our forecast at this time, but this will be a feature we look closely at the next two days. Sunday is dry, but humid in our forecast, and that pattern holds into Monday.Our next threat of moisture is still on track to develop Monday night through Wednesday morning. Moisture remains in a .25″-1″ range for the day and a half to 2 day period, coverage around 70%. However, this is where we encounter wrinkle number 2. Models are suggesting we see another surge of moisture and energy Wednesday that lasts into Thursday. This surge would not only bring more rain but could ultimately lead to a strong thunderstorm outbreak statewide on Thursday. While this is at the end of the 10-day window, it would make sense, given the building of warm air over the region up to that point. If our cold front strengthens, thunderstorms would be a potential offshoot. Much like our discussion of wrinkle number one, we are not changing the forecast right now, but giving a heads up as to some potential future moves, if data starts to swing toward this solution. For now, we have rain leaving Wednesday by mid-morning, and sunshine back for Thursday. But, we will update you tomorrow morning.In the 11-16 day window, we move on with more of a basically dry forecast pattern. Strong surface high pressure settles in over the eastern corn belt and controls the flow through at least the 22nd. There is a front looking to sag into the state around the 23rd and 24th, near the end of the extended period. As we alluded to yesterday, if that front holds together, it has potential to bring half to 1” of rain. But, confidence remains low at this point.last_img read more

Megadeth, Santana in Delhi’s October music fest

Megadeth, Santana in Delhi’s October music fest

first_imgThere’s no way you can be anywhere other than Delhi this October – November as event organisers have decided to end the Capital’s drought and lay out some of the best musical acts that we have grown to love.Enrique, October 19, HUDA GroundsPopstar Enrique Iglesias, guitar sensation Carlos Santana, Heavy Metal gods Megadeth and Jamaican reggae sensation Sean Paul – the list of names is like an invitation to nirvana for any lover of good music.It doesn’t matter if you dig the head – banging music of Megadeth or the classic guitar riffs of Santana, the next four weeks promise to bring out the best even in those with two left feet.Santana is the big draw at F1 Rocks this time.Santana, the ten – time Grammy winner, is the big draw at F1 Rocks on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 28. You can catch the four – member Megadeth at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, which will also take place at the circuit on the coming Sunday ( October 14).Anoushka Shankar, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Kaiserdisco, Indus Creed, The Circus, Parikrama, Zero, Scribe and Undying Inc.are some of the other names lined up for the Weekender taking place on October 13- 14.Sean Paul, November 2, HUDA GroundsEnrique, who’ll perform at the HUDA Grounds in Sector – 29, Gurgaon, recently released his single Finally Found You and is open to suggestions from fans for his next Indian collaboration, having worked with Sunidhi Chauhan on Heartbeat in 2010.”Fans can definitely expect a lot of surprises and some great new productions,” says the singer, who gave us Bailamos, Hero and Addicted, over Email. “I cant give away any more info than that, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.” Multi –  faceted artiste Sean Shake That Thing Paul, who’ll also perform at HUDA Grounds on November 2, also plans to stop by in Goa. The buzz in the music circles is that Paul will scout for new talent when hes here.advertisementMegadeth, October 14, Buddh InternationalWith Paul wondering aloud if he should open his maiden act in India with a surya namaskar and Enrique promising that “it’s going to be awesome”, music lovers should be on high alert – this is the beginning of the good times.last_img read more

Brooks Koepka handles the stress and reaps rewards of another major

Brooks Koepka handles the stress and reaps rewards of another major

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So he spent three days setting records at Bethpage Black in the PGA Championship — the first player to shoot 63 in consecutive years in the majors, the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and a seven-shot lead, the largest ever for 54 holes in the PGA Championship.And then he endured the toughest day of his career Sunday, which turned into the most rewarding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m glad I’ve got this thing sitting next to me,” Koepka said as he looked at the shiny Wanamaker Trophy. “It’s very satisfying, this one. This is definitely the most satisfying of all the ones I’ve won.”Moments earlier, after he turned a potential meltdown into the kind of clutch play that has defined his career, Koepka draped his muscular arms around the top of the trophy and let out a deep sigh from stress and satisfaction, and then he smiled. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win.This one should have been.It wasn’t.His seven-shot lead was down to one with four holes to play and the No. 1 player in the world — Dustin Johnson, his best friend in golf — was piecing together the best round of a final day in 25 mph gusts that made Bethpage Black as fearsome as ever.Koepka answered with all the right shots. Johnson faded with two bogeys. Koepka closed with a 4-over 74, the highest final round by a PGA champion in 15 years, and he didn’t care how it looked.ADVERTISEMENT Brooks Koepka reacts after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka should know as well as anyone that nothing in golf comes easily.His well-documented journey to the PGA Tour took him to remote outposts like Kenya and Kazakhstan. Even after Koepka won a second straight U.S. Open last summer, which no one had done in 29 years, it didn’t seem enough to be the first name mentioned among the next generation of stars.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:53WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And off he went — a powerful drive down the 15th fairway that set up a par he desperately need, an even better drive down the 16th hole, the hardest at Bethpage Black during the final round because the wind was whipping into his face.That’s where Johnson lost all momentum, without doing much wrong. He hit a 5-iron from 194 into the fan — he though about 4-iron because he wasn’t sure 5-iron would get to the green — and was stunned when it one-hopped into the rough. He chipped to 7 feet and missed the par putt, and then went long on the par-3 17th, caught another nasty lie and made another bogey.“I gave it a run,” Johnson said after his 69. “That’s all you can ask for.”It’s more than Koepka would have wanted. But he has the trophy, the one that caused the most stress and brought the most satisfaction. No sooner was the PGA Championship over that Koepka was installed as a 5-1 favorite to win the U.S. Open.No one has won three straight U.S. Open titles since Willie Anderson in 1905. That might be all the motivation Koepka needs. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport His place in history was secure. He joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958. He became the only player to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time.Four years ago, he had one PGA Tour title in his first full season as a full member. Now he has four majors out of the last eight he has played, a stretch not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 after capturing the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.“I just don’t understand why he doesn’t do it more often,” said Rory McIlroy, who won his four majors in a span of 15. “He obviously gets into these mindsets of the majors, and he really goes and gets into a different state. You’d obviously have to ask him. But it’s awesome. It’s great to watch.”Woods twice won back to back in the PGA Championship, with tight battles in 1999 and 2000, comfortable wins in 2006 and 2007. Koepka was starting to draw comparisons with Woods for the way he obliterated the competition at Bethpage Black, much like Woods used to do.In the end, there were no style points, only the trophy.But that trophy spoke volumes.Even louder was the gallery, and it wasn’t always pretty. Koepka had a six-shot lead when he walked off the 11th fairway. When he walked up to the green on the par-3 14th, with his ball over the green and Koepka headed for a fourth straight bogey, the chants jarred him.They weren’t for him.“DJ! DJ! DJ!” the cheers rained down for Johnson, who was on his way to another birdie up ahead on the 15th hole to pull within one shot. Koepka says he was more shocked than he was nervous, but he heard them.“It’s New York. What do you expect when you’re half-choking it away,” he said. “I think I kind of deserved it. I’ve been to sporting events in New York. I know how it goes. I think it actually helped. It was at a perfect time because I was just thinking: ‘OK, I’ve got everybody against me. Let’s go.’” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Fendrich on Tennis: ‘Bienvenue a Paris,’ Serena Williams Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tiger Woods Wins For The Third Time This Year

Tiger Woods Wins For The Third Time This Year

The talk of whether Tiger Wood is back to being, well,  Tiger Woods will not cease until he wins another major championship. In the meantime, Woods just keeps on winning, which was just what he did before a descent two years ago because of injuries and personal troubles.Sunday’s final round of the AT&T Nationals at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C. was a pre-drama effort by Woods. With five players in contention, the 14-time major winner separated himself with a dose of the steady and spectacular. When he was done, he outlasted Bo Van Pelt in the final two holes to shoot a 2-under 69 for his third win on the PGA Tour this year.“Of course, your confidence wanes,” Woods said of his dark days. “I wasn’t able to practice; I was hurt (knee). And when you’re changing systems. . . it’s going to take time.”Perhaps that time has come.The win not only was a testament to what he has done this year, but also over his remarkable career. No one on tour has more wins this season. He is No. 1 on the money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since September 2009. Additionally, Woods moved past Jack Nicklaus into second place for all-time wins with 74. He’s just eight behind career leader Sam Snead.“It feels great to get to 74 wins and past Jack, to do at 36 years old,” Woods said. “It’s something I’m very proud of.”Of course, Woods wants majors and some believe he will not “officially” be back until he gets his 15th. He goes for it at the British Open later this month.But this tournament showed Woods to be at his best, meaning he was rock solid but skilled and patient enough to recover from wayward shots. He hit a spectacular shot on No. 12, when his ball was so close to a tree that he warned the galley that his club might snap after he struck the ball. Well, his club did not snap, although he hit the tree, but he executed a beautiful hook shot onto the green.On No. 17 , when he was tied with Van Pelt, Woods sank a six-foot par putt to take a one shot lead going into the final hole. He followed that up by piping a drive 345 yards and then squeezing off a beautiful nine-iron from nearly 190 yards into the peninsula green to about 15 feet. He safely two-putted from there for the win.And so ended a wild week in Washington — record heat Friday, followed by a wind storm that topped dozens of trees at Congressional and forced the tournament to keep spectators out Saturday. They were back in force for the final round, and they were treated to Woods looking like Tiger Woods.“Some days it’s better than others,” he said. “Itry hard. It’s a game that tests our patience. I’ve been out here 17 years. I understand what it’s like to have to grind and fight. Each shot means something. The first shot of the first day means as much as a shot on the 72nd hole. I’ve always had that mindset.” read more