The Bunker-Like Vault Where Jet Engines Prove Their Worth

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The Bunker-Like Vault Where Jet Engines Prove Their Worth
, Before takeoff, jet engines must prove they’re safe, reliable, and capable. In episode two of WIRED’s Flight Mode we step into the massive bunkers where engineers test and maintain these mighty beasts, all to keep you up in the air.

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Here’s What Would Happen If The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Erupted

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Here’s What Would Happen If The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Erupted
, Yellowstone is well known for its “Old Faithful” geyser and its stunning wildlife.

But the national park also sits atop a supervolcano, simmering just under the surface. You can see some of the evidence of its active state in the hydrothermal activity that bubbles up, including the Old Faithful geyser that shoots up water every few hours.

Supervolcanos are characterized as volcanic centers that have had eruptions that covered more than 240 cubic miles. The US has two: Yellowstone, and another at Long Valley in California.

Yellowstone has had three major events in the past 2.1 million years, which led to the creation of the calderas, or large volcanic craters.

Scientists don’t think Yellowstone’s supervolcano will be erupting any time soon (at least, not in the next thousand years.) So if you’re planning a trip there, you shouldn’t be too concerned.

If it did erupt, it could have some pretty extreme effects on the surrounding areas.

For starters, the eruption could emit ash that would expand over a 500-mile area (seen below). For comparison, this map shows the area that the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption ash reached.

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Solar plane lands: Solar Impulse 2 New York

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Solar plane lands: Solar Impulse 2 New York, The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse has arrived at New York’s JFK airport after making the short trip from Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

Taking off late on Friday night local time, the aircraft spent a good part of the journey turning around the Statue of Liberty for a photoshoot.

This latest flight marks the completion of the trans-America portion of the quest to circle the globe on no fuel.

Solar Impulse must now prepare for a daunting crossing of the Atlantic.

The plane flew over the Statue of Liberty just after 02:00 local time (06:00 GMT).

As he approached the famous landmark, pilot Andre Borschberg spoke with the BBC via satellite phone.

“The US is a country where you meet a lot of entrepreneurs and pioneers, and so to end our American crossing at the Statue of Liberty – which represents for me the freedom of enterprise and the freedom to innovate that is the spirit you can find in this country – is so symbolic.”

Mr Borschberg’s partner on the Solar Impulse project, Bertrand Piccard, will take over for the Atlantic leg.

Deciding when to cross the ocean will be a tricky decision. The slow-moving, ultra-light plane needs benign winds, and the team concedes that the right conditions may not present themselves for several weeks. “Patience will be the word,” said flight director Raymond Clerc. “I expect the flight to take 3-4 days.”

The team would like to aim for the French capital, Paris, to reference the historic first solo Atlantic plane crossing made by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. But the weather systems may simply not permit this, and take Solar Impulse instead further south, perhaps to Toulouse, or to Seville in Spain.

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Gujarat Riots Massacre

June 2, 2016 by  
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Gujarat Riots Massacre, An Indian court has convicted 24 people – 11 for murder – over a massacre during religious riots 14 years ago in Gujarat state, then led by the current prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Judge PB Desai found them guilty of hacking to death and burning 69 Muslims sheltering in a residential complex in the city of Ahmedabad, in one of the single worst massacres of the week-long violence. They are expected to be sentenced next week.

The riots, which left more than 1,000 people dead in total, have long dogged Modi, who was accused by human rights groups of turning a blind eye to the violence as then chief minister of Gujarat.

But the latest verdicts are unlikely to have an impact on the Hindu nationalist premier, who was cleared in 2012 by a supreme court-ordered investigation.

Celebrations erupted in the courtroom in Ahmedabad amid tight security after the verdicts were read out on Thursday, with victims and their families clapping and thanking the judge.

But Desai also acquitted another 36 people for lack of evidence and stated the massacre was a spontaneous attack, not a criminal conspiracy as many victims have alleged.

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Prince Opioid Overdose

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Prince Opioid Overdose, It’s official: Prince died of an overdose from opioid painkillers, becoming the latest high-profile victim of America’s opioid epidemic.

Prince died unexpectedly at his home in Minnesota on April 21. According to the Associated Press, Prince died of an overdose from fentanyl, a highly potent opioid.

Prince had been reportedly trying to check in to drug abuse treatment but couldn’t get an appointment before he died. As my colleague Julia Belluz reported, that even a rich celebrity couldn’t access care in time demonstrates how difficult it can be to get into treatment. According to 2014 federal data, at least 89 percent of people who met the definition for a drug abuse disorder didn’t get treatment. Patients with drug abuse disorders also often complain of weeks- or months-long waiting periods for care.

The news of Prince’s overdose is absolutely tragic, but it’s also an issue that Americans are becoming more and more aware of. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one in five Americans has a family member who’s addicted to prescription painkillers, and more than four in 10 Americans personally know someone who’s addicted. And in 2014, overdose deaths reached a record high, because of the increase in opioid deaths.

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Harry Reid Bernie Sanders

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Harry Reid Bernie Sanders, Bernie Sanders needs to recognize that “sometimes you just have to give up,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.

Reid said his fellow senator should not carry his presidential campaign through to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as he intends to do.

Instead, Reid said, Sanders needs to recognize that “math is math” after next week’s primaries in California and New Jersey, when Hillary Clinton is expected to rack up enough delegates to effectively clinch the nomination.

“I’ve never been too good at math but I can figure that one out. I think he better do a little mathing,” Reid told The Associated Press in an interview in his home state of Nevada.

Reid, who has endorsed Clinton, stopped short of calling on Sanders to drop out. But he made his views clear in direct and even harsh terms.

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