World’s Largest Water Pump To Protect New Orleans

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New Orleans sits smack dab between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, and when a hurricane comes rolling in, those bodies of water tend to spill into the streets. This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction on a barrier that can block a 16-foot swell blown in from the Gulf and a massive pumping station that will blast floodwaters back to sea. (Pics)

 

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Invisibility Cloaks Could Take the Sting out of Hurricanes

Invisibility Cloaks Could Take the Sting out of Hurricanes

Protection comes in many forms

Invisibility cloaks that are able to steer light around two dimensional objects have become reality in the last few years. But the first real-world application of the theories that made them possible could be in hiding vulnerable coastlines and offshore platforms from destructive hurricanes and tsunamis.

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Hurricane Simulators

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Hurricane simulator – University of Florida

Essentially, this is a portable wind tunnel with water. They move it in front of a house and test whether the house is strong enough to withstand the force of a hurricane. More videos after the jump.

 

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