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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Meteorologists Attempting To Have ‘Asperatus’ Clouds Officially Named

Meteoroligists Attempting To Have New Cloud Formations Named ‘Asperatus’

A unique type of storm cloud could become the first new variety of cloud to be officially identified in more than half a century.

Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.

But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name. (Pics)

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30-Year-Old Aurora Borealis Mystery Solved

30-Year-Old Aurora Borealis Mystery Solved 

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UCLA space scientists and colleagues have identified the mechanism that triggers substorms in space; wreaks havoc on satellites, power grids and communications systems; and leads to the explosive release of energy that causes the spectacular brightening of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.

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Lightning Storm Vs the Volcano (Pics)

Lightning Storm Vs the Volcano

A battle brewing as the Chaiten Volcano erupts in an amazing electrical storm

Few sights in nature can compare to the sheer magnificence of a volcano erupting in full flow.

But while scenes of molten lava are relatively commonplace, this otherworldly picture of Chaiten Volcano in southern Chile shows a truly spectacular, and devastating, volcanic phenomenon.

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Botnets Control Over 1 Million Hijacked Computers

Botnets Control Over 1 Million Hijacked Computers

Joe Stewart, director of malware research at SecureWorks, presented his survey at the RSA Conference, which opened Monday in San Francisco. The survey ranked the top 11 botnets that send spam; by extrapolating their size, Stewart estimated the bots on his list control just over a million machines and are capable of flooding the Internet with more than 100 billion spam messages every day.

The botnet at the top of the chart is Srizbi. According to Stewart, this botnet — which also goes by the names “Cbeplay” and “Exchanger” — has an estimated 315,000 bots and can blast out 60 billion messages a day.

 

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