May 21, 2013 |
The National Weather Service upgraded the power of the tornado that cut through Oklahoma on Monday, saying it had carried wind stronger than 200 miles an hour in some areas. The agency said on its website Tuesday that its damage survey teams had looked at the path of the tornado and had given it a preliminary rating of EF-5, the top designation. The agency originally gave the storm, which has claimed at least 24 lives, a preliminary rating of EF-4 as measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
May 19, 2013 |
About 30,000 commuters in Connecticut and New York braced for a sluggish trek to work on Monday -- and for the rest of the week -- as officials continued to investigate why two trains slammed into each other in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday evening. An eastbound Metro-North commuter train derailed and struck a westbound train, injuring at least 76 people. National Transportation Safety Board officials said Sunday the trains appeared to have been traveling 70 mph right before the collisions, which is in compliance with the speed limit in that area. One victim remained in critical condition Sunday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said at a news conference.
May 17, 2013 |
Several drivers neared the 230-mph mark Friday on the eve of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. E.J. Viso, a Venezuelan driving for the Andretti Autosport team, ran the fastest lap of 229.537 mph at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway before afternoon rain shortened the practice session. Next fastest were his teammates Marco Andretti at 228.754 mph and rookie Carlos Munoz at 228.520 mph. Australian Will Power, Californian J.R. Hildebrand and five other drivers each topped 227 mph. Qualifying to determine the pole-sitter for the May 26 race, along with the next 23 spots in the 33-car field, is scheduled Saturday.
May 16, 2013 |
Now in their sixth day of practice, drivers preparing for the Indianapolis 500 are turning laps in excess of 220 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Memorial Day weekend classic is May 26, and qualifying to set the 33-car field is this weekend. J.R. Hildebrand of Sausalito topped the speed charts early in Thursday's practice with a lap of 224.075 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway. Hildebrand nearly won the Indy 500 in 2011 but crashed on the final lap. He was followed Thursday by reigning Izod IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay at 223.899 mph and A.J. Allmendinger at 223.378 mph. Conor Daly, a 21-year-old rookie driving for A.J. Foyt's team, crashed during the session but was unhurt.
May 10, 2013 |
Swing, batter, batter! In less time than it takes to say that phrase, Major League Baseball sluggers have their bat across the plate, and the best of them are golfing the shot over the outfield wall. How does the brain "know" when to swing? Researchers at UC Berkeley believe they've found the internal architecture that lets a batter get ahead of the fastball, and allows the rest of us to pour a beer and find our seat in the stands. They pinpointed a region of the brain's middle temporal complex that can "predict" spatial position ahead of its actual location in the real world.
May 3, 2013 |
A lightning-quick experimental aircraft made history when it sped more than 3,000 mph above the Pacific Ocean in a test flight, reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet. The unmanned X-51A WaveRider, which resembles a shark-nosed missile, was launched midair Wednesday off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for 240 seconds, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before plunging into the ocean as planned.