10 engines and 6 propellers

10 engines and 6 propeller sets, actually. Imagine working with the mad scientists who thought of that combination. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but Number of Propellers divided by Number of Engines should be a (positive) whole number.

from Saunders-Roe Princess – Wikipedia

The SR.45 Princess was a large flying boat, being the largest all-metal flying boat to have ever been constructed. The Princess featured a rounded, bulbous, “double-bubble” pressurized fuselage which contained two full passenger decks; these decks had sufficient room to accommodate up to 105 passengers in great comfort. The planing bottom of the hull had only a slight step in the keel to minimize drag in the air.[24] The Princess was powered by an arrangement of ten Bristol Proteus turboprop engines. These engines drove six sets of four-bladed propellers; of these, the inner four propellers were double, contra-rotating propellers which were driven by a twin version of the Proteus, named the Bristol Coupled Proteus, each engine drove one of the propellers. The two outer propellers were single and each powered by a single engine.[8]

Source: Saunders-Roe Princess – Wikipedia

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Nebraska woman says carrying her gay son’s baby was her gift

Let me see if I’ve got this straight….this baby girl has two fathers and two mothers, one of whom is her aunt while the other is her grandmother.

I don’t think there will be any Hallmark cards designed for this situation.

Source: Nebraska woman says carrying her gay son’s baby was her gift – Reuters

Embracing Climate Change (or, at least, planning for the worst case)

This report is from the same crowd that President Trump assembled shortly after his inauguration.  Shortly after assembling that crowd he disbanded it.  Phoenixes they were.  The original members and additional experts reconvened to complete this present report (link to abstract, below). The group’s conclusions makes sense to me: spend some time and money to figure out how to cope with climate change (instead of wishin’ and hopin’ that we could find a collective will to reverse the changes.

Among the recommendations in the report is for governments to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to better analyze climate risks. With cities facing threats as varied as disrupted water supplies, rising tides and infrastructure damage from heat, AI could “reveal impacts, insights, and options that would be difficult to otherwise discover,” the report finds. The report also recommends better use of citizen science to “fill many long-standing data gaps” that could be especially useful to local governments. [from https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/climate-panel-disbanded-under-trump-reforms-with-local-focus/552079/ ]

Specific recommendations include: evaluating climate models and data using user-defined metrics; improving benefit-cost assessment and supporting decision-making under uncertainty, and accelerating application of tools and methods such as citizen science, artificial intelligence, indicators, and geospatial analysis.

 

Source: Evaluating Knowledge to Support Climate Action: A Framework for Sustained Assessment: Weather, Climate, and Society: Early Online Release

Government commitments to address climate change

This report is a collaborative effort by Canada’s Federal and Provincial Attorneys-General.  It concludes “that actions taken by governments to date to address climate change across the country have fallen short of the governments’ commitments.”  Surprise, surprise.

The report includes national overviews and province-by-province analyses.

Perspectives on Climate Change Action in Canada—A Collaborative Report from Auditors General

Office Down Memorial Page:Trooper Gerald Ellis, Illinois State Police

Watching the Blue Jays struggle against the Cleveland Indians tonight I noticed that the U.S. and Canadian flags were flying at half-staff.  I found this interesting story – Gerald Ellis, an Illinois State trooper died in the line of duty – acting instinctively and without regard for his own safety.  He’s a hero in my books.

Trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in a vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver on I-94, in Green Oaks, at 3:25 am.

He was traveling westbound on I-94 when he observed another vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. He maneuvered his patrol car two lanes over and intentionally collided with the vehicle, preventing it from striking another car containing a family that was traveling in the same lane as the oncoming vehicle.

Trooper Ellis was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Trooper Ellis was a U.S. military veteran. He had served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years and was assigned to District 15 in Downers Grove. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

Source: Trooper Gerald Ellis, Illinois State Police, Illinois