For a half-century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in the beach business, dredging up new sand as shorelines wash away. Federal disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy could provide billions more for beach rebuilding, and that has revived an old debate: Is this an effective way to protect against storms, or a counterproductive waste of tax dollars?
On a recent blustery day at Virginia Beach, the latest beach nourishment project is in full swing. A bulldozer smooths out pyramids of sand, and on the horizon, a large, black hopper dredge appears with another load.
International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export.
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The Mississippi River is flowing at near normal levels again in New Orleans, as measured by this old-fashioned staff gauge behind the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District office. The Corps has been fighting saltwater encroaching up the mouth of the Mississippi because of the persistent drought.
Hannari Tofu is a character who shows up on a range of plush merchandise.
Food imitates art imitating food: a pancake shaped to resemble Anpanman's sweet roll head.
Two of the heroes from the anime series <em>Go! Anpanman</em>. The head of Shokupanman (left) is made out of white bread. Anpanman (right) is named after a Japanese sweet roll stuffed with red bean paste.
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To-fu Oyako is a soybean-curd-inspired line of products, including bags, planners and pillows.
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A <em>kyaraben,</em> or character bento, inspired by characters from the anime <em>Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san.</em>
Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 7:00 pm
Maybe that New Zealand environmentalist we told you about — the one who wanted to rid the country of cats because of all the birds they kill — was on to something: A new study published in journal Nature Communications found that cats are some of the most efficient and successful killers.
In all, the study found, cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year.
Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 10:20 am
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, an improvising musician who pioneered a system of ensemble interaction he called Conduction, has died at a hospital in New York City, his publicist confirmed. He had lung cancer, which was diagnosed last August. He was 65.
Francois Brunelle is a French Canadian photographer whose work gives new meaning to the phrase "double exposure."
For the past several years, Brunelle has been documenting doppelgangers — people who happen to look strikingly similar but aren't related. He's on a quest to make 200 black-and-white portraits, and plans to eventually turn the project into a book.