[DN 27 Oct] Meet the Bloodhound, 135,000HP of carlovablefuzzball newsAdjust content blockingContent Blocking Block Politics?nextrandomComment Prev Next First public tests of the Bloodhound, a car designed to hit 1000mph, take place today On October 15, 1997, British Wing Commander Andy Green set the current land speed record when he reached 760mph in ThrustSSC. Over 20 years later, he will be making the first public tests of a car designed to go over 1000mph. You can watch the event via the livestream video below. On a runway at Newquay airport, UK, Green and his team will be putting the Bloodhound SSC through initial “slow-speed” trials in preparation for a new attempt at a land speed record in 2019. The last record was set in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, but this next run will take place on a specially prepared 11-mile track in a dried-out lakebed at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. It’s hoped that the car will initially break the 800mph barrier, before ultimately reaching the goal of 1000mph. "We've designed and built the most extraordinary, sophisticated, high-performance land speed record car in history. It will do 0-200mph in about eight seconds. For a five-tonne vehicle - that's eye-popping performance," Green told the BBC. 9 years in development, the Bloodhound uses an EJ200 Typhoon fighter jet engine. The public tests will evaluate its steering, brakes, suspension, air intake, and electronics systems. A Norwegian rocket motor, fuelled by a Jaguar V8 engine, will be added next year to treble the car’s power. http://archive.is/WnhRzTiny Montana firm's Puerto Rico power deal draws scrutiny Federal emergency officials raised “significant concerns” on Friday about a $300 million contract between Puerto Rico’s storm-hit power utility and a tiny Montana firm, as Democratic lawmakers stepped up calls for an investigation of the deal. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement that after its initial review it “has not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable” under the agreement between Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Whitefish Energy Holdings, a two-year-old firm with just two full-time employees. The contract between PREPA and Whitefish was awarded without a competitive bidding process. Whitefish spokesman Ken Luce said the deal was secured when its chief executive and co-owner, Andy Techmanski, flew to Puerto Rico on Sept. 26, six days after Hurricane Maria tore into the bankrupt U.S. territory and knocked out power to all 3.4 million residents. The contract, and the slow restoration of power on the island, has raised questions about who is effectively managing PREPA’s response to the hurricane, as about 75 percent of homes and businesses still lack electricity after several weeks. Jose Roman, interim chairman of Puerto Rico’s Energy Commission, said the commission is looking into how Whitefish got the contract as part of a larger investigation to “determine the prudence of the actions of PREPA; not just the Whitefish contract,” he said. PREPA did not respond to requests for comment. http://archive.is/nut9B#selection-911.0-931.46These Skull Fragments May Have Belonged To The Earliest Known Tsunami Victim Tsunamis are nothing new to the Pacific region. In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude nine earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people. And fragments of a skull found on the island of Papua New Guinea may belong to a 6,000-year-old victim of a tsunami. The name tsunami derives from the experience of Japanese fishermen, who would discover the terrible destruction such waves can cause when they returned from the sea to their supposedly safe harbors. Tsunamis are generated by the rapid dislocation of large quantities of water by the displacement of the seafloor, triggered by an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. In the open sea, the wave is too flat to be dangerous, but as it approaches land, the wave height grows exponentially, flooding entire coastal regions. The paper "Reassessing the environmental context of the Aitape Skull – The oldest tsunami victim in the world?", published as an open-access article, presents evidence suggesting that human bones found twelve miles inland were deposited there by a catastrophic tsunami. http://archive.is/KSfgQ http://archive.is/u2jmCNew Harassment Claims Against 'Game Change' Journalist CNN is reporting that four more women are leveling allegations of sexual harassment against journalist Mark Halperin. The news channel said Friday that one woman is claiming Halperin masturbated in front of her. CNN said a second woman alleged that the "Game Change" co-author threw her against a restaurant window and threatened to derail her career after she rebuffed him. The four women, who were not identified in the CNN report, said the encounters took place between the late 1980s and 2006, during which time Halperin worked at ABC News. CNN said that Halperin denied that he masturbated in front of anyone or physically assaulted or threatened anyone. https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-10-27/new-harassment-claims-against-game-change-journalistChoking, eye-poking: Dolphins’ dreadful night could cost them An embarrassing night on national television could have a lingering effect for the Dolphins. Kiko Alonso’s illegal hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be reviewed by the NFL, according to multiple reports. That Alonso wasn’t ejected from the game for the hit, which knocked Flacco out of the game, was a source of contention on social media. This does seem like an instance when college football’s targeting rule — flawed and/or tough to interpret as it might be — might have helped the officiating crew sort out what happened and hand down any potential punishment on the play. A potential suspension for Alonso would have added more damage to a terrible night for the Dolphins. Despite Flacco’s injury, the Ravens romped to a 40-0 win. After Matt Moore led the Dolphins to a surprising comeback against the Jets the week before, the offense collapsed with him in charge for a full game. The Ravens led 20-0 after three quarters, then added further insult with three defensive touchdowns in the final 15 minutes. What’s worse, Alonso’s hit was only one of several questionable tactics by the Dolphins — and at least it happened before the whistle. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has accumulated a list of illegal acts on his football resume, choked Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallet. http://archive.is/kWbM8 My friends, we had a interesting stories today. Never a dull day. Which did you enjoy most? Bloodhound, the 1000mph jetcar. Concerns over Whitefish Energy. Mark Halperin under allegations of harassment. Oldest victim of Tsunami found. Dolphins digging themselves a hole. Multiple votes allowed! Vote! (View results) What topics do you enjoy discussing most? World News European News US News Science & Technology Politics Entertainment Sports Multiple votes allowed! Vote! (View results) next +410 -Favorite +Favorite Unsub from lovablefuzzball Subscribe to lovablefuzzball Unblock User's Content Block User's Content Sub/Block Channels news:UploadUnblockBlockSubUnsubsubs: 823 FJ needs your help to survive! Be a hero, support FJ via Patreon: Receive hats, username change ability, no ads, colored text, and more.