Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 SuperBowl final

The 56th edition of the Super Bowl took place between Sunday and Monday in Los Angeles, the final of the NFL American football championship and one of the most followed sporting events in the world. It was won by the Los Angeles Rams, the favorites, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in their stadium, as did Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.

It was a hard-fought match, hanging in the balance until the last seconds of the game. Los Angeles had taken the lead in the first quarter with a touchdown from catcher Odell Beckham Jr. on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. In the second quarter the Rams had scored another touchdown, this time with Cooper Kupp, previously voted best offensive player of the season.

Before the show at half-time, however, Cincinnati had managed to close the gap with a touchdown from Tee Higgins on a throw from quarterback Joe Burrow – 25 years old in his second season in the NFL – going to rest on 13-10 in favor of Los Angeles. In the third quarter, Cincinnati’s comeback had continued with another Higgins touchdown and a free-kick that had brought the result in their favor, 20-16.

In the last quarter, despite Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence due to injury and an ankle problem for Stafford, the Rams scored the decisive touchdown just over a minute from time, again with Kupp. In the next action, a tackle on Burrow by the best defender of the season, Aaron Donald, effectively ended the game and gave the victory in Los Angeles.

A super laser will protect us from lightning: tests at the top of the Swiss Alps

Installed on top of the Säntis a laser capable of capturing lightning strikes and directing them in a controlled manner to the ground. This modern lightning rod system was created to protect sensitive installations, things and people over an area much larger than the Franklin lightning rod.

Lightning strikes are as fascinating as they are dangerous, both for the environment (they can trigger accidents) and for the safety of people and things. The climate change that we are sadly already experiencing leads to increasingly devastating and violent storms and already today, on average, lightning strikes between 6,000 and 24,000 people a year. There are techniques to protect yourself from lightning, but for now the best solution is still based on the concept of lightning rod, invented by Benjamin Franklin almost 300 years ago.

The Laser Lightning Rod (LLR) project of the European consortium EIC FET-Open wants to go further, and for this reason a new type of lightning protection based on the use of a powerful laser fired upwards has been developing for some years. capable of capturing and discharging lightning strikes. It is a technique that aims to transfer the charge present in the clouds to the ground in a controlled way.

As reported by CNN, the technology is now ready for field testing at the weather station in Säntis (Switzerland), at an altitude of 2500 meters. Getting the laser up to that height wasn’t easy when you think that 29 tons of material were transported to the top of the mountain, including 18 tons of concrete blocks to anchor everything securely in the face of strong winds.

University of Geneva researchers led by Professor Jean-Pierre Wolf lead the European Union-funded consortium that includes universities in Paris and Lausanne, rocket manufacturer ArianeGroup and German laser manufacturer Trumpf Scientific Lasers, tasked with developing a compact laser source with an unprecedented combination of energy and speed.

“This is one of the places in Europe most affected by lightning,” Wolf explained. “There is a radio transmission tower that is hit 100 to 400 times a year. So it’s a great place to do our experiments.”

Lightning strikes form when turbulent air inside a thundercloud swirls violently around ice crystals and water droplets, stripping electrons from their atoms and creating separate zones with opposite electrical charges. These electric fields can become very strong and because opposite charges attract each other, they can connect through a discharge of electricity, namely lightning.

The laser mimics and enhances this natural scenario by generating an electric field so strong that it directly strikes electrons from their atoms, creating the opposite charges necessary for lightning to form. The idea is to make the clouds discharge lightning in a controlled way. “That’s why we call it laser lightning rods,” Wolf told CNN. The beam will run along the existing transmission tower, which is over 120 meters high.

Traditional lightning rods only protect a limited area of ​​the ground, while the laser will cover a larger area, although exactly how much cannot yet be said. Furthermore, according to the theory, the laser could not only capture lightning generated by thunderstorm activity, but also trigger extra ones by discharging the clouds.

The NFL mourns Vincent Jackson: the former Bucs found dead at just 38 years old

Just 9 days ago the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl success. Today the tears of joy have turned into excruciating pain. The former receiver Vincent Jackson was in fact found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida (suburb of Tampa Bay), at the age of only 38.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed but it is suspected of suicide. Jackson had been staying there since January 11, and the family had notified police of his disappearance on Wednesday last week. Once he was located in the room of the Homewood Suites Hotel and verified that the former player was okay, the case seemed to have settled.

The son of two soldiers, Vincent had founded the Action 83 Foundation, a non-profit that helped families of soldiers in difficulty. The last appearance in the NFL dates back to 2016 with Tampa, the team with which he played his last 5 seasons, ending his career with 4326 yards on reception, fourth in the history of the franchise. He previously wore the shirt of the then San Diego Chargers. Many messages of condolence on Twitter, including that of Tom Brady.

7th May: How to see the last supermoon of 2020



The SuperLuna show returns, even if it will be the last time for 2020 in which we will be able to attend this particular “space” show. Thursday 7 May the sky will give us the last Super Moon of the year. It will be the fourth and last of 2020, after those of February, March and April. Our satellite, in fact, will reach the Full Moon phase that day near its perigee (i.e. the minimum distance from Earth, which will touch at 05.05 on 7 May, 359655 km from us, against an average distance of just over of 384,000 km), so it will be a little closer, brighter and a little bigger than usual.

This “overlap” between full moon and passage to the perigee is now popularly referred to as “super moon”. The term, in itself, has no scientific value: in astronomy we prefer to speak of the Full Moon at Perigeo, but undoubtedly the nickname “Superluna” has a charm of its own. After this last appointment in 2020, the Superluna will return on April 27, 2021. Regarding its “floral identity”, the full moon of May was tied by the Native Americans to the flowers of the fields, which are abundant at this time of the year..