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Ohio's tornadoes keep blowing online

Web users bear witness to the violent tornadoes that hit the US state of Ohio. Allegations of "mechanical doping" in cycling fuel online discussions. The French Road Safety services are broadcasting a hard hitting video online.

 OHIO HIT BY TORNADOES

7 tornados between Saturday and Sunday! Residents of the American Midwest witnessed a nightmarish weekend. Dozens of people were injured in the tornados, and at least 7 others were killed. Many buildings have also been destroyed. Eye witness accounts are multiplying on the web.

Several web users have posted videos of the tornados that hit the state of Ohio online, disturbing images that illustrate the violence of the storms.


But it’s videos and shots of the damage caused by the successive tornados that are dominating sharing sites. A huge number of video clips like these ones are available online. Homes destroyed, roofs ripped off and also wrecked cars, residents of Ohio woke up to an apocalyptic scene.

And messages of support for the victims are multiplying on social networks. Emotions were high amongst Twitter users in particular, many of whom have been appealing for aid for the victims.

Appeals relayed by this blogger who explains that his home town of Walbridge is now in ruins. He asks citizens to show their generosity and send in donations as quickly as possible so that victims can have access to materials of prime necessity like water or clothes.

Finally, this site is reminding people of the basic self-protection guidelines in the event of a tornado. Residents of Ohio who face an average of 16 tornados per year, are also advised to seek refuge in safe places like the basement or toilets and to avoid upstairs rooms.
 
 MECHANICAL DOPING IN CYCLING?

For the past week, The Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara has been at the centre of mechanical doping allegations. He is accused of using an electric motor in the bike which lead him to victory in both the Tour de Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix.  Called into question in a YouTube video, the Swiss rider says these allegations are stupid and his team Saxobank has denied these rumors on their web site.

The video targeting the Swiss rider has nonetheless been viewed over 2 million times. It begins by showing an extract from the Italian television RAI where a former cyclist presents a racing bike equipped with an almost silent electric motor. Then the video looks at Cancellara’s astonishing accelerations in two races in April. In both cases, the images suggest that he discretely activates something in the handlebars area, just before overtaking his competitors.

On the web, specialists are devouring the subject. This blogger has studied the device that would be used for a bicycle and he believes that even if the engine is silent is does make a tiny noise that could be detected by other riders.

One engineer has examined Cancellara’s performance at the Paris-Roubaix. And after extremely thorough analysis, concludes that the power generated by the rider during his accelerations is admittedly impressive, but remains within the realm of possibility, particularly as, in the blogger’s opinion, Cancellera is an excellent sprinter.

CATS ON TWITTER

Following your cat's tracks will soon be possible using Twitter. Tokyo University has teamed up with a Japanese electronics company to develop a collar equipped with GPS, Bluetooth chip, digital camera and accelerometer. This accessory is linked up to a Twitter account and will keep you updated on what your pet is up to, in real time. 

 OPERA LIVE

The Royal Opera of Wallonia, in Liège, has been broadcasting its shows on the Internet, live or to order, since the month of February. And to attract more online spectators, the institution has made some interactive trailers of the pieces that are available to watch. Drawings representing the important scenes of the opera are accompanied by the corresponding musical extract, encouraging web users to watch the entire performance.

LA VIDÉO DU JOUR

"Insoutenable" meaning unbearable is the title of the new hard hitting video from the French Road Safety Services. Broadcast solely on the Internet, this short film is directed essentially at young people and plays the hyperrealism card to warn them of the dangers of drunk driving. 

 



 
 

 

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