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Tell us about something that happened today in history, and make it relate to current science.

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today that they're attributing a second US death to the A/H1N1 virus. The Cameron County woman, who had unspecified underlying health problems, died earlier this week. The CDC also reported that, so far, 35 people have been hospitalized in the US. However, the new flu virus doesn't seem as dangerous as public health officials feared last week. And because of that, and because the strategy no longer seems to be containing the spread of the disease, federal officials rescinded the recommendation that schools close when they discover suspected cases of the flu.

Official CDC case counts

In another reminder that "Tornado Season" has begun, a twister ripped through a small town in Arkansas last night, killing 3 people and injuring 2 dozen. Damage was also reported in several nearby communities, and more than 10,000 people were without power due to high winds. Like the storm chasers mentioned in Thor's post yesterday, I find tornados and severe weather fascinating, probably because it can be so dangerous and destructive. I think it's great that research has helped us to learn more about how these storms work, so we can better predict them and hopefully prevent deaths and injuries. Source: Reuters

If your answer is "Nothing, yet," then you might consider stopping by the museum.

Minnesota's Water Resources: Impacts of Climate Change
Dr. Lucinda Johnson, National Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Thursday, April 9, 2009
7 - 8:30 pm in the Auditorium

Over the past 150 years, Minnesota's climate has become increasingly warmer, wetter, and variable, resulting in undeniable ecological impacts. For example, more recent changes in precipitation patterns combined with urban expansion and wetland losses have resulted in an increase in the frequency and intensity of flooding in parts of Minnesota. Learn about exciting new research which will develop a prediction model for future climate changes specific to Minnesota, and discover its potential economic and civic impact.

Check it out.

A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 150 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.

April fools, 2009 is a square date

04012009 is a square: 2003X2003=04/01/2009
04012009 is a square: 2003X2003=04/01/2009Courtesy ARTiFactor
March 3 this year was called square root day (03/03/09). Even more amazing is that today's date is 2003 X 2003, or a perfect square. This also happened March 5 because 1747 X 1747 = 3052009 (3/05/2009). This will not happen again until April 1, 6016 (2004X2004)!

Red River flooding: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 Team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Red River flooding: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 Team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.Courtesy NASA

This was the Earth Observatory Image of the Day today. It was captured by the Advanced Land Imager on the EO-1 satellite on March 28, 2009. The main channel of the river is slightly darker than the flooded land in these areas, an indication of how extensive the flooding is.

By 10:15 this morning, the Red River reached 40.6 feet, beating the record high water mark of 40.1 feet set 112 years ago. The river's rise shows no signs of slowing, and the National Weather Service predicts that the river will crest at 43 feet on Saturday afternoon. (That's 3 feet higher than the 1997 flood, and 1-3 feet above earlier predictions for this year. Two inches of rain and snow in the last four days prompted the higher forecast.) Emergency officials can no longer rely on historical data to help them make decisions.

Fargo's main dike protects the city at the 43-foot level, and city officials have no plans to try to raise it any further. (There's no time.) In other areas, volunteers are continuing to lay sandbags, hoping to protect cities, homes, and farms in the river's path. But water is breaching some dikes and evacuation orders are being issued for some areas. Forecasters say the river is likely to remain at more than 40 feet for as long as a week, putting pressure on the already taxed sandbag and temporary dike system.

Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins is writing from Fargo on the News Cut blog. Check it out.

Nano - the wonder car: Available March 23, 2009
Nano - the wonder car: Available March 23, 2009Courtesy SanDev

Tata's Nano car on sale

The ultra cheap ($2050) Nano car hits the market in India tomorrow. It is 10.2 feet (3.1 meters) long, has one windshield wiper, a 623cc rear engine, and a diminutive trunk. Newsvine

Sharing water across boundaries
Sharing water across boundariesCourtesy jonnyboy2005

Transboundary water management

In 2009, the theme for World Water Day is "Shared Water - Shared Opportunities". Over 40 percent of the world’s population resides within internationally shared river basins. Click on this link to learn more about why resolving conflicts related to transboundary water resources are important.

How could we miss this. It's not the economy (stupid) or the flattening of the world (metaphorically) that have us in global turmoil. It's the fact that we're having so many Friday the 13ths. Today is the second month in a row to have a Friday the 13th. We'll have another this year in November, giving us the maximum number of Friday the 13ths possible in one year. And it's not possible, under our current Gregorian calendar system, to have a year without at least one Friday the 13th. All you want to know about this unlucky date can be found here including the history of why the date is association with bad luck and how many (a lot) of U.S. citizens are afraid of the date.