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Explosions in Brussels

Today there have been two explosions at Brussels Airport and there has been another one at Maalbeek metro station near the EU building. 34 people are reported dead, over 100 injured. The terror level is on 4, its maximum, and will be for  months.

Update: Sky News just announced that at least 10 people have reportedly been killed Maalbeek metro blast.

Update: All EU institutions are at alert level ORANGE - all meetings on premises and outside cancelled, access only for staff with badges (https://twitter.com/KGeorgievaEU)

Update: The airport is closed until 6am tomorrow and all incoming and departing flights are cancelled. (https://twitter.com/FlyingBrussels)

Update: Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has warned the Belgian public to “avoid any movement” for the time being. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/mar/22/brussels-airport-explosions-live-updates)

Update: @heartfilledminds: “If you’re Dutch and in Brussels you can go to this site and tell your friends you’re safe: http://ikbenveilig.rodekruis.nl/

Update: Anyone affected or concerned about family and friends can contact the @foreignofficemusic-blog helpline on +44 207 008 0000 (https://twitter.com/foreignoffice)

Update: All trains to Brussels stations from Paris have been cancelled, writes Angelique Chrisafis. (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: Sky News reported that probably no one died at Maalbeek metro blast but this has not been confirmed yet. There is confusion due to contrasts between two broadcasters.

Update: Belgium’s federal prosecutor has confirmed that the explosions at Brussels airport were carried out by a suicide bomber, according to broadcasters VTM and RTBF reported. (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: American Airlines have released the following statement. The explosion in the airport occurred near to their departure desk.We are aware of an incident at the Brussels airport departure hall and are taking care of our customers, employees and contractors. At this time, all of our employees and contractors are accounted for with no reported injuries. […] (http://www.buzzfeed.com/aliciamelvillesmith)

Update: You are now able to mark yourself safe on Facebook.

Update: Brussels police have confirmed there have been deaths at the Maelbeek metro station but they have not disclosed numbers, AP reports. There are unconfirmed reports that 10 people were killed at the station.(http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: There have been smaller explosions near Maalbeek metro station but: “Small blasts, thought to be controlled explosions, have been heard close the Maelbeek metro. Local media said it appeared to be the work of the police bomb squad, Reuters reports.”(http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel confirmed in a television press conference that the attack at the airport was carried by a suicide bomber.

Update: Allegedly shots were fired and Arabic and French was shouted just before the two explosions at the airport but along with others @davidcrunelle states: “To journalists : no, nobody shouted islamic sentences before the two explosions. Please stop asking this. Thanks.”

Update: “Our thoughts go to the victims and their families. So far 15 victims, 55 wounded (provisional)” (Brussels metro operator STIB-MIVB)

Update: Belgian TV station, Ring TV, has posted an appeal to people living near Zaventem airport to bring blankets, water, food and essential medical supplies to the local gym being used as a makeshift shelter, writes Oliver Milne.(http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: Entire Thalys high-speed rail network closed across Benelux countries(@DominicWaghorn)

Update: #ikwillhelpen and #OpenHouse equal the #PorteOuverte during the attacks in Paris. If you need or can offer help and/or shelter please post this tag or search for those tag on social media.

Update: Sky News reported that an unexploded bomb belt has been found at Brussels Airport, according to Belgian broadcaster VTM. It was blown up in controlled explosion by a bomb squad. (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: The death toll from both the attacks has increased to 34. Maggie de Block, the Belgian health minister, said 14 people died and 81 were injured in the airport explosions. The Belgian metro authority, STIB-MIVB, and emergency services said 20 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro blast. STIB-MIVB said a further 55 people were injured. (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: Sky News reported that the Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium has been evacuated.

Update: Police has conducted a controlled explosion at the Vrije University in central Brussels. The circumstances are unclear. (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: The Belgian Taxi Drivers Union has urged its members to offer free rides to those stranded after the attacks, writes Oliver Milne. The union tweeted: “Friends offer your services to your fellow citizens and help evacuate people safely. Thank you.”  (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: According to Reuters Brussels railway stations are to open again at 4 p.m. (1600) local time.

Update: The headquarters of the European Commission will be evacuated by Belgian police at 4 p.m. local time, according to VTM news. The Berlaymont building, where flags were lowered to half-mast earlier today, will be emptied so that police can perform a full security sweep of the building it said.  (http://www.theguardian.com)

Update: Starbucks has said that one of the explosions appears to have occurred outside a coffee shop in Brussels airport, injuring an employee. (http://www.theguardian.com

@oh-boromir: “If you can go donate blood, especially at the hospital Saint Pierre!” - But still make sure you are safe!

Should you be in Brussels right now: PLEASE, STAY SAFE!!! Don’t go out and don’t come to the airport. All flights are cancelled and trains are stopped. Also, STAY SAFE!!!



If you call 112 you will be redirected to an English-speaking officer.
1771 is the local emergency number

Contact via 1771, but give priority to victims and family. Do not call if not necessarily. All Telenet Hotspots are free to use. (https://twitter.com/CrisiscenterBE)

Due to saturation of the cell phone network, it’s best to call the emergency numbers through a landline. (https://twitter.com/CrisiscenterBE)

Belgian Crisis Center for people calling from outside of Belgium: +3278151771. Try contacting people through social media first. (https://twitter.com/CrisiscenterBE)



This is it, thank you all for getting the message out to all the people who needed it. I hope you are all well. Good night!

(Excuse my English, it is my second language.)

Astronomers just captured the shockwave of a star explosion for the very fist time

For the first time ever, astronomers have captured the shockwave of a star explosion in visible light. Called a “shock breakout,” the phenomenon is 130 million times brighter than our sun. It looks like something out of a science fiction movie. A very famous science fiction movie.

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Scale, hierarchy, impacts

From image 1 to 5 we have 5 different scales of different impacts, notice how the shapes of the smoke are all different from small to huge, this is very important in order to communicate the force of the impact.

We have a very small transparent round shaped smoke for image 2 vs a very dense with shadows and lots of little details for image 5. If you want to animate a very big explosion you have to keep in mind that the bigger it gets the more details you have to draw (debris, fire, lights and shadows, etc.), also, massive smokes are more dense and move slower. We are always trying to avoid these huge epic smokes because they are very time consuming, so it’s better to think about ways of showing big scale without actually having to draw it all. For example on image 5 the camera is following julith for a couple of seconds so all the big smokes on the bottom doesn’t need to be animated because they are out of the frame. 

this question was asked by @maginpanic:

can you advice how to handle epic scenes? (Like tsunami flooding the city, or village in fire).

If you want to communicate effectively that something is huge you need to: draw tons of details, they have to move slow, you need something small so the audience can compare and tell how big is the thing you are showing. And I recommend that the scenes don’t last too long, unless you want to spend all your life in front of the computer drawing tiny slow lines… We actually avoid this scenes at Ankama because we are a small team, so I can’t really tell you anything more useful.

Sorry about the late response! 

Scientist Colin Furze Builds His Own Thermite Canon. 

Thermite is a metal powder that burns at around 2500 degrees C. Whether or not Colin made this canon to teach others about chemistry (or just to blow stuff up), it’s still really cool regardless.



This is what is looks like when a small carrot is fired at 300km per hour through a lightbulb, cardboard, and a grapefruit.

We built a carrot gun to show that at high enough speeds anything can be dangerous, to help explain why micrometeoroids and space debris are such a threat to astronauts. The carrots fly at about 100 metres per second. Objects in low earth orbit, such as the International Space Station, move 100 times faster, at about 8km per second.

Watch the full video to find out why collisions in space basically become high-energy explosions.