This canyon—in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near the Arizona/Utah Border—housed a pool of water that was sheltered from any wind. The surface created a perfect mirror for the canyon walls lit by the late afternoon sun, which was rapidly descending towards the horizon. The lighting was changing every minute; at this time of day, you can sit in a single spot and take an evolving set of images of the same subject. Not all spectacular shots are obvious.
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Haris Suleman had a goal: to become the youngest person to fly around the world in a single-engine plane in 30 days. Suleman and his father, Babar, were undertaking the trip in an attempt to raise $1 million in charity for Seeds of Learning, an organization that builds schools in Pakistan.
Tragically, the 17-year-old's trip—and life—were cut short when he and his father crashed Tuesday after leaving Pago Pago, American Samoa. There is no indication as to what caused the crash, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
NBC News confirmed Suleman's body has been recovered, and authorities are still searching for his father. The duo started their journey on June 19 and planned to fly the 26,000-mile trip in exactly 30 days, with stops in 25 cities around the globe. The Sulemans were on the final leg of the flight, with stops planned for Hawaii and California, before arriving home in Plainfield, Indiana.
Suleman's sister, Hiba, posted a message on Facebook in honor of her brother and father.
I'd like to thank everyone for their support of my father and brother throughout this trip, as well as for the support given to my mom, brother, and myself as we waited for their safe return. Haris has been found; he did not make it. My father has not yet been found. Please pray that my dad is found alive and well. Also, hug your siblings and parents—tell them you love them, a hundred times. A thousand times. It will never feel like it's been said quite often enough.
World Cup fervor has settled in the Brazilian state of Ceara, but an unconventional partnership between the state, the U.S. government, and American small businesses will produce the country's next spectacle: Acquario Ceara, the largest aquarium in South America and the third largest in the world. The project might be the first example of a U.S. federal agency funding construction outside North America to create American jobs.
The aquarium, set to open in the city of Fortaleza in 2015, is being paid for almost entirely by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The agency is financing construction through a $105 million direct loan it says supports 700 American jobs.
How? The Latin American branch of an Ohio design firm is designing Acquario Ceara, a metals firm in Missouri is constructing the blobist "crustaceo-exoskeleton," and a custom aquarium maker from Colorado is overseeing construction.
"The otherwordly Acquario Ceara is basically a Midwestern export," writes CityLab blogger Kirston Capps.
The project might seem like a win-win for all involved, but not so, Capps writes.
For one, if you build it, the 12 million expected annual visitors won't necessarily come. Fortaleza attracted only 219,430 international tourists to Brazil in 2010. Can the allure of one aquarium make up the difference? The aquarium might provide the next blow to the Bilbao Effect—the idea that constucting architectural spectacles brings in tourists, which paves the way for decadent cities. "An aquarium isn't a cultural facility, exactly—although this one sure looks like one, both in terms of design and the project's ostensible aim," Capps says.
If that happens, Brazilian detractors will have even more reason to be upset. Ceara is one of the poorest Brazilian states (the fifth-poorest in 2013), and its critics argue that on top of being potentially dangerous to the environment, the aquarium is opaquely using public funds that would better go toward improving people's quality of life.
Despite job creation for Americans, not everyone is happy stateside. Republican senator Mike Lee of Utah says the aquarium "erodes Americans' confidence in our markets and our system" with "taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to help American exporters."
Like fish in a fishbowl, everyone's watching Acquario Ceara, but only time will tell if the new aquarium will make a splash.
Fastest man in history Usain Bolt has openly criticized the one-year ban of fellow sprinter Tyson Gay as being too lenient.
After testing positive for a banned steroid at last year's U.S. Track and Field Championships, Gay was retroactively stripped of the silver medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of the American 4x100 relay team. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned him from the sport for one year. Although a two-year suspension is more typical in such cases, Gay was given a milder sentence for his willingness to cooperate with authorities and voluntarily refrain from competition while his case was under investigation.
For Bolt, who holds the world record for both the 100- and 200-meter events, the authorities' decision to mitigate Gay's sentence "sent a bad message to the sport." Bolt was also upset about his fellow Jamaican national Asafa Powell receiving a harsher penalty for testing positive for the stimulant oxilofrine, arguably a less severe infraction of anti-doping regulations.
"I think for someone like Asafa to get a ban of 18 months for that and then Tyson Gay get just one year because of cooperating, I think it is sending a bad message into the sport that you can do it [i.e., dope], but if you cooperate with us, we'll reduce the sentence," Bolt said.
Tyson Gay returned to competition earlier this summer, running a 9.93 in the 100 meters at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on July 3.
Along with Yohan Blake, currently recovering from a hamstring injury, Gay is viewed as Usain Bolt's primary competition, although when the charismatic Jamaican is in top form, he has proven to be nearly invincible.