Firefighting robots Increase in profile after Notre Dame fire

robot firefighter

Colossus, a fire-fighting robot, was deployed in the nave of the Notre Dame cathedral during the destructive fire on April 15 in Paris. Pumping water high into the air and onto the flames, the robot was instrumental in turning the tide for firefighters, extinguishing the fire and lowering temperatures inside the nave.

Gold coin auctioned to support Notre Dame restoration

Gold Coin

A gold coin, offered to Napoleon III commemorating the end of the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris in 1864, reached 170,000 Swiss francs (about 155,000 Euros) during its auction sale in Geneva on November 19, 2019. The sale was organized by “Numismatica Genevensis” which supports the efforts of the reconstruction of Notre Dame, victim of a violent fire on April 15th.

A bridge near Notre Dame

Bridge in Paris
Photo: Leonard Cotte

The backside of Notre Dame is the creation of Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, the young architect in charge of the cathedral’s restoration in the 19th century. It looks nothing like the grandiose main entrance, whose hundreds of medieval stone carvings make it one of the most recognisable images of Paris around the world.

The view from behind is different from what it was just a few months ago. During the great fire of April 15, 2019, the cathedral lost the spire that Viollet-le-Duc erected, and sections of the roof are hidden under protective scaffolding. But the structure still shows its splendor at night, the flat, dark silhouette of its flying buttresses visible through the trees.

why does anyone take Nigel Farage seriously?

Nigel Farage is a clown, whether you support Brexit or not, he is a clown and he’s made lots of money out of the EU. Today, Nigel Farage has accused Boris Johnson and the Tories of trying to get Brexit Party candidates to stand aside from the upcoming UK election and they might get something, perhaps a peerage. Of course Johnson denies it.

But whatever happened, it’s just silly and it has nothing to do with Notre Dame.

Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre Dame spire

the 15th April fire

General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the cathedral”s spire — which was toppled in the April 15 blaze — with an exact replica, or mix things up with a modern twist. “As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth,” Georgelin erupted, to gasps of astonishment from those present at a meeting on Wednesday.

In the shadows of Notre Dame

Notre Dame fire
Photo: Getty Images

The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks. The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of the talks will be on the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.