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Why are we building a research center full of deadly diseases in the tornado capital of the world?

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Bill Alldredge (cc by-sa 2.0)

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved to Manhattan, Kansas, which is right in the heart of tornado alley.

Amelia Urry at Grist:

Here are some things that do not mix, in no particular order:

  1. Spilled gasoline & casually discarded matches
  2. Peanut butter & mayonnaise/ketchup/mustard/anything not jelly
  3. Godzilla & any major metropolitan area
  4. Highly toxic airborne pathogens & TORNADOES

With that last one in mind, it may seem especially strange that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved from an isolated end of Long Island to Manhattan, Kan. — squarely in the middle of Tornado Alley. Here’s the scoop from Slate:

The United States eradicated foot-and-mouth disease from its borders in 1929. The virus, deadly to livestock, persists in more than 100 countries, though, and travels with ease. It is able to hitchhike on shoes, clothes, and tires. Airborne, it can travel almost 40 miles overland and almost 190 over open ocean.

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Artist Runs Into Tornados

Francis Alÿs  runs straight into a tornado in the name of art. The strange thing is, this wasn’t the first time Alÿs willingly put himself in danger. Alÿs’ video installation is coming to New York’s Museum of Modern Art next year. You can view a clip of the video here. Bloomberg reports:

A man walks into a tornado with a video camera. As the killer winds whip around him and dirt gets in his lungs, he records the experience for posterity.

The man is 50-year-old Francis Alys, a Belgian-born artist. He has plunged into tornadoes in the Mexican countryside several times over 10 years, all in the name of art.

The resulting video work “Tornado” (2000-10) is a highlight of his one-man show at London’s Tate Modern (through Sept. 5), which is at New York’s Museum of Modern Art next year.

An architect by training, Alys went to Mexico in 1986 to rebuild quake-hit areas and never left.

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