These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought.
As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them.
In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid.
They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.
Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.
I’m not crying I just have feelings in my eyes
Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in the Atacama Desert, Chile, have observed jets from giant black holes in the nearby galaxy NGC 1433 and a distant blazar called PKS 1830-211.
Supermassive black holes are a million to a billion times more massive than our Sun and are found in the centers of almost all galaxies in the Universe, including our Milky Way Galaxy.
In the remote past, these objects were very active, swallowing enormous quantities of matter from their surroundings, shining with dazzling brilliance, and expelling tiny fractions of this matter through extremely powerful jets.
In the current Universe, supermassive black holes are much less active than they were in their youth, but the interplay between jets and their surroundings is still shaping galaxy evolution.
A group of astronomers led by Dr Françoise Combes from Observatoire de Paris, France, used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study such object at the heart of a galaxy called NGC 1433.
Credit: ALMA / ESO / NAOJ / NRAO / NASA / ESA / F. Combes.