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US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season
- May 28, 2018

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, the storm will stay away from North Carolina in terms of direct impacts, bringing possible heavy showers and thunderstorms to the state on Monday and Tuesday . "Steady weakening is forecast after landfall, and Alberto will likely become a subtropical depression tonight or early Tuesday and degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday afternoon". (more...)
Alberto: Heavy rains expected for Central Florida Alberto: Heavy rains expected for Central Florida
- May 28, 2018

The storm was moving north at about 14 miles per hour, he added, "so not real fast". "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs". Alberto is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches on the Florida Panhandle, 3 to 6 inches on the Florida keys and 1 to 4 inches on the rest of the state, including Tampa Bay. (more...)
Air quality alert issued for Guelph and area
- May 28, 2018

There is a possibility Windsor-Essex County will be under the same special air quality statement Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Toronto and the GTA, warning of possible high levels of air pollution due to the hot and sunny conditions. (more...)
Forecasters: Active Atlantic hurricane season expected - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona Forecasters: Active Atlantic hurricane season expected - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona
- May 28, 2018

Forecasters predict the hurricane season will be normal or above-normal. That's why we need to prepare ahead of time, no matter how many hurricanes are expected. At the same time, Bell said the climate modeling technology has gotten increasingly more accurate. "Climate models have advanced unbelievably in the past 10 years", he told reporters during a news conference at NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Fla., where the agency's fleet of "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft are based. (more...)
Trump aims to make it easier for companies to get to space Trump aims to make it easier for companies to get to space
- May 27, 2018

They also said the White House will be working with Congress on legislation that would help facilitate the "one-stop shop" approach to space regulations. The House Appropriations Committee, however, just approved a $3.1 million increase above the President's request. The thrust of SPD-2 should come as no surprise, experts say. (more...)
NICD: SA has plan in place to deal with potential Ebola outbreak NICD: SA has plan in place to deal with potential Ebola outbreak
- May 27, 2018

Experts who have studied the Ebola virus since its discovery in 1976 along the Ebola river in Congo , then Zaire, say its suspected origin is forest bats. "There is massive population displacement, food insecurity and malnutrition, particularly in the east of the country, and multiple simultaneous outbreaks of cholera, of measles and recently of vaccine-derived poliovirus". (more...)
SpaceX to launch last lot of Falcon 9 SpaceX to launch last lot of Falcon 9
- May 27, 2018

As he explains on Facebook , the camera ended up that way because of a fire that broke out after the rocket departed. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at around 12:47 p.m. This is the first time that photographer Bill Ingalls has damaged a camera during a launch, despite the fact that he has been capturing pictures since 1989. (more...)
Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86 Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86
- May 27, 2018

Bean died at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston at the age of 86. Astronaut Mike Massimino described Bean as "the most extraordinary person I ever met". In total, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon's surface, according to NASA. NASA tweeted saying Bean was Spacecraft Commander of Skylab Mission II who retired from NASA in 1981 and devoted his retirement to painting. (more...)
Radar reveals impressive canyons under Antarctic ice Radar reveals impressive canyons under Antarctic ice
- May 26, 2018

A series of mountain ranges divide east and west in Antarctica. "If climate conditions change in Antarctica, we might expect the ice in these troughs to flow a lot faster towards the sea", first author Kate Winter , a scientist at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, told the BBC . (more...)
Ancestor of all living birds survived asteroid strike because it couldn't fly Ancestor of all living birds survived asteroid strike because it couldn't fly
- May 26, 2018

The research study was released Thursday in the journal Existing Biology . Scientists have long theorized that after the piece of space rock with a diameter of 6 to 9 miles (7 to 14 kilometers) smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula near today's town of Chicxulub in Mexico, the temperature of the planet first rose sharply for minutes or hours, MacLeod said. (more...)
Turns out Pluto might really be a giant comet Turns out Pluto might really be a giant comet
- May 26, 2018

Pluto might not be a world, however it stays among the most appealing items in the external Planetary system. "This research builds upon the fantastic successes of the New Horizons and Rosetta missions to expand our understanding of the origin and evolution of Pluto", said Glein. (more...)
First named storm of season forms First named storm of season forms
- May 26, 2018

Expect changes in the track of this storm over the next couple of days. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. The barometric pressure was still 1005mb. The system is now near the Yucatan Peninsula but could develop in the Southern Gulf by Saturday , ABC News reports. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly to the area at 3 p.m. (more...)
Carbon Emissions Found to Lower Nutritional Value of Rice Carbon Emissions Found to Lower Nutritional Value of Rice
- May 26, 2018

Rice is the primary food source for more than two billion people around the world, a key source of protein and vitamins. As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday. (more...)
David: Tropical storm watch issued for New Orleans, other watches issued David: Tropical storm watch issued for New Orleans, other watches issued
- May 26, 2018

Tropical storm watches were issued for eastern Yucatan Peninsula and the western tip of Cuba. As we have seen in years past, environmental conditions sometimes allow for development before the hurricane season begins. Heavy rainfall is the forecast to move over "much of Florida". The storm was officially announced a day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2018 hurricane season forecast release. (more...)
Subtropical Storm Alberto remains stationary over NW Caribbean Sea Subtropical Storm Alberto remains stationary over NW Caribbean Sea
- May 26, 2018

As of 2 p.m., Subtropical Storm Alberto — which formed Friday morning — was almost stationary about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph . The National Weather Service says the Sarasota-Manatee area will continue to have afternoon and evening thunderstorms Thursday, with scattered to numerous daily showers and thunderstorms through the holiday weekend. (more...)
Giant monster worms invading France Giant monster worms invading France
- May 26, 2018

Recorded sightings of the alien worms date back as far as 1999 - one family sent the researchers a VHS tape recording they made as the worm was so weird. The hammerhead flatworm, which is in a category called "land planarian", eats soil creatures like earthworms that are important in protecting the biodiversity of native species. (more...)
Alberta Premier Says Canada Needs Pipelines to Pay for Pharmacare Alberta Premier Says Canada Needs Pipelines to Pay for Pharmacare
- May 26, 2018

Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets. "Premier Notley's only priority is working with the federal government and Kinder Morgan to secure the construction of the pipeline", Oates said in an email. (more...)
Canada: Ontario's leaders, where they stand before June 7 elections Canada: Ontario's leaders, where they stand before June 7 elections
- May 25, 2018

Ontario's opposition parties seemed to write off the governing Liberals almost halfway through the province's election campaign, as new polls suggest the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats are tied for the most support. The longest serving mayor in Mississauga history has come on the side of Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party. "So she is saying she would take that tool off the table", she said. (more...)
InSight lander on path to Mars, says NASA InSight lander on path to Mars, says NASA
- May 25, 2018

A mechanical issue took the drill on Curiosity offline in December 2016 . NASA is very proud of that two inch hole, but since it was drilled thanks to months of strategizing from millions of miles away on another planet, that pride seems justified here. (more...)
SpaceX launches, releases NASA's GRACE-FO, Iridium Next satellites SpaceX launches, releases NASA's GRACE-FO, Iridium Next satellites
- May 25, 2018

The company successfully launched a used Falcon 9 on Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex in California. The satellites for Iridium Communications' next-generation fleet were released in a process completed a little more than an hour after liftoff. (more...)
North Korea keeps its promise to destroy its nuclear test site North Korea keeps its promise to destroy its nuclear test site
- May 25, 2018

A self-professed master negotiator, Trump could envision Nobel laurels in the offing of the unprecedented one-on-one meeting. "Definitely there are people in the U.S. His supposed concessions soon appeared to ring hollow. However it would not be surprising for Beijing to allow increased informal trade with Pyongyang, given Kim's improved relationship with Xi, and the unilateral good faith measures taken by the North that include the destruction of it nuclear test site on Thursday, the ... (more...)
OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T now support Face Unlock OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T now support Face Unlock
- May 25, 2018

It's been 2 years since these devices came out, and a lot of changes have taken place. It is a gradual OTA update and will reach all the OnePlus devices soon. There's also a new recently deleted folder that wasn't there before, and a new option to share photos to Shot-On-OnePlus is also supported. The update, apart from bringing Face Unlock, also brings improvements to file manager , weather , launcher , and gallery apps. (more...)
40000 pounds of chicken feathers spill onto highway 40000 pounds of chicken feathers spill onto highway
- May 25, 2018

WSDOT said the truck was hauling 40,000 pounds worth of feathers. Luckily, the truck driver was not injured in the crash, but the northbound lanes of I-5 were shut down for around four hours as crews worked to clear the wet feathers from the roadway and three tow trucks worked to right the overturned big rig. (more...)
Kumaraswamy takes oath with galaxy of top leaders in attendance Kumaraswamy takes oath with galaxy of top leaders in attendance
- May 25, 2018

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said opposition parties were free to "daydream" of taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in elections and feel happy about it following the formation of a government in Karnataka, but the fact was that it was against the popular mandate. (more...)
'Avengers: Infinity War' Crosses $600 Million At Domestic Box Office 'Avengers: Infinity War' Crosses $600 Million At Domestic Box Office
- May 25, 2018

Reaching such a milestone at the domestic box office has helped Avengers: Infinity War become the second-fastest movie to reach the $600 million mark, doing so in 26 days. "A top of 22 interconnected movies the fourth part of the Avengers story will bring audiences to observe the turning point of this historic trip". (more...)
Simon Yates maintains lead, Rohan Dennis wins 16th stage time trial Simon Yates maintains lead, Rohan Dennis wins 16th stage time trial
- May 25, 2018

The day offered a partial respite for the overall contenders with three mountain stages to come later this week. It was the first Giro stage win for the rider from Adelaide who finished second in the opening stage time-trial in Jerusalem behind Dumoulin, and adds to his stage wins on the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. (more...)
Six Flags to purchase Darien Lake
- May 24, 2018

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. In a regulatory filing , Six Flags said the purchase price to acquire the leases was about $23 million. This represents a $2.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.24%. (more...)
Ukraine 'paid Trump lawyer to arrange White House talks' Ukraine 'paid Trump lawyer to arrange White House talks'
- May 24, 2018

After the fee was paid to Cohen, he had a substantial meeting with Trump, followed by a photo op. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has sought to intervene in the case, saying some of the seized materials could relate to her. (more...)
Nicolas Maduro expels United States envoy amid new sanctions Nicolas Maduro expels United States envoy amid new sanctions
- May 23, 2018

Washington has already imposed sanctions against Venezuela and blamed Maduro's government for the country's acute economic crisis. In a televised announcement Tuesday, Maduro told the top US diplomat and his deputy in Venezuela they had 48 hours to leave the country. (more...)
Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers
- May 23, 2018

According to the World Health Organization report, over 7,500 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine, donated by Merck, have been deployed to the DRC for use in the northwestern Equator Province where 46 suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases and 26 deaths have been reported , as of May 18. (more...)