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South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold
Evelyn Taft's Weather Forecast (Jan. 18)
Most of northern Nevada under winter storm watches, warnings
Despite warm temperatures, it’s no sweat for St. Paul ice palace
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming
Packing a genome, step-by-step
Fireball Over Michigan: Did Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?
Warmer weather, rain expected over the weekend in metro Detroit
2018-01-19 13:46:24 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Warmer weather, rain expected over the weekend in metro Detroit Expect the weather to warm up beginning Friday morning and through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake's website. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold
2018-01-19 13:45:51 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, state troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of the South melts and refreezes in the early hours Friday   Read More ...
Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill
2018-01-19 13:39:26 (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Climate change is increasing the frequency and strength of some types of extreme weather in the United States, particularly heat waves. Last summer the U.S. Southwest experienced life-threatening heat waves, which are especially dangerous for elderly people and other vulnerable populations. More recently, record-setting cold temperatures engulfed much of the country during the first week of 2018   Read More ...
South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads
2018-01-19 13:08:55 Durham, N.C. – Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, state troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of the South melts and refreezes in the early hours Friday   Read More ...
Utilities are indispensable climate change fighters
2018-01-19 12:36:17 by Darren Springer, COO BED Despite federal rollbacks on climate policy, we still have a path toward impactful climate action. Through the transformation of a 19 Century industry – the electric utility sector – into a 21 Century catalyst for beneficial change, we can make a meaningful impact on the fight against global climate change. In a forthcoming article in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, I outline how smartly-regulated utilities, coupled with innovative technologies, can move us more quickly toward our climate goals   Read More ...
South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold
2018-01-19 12:30:59 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, stare troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of the South melts and refreezes in the early hours Friday   Read More ...
Dry and seasonable end of the week; warming for the weekend
2018-01-19 12:20:52 Jack Perry Journal Staff Writer jgregoryperry PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- There's no snow or rain in the forecast over the next four days and warmer weather will move into the region for the weekend. Expect high temperatures in the 30s in Providence on Thursday and Friday before the temperature warms into the 40s for Saturday and Sunday. The region should have sunny to mostly sunny skies through Sunday   Read More ...
$48.5M 'green economy' bond issue would benefit R.I. environment
2018-01-19 12:19:43 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The main environmental piece of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal is a $48.5-million bond issue that would be used to clean up polluted industrial sites, conserve open space and protect the shoreline from rising sea levels and coastal storms. Alex Kuffner Journal Staff Writer kuffneralex PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The main environmental piece of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal is a $48   Read More ...
With Climate Change, This Island Is Swallowed by the Sea
2018-01-19 12:09:58 KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people. But come quickly, while it’s still here. “My house was over there,” said Zainal Abedin, a farmer, pointing to the waves about 100 feet from the shore. “At low tide, we can still see signs of our house   Read More ...
Weather Talk: La Nina continues to influence our winter
2018-01-19 12:02:28 One of the contributing factors to our up-and-down winter season has been the ongoing La Nina in the tropical region of the Pacific Ocean. La Nina disrupts   Read More ...
EPA official: government must plan for climate change
2018-01-19 10:06:30 WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency's policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax   Read More ...
NASA removes first African-American woman set to be on space station crew
2018-01-19 10:06:17 Updated 10:54 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 Jeanette Epps, who was celebrated a year ago as the first African-American crew member scheduled to go on the International Space Station, was pulled off the team and will not be a part of the June launch, according to a statement from NASA released late Thursday evening. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who's been with the agency since 2006, has been reassigned to the Expedition 56/57 crew and will serve as Epp's replacement   Read More ...
Sizzling Avs win 8th straight by holding off Sharks 5-3
2018-01-19 10:01:32 DENVER | The Colorado Avalanche looked unstoppable early and shaky down the stretch in nearly blowing a big lead. Bottom line: The streak goes on. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice during a 58-second span in the first period, Matt Nieto added a late insurance goal and the Avalanche won their eighth straight by holding off the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night   Read More ...
EPA official: government must plan for climate change
2018-01-19 09:44:11 WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency's policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax   Read More ...
South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold
2018-01-19 09:14:26 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, stare troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of the South melts and refreezes in the early hours Friday   Read More ...
NASA removes first African-American woman set to be on space station crew
2018-01-19 09:06:48 Updated 10:54 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 Jeanette Epps, who was celebrated a year ago as the first African-American crew member scheduled to go on the International Space Station, was pulled off the team and will not be a part of the June launch, according to a statement from NASA released late Thursday evening. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who's been with the agency since 2006, has been reassigned to the Expedition 56/57 crew and will serve as Epp's replacement   Read More ...
Scientists discover how to talk to kids
2018-01-19 08:47:39 On Wednesday after school let out, nearly 180 kids headed over to Pierre's Discovery Center to meet some scientists face to face. The event was promoted as "Meet a Scientist" and featured what might be described as eight new temporary hands-on displays sprinkled through the regular exhibits in the cavernous hall, inside the former city power plant. One of the scientist-staffed exhibits on Wednesday invited kids to use different materials – from rubber bands to play dough – to repair a model broken bone   Read More ...
EPA official speaks on risk of climate change to toxic sites
2018-01-19 08:43:35 Michael Biesecker, Associated Press. Updated 11:23 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency's policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax   Read More ...
What a US government shutdown would mean for science
2018-01-19 07:14:14 The National Institutes of Health would stop processing grants, but astronauts in space would keep working. The clock is ticking for US lawmakers, who have fewer than two days — as of 18 January — to pass a new budget, or they will triggerface a government shutdown. explains why politicians are struggling to reach a deal, what is at stake for science and whether a crisis can be avoided   Read More ...
China’s ban on imported plastic waste could be a game changer
2018-01-19 07:14:09 China’s ban on imports of recycled plastic from developed countries takes effect this month. It could be a game changer if it weans us off plastic and forces us to seek sustainable alternatives. With no suitable strategies in place for dealing with this extra unexpected plastic, countries must quickly devise and implement alternative waste-management solutions (see also ). Many jurisdictions have legislation that prohibits dumping of plastic waste into landfill   Read More ...
How bacteria make their fortresses
2018-01-19 07:13:59 Researchers have determined the structure of a crucial ingredient in bacterial biofilms, the sticky matrices that help to protect communities of bacteria from antibiotics. To learn more about how these films function, Lynette Cegelski at Stanford University in California, Regine Hengge at the Humboldt University of Berlin and their colleagues isolated bacterial cellulose — a primary ingredient in the biofilm matrix — and used spectroscopy to probe its structure   Read More ...
China declared world’s largest producer of scientific articles
2018-01-19 07:13:54 For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China and other developing countries that are stepping up their investments in science and technology. Nonetheless, the report suggests that the United States remains a scientific powerhouse, pumping out high-profile research, attracting international students and translating science into valuable intellectual property   Read More ...
'Dark matter' DNA influences brain development
2018-01-19 07:13:49 A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions — has teased scientists for more than a decade. Now, a team has finally solved the riddle. The conundrum has centred on DNA sequences that do not encode proteins, and yet remain identical across a broad range of animals. By deleting some of these ‘ultraconserved elements’, researchers have found that these sequences guide brain development by fine-tuning the expression of protein-coding genes   Read More ...
The Trump Administration Abandons Science Advice--but at What Cost?
2018-01-19 07:12:56 Now a new report, Abandoning Science Advice: One Year In, the Trump Administration Is Sidelining Science Advisory Committeesfrom the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests the problem is even worse than previously recognized. Reviewing the activities of 73 science advisory committees across the government, the data tell a story of underutilization and neglect of science advice   Read More ...
New Satellite Mission Would Benefit Climate Science and the Energy Industry
2018-01-19 07:12:52 Researchers are developing a new satellite mission that could significantly improve their understanding of how greenhouse gases move throughout Earth—an innovation that would benefit both climate science and the energy industry. The Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCARB) satellite, which is being developed, will track in real time key metrics of climate change, including the buildup of carbon dioxide over the Americas, according to NASA   Read More ...
The Good and Bad News about Rising Temperatures
2018-01-19 07:12:44 Scientists believe they can better pinpoint how much future climate change the world can expect. There's some good news: It won't likely be as bad as the worst-case predictions. The bad news: It'll probably be worse than the rosiest projections. New research published yesterday in the journal Nature claims to have substantially narrowed down the scientific estimate of how much warming would occur if carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere were to double from their preindustrial levels   Read More ...
Scientists Move Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine
2018-01-19 07:12:33 The flu takes a formidable toll each year. Researchers and health workers save lives by routinely rolling out seasonal vaccines and deploying drugs to fight the virus and its secondary infections. But in the U.S. alone the flu still kills tens of thousands of people and hospitalizes hundreds of thousands more. A big part of the problem has been correctly predicting what strains of the influenza virus health officials should try to combat in a given season   Read More ...
The Hidden Depth in Math’s Simple Puzzles
2018-01-19 07:12:29 Most of the important discoveries in mathematics take place after decades or centuries of effort. If you want to attack the biggest problems, you’ll need to master a lot of highly technical material before you can even begin to say something new. Such questions don’t interest Richard Schwartz. He likes problems he can read about today and start solving tomorrow—simple problems, fun problems, problems that have the aspect of a carnival game: Step right up and see what you can do with this one! It’s an unusual disposition among research mathematicians   Read More ...
NASA Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial GPS
2018-01-19 07:12:11 From its perch aboard the International Space Station, a NASA experiment has shown how future missions might navigate their way through deep space. Spacecraft could triangulate their location, in a sort of celestial Global Positioning System (GPS), using clockwork-like signals from distant dead stars. Last November, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) spent a day and a half looking at a handful of pulsars—rapidly spinning stellar remnants that give off beams of powerful radiation as they rotate   Read More ...
How Robot Math and Smartphones Led Researchers to a Drug Discovery Breakthrough
2018-01-19 07:12:04 Robotic movement can be awkward. For us humans, a healthy brain handles all the minute details of bodily motion without demanding conscious attention. Not so for brainless robots—in fact, calculating robotic movement is its own scientific subfield. My colleagues here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design have figured out how to apply an algorithm originally designed to help robots move to an entirely different problem: drug discovery   Read More ...
High Winds, Winter Storm Expected Thursday and Friday
2018-01-19 07:07:17 A strong to moderate winter storm will impact our region Thursday through Friday with a winter storm watch up for the Sierra. Travel early on Thursday to beat the storm as snow will start falling on our Sierra passes by Thursday afternoon and evening with chain controls and travel delays likely through Friday. Our mountains could see 1-2' of snow by Friday with snow levels dropping to the valley floors by Friday morning, with light accumulations and a slick morning commute possible   Read More ...
Heavy rain, wind take down trees, power lines
2018-01-19 07:05:48 SEATTLE (AP) - Heavy overnight rain and wind have brought down trees onto power lines, causing outages and blocking roads in the Puget Sound region. Bothell police reported that part of Fourth Avenue West was closed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. KIRO-TV reports that power outages were reported in Bothell, Everett, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline. Trees have fallen in Shoreline, Bothell and near Eatonville   Read More ...
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming
2018-01-19 07:01:16 Scientists say last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked either second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. Government agencies from the U.S. and the U   Read More ...
Big storm expected to dump heavy snow in Sierra Nevada
2018-01-19 06:58:58 A winter storm system is heading to California, and is expected to bring the first significant snow to the northern Sierra Nevada since November, but spare Southern California the threat of mudslides. On Thursday, rain is forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area, while the Sierra is expected to see heavy snowfall by Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. The highest elevations of the Sierra could get 1½ feet to 2 feet of snow, while the elevation at Lake Tahoe could get perhaps half a foot of snow, said meteorologist Mark Faucette of the National Weather Service’s Reno office   Read More ...
WEATHER UPDATE: Scattered showers move across Travis, Williamson counties
2018-01-19 06:49:43 : Central Texas will emerge from freezing temperatures around 10 a.m. under partly sunny skies, the National Weather Service says. Warmer south-southeast winds will replace the northern winds that powered this week’s cold snap, forecasters say. Those balmy Gulf winds will help push temperatures up to around 44 degrees on Thursday. The weather service outlook calls for mostly cloudy skies at night with a low around 33   Read More ...
This new blood test can detect early signs of 8 kinds of cancer
2018-01-19 06:49:17 Scientists have developed a noninvasive blood test that can detect signs of eight types of cancer long before any symptoms of the disease arise. The test, which can also help doctors determine where in a person’s body the cancer is located, is called CancerSEEK. Its genesis is described in a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. The authors said the new work represents the first noninvasive blood test that can screen for a range of cancers all at once: cancer of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colon, lung and breast   Read More ...
2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say
2018-01-19 06:48:57 Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth. Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even higher, coming in second over the last 138 years. Both agencies said the average global surface temperature in 2017 was only slightly below the record-high temperature seen in 2016   Read More ...
The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters
2018-01-19 06:48:51 The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll. The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters. Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different from Barack Obama’s and even George W. Bush’s policies. Power plants have been given greater license to pollute; the dirtiest trucks are being allowed to remain on the roads; and punishment for violations has dropped sharply   Read More ...
One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll
2018-01-19 06:48:22 A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done. In September, at the behest of power companies, the agency shelved a requirement that coal plants remove some of the most toxic chemicals from their wastewater   Read More ...
Garth Kemp's Weather Forecast (Jan. 18)
2018-01-19 06:44:34 Cooler with clouds increasing and a chance of light showers Friday, then clearing some heading into the weekend. Garth Kemp reports.   Read More ...