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Lake-effect snow squalls to accompany brief blast of Arctic air in Northeast

Following another stretch of mild weather early this week, a brief shot of Arctic air will return to the Northeast during the second half of the week and be accompanied by narrow, but intense, lake-effect snow squalls.High temperatures in Philadelphia reached the 50s on Monday and 60s on Tuesday, with highs near 50 reaching as far north as Boston. Even in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, highs on Tuesday reached or exceeded the 50 F mark.However, a cold front that moved through the Northeast on Tuesday...
Tags: New York, Science, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Great Lakes, Syracuse, Cleveland, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley, Northeast, Syracuse New York


SpaceX announces partnership to send four tourists into deep orbit

SpaceX announced a new partnership Tuesday to send four tourists deeper into orbit than any private citizen before them, in a mission that could take place by 2022 and easily cost more than $100 million. The company signed the deal with Space Adventures, which is based in Washington and served as an intermediary to send eight space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) via Russian Soyuz rockets. The first of these was Dennis Tito, who paid $20 million for an eight hour stay on the ...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Washington, International Space Station ISS, Space Adventures, Dennis Tito


Human composting could be the future of deathcare

Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UKIt is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly “deathcare” options.Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washin...
Tags: Science, Washington, Environment, US, World news, Death and dying, Seattle, Compost, Washington State University, Lynne Carpenter Boggs


New cross-country system to take heavily worn winter storm path

Meteorologists are closely monitoring yet another cross-country snowstorm on the way. Even though it will take a jog southward over the Rockies, the storm will then trek northward and aim at the Upper Midwest, just as many storms have done so far this winter.The weather pattern feels like the movie "Groundhog Day" as Mother Nature seems to be exercising from muscle memory, according to forecasters, and that will start, in this case, with the storm rolling into the Pacific Northwest coastline."Th...
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Alabama, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Michigan


Mold Linked to a Seventh Death at Seattle’s Children Hospital

Mold infestations at a Washington state hospital have claimed yet another life, according to the deceased’s family. On Wednesday, 5-month-old Elizabeth Hutt died, following months of complications from a mold infection her family says she contracted at Seattle’s Children Hospital. If accurate, it would be the seventh…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Mold, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Seattle, Children Hospital, Elizabeth Hutt, Seattle 's Children Hospital


Repeating weather pattern to breed more snow across Great Lakes, New England early this week

Just as many storms have done this winter, a new system will track from the Plains into the Great Lakes and northern New England early this week and produce another swath of snow.The storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground in Denver on Monday night and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado.The weather pattern feels like the movie "Groundhog Day" as Mother Nature seems to be exercising from muscle memory, according to forecasters....
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Alabama, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Greenland


A mild winter has led to 'huge savings' for many and a boost for the US economy

A winter that is both warmer than last year and when compared to long-term average temperatures has resulted in substantial savings for people across the country.AccuWeather predicts those savings on home heating costs - for natural gas, heating oil and electricity - should continue into May. That's based on the exclusive AccuWeather 90-day forecast, which is available at AccuWeather.com (search your city to view the monthly outlook); you can also keep apprised of your forecast on the free A...
Tags: Science, Washington, Boston, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Accuweather, Cincinnati, Midwest, Elisa, Paul Pastelok, Charles River Esplanade, Steven Senne, DirecTV Frontier


To help wildlife move, researchers map both natural and legal boundaries

Researchers have developed a way to find the path of least resistance in creating wildlife corridors by mapping not only habitat but also the types of legal authority governing the landscape. They demonstrate this by mapping the streams in an entire county in northeastern Washington that stretches from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the Cascades.
Tags: Science, Washington, Rocky Mountain


A Rare Trump-Era Climate Policy Hits an Obstacle: The Tax Man

WASHINGTON -- A rare policy enacted under President Donald Trump to address climate change has run into an unexpected hurdle: the tax man.In 2018, Congress approved a lucrative tax break for companies that use carbon capture technology to trap carbon dioxide produced by industrial sites before the gas escapes into the atmosphere and heats the planet. The technology is still costly and contentious, but may one day become a valuable tool for slowing global warming. House Republicans are aiming to ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Congress, California, Washington, Indiana, North Dakota, House, New York Times, New Mexico, Greenpeace, Houston, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Irs, Internal Revenue Service


Gene therapy/gene editing combo could offer hope for some genetic disorders

A hybrid approach that combines elements of gene therapy with gene editing converted an experimental model of a rare genetic disease into a milder form, significantly enhancing survival, shows a multi-institutional study led by the University of Pennsylvania and Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. The findings, published online Feb. 12, 2020, in Science Advances, could offer hope for children and adults with a variety of inborn errors of metabolism.
Tags: Science, Washington, University of Pennsylvania, Children s National Hospital


Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data, U.S. says

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data. The 2017 breach affected more than 145 million people, with the hackers successfully stealing names, addresses, Social Security and drive...
Tags: Business, New York, Science, Technology, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, China, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Sport, World news, Beijing, Soccer, United States


Snow to bring slick travel, delays for Monday morning commute in Northeast

A storm system racing through the northern U.S. the beginning of the week will bring a quick accumulation of snow to parts of the Northeast, before the Monday morning commute.The same quick-hitting storm that spread accumulating snow to parts of the Upper Midwest on Sunday approached the Northeast Sunday night. The fast-moving nature of the storm, and marginal temperatures, will limit the duration, amount and coverage of wintry travel in the Northeast. Still, a significant part of the snow is...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Northeast, Upper Midwest, Philadelphia New York City, DirecTV Frontier


Storm targets Northeast US, threatens slick conditions for Monday's morning commute

A storm system racing through the northern U.S. this weekend and into the beginning of the week will bring a quick accumulation of snow to parts of the Northeast, before the Monday morning commute.A quick-hitting storm system will spread accumulating snow to parts of the Upper Midwest this weekend, before taking aim at the Northeast to start the workweek.A strong west- to east-oriented jet stream is the mechanism pushing this storm along at a quick pace. After a dry and seasonal day on Sunday, t...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Northeast, Northeast US, Upper Midwest, Philadelphia New York City, DirecTV Frontier


Second week of February to start on a quiet note across the Northwest

To say that it has been a wet start to the year across the Pacific Northwest would be an understatement, as numerous cities observed record stretches and amounts of wet weather. Looking ahead to the second week of February, a stretch of dry weather is finally in store for the region.The town of Forks, Washington, observed what seemed to be never-ending rainfall to start the year, breaking multiple January precipitation records, including most days with measurable precipitation (31) and wettest J...
Tags: Science, Washington, Oregon, Portland, Seattle, Accuweather, Pacific Northwest, Cascades, Medford Oregon, Seattle Portland, Great Falls Montana, Ted S Warren, Forks Washington, DirecTV Frontier, Littlerock Washington, Pacific Ocean Places


Devastating snowstorm that hit DC 98 years ago still stands as city's worst ever

Residents in Washington, D.C., have seen barely a snowflake this season. The nation's capital has recorded a shade more than half an inch of snow so far, according to National Weather Service (NWS) records, and with temperatures forecast to be at or above normal in the coming days, the city won't pick up snow anytime soon.For readers longing for the days of blockbuster snowstorms, the best that can be done at the moment is to turn to the past. In this case, far, far back into the past --...
Tags: Florida, Science, Maryland, Congress, Washington, Virginia, America, Connecticut, Noaa, Philadelphia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Smith, Erickson, Nws, Accuweather


Weather pattern to keep winter hits coming swiftly across northern US

Winter is not ready to give up just yet as a storm will cruise along the northern tier of the central United States and bring a round of accumulating snow and slippery travel from parts of the northern Rockies to the Great Lakes region this weekend and then portions of the Northeast early in the week.A strong west-to-east configured jet stream will keep the storm moving at a swift pace. This fast movement will prevent the storm from grabbing much moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. "A large are...
Tags: New York, Science, Mississippi, Minneapolis, Washington, Boston, US, Chicago, United States, New Hampshire, Ohio, Great Lakes, Detroit, Gulf of Mexico, Denver, Accuweather


It's here: AccuWeather's 2020 US spring forecast

The wait is over. For those hoping to thaw out from winter's chill, AccuWeather's annual spring forecast is here. Though Punxsutawney Phil recently declared the end of winter, AccuWeather meteorologists are calling for a delayed start to the season across much of the United States.Mild air will be slow to arrive in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley this year, as the chance for snow lingers into midspring. Meanwhile, the Southeast will brace for a wet and stormy couple of months....
Tags: Science, Mississippi, Washington, Boston, US, West, United States, Maine, Dallas, Philadelphia, Jackson, Accuweather, Northwest, Rockies, Southern California, Gulf


Study links three key variables to higher rural mortality rates in US

Since the 1980s, the all-cause mortality rate for rural residents in the US has exceeded that of urban residents. In a recently published study, researchers from the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center sought to determine why this disparity exists. The study results were presented in December 2019 at the Health Affairs Rural Health Forum hosted by the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Tags: Science, Washington, US, National Press Club, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Health Affairs Rural Health Forum


Hospital websites lack usability for non-English speakers

English proficiency shouldn't be a barrier to health care. But a patient who needs language services would have to navigate through one to four web pages in English to find information on such services at most hospitals in Washington, according to new WSU research.
Tags: Science, Washington, WSU


Northeast to experience weather whiplash as winter storms roll back springlike warmth

It might feel like spring to start this week in the Northeast, but several storms will swing through the region this week, trimming temperatures and serving as a reality check with wintry weather in store for some areas."As many as three storms will travel from the South Central states to the Northeast into Friday," Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.Following record-challenging temperatures reaching the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s on Monday, the first storm will bring a swath of light rain ...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, New York City, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Atlantic Ocean, Phil, Northeast, Richmond Virginia, Paul Pastelok, South Central


Religiousness linked to improved quality of life for people with HIV

Adults living with HIV in Washington, D.C., were more likely to feel higher levels of emotional and physical well-being if they attended religious services regularly, prayed daily, felt 'God's presence,' and self-identified as religious or spiritual, according to research published online Jan. 29, 2020, in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
Tags: Science, Washington


Welcome to April! ... errr ... make that February

Springlike warmth is projected to build across the nation's heartland as February begins before it shifts into the eastern part of the United States early next week. The warmth amid an already mild winter may have many checking the calendar and pondering whether the season will make an early transition. The upcoming surge of warmth is forecast to bring both daytime and nighttime temperatures of 10 to 25 degrees above average.During late January and early February, high temperatures typica...
Tags: Science, Washington, Chicago, West, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Arctic, Philadelphia, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, Snowfall, Cleveland, Accuweather, Arctic Circle, New England


10 cities poised for upcoming heating cost savings

To borrow from Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming."But is it, really?Americans might be wondering about that considering it's almost February and, as AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Samuel pointed out, "For most of the country, there really has not been much of a winter. In fact, we had one of the warmest Januarys in history across the country."The tepid winter so far along with AccuWeather's forecast for what's ahead mean people throughout the U.S. can expect to see substantia...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, West, Dallas, Kansas City, Accuweather, Cincinnati, Dave Samuel, DirecTV Frontier, Samuhel


US officials are testing for the new coronavirus in 36 states after 5 cases were confirmed. Here's what we know about the US patients.

The US's confirmed cases of the coronavirus consist of two patients in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Illinois.
Tags: Science, California, Washington, US, Arizona


2 winter storms to take a swing at northeastern US this weekend

One storm with rain and snow will sideswipe the coastal Northeast on Saturday, and even though a blockbuster event is not anticipated, slippery conditions will still develop in some areas as a second storm sweeps in from the west.AccuWeather meteorologists believe a storm from the Gulf of Mexico no longer poses a threat for heavy snow for most of the northeastern United States.There are some key definitive factors that are likely to eliminate the chance of a big snowfall in the Northeast. The sn...
Tags: Science, Washington, US, Atlantic, United States, Mlb, Great Lakes, East Coast, Quebec, Gulf of Mexico, Accuweather, New England, Midwest, Atlantic Coast, Baltimore Philadelphia, Phil


5,974 coronavirus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin

By KEN MORITSUGU BEIJING  — Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. The death toll rose to 132, which is still lower than the 348 people who were killed in China by SARS. Scientists say there are still many critical questions to...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Japan, Science, London, News, Australia, Washington, China, Sport, World news, Beijing, Britain, Soccer, United States, Alaska


Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin

By KEN MORITSUGU BEIJING  — Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. The death toll rose to 132, which is still lower than the 348 people who were killed in China by SARS. Scientists say there are still many critical questions to...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Japan, Science, London, News, Australia, Washington, China, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Beijing, Britain, Soccer, United States


Is it too late to halt climate change? No, no, and no.

Disheartened, many are convinced there's no fighting climate change at this point. There's no single on/off switch, however, so we can still lessen its effects. It's up to us to make the crisis our leaders' priority. With unprecedented extreme weather buffeting basically everyone everywhere, with places like idyllic Kirbati disappearing beneath the rising seas, and with Australia on fire for goodness sake, it's easy to get the feeling that humanity has already failed to meet the greatest chal...
Tags: Science, Education, Climate Change, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, Government, Ipcc, Sustainability, Earth, Innovation, University of Oxford, Stanford University, University Of Vermont, Rob Jackson, Biosphere


Groundhog weekend storm may chug right along the Eastern Seaboard or veer out to sea

Meteorologists are narrowing down the scenarios of a potential Groundhog weekend storm that they first began monitoring closely late last week -- and a storm track well inland of the East Coast, which could have served up drenching rain in the Appalachians and snow back in the Ohio Valley, is being ruled out.However, a disruptive storm tracking within a couple hundred miles of the Atlantic coast as well as a harmless path out to sea are still possibilities.The exact route and strength of the sto...
Tags: Science, Washington, Boston, Virginia, New York City, West Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Great Lakes, North Carolina, East Coast


Trump Unveils Logo For New United States Space Force, With Nod to Star Trek

(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s new U.S. Space Force is not Star Trek‘s Starfleet Command, but their logos bear a striking similarity. President Donald Trump unveiled the Space Force logo Friday, writing on Twitter that he had consulted with military leaders and designers before presenting the blue-and-white symbol, which features an arrowhead shape centered on a planetary background and encircled by the words, “United States Space Force” and “Department of the Air Force.” The logo, which bea...
Tags: Space, Politics, Science, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Pentagon, Air Force, Donald Trump, Trump, Sulu, Department, George Takei, Army Navy



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