Dozens Of Starved Gray Whales Are Washing Up All Along The West Coast

surge in dead and dying gray whales washing up on the West Coast this year as they migrate north from Mexico to Alaska. CNN reports. Many of the whales have been washing up emaciated, having apparently starved. told USA Today. The NOAA spokesman Michael Milstein told CNN it’s still a “mystery” as to why the whales are malnourished but it could have to do with warming waters near Alaska affecting the whales’ food source ― Robert Harding Picture Libr. Ltd via Getty Images A gray whale mother and calf. Some of the whale deaths this year have been due to ship strikes ― but those events can also be influenced by how well-nourished the whales are. said in a statement …

Will this 13-year-old child-poet be considered for possible sainthood?

Washington, D.C. (CNN)“A champion is a winner, a hero… someone who never gives up, even when the going gets rough… someone who overcomes challenges, even when it requires creative solutions… someone who plays the game, even when the game is called life… especially when the game is called life…” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek And while the words are quite simple, like many of the “Heartsongs” — or expressions of inner purpose that Mattie shared in his poetry and essays and speeches and everyday conversations — the message is profound, and the impact of his existence and his essence is life-changing. Yes, Mattie’s words matter. In believable, achievable, and understandable ways, his messages remind us that hope is real, that peace …

Tiger shark with stomach, teeth removed found on South Carolina beach, gruesome photo shows

Fishing captain Chip Michalove, known as the “shark whisperer” said he is worried that too many tiger sharks are being killed every year, since it is legal to catch and kill them in South Carolina. (Stock image) (iStock) Michalove, known as the “shark whisperer,” told the outlet he’s worried that too many tiger sharks are being killed every year. “Sharks that big can’t just be replaced,” he said. “I’m worried for their population.” “Sharks are the lions of the ocean ecosystem, and killing them means killing a lot of species below them that we also rely on,” he added. Trending in Science Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Renowned architect I.M. Pei dead at 102

I.M. Pei in 1988. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani) His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the Fragrant Hill Hotel near Beijing. His work spanned decades, starting in the late 1940s and continuing through the new millennium. Two of his last major projects, the Museum of Islamic Art, located on an artificial island just off the waterfront in Doha, Qatar, and the Macau Science Center, in China, opened in 2008 and 2009. Pei painstakingly researched each project, studying its use and relating it to the environment. But he also was interested in architecture as art — and the …

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes. Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, shadow energy secretary. Installing solar plans on social homes and those with low-incomes is part of Labour’s plan to “usher in a Green Industrial Revolution in housing, transport and industry – creating over 400,000 jobs and tackling climate change”. Image copyright SSE However, Dan Neidle, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance, told the BBC that Labour’s nationalisation plans could contravene international law, because of suggestions that it would not necessarily pay stock market value to buy back the assets. He …

414 million pieces of trash found on remote islands near Australia, study finds

Marine biologist Jennifer Lavers published a study Thursday about plastic debris she and her colleagues found on seven of the Cocos Keeling Islands in 2017. Pictured: (A) eastern side of South Island, (B) north side of Direction Island, (C) beach-back vegetation along the north-east side of Home Island, (D) micro-plastics along the eastern side of South Island.<br> (Nature.com) The outlet reported Lavers did her research in 2017 on seven of the islands. According to the study, she and her colleagues chose the Cocos Keeling Islands because, as uninhabited locations, the plastic they found wouldn’t be from the islands themselves and no one would have been there to remove any of it. MELTING GLACIERS ON ALASKA’S DENALI WILL UNLEASH TONS OF …

Ancient Romans used molten iron to repair streets before Vesuvius erupted

When Mount Vesuvius erupted, it covered the city in ash and lava; though the eruption killed many of Pompeii’s inhabitants, it also preserved the city in time. [Pompeii Photos: Archaeologists Find Skeletal Remains of Victims of Vesuvius Eruption] Iron streets Many of Pompeii’s streets were paved with stone, but during a survey in July 2014, archaeologists found that over time, the passage of carts eroded those stones to form deep holes, or ruts. Repaving streets was an expensive and time-consuming process, historical records and archaeological remains show. “One option for repair, complete repaving in stone, was a difficult and expensive endeavor that might block important through-routes in a city for months,” the researchers wrote in their paper. This posed a …

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …

Trump’s feud with Congress puts American democracy on the brink

Washington (CNN)The constitutional showdown between President Donald Trump and House Democrats is taking a grave new twist that threatens to embroil the nation in a deep political and legal nightmare that could last for years. On Wednesday it also emerged that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee is deadlocked with the President’s eldest son, Don Jr., who has been subpoenaed to return to the panel to testify. Nadler: Barr won’t testify because he is terrified But while Washington is consumed by the confrontation, polls and anecdotal evidence suggest indifference among many Americans about the momentous goings-on in Washington, which so far are not resonating much outside the capital. A strong economy, extreme political polarization and the daily struggles of millions of …

Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says

(CNN)I try to be restrained in my judgments of other parents. We have so many obligations and pressures when it comes to parental duties that it’s probably more detrimental to kids if their parents are further stressed by worrying that they’re doing it all wrong. Go Ask Your Dad is parenting advice with a philosophical bent as one dad explores what we want out of life, for ourselves and our children, through useful paradigms and best practices. It considers old problems in new ways, and new problems that previous generations didn’t face. I definitely appreciate the need for breaks from parenting, the desire to have a peaceful meal and adult conversation, and the need to find solutions when kids act …

School District Backpedals On Jelly Sandwich-Only Policy For Students With Lunch Debt

backpedaled on a decision to only serve sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches to students with unpaid bills. furious comments on social media — after announcing Monday that the cold sandwiches would be provided as the only lunch option to children whose school lunch accounts were in arrears. The backlash, however, was swift and furious. “Just give the kids lunch,” another wrote. “We already lost a janitor, science teacher, don’t have air conditioning, we can’t spring for a chicken patty for a hungry kid? What if this is their only meal of the day?” According to the  “We have sent out letters and certified letters to every family,” Warwick School Committee chairwoman Karen Bachus Bachus said the policy was not …

Compulsory vaccination ‘not being ruled out’

And in England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be the level necessary to protect a population from a disease. The UK was declared free of the highly contagious measles disease for the first time by the WHO in 2017. But in 2018, it experienced small outbreaks, and in March this year there was a sharp increase of cases across Greater Manchester. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC investigated in 2018 why there’s been a measles outbreak in Europe ‘The science …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …

North Carolinas Youngest State Senator Wants Asian Americans ‘To Write Our Own Narrative

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HuffPost’s #UpNext Series will highlight Asian Americans who are on the rise in public service. This is part one. Not every elected official jokes about disappointing their parents “because I ended up becoming a lawyer” or shares what they’ve learned from “Asian uncles,” but North Carolina state Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed does. “Every Asian uncle talks about how they came with, like, $20 in their wallet,” the Democratic lawmaker told HuffPost, referring to how children of immigrants often grow up hearing their parents and family friends recount the hardships of adapting to the U.S. “My dad has that same stereotypical story that most Asian parents always tell their kids.” At 33, Mohammed is North Carolina’s youngest …

We Face A Crisis Bigger Than Climate Change, But We’re Not Talking About It

The last year has seen a slew of terrifying warnings about the threat climate change poses to life. Far less talked about but just as dangerous, if not more so, is the rapid decline of the natural world. The felling of forests, the over-exploitation of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together driving the living world to the brink, according to a huge three-year, The study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), expected to run to over 8,000 pages, is being compiled by more than 500 experts in 50 countries. It is the greatest attempt yet to assess the state of life on Earth and will show how Getty Images …

White House Rolls Back Regulations Meant To Avoid The Next Deepwater Horizon

Trump administration said Thursday it would roll back several major regulations meant to safeguard offshore drilling rigs, ending a bevy of safety measures put in place after the 2010 The Interior Department announced the newly revised Well Control Rule as part of President Donald Trump’s effort to expand offshore drilling and U.S. “ “Today’s final rule puts safety first, both public and environmental safety, in a common sense way,” newly confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhard said in a statement Thursday. “Incorporating the best available science, best practices and technological innovations of the past decade, the rule eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore.” Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who faced a tough confirmation battle over his …