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NWCorona's Journal
NWCorona's Journal
September 26, 2017

Iceberg 4 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

Source: USA Today

A 103-square-mile chunk of ice has broken off Antarctica, the latest chunk of massive ice to leave the continent.

For comparison, Manhattan is 22.7 square miles— a quarter of the size.

The Washington Post reports the iceberg disconnected from Pine Island Glacier, a part of West Antarctica that already loses 45 billion tons of ice annually, contributing to sea level rises.

The break comes two months after a 2,200 square-mile piece of ice detached from Antarctica in July. At nearly the size of Delaware, the iceberg was one of the largest ever recorded. In 2014, a 255-square-mile iceberg also calved from Antarctica

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/26/iceberg-4-times-size-manhattan-breaks-off-antarctica/703578001/

June 10, 2017

Adam West, TVs Batman, Dies at 88

Source: Variety

Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

Read more: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/

May 2, 2017

The Dark Tower teaser trailer is out!

I haven't anticipated a movie like this in a long time!
April 19, 2017

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

Source: Reuters

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

"People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share."

Bose did not respond on Wednesday to requests for comment on the proposed class action case. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company has said annual sales top $3.5 billion.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17L2BT

April 12, 2017

Elephants pass intelligence test with profound implications for our understanding of the species

Source: The Independent

Elephants have passed a test of intelligence which scientists say has “profound” implications for our understanding of their mental capabilities.

They were found to be capable of performing a task that showed they have a level of self-understanding that is rare in the animal world and defeats humans until they are about two years old.

The scientists behind the study said animals capable of this kind of behaviour may also be better at empathising and be able to consider someone else’s perspective.

And that could have implications for the way conflicts between humans and elephants should be handled in places where the two species are competing for land and resources.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/elephants-intelligence-test-pass-profound-implications-understanding-species-dolphins-great-apes-a7680566.html

Elephants have always been a favorite of mine.
March 29, 2017

The trailer for Steven King's IT is out..

Looks so scary! I read that book in less that 48hrs when it came out. Same for Tommyknockers
March 19, 2017

Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas

Source: Phys.org

The shuttering of the Huaneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China's annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue again" in his state-of-the-nation speech.

According to Xinhua, Beijing has become the country's first city to have all its power plants fuelled by natural gas, an objective laid out in 2013 in the capital's five-year clean air action plan.

The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually.

Since last Wednesday' closing of the National People's Congress, the annual meeting of China's rubber-stamp parliament, PM2.5 (harmful particulate) levels have remained between 200 and 330 micrograms per cubic metrewell above the World Health Organization's recommended maximum average exposure of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2017-03-beijing-coal-power-natural-gas.amp

This clip is very on topic.

I changed the link as this one is more neutral and has more info. I expect more news sites to pick this up. Hopefully.
March 14, 2017

Yahoos New Male CEO Will Get Twice Marissa Mayers Salary

Source: NBC

The guy hired to run what's left of Yahoo after it imploded under Marissa Mayer will get twice her salary, according to a new filing.

The company named board member Thomas McInerney, 52, as the head of its new spinoff company, Altaba. McInerney, former CFO at IAC media company - which owns brands such as Tinder, OKCupid, and the Princeton Review - is to get a $2 million base pay, the company announced in an SEC filing Monday.

Mayer isn't going entirely gently into the good night, she'll get a $23 million golden parachute, as well as around $57 million in stock options.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/yahoo-s-new-male-ceo-will-get-twice-marissa-mayer-n733231?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

I wish I could say I'm surprised but I'm not.

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