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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:08

Cyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest -- has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). > And for better comparison a GIF animation of the images showing the Mozambique flood before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel-1️ Better quality GIF https://t.co/h8608N8so5 MozambiqueFloods MozambiqueFloods2019 RemoteSensing Beira Idai pic.twitter.com/d9hOmdiBbp> > -- Pierre Markuse (@Pierre_Markuse) March 21, 2019The destruction is particularly severe around Mozambique's fourth largest city, Beira. SEE ALSO: The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use"The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said the Red Cross's Jamie LeSueur, who is working in the region. > The latest delineation maps for Mozambique: > ✴️Nhantaze: 24,837.7 ha (248 sq km) flooded > ✴️Macorreia: 9,862.5 ha (98.6 sq km) flooded > Maps and geospatial data: https://t.co/w3uo4SPyREMozambiqueFloods Idai IdaiCyclone pic.twitter.com/0siHZhW6hM> > -- Copernicus EMS (@CopernicusEMS) March 21, 2019Though there's little evidence showing that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 21st century.What's more, cyclones, like any big storm today, can now carry more water: The world has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 Celsius, over the last century, and for every 1 degree C of warming the atmosphere holds seven percent more water. > This just in: shocking footage from our team via helicopter that has just arrived in Beira, Mozambique. The devastation is widespread with barely a house intact following CycloneIdaipic.twitter.com/BnyqVIJ9YF> > -- IFRC Africa (@IFRCAfrica) March 17, 2019Since the 1960s, only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger have hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.When the total number of fatalities are confirmed and the great inland sea dissipates, Idai's rampage may end up being the worst storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, the EU noted.  WATCH: Jordan Peele explains the childhood experience that made him love horror


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'I wanted the medical staff to let me die': Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke reveals harrowing ordeal of life-threatening stroke

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:02

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has broken a long-held silence to reveal she survived a life-threatening stroke. The actress suffered a potentially fatal brain haemorrhage in 2010 before having major surgery that left her unable to recall her own name. Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy TV series, lived with a time-bomb aneurysm in her skull for three years before again suffering a bleed in her brain. Doctors immediately operated by opening up her skull. Clarke has launched SameYou, a charity aimed at supported young people with brain injuries, and help them to access resources. She said she wants to break her silence over her near-fatal brain injuries to help others who are suffering from the "invisible illness". "I know from personal experience that the impact of brain injury is shattering," Clarke said. "Recovery is long-term and rehabilitation can be difficult to access. Brain injury can be an invisible illness and the subject is often taboo. We must help young adults take control of their recovery and allow them to open up without fear of stigma or shame." The actress was making inroads as the fearsome queen Daenerys in Game Of Thrones when her workout was interrupted by enormous pressure on her brain. Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Oscars Credit: AFP/Getty She wrote in The New Yorker: "I reached the toilet, sank to my knees and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain – shooting, stabbing, constricting pain – was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening – my brain was damaged." She was revealed to have suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a kind of stroke, and underwent surgery. Many victims do not survive the initial haemorrhage. After the surgery, she was distraught to find she was suffering from aphasia, which left her "muttering nonsense" and unable to remember her own name. Game of Thrones: 50 things you didn't know "In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug, she wrote. "I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job—my entire dream of what my life would be—centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost." It took a week for her aphasia to pass. Clarke again underwent surgery 2013 after suffering a bleed on the brain, and over the years has made a full recovery. The actress now wants to support others who have suffered the same fears and pains. She said: "The degree to which people can adapt and face the future after neurological trauma is dependent on the quality and provision of rehabilitation care. The Raven newsletter in-article "While I was recovering, I saw that access to integrated mental and physical health recovery programs are limited and not affordable for all. "I am determined to help." SameYou raises funds and advocates for a "revolution in neurorehabilitation" provision for young adults.


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The Navy Will Put a Laser Gun on a Destroyer by 2021

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:02

HELIOS will be capable of downing drones and “burning boats”.


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Giving Babies Peanuts Early in Life Could Help Them Avoid Developing an Allergy, Says the AAP

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:55

Giving Babies Peanuts Early in Life Could Help Them Avoid Allergy


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Mozambique's second biggest hospital shattered after cyclone

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:41

Wet beds stand empty in water-logged wards, workers slosh through the corridors in rubber boots and a nauseating smell permeates the air: Beira's main hospital is stricken, just when it is needed most. The once-majestic main building of Mozambique's second largest hospital now lies shattered. Beira, a port city of half a million, lay in its path.


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Brazil's ex-President Temer arrested, threatening fiscal reform

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:10

Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, for whom he served as vice president for six years. Prosecutors alleged that Temer was the leader of a "criminal organization" that diverted 1.8 billion reais ($471.62 million) in funds as part of a scheme related to the Angra nuclear power plant complex on the Rio de Janeiro coast. Brazil's currency slipped 1.4 percent and the Bovespa stock index fell 2.5 percent, as the arrest diverted the attention of Congress just as it was taking up a bill to overhaul the social security system.


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KCRW Moves Into New Headquarters as Star DJ Jason Bentley Mulls His Future

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:00

Influential public radio station KCRW has finally left the basement and entered its new home: a sparkling, 34,000-square-foot, three-story $21.7 million glass structure on the campus of Santa Monica College. Part of a $115 million development of its Center for Media and Design, it's a glittering, shiny and massive step up from its previous studio […]


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Planned to 'Shoot Around Chemo' During Final Season of 'Veep'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:30

For actor and brilliant funny-woman Julia Louis-Dreyfus, there was never any doubt that she would keep working on Veep's final season after her breast cancer diagnosis. The storied comedian opened up about the series and her treatment in Entertainment Weekly's cover story bidding farewell to the TV POTUS and her bumbling administration. The issue of […]


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1000mph Bloodhound Land Speed Record Car Relaunched

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:27

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project looked like it was at its end last year, with the team out of money and administrators knocking at the door. There had previously been a glimmer of hope for Bloodhound SSC, as one potential investor could muster the cash, but not before the deadline.


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Eternal shell: Sacred turtle embalmed in Hanoi

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:25

A sacred giant turtle that died in Hanoi's storied Hoan Kiem lake has been given a new lease on life by city authorities who have embalmed the beloved creature for posterity -- and tourist visits. Hanoians were shocked by the death of the critically endangered Swinhoe softshell turtle in 2016, believing its passing was a sign of ominous times ahead. The reptile is believed to be the last in a long line of large turtles in the city's central Hoan Kiem lake, revered as symbols of Vietnam's independence struggle according to mythical lore passed down for generations.


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What The Health?! How a Q-Tip caused this man's severe brain infection

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:22

You might want to think twice before sticking a cotton swab in your ears.


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Rent the Runway Becomes a Unicorn With Mutual Fund Backing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:15

Rent the Runway raised a fresh $125 million from investors co-led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital Ventures. Rent the Runway was started in 2009 by Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss as a way to rent designer dresses for events like weddings, galas and parties. Over the past few years, the company has refocused its efforts on a subscription business, asking customers to pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to its catalog of clothing, accessories and more.


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Hungarians protest against PM Orban's academic overhaul

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:05

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who took power in 2010, has tightened controls over Hungarian public life, including the courts, the media and the economy, as well as education and now scientific research. The European Parliament's main center-right bloc voted on Wednesday to suspend Orban's Fidesz party amid concerns it has violated European Union principles on the rule of law. "The Hungarian Academy of Science is a trustee of the preservation and development of Hungarian culture and science," the Forum of Academy Workers, a movement founded by HAS research staff, said on its Facebook page.


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What's Next for Biogen After Its Alzheimer's Disease Drug Flop?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:04

The biotech throws in the towel on a drug that some thought could be a game changer in treating Alzheimer's disease. And it's left with a challenging future.


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How to Find the Best Workout Shoes for Flat Feet

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:00

If you have flat feet, any old shoe just won't do—especially for your workouts. Here's how to buy the best sneakers and running shoes for flat feet.


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A Historical Look at the Park Avenue Armory

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:00

The New York Fashion Week venue has been home to over-the-top events over the years


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New Research Explains Why the Butterfly Population Is Declining—and How to Possibly Reverse It

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:57

One study in Munich shows sustainable agriculture could be key in preserving butterfly populations.


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Facebook Says Millions of Passwords Were Visible Internally

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:56

During a security review in January, Facebook found that the passwords were stored in a readable format, against its security procedures, but that they were never visible to anyone outside of the company. Most of the accounts affected were using Facebook Lite, a version of the app designed for emerging markets. Facebook disclosed the problem after the security blog KrebsOnSecurity learned about it from an internal source.


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