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Florida's Vote Counting Controversy Spells Trouble for 2020

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 00:45

The midterm elections are not yet over, and neither is the acrimony. With extremely close statewide races for governor and senator in Florida, frustration has…

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Former hockey player found guilty in murder of his wife: Part 6

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:31

Thomas Clayton was sentenced to life in prison without parole and has since appealed his case, claiming that prosecutors did not prove that he was guilty of his wife's murder.

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7-year-old daughter becomes key eyewitness in attack on mom: Part 3

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:23

Charlie, who was at home at the time of her mother Kelley Clayton's murder, described to police what she thought the intruder looked like.

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Manhunt begins for brutal killer of mother of two: Part 2

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:22

The grisly scene at the family home where Kelley Clayton was killed led investigators to quickly look for her killer, and her husband told police he was at a poker game.

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Two More Mysterious Rogue Planets Found

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:39

With no stars to illuminate them, rogues are mostly great big unknowns to scientists.

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How the Sun Set Off Dozens of Mines During the Vietnam War

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:29

An extreme solar flare triggered dozens of underwater explosions in the harbor of Haiphong.

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This Is What California's Terrifying Wildfires Look Like After Leaving 5 Dead and Entire Towns Destroyed

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:33

Together, the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires have burned 86,000 acres, and are continuing to spread across the state of California.

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How a Divided Congress Can Actually Get Along

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:18

Despite the common belief that it is doomed to gridlock

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Some Researchers Thought This Drug Could Treat the Polio-Like Illness Sickening Children. A New Study Says It Probably Doesn't

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:00

Fluoxetine, a promising treatment for the rare, polio-like illness AFM, likely doesn't work after all, a new study says

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The Space Shuttle Runway at Cape Canaveral Is About to Get a Second Life

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:22

The historic “runway on the edge of tomorrow” gets FAA approval to launch spaceplanes and air-launch rockets, opening a new front in the battle for commercial spaceflight.

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How California erupted in flames overnight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:13

Newly-born fires torched bone-dry Northern and Southern California throughout the night of November 8. One deadly blaze in particular, the Camp Fire, ripped through 70,000 acres in just 24 hours.  "It's incredible," Michael Gollner, a fire scientist at the University of Maryland, said of the uncontrollable Northern California wildfire. "I don’t know if I want to say unprecedented — but it's getting close to that. It's incredibly rare."  "That blows your mind," Brenda Belongie, lead meteorologist of the U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services in Northern California, said in an interview. "That impresses us in the industry."  While the Camp Fire nearly burned the entire town of Paradise to the ground, residents in heavily-populated Southern California documented their nighttime escapes from falling embers and glowing hillsides.  The Woolsey and Hill fires have now burned through 14,000 acres, with thousands of residents receiving urgent nighttime evacuation messages via text. In both the north and south of the parched Golden State, the rapidly-evolving circumstances are similar: profoundly dried-out land with the arrival of persistently dry, gusty winds. "Then all you need is a spark," said Belongie.  Clouds of smoke seen from Hermosa Beach, California.Image: susan kaufmanAlthough fires are complex environmental phenomena driven (and exacerbated) by weather, U.S. fires in the last couple decades have been burning at least twice as much land than in the early 1980s, and they've been burning for weeks — not days — longer. A warmer climate means more dry, flame-susceptible vegetation. "These fires are going to be happening more often," noted Gollner. The California fire season should be nearing its end. Typically, by mid-October the season dies down as the first rains will make the grasses and forests less likely to burn — particularly in Northern California. But not this year. "We are still very much in fire season," said Belongie. "It's just one fire after another." The Camp Fire, barely contained as of Friday morning, is the continuation of a historic fire season in the heavily-forested northern part of the state. In July, the Carr Fire — after jumping the Sacramento River — grew into a towering, spinning vortex of flame.  SEE ALSO: The EPA completely axed its climate change websites. But why are NASA's still live? Northern California has now seen a record number of acres burned during a fire season, Belongie said. That's around 150 percent of the previous record, she noted.  The now-raging Camp Fire has exploited exceptionally dried-out forests and grasses. In some portions of Northern California, forests are now as dry as they were during the peak summer fire season, when temperatures were in the triple digits. It's now well into November, and parched forests are at their seasonal records for dryness, with some setting new records. Worse than no rain is negative rain. Evaporative Demand Index (EDDI) is maxing out for some areas for the last 4 weeks. #CAwx — Rob Elvington (@RobElvington) November 8, 2018 "This is a huge deal," said Belongie.   For a few weeks now, California forests have been increasingly dried-out by strong, dry winds, blowing from the north and east — so fire experts expected flames. And through the night, east-blowing winds blew persistent gusts through much of the state.  The dry stage was set.  "Unfortunately, it's not unexpected," said Gollner. And Westerners can expect similar circumstances in the future. Once these large fires start, there's little that can be done to stop them — even our massive fire-retardant dropping aircraft have little effect. "The airplanes aren’t going to do very much once the fire grows to this enormous size," said Gollner. #HillFire [update] at Hill Canyon Rd and Santa Rosa Rd, Santa Rosa Valley (Ventura County) per Ventura County Fire is now 10,000 acres. — CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) November 9, 2018 With this modern reality, society needs to prepare, emphasized Gollner.  For instance, it's now imperative that flame-vulnerable communities reduce vegetation near their homes, so communities aren't met with 100-foot tall walls of flame. We can't stop the flames — but we can make them manageable.  "It's not about making it a black-top all around," said Gollner. "It's about reducing the fuel over the land — so we don’t have this really high risk next to our homes." But for now, fire managers just want this particular season to just end.  "This is an endless fire season," said Belongie. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?

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When the Battery Is Woven Into Your T-Shirt

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:03

Wearable, rechargeable electronics that’ll outpace the Energizer Bunny and change the world.

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Democrats Had a Better Election Night Than It First Appeared

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:00

The "blue wave" took a little longer to crest, but after several days of vote counting it looks like Democrats beat the midterm average.

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Next US astronaut on Russian rocket confident after mishaps

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:13

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. astronaut said Friday she has no qualms about riding a Russian rocket next month despite back-to-back mishaps.

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Can He Fire Mueller? Trump's Appointment of Acting Attorney General Raises Important Legal Questions

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:14

President Donald Trump's appointment of an acting attorney general has raised three critical legal and constitutional questions.

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