Bankrupt Mallinckrodt may still be expected to help shoulder nuclear cleanup costs
ST. LOUIS — Two sets of nuclear waste complaints against Mallinckrodt have been thrown into question in a two-week span, while the company restructures in bankruptcy court.Facing a wave of lawsuits and a $1.6 billion settlement stemming from its role in the national opioid crisis, the company with deep St. Louis roots filed for protection from creditors on Monday.While industry analysts have focused on Mallinckrodt’s future as a drugmaker, the company also faces potential liabilities for work a predecessor company, St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, performed decades ago, when it pro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nobel Prize in Physics goes to 3 scientists for their black hole discoveries
A trio of scientists have pulled in the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries regarding one of the universe’s greatest enigmas: black holes.Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford in England, Reinhard Genzel of the University of California, Berkeley, and Andrea Ghez of the University of California, Los Angeles, were named the recipients of the coveted honor Tuesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The organization said Penrose earned half of the annual award for “the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.”The other ...
New York Daily News
Rising waters threaten Great Lakes communities
Along a shoreline that stretches farther than the combined length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, waters driven by climate change have risen as much as 6 feet in less than a decade, washing away houses, destroying roads and threatening critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants in towns large and small.The ongoing disaster striking the coastal communities of the Great Lakes hasn’t captured national attention like hurricanes and wildfires in other parts of the country. But from Duluth to Chicago to Cleveland to Buffalo, leaders are reeling from untold billions in damage — and th...
Healthy corals in Biscayne Bay surprised scientists. They may help reefs survive
MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals.There were no signs of white spots or bleaching and the vivid yellowish brown colors indicated that the corals were untouched by yet another mysterious disease that’s ravaging reefs along the Florida coast. Even more extraordinary was that these corals were thriving in shallow and warm water right off the seawall at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, near a bustling sea...
There's a giant 'Green Banana' off Florida's coast, and researchers have finally gotten to the bottom of it
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If you haven’t heard of the “Green Banana blue hole” you might imagine a tropical cocktail you can order in Key West, or a dessert you ordered after a night on Bourbon Street.Forget that. This Green Banana is actually a mysterious sink hole. More specifically, it’s a huge, underwater cavern off the coast of Florida that humans had never fully explored — until last month.Scientists say the Green Banana could hold clues to the formation of toxic red tides, algae blooms that are devastating to Florida’s shoreline, and the extent of the aquifer that supplies the state with ...
Crowd-control weapons at Seattle protests have caused injuries, heightened tensions with police
SEATTLE — In a summer of skirmishes between protesters and police, July 25 stands out for the volume of its brutality.Tensions had been primed in days prior. Video of agents seizing a protester in Portland sparked anger among some demonstrators. Then, federal agents traveled to Seattle, against local politicians’ wishes. And in an emergency hearing the night before, a federal judge blocked a Seattle City Council ban on tear gas, blast balls and similar weapons.Protesters that day came away bloodied with bruises, cuts and burns after police used crowd-control weapons, according to court filings...
The Seattle Times
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Vanessa Bryant sues LA County sheriff, alleging ‘cover-up’ of Kobe Bryant crash photosLOS ANGELES — Vanessa Bryant has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over deputies sharing “unauthorized” photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others.Shortly after the Jan. 26 crash, Vanessa Bryant alleges, Sheriff Alex Villanueva personally assured her that deputies were securing the crash site to ensure her privacy. Her suit comes after a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that deputies had taken and shared photos of th...
Tribune News Service
NASA plans to land woman, and next man, on moon by 2024; it just needs $3.2 billion
NASA has announced in a $28 million plan that in 2024 a woman and man will land on the moon for the first time since the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972.The move is in line with its mandate to establish sustainable space exploration by the end of this decade, the agency said Monday, laying out its plan in a 74-page opus.All it needs is $3.2 billion more to build a landing system there, BBC News reported.“With bipartisan support from Congress, our 21st century push to the Moon is well within America’s reach,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “As we’ve solidified more of...
New York Daily News
Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in federal waters
SAN DIEGO — A prestigious San Diego research institute and a Long Beach social benefit investment group are teaming to create what could be the first fish farm in federal waters.The proposed farm, Pacific Ocean AquaFarm, would be located about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowfish each year — enough for 11 million servings of the popular seafood.A partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific6 Enterprise, the project also would create a diversity of economic opportunities and provide a local source for a fish that is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tropical storms will keep popping up, but how will we know which is the next Big One?
PHILADELPHIA — That the record-setting tropical storm traffic in the Atlantic Basin is going to persist is all but a given, forecasters say. The deeper and more frightening question is, Will any of the storms become monstrously destructive hurricanes and when will we know it?As they relearned in August with Laura, whose winds doubled from 75 to 150 mph in 36 hours, the answers might not come until the hurricane is on the very doorstep of a heavily populated coast. Track forecasts have improved significantly, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acknowledges that predictions ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer