“Mind boggling” Hurricane Patricia, as seen from space

At 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft flying into the heart of Hurricane Patricia took measurements indicating that surface winds in the cyclone were blowing at about 190 miles per hour at the surface.

That’s down a little from earlier in the day, when 200 mile per hour readings had qualified Patricia as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere.

In it’s latest update, issued at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center warned:


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Deadly fish virus still present in Wisconsin lake

In May 2007, hundreds of freshwater drum — also known as sheepshead — turned up dead in Lake Winnebago and nearby Little Lake Butte des Morts, both inland lakes near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The fish were splotched with red and their eyes were swollen and bulging. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched a quick response and, working with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL), quickly learned that a deadly virus was responsible: viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus, or VHSv.

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Technology’s Signposts in the Hunt for Aliens

The popular “Star Wars” films envision a fictional galaxy teeming with alien civilizations that possess advanced technologies such as interstellar spaceship travel and energy weapons. In reality, humanity has barely begun crawling out of its space cradle and has yet to find any evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations. But the modern human experience based on rapid technological progress has created great expectations of discovering other intelligent life in the universe through their tech

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