26 articles from SATURDAY 22.2.2020

Monstrous building next to highway in NJ is first of its kind in North America

Under the artificial sun, the snow never melts away in a climate-controlled winter wonderland. The wind never blows, keeping away any concerns of biting winds at Big SNOW American Dream, North America's first indoor ski park.The park opened in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during December, and holds inside its walls 4 acres of skiable area with a 160-foot vertical drop. The graduated degree of...

Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash previously violated weather-related FAA rules

Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed into a California hillside, killing retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, himself, and seven others, was disciplined for violating weather-related flight rules in 2015, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by the Los Angeles Times. FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, firefighters work the scene of a helicopter...

Snow levels to drop as storm pummels Northwest this weekend

Following a drier stretch in the Northwest, another storm is poised to bring rain and snow to the region before the end of the month.After spotty wet weather started off the weekend, a more potent storm tracked into the region Saturday night.After midnight, the storm spread wet weather into the western parts of Washington, before expanding south and east through Sunday morning.Areas west of the...

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and when should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently...

Can science cure a broken heart?

New treatments involving anaesthesia drugs and neurofeedback could soon be used for getting over a breakupNothing is quite as shattering as a broken heart. A bad breakup has been known to trigger a range of psychological and physical symptoms, from nausea and insomnia to clinical depression. In more extreme scenarios, broken heart syndrome – when a person’s heart stops pumping blood properly...

With every flood, public anger over the climate crisis is surging | Gaby Hinsliff

The fossil-fuel companies know they’ll face increased social stigma unless they changeSometimes it has felt as if the rain might never stop.These storms have gone beyond the point of simply being storms now, each blurring into the next to create a strangely end-of-days feeling. Everything is freakishly sodden and swollen, and while the rural flood plain on which I live fortunately hasn’t...

Coronavirus outbreak: South Korea church cluster drives huge jump in cases

Minister says outbreaks has entered new phase but still hopeful of containing spread in epicentre of DaeguSouth Korea has reported another huge jump in cases of coronavirus as the country fights to contain the spread of the deadly disease.The number of infections has increased by 142 to 346, officials said on Saturday, with most of the cases linked to the city of Daegu and surrounding region two...

Coronavirus: asymptomatic Wuhan woman shows why outbreak 'will be hard to stop'

Case study of 20-year-old who infected relatives despite not showing signs of illness – and testing negative – stokes global pandemic fearsA 20-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan travelled hundreds of miles to another city where she infected five relatives without showing signs of infection, Chinese scientists have said, offering new evidence that the new coronavirus can be spread...

SETI and other alien-hunting strategies are dealing with new tools — and new troubles

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence, better known as SETI, is taking advantage of a widening array of strategies — ranging from sophisticated laser searches, to a new type of wide-angle optical observatory, to arrangements to conduct the search simultaneously with other scientific efforts. But new technologies are also bringing new challenges: For example, how will radio astronomers...

Coronavirus: another four Australians evacuated from Diamond Princess test positive

New diagnoses bring number of cruise ship evacuees brought to Darwin with Covid-19 to sixAnother two people evacuated to Darwin from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities have confirmed.Six Australians who left the ship on Thursday have now tested positive to the disease, with the figure expected to rise as another three patients were due to be screened...

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

Several processes in the roundworm C. elegans boost the stress response in cells, incidentally making worms resistant to a high-fat diet and extending their lifespan. Researchers have found another: cells called glia that release a hormone that boosts the unfolded protein response in the endoplasmic reticulum of the worm's cells, effectively doubling lifespan. This could lead to interventions to...