La plus lointaine des galaxies découverte par les télescopes de Hawaii

first_imgLa plus lointaine des galaxies découverte par les télescopes de HawaiiDes astronomes japonais déclarent avoir trouvé, au moyen des télescopes de Hawaii, une galaxie située à près de 12,91 milliards d’années-lumière de la Terre. Une étude presque indiscutable.Loin, bien loin, très loin. Cette nouvelle galaxie découverte par les scientifiques japonais est la plus éloignée de la Terre jamais observée. C’est grâce aux télescopes Subaru et Neck situés au sommet du Mauna Kea, sur l’île de Hawaii que les astronomes, en collaboration avec l’Observatoire Astronomique National du Japon ont évalué la distance impressionnante à laquelle elle se trouve : 12,91 milliards d’années-lumière (une année-lumière équivalant à 9.460 milliards de kilomètres).À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour Richard Ellis, un expert en cosmologie et formation des galaxies du Calfornia Institute of Technology, cette récente découverte est bien plus convaincante que celles annoncées par d’autres études parues plus tôt, et se réclamant déjà de la galaxie la plus éloignée. Celui-ci a en effet argumenté que les Japonais avaient utilisé des méthodes particulièrement fiables et reconnues par la communauté scientifique. “C’est la découverte de galaxie la moins discutable”, a t-il ainsi souligné Richard Ellis cité par le Guardian.En 2010, une équipe de scientifiques français a revendiqué, au moyen du télescope de la NASA Hubble, la découverte d’une galaxie située à 13,1 milliards d’années-lumières. L’an dernier, ce sont des astronomes californiens, au moyen du même Hubble qui ont repéré une galaxie à 13,2 milliards d’années-lumière. Leurs recherches ont chacune été publiées dans le journal Nature. Mais elles doivent maintenant être confirmées par d’autre méthodes, selon Ellis. Un autre groupe, de l’Arizona State University cette fois, a également revendiqué ce mois-ci la paternité d’une galaxie localisée à 13 milliards d’années-lumières de la Terre, observée au moyen d’un télescope au Chili. Cependant, cette découverte doit également être confirmée. Les théories actuelles soutiennent que l’univers est né de l’explosion du Big Bang, survenu il y a environ 13,7 milliards d’années. Grâce à des télescopes de plus en plus puissants, les astronomes continuent donc de multiplier les observations pour en apprendre plus sur la création de l’Univers.Le 16 juin 2012 à 09:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le trafic de faux médicaments un fléau qui ne cesse de croitre

first_imgLe trafic de faux médicaments, un fléau qui ne cesse de croitrePour lutter contre le véritable “fléau” que représente le trafic de faux médicaments dans les pays pauvres, un colloque a été organisé jeudi à Paris.Le trafic de faux médicaments dans les pays pauvres est un phénomène international qui prend sans cesse de l’ampleur. Sans autorité sanitaire vigilante et en l’absence d’outils efficaces pour lutter contre les faux médicaments, ceux-ci se présentent ainsi sous diverses formes. Majoritairement produits en Asie et principalement écoulés en Afrique (parfois via la Colombie), ils sont dépourvus de principe actif ou encore sous-dosés. Le plus souvent, ils imitent une grande marque avec un emballage presque identique au vrai produit.”C’est un fléau qui ne fait que s’aggraver, une nouvelle activité du crime organisé qui vient après le trafic de drogue mais qui pourrait dans quelques temps le dépasser”, explique le professeur Marc Gentilini, responsable du programme santé de la Fondation Chirac qui milite sur ce sujet. Des malfaiteurs ont vu dans le développement des médicaments et des vaccins dans les pays en développement, un moyen facile de gagner beaucoup d’argent sans risques, souligne la Fondation Chirac. En effet, selon l’ONG américaine Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, le marché des faux médicaments pesait 75 milliards de dollars en 2010, un chiffre en hausse de 90% sur cinq ans. Par ailleurs, le trafic de médicaments contrefaits serait 25 fois plus lucratif que la vente de drogue et beaucoup moins surveillé. Selon une autre organisation américaine, National Crime Prevention Council, plus de 10% des médicaments vendus dans le monde sont contrefaits avec des pointes à 70% dans certains pays. Un “véritable crime” À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?”Aujourd’hui, mis à part quelques rares pays du monde où la riposte commence à s’organiser, les autorités n’ont pas pris les mesures qui s’imposent pour prévenir et contrôler ce grave préjudice pour la santé publique”, souligne la Fondation Chirac citée par l’AFP. Car si “contre les drogues, il y a toute une série de mesures répressives et d’organisations relativement efficaces, contre le trafic des faux médicaments il n’y a actuellement rien”, indique le Pr Gentilini. “Le drogué fait un choix plus ou moins libre alors que celui qui achète un faux médicament croit qu’il achète un vrai”, rappelle t-il également.Comme il le précise, si vendre du faux Viagra sur Internet est une “tromperie” répréhensible et qui doit être combattu, en revanche écouler de faux antipaludéens parmi les populations africaines est ainsi un véritable “crime”.Le 21 juin 2012 à 18:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ISS un Russe et un Américain partiront pour une mission de 1

first_imgISS : un Russe et un Américain partiront pour une mission de 1 an en 2015Lundi, la NASA et l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos ont annoncé les noms des deux spationautes sélectionnés pour effectuer une mission de 1 an à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Il s’agit de l’Américain Scott Kelly et du Russe Mikhail Kornienko. Le projet avait été évoqué et se concrétise aujourd’hui. La première mission spatiale d’une durée de 1 an à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) aura lieu dès 2015. C’est ce qu’ont annoncé lundi la NASA, l’agence spatiale russe ainsi que leurs partenaires internationaux en dévoilant les noms des deux spationautes qui y prendront part : l’Américain Scott Kelly et le Russe Mikhail Kornienko, respectivement âgés de 48 ans et 52 ans. Les deux compères décolleront à bord d’un vaisseau Soyouz depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan au printemps 2015. Ils ne reviendront alors que l’année suivante, au printemps 2016. Comme toutes les missions menées à bord de l’ISS, celle-ci consistera à réaliser des expériences et collecter des données scientifiques importantes pour de futurs projets d’exploration du système solaire. Mais les équipes au sol surveilleront également étroitement la santé des deux spationautes, alors qu’aucune expédition de l’ISS n’a passé plus de six mois à bord de la station.”L’objectif de leur expédition de 1 an à bord du laboratoire orbital est de mieux comprendre comme le corps humain réagit et s’adapte à l’environnement rude de l’espace. Les données venant de l’expédition de 12 mois aideront à informer sur les contrôles des performances et de la santé de l’équipage. Elles détermineront et valideront des contre-mesures pour réduire les risques associés à l’exploration future, tandis que NASA prévoit des mission autour de la Lune, d’un astéroïde et au bout du compte, de Mars”, explique l’agence américaine dans un communiqué. Des spationautes déjà expérimentés À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour mener à bien ce projet, la NASA comme Roskosmos a ainsi choisi un astronaute qui avait de l’expérience. En effet, Scott Kelly et Mikhail Kornienko ont tout deux déjà réalisé plusieurs missions spatiales : le premier totalise aujourd’hui plus de 170 jours dans l’espace et le second environ 176 jours. Les deux ont d’ailleurs même déjà séjourné à bord de l’ISS en 2010. “Leurs compétences et leur expérience précédente à bord de la station correspond aux critères requis pour la mission. L’augmentation à un an va étendre les limites de comment nous vivons et travaillons dans l’espace, et va accroitre notre connaissance des effets de la microgravité sur les humains”, a commenté William Gerstenmaier, administrateur associé du Human Exploration and Operations de la NASA.”La sélection du candidat pour la mission d’un an a été minutieuse et difficile à cause du nombre de candidats appropriés au sein du corps des cosmonautes. Nous avons choisi les plus responsables, les plus qualifiés et les plus enthousiastes des membres d’équipage pour étendre l’exploration spatiale et nous avons une totale confiance en eux”, a indiqué de son côté Vladimir Popovkin, chef de Roskosmos. Pour se préparer à leur grande aventure, Kelly et Kornienko entameront l’année prochaine un programme d’entrainement d’une durée de deux ans aux Etats-Unis.Le 27 novembre 2012 à 11:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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3 nouvelles espèces darthropodes collemboles découvertes

first_img3 nouvelles espèces d’arthropodes collemboles découvertes Décrites dans la revue Zootaxa, trois nouvelles espèces d’arthropodes cavernicoles ont récemment été découvertes par des spéléologues dans des grottes espagnoles.C’est en tendant des ‘pièges’ dans des grottes du Maestrazgo, un massif montagneux situé près de Teruel, en Espagne qu’une équipe de spéléologues a gagné le ‘jackpot’. En effet, ces aventuriers de l’Association Catalane de biospéléologie dirigée par Floren Fadrique, ont installé dans ces grottes des bocaux contenant des substances qui ont eu le don d’attirer de remarquables créatures. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, pas moins de trois nouvelles espèces d’arthropodes ont été recueillies avant d’être étudiées et décrites par des spécialistes de l’Université de Navarre. Il s’agit de 3 espèces de collemboles – une très ancienne classe de petits arthropodes pancrustacés (“à mi-chemin” entre insectes et crustacés) – qui ont été nommées Pygmarrhopalites maestrazgoensis, P. cantavetulae et Oncopodura fadriquei. Elles proviennent de grottes où la température oscille entre 5° C et 11° C, situées entre 1.550 et 2.000 mètres d’altitude, dans une région isolée au climat presque extrême (jusqu’à  -40°C à l’extérieur).”Étudier la faune des grottes nous permet d’élargir notre connaissance de la biodiversité. Les trois nouvelles espèces de collemboles que nous avons trouvées à Teruel sont des organismes qui ont vécu totalement isolés pendant des milliers d’années. (..), comme des reliques du passé qui ont survécu au changement climatique qui s’est produit à l’extérieur des grottes”, conclut ainsi Enrique Baquero, de l’Université de Navarre qui a pu prendre les spécimens en photo.Le 1 décembre 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Antarctique le lac Vostok abriterait une surprenante variété de vie

first_imgAntarctique : le lac Vostok abriterait une “surprenante” variété de vieLes derniers résultats d’analyse d’échantillons du lac Vostok ont révélé que ces eaux subglaciaires abritaient une grande diversité d’organismes : des bactéries certes, mais aussi d’autres organismes unicellulaires et pluricellulaires comme des champignons.Il semblerait que le lac Vostok ait mérité tout l’intérêt qu’on lui porte depuis des décennies. Après y avoir consacré plus de 20 ans, des scientifiques russes ont finalement réussi en février 2012 à forer ce mystérieux lac subglaciaire, le plus étendu et le plus profond, situé en Antarctique. Ils ont ainsi pu y prélever en décembre plusieurs échantillons d’eau et de glace via une technique particulière censée empêchée toute contamination. Objectif : identifier les organismes qui vivent dans ces eaux isolées depuis plus de 15 millions d’années. Pour cela, ils avaient donc commencé à analyser les fameux échantillons mais les premiers résultats avaient déçu, ne révélant aucune trace de vie particulière. Quelques mois plus tard, un chercheur avait annoncé avoir identifié une bactérie inconnue, mais celle-ci s’est finalement avéré provenir d’une contamination. Jusqu’ici, le bilan n’était donc pas très prometteur. Aujourd’hui, pourtant, de nouveaux résultats publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE relancent les espoirs des scientifiques. En effet, selon ces analyses, des échantillons de glace récoltés contiendraient l’ADN de pas moins de 3.507 organismes assez diverses. Il s’agirait pour la majorité de bactéries mais d’autres organismes unicellulaires et multicellulaires comme des champignons y figureraient également. Une diversité qui surprend les scientifiques. “Nous avons trouvé bien plus de complexité que quiconque pensait”, a commenté le Dr Scott Rogers, biologiste à la Bowling Green State University dans l’Ohio. De minuscules créatures survivantes Selon l’étude, les séquences génétiques découvertes appartiendraient à des organismes extrêmophiles qui aiment le froid et sont capables de survivre, comme leur nom l’indique, dans les conditions extrêmes qui règnent dans le lac. Mais les scientifiques ont également identifié des séquences ADN et ARN appartenant à des animaux, de petites créatures marines telles que des mollusques et des crustacés. “Les organismes que nous trouvons sont dans une gamme très très petite. Ce sont de petites créatures minuscules”, a ajouté Rogers cité par LiveScience. “Les séquences suggèrent qu’un environnement complexe pourrait exister dans le lac Vostok. Des séquences indiquant des organismes issus d’environnements aquatique, marin, sédimentaire et glacé étaient présentes dans la glace. En plus, une autre proportion majeure de séquences provenaient d’organismes qui sont symbiotes d’animaux et/ou de plantes”, écrivent les auteurs dans leur étude. Mais cette vie est bien moins concentrée qu’elle ne l’est dans d’autres systèmes de lac, soulignent-ils. La concentration en cellules s’est avérée particulièrement faible, poussant le scientifique a affirmé : “Si le [lac Vostok] abrite de la vie, c’est de la vie intéressante mais elle n’est pas hautement concentrée”.Des organismes qui se sont lentement adaptés “Il y a 35 millions d’années, le lac Vostok était ouvert à l’atmosphère et entouré par un écosystème forestier. A ce moment-là, le lac contenait probablement un réseau complexe d’organismes. Jusqu’à il y a 15 millions d’années, les portions du lac n’étaient pas couvertes de glace, du moins pas tout le temps. Les organismes étaient donc probablement déposés dans le lac”, a expliqué le scientifique. Les changements de conditions s’étant faits lentement, les chercheurs supposent que les organismes ont eu le temps de s’adapter alors que le lac passait d’un système terrestre à un système subglaciaire. Néanmoins, comment être sûr que les organismes découverts ne viennent pas encore d’une contamination ? Pour éliminer ce risque, les chercheurs ont utilisé une nouvelle technique qui comprend un lavage à l’eau de javel, une fonte, un nettoyage et une recongélation de la glace. “La contamination est toujours une préoccupation mais nous pensons que les méthodes que nous avons développées assurent que toute contamination externe a été éliminée”, a indiqué Rogers.Une vie tenaceÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au vu des résultats obtenus, le scientifique et ses collègues comptent donc bien poursuivre les recherches en menant d’autres analyses ADN sur des échantillons de glace supplémentaires. Celle testée dans cette étude était âgée d’entre 5.000 et 10.000 ans et a été récoltée dans les années 1990 alors que les Russes progressaient dans le forage du lac Vostok. Or, l’équipe du Dr Rogers estime que la partie superficielle du lac est la zone active de l’environnement.”Au fur et à mesure que vous allez plus loin dans le lac, le compte de cellules chute réellement. Nous voulons trouver ce qu’il y a à cet endroit et comment c’est capable d’y vivre. La vie semble trouver un moyen de survivre à peu près partout où on peut aller sur Terre”, a noté le Dr Rogers. Nos résultats “montrent vraiment la ténacité de la vie, et comment des organismes peuvent survivre à des endroits où nous pensions il y a une douzaine d’années que rien ne pouvait y survivre”.  Une telle découverte n’a pas que de l’importance sur Terre puisqu’elle renforce l’espoir de trouver des formes de vie sur d’autres planètes qui présentent souvent des conditions tout aussi voire plus extrêmes. “Les limites de ce qui est habitable et de ce qui ne l’est pas sont en train de changer”, a ainsi conclu le Dr Rogers.Le 9 juillet 2013 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 11 Jack and the Scotsman

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.Last week I told you that Episode 11 of Samurai Jack’s first season contained one of my favorite cartoon characters ever. And now, having rewatched “Jack and the Scotsman” for the first time in years, I worry that I may have been a little bit off-base. So right here and now, please allow me to correct my earlier statement: The Scotsman is one of my favorite characters ever, in any medium or genre. What’s more, this stands up as my absolute favorite Samurai Jack episode that we’ve covered thus far.“Jack and the Scotsman” starts the way many episodes of the show do: With long, lingering, speechless shots of Jack’s travels. This episode in particular, however, really nails home the Akira Kurosawa references, as Jack’s march through a hazy, very, for lack of a better term, Asian environment is accompanied by music that is very much reminiscent of the director’s classic Yojimbo (the film upon which Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars was based). As Jack walks silently across the screen, it’s hard not to be reminded of Toshiro Mifune’s most famous character, Sanjuro.But the show soon takes a sharp turn, as that serene, Asian aesthetic comes crashing into something louder, brasher, and more rambunctious. And in doing so, Jack himself runs head-first into another hero, a swordsman who is far louder, far brasher and far, far more rambunctious. I am speaking, of course, of the Scotsman.Up until this point, Samurai Jack has presented us with only a single model for a hero in Aku’s world: Jack himself. Selfless, thoughtful, slow to anger, and of few words, Jack is a common ideal in heroic fiction, the nearly flawless warrior whose goals are righteous and whose actions are unfailingly valiant. Jack’s identity as this stoic ideal is central to how the show works, as each episode sees his peerless abilities, calm demeanor and steady hand confronted with new challenges. The Scotsman is something altogether different.While Jack is quiet, the Scotsman is loud. While the Samurai is reticent, the Scotsman is gregarious. He is brash, boastful, and quick to anger, while Jack cultivates a respectful, humble, and calm demeanor. But perhaps most importantly, the Scotsman is hilarious, as evidenced by his relentless barrage of insults – a high watermark for the series’ dialogue – including a hysterical accusation of Jack trying to look up his kilt. The Scotsman is Jack’s opposite, his mirror image in almost every significant way except for two: They are both masterful swordsmen and they are both heroes.The Scotsman represents another type heroic ideal, one that we haven’t yet seen on the show. He isn’t a kind, respectful fighter like Jack – he’s a brash, violent, hot-headed barbarian. But what’s most interesting about the Scotsman as well as this episode is what happens when the two men unsheathe their swords and go to do battle with one another: It ends in a stalemate.It would have been easy for the show’s creators to use the Scotsman as yet another hurdle for Jack to clear, a threat that is built up before Jack ultimately dismantles it. It’s like wrestling booking: A threat is introduced, you see how formidable it is, and then it gets one over on the protagonist before the hero ultimately vanquishes it, looking better and more powerful not in spite of the troubles the threat gave him, but because of them. Thematically it would have also squared with show’s ongoing meta-narrative, about the triumph of Jack’s calm, collected approach and peerless skill. But instead, the show’s creators went a much different and more interesting route: They turned the show into a buddy comedy.Not only do Jack and the Scotsman find themselves unable to defeat one another, but they are literally shackled to one another by the bounty hunters that are after them both. The pair, both of whom begin the episode thinking very little of the other, are forced to work together to survive. It’s a well-worn story but one that is given new life due to the outlandish, over-the-top duo acting it out.First it homages samurai epics, then it introduces a savage, Braveheart-esque Scottish warrior, then it becomes a buddy comedy. Beyond just containing one of my favorite characters ever, “Jack and the Scotsman” also manages to be an exquisite mash-up of some of my favorite genres and tropes, including the one that rears its head with the reveal of who’s hunting the two men: A Southern pig sheriff and a bunch of shotgun wielding alligator robots.That’s right, as if everything up until that point wasn’t enough, the episode’s climactic battle takes place in a swamp overrun with fan-boat riding Southern caricatures. It’s a ridiculous stew, a bizarre mix of influences and genres that works largely based upon the strength of the Scotsman’s character and the way everything about him is juxtaposed with Jack.The episode is a near-perfect introduction for the Scotsman, especially seeing as it gives the audience just enough to pique their interest without ever risking boring them with a character that, admittedly isn’t the most complex or well-rounded (other than his bulbous physique). It might sound odd to say, but there’s a considerable amount of restraint on display when it comes to the Scotsman, a character that, in a set of more hasty hands, could have become a major, recurring part of the series. But instead, knowing that his counterpoint to Jack’s character was best savored in small doses, they’ve chosen to dole him out more judiciously, something we can look forward to in season two.Join us next week as we discuss season one’s penultimate episode, “Jack and the Gangsters.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!last_img read more

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9 new photos revealed from HBOs Westworld

first_img Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton, a wanted man, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, a bandit. (Credit: John P. Johnson (HBO))<><> HBO is hoping to have another Game of Thrones-style hit with its upcoming sci-fi epic, Westworld. This time, instead of adapting an in-progress book series with no end in sight, this new series is based on a low-budget 1973 sci-fi movie directed by Michael Crichton. Yes, that Michael Crichton.Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, director of Westworld. (Credit: John P. Johnson (HBO))The series, created by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, The Dark Knight Trilogy), centers on a futuristic theme park populated by androids, artificial intelligences, and regular humans. Rich patrons visit the park to live out their old west fantasies, whether sexual or violent. The show doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but HBO released these photos from the first episode for us to wildly speculate over.The cast is pretty stellar too, with Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden. So far, HBO is being pretty secretive when it comes to who is an android and who is not. That kind of drama sounds right up Nolan’s alley.James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a new arrival to Westworld. (Credit: John P. Johnson (HBO))We can probably expect this series to wrestle with the question of what happens when an artificial intelligence becomes self-aware. When does it become a living thing? When does it stop being OK to let these beings be abused for the amusement of rich people?Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a gunslinger. (Credit: John P. Johnson (HBO))Westworld premieres this Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Until then, HBO put out these first photoslast_img read more

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Bethesda adds mod and 4K support to Skyrim and Fallout on PS4

first_imgPlayStation 4 fans, rejoice! Bethesda has announced that mod support will be coming to both Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition. On top of that, the company has also revealed that Skyrim will be playable in native 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro.Mods have been available on the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 ever since May of this year and were supposed to be on PS4 that following June. After a few delays, Bethesda announced that it wouldn’t have mods on PS4 because Sony wouldn’t allow them. We don’t know why Sony didn’t want Fallout 4 mods on PS4, but given how some have reported issues with mods on Xbox One, it is possible that Sony wanted Bethesda to better QA user created mods in order to potentially avoid damaging users’ PlayStation 4 systems.The first game to get mod support will be Skyrim Special Edition on October 28. PS4 owners will be able to create mods using the in-game Creation Kit. Players will not be able to upload external assets with their PS4 mods. Instead, they can use assets that are already in the game. If you have a Bethesda account, you can check out mods right from within the game.After Skyrim Special Edition is completed and released, Bethesda will work on updating Fallout 4 with mods and PS4 Pro support. Like Skyrim, the game will be playable in 4K and feature enhanced lighting and visuals. Skyrim will of course be be getting new textures and other visual enhancements, but they should look even more impressive on PS4 Pro, especially at native 4K resolution.We may never know exactly what happened behind closed doors to get Sony and Bethesda to cooperate on this, but I guess that isn’t important right now. What matters is that anyone who has Fallout 4 or Skyrim can enjoy user created mods. In the end, everyone wins.last_img read more

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Black Lightning Deserves Better Headline than Black Lightning Strikes Twice

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Stay on target Second episodes can often be a bit of a letdown after a particularly good pilot. With the excitement of seeing something new gone, the show has to establish what a typical episode looks like. I don’t know if Black Lightning quite accomplished that, but it did manage an engaging follow-up to last week’s premiere. We’re still in the stage of the superhero story where the hero isn’t sure if he’s going to keep being a hero. Once he does, we’ll have a much better idea of what a typical episode and season of this show will be. Even though this episode didn’t quite get there, it did set up the major conflicts Jefferson Pierce will be dealing with throughout the first season.Being a superhero apparently gets harder as you age. As cool as Black Lightning looked in battle during last week’s premiere, he begins this episode in serious pain. He doesn’t bounce back the way he used to. At this point, Black Lightning’s return was still a one-time deal as far as Jefferson is concerned. His daughters are safe, and that’s that. Yeah, we still have a full season ahead of us. That’s not going to last long. Especially when Jefferson learns that the motel he stormed through reopened the next day. He saved his daughters, but he didn’t save anyone else’s. And that’s a problem for a former student named LaWanda, who’s daughter is still owned by the 100. This episode is all about her, which does a great job of driving home what’s exactly at stake. Jefferson cares deeply about his community. Every superhero does, but having a single character, one who’s deeply connected to the hero, represent that community’s plight allows this series to explore depths and emotions that aren’t available to The CW’s other DC shows.Tracey Bonner as LaWanda (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)LaWanda is the one who brings up the awkward point that Black Lightning only saved Jefferson’s daughters, but not anybody else’s. Now why would that be? Jefferson’s able to change the subject before the questions get too inconvenient, but he’s going to have to do a better job protecting his secret identity than that. This was a necessary episode because it demonstrated how much harder the decision to become a superhero is for a successful middle-aged man with a family. He has so many reasons not to suit up and fight bad guys. He desperately wants to believe that the system will do its job, even though it clearly hasn’t been all that effective. Last week, he was forced to suit up because his family was in danger. This week’s episode had to give him a reason to suit up even when his family was relatively safe.LaWanda parks outside of the Seahorse Motel, watching everything. While she’s out there, Pierce tries to talk her out of it while accepting constant assurances from his friend in the police, Inspector Henderson that they’re doing everything they can. And to his credit, he’s not lying. Most of the cops in Freeland range from corrupt to outright racist, but Henderson is not only one of the few good cops, he’s determined and effective. When he says he’s working on something, he is. He’s not even that much slower than Black Lightning in this episode. Unfortunately, neither are fast enough for LaWanda. Her presence outside the motel, combined with the raid of the hotel last week, has made Lala nervous. He storms out of the hotel and kills her. It’s a shocking moment. This level of violence in the second episode isn’t what we expect from a superhero show. It is effective though. Instead of a vague sense that the city needs a hero, we’re shown just how much the people of the city need a hero. It’s an important difference that most superhero shows never get around to acknowledging.Damon Gupton as Inspector Bill Henderson (Photo: Guy D’Alema/The CW)The action in this episode isn’t quite as spectacular as last week’s light show. LaWanda’s death convinces Jefferson that Black Lightning needs to come out of retirement. He storms the motel once again, taking out anyone who gets in his way. He might not be throwing around as many bolts as he did last week, but he still looks damn cool in that suit. Hopefully, the Seahorse stays shut down this time, but Lala’s out of the picture in any case. Right after Black Lightning busts through the motel, Henderson shows up to arrest Lala. LaWanda left her cell phone on the dashboard of her car, and it recorded the whole murder. Jefferson’s sly greeting to the inspector before he leaped out the balcony was easily the best part of the whole episode.Lala isn’t the biggest threat in Freeland though. That would be the still-enigmatic crime boss Tobias Whale, and he just looks scarier every episode. We get a little bit more of him here. Right at the very beginning, he goes on a racist tirade about the black population of Freeland, particularly those that work under him. It’s all the more messed up when you realize that Tobias Whale is black himself, but has albinism. It’s not something you expect to hear on The CW, but this show is not shying away from the more uncomfortable conversations about race. Whale really shows just how much of a threat he’s going to be right at the end. With friends in the police department, he’s allowed to walk right into Lala’s cell and choke the life out of him before he can snitch.Kyanna Simone Simpson as Keisha and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Over on the lighter side of the episode, I love where the show is taking the daughters’ storylines. They both get very sweet relationship stories. Anissa has a girlfriend and holy crap is it refreshing to not have a coming out story or an unaccepting family member. Jefferson and Lynn know their daughter’s gay from the outset, and it’s just a fact of life for them. As for the couple themselves, they have a few adorable moments together, first in bed and then later on a walk. They are having some relationship issues, but ultimately, it’s a supportive, healthy relationship. Anissa is reluctant to meet her girlfriend, Cheoni’s family even though they’ve been together a long time, but she still trusts her enough to tell her about the incident with the sink from the end of last week’s episode. Cheoni tells Anissa that the sink was probably old and falling apart, but recommends she go to therapy to deal with the trauma. Whether she does or not remains to be seen, but we know the sink was not just old and falling apart. When Anissa’s having trouble sleeping, she goes to a drug store to get a sleep aid. A man holds up the register and puts a gun in Anissa’s face. Anissa reacts instinctively and flips the man over the aisle, knocking him out. She’s going to be a superhero just like her dad, and I can’t wait.Jennifer’s love story is sweet too, though it does go a little too far in the after school special direction for my taste. I’ll give the show credit for one thing though, the writing can be very good and naturalistic when it wants to be. Jennifer and her new boyfriend are adorable as they flirt together. They’re nervous and giggly in a way that feels familiar and real. But Jennifer is still dealing with her kidnapping from last week and starts drinking at school to cope. Her boyfriend takes the liquor away from her, and launches into a huge speech about how he runs so he can get out of Freeland. Like, it makes sense that Jennifer won’t deal with her trauma in a healthy way all the time. And it’s fine to have someone tell her to seek help, but that speech laid it on a little thick. Not every episode needs to have a lesson.Even with some very minor falters, Black Lightning turned in an especially strong second episode. It’s a hard thing for a superhero show to pull off, but this series does it with humor, charm and real emotion. By the end of the episode, Jefferson has made the decision to be Black Lightning again, but it becomes very clear that he has to choose between saving his city and repairing his relationship with his ex-wife. She doesn’t want him to be a hero anymore, and thinks he’s addicted to it. Their dynamic adds a welcome complexity to the show, and I really look forward to seeing how the struggle plays out. Jefferson’s choice to become Black Lightning again will always be a fraught and conflicted one, and that will make for some great superhero TV.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Endangered Whale Species Experience Mini Baby Boom

first_imgStay on target It’s one of the rarest species of whales in the planet, with only an estimated 411 remaining, but it seems there’s hope yet for the North Atlantic right whale: Researchers say the endangered right whales are experiencing a mini baby boom in waters off New England.The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said on Friday its aerial survey team had spotted two mother and calf pairs in Cape Cod Bay a day earlier. That brings the number seen in New England waters alone this year to three, as another mother-calf pair was spotted previously on April 7.The right whale known as EgNo 4180 and her 2019 calf is photographed by the CCS aerial survey team in Cape Cod Bay on April 11. (Photo Credit: Center for Coastal Studies)This sighting heralds the arrival of the 2019 calves to their feeding grounds in the northeast. The whales give birth off Georgia and Florida in the winter and travel to feeding grounds off New England in the early spring.Researchers are celebrating the sighting, especially since the whale’s population has been falling, and no calves were seen at all last year. In all, seven right whale calves have been seen in 2019, the Associated Press reported.The mothers spotted on Thursday were identified by the CCS as EgNo 4180 and EgNo 3317.EgNo 4180 and her calf were sighted in the southern portion of the bay. She was first seen by CCS in 2010, making her at least 9 years old. EgNo 3117, who was born in late 2002, and her calf were spotted in the middle part of the bay.CCS also spotted the right whale known as EgNo 3317 with her calf on April 11. (Photo Credit: Center for Coastal Studies)On April 7, CCS saw the right whale #1204, a whale of at least 38 years of age that was first seen in 1982, and her calf, which is #1204’s ninth-known calf.North Atlantic right whales have a stocky black body, with no dorsal fin. Their tail is broad, deeply notched, and all black with a smooth trailing edge, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Their characteristic feature is raised patches of rough skin, called callosities, on their heads that appear white because of whale lice (cyamids). Each right whale has a unique pattern of these callosities, which scientists use to identify individual whales.One of the greatest threats to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale is entanglement in fishing lines. In 2018, EgNo 4180 was spotted with entanglement wounds on her peduncle and back.It is illegal to approach a North Atlantic right within 500 yards (1500 feet) without a Federal Research Permit. However, according to the CCS, the right whales often feed very close to shore, offering whale watchers on land unbeatable views of one of the rarest of the marine mammals.More on Geek.com:Romeo, the Loneliest Frog, Meets His Juliet for the First TimeDrugged Orangutan Found in Tourist’s Luggage in Bali AirportCritically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Found Dead in Mexico Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

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WWE attendance 12131215 TLC PPV TV tapings

first_img Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Facebook WWE HOF Legacy inductees announced, NXT added to Network Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Videos Articles Kurt Angle WWE attendance figures from December 13 to December 15, 2014.* 12/13 live event in Wheeling, West Virginia: 4,000 fans.* 12/14 TLC PPV in Cleveland, Ohio: 14,000 fans.* 12/15 RAW/Superstars tapings in Detroit, Michigan: 11,800 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Pre-game show for NJPW Wrestlekingdom 12, Okada vs. Naito full match from 2014 Roman Reigns is in Remission Former Producer returns to Impact Wrestling, Top 5 Moments of 2014 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

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WWE issues statement on current ongoing lawsuits

first_imgFacebook Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE issued the following statement today about two of their current, ongoing lawsuits that was included in their 10-K filing:“On July 26, 2014, the Company received notice of a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, entitled Warren Ganues and Dominic Varriale, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios, alleging violations of federal securities laws based on certain statements relating to the negotiation of WWE’s domestic television license. The complaint seeks certain unspecified damages. A nearly identical lawsuit was filed one month later entitled Curtis Swanson, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios. Both lawsuits are purported securities class actions subject to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”). On September 23-24, five putative plaintiffs filed motions to be appointed lead plaintiff and to consolidate the two cases pursuant to the PSLRA. Following a hearing on October 29, 2014, the Court issued an order dated November 5, 2014 appointing Mohsin Ansari as Lead Plaintiff and consolidating the two actions. On January 5, 2015, the Lead Plaintiff filed an amended complaint. Among other things, the amended complaint adds Stephanie McMahon Levesque and Michelle D. Wilson as named defendants. While these lawsuits are in the early stages, the Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them.”“On October 23, 2014, a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, entitled William Albert Haynes III, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and on January 16, 2015 a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, entitled Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., both alleging that the Company ignored, downplayed, and/or failed to disclose the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE’s performers. These suits both seek unspecified actual, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including ordering medical monitoring. The Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Twitter Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Bret Hart issues a statement following his attack at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday WWE issues statement on Bret Hart being attacked by fan during Hall of Fame ceremony WWE issues statement responding to John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” segmentlast_img read more

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Brock Lesnar now in the UFC Heavyweight Top 10 rankings discussion on

first_img Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Brock Lesnar now in the UFC Heavyweight Top 10 rankingsAccording to the latest rankings over on UFC.com, WWE star Brock Lesnar is now the No. 8 ranked Heavyweight in the UFC following his win at UFC 200 over Mark Hunt.Per the official @ufc rankings, Brock Lesnar is now the No. 8 ranked Heavyweight following his win at #UFC200 pic.twitter.com/oVCWZCtRKE— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) July 14, 2016Discussion on Lesnar’s victory at UFC 200I joined Chris Featherstone on Episode 224 of Pancakes and Powerslams this week to discuss Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC last Saturday in Las Vegas and his win over Mark Hunt. Plus, discussion on SummerSlam, Moose debuting in TNA and more. Braun Strowman Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Videos Articles Pinterest Brock Lesnar Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Videos Articles 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Now Playing Up Next UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Partnership offers forest trip to underserved groups

first_imgGIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST — Nine-year-old Chikauak Briseño plowed ahead through the forest Saturday morning in search of his prize, a Christmas tree that would meet his exacting standards, as his group bushwhacked behind.Of course, his sister Citalli Briseño said, her little brother would take them to the farthest corner of the Douglas fir stand they were exploring before making a choice.“I like it because it’s a bit chubby,” he said before crawling under the boughs to help cut it down. That way, he said, it’ll hold more decorations.The Briseños joined roughly 20 others Saturday for a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to get Christmas trees the old-fashioned way.The Forest Service hosted members of the Portland-Vancouver Chapter of iUrban Teen — a youth group aimed at providing science, technical and mathematics education-related opportunities to underrepresented teens — and residents of a Pacific Northwest domestic-violence shelter — for the trip, and provided the $5 tree permits for free.last_img read more

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Foundation luncheon to honor philanthropists

first_imgThe Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s June 6 luncheon will recognize Michele and Greg Goodwin as the 2017 Philanthropists of the Year for their work championing capital campaigns and supporting local services for youth development, comprehensive health and education. Greg Goodwin is executive vice president and senior adviser for Holman Automotive, and was previously the CEO of Kuni Automotive.He’s also an honorary adviser for the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, one of Southwest Washington’s largest private charitable foundations, that recently created a $50 million fund for cancer and other medical research and to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled adults.Michael Burgoyne will get the Friend of the Foundation award “for providing both professional and personal support to the Community Foundation’s mission of promoting philanthropy in Southwest Washington,” the Community Foundation said in a news release.The luncheon is noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, with a half-hour prior for networking.A few local residents will share stories about how philanthropy has impacted their lives. It’s part of the theme of the luncheon and storytelling campaign of the same name: Giving Out Loud. More information about the storytelling project is online at cfsww.org/giving-out-loud.For tickets to the luncheon, visit www.cfsww.org.last_img read more

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Memories of war still vivid

first_imgMillions of young Americans in uniform 75 years ago would learn about the toll of war in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.Elaine Fletcher got her first lesson in Iowa.As an Army nurse, her service in the Pacific included stops in New Caledonia, the New Hebrides islands, New Guinea and the Philippines.But her first experience with military patients was in a hospital ward in Clinton, Iowa.“Fellows back from Guadalcanal. They were being treated for malaria,” she said. “Most of them exhibited even greater psychological need because of their experiences fighting the Japanese.“The stories of their suffering and its impact are still vivid.”On a day when the nation remembers those who lost their lives in war, the 97-year-old veteran represents a group that helped reduce the toll. Fletcher was one of 59,000 nurses who served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. That marked an impressive growth spurt: There were fewer than 1,000 Army nurses on Dec. 7, 1941, according to www.history.army.mil.Fletcher volunteered shortly after finishing nursing school.“At the time, there was a great deal of interest and eagerness to be part of what was happening. Friends were going in,” she said recently in her home near Hockinson. “I had an interest in going overseas; I don’t know why.”Their introduction to the Army included basic training. It featured long hikes, gas-mask experience, carbine training and crawling on their bellies under barbed wire, with live fire above them.Pack her helmetPacking a helmet, bedroll and mess kit, the second lieutenant and her fellow nurses boarded an ocean liner in San Francisco in mid-October and docked in New Caledonia on Nov. 4, 1943.last_img read more

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Woman sentenced in reckless driving case

first_imgA woman accused in a Northeast Portland carjacking — in which the car’s owner was injured — and who was captured in Ridgefield was given credit Monday for time served.However, Joey R. Campbell’s attorney, David Kurtz, said his client is potentially facing charges in Oregon and would likely be “unavailable” for some time.Campbell, 37, of Seattle pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and reckless driving, a gross misdemeanor, in connection with the June 11 incident, which reportedly began in Portland’s Summer neighborhood.According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers responded about 2 p.m. to a report of a carjacking in the 5000 block of Northeast 86th Avenue. The car’s owner, Latrese Pack, a driver for Postmates, a food delivery service, was injured during the incident after she tried to stop the thief, identified by police as Campbell, and got hung up on the car as it sped off.Pack told The Columbian’s news partner KATU-TV that she was making a delivery and left her 2008 Chevrolet Impala running and the door open. While dropping off the order, she turned and saw a woman getting into her car. Pack said she reached her hand through the partially open driver’s side window to unlock the car, but the thief sped off and she fell.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Mix of scattered showers sun breaks to prevail for days

first_img The weather settled down somewhat Wednesday, with only widely scattered showers. It sure felt cool compared to recent days. Vancouver’s high was 54 degrees — a couple below average. At 5 p.m., it was mostly sunny but one could see puffy cumulus clouds in the sky.This same weather pattern will prevail today and Friday as we remain under a cool and unstable air mass. That means that as the sun rises and daytime heating takes place, those towering cumulus clouds will build and some of us may see a downpour or two.I wouldn’t rule out a stray thunderstorm, as well. A few rumbles with hail is pretty typical of early spring weather. Also, watch for rainbows on the coattails of fleeting showers.Some fresh snow fell in the mountains and will continue to fall as low as 2,000 feet above sea level. Amounts will be light. The unsettled weather will continue through the weekend. As I mentioned here Tuesday, it won’t be a washout by any means, and it’ll be more dry than wet.We made it to the halfway point in the month, so how are we doing weather-wise? Vancouver’s average temperature has come up a bit to 45.8 degrees with the warm spell, 0.7 degree below normal. We’ve had less-than-average rainfall with 0.77 inch so far this month. That’s nearly an inch below average. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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Hazel Dell natives board books dont bore

first_imgPORTLAND — Twin brothers Kyle and Derek Sullivan grew up in a dark, mysterious forest rich with magical beings. You probably haven’t heard of this place, but here’s a clue for the curious: It’s quite close to that sprawling suburban neighborhood just north of the city of Vancouver — you know, the one bisected by Interstate 5 and Highway 99.Hazy Dell is the mythical overlay where the Sullivan brothers, who attended Hazel Dell Elementary and Jason Lee Middle School, still go hunting for magic and meaning. They’ve had plenty of success capturing those mysterious targets and hauling them into the light of day — in a series of board books for children, where weird creatures stand revealed as not all that scary. In fact, the stars of the Hazy Dell Monster Series are cuddly and comedic. They’re the strange beings that children, and all of us, can relate to sometimes.“Everybody understands what it’s like to be misunderstood,” Kyle Sullivan said. “The monsters are hairy and uncouth. Everybody knows what it feels like to make mistakes, to not fit in.”The bearded Sullivan brothers are 36 years old and truly identical; when The Columbian visited their small office in Southeast Portland, it was a little challenging to remember that Derek Sullivan, in dark blue shirt and brown hair parted on his left, is the illustrator while Kyle Sullivan, in light blue shirt and brown hair parted on his right, is the writer. (“Just say he’s my assistant,” one said about the other — we forget which.)When the brothers were assisting one another to grow up in Hazel Dell, they said, creativity was what kept life juicy. They worked to make one another laugh; they wrote stories, drew pictures and made books with their nerdy friends. The identical brothers’ artistic roles gained definition in high school, and when they left to attend college, Kyle Sullivan earned a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing at the University of Washington and a master’s in English at the University of British Columbia, while Derek Sullivan attended the Art Institute of Seattle and then Western Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in design.last_img read more

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iTech Preparatory recognized as innovative school

first_imgVancouver Public Schools’ iTech Preparatory was spotlighted in a national study of schools expanding and supporting student achievement.iTech Prep, a science- and math-focused school for sixth- through 12th-graders, is one of 25 included in the American Association of School Administrators, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Successful Practices Network. The study describes the school as a high-quality science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, school that recognizes its students’ social and emotional needs.last_img read more

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