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The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 6:52pm

The ice on portions of Michigan's Great Lakes has turned blue, but don't worry, there's a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It's happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  SEE ALSO: Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off this particular ice, explained Ted Scambos, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in an interview.  Sometimes, weather conditions — such as a lack of high winds — allow water to freeze slowly and evenly, resulting in ice composed of large crystals (unlike snow, which is formed quickly and made up of small crystals).  When light hits these big ice crystals, it can travel deep into the structures (compare this to snow, wherein light hits a sharp edge and reflects off of it right away, resulting in blinding white). When the light travels deeper into slowly formed ice, some of the red wavelengths of sunlight — which is the longest wavelength of visible light — get absorbed into the ice structure.  The blue, which is the shortest wavelength of visible light, bounces back out, meet our eyes, and results in a deep aqua color.   Sunlight reflecting off the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, which makes the water look an aqua color.Image: nasaBut this isn't the complete story. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. "It's a tribute to how clean the upper surface of Lake Michigan is," said Scambos, adding, "At least somewhere in Lake Michigan."  WATCH: 'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze


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Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration Raids

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 6:49pm

SAN FRANCISCO ― Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building here to protest the arrests of more than 150 undocumented immigrants in recent days. Local activist groups organized the “emergency rally” to respond to the mass arrests in Northern California, just two weeks after more than 200 people were arrested in similar raids in the Los Angeles area. “We have come together today to show that the Northern California region stands together in denouncing the mass arrests that happened in the last three days,” Blanca Vazquez, a media spokesperson for the protest, told HuffPost.


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Mylan teams up with Revance on biosimilar for Botox

Reuters Health News - February 28, 2018 - 6:41pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mylan NV on Wednesday struck a licensing agreement with Revance Therapeutics Inc to develop a biosimilar of Allergan Plc's blockbuster Botox wrinkle treatment.
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Blizzard storm warning issued for Sierra

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 6:12pm

Officials have issued a blizzard storm warning for the Sierra from Thursday at 8 a.m. to Friday at 4 a.m.


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Mennonite investigator who won't testify goes back to jail

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 6:09pm

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A defense investigator in a death penalty case has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs.


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Gate dispute clouds expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 6:03pm

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new $8.5 billion plan to expand Chicago's O'Hare International Airport ran into turbulence on Wednesday due to a gate dispute involving the airport's two biggest carriers.


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What did Hope Hicks lie about? Newsroom readers have thoughts

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 5:43pm

“She tells Trump how great he is.” “Does Hicks realize that she is not a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’?” Hope Hicks resigned one day after reports claimed she told “white lies” for President Trump, but it’s unclear what about. Newsroom readers have some theories. During a closed-door testimony, White House communications director Hope Hicks reportedly admitted her job has sometimes required her to tell “white lies” on the president’s behalf. The admission has sparked questions and concern. Newsroom commenters believe: “Lies are lies” no matter how big or small. Others think that “anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously … cannot be trusted.” According to reports, Hicks insisted she didn’t lie about the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. What do you think Hicks lied about? Should “white lies” get a pass? Join the conversation in Newsroom.


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New Jersey lawmakers consider 7 bills aimed tightening gun laws

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 5:41pm

It's New Jersey's first legislative hearing on gun control since the fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had already promised more "sensible" gun-control measures even before the shooting that killed 17 people.


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President Trump chides senators for being 'afraid of the NRA'

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 5:02pm

President Trump held a meeting at the White House with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. At one point, Trump asked Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., if the bill he sponsors addresses changing the purchasing age for certain guns from 18 to 21. When Toomey admitted it was not in the bill, Trump replied it was because the lawmakers are "afraid of the NRA."


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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Boasts a Big Battery

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Juiced for a long range of motion.


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Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria invade airways

Reuters Health News - February 28, 2018 - 4:59pm
(Reuters Health) - People who smoke e-cigarettes might have an increased risk of developing pneumonia because the vapor could help bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, a small experiment suggests.
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New York regulator asks Deutsche, other banks about Kushner loans: source

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 4:56pm

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made the requests to Deutsche Bank, Signature Bank and New York Community Bank for information on loans and other financial arrangements including lines of credit and loan guarantees a week ago, the person said. The regulator also asked for information related to other family members, the person said.


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Russian Trolls Used This One Weird Trick To Infiltrate Our Democracy. You’ll Never Believe Where They Learned It.

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 4:49pm

The troll operation liked divisive, emotionally charged content because the social media platforms liked divisive, emotionally charged content. Facebook and Twitter were and still are optimized to send traffic to posts about these subjects, and so the troll outfit optimized its content accordingly. It went hard on social-justice issues and directed ire at everyone from manspreaders to Nazis.


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Missing CDC doctor was passed up for promotion before his disappearance

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 4:29pm

Missing CDC doctor Timothy Cunningham was passed up for a promotion shortly before he disappeared without a trace more than two weeks ago, according to police. Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went missing after he left work mid-day on Feb. 12. Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O'Connor said that on the morning of his disappearance, Cunningham called his sister before going to work and talking with his supervisor about a promotion that he didn't receive.


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Empty seats, missing friends as Florida school reopens after shooting

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 4:22pm

Survivors of the second-deadliest U.S. public school shooting were brought to tears on Wednesday by empty seats and missing friends at roll call as they returned to their Florida high school two weeks after 17 students and educators were massacred there. Upon emerging from a half-day of classes intended to ease their return after the tragedy, some of the roughly 3,000 teens who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, described their emotional day. Samuel Safaite, a 15-year-old sophomore, said students in his Spanish class broke down when the teacher took attendance and read out the name of Luke Hoyer, a 15-year-old slain in the attack.


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FDA approves Sorrento's non-opioid painkiller patch, shares jump

Reuters Health News - February 28, 2018 - 3:49pm
(Reuters) - Sorrento Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ZTlido, its non-opioid painkiller patch for nerve pain related to shingles, which it plans to launch later this year.
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Owner of Ring Doorbell Company Turns 'Shark Tank' Rejection Into Billion-Dollar Deal

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 3:40pm

The video doorbell was one of QVC's top sellers for 2017.


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California areas advised to evacuate ahead of potential mudslides

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

The warning, which is one step below a mandatory order, affects about 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County, said Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office. Do not wait for a notification," the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement. It follows criticism of Santa Barbara County officials that they did not adequately warn residents of the danger ahead of the January mudslides.


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Donald Trump: Police Should Have Taken Guns From Florida Shooter 'Whether They Had The Right Or Not'

Pharma news - February 28, 2018 - 3:36pm

During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on gun control Wednesday, Trump suggested guns should be taken away “immediately from people that you can judge easily are mentally ill,” alluding to the Florida shooter, who had undergone a psychiatric evaluation in 2016 but was ultimately not hospitalized. “The police saw that he was a problem, they didn’t take any guns away,” Trump said. “Mike, take the firearms first and then go to court, because that’s another system,” Trump said.


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