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Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers spread germs: University of Leeds Research

Hand dryers generally used in public toilets have a major role in spreading germs, as per a new study conducted by research team at the University of Leeds. Earlier studies have also suggested that air dryers spread germs further compared to paper towels or napkins. Air dryers spread germs into the air and even people who don’t air dryers can get infected due to germs spread by strong stream of air.

The research team noticed 27 times more germs in the air around air dryers compared to air around paper napkin dispensers.

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket and the launch event was witnessed by many Californians as an amazing light show in the sky. While some people found the images spectacular, some were freaked out as they thought of the rocket as an unidentified flying object (UFO). Soon after the launch event, many people shared images of rocket launch on social media. SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range registered 24 mm rise during drought years

Sierra Nevada mountain range in California witnessed a rise by 24 millimeters (one inch approximately) during the drought years in the state. A research conducted recently has noticed that the rise was witnessed between October 2011 and October 2015. The study conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists added that the natural phenomenon occurred due to loss of water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The study team evaluated data from 1,300 sensors placed at different locations in the mountain range in California, Oregon and Washington.

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

A young humpback whale that had become stuck in Southern California’s Ventura harbor was on the move again on Sunday as it found its way back to the open ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a statement that the juvenile humpback was last seen at 1 a.m. on Sunday heading out of the Ventura Harbor into the open waters.

It was the first time when a young humpback whale entered the Ventura Harbor.

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

An alarming number of sharks have been found dead in San Francisco Bay this year, and biologists in the region are still scratching their heads to figure out the cause. Since mid-March, hundreds of sharks, including bat rays, halibut and leopard sharks, have been found along the shorelines of Foster City, Redwood City, Alameda, Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Some dead sharks were found on beaches in Marin County as well.

California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

As the technology sector is increasingly investing bigger amounts of money into the aerospace start-ups, California has proposed a noteworthy plan to tax space rocket launches from its coast. Many private companies are working on technology to reduce cost of space missions and make them commercially viable for many organizations planning to launch satellites.

As per the proposed plan, the Golden State’s tax payments will be determined by how rockets fly the 62 miles or 100 kilometers from a launch pad at the state’s coast to the edge of space to transport tourists or goods.

California coast sea level could rise 10 feet by 2100

California sea levels could rise 10 feet by 2100

Climate change could cause sea water levels off the coast of California to increase far higher than formerly anticipated, a state government council has warned.

Issuing the warning, the California Ocean Protection Council’s advisory team has predicted that sea-levels would likely increase by as much as ten feet by the end of this century.

Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions: MIT

Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions

Water Harvesting from air sounds like a difficult idea to implement but a research team from MIT and UC Berkeley has successfully developed a prototype water harvester which can collect water from air with as low at 20-30 percent humidity. The technique can help in dealing with water crisis in many regions across the world and research team added that water harvested with this technique is pure and drinkable. The research team has presented a device based on porous metal-organic framework-801 [Zr6O4(OH)4(fumarate)6] which is powered by natural sunlight.

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

A series of experiments by the International Potato Center (CIP) has revealed that potatoes can grow under atmospheric conditions of Mars, the Red Planet where scientists are trying to establish human colonies.

CIP researchers successfully grew potatoes in simulated Martian conditions. In the second phase of the experiment, which started on Feb. 14 last year, the researchers planted a tuber in an especially designed and constructed CubeSat.

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Two People Hospitalized After Drinking Tea from Chinatown Herbalist

Two People Hospitalized After Drinking Tea from Chinatown Herbalist

Two people in San Francisco have been hospitalized after they drank herbal tea supplied by a Chinatown herbalist. The tea was possibly having plant-based toxin Aconite as per report of the Department of Public Health. The tea was sold by Sun Wing Wo Trading Company. Both the patients have been termed as critical by hospital staff.

A San Francisco man, 50, and a woman age 30, have grew weak after drinking tea. Both the patients fell ill within an hour of drinking herbal tea. Their condition deteriorated and they had to be admitted for intensive medical care.

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