Category Archives: USA

US Hospitals Brace For MERS Outbreak

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Author: Lecia Bushak - Video

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Hospitals throughout the U.S. are preparing for a possible MERS outbreak, in light of the third confirmed case of the virus in Illinois. The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus originated in Saudi Arabia but recently made its way into the States, when a healthcare professional traveling from Riyadh arrived...

Did Celts Build America’s Stonehenge?

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Author: Tara MacIsaac

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Studying the origins of the aptly named Mystery Hill megaliths, also known as America’s Stonehenge, whets one’s curiosity but does not satisfy—unless one is satisfied by the excitement of confounding mystery alone. The site, in North Salem, N.H., includes stone monoliths and chambers spread across 30 acres.  The stones are said...

Threat of Monster California Quake Even Greater Than Feared

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Author: Rong-Gong Lin

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If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California's sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect. A giant tsunami created by the quake would wash away coastal towns, destroy U.S. 101 and cause $70 billion in damage over a large swath of the Pacific coast. More...

Could California’s Drought Last 200 Years?

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Author: Thomas M. Kostigen

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Two years into California's drought, Donald Galleano's grapevines are scorched shrubs, their charcoal-colored stems and gnarled roots displaying not a lick of life. "I've never seen anything like this," says Galleano, 61, the third-generation owner of a 300-acre vineyard in Mira Loma, California, that bears his name. "It's so dry...

There Is a Paranormal Activity Lab at University of Virginia

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Author: Jake Flanagin

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The market for stories of paranormal academe is a rich one. There’s Heidi Julavits’s widely acclaimed 2012 novel The Vanishers, which takes place at a New England college for aspiring Sylvia Brownes. And, of course, there’s Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters—Marvel’s take on Andover or Choate—where teachers read minds...

California Drought Could Force Key Water System To Cut Deliveries

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Author: Bettina Boxall

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Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety. The prospect of no deliveries from one of the state's key water systems underscores the depth...