The greatest potential for damage in Connecticut from Sandy may come from storm surges across the southern coast of the state. Storm surges occur when strong winds literally push sea water toward the shore, causing the water to pile up on itself and creating waves dramatically higher than normal tides.
Current projections from the National [...]
Hurricane Sandy is four days – or maybe six days – from making U.S. landfall somewhere around New Jersey – or maybe northern Maine.
Hurricane forecasting has improved dramatically in the last half century – it wasn’t until 1988 that the National Hurricane Center even released 36-hour forecasts – but it’s still an inexact science [...]
News outlets across the country dutifully reported a week ago that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline had struck a deal with federal prosecutors, agreeing to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil charges related to its illegal promotion of various drugs.
Such deals have become sufficiently commonplace – Big Pharma has paid nearly $10 [...]
As my colleague Josh Kovner reports, the Natural Resources Defense Council has ranked Connecticut the 26th worst state for water quality out of 30 states tested in 2011. The culprit: heavy rain and wind from Tropical Storm Irene, which churned up contaminants and led to a four-fold increase in beach-closing days.
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“Beer makes men smarter: study” – NY Daily News
Here’s a near-guarantee: Do serious research on the intersection of drunkenness and cognitive abilities, and our soundbite society will mangle your findings to fit into irresistible headlines.
That, anyway, is the fate of three researchers [...]
Ever wonder what it would be like to escape New England for the winter and spend the cold months in Northern Virginia? Well, if you live in the Hartford area, you already know. Below is a graph showing the average daily high temperature in Hartford since Dec. 1st – that’s the blue line that bottoms [...]
“Facebook and Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol, study finds” – Fox News
The Twitterati are agog over a new study purportedly showing that human beings find the lure of scanning updates on Facebook or announcing through Twitter that they had Thai food for lunch is a more powerful compulsion [...]
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