Winter vomiting is common in California these days, and now, the state Department of Public Health has announced that it has noticed a dramatic increase in norovirus cases, known as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease, in the state.
The increase in norovirus cases is surprising, said Dr. Karen Smith, the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Public Health Officer. The department has already reported about 32 norovirus outbreaks in the western US state since October 2015. The new figure of outbreaks far exceeded the outbreaks in 2014.
California's rock and Dungeness crabs were completely banned during the holiday season in 2015. The reason was that excessive levels of toxic algae was found offshore and could have led to poisoning. However, the good news came when the state health officials partially withdrew the ban on December 31, 2015, just before the onset of New Year. The officials said that people can now consume crabs that are caught along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Ban is still applicable for crabs that are found in north of those counties stretching till the Oregon border.
It’s again the time to take up new resolutions and quit smoking has always remained one of the commonly taken resolution on New Year’s. Knowing that it is also hard resolution to keep, a UC Davis doctor is strengthening efforts to enroll more smokers to join a program called UC Quits. This program aims to connect patients more quickly and seamlessly to a statewide smoking-cessation program.
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, a company briefly controlled by Turing CEO Martin Shkreli has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. San Francisco based KaloBios was heading towards bankruptcy when Shkreli and some other investors offered cash injection to the company to keep it running. However, two weeks after Shkreli was arrested for fraud by security agencies, the company filed for bankruptcy protection.
California’s years-long drought is not only having a distressing impact on humans but also on vegetation, as years of little or no rain is taking a big toll on the state’s forests, a new study revealed.
The new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science, estimated that up to 58 million big trees in the state experienced water loss that could be life-threatening since 2011 because of the state’s historic drought.
Here comes another example of the worse consequence of climate change on the natural resources of the planet. A new study has revealed that drought conditions in California are causing adverse effect on the trees, lakes and water bodies in the area. Researchers from the Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science said that little or no rain is taking heavy toll on the state’s forests. Since 2011, about 58 million large trees in California have experienced water loss due to state’s historic drought, that could be life threatening.
Nanoparticles are very small particles with extrinsic properties; one amongst them is the tendency to enhance the strength of metals without damaging their plasticity, especially light metals like magnesium. Nanoparticles tend to clump together due to the tendency of small particles to attract each other, rather than disperse evenly. Till now, none of the scientists have been able to disperse ceramic nanoparticles in molten metals.
A team of researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Sciences has created a highly strong but lightweight metal that could lead to development of advanced aircraft, spacecraft and cars.
The new metal “nanocomposite,” which contains nearly 86 per cent magnesium and 14 per cent silicon carbide by weight, is capable of absorbing and withstanding very high levels of heat without having its integrity changed. In others words, the new silicon carbide-infused magnesium demonstrates record levels of specific strength & specific modulus.
By infusing magnesium with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have come up with a new metal. The newly developed metal is exceptionally strong and lightweight with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. But, the interesting thing is that the newly developed metal could have significant implication in making of airplanes, cars, mobiles, electronics and many more.