Hurricane Florence is so huge, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens
Images revealing the power of Hurricane Florence enthrall us and terrify us at the same time.
- The worst part of Hurricane Florence are the high and destructive storm surges it caused.
- Photography from space captured the scope of the storm.
- The science involved is fascinating but scary.
What's so scary about Florence?
A hurricane's numerical classification tends to dominate the headlines, but it tells only part of the story—it rates a storm's wind speeds—and not necessarily the most life-threatening part. Florence's worst aspect: it's slowing down and stalling over coastal areas, causing up to 19-foot storm surges, and dropping from 6 to 40 (!) inches of rain. And any hurricane produces disruptive, dangerous winds, regardless of its official category.
A fascinating glimpse at nature
Onboard the ISS, Gerst was able to capture some incredible images looking down in the storm's eye.
Of course, as stately as Florence's eye may look in these pictures, an NOAA video reminds us that it's a churning place full of tremendous latent power.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
It marks a major shift in the government's battle against the opioid crisis.
- The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
- It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
- Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
The real Game of Thrones might be who best leverages the hit HBO show to shape political narratives.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.
- Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.
- Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives.
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