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02/05/2016 08:47 PM
Town's 100th annual winter carnival opens, minus some snow

David McCrillis, right, on roller-skis and Garrett Hubert, center, carrying the torch, set off Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from the Dartmouth Outing Club in Hanover, N.H., for the 30-mile trek to the Newport town common to launch the 100th Newport Winter Carnival. They are following the path that McCrillis’s grandfather, carnival founder and Dartmouth College student John McCrillis, strapped on cross-country skis to make the journey to the first carnival in 1916. Organizers believe it is the oldest continuously run town winter carnival in the country. (AP Photo/Lynne Tuohy)NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — Residents of the small New Hampshire town of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival with a tribute to its roots and a grudging acceptance that climate change can wreak havoc with the schedule of events.



02/05/2016 07:48 PM
Golf - Ko moves into tie for LPGA lead

Golf - Ko moves into tie for LPGA lead- World number one Lydia Ko was tied for the lead with Jang Ha-Na at seven under par when darkness halted play in the third round of the LPGA Coates Championship. New Zealand's Ko and second-round leader Jang, of South Korea, both completed six holes before the horn sounded to end play at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club course in Ocala, Florida, where the tournament was still playing catch-up after thunderstorms on Thursday. Ko started the round one stroke back of Jang but made birdie on the par-three fourth to draw level. ...



02/05/2016 07:45 PM
Ko moves into tie for LPGA lead

Golf - Ko moves into tie for LPGA leadWorld number one Lydia Ko was tied for the lead with Jang Ha-Na at seven-under par when darkness halted play in the third round of the LPGA Coates Championship. New Zealand's Ko and second round leader Jang, of South Korea, both completed six holes before the horn blew to end play at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club course in Ocala, Florida, where the tournament was still playing catch-up after thunderstorms on Thursday. Ko started the round one stroke back of Jang but made birdie on the par-three fourth to move into a tie for the lead.



02/05/2016 06:19 PM
Regrowing Forests Helps Curb Climate Change More Than We Thought

Regrowing Forests Helps Curb Climate Change More Than We ThoughtScientists have long promoted rain forest preservation as a way to mitigate climate change, but now it turns out that regrowing forests is just as important.Newly grown tropical forests can capture harmful carbon from the atmosphere at a rate up to 11 times faster than older forests, according to a study published in the journal Nature on...



02/05/2016 04:33 PM
6 Easy, Affordable Warm-Weather Escapes

6 Easy, Affordable Warm-Weather EscapesWhether you're knee-deep in snow or looking for a post-holidays pick-me-up, consider heading south to chill out, thaw out, and soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. No more than a quick flight (or drive) away, these destinations make for an ideal long weekender for the 9-5 crowd. Read on for the island getaways, poolside party scenes, and lively...



02/05/2016 01:21 PM
Giant crane falls in New York, killing one: official

A construction crane lies on a street in downtown Manhattan in New York on February 5, 2016A giant crane crashed in New York's Tribeca neighborhood Friday, killing one person and injuring three others, two of whom were in serious condition, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. The crane's operators were in the process of lowering and securing it amid adverse weather conditions including heavy snow, when it collapsed lengthwise down Worth Street in lower Manhattan, he said. "Thank God it was not worse," De Blasio said, adding that the precautions likely prevented a heavier toll in the area, which is filled with offices and sees heavy traffic during rush hour.



02/05/2016 12:54 PM
Pope Francis Explains Why Caring For The Earth Will Liberate Us All
Pope Francis's take on climate change is clear: When the earth suffers, we all suffer. When the earth thrives, we all thrive.On Friday, the pontiff released a powerful video decrying the degradation of the planet. Environmental decline, he said, is critically linked to global poverty, and we are all implicated in the habits that speed...
02/05/2016 06:29 AM
This tent has a shocking secret that could keep you alive in a storm

This tent has a shocking secret that could keep you alive in a stormThunderstorms are beautiful when you are inside a sheltered area, but the experience can be terrifying when you are outside, especially if you are in an open area. To help outdoor enthusiasts find safety during a sudden storm, industrial design student Kama Jania from Finland’s Aalto University has created a new line of lightning-proof tents that were featured recently in Designboom. The new “Bolt” tent looks like any other tent you would see on the trail or at a campsite, but it has an internal design that separates it from your typical store-bought shelter. The aluminum poles can withstand up to 200 kiloamperes and are intended to route a direct lightning hit away from the people seeking refuge in the tent. An added waterproof groundsheet protects the occupant from ground-based step voltages, which occurs when the current from a lightning bolt radiates through the ground following a strike. Related : Beat the freeze with these gadgets and gear for winter camping Working with Professor Michał Kracik Ph.D. and physicists Konrad Sobolewski and Aleksander Bogucki, Jania tested the Bolt tents using both high voltage and high current generators. In the high-voltage tests, the tent was subjected to discharges produced by an impulse voltage generator. A simulated tourist head was placed inside the tent to measure the voltage that reached the occupant. While the high-voltage test measured occupant exposure, the current generator test was used to determine the tent’s durability. In these tests, a series of electrical discharges with various peak current values were aimed at the tent’s poles. The tents passed the testing phase with only minor scorching on the poles and some melting observed on the tent stakes due to the high temperatures from the simulated lightning strikes. As conceptualized, the Bolt has three different designs based on the size of the shelter needed for hiking or camping. The largest tent is the Bolt Half (1.2 kg/2.65 lb), a half-tent suitable for multi-day trips in areas with ledges or ridges. The Bolt One is a single-person tent that is roomy enough for overnight camping while the Bolt Air is an ultra lightweight pneumatic shelter for day trips where an overnight stay is not expected. Each tent is made of a waterproof and breathable fabric with a frame that is easy to setup. Like most tents, the outer skin uses clips to attach to an aluminum pole frame that almost self-assembles due to its unique pole locking mechanism. An added window and a spacious entrance add a bit of comfort the portable abodes. Related: Cozy up next to your neighbor with the pod tent Unfortunately, Jania has no plans to manufacture the lightning-proof tents and instead is looking for a commercial partner to carry on the idea. The innovative grad student also is working on other outdoor-related projects, including a water collector that gathers water from different atmospheric heights.




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