Author: Adrian Garrett

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Scientists are sounding the alarm about a potential future crisis known as Disease X, with the next pandemic threat likely to be caused by the influenza virus. A recent international survey revealed that 57% of senior disease experts believe that a strain of influenza is the most likely candidate for causing the next deadly infectious illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized the seriousness of seasonal flu and urged people to take it seriously due to its potential to trigger a pandemic. Research by Jon Salmanton-García from Cologne University has confirmed that influenza poses a major threat due to…

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A Florida resident got the surprise of his life when a nearly 2-pound piece of space junk crashed through his roof. Alejandro Otero was stunned to find the hardware in his home, which was later confirmed by NASA to have come from nickel hydride batteries on the International Space Station. Ground controllers had released a cargo pallet containing aging batteries, expecting it to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. However, the piece of hardware did not completely burn up, causing damage to Otero’s home. Upon inspection, Otero and others noted charring and manmade characteristics on the debris. NASA is currently…

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The Israeli airstrike, which occurred on Friday, targeted the S-300 antiaircraft system at a military base in Isfahan, according to satellite imagery. It is unclear what type of weapon was used in the strike, but it likely involved aerial drones and a missile fired from a warplane. The missile was specifically designed to evade Iran’s radar defenses, signaling a new level of sophistication in Israel’s attacks. The use of drones and missiles in the attack was intended to send a clear message to Iran and hopefully put an end to the cycle of reprisals between the two countries. This attack…

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Oil prices experienced a 3% drop by the end of last week, despite heightened tensions between Israel and Iran. Traders seem to believe that neither country is looking to escalate the situation, as recent skirmishes are seen more as symbolic exercises. The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites following Israel’s strikes. Analysts are also expressing doubt about the possibility of a full-fledged war erupting between the two nations, deeming it practically implausible. In the Middle East, the threshold for all-out war is high, with attacks usually being resolved diplomatically without causing disruptions to oil…

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Excitement is building for the upcoming NFL Draft as projections for the first round picks are starting to emerge. Caleb Williams, the talented quarterback from USC, is currently the front runner to be the Chicago Bears’ Round 1 – Pick 1 selection, thanks to his impressive stats on the field. Meanwhile, Jayden Daniels from LSU is projected to be the Washington football team’s choice for Round 1 – Pick 2 quarterback, followed by Drake Maye from North Carolina expected to be picked by New England in Round 1 – Pick 3 in the same position. On the wide receiver front,…

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Set for Crewed Test Flight to ISS The anticipation is building as Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has been successfully installed on the Atlas 5 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a crewed test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) next month. The spacecraft, which rolled out from the Kennedy Space Center to Space Launch Complex 41 on April 16, is scheduled to launch no earlier than May 6. The Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission will include astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams on board. Originally set for May 1, the launch was delayed…

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The Death Valley, known as the driest place in North America, has recently become host to a temporary lake, named Lake Manly, since late 2023. NASA, through the use of the U.S.-French SWOT satellite, has been conducting an analysis of the water depths in the lake during February and March 2024. The water depths in Lake Manly have been fluctuating over the past six weeks, ranging from 3 feet to less than 1.5 feet. This fluctuation is attributed to record rainfall from storms in California, which has contributed to the formation of the temporary lake. Using SWOT data, researchers have…

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Volkswagen Workers in Chattanooga to Vote on Unionization Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee are gearing up for a historic vote this week to decide on whether to unionize with the United Auto Workers (UAW). If successful, this would mark the UAW’s first major victory in organizing workers at an automaker outside of the Big Three companies. The decision to hold the election came after a supermajority of VW workers signed union cards back in March. The UAW has been running a grassroots campaign, focused on a bottom-up approach led by workers at the plant who are advocating…

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made headlines at Coachella over the weekend when he effortlessly lifted his girlfriend, singer Taylor Swift, so she could get a better view of the stage. Fans at the music festival were impressed by how easily Kelce, a professional NFL player, was able to pick up the pop star. The couple surprised attendees by showing up at Coachella, where they were first spotted enjoying a set by Jack Antanoff’s band. Later on, Swift and Kelce were seen getting cozy and making out during an afterparty at the festival. Throughout the weekend, the duo…

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In the first quarter of 2024, the global smartphone market saw a significant increase in shipments, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a 7.8% year-over-year growth, a total of 289.4 million units were shipped, marking the third consecutive quarter of growth and indicating a strong recovery in the market. Leading the pack in the first quarter was Samsung, overtaking Apple for the top spot as the leading smartphone provider. While Apple and Samsung are expected to continue dominating the high-end market, other companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Transsion, OPPO/OnePlus, and vivo are also…

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