The undersea volcano that erupted off the coast of Tonga this month was “hundreds of times” more powerful than the nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima in World War II, according to NASA.
The Jan. 15 blast of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano, which triggered tsunami waves which stretched to the Pacific Coast in the U.S. The eruption, ...Read more
The growth of so-called nonfungible tokens has at least one Securities and Exchange Commission member thinking the agency needs to release guidance on the digital assets this year.
Commissioner Hester Peirce, a cryptocurrency supporter, said such guidelines would help the public understand the agency’s thinking.
“As a regulator, I mean it�...Read more
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Google in an effort to change how the company handles users’ personal data.
Ferguson joined attorneys general in Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit Monday alleging the company misled consumers about its location-tracking services and, at times, collected data ...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. — Chilly temperatures are rekindling a manatee die-off in Central Florida’s Indian River.
“Winter is here,” said Martine de Wit, a state veterinarian and scientist.
Along a Brevard County piece of the Indian River on Thursday, which turned warmer and sunny, a snapshot of the ominous, protracted plight of manatees came ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa lead factory is facing $518,000 in additional fines following a two-month inspection by local environmental regulators prompted by a Tampa Bay Times investigation.
If finalized, the penalty against Gopher Resource would be the largest in the history of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, said ...Read more
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — With large, damaging wildfires becoming more common due to the effects of climate change, the federal government is redoubling its efforts to mitigate them.
That’s the message Vice President Kamala Harris delivered Friday during a visit to San Bernardino in which she highlighted billions of dollars in federal ...Read more
Comcast has partnered with Nokia to sell businesses private 5G networks, the new high-speed wireless internet that could power ports, factories, and other large enterprises.
The cable giant's business services unit, Comcast Business, will deploy its first private 5G network at the Wells Fargo Center during the first quarter this year, company ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Manatees started eating lettuce being offered to them by wildlife officers this week, in the first success of an unprecedented effort to prevent another season of starvation.
The effort to feed them began in November near the Florida Power & Light plant in the Indian River Lagoon. But it took place without any known ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Nearly two months after extreme drought conditions forced the state to eliminate water allocations along the massive State Water Project, regulators have announced a modest increase in deliveries because of a recent series of drenching storms.
December’s surprising but welcome surge of record-breaking rain and snow — ...Read more
Intel's promise to invest $20 billion to build two semiconductor plants in Licking County could be just the start for what the Silicon Valley giant has in mind for Greater Columbus, the company's CEO told The Dispatch.
The plants, also called fabs, will employ 3,000 workers, and 7,000 construction workers will be needed to build them, Intel ...Read more
Concerned about nightmarish traffic jams at Yosemite National Park from more than half a dozen major new construction projects, park leaders are drawing up plans that could limit the number of visitors this summer by requiring reservations for day visits.
“This summer is going to be a crazy construction season in Yosemite like you have never ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State officials said Thursday they will increase deliveries to farms and cities that belong to the State Water Project — a sign that this winter’s rain and snow has eased drought conditions in California.
The Department of Water Resources said farm and municipal water districts can expect to receive 15% of requested ...Read more
WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit a San Bernardino fire station Friday to announce the federal government will provide California $600 million to help the state recover from a historically severe wildfire season while highlighting plans to spend $5 billion more to prevent fires, an administration official said.
The ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Federal agents on Thursday returned two ancient stone artifacts to representatives of the Iraqi government at the country’s consulate in Los Angeles.
The artifacts — a fragment of a stone tablet inscribed with cuneiform characters and a hexagonal prism used to teach schoolchildren the cuneiform alphabet — are believed to ...Read more
CHICAGO — People around the world breathed cleaner air after the economy ground to a halt during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Chicago and its suburbs missed out on the temporary reprieve from lung-damaging, life-shortening pollution.
A new analysis suggests a key reason why dirty air problems continued here while other ...Read more
Elon Musk’s brain implant company Neuralink is now hiring a clinical trial director, an indication that the company’s longstanding goal of implanting chips in human brains is coming closer.
The trial director position would oversee the startup’s long-promised human trials of its medical device, according to the listing. Neuralink’s ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — One-third of all Pennsylvania waterways are now considered polluted enough to harm wildlife, recreation or drinking water, according to a report released this week by the state's Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP listed 27,886 miles of streams it found impaired in one or more ways, which is about 9% worse than its...Read more
We've been hearing for a long time about how much the fifth generation of wireless service will speed up and smooth out our internet-dependent lives, and now the moment has …
… not completely arrived.
But it is quite a mess.
Overseas airlines with flights heading to this country canceled some of them on Wednesday or changed the type of ...Read more
DETROIT — Authorities say Apple AirTags, marketed as a way to keep track of easily-lost belongings, are increasingly connected to cases of stalking and car theft.
"The basic utility of them is to track objects or persons, and so it makes sense that someone would use it for nefarious purposes to that end," said Tom Holt, cybersecurity expert...Read more
What is Wordle? My latest online obsession — and a fun brain workout that won’t take all day.
My Facebook feed has been taken over by tiny grids of gray, gold and green squares. These are just people showing off their skill at a new online game called Wordle.
You’ve probably heard of it, or seen the shares in your social media. It ...Read more
- Nearly 28,000 miles of Pennsylvania's streams are impaired by pollution, report finds
- Tonga volcano 'hundreds of times' more powerful than Hiroshima bomb explosion, NASA says
- SEC's Peirce says agency guidance on nonfungible tokens needed
- Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking
- December storms allow for 'modest increase' in state water deliveries