Bye Bye Captain America! Hello Guardians!
By Pamela McClintock
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy has become the No. 1 film of the year to date at the North American box office, flying by fellow Marvel Studios superhero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The quirky tentpole, made by Marvel and Disney, took in an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, pushing its domestic total to $262.1 million (Winter Soldier earned $259.8 million). Globally, it has earned north of $500 million.
Guardians will easily rule the Labor Day holiday despite being in its fifth weekend. The movie has pulled off the biggest surprise in memory with its record-breaking performance, and has helped to shore up the ailing 2014 summer box office, although revenue is still down a... Read More
By Travis Hoium
As the cost of solar energy has fallen, it has opened up new markets that were once unimaginable in energy. Five years ago, it seemed impossible that a million homes in the U.S. could be powered by solar energy, but that's the goal of just one company -- SolarCity -- and it hopes to accomplish this goal by 2018.
As the cost of solar energy falls and new technologies like energy storage, smart meters, and demand response advance, new opportunities open up, like microgrids, which can create a self contained energy ecosystem. If designed right, microgrids can produce more renewable energy, cause less strain on the grid, and even provide technology that could change energy around the world.
What's a microgrid?
A microgrid is an electric grid that is much smaller than a city,... Read More
By JENNIFER KAY
As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.
They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild.
Florida's manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim.
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Civil War soldier Alonzo Cushing to receive Medal of Honor
After 150 years, a hero from the Battle of Gettysburg will receive the Medal of Honor.First Lt. Alonzo P. Cushing. (Wisconsin Historical Society)WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to an unusual recipient next month: Civil War Union soldier Alonzo H. Cushing. The honor is the result of more than three decades of lobbying from Cushing's descendants and Civil War history fans who began a letter-writing campaign to then-Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. Posthumous awards are typically only granted within two years of the act of heroism for which the honoree receives the award, but Congress granted an exemption last December for Cushing. ... Read More
By SETH BORENSTEIN
The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.
As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species is because of future expected problems due to global warming, said David Bernhart, an endangered-species official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These coral species are already being hurt by climate change "but not to the point that they are endangered yet," he said.
Climate change is making the oceans warmer, more acidic and helping with coral diseases like bleaching — and those "are the major threats" explaining why the species were put on the threatened list, Bernhart said in a Wednesday conference call.
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By Gregg Katzman
In 2016, we'll finally get to see Batman and Superman share the big screen. The follow-up to Man of Steel will also include Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and probably Aquaman and Flash. Needless to say, we're all incredibly anxious to see how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is handled and, on March 25, 2016, director Zack Snyder will get to show us if the expansion of the DC cinematic universe lives up to the hype. It's a pretty long wait and we'll have plenty of other comic book movies and TV shows to enjoy until then, but we can't help but think about the hugely anticipated DC movie and share what we really want to see in it!
*Contains Man of Steel spoilers*
Whether you're optimistic or pessimistic about ... Read More
Watch Wonder Woman Kick.....
By Roger Highfield
Within the next half century, scientists will build a fusion power plant to harness the same processes that make the sun shine. The moment this star winks on, life, economics and everything will change. That is what Cold War scientists said half a century ago when, after the uncontrolled release of fusion energy in hydrogen bombs, they took an interest in the controlled release of fusion energy in reactors. They’re still saying it today, only a number of companies are now working in a nuclear field that was once only the domain of superpowers. Are we approaching the Age of Fusion at long last?
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Our hearts and prayers go out to the residents and visitors of the Napa Valley as they face the challenges of this morning's earthquake, the worst in the Northern California area since 1989's Loma Prieta Earthquake hit the Bay Area.
Quickly here are the main numbers yo may need to help:
Life threatening emergency: 911
City of Napa Police/Non-emergency: 707-257-9223
City of Napa Public Information Hotline: 707-258-7817
Red Cross: 707-257-2900
Volunteer Center: 707-252-6222
M 6.1 Earthquake
6km NW of American Canyon, California
2 hours ago – U.S. Geological Survey
An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24, 2014 ...
Here is what was just on the briefing a short... Read More
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One man's golf marathon means a hole-in-one for the kids of St. Jude.
By Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero
This September, it all comes crashing down as Earth’s Mightest Heroes face judgment day – and today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the oversized AVENGERS #35! The star-studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver, Nick Bradshaw and Paco Media fast-forward 8 months, to the battle worn Marvel Universe of tomorrow – and the bleak future facing our heroes. Peer into May 2015, heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand at the precipice, and utter decimation looms.
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