January 28, 2020

US chartering flight out of coronavirus zone for staff, some citizens

mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. government is chartering a flight out of Wuhan, China -- the city at the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak -- for U.S. personnel, their families and some U.S. citizens on Wednesday. The evacuation flight for staff at the consulate general in the city of 11 million will end up in Ontario, Calif., according to a State Department spokesperson. All travelers aboard the plane will be screened for symptoms at the airport prior to departure and subject to ad..
January 28, 2020

Current model for storing nuclear waste may not be sufficiently safe, study says

Jumbo2010/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The current model the U.S. and other countries plan to use to store high-level nuclear waste may not be as safe as previously thought. The materials used to store the waste "will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew" because of the way the materials interact, according to research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Materials. The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, focused primarily on defense waste, the legac..
January 28, 2020

Death toll from new coronavirus rises to 106 in China as outbreak spreads

jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The death toll from the novel coronavirus has continued to climb in China as the outbreak spreads, with now at least 106 people dead and over 4,500 confirmed cases. The number of dead from the new viral disease includes the first death in the Chinese capital, Beijing, along with two dozen others in central China's Hubei province, where the first cases were detected in December. The epicenter of the outbreak is in Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Hubei province, w..
January 28, 2020

Duchess Kate gets creative at art workshop for kids in hospital

Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate stepped out Tuesday for an art workshop with kids at a London hospital. Kate, 38, joined patients at an arts workshop where the mom of Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, got to show her creative side. Kate took part in a "Playful Portraits" workshop, helping kids "make sets and characters for their own pop-up theaters," according to Kensington Palace. She also visited kids who took part in the workshop in th..