Wednesday, August 3

Day: August 3, 2022

Visitors To The Tallest In The World’s Tree Must Pay $5,000.
Travel

Visitors To The Tallest In The World’s Tree Must Pay $5,000.

Hyperion, which was certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree in 2007 -- stands at a height of 115.9 meters (380 feet) -- California's Redwood National Park has put off-limits to visitors. According to a statement released by park officials, anyone caught near the tree could face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. The coast redwood (sequoia sempervirens) tree is deep in the park and has no trails leading to it; it has faced serious environmental degradation from thrill-seekers who have visited since 2006, when it was found by a pair of naturalists. Hyperion is located off trail through dense vegetation and requires heavy 'bushwhacking' in order to reach the tree, according to the National Park Service's statement on its website. The park service sta...
A Mountain That Just Keeps Growing.’ What To Know About The E-Waste Left Behind By Your Gadgets
Tech

A Mountain That Just Keeps Growing.’ What To Know About The E-Waste Left Behind By Your Gadgets

If you have old gadgets and wires filling up a drawer, you are not alone. Decades of the tech sector's pressure to "innovate or die" have led to a long list of useful and flashy household tech products—but many of these same devices also have a need to be replaced at almost the same rapid rate that new technology emerges. The result of this so-called planned obsolescence, combined with a limited number of options to repair older devices over the years, is a tsunami of electronic waste, also known as e-waste. And the fallout from it extends far beyond the headache of figuring out what to do with the clutter tucked away inside your home. "Planned obsolescence just makes it worse," said Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN Basel Action Network, an e-waste watchdog group based in Seattle. "P...
Expectations For Ronaldo Look Bleak As Transfer Speculation Heightens.
Sports

Expectations For Ronaldo Look Bleak As Transfer Speculation Heightens.

Last year, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United after spending five seasons with Real Madrid. But it appears that the 37-year-old wants to play in the Champions League again, which means he may have to leave his current club. Manchester United says it has no plans to sell the player, but peace talks between the two camps have reportedly failed this week after Ronaldo's heart was set on playing at the very highest level while he still can. However, despite being one of the greatest players to ever play the game, it seems Ronaldo's options are limited. According to widespread reports in European media outlets this week, Atlético Madrid had been a potential destination for him but not everyone at the Spanish club was happy with the possibility of signing ...
The Department Of Defense Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Using A Drone Strike In Afghanistan.
News

The Department Of Defense Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Using A Drone Strike In Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States had killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike. "I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all," Biden said. Zawahiri, who just turned 71 years old, had remained a visible international symbol of the group, 11 years after the US killed Osama bin Laden. At one point, he acted as bin Laden's personal physician. Osama bin Laden's successor Ayman al-Zawahiri had been sheltering in downtown Kabul to reunite with his family, US vice president Joe Biden said on Monday. He was killed in what a senior administration official described as "a precise tailored airstrike" using two Hellfire missiles. The drone strike was conducted at 9:48 p.m. ET on Saturday and was authorized by ...
A New Study Has Found That Taking Vitamin D Won’t Protect Your Bones, Despite Its Popularity.
Life Style

A New Study Has Found That Taking Vitamin D Won’t Protect Your Bones, Despite Its Popularity.

Taking a higher dose of vitamin D to protect your bones is not necessary if you are a healthy middle-aged or older adult with no existing bone disease or vitamin D deficiency, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The study found that taking 2,000 IU (international units) a day of supplemental vitamin D3 without calcium over the course of more than five years did not reduce hip, wrist or pelvic fractures when compared with taking a daily placebo. A fake treatment is a farce pill given to patients so they will accept they are seeking the genuine treatment. "This is the biggest, longest, randomized controlled preliminary on vitamin D supplementation in the US - - 25,871 people were enlisted from each of the 50 states, including 20% Black members," said concentr...