La Boudeuse pourrait reprendre sa mission

first_imgLa Boudeuse pourrait reprendre sa missionFrance – La Boudeuse, trois-mâts d’exploration dont la mission menée dans le cadre du Grenelle de la mer a dû être arrêtée faute de financement, pourrait reprendre la mer. Une souscription nationale sous la forme de promesses de dons a en effet été lancée mardi 6 juillet, afin de permettre au navire de poursuivre sa mission. Mais surtout, Jean-Louis Borloo, a manifesté sa volonté de voir La Boudeuse achever son expédition.Patrice Franceschi, le capitaine de la Boudeuse, a annoncé le lancement d’une souscription pour permettre au navire de reprendre son expédition. “L’idée centrale de cette souscription est de proposer aux citoyens de se substituer aux politiques pour la continuation de cette mission d’intérêt général, tant par ses réalisations scientifiques concrètes que par les perspectives sociales et humaines qu’elle implique” a expliqué l’explorateur.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Cette mission consistait pour Patrice Franceschi et son équipage, à se consacrer à des études scientifiques concernant la biosphère, le réchauffement climatique, la protection de l’environnement et le développement durable, et ce jusqu’en 2012. Mais au début du mois dernier, le capitaine a annoncé renoncer à cette expédition, pour cause d’endettement massif. Il évoquait alors un financement à hauteur de 500.000 euros promis par l’État, somme qui n’aurait finalement jamais été débloquée.Suite au lancement de la souscription, le ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo, jusqu’ici resté silencieux, a annoncé vouloir recevoir Patrice Franceschi pour discuter de l’avenir de La Boudeuse. “Nous n’avons pas envie de perdre ce bateau pour la France et pour la science. Patrice Franceschi est un aventurier courageux. Nous allons essayer ensemble de trouver des solutions” a assuré le directeur de cabinet du ministre, Jean-François Carenco.Le 3 mâts est actuellement dans la base de la Marine Nationale à Fort-de-France en Martinique. Il n’a effectué que la première partie de sa mission en Guyane, avec à son bord des botanistes,des  biologistes et des géologues du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, du CNRS et un géographe de l’université Paris VIII. L’équipage de marins et scientifiques devait ensuite naviguer dans les estuaires de l’Amazone, du Parana, mais aussi dans les canaux de Patagonie, puis en Polynésie.Le 7 juillet 2010 à 17:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le laboratoire Lilly à nouveau concerné par un scandale vidéo

first_imgLe laboratoire Lilly à nouveau concerné par un scandale vidéoAprès le scandale du clip de mauvais goût parodiant une publicité Orangina, le laboratoire Lilly est à nouveau au cœur d’une polémique. De nouvelles vidéo, imitant le zapping et mettant en scène Nicolas Sarkozy et Liliane de Bettencourt, ont été dévoilée par L’Express.Le 3 février dernier, le laboratoire Lilly faisait scandale à cause d’un clip de mauvais goût diffusé en interne. La vidéo parodiant une publicité Orangina montrait un médecin à la merci d’un animal en colère lui faisant réciter l’argumentaire servant à prescrire du Zypadhera, un des produits du laboratoire. A l’époque, Lilly avait avancé comme excuse qu’il s’agissait une erreur d’un cadre qui était passée inaperçue.À lire aussiLa mue d’une mygale géante filmée en accéléréMais voilà que l’histoire se répète et met le laboratoire Lilly dans une position très désagréable. D’autres vidéos ont été obtenues par L’Express (lien non disponible) et montrent deux nouvelles parodies, du Zapping cette fois-ci. On voit alors notamment Liliane Bettencourt faire la promotion du Cymbalta (antidépresseur) en expliquant : “J’étais sous Seroplex depuis longtemps ; maintenant que je prends Cymbalta, je suis à nouveau moi-même ; fini les Banier, les Patrice de Maistre, je revis”, ainsi que Nicolas Sarkozy, Eric Cantona et l’entraîneur du champion de natation Alain Bernard. Les vidéos en question ont également été diffusées aux visiteurs médicaux le 16 décembre dernier. Le directeur des Ressources humaines de laboratoire Lilly a expliqué : “Ces zappings, qui parodient des personnes publiques, sont regrettables et nous présentons nos excuses à ceux qui pourraient en être blessés. Cependant, je souligne qu’ils n’ont pas le caractère profondément dégradant de la fausse publicité Orangina. On est ici dans une simple tentative humoristique”. Le 8 février 2011 à 16:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Biocarburants les EtatsUnis dominent la production mondiale

first_imgBiocarburants : les Etats-Unis dominent la production mondialeA la fin de l’année 2010, les Etats-Unis étaient en tête des plus gros producteurs de biocarburant à travers le monde. C’est ce qu’indique une étude publiée par le pôle GBC (Global Biofuels Center) de Hart Energy Consulting. Selon ces mêmes travaux, Brésil et Chine se placent en seconde et troisième positions en matière de production d’éthanol renouvelable.Les Etats-Unis se placent largement en tête de ce classement avec des capacités de production de plus de 51 milliards de litres d’éthanol, rapporte cette étude citée par 20minutes. En 2009, l’industrie américaine de l’éthanol comptait 170 usines en activité, pour passer à la fin 2010 à 187 installations, note Michael Marshall, l’un des auteurs principaux du rapport.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)A la seconde position avec 27 milliards de litres environ, le Brésil représente avec les USA quelque 82% des capacités de production d’éthanol dans le monde. Troisième du classement, et très loin derrière, la Chine dispose de capacités supérieures à 2,7 milliards de litres. C’est ensuite la France qui s’installe à la quatrième place, suivie par le Canada.Quant à la production de biodiesel, elle est là encore dominée par les Etats-Unis, qui avec des capacités de production en fonctionnement de 5,9 milliards de litres, se placent juste devant l’Allemagne et ses 5 milliards de litres. Espagne et Indonésie s’offrent les troisième et quatrième positions, tandis que le Brésil se contente de la cinquième place du classement. Toutefois le pays devrait en 2011 et 2012, connaître une importante croissance de cette production.Le 25 février 2011 à 10:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les inondations en Chine font 57 morts et 12 million de déplacés

first_imgLes inondations en Chine font 57 morts et 1,2 million de déplacésSuite à la chute de pluies torrentielles dans plusieurs provinces de Chine, près de 60 personnes ont trouvé la mort, des dizaines sont portées disparues et plus d’un million de personnes ont été évacuées, selon le dernier bilan établi mardi par les autorités locales. Les pluies torrentielles de saison ont encore frappé en Chine et y ont a nouveau causé des dégâts considérables. Mardi, les autorités chinoises ont en effet annoncé que “des pluies ininterrompues ont provoqué de graves inondations dans le Sichuan (sud-ouest), le Shaanxi (nord) et le Henan (centre)”, détruisant de nombreuses maisons et provoquant des glissements de terrain. Lundi, la station hydrologique du district de Lintong dans le Shaanxi a ainsi rapporté la plus importante inondation depuis 1981, alors que l’afflux d’eau a atteint 5.410 mètres cubes par seconde, d’après Wang Tongchun chef du Bureau de contrôle des inondations de la ville de Weinan cité par Radio Chine internationale.Selon le dernier bilan établi par le ministère des Affaires civiles, “57 personnes ont été tuées et 29 portées disparues”. Par ailleurs, les autorités font état d’un total de 12,3 millions d’habitants affectés par les inondations dont 1,2 million ont été évacués de leur domicile. A ce jour, ce ne sont pas moins de 120.000 maisons qui se sont effondrées, nécessitant la mobilisation de près de 20.000 personnes pour les opérations de secours. Celles-ci ont été dépêchées sur place pour venir en aide et distribuer des tentes, des couvertures et des vêtements aux sinistrés.  Pour l’heure, les pertes économiques (bâtiments, infrastructures, récoltes) sont estimées à 17,27 milliards de yuans soit 1,98 milliard d’euros, a poursuivi le ministère. Vers un record du niveau de la rivière JialingÀ lire aussiLes inondations en Australie, une nouvelle menace pour la Grande Barrière de corailSi la Chine connait tous les ans en cette saison, une montée traditionnelle des eaux, celle-ci s’avère particulièrement importante cette année. En effet, le niveau des cours d’eau, notamment de certains affluents du Yangtsé, le plus long fleuve de Chine, continue de monter dangereusement en de nombreux endroits et ce, bien qu’un répit dans les pluies ait été enregistré. Dans le Sichuan, le niveau de la rivière Jialing a ainsi déjà dépassé de sept mètres le seuil d’alerte et devrait atteindre un record depuis qu’il a commencé à être enregistré en 1847, a précisé l’agence officielle Chine nouvelle. Les précipitations torrentielles d’été se révèlent chaque année meurtrières. En 2010, les pluies avaient causé la mort ou la disparition de plus de 4.300 personnes. L’an dernier en août, un glissement de terrain dans la province du Gansu (nord-ouest) avait tué 1.500 personnes, rappelle l’AFP.Le 20 septembre 2011 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A SaintDenis une psychanalyste donne envie de vivre aux prématurés

first_imgA Saint-Denis, une psychanalyste donne “envie de vivre” aux prématurésCatherine Vanier est psychanalyste des prématurés à l’hôpital Delafontaine de Saint-Denis. Un métier qui peut surprendre mais qui se révèle d’une grande importance. Comme elle l’explique, les enfants prématurés ont besoin de présence humaine autour d’eux et surtout de celle des parents pour qu’ils puissent avoir “l’envie de vivre”.A l’hôpital Delafontaine de Saint-Denis (93), quelque 400 prématurés arrivent chaque année au service de néonatologie. Ces nourrissons, pesant moins d’un kilo, sont placés en couveuse dès la naissance, entourés d’écrans et reliés à des respirateurs et des capteurs qui les maintiennent en vie autant que faire se peut. Mais comme l’explique Catherine Vanier, psychanalyste dans ce service, ces prématurés “n’ont pas besoin que d’oxygène, ils ont aussi besoin qu’on leur parle”. C’est ce qu’elle détaille dans son livre, “Naître prématuré. Le bébé, son médecin et son psychanalyste”.Arrivée en 1985 dans l’hôpital dionysien, Catherine Vanier souligne que “les mots qu’on leur dit, l’humain autour d’eux” et la présence des parents, sont essentiels. Comme le dit fièrement le chef de service, le Dr Pascal Bolot, “ici, on réanime à la fois le corps et le désir de vivre”. Il faut dire qu’en Seine-Saint-Denis, département le plus pauvre de France, le taux de mortalité périnatal est l’un des plus forts du pays. De fait, les équipes médicales reçoivent des  “populations extrêmement paupérisées” chez qui les grossesses sont “mal ou pas suivies du tout”, explique M. Bolot. Et il n’est pas toujours évident d’être une mère, “quand un bébé oscille entre la vie et la mort”.Comme en témoignent certains parents, l’approche de l’équipe soignante a ainsi été “vraiment apaisante” d’autant que les prématurés ne survivront malheureusement pas tous. En effet, les grands prématurés restent plus d’un mois dans le service, le temps, entre autres, que leurs poumons se développent. Mais ceux qui sont trop fragiles, meurent ; à 25 semaines, un prématuré a moins d’une chance sur deux de survivre, précise le Dr Bolot.Aider les parents comme les bébés À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?C’est là qu’intervient Mme Vanier qui fait prendre conscience que l’état d’esprit des parents est crucial pour le développement de l’enfant. “Quand j’étais au plus bas, elle stagnait. Quand ça ne va pas, l’enfant le ressent”, souligne une mère citée par l’AFP. “Ca a été deux mois d’angoisse. Ils l’ont intubée, puis nous ont dit de profiter de chaque instant car il n’était pas sûr qu’elle passe la journée”, raconte t-elle encore. Par ailleurs, le travail des équipes de soignants, qui sont tous “des psys extraordinaires” selon Mme Vanier, est d’aider les prématurés à “exister”. “Comment faire pour qu’un séjour en réanimation n’abîme pas un bébé, ne laisse pas de séquelles psychiques?”, s’interroge la psychanalyste avant de conclure : “il est très important que le bébé ne soit pas laissé seul à sa machine car il s’identifie à ce qui l’entoure”.Le 15 avril 2013 à 19:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pollution de lair le seuil dalerte de pollution à lozone dépassé en

first_imgPollution de l’air : le seuil d’alerte de pollution à l’ozone dépassé en Île-de-FranceSelon l’association Airparif et la préfecture de police de Paris, la région devrait être exposée lundi à des concentrations d’ozone supérieures au premier seuil d’alerte.En raison des fortes chaleurs (35°C), de l’absence de vent et du temps ensoleillé annoncés aujourd’hui, l’Île-de-France devrait atteindre des concentrations d’ozone supérieures au premier seuil d’alerte. C’est ce qu’a annoncé lundi Airparif, l’association de surveillance de la qualité de l’air dans la région francilienne. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueComme elle l’a rappelé, le dépassement du “niveau d’information” survient lors de concentrations polluantes de plus de 180 microgrammes par mètre cube. Or, les niveaux attendus en ce lundi après-midi se situeront entre 190 et 220 microgrammes par mètre cube. D’après Airparif, ce dépassement durera “au moins 24 heures” et pourra gêner les personnes les plus fragiles comme les personnes âgées, les asthmatiques ou encore les enfants. Par mesure de précaution, la préfecture de police de Paris recommande donc à ces personnes d’éviter les efforts physiques importants. En règle générale, il est déconseillé à tous de pratiquer une activité physique en plein air au cours des 24 prochaines heures. Par ailleurs, il est demandé aux automobilistes de “différer leurs déplacements dans la région Ile-de-France” et de ne les maintenir que s’ils ne peuvent faire autrement. En voiture, il est ainsi recommandé aux conducteurs de “réduire leur vitesse” et de “contourner l’agglomération de Paris, pour le trafic de transit”. Enfin, les Franciliens sont invités à “éviter l’utilisation d’outils d’entretien extérieur à moteur thermique”, tels que les tondeuses à gazon, et “éviter l’utilisation de produits à base de solvants”.Le 22 juillet 2013 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Join Tech Titans to Save Net Neutrality

first_img Democrats Won’t Stop Fighting for Net NeutralityBurger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ Ad Stay on target Happy Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality!Today’s event, organized by Fight for the Future, is a response to plans by the FCC to curb a free and open Internet.In 2015, President Obama led the reclassification of broadband as a telecom service under “Title II” of the Communications Act, rather than an information service.But the new Republican administration is, once again, regressing to previous policies, which enable companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to introduce “slow lanes” and force users to pay more for access to specific sites.Which is why it came as a huge surprise when AT&T announced plans to join the Day of Action, with one major caveat: It doesn’t actually support the FCC’s current rules—specifically the Title II reclassification.Fellow conglomerates Comcast and Verizon second that, saying that while approving of “strong, legally enforceable net neutrality protections,” they advocate for the reversal of the Title II designation.In the other corner, however, stand a number of organizations and activists—including titans Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—fighting for your right to party on the Internet.The list of participants reads like a who’s who of the Web: Etsy, Kickstarter, Twitter, Vimeo, GitHub, Internet Association, Reddit, Y Combinator, Mozilla, Pornhub, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Airbnb, BitTorrent, BoingBoing, Change.org, Code Academy, Creative Commons, Dropbox, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Foursquare, iFixit, Imgur, Medium, Opera, Pinterest, Sonos, Spotify, ThinkGeek, Tumblr (a surprise, since the Yahoo-owned network is owned by Verizon), and Yelp.And that’s just a few of the partners listed on Fight for the Future’s website.Today’s protest, which comes five days before the first public comment deadline on the FCC’s proposal, is a concerted effort to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) and the government from regulating the Web.To join the Day of Action, sign up online with your full name and email address.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Money to Burn Poll Should You Buy Joe Pescis Album

first_imgStay on target Money to Burn: Should You Buy Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller? Who doesn’t love Joe Pesci? From Raging Bull to Goodfellas to Lethal Weapon, Pesci is one of our greatest living character actors. He’s a key part of the strong Italian-American influence on some of our most important films. But even though Pesci is great of screen, not everybody gets to be a triple threat.In 1968, before really appearing in any movies, Pesci released his debut album Little Joe Sure Can Sing!, a collection of pop song covers. It wasn’t a hit and Pesci then went on to have an illustrious film career. However, 30 years later in 1998 Pesci released his second album for some reason.Theoretically a follow-up to his beloved role in 1992’s My Cousin Vinny, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You has Pesci performing in character. In the song “Wiseguy” he combines Mafia gangster sensibilities with gangsta rap. The chorus is the phrase “It’s the bitches that’ll get yas.” This is a real thing. The following year Pesci semi-retired from acting to pursue a musical career. But while he hasn’t appeared in many movies since, he also hasn’t put out any other albums that we’ve been able to find.You can download Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You digitally on services like iTunes, but something so weird is surely worth owning physically forever. Should you buy Joe Pesci’s album if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy Joe Pesci’s Album?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy Joe Pesci’s Album?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky auction or sales listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks!last_img read more

Powerful Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc On GPS Systems

first_img Earlier this week Earth got slammed by the largest solar flare in 12 years. Thankfully those of us on the ground were (obviously) just fine. That’s because Earth’s relatively thick atmosphere and sturdy magnetosphere deflected the majority of the radiation and charged particles hurled our way. Our satellites, however, weren’t quite so lucky.According to a NASA release, at about 12pm UTC on Sept. 6, the Sun popped out a tremendous flare. The flare received an X9.3 rating — one of the strongest recorded. The classification system used for solar activity follows a relatively simple lettering order, followed by a number to denote specific strength.“The biggest flares are known as ‘X-class flares’ based on a classification system that divides solar flares according to their strength,” a 2011 NASA blog post reads. “The smallest ones are A-class (near background levels), followed by B, C, M and X. Similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes, each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy output. So an X is ten times an M and 100 times a C. Within each letter class there is a finer scale from 1 to 9.”So, with that, Wednesday’s burst ranks just about at the top of the scale. That’s particularly unusual because the Sun is currently nearing the calmest stage of its typical 11-year cycle. That doesn’t mean bigger flares can’t happen, but that they are far less common.Thankfully, for all the damage we’ve done to Earth, nothing humans could (or likely will ever) do will have any effect on the Sun at all. We’re just along for the ride.If it wasn’t clear already, this flare was a doozy, and it was actually big enough to knock out some communications temporarily. GPS and radio signals, in particular, went dark for a few moments, buffeted and eventually overwhelmed by a blast that started out as a twisting ring of plasma dozens of times larger than Earth.While the hit could have been much worse, we seem to have gotten off with a hefty, but relatively ineffectual, slap. A large enough storm could have taken out power and disrupted communications for months on end, but nothing that size has hit in decades and probably won’t in the next couple years. This is a gentle reminder, though, that while we may enjoy a lot of comforts in our modern lives, the sun could, at any point, take most or all of them away. Just by doing its thing. It’s comforting that there’s nothing we could ever possibly do to stop it, though. It’s a pleasant fatalism. Humans might be screwing a lot of stuff up, but this just is what it is.There is an upside, too. If you’re a stargazer, NOAA predicts that you should be able to see some pretty sweet aurora as far south as Chicago over the next few days. You will probably want to get out of a major city, though, to avoid light pollution and really take in the majesty of the Northern Lights. Those who still have their eclipse glasses can also see the sunspots that birthed the flare. You can also check out these awesome recordings from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory positioned near our parent star.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Inside Marvel Universe of SuperHeroes at Seattles MoPOP

first_imgStay on target If you find yourself in Seattle, you have to go to the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP). Sure, there’s the Space Needle and Pike Place Market and legal dispensaries, but the MoPOP is an amazing place. Rob Marvin visited last year and sang its praises, and last week I checked it out, myself. More importantly, I saw what might be the most comprehensive publicly viewable Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe collection in the MoPOP’s Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes exhibit.Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes is a walk through the history of Marvel Comics, from the first appearances of Namor and the original android Human Torch in Timely Comics’ Marvel Comics #1 in 1939 to screen-worn costumes and props from Black Panther. It’s a special exhibit at the museum and requires an extra $8 ticket on top of the $26 price to get into the MoPOP. It’s also well worth it, and you should visit before it closes in January.The exhibit is a two-floor walking tour of Marvel’s biggest names, with sections dedicated to Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and other big names from Marvel’s history (with a good amount of weight towards MCU names). It’s an even split between comics history and the MCU, and is genuinely a treasure trove of items from both.For comics fans, the exhibit features first issues and art from the beginning of Marvel up to the modern age. I mentioned Marvel Comics #1, but also Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Fantasy #1 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), and more (all under glass, because they’re all unimaginably rare and expensive). If that isn’t enough, the walls are covered in framed pencils, inks, and page layouts from comics, from Steve Ditko’s original Spider-Man art to Frank Miller’s Wolverine covers. It even has the original pencil sketches of the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #129, the first appearance of the Punisher.If you like the movies more than the comics, the exhibit has you covered. There are props and costumes from across the MCU, starting with Iron Man and leading into Black Panther (no Avengers: Infinity War props, but it’s still a really impressive collection). Actually, it starts before that, with the Green Goblin’s mask from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and even Reb Brown’s costume from 1979’s Captain America TV movie. Seriously, freaking Reb Brown’s Captain America costume.Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the exhibit, which will be at Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture through January 6.For more Marvel madness, check out 10 comic book characters who were ahead of their time, our look at the late Spider-Man creator Steve Ditko, and AdamTots’ treatise on the importance of patriotism.View as: One Page Slides1. Marvel Comics #1The first Marvel Comics comic, before the publishing company was called Marvel Comics. Marvel Comics #1 was published by Timely Comics in 1938, and features the Sub-Mariner and the original android Human Torch.2. Fantastic Four #1Marvel’s First Family debuted in Fantastic Four #1, signaling the start of the silver age of comics.3. Black PantherA life-sized statue of the Black Panther in the techno-jungle of Wakanda.4. Black Panther CostumesScreen-worn costumes from Black Panther5. Amazing Fantasy #15The first appearance of Spider-Man, in Amazing Fantasy #15. He went on to modest popularity.6. Spider-Man Animation CelsProduction cels of the 1960s-era Spider-Man cartoon. This is where memes come from.7. The Spider ZoneA Spider-man statue and various pieces of Spider-Man art.8. Hall of IronThree life-size suits of Iron Man armor, from the MCU.9. Captain America and Winter Soldier artInked pages and production art from Captain America, including Winter Soldier.10. Captain America and Winter Soldier CostumesScreen-worn costumes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They say, if you listen very closely, you can still hear my editor squeeing.11. Black Widow costume.One of the Black Widow’s screen-worn MCU costumes.12. Avengers ArtInked covers from Avengers comics, including the first appearance of The Vision.13. Guardians of the Galaxy PropsThe Infinity Stone, Star-Lord’s walkman, and Drax’s knives from Guardians of the Galaxy.14. GrootHe is Groot.15. Wolverine ArtInked cover art from Frank Miller’s Wolverine comics.16. Daredevil ArtDaredevil once fought a villain called the Matador.17. Spider-Man #129 ArtA pencil sketch of the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #129, the first appearance of the Punisher.18. Foom!Fan collectibles from Marvel’s House of Ideas, including the self-published Foom fan magazine.19. The Original Movie Captain AmericaReb Brown’s Captain America costume from the 1979 Captain America TV movie.20. Back to Formula?The Green Goblin’s helmet from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie.21. Asgardian SiblingsThor and Hel’s costumes from Thor: Ragnarok.22. Doctor Strange’s CostumeDoctor Strange’s robes from the MCU movie.23. NewsstandA Marvel Comics newsstand at the entrance to the exhibit.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Animal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat On the Loose in Virginia

first_img“It’s likely he’s had his fair share of seagulls along the way,” Conti said. “He has a level of sociability, but its instincts don’t go away. It’s still a wild cat and has all the ability to take care of himself.”The cat was spotted near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach Wednesday morning and Animal Control officials have identified paw prints as his.“We know he’s in the area,” Conti said. “We’re in contact with the owner and we’re putting out humane traps to try and capture him.” Hankins is said to be traveling to Virginia Beach to help Animal Control locate the cat.Although Hankins said Rocky is “very friendly,” officials are urging people not to approach or interact with it. Anyone who sees Rocky is asked to call Animal Control dispatch at 757-385-5000.More on Geek.com:This 41-Pound Feline Wonder Is Up for Adoption in NYCWatch: Flamingo Hold Up Airplane on Airport RunwayThis Giant Technicolor Squirrel That Can Jump 20 Feet Is New Instagram Star The cat  was wearing two collars with a GPS tracker, but the batteries have since died, Hankins said.Rocky is apparently known for his frequent escapes. His last escape was six months before this latest outing, and it lasted a few months, according to the Outer Banks Voice.Animal Control supervisor Meghan Conti told the Associated Press Rocky likely traveled up the Atlantic Coast and ate a fair share of seagulls along the way. The route includes parks and wildlife refuges. Animal control officials are on the hunt for a big African pet cat on the loose in Virginia Beach.The serval cat, named “Rocky,” actually roamed from his owner’s house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to Virginia Beach, a distance of about 80 miles.The cat’s owner, Brian Hankins told Virginia Beach Animal Control that Rocky has been missing since October, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Hankins said Rocky can walk up to 20 miles a day.Rocky is a serval cat, native to Africa, that can grow anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds, standing as high as 23 inches, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. With spotted markings like a leopard or cheetah, he stands out as very unusual. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Photographer Captures Photo of Whale With SlicedOff Tail After Boat Strike

first_imgStay on target Vessel strikes continue to be one of the biggest threats to the survival of whales, and one photographer’s recent image of a whale with its tail severed captured the threat in “horrific” detail.The image was taken by photographer Francis Pérez off the Canary Islands and shared to Instagram Wednesday by fellow photographer Cristina Mittermeier.(WARNING: Graphic Image Below) Watch: Humpback Whale, Sailboat Almost Collide in CaliforniaWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass center_img Pérez responded to the scene with a wildlife veterinarian and a marine biologist who were called after onlookers heard the  “shrilling calls of pain and fear” of a young pilot whale, which was struck by a propeller boat, according to Mittermeier’s post.However, the biologist and veterinarian were unable to help the pilot whale with its severe injury, and the animal was euthanized.“All they could do was pull it out of the water and, with the kind of sorrow that can only be understood by people with enough empathy to do what they had to do, they euthanized it,” said Mittermeier, who posted the “horrific image” as a “wake-up call.”Mittermeier works with the organization SeaLegacy, which aims to raise awareness about ocean conservation through media and art.According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), many species of whales feed, play, migrate, rest, nurse, mate, give birth, and socialize in urbanized marine highways, putting them at risk of being struck by passing vessels.The WDC says strikes are difficult to avoid because sometimes a whale can surface abruptly for air or swim just feet below the surface with barely a ripple visible to alert passing boaters to their presence.While a number of technological efforts have been researched to reduce the risk of striking whales, none have yet proven viable. Some may even increase risk to whales, as they respond by surfacing, putting them further in harm’s way.The most effective means to reduce collisions between whales and vessels is to separate them, and when that can’t be done, slow the vessel down to a speed of 10kts or less, according to the WDC.More on Geek.com:Gray Whales Killed By Ship Strikes in San Francisco Bay AreaWatch: Russian ‘Spy Whale’ Saves Woman’s Phone That Fell Into OceanWatch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish Coastlast_img read more

Madusa undergoes knee surgery Hulk Hogan teams with Pro Wrestling Tees

first_img WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Twitter Google+ Videos Articles December 10, 2017 at 3:34 am Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ric Flair Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madusa undergoes knee surgeryWWE Hall of Famer Madusa/Alundra Blayze revealed on Instagram that she recently underwent a full knee replacement, in what she described as “round two.”Kevin Nash also underwent knee replacement surgery this week as well.You can check out her Instagram video below. Now Playing Up Next Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances 1 COMMENT Hulk Hogancenter_img Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Hulk Hogan teams with Pro Wrestling TeesHulk Hogan has opened up an official Pro Wrestling Tees store.The store features exclusive and officially licensed Hogan t-shirts.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Gene Okerlund Pinterest Comments are closed. Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewel Facebook Hope for a speedy recovery. Knee replacements are no joke. Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopic Anonymous Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Video Triple H talks about wrestling inside MCG for the Super ShowDown

first_img Pinterest The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison Square Garden Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlundcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning WWE has posted a video (above) with Paul “Triple H” Levesque taking a tour of the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) stadium 24 hours before the Super Show-Down event.Triple H will be facing The Undertaker on the card in what will be the final match between the two. Kane will join Undertaker at ringside, while Shawn Michaels will join Triple H.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Super-Show Down this morning beginning at 5:00 a.m. Eastern (4:00 CT) along with thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Don’t forget we will be live on YouTube to review the show on Saturday as well! Facebooklast_img read more

Fire destroys mobile home near Amboy

first_imgInvestigators likely won’t be able to determine what caused a Sunday evening fire that destroyed a mobile home northeast of Amboy.Firefighters responded to a fire at 44407 N.E. Yale Bridge Road shortly after 5 p.m., following a call from the home’s occupant, Clark County Fire District 10 Capt. Ben Goble said.“At the time, we were notified the house was fully involved,” Goble said.Firefighters with District 10, Clark County Fire District 13, Clark County Fire & Rescue and from Cowlitz County responded.The firefighters were at the scene for roughly 3 1/2 hours, Goble said. Although fire didn’t spread beyond the building, the single-wide mobile home was destroyed.No one was hurt, Goble said, adding that the last he heard, the occupant was staying with family.Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson said it’s unlikely he’ll be able to definitively say what sparked the fire.What evidence was left indicated that the fire originated near the wood stove.“It was just too far gone to tell much,” he said.The fire did about $50,000 in damage.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver issues 30 million in bonds

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver issued $30 million in revenue bonds late last month, the second in a series of releases.Due to strong order activity, the port’s “A stable” credit rating and good market conditions, the port received an interest rate that will save $4.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a news release from the port.The repayment of revenue bonds is guaranteed solely by the port’s operating revenues; unlike the general obligation bonds issued in the past, which are secured by a municipality’s pledge to repay with any legal resources available.The 2017 revenue bonds will allow the port to complete large capital projects including the West Vancouver Freight Access Project and repairs to port properties and facilities.In December, the port’s Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution approving the 2017 revenue bonds. They are the second in a series of three major debt issuances that support the port’s capital program.Next year, the port plans to issue the third and final bonds in the series, worth between $15 and $25 million.More information on the port’s finances is available at www.portvanusa.com.last_img read more

Fire damages apartment balcony in central Vancouver

first_imgImproperly discarded smoking materials sparked a fire that damaged a second-floor apartment balcony in central Vancouver.The fire was reported at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Gardenview Estates Apartments, 3300 N.E. 57th Ave. The fire originated on the outside balcony and caused $33,263 damage to the building’s siding, eaves and attic space, said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli.“These fires can be prevented,” she said.Smoking materials should always be put out in noncombustible containers.last_img read more

Discovery High School on track to open in fall

first_imgCAMAS — Before eighth-graders in the Camas School District end their middle school careers, they will have to decide where they want to attend high school. Soon they will have a new choice.In the coming weeks, the students and their families will have the chance to attend various information sessions about the three high school options in the district. They will then decide which school they want to attend in the fall and apply for that program.“It had been done on a smaller scale for students interested in certain programs,” Superintendent Jeff Snell said. “We hadn’t done it on this sort of scale with all our eighth-graders. All those options can lead them to whatever they want to do in the future.”Students will have the option of attending Camas High School, Hayes Freedom High School or, for the first time, Discovery High School. Camas High offers a traditional experience. Hayes is an alternative for students looking for a smaller-school environment, as the school has about 150 students. Instead of traditional schedules, students have fewer classes per day and the classes aren’t strictly divided by quarter or semester.Discovery is set to open in the fall for the start of the 2018-2019 school year, and is the newest school on the district’s project-based-learning campus. There are currently 200-plus middle-schoolers at the other school on the campus, Odyssey Middle School, which is in the former Sharp Laboratories of America building.last_img read more

Snow falls around Vancouver slick roads expected Monday

first_imgAn inch or so of snow fell in the Vancouver area late Sunday. It was the first wintry weather since Christmas and set the stage for what will likely be slick roads on Monday morning.Because Monday is Presidents Day, schools and government offices are closed, reducing traffic. But motorists should be prepared for snow and black ice. The overnight low for Vancouver was forecast as 27 degrees.The National Weather Service in Portland wasn’t predicting significant additional overnight snowfall, at least as of 10:30 p.m. Instead, the night was expected to become clear and cold. Those conditions should persist Monday.For more information on the Monday commute and forecast, check columbian.com early Monday.Do you have photos of Sunday’s snow that you’d like to share? Email them to metrodesk@columbian.com.last_img read more

Vancouver Farmers Market sprouts anew

first_imgFrom mostly near and occasionally far, new farmers and growers keep flocking to the Vancouver Farmers Market, which opened for the season March 17.“We’re seeing a lot of new interest,” said executive director Jordan Boldt. “We don’t usually see a ton of that every year. This is probably the most active we’ve been in a number of years.” There are 14 new produce and food vendors on the scene in 2018, he said.Thanks to the hot economy? Rising foodie fascination? All that and more, Boldt said.“We have at least two new farms from younger, more professional-background people who are coming from other industries and choosing to pivot into agriculture or the food industry,” he said. “I think we’re seeing people looking for secondary or supplementary careers where they can be creative and follow up their passions.“Starting a restaurant is so hard and expensive and risky,” he said, but launching a booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market “is a lower barrier to entry.”For example, there’s new mushroom maven Ash Tree Farms of Vancouver, which rents warehouse space in the city and grows its fungal delights indoors in bags of sawdust or on moldering old logs.“If you’re not a wild mushroom forager, this is a common way to cultivate mushrooms commercially,” Boldt said. (“It’s a crazy world,” he added.)last_img read more