Updated: More than 2000 flights canceled as Hurricane Florence arrives

first_imgPhoto: NASA Hurricane Florence has already been a major contributor to more than 2000 flight cancellations across the US as it delivers pounding rain and strong winds to the mid-Atlantic states.The downgraded category 1 hurricane started pummeling the Carolinas Thursday (US time), leaving hundreds of thousands without power amid warnings of dangerous storm surges and flooding.It made landfall Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and was moving slowly westward.Storm surges of 10ft above normal levels had been reported by 11pm Eastern Time Thursday and remained a worry in some areas Friday.The biggest concern, however, was flooding triggered by heavy rainfall of up to 40 inches (10cms) in some areas.Doppler radar indicated winds near 70mph (110kmh) Friday with higher gusts and the storm had been further downgraded to tropical storm.“Gradual weakening is expected tonight,” the US National Hurricane Center said in its 5pm Friday update. “Significant weakening is forecast over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland.”US airlines began the arduous process of canceling flights before the hurricane, initially feared to reach the US as a monster category 4 storm, arrived.SEE More pictures of Florence from space.Initial expectations were that it could affect flights into Charleston International. Officials at the South Carolina airport closed Charleston to all air traffic Wednesday evening, September 12. Closures were also announced for Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Wilmington.Florence also triggered cancellations at a far busier North Carolina airport: Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT).According to CLT, the North Carolina airfield is the sixth busiest airport in the world offering more than 160 nonstop destinations around the globe.CLT oversees more than 700 departures and landings each day and is served by seven domestic carriers and three foreign flag carriers.The airport is also American Airlines’ second largest hub and the second largest airport on the East Coast. What happens at Charlotte has a ripple effect throughout AA’s system.American said on Thursday it had canceled 820  flights from September 12  to September 16.The US Federal Aviation Administration late Wednesday issued advice to travelers warning of cancelations and delays in the direct path of the storm as well as in its aftermath.“Once Hurricane Florence makes ground fall, airports may be listed as “open” but flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport,” it said.“As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding may take longer than usual.“As always, check with airlines about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport.” Major carriers provide flight status updates on their website.”Just how long the disruption will be is up to the extent of the havoc Florence sews in her devasting journey along the United States’ Middle Atlantic coastline.Here are websites for major US airlines:Southwest AirlinesDelta AirlinesUnited AirlinesAmerican AirlinesJetBlueAlaskaSpiritFrontierAllegiantlast_img read more

Google Flu Trends: A Glimpse into the Future of Google Health

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web rick turoczy 1 It stands to reason that people who are “starting to come down with something” often take the opportunity to search for information on what ails them, even before they discuss their symptoms with a healthcare professional. Who gets more of those searches than anyone? Google, of course.When Google started looking more closely at anonymous aggregate searches for “flu symptoms” and the like, they discovered that – after cross-referencing that data against information from the Center for Disease Control – they had the ability to predict flu outbreaks by monitoring search patterns. And now, they’ve published their findings as Google Flu Trends.The effort, part of Google’s non-profit arm, google.org, could prove to be the first step toward the type of predictive medical informatics that have long been the Holy Grail of medicine:“So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.”Looking at the graphs, Google’s hypotheses about search terms predating disease outbreaks seem to be proven correct. Not satisfied with Google’s analysis? Feel free to download the data and work with it yourself.Future Features for Google HeatlhWhile influenza is the first target for the experiment, one can easily imagine the types of search data – and regional data – that could help healthcare professionals in the prediction of practically any disease. More importantly for Google, coupling this kind of anonymous aggregated data with other Google offerings could further the company’s moves into the healthcare space. Just imagine, in the not too distant future, if you could be warned of potential disease outbreaks in your city when logging into your personal health record on Google Health. It’s not a huge intuitive leap, but it’s a leap that puts the responsibility for health in the hands of the individual.Helping people manage their wellness and health in a preventative way instead of simply treating the disease? That’s a truly innovative – and much needed – way of approaching healthcare. Can Google leverage its wealth of data to help spark that healthcare innovation? One would hope. Our health may depend on it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Wearable Computing Is Here: Get Ready to Look Ridiculous

first_imgjohn paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#web center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Wearable computing is poised to hit the mainstream. Last week, Google demoed its Project Glass prototype, an Android-powered display, camera, GPS locator and Internet node built into a bulky pair of glasses. On Thursday, Olympus announced its own Terminator specs. They may look silly, but they’re the beginning of a new era of computing.Olympus’ MEG4.0 connects to smartphones and other devices via Bluetooth, and it displays data and imagery directly on its lenses. It’s comparable to what Google demoed last week, except Google Glass packs more computing power and has a camera built in. Olympus’ product has a limited feature set compared to Google’s and, as VentureBeat argues, is notably uglier. More important than the feature-for-feature comparison, however, is what both products represent in the broader context of how humans interact with computers.Let’s be honest. Even if Google’s computer glasses are prettier than Olympus’, neither one will enhance your outfit like a pair of Oakleys.No doubt, a select group of early adopters will snatch up these nerd goggles. They’ll surely be spotted on the sidewalks of San Francisco. Outside of the Silicon Valley area, though, the first person to show up to a local watering hole wearing these things can expect to face stares, if not outright mockery. Such is the nature of being an early adopter in the very early stages of a new era in which humans begin to merge with machines.Not only do they look bizarre, but these gadgets raise a host of social questions. Cell phone addiction is already an issue for many people, often to the point of ignoring companions in favor of peering into tiny screens. When the screens hover over our eyes, does the line between the virtual and physical worlds become sharper or blurrier? What happens to our attention spans? As with other advances in personal technology, this one will evolve depending on where and how it’s integrated into our lives. We’re still figuring this out with smartphones and tablets. For wearable displays, use cases such as navigation and on-the-go communication seem obvious and appropriate. But what about social situations? At the office? The dinner table? An Awkward Moment, But Still a Pivotal Era   Even if it’s awkward, we’re entering a new and important era in human-machine interaction. Wearable computing joins voice control and gesture-based interfaces in revolutionizing how people interact with data, services and content. Google’s awe-inspiring demo last week was the first step toward achieving social acceptance of this type of technology. The next steps will necessarily involve the slow proliferation of such devices, as well as refinements in the products themselves. The more these things can be made to look like normal glasses, the more likely your average consumer will consider wearing them. Although there’s no hard evidence that it will happen, if Apple dabbles in this space, the design problem may solve itself.The questions raised by the new era we appear poised to enter are important – and we’ll figure them out in due time – but one of those questions is not “Is this going to happen?” It is happening, and it’s probably only the next step of many toward a sci-fi-seeming world in which the line between people and gadgets becomes harder and harder to distinguish. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

5 Methods You May Not Have Tried to Curb Anxiety

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Tags:#anxiety#CBD#mental health#natural anxiety treatments#stress#stress management More Americans suffer from anxiety today than ever, and it’s not always clear how that trend can be reversed. While medical advice should always be sought first and foremost from professionals, there are plenty of small-scale treatments for anxiety you can manage yourself.Your refrigerator, cabinet, and local grocery stores probably all contain plenty of potential anxiety remedies — you’re just not aware of them. If you want to take advantage of the resources around you to give your mental health a boost, consider trying: 1. CBDSure, CBD sales might be growing at a surprising rate, but that doesn’t mean everyone has gotten on board. For many, CBD is a big question mark — what does it do? How do you take it? Is it safe? Studies have proven CBD can reduce anxiety, and it’s been ruled safe for consumption by the FDA. When it comes to taking it, there are several different options. One of the most accessible ways to get your dosage is through CBD gummies. Gummies are a great, unobtrusive way to reduce anxiety during the day, and companies like NatureBox use only natural ingredients to ensure their gummies are healthy as well as effective. 2. LavenderThere are many scents that can prove relaxing for humans, and lavender is one of the most effective. Studies have shown that smelling lavender reduces anxiety, and lavender oil’s high concentration of lavender extract makes it just as effective as the real thing.Lavender can also produce powerful effects when consumed orally. Some of the compounds that naturally appear in lavender have mind-easing properties, whether consumed via oil or supplements. If you’re looking to slash your anxiety, lavender in any form is a valuable option. 3. Exercise Sweating, panting, and pushing up your heart rate — exercise might not initially seem to be the best solution for anxiety reduction. Maintaining physical fitness, however, is one of the surest ways to boost your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain that naturally improve your overall mood. If you’re concerned about how you’ll fit exercise into your busy schedule, research has shown that a 10-minute walk might be just as powerful in diminishing anxiety as a full-fledged workout. Any exercise you can fit in is bound to help reduce your negative feelings.4. Chamomile TeaTea has long been a favorite method of reducing anxiety, but not all varieties are created equal. Chamomile tea has been shown to have potentially significant anxiety-reducing properties — just choosing the right variety of tea can make a big dent in your anxiety.Even the act of making tea itself can prove beneficial. Forcing yourself to slow down, boil water, and then steep the tea is a great way to take a break and reflect. Using that little break not only to take a deep breath, but also to make a drink that improves your mood, is a great way to make lowering your anxiety a part of your daily schedule. 5. OrangeOrange — the fruit, color, or juice? Well, as it turns out, all three can help improve your anxiety situation. The scent of oranges has been shown to reduce anxiety in controlled trials, and the high quantities of vitamin C found in orange juice have been shown to reduce stress across the board. Even surrounding yourself with the color can have a positive effect on your psyche. Always seek advice from a medical professional when trying to improve your mental health, but remember that there are some all-natural steps you can take yourself. Whether it’s incorporating some new scents or adding physical activity, a little bit can go a long way in curbing your anxiety.last_img read more