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India’s “historic feat”: shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile.


“India’s anti-satellite missile test created at least 400 pieces of orbital debris, the head of NASA says — placing the International Space Station (ISS) and its astronauts at risk……”

3/27/1977: Two 747 jumbo jets crash into each other on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members

Scattered severe thunderstorms will continue this evening along a corridor from southwest Missouri into northeast Texas. Hail is the greatest risk.

Day 1 Convective Outlook

A cruise ship, Viking Sky, with 1,300 passengers on board suffered engine failure off the west coast of Norway on Saturday, sparking an arduous evacuation in treacherous conditions.


National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Protecting Patients from Infections

Candida auris, plated on Candida CHROMagar

Typhoon Veronica

Typhoon Trevor

Parts of Northern Australia are being evacuated

Cyclone Trevor is expected to strengthen and hit the Northern Territory on Saturday as the equivalent of a category 3 or 4 Atlantic hurricane.

3/20/1995: Aum Shinrikyo religious cult members, riding on separate subway trains, secretly release lethal sarin gas killing 12 and injuring more than 5000.


Snake envenomation in Nambibia


  • “…..From August, 2015, to July, 2016, there were 721 snakebites recorded, with a peak in December. Of these, 372 resulted in serious injury. 569 bites happened in regions outside the city, and the patients were transferred to Katutura State Hospital after stabilisation.
  • 123 injured people were children younger than 5 years,
  • 120 injured people were aged 6–18 years old, and
  • 133 injured people were older than 19 years.
  • Children younger than 6 years were affected more by the bites than older children and adults.
  • Of the 33 deaths recorded, 21 were children younger than 6 years…..
  • 116 (18%) of 721 patients were treated with polyvalent or monovalent antivenom, and 30 (26%) of these patients died.
  • The low administration of antivenom therapy could be a result of supply line deficiency, insufficient knowledge of clinical providers, or other factors. ….”


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