It’s Almost August And Buffalo’s Dirty Snow Pile Is Still Just Chillin’

It is almost August and daytime highs are reaching well into the 80s in Buffalo, New York, yet the city still has a giant, dirty snow pile left from eight months ago.

The Buffalo area was hit with two back-to-back lake-effect snowstorms in November, which dropped several feet of snow over a short period. Thousands of drivers were stranded and 13 people died.

When seven feet of snow falls on your city, you have to put it somewhere. Officials dumped it in a big pile next to the abandoned art deco Central Terminal train station.

Here’s the snow pile on Nov. 23, and then on Tuesday of this week:

The spring and summer sun has shrunk the pile, but it’s clearly still there. It’s now compressed into two mounds of nearly solid ice that are up to 10 feet high in some spots, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ. All the dirt and garbage that was also swept up by the city’s plows covers the pile and insulates it from a faster demise.

“That pile of snow is like a glacier,” WGRZ meteorologist Patrick Hammer says in the video above. “It’s actually melting from below,” as the ground warms in the summer.

Boston had a similarly snow-heavy winter last year and its massive snow pile hung on until July 14.

“Our nightmare is officially over!” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) tweeted when the pile was gone.

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All Too Often, Going To The Hospital Makes You Sicker

The next time you have to undergo an operation or give birth, you might want to check and see if your hospital has a reputation for making their patients even sicker than they already were.

Healthcare-acquired infections — bacterial, fungal and viral illnesses that patients can get from contaminated medical equipment, poorly done surgical incisions or antibiotics overuse — are a major problem in the U.S.

“So much death is happening from these infections,” said Doris Peter, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. “It’s something that could happen to us or someone we know the next time we go to the hospital.”

In an effort to help patients make informed decisions on where they should seek care, Consumer Reports released a hospital infections rating report on July 29. Using federal data, Peter and her team scored hospitals based on their rates of infections at surgical sites, catheter/urinary tract infections and bloodline infections. New this year, they also scored based on MRSA and C. diff, two common and drug-resistant bacterial infections that can spread easily and are potentially fatal.

This is not a niche issue and, as Peter said, it can be a matter of life and death: 648,000 patients got a total of 721,800 infections as a result of their care in 2011, the latest data year provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And every day, more than 200 Americans with these types of infections will die during their hospital stays.

Surprisingly, prestigious hospitals aren’t immune from this problem. Consumer Reports found that acclaimed hospitals like Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles all had high rates of these infections.

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Surprise! You May Be An Ambivert

There’s a lot of information out there about introverts and extroverts. But if you don’t identify strongly as either one, it’s for a good reason: according to psychologist Adam Grant, two-thirds of people are ambiverts.

Ambiverts are those who fall somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert, meaning sometimes you’re the life of the party and other times you just want to curl up with a book to recharge your batteries. Or maybe you just fall into a more neutral camp. Sound familiar? Your flexible tendencies can be a good thing.

“Ambiverts can take the best of both,” psychologist Brian Little, author of Me, Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, told The Huffington Post in November. “Those who are ambiverts have rather more degrees of freedom to shape their lives than those who are at extremes of other ends.”

But there are drawbacks to being an ambivert, according to The Wall Street Journal. If an ambivert gets stuck in an extroverted role (constantly surrounding themselves with people and spending very little time alone) or introverted role (lots of time in quiet, low key environments) for too long, they can feel bored or burnt out.

“Read each situation more carefully,” Grant advised. “And ask yourself, ‘What do I need to do right now to be most happy or successful?’”

More research needs to be done before we can truly determine what percentage of the population is ambiverted. Personality psychologist Robert R. McCrae told HuffPost that only 38 percent of us are ambiverts, and this could be because people’s personalities change over time.

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What Are These Strange Scarlet Streaks Spotted on Tethys?

Enhanced-color image from Cassini showing red streaks on Tethys (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Enhanced-color image from Cassini showing red streaks on Saturn’s moon Tethys (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Resembling what the skin on my arms looks like after giving my cat a bath, the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys is seen above in an extended-color composite from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing strange long red streaks. They stretch for long distances across the moon’s surface following the rugged terrain, continuing unbroken over hills and down into craters… and their cause isn’t yet known.

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