Invasive species in the Great Lakes by 2063

The vulnerability of the basin to future invaders has been demonstrated by a new study that calls for regulations to mitigate this threat. The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists. If no new regulations are enforced, they predict new waves of invasions and identify some species that could invade the Lakes over the next 50 years. —> Read More Here

Possible Ebola Patient At UC Davis Medical Center In Sacramento, Calif.

A patient with possible Ebola symptoms is being cared for at UC Davis Medical Center in Davis, Calif., according to FOX40.

The patient first presented with symptoms at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, reports FOX40. While that hospital has resumed almost normal functioning, they have closed their emergency room in order to do a deep clean, and plan to re-open the facility later today.

There currently aren’t any other details about the patient, where he or she came from or what the symptoms were, but the potential case is confirmation of public health authorities’ warnings that the Ebola threat, while declining, is not over.

Ebola was first diagnosed in the U.S. in Sept. 2014, when Liberian man Eric Thomas Duncan was taken via ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas. Duncan died of the disease, but two nurses who contracted the virus from him survived. Since their cases, a few more Ebola scares have cropped up, including in the Denver area and Bethesda, and a lab worker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was accidentally exposed to the virus but did not end up contracting the disease.

UC Davis Medical Center —> Read More Here

If Humans Suddenly Disappeared From The Planet, Here’s What Could Happen

What would happen if all humans suddenly vanished from the face of the planet? That freaky thought experiment is explored in a new video from YouTube’s AsapSCIENCE (see above).

The video details things that might happen — from shortly after our disappearance to thousands of years after the fact. Cities would be wiped out by fire or other natural disasters, and even the sturdiest buildings and other man-made structures would eventually crumble.

Our pets probably wouldn’t fare so well either, having a hard time holding their own against wolves and other predators. On the positive side, other remaining species — even those whose populations have been decimated by human activity — might bounce back.

The atmosphere might bounce back too, although certain pollutants would stick around for a very long time.

It’s a sobering thought, indeed. —> Read More Here

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