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Volcanic Iceland is rumbling again as magma rises − a geologist explains eruptions in the land of fire and ice

Jaime Toro, West Virginia University Thousands of earthquakes in recent weeks have shaken the Icelandic fishing town of Grindavík, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the capital Reykjavik. They have triggered evacuations and warnings that a volcanic eruption may be imminent. While the idea of magma rising was no doubt scary for tourists visiting the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was closed as a precaution, Iceland’s residents have learned over centuries to live with their island’s overactive geology. So, why is Iceland so volcanically active? The answer has two parts: One has to do with what geologists unimaginatively

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What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains

Kavita Babu, UMass Chan Medical School Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl. Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl. Heroin users in my community in Massachusetts came to realize that fentanyl had entered the drug supply when overdose numbers exploded. In 2016, my colleagues and I found that patients who came to the emergency department reporting a heroin overdose often

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Two drivers suspected of DUI arrested in Concord

The Concord Police Department arrested two drivers on suspicion of DUI while conducting a DUI enforcement patrol on November 18.  Concord Police Department issued a reminder to drivers regarding driving under the influence, “Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.” The Concord Police Department will be holding DUI enforcement patrols throughout the year.  Drivers charged

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One person shot in an alleged robbery in Oakland

One was shot in an alleged robbery on Friday.  According to the Oakland Police Department, on November 17, a shooting occurred in the 3300 block of Foothill Boulevard at around 6 p.m.  Officers were notified of a shot victim who drove himself to the hospital.   Police said the victim is now listed in stable condition.  Investigation revealed that the victim was shot during an attempted robbery.  This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPD Criminal Investigation Division at (510)-238-3426.  

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Amazon delivery driver kidnapped, suspects force him to withdraw cash

An Amazon delivery driver in San Ramon was kidnapped after a vehicle collision Saturday afternoon.  According to the San Ramon Police Department, the Amazon truck and a dark-colored SUV collided near Crow Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard.  Police said an unknown man and a woman were inside the SUV.  After the crash, the woman got into the passenger seat of the Amazon truck and forced the victim to drive to a Bank of America in San Ramon while the man followed in the SUV.  SRPD said the suspects made the Amazon driver withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash

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As the US begins to build offshore wind farms, scientists say many questions remain about impacts on the oceans and marine life

Erin L. Meyer-Gutbrod, University of South Carolina; Douglas Nowacek, Duke University; Eileen E. Hofmann, Old Dominion University, and Josh Kohut, Rutgers University As renewable energy production expands across the U.S., the environmental impacts of these new sources are receiving increased attention. In a recent report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examined whether and how constructing offshore wind farms in the Nantucket Shoals region, southeast of Massachusetts, could affect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Conversation asked marine scientists Erin L. Meyer-Gutbrod, Douglas Nowacek, Eileen E. Hofmann and Josh Kohut, all of whom served on the study

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Scientists suspect there’s ice hiding on the Moon, and a host of missions from the US and beyond are searching for it

Paul Hayne, University of Colorado Boulder Building a space station on the Moon might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but each new lunar mission is bringing that idea closer to reality. Scientists are homing in on potential lunar ice reservoirs in permanently shadowed regions, or PSRs. These are key to setting up any sort of sustainable lunar infrastructure. In late August 2023, India’s Chandrayaan-3 lander touched down on the lunar surface in the south polar region, which scientists suspect may harbor ice. This landing marked a significant milestone not only for India but for the scientific

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Burglars crash car into Trader Joe’s store to enter

A burglary led to a vehicle being rammed into a Trader Joe’s early Wednesday morning.  According to the Oakland Police Department, the burglary occurred before 4 a.m. at the Trader Joe’s on 5727 College Avenue.  Officers learned the burglary suspects crashed the vehicle into the store to enter.  OPD said an unknown amount of items was stolen from the Trader Joe’s.  The suspects were able to escape before police arrived. OPD has not provided any suspect descriptions at this time. OPD says this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact 510-238-3951.

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