Wet Next Few Days...But Big Turn-Around for the Weekend...May 28th

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  • Steady rain continues this afternoon for much of metro Vancouver thanks to a low pressure system sitting off the coast of Vancouver Island. 
  • Already 15-30 mm has fallen with the highest amounts towards the north shore
  • Rain will ease this evening but the next low pressure system will slide into the south coast tomorrow bringing rain late morning and for much of Wednesday
  • Showers will linger in the wake of the system through Thursday. Temps over the next few days will also be on the cool side- 15-16 degrees
  • By Friday though, a ridge of high pressure builds in behind the rain bringing warmer and drier conditions Friday-Sunday
  • At this point it's a great looking end of week and weekend forecast
Frosty East Coast
  • Frost warnings are in place again tonight for much of the Maritimes for zero degree temps..
  • But a big warm-up is on the way for the eastern half of Canada; mid 20s tomorrow and 30s by Friday for Southern Ontario through to parts of the Maritimes

Centuries-old frozen plants revived
  • I think this is a pretty cool science story
  • Plants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth as glaciers retreat revealing them underneath
  • And under laboratory conditions, the plants have flourished.
  • Implications for how ecosystems recover after catastrophic events...or in space
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22656239

Saturn's moon Titan to be mapped in 3D
  • For the first time a global topographic map of Saturn's largest moon, Titan (and one of the earth-like bodies in our solar system), has been produced by scientists using radar data from Nasa's Cassini spacecraft 
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Saturns-moon-Titan-to-be-mapped-in-3D/articleshow/20302485.cms

Asteroid flyby expected Friday
  • An asteroid nine times longer than a 1,900-passenger cruise ship will zoom past Earth this week at a safe distance.
  • The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday at 4:59 p.m. ET. It will keep a distance of 5.8 million kilometres, or 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. You won't be able to see it without a powerful telescope
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/05/28/science-asteroid-1998-qe2-flyby.html

NASA Inspects Ion Engine Prototype For Asteroid-Hauling Rocket
  • When NASA sends a rocket out to tow an asteroid into Earth orbit, it'll be ion propelled.
  • Ion propulsion engines harness magnetic fields to create thrust, instead of depending on chemical explosions the way chemically fueled engines do. NASA engineers are developing such an engine for the agency's plans to bring an asteroid into Earth's orbit and then send astronauts there to study it.
  • http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/asteroid-hauling-rocket-may-be-ion-propelled

I Do Believe in Mermaids
  • A few days ago a documentary aired on Discovery Channel, purporting to show evidence for the existence of mermaids. The only problem is this was not a documentary, but a "mockumentary".
  • Discovery, Animal Planet's parent company, described the program as "science fiction" based on "scientific theory." In a press release they stated "the film is science fiction, using science as a springboard into imagination."
  • But out of the 32 million people tuned in, so many people demanded: "Are mermaids real?" that NOAA had to issue an official disclaimer denying their existence.

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