• Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

    It doesn’t help matters for any budding hurricanes that the dust in the SAL is absorbing heat from the sun as it travels across the Atlantic, creating still more atmospheric stability. Even worse for hurricanes, they need a calm environment in order to start spinning, but the SAL is barrelling in with 50-mile-per-hour winds. “It tilts and it bends the tropical cyclone vortex as you go up in height, and it decouples and disrupts the storm’s internal ‘heat engine,’ as we call it,” says Miller. “What the storm wants is just a nice vertically aligned vortex so it can transfer heat and moisture from the surface upward and out.”

    Forecast models can predict where the dust might land in the Americas, just like scientists would do with an approaching hurricane. Miller reckons that the plume currently working through the southern US could eventually make it to him in Colorado,

  • This brave Malaysian sexual assault survivor is using her past trauma to help others in similar situations

    Sexual assault is a serious problem.

    But although movements such as #MeToo are still growing and various sexual predators are being called out by their victims online, sexual assault survivors are still not being given the support they need.

    Even now as Malaysia enters its Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase, it’s difficult for domestic violence survivors to seek help or even just a listening ear.

    That’s where Owh My Bae steps in.

    When Nurul Amiera Noor Azahar experienced an alleged sexual assault four years ago, all she wanted was someone to turn to.

    Fast forward to the present time, Amiera is making sure that no one is left alone in their moment of need.

    And to do so, she founded the online platform Owh My Bae in 2018. And on May 18, 2020, Amiera and her team launched the “Virtual Bae” chatbot to help domestic violence survivors reach out

  • Sounds like Google’s Pixel 4A is nearly ready — and won’t have radar

    “Where is Google’s Pixel 4A?” That’s the question we asked two weeks ago, bringing you up to speed on how Google had seemingly missed the typical window to release its thoroughly-leaked followup to the company’s impressive but short-battery-lived Pixel 4 flagship.

    But a new FCC filing today, spotted by XDA-Developers, suggests the more affordable Pixel 4A is nigh.

    Technically, it’s not a given that the Google phone newly authorized by the Federal Communications Commission actually is the Pixel 4A, nor that Google is actually going to announce it anytime soon, if ever.

    All we know for sure is that the Google “G025J” can now be sold in the United States, and that we typically see the FCC authorize such phones shortly before they’re official. Google doesn’t make a lot of phones, and it seems likely that since “G020” meant Pixel 4, a “G025” would be some sort of