A computer-generated image of the international prototype kilogram. The General Conference on Weights and Measures could vote on a more modern standard for the kilogram.
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2017 brought a new president, a second gravitational wave detection, and advances in human gene editing. What science headlines might 2018 hold? Jane Lee, news editor for Nature News, talks through some of the likely candidates – from moon missions, to the spread of early humans, to the redefinition of the kilogram.

Work on Nantucket Sewer Line Bypass Progressing

Jan 8, 2018
Rob Ranney, youtube.com

A sewer line that provides service to about 80% percent of Nantucket's homes broke late last week, forcing officials to send more than 2.5 million gallons of sewage into Nantucket Harbor. Crews worked throughout the weekend to install a bypass to reroute the sewage back to the treatment plant.

Finding alternatives to antibiotic treatment for ear infections and other mild infections could help reduce antibiotic resistance overall.
U.S. Navy / public domain

More than 20,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and that number is expected to rise. Efforts to overcome antibiotic resistance have largely focused on finding new ways to treat the most deadly infections. But a new analysis suggests that focusing on alternative treatments for mild infections might actually be more fruitful, and could reduce antibiotic resistance overall.

E-cigarettes now account for nearly half of U.S. cigarette sales.
http://vaping360.com/ / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Creative_Commons

We’re one week into the New Year, and there are no doubt plenty of people struggling with their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. A new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology suggests that electronic cigarettes could help. The small, pilot study found that smokers who were provided with e-cigarettes smoked fewer cigarettes and were more likely to quit smoking.

Looking for Something? Try Listening...to the Birds

Jan 8, 2018
Photo by Caleb Kardell

In a busy world, everyone's looking for a place for peace.  Ask Skyler Kardell and he'll show you somewhere right in front of your nose.  All you need to do is...listen.  Skyler is a competitive birder on Nantucket who tries to see as many species as he can every year.  He uses his eyes, his ears, and his smartphone to spot all kinds of migrants in the trees.  Despite the birding community on Nantucket being small, he does what he can to draw people into the watch. 

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A catastrophic sewer break on Nantucket has released more than one million gallons of sewage and stormwater into Nantucket Harbor. Roberto Santamaria, the island’s Health Director, said the winter weather is likely to blame for the rupture.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include:  Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times. 

D. Kinkade

High winds and storm surges are causing severe - and, in some cases, record-setting - flooding up and down the Massachusetts coastline this afternoon.

The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office will soon begin enforcing federal immigration law within the jail.

Last night, the county’s Assembly of Delegates voted in support of Sheriff James Cummings’s recent move to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. It will allow local law enforcement to assist with detaining county inmates suspected of illegal immigration.

Shortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska’s Ladd Field on a routine flight to test their hastily retrofitted B-24 Liberator in harsh winter conditions. The mission ended in a crash that claimed all but one: Leon Crane, a city kid from Philadelphia with no wilderness experience. With little more than a parachute for cover and an old Boy Scout knife in his pocket, Crane found himself alone in subzero temperatures.

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