Sci/Tech News for New Jersey Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:46:28 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Protecting the Jersey Coast: State Obtains Bulk of Easements Needed for Shoreline Projects easement_optBY LEE MOORE

TRENTON -- Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced that the State has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements needed to enable construction of shore protection and flood mitigation projects designed to safeguard New Jersey residents against a future hurricane or other significant coastal storm.

Science updates Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:03:04 +0000
Polar Air Mass Will Bring a Cold Sunday Morning Screen_Shot_2014-10-11_at_10_opt.pngBY STEVE DiMARTINO

Periods of rain Saturday morning will exit by mid afternoon leading to clearing skies. With clearing skies, weakening winds, and a fresh Polar air mass on the way, temperatures will crash by tomorrow morning with some locations falling to freezing.

The rain will exit from west to east this afternoon with clearing skies by this evening. Winds will back from the northeast to the north at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures this afternoon will rise into the upper 50's to lower 60's for highs.

Science updates Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:22:17 +0000
Bluetongue Virus Finally Makes its Way to New Jersey ... Affecting Deer bluetongue_opt.gifBY LAWRENCE HAJNA

TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed New Jersey’s first cases of bluetongue virus in two deer.

The virus was confirmed in one deer that died in Basking Ridge, Somerset County on Sept. 4 and another that died in Stirling, Morris County on Sept. 19. The clinical signs of bluetongue are identical to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has occurred seven times in the state since 1995.

“The bluetongue virus is widely distributed in the United States, but has not been previously found in deer in New Jersey,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Chanda. “Both diseases are spread to animals by the bite of a certain type of midge. Neither disease can be transmitted to people. While EHD is only found in deer populations, the bites of the midge can transmit bluetongue to certain types of livestock.”

Science updates Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:35:34 +0000
Annoying Email: Top 5 Ways to Bug Your Recipient email_opt.pngBY ANN MURRAY

New national data shows most email is insensitive, ineffective, and far too long.

So are you annoying your email recipient without even knowing it?

According to the new 'MailTime Email Etiquette Survey' conducted by MailTime -- a mobile app that makes email on your smartphone faster, easier, and more conversational -- the top five biggest email etiquette mistakes are:


1: Emails that are "insensitive" in tone (93% disapproval)

2: Emails that are not personally addressed to you (88% disapproval)

Science updates Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:48:19 +0000
Winning Mega Millions Numbers for Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Worth $166 Million mega_opt-1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

With one more rollover, the Mega Millions lottery would be likely to reach its highest total since late August. Not that anyone is going to complain about the current jackpot.

Nobody won the top prize this past Friday, so the total has gone past the $150 million mark.

The last Mega Millions jackpot to be won got all the way to $180 million on August 22. But the Mega Millions website reports that the estimated annuity jackpot for the game’s drawing on Tuesday, October 14 now comes in at a healthy $166 million, while the lump sum figure has reached $100 million. The winning Mega Millions numbers for Friday, October 10 were 2, 32, 35, 50, and 59, and the Mega Ball was 3.

Science updates Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:24:11 +0000
NJ Teacher Amanda Brewer GoPros Great White Shark Photo of a Lifetime brewer101014_optBY BOB HOLT

An art teacher at Whitman Elementary School in Washington Township, New Jersey used her photography ability to create an incredible image while collecting data for researchers White Shark Africa this summer.

The New Jersey teacher got a head-on image of a great white shark with a GoPro camera from inside a shark-diving cage in South Africa.

Twenty-five year old Amanda Brewer said she went down in the cage on a day of poor visibility when the shark lunged out of the water. “I just happened to have had my GoPro in the exact right place at the exact right time,” Brewer said, according to Grind TV. “It really was just luck.”

Brewer took 30 images of the shark. She received some criticism because of using bait to attract sharks close to the cages.

Science updates Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:01:24 +0000
Hey, Hackers ... Meet New Jersey's First Cyber-Security Advisor cyber_optBY STEPHANIE RAPHAEL

TRENTON - New Jersey Director of Homeland Security Chris Rodriguez announced the appointment of David Weinstein as New Jersey’s first Cyber-Security Advisor based in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Weinstein brings unique cyber-security experiences to the position. He has worked at the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, where he was intimately involved in the full spectrum of cyber-security policy, operations, and intelligence. At Cyber Command, Mr. Weinstein was the lead civilian for the organization’s top planning priorities and managed a team of experienced military and civilian professionals. Following this assignment, Mr. Weinstein applied his experience to the private sector, where he consulted commercial clients on managing a dynamic cyber risk landscape, including mitigating threats and meeting regulatory demands.

Science updates Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:17:20 +0000
Unsettled Week of Weather on the Way Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_6_opt.pngBY STEVE DiMARTINO

An active weather pattern will develop for the first full week of October that will feature several low pressure systems bringing a threat of showers to much of the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas.

High pressure will exit into the Atlantic Ocean today with increasing clouds through the day. Winds will develop from the south at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures will rise into the upper 60's to lower 70's for highs throughout the region.

Science updates Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:17:04 +0000
N.J. May Shut Down Red Light Camera Program red_opt-2BY JUDY POKRAS

Although data shows that New Jersey's red-light cameras have reduced the number of intersection accidents in the state, no legislator has introduced a bill to continue the pilot program, which ends in December, as Terrence Dopp writes for Bloomberg. Republican Governor Chris Christie is "leaning towards eliminating" the cameras, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Democrat from Sayreville, says the governor's opposition "has a chilling effect" on the program, Dopp writes.

Science updates Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00:22:07 +0000
NY Waterway Offers Customers Flexible, New 30-Day Digital Pass belford_optBY BILL EASTON

To provide greater flexibility for ferry passengers, NY Waterway is offering a new 30-day multi-trip digital pass, NY Waterway Founder & President Arthur E. Imperatore announced today.

Ferry passengers can save time by downloading the free NY Waterway App, available at, then simply purchase and display their 30-day multi-trip pass on their mobile phone or other hand-held device. NY Waterway ferry passengers have used the NY Waterway App to purchase more than 2 million tickets in the last two years.

Science updates Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:34:07 +0000