A powerful storm is expected to rival some of the biggest snowstorms ever recorded in Washington, D.C., possibly topping the record 28-inch snowstorm from 1922. The storm is forecast to dump on portions of the eastern U.S. today and tomorrow, dumping more than 2 feet of snow in some locations. Flights are already canceled, long lines and empty shelves fill grocery stores and shovels are hard to find. Air and road travel is expected to grind to a halt throughout much of the weekend as forecasters predict no way out of a monster storm that could hit 75 million people.
If you think your phone’s battery is running low even faster than it usually does, the recent cold snap may be to blame. Smartphones drain power faster in icy weather, according to experts. Most smartphones are powered by lithium ion batteries which increase their internal electrical resistance as the temperature drops. This reduces their capacity and makes them less efficient.
Doctors in the U.S. are developing concerns about the spread of the Zika virus to the United Staes, including doctors in Austin. The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1940s, but recently showed up in Brazil. Last year, Brazil had a massive outbreak with more than a million people affected. The CDC reports over a dozen cases of the Zika Virus in the U.S., including one reported case of Zika in the Houston-area. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eye, which usually subside in 12 days. Doctors are working to develop a vaccine.
UT is going to be holding a Teach-In- the Teach-In UT Professors will hold today to send a message to the university president that guns should not be in the Classroom. The Teach-In will be held from 2-5pm at the college of Liberal Arts.