Experts Says Man-o-War Mean Business — But Don’t Be Afraid to Go Swimming

North Jersey oceanographers say swimmers should not be overly alarmist about the recent influx of the potentially dangerous man-of-war jellyfish-like creatures on the Jersey Shore, as they have so far been few and far between and may soon be gone with a shift in wind patterns… But if you see one, remember- it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature. "When I hear ‘man-of-war,’ I pay attention. I feel the pain," said New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson. "I know what it feels like to be stung by a man-of-war. Ever have a hot iron put to your foot? It wasn’t in New Jersey. It was in the Florida Keys, while I was doing marine science field work."… Recently, there have been strong and prevalent northeasterly wind patterns along the Jersey coast, according to Josh Kohut, associate professor of oceanography at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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6 Facts on Soggy, Stormy June in NJ

It’s a prime example of fickle New Jersey weather: First it was quite dry, then Mother Nature turned on her spigots… Indeed, last month was the fourth wettest June on record here (preliminarily), following the third driest May since 1895, according to David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist who is based at Rutgers University… "If we had gotten to the middle of June with continually dry (conditions), it would have been failure for some of the crops and it would have (put the) reservoirs in a hole that only above-average (precipitation) would have remedied," Robinson said. "But there was still that sliver of hope at the end of May that with sufficient rainfall, we’d dodge a significant drought."

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Rutgers award-winning film, Antarctic Edge: 70° South, Heads to iTunes, Netflix and DVD

Antarctic Edge 70 South imageHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a researcher in the Antarctic? Would it be easy or hard for the scientists and the crew? Would you see penguins and icebergs?

Now is your chance to answer these questions and more from the comfort of your home as Antarctic Edge: 70° South, the award winning Rutgers documentary film that captures a thrilling journey to one of the world’s most perilous environment, debuts June 30 on iTunes. It’s also a story of climate change from one of the most remote parts of the world, according to Oscar Schofield, the lead scientist in the film and Rutgers professor of marine and coastal sciences. “It’s a race against time,” he says in the film.

The documentary, which follows a team of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula, debuts later summer on Netflix starting August 1. DVDs will be available from First Run Features. Pre-orders are currently being taken and some of the proceeds will return to Rutgers.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South won Best Documentary at the Princeton Film Festival, best documentary feature at the International Lighthouse Film Festival and won the Science and Technology Film Prize of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic at the International Film Festival EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.

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June Was Fourth Wettest on Record for New Jersey

New Jersey had 8.2 inches of rainfall this month, which is 4.18 inches above average ranking June as the fourth wettest since 1895, according to Dave Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University… "May was the third warmest May on record and June, at a half degree above normal averaging 70.6 degrees, was the thirtieth warmest on record," Robinson said. "So, it was mild in June, but not as abnormally mild as May was."… As of right now, it looks like we are in a weather pattern that likely will not lock the state into a prolonged period of warmth or dry weather.  But, the two warmest months of the year are on the way.

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Senators, Health Experts Demand Action to Address Biolab Accidents

Key members of Congress, public health leaders and biosecurity experts demand better oversight and accountability for laboratories in the wake of a USA TODAY Network investigation that revealed widespread safety lapses and pervasive secrecy that obscures failings by researchers and regulators… The "lack of transparency and significant variability in how safety lapses are reported and reprimanded across all levels of government is very concerning," said U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs… Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert at Rutgers University in New Jersey who has testified before Congress, said lab oversight by the CDC and USDA is clearly ineffective. Ebright said both agencies have conflicts of interests as regulators because they conduct research in their own labs and their departments fund studies at facilities receiving inspections.

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