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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sightings of giant tiger prawn are growing more numerous along the coastlines of Duval and St. Johns Counties.

The prawns, also known as Black or Asian Tiger Shrimp, can grow longer than a foot and weigh as much as a pound-and-a-half.

The fact that the shrimp aren’t native to the U.S. concerns ecologists, according to Carli Segelson with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their theory of how particles acquire mass, the Swedish committee announced Tuesday.

The prize was given "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."

Declaring that "human influence on the climate system is clear," a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists reported Friday that "it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

The latest annual report on the health of the St. Johns River shows improvements in some areas, but notes that much more work still needs to be done. 

The 2013 State of the River Report finds that nutrients in the waterway are being reduced overall.

However, aquatic life is still threatened and algae blooms keep popping up, areas of concern.

European Southern Observatory

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one baby picture you won't want to miss.

Just about everything that we do in the water makes noise. When we ship goods from country to country, when we explore for oil and gas and minerals, when the military trains with explosives or intense sonar systems — the noise travels.

But these man-made noises are making it impossible for sea creatures to communicate with themselves, something that is integral to their survival. Michael Jasny, the director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, says we have to quiet down.

The North Florida TPO (Transportation Planing Organization) is focused on "greening the fleet," or in other words, assisting in the transition of converting thousands of municipal vehicles around the First Coast to natural gas.


Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall and is expected to continue bringing heavy rain to the area through the evening and overnight.

Here is a briefing from the National Weather Service In Jacksonville on what to expect from Andrea. There are reports of some minor damage in Fernandina Beach and at Mayport Naval Station.


The first named tropical system has formed in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida coast.

The National Hurricane Center says an air force reconnaissance plane was able to identify a well-defined circulation.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River on Florida's west coast. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Flagler Beach to Surf City, North Carolina. 

A flood watch is in effect for the entire area until Friday afternoon.

Mary Justino Clay County Sheriffs Office PIO

Multiple pieces of  historic importance from NASA are slowly moving through Clay County.  

The transport started at 9:00 AM today and will take hours to complete.  The Clay County Sheriffs Office will be escorting various shuttle pieces from NASA and would like to let drivers know to expect delays along the transport route.

Local citizens will be joining hands on Saturday, May 18th,  at the St. Augustine Beach Pier to stand in solidarity against offshore drilling – in Florida and throughout the world. 

It's part of the annual global event, Hands Across the Sand.

Tesla Motors Inc.

It's not every day that Consumer Reports can say they just tested a product and it is the "Best Ever". They did just that in their latest issue, and here's the kicker: it's a car! An Electric Car! The Tesla Model S.

"If it could recharge in any gas station in three minutes, this car would score about 110," said Jake Fisher, head of auto testing for Consumer Reports.

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe:

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The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) was transformed over the weekend into the Museum of Science-and- the-Future as envisioned by the likes of George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and MOSH Planetarium Director Thomas Webber.  

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 The World of Nations at Metropolitan Park was a veritable sea of mud and umbrellas on its opening day today.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia through Saturday morning.

Meteorologist Marie Trabert says low pressure systems to the west and the south are responsible for the bands of heavy rain that could dump as much as four inches of rain on the First Coast.