July 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM
Wednesday memo: Thunderstorms … Felix shines … Spying on nature
Did you wake up? Lots of thunder and lightning this morning between 2 and 3 a.m. Plus, there’s a chance of thundershowers today before 12 p.m. If you’re from the Midwest, you’re probably feeling right at home.
Drones for science: Scientists are using unmanned aircraft to survey wildlife, spy on potato plants and check out remote beaches. Although some people have privacy concerns about science’s eyes in the sky, the program has not drawn the fervor and outrage that SPD’s drone program inspired. See photos and video showing how the drones work.
Felix does his job, keeps the NL scoreless at All-Star game: The Mariners’ ace represented the squad well, and the American League won 3-0. King Felix’s parents were in the crowd to see him throw all of 13 pitches on his “real special” night. Meanwhile, Yankees’ legend Mariano Rivera, who will retire at the end of the season, became the star of the show in the 8th winning. As he ran out onto the field alone, both teams stood in front of their dugouts applauding him.
Beatlemania? Get your ticket and ride over to Safeco Field this Friday, Paul McCartney’s in town. If he keeps with the tenor of his tour, the ex-Beatle will be playing more of his former band’s hits. If history repeats, Seattle will respond with screams of adoration.
The Parisians sure can share a bike: Columnist Danny Westneat took a trip to Paris (jealous!) and found the city to be a surprising bike haven. More than 250,000 Parisians use the city’s bike-sharing service, which offers more than 20,000 public-use bikes around the city. Meanwhile, we’ll start out with just 500 bikes.
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