Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
On Tuesday, some Mississippi researchers will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico, searching for answers into the long-term effects of the BP oil disaster. They will be on board one of the most advanced research vessels around.
Docked at the Port of Pascagoula, the research vessel "Falkor" prepared for a month-long expedition. On Tuesday, she will carry a team of scientists from eight universities to the site of the 2010 BP explosion. The scientists are part of the research consortium ECOGIG, based at the University of Mississippi.
"We're working way out, deeper than most people do and trying to get close to the site of the spill and to try and learn about that part of the ecosystem," said Dr. Ray Highsmith, Executive Director of ECOGIG.
The Falkor will serve as a state-of-the-art floating laboratory. The ship provides all sorts of technology, including a sea floor mapping system, coring devices for collecting samples, cameras, and a remotely-controlled vehicle for underwater deployments.
The scientists will collect water, mud, and coral samples near the BP oil disaster, as well as at a site where oil is naturally seeping.
"We're going to be comparing oil released by human action, oil pollution if you like, with oil that's put into the environment due to natural processes," said Dr. Ian McDonald, Cruise Chief Scientist from Florida State University.
The Falkor also comes with a team of technicians to operate the equipment. The best part is the researchers get to use the vessel free for one month. The ship is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The institute was created by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
"It enables us to go out on a cruise we couldn't afford otherwise, and how all this incredible technology that they provide as part of our research program," said Highsmith. "So it's a win-win all the way around. We're very excited about this to be honest with you. Right now, it's a one-shot opportunity and we tend to make the most of it."
The research mission will also give the scientists an opportunity to see if the ship meets all of their needs. The Falkor is still in the test phase, and will become fully operational next year.
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