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Somalian famine, Great Barrier Reef, March Madness and more to talk about

By Jane HaglMarch 16, 2017

Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Robert Linsdell/Flickr

SOMALIA’S FAMINE

In two days 110 people died in Somalia during a severe drought. About 6.2 million—half of the nation's population—is affected by the drought. About 360,000 Somali children are severely malnourished, which means they could die in the next few weeks. More than 20 million people across four North-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are suffering from various levels famine caused by the drought. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres estimates $4.4 billion is needed to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.


GREAT BARRIER REEF BLEACHED

Remember when temperatures got hot last year? Well, that heat wave made sea temperatures in Australia increase. The rise in temperature caused a widespread bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. According to a research paper published in science journal Nature, 50 percent of the reef is “extremely bleached and 91 percent shows some sign of bleaching. Extensive bleaching can cause coral death, which disrupts the sea ecosystem. In addition to being an important part of sea life, reefs generate over $375 billion worldwide.


BIG DANCE’S TEMPO UP

Thursday’s night’s March Madness games kick off the Big Dance, no offense to the First Four. No.1 Villanova takes on No 16. Mt. St. Mary and No. 1 Gonzaga plays No 16. South Dakota Thursday. Twenty-eight other teams will compete for a spot in the next round Thursday. The rest of the 32 teams will play Friday before Round 2. If you plan on entering the March Madness bracket challenge, the deadline is noon. NCAA fans that work at the Pentagon already received a stern email from the Defense Department about not streaming March Madness games on work computers.


HACKING VICTIM: EMMA WATSON

Emma Watson is the latest photo hacking victim. Photos of Watson during a private fitting from a few years ago have been shared online. The Beauty and the Beast star plans on pursuing legal action against the hackers.


SAMSUNG PREPS TO LAUNCH S8

Samsung hopes to gain steam with the launch of its new S8 on March 29. But not too much steam since the Galaxy Note 7 literally combusted in users’ hands. If you just can’t wait for the latest release, Samsung created Unpacked 2017 for you. The app provides details and access to the release event.


MASTER OF NONE A LOT

Aziz Ansari’s Emmy-award winning show Master of None is back for season Two. Ansari released an official trailer on his Twitter account. Episodes can be streamed starting May 12.