5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • California has been issued with a tsunami warning after a massive Chile earthquake struck on Wednesday evening. Officials aren't expecting there to be much damage or flooding, compared to the aftermath of the 2011 Japan quake, which caused California swells of six feet. According to national weather officials, the tsunami is expected to hit the state coast this morning in Newport Beach and travel quickly to the Port of Los Angeles. — Los Angeles Times
     
  • Did you know that Google's code base spans two billion lines? Rachel Potvin, an engineering manager, revealed the company's mind-blowing services at a recent @Scale conference, and it's about "40 times the size of Microsoft’s Windows XP OS and 100 times that of Facebook’s primary app." But the biggest surprise is that it's all stored in one place. Potvin believes that "it’s the largest code base on the planet." — The Next Web 
     
  • The Mayo Clinic has received a $13.3 million grant to test a cancer vaccine. The funds from the U.S. Department of Defense's Breast Cancer Research Program will allow researchers to perform a clinical trial on a vaccine that "could bring new found hope" to patients who have been told there's no targeted therapies for their disease. Dr. Keith Knutson from the Department of Immunology at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus said the vaccine would be applicable to a wide variety of cancers. — First Coast News
     
  • Doritos has released rainbow-colored chips inspired by the LGBT pride flag. The limited-edition chips celebrate the LBGT community “in the boldest, most colorful way possible" and will be available exclusively to people who donate $10 or more in support to the It Gets Better Project. Then the bright bag of rainbow Doritos will be mailed out. — ABC News
     
  • The offers keep rolling in for teen Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to his high school. After the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed went viral, the teen was offered a long list of unique opportunities, including an invitation to tour MIT and a Space Camp scholarship. The teenager aspires to be an engineer and built the alarm clock out of a pencil case. — Money

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