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Google announces top searches of 2017

It’s not quite 2018 yet, but Google already released its rankings for the top Google searches of the year, which is an annual tradition for the undisputed king of the search business. Top five searches include Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, iPhone X, a guy, and Meghan Markle.


The iPhone 8 was what we all called the iPhone X long before we knew what Apple would call its 2017 iPhones. That explains why iPhone 8 ranks above iPhone X:

When it comes to people, you searched mostly for scandals this year, or so says the next top list. But there are some notable people in there as well:

When it comes to news, Bitcoin ranks second, and that’s hardly surprising. Hurricane Irma was the most searched for news topic of 2017, which is also not a surprise:

In the consumer tech department, we have the iPhone 8 and iPhone X taking the first two spots followed by the other hot gadget of the year, the Nintendo Switch. The Galaxy S8 slides into the fourth position, while Nokia gets sixth (Nokia 3310) and tenth (Nokia 6) places:

It also looks like you wanted to learn how to make slime more than you wanted to make solar eclipse glasses or learn how to buy Bitcoins. Hey, we’re not judging:

Movies you ask? IT, Wonder Woman, and Beauty and the Beast take the first three spots. Saw it, saw it, and saw it:

When it comes to TV shows, Netflix’s Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why beat Game of Thrones. At least The Walking Dead isn’t anywhere to be found, which is appropriate considering how bad it’s gotten:

And yes, Despacito. That’s all I’m going to say about Google’s top rankings for music searches:

Check out the complete search rankings for 2017 over at Google Trends.

Hurricane season isn’t over, as Maria is about to follow’s Irma’s path

Many people are still dealing with the massive wave of destruction from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the bad news is that it might not be over. Hurricane Maria is next in line, and the storm seems to be following the same path as Irma.

The storm keeps strengthening as it makes its way towards the Caribbean islands, and it’s expected to become a Category 4 hurricane when it hits the Leeward Islands in the following days.

Hurricane Maria is just one of the three storms in the Atlantic Ocean right now, but it’s the most dangerous for the Caribbean region that was hit hard by Hurricane Irma only a few days ago.

“Maria is likely to strengthen significantly, and is expected to be at major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards,” the National Hurricane Center said in a forecast.

“Maria is likely to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by midweek as a dangerous major hurricane. Hurricane watches have been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as well as for Puerto Rico. Interests in these areas should monitor the progress of Maria and follow any advice given by local officials,” the warning concludes.

Winds are expected to hit speeds of up to 140 mph, and it’s expected to be at category 3 or 4 intensity by the time it hits into the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea.

Hurricane Jose meanwhile is also moving along the Eastern coast of the US, and it’s expected to stay a hurricane levels through Tuesday. According to the NHC, the hurricane is stronger than expected, and while it may not make landfall, high winds, rain, and dangerous currents are expected all along the Eastern coast.

Hurricane Irma did a real number on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful storm, and even though it weakened significantly as it made its way towards landfall in Florida, the hurricane still caused an incredible amount of damage. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, situated on Florida’s east coast, escaped the worst that the storm had to offer, but didn’t make it out unscathed.

In a blog post on NASA’s official site, the agency explains that the space center sustained “a variety of damage.” The facility is currently without water, which is obviously a pretty big deal for a destination that also hosts visitors and tourists.

“Center Director Bob Cabana joined the center’s Damage Assessment and Recovery Team for a survey of the spaceport Tuesday,” NASA says. “A damage assessment report will be compiled over the next several weeks after a full inspection of the center has been conducted. The Kennedy Space Center will remain closed Wednesday, Sept. 13, as the DART continues its efforts to assess and mitigate any issues it finds in order to open and fully resume operations at the Kennedy Space Center.”

There’s no word on a total price tag for the damages to the center, and while much of the damage shown in the assessment photos on NASA’s site — check those out here — seems relatively minor, things can add up pretty fast when you’re talking about the buildings and equipment that helps send things into space.

Now that Irma is behind us, the recovery effort begins. It’s still not clear exactly how much damage it caused, at least in terms of a monetary figure, but estimates put it in the billions of dollars. Officials believe the storm took the lives of at least 29 people in Florida, bringing the total death toll of Irma to north of 60.