NEWWorthy shutting down December 2017

Well, it’s been fun blogging on NEWWorthy for 5 years.  Readership hasn’t grown as I had hoped, though, so it’s time to shut down NEWWorthy.

Sometime in December 2017, this site will no longer be accessible.  Feel free to explore all my blog entries before then.  I may move the NEWWorthy Awards to my author site and author blog, and continue adding new awards annually.  If you like NEWWorthy, you can still get a bit of NEWWorthy-ness on my Pinterest board called NEWWorthy.

If you have been intrigued by the science, technology, and health articles I have blogged about here, you might like to keep up with MIT Technology Review, CNet, ComputerWorldScience News, The Scientist, NASA, The Planetary Society, and many of the other magazines and journals I have mentioned in my blogs here on NEWWorthy.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your 2017 and on into the future.

All the best, Richard S. Levine, NEWWorthy editor

Weather logistics

When one thinks of logistics planning, one usually thinks of trucking and shipping of goods around the country or the world.  However cruise ships have to consider providing their customers not only with the best itinerary, but also with a path and set of ports that provides the best experience.  That often means figuring out the logistics in relation to the weather, and that’s why Royal Caribbean now has a chief meteorologist.

Island, Palm, And The Sun clip art

Using atmospheric gravity waves to monitor hurricanes

Science Daily reports on “How atmospheric waves radiate out of hurricanes…The waves, known as atmospheric gravity waves, are produced by strong thunderstorms near the eye and radiate outward in expanding spirals.”

Atmosphere gravity waves can sometimes be seen in satellite imagery, and are known to create interesting shapes in the clouds.

Researchers now hope to monitor hurricane and typhoon wind speed from long distance with barometers and anemometers.  It is possible that this could improve future forecasts.

A hyperloop passenger cabin

Okay, cabin may be an exaggeration.  It’s really called a capsule or maybe a pod.  Since it will travel at over 700 mph, presumably it will have to be austere to avoid safety hazards.  Also, compared to subways, you have to wonder if people will be allowed to stand during 760 mph travel from point A to point B.

2017 One Way Rentals from Florida

Not all rental car companies are advertising their spring 2017 one-way rental out of Florida deals — or at least I couldn’t find them all — but you can still check to see the rates.  For example, go to and check out a reservation on a car from Tampa, FL (or some other airport in Florida) to Atlanta, GA (or some other airport up north of Florida).  Try a 4 or 5 day period starting in mid-April.  I found daily rates starting around $7.50 or so, though they still add on taxes and fees to bring it between $15-$20 per day.  I didn’t check local Hertz car rental locations.  If you can rent one way from those, you might be able to find a one-way in April without the airport fees.

Enterprise has posted one-way out of Florida rates for Spring 2017.

So has Avis.

And Alamo too.

If you go, have fun!

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Touted as an “underwater Yellowstone” and “a deep sea Serengeti”, this new marine national monument is the first in the Atlantic Ocean.  Considering that there has been enough press about damaging hurricanes, oil spills, and garbage floating in Earth’s oceans, it’s refreshing and NEWWorthy to read about a new monument off Cape Cod.

2016 New Hotel listings

With summer approaching and families preparing to travel, here at NEWWorthy we figured it was time to update our list of New Hotel and Grand Opening websites.  Please note that this list is considered incomplete, as there are many other hoteliers and hotel listing sites not shown here.

Note that some motels and hotels may also list renovated properties as new.  One possibly method for detecting a renovated versus a new property is to search out reviews on the property and see how far back in time they go.

Accor Hotels

Belmond Hotels – Select “Our Collection” to see (Opening …) properties

Best Western

Choice Hotels – I couldn’t find a complete list of new hotels, but their development pages talk about some of them.

Fairmont Hotels

Five Star Alliance lists some new hotels

Four Seasons hotels

How about some Hilton Hotels that are coming soon internationally, or new Doubletree, Hampton Inns, or Hilton Garden Inns, or new Embassy Suites?

Hotel Industry News lists recent openings of hotels around the world.


IHG (such as Holiday Inn)

Kempinski Hotels

Kimpton Hotels – See “Coming Soon” on that page

La Quinta


NewSleeps provides a search for many new hotel properties

Oberoi Hotels – See list of “Upcoming Hotels” on that page


Radisson Blu


The Ritz-Carlton

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts


Taj Hotels – See “Happenings” at bottom of that page

Travel and Leisure provides their top picks for new hotels in 2016.





Rays versus Cuba

Professional baseball in America is more than 100 years old.  That’s OLDWorthy.

In 1999, the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba, but no Major League Baseball team has played in Cuba since.  Today (2pm Eastern Time), the Tampa Bay Rays play Cuba at Estadio Latinoamericano in an exhibition game before the regular season starts.  President Obama will attend the game — and possibly throwing out the first pitch.

Will this become an annual event?  It is too early to tell, but the first MLB game in Cuba in 17 years makes the match-up feel NEWWorthy once again.

If you want to watch the game on ESPN streaming and you have a sign-in through your cable provider to Watch ESPN, you can download the app or watch it from ESPN’s website.

Baseball clip art

To online, or to offline, why not both?

Singapore will offer the world’s first online-to-offline shopping mall.  According to, customers can purchase items from the store, order them online from the mall, and have them delivered home.

To further confuse us, online shopping malls are opening offline malls, such as those mentioned in Korea in the video below.  Even Amazon recently opened their first brick=and=mortar bookstore in Seattle.