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  • 3 days ago
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    Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action

    Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”.

  • 11 days ago
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    Autism linked to less empathy in general population – but that may not be a bad thing

    The psychologists behind the research hope their insights can help the autistic community and those around them in adapting support available.

  • 13 days ago
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    California has too much solar power. That might be good for ratepayers

    California should embrace the idea of building more solar panels than it can consistently use rather than treating oversupply as a problem, research suggests.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Study Finds Trump Tax Cuts Failed to Do Anything But Give Rich People Money

    The biggest effect of the Trump tax cuts is obvious: People who own businesses and other sources of concentrated wealth will have a lot more money, and the federal budget will have less. But the advocates of the tax cuts insisted it wasn’t about letting the makers keep their hard-earned money rather than handing it over to the takers. It was about incentivizing business to repatriate funds and ramp up its investments, thereby increasing growth and wages.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    New York could become first state to ban cat declawing

    New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature. The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill on Tuesday. Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Another MacOS Bug Lets Hackers Invisibly Click Security Prompts

    Two hours into his keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer's Conference last June, senior vice president Craig Federighi revealed a new privacy feature in MacOS Mojave that forces applications to ask the user if they want to "allow" or "deny" any request to access sensitive components and data, including the camera or microphone, messages, and browsing history. The audience dutifully applauded. But when ex-NSA security researcher Patrick Wardle watched that keynote at h...

  • 1 month ago
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    Mile-wide asteroid with its own moon to pass Earth on Saturday

    A mile-long, walnut-shaped asteroid with its own moon is set to pass Earth on Saturday, according to scientists. The asteroid, known as 1999 KW4, will come within 3.2 million miles of Earth -- its second-closest approach in the past 20 years, WGRZ-TV reported. While this is considered close it’s still a safe distance from Earth.

  • 1 month ago
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    'Abnormally dry' conditions across Pacific Northwest could spell long wildfire season for B.C.

    As the weather in B.C. begins to heat up, the spectre of another potentially destructive wildfire season looms. The U.S.-based National Interagency Fire Center has released its weather outlook for May into August — and it presents worrying signs for the upcoming wildfire season, with the Pacific Northwest already experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions, and some areas entering a moderate drought.

  • 1 month ago
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    Apple's iPhone sales fall 17% from prior year

    At one time, the staggering success of the iPhone helped catapult Apple to become the world's most valuable company. Now, its lackluster smartphone sales are dragging down Apple's business. Apple (AAPL) said Tuesday that its revenue for the first three months of 2019 declined 5% from the year prior to $58 billion as it grappled with sluggish smartphone demand. iPhone sales for the period fell 17% from the year prior.

  • 1 month ago
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    California’s tap water could be a cancerous cocktail of pollutants

    A new analysis, published this week in the journal Environmental Health, estimated the number of additional cases of cancer that could be attributed to tap water in California between 2011 and 2015.

  • 2 months ago
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    Google improves search result cards: Material refresh, additional information, more tabs

    A few months ago, Google began testing a new interface for search card results, which removes the bold header color, uses a new Follow button with the Discover logo, and introduces more tabs for accessing relevant information about the subject. That interface seems to be rolling out more widely now and comes with redesigns for almost all search result cards and plenty of added information.

  • 2 months ago
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    Why Grown-Ups Keep Talking Like Little Kids

    I recently had the honor of meeting an award-winning literary sort, a man wry and restrained and overall quite utterly mature, who casually referred to having gone through a phase in his 20s when he’d been “pilly”—that is, when he’d taken a lot of recreational drugs. The word had a wonderfully childish sound to it, the tacked-on y creating a new adjective in the style of happy, angry, and silly. My writer-acquaintance, I recognized, was not alone in bending language this way.

  • 2 months ago
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    Amazon Shareholders Set to Vote on a Proposal to Ban Sales of Facial Recognition Tech to Governments

    Amazon shareholders will vote in May on a proposal to ban the sale of facial recognition technology to governments after beating an attempt by Amazon itself to quash the proposal before it got to a vote. Earlier this month, a group of prominent industry and academic AI researchers urged Amazon in an open letter to stop selling its facial recognition technology, known as Rekognition, to law enforcement. The researchers argued that repeated studies and scrutiny have shown Rekognition has higher er...

  • 2 months ago
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    Dave Grohl recalls how it felt listening to Nirvana before he joined the band

    Dave Grohl has reflected on hearing Nirvana for the first time, remembering listening to their music well before he even joined the group. It’s a little hard to imagine, but there was in fact a time in which Nirvana didn’t feature the now-legendary Dave Grohl as their drummer. Their longest-tenured drummer, Grohl was the final entrant in a string of five percussionists that Nirvana boasted between 1987 and 1990.

  • 2 months ago
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    Swedish researchers cut MRI scan process to nearly a minute

    There are two things that patients in a hospital look forward to “going under” the least. One is the surgical knife. The other is the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. The latter is an unforgettable and disorienting experience. The patient rests on a table propped against a large tube-shaped machine. Inside the tube are several coils, designed to induce a strong magnetic force against the object inserted inside of it. MRIs are used as a form of noninvasive imaging technology, allowin...

  • 2 months ago
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    Woman with ‘mutant’ gene who feels no pain and heals without scarring discovered by scientists

    A good-natured Scottish pensioner who experiences virtually no pain has superhuman healing and remains unflappable in life-threatening situations may sound like a Marvel spin-off but has just been reported in a leading scientific journal. UK researchers have discovered Jo Cameron's, now 71, remarkable abilities are apparently down to a previously unreported genetic mutation.