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  • 1 day ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings | Benjamin Franta

    One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that contained an official estimate of the death toll in a preemptive “first strike” on China and the Soviet Union: 300 million in those countries, and double that globally.

  • 4 days ago
    Current Event wildcat

    NFL players' surprising performance hack: going vegan

    When you think of what NFL players eat, you might imagine hulking athletes tearing into juicy steaks and scarfing fattening food. Perhaps it's not so far from the truth: ESPN recently reported it takes nearly 600 pounds of beef to feed the Buffalo Bills for a week, and that's not even counting chicken (700 pounds) and fish.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Fears for climate as Trump administration relaxes rules on oil reserves

    The Trump administration has relaxed controls on America's oil reserves in a move that makes no mention of climate change. A memo published online with little publicity appears to undermine decades of government campaigns promoting fuel-efficient cars. The new government position follows a decade of fracking, which has unlocked shale oil reserves. That gives the US "more flexibility than in the past to use our oil resources with less concern", the Energy Department memo said.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Analyst: Renewable energy will be 'effectively free' by 2030

    Analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS believe that by 2030, we could all be living without much of a carbon footprint — at least at home. The analysts believe that the cost of renewable energy will continue to dive heading into the next decade, and that by 2030, costs will be so low they will “effectively be free,” according to new research published this morning in the Financial Times (paywall).

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    A $1 billion telescope that will take pictures 10 times sharper than Hubble's is now officially under construction

    In astronomy, cutting-edge technology often begins with a bunch of bulldozers, busted rocks, and dump trucks. So it goes with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will the world's largest and most powerful when it sees "first light" in 2024. Astronomers hope to use the huge observatory to study the ancient universe and look for signs of alien life. Construction crews atop a Chilean mountain range broke ground for the $1 billion project on Tuesday.

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis wildcat

    “They be pirates”: An old scourge is reappearing in the Caribbean

    Boarded ships, terrorized fishermen and lawless coastlines. It’s a 21st-century version of an old menace.

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis wildcat

    How kids shape their parents’ parenting style

    In our culture we like to speculate about the effects of different parenting styles on children. A lot of this debate is wasted breath. Twin studies – that compare similarities in outcomes between genetically identical and non-identical twins raised by their biological or adopted parents – have already shown us that parental influence is far more modest than we usually assume.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Trump says Trump Tower meeting was meant to 'get information' on Clinton

    President Donald Trump said Sunday that the meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer in June 2016 was “to get information on an opponent,” seemingly contradicting a statement from more than a year ago that the meeting focused on a Russian adoption program. “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” he tweeted Sunday morning.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Caught on Camera: Dozens of motorists refuse to move over for emergency vehicles

    Move over – it’s the law, but apparently, one that many Cleveland-area motorists don’t think applies to them. While at the scene of a traffic accident on I-77 south early Tuesday morning, News 5 photographer Mike Vielhaber caught on camera dozens of motorists refusing to move over for emergency vehicles at the scene of the accident.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Couple adopt 6 kids after struggling with infertility: 'Hope will never fail you'

    The inspiring story of how a couple adopted six children, including four with special needs. Moli was a college football player when he met Watson in 2012, and he knew he wanted to create a future with her. He soon proposed, and a year later they tied the knot. Dreaming of having children, they decided to try to grow their family beyond the two of them. Unfortunately, that’s when the fairytale began to feel like a nightmare.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Aides caught unaware of Trump’s personal phone call to Trudeau: report

    White House aides were reportedly caught off guard by President Trump's informal phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, learning about the call only after Canada's foreign ministry published a readout. The Washington Post reports that Trump began handing out his personal cellphone number to a few world leaders shortly after his inauguration, including to the leaders of Mexico and Canada, and that Trudeau took advantage of the opportunity to call the president in April ...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Surprising reason why human cloning may produce someone else

    “If I’m going to the trouble of cloning myself, I want the clone to be a copy of me!” I’m imagining what someone might say if they were told that their expensive and ethically dubious personal cloning efforts produced a clone that was somebody else instead of them. Even if the clone was very similar to the clonee, perhaps like a sibling who was nearly but not quite an identical twin, the clonee might be totally PO’d.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Vermont's legal marijuana era dawns

    As of today, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Vermont -- within boundaries of some clear and not-so-clear rules. Vermont becomes the ninth state to legalize marijuana and the first state to do so through its state legislature. Gov. Phil Scott signed the law in January with "mixed emotions." The law allows adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.

  • 3 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Weather got you down? The entire planet of Mars is buried in a dust storm right now.

    Mars is having a bit of a dustup. The entire surface is currently smothered in a “planet-encircling” dust storm that began two weeks ago, and swelled into a global event that forced NASA to suspend operations for the Opportunity rover. Mars is no stranger to dust storms, but this one isn’t a run-of-the-mill tempest. It’s far more gargantuan. These global storms occur only once every 5.5 years or so, swallowing up the entire planet in a cloud of red.