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  • 13 hours ago
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    How a massive Amazon wind farm promises to change a tiny town in rural America

    California's Tehachapi Pass is already home to one of the largest wind farms in the world, and now Amazon is coming, building a huge wind project in the area. How renewable-energy projects from tech giants are changing life in small-town America.

  • 2 days ago
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    'They should be allowed to cry': Ecological disaster taking toll on scientists’ mental health

    ‘We’re documenting destruction of world’s most beautiful ecosystems, it’s impossible to be detached’

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Dinosaur mass extinction event ‘disrupted world's oceans for millions of years’

    The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs led to the world’s oceans being disrupted for millions of years, according to new research. Scientists who examined fossil records spanning 13 million years found that global species of plankton at the base of the ocean ecosystem were disrupted for 2 million years after a massive asteroid strike on Earth.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    You Know Who Else Is a Whistleblower? Chelsea Manning

    With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announcing an impeachment inquiry for Donald Trump, whistleblowers are currently the talk of the nation. While we all should be thanking the brave individual who disclosed that Trump was pressuring Ukranian officials to interfere in the upcoming 2020 election, we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss the treatment of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman who is still imprisoned for information she made public.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show

    North America's birds are disappearing from the skies at a rate that's shocking even to ornithologists. Since the 1970s, the continent has lost 3 billion birds, nearly 30% of the total, and even common birds such as sparrows and blackbirds are in decline, U.S. and Canadian researchers report this week online in Science. "It's staggering," says first author Ken Rosenberg, a conservation scientist at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Why are IT departments choosing Apple products?

    In the enterprise IT market, eliminating variables is an essential part of the job when it comes to troubleshooting. The more variables you have, the more opportunities you have for things to go wrong. By eliminating variables on your network and with your end-user devices, you make it easier to troubleshoot when issues arise. Variables especially cause issues when it comes to major OS upgrades as you have more testing to do.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Something is Killing Galaxies, and Scientists Are On the Case

    In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why. The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide survey (VERTICO), is investigating, in brilliant detail, how galaxies are killed by their environment.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The Mac Portable—an Apple flop that led to great things—turns 30

    On September 20, 1989, Apple product chief Jean-Louis Gassée stood on a stage in Universal City, California, and unveiled a new computer, the Macintosh Portable. It was Apple’s first battery-powered Mac, and the goal, Gassée declared, was to build a portable Mac that was every bit as powerful and usable as the familiar desktop models: “No subset of applications, no Mac Jr., no compromise.”

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Google One subscribers will have their inactive Android backups axed just like everyone else

    Back in 2017, we broke a story about how Google will delete all Android backups from devices that haven’t been used in two months. This report still remains true, but with the help of an eagle-eyed reader (thanks, John!), we now know that despite additional features, Android backups for paying Google One customers are also at risk.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice

    It’s getting easier and easier to use AI to generate convincing-looking, yet entirely fake, pictures of people. Now, one company wants to find a use for these photos, by offering a resource of 100,000 AI-generated faces to anyone that can use them — royalty free. Many of the images look fake but others are difficult to distinguish from images licensed by stock photo companies.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The U.S. isn’t even in the top 10 for best countries for retirement

    What can we learn from other countries to help our retirees? The United States could learn quite a bit from other countries around the world when it comes to retirement security, according to a new report.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Smart TVs sending sensitive user data to Netflix and Facebook

    The smart TVs in our homes are leaking sensitive user data to companies including Netflix, Google and Facebook even when some devices are idle, according to two large-scale analyses. Researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that a number of smart TVs, including those made by Samsung and LG, and the streaming dongles Roku and Amazon’s FireTV were sending out data such as location and IP address to Netflix and third-party advertisers.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    US housing starts race to 12-year high in August

    U.S. homebuilding surged to more than a 12-year high in August as both single- and multi-family housing construction increased, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were finally providing a boost to the struggling housing market. Housing starts jumped 12.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.364 million units last month, the highest level since June 2007, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    2019 ozone hole could be smallest in three decades

    The ozone hole over Antarctica this year could be one of the smallest seen in three decades, say scientists. Observations of the gas's depletion high in the atmosphere demonstrate that it hasn't opened up in 2019 in the way it normally does.

  • 1 month ago
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    US says man can bring back 'skin, skull, teeth and claws' of hunted Tanzania lion

    The Trump administration has authorized a Florida man to bring back the “skin, skull, teeth and claws” of a lion he hunted in Tanzania, granting the first permit to import a lion from that country since the species gained protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

  • 1 month ago
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    California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy

    California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.