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Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher Gear

Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher GearSpain has acted upon Article 155



10/21/2017 - 10:03 AM

 

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillionNEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.



10/20/2017 - 01:18 PM

 

Suspect Arrested in Munich Knife Attack That Injured 8

Suspect Arrested in Munich Knife Attack That Injured 8No one was seriously hurt in the incident, and police do not believe it was an act of terrorism



10/21/2017 - 10:49 AM

 

Trump Responds After Congresswoman Says White House Is 'Full of White Supremacists'

Trump Responds After Congresswoman Says White House Is 'Full of White Supremacists'Trump called Frederica Wilson "wacky"



10/21/2017 - 10:45 AM

 

Sheriffs arrest woman in 'Killer Clown' murder 27 years later: Part 5

Sheriffs arrest woman in 'Killer Clown' murder 27 years later: Part 5Sheila Keen-Warren, who married Michael Warren 12 years after the murder, was charged with Marlene Warren's murder. She has pleaded not guilty.



10/20/2017 - 09:00 PM

 

The Future Sucks

The Future SucksThe Old Guys™ discuss the biggest letdowns of our adult lives.



10/20/2017 - 08:51 AM

 

Senate Republicans Finally Got Something Done. They Should Thank Steve Bannon

Senate Republicans Finally Got Something Done. They Should Thank Steve BannonWithout delivering on the promise to cut taxes, GOP lawmakers feared handing Bannon ammo as he prepared a slate of rabble-rousing challengers



10/20/2017 - 04:29 PM

 

Mexico catches, releases endangered vaquita porpoise

Mexico catches, releases endangered vaquita porpoiseMexico captured a rare vaquita marina porpoise as part of a bold program to save the critically endangered species, but released it because it was too young to be separated from its mother, officials said. The vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal fishing. "The successful rescue made conservation history," Mexican Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said in a statement.



10/20/2017 - 02:29 PM

 

There’s a simple trick to ‘read’ other people’s emotions more accurately

There’s a simple trick to ‘read’ other people’s emotions more accuratelyPreviously, many scientists had assumed that watching someone’s face was the best way to understand their feelings



10/20/2017 - 07:56 AM

 

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with livesBOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist charged with murder in a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people knew that mold and other bacteria were growing inside the filthy production rooms and that drugs shipped to customers were not sterile, but chose to do nothing, a federal prosecutor told jurors Friday.



10/20/2017 - 04:16 PM

 

Trump Links Crime Surge in U.K. to 'Radical Islamic Terror.' Here Are the Facts

Trump Links Crime Surge in U.K. to 'Radical Islamic Terror.' Here Are the FactsDespite terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, homicides in the U.K. actually fell by 2% compared with the previous year



10/20/2017 - 08:01 AM

 

“Burnout” is not only a personal problem, it’s a workplace problem

“Burnout” is not only a personal problem, it’s a workplace problemAs “burnout” among workers has gained attention in the popular media, a conventional wisdom has developed around avoiding it. Essentially, the advice is to “take care of yourself.” Be healthy. Be strong. Be resilient. Be smarter about time management. Don’t let the stressors get to you—fight on and overcome them. Tips to “combat burnout” in…



10/20/2017 - 08:04 AM

 

Why I Became a Doctor Who Treats Torture Victims

Why I Became a Doctor Who Treats Torture VictimsPoliticians who want to turn away refugees should visit my clinic



10/20/2017 - 03:39 PM

 

Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars

Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting StarsTonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars



10/20/2017 - 08:48 AM

 

EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'

EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'On April 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abruptly took down its long-standing treasure trove of online climate change resources, and put up a message stating that they were being updated to reflect the new priorities of the Trump administration. It's becoming more and more clear that one of those priorities is to downplay the threat of climate change. And one way way to do that is to ignore it altogether. To that end, on Friday, a group that monitors federal websites for changes in climate change content reported that the some of the climate websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site, with all references to climate change removed. SEE ALSO: Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry According to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative's website monitoring group (EDGI), an EPA website that previously offered climate and energy resources for state, local, and tribal governments has been stripped of its references and links to climate science and policy. Prior to April 28, the site had contained programs and tools to assist these government entities in becoming more energy efficient, using more renewable energy, and developing climate change policies.  Instead, that main site is now a page on "energy resources," including a "Clean Energy Finance Tool," Energy Information Administration state reports, newsletters, and other resources with links to previously existing EPA climate sites removed as well. The new webpage, which went online in late July, but was just analyzed in detail on Friday, omits about 15 mentions of the word "climate" from the main page for local governments. Original version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/EPA.gov New version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/epa.gov "Large portions of climate resources that were formerly found on the previous website have not been returned, and thus have ultimately been removed from the current EPA website," the EDGI web monitoring group stated. The new website’s main page has no links to pages such as the “State Climate Action Framework”, “Local Climate Action Framework”, and “Climate Showcase Communities," among others, the report found. In addition, the urls epa.gov/climatechange and epa.gov/climateimpacts continue to redirect to a notice page about forthcoming updates, though no dates are given as to when these sites may be back. An archived version of the EPA's old climate change websites is still available, however.  According to EDGI, the pre-April 28 version of the state, local, and tribal governments website contained 380 webpages, whereas the new one has just 175. Links to resources and tools for planning for climate change impacts at the local and regional levels were among the pages scrubbed entirely from the new version, inhibiting the ability of such governments — many of which are led by governors, mayors, or tribal entities in favor of taking action on climate change — to adequately plan for climate impacts.  The EPA's website changes might seem insignificant when compared to other administration actions on climate change, like announcing its intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. However, by making it harder for Americans to prepare for global warming-induced phenomena, such as heat waves and sea level rise, the Trump administration is effectively putting people at greater risk. EPA's Scott Pruitt, left, shakes hands with coal miners.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockClimate change is already resulting in an uptick in extreme weather events, particularly heat waves and precipitation extremes, across much of the U.S., and coastal states are increasingly having to grapple with rising sea levels.  The Obama administration spent years trying to develop materials to help local governments take climate science and put it to use protecting their communities, but those have all been taken down in the new version of the Trump administration's climate site. The EPA's voluminous climate change website had previously been maintained under both Republican and Democratic administrations dating back at least to the first Bush administration, and it had served as a valuable tool for teachers and students, researchers, and government officials looking for data and advice on climate resilience efforts. However, the site has become another casualty of an administration that appears hellbent on erasing as much climate science and climate policy from the books as possible.  Since becoming EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt has pursued an aggressive agenda of dismantling the Obama administration's climate change regulations, culminating in his action on Oct. 10 to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  Pruitt has said he doesn't believe that science shows greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming, even though scientific evidence demonstrates exactly that link. Pruitt instead wants to hold televised "red team, blue team" debates between climate scientists and deniers to contest the merits of mainstream climate science research.  “The American people deserve, in my view, an objective, transparent, honest discussion about what we know and what we don’t know about CO2," Pruitt told the conservative Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. "It’s never taken place.” Scrubbing agency websites of climate information is therefore in line with Pruitt's ideology, as well as that of the president, who has called global warming a "hoax."  Scientists and environmentalists criticized the EPA's website changes, saying they obscure the facts about global warming.   “Removing climate change resources from the EPA website is offensive and dangerous. At a time when Americans have lost their loved ones and their homes to floods and fires, are living without fresh water or electricity, and are experiencing multi-billion-dollar disasters exacerbated by climate change, this is not the time to impede public access to critical climate change information," said Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement. WATCH: Only in Dubai—police now have hovercrafts  



10/20/2017 - 11:04 AM

 

Response to Flyer Urging LGBT Students to Kill Themselves Was 'Inadequate,' College Says

Response to Flyer Urging LGBT Students to Kill Themselves Was 'Inadequate,' College SaysA flyer at Cleveland State University had urged LGBT students to kill themselves



10/21/2017 - 12:55 PM

 

Science says there’s a very, very good reason why you’re afraid of spiders

Science says there’s a very, very good reason why you’re afraid of spiders

If just the sight of a spider or snake is enough to send a shiver up your spine you already know you're not alone, but did you ever stop to think about where that fear comes from? You might imagine seeing the creepy critters throughout your life has conditioned you to fear them, but new research has completely blown the doors off of that notion, revealing that humans are afraid of spiders and snakes before they even know what they are.

The study, which was conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, identified a stress reaction in infants as young as six months old when presented with a spider or a snake, suggesting that we're built from the ground-up to fear them.

"When we showed pictures of a snake or a spider to the babies instead of a flower or a fish of the same size and colour, they reacted with significantly bigger pupils," Stefanie Hoehl, a lead researcher whose work contributed to the study. "In constant light conditions this change in size of the pupils is an important signal for the activation of the noradrenergic system in the brain, which is responsible for stress reactions. Accordingly, even the youngest babies seem to be stressed by these groups of animals."

Given that revelation, the belief is that fear of these particular creatures has an evolutionary link, where human ancestors who were averse to them as infants tended to have better chances of survival by default. However, it's worth noting that this predisposition to fearing spiders and snakes doesn't extend to many other dangerous animals, like bears, which might be because an infant wouldn't have been likely to encounter one on their own throughout human evolution, as opposed to the smaller creatures which can sneak into just about anywhere.



10/20/2017 - 04:31 PM

 

Next-gen space probes finding water in outer space: NASA'...

Next-gen space probes finding water in outer space: NASA'...Larry James, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about space exploration and what scientists are discovering on the surface of Mars and throughout the solar system.



10/20/2017 - 08:36 AM

 

Black AI Workshop Becomes Latest Flashpoint in Tech’s Culture War

Black AI Workshop Becomes Latest Flashpoint in Tech’s Culture WarTwitter debate reveals concerns about diversity, political correctness



10/20/2017 - 12:53 PM

 

Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machines

Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machinesUber is asking drivers to ante up for their future earnings. The company is offering some drivers in Houston, Texas, a chance to “Celebrate Halloween early” by buying a week of “accelerated earnings” for an upfront payment of $115. The promotion, spotted by Data & Society researcher Alex Rosenblat, promises drivers 33% more on every…



10/20/2017 - 07:03 AM

 

Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election in Japan

Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election in JapanShinzo Abe is poised to become the nation's longest serving post-WWII leader.



10/20/2017 - 04:53 AM

 

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

First joint France-China satellite to study oceansFrance and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones. The satellite, named CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography Satellite), is due to be launched next year by China and will primarily be used to study wind and ocean wave patterns. "In practical terms, it will be used to improve forecasts of strong storms, cyclones or waves for all coastal activities", Daniele Hauser, a French scientist working on the project, told AFP.



10/20/2017 - 04:05 PM

 

What We Miss When We Ignore Asian Americans

What We Miss When We Ignore Asian AmericansWhen we do not hear from Asian Americans on television and exclude them from leadership roles, we do not reflect society as it is



10/20/2017 - 05:24 PM

 

This Is the Real Reason Women Get Their Periods at the Same Time

This Is the Real Reason Women Get Their Periods at the Same TimeAlmost every woman I know has told me it's happened to them. You start spending a lot of time with another female, and your periods seem to magically sync up.



10/20/2017 - 08:00 PM

 

North Korea's Nuclear Tests Could Be Changing the Country's Geology

North Korea's Nuclear Tests Could Be Changing the Country's GeologyIt's called "Tired mountain syndrome"



10/20/2017 - 08:28 AM

 

Lawmaker Draws Backlash After Asking If HIV Patients Could Be 'Legally' Quarantined

Lawmaker Draws Backlash After Asking If HIV Patients Could Be 'Legally' Quarantined"What are we legally able to do?"



10/21/2017 - 11:26 AM

 

Scott Pruitt Casts Doubt on EPA Document Showing the Dangers of Climate Change

Scott Pruitt Casts Doubt on EPA Document Showing the Dangers of Climate ChangeThe 2009 EPA document said man-made climate change harms human health



10/20/2017 - 05:37 PM

 

I Posted a Graphic Selfie of My Beating to Tell the World #MeToo

I Posted a Graphic Selfie of My Beating to Tell the World #MeTooA photographer who was assaulted by a man posted a selfie of the beating and reflects on it in light of the #MeToo campaign



10/20/2017 - 11:32 PM

 

Women Say They Were Burned and Branded by Doctors During Initiations Into a Secret Sorority

Women Say They Were Burned and Branded by Doctors During Initiations Into a Secret SororityState officials will examine whether the women's complaints warrant an investigation now



10/21/2017 - 05:00 PM

 

Mystery Tooth Fossil Baffles Archaeologists and Could Mean First Humans Lived in Europe Not Africa

Mystery Tooth Fossil Baffles Archaeologists and Could Mean First Humans Lived in Europe Not AfricaArchaeologists in Germany believe they may have stumbled upon a set of nine-million-year-old teeth that could rewrite human history by suggesting the first humans lived in Europe rather than in Africa. The teeth, of a kind never seen before in either Europe or Asia but closely resembling those found belonging to the first humanoid skeletons discovered in Africa, were discovered in a dried-up riverbed near Eppelsheim in Germany’s Rhineland. The unique fossils were uncovered as scientists sifted through gravel and sand in the bed of the Ur-Rhine a former course of the Rhine river.



10/20/2017 - 08:15 AM

 

Technology that makes children smarter

Technology that makes children smarterKurt the 'CyberGuy' shares tips for parents.



10/21/2017 - 07:24 AM

 

Man Killed by Rock That Teens Threw From Highway Overpass, Police Say

Man Killed by Rock That Teens Threw From Highway Overpass, Police SaySeveral teenagers are in custody for the incident



10/21/2017 - 01:19 PM

 

There's Still Time to Get This Year's Most Popular Halloween Costumes

There's Still Time to Get This Year's Most Popular Halloween CostumesMany of the costumes are inspired by Disney films



10/20/2017 - 08:00 AM

 

Review: What It's Like to Have Microsoft's Virtual Butler in Your Living Room

Review: What It's Like to Have Microsoft's Virtual Butler in Your Living RoomThe Invoke is a high-end speaker with Cortana



10/20/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

Scientists Invent Incredibly Thin Metal That Can Be Made in Your Kitchen

Scientists Invent Incredibly Thin Metal That Can Be Made in Your KitchenScientists have developed a technique to create ultra-thin metal compounds called oxides. The technique uses a group of alloys called liquid metals. Of course, all metals can become liquids if heated enough, but these are special—they are liquid at room temperature. Specifically, the team used a liquid metal called galinstan, a mix of gallium—a metal with a super-low melting point that helps keep the entire mixture liquid—tin and indium.



10/20/2017 - 11:41 AM

 

 

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