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Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
A new way to produce nanoparticles—which convert carbon dioxide emissions into fuel—may help a niche green-energy technology go mainstream.
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Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch

The pending federal rule changes could push a million kids off free or reduced-price school meals, at least temporarily.

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A Coding School Tuition Model Spreads to 4-Year Colleges

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 06:00
Income share agreements first gained popularity with tech bootcamps. Now some traditional universities are offering the tools as substitutes for student loans.
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China Expels 3 'Wall Street Journal' Reporters, Citing 'Racist' Editorial

The move comes a day after the U.S. State Department designated five Chinese state media outlets as foreign government missions, thus treating them as extensions of Beijing.

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Poll: Sanders Rises, But Socialism Isn't Popular With Most Americans

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that socialism is unpopular with a general-election electorate, even as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining in the Democratic primary.

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'We Are Part Of The United States': The 1st People Counted For The 2020 Census

Weeks before the 2020 census rolls out to the rest of the U.S., the head count has already wrapped up in Toksook Bay, a fishing village in southwest Alaska that's home to the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe.

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6 Democrats Are Set To Debate In Nevada. Here's What You Need To Know

Three days before the Nevada caucuses, six candidates will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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Nevada Debate Could Be A 'Make Or Break' For Bloomberg, Analysts Say

How Mike Bloomberg defends against expected attacks from his Democratic rivals could impact how well he does on Super Tuesday, where he is placing a big bet, analysts say.

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To Combat Homelessness, Spokane Is Starting To Put Relationships Before Punishments

America's worsening homelessness crisis can feel like an intractable problem. But Spokane, Wash., may be having some early success trying some new tactics to help its most vulnerable.

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It's Not Just Hospitals That Are Quick To Sue Patients Who Can't Pay

The firm that staffed the emergency room with doctors at Nashville General Hospital was taking more patients to court for unpaid medical bills than any other hospital or practice in the city.

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Harry Reid: Iowa's Caucus Problems Strengthen Nevada's Case For Going First

The former Senate majority leader said Nevada's diverse population is more reflective of the Democratic electorate and after Iowa's troubles, his state has "a tremendously good case."

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Satellite Photos Show Rapid Growth Of Syrian Refugee Camps

Fighting in northwest Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people — many of them women and children — to seek shelter along the border.

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YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:53
YouTube is littered with bot-driven videos promising big in-game riches—that also try to steal your personal information.
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Ontario's New License Plates Have A Problem: You Can't Read Them

Some people were already grumbling about the redesign, but drivers soon noticed a bigger problem: The new license plates can be hard to read at night.

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New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:59
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New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:43
Newly released documents confirm that the driver experienced a glitch multiple times before the deadly crash, though it’s unclear whether he reported it to Tesla.
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Banking Giant HSBC To Cut 35,000 Jobs Amid Restructuring

The bank says it will shed nearly 15% of its workforce and $100 billion in investments as it refocuses on growth markets in Asia and reduces operations in Europe and the U.S.

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Hundreds Of Homes Flooded In Mississippi As More Rain Is Expected

The Pearl River crested at 36.7 feet in Jackson, Miss. — lower than feared. Flooding also hit parts of Tennessee, where one official said, "It is a chess match we're playing with Mother Nature."

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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The move would free Blagojevich from federal prison four years before he would have been eligible for parole. He is among 11 people receiving clemency, the White House says.

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The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:41
From space and with drones, scientists are watching the Arctic get greener. That's troubling both for the region, and the planet as a whole.
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