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Study – Climate change could render many of Earth’s ecosystems unrecognizable

Washington Post: “… researchers are reporting Thursday in the journal Science [in a] sweeping survey [that] global fossil and temperature records from the past 20,000 years suggests that Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems are at risk of another, even faster transformation unless aggressive action is taken against climate change…”

“Even as someone who has spent more than 40 years thinking about vegetation change looking into the past … it is really hard for me to wrap my mind around the magnitude of change we’re talking about,” said ecologist Stephen Jackson, director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the lead author of the new study…”

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The Lego Bugatti Chiron Goes 18 MPH (and Is *Made of *Lego*)

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:02
Where the 'real' Chiron produces 1,500 horsepower from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine and can hit 261 mph, the Lego lookalike makes 5.3 horses from 2,304 tiny motors.
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Lawsuit Alleges Chemical Companies Should Prepare For Unprecedented Storms

Criminal charges against a chemical company that flooded during Hurricane Harvey are raising two big questions: When is pollution an accident? And when is it a crime?

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The NCAA Tells Michigan State No Rules Violated In Larry Nassar Scandal

The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations related to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.

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Trump Proposes Freezing Federal Worker Salaries

Civilian federal workers are set to get an automatic 2.1 percent raise next year, but it will be up to Congress to decide the ultimate fate of the increase.

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Can't Tell Where It's Flooded? Look At Your Phone, Stay Safe

The warming climate means more intense rain and dangerous flash floods. In Austin, Texas, officials hope that letting people see the rising waters on their smartphones will help keep them safe.

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Is 'Training' A 'War Game?' The Answer Could Determine U.S.-South Korea Exercises

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says planning for joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises continues. President Trump tweets "war games" may not be necessary.

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Nicaragua's Embattled Government Tries To Silence Independent Media

International press organizations are criticizing the media attacks in Nicaragua, which include torching a radio station, stealing equipment and cutting off TV networks.

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San Francisco Brings Back Banned E-Scooters—With Limits

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:12
The city granted operating permits to just Skip and Scoot, two companies that emphasized good relationships with public officials.
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What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:05
The social network says stories from *The Winchester Star,* a daily newspaper in Virginia, were erroneously censored and that a fix has now been issued.
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Justice Department Promises Crackdown On Supervised Injection Sites

A standoff is heating up between the Trump administration and local leaders who are trying to open facilities where people can use opioids under the eye of medical staff.

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Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:00
Bad faith politicking about the way search algorithms work makes it harder for tech companies to solve the real problems.
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Justice Department Sides Against Harvard In Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The Justice Department says Harvard has "failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian Americans." Harvard says it doesn't discriminate against any group.

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To Predict Effects Of Global Warming, Scientists Looked Back 20,000 Years

More than 40 researchers concluded that climate change would make ecosystems such as deciduous forests, grasslands and Arctic tundra unrecognizable.

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Argentina Hikes Interest Rate To 60 Percent In Bid To Halt Currency's Fall

When President Mauricio Macri requested early release of a $50 billion loan, he said it was to assuage market watchers' fears. But the opposite happened — and the central bank felt it had to step in.

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In Bangladeshi Camps, Rohingya Refugees Try To Move Forward With Their Lives

Hundreds of thousands of refugees languish in the camps. UNICEF estimates that more than half the refugees are children. Some aid groups have warned that these children could become a lost generation.

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'Gross Anatomy' Turns Humor On Taboos About The Female Body

Author Mara Altman got tired of hiding her hairy, sweaty self from the world, and set out to reframe the shame in her latest book of essays — part memoir, part scientific exploration, part manifesto.

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Emailing On Your Commute? That's Work, A New Study Says

"It's really important to my sanity that I can get work done on the train," a working mother told researchers, discussing her commuting routine.

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Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:30
The $1,000 Yoga Book comes with an improved keyboard, better processor, and an e-ink display.
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Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Someday, It Might Cure Humans

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:00
Scientists modified DNA in dogs to stop Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, a common and fatal genetic disease.
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