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Icebound The climate-change secrets of 19th century ship’s logs

Reuters – “An eccentric group of citizen-scientists called Old Weather has transcribed millions of observations from long-forgotten logbooks of ships, many from the great era of Arctic exploration. As the polar regions grow ever warmer, the volunteers have amassed a rich repository of climate data in a 21st century rescue mission…

Meteorologists have long recorded the weather at land-based stations. But nearly three-quarters of the planet is covered by water, and that’s where most weather takes place. Thousands of ships have criss-crossed the oceans, noting the weather in handwritten logbooks that for decades sat forgotten in bookshelves and basements. In a sometimes-obsessive quest, thousands of Old Weather volunteers have extracted millions of observations about barometric pressure, wind speed, air temperature and ice from the old logbooks. These are fed into a huge dataset at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, creating what NOAA calls “a dauntingly complex, high-resolution, four-dimensional reconstruction of the global climate that estimates what the weather was for every day back to 1836.”

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The Science of New Zealand's Eruption, Toy Store Surveillance, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 18:33
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Categories: Just News

Presidential Impeachments Mirror Technological Advances; This Time, It's Smartphones

Each of the United States' four presidential impeachment proceedings has highlighted increasingly sophisticated technologies, beginning with telegrams in the case against Andrew Johnson.

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YouTube Announces New Anti-Harassment Policy To Fight Racial, Gender, LGBTQ Abuse

The Google-owned company has faced scrutiny in the past for failing to protect its users from harassment. It announced new policies Wednesday in an attempt to address the criticism.

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Jack Dorsey Wants to Help You Create Your Own Twitter

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:43
The CEO tweeted that he's hiring a team to develop open source standards for decentralized social networks. His hope: It will spawn better ways to combat hate and harassment.
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Trump Signs Order Against Anti-Semitism At Colleges, Worrying Free Speech Advocates

The order will extend a federal anti-discrimination law to include discrimination based on anti-Semitism. Some worry the policy will be used to stifle criticism of Israel on college campuses.

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Kentucky Judge Faces Misconduct Charges Over Accusations Of Sex And Alcohol At Court

A judicial panel says Kenton County Judge Dawn Gentry coerced colleagues to support her election campaign, made inappropriate advances toward an attorney and had sex in a courthouse office.

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Federal Workers Poised To Get 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark proposal that would give 2 million workers paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child, in what worker advocates call a hard-won victory.

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44,000-Year-Old Indonesian Cave Painting Is Rewriting The History Of Art

In a cave in Indonesia, archaeologists have uncovered a stunning ancient painting of a hunting party that is thousands of years older than similar works found in Europe.

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In Pakistan, Angry Mob Of Lawyers Attacks Hospital, Causing Deaths Of 3 Patients

The lawyers were apparently angered by a now viral incident at the hospital in which an attorney was beaten by doctors after he refused to wait in line at the cardiac facility.

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French Prime Minister Unveils Pension Plan As Strike Continues To Paralyze Paris

The plan calls for a shift from 42 distinct pension plans into one universal scheme. The new system will be based on the principle of giving each pensioner the same rights for each euro they pay in.

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Announcing ‘Fire Wings’ – All New Novella Available in Deep Magic Magazine

Thanks to the nice people at Deep Magic Magazine for publishing my new novella Fire Wings in their Winter 2019 issue. This is a never-before-published 35,000-word tale set in the same world as my short story The Hall of the Diamond Queen

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You don’t have to have The Hall of the Diamond Queen to follow the novella but if you want to check it out for completeness it’s available free to subscribers of my mailing list or as part of the Unbound anthology from Grim Oak Press. 

In addition to Fire Wings this issue has two short stories, a novelette and one other novella to enjoy. Here’s the full table of contents:

Forged in Iron and Blood by Jeanna Mason Stay

The Job Prospects of History Majors by Alyssa Eckles

Fairy Lights by Laurie Lucking

A Power Arcane Caitlyn McFarland

Fire Wings by Anthony Ryan

The issue also has extended sample chapters for the following novels:

The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

Raven’s Knight by Steve R. Yeager 

Find out more about Deep Magic on their website.

Categories: Fiction for Fun

New Zealand Scrambles To Treat Burn Victims From Volcanic Eruption

Officials have ordered cadaver skin for injured tourists following Monday's deadly eruption on White Island. Health officials reported some patients received burns on at least 30% of their bodies.

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A Kid In A Refugee Camp Thought Video Games Fell From Heaven. Now He Makes Them

Lual Mayen grew up in a camp in Uganda. Now he's the award-winning CEO of a game development company in Washington, D.C., that has just released 'Salaam' — a game about refugees and peace.

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Jersey City Shooting Was 'A Targeted Attack On The Jewish Kosher Deli'

Pending further investigation, Mayor Steven Fulop refrained from assigning a specifically anti-Semitic motive in the shooting Tuesday that left six people dead, including one police officer.

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U.K. Election: Weary Voters Are Asked To Decide Brexit's Fate

It will be the third general election since 2015. The stakes are high, voters are weary and the two main candidates for prime minister are polarizing.

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Brilliance at Night: The Americas in Darkness

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:57
This image of North and South America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012.
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Greta Thunberg Is The 'Time' Person Of The Year For 2019

She burst onto the world stage after organizing school strikes and protests to call attention to the climate crisis. The Swedish activist, 16, is the youngest person to earn the title.

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Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:00
The electronics retailer, once declared dead, thrives by offering richer in-store experiences and helping set up customers’ gadgets at home.
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13 Awesome Gift Ideas for Board Game Lovers (2019)

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:00
The modern game night is a sacred ritual, so pay it homage with these board games, dice, pencils, and accessories.
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