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The Earth's magnetic poles are overdue for a switch

by Chelsea Gohd January 29, 2018 Earth & Energy 35889<p>Field Flipping<p>Earth’s magnetic field is pretty adept at flipping polarity. The poles have …

Magnetism

Trump's view that ice caps 'setting records' baffles scientists

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists puzzled on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice from the Alps to the Andes is melting amid global warming.<p>Trump cast doubt on mainstream scientific findings about climate change in an …

Global Warming

Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?

He disdains the rule of law. He’s trampling norms of presidential behavior. And he’s bringing vital institutions down with him.<p>Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, …

The 2020 Census may be wildly inaccurate—and it matters more than you think

By Robert ShapiroThe decennial Census is a genuinely powerful institution in American life. I didn’t understand its impact until I oversaw the Census …

Donald Trump defends controversial pardon of 'patriot' Joe Arpaio

US president says former Arizona sheriff, who faced possible jail time for defying order to stop racially profiling Latinos, did ‘a great job’<p>Donald Trump has defended his widely condemned decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former sheriff in Arizona a “patriot” and launching a counterattack …

Trump reversed regulations to protect infrastructure against flooding just days before Hurricane Harvey

The Obama-era rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required the federal government to take into account the risk of flooding and sea-level rise as a result of climate change when constructing new infrastructure and rebuilding after disasters.<p>Experts are predicting that Harvey — the …

Fire sprinklers in new houses: Great idea, experts say, but states ban requiring them

Every time a child dies in a fire, it tugs at your heart, says Rick Ennis, the fire chief of Cape Girardeau, Mo. But the story of a little girl in …

How to Protect Your Online Privacy Now That Congress Sold You Out

Congress just cleared your ISP to sell your data, so now it is time to take privacy into your own hands.<p>All your private online data—the websites you visit, the content of your chats and emails, your health info, and your location—just became suddenly less secure. Not because of hackers, but …

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations | Victoria Herrmann

These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average<p>As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been …

Donald Trump

Republicans turn fire on each other

Trump rips Freedom Caucus as GOP infighting explodes into the open.<p>White House officials insisted Sunday that the relationship between President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan is strong, even as Republican infighting over the failure to repeal Obamacare exploded into the open over the …

Seeing how the highest and lowest-earners spend their money will make you think differently about 'rich' vs 'poor'

On average, Americans spend the bulk of their money in three areas: housing, transportation, and food.<p>But the picture looks a bit different if you compare the country's lowest earners with the highest. While household spending is similar in some areas, low-income Americans spend a significantly …

The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy

Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers' online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers' usage information for advertising purposes.<p>The rules, which …

Privacy

Is It Illegal to Publish a President’s Tax Returns?

WASHINGTON — Even before Rachel Maddow disclosed two pages of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns on her MSNBC program, the White House accused her of complicity in unlawful conduct. “It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns,” a statement from the White House said.<p>The first part of the …

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.<p>But a White …

Donald Trump

TrumpBeat: Is Trump Already Messing With Government Data?

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

Health Care

European welfare benefits help fund ISIS fighters

Governments across Europe have accidentally paid taxpayer-funded welfare benefits such as unemployment funds, disability pensions and housing allowances to Islamic State militants who have used the money to wage war in Iraq and Syria, authorities and terrorism experts say.<p>Danish officials said this …

An amazing moment in history: Donald Trump's press conference

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary denunciation Thursday of his critics, complaining he inherited a "mess" and slamming stories that his campaign was constantly in contact with Russia as "fake news."<p>Trump held court during a news conference that lasted an hour and …

Donald Trump

Why Dragonfly Wings Kill Bacteria | American Council on Science and Health

Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development.<p>Strategies to construct them vary widely. One group has …

Microbiology

Half of Donald Trump voters believe 'massacre' that never happened is evidence Muslim ban is needed

More than half of Donald Trump's supporters believe a massacre that never happened is evidence his Muslim ban is needed.<p>Last week, Trump spinner …

By March, the FBI won't let you email in FOIA requests

Formal requests citing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have been a powerful tool in the public's efforts to legally get info from the government. And not just for yourself: Once a FOIA request runs its lengthy course, an official body often releases that intel publicly -- for example, when …

Why Betsy DeVos is Riling up Education Advocates

The resistance to confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary has reached a crescendo on the eve of a likely close confirmation vote on Tuesday.<p>Senate Democrats pulled an all-night talkathon to oppose placing the Michigan billionaire and school choice advocate in the post. Across the country on …

Dismantling Dodd-Frank: Donald Trump's Valentine's gift to Wall Street | Jill Abramson

While the world was up in arms over his travel ban, our faux-populist president was courting the very people he denounced during the campaign<p>Donald Trump has succeeded in grafting his own attention deficit onto policy-making. And with executive orders flying off his desk at such a frenzied pace, it …

Repeal without replace: a dangerous GOP strategy on Obamacare and climate | Dana Nuccitelli

House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.<p>House Republicans have introduced a bill to rewrite the Clean Air Act. The bill, which has 114 co-sponsors (all Republicans), would revise the Clean Air Act such that:<p><i>The</i> …

Republicans

Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80%

After a factory in Dongguan, China, replaced most of its workers with robots, it witnessed a spectacular rise in productivity.<p>Image not from said …

Republicans Are Trying to Run a Long Con on Public Lands

A new bill, H.R. 622, would open the door for future alt-right occupations in America’s wildest places.<p>There's no end in sight to new legislation that would reshape America's public lands. In many cases, for the worse.<p>The Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act (H.R. 622), introduced by Utah's …

Global flood risk to increase five-fold with a 4°C temperature rise - Fri, 27/01/2017 - 10:57

If global temperatures rise by 4°C, the flood risk in countries representing more than 70% of the global population and of the global GDP will …

Trump urges Senate GOP to trigger 'nuclear option' on Gorsuch nomination

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Senate Republicans should "go for it" and invoke the so-called nuclear option, preventing Democrats from using a filibuster to block his Supreme Court nominee.<p>"If we end up with that gridlock I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear," …

U.S. Supreme Court

Gorsuch Pick For Top Court Fulfills Trump Campaign Pledge, Confirms Democrats' Fears

After a dozen tumultuous days in the White House, President Trump on Tuesday night found a way to unite his party, delight his most ardent supporters and change the storyline on his nascent presidency in a single stroke.<p>It wasn't magic that did it, it was the choice of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the …

Donald Trump

Under A New System, Clinton Could Have Won The Popular Vote By 5 Points And Still Lost

Virginia’s House of Delegates has taken the first step toward awarding the state’s electoral votes proportionally, rather than via the current …

Political Science