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Dozens Of Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mayors from across the country say a lack of leadership in Washington on climate change is prompting them to take action themselves.<p>More than 50 mayors from cities large and small wrapped up a climate change summit in Chicago on Wednesday, at which they signed a formal agreement to reduce …

Climate

Amazon workers at an Italy distribution hub are planning to strike on Black Friday

On one of the busiest shopping days of the year<p>Over 500 Amazon workers at the company’s main distribution hub in Italy are planning to go on strike on Black Friday, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Italian trade unions said the workers from Amazon’s Piacenza hub in northern Italy had agreed to strike for the first …

Dolly the Sheep Didn’t Die Prematurely Because She Was a Clone

Dolly the Sheep made biotech history in 1996 when she became the first animal cloned from adult somatic cells. She lived to the age of seven, which …

Woman accused of mailing explosives to Texas Governor Greg Abbot, President Obama

WALLER COUNTY, Texas-- A woman in the Brookshire area is accused of sending explosives to three government leaders in 2016.<p>According to the six-count indictment, 46-year-old Julia Poff mailed explosives to Governor Greg Abbott, President Barack Obama and Commissioner of the Social Security …

Trump says he'll release JFK assassination papers pending 'the receipt of further information'

President Trump indicated on Twitter Saturday he will most likely release 3,600 top-secret files about the assassination of former President John F. …

JFK Assassination

Shocking discovery of ancient teeth could rewrite human history

There’s still many questions to be answered regarding the origins of mankind, but researchers have a pretty good outline of how it all went down — or …

Anthropology

Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

The Orionid Meteor Shower will reach its peak on Friday night and Saturday morning, with the best viewing shortly before dawn (wherever you are).<p>Last year, the annual show was less than spectacular — a bright gibbous moon hung in the sky for most of the night, stealing the glory from the …

Ridiculous History: 5 of NASA's Greatest Pranks

On any successful space mission, the crew's morale is at the top of the list of priorities. After all, the final frontier can be one high-stress …

Yellowstone supervolcano could blow faster than initially thought

Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, though any talk of it potentially wiping out life as we know it is incorrect.<p>According to …

Twitch unveils a suite of new tools to help creators grow their channels and make money

Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch today announced a number of new features for streamers aimed at helping their grow their online communities and generate revenue from their online channels. Notably, the company will soon debut several features that will allow video creators to better …

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally

No fillings, no drills.<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

Dentistry

Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users

Users of a free software tool designed to optimize system performance on Windows PCs and Android mobile devices got a nasty shock this morning when Piriform, the company which makes the CCleaner tool, revealed in a blog post that certain versions of the software had been compromised by hackers — …

With a deadline approaching, Republicans' last push to roll back Obamacare gains strength

A last-ditch Republican push to roll back the<p>Affordable Care Actappeared to pick up momentum Monday even as opposition from leading patient advocates and healthcare organizations mounted, setting the stage for another potentially dramaticSenatevote on the future of the 2010 law, often called …

Scientists Have Discovered a Way to Make Alcohol Out of Thin Air

But it's not just for drinking.<p>Friends, the utopia is real. Researchers say they have a way to make alcohol out of thin air, and the technique might …

Climate Science Looks Back to Predict the Future—And It’s Not Pretty

Simulating past climates gives science an uncomfortably accurate picture of what the future holds: The last time it was only a little warmer than …

Climate Change

Sand Instantly Turns Into a Fluid If You Blow Air Through It

Although years of movies and TV shows have planted the idea in our head that quicksand is some sort of gritty soup that will swallow you whole in …

Sex around the world: Take a trip to South Korea’s sex theme park

<b>Say ‘theme park’ and you think: Alton Towers or Thorpe Park; family fun and fast rides and fried food and trying not to throw up before you hit the</b> …

Here is a lost Kurt Vonnegut short story. It’s a weirdly feminist satire about bees.

Welcome to the Vox weekly book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of September 3, 2017.<p>Indiana University has discovered an early unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a …

Vicente Fox utterly destroys Donald Trump with an amazing ad for 2020

Holy heck!<p>Usually when stunt videos like this come out, they’re worth a quick chuckle before moving on. But this ad keeps getting better and better …

Donald Trump

This is how your world could end

Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging wildfires, once-in-1,000-years storms and lethal heatwaves have become fixtures of the evening news – and all this after the planet has warmed by less than 1C above preindustrial …

Climate Change

DNA confirms Viking remains belonged to a female military leader

For over 130 years, researchers assumed a Viking warrior and military leader whose remains were found in Sweden was a man. Now, new DNA testing has …

Bodies of 'hundreds' of children buried in mass grave

<b>The bodies of hundreds of children are believed to be buried in a mass grave in Lanarkshire, southern Scotland, according to an investigation by BBC News.</b><p>The children were all residents of a care home run by Catholic nuns.<p>At least 400 children are thought to be buried in a section of St Mary's …

Archaeology

Soon, Your Streets Will Be Watching You

Michael Driver<p>Driver surveillance was designed to make streets safer and more efficient. But what else could be done with the data that shows what we’re like on the road?<p>We live in the era of mass surveillance. Most of what we do is carefully tracked: the websites we visit, the way we spend our …

Insurance

Unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall: lost secrets of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians

Archaeologists are likening the discovery to winning the lottery. A Roman cavalry barracks has been unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall, complete with extraordinary military and personal possessions left behind by soldiers and their families almost 2,000 years ago. A treasure trove of thousands of …

Archaeology

Epic Trails Across the Globe

Tired of the same old trails? Go outside your comfort-zone (and, perhaps, your country) to one of these inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Hurricane Irma is almost the size of Texas — here's how it got so massive and powerful

As Hurricane Irma continues its marauding churn towards Florida, state officials and weather experts are conveying a desperate message: Nowhere on the peninsula is safe.<p>That's because Irma is almost the size of Texas. The storm set a new record for the amount of cyclone energy generated in a single …

Elon Musk unveils prototype for SpaceX astronaut suit with Crew Dragon capsule

Last month, Elon Musk sent out a teaser image of the slim new black-and-white spacesuit that will be used on the planned SpaceX mission to Mars. …

Space Exploration

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How to make sure your eclipse glasses actually work

Don't fry your eyeballs with counterfeits.<p>You've planned your road trip, downloaded your science apps, and bought yourself a pair of shiny new spectacles: you're ready for the eclipse. But is your eyewear is up to the task?<p>With the Great American Eclipse approaching, demand for eclipse glasses—with …

From Tiki torches to hockey, Charlottesville compels companies to denounce white supremacist patrons

Last weekend in Charlottesville, hundreds of people espousing white nationalist, neo-Nazi and Klux Klux Klan ideology marched in the dark through the University of Virginia campus spewing racist taunts while illuminating the night with Tiki-type torches in hand.<p>Until then, the wick-tipped poles …