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Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C

You could see the physical change. Road surfaces started to melt … Dev Niyogi, American Meteorological Society<p>The blast of furnace-like heat ... literally feels life-threatening and apocalyptic Professor Nigel Tapper<p>Imagine a city at 50C (122F). The pavements are empty, the parks quiet, entire …

Climate Change

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Climate Change

Rule-Based Monetary Policies Will Keep Volatility Low

The global economy is enjoying its first synchronized upswing since 2007. As a result, more central banks are looking to retreat from quantitative easing and other unconventional monetary policies implemented in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The latest example …

Economics

Reddit purges Nazi groups in new anti-hate crackdown

Reddit began purging Nazi, white supremacist and other hate-based groups on Wednesday after announcing new policy changes aimed at culling communities that incite violence.<p>The popular news discussion site said in a statement it decided to overhaul some rules regarding incitement of violence after …

Why the Internet Is Freaking Out Over The Last Jedi's Porgs

R2-D2. Ewoks. BB-8. With nearly every addition to the Star Wars film franchise, there has been some new creature or droid that has delighted …

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Sleep

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

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Don't blame addicts for America's opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits | Chris McGreal

America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another<p>Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. After his own commission on the opioid crisis …

FDA

'Trainspotting generation' most likely to die from drug use

Surge in deaths among 40- to 49-year-olds last year helps fuel another record high in drug use deaths<p>People in the “Trainspotting generation” are most likely to die from drug use, after a sharp rise in deaths among 40- to 49-year-olds last year, official statistics show.<p>The mortality rate among …

The opioid epidemic is affecting these Massachusetts ZIP codes the most - Boston Business Journal

By Jessica Bartlett <br>– Reporter, Boston Business Journal<p>Aug 3, 2017, 2:29pm EDT<b><br>Updated</b> Aug 11, 2017, 1:51pm EDT<p><b>See Correction/Clarification at end of</b> …

Reengineering elevators could transform 21st-century cities

In the 160 or so years since the first skyscrapers were built, technological innovations of many kinds have allowed us to build them to reach …

How to use free Wi-Fi safely for banking, shopping and browsing

Public Wi-Fi is a convenient way to check Facebook, browse the Internet or do some online shopping on the go without putting a dent in your cellular data plan. (Use this free app to find Wi-Fi anywhere you go.) Unfortunately, if there are hackers on the same network, there’s a good chance they can …

Lights in Mexican Storm May be UFO Recharging on Lightning

As New Horizons chugs past Pluto powered by 24 pounds of plutonium-238 and the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 airplane sits grounded in Hawaii for at …

How I Convinced Snoop Dogg to Stop Smoking Weed

From the new biography, I Am Charlie Wilson, about the soul singer's struggles and triumphs over addiction, homelessness, and prostate cancer.<p>It was Calvin Broadus Jr.—you know him as the rapper Snoop Dogg—who announced me to the world as "Uncle Charlie." But the title wasn't some rap moniker or …

Opioid crisis: 2 moms, 2 heroin-addicted children, 2 struggles

They are strangers but the two mothers share the same terrifying experience of watching their children's lives nearly slip through their fingers …

Study Finds Europeans Love to Get High — And Their Drugs Are Stronger and Purer Than Ever | VICE News

The purity and potency of illegal drugs is Europe is on the rise, according to a new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In its annual analysis of European drug trends, the EMCDDA also found that heroin use was in decline, that London's sewers had the …

Europe

Make a Folding Sawhorse

Watch This Forgotten Technology: Man Lifts 20 Ton Block By Hand

Wally Wallington shows us how it could have been; With appropriate knowledge of mechanics, with easily obtainable or manufacturing materials …<p>In …

The True Purpose Of The Ancient Pyramids Has Been FINALLY DISCOVERED

Mainstream historians will tell you that the Great Pyramid of Giza was a glorified tomb for the Egyptian pharaohs. The …<p>We live in a world full of …

The Alien Message To All Mankind

In summary, this is the message given to man to answer the life long question. That is "where are the Aliens"? Here is what this former jet pilot, …

How to use Lollipop's Smart Lock feature (Trusted places, Trusted devices) on your Android smartphone

One of the best features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is the ability to temporarily disable or bypass a smartphone’s lock screen security using a new …

Law enforcement wants to shut down Google’s Waze for ‘stalking’ police

Waze, the popular map application now owned by Google, has offered a few really convenient features to make driving easier. Waze allows users to easily avoid traffic congestion, car accidents, road closings and even police traps. While convenient for the general public, certain law enforcement …

Table Saw Jigs: Build a Table Saw Sled

Get dead-on square cuts and 45-degree miter cuts every time!<p>If you own a table saw, you know it works great for ripping long pieces. But did you know …

Plywood bookcase! Made from a single sheet of plywood. Video and plans in a few minutes.

Building the 3-D pantograph

Template Cutting with a Jig Saw

It’s much easier to rough cut large pieces using a jig saw. The trouble is trying to stay close to the layout lines. To make things a little easier, …

Chisel Sharpening Jig

This is the jig, from the front. The jig was made entirely from a scrap of Douglas-fir. I do not recommend Douglas-fir for jig making - it produces …

Climate scientists rebuff skeptics' arguments against 2014 'warmest year' claim

On January 16, two U.S. climate observing agencies jointly announced that 2014 was most likely the warmest year on record worldwide, beating previous …

Pocket Hole Jig - Modification

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