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Pictures of the Week 6.15.18

India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next

On the outskirts of Bangalore one morning last summer, a sullen young man named Manjunath stood high atop a cocoa-colored 1,850-gallon tanker truck, …

Merchant Shipping

Alaska Airlines Tweaks Ticket Changes and Reward Flight Pricing

Alaska Airlines is making some changes to the ticket change fees and award flight points requirements. Some of these changes can actually make your next Alaska Airlines award flight cheaper. These changes will take effect on two different dates in June 2018. If you haven’t booked your award flight …

Flying

5 Alaska Mileage Plan Award Redemptions

If you have a nice balance in your Alaska Airlines account you may now be wondering how you can best spend your miles, especially since Mileage Plan loyalty program has some value and because they recently announced some upcoming changes to tickets and reward prices.<p>Here are five redemption ideas …

Alaska Airlines

The Best Ways to Fly to Europe With Points & Miles [Step-by-Step]

Paris in the Spring. Spain’s Costa del Sol in the Summer. Christmas Markets in Germany. No matter what time of year it is, there is always a great …

American Airlines

The ancient Peruvian mystery solved from space

These puzzling holes in the arid valleys of southern Peru tell us there was once a flourishing, sophisticated society here.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In one of the most arid regions in the world a series of carefully constructed, …

Archaeology

This Will Be America's Top Renewable Energy Source by 2019

It's not solar power, but for the first time in 100 years it's not hydropower, either.<p>Hydropower emerged as a dependable way to illuminate American …

The world’s top wind turbine can power your home in one spin

Wind turbines are getting bigger. Last week, the world’s most powerful wind turbine rose out of the sea off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s the …

Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about his voters and the most enthusiastic part of his "base." He is a …

Why Lithium Is About To Replace Oil

Would you be interested in buying a commodity that will become the basis for the global economy for the second half of the 21st century?<p>How about a …

Rare Earth

MIT predicts 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018

The MIT Technology Review has released a list of technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months, including smarter …

Natural Gas

The dangerous downsides of perfectionism

Many of us believe perfectionism is a positive. But researchers are finding that it is nothing short of dangerous, leading to a long list of health problems – and that it’s on the rise.<p>In one of my earliest memories, I’m drawing. I don’t remember what the picture is supposed to be, but I remember …

The Complete Winter Olympics Schedule for 2018: When to Watch Every Sport

The 2018 Winter Olympics began Friday, Feb. 9 in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, and the schedule of events is packed from the opening ceremony until …

What3Words App Is Changing How We Map the Globe

It sounds like the setup to a whole new version of the "Who's on first?" routine, but it's actually a totally cool system for finding any location on …

Forestry

As U.S. Trumpets ‘America First,’ Rest of the World Is Moving On

WASHINGTON — President Trump is arriving at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to explain his “America First” approach at a moment when the world is moving ahead with a trade agenda that no longer revolves around the United States.<p>The world marked a turning point in global trade on …

Globalization

If We Want to Keep the Gadgets Coming, Let's Mine Greenland

<b>Without neodymium, your</b> ears would be sad. The magnetic fields generated by drivers made of this strange metal, a component of high-end speakers, …

Rare Earth

The Second Coming of Ultrasound

Before Pierre Curie met the chemist Marie Sklodowska; before they married and she took his name; before he abandoned his physics work and moved into …

These companies claim blockchain could help fight climate change

Is it a breakthrough, or just a buzzword?<p>Bitcoin, the much-hyped cryptocurrency, made headlines recently for driving a surge in power use. Around the globe, digital entrepreneurs are ‘mining’ Bitcoins by solving complex math problems, using supercomputers to get the job done. Those supercomputers …

Blockchain

Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre

The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting …

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

Genetics

Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

INTUTO, Peru — Amadeo García García rushed upriver in his canoe, slipping into the hidden, booby-trapped camp where his brother Juan lay dying.<p>Juan writhed in pain and shook uncontrollably as his fever rose, battling malaria. As Amadeo consoled him, the sick man muttered back in words that no one …

a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

Date |<p>Data |<p>Scale |<p>Source |<p>Control | Now « – ‹ – › – » ⊕Grid▷HD<p>Mode | Air – Ocean – Chem – Particulates – Space<p>Height | Sfc – 1000 – 850 – 700 – 500 …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Bill Clinton

7 Inspiring Solutions For Disaster Relief Housing

Inspired by a builder's response to the devastating wildfires across California, we're taking a look at seven recent designs for disaster relief housing from architects around the world.<p>After watching the news coverage of the devastating wildfires in California, which have burned over 245,000 acres …

This winter may bring extra snow to some parts of the US and mild temperatures to others — here's the forecast where you live

Whether you like it or not, winter is officially here. Forecasters at the National Weather Service have released their final winter predictions as a La Nina weather pattern sweeps across the country, disrupting temperatures nationwide.<p>Many Americans could get a balmier-than-usual winter, with mild …

Chasing the Illegal Loggers Looting the Amazon Forest

The cargo ship <i>Yacu Kallpa</i> rode impatiently at anchor off Iquitos, Peru, a ramshackle city on a bend in the broad, turbulent waters of the Amazon …

Jeff Bezos-backed indoor farming startup Plenty opens 100K square-foot facility in Seattle region

An indoor farming startup backed by some of the biggest names in tech has arrived in Seattle, expanding its effort to change how people eat fruits …

A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New Cold War - WSJ

The Krasnodar, a Russian attack submarine, left the coast of Libya in late May, headed east across the Mediterranean, then slipped undersea, quiet as a mouse. Then, it fired a volley of cruise missiles into Syria.<p>In the days that followed, the diesel-electric sub was pursued by the aircraft carrier …

Military

Daily Design Inspiration

Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work …

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

<b>Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC.</b><p>The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single typo out of the three billion "letters" of our genetic code.<p>They …