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The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …

New Football Helmet Could Save the Sport

Athletes in the U.S. suffer 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year. While helmet makers dither with small improvements, Swedish scientists have built something that could protect us all.<p>On August 19, 2012, in week two of the NFL preseason, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie …

Oil- and metal-munching microbes dominate deep sandstone formations

<i>Halomonas</i> are a hardy breed of bacteria. They can withstand heat, high salinity, low oxygen, utter darkness and pressures that would kill most other …

Bill McKibben’s graph of the year: We’re extracting more fossil fuels than ever

<i>Time has its "Person of the Year." Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year. For 2013, we asked some of the year's most interesting, important and</i> …

Fox News Accidentally Endorses Environmental Regulations In Frenzy Of Attacking Obama

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election.<p>In a segment that aired Dec. 16, Fox News' Steve Doocy discussed a report from the Administrative Conference of the United States that dinged the Obama …

Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

Industry expert warns of grim future of 'recession' driven 'resource wars' at University College London lecture<p>A former British Petroleum (BP) geologist has warned that the age of cheap oil is long gone, bringing with it the danger of "continuous recession" and increased risk of conflict and hunger.<p>…

Exide ordered to clean up toxic substances near Vernon plant

Department of Toxic Substances Control sets urgent deadline for battery recycler, saying rains could wash lead and other metals into Los Angeles River.<p>December 18, 2013|By Jessica Garrison<p>The state toxics agency says lead and other toxic metals have been deposited… (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles…)<p>The …

Pollution

NASA satellite sees increase of India's sulfur dioxide emissions

India's Central Pollution Control Board noted in a 2012 report that the national mean concentration of sulfur dioxide has declined from 2001-2010, an …

Ugandans fear curse of oil wealth as it threatens to blight 'pearl of Africa'

Oil drilling may bring benefits in healthcare and education, but critics are concerned about corruption and the effect on wildlife<p>Most of Uganda's oil is in the Albertine Graben region in the west of the country, an expanse of lush green vegetation that is home to about half of Africa's bird …

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Associated Press News

China’s Desperate Smog Fix: Pumping the Skies With Liquid Nitrogen

Scientists in China say that pumping extremely cold nitrogen into Beijing’s polluted skies might help combat the excessive smog that blankets the …

Artificial sweeteners found in river water and drinking supplies

Canadian researchers think they have found a great way to trace the travels of treated sewage after it is discharged into rivers: Follow the artificial sweeteners.<p>The scientists found elevated concentrations of four sweeteners - cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame – in water samples …

Artificial Sweeteners

Climate change expert's fraud was 'crime of massive proportion,' say feds

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.<p>John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to …

President Obama will meet w/ Tim Cook & tech execs tomorrow to discuss Healthcare.gov & NSA surveillance

The White House has announced (via TIME) that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with a long list of high-profile tech executives tomorrow to discuss the controversial rollout of the Healthcare.gov website as well as NSA surveillance programs that have recently come to light:<p>“Tomorrow, …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …

Post-Newtown: 'It's my job to die'

Taxpayers have invested tens of millions to upgrade school security in the year since the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School.<p>But our children may not be any safer.<p>Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado is a chilling reminder that violence can still erupt out of the blue. But also …

4 reasons why Apple's iBeacon is about to disrupt interaction design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalised map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most. You pause in …

Teens Dig Digital Privacy, If Snapchat Is Any Indication

The track record of commercial products designed with privacy as a top priority has been abysmal — at least until recently. The ephemeral texting app Snapchat is turning assumptions upside down about young people and their desire for digital privacy.<p>Fred Cate, director of applied cybersecurity …

Living Off the Land: How to Earn a Sustainable Income from Home

Home is where the great change will begin. It is not where it ends.<br>~Shannon Hayes, Radical Homemakers<p>Do you hold a dream to live off of the land and …

The Deltaprintr 3D Printer Nearly Sells Out On Kickstarter In Less Than A Week

What do you do when your school can’t afford a 3D printer? If you’re Shai Schechter and Andrey Kovalev you build one yourself. Their printer, called Deltaprintr, has just launched on Kickstarter and the pair has already hit $102,000 out of a $195,000 goal. Their goal is to create an inexpensive, …

Physicist slams new curriculum plan for B.C. schools

A physicist at Simon Fraser University who helps assess the education of high school students bound for his institution is giving a failing grade to a proposed new physics curriculum that is part of an overhaul of what is taught in British Columbia schools.<p>"It's slapdash," says Steve Dodge, an …

Google Glass prescription models coming in January, but not from Google

<i>Google's own prototype of Glass with prescription frames, from May.</i><p>Google has been saying for some time now that it would eventually bring prescription lens support to its Glass headsets, but so far, there hasn't been any word as to when that might come. "Sergey [Brin] dropped this on us in 2012 at …

F-bombs away! Twitter map tracks curses in real time

A new interactive site displays where, and how often, people around the world use the F-word on Twitter. Looks like New York is really effed up.<p>Fiddlesticks! Fracking! Fudge! Nope, not THAT F-word. We're talking about the saucy verb that was supposedly first used in "Flen flyys," a circa-1475 poem …

Social Media

Why Graphene Sheets Make Sexier Chips Than Silicon

The innovation from researchers in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is all about making a complete …

First Drone Conference Takes Off

Technologists, aerial photographers, activists, hobbyists, lawyers and even a philosopher are in attendance at the first Drone & Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) in NYC this weekend. It is a mixed crowd of younger and older, men and women, jeans and just a few suit jackets. Friday kicked off with …

Drones

Why Has the First Medical Tricorder Come from Scanadu?

At the Dublin Web Summit last week, I met Sam de Brouwer, co-founder of one of the most interesting startups of the past couple of years, Scanadu.<p>Following its successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Scanadu’s Scout tricorder is set to go to market in March 2014. The aim is to get one of …

Here's Where The Richest And Poorest People Live In 10 Major US Cities

Now more than ever, American neighborhoods tend to be segregated by income, according to a recent study by Cornell's Kendra Bischoff and Stanford's Sean F. Reardon.<p>That means the rich are living near the rich and the poor are packed together in large sections of the country's biggest metropolitan …

Grow your own delicious mushrooms

A look at different growing methods and varieties enabling you to pick your own edible fungus at home<p>The day we moved to Otter Farm it rained solidly. By the time boxes and bags had been dumped and the kettle found, it was dark. There was no chance to go outside. I woke early and headed over the …

Gardening