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California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 29 on Sunday, matching the deadliest in the state's history as recovery teams found six more bodies in the grim search through the wreckage. The "Camp Fire" -- in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains -- is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map. ...
Tags: Science, California, Sierra Nevada, Kory Honea


Sri Lanka's President Says He Dissolved Parliament to Avert Violence

Sri Lanka’s president said he dissolved Parliament and called elections to avoid possible violence inside Parliament and around the country.
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Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Energy, Elections, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Net Neutrality, Fitness, Gross, Climate Change, California, Audio, Dna, Georgia, History


The Only Bad Thing About Fox News' Silent Twitter Protest Is That It Will Eventually End

Imagine, if you will, a world without Fox News. That’s largely been the case on Twitter since Thursday, when many of the network’s official Twitter channels went silent.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Protests, Fox News, Tucker Carlson


Michelle Obama surprises students in a dance class at her former high school: Part 5

The former first lady visits her alma mater, Whitney Young High School, where she said, "You were encouraged to work hard here and to excel... So I felt free here."
Tags: Science, Michelle Obama, Whitney Young High School


How Michelle Obama reacted to Donald Trump winning the presidency: Part 4

"I implored people to focus and to think about what it takes to be commander in chief," Obama told Roberts. "It's amazing to me that we still have to tell people about the importance of voting."
Tags: Science, Obama, Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, Roberts


Michelle Obama on the bruising campaign to the White House: Part 3

The former first lady writes in "Becoming" that she will "never forgive" President Trump for challenging the legitimacy of her husband's birth certificate.
Tags: Science, White House, Michelle Obama, Trump


From Michelle Obama's humble Chicago upbringing to the White House: Part 1

Ahead of her memoir, "Becoming," the former first lady takes ABC News' Robin Roberts back to the Chicago neighborhood where she learned the value of hard work.
Tags: Science, Abc, White House, Chicago, Michelle Obama, Robin Roberts


Lime Launches Global Recall of Some E-Scooters Over Reports They Can Break While Being Used

Just weeks after Lime said it pulled some of its electric scooters from the streets of major cities over their alleged potential to catch fire, it has now issued a global recall of some of its scooters over claims that they can break apart during use.Read more...
Tags: Science, Scooters, Segway, Electric Scooters, Lime, Scooter Wars


Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space

The private space race is heating up. U.S. and New Zealand spaceflight company Rocket Lab successfully completed its first commercial launch called "It's Business Time" on Sunday, sending seven payloads to orbit. SEE ALSO: Whatever happened to Starman? SpaceX says he's gone beyond Mars. Rocket Lab's Electron rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 4:50 p.m., shortly reaching orbit afterward. Rocket Lab's second orbital Electron mission #It...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Beck, Nasa, New Zealand, Mars, Cnbc, Mahia Peninsula, Electron, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck


Yuri Orlov – The Cornell physicist who was arrested by the KGB and exiled to Siberia

Physicist Yuri Orlov fought for human rights during the Cold War.He was arrested by the KGB and exiled to Siberia.Orlov's story can inspire scientists to fight for their beliefs. None The midterm elections saw 9 new scientists elected to Congress, a positive trend in the anti-science climate supported by the White House. Scientists are prepared to fight. They can take some inspiration from Yuri Orlov.An accelerator physicist suddenly acquired viral fame as a tweet about him highlighted a very un...
Tags: Science, Activism, Congress, Democracy, Government, Russia, Reagan, History, Peace, Physics, United States, Innovation, Protests, Nuclear Weapons, Amnesty International, Armenia


Iron Man and Thanos Get a Rematch in This Goofy Action Figure Epic

Iron Man v. Thanos didn’t go, like, great in Avengers: Infinity War. But maybe Tony could take another shot at the big purple guy, do it right?Read more...
Tags: Science, Iron Man, Stop Motion, Thanos, Tony, Avengers Infinity War


Michelle Obama reflects on what she wants her legacy to be: Part 6

The former first lady, whose memoir, "Becoming" is out on Nov. 13, hopes that by sharing her story, she'll inspire the next generation.
Tags: Science, Michelle Obama


Sir Patrick Stewart Has Been an Important Presence in the Picard Show's Writers Room

There are a lot of ways to get to know a character. You can study all their appearances, get really into the heads of the people who made them. Or, you can just be a brilliant actor who’s played that character for several years. That works, too. Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Michael Chabon, Patrick Stewart, Picard


A Chemical That the EPA Never Approved Was Used to Treat a City's Drinking Water for 10 Years: Report

A chemical that bills itself as a well cleaner, but hasn’t been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to treat drinking water, has reportedly been used for that purpose for 10 years in Denmark, South Carolina, CNN reported Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Denmark, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, South Carolina, Drinking Water, Berry Systems, Denmark South Carolina CNN


How you can help the victims of California's potent wildfires

The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached:  "Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now." These late-season fall fires — stoked by...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Malibu, Charity Navigator, Southern California, Northern California, LA County, Los Angeles Fire Department, Drea de Matteo, Jewish Community Federation, LAFD, Sonoma Counties, California Fire Foundation, LAFD Foundation, Woosley Fire


Facebook simulates itself up a better, more gradual product launch

When you’re launching a new social media product, like an image-sharing app or niche network, common wisdom is to make it available to everyone as soon as it’s ready. But simulations carried out by Facebook — and let’s be honest, a few actual launches — suggest that may be a good way to kneecap your product from the start. It’s far from a simple problem to simulate, but in the spirit of the “spherical cow in a vacuum” it’s easy enough to make a plausible model in which to test some basic hypothe...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Science, Tech, Conway, Shankar Iyer


Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, .Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocket Lab


Dozens of cat mummies unearthed in ancient Egyptian tomb

At an excavation of a pharaoh's 4,500-year-old pyramid complex, Egyptian archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats — in addition to 100 ornate cat statues.  Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany announced the ancient cat artifacts on Nov. 10, and the Ministry took to Twitter to share images of the long-deceased felines, wrapped in ribbons of cloth. Ancient Egyptians may not have worshiped their cats, but there's ample evidence that they viewed the small mammals ...
Tags: Science, Ministry, Saqqara, Khaled El Enany, Antiquities Arab Republic of Egypt, Saqqara Giza Egypt


IPN develops content to bring science to children

Mexico, Nov. 11 (Notimex).- Scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN, for its acronym in Spanosh) develop content, materials and strategies to bring science concepts to children, especially in physics, beyond the field of dissemination, for which they are trained to teachers. In a statement, the IPN indicated that the above is an academic contribution to the incorporation of science in early childhood, in which the current requirement at the preschool level is 13 percent, equivale...
Tags: Science, Mexico, IPN, National Polytechnic Institute IPN, Notimex Scientists, Spanosh, National Institute for Educational Evaluation INEE, Mario Humberto Ramírez Díaz, Formative, Ramirez Diaz, CICATA, CICATA Legaria


How you can help the victims of California's wildfires

The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached:  "Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now." These late-season fall fires — stoked by...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Malibu, Charity Navigator, Southern California, Northern California, LA County, Los Angeles Fire Department, Drea de Matteo, Jewish Community Federation, LAFD, Sonoma Counties, California Fire Foundation, LAFD Foundation, Woosley Fire


Hell in Paradise: fire crews in grim search for California's dead

Search teams scoured the carnage of California's most destructive ever wildfire for victims on Sunday, as the state-wide death toll rose to 26 with high winds hampering the effort to rescue property and save lives. Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour. The largest inferno -- the so-called "Camp Fire" in the northern ...
Tags: Science, California, Sierra Nevada


George RR Martin Explains Why Writing The Winds of Winter Is So Hard

The saga of the Iron Throne is slowly winding its way to closure, though the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter, is still just a gleam in the eyes of long-suffering fans. Read more...
Tags: Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, Winds Of Winter


Kellyanne Conway Says Doctored Video of Jim Acosta Was 'Not Altered,' Just 'Sped Up'

Continuing her post-truth crusade of alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway is now claiming that the misleading video edit shared by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week of an interaction between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House aide was “not altered,” just “sped up.”Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, White House, Cnn, Donald Trump, Jim Acosta, Election video, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts, Migrant Caravan


Looking for life on Mars — at the bottom of a gold mine

Belgian biologist Gaetan Borgonie found animal life 2 miles below the Earth's surface. He believes if life can exist there, it might exist on Mars.
Tags: Science, Earth, Mars, Gaetan Borgonie


The Kings' Arena Was Filled With Wildfire Smoke Before Last Night's Game

Smoke from the Camp Fire raging in Butte County, California—which has killed 23 people since it began early on Thursday—made its way into the Sacramento Kings’ arena ahead of the team’s game against the Lakers on Saturday night. The game was not delayed, but smoke was visible above the court before tip-off, and it…
Tags: Science, Sacramento Kings, Fires, Los Angeles Lakers, The Lakers, Butte County California, Northern California Wildfires, Camp Fire


Tim Blake Nelson Sheds A Little Bit of Light on His Mystery Watchmen Role

Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen TV series, slated for HBO, is a bit of a cipher. How direct of an adaptation of the comic or its world will it be, and why is there so much secrecy around the characters and plot details? How mad, precisely, will this make Alan Moore?Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Damon Lindelof, Tim Blake Nelson, Watchmen, Alan Moore?Read


Firefighters slam Trump's illogical tweet about out-of-control California fires

As thousands of firefighters battled uncontrolled flames in both Northern and Southern California on Saturday, President Trump tweeted out an ill-informed, distorted message about the cause of these deadly autumn infernos.  But the firefighting community quickly rebutted the president's rash claims, wherein he blamed "gross mismanagement of the forests," while also threatening to cut federal support to fire management efforts.  There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, California, CA, Southern California, Trump, Fed, Northern California, U S Forest Service, Donald J Trump, University of Idaho, Northern and Southern California, IAFF, International Association of Firefighters, Camp Fire, Brenda Belongie


What humanity will gain by going to Mars

It might take going to another planet for different nations to finally, once and for all, learn how to get along with each other. What will we eat on Mars? We can't live off of a diet of potatoes alone. There are huge problems to solve, but recent technologies like 3D printing might help things move a lot faster, and be a lot less dangerous. Leland is a featured big thinker on season 2 of Mars on the National Geographic Channel. You can find out more information about the show here. ...
Tags: Food, Video, Space, Science, Future, Nasa, Innovation, Planets, Exploration, Mars, Cooperation, Leland, National Geographic Channel You


Space unicorn Rocket Lab reaches orbit again in key first commercial launch

Rocket Lab put seven spacecraft in orbit on Saturday as the company completed its first launch for paying customers.
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