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Death toll from California wildfires rises as 130 still missing

The toll in the deadliest wildfires in recent California history climbed to 59 on Wednesday as authorities released a list of 130 people still missing. Most of those unaccounted for are from the Butte County town of Paradise, in northern California, which was virtually erased from the map by the so-called "Camp Fire" blaze that erupted last week. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told journalists Wednesday evening that 461 search and rescue personnel and 22 cadaver dogs were involved in the effo...
Tags: Science, California, Butte County, Kory Honea


Astronomers may have just spotted a ‘super Earth,’ and it’s not far away

Lately, a lot of the exoplanets discovered by astronomers have been incredibly far away. Spotting planets at a huge distance is still important, and every new planet researchers are able to detect adds to our knowledge of the universe and nature itself, but most of them are so distant that we'll likely never actually visit them. A recent almost-discovery of so-called "super Earth" could change that. Astronomers have spotted what they believe is evidence of a massive, rocky world over three t...
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Amazon Ordered to Hand Over Possible Echo Recordings Related to Double Homicide

A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any data it has pertaining to a New Hampshire double homicide that happened in January of 2017, saying the court has probable cause to believe an Echo may have created recordings that could be useful to the case. But Amazon doesn’t seem eager to fork over audio it may have on…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, New Hampshire, Homicide, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Murder Case, Amazon Ordered


As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the U.S. West.
Tags: Science, California, Montana


'Cut lamb and beef' to fight climate change

The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced to help combat climate change, a report says.
Tags: UK, Science


Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Michael Avenatti in Police Custody After Domestic Violence Accusation

A law enforcement official says Michael Avenatti is in police custody in Los Angeles following an allegation of domestic violence.
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Michael Avenatti


Roughly 100 People Are Listed Missing in the Camp Fire, and Most Are Senior Citizens

Nearly a week after the Camp Fire devastated an entire town, destroying 7,600 homes and at least 260 commercial properties, officials say dozens of people are still missing—possibly hundreds—and many among them are senior citizens.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Paradise, Missing Persons, California Fires, California wildfires, Camp Fire


Bangladesh Says It's Ready to Return Rohingya to Myanmar, But They Are Too Scared to Go

About 2,260 refugees from 485 families are due to be sent back in an initial group
Tags: Science, Bangladesh, Myanmar


The New Trailer for Disney's Live-Action Dumbo Will Pretty Much Rip Your Heart to Shreds

Thanks to the latest trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo, you’ll still believe a horribly depressed elephant can fly! He will also be ripped away from his mother and be forced to wear clown make-up, among other cruelties.Read more...
Tags: Science, Tim Burton, Disney, Animation, Dumbo


Facebook Promoted Anti-Soros Conspiracy Theory to Counter Critics of Its Garbage Platform: Report [Updated]

Facebook has been exposed as utter garbage yet again. The company allegedly hired a political research firm to spread a conspiracy theory about its critics. And yes, the conspiracy theory reportedly involves George Soros.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, delete Facebook, Our Garbage Facebook, George Sorros, Facebook Promoted Anti Soros Conspiracy Theory, George Soros Read


Facebook Promoted Anti-Soros Conspiracy Theory to Counter Critics of Its Garbage Platform: Report

Facebook has been exposed as utter garbage yet again. The company allegedly hired a political research firm to spread a conspiracy theory about its critics. And yes, the conspiracy theory reportedly involves George Soros.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, delete Facebook, Our Garbage Facebook, George Sorros, Facebook Promoted Anti Soros Conspiracy Theory, George Soros Read


Frigid planet detected orbiting nearby star

A frozen and dimly lit planet, dubbed a "Super-Earth," may be orbiting the closest single star to our solar system, astronomers said on Wednesday, based on two decades of scientific observations. The planet, estimated to be at least 3.2 times more massive than Earth, was spotted circling Barnard's Star, a type of relatively cool and low-mass star called a red dwarf, about 6 light-years away from our solar system, comparatively close in cosmic terms. It is believed to orbit Barnard's Star every...
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President Trump Makes Baseless Claim That Voters Change Clothes to Cast Multiple Votes

He offered no evidence for his claim
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NASA is going to live stream the touchdown of its new Mars lander

NASA has sent a number of high-tech robots to the Red Planet already, but we don't normally hear about how things like entry and landing went until after the fact. That's going to change with the entry of the InSight lander, which is scheduled to touch down on Mars on November 26th, because NASA is going to live stream the entire event for the world to watch. No, the lander won't actually be sending back live video of itself hurtling towards the Martian surface, but the space agency ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Red Planet, NASA TV Public Channel


The Everyday Weirdness of Xombi, One of the Most Under-Appreciated Comics Ever Made

In the mid-1990s, David Kim lived in a world where bicycle piranha would secretly feast on chained-up two-wheelers. He fought against incarnations of misdirected rage and rode in elevators where you had to read stories aloud to get to the right floor. He was the main character of Xombi, a comic about an unkillable…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dc Comics, David Kim, Panel Discussion, Dwayne McDuffie, Milestone Media, Second Printing, Xombi, John Rozum


Scientists report a super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s Star, a mere 6 light-years away

The astronomical team that found the nearest exoplanet at Proxima Centauri has done it again with the reported detection of a super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s Star, the second-closest star system to our own. The discoverers acknowledge, however, that they’re not completely sure yet. “After a very careful analysis, we are 99 percent confident that the planet is there,” Spanish astronomer Ignasi Ribas, lead author of a study about the detection published today by the journal Nature, said in a news r...
Tags: Science, Earth, Nature, Proxima Centauri, Barnard, Ignasi Ribas


Skulls reveal Neanderthals, humans had similarly harsh lives

NEW YORK (AP) — Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times.
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A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with itIt's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matterScientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaughtTechnically, "S1" is a stream of debris from a dwarf galaxy torn apart by the Milky Way's gravity, passing through space. What S1 is pulling along with it, though, is being described in a far more dramatic way, as " a dark matter hurricane ." Scientists believe this comp...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Earth, Discovery, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Dark Matter, Gaïa, S1, Ciaran A J O Hare


The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans

As Earth's tectonic plates dive beneath one another, they drag three times as much water into the planet's interior as previously thought. Using the natural seismic rumblings of the earthquake-prone subduction zone at the Marianas trench, where the Pacific plate is sliding beneath the Philippine plate, researchers were able to estimate how much water gets incorporated into the rocks that dive deep below the surface. The find has major ramifications for understanding Earth's deep water cycle, w...
Tags: Science, Columbia University, Pacific, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Marianas, Donna Shillington


Review: Apple's New iPad Pro Is An Incredible Tablet With One Major Shortcoming

While it's a powerful device, it's limited by its software
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The 10 Best Deals of November 14, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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Upsettingly Large Fungus in Michigan Weighs 440 Tons and Is 2,500 Years Old

It’s nicknamed the “humongous fungus”—an unusually large fungal growth belonging to a single genetic individual. An updated analysis of this gigantic fungal beast shows it’s substantially larger and older than scientists initially thought. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, Fungi, Evolution, Michigan, Humongous Fungus, Armillaria Gallica, Honey Mushroom


Fatal California fires spur search for solutions

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce the growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Montana, Nation & World


RFID stickers could signal contaminated food

If a food item isn’t safe to eat, it’s best to find that out before someone eats it. But manual testing of every jar and bottle isn’t possible, even when a threat, like the recent baby food scare, is known. MIT researchers have found a way to check many items instantly, non-invasively, and from a distance — using the RFID tags many products already have. RFID, or radio frequency identification, uses a tiny antenna embedded in a sticker or label that’s activated and powered by radio waves at a...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Tech, Mit, Rfid, Machine Learning, Fadel Adib


Plans Revealed for Enormous Particle Collider in China

Scientists this week released a conceptual design report for a next-generation particle accelerator in China, which would serve as a “Higgs boson factory,” as its proponents have called it.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Particle Accelerators


China Plans to Build a Particle Collider Five Times More Powerful Than the LHC

A whole 20 miles in diameter.
Tags: Science, LHC


Amazon has officially picked its new headquarter locations. Here’s how many jobs it promises to bring

HQ2 is being split between two destinations.
Tags: Amazon, Science


Greenland ice sheet hides huge 'impact crater'

Scientists find evidence that an iron asteroid slammed into the Earth deep inside the Arctic Circle.
Tags: Science, Earth, Greenland


New York Politicians Suggest a Better Place Jeff Bezos Can Stick His New Headquarters 

Long Island City—Hundreds gathered this afternoon at Gordon Triangle, smack dab in the middle of a newly proposed campus for Amazon employees. Ringed by local news crews, a coalition of local politicians led by City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Michael Gianaris stated their intent to stop Bezos’s…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, Science, City Council, Bezos, Long Island City, Crystal City, Michael Gianaris, Jimmy Van Bramer, HQ2, Go Home, Gordon Triangle


Comcast to Pay $700,000 in Refunds Over Hidden Fees

Comcast will cancel the debts of more than 20,000 customers and pay back $700,000 in Massachusetts as part of a settlement with the state’s Attorney General over deceptive advertising. Back in 2015 and early 2016, the cable giant advertised a $99 lock-in rate for plans that didn’t include equipment costs and had…Read more...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Comcast, Whos Fucking You Today



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