Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Research published in Nature earlier this year showed that the average speed at which tropical storms track has slowed down by 10% since 1949.

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence Experts provide the steps you can take to avoid them. Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.Drenching rains were inundating North Carolina on Friday as Hurricane Florence crawled inland at three miles an hour.

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Apple also axed its last compact, truly affordable phone: the $399 iPhone SE.So, none of the new iPhones in 2018 has a trusty home button (fingerprint sensor), and they're all $749 or higher.

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action," Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.Analysts also noted that the apparent lack of collaboration between the White House and Congress could indicate that the order is more of a bandaid than a concerted effort by the administration to build deterrents against election meddling."Trump is way late to the game.

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhones

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhones

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhonesApple CEO Tim Cook walks on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, to announce three new iPhones and a new edition of the Apple Watch.Karl Mondon/The Mercury News/Getty ImagesFor a certain crowd, Apple’s annual hardware showcase is a little like Christmas in September.

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Then, with the launch of the iPhone X last fall, Apple introduced a new, edge-to-edge OLED display, face authentication, and seriously impressive cameras.This year's new phones fall in line with "S" upgrades: they're getting better internals, but they don't look drastically different from the year before.

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The Xs will keep last year's the 5.8-inch screen size, and the Xs Max offers an aggressive 6.5-inch display.

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Tree-planting, restoring wetlands and using chemicals to take carbon dioxide from the air will all be needed to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gases in line with government plans, scientists have said.

Rice farming up to twice as bad for climate change as previously thought, study reveals

Rice farming up to twice as bad for climate change as previously thought, study reveals

“Water management on rice farms needs to be calibrated to balance water use concerns with the climate impacts of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions.” “We now know nitrous oxide emissions from rice farming can be large and impactful,” said Richie Ahuja, a co-author of this study.

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

These methods to use innovation and new technologies in disaster risk management were recently featured at the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, a five-day conference that showcases the latest developments in disaster risk assessment.

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Future booms are estimated to cost about $5.8 million each.Major sponsors include Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, and Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.Skeptics questioned whether this was the most economically efficient way to address the problem.“I fully agree that this is not the full solution to plastic pollution,” Mr. Slat said.While it’s necessary to prevent more plastic from entering the ocean, what is there already isn’t going to go away by itself, he added.“We have to clean it up at some point in time and, actually, I would say the sooner the better,” he said.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

It’s a thriller in which the shocks are delivered not by slowly opening closet doors, but by a series of quickly clicked-open windows.Had Searching director Aneesh Chaganty been trying to create suspense in the same way 20 years ago, it likely would've felt as clunky as a teen's Livejournal—and probably wouldn't have made sense to half the audience.

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Instead, they leave it to the campaigns to thoroughly vet their volunteers, just as they would a phone-banker or in-person canvasser."The more barriers to entry you have, the less likely trolls are to jump through them," says Souweine, who founded Relay after leading Sanders' national texting program in 2016.He found out about the phony O'Rourke text the way most people did: On Twitter.

The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

Among the many strains they found was one known as H22, which was present on chicken meat and in people, and carried genetic markers indicating it had occupied the guts of poultry first, and then adapted to humans.This is what earlier studies of EXPECs on meat and in humans lacked: evidence that meat strains and human infections were linked, not just in time and location, but in movement from animal to person.

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

So it'll be interesting to see how Cavill does, and doesn't, live up to the stellar precedent set by CD Projekt Red and voice actor Doug Cockle.Korea's Biggest MMO Developer Just Bought the Studio Behind Eve: OnlineEve: Online, probably the most notable cult success in all of gaming, might be going through some changes in the future.

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

It’s 7:30 am, and Briški and four of her teammates have trundled over to the Longyearbyen hospital—or, as it’s called in Norwegian, the Sykehus, a cognate for “sick house”—for physiological testing ahead of the expedition.Like many other public buildings in Longyearbyen, there’s a taxidermied polar bear to greet visitors in the main lobby; the team is gathered in a suite of rooms just outside the surgical unit, which the head nurse says is rarely used by the town’s 2,000 or so residents, aside from major accidents or routine vasectomies.“You’re going to be spitting a lot, but it’s a hell of a lot better than having you pee in the middle of the North Pole,” Audrey Bergouignan says to another expeditioner.

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Specifically, we think it’s time for politics to shift away from an obsession with economic growth and a culture of work that sees people slaving away at jobs that offer little material or emotional reward.

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Renewed criticism of the centrist French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week saying the government was in thrall to powerful lobby groups and taking only “mini-steps” that were insufficient to deal with climate change.

How Self-Driving Supergroup Aurora Plans to Make Robocars Real

How Self-Driving Supergroup Aurora Plans to Make Robocars Real

But now that it’s looking build up its team (currently about 160-strong), it has published a blog post laying out its approach to robo-driving.WIRED sat down with Urmson, Aurora's CEO, to go over its key points—including the role of machine learning, measuring progress, and proving safety—and how he and his cofounders are handing their second lap around this track.Teaching the MachineIn developing this technology, it’s tempting to fall into what Urmson calls “ladder building.” For example, if you’re working on bringing the car to a stop, you want to keep making it smoother and smoother.

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

To be a smartphone user is to accept the ergonomics and software of small touchscreen keyboards.When I started working with a small team of engineers and designers at Apple in late 2005 to create a touchscreen operating system for Purple—the codename of the super-secret skunk works project that became the iPhone—we didn’t know if typing on a small, touch-sensitive sheet of glass was technologically feasible or a fool’s errand.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Yet all parties involved in housing know that cities are facing more rainfall and flooding due to climate change. However, the waterfront area still remains a flood plain, and is still affected by storm surges associated with climate change.

Australia burns while politicians fiddle with the leadership

Australia burns while politicians fiddle with the leadership

Asking climate scientists whether global warming plays a role in extreme temperature events is like asking a medical researcher whether a case of the ‘flu might just be linked to the influenza virus.

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

As we have explained elsewhere, short-term actions to adapt to coastal flooding can actually increase risks to lives and property. As we see it, market forces and public risk reduction policies interact in unexpected ways, reducing incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval permit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because First Nations had not been adequately consulted and because the implications of increased tanker traffic on the precarious orca whale populations on the West Coast had not been taken into account.

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran physics simulations faster than the CPUs in ordinary computers.Today, researchers still use GPU chips, not just for modeling but for artificial intelligence.

Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

This document demonstrates how Ukip’s climate change denial is putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of people in the UK and across the European Union.” Dave Reay, professor of carbon management at the University of Edinburgh, also ridiculed the report: “The hackneyed, pseudo-scientific arguments here would make the dinosaurs blush.

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