The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and recently expanded in low-lying areas, an estimated $2.4 billion will be needed over the next several decades to protect the city from flooding, one study says.

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

Bitmain, a Chinese company that makes specialized computers for “mining” cryptocurrency, said it would invest $500 million in what was to be the world’s largest bitcoin -mining facility at the closed Alcoa smelter, which, crucially, was still connected to massive electrical lines.

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

By swiping to a special screen inside the app, Uber riders can travel to within 800 feet of 24 eligible bus stops and then transfer to a bus for free.“In our county, we really are trying to change the culture so that more people are using public transit rather than thinking about putting their car on the road,” says Janet Long, a Pinellas County commissioner and chair of the transit authority board.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them.

Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain

Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain

Security News This Week: Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain. Motherboard reports that hackers breached Citycomp, a German internet infrastructure provider for some of the world’s biggest corporations, stealing financial data and then attempting to extort the companies to get it back.

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

“This is a legally binding order that’s issued when we want to prevent the increased risk of infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, at a press conference on Friday.

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us. The threat of bigger measles outbreaks is turning the political tides, making public health officials more willing to take draconian steps.

This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

It comes in advance of a resolution that would commit the Missoula area to 100 percent clean electricity by 2030.“We looked at the potential for new bitcoin mining and saw that we’re never going to meet these goals if mining happens in the way it’s been happening,” says Josh Slotnick, who sits on the board of commissioners.

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break GameApple's existing office in Austin, Texas, a few miles from where the company announced plans to build a new campus.SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty ImagesIt took about 30 minutes for Williamson County commissioners to unanimously approve a roughly $16 million incentive package for Apple Tuesday morning, bringing the total amount the tech giant is likely to receive in exchange for choosing Austin as the site for its newest campus to a cool $41 million.

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

Is California's Smoke Getting Worse? It's Complicated

"If you use intensity as a proxy for pollution—that is, if you assume stronger fires will produce more emissions like smoke—then by stint of that, yes, there ought to be more smoke," says atmospheric composition scientist Mark Parrington.A senior researcher at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Parrington tracks wildfires around the world to better understand their effect on pollution and public health.

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could HelpReliable broadband is not guaranteed in southern Utah, a region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.john lambing/AlamyBefore and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom.

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

In the riverfront city of New Bern, emergency rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of residents trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics as the Neuse River overflowed and flooded the city.Here are the latest developments:• The storm, which was downgraded to Category 1 late Thursday, made landfall about 7:15 a.m., with winds of about 90 miles an hour.