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Sorry, But The Keto Diet Might Give You A Really Funky Rash
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:08:00 -0500

Sorry, But The Keto Diet Might Give You A Really Funky RashHonestly, isn't the keto flu enough?


Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:04:42 -0500

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leakCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.


A Former Power Plant Was Converted Into A Modern Home Full Of Impeccable Design
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:03:00 -0500

A Former Power Plant Was Converted Into A Modern Home Full Of Impeccable DesignThe transformation is shocking.


U.N. proposes Yemen's warring parties pull out of key port: sources
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:49:40 -0500

U.N. proposes Yemen's warring parties pull out of key port: sourcesIt was not clear if the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government would accept the proposal made at peace talks in Sweden that aim to avert a full-scale assault on Hodeidah, now a focus of the nearly four-year-old war. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres will attend the closing of the talks on Thursday to meet with both delegations and support his Yemen special envoy's efforts, a U.N. spokesman said. After the two sides agreed to exchange around 15,000 prisoners, the consultations revolve around thornier issues such as the status of Hodeidah and the reopening of Sanaa airport.


Trump administration rolls back clean water protections
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:42:14 -0500

Trump administration rolls back clean water protectionsThe US government on Tuesday unveiled a plan to roll back clean water rules protecting the nation's waterways and wetlands, fulfilling a pledge from President Donald Trump to farmers and supporters who view environmental regulations as too strict. The proposed changes to the Clean Water Act would "remove and replace" rules set by the administration of Barack Obama in 2015, which was widely praised by environmental protection activists. Trump had previously called the Obama-era regulation "horrible" and said it impeded economic development in rural areas -- an issue that was important to his electoral base.


Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Find the Cause of a Mysterious ISS Leak
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:34:00 -0500

Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Find the Cause of a Mysterious ISS LeakThe small hole was found in late August, and now two cosmonauts are leaving the ISS to find answers on the outside.


Global stocks choppy on political sparring, oil climbs
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:26:21 -0500

Global stocks choppy on political sparring, oil climbsEuropean shares closed higher, in part from a boost in auto shares, and Wall Street opened on a strong note after a report that China is moving to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, which market participants viewed as a sign China is ready to make concessions on trade. "The key drivers of today's volatility are the political and geopolitical headlines," said Carol Schleif, deputy chief investment officer at Abbot Downing in Minneapolis.


Only 700 Amazon Workers are Coming to Long Island City in 2019
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:24:45 -0500

Only 700 Amazon Workers are Coming to Long Island City in 2019The online retailer will hire only about 700 people next year at its new Long Island City location at One Court Square, growing to about 3,000 in 2020, according to documents released Tuesday by New York City. The documents include New York’s pitch to the Seattle-based tech giant to attract 50,000 good-paying corporate jobs to the metropolitan area, as well as a memorandum of understanding about the project in Long Island City. Amazon announced last month that it had split its new office project in half, with 25,000 jobs going to Queens and 25,000 going to the Washington, D.C. suburbs within 15 years.


As the Last Zumwalt-Class Vessel Launches, the Stealth Destroyer's Fate Remains Deeply Uncertain
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:23:00 -0500

As the Last Zumwalt-Class Vessel Launches, the Stealth Destroyer's Fate Remains Deeply UncertainThe Navy still hasn’t said what it’s going to do about the fact that it can't afford the ammo for the boats' fancy guns.


China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:58:23 -0500

China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talksChina's plan was communicated during a phone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday morning Beijing time, the official said. Meanwhile, U.S.-China tensions over the Canadian arrest of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] appeared to rise, as Canada confirmed that one of its citizens had been detained in China. Canada said there was no direct link to the Huawei case, but two sources said the U.S. State Department was considering a travel warning of risks to U.S. citizens in China due to retaliation over the Huawei case.


Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testing
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:56:39 -0500

Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testingEnvironmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national environmental policy, according the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, against U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service.


What to Do If You Think You Have Endometriosis
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:56:00 -0500

What to Do If You Think You Have EndometriosisThe first thing gynecologists want you to know is that period pain isn't normal.


The Arctic's Oldest Ice Is Almost Gone. Here's Why That Could Be So Catastrophic.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:49:00 -0500

The Arctic's Oldest Ice Is Almost Gone. Here's Why That Could Be So Catastrophic.About 95 percent of the Arctic's multiyear ice has melted since 1985.


Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent Eruptions
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:47:00 -0500

Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent EruptionsWater can make a volcanic eruption much, much worse.


'Spirit of Apollo': Watch Apollo 8 50th-Anniversary Webcast Tonight
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:35:02 -0500

'Spirit of Apollo': Watch Apollo 8 50th-Anniversary Webcast TonightThe Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA's epic Apollo 8 moon mission tonight (Dec. 11), and you can watch the event live. The museum is presenting a program called "Spirit of Apollo" at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., tonight at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on Dec. 12). The event is sold out, but you can watch a webcast of it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA.


Coffee May Protect Against Dementia and Parkinson's, and Scientists Finally Think They Know Why
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:14:17 -0500

Coffee May Protect Against Dementia and Parkinson's, and Scientists Finally Think They Know WhyTwo recent studies bring us closer to understanding why coffee is so good for our brains.


Arctic's 'unparalleled' warmth brings region into 'uncharted territory'
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:12:54 -0500

Arctic's 'unparalleled' warmth brings region into 'uncharted territory'Due to climate change, temperatures in the Arctic are among the warmest on record, and the amount of sea ice there is close to its all-time lowest level.


Freezing fog creates rare light pillars in Wisconsin on Sunday
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:07:08 -0500

Freezing fog creates rare light pillars in Wisconsin on SundayA rare phenomenon called light pillars were seen beaming up to the night's sky in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Sunday evening.


China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China Sea
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:02:00 -0500

China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China SeaBeijing is setting up a new aircraft unit that will be crucial to its new southern bastion.


The Arctic we once knew is gone
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:01:47 -0500

The Arctic we once knew is goneAtop the globe, there's probably no turning back. Melting trends in the Arctic today are increasingly stark. The 2018 Arctic Report Card, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), depicts a thawing world that is continuing to warm and melt at an unprecedented pace. "I think that the report demonstrated everything we’ve been seeing for the last decade," Jeremy Mathis, a NOAA Arctic scientist who was not involved with this report, said in an interview.  "The changes in the Arctic are happening faster than they’re happening anywhere else on the rest of the planet." Loss of November #Arctic sea ice volume since 1979...+ Data information: https://t.co/MJsb1hjtBx+ Additional graphics: https://t.co/uzWknWmNnX pic.twitter.com/TKk1MIrba9 — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) December 8, 2018 The driver of the Arctic's vanishing sea ice is warming air. Here, the trends are clear. Air temperatures in the Arctic over the last five years have been the five highest on record, since 1900, the report emphasizes.  But in the Arctic, this warming is especially magnified.  The vast Arctic Ocean is subject to an unstoppable "albedo effect," in which vanishing sea ice sets the stage for more melting of ice to occur, in a vicious cycle.  Specifically, bright white sea ice has a high albedo, or ability to reflect sunlight. But when the ice melts, it leaves the dark ocean to absorb heat, which then warms both the oceans and surrounding air. In turn, this melts more ice.  The consequences are clear. Sea ice is covering less and less area, commonly called "low ice extents."  "The 12 lowest extents in the satellite record have occurred in the last 12 years," the report underscores. The red line shows the declining sea ice minimum, which occurs in September.Image: noaaThere isn't just less Arctic sea ice — the nature of the ice has changed profoundly too. The older, strongest ice — which is more resilient to warming temperatures — is vanishing.  In 1985, the oldest ice (which is ice greater than four years old) comprised 16 percent of Arctic's total sea ice, the report concludes. But by March 2018, the old ice made up just 0.9 percent of the Arctic's ice, the report said.  That's a 95 percent reduction.  "That older, thicker ice showed very clear signs of melting this year," said Mathis.  He noted the melting of the some of the most ancient, formidable ice in the Arctic — an area of ice north of Greenland that's about the size of Indiana.  That melting is no easy feat. This ice is, on average, 16 feet thick, and can grow to as much as 65 feet thick.  All signs point towards the reality that this trend will continue, which means an Arctic dominated by young, thin ice — ice that is all the more susceptible to today's accelerating climate change.  SEE ALSO: Smokey Bear's world is on fire. But the old mascot won't die. Soon enough, this means an ice-free, or nearly ice-free Arctic. "We’re headed towards an ice-free summer in the not-too-distant future," said Mathis. "We're on the order of a decade or two away." Stopping this trend, in the short term or coming decade, will be nearly impossible. This is because humanity has loaded the atmosphere with the highest concentrations of carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas — in some 15 million years. It won't simply fade away in so short a time.  What's more, climate and economics researchers expect modern civilization to increase our carbon output over the coming decade.  But in the longer term — to stave off even more dire warming in the Arctic — the solution is simple and promoted by scientists everywhere: We must reduce our global carbon emissions in an extreme way.  A look at the loss of thicker (usually older) #Arctic sea ice in Octobers from 1979-2016 (PIOMAS, ice < 1.5 meters masked black) pic.twitter.com/BtHCwVUdKk — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) November 14, 2016 An increasingly ice-free Arctic will certainly open up economic opportunities, including those for commercial shipping.  But this comes with a big cost. The Arctic, a dominant region of Earth, has sway over the greater globe.  "We know climate change in the Arctic can have a destabilizing effect on weather and climate patterns around the Northern Hemisphere," said Mathis. "We're going to have to pay attention to those trade-offs." Of note, the Arctic report card details a growing understanding of how Arctic warming has a significant effect on the jet stream, high atmospheric winds that cut directly across the United States.  A warm Arctic reduces the temperature difference between the middle-latitudes, where the lower 48 states lie, and the Arctic. This tends to dampen these winds and allows the jet stream to bend, in big waves.  There's ever-growing evidence that this results in persistent summer-like weather patterns over the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. "The Arctic meltdown may also be contributing to summer heatwaves, drought, wildfires, and flooding over Northern Hemisphere continents," Jennifer Francis, a marine scientist at Woods Hole Research Center, wrote in the report.  This weaker jet stream, pushed up higher into California, is already making for an extended, damaging fire season in California, scientists say. A wavier jet stream over North America.Image: noaa"...it's becoming ice-crystal-clear that change in the far north will increasingly affect us all," Francis writes. Elsewhere in the Arctic Report Card, NOAA outlines more examples of widespread change — some of it beneficial, but mostly not.  With depleted sea ice comes a boom in ocean plankton, which means more ocean creatures sucking historically high carbon dioxide out of the air. Some of these blooms of ocean life, however, are toxic. Elsewhere, the iconic grazing animals of the high north, like reindeer, have seen their populations plummet by half. Microscopic plastic contamination is climbing in the Arctic, in some places increasing 20 times over the last decade.   Some of these changes are easier to see than others. But dramatically vanished sea ice, stoked by climate change, is an easily-visible, growing reality.  "The Arctic is a great indicator of where the global climate is headed," said Mathis. 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