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Grand jury report faults San Francisco for inadequate climate threat planning

As climate change unleashes ever-more powerful storms, worsening floods and rising sea levels, San Francisco remains woefully unprepared for inundation, a civil grand jury determined in a report this week.

The critical assessment — which was authored by 19 San Franciscans selected by the Superior Court — found that the city and county ...Read more

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UGA study finds Black children can internalize racism, leading to anxiety

ATLANTA — Black children are internalizing racism, which can lead to higher rates of anxiety and depression. These findings are a part of a University of Georgia study, released Wednesday, using one of the largest data sets worldwide, one of the researchers said.

The analysis, part of a larger national study with the Adolescent Brain and ...Read more

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Astronauts set for spacewalk Thursday; Starliner crew staying at ISS longer

A pair of NASA astronauts are scheduled to do a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk on Thursday morning outside the International Space Station.

At 8 a.m. Eastern time, astronauts Tracy C. Dyson and Matthew Dominick are expected to enter the vacuum of space to perform station maintenance and science work.

NASA said the two will remove some communications ...Read more

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Lynn Conway, leading computer scientist and transgender pioneer, dies at 86

Lynn Conway was the bravest person I ever knew.

It wasn't merely her struggle to make her way in the male-dominated computer engineering world of the 1960s and 1970s. It was that she did so, with spectacular success, while contending with her own psyche, her family and her bosses at IBM to complete her transgender transition.

Conway died ...Read more

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Wildfire burning near Colorado´s Lake County's Twin Lakes prompts evacuation, pre-evacuation orders

DENVER — A wildfire burning on 164 acres of land in the Interlaken Historic District near Twin Lakes — a popular hiking and camping destination about 22 miles southwest of Leadville — prompted multiple evacuation and pre-evacuation orders Tuesday.

“Please evacuate the area of Interlaken and County Road 25 as there is an active fire in ...Read more


Tech review: Bluetti AC240 saves my bacon

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about my mom having a power outage after a storm. Mom was prepared with a portable power station to keep her coffee maker, fan, radio and phone going when the electricity was out.

My column was about being ready to keep your gear running during a power outage. I mentioned I was reviewing a portable power ...Read more


Parmy Olson: AI's hidden workers are stuck in dead-end jobs

You may have heard that revolutionary AI sits on old-world foundations. The supply chain churning out generative AI tools like ChatGPT has highly paid executives and researchers at the top, and at the bottom, working stiffs who toil at screens training algorithms. Between 150 million and 430 million people do such work, according to a recent ...Read more

Food has a climate problem: Nitrous oxide emissions are accelerating with growing demand for fertilizer and meat – but there are solutions

Food’s role in climate change has emerged as one of the defining challenges of our time. The journey of a steak, fruit or salad from the vast expanses of agricultural lands to the plates on our tables leaves a significant footprint on the environment.

At the heart of this challenge is the prodigious use of fertilizers and a growing ...Read more

Coral reef recovery could get a boost from an unlikely source: Sea cucumbers, the janitors of the seafloor

Sea cucumbers, scavengers of the seafloor that resemble the cylindrical vegetable, have been consumed as a delicacy in Asia for centuries. But in recent decades, they’ve been severely overharvested to a point that they are now quite rare. New research I helped conduct suggests their repopulation could play an important role in protecting ...Read more

Losing winter ice is changing the Great Lakes food web – here’s how light is shaping life underwater

Winters on the Great Lakes are harsh – so much so that the scientists who work there often focus on the summer months, when tiny microbes at the base of the food chain were thought to be most productive.

However, emerging research is changing our understanding of these winter ecosystems and shining a light on a vibrant world of ...Read more

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The audacious plan to seed a global green hub in Namibia's desert

Early in May, King Philippe of Belgium was on the edge of the Namib desert to inaugurate a project that aims to help decarbonize European industry, and which might just enable one of Africa’s smallest economies to hit the clean-energy big time.

It was a humble start for such grand designs, as Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba hosted the king ...Read more


‘Monster Hunter Now’ reveals season two and its first elder dragon

Over its first official season, “Monster Hunter Now” made plenty of strides to mature the gameplay that it feels like a brand new game. The Vernal Intruder season introduced quality-of-life improvements such as more loadouts and layered armor while also revamping the Hunt-a-thons, so that solo players can find allies across the planet.

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Apple debuts long-awaited AI tools, including ChatGPT tie-up

Apple Inc. took the wraps off long-awaited new artificial intelligence features, including a partnership with ChatGPT maker OpenAI, betting that a personalized and understated approach to the technology will win over customers.

A new AI platform called Apple Intelligence was the highlight of the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference ...Read more

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Apple debuts long-awaited AI tools, including ChatGPT tie-up

Apple Inc. announced its long-awaited new artificial intelligence features, including tools supported by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, promising to deliver technology that’s personalized, safe and deeply integrated into the iPhone maker’s software.

The platform, called “Apple Intelligence,” will help summarize text, create original images and ...Read more


Earthquakes are shaking North Georgia. Here's what may be behind them

ATLANTA — The Peach State is not typically a hotbed of seismic activity, but residents in pockets of North Georgia have been feeling some unexpected vibrations lately after the area was jolted by four small earthquakes over the last week.

The most recent one, a 2.3 magnitude temblor, happened just after midnight on Monday near the south end ...Read more

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Study: Southern California is most disaster-prone region in US

LOS ANGELES — Southern California is a disaster.

Oh, you’ve heard?

Sure, but in this case “disaster” isn’t code for “too expensive” or “not as cool as when I was a kid” or “politically bananas.”

No, this time, disaster means disaster. In fact, according to a new national ranking of 3,200-plus U.S. counties, Southern ...Read more

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A child porn conviction and angry 'Star Trek' fans: Inside the drama around a new sci-fi museum

LOS ANGELES — Sci-Fi World, a new “museum” that promises fans real and replica props, costumes and sets from popular films and TV shows, hosted its opening “gala” on Memorial Day in the historic former Sears building just a couple of blocks from the Santa Monica Pier.

More than a decade in the making, the museum has drawn the interest...Read more

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Commentary: The Oceans Court ruled that the seas are a hot mess. Why haven't you heard about it?

On May 21, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in Hamburg, Germany, ruled that greenhouse gases are marine pollutants and nations must take action to “reduce, control and prevent” their effects. The tribunal, sometimes called the Oceans Court, was responding to a request from a consortium of small island nations disappearing ...Read more

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The US Drought Monitor is a critical tool for the arid West. Can it keep up with climate change?

LOS ANGELES -- Known for its glowing swaths of yellow, orange and red, the U.S. Drought Monitor has warned farmers, residents and officials throughout the nation of impending water scarcity every week since 1999.

Backed by data on soil moisture, temperature, snow cover, meltwater runoff, reservoir levels and more, the map has become an ...Read more

Wind farms, key to clean-energy efforts, threaten birds and bats. Developers urged to plan for wildlife.

Terry Husted lives in DeWitt County, a major pathway for migrating birds in central Illinois. After a company submitted plans to construct a wind farm in his area, Husted said he grew worried about the potential for collisions.

“The birds hunt, so they focus on the ground and what they’re looking for, and don’t really focus on where they�...Read more