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​Click, click, clack: Apple's MacBook Pro 2016 keyboard sounds all wrong to owners

Added: 22.02.2017 12:22 | 0 views | 0 comments

What's behind the high-pitched noise on some keys on Apple's latest MacBook Pro 2016?

From: www.zdnet.com

Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy

Added: 22.02.2017 11:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

A new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma – shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Unfortunately, its conclusions are wrong, especially about the cost savings and climate effects.

EPA's Scott Pruitt enters a hotbed of anti-Trump resistance: his own agency

Added: 22.02.2017 9:57 | 0 views | 0 comments


Usually, new administrators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are welcomed at headquarters without too much fanfare. That is, until today.  Scott Pruitt — the new EPA administrator nominated to the position by President Donald Trump — gave his welcome address to his agency Tuesday after garnering more "no" votes on the Senate floor than any other EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970.  SEE ALSO: One of the shortest bills ever was just introduced in Congress, it's basically just 'KILL THE EPA' In taking on the job, Pruitt is facing a daunting challenge: stiff resistance from within the agency itself, with current and former employees having protested his nomination, with some taking the nearly unheard of step of openly advocating for senators to vote "no" when it was brought to the Senate floor.  For some scientists in the agency, his first speech was probably the equivalent of Voldemort himself walking into Hogwarts and assuming the top job. Faces in @EPA crowd watching Pruitt be confirmed = Hogwarts student expressions when Umbridge becomes head of school. @jk_rowling — Perrin Ireland (@experrinment) February 21, 2017 Pruitt openly doubts mainstream climate science findings, including that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global temperature increases. Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general. Those emails are due to be released by the end of the day on Tuesday. Pruitt quoted Muir's famous "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread" line in 1st speech to @EPA staffers. Clearly never read full passage: pic.twitter.com/MvrafpFEd6 — Tim Sohn (@tfsohn) February 21, 2017 In his first speech to agency employees on Tuesday, Pruitt spoke of federal environmental regulations as needing to be tailored for the benefit of regulated parties, rather than to protect the public.  “Regulations ought to make things regular. Regulations exist to give certainty to the regulated,” he said. Pruitt clearly aims to shrink the agency's mandate and footprint, and is expected to quickly move to reverse the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which regulates global warming-pollutants emitted from coal-fired power plants, along with a landmark water pollution regulation.  As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times, including in opposition to the Clean Power Plan. Pruitt did little to antagonize the EPA rank and file in his speech, saying, "civility is something that I believe in very much." But he also didn't say much that would immediately quell the internal resistance to him, either. “This environment in which we live today, forgive the reference, but it is a very toxic environment,” he said. “I seek to be a good listener.” Pruitt even went so far as quoting famous naturalist John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club, in his comments.  "We need to be open and transparent" says Scott Pruitt, new EPA administrator who refused to release emails btwn his office and industry — Natasha Geiling (@ngeiling) February 21, 2017 In response, the Sierra Club put out this blistering statement: "John Muir is rolling over in his grave at the notion of someone as toxic to the environment as Scott Pruitt taking over the EPA." A lot is at stake if and when Pruitt and the Trump administration move to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. The Obama administration had turned to the EPA to lead the charge on global warming, and without other rules to drive down emissions, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan would jeopardize America's ability to meet the emissions targets it agreed to under the Paris Climate Agreement.  Pruitt did not mention climate change, or any other specific environmental challenge, in his speech, instead giving general nods to the need to return more of a role for environmental protection to the states.  “We can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment,” he said. While his tone was conciliatory, Pruitt still has his work cut out for him in winning over rank and file staff members. One longtime EPA employee, who wished to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak to the press, said there were two notable absences in Pruitt's speech. The first was the lack of any mention of public health, which is part of the agency's mission.  In addition, the EPA staff member said it was "super condescending" to have Pruitt explain "obvious fundamentals of doing our jobs," such as following the laws set forth by Congress. "Really we have follow the statutes? Work well with states? You don't say." If you are a federal employee, scientist or citizen scientist who sees climate science and policy shifts at federal agencies and wishes to alert the media, we want to hear from you. Please send an email from your personal email account to science@mashable.com. You can also contact science editor Andrew Freedman via the secure messaging app Signal, with detailed information in his Twitter bio, or at afreedman@protonmail.com. BONUS: 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, continuing a three-year streak

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study

Added: 22.02.2017 9:57 | 0 views | 0 comments


Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds -- a metre (three feet) across -- gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another. After seven years at higher-than-ambient temperatures, "the ability of the ponds to absorb carbon dioxide was reduced by almost half, while methane release nearly doubled," said lead-author Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, a professor at the University of Exeter.

Morning brief: Podesta says 'Forces within the FBI' may have wanted Clinton to lose

Added: 22.02.2017 8:57 | 1 views | 0 comments

John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, said in an interview that “forces” in the FBI may have wanted Clinton to lose. He offered no new evidence, but—like most Democrats upset with the loss—pointed to James Comey’s last-minute announcement that the agency was looking in to additional emails 11 days from the election.

European Stocks Hit New 14-Month High

Added: 22.02.2017 8:38 | 1 views | 0 comments

European shares climbed to a new 14-month high on Wednesday, supported by well-received earnings updates from companies such as Lloyds, Telefonica Deutschland and Scor.

From: feeds.foxbusiness.com

Buffalo Wild Wings coupon: $3 off lunch

Added: 22.02.2017 6:59 | 1 views | 0 comments

On weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm local time, participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations cut $3 off your Fastbreak lunch purchase via this printable coupon. To find a location near you, click here.

From: dealnews.com

Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President Trump

Added: 22.02.2017 5:57 | 0 views | 0 comments


After months of passive tweets, Hillary Clinton finally called on POTUS speak out against anti-Semitic attacks. President Trump employed Breitbart News chairman, Steven Bannon, as chief Whitehouse strategist, leading some to believe he's encouraging anti-Semitic behavior.

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller for $40 for students + free shipping

Added: 22.02.2017 4:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

For college students only, Best Buy offers the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller in Black, model no. 6CL-00001, or White, model no. TF5-00001, for $39.99 with free shipping, via the below directions. That's the lowest total price we could find by $5, although we saw it for $2 less two weeks ago. This update to the Xbox One wireless controller offers updated ergonomics, Bluetooth, a textured grip, and up to twice the wireless range of the previous generation. To get this deal:

  1. Click here and register using the name of your school
  2. a coupon code will be sent to your email
  3. add the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller to your cart for $49.99
  4. apply your coupon code to yield a final total of $39.99

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