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Some good news for far-future sea level rise
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Enlarge / Velocity of recent ice flow around Antarctica. Thwaites Glacier is one of the smaller purple regions on the left side of this image. (credit: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/3849) Glaciers are moody things with a myriad of personalities. Some are pretty stubborn, refusing to melt too much as Earth’s climate warms. But others are quite sensitive, with […]

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Scientists Live-Tweet Chilling Faux Asteroid Impact Scare
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The world’s top asteroid experts are gathering on Monday, April 29 at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in Washington D.C. to take part in a hypothetical asteroid impact exercise that will test how Earth responds to the threat of a potentially devastating space rock. CNET reports: NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office developed the exercise along […]

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Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day
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Third time lucky — unless you’re Facebook . The social networking giant was hit Thursday by a trio of investigations over its privacy practices following a particularly tumultuous month of security lapses and privacy violations — the latest in a string of embarrassing and damaging breaches at the company, much of its own doing. First […]

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Adult Children Are Costing Many Parents Their Retirement Savings
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pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Half of American parents are unable to save as much as they’d like to for retirement, and their grown offspring — whom they still count as dependents — are to blame, according to a new Bankrate.com study. While they likely mean well, parents who support children into young […]

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Tesla reports big first quarter loss
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Enlarge / Elon Musk. (credit: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images) After two back-to-back quarters of profits, Tesla lost $702 million in the first quarter of 2019, the company announced on Wednesday. Tesla has been expected to post a loss for the quarter ever since the company admitted earlier his month that it had suffered a big drop […]

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Apple's Looming Nightmare
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The big news last week was that Apple finally agreed to settle its fight with Qualcomm. Kudos to Tim Cook, because I’ve known a lot of CEOs rather who would have fought to the death than admitted they were wrong — and not only wrong but acting disingenuously the entire time. Fighting this to the […]

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Greenland Is Melting Even Faster Than Experts Thought, Study Finds
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a new study. With global warming, the island will lose much more, threatening coastal cities around the world. […]

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Everyone's a Winner in Apple-Qualcomm Settlement
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Apple and Qualcomm unexpectedly announced a settlement as their case entered the second day of a hearing in the U.S. District Court in San Diego. In related news, Intel announced it was getting out of the 5G smartphone chip business. The Apple-Qualcomm settlement provides an unspecified one-time payment from Apple to Qualcomm, a six-year licensing […]

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Week-in-Review: is Samsung unfolding another flop?
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Samsung tries to deliver a big innovation and fails miserably. A big story this week on TechCrunch was that in the buildup to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, potentially one of the weirdest, most innovative, most expensive phones shipped in the past decade, there are […]

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