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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:37:25 -0400

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This mayor is leaving politics to fight climate change full-time

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Like many communities skirting the U.S. coastline, Hoboken, New Jersey, wasn’t built on solid ground.  Many of its charming brick buildings, historic piers, and apartment towers stand atop what was once a low-lying tidal marsh — a grassy, muddy buffer along the Hudson River, designed by nature to absorb high tides and storm surge like a sponge. Early developers drained the marshlands in the 1800s to make way for modern Hoboken: the birthplace of singer Frank Sinatra, the location of TLC’s Cake Boss, and home to 53,000 people packed within the 1.25-square-mile city limit. Across the river, Manhattan’s glassy skyscrapers sparkle in the summer sunlight. SEE ALSO: U.S. mayors and governors defy Trump, will stick to Paris agreement anyway But Hoboken has never forgotten its marshy roots. Heavy rain events and storms routinely cause serious flooding here, only now the water buries streets, clogs sewers, damages homes, and fills train stations. Going forward, this problem will likely get much worse due to sea level rise, which allows water to more readily pour into Hoboken’s bathtub-shaped topography. The Hoboken skyline.Image: Maria gallucci/mashable“We are a city that’s on the frontlines of climate change,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said by phone one sweltering July afternoon. She spoke from City Hall, an imposing white-and-brown building just blocks from the waterfront. This reality became painfully clear for Hoboken when, on Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge put around 80 percent of the city underwater, leaving most residents without power for weeks. Sandy caused more than $100 million in private property damages in this small community, while in neighboring New York City, 48 people lost their lives. A Sailboat Run Aground by Hurricane Sandy.Image: Peter Foley/Epa/REX/ShutterstockHoboken’s flooding problems have been a central theme during Zimmer’s eight years as mayor. She’s routinely battled with inundated streets and buildings, grappled with the aftermath of Sandy, and occasionally sparred with residents over how to best defend Hoboken from the encroaching effects of human-caused global warming.  Zimmer has also led efforts to begin transforming Hoboken into a more resilient city, one that can soak up stormwater with rain gardens and porous pavement, or hold back deluges with underground chambers and floodgates. She’s pushed to lift electrical substations and emergency vehicles out of harm’s way and to expand sewage systems overwhelmed by ever more stormwater. The ability to take local climate action is what motivated Zimmer to run for mayor in 2009. Now, it’s guiding her next steps. Dawn Zimmer Hoboken MayorImage: Mel Evans/AP/REX/ShutterstockIn June, she announced she won’t seek re-election in November. Instead, she’ll focus full-time on helping other cities fight climate change, though she doesn’t know how or where just yet. She said the Trump administration’s sweeping rollback of federal climate policy is a big reason she’s going all-in on climate. “Right now, when we lack leadership at the federal level, it’s all the more important that action is being taken on the local level,” the 49-year-old mayor said. “I feel like my calling is to go out and do as much as I can on that front: helping other communities be as resilient and sustainable as possible going forward.” Henk Ovink, a Dutch water-management expert who worked closely with Zimmer on post-Sandy rebuilding efforts, said Zimmer is a “dynamic force” in this arena. The two first met in Hoboken in 2013, shortly before Ovink became an advisor to then President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force.  Hoboken's Pier A park.Image: Maria gallucci/mashableRight away, “she started to talk about the challenges and opportunities to rebuild the city in a way that it would actually be able to deal with that future uncertainty,” Ovink recalled by phone from the Netherlands, where he’s now the nation’s special envoy for international water affairs. “I hope she’s going to step out a[...]


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Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:31:00 -0400

(image) TOKYO (AP) — Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.



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6 of the most notable discoveries that have been revealed by melting ice

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:37:00 -0400

(image) Two frozen bodies uncovered in the Swiss Alps this week are only the latest secret shrinking glaciers around the world have given up.



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How scientists and Google are engaging in a war of the sexes to battle Zika

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:08:12 -0400

(image) Mosquitos are the deadliest of all the world's creatures, so scientists are trying a new idea: Creating even more deadly mosquitos to fight back.



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These unique fidget spinners will make your kid the envy of his or her class

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:30:43 -0400

The fidget spinner trend is still going strong, but kids are really starting to get bored of conventional fidget spinners. After all, what’s the fun in having practically the exact same spinners everyone else in school or camp has? If you’re looking to add some unique new options to your child’s catalog so that he or she instantly becomes the envy of all the other kids, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll show you five awesome fidget spinners unlike anything you’ve seen before. Kangaroo EDC Fidget Spinner Plastic Camouflage Color, looks very nice and beautiful. We have many camo colors for your options, if you need more please choose from our shop FUNCTION:High Speed Hybrid Ceramic ball in the center to ensure the smoothest rotation and consistency. 3 Steel 608 counterweight bearing weights to increase centripetal force and spin time. Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought These are perfect pocket pieces for people wanting something small, simple, discrete and fun-also effective for focus, stress relief and deep thought. AMA(TM) LED Light Fidget Hands Spinner Copper Alloy Importado ☛: Item Type: Hand Spinner Fidgets Spinner ☛: This product uses Steel ball bearings and steel counterweight bearings, with high-density plastic frame, control costs while maintaining the alloy gyro of playability and speed. ☛: Great For Fidgety Hands, ADD & ADHD Sufferers Helps Relieve Stress ☛: Easy To Carry,Small,Simple,Discrete and Fun,also effective for Focus and Deep Thought ☛: Use This Way: Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice,spinners can be spun using one hand only using the fingers of one hand to stop and start spinning Alloy Unique Fidget Spinner Material: Aluminum alloy. Diameter:2.75inch(7CM) Thickness:0.51inch(1.3CM). Note: Can't touch water, it will damage the bearing!!! Great For Fidgety Hands, ADD & ADHD Sufferers Helps Relieve Stress. It can whirl 1-3min. Perfect size suitable for Adults and kids. Use low-friction technology, ensure longevity and smooth rotation, small enough for easy carry. Package Contents: 1x Tri-Spinner Fidgets. HOCHE Captain America Hand Spinner WARNING !!! ¨C When buying please recognize our store "YIKUYIYA". We recommend you not to purchase the items from other sources because they are not authorized by YIKUYIYA. The items they sell are not Aluminum Alloy and have poor quality. Or they don¡¯t deliver after receipt of money. Please do not lose your money. Material: Aluminum Alloy; Long Spin Time, Average spin times of 3-5 minutes, based on your intensity. Captain Shield Dual Design, High quality Metal body and High Quality Bearings for the Ultimate Spinner Gyroscope. Perfect for waiting in lines, meditation, timing, quitting bad habits, striking up conversations, and more. No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun. RUVINCE Tri-Spinner LED Fidget Spinner Package include: 1* FIdget Spinner, 1* Spinner Case Content Three Luminous Modes: Our hand spinner provides three lighting modes which are flash light mode, rotating glowing mode and lighting mode respectively. You can adjust the lighting mode by pressing the switch. For Night Play, Parties, Concerts & Daytime, Focusing, Anti-stress, Creativity - Hybrid LED Fidget Spinner - Featuring a set of color and pattern changing LED spheres for those parties and night-time fun engagements and a set of extra high quality bearings to spin out all day! CURBS undesired habits like smoking, nail biting, pen chewing and refocuses attention Ultra High Speed: It can run for 1-3 minutes [...]


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Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:06 -0400

(image) Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in for the more fashionable gratitude. In…



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You can help NASA out during this summer's solar eclipse

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:17:48 -0400

(image) A major solar eclipse will be taking place on August 21, and NASA needs your help when it comes to collecting data.  The GLOBE program, an educational initiative supported by NASA, has launched an app to encourage those along the path of the solar eclipse to help contribute their findings. With just a little bit of effort, you can participate in an actual scientific study. SEE ALSO: New solar eclipse simulator shows you what to expect this summer The solar eclipse will be seen across continental United States, and during August's eclipse NASA is intent on gathering information from folks across the country regarding how drastically temperatures will shift.  You can register as a citizen scientist by downloading the free Globe Observer app and grabbing a thermometer, as suggested by the information in the app. There will be instructions laying out how to record and submit information you gather. “No matter where you are in North America, whether it’s cloudy, clear or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project,” said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator said in a statement from NASA. “We want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists.” WATCH: A man covered himself with 1.1 million bees to feel alive for the first time



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Punishing drought takes toll on crops across Northern Plains

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:19:41 -0400

(image) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought that stretches across much of the U.S. Northern Plains could cause farmers to lose 64 million bushels of wheat production this year, according to federal officials.








Newly discovered Nevada toad species already under threat

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:11:51 -0400

(image) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's new toad species is already on the brink of extinction.





Everything you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:07:33 -0400

(image) Summer's biggest event will be a show in the skies, as the US experiences its first total solar eclipse in 38 years. Find out how to see it, watch it safely, and where to go for the best views.



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Scientists have a new plan for finding extraterrestrial life in our Solar System

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:01:22 -0400

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Humanity hasn't even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what's here. We know there's no space-faring races hiding out in the craters of Mars or silently spinning inside of Jupiter's great red spot, but there's still the chance that life exists in our little planetary backyard outside of Earth, and researchers have a new strategy that could help us find it. The target? Saturn's ice-covered moon, Enceladus.

A new paper from Jay Nadeau and his team of researchers from Caltech, published in the journal Astrobiology, breaks down a new imaging technique that could provide scientists with the tools they need to detect and identify microscopic life in space — more specifically, microbes hiding in the water of Saturn's frozen moon.

Enceladus is completely encased in ice, which doesn't sound like a very hospitable place for life to take root, but the good news is that there's water under its frozen surface. We know this because images of the planet taken by NASA's Cassini probe have shown massive jets of water being spewed out from between cracks in its icy shell, and because Enceladus is so small, its gravitational pull isn't strong enough to keep the water vapor from flying off into space. That makes the job of sampling the water much easier, but NASA would still need the right tool for the job.

Nadeau and his colleagues have proposed a solution in the form of a holographic microscope specifically designed to detect microbial life and differentiate between tiny living organisms and specks of dust and debris that would also likely litter the sample.

"It's harder to distinguish between a microbe and a speck of dust than you'd think," Nadeau says. "You have to differentiate between Brownian motion, which is the random motion of matter, and the intentional, self-directed motion of a living organism." In testing, the new microscope system has proven capable of doing just that, and while further testing and implementation remains on the to-do list, it's a promising start for a technique that could provide the first evidence of extraterrestrial life.



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How cows are helping researchers fight HIV

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:50:00 -0400

(image) 'An alignment of the stars' Researchers have long been looking for ways to help HIV-infected individuals produce more broadly neutralizing antibodies (Bnabs) — antibodies which are known to combat multiple forms of virus. A new study has found that cows may provide answers for scientists who have been seeking to better understand how Bnabs can be harnessed. In terms of their makeup, broadly neutralizing antibodies are notable because they’re big and kind of unruly as far as proteins go.



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How Blowing Up Atoms Could Revolutionize Cosmology

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:10:03 -0400

(image) By measuring gravitational waves from intense astrophysical processes like merging black holes, the experiment opens up a completely new way of observing and understanding the universe.



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A freak accident covering an Oregon highway in slime is a dire warning about our oceans’ health

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:30:54 -0400

(image) If there’s one thing you really don’t want scattered across a highway, it’s live hagfish. But last week, five vehicles collided on an Oregon highway, flinging 7,500 pounds of hagfish—also known as “snot snakes” and “slime eels”—across the blacktop, and making a very unusual mess. EEL SLIME covers a car and road in Oregon. A…



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Adam Savage explains why space suits are his happy place

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:38:10 -0400

(image) When I interviewed him in March, he spoke about how safety equipment appealed to him, whether it was firefighter gear, the protective armor that bomb disposal personnels wear, or space suits of the fictional variety. For the last several years, Savage would attend San Diego Comic-Con dressed up in a costume that hides his identity, something he calls Adam Incognito. This year, one of the costumes he suited up in was one used in the production of Alien: Covenant.



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Largest Neutrino Detector In US Starts Construction

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:31:07 -0400

(image) The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility will start with the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and study the change in properties of the mysterious particles as they travel over 800 miles underground.



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7 Iconic Photos Taken On The Moon

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:40:02 -0400

(image) Only 12 men have walked on the moon, starting with that fateful Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took giant leaps for mankind. The photos they took on the surface brought us along on their journeys.



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