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Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world’s coastlines

The rise in sea levels is not the only way climate change will affect the coasts. Our research, published today in Nature Climate Change, found a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world’s...

/ August 19, 2019

In Canada, saying climate change is real could get you in trouble during the election

Because a fringe candidate is a climate denier, it's now a political issue. Read More

/ August 19, 2019

Country Maps with Administrative Areas (GADM)

The GADM project provides spatial data for countries and their geographical administrative sub-divisions for academic and non-commercial use. Read More

/ August 19, 2019

“They Are Irreplaceable, and They Mattered”: Group Identifies Human Remains Along the Border

In a special broadcast from the Arizona-Sonora border, we look at how the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people have been found in the Sonoran Desert since 2001, and speak with Robin Reineke, the co-founder of the Tucson-based...

/ August 19, 2019

The Most Important Aspect of Bitcoin Is the Separation of Money and State

Many cryptocurrency supporters believe the technology allows for the separation of money and state in a manner that’s never been seen before. Governments inflict two forms of robbery against nonviolent citizens by forcing them to pay taxes while also stealing...

/ August 19, 2019

Congressman Steve King Demands Media, GOP Apologize For His Own “Rape and Incest” Statement

The Iowa representative defended recent statements on rape, incest and abortion as he was shouted down during a town hall. Read More

/ August 18, 2019

Myths about disaster survivors stall the global response to climate change

In this November 2013, photo, Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by hundreds of victims in body bags near Tacloban, Philippines. Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)The 2018 report from the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

/ August 18, 2019

Philippines Increasingly Crypto Friendly – A Look at Driving Forces

There are many reasons why the Philippines is becoming increasingly crypto-friendly. Not only has its central bank registered more crypto exchanges recently, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has also been actively finalizing crypto guidelines. The country has an active...

/ August 18, 2019

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

NASA’s Parker probe is headed to the center of the solar system to figure out what drives the solar wind. Read More

/ August 17, 2019

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram’s New Fact Checkers, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less. Read More

/ August 16, 2019

Investigation Finds Political Purge Inside Trump’s State Department

Trump appointees reportedly harassed career employees at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, accusing them of being “disloyal” “traitors” and part of the “Deep State.” Read More

/ August 16, 2019

Here’s the Story Behind That Bizarre Painting of Bill Clinton in a Blue Dress Seen at Jeffrey Epstein’s Home

Given the hurricane-force storm of media attention swirling around the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the news that he owned a particularly strange work of art perhaps doesn’t seem like the biggest of deals. After all, the aggressively unsettling decor of...

/ August 16, 2019

Why we need smaller, lighter, slower cars: Plastic particulates from tire wear are being found in the Arctic

This problem gets worse as cars get bigger and heavier, no matter what they are powered by. Read More

/ August 16, 2019

The Only Private Home Ai Weiwei Ever Designed in the US Is Now on the Market for More Than $5 Million. See It Here

Have you ever wanted to live inside a work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei? Now you can. The Tsai Residence in Upstate New York, which the Chinese artist designed with Swiss firm HHF Architects in 2006, is on the...

/ August 16, 2019

Hostile Takeover: Fears Mount of Chinese Intervention in Hong Kong

Beijing is mobilizing troops at the border and the protest movement is hoping to attract thousands of demonstrators following the occupation of the airport this week. The threat of a military intervention appears to be growing in Hong Kong. Read...

/ August 16, 2019

Nepal considers stricter rules for climbing Everest

An advisory panel says only experienced climbers should be allowed. Read More

/ August 16, 2019

Tired? Don’t sit down on Rome’s Spanish Steps.

Yes, they can get crowded. But they are public space. Streets, and stairs, are for people. Read More

/ August 16, 2019

Microfinance in Cambodia: When Microloans Do More Harm Than Good

Millions of Cambodians rely on microloans to survive, even though the practice drives many of them further into poverty. Some of the money given out to poor farmers comes from Germany, yet Berlin refuses to acknowledge there is a problem....

/ August 16, 2019

The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres

Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with...

/ August 16, 2019

What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank

Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for...

/ August 16, 2019