Voting proposal by Manchin may carry weight

https://www.vox.com/22434054/joe-manchin-voting-rights-act-for-the-people-john-lewis-preclearance-filibuster-senate Joe Manchin’s surprisingly bold proposal to fix America’s voting rights problem Manchin’s idea won’t fix America’s democracy, but it could solve some pretty significant problems.By Ian Millhiser  May 13, 2021, 3:10pm EDT Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) listens during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee on “Domestic Violent Extremism in America” on May 12, 2021, in … Continue reading Voting proposal by Manchin may carry weight

We may not be able to see a killer asteroid in time to stop it

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-how-many-years-in-advance-we-d-need-to-stop-a-killer-asteroid-coming-for-earth Here's How Many Years in Advance We'd Need to Stop a Killer Asteroid Coming For Earth  MORGAN MCFALL-JOHNSEN & AYLIN WOODWARD, BUSINESS INSIDER 13 MAY 2021  Last month, experts from NASA and other space agencies around the world faced a troubling hypothetical scenario: A mysterious asteroid had just been discovered 35 million miles away, and it was … Continue reading We may not be able to see a killer asteroid in time to stop it

Can moving to a plant-based diet save the world?

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/25/going-vegan-can-switching-to-a-plant-based-diet-really-save-the-planet? Going vegan: can switching to a plant-based diet really save the planet? If politicians are serious about change, they need to incentivise it, say scientists and writers Research in 2018 showed that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, … Continue reading Can moving to a plant-based diet save the world?

Antarctic ice sheet critical factor to survival of coastal cities

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/05/weather/land-ice-melt-sea-level-rise-study/index.html Antarctica's ice sheet is critical to the fate of coastal cities. How much it will melt remains a big question By Drew Kann, CNN Updated 3:06 PM ET, Wed May 5, 2021  (CNN)When it comes to predicting how much sea levels will rise as global temperatures warm, the fate of Antarctica looms all-important.  The hulking … Continue reading Antarctic ice sheet critical factor to survival of coastal cities

How Facebook tracks you and how to stop it

I have several friends who have totally left Facebook. I'm not there yet, but damn.... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2021/05/08/all-the-ways-facebook-tracks-you-and-how-to-stop-it/?sh=434690955583 May 8, 2021, 08:00am All The Ways Facebook Tracks You And How To Stop It Kate O'Flaherty Senior Contributor Cybersecurity I am a cybersecurity journalist. Is Facebook listening to everything you say via your smartphone microphone? It’s an age-old … Continue reading How Facebook tracks you and how to stop it

Births in U.S. drop to a level not seen since 1979

https://www.wsj.com/articles/births-in-u-s-drop-to-levels-not-seen-since-1979-11620187260 Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979 Millennials fuel continued downward trend in fertility rates By Janet Adamy May 5, 2021 12:01 am ET The number of babies born in America last year was the lowest in more than four decades, according to federal figures released Wednesday that show a continuing U.S. … Continue reading Births in U.S. drop to a level not seen since 1979

Super derecho not a labeled class of storm until 2009

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/this-day-in-weather-history-may-8-2009-the-super-derecho-of-2009 Recalling the 2009 U.S. event that prompted a new class of storm — super derecho Randi Mann Digital Reporter Saturday, May 8th 2021, 6:18 am - On this day in weather history, a derecho hit parts of the U.S. Midwest. On Friday, May 8, 2009, an extreme derecho struck areas of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.  … Continue reading Super derecho not a labeled class of storm until 2009

Google automatically enrolling users in two-factor security

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/google-will-soon-start-automatically-enrolling-users-in-2fa/ Google wants people to use 2FA, so it’s just going to turn it on for them Non-tech-savvy users always use the defaults, and the default will soon be 2FA.  RON AMADEO -  5/7/2021, 12:35 PM Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on a Google account requires someone who is proactive about account security. Users have to log in, dig through the settings, … Continue reading Google automatically enrolling users in two-factor security

Sea level rise from glacier melting may be higher than predicted

https://www.businessinsider.com/antarctica-sea-level-rise-could-be-higher-than-thought-study-2021-5 The sea-level rise from Antarctica's melting ice sheet could be 30% higher than estimated due to an effect scientists previously thought was 'inconsequential,' new study says Marianne Guenot May 4, 2021, 8:42 AM A ship in the waters next to the Thwaites Glacier in Western Antarctica.  Scientists say if the West Antarctica Ice sheet were … Continue reading Sea level rise from glacier melting may be higher than predicted

Even with the CDC’s blessings, some having trouble ditching masks outdoors

The problem is that the CDC says fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks outside. And how are we to be sure that the person coming toward us is fully vaccinated rather than taking advantage? Personally, I'm reluctant to drop outdoor masking entirely until we've reached herd immunity. https://www.vogue.com/article/even-with-cdc-blessing-some-are-still-having-trouble-ditching-their-masks Even With the CDC’s Blessing, Some … Continue reading Even with the CDC’s blessings, some having trouble ditching masks outdoors

Tile teaming up with Amazon’s echo and ring devices to compete with AirTags

https://www.macrumors.com/2021/05/07/tile-amazon-sidewalk-integration/ Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags Friday May 7, 2021 2:07 pm PDT by Juli Clover Amazon today announced that it is teaming up with Tile to add Amazon Sidewalk integration to Tile's Bluetooth trackers. Amazon Sidewalk, for those unfamiliar, is a network of Amazon Bluetooth devices that's designed to improve … Continue reading Tile teaming up with Amazon’s echo and ring devices to compete with AirTags