Monthly Archives: March 2017

Climate-driven species on the move affect humans

A comprehensive international study published today in Science describes how humans are affected when climate changes cause species to distribute unexpectedly across land and in water. Global changes to ecology have implications on humans that are becoming increasingly conspicuous – and it covers anything from health risks, economical threats, and more


Category: Ecology


Super-strong, stretchy silver

Try bending your iPhone in half. Or roll up your tablet like a scroll. Or wrap a touchscreen TV around a pole. Didn't work out so well, did it? That's because the ceramic material used to make many of today's touchscreens has only two of three needed qualities: it's conductive, more


Category: Nanomaterials


South Africa's credit rating likely headed for junk status after Zuma's midnight purge of ministers

In a late night purge, South African President Jacob Zuma sacked the country's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and dismissed nine other ministers seen as disloyal to him, a move that roiled the markets and saw the currency plummet sharply. Gordhan had been seen as a steady hand by the markets,... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


After Calling Nafta ‘Worst Trade Deal,’ Trump Appears to Soften Stance

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and ALAN RAPPEPORT The White House will propose keeping major planks of Nafta in place, while signing orders that lay the groundwork for stricter enforcement of trade laws. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: United States Politics and Government, North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump, Donald J, International Trade and World Market, North America, Mexico


Uber Executive Invokes Fifth Amendment, Seeking to Avoid Potential Charges

By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and MIKE ISAAC The executive at the center of an intellectual property fight between Waymo and Uber is exercising his right to avoid self-incrimination in the dispute. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles, Fifth Amendment (US Constitution), Uber Technologies Inc, Waymo, Google Inc


Russia's meddling in other nations' elections is nothing new. Just ask the Europeans

By Ann M. Simmons Russia's suspected interference in last year's U.S. presidential election may have come as a surprise to some. But to many European nations, such an intrusion is nothing new. For years, Russia has used a grab bag of illicit tactics, including the hacking of emails and mobile phones, the dissemination... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


New Firms Catching Up to Banks in Foreclosure Rankings

By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN Affiliates of the private equity firm Lone Star foreclosed on about 5,000 mortgages a year in 2015 and 2016, compared with 147 in 2010. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Foreclosures, Mortgages, Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Company, Wells Fargo & Company, Federal National Mortgage Assn (Fannie Mae), Lone Star Funds


Trump Critics on Climate Policy Hope Executives Can Sway Him

By HIROKO TABUCHI and DIANE CARDWELL Companies that have embraced environmental goals are represented on White House councils, offering influence that advocacy groups hope they'll use. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Immelt, Jeffrey R, Trump, Donald J, General Motors, United States Politics and Government, Global Warming, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Senate Narrowly Passes Rollback of Obama-Era ‘Auto-I.R.A.’ Rule

By NOAH WEILAND The vote to kill a regulation allowing cities and counties to set up retirement savings accounts for some workers was a startling reversal for many Republicans. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Pensions and Retirement Plans, United States Politics and Government, Banking and Financial Institutions, Foxx, Virginia, Trump, Donald J, Obama, Barack, House of Representatives


Lack of staffing, funds prevent marine protected areas from realizing full potential

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff. The findings are published in the journal more


Category: Ecology


At least one person killed, up to 10 injured in attack outside British Parliament

By Christina Boyle, Alexandra Zavis At least one person was killed and as many as 10 injured in an attack outside Britain's Parliament which London's Metropolitan Police are treating as a suspected “terrorist incident.” Early reports were confusing, but witnesses reported hearing a commotion, shouting and the sound of gunfire. The... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Curator Nato Thompson shines a light on art and the culture wars in 'Culture as Weapon'

By Carolina A. Miranda We live in an era in which image memes are lobbed as political salvos. In which security is “theater” and defining who controls the “narrative” in a world of facts and alternative facts is the daily bread of the hot-take class. In which words are bombs, delivered in 140-character installments more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Climate change in 2016 — and continuing into 2017 — has brought the planet into "truly uncharted territory"

A new report confirms that last year brought record global temperatures, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise

Yesterday I reported that even though the warming influence of El Niño is long gone, February of 2017 brought very little letup in global warming.

SEE ALSO: As the Trump administration proposes more

Source: Discover Magazine


China Bets on Sensitive U.S. Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

By PAUL MOZUR and JANE PERLEZ Beijing is pushing Chinese firms to invest in early-stage U.S. companies specializing in technology with potential military applications, a new report says. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: United States Defense and Military Forces, Start-ups, Venture Capital, China, Foreign Investments, Defense and Military Forces, Espionage and Intelligence Services


Scientists look to AI for help in peer review

Peer review is a cornerstone of the scientific publishing process but could artificial intelligence help with the process? Computer scientists from the University of Bristol have reviewed how state-of-the-art tools from machine learning and artificial intelligence are already helping to automate parts of the academic peer-review process. more

Source: Tech Xplore

Category: Computer Sciences


‘Turkish Trump,’ a Hotel Plan and a Tangle of Foreign Ties

By STEVE EDER and BEN PROTESS President Trump pledged that his business would avoid overseas deals during his tenure. But his company is pursuing a hotel project with a firm with deep foreign connections. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Conflicts of Interest, United States Politics and Government, Foreign Investments, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Trump, Donald J Jr, Trump, Donald J, Trump, Eric F (1984- ), Moscow (Russia), Turkey, Kazakhstan, Trump Organization, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co, Panama Papers


How One Couple Regrew a Rainforest

What was once 300 acres of coffee and cardamom fields in India's Southern Ghats is now lush native forest, all thanks to the hard work and dedication of Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband Anil. The couple started India's first private wildlife sanctuary, SAI sanctuary, and for the past two more

Source: CNN Video


Preet Bharara Shunned Politics. His End Was Tinged by Them.

By BENJAMIN WEISER, BEN PROTESS, MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM In his tenure as a United States attorney, which ended with his firing by the Trump administration, Mr. Bharara harped on one theme: Politics and prosecution do not mix. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Politics and Government, United States Attorneys, Bharara, Preet, Manhattan (NYC)


The Week Ahead: Board to Decide Puerto Rico’s Financial Future; Fed Rate Boost Is on Way

By THE NEW YORK TIMES Puerto Rico hopes to restructure more than $110 billion of debt and pension obligations — if it can produce a credible plan. The Fed on Wednesday is likely to give an indication of its future plans. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: United States Economy, Interest Rates, Banking and Financial Institutions, Consumer Price Index


NCAA Tournament bracket: Villanova, Kansas, UNC and Gonzaga picked as number 1 seeds

Villanova took the overall top seed on Selection Sunday, with Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga joining the defending national champions on the No. 1 line for the NCAA Tournament. more

Source: Fox News

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The Ethics of Citation

Earlier this week, Jordan Anaya asked an interesting question on Twitter:

Why do we blame the media for reporting on bad studies but we don't blame scientists for citing bad studies?
— Omnes Res (@OmnesResNetwork) March 6, 2017
This got me thinking about what we might call the ethics of citation.

Citation is a more

Source: Discover Magazine


South Korea's ousted leader moves out of palace, apologizes for 'not fulfilling my duties'

By Matt Stiles Two days after a South Korean court ousted Park Geun-hye from office, the embattled former leader left the presidential residence on Sunday night. It took more than two days — and national speculation about when the public would get a tangible image that her presidency had ended — before Park more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Tensions across Asia present challenges to secretary of State's first visit

By W.J. Hennigan Less than a week after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles that plunged into the Sea of Japan just 200 miles from Japan's coastline, the isolated country appears to be readying its Punggye-ri nuclear site for a future test. The threat posed by North Korea has neighboring Asian nations... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Twin blasts kill 40, injure more than 100 near religious sites in Syria's capital

By Nabih Bulos Twin bombs exploded near an ancient Damascus cemetery Saturday, killing at least 40 people, many of them Iraqis, in a rare attack on the Syrian capital's iconic Old City, according to officials. The Syrian state news agency, SANA, said two explosive devices were detonated near the Bab al-Saghir... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


India's Narendra Modi leads his party to victory in a state with more than 200 million people

By Parth M.N., Shashank Bengali In the biggest election in the world this year — in terms of population, at least — India's governing Hindu nationalist party recorded a massive victory that underscored the widespread popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Led by Modi's vigorous campaigning, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


This Is Where Stardust Comes From

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Chilean Andes has made several groundbreaking discoveries since it was brought online in 2011. Able to image the sky in millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, ALMA can spot emission associated with molecular gas and dust, which are cold and can be difficult or more

Source: Discover Magazine


How much did Robert Lowell’s manic-depression affect his poetry? A new biography tries to find the answer

By Craig Teicher We love the legend of the mad genius, the artist whose unchained mind offers the clearest view of the truth of our world. There is plenty of indication that many of history's great poets and prophets may have been clinically insane. This is the myth Kay Redfield Jamison wants to more

Source: Los Angeles Times