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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes “Jonathan Kaiman reports at The Guardian that China’s air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America leading to more … warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole. ‘Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the U.S.,’ says Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. ‘The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms.’ Fossil fuel burning and petrochemical processing in Asia’s rapidly developing economies lead to a build-up of aerosols, fine particles suspended in the air. Typically, aerosol formation is thought of as the antithesis to global warming: it cools our Earth’s climate. But researchers say, too much of any one thing is never good. ‘Aerosols provide seeds for cloud formation. If you provide too many seeds, then you fundamentally change cloud patterns and storm patterns,’ says co-author Renyi Zhang. China’s leaders are aware of the extent of the problem and will soon revise China’s environmental protection law for the first time since 1989 … ‘The provisions on transparency are probably the most positive step forward,’ says Alex Wang, expert in Chinese environmental law at UCLA. ‘These include the requirement that key polluters disclose real-time pollution data.’”

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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes “Jonathan Kaiman reports at The Guardian that China’s air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America leading to more … warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole. ‘Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the U.S.,’ says Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. ‘The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms.’ Fossil fuel burning and petrochemical processing in Asia’s rapidly developing economies lead to a build-up of aerosols, fine particles suspended in the air. Typically, aerosol formation is thought of as the antithesis to global warming: it cools our Earth’s climate. But researchers say, too much of any one thing is never good. ‘Aerosols provide seeds for cloud formation. If you provide too many seeds, then you fundamentally change cloud patterns and storm patterns,’ says co-author Renyi Zhang. China’s leaders are aware of the extent of the problem and will soon revise China’s environmental protection law for the first time since 1989 … ‘The provisions on transparency are probably the most positive step forward,’ says Alex Wang, expert in Chinese environmental law at UCLA. ‘These include the requirement that key polluters disclose real-time pollution data.’”

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Samsung Is Keeping Its Options Open With Android Wear And Tizen

Image (1) Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-Android-tablet-1-million-sales1.jpeg for post 346740 Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone powered by Android competitor Tizen this year. Likewise, Samsung is also working on a smartwatch that runs Android, according to a Reuters report. It’s bizarro world for Samsung. Read More

Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World

superb-logo-sm Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More

Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

project-ara Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more.… Read More

Ferry Sinks Off South Korea, Nearly 300 People Missing

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Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday morning.

It’s not clear what caused the multi-story vessel to list and sink, but witnesses reported an impact and loud noise just before the ship began to roll over in the water.

The ship sent out a distress signal at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday, NPR reports, and less than two hours later had completely turned over, leaving the majority of it under water.

The New York Times reports there were 459 people on board, including more than 300 high school students on a trip to a nearby island. Read more…

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

An anonymous reader tips news of an incident in a Pennsylvania high school in which a student, Christian Stanfield, was being bullied on a regular basis. He used a tablet to make an audio recording of the bullies for the purpose of showing his mother how bad it was. She was shocked, and she called school officials to tell them what was going on. The officials brought in a police lieutenant — but not to deal with the bullies. Instead, the officer interrogated Stanfield and made him delete the recording. The officer then threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping. The charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct, and Stanfield was forced to testify before a magistrate, who found him guilty. Stanfield’s mother said, “Christian’s willingness to advocate in a non-violent manner should be championed as a turning point. If Mr. Milburn and the South Fayette school district really want to do the right thing, they would recognized that their zero-tolerance policies and overemphasis on academics and athletics have practically eliminated social and emotional functioning from school culture.”

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Me-Mover Step-Powered Stand-Up Bike Gets Funded On Kickstarter

Me-Mover Move over Segway, there’s a new stand-up personal transporter in town. Or there will be come August when the first machines are scheduled to ship to Kickstarter backers. More than 200 users of the crowdfunding website have pledged funds to Me-Mover, a Danish project to rethink the bike as a stand-up exerciser on wheels. Read More

How Well Can You Recognize Famous Film Locations?

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Hey cinefreaks, you may pride yourself on knowing every detail of film trivia, but can you see the bigger picture?

The quiz below uses Google Street View to test your knowledge of famous sets from film and television. So basically, you could know the name of every Hobbit in the Shire, but your Lord of the Rings trivia is useless if you don’t recognize the locations of the films

Some scenes are a dead giveaway, but others aren’t as easy. You’ll spot locations from movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and Forrest Gump, as well as TV shows like Sex and the City and Lost. Read more…

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Guy Kawasaki Joins Australian Design Startup Canva As Chief Evangelist

GuyKawasaki3 Guy Kawasaki, who held the chief evangelist title at Apple during late nineties, is joining Australian design startup Canva, making a comeback into the role after nearly two decades of advising entrepreneurs and founding Alltop in 2008. “Macintosh democratized computers; Google democratized information; and eBay democratized commerce. In the same way, Canva democratizes design,”… Read More