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Good news on global warming? Emissions going up, but more slowly

Good news on global warming? Emissions going up, but more slowly. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in this file photo. Germany has embraced green power, but as it abandons nuclear power, its use of coal for power went…

12-hour knitting marathon becomes a Norwegian TV sensation

12 hours of televised knitting? Must-see TV in Norway. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Norwegians apparently find this riveting. Perhaps the sheep do as well. (Melanie Stetson Freeman) This evening, one million Norwegians are expected to huddle around their televisions to watch – please get ready – live knitting! The…

Cretaceous-era bird tracks: Proof of 100-million-year-old flight?

Dinosaur-era bird tracks: Proof of 100-million-year-old flight? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Photograph (l.) and interpretive drawing (r.) of the four-toed footprint and the groove behind it. The diagram numbers each toe from I (hallux) to IV, outlines the overall form, and shows the main direction of movement as the…

Curiosity rover confirms Mars’ massive atmospheric losses

Latest Curiosity feat: confirmation that Mars sent meteorite group to Earth (via The Christian Science Monitor) This photo released by NASA shows a self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars.(NASA/AP) Mars has lost from half to 95 percent of its atmosphere over the past 4…

How safe is the Obamacare website? John McAfee thinks the lack of security is ‘outrageous’

Obamacare website security called ‘outrageous’: How safe is it? (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustration. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Cybersecurity professionals are voicing concerns about potential concerns in the new federal…

What archaeology tells us about the Bible

What archaeology tells us about the Bible (via The Christian Science Monitor) An archaeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel.(Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor) The workday is just beginning in Jerusalem, 20 miles to the northeast over folded ridges and misty valleys, but the sound of clinking trowels and creaking……

With shutdown and default clocks ticking, dysfunctional Congress hits another impasse

With shutdown and default clocks ticking, lawmakers hit an impasse (via The Christian Science Monitor) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday. Senate Republicans and Democrats have hit an impasse over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four…

EPA chief’s goals: ‘Explain the science’ and obey the laws

EPA chief’s goals: ‘Explain the science’ and obey the laws (via The Christian Science Monitor) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks at the St. Regis Hotel on Monday.(Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was confirmed as the US Environmental Protection Agency’s chief in…  …

NY attorney general Schneiderman takes on ‘astroturfed’ online reviews

Best yogurt ever! Fake online reviews targeted by N.Y. attorney general. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Those with a discerning ear for huckster-speak may have always suspected that some of the gushing praise for online products was probably posted by company partisans. It’s an online technique sometimes called “astroturfing,” or…

Researchers say Earth has at least 1.75 billion years to go

Don’t panic: Earth has at least 1.75 billion years to go, scientists say (via The Christian Science Monitor) A team of scientists predicts that Earth has about 1.75 billion years before the sun is too bright for life here.(Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters) Earth has at least 1.75 billion years left, scientists have…

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