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Hurricane Harvey studies: Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm | Ars Technica
Hurricane Harvey studies: Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm

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The story explaining the incredible flooding in Houston during Hurricane Harvey has many chapters, ranging from meteorology to the history of groundwater use and development zoning. The chapter on climate change has already had a few pages filled in, thanks to a study quickly published by MIT hurricane scientist Kerry Emanuel. This week, two complementary studies flesh the chapter out a little more.

The first paper comes from a group of scientists who have worked to rapidly analyze a number of extreme weather events over the past few years, including flooding in Europe and Louisiana last year. The general strategy for this type of undertaking is not entirely dissimilar from tracking the home run hitting of steroid-using baseball players. You can’t really know if an individual home run would have occurred sans steroids, but that’s not the point. Instead, you work out whether home runs like the one you just witnessed are generally being juiced.

In this case, the researchers were able to build on their analysis of the nearby Louisiana deluge from 2016. As in that study, they analyzed the history of rainfall measurements in the region to work out just how unusual the incredible rainfall totals from Harvey were—and whether the chances of an event like that have changed over time.

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Yaktrax Pro Strap-On Ice & Snow Traction Cleats — Tools and Toys
Yaktrax Pro Strap-On Ice & Snow Traction Cleats

Got a lot of ice and snow where you live this winter season? Pick up a pair of the strap-on Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats, which transform nearly any pair of shoes into rugged hiking/winter boots. Their durable rubber frames are wrapped in abrasion-resistant stainless steel coils that offer great traction on even the most slippery, icy surfaces.

They’re like magic — while everyone else is doing the awkward penguin walk around town, you just breeze on by, sure-footed and confident as all get out. Just be sure to slip them off when you walk indoors anywhere; it’s the polite thing to do and keeps your shoes from tearing up floors.

Check out this video to see how well they work:

The chart below shows which cleat sizes (which link to their respective Amazon pages) fit which shoe sizes:

Size

Price (as of writing)

Women’s Sizes

Men’s Sizes

Small

$20

6½–10

5 – 8½

Medium

$27

10½–12½

9–11

Large

$24

13–15

11½–13½

X-Large

$26

15½+

14+

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California: Here’s how to handle unfounded fears of cell phone cancer | Ars Technica
California: Here’s how to handle unfounded fears of cell phone cancer

Enlarge / A man is seen calling on an iPhone on October 30, 2017. (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The California Department of Public Health officially issued a guidance Friday on how to reduce exposure to radio-frequency energy released by cell phones—despite a lack of solid scientific data suggesting that such exposure poses any harm.

The guidance follows the Department’s legal defeat earlier this year surrounding the release of such a guidance.

In 2014, public health researcher Joel Moskowitz of the University of California, Berkeley, sued the department after it refused to release the guidance to him. The Department said at the time that its guidance was merely an unapproved, incomplete draft that was not ready for public release and could needlessly raise alarm. In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle at the time, the Department further explained that it had shelved the guidance years ago in accordance with the latest stance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the time—and to this day—the CDC says that there is no definitive data on the subject and that “more research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects.”

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News - Dota 2 Update - December 15th, 2017
- Ping sounds are now 3D spatialized relative to your camera position. via Pocket
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News - Now Available on Steam - Romancing SaGa 2, 20% off!
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State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Ars Technica
State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal

Enlarge / Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington, DC, to protest the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla)

Attorneys general from "across the country" will sue the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to reverse today's repeal of net neutrality rules.

"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. "We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. Allowing Internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open Internet. Today's action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses."

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the multi-state effort.

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