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Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease - CNN
<< ... no ir al gimnasio es prácticamente lo peor que puedes hacer por tu salud. De hecho, el estudio afirma que no hacer ejercicio podría ser más perjudicial para tu salud que fumar. "La aptitud cardiorrespiratoria se asocia inversamente con la mortalidad a largo plazo sin un límite superior de beneficio observado", señala el estudio. “La aptitud aeróbica extremadamente alta se asoció con la mayor supervivencia y se asoció con el beneficio en pacientes mayores y en aquellos con hipertensión. ...el estilo de vida sedentario es el equivalente a tener una enfermedad grave y la cura más simple es el ejercicio... "Ser incompetente en una cinta para correr o en una prueba de esfuerzo con ejercicio tiene un peor pronóstico, en cuanto a la muerte, que ser hipertenso, ser diabético o ser fumador"... >>
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8 hours ago
In death, Saudi writer’s mild calls for reform grew into a defiant shout - The Washington Post
<<With his brutal killing in Turkey this month, the Saudi journalist became much more: the Arab world’s loudest dissenter and an international symbol for the cause of free expression. Why should the mild criticisms of a gregarious, well-connected Saudi citizen so enrage the country’s crown prince? the gruesome details bore echoes of previous slayings of writers and dissidents whose hands and fingers were mutilated to send a warning to others who might dare to pick up a pen to criticize the powerful. �“The symbolism is deliberate: If you write with your right hand, your right fingers would be cut off, or burned in acid,” said Melhem, the Lebanese journalist. �“For us, Jamal is the last in a long train of journalists, artists and scholars to be killed in the Arab world,” he said. “It has been done mostly with impunity — until now.”>>
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9 hours ago
La inteligencia artificial ya pinta retratos y hace temblar al mundo con su aspiración de ser creativa - LA NACION
<<Usar los cinco sentidos, mantener viva la curiosidad y "escuchar con atención" es lo que le permite a esta experta conectar con ideas que "no son propias, sino que están en el aire". "El arte está siguiendo el mismo ciclo enfermo que la moda, con mucho poder concentrado en pocas manos. Las galerías lucen como museos, tienen los mismos viejos artistas, mientras que los jóvenes son sobreexplotados. La tendencia de la próxima década serán las obras creadas por los outsiders en los márgenes del sistema. Todos podemos ser artistas", opina Edelkoort. "La sociedad ya no es bicolor, blanco o negro -observó-. Todo se ha convertido en lo mismo, estamos pensando en una nueva dirección.">> https://ift.tt/2EBQm4l #ai
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9 hours ago
‘Close the whole thing!’: Border tensions boil over as Trump’s frustrations grow - The Washington Post
<<“We see the equivalent of a caravan cross our border every day,” the official said. “We’re catching 1,500 people a day.”>>
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yesterday
La historia de una familia uruguaya que salió a recorrer el mundo
<<“La flexibilidad laboral evolucionó muchísimo con el tiempo. Lo que no se ha flexibilizado al mismo ritmo es la educación (y sociabilización de los niños). Pero le vamos encontrando la vuelta”, afirmó la mamá viajera y apuntó a educación de Uruguay: “Si el niño cumple con su proceso educativo, ¿por qué ponerle restricciones? ¿Por qué tiene que ir los 9 meses, de lunes a viernes, de 8 a 16, obligatoriamente? ¿No es enriquecedor viajar? ¿Que tus padres te dediquen tiempo a enseñarte y estimularte? ¿Que puedas asistir a otros lugares que como familia entiendas que estimulan y complementan al colegio? Si el colegio, la familia y el niño actuamos flexiblemente, seguramente funcionará muy bien y a nosotros, por el estilo de vida que aspiramos, sin duda sería mucho mejor”...>>
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yesterday
Here’s why Trump threatened to pull out of a 144-year-old postal treaty
<<... if you’re living in the US and you order knockoff earbuds online from China, China’s postal operator is supposed to pay the US’s operator for the cost of processing that parcel and the cost of having someone (like a US postal worker) transport it to its final destination (like your apartment). But the rates China and some other countries are paying don’t meet the actual costs of delivering those earbuds. This happens because the UPU gives discounts to a list of developing countries that was negotiated in the 1960s, and China is still on the list. That means the United States is effectively subsidizing cheap overseas shipping, specifically anything that’s 4.4 pounds or lighter. The administration has said that these rates for China cost the US $300 million per year, coming out to a 40 to 70 percent discount on shipping.>>
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yesterday
Trump praises Montana congressman who assaulted reporter: 'He's my guy'
"to celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it"
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2 days ago
Ranga Yogeshwar: “Los datos que entregas acabarán por estrangularte en el sistema” | Cultura | EL PAÍS
<<La historia nos demuestra que siempre hay un proceso de civilización. Al final será bueno, porque nos haremos las preguntas fundamentales y encontraremos respuestas mejores de las que habíamos encontrado hasta ahora.>>
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3 days ago
Marihuana: Canadá abre la puerta del mundo desarrollado al cannabis recreativo | Sociedad | EL PAÍS
<<La legalización de la marihuana para uso recreativo ganó este miércoles una batalla importante al conseguir entrar en Canadá. No es el primer país del mundo que da este paso, celebrado con largas colas de clientes ansiosos por comprarla pero recibida con cautela por los mercados. El pionero fue Uruguay el año pasado, que vende la droga en farmacias. Pero el peso demográfico del gigante norteamericano —36 millones, de los que 4,9 millones son consumidores, más que toda la población de Uruguay, que es de 3,5 millones— y económico —en Uruguay las ventas han sido de unos 35 millones este año frente a los 3.300 millones de ventas ilegales del año pasado en Canadá—; su pertenencia al G-7, a la OCDE y su tratado renovado de libre comercio con Estados Unidos dan a la decisión un peso que la iniciativa uruguaya no tuvo. ... legalizar la marihuana es una medida positiva simplemente porque la prohibición ha sido peor”, afirma Jean-Sébastien Fallu, experto en adicciones en la Universidad de Montreal. ... se eliminarán los antecedentes penales a quienes fueron condenados y cumplieron condena por posesión de hasta 30 gramos de marihuana, que ahora es el límite legal. Unas 500.000 personas están en esta situación. >>
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3 days ago
Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression - The Washington Post
<<... There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.” �As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative.>>
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3 days ago
Scientists Claim to Have Solved the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle - VICE
<<After an investigation lasting decades, they’ve concluded that ships are being sucked into the ocean by "rogue waves" over 30 metres in height. ...a standard-issue large wave of around 12 metres will have a breaking pressure of 8.5 psi. Modern ships are designed to tolerate a breaking wave of 21 psi, but a rogue wave can deliver a crushing 140 psi, grossly exceeding the limits of what ships are expected to tolerate.>>
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4 days ago
Stephen Hawking: 'There is no God,' says physicist in final book - CNN
"For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God," he adds. "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature."
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4 days ago
Trump’s Attacks on the Press Are Illegal. We’re Suing.
<<President Donald J. Trump’s frequent threats and hostile acts directed toward journalists and the media are not only offensive and unbecoming of a democratic leader; they are also illegal. The president has free-speech rights just like the rest of us, and deeming the news media “the enemy of the American people” and dismissing accurate reports as “fake news” are permissible under the First Amendment. But the First Amendment does not protect all speech. Although the president can launch verbal tirades against the press, he cannot use the powers of his office to suppress or punish speech he doesn’t like. Presidents are free to mock, needle, evade and even demean the press, but not to use the power of government to stifle it. ... while intrepid journalists may be willing to work under threat from the highest levels of their government, here in the United States they should never have to.>>
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4 days ago
Opinion | As the Internet Splinters, the World Suffers - The New York Times
<<There’s a world of difference between the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, known commonly as G.D.P.R., and China’s technologically enforced censorship regime, often dubbed “the Great Firewall.” But all three spheres — Europe, America and China — are generating sets of rules, regulations and norms that are beginning to rub up against one another. What’s more, the actual physical location of data has increasingly become separated by region, with data confined to data centers inside the borders of countries with data localization laws. ... when a single company with huge market share chooses to comply with a law — or more worryingly, a mere suggestion from the authorities — a large chunk of the internet ends up falling in line. The power of a handful of platforms and services combined with the dismal state of international cooperation across the world pushes us closer and closer to a splintered internet. Meanwhile, American companies that once implicitly pushed democratic values abroad are more reticent to take a stand. As governments push toward a splintered internet, American corporations do little to counteract Balkanization and instead do whatever is necessary to expand their operations. If the future of the internet is a tripartite cold war, Silicon Valley wants to be making money in all three of those worlds. ... even the best possible version of the disaggregated web has serious — though still uncertain — implications for a global future: What sorts of ideas and speech will become bounded by borders? What will an increasingly disconnected world do to the spread of innovation and to scientific progress? What will consumer protections around privacy and security look like as the internets diverge? And would the partitioning of the internet precipitate a slowing, or even a reversal, of globalization?>>
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5 days ago
¿Por qué la cámara de fotos funciona mejor en el iPhone?
<<...cuando Samsung innova en el hardware (por ejemplo, introduciendo una cámara de mayor calidad), luego debe convencer a Google de incorporar las mejoras a las aplicaciones a través de la API apropiada. Y eso puede tomar AÑOS".>> https://ift.tt/2EpDYEf" ¿Por qué la cámara de fotos funciona mejor en el iPhone?
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5 days ago
‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss - The Washington Post
<<Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.>>
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5 days ago
How a currency meltdown in Turkey threatens Europe
<<Data from the Bank for International Settlements show eurozone banks have loans worth over $150 billion in Turkey. Spanish, French and Italian banks are the most exposed.>>
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6 days ago
Vídeo Alquimia Trial Run - 20K -... - Jimmy Baikovicius
Vídeo Alquimia Trial Run - 20K - 14.10.2018, Piriápolis, Maldonado, Uruguay
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6 days ago
After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts
<<... we were supposed to have space stations on the Moon and Mars by now. Instead, here in the year 2018, we can’t even put men and women into low Earth orbit.>>
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8 days ago
A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared - The New York Times
<<The industry’s new goal? Not a computer on every desk nor a connection between every person, but something grander: a computer inside everything, connecting everyone. Cars, door locks, contact lenses, clothes, toasters, refrigerators, industrial robots, fish tanks, sex toys, light bulbs, toothbrushes, motorcycle helmets — these and other everyday objects are all on the menu for getting “smart.” ... The industry’s new goal? Not a computer on every desk nor a connection between every person, but something grander: a computer inside everything, connecting everyone. Cars, door locks, contact lenses, clothes, toasters, refrigerators, industrial robots, fish tanks, sex toys, light bulbs, toothbrushes, motorcycle helmets — these and other everyday objects are all on the menu for getting “smart.” ... the economic and technical incentives of the internet-of-things industry do not align with security and privacy for society generally. Putting a computer in everything turns the whole world into a computer security threat... ... In a roboticized world, hacks would not just affect your data but could endanger your property, your life and even national security. ... the cost of adding computers to objects will get so small that it will make sense for manufacturers to connect every type of device to the internet. ... t some point not long from now, devices that don’t connect to the internet will be rarer than ones that do. ... Apple has an incentive to keep writing security updates to keep your iPhone secure; it does so because iPhones sell for a lot of money, and Apple’s brand depends on keeping you safe from digital terrors. But manufacturers of low-margin home appliances have little such expertise, and less incentive. That’s why the internet of things has so far been synonymous with terrible security — why the F.B.I. had to warn parents last year about the dangers of “smart toys,” and why Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, has identified smart devices as a growing threat to national security.>> https://ift.tt/2ILhpZ9
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8 days ago
Jerusalem - the global capital of tourism security - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
<<Feeling secure is as important as being secure. “We need to integrate ‘the elephant in the room’ that everyone ignores,” said Fatael. “Security is among the three most important elements for the average tourist, and therefore must be part of an overall tourism practice.>> Jerusalem - the global capital of tourism security
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8 days ago
World's fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second
<<... "but we already see possibilities for increasing the speed to up to one quadrillion (10 exp 15) frames per second!" Speeds like that are sure to offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter.>>
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8 days ago
Andrew Brunson: Turkish court orders release of U.S. pastor - The Washington Post
<<“Brunson’s indictment in the U.S. Congress was portrayed as the case of a Christian pastor being persecuted by Muslims,” he said. “And built a sentiment in Congress that there should be no favors given to Turkey until the pastor is released.”>>
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8 days ago
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Wetzlar Forest #iphoneX #flickr #germany #alemania
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10 days ago
La Galería de los Uffizi recurre a un algoritmo para combatir las colas | Cultura | EL PAÍS
<<.“La gestión de las colas es una ciencia exacta, basada en las estadísticas, la estructura de gestión, la informática... Pero también es una ciencia social, que no tiene que ver con moléculas sino con grupos de personas que se comportan de manera distinta en función del entorno. Hemos podido trabajarlo para tener un modelo estadístico predictivo muy preciso, pero habrá casos en los que no hemos pensado todavía”, advierte Schmidt.>>
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11 days ago
DealBook<!-- --> Business and Policy
<< “I have often said that the U.S. ultimately holds the high cards here: The Fed is the one actor in the world that can buy more than China can ever sell.” “Even if it could sell its more than a trillion dollars of Treasurys without pushing the market against it, where would it park the funds?” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman, wrote in a note to investors. “It will not be able to secure the liquidity, safety and returns that are available in the U.S.” Since the end of the Cold War and the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the world has embraced a policy of strategic stability: reducing the incentive for rival nations to unleash unimaginable destruction. That is probably good economic policy, too.>>
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11 days ago
Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 - The New York Times
<<To prevent 2.7 degrees of warming, the report said, greenhouse pollution must be reduced by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. It also found that, by 2050, use of coal as an electricity source would have to drop from nearly 40 percent today to between 1 and 7 percent. Renewable energy such as wind and solar, which make up about 20 percent of the electricity mix today, would have to increase to as much as 67 percent. “This report makes it clear: There is no way to mitigate climate change without getting rid of coal,” said Drew Shindell, a climate scientist at Duke University and an author of the report.>>
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13 days ago
El odio mueve a Bolsonaro, el miedo hace que vuele | Internacional | EL PAÍS
<<... Bolsonaro, el mismo líder que ha dicho que las mujeres no deben cobrar lo mismo que los hombres, que prefiere un hijo muerto a uno gay y que si tiene una hija es por “un momento de debilidad”, que defiende la tortura y que “un policía que no mata no es policía” porque “la violencia solo se soluciona con más violencia”, se ha convertido en el activo político más rentable de Brasil.>> ... en agosto se hizo con un vicepresidente, Hamilton Mourão, más feroz que él. Otro militar autoritario, que no se despeina al explicar en entrevistas que “los héroes matan”, que la constitución de puede reformar sin consultar al pueblo y que un gobierno puede dar un “autogolpe” de Estado y poner al Ejército al frente de la seguridad nacional. ... democracia para qué, si hay 13 millones de parados, 67.000 homicidios al año, más que en ningún otro lugar del mundo, y las instituciones caen por la corrupción- fuese una cuestión de discusión. Y Bolsonaro, además de un nombre, fuese una respuesta.>>
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13 days ago
WhatsApp, el elemento distorsionador de la campaña en Brasil | Internacional | EL PAÍS
<<Las de este domingo serán las elecciones de WhatsApp. En un país con 147 millones de votantes, 120 millones de personas utilizan a diario la aplicación de mensajería móvil... ...el TSE reglamentó la propaganda política en Facebook, obligando la plataforma a indicar a los usuarios los contenidos de partidos y candidatos que eran promocionados. “Eso sirvió para blindar, de cierto modo, la campaña en Facebook contra las fake news”, dice Benevenuto. El máximo órgano electoral no incluyó, sin embargo, a Whatsapp en la reglamentación. El experto considera importante crear alguna medida para controlar la red, pero explica que eso sería “técnicamente complicado”. “Se trata de un fenómeno novedoso, es normal que no sepan muy bien cómo analizarlo. Como los mensajes están encriptados, ni el propio equipo de la plataforma la entiende muy bien. No saben ni siquiera cuán sesgados son los datos”, cierra.>>
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13 days ago
Even Apple can't make the Internet of Things tolerable - The Verge
<<HomeKit itself, while a good idea in theory, is marred by Apple being the middle-aged dad of technology. It ignores newfangled cloud technologies entirely — you’re forbidden from storing any device logic in the cloud, for example — and would rather dictate from its own Silicon Valley bubble about what a smart home should look like, forcing device makers into subservient relationships in the process. The companies behind our devices, both big and small, must make hardware changes to be accepted into HomeKit, must add authentication chips that are only available from Apple, must choose an Apple-approved manufacturer, must send free samples for certification, and must not talk about the certification while hoping they don’t go bankrupt while waiting for the entire process to complete.>>
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14 days ago
iPhone XS beauty-gate: Here's why your selfies look different on the new phone - CNET
<<the XS camera is taking photos in a different way than earlier iPhones, through computational photography and merging exposures>>
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14 days ago
Justice Kavanaugh may be headed for impeachment if Democrats win a House majority | Fox News
<<Kavanaugh's rage-filled rant at his confirmation hearing last week lifted the veil on the partisan nature of the Supreme Court and confirmed what many believe to already be true: our system of government is broken.>>
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14 days ago
Does Apple have any premium buyers left for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max?
<<Apple sits on a bank of users who are the most valuable demographic of premium electronics buyers. Samsung's premium sales are headed downward, in part because Google is promoting the idea of super cheap Android hardware in between stabs at releasing an iPhone-priced Pixel phone of its own that literally nobody is looking to buy, outside of very loud media personalities who do not represent real buyers in the market. The entire idea that Apple is one false move ahead of losing a big chunk of its customers to Samsung or to production from China is pure fiction. Apple has been incrementally building a massive installed base of loyal users for decades. Even if new iPhone sales volumes were to never dramatically expand again, the fact is that the length of their lifespan means that adding over 200 million new iPhones annually preserves and enhances Apple's huge bank of premium buyers. Google knows this, which is why it pays Apple billions to stay on iOS in search, and why it no longer even tries to keep its latest apps exclusive to Android. Android has something like 2 billion people running its free software on their phones, but they do not contribute to commercial activity anywhere near the level of Apple's users. Apple won in hardware the way Google won in search, or Facebook in social networking. Large shifts in switching happened long ago when there was a credible series of options to choose between. Today, the only real difference is that Apple won premium users globally; Google and Facebook are only in the West, and have been shut out of China without any real hope of returning. The longer products last and are officially supported, the larger that pool of premium buyers will grow.>>
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14 days ago
Amazon’s $15 minimum wage doesn’t end debate over whether it’s creating good jobs - The Washington Post
<<It’s likely that no company has hired more people in recent years than Amazon, which has opened fulfillment centers with breathtaking speed. Today Amazon is America’s second-largest employe... Jobs at Amazon’s warehouses can be grueling, physically and mentally. Nearly every one of the 18 past and present workers interviewed for this article said they take Advil after work or soak or rub their feet at night, and many said they refer to workers who have been there for a few months as “Amazombies” because they develop a zoned-out look from the monotonous labor. ... Amazon sets quotas for how many items they have to pick, sort or pack each day, and it can be difficult to meet that requirement and still find time to hurry across the warehouse floor to the break room or bathroom during a 15-minute break. Amazon’s warehouse capacity is likely to exceed Walmart’s for the first time this year. ... items in Amazon’s warehouses are not sorted methodically, with, for instance, office supplies in one area and shoes in another. Instead, items are immediately put on whatever shelf is available when they arrive at the warehouse. Pickers rely on handheld monitors that tell them where to locate something,...>>
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15 days ago
It's better to pass over 10 innocent nominees than to risk having a justice guilty of assault on the Supreme Court
<<The famous Blackstone Formulation — a principle articulated by 18th century English legal scholar William Blackstone — suggests that false convictions are far worse than mistaken aquittals. He expressed the sentiment in terms of a ratio: “It is better that 10 guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” The Reverse Blackstone Ratio also suggests that one can vote against Kavanaugh even if one believes that the crime never occurred. How can this be the case? In the same way that a juror in a criminal trial can vote to acquit while believing that the defendant committed the crime — just not beyond a reasonable doubt. >> https://ift.tt/2OBalUC
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15 days ago
Researchers create new font designed to boost your memory
<<people remember things better when their brains have to overcome minor obstacles while processing information. >>
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15 days ago
Yes, Bradley Cooper’s voice in ‘A Star is Born’ was physically painful to create - The Washington Post
<<“The voice is everything. It all begins and ends with the voice, as an actor — and as a human being,” said Cooper, who also directed the film. “That’s why singing is such a wonderful tool to open up your body and soul, because you can’t hide...>>
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15 days ago
Review: The Light L16 is Brilliant... and Braindead
<<The L16 would use 16 camera modules with varying focal lengths with folded optics instead of 1 single sensor, and use “computational photography” to fuse the individual photos together with depth data, producing results that would be “DSLR quality”. As much as the L16 is an engineering marvel, it is a camera designed by computer scientists and engineers and has little thought put in it for the actual photographer that will use it.>>
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16 days ago
Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power. It’s the only way to save democracy.
<<Democrats should offer Republicans a truce in the decades-long judicial wars... In the past 50 years, including Trump’s appointment of Kennedy’s successor, Republicans have made 15 of the 19 Supreme Court appointments — almost 79 percent — despite controlling the presidency only 62 percent of the time. Republicans seem bent on pressing their ideological advantage with absolutely no consideration given to the possibility of appointing a consensus candidate to the court.>>
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16 days ago
Opinion | For Once, I’m Grateful for Trump - The New York Times
<<“I’d rather be accused of murder,” he said, “than of sexual assault.” I feel the same way. One can think of excuses for killing a man; none for assaulting a woman. But if that’s true, so is this: Falsely accusing a person of sexual assault is nearly as despicable as sexual assault itself. It inflicts psychic, familial, reputational and professional harms that can last a lifetime. This is nothing to sneer at. ... false allegations of rape, while relatively rare, are at least five times as common as false accusations of other types of crime, according to academic literature. Uncorroborated plus uncorroborated plus largely uncorroborated is not the accumulation of questions, much less of evidence. It is the duplication of hearsay.>>
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16 days ago
The Risk of Alternative Cancer Treatments - The New York Times
<<In a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine of 281 patients with potentially curable cancers of the breast, lung, colon-rectum or prostate that had not yet spread beyond their site of origin, the use of alternative medicine in lieu of conventional cancer treatments resulted in an overall death rate two and a half times higher than the rate experienced by patients getting standard therapies.>>
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16 days ago
How to Charge Your Phone Faster - The New York Times
<<... newer iPhones like the iPhone X can charge a battery from 0 percent to 72 percent in an hour using a modern iPad charger — while reaching only 39 percent in the same amount of time on Apple’s standard iPhone block. >> https://ift.tt/2QtcYVv
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16 days ago
Opinion | How Brett Kavanaugh Failed - The New York Times
<<... As Judge Kavanaugh said in a 2015 speech, “to be a good judge and a good umpire, it’s important to have the proper demeanor.” He added: “To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm. On the bench, to put it in the vernacular, don’t be a jerk.” Wise words. He wasn’t able to live by them when it mattered. He was a fierce Republican warrior in some of the most politically charged battles of the past two decades — including the investigation that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, in which he sought to expose the most intimate details of Mr. Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. He also played a role in the most controversial policies of the George W. Bush administration, including the torture of detainees and warrantless wiretapping. The Supreme Court, coequal with Congress and the White House, takes up the most important issues facing the country. Its rulings are often decided by a single vote, and they can affect the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans. Yet the source of the court’s power is not tangible. It holds neither the sword nor the purse, to paraphrase Alexander Hamilton. The court’s legitimacy is founded instead in an act of national faith, of confidence in the integrity and fairness of the justices. It is that confidence that ratifies the court’s decisions as the final word on American law.>>
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16 days ago
Opinion | A Complete National Disgrace - The New York Times
<<Persuasion is no longer an important part of public conversation. Public statements are meant to mobilize your mob. This leads to an epidemic of bigotry. Bigotry involves creating a stereotype about a disfavored group and then applying that stereotype to an individual you’ve never met. People who don’t have regular contact with people they disagree with become intellectually dishonest quickly.>> https://ift.tt/2BVxIkW #Kavanaugh
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16 days ago
Why Humans Are Bad At Spotting Lies | FiveThirtyEight
<<Humans aren’t very good at being able to tell — just from watching someone and listening to them talk — whether they are being told truth or fiction. ... our ability to identify a lie is poor — no better than chance, in fact. “The best estimate, and that’s from a lot of studies all accumulated, is that we’re about 54 percent accurate,” she told me. “That’s about equivalent to flipping a coin.” ... behavior is culturally mediated. When we all live in the same culture, people who want to lie know what behaviors might make them look more or less credible, as much as the people who are watching for those behaviors. ... there’s no systematic un-blinding to tell you when you correctly guessed whether you were being lied to. The feedback we get on this is spotty. Often there is none. Sometimes the feedback itself is incorrect. There’s never a chance to really learn and get better, Alcock said. “So why should we be good at it?” Take people whose job it is to professionally detect lies — judges, police officers, customs agents. Studies show they believe themselves to be better than chance at spotting liars. But the same studies show they aren’t, ...>>
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16 days ago
Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for Fighting Sexual Violence - The New York Times
<<“After what has happened to me, I have a new understanding,” he wrote in The New York Times in 2012. “I have seen what has been done to them. I have heard them tell me that armed attackers raped them and killed their husband, raped them and killed their children. “I now understand this in a different way and my thoughts are with the women of my country who have suffered so much.”>>
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16 days ago
Cómo China instaló microchips para espiar secretos tecnológicos de Amazon, Apple y el gobierno de Estados Unidos - Infobae
<<El gobierno chino usó microchips instalados en el corazón de computadoras fabricadas en Estados Unidos para robar secretos de tecnología y para tratar de espiar a agencias de seguridad estadounidenses>>
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16 days ago
Wireless Charging Is Here. So What Is It Good For? - The New York Times
<<...glass lets energy pass through the phone so that it can be charged wirelessly. The technology relies on magnetic induction, which involves using an electrical current to generate a magnetic field, creating voltage that powers the phone without your plugging a wire into it.>> https://ift.tt/2xVJWas
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17 days ago
Tasa gravará piscinas, parrilleros y otras “amenidades”...
<<Punta del Este tiene menos de 20 kilómetros de superficie. Empero, genera casi el ochenta por ciento de la recaudación municipal que se cobra al contado en cada mes de enero. Tanto Maldonado como San Carlos y el resto del departamento tienen importantes niveles de morosidad en el pago de los tributos municipales.>>
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17 days ago
Connie Chung: Dear Christine Blasey Ford: I, too, was sexually assaulted — and it’s seared into my memory forever - The Washington Post
<<Years ago, my husband read a novel by Rita Mae Brown called “Six of One.” He told me, “There’s a great line in this book. ‘The advantage of telling the truth is you don’t have to remember what you said.’ ”>>
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17 days ago
How PDAF Technology helps Cameras to focus fast.
<<PDAF Technology increases the focusing speed using planar image phase detection. This technology was first applied to the Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera, which allows the user to keep taking HD photos of fast-moving objects (children, pets, or cars) using autofocus. Compared to traditional focusing technology, the PDAF focusing speed has been greatly improved. Traditional focusing technology had to detect image quality step by step until it achieves the clearest possible image with an optimal focus. PDAF focusing can detect the phase difference in an image and enable the motor to reach the correct position for the optimal focus in a single movement, eliminating the need to repeatedly check the image quality. While PDAF technology is particularly effective in bright environments, for darker environments, Laser Auto Focus can save the day. As the name suggests, the smartphone has an infrared laser emitter and receiver built in. When you aim at an object, the smartphone blasts out a series of laser beam pulses. When the beam bounces off the object, the processor can then calculate the time of travel to the object and back, and then determine the distance. Laser Auto Focus is especially effective for shooting in low light since it’s usually too dark for the image sensor to see anything.>>
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18 days ago
This app knows when you’ve been in an accident — and then it calls 911 for you - The Washington Post
<<...automatic collision notification has the ability to “dramatically” reduce emergency notification times after car accidents, particularly in rural areas. “Reductions in rural average crash notification times from 9 minutes to 1 minute after the crash have been estimated to potentially save 3,000 lives per year... ... the system relies on the device’s GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, both of which are used for maintaining orientation. The app might also tap into sensors such as a phone’s proximity meter or magnetometer. The former measures a phone’s proximity to another object and the latter provides the phone with orientation to the earth’s magnetic field. The sensors are used in conjunction with analytics data from billions of miles of driver data...>>
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18 days ago
The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy - Motherboard
<<50 percent of internet traffic is now encrypted, video now accounts for 58 percent of all global traffic, and Netflix alone now comprises 15 percent of all internet downstream data consumed. The content industry spent years trying to battle piracy via all manner of heavy handed-tactics and lawsuits, only to realize that offering users inexpensive, quality, legitimate services was the best solution. Many users flocked to these services because they provided a less-expensive, more flexible alternative to traditional cable. Now, if the industry isn’t careful, it could lose a sizeable chunk of this newfound audience back to piracy by making it overly expensive and cumbersome to access the content subscribers are looking for.>>
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18 days ago
Deep space travel could destroy astronauts' guts
<<... when gastrointestinal tissues are bombarded by galactic cosmic radiation (GCR), their functions get altered. And if the way they function changes, astronauts could develop cancerous tumors in the stomach and colon. GCR doesn't affect us here on Earth, because we're being protected by our planet's magnetosphere. We didn't evolve to be able take huge doses of it without that extra protection -- and no, current shielding technology can't block it out.>>
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18 days ago
Crawling Dead: How Ants Turn Into Zombies
<<After three weeks of growth, the fungus will make up perhaps half the insect’s weight and is now ready to flip the switch and essentially take over the ant's body. Up to now, the ant has acted normally—no stumbling, no aggression—nothing that would alert its colony to an intruder. The fungus within has been able to diversify into different tasks. Some bits mine nutrients, some attack muscles, and some surround the brain, ready to release a chemical bomb. Ophio has evolved to fool the super-organism that is an ant colony, and its solution is body-snatching. If it made the ant start acting in any way funny, it’d be evicted. If it made the ant smell weird, it’d be evicted. And if it dispatched the ant within the colony and started growing a stalk, it’d be evicted. ... the fungus is striking a balance here: It has to drive its host mad yet not mad enough that the colony raises the alarm. And the bits around the brain releasing the chemicals have to communicate with the rest of the fungal network throughout the ant without sending the whole system into disarray. >> Crawling Dead: How Ants Turn Into Zombies - WIRED
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18 days ago
Radiation exposure from xrays, mammograms, CT and other scans - The Washington Post
<<“Radiation does have some risk,” says Russ Ritenour, a medical physicist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. “But it is important for medicine. And in most cases, the risk is quite small compared to the risk of taking too much Advil over your life and other things like that.” Ionizing radiation — the type that can damage cells — is a daily fact of life even for people who never go to the doctor. Rocks and soil contain radioactive materials, which also appear in our food, our bones and the air we breathe. Cosmic rays barrage us with radiation from space, with higher doses at altitude and on airplanes. There is also no absolute number of scans that constitute a tipping point for health,Ritenour says, in part because our bodies have repair mechanisms that can fix cells damaged by radiation. So while every scan adds to the chances that a problem will occur, radiation doesn’t build up in the body. And damage doesn’t accumulate like water poured into a glass. Theoretically, he adds, 10 mammograms in one day would be riskier than one mammogram a year for 10 years. Although health risks from most imaging tests are extremely small, fear can be hard for people to rationalize away. There is a one-in-a-million chance of getting cancer from a chest X-ray, Ritenour says, the same tiny chance of getting cancer from toxins in peanut butter.>>
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20 days ago
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21 days ago
Cientos de miles de brasileñas plantan cara en la calle a Bolsonaro | Internacional | EL PAÍS
<<Nunca se pensó que la página llegaría a convertirse en un arma política de semejante envergadura. Al menos nunca lo pensó su creadora, una publicista autónoma del Estado de Bahía, Ludimilla Teixeira, de 36 años. “Vi que había un clima de indignación individual contra este personaje, y su discurso de odio. Es un peligro lo cerca que está de ser presidente, para la población, pero sobre todo para mí como mujer. Un día estaba hablando por Facebook con una amiga sobre cómo toda esta indignación debería movilizarse, porque las ideas en las redes pueden ser de alcance muy limitado si se usan de forma individual. Y pensamos: ‘Vamos a abrir un grupo y convocar una manifestación’. Era 29 de agosto por la noche. Mi amiga, que es más reflexiva que yo, dijo que lo pensásemos. A las 6.30 de la mañana del 30 de agosto yo estaba creando el grupo. En 48 horas teníamos 6.000 miembros. Me conmoví y sentí esperanza”.>>
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21 days ago
Obama uses Denmark speech to warn against 'racial', 'nationalistic' politics - The Local
<<"When a population is passive and ill-informed and not paying attention, that's when there is the greatest danger.">>
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22 days ago
Analysts predict a big holiday quarter for Apple Watch, affecting the entire jewelry industry | 9to5Mac
<<As several reports have suggested, Apple Watch is eating into the traditional watch business. Now, analysts are predicting that demand for the Apple Watch this holiday season will eat at sales in the already-slowing traditional watch industry.>>
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22 days ago
Hay drogas que podrían curar el cáncer, pero son imposibles de pagar - Infobae
<<Los tratamiento de CAR-T funcionan a partir de la recolección de células del sistema inmunológico del paciente que se reprograman genéticamente para que se unan a una proteína específica de la superficie de las células malignas. Una vez que se inoculan al paciente, sólo atacan aquellas células que tienen esa proteína, en lugar de atacar indiscriminadamente, como la quimioterapia, también a células sanas. "Kymriah tiene un precio de entre USD 373.000 u USD 475.000 por paciente, según el tipo de cáncer, y Yescarta, de USD 373.000. Cuando se suman los demás costos necesarios del apoyo médico, el costo promedio de tratamiento por paciente asciende a USD 500.000 a USD 850.000". >>
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22 days ago
Full review: The 2018 Nikon Z7 and Z 24-70/4 – Ming Thein | Photographer
<<...chromatic aberration (both longitudinal and lateral) and flare are almost zero. You really have to get something very bright in the frame at wide to see even slight ghosts. This is solid evidence of the performance improvements that come from a larger mount, larger exit pupil (32mm!) and higher telecentricity>>
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22 days ago
Finding Life on Exoplanets Is a Step Closer, Thanks to Earth's Plants
<<If alien astronomers are out there searching for signs of life on Earth, they might just find it in the telltale pattern of light reflected by our plants, from redwood forests to desert cacti to grass-covered plains. That reflected fingerprint has been visible since vegetation first began carpeting our rocky terrestrial landscape about half a billion years ago. And as Earth aged and evolution marched onward, the reflected signal strengthened. ... photosynthetic plants reflect specific of infrared light, with some plants being more reflective than others. Called the vegetation red edge, this pattern is visible in near-infrared wavelengths, which are a bit longer than the colors our eyes perceive yet are easily detected by the right kind of telescope.>>
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22 days ago
Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100 - The Washington Post
<<Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of this century. A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 4 degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe. The global average temperature rose more than 0.5 degrees Celsius between 1880, the start of industrialization, and 1986, so the analysis assumes a roughly 4 degree Celsius or 7 degree Fahrenheit increase from preindustrial levels. Despite President Trump’s skepticism, federal agencies conducting scientific research have often reaffirmed that humans are causing climate change, including in a major 2017 report that found “no convincing alternative explanation.” “With this administration, it’s almost as if this science is happening in another galaxy,” ...>>
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22 days ago
Breaking the silence: Talking to young kids about sexual assault and consent
<<“Many times our little girls are taught to say yes, to take care of and to nurture others, especially men. However, they are not [always] taught healthy boundaries, or when and/or how to say ‘no’,” Marshall says. “Stop forcing them to give hugs and kisses, and empower them to own their body through the choices they make with their body. They have every right to say ‘no’, and the sooner they are empowered to make those decisions, the sooner they will identify how to stop the cycle.”>> Breaking the silence: Talking to young kids about sexual assault and consent - NBC News
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22 days ago
Opinion | Why Brett Kavanaugh Wasn’t Believable - The New York Times
<<She was also honest about her ambivalence in coming forward. “I am terrified,” she told the senators in her opening remarks. And then there’s the fact that she gains nothing by coming forward. She is in hiding now with her family in the face of death threats. Perhaps the most maddening part of Thursday’s hearing was the cowardice of the committee’s 11 Republicans, all of them men, and none of them, apparently, capable of asking Dr. Blasey a single question. >>
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23 days ago
Zeiss announces the ZX1 full frame fixed lens camera - sonyalpharumors sonyalpharumors
<<... the ZEISS ZX1 features a newly designed, integrated ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus that has been perfectly matched to the 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor developed in-house at ZEISS>>
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23 days ago
How alcohol causes blackouts and blocks memories - The Washington Post
<<But even before then, alcohol can lead to impulsive behavior, including sexual disinhibition. Teenagers already have less impulse control than adults because their brain’s prefrontal cortex — the region responsible for self-control — is not yet mature. Alcohol can dampen inhibitions further. It affects brain systems that regulate behavior and impulse control. “The frontal lobes make us tell the truth, make us be on time, make us be nice to people even if we don’t want to,” Nutt said. “Alcohol switches off the frontal lobes or dampens them down, so you’re less able to control these deeper impulses.” A person can have both a partial blackout or a complete blackout after intense drinking and not even realize it.>>
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24 days ago
Panorama Frankfurt Skyline - Ultra High Resolution 18800 ×… | Flickr
Panorama Frankfurt Skyline - Iron Footbridge - Ultra High Resolution 18800 × 6583 #photography #panorama
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28 days ago
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28 days ago
The Leica Q — by Craig Mod
<<all photos are lies, all photos are crops. The very definition of a photograph is to add edges to the world, slice off some snippet, place it in a tiny box. Or, as the late Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain put it, “The game [of photography] is to organize the rectangle.”>>
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28 days ago
Leica Freedom Train - Wikipedia
<<The Leica Freedom Train was a rescue effort in which hundreds of Jews were smuggled out of Nazi Germany before the Holocaust by Ernst Leitz II of the Leica Camera company, and his daughter Elsie Kuehn-Leitz. To help his Jewish workers and colleagues, Leitz quietly established what has become known among historians of the Holocaust as the "Leica Freedom Train," a covert means of allowing Jews to leave Germany in the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas. German "employees" disembarking from the ocean liner Bremen at a New York pier went to Leitz's Manhattan office, where they were helped to find jobs. Each new arrival was given a Leica camera. Leitz's daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught at the border, helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland. She eventually was freed but endured rough treatment in the course of questioning. Only after the last member of the Leitz family was dead did the "Leica Freedom Train" finally come to light. It is the subject of a book, The Greatest Invention of the Leitz Family: The Leica Freedom Train.>>
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28 days ago
El grupo propietario de Zara salió a la conquistadel mundo online - El Empresario - Últimas noticias de Uruguay y el Mundo actualizadas - Diario EL PAIS Uruguay
<<Como Amazon, Inditex valora «el proceso de compra» y no solamente el producto, basando su éxito en el modelo de fast-fashion consistente en fabricar el 60% de sus prendas cerca de su sede en Europa o Magreb, que le permite poner en 15 días nuevas piezas de las últimas tendencias de la moda.>>
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28 days ago
Scientists Think A Giant Artificial Wall Propped Up Under Antarctica's Ice Sheets Could Stop Catastrophic Sea Level Rise | IFLScience
<<Several factors contribute to global sea level rise. As the world has warmed due to the burning of fossil fuels, oceans have absorbed the majority of the heat. Warmer water expands, which takes up more space. Glaciers are also melting, adding more water to the system. The final factor is melting from ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland that are still protected by glaciers. ...we could try to build up support structures or even walls underneath the ice sheets to prevent them from breaking apart or being weakened by the influx of warm water from below...>>
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28 days ago
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