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House Passes Bill That Would Prevent Scientists from Advising EPA On Their Own Research

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The headline issue in Congress last Tuesday (November 18) was the Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension eventually failed in the Senate by one vote, leading to jubilation from climate activists and other groups opposed to the new pipeline. But while these people celebrated, the House of Representatives was quietly passing a different bill: H.R. 1422. The bill, which passed 229-191 along mostly partisan lines, would reconfigure the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Michael Burgess, a Republican

NSA Chief Says China Is Capable of Shutting Down Entire U.S. Power Grid With Cyber Attack

Admiral Michael Rogers is the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Speaking to the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday (November 20), Rogers said that China and “one or two” other countries currently possess the ability to shut down the entire U.S. power grid, as well as other critical infrastructure. Rogers told the congressional panel that his agencies had detected malware in China capable of breaking into the computer networks of major power companies and other critical systems. “It enables

Everything You Need to Know About President Obama’s New Immigration Plan

Tonight, President Obama will deliver a speech to the American public outlining his plans for immigration reform. The president has stated on numerous occasions that his decision to address immigration unilaterally (ie. via executive order) is a result of Congressional inaction on the issue. Obama’s (mostly Republican) opponents in Congress say that the move is unlawful and unconstitutional. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said that it will, “poison the well” for future cooperation between the president and the new Republican-dominated Congress

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

New Algorithm Adds Sound to Silent Video By Observing the Tiny Vibrations of Objects (Video)

Researchers at MIT (in conjunction with Microsoft and Adobe) have created an algorithm with a truly impressive function: adding sound to audio-less videos. The algorithm has the ability to observe and analyze countless tiny micro-vibrations and then determine what type of sound must have made them. These vibrations are almost imperceptible – as small as one thousandth of a pixel in some cases. Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is first author on a new paper discussing

Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)

Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a colder-than-normal month by a lot.” According to

Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

German Village Plays Brilliant Prank On Neo-Nazis Who Gather There Once A Year

Wunsiedel is a small, quiet village in southern Germany. In fact, most people would have never heard of Wunsiedel if it weren’t for one unfortunate detail: the village is the final resting place of Rudolf Hess, one of Adolf Hitler’s most trusted deputies during World War II. After Hess died in prison on August 17, 1987, his remains were sent to Wunsiedel for burial. In the following years, neo-Nazis groups began staging memorial marches in the small village once a year. Despite

A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam

Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a fast learner – so fast that at

Sioux Native Americans Release Statement Calling Keystone XL Pipeline “An Act of War”

In 2008, Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada began construction on the Keystone Pipeline, an extensive, four-phase pipeline project to connect Canadian tar sands (a vast source of crude oil) to refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. The first phase, completed in 2010, is a 2,147-mi stretch of pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to southern Illinois via Steele City, Nebraska. Phase II, completed in early 2011, added another 291 miles of pipeline, connecting the Keystone pipeline in Steele City

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