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  • Uranus will be visible to the naked eye tonight -- here's how to see it

    Uranus will be visible to the naked eye tonight -- here's how to see itGrab a pair of binoculars and your lamest jokes because Uranus will be visible to the naked eye on Thursday night.


  • 'It Stuns Me.' Trump's Chief of Staff Accuses Democratic Congresswoman of Politicizing Solider's Death

    'It Stuns Me.' Trump's Chief of Staff Accuses Democratic Congresswoman of Politicizing Solider's Death"It stuns me," John Kelly said while defending Trump's call to a military widow


  • EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'

    EPA's climate change website reappears, missing the word 'climate'On April 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abruptly took down its long-standing treasure trove of online climate change resources, and put up a message stating that they were being updated to reflect the new priorities of the Trump administration. It's becoming more and more clear that one of those priorities is to downplay the threat of climate change. And one way way to do that is to ignore it altogether. To that end, on Friday, a group that monitors federal websites for changes in climate change content reported that the some of the climate websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site, with all references to climate change removed. SEE ALSO: Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry According to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative's website monitoring group (EDGI), an EPA website that previously offered climate and energy resources for state, local, and tribal governments has been stripped of its references and links to climate science and policy. Prior to April 28, the site had contained programs and tools to assist these government entities in becoming more energy efficient, using more renewable energy, and developing climate change policies.  Instead, that main site is now a page on "energy resources," including a "Clean Energy Finance Tool," Energy Information Administration state reports, newsletters, and other resources with links to previously existing EPA climate sites removed as well. The new webpage, which went online in late July, but was just analyzed in detail on Friday, omits about 15 mentions of the word "climate" from the main page for local governments. Original version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/EPA.gov New version of the climate and energy resources page.Image: EDGI/epa.gov "Large portions of climate resources that were formerly found on the previous website have not been returned, and thus have ultimately been removed from the current EPA website," the EDGI web monitoring group stated. The new website’s main page has no links to pages such as the “State Climate Action Framework”, “Local Climate Action Framework”, and “Climate Showcase Communities," among others, the report found. In addition, the urls epa.gov/climatechange and epa.gov/climateimpacts continue to redirect to a notice page about forthcoming updates, though no dates are given as to when these sites may be back. An archived version of the EPA's old climate change websites is still available, however.  According to EDGI, the pre-April 28 version of the state, local, and tribal governments website contained 380 webpages, whereas the new one has just 175. Links to resources and tools for planning for climate change impacts at the local and regional levels were among the pages scrubbed entirely from the new version, inhibiting the ability of such governments — many of which are led by governors, mayors, or tribal entities in favor of taking action on climate change — to adequately plan for climate impacts.  The EPA's website changes might seem insignificant when compared to other administration actions on climate change, like announcing its intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. However, by making it harder for Americans to prepare for global warming-induced phenomena, such as heat waves and sea level rise, the Trump administration is effectively putting people at greater risk. EPA's Scott Pruitt, left, shakes hands with coal miners.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockClimate change is already resulting in an uptick in extreme weather events, particularly heat waves and precipitation extremes, across much of the U.S., and coastal states are increasingly having to grapple with rising sea levels.  The Obama administration spent years trying to develop materials to help local governments take climate science and put it to use protecting their communities, but those have all been taken down in the new version of the Trump administration's climate site. The EPA's voluminous climate change website had previously been maintained under both Republican and Democratic administrations dating back at least to the first Bush administration, and it had served as a valuable tool for teachers and students, researchers, and government officials looking for data and advice on climate resilience efforts. However, the site has become another casualty of an administration that appears hellbent on erasing as much climate science and climate policy from the books as possible.  Since becoming EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt has pursued an aggressive agenda of dismantling the Obama administration's climate change regulations, culminating in his action on Oct. 10 to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  Pruitt has said he doesn't believe that science shows greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming, even though scientific evidence demonstrates exactly that link. Pruitt instead wants to hold televised "red team, blue team" debates between climate scientists and deniers to contest the merits of mainstream climate science research.  “The American people deserve, in my view, an objective, transparent, honest discussion about what we know and what we don’t know about CO2," Pruitt told the conservative Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. "It’s never taken place.” Scrubbing agency websites of climate information is therefore in line with Pruitt's ideology, as well as that of the president, who has called global warming a "hoax."  Scientists and environmentalists criticized the EPA's website changes, saying they obscure the facts about global warming.   “Removing climate change resources from the EPA website is offensive and dangerous. At a time when Americans have lost their loved ones and their homes to floods and fires, are living without fresh water or electricity, and are experiencing multi-billion-dollar disasters exacerbated by climate change, this is not the time to impede public access to critical climate change information," said Gretchen Goldman, research director at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement. WATCH: Only in Dubai—police now have hovercrafts  


  • A Jury Has Convicted a White Ex-Cop of Killing His Daughter's Black Boyfriend

    A Jury Has Convicted a White Ex-Cop of Killing His Daughter's Black BoyfriendThe jury recommended a sentence of 15 years in prison


  • 4,000-Year-Old Statue Of Pharaoh Queen Uncovered

    4,000-Year-Old Statue Of Pharaoh Queen UncoveredThe wooden head was recovered near the pyramid of Ankhesenpepy II at Saqqara.


  • U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate, Say Scientists

    U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate, Say Scientists'Things may not be getting better, but they're not getting worse."


  • Are dogs trying to tell us something with their expressions?

    Are dogs trying to tell us something with their expressions?It can be easy to tell how dogs are feeling but new evidence suggests they're also trying to communicate.


  • Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise

    Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwisePresident Trump gave the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a 10 out of 10 on Thursday. Yes. Really. He gave himself the highest marks for what has been a well-documented and tragic mess. SEE ALSO: Photos from Puerto Rico reveal the devastating power of Hurricane Maria He said this, and other objectively inaccurate statements about the U.S. territory, with a straight face while sitting next to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló at the White House Thursday.  Here's his full answer to the reporter's question: WATCH: President Trump, seated next to Gov. Rosselló, grades the federal response efforts in Puerto Rico a 10 out of 10 pic.twitter.com/Wyywx1QUOp — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 19, 2017 In no world is the U.S. government's response to the natural disaster perfect. Far from it.  Based solely on basic statistics from the Puerto Rican government — in the words of the governor — "a lot still has to be done." “I think we’ve done a really great job," says Pres Trump on disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Gov Rosello says "a lot still has to be done." pic.twitter.com/futAvxexq1 — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 19, 2017 As of Thursday — nearly a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island nation as a Category 4 storm — these are just some of the grim statistics: Only 21.6 percent of Puerto Rico has power. 71.58 percent has access to drinking water, but this varies greatly by region. Northern Puerto Rico, for example, has just 37 percent. Just 25.07 percent of cellphone antennas and 46.57 percent of cell towers are back in operation The situation is so dire in some communities that some Puerto Ricans — who are American citizens — have resorted to drinking from contaminated water sources, including Superfund sites containing extremely hazardous substances. Trump gives his Puerto Rico response a 10 despite 85% of island still lacking electricity https://t.co/t8sDNYDcIH #breakingnews #news — Antonio Saalamandras (@Apocrifos) October 19, 2017 Those are not 10 out of 10 numbers.  WATCH: Balloons may be Puerto Rico's best chance for communication


  • Barack Obama Returns to the Political Arena For the First Time Since Leaving the White House

    Barack Obama Returns to the Political Arena For the First Time Since Leaving the White HouseThis is the first time the former president is stepping back into the political spotlight since leaving the White House


  • Mexico catches, releases endangered vaquita porpoise

    Mexico catches, releases endangered vaquita porpoiseMexico captured a rare vaquita marina porpoise as part of a bold program to save the critically endangered species, but released it because it was too young to be separated from its mother, officials said. The vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal fishing. "The successful rescue made conservation history," Mexican Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said in a statement.


  • The LAPD Is Investigating a Sexual Assault Allegation Against Harvey Weinstein

    The LAPD Is Investigating a Sexual Assault Allegation Against Harvey WeinsteinThey're looking into an incident from 2013


  • Woman says she may have sold 'Killer Clown' murderer the costume

    Woman says she may have sold 'Killer Clown' murderer the costumeDeborah Offord and Barbara Castricone say detectives asked them about a customer who bought a clown costume.


  • Waves of Rohingya Refugees Are Overwhelming Aid Workers and Authorities in Bangladesh

    Waves of Rohingya Refugees Are Overwhelming Aid Workers and Authorities in Bangladesh"We need support," one Bangladeshi official tells TIME


  • Next-gen space probes finding water in outer space: NASA'...

    Next-gen space probes finding water in outer space: NASA'...Larry James, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about space exploration and what scientists are discovering on the surface of Mars and throughout the solar system.


  • Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms

    Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog loomsAs Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of firecrackers used in Diwali celebrations turns Delhi's skies a putrid yellow. This time they are taking few chances, as India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant on Wednesday and banned the use of diesel generators in Delhi.


  • 'You Cannot Complain If You Didn't Vote': Barack Obama Returns to the Campaign Trail

    'You Cannot Complain If You Didn't Vote': Barack Obama Returns to the Campaign Trail"Some of the politics we see now, we thought we’d put that to bed"


  • Man Accused of Helping and Filming a Teen Hang Herself Is Facing a Murder Charge

    Man Accused of Helping and Filming a Teen Hang Herself Is Facing a Murder ChargeHe had said that it would be "like getting away with murder," prosecutors said


  • The Future Sucks

    The Future SucksThe Old Guys™ discuss the biggest letdowns of our adult lives.


  • Israel: Biblical Roman Stables Discovered in Area Where Jesus Lived and Preached

    Israel: Biblical Roman Stables Discovered in Area Where Jesus Lived and PreachedA family digging in their garden in the Israeli village of Eilabun have unwittingly uncovered a complex of underground stables, hewn into the soft rock in Roman times 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists, led by Nir Distelfeld, told Haaretz that the man-made caves would also have been used for storage, given some of the remnants found there. The animals would have been tied to the carved holes that formed a handle, with a stone trough laid below them for food and water.


  • Want to Clap Your Heart Out for Xi Jinping? There's an App for That

    Want to Clap Your Heart Out for Xi Jinping? There's an App for ThatClap as hard as you can for the Chinese leader's soundbites


  • Puppy eyes: The tail wagging the dog?

    Puppy eyes: The tail wagging the dog?Your dog may be a master manipulator, deliberately making puppy eyes to pull at your heart strings, according to a study Thursday into a ploy many mutt owners have long suspected. The research suggests that dogs may be in control of their facial expressions, using them to communicate, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Until now, it was assumed that dog expressions were involuntary.


  • The Pentagon Is Being Pressed for Details on the Deadly Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger

    The Pentagon Is Being Pressed for Details on the Deadly Attack on U.S. Troops in NigerCongress is demanding to know what went wrong and why the U.S. was caught by surprise


  • Calls to Bring U.S. Nuclear Weapons Back to South Korea Are Getting Louder

    Calls to Bring U.S. Nuclear Weapons Back to South Korea Are Getting LouderThe U.S. maintained a cache of nuclear weapons in South Korea until 1991. Some want them returned


  • Astronomers discover how gold was created

    Astronomers discover how gold was createdTheoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku on Thursday explained how scientists were able to figure how gold may have been created through a watershed space explosion.


  • The CIA Fired a Dog Because Sniffing Bombs Just Wasn't Her True Calling

    The CIA Fired a Dog Because Sniffing Bombs Just Wasn't Her True CallingCIA dog Lulu was let go from official duties after the agency discovered she just didn't have the enthusiasm for a career in bomb sniffing.


  • Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machines

    Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machinesUber is asking drivers to ante up for their future earnings. The company is offering some drivers in Houston, Texas, a chance to “Celebrate Halloween early” by buying a week of “accelerated earnings” for an upfront payment of $115. The promotion, spotted by Data & Society researcher Alex Rosenblat, promises drivers 33% more on every…


  • NASA tests engine for manned flight into deep space

    NASA tests engine for manned flight into deep spaceThe engine is intended to work with the Orion, a spacecraft designed for manned missions out of Earth's orbit and into deep space.


  • World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

    World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warnLake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia's Siberia is a natural wonder of "exceptional value to evolutionary science" meriting its listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Starting in October, the government introduced a ban on all commercial fishing of omul, a species of the salmon family only found in Baikal, fearing "irreversible consequences for its population", the Russian fisheries agency told AFP.


  • Manhunt in Deadly Maryland Shooting Rampage Ends With an Arrest

    Manhunt in Deadly Maryland Shooting Rampage Ends With an ArrestThree victims were killed and two critically wounded


  • Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election in Japan

    Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election in JapanShinzo Abe is poised to become the nation's longest serving post-WWII leader.


  • The Senate Has Passed the GOP's $4 Trillion Budget Blueprint

    The Senate Has Passed the GOP's $4 Trillion Budget BlueprintThe move is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform"


  • NASA Just Tapped SpaceX to Continue One of the Scariest Climate Studies

    NASA Just Tapped SpaceX to Continue One of the Scariest Climate StudiesA long-running study will continue, thanks to NASA and SpaceX.


  • Bernie Sanders Skips the Women's Convention Amid Outrage and Heads to Puerto Rico Instead

    Bernie Sanders Skips the Women's Convention Amid Outrage and Heads to Puerto Rico InsteadThe selection of Sanders as a keynote speaker at the annual convention was met with uproar


  • UN says plague cases in Madagascar almost doubled in 5 days

    UN says plague cases in Madagascar almost doubled in 5 daysUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will worsen, with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren't rapidly provided, the United Nations said Thursday.