The unfortunate side effect of LED lighting
Environmental concerns drove the move into adopting long-lasting LED lights, but now there's the risk of too much light which leads to a new set of problems. The paper notes that artificial light emission into the environment will "continue to increase, further eroding Earth's remaining land area that experiences natural day-night light cycles. This is concerning because artificial light is an environmental pollutant."
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Subway's newest $740M train breaks down in less than a day - NY Daily News
The R179 model from Bombardier that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tested Sunday couldn't last a day on the rails before it was yanked, a source told the Daily News.
Big donors threaten to bolt from Democrats — and that's a good thing - Salon.com
In a recent interview on MSNBC, Democratic Party megadonor Stephen Cloobeck blasted his party's leadership for embracing the populist rhetoric of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and threatened to cut off funds to the party if it moves too far left. "It drives me nuts," complained Cloobeck…
Here's the deal with all those turkeys terrorizing the suburbs - The Washington Post
The birds of late have been accused of cracking roof tiles outside Sacramento, dangerously disrupting traffic in western New York and "terrorizing" residents near Akron, Ohio.…
Hillary Clinton backs husband and Franken, blasts Trump and Moore - NY Daily News
Trump organization worth one-tenth of previously reported value
While the Trump Organization claimed $9.5 billion in sales last year, Mr Trump's public filings suggest revenues of less than a tenth of that amount, between $600 million and $700 million. Read the full story
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Cruise passenger booted for staging 'mutiny' over canceled itinerary | Fox News
The Telegraph, who referred to the man's actions as a "mutiny," reports that 53-year-old Alain Jan and his wife boarded a Costa cruise bound for the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean on Oct. 26. After two days of travel, however, the captain announced that three scheduled stops in Madagascar had been canceled due to an outbreak of the bubonic and pneumonic plague on the island nation
Facebook revenge porn fix includes asking users to file nude photos
Parking Spaces That Could Make You Rich - The New York Times
According to Parkopedia's 2017 Global Parking Index, the most expensive cities in the United States to park are New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Chicago. Abroad, it's London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Top average rates are about $600 a month in New York and London, $47 a day in Sydney and $33 for two hours in New York.
"The company [Facebook] said Russian agents spent just $46,000 on advertising — compared to the $81 million the Trump and Clinton campaigns dropped — but Russia's effort still managed to reach over 126 million users."
A Wisconsin man got locked in a walk-in beer cooler. He had 'everything that he needed,' police say. - The Washington Post
When the doors locked behind him at midnight, he decided that rather than shout for help, he would just camp out, police say.
(This is a paywall link, but everything you need to know about the story is in the paragraph above.)
41 state attorneys general subpoena opioid manufacturers - CNN
World wine production 'to hit 50-year low' - BBC News
A breakdown of the worst Halloween candy - NY Daily News
A sweet that invites widespread catty scorn, candy corn is meant to resemble a kernel but instead each piece just looks like a tiny, faceless, naked Donald Trump.
Opinion | Trump beat Silicon Valley at its own game. Now it must prove itself.
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The tech world must fight to deepen our democracy.
Even if tech companies do not adopt the journalistic standards of newspapers, they must offer readers, particularly students, some way of distinguishing fact from opinion.
Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song
Also, cops and doctors everywhere.
The Breakthrough: How a Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In the Olympics
When it came time to test the athletes during the Olympics, Russian agents replaced tainted urine samples with clean ones in the dead of night through a hole in the wall of a testing laboratory.
The idea: Elevate the GOP's most extreme option in each race, easing Democrats' path to victory in a range of states tilted against them.
Arrested drunk man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens
The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. He noted that he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year.
Me, I'm a time traveler from the past and I can totally relate.
Republicans Stand by Trump as Majority of Americans Oppose His Re-Election
NKorean workers prepare seafood for US stores, restaurants
HUNCHUN, China (AP) — The workers wake up each morning on metal bunk beds in fluorescent-lit Chinese dormitories...
This means Americans buying salmon for dinner at Walmart or ALDI may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program, an AP investigation has found.
NYU professor Scott Galloway: Big tech regulation is coming
"If you pit the U.S. administration against Amazon," Galloway said, Amazon comes out on top. "The collective IQ of the administration right now versus Amazon is woefully undermatched."
IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax
A contract award for Equifax's data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 — the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will "verify taxpayer identity" and "assist in ongoing identity verification and validations" at the IRS, according to the award.
A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts, new parent company Verizon Communications Inc. said on Tuesday.
Equifax hack affected 2.5M more Americans than first believed
The national credit bureau revealed Monday that another 2.5 million people are believed to have gotten their personal information swiped during the cyber attack — bringing the total up to 145.5 million.
"These are the same methods and sophisticated tools that the pharmaceutical companies were using, that big oil companies were using," said Philip N. Howard of Oxford University's Computational Propaganda Project. "This was regular ad technology that regular advertisers use."
Custom Audiences also allowed a business to know when consumers had viewed a particular pair of shoes on a website so that they could be repeatedly shown an ad for those shoes on Facebook and elsewhere online. As consumers spent more time on social media, the tool became a driver of Facebook's ad business — and of the company's sevenfold increase in value since its initial public offering in 2012.
Gun maker stocks skyrocket after Las Vegas massacre | New York Post
Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands jumped 2.3 percent in morning trade, Sturm, Ruger & Co. shares climbed 3.7 percent and Vista Outdoor shares rose 1.4 percent.
Right now, most Dunkin' Donuts offer 30 varieties of doughnuts, but by the end of the month, most will offer only 18. If you're lucky, your Dunkin' will be one of the select stores that offer 24 different varieties, according to Nation Restaurant's News
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We say flying cabinet members to, say, Asia econo-class would be a totally good use of their time, not
Questions Pile Up for White House About Top Officials' Private and Military Aircraft Use
The White House's travel headache is growing with new revelations about top officials' use of military aircraft. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, whose use of taxpayer-funded private jets drew the ire of President Donald Trump, now faces scrutiny for using military jets that reportedly put his total travel tab above $1 million. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is also drawing attention, as a report said he took private or military planes at least four Read the full story
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'Racist propaganda': Librarian rejects Melania Trump's gift of Dr. Seuss books
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A White House spokeswoman said it is "unfortunate" that sending books to children has been turned into "something divisive."
Banned Books Week: 'In 2017, censorship comes from an outraged public' | Books | The Guardian
"It's particularly true in the US. It's not as prevalent in the UK but it's not unheard of," said Ginsberg. "We aren't branding cheeks for seditious libel; we no longer have a censor in chief. But we have a different kind of censorship … that allows the anger of the mob to force both publishers and authors to censor themselves out of fear.
Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival in the 2016 election, called Trump's comments "a huge, loud dog whistle to his supporters" in an interview with CBS.
Moore Trounces Trump-Backed Candidate in Alabama Senate Race - NBC News
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.
Melania takes first solo foreign trip as first lady | New York Post
She traveled to Toronto at the head of a seven-person US delegation to the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded veterans organized by Britain's Prince Harry.
… it's kind of fun having two people named Kim in the news. How will we ever keep them straight?
The one in North Korea recently called Donald Trump a dotard, a word so thrillingly mysterious the New York Times itself felt compelled to write an article explaining it, possibly for the benefit of those dullards in the Midwest.
Give us a break. A dotard, Bunky, is a person in her dotage (or his, of course), old and weak.
Kim Jong-un Called Trump a 'Dotard.' What Does That Even Mean? - The New York Times
This is it! An app that lets you scan the barcodes on the products you're looking at and tells you who is boycotting them and why. We love this. We will never have to buy anything again.
Buycott | Vote with Your Wallet - UPC Lookup Database, Find Barcode Scanner, Boycotthttps://www.buycott.com/
Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars
Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.
More info at: stripes.com/apps
… because they'll know they can find a home in California.
California 'Puppy Mill' Ban Would Also Cover Kittens and Bunnies - The New York Times
Well, here's the answer. This report from the Kaiser foundation maps explains that employers pay a portion of employees' health insurance premiums, but the employees themselves pay, on average, $476 per month themselves.
So, not free exactly.
2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier
Soon after millions of Floridians lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week, firefighters in the city of Titusville responded to an emergency call at a home where a gasoline-powered generator had been running in an attached garage.
Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump's Voter… — ProPublica
President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business.
Meanwhile, "there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won't be behind enemy lines."
The Providence Steam Rollers won only one once, in 1928.
All this and more football trivia at Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2x7Npmc
Chinese vendors are already marketing face masks as iPhone…
The Verge Chinese vendors on online marketplace Taobao never resist a chance to peddle their goods. Just days after Apple announced the iPhone X that replaced the home button's Touch ID for Face ID, Chinese merchants have launched "protective masks" in…
Bernie Sanders' single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.
But the reality is that 16 Democrats did not back a fully workable single-payer plan Wednesday. At best, they backed half of one. While the Sanders bill details how a "Medicare for All" system would work, it tap dances around the all-important question of how to pay for it.
Impossible Foods explores meat-free lamb, chicken, pork and fish
The product is served in 40 upscale restaurants, including New York City's trendy Momofuku Ssäm Bar, where chef David Chang uses it to replace pork in his $19 Spicy Sausage & Rice Cakes dish.
> In its own way, Mitt's refusal to exit gracefully is as pathetic as Hillary Clinton's last-gasp attempt to maintain her own relevance. They have strutted and fretted their hour upon the stage, and it's about damn time both of them were heard no more. Talk about a tale told by an idiot …
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Harvey storm-water releases were unlawful government takings: lawsuits
Owners of homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey are claiming billions of dollars in damages by federal and state water releases from storm-swollen reservoirs, using a legal tack pursued without success in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Several lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in Texas claim properties were taken for public use without compensation.
The fare boxes in our new busses spit out these little cards in lieu of actual money when a person puts too much actual money into the box to begin with.
Unfortunately, you can't stick them into a coffee machine.
PETA drops lawsuit arguing animals have right to own property | Ars Technica
While Naruto didn't win the legal right to own the famous monkey selfies, he can thump his chest in a victory of sorts. Under the terms of the settlement, Slater has agreed to donate to Naruto's habitat one-fourth of any proceeds from the sale of the selfies.
Status of Illini game at South Florida undetermined due to Hurricane Irma
The status and location of Illinois' game Friday night against South Florida is undetermined due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma…
Business Insider UK
Most tech industry experts assume such AR devices will eventually replace the smartphone. After all, why carry a phone if you can view your text messages, edit spreadsheets, and watch Netflix through your glasses or contact lenses?
Um…to make a phone call?
Of course, maybe it's different in the UK.
Facebook Says Fake Accounts Likely Tied To Russia Bought $100,000 In Political Ads
Irma strengthens as it nears Florida: 'It's going from crappy to worse'
Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it inched closer to Florida, where hundreds of thousands are without power hours before one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic hits.
We've reached peak pumpkin spice with PSL cough drops - NY Daily News
U.S. House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure
The House measure, the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year. The cap would rise over three years to 100,000 vehicles annually.
"Trump Organization's Ethics Lawyer's Wife" might be a pretty close second.
Former CIA director Petraeus joins KKR backed security firm
Former United States CIA Director David Petraeus said Thursday he has joined the board of a large cybersecurity company controlled by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co. LP), taking his most prominent role in the private sector.
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Fowl play: Dutch man imprisoned for stealing plastic duck
The guys who said Clinton had a 99% chance of winning last year‘s election say the Bears won't win the Super Bowl in 2018
2017 NFL Predictions | FiveThirtyEight
Democrats' Russia strategy: Organize protests and avoid impeachment talk
One core piece of advice from activists trying to coordinate the Democratic party's messaging on Trump's Russia ties: Don't invoke impeachment.
The federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia poses more risk to Trump's presidency than any other – but it could also backfire if Democrats are too eager to capitalize on it in the coming weeks.
Irma is now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic
There's an 'increasing chance' that Florida will be impacted later this week and in the weekend Read the full story
Although, really, when they say "one of" it sounds like they're not 100% sure, doesn't it? Sort of takes the edge off.
Significant Digits For Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 | FiveThirtyEight
The New York Daily News has been purchased by Tronc Inc., the company with the third-dumbest name in the industry.
Russia says U.S. actions towards its consulates are 'state hooliganism'
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that Washington's actions towards Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States could be described as "state hooliganism".
I haven't heard much about hooligans in recent years but maybe I've just been looking in the wrong place.
Big tech's muscle reaches far and wide in D.C.
On Wednesday, the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google as well as one of its co-founders, Eric Schmidt — ousted members of its Open Markets program, its anti-monopoly research arm, that had openly criticized the Web giant's growing power. Google and New America have said the move was not motivated by the group's remarks.
A look at NYC's contentious statues as uproar over removal mounts - NY Daily News
Most heroes often have a little villainy in their past.
Who Owns the Internet? | The New Yorker
Thirty years ago, almost no one used the Internet for anything. Today, just about everybody uses it for everything. Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per cent of e-book sales.
Massive 'dragon boogers' wash ashore in Canada
It's not every day that a strange blob of seemingly otherworldly goo washes up on a Canadian lake, but when it does you can be sure it'll make headlines. In Canada — which is home to moose, maple syrup, timbits and literally nothing else — there's a little place called Lost Lagoon, which is a... Read the full story
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Correction rolls back original contention, but existing story is still of little utility.
"Two sources tell NBC News that Manafort's smartphone notes from the meeting included the words 'donations' in close proximity to the reference to the Republican National Committee."
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Megan Garth might be the best field kicker at the school, but she won't be joining the team at her private Christian school. Read the full story
…I had a role in the smashing two-night run of a high school senior class play called "Time Out for Ginger," about the havoc caused by a girl trying to join the football team. The play could be mounted again this school year and still be timely. In all the years that have passed since my star (ahem) turn we've managed only to make the subject more complicated and immeasurably more unintelligible. As witness this from one Col. Seth Hathaway, head of the Prince Avenue Christian school in Bogart, Georgia:
"While the school recognizes the changing roles of girls in organized sports, its covenantal partnership does not support the belief that mixed athletic contact sports should traverse a spectrum from high school varsity all the way down to the second grade."
In other words, Girls Keep Out.
Sitting slumped in your chair all day at work? AI agents are here to ruin your nap. Read the full story
'U can be my nurse': General allegedly sent racy texts to soldier's wife | New York Post
Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington, a two-star general in charge of US Army Africa who is based in northern Italy, allegedly sent dozens of messages to the woman in Europe, who is married to an American soldier, USA Today reports.
Wells Fargo finds an additional 1.4 million potentially fake accounts - The Washington Post
"We apologize to everyone who was harmed by unacceptable sales practices," Wells Fargo chief executive Timothy J. Sloan said.
Oh wait, what?
Fort Campbell soldiers sold stolen Army gear to buyers overseas, U.S. Attorney says
Six soldiers and two civilians were indicted Wednesday on charges they conspired to steal and sell Army equipment, from printer ink to machine gun parts and the sight for a grenade launcher, on eBay.
Crew to attempt removal of mysterious object from beach
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Workers will try to remove a mysterious circular object with steel legs that has puzzle onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach.