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Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties
President Trump, brooding over midterm losses and the Mueller probe, has cancelled a number of events that presidents normally attend, including a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Behind the scenes, he has lashed out at aides, from low level press assistants to senior officials.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism 
november 2018
Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer · Ana Ulin
Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer Thu, Nov 8, 2018 My dad started teaching me Basic when I was about 7 years old, and since about that age I…
november 2018
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I'm continuously blown away by the momentum and innovation of the TypeScript team 😍
november 2018
Pipeline Opponents Make Gains in Midterms as Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline
A U.S. district court in Montana last week ordered a halt to all work on the Keystone XL pipeline, the fossil fuel project that inspired a revival of direct…
november 2018
Trump Points to Polls in France, Where 80 Percent Say He’s a Dangerous, Incompetent Racist
On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States encouraged Americans to study opinion polls in France, apparently unaware of a recent survey there…
november 2018
One Little-Watched Race Has Huge Implications for Election Hacking and Voter Suppression In Georgia
So much attention in the midterm elections this year has focused on the gubernatorial race in Georgia between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams…
november 2018
Purple bacteria can turn sewage into clean hydrogen energy while reducing carbon emissions from waste treatment.
The new method reduces carbon emissions and turns wastewater treatment plants into green generators. A significant downside to wastewater treatment plants is their carbon footprint. Now, researchers have found a way to reduce carbon emissions from sewage and produce hydrogen energy at the...
greenEconomy  climateChange  scienceAdvancement  win 
november 2018
Pediatric patients granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after
In the retrospective study patients granted a wish were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after accounting for the average cost of the wish.
healthcare  humanPsycology 
november 2018
Big Oil claims it's doing its part to combat climate change. A new study finds it's not even close.
Despite years of claims about clean investment, the world’s largest oil companies have contributed just 1% to green energy in 2018.
corporateLies  greenEconomy 
november 2018
The Experience Economy
The phrase “The Experience Economy”, like the worst sort of corporate speak, sounds less like a viable business plan than it does a discarded slogan for Las…
november 2018
Scientists have found that coastal vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes may be the most effective habitats to mitigate carbon emissions. After examining 14 of the world’s most common ecosystems, coastal environments were found to b
After examining 14 of the world’s most common ecosystems, coastal environments were found to be the most effective at capturing carbon
Geographers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found that coastal vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes may be the most effective habitats to mitigate carbon emissions. Mangroves like this could have a significant role in the future by mitigating the carbon emissions of certain nations. (Photo: Pierre Taillardart)
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Department of Geography at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, indicates that nations with large coastlines could expand these ecosystems to further counteract their fossil fuel emissions. These findings were published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters on 24 October 2018. With the recent Paris Agreement setting a target for all nations to become carbon neutral in the future, utilising these natural ecosystems could help to achieve this goal.
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scienceAdvancement  climateChange 
november 2018
Trump's Rising Debts Will Soon Force The U.S. To Spend More On Interest Than Medicaid, Defense
Interest on debt is rapidly becoming a larger share of the U.S. GDP, setting up a bipartisan battle over competing spending on health care, education and defense.
governmentMalfeasance 
november 2018
Hiding Secret Messages in Fingerprints
This is a fun steganographic application: hiding a message in a fingerprint image.

Can't see any real use for it, but that's okay.
november 2018
Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
Cat statues on display, at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A top Egyptian antiquities…
november 2018
Asynchronous Stack Traces in Node.js
Exploring async stack traces that are coming soon to Node.js thanks to new work in V8. • "Zero-cost async stack traces" by Google…
november 2018
Researchers closer to gonorrhea vaccine after exhaustive analysis of proteins
CORVALLIS, Ore. – In a study of proteins historic in its scope, researchers at Oregon State University have pushed closer both to a vaccine for gonorrhea and toward understanding why the bacteria that cause the disease are so good at fending off antimicrobial drugs. The findings, published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, are especially important since the microbe, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is considered a “superbug” because of its resistance to all classes of antibiotics available for treating infections.
healthcareAdvancement 
november 2018
Apple Admits to Hardware Quality Problems with iPhone X, MacBook Pro - Thurrott.com
Apple on Friday quietly announced free service programs aimed at fixing endemic problems with two of its most high-profile and expensive devices, the iPhone X…
november 2018
Turn Vim Into Excel: Tips for Editing Tabular Data
I tried to edit data in spreadsheet programs, I really did. But it's a fact: Vim ruins you for life. Power corrupts. Of course, Vim can edit tabular data too,…
november 2018
Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 — But Lost the Presidency With a Preemptive Surrender
At midnight on election day last Tuesday, vote tallies showed Republican candidates ahead in key races in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. However, many votes…
november 2018
Events canceled, editor expelled: Hong Kong's losing freedom
The cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow a Financial Times editor to enter Hong Kong have reignited concern about freedom of expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. A last-minute decision Friday to reinstate the literary event illustrates the...
authoritarianism 
november 2018
Hackers stole income, immigration and tax data in Healthcare.gov breach, government confirms
Hackers siphoned off thousands of Healthcare.gov applications by breaking into the accounts of brokers and agents tasked with helping customers sign up for…
november 2018
Elephants are evolving to lose their tusks
The oldest elephants wandering Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park bear the indelible markings of the civil war that gripped the country for 15 years: Many are…
november 2018
Trig Identities
Permanent link to this comic: https://xkcd.com/2070/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/trig_identities.png
november 2018
Gillum-DeSantis race now in recount range
The race for Florida governor appears headed for a recount, as Democrat Andrew Gillum continues to gain on Republican Ron DeSantis during the tallying of the…
november 2018
Kemp Resigns As Georgia’s Secretary Of State
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s...
november 2018
Social media use increases depression and loneliness - In the first experimental study of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist showed a causal link between time spent on the platforms and decreased well-being
Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. In the first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms, Melissa G. Hunt of the University of Pennsylvania shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness.
humanPsycology  advertising 
november 2018
Republicans Freak Out as New Ballots Threaten Florida Senate Win
New ballots in Broward County have conspiracy theorists — including the state’s top elected officials — calling for an investigation of Democrats.
november 2018
Saudi Arabia: Tiger Woods turns down largest ever overseas pay cheque to play in Saudi Arabia
Tiger Woods has turned down his biggest ever potential overseas pay cheque to play in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year, amid the international outcry over the recent murder of a journalist.
corruptedSports  win 
november 2018
Democrats received 12 million more votes than Republicans despite losing the Senate.
Senate electoral process means although Democrats received more overall votes for the Senate than Republicans, that does not translate to more seats
voterSuppression 
november 2018
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