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Rain or snow? Humidity, location can make all the difference, new map shows — ScienceDaily

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have created a map of the Northern Hemisphere showing how location and humidity can affect precipitation, illustrating wide variability in how and why different areas receive snow or rain. 32 degrees Fahrenheit is commonly considered to be the air temperature threshold for rain versus snow, thus informing meteorological forecasting and […]

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: “One of the biggest mistakes” is not digging deeper into Cambridge Analytica

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is speaking publicly for the first time since a whistleblower described how a data firm exploited a loophole to access to data from 50 million Facebook users. Hours after releasing a statement (on Facebook) Zuckerberg spoke to Wired editor-in-chief Nick Thompson about what he called “one of our biggest mistakes.” Thompson spoke to CBSN about […]

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A new ‘green’ material made from solid wastes and natural polymers promises better results than activated carbon in adsorbing pollutants in wastewater and air — ScienceDaily

A new class of low-cost and sustainable hybrid materials could possibly displace activated carbon as the preferred choice for reducing wastewater and air pollution. The material, described in Frontiers in Chemistry, is synthesized inexpensively from solid wastes and a naturally abundant polymer — and can cut down pollutants in air and wastewater with more success […]

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Cambridge Analytica, firm that helped Trump’s campaign, used 50 million profiles harvested from Facebook

A prominent data analytics firm that worked with President Trump’s campaign exploited Facebook data to harvest “millions” of profiles of U.S. voters without their authorization, according to a whistleblower who once worked to help acquire the data. On Friday, Facebook announced Cambridge Analytica — the firm that was created by billionaire donor Robert Mercer, previously […]

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Blacks have more exposure to air pollutants raising heart disease risk, death — ScienceDaily

Blacks often have higher exposure to air pollution than whites, which may partially explain their higher risk heart disease and death compared to whites, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal. Exposure to air pollution is associated with elevated blood sugar levels, poorly functioning blood vessels, heart […]

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