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EPA Chief's Refusal To Ban Pesticide 'Puts All Children At Risk,' Pediatricians Warn

WASHINGTON — A leading organization of pediatricians warns that Environmental Protection Agency  Administrator Scott Pruitt ’s refusal to ban a widely used pesticide threatens the health of children, developing fetuses and pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Environmental Working Group , a nonprofit advocacy group, said in a letter to Pruitt Tuesday that they were “deeply alarmed” by his late-March decision ...

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Here's How Many People Would Give Up Alcohol To See Donald Trump Impeached

The lengths that some people would go to see President Donald Trump impeached have been laid bare. In a new Detox.net  survey, 73.3 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Republicans said they’d ditch alcohol for good if it meant Trump could be impeached tomorrow. Only 1,013 men and women were questioned nationwide, but it suggests that almost one fifth ...

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EPA To Dismantle Rule That Protects Drinking Water For 117 Million

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to undo yet another Obama-era environmental regulation after releasing a proposal on Tuesday meant to dismantle a rule protecting rivers and streams from pollution. The latest target from the notably anti-environmental administration of President Donald Trump is the Clean Water Rule, which in 2015 updated a longstanding act passed during the advent of the EPA ...

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'You Are A Climate Denier': Protesters Interrupt Rick Perry's Speech At Energy Conference

Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered little explanation when protesters pressed him to explain his position on climate change at an energy conference on Tuesday. Instead, he opted to tell one “young lady” to “sit down,” and said it’s “OK … [to] be skeptical about information.” Video footage captured at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., shows two ...

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Man Named Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow Has Transit Pass Implanted In Hand

Losing your subway card or bus ticket is one of the most frustrating things that can happen on your way to work, but Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow has figured out a way to prevent that: He’s embedded his transit pass in his hand. Meow-Meow, a bio-hacker from Sydney, had the near-field communication chip from an Opal card cut down , encased ...

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Was America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Unfairly Blamed For A Whale's Death?

Wind turbines kill roughly 300,000 birds each year. Compared to 6.8 million fatal collisions with cell and radio towers and the 3.7 billion slain by cats, that’s a tiny fraction. Yet avian deaths remain a key point raised by renewable energy critics, including President Donald Trump, to dispute the benefits of wind power. Now right-wing skeptics seek to tie the ...

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Trump's Tight Science Budget Will Hurt Tech Business Start-Ups

Science and technology innovation is an engine of our competitiveness, and small business is its driver. The President’s “skinny budget” threatens this. It proposes suggests radical cuts to NIH and many other science-based agencies. At the same time, science itself seems to be on the receiving end of a consistent assault. R&D funding in the sciences, and the opportunity for ...

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Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air

Billions of people lack access to clean water for all or part of the year or must travel far to gather it. Extracting water directly from the air would be an immeasurable boon for them. But existing technologies generally require high moisture and a lot of electricity, which is expensive and often unavailable. The problem is now becoming more tractable. ...

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Giant Model Mimics Damaged Dam Spillway

Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at www.springernature.com/us ). Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence in reporting developments in science to our readers. Click here to Read from the source

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Deep-Learning Networks Rival Human Vision

For most of the past 30 years, computer vision technologies have struggled to help humans with visual tasks, even those as mundane as accurately recognizing faces in photographs. Recently, though, breakthroughs in deep learning, an emerging field of artificial intelligence, have finally enabled computers to interpret many kinds of images as successfully as, or better than, people do. Companies are ...

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