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2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback

published about 4 hours ago
2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback
There have been signs of revival in the vinyl record scene for quite some time. Back in early 2013, one of the most high-profile Kickstarter projects was the modern, minimalistic Orbit turntable with a cool USB connection twist. Orbit raced to $230,000 in fundraising, eclipsing its original target of $60,000 handily. Lately, mass market U.S. retailers like Best Buy have started stocking a surprisingly deep range of turntables, including offbeat, faux-’40s curios like Paprika and Victoria.  RELATED: Spotify, other streaming services still look like ... more

What does the otter say?

published about 5 hours ago
Videos capture giant otters in South America communicating with a wide vocabulary rivaling that of chimps

BlackBerry gets OK to buy encryptors of Merkel's mobile

published about 5 hours ago
BlackBerry gets OK to buy encryptors of Merkel's mobile
Berlin (AFP) - Germany said Friday it had approved Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry's purchase of data encryption firm Secusmart, whose customers include Chancellor Angela Merkel, after agreeing what media dubbed a "no-spy clause".

Fire at Schaumburg apartment complex; Baby delivered in stairwell

published about 5 hours ago
Fire at Schaumburg apartment complex; Baby delivered in stairwell
Four Schaumburg families were displaced from their homes due to an early-morning fire Friday, while in a separate call, firefighters helped deliver a baby in an apartment stairwell.


Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight

published about 12 hours ago
Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight
Laura Mayan attached a crinkle hose to a nearby faucet and dragged it over to the dirt-covered plot at Evergreen Cemetery where her grandmother was ... more

Dot Earth Blog: Gratitude, Woodworking and Music on the Home Front on Thanksgiving

published 1 day ago
Dot Earth Blog: Gratitude, Woodworking and Music on the Home Front on Thanksgiving
Fitting in some analog home time, and music, amid the digital flow of work seeking a better planet.

EPA's proposed ozone limit faces political, cost hurdles

published 2 days ago
EPA's proposed ozone limit faces political, cost hurdles
The Obama administration's long-awaited announcement Wednesday that it wants to toughen limits on smog-forming ozone immediately generated questions about whether the plan can survive the ... more

Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths

published 2 days ago
Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths
In the slippery tide pools of San Pedro’s Point Fermin, there are sticky green sea anemone, hard-shelled limpets, barnacles shaped like mini-volcanoes and even small ... more

Dot Earth Blog: A Optimistic Realist Tours Earth’s Age of Humans

published 2 days ago
Dot Earth Blog: A Optimistic Realist Tours Earth’s Age of Humans
A lyrical nature writer explains her optimistic view of the deepening human imprint on the Earth.
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Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

published Tue, Nov 25 2014 18:23 GMT
The regulation would be the latest in a series of E.P.A. controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes.

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park

published Sat, Nov 22 2014 11:27 GMT
In a century, the number of glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park, on the Canadian border, has dropped to about 25 from 150.

First Mention: Ripples of the Big Bang Are Seen Through ‘The Times’

published Mon, Nov 17 2014 18:16 GMT
First Mention: Ripples of the Big Bang Are Seen Through ‘The Times’
In 1927, Georges Lemaître, an astronomer from Belgium, first proposed the theory that the universe was born in a giant primeval explosion. Four years later, ... more

In Philae's Comet Landing, Humans Again Are as One With Machines

published Mon, Nov 17 2014 18:11 GMT
In Philae's Comet Landing, Humans Again Are as One With Machines
Even no-nonsense scientists and engineers find themselves personalizing their surrogate explorers.

Books: 'Zoom,' by Bob Berman, Explains How Things Move

published Mon, Nov 17 2014 15:51 GMT
Books: 'Zoom,' by Bob Berman, Explains How Things Move
A book in which complex kinetic concepts are made simple, and simply spectacular,