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Oregon Moves to Dump Health Exchange Website

published about 4 hours ago
Oregon moves to dump troubled health exchange website for private policies, use federal system

Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil

published about 4 hours ago
Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil
By Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Big Internet companies were the clear winners at a global conference hosted by Brazil on the future management of the Web where most participants agreed it should remain a self-regulated space free of government intervention. Convened by President Dilma Rousseff after revelations of U.S. surveillance undermined trust in the Internet, the NETmundial conference concluded that governments, companies, academics, technicians and users should all have a say in where to go next. That is ... more

​Having trouble spending your digital currency? Get a Bitcoin debit card

published about 4 hours ago
​Having trouble spending your digital currency? Get a Bitcoin debit card
For all its advantages, Bitcoin has one major drawback: it's rather hard to spend. While the digital currency has legs in online marketplaces like Overstock and Square Market, few brick and mortar stores are equipped to trade in Bitcoin. Special ATMs help a little, but there has to be a better way.

Banking on Cell Phones May Fix Some Americans' Credit Woes

published about 4 hours ago
Yet, about 8 percent of Americans—nearly 17 million adults—live in unbanked households, meaning they either opt out of using banks at all or don't have easy access to them. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation defines the unbanked as "those that lack any kind of deposit account at an insured depository institution." Another 51 million adults are what's called "underbanked," or those who "hold a bank account, but also rely on alternative financial service providers," like prepaid debit cards.  "There has been very aggressive marketing ... more

FTC comes to Tesla's defense, warns states not to shut down retail sales

published about 4 hours ago
FTC comes to Tesla's defense, warns states not to shut down retail sales
Tesla's ongoing battle for the right to sell its electric cars directly to consumers is one that's currently being waged with individual US states. But that's not stopping the Federal Trade Commission from weighing in on the matter. In a decidedly pro-Tesla blog post, the FTC today cautioned states that shutting down the automaker's retail operation is "bad policy for a number of reasons." Tesla has found itself locked in a battle with state lawmakers in an attempt to preserve ... more


Oil firm accused of hazardous South L.A. emissions agrees to upgrades

published less than 1 hour ago
The agreement settles a probe by the EPA, launched after residents of the South L.A. neighborhood complained of health problems.An oil operation that sent noxious ... more

World Briefing | Asia: China: Legislature Toughens Environmental Law

published about 2 hours ago
The Chinese legislature decided Thursday to revise the country’s environmental protection law to allow for stricter punishments against companies or individuals caught polluting the environment, ... more

Dot Earth Blog: Darren Aronofsky on Floods, Fanaticism, the Big Bang, Warming and More

published about 13 hours ago
Dot Earth Blog: Darren Aronofsky on Floods, Fanaticism, the Big Bang, Warming and More
The director of “Noah” and other films about obsession explores his views of global warming, fanaticism and the uncomfortable intersection of religion and science.

Fresno ranks No. 1 on California pollution list

published 1 day ago
Fresno ranks No. 1 on California pollution list
New Cal/EPA maps show that Fresno contains eight of the 10 areas most heavily burdened by pollution. But the data tell just part of the ... more

Climate change threatens California's air quality, report says

published 1 day ago
Climate change threatens California's air quality, report says
Climate change and extreme weather could set back decades of improvement in California’s air quality, a new report by the state’s pollution control officers says.
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Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome

published about 23 hours ago
Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome
Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome

published 1 day ago
Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

Books: ‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities

published Mon, Apr 21 2014 16:25 GMT
Books: ‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities
In his new book, Max Tegmark compellingly argues that everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of ... more

Vocations: The Planetarium Worker: Inspired by an Eclipse

published Sat, Apr 19 2014 11:00 GMT
Vocations: The Planetarium Worker: Inspired by an Eclipse
Rubina Isaac, who works at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, says a solar eclipse she saw as a girl in India inspired her interest in astronomy.

With Planned Crash, NASA Lunar Mission Comes to End

published Fri, Apr 18 2014 08:31 GMT
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer slammed into the moon early Friday, ending a successful six-month, $280 million mission.