What hurricane categories don’t tell you
Aug31

What hurricane categories don’t tell you

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Meteorologists rank hurricanes from category 1 to 5 based on wind speed. It’s called the Saffir-Simpson scale. And Kyra Bryant, graduate student at Tennessee State University, says we should update it. And as ice melts and sea levels rise, we may see more storms with lower wind speed but lots of rain – the kind of storm that the Saffir-Simpson scale can’t accurately describe....

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US to use fake social media to check people entering country
Aug30

US to use fake social media to check people entering country

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship. An updated Homeland Security Department review of potential privacy issues dated July 2019 that was posted online on Friday essentially reversed a prior ban on officers creating fake profiles. A USCIS statement explaining the change says fake...

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Experts on watch for more explosions on Stromboli volcano
Aug30

Experts on watch for more explosions on Stromboli volcano

Scientists are keeping close watch for more spectacular explosions of lava and ash from Stromboli volcano, which appears to be in its most active phase in around 100 years. Volcanologists at Italy’s national geophysics institute said flaming lava continued flowing on Friday down an uninhabited slope of the tiny island and into the Mediterranean Sea north of Sicily. Experts say the last time the volcano was so lively was in the...

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Twitter CEO Dorsey’s account sent racist tweets after hack
Aug30

Twitter CEO Dorsey’s account sent racist tweets after hack

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has gotten hacked, and whoever broke in sent racist and vulgar tweets to his 4.2 million followers. Some of the tweets were up for about 30 minutes before Twitter took them down. The tweets included messages such as “Hitler is innocent” and, using a vulgarity, asked “bald skeleton head,” referring to Dorsey, to unsuspend certain accounts. Twitter says it’s...

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Report: YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least $150M
Aug30

Report: YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least $150M

A published report says Google will pay at least $150 million to settle a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over how it treats information from children on its video streaming site, YouTube. Politico reported Friday that the company will pay $150 million to $200 million to settle the complaint. The report says the FTC voted 3-2 along party lines. The FTC has been reportedly investigating YouTube for violating a law designed...

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