Verizon sells early social-media darling Tumblr
Aug12

Verizon sells early social-media darling Tumblr

Verizon is selling Tumblr, a darling of early social media, to the owner of blogging platform WordPress. Tumblr is known for its devoted fan base and has been home to angry posts from celebrities like Taylor Swift . It angered many users last year when it banned porn and “adult content,” which made up a big part of its highly visual and meme-friendly online presence. But well before that, the site has already been drifting...

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Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan
Aug12

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday. A study led by University of Michigan researchers found that despite a drop-off in plankton, the tiny plants and animals on which bighead and silver carp typically feed, the lake has enough...

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Fighting fire with fire underused in US West despite goals
Aug12

Fighting fire with fire underused in US West despite goals

The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through thick ferns, blackened downed trees and charred the forest floor. The prescribed burn — a low-intensity, closely managed fire — was intended to clear out undergrowth and...

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