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I put myself through hell as an IPCC convening lead author, but it was worth it
In my day job, I am a scientist at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland studying things such as how agriculture contributes to climate change and what we can do about it. Recently, though, I found myself in Geneva, to take part in my fourth “adoption plenary” for a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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What does Amazon’s “Top Brand” badge actually mean?
Amazon's biggest asset can also be a headache for its customers. The so-called "everything store" really sell almost any item consumers might want, but it's often cumbersome and time-consuming to sort through them all. To avoid "choice overload," the retail giant has come up with certain signals designed to help people distinguish high-quality products from the rest.

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Report: US expected to give Huawei another 90-day export license
Back in May, the US government placed an export ban on Huawei barring US companies (and companies using US-origin technology) from doing business with the Chinese tech giant. Because Huawei still has customers to support in the smartphone and cellular infrastructure business, the US Department of Commerce gave Huawei a 90-day exemption on the ban, allowing it to support its…

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New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data
Researchers have demonstrated a serious weakness in the Bluetooth wireless standard that could allow hackers to intercept keystrokes, address books, and other sensitive data sent from billions of devices. Dubbed Key Negotiation of Bluetooth—or KNOB for short—the attack forces two or more devices to choose an encryption key just a single byte in length before establishing a Bluetooth connection.

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Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas
This week, the US Department of Energy released a report that looks back on the state of wind power in the US by running the numbers on 2018. The analysis shows that wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine.

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Surprise! Uber and Lyft don’t like NYC’s new ride-hail rules
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the helm of the controversial company back in 2017, is known for being pretty unflappable. He was even upbeat during the company’s second quarter earnings call, when he was charged with explaining why Uber posted more than $5 billion in losses in just a few months’ time.

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Google Drive will introduce long-asked-for file shortcuts feature
Soon, Google will add one of the most commonly requested features to its Drive file hosting, sharing, and collaboration service: shortcuts. These will allow users to create pointers to files from either the same drive or another, separate shared drive. The new feature will work just like shortcuts in Windows—they are pointers to a file stored in another location.

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NASA chief alienates Senators needed to fund the Moon program
When Jim Bridenstine became administrator of NASA 16 months ago, critics questioned his willingness to defend NASA's climate science portfolio and his ability to move beyond the partisan politics that characterized his nearly three terms as a Republican from Oklahoma. Since that time, Bridenstine has largely answered those questions. He has stood up for science and sought to work across…

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Undead hordes rise from the sea in delightfully campy Zombie Tidal Wave
Fans of SYFY's delightfully cheesy B-movies like and , rejoice. This weekend, the network debuts its latest offering in the genre: . The title pretty much says it all. (Mild spoilers below.) Director Anthony C. Ferrante is the mastermind behind the hugely popular and its five (count 'em!) sequels—it's a franchise that now even has a theme park attraction in…