FROM Robinson Meyer
Is the Trump administration scrubbing climate change data? President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo most of President Obama’s climate change agenda. This is prompting scientists to download and archive as much federal science data as possible. One arctic researcher details how the Trump administration has deleted some of her climate data from federal websites.
Al Gore's Satellite There's a new satellite in orbit that will help measure climate change. Al Gore is credited with dreaming it up — he literally had a dream about a satellite that would send back pictures of the earth. Now we have the first images from what's been dubbed " GoreSat ." They're the first photos of the entire planet since American astronauts took the famous "Blue Marble" picture, way back in 1972.
Facebook Fiddles with Our Brains Back in 2012, Facebook conducted a mass experiment on users. Some users had more positive, happy posts removed from their news feeds. Others had more negative posts removed. Facebook wanted to see how the posts of our friends and colleagues affected our own behaviors on the social network. The results of the study were recently released, but the ensuing uproar has not been about the findings. It’s Facebook’s manipulation of user data without consent that’s largely gotten the thumbs down.
Mapping Technology Helping Relief Efforts in Philippines Humanitarian Open Street Map is a sort of Wikipedia of mapping, which allows more than a million users to contribute. Now it's helping the Red Cross to determine where things were before Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines so relief workers can make crucial decisions. Since Saturday, some 400 volunteers have been making almost a million additions to free, online maps of areas in and around the Philippines. That's according to Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic .
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.