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 .
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.