Photo: Mother polar bear and cub (Ursus maritimus). Arctic Ocean, north of western Russia. 2006 September 9. (Courtesy of Mike Dunn; NOAA Photo Library)
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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.
In addition to building Teslas and colonizing Mars, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is now working on a new company called Neuralink. The goal is to implant tiny electrodes called Nuera-lace into human brains, which could upload and download thoughts.
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The House voted today to repeal internet privacy regulations from the Obama era. The Senate already approved the measure. It now goes to President Trump, and he’s expected to sign it. Internet service providers would be allowed to track and sell your personal data for advertising purposes -- without your permission.
Experimental New York theater company The Wooster Group is in town at the Redcat this week, performing a play called “The Town Hall Affair.” It’s based on a town hall-style debate about women’s liberation in in New York in 1971.
“Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey” opened this month in the Fairfax neighborhood to long lines. It has most of the staples you’d expect at a standard kosher deli: pastrami, smoked salmon, brisket. But there’s no rye bread -- a move chef Eric Greenspan says is intentional.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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