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2016 Hit Records For Global Temperature And Climate Extremes

Enlarge this image A field cleared of sunflowers destroyed by drought is seen in Padina, Serbia, on Thursday. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption toggle caption Marko Drobnjakovic/AP The year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole, surpassing temperature records that date back 137 years, according to an annual report compiled by scientists around the globe. For global temperatures, last year surpassed the previous record-holder: 2015. According to the annual, peer-reviewed State of the Climate report, it was also a year of other extremes and records, including…

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People Back Editing Genes To Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes

Enlarge this image Fotosearch/Getty Images People generally think that editing human genes might be OK, but most think that there’s a clear line that’s shouldn’t be crossed when it comes to changing traits that would be passed down to new generations, according to a survey reported Thursday. It’s not an abstract question. Earlier this month, gene editing made headlines after scientists in Oregon reported they had successfully corrected a genetic defect in human embryos in the laboratory. Along with the potential to prevent some diseases, this technology also comes with…

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Environmental Penalties Down Under President Trump

Enlarge this image An oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Sakuma/AP Since President Trump took office in January, enforcement of environmental laws has dropped dramatically, compared with past administrations. A study released by the Environmental Integrity Project finds that $12 million in civil penalties have been collected from violators in 26 cases between January and the end of July. “President Trump campaigned on a promise of ‘law and order,’ but apparently law enforcement for big polluters is not what he had in mind,” said…

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Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

Enlarge this image Andrew Ladd and Fumiko Chino at their wedding in 2006, after his cancer diagnosis. Ladd passed away the following year, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt. Courtesy of Dr. Fumiko Chino hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Dr. Fumiko Chino Ten years ago, Fumiko Chino was the art director at a television production company in Houston, engaged to be married to a young Ph.D. candidate. Today, she’s a radiation oncologist at Duke University, studying the effects of financial strain on cancer patients. And…

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Think Like Steve Jobs: How Design Thinking Leads to Creativity

Outstanding companies such as Apple, Nike and Tesla are all design-driven companies. These companies adopt design thinking when they are creating new products and solving business problems. Companies that utilized design thinking experienced a 41% higher market share, a 46% competitive advantage, and customers who were 50% more loyal. They outperformed the average American stock market by 219%.[1] Take Apple as an example, it wasn’t always the mega-success that it is today. In 1997, Steve Jobs conducted a major company overhaul.[2] He cut several product lines and pushed the company toward…

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From an Engineer to an Author, I Find These Writing Tips Really Helpful

Writing well is one of those things that’s seen to be hard to do or only a skill possessed by people with a natural talent. Trying to convey stories and thoughts in a constructive and flowing manner can leave many people feeling frustration and lack of real ability. But I’m here to tell you that, as a fan of life hacks, I believe anyone can become a great writer with the right knowledge. Making the transition from engineer to writer over the past 10 years, I’ve come across many of…

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As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares

Enlarge this image Carhenge lies in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Christian Heeb/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Christian Heeb/Getty Images Later this month, the moon’s shadow will fall on Carhenge. “Holy cow man, guess what? There’s going to be an eclipse,” says Kevin Howard, the head of the visitor’s bureau for Alliance, Neb., which is home to the Stonehenge replica made of cars. Alliance, with a population of about 8,500, is preparing for a deluge of visitors, including the state’s governor, who has announced he…

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How Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls and Other Artists Deal with Stress

When it is your job to create art and entertainment everyday people, it can be downright stressful at times to push forward. Sometimes pressure comes from the business end, as commercial expectations must be met. Sometimes pressure comes from a deadline or tough timeline. And sometimes pressure comes from within. Regardless of where that stress comes from, a positive approach is often key to finishing the task at hand. To learn more about how some very creative people stay both positive and productive, I spoke to seven artists on behalf…

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