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The EPA’s Pollution Estimates Stink. Everyone Uses Them Anyway

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Instead, the numbers—meant to represent average emissions from industrial activities—were incorporated into permits stipulating how much pollution individual facilities could release This happened despite EPA warnings that about half of these sites would discharge more than the models predicted The upshot: in some cases, major polluters are using flawed numbers to calculate emissions of...

Parents blast school that made homework optional

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Principal Catherine Hutley has banned homework so staff can spend more time planning lessons Principal Catherine Hutley axed after-hours learning at Philip Morant School and College in Colcester, Essex, two years ago after complaining there wasn't enough time for marking Homework was replaced with a voluntary system called Prove It+ where children, aged between 11 and 18, choose how much or...

At last an end to geoblocking in Europe? Nope, not by a long chalk…

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Especially if you were imagining it would apply to popular digital services like Spotify and Netflix What is being agreed by EU lawmakers is an end to geoblocks for the sale of goods and services — just not if the electronic services in question happen to be stuff like, er, streaming music, TV, video and so on… Well, EU geoblocks are certainly alive and well if you try to sign up to — for example...

Acorn SVOD Service Sets Australian Comedy ‘Sando’ as Next Original (EXCLUSIVE)

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Best-of-English-language drama streamer Acorn TV will launch Australian comedy “Sando” as its next original show – one of 10 originals the service is planning for this year as it pushes more deeply into having its own content Season 2 of Acorn’s detective series “Agatha Raisin” was recently announced It stars Sacha Horler (“The Dressmaker”) as Victoria “Sando” Sandringham, a charismatic loose...

Lawmakers to vote on a funding bill today to try to avoid another partial government shutdown

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Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the US Congress on Monday, as lawmakers prepared to hold a Tuesday vote on a short-term government funding measure to avoid a rerun of January's three-day partial shutdown Congress' failure to reach an immigration deal delayed passage of a temporary spending bill in mid-January, triggering the three-day shutdown...

New SpaceX jumbo rocket set for debut test launch in company milestone

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(Reuters) - A new SpaceX jumbo rocket in line to become the world’s most powerful launch vehicle in operation was set for its highly anticipated debut test flight on Tuesday from Florida, carrying a Tesla Roadster as a mock payload EST (1830 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in what would be a key turning point for Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s privately...

Understanding conditions for star formation

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Schematic illustration showing chemical desorption is at work in interstellar molecular clouds Credit: Hokkaido University Researchers have demonstrated how a gas escapes ice at an extremely cold temperature, providing insight into star formation in interstellar clouds The process, known as chemical desorption, is more efficient than previously believed, and this has implications for the...

7 Things to Know About the Stock Market Plunge

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On Friday, stocks suffered as a result of weak guidance from leading tech names like Apple Faster growth means the potential for higher inflation and thus more aggressive interest rate hikes Additionally, computer-driven selling was also partially blamed for the spike lower in stocks on Monday Second, understand that no matter how much we may analyze the stock market, we'll never know with any...

Got questions for cat-loving crypto experts? The CryptoKitties team is joining us on TNW Answers

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Do you all own cats, and if so, what are their names in alphabetical order Ask all this and more to the CryptoKitties team Just a few months ago, AxiomZen studios launched CryptoKitties , one of the first games ever to be built on blockchain technology The game is made up of trading unique cats — you can buy, sell, or trade your CryptoKitty as a collectible, and the blockchain will securely track...

British backpackers rescued from campervan in Queensland

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Three Brits were rescued from crocodile-infested floodwaters in Queensland The group woke up to find their campervan stranded in rising waters on Tuesday Three men, aged in their 20s, were spotted on the roof of a Scooby Doo-style van Emergency services were called to the scene, south of Cairns Do you know these backpackers Three British backpackers have been rescued from crocodile-infested...

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