Fire whirls—flame-driven counterparts to dust devils—are common, if terrifying, features of large wildfires. But despite their fearsome appearance, most of these whirls spin at relatively low speeds and reach heights of only a few dozen feet. However, as National Geographic reports, that was not true of a phenomenon that developed during California’s Carr Fire. During that fire, something very different, and much more destructive, appeared. A blazing funnel with winds reaching 143 miles an...
There’s an old saying that if you’re lucky, life is one damn thing after another. If you’re not, it’s the same damn thing over and over. In Chicago, everyone thinks the current race for mayor is something completely different. On the surface that’s true. But so far, candidates have not discussed
New Yorkers began 2019 with a little less freedom than they had at the end of 2018, thanks to a raft of new laws targeting everything from selling cigarettes in pharmacies to drinking your coffee out of a foam cup. Let's start with the cigarettes. As part of an anti-smoking package passed in 2017, New York City adopted a rule that prohibits both drug stores and grocers with pharmacy sections from selling tobacco products of any kind. That law goes into effect this month. "The tobacco-free...
Like many of his peers in the Valley, legendary New York VC Fred Wilson - the founder of Union Square Ventures - is typically a dewy eyed optimist (just take a look at Union Ventures' many flailing crypto investments). But in a surprising twist, a list of Wilson's market calls for 2019 is so gloomy, it reads as if it were ghostwritten by SocGen's Albert Edwards.
Remember the lesson of the Spider and the Fly? Congress should know better than to head into Trump's web.
For all the uncertainty over everything from the U.S. economic outlook to trade tensions, and even the reason behind massive swings in stocks, Bloomberg strategist Michael Regan notes that most market participants were certain of one thing as the calendar turned to the new year:
Emily Martin, a founder of the anthropology of science, has been studying those who study us.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is personally trying to convince U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, to leave Trump’s cabinet and seek the Republican nomination to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. The Post writes that McConnell believes Pompeo could clear the field and avert an expensive and potentially bloody primary. Pompeo’s spokesperson only said of a Senate bid that Pompeo was “focused on serving the...
Robots may soon be scooting around the aisles of your local grocery store.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was told by the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that she should resign as leader of the organization in a lengthy conference call with the board over rape allegations.
Authored by Kevin Anderton via Forbes.com,
Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, seems to have learned a lesson from watching his predecessors: Don’t try to control Donald Trump if you want to survive. Where John Kelly tried to limit staff access to Trump, to keep people from getting him all worked up and running off in unhelpful directions, Mulvaney is just hoping to be kept in the loop on who’s been talking to Trump, and about what.
At CES 2019, the transport firm Continental pushed the boundaries of autonomous vehicle technology, showed how a driverless utility van could be used to stage and deploy delivery robot dogs, taking packages from the vehicle to a customer's doorstep.
Another leak about President Trump, supposedly from federal prosecutors, and another media freakout.
Los Angeles teachers marked the end of their first week on strike with a major rally Friday morning. In a hopeful sign, negotiations that restarted on Thursday went on until midnight and resumed on Friday. But union president Alex Caputo-Pearl emphasized that that doesn't mean teachers are looking to cave:
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is pro-life. He vocally opposes abortion. Anyone paying even a little bit of attention should be very clear about that. Quip, a toothbrush company that sponsored Shapiro's podcast, apparently hadn't been paying attention.
Starting at midnight Sunday (i.e. late into Saturday night), make sure you’re parking on the even side of the street in Hamden.