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The National Weather Service’s Digital Infrastructure Is Setting Us Up for Disaster

The National Weather Service’s Digital Infrastructure Is Setting Us Up for Disaster

The aftermath of a tornado south of Birmingham, Alabama on March 25, when forecasters were urging that nobody but emergency officials and media in the affected region access the NWS Chat Service, lest it crash.Photo: Butch Dill (AP) The National Weather Service experienced multiple outages of major systems on Tuesday, taking its public-facing meteorological forecasts …

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Ancient Greenland Cave Sediments Contain a Climate Change Warning

Ancient Greenland Cave Sediments Contain a Climate Change Warning

An iceberg in western Greenland.Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty Images) Increasing geologic evidence suggests that the Arctic was once a lot warmer than it is today, which means big trouble as we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with abandon. The latest development is a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, which uses geologic …

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Underwater Robot Stealthily Swims With a Propulsion System You Can't See

Underwater Robot Stealthily Swims With a Propulsion System You Can’t See

Sound travels faster and farther underwater because it’s denser than air, and that can make it harder for researchers trying to study marine life who get an early heads up to go into hiding. But a new underwater robot could move stealthily through the waves using a propulsion system that doesn’t rely on a propeller …

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