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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care

Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health careVice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Where does the Trump saga end?

Where does the Trump saga end?Which is strange, because normally you wouldn’t be idly speculating about the end of a presidency barely a month after the inauguration. Certainly, in parts of the country that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, the sense is he’s just getting started.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Tesla Reports Loss for Q4, Looks to 2017 For Growth

Tesla Reports Loss for Q4, Looks to 2017 For GrowthA merger with Solar City, expansion into the energy storage market, and roll out of Model 3 and solar roof makes for a busy 2017.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black churchCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Because he had to leave his day job late, the pastor of a South Carolina church canceled his weekly Bible study class. That move may have averted a second round of deadly shootings after nine worshippers had been killed at another black church.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Hard landing as plane skids on Dutch runway in raging winds

Hard landing as plane skids on Dutch runway in raging windsA passenger plane skidded along a runway at Amsterdam's busy airport Thursday as its landing gear collapsed on hitting the ground during heavy winds, but no passengers were injured, officials told AFP. Video images of the Flybe plane carrying 59 passengers and crew from Edinburgh showed the plane struggling to stay on course as it came in to land at Schiphol airport, with The Netherlands buffeted by a strong winter storm. Airport officials said they were still investigating the cause of the incident.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Trump Is Kremlin’s Puppet, Russian Editor Says

Trump Is Kremlin’s Puppet, Russian Editor SaysThe editor-in-chief of Moscow Times said Russia is looking to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s slip-ups in office.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think

Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you thinkA video of "chubby" Siberian tigers taking down a drone, complete with a silly soundtrack — like so much viral content — is more than what it seems.  While the video's been shared far and wide, but the origins of the footage have been a cause for concern for a while now.  SEE ALSO: Watch a bunch of chubby tigers take down a drone and try to eat it As science journalist John R. Platt tweeted, the footage is "obviously a tiger farm."  Reminder: China has an estimated *7* wild tigers left. Many more in this video = obviously a tiger farm. They'll be turned into bone & wine https://t.co/7hxmkSDei2 — John R Platt (@johnrplatt) February 23, 2017 While the name of the park isn't mentioned in the description of the videos (as to avoid searching of the park's record according to Platt,) the location is.  Heilongjiang Province in China is the home of Harbin Siberian Tiger Park. It's one of the two biggest tiger-breeding facilities in the country, according to a 2013 report on the country's clandestine tiger trade by the Environmental Investigation Agency. The park is advertised as a tourist attraction, where visitors can offer meat and even live animals, to the tigers. As per a report by McClatchy, the number of visitors doesn't cover the cost of feeding or breeding hundreds of tigers each year. The real money comes from the sale of tiger pelts, tiger bone wine, and other products that have been banned in China. McClatchy visited Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, and reported bottles of tiger bone wine on display — albeit not advertised as tiger bone wine, but some had images of tigers on the packaging. Some of these "bone strengthening wines" advertise the use of tiger bone in its manufacture to distinguish itself from other wines in its category, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency's report. The same park was under scrutiny after conservation groups were outraged at images of obese tigers, thought to be seriously ill. Last word on tiger-drone video: Chinese media often share cute tiger videos. They're all propaganda to hide the reality of tiger farms. — John R Platt (@johnrplatt) February 24, 2017 Since 1993, there has been a ban on the trade of tiger bones, but the state has encouraged the growth of tiger farms. In 2007, India and the UK called on China to ban tiger farms due to concerns over the impact it had on the wild population.  [h/t Motherboard] BONUS: This organization is providing kids with 3D-printed prosthetics — free of charge


Friday, February 24, 2017 - The Maha Shivaratri Hindu festival

The Maha Shivaratri Hindu festivalMaha Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva, is a festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting star

Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting starNASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-size planets found in the habitable zone of a single star. The dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, was discovered in 2008.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dog

Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dogYou may have seen photos of a young girl and her goldendoodle Wonder on the steps of the Supreme Court on social media, so who is she and why is she smiling? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Fry, which may allow her to sue her local school board for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her service dog. “The school district had decided that Wonder wasn’t necessary,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, told Yahoo News.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation orderSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist Drones

France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist DronesThe latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trial

Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trialAbout 50 women have accused Cosby, 79, of sexual assault. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, but the accusations have shattered his image as an icon of family-friendly entertainment. Constand worked with the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby, a university alumnus, befriended her.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Syria peace talks struggle as bomb kills dozens

Syria peace talks struggle as bomb kills dozensThe UN struggled on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but with few signs of progress as dozens more civilian deaths underlined the scale of the challenge. The UN's Syria envoy, who brought rival regime and opposition delegates symbolically together late Thursday, held separate meetings with them Friday to hammer out the talks' format. "We discussed issues relating to the format of the talks exclusively," said Syrian regime delegation chief Bashar al-Jaafari after meeting de Mistura.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - DeVos Questions If Schools Should Provide Free Lunch

DeVos Questions If Schools Should Provide Free LunchDevos jokingly said she is the "first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face, there's no such thing as a free lunch."


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Every day a sweet dog peeks out from under a gate, waiting for his friend

Every day a sweet dog peeks out from under a gate, waiting for his friendMay we all find a  secret dog bud that will wait for your pets every day.  Elisa Lee a 17-year-old senior at Lakewood High School in California has developed somewhat of a routine with her newfound friend Ralph, a golden retriever that really enjoys some friendly pets.  SEE ALSO: Meet the dog who's basically a saint This is Ralph he is a dog that lives near school and waits for me everyday after school to say hi to him before I have to leave pic.twitter.com/9gJyYLk6IB — elisa (@babygirIe) February 22, 2017 "One day my friend was giving me a ride home and I saw this dog near the gate," Elisa explained in an email. "At I was afraid that he would bite me since most dogs would bark at you and seem aggressive if you came near their house. Days have passed and he was still waiting there, so one of my friends encouraged me to try to pet him." "The first time I had pet him he was so excited and started licking my hand and pawing at it, Elisa said. "Ever since then I would go after school towards the spot where he lives in to pet him and usually always find him there waiting for me." But if Ralph isn't at the gate waiting for Elisa, he's usually not too far away, unless it's raining outside.  "Sometimes he's not there, probably chewing on a toy or laying in the grass, said Elisa. "But if I call his name he is sure to come to the little spot one the right side of the gate where he can see me better." Recently, Elisa says that she had a four day weekend and wasn't able to stop by Ralph's place because she didn't have school. When she returned, Ralph was a little upset the two weren't able to hang out for a while. @katiewright we had a 4 day weekend and he got mad at me since I didn't say hi for a while pic.twitter.com/Y6GBYPfWFq — elisa (@babygirIe) February 22, 2017 Prepare yourselves: Ralph also gets sad when Elisa has to leave.  "A lot of the time he looks so sad when I leave and tell him 'bye,' Elisa explained, but she says she always reassures Ralph that she'll be back to hang out.  One day, Elisa spotted an older man walking a golden retriever, but she wasn't quite sure if it was Ralph.  "I thought to myself in my head kiddingly 'oh what if that's the dog I pet everyday.' And to my surprise, I noticed his cute nose that is pink and has a brownish outlining and realized it was him," Elisa explained. The owner confirmed Elisa's assumption that the dog was Ralph, and told her his name and informed her that Ralph is a little over a year old.  Elisa says that she wanted other to appreciate how awesome Ralph is, so she posted a tweet with a few photos, explaining that she visits him every day. The tweet blew up, and has since been retweeted over 12,000 times, gaining tons of Ralph fans on the internet. This also prompted a bunch of people to joking tweet back at Elisa with the hashtag #FreeRalph. Elisa says that she is a little concerned about what happens when she graduates this year, because she won't be near where Ralph lives every day. "I am quite sad that I got to only meet him this school year," Elisa said. "I'm worried about what will happen when I graduate but I'm sure his owner loves him so he should be just fine. I hope Ralph can make new friends around our school and be happy!" BONUS: Popular Twitter account that rates dogs now has a cute mobile game


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - New iPads and iPhone could land from spring 2017

New iPads and iPhone could land from spring 2017Apple is expected to announce several new products at a keynote event scheduled for mid-March 2017. The often well-informed Japanese website Mac Otakara reports that Apple could use its upcoming keynote to unveil a new line of iPad Pro tablets, as well as a new iPhone handset. The new Apple tablets are expected to range in size from 7.9 to 12.9 inches, and at least one of the models could feature an innovative "borderless" display and no "Home" button.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - ‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66

‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Trump Critic Poised for Senior State Department Job

Trump Critic Poised for Senior State Department JobBrian Hook, a former Mitt Romney adviser, is favored by Rex Tillerson to lead his foreign-policy brain trust.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists

The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zooBEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Florida Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter

Florida Police Officer Charged With ManslaughterThe officer had shot and killed a 73-year-old woman during a public demonstration in August.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Philippines to defend Duterte's drug war at U.N. rights body

Philippines to defend Duterte's drug war at U.N. rights bodyThe Philippine foreign minister on Thursday said he would tell a United Nations rights body that the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs were not state-sponsored. More than 7,700 people have been killed since Duterte unleashed the drugs war in June, about 2,500 in what police say are shootouts during raids and sting operations. Most of the rest are under investigation and activists believe many were extrajudicial killings.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Olathe Restaurant Shooting Suspect Arrested

Olathe Restaurant Shooting Suspect ArrestedA massive manhunt was launched by the Kansas police after a gunman yelling racial slurs in a restaurant shot three people.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - India is so tired and so overworked

India is so tired and so overworkedWe told you that our lack of sleep is costing the world billions of dollars. We also told you that Gen-Z might be the most hardworking people ever.  Now it's time to put the spotlight on India — a country of 1.3 billion people with 65% below the age of 35.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's new bereavement leave raises an important point about grief in the workplace In short: India is tired, overworked, sleep-starved and vacation-deprived. Here are 5 stats that show India needs to up its work-like balance game:  1. Almost a quarter (22%) of Indians are concerned about being tired. That is their biggest health concern, this report says. Image: Shutterstock / lenetstan 2. Indian millennials reportedly spend 52 hours a week at work, the highest in the world. The average for the US is 45 and the UK is 41.  Image: Shutterstock / Elnur 3. An average employee works around 2,195 hours every year, more than those in most countries.  Image: Shutterstock / WeStudio 4. In big cities like Mumbai, some spend up to 8 hours a day commuting to-and-from work. Image: Shutterstock / Constantin Stanciu 5. India is the 4th most vacation-deprived country in the world, as this study reveals. Image: Shutterstock / MihaPater Seriously India, just take a break! BONUS: This social experiment takes a poignant look at academic pressure placed on students


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Uber, 1Password, Fitbit and OKCupid user data exposed by massive security flaw

Uber, 1Password, Fitbit and OKCupid user data exposed by massive security flaw

The good news is that hackers do not appear to have taken advantage of a severe Cloudflare security bug that would have given them access to sensitive customer data including passwords and authentication tokens. The bad news is that the bug was only recently discovered, which means it went undetected for nearly five months.

Cloudflare is a content delivery serviced used by more than 5.5 million sites, including plenty of popular ones that you might use on a regular basis such as Uber, 1Password, Fitbit and OKCupid. In other words, it's probably a good idea to change your passwords immediately.

The bug was initially discovered by Google’s Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy, Ars Technica explains. He then contacted Cloudflare once he realized what he discovered, comparing it to Heartbleed in scope and severity. The company promptly fixed the issue.

"The bug was serious because the leaked memory could contain private information and because it had been cached by search engines," Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cumming wrote in a post on the company blog. "We are disclosing this problem now as we are satisfied that search engine caches have now been cleared of sensitive information. We have also not discovered any evidence of malicious exploits of the bug or other reports of its existence."

The security bug could have exposed plenty of user data, including passwords, cookies, tokens used to authenticate users, and even Cloudflare’s encryption keys used to protect server-to-server traffic. And all that data was then cached by search engines including Google, Yahoo, and Bing, which would have given hackers nearly live access to the data.

Even though Cloudflare acknowledged the issue, Ormandy took issue with the company’s disclosure. "It contains an excellent postmortem, but severely downplays the risk to customers," he wrote in an update. He was also the one to mention the names of the companies that may have been affected by security breaches in a Twitter message.

https://twitter.com/taviso/status/834900838837411840

1Password said in a blog post that thanks to its triple encryption layer, no sensitive data was ever exposed to hackers.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Iran complying with nuclear deal, says UN watchdog

Iran complying with nuclear deal, says UN watchdogIran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015, according to a report from the UN watchdog seen by AFP on Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency addressed key limits set under the agreement, which is under intense scrutiny after the election of US President Donald Trump. The report said Iran is not pursuing construction of its existing heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above an agreed 3.67 percent-limit.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - The Latest: WH adviser asked FBI to refute Russia story

The Latest: WH adviser asked FBI to refute Russia storyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'

Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'Defying criticism, a couple with Down syndrome has been married for nearly 22 years.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late

SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little lateCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep CompassBetter than before, and that's no backhanded compliment.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian line

Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian lineIsrael has denied a work permit to a Human Rights Watch researcher, accusing the group of serving as Palestinian propagandists in a move the U.S.-based organisation called an "ominous turn". The news emerged as Israel faced criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva over the 18-month jail sentence handed to an Israeli soldier who shot an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the head. U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the sentence given to soldier Elor Azaria was "excessively lenient" and part of a "chronic culture of impunity" for Israeli abuse of Palestinians.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Too Much Rest Could Be A Problem For Older Adults, Study Finds

Too Much Rest Could Be A Problem For Older Adults, Study FindsSo how much sleep is enough? It depends on how old you are, according to most medical professionals. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Housing Bubble Ahead? Analysts Don't Think So

Housing Bubble Ahead? Analysts Don't Think SoHome prices rose again last year, and the housing market is starting off 2017 at a brisk clip. According to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data, which includes the 20 largest U.S. cities, home prices regained their 2007 peak late last year and increased 5.6 percent from November 2015 to November 2016 -- the latest figure available. Zillow's Home Value Index, which measures median home value nationwide, predicts its index will reach the 2007 level this spring.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Palestinians, Israel soldiers clash in West Bank's Hebron

Palestinians, Israel soldiers clash in West Bank's HebronHundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers Friday in the powderkeg West Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler. Soldiers fired tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the crowd as cannons doused them with stinking water, an AFP correspondent said. Jewish settlers, of whom 500 are entrenched in the centre of the city of around 200,000 Palestinians, hurled stones at the protesters who also pelted soldiers with stones.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Russia lays to rest late ambassador Churkin with full honours

Russia lays to rest late ambassador Churkin with full honoursRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the country's ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin who died suddenly on Monday, aged 64, was an outstanding diplomat as officials pay their respects at sombre memorial ceremony in Moscow. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmonSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flightBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.


Friday, February 24, 2017 - South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital

South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capitalPRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Google Cracked SHA-1 Encryption: What Does It Mean?

Google Cracked SHA-1 Encryption: What Does It Mean?Google has cracked the code for the the SHA-1 algorithm, which is a crucial aspect of the internet's security. This likely means SHA-1's encryption usefulness has come to an end.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear

Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear"We had put up a picture of her trying to get her adopted, and someone commented, 'Oh look, she's got a dog on her ear,'" said a shelter representative.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - China Closely Watching US Navy Ship In South China Sea

China Closely Watching US Navy Ship In South China SeaChina's defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang urged America to maintain sovereignty, and said it respects freedom of navigation for all countries in disputed waters.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Pakistan on edge as eight killed in fresh Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan on edge as eight killed in fresh Lahore bomb blastAt least eight people were killed and 28 injured after a bomb ripped through Pakistan's Lahore Thursday, officials said, the tenth attack in just under a fortnight pointing to a resurgence in Islamist violence. The blast, the second to hit the provincial capital this month, crumpled cars and sent panic rippling through the city after a wave of attacks across Pakistan killed more than 130 people. "My God, my God, I saw so many bodies," said Imtiaz Ali, a barber in a Toni&Guy hair salon opposite the blast site in the posh Defence Housing Authority suburb of the city, replete with upscale boutiques and cafes.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Norwegian Air launches $65 flights between the US and UK

Norwegian Air launches $65 flights between the US and UKNew pair of shoes? Or transatlantic flight from the UK to the US? That's the new conundrum at travelers' disposal, with this week's launch of bottom-of-the-barrel fares by Norwegian Air, which is offering flights for as low as $65 USD one-way. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - The Latest: Videos reviewed in officer's fight with teens

The Latest: Videos reviewed in officer's fight with teensANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an off-duty California police officer's fight with teens (all times local):


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Here's what the Ice Age tells us about future sea level rise

Here's what the Ice Age tells us about future sea level riseA new study on an ancient ice sheet may hold important clues about our planet's future. The research focuses on the Laurentide Ice Sheet, the massive expanse covering North America during the last Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. A team of scientists found that small spikes in the temperature of the ocean — not the air — likely caused periods of rapid melting and splintering of the ice. SEE ALSO: This 'GOT' star teamed up with Google to capture Greenland's melting ice Their findings add to a growing body of evidence that climate change could ultimately drive sea levels even higher than today's models predict, according to the study published Feb. 15 in the journal Nature. Glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and other areas have been melting rapidly in recent years due in part to increasing ocean temperatures. "It is possible that modern-day glaciers ... are more sensitive to ocean warming than we previously thought," said Jeremy Bassis, the study's lead author and an associate professor of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan.  Ice floats near the coast of West Antarctica as viewed from a NASA research aircraft. Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images For the study, Bassis and his colleagues looked at so-called Heinrich events: the periods during which the Laurentide Ice Sheet would rapidly disintegrate.  Roughly every 8,000 years, the ice sheet's edges would break off, sending a vast armada of icebergs flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. The icebergs carried sediment from around Canada's Hudson Bay and deposited the dirt on the ocean floor. They also boosted sea levels by more than 6 feet over the course of hundreds of years. What triggered these Heinrich events has largely befuddled scientists.  The rapid melting periods occurred during the coldest times of the last Ice Age — exactly the opposite of what you'd expect during a major ice melt. Image: university of michigan  To determine why the ice melted despite the cold air temperatures during these times, the University of Michigan team focused on the role the oceans played, studying ice core and ocean-floor sediment records to estimate how temperatures varied over thousands of years. They also used Bassis' mathematical model for describing how ice reacts to air and ocean temperatures, and the implications for sea level rise. The scientists next created simulations of the timing and size of the massive Laurentide melting events. They found that even small changes in sub-surface ocean temperatures — of just 1 degrees Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit — could lead to sea level-boosting Heinrich events. "Warm warm ocean water that's just tickling the edge of the ice sheets can trigger these catastrophic [ice] retreats that could last for centuries," Bassis said. The Nature study supports earlier findings that warmer North Atlantic water temperatures may have set the Heinrich events in motion.  Image: university of michigan A 2011 study led by Shaun Marcott of the University of Wisconsin proposed that, thousands of years ago, sub-surface warming likely destabilized the ice and caused ice shelves to collapse near the Hudson Strait, which links the Hudson Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. The Nature study also lends further credence to the idea that Heinrich events reflect what's happening today on the rapidly melting Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, said Richard Alley, a professor of geosciences at Penn State University, who was not involved in the new research. Alley co-authored a 2015 paper that concluded that — based on the Ice Age's events — changes in ocean temperatures could drive future sea level rise even before the air grows significantly warmer in Antarctica.  Unlike in the past, when air and ocean temperature shifts were natural in origin  today's oceans are warming largely due to human-driven climate change. More than half of the increase in global ocean heat content has occurred in the last two decades, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Image: U.S. environmental protection agency  "This new paper is a nice demonstration supporting earlier hypotheses that ice sheets are highly sensitive to warming in the surrounding water, as well as to warming in the air," Alley said.  It also shows "that predicting the future of the ice sheets will mean understanding the changes in the ocean and the air," he added. For Peter Clark, however, the fact that Wednesday's study only affirmed earlier conclusions meant the researchers didn't actually offer new evidence that future sea levels may be higher than we're predicting. "Current models may be underestimating future sea level rise, but the results of this new paper don't give us any reason to think that this is the case," said Clark, an earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences professor at Oregon State University. BONUS: Leonardo DiCaprio's new film 'Before the Flood' says we can fix global warming


Friday, February 24, 2017 - Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses themWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.