Why more dust storms and Valley fever are blanketing the Southwest

Giant dust storms are sweeping the southwestern United States more frequently. Why? Rising sea temperatures, according to a study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters. The study also links the rise in dust storms with an 800 percent increase in cases of Valley fever, a rare fungal lung infection. This cascade of events “could be just a part of a natural variation and nothing to be afraid of, but it also could be something bigger and more permanent,” said Daniel Tong, an atmospheric scientist at George Mason University who led the project. The scientists found the frequency of dust storms more than doubled in recent years — 20… Read More

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Microsoft gives Skype a Snap-y new redesign, adds Stories-like feature and custom options

Microsoft this morning announced a redesign of Skype that will look pretty familiar to Snapchat users. Billed by the company as the “next generation of Skype” the changes bring a host of new features, focused on personalizing calling and chatting with friends and family and sharing experiences. Users can customize the app with their favorite colors and react within chats and calls through “emoticons.” A new feature that is drawing the biggest comparison to Snapchat is called Highlights. Swiping over to the new Stories-like feature automatically opens the camera and “lets you create a highlight reel of your day with photos and videos, so you can share everyday moments,” according… Read More

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Grado’s new flagship headphones are $2,695 of handcrafted professionalism

Grado, a Brooklyn-based headphone manufacturer, has been pleasing audiophile ears for decades now with clean, unsweetened audio. To support the kids these days with their fancy iPods and Walkmans, the company has released a few lower-end and even in-ear models that are competitive on price while staying true to Grado sound priorities — even if build quality is a bit suspect at times. But now it’s time to return to Grado’s roots: all the sound that money can buy. The PS2000e are Grado’s new “flagship” headphones, and they’ve been in development at the company for two years. Unlike their predecessor, the PS1000e, which wrapped an inner chamber of mahogany with… Read More

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Oroville Dam: Exclusive visit to damaged spillway

Oroville – The Enterprise-Record/Oroville Mercury-Record got its closest look so far Wednesday at the Oroville Dam spillway work on a site visit hosted by the state Department of Water Resources. Related Articles Oroville Dam: Who pays for spillway repairs? Editorial: More government transparency needed in California Oroville Dam: Spillway’s bottom being demolished for replacement Oroville Dam Timeline: 100 days of drama Oroville Dam: Lake releases to the Feather River being reduced The newspaper editorial board, along with a reporter and photographer, were invited to meet with acting DWR Director Bill Croyle; dam safety consultant David Gutierrez; communications and outreach adviser Erin Mellon from the Natural Resources Agency; Matt Notley, a… Read More

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Get hours of intensive Project Management training and certification for under $50

You may be confident you’ve got the drive and smarts to see a project through to its successful completion. But how does a company know you are someone who can be entrusted with an initiative that requires significant time and money? Proof of your talents is a big help when it comes to making that company feel at ease — so get that training and a prestigious seal of approval with a bundle of Project Management Professional (PMP) coursework from LearnSmart. This package of project management do’s and don’ts is available right now for just $49.99, an over 90 percent… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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