iOS 13 pushes the envelope across the board

Apple released iOS 13, the new major version of iOS. This isn’t a groundbreaking release that is going to change the way you use your phone. But Apple has done some tremendous work across the board to improve some low-level features, as well as most Apple apps. In many ways, iOS 13 feels like a quality-of-life update. In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. It helps you save a second here, do something more easily there. I’m going to talk about many of those small refinements, but I want to focus on two things that are going to matter more than the rest — Dark Mode and Apple’s focus on privacy. Dark Mode is …

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. This month I stepped inside a Burger King for the first time in three years. I wanted to try out the new, plant-based Impossible Whopper, and learn from an experta vegan, no lessabout its supposed potential to save the planet, your health, and the lives of lots of cows. Short answers: truth, fiction, and truth. The first time I had a hamburger it was from Burger King, said Sarah Chandler, a longtime friend, activist, and food educator, as we devoured our Whoppers in downtown Brooklyn. And it was, for sure, my favorite hamburger. But that was …

FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest $14.5M in funding

Automating agriculture is a complex proposition given the number and variety of tasks involved, but a number of robotics and autonomy companies are giving it their best shot. FarmWise seems to have impressed someone — it just raised $14.5 million to continue development of its autonomous weeding vehicle. Currently in the prototype stage, these vehicles look like giant lumbering personnel carriers or the like, but are in fact precision instruments which scan the ground for invasive weeds among the crop and carefully pluck them out. “Each day, one FarmWise robot can weed crops to feed a medium-sized city of approximately 400,000 inhabitants,” said FarmWise CEO Sebastien Boyer in a press release announcing the latest funding round. “We are now enhancing …

San Francisco Throws Cold Water On Trump’s Needle-Infested Ocean Claim

Donald Trump’s claim that the city’s homeless population is polluting the Pacific Ocean with needles and other waste. London Breed and an official with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission both said Thursday that the supposed problem, which Trump said he plans to address with an Environmental Protection Agency notice within the week, simply does not exist. “We haven’t had any (recent) problems with syringes,” Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tyler Gamble told Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Trump had claimed that the city’s homelessness crisis was creating a “ “They have to clean it up,” he said. “We can’t have our cities going to hell.” hit hard by the opioid crisis, especially among its homeless population, …

United Auto Workers Calls For Strike At General Motors

The most contentious in many years. The Big Three ― GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler ― are trying to keep costs down with warnings of a sales slowdown, but their robust profits over the last four years have left workers with announced late last year have left workers laid off or having to relocate to keep their jobs. But it isn’t clear whether the company’s offer on allocation met the UAW’s expectations. two-tier wage system it agreed to during the financial crisis, it still takes eight years for newer hires to reach the top wage rate. Many workers want that timeline compressed. They also want to move more temporary workers into full-time positions. GM said its offer included “wage or …

What Would ‘Friends’ Be Like In 2019? | Betches

It’s the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite 90s sitcom featuring over-plucked eyebrows, ultra straight hair, and a Greenwich Village apartment we would all gladly sacrifice our most prized possessions to live in for just a few weeks. Friends has remained an iconic series since its premiere in 1994, and its 2004 final season that famously won the cast a shudder-inducing one million dollars per episode.  However, it’s 2019 now. Even the most loyal of Friends fans sometimes use the 10 seasons as nostalgic background noise to fall asleep to after we’ve watched too many true crime shows and need the soothing trance of rhythmic studio audience laughter. When we’re sick of rewatching The Office, Friends and all its mind-numbing Ross …

Antibiotic Resistance Is On The Rise In Wild Bottlenose Dolphins, Long-Term Study Finds

Our planet’s oceans have become a reservoir of antibiotic genes – the remnants of waste from our homes, hospitals, and farms washing from shore into our waters. It’s no secret humans use a lot of antibiotics, so much so we’re developing resistance to their powerful ability to treat bacterial diseases. However, seeing the upward trend in antibiotic use mirrored in dolphins is concerning, say the authors of a new study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals.  “Unlike humans, wild dolphins are not taking antibiotics and seeing an increase in resistance among the dolphin isolates was not expected,” said lead author Adam Schaefer, an epidemiologist at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch, to IFLScience. “It is concerning because it means that antibiotic-resistant bacteria …

Wannabe Serial Killer Taunted Cops With Zodiac-Like Letters

Detective Logan Hough got the call at about 9 a.m. on a sweltering late-August day in North Florida. Someone at the court clerks office had opened a letter that he should see right away. The letter had been intended for the Bradford County Sheriffs Office where he works, but it had gotten mixed up in the mail. Deliveries there get mixed up all the time. The address for the clerks office begins with 945. The address for the sheriffs office is 945-B. What Hough found inside the envelope was unlike anything he had seen. It read like the plans of a serial killer. Every time I see young beautiful females, ages 15-30, I so badly wish to lure them to …

AOC-Style Challengers Looking to Unseat the Dems Top Brass in 2020

The House Judiciary Committee was in the middle of considering a resolution expanding Democrats impeachment proceedings when Rep. Matt Gaetz decided to get personal. Decrying Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadlers escalating impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the right-wing Florida congressman fired a shot at the integrity of the hearingand at the man holding the gavel. I would hope, Gaetz said, that these proceedings are not about the chairmans upcoming primary challenge. The quip prompted some shocked groans on the Democratic side of the daisand silence from Nadler. But the cheap shot raised by Gaetz is central to the argument that one of Nadlers Democratic primary opponents, Lindsey Boylan, eagerly makes herself. Without my challenge, I have no doubt in my …

Democratic debate didn’t include a single question about abortion

People hoping to hear Democratic presidential candidates positions on abortion during last nights debate were left sorely disappointed. Not a single minute was dedicated to the topic. This comes at a time when reproductive freedom is under assault nationwide. States have recently passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws sinceRoe v. Wadeguaranteed women the right to choose. Americans are taking notice. In June, a nationwide poll by Monmouth University found that one-in-three Americans, and more Democrats than Republicans, rank abortion as a top issue in the 2020 elections. Accordingly, many expected the Democratic candidates to face serious questions about reproductive freedom during last nights presidential debate. Questions about abortion have inspired some of the most powerful moments in earlier …

Baby born in Tennessee on 9/11 at 9:11 weighs 9 pounds, 11 ounces: ‘Its very rare but very special’

The baby was born on 9/11 at 9:11 p.m. and weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces. (Methodist Healthcare) “Time was just rolling,” the newborn’s father, Justin, told local news station WREG. “The next thing you know, they called it 9:11 and then they got on the table and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, she weighs 9 [pounds], 11 [ounces].’” “I’ve never seen it in 38 years,” she noted. MOM WHO REFUSED TO ABORT BABY WITH MEDICAL NEEDS WELCOMES DAUGHTER: ‘I WAS TERRIFIED OF LOSING HER’ Though the couple recognized 9/11 is a time of remembrance and sorrow for the country, they noted their daughter represents joy on such a day. “She comes in on 9/11, there was so much devastation …

The Day After I Killed Myself- The World Kept Turning, but I Wasn’t There

ShareTweetPin I killed myself The world kept turning, but I wasn’t there to see it. Last night was too much. I couldn’t bear another night of crying myself to sleep, of screaming into my pillow and praying for the pain to stop. I was tired. Tired of being sad. Tired of not being able to get out of bed. Tired of nobody caring. I was tired of being alone but also hated being with others, because they couldn’t understand the constant pain I was in. So I killed myself. The next morning, the sun rose, the birds sang, and the frost melted. My loved ones woke up, and with a good night’s sleep my best friend forgot about the stupid …

These Student Activists Are Tackling Gun Violence, Starting With Their Home Turf

Sy Abudu/NYCLU Here’s How These Student Activists Are Tackling Gun Violence From A New Perspective By Madhuri Sathish 9 min ago In recent weeks, mass shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio have prompted widespread calls to action against gun violence, with activists and lawmakers alike demanding more stringent gun control legislation. As the nation debates, students in particular have taken the lead in the fight for commonsense policy, starting movements, educating others, and just generally shaking things up. And it doesn’t always look like you’d expect. These student activists are taking on gun violence by starting with what’s important in their own lives and communities, whether it’s their local neighborhood or their faith groups. Back-to-school season has never been so …

The Amazons Tallest Tree Just Got 50 Percent Taller And Scientists Dont Know How

Sometimes even the largest natural wonders can remain hidden from human view for centuries. The Amazon is a dense place, full of life with new species of flora and fauna being discovered every other day. Now, using the same technology that takes driverless cars from A to B, we – led by Eric Gorgens and Diego Armando da Silva, and along with colleagues from Brazil, Swansea, Oxford and Cambridge – have discovered the tallest tree in the rainforest. At 88m tall, it dwarfs the previous record holders by almost 30m. And it’s not alone either. The Guiana Shield of north-eastern Amazonia, which accounts for nearly 9% of the world’s remaining tropical forests, may contain lots of these gigantic trees. With …

Trump Is Rolling Back Clean Water Protections, Because Who Needs To Drink Anyway

Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images Trump Is Rolling Back Clean Water Protections, Because Who Needs To Drink Anyway By Yvonne Kim Sept 12, 2019 Since April 2019, the Trump administration has already proposed a repeal on carbon emission limits, looser methane standards, and changes to Obama-era coal regulations. This time around, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tackling water pollution protections. In his next environmental move, President Donald Trump will roll back clean water regulations first implemented in 2015, per . On Sept. 12, the Trump administration finalized a rule to replace the Waters of the United States rules — or WOTUS, for short. When the Clean Water Act was first passed in 1972 to regulate water pollution, it was …