Report: Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Dead
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Report: Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Dead

A deal that would have given cable giant Comcast domination over nearly two-thirds of the American broadband market has fallen through. Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable took a hit this week when federal regulators told the company that they opposed the deal. The news comes after months of intense lobbying efforts…

California’s Historic Drought Brings Water Restrictions, Finger Pointing
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California’s Historic Drought Brings Water Restrictions, Finger Pointing

As residents adapt to recently imposed water restrictions and California’s historic drought continues, experts are closely examining the dry spell’s exacerbating factors — from thirsty agribusiness operations to unrestrained development — and saying a fundamental shift is in store for the Golden State. In an analysis published Sunday, the New York Times suggests that the…

Antarctica Hits 63.5 Degrees, Highest Temperature on Record

Antarctica Hits 63.5 Degrees, Highest Temperature on Record

Two Antarctic weather stations recorded unprecedentedly high temperatures in March — offering grim evidence of accelerating climate change. A potential Antarctica record high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded on March 24 at the Esperanza Base, just south of the southern tip of Argentina—a temperature exceeding any figure yet observed on the Antarctic landmass or…

Report: Wind Could Power 35 Percent of US Electricity by 2050
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Report: Wind Could Power 35 Percent of US Electricity by 2050

The economics of wind power are looking good, according to a 350-page report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy, which states that the nation’s swiftly expanding wind industry could help America significantly reduce its carbon emissions, support more than 600,000 jobs, and provide 35 percent of the United States’ electricity needs, all by…

As Smoke Clears in Illinois, ‘Bomb Trains’ Spark Demands for Regulation
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As Smoke Clears in Illinois, ‘Bomb Trains’ Spark Demands for Regulation

With the flames from the most recent oil train derailment just extinguished, a spotlight hovers over the risks associated with what some have dubbed “bomb trains.” In the past month alone, there have been four such disasters in the United States and Canada: On February 14, a CN Rail freight train carrying crude from the…

Octopus Attempts Escape at Seattle Aquarium
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Octopus Attempts Escape at Seattle Aquarium

A daring escape or a curious creature? A viral video of an octopus at the Seattle Aquarium appears to show the invertebrate attempting to leave its display tank. Octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates on the planet. The video shows the octopus, whose name is Ink, scaling the side of a clear glass tank….

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules to Preserve the Open Internet
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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules to Preserve the Open Internet

Internet activists won a major victory on Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission approved its strongest net neutrality rules yet. The FCC commissioners voted to approve a plan that reclassifies both home broadband and mobile Internet as a utility. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled the proposal earlier this month in an op-ed featured on tech…

NASA Spacecraft Captures Mysterious Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA Spacecraft Captures Mysterious Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres

A pair of bright spots on Ceres continues to baffle NASA scientists as the space agency’s Dawn spacecraft approaches being captured into orbit of the dwarf planet. Images taken 29,000 miles from the surface reveal the two bright spots. “Ceres’ bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently…

FCC Unveils Net Neutrality Proposal
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FCC Unveils Net Neutrality Proposal

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed on Wednesday that the FCC will have the chance to enact the strongest possible protections for the internet at its February 26 meeting. In an op-ed for Wired, Wheeler detailed some of the proposals he would present to the FCC, including reclassifying the Internet as a public utility…