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Study shows cloud clustering causes more extreme rain

Blue Marble and climate model. The left globe shows the famous "Blue Marble" photo of Earth, taken in 1972. The globe on the right shows a visualization of data from a simulation with a one-kilometer grid for the atmosphere, land, and ocean. Credit: NASA, MPI-M, DKRZ, NVIDIA Understanding cloud patterns in our changing climate is essential to making accurate predictions about their impact on society and nature. Scientists at…

Tineco Floor One S5 Extreme Review: Easy cleaning Underfoot

At a glance ProsSelf-cleaning functionVacuums and mops hard floorsSuction only mode for spillsUses plain water or detergentConsDoesn’t clean floor edgesApp has limited functionalityHeavyPriceyOur VerdictFor those with several hard floors at home, Tineco’s Floor One S5 Extreme Smart Cordless Vacuum & Wash will be a time-saver. It’s great for little-and-often maintenance and spills, plus its self-cleaning feature is brilliant. However, it has the same flaws as most hard floor cleaners, such as an inability to clean…

Unprecedented anticyclonic anomaly in northeast Asia triggers extreme weather events and prolonged marine heat wave

The extreme anticyclonic anomaly over Northeast Asia triggered multiple climate disasters over distinct regions in July 2021. Credit: IAP A study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences has revealed the unprecedented nature of an anticyclonic anomaly that occurred over Northeast Asia in July 2021. It not only played a pivotal role in the catastrophic extreme precipitation experienced in Henan Province in central China,…

Apple AirPods Pro were almost named AirPods Extreme just like the 2003 AirPort Extreme but employees hated it

A recent report suggests AirPods Pro almost had a much worse name before Apple settled on the current one, and we have employees' objections to thank for it.According to internal information seen by MacRumors, AirPods Pro were almost called AirPods Extreme before their official launch back in 2019. The idea was floated by at least one member of Apple’s leadership, but Apple went for AirPods Pro instead, after “many employees objected to the change.”This was not Apple's first time using the Pro branding, as the first…

Climate change, extreme weather, conflict exacerbate global food crisis

Global food insecurity has risen substantially since pre-pandemic times, exacerbated by extreme weather, climate change, war and conflict. What the U.N. World Food Program calls “a hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions” plays out differently around the world. In this story, three of Mongabay’s Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellows detail the local situation in their region – from rising inflation and flooding in Nigeria to diminished local food production in Suriname and the environmental and…

Once melting glaciers shut down the Gulf Stream, we will see extreme climate change within decades, study shows

Superstorms, abrupt climate shifts and New York City frozen in ice. That's how the blockbuster Hollywood movie "The Day After Tomorrow" depicted an abrupt shutdown of the Atlantic Ocean's circulation and the catastrophic consequences. While Hollywood's vision was over the top, the 2004 movie raised a serious question: If global warming shuts down the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is crucial for carrying heat from

Hawaii’s Coral Ecosystems Are the Latest Reefs to Be Insured against Extreme Storms

CLIMATEWIRE | A niche financial tool is making it easier to repair critical ecosystems after natural disasters — and protect at-risk communities from future extreme weather.The Nature Conservancy announced this week that it has expanded its parametric insurance policy for Hawaii's coral reefs, guaranteeing a sizable payout if a storm of a certain caliber hits nearby. The idea is now gaining steam in other parts of the world, from Fiji to Mexico.In Hawaii, the funds would be used to remove debris and reattach broken pieces…

Electric Vehicles Aren’t Ready for Extreme Heat and Cold. Here’s How to Fix Them

A bitter cold snap in Chicago forced electric vehicle (EV) drivers to wait in line for hours at charging stations last month; some even found themselves stranded when their battery died while they waited in the queues. The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power most EVs perform poorly in the cold, so scientists and carmakers around the world are busy scrambling for solutions. These include fancier computer models to ensure peak performance, as well as hardier batteries that keep cars going—and their drivers…

How the internet pushed China’s New Year red packet tradition to the extreme

Catch up with China 1. Sam Altman’s plan for a $7 trillion-worth semiconductor empire includes building dozens of chip fabrication plants with money from Middle East investors, then having the Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC run them. (Wall Street Journal $) 2. A former TikTok executive is suing the company for unlawfully firing her due to what they called a lack of “docility and meekness.” (Financial Times $) 3. If he’s reelected, Donald Trump is promising a 60% tariff on all Chinese imports. If that actually happens (big…

Get the Sandisk Extreme Pro 2TB Portable SSD for $125 off now at Best Buy

Get Sandisk's Extreme Pro Portable SSD for $125 off today only.  Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNETBest Buy is celebrating Valentine's Day by spreading the love -- and the savings. Today only, you can snag a Sandisk's Extreme Pro Portable 2TB SSD model usually will cost you $295, but right now, Best Buyfits the bill perfectly.The Extreme Pro Portable SSD is a small, pocket-sized drive coming in capacities ranging from 500GB to 4TB. Also: Speed, style, and tough: Sandisk Extreme Pro Portable SSDWhen ZDNET's Adrian