5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos. On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee …

Alice Rivlin, first woman to lead White House budget office, dies at age 88

Washington (CNN)Alice Rivlin, the first leader of the Congressional Budget Office and the first female director of the White House budget office, died at age 88, The Brookings Institution said Tuesday. “Above all, she forged a commitment to providing objective, nonpartisan information to help the Congress make effective budget and economic policy,” Hall said. “And her commitment to high-quality analysis, well thought out and clearly presented, continues to be a guiding principle of CBO.” As Brookings noted, Rivlin worked in three separate presidential administrations and was the founding director of the CBO, a nonpartisan office whose analyses of proposed legislation sets the terms for Washington policy debates. She went on to become the director of the White House Office of …

John Oliver’s deep dive on the Green New Deal is an eye-opener

Chances are you’ve probably heard talk about the Green New Deal over the past few weeks. But what exactly is it, and why are so many politicians getting charged up over it? Here to break everything down is John Oliver — with a little help from a very sweary, R-rated version of Bill Nye. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

China’s Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

For nearly a century, the Arctic has been a scientific playground for American, Canadian, and European researchers studying everything from magnetic fields to krill populations, as well as documenting rising temperatures and a changing climate. But with China increasingly expressing an interest in all things Arctic, a geopolitical storm is brewing. Traditional boundaries between science, commerce, and the military are melting as fast as the region’s sea ice. On Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo scolded China for using civilian polar research to further its military and commercial goals, including opening up a new “Polar Silk Road” for trade and shipping. “China’s words and actions raise doubts about its intentions,” Pompeo said in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the eight members …