Month: May 2021

How the ‘Wandering Meatloaf’ Got Its Rock-Hard Teeth

The gumboot chiton is not a glamorous creature. The large, lumpy mollusk creeps along the waters of the Pacific coast, pulling its reddish-brown body up and down the shoreline. It is sometimes known, not unreasonably, as “the wandering meatloaf.” But the chiton’s unassuming body hides an array of tiny but formidable teeth. These teeth, which …

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Air Force Tries Virtual Reality to Stem Suicide and Sexual Assault

MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, N.J. — The three airmen sat quietly adjusting their headsets, murmuring to their colleague, who was in distinct trouble. “Everyone goes through rough patches sometimes,” each said, a few moments apart, to the same despondent and mildly intoxicated man, whose wife recently left him and who seemed immersed in suicidal thoughts. …

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Emily Wilder’s Firing at The A.P. Reminds Us of What We Didn’t Expect

“I think it’s because it’s worked, so partisan operatives and actors are going to continue to use the technique,” Ms. Ball said. “They ginned up this outrage to get Emily Wilder fired. And then they have the temerity to cry about ‘cancel culture.’” That is the current phrase used by the political right to describe …

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Flying and Climate: Airlines Under Pressure to Cut Emissions

The worst of the pandemic may be over for airlines, but the industry faces another looming crisis: an accounting over its contribution to climate change. The industry is under increasing pressure to do something to reduce and eventually eliminate emissions from travel, but it won’t be easy. Some solutions, like hydrogen fuel cells, are promising, …

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How ‘The Drivers Cooperative’ is Trying to Compete with Uber and Lyft in NY

For years, Uber and other ride-hailing companies offered the promise of entrepreneurship to drivers. Drivers who were eager to set their own schedules signed up in droves, propelling the gig economy into a multibillion-dollar industry. But some drivers never received the control and independence they had expected. They struggled with the costs of vehicle maintenance, …

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