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Los Angeles Fire: Why Southern California Is Burning This Time

The Thomas Fire spread through the hills above Ventura, in the northern greater Los Angeles megalopolis, with the speed of a hurricane. Driven by 50 mph Santa Ana winds—bone-dry katabatic air moving at freeway speeds out of the Mojave desert—the fire transformed overnight from a 5,000-acre burn in a charming ...

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This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

You don’t want to be among the first human cyborgs. Because doctors won’t be replacing all your limbs with super-strong robotic ones, and they won’t be giving you cameras for eyes. More than likely, they’ll be saving your life by wrapping your heart in a robot. Today in the journal ...

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This Robot Snake Means You No Harm, Really

If you’ve never had a robot snake constrict around your leg, let me tell you, it’s a weird feeling. As it curls its way up your ankle, then shin, then finally wraps around your knee, it gets tighter and tighter. Fortunately, unlike a real snake, it doesn’t have teeth. Unfortunately, ...

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How Bizarre Is This Year’s Wildfire Season, Really?

This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The West is burning, and there’s no relief in sight. More than 80 large wildfires are raging in an area covering more than 1.4 million acres, primarily in California, Montana, and Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Taken ...

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More Than 1,000 Died in South Asia Floods This Summer

MUMBAI, India — More than 1,000 people have died in floods across South Asia this summer, and as sheets of incessant rain pummeled the vast region on Tuesday, worries grew that the death toll would rise along with the floodwaters. According to the United Nations, at least 41 million people ...

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How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China’s Tech Ambitions

As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping. The same goes for artificial intelligence, mobile technology and supercomputers. Qualcomm is also working to help Chinese companies like Huawei break into overseas markets in support of China’s “go global” campaign to develop big multinational brands. Qualcomm ...

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Lyme Isn’t the Only Disease Ticks Are Spreading This Summer

It started with vomiting and a fever. But a few days later, five-month old Liam was in the emergency room, his tiny body gripped by hourly waves of seizures. X-rays and MRIs showed deep swelling in his brain. When an infectious disease specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center diagnosed Liam ...

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