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The Interior Department left 'climate change' off its new strategic plan, but we're sure that's just a typo

View photos The Interior Department — which manages the country’s 417 national parks and governs hundreds of millions of acres of other public lands — made a striking omission from a draft version of its new five-year strategic plan. The Sept. 24 version of the document, which was first reported by The Nation, contains precisely zero references to “climate change” in its 48 pages.  This is rather odd for the agency containing the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) and National Park Service, among other entities dealing with the impacts of global warming. Numerous USGS scientists study climate change, for example. The lack...

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This 6,000-year-old skull probably belonged to the oldest known tsunami victim

Employees at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs Georgia’s elections system, destroyed data from a computer server just a few days after a lawsuit was filed against state election officials, The Associated Press reports. The lawsuit was filed July 3 by election reform advocates, who want Georgia to stop using its old and flawed election technology. The state uses AccuVote touchscreen voting machines, which are easy to hack and do not keep hard copies of who people voted for. The plaintiffs, who want this system retired, also argued that the results of November’s election and a special congressional runoff on June 20 cannot be trusted because of the problematic machines. An email obtained by AP shows that on July...

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San Andreas Fault: Tectonic Tremor Detected Deep Beneath Earth's Surface Raises Risk of Massive Earthquake

America’s most famous fault line, the San Andreas Fault, is known for its frequent earthquakes, but one part of the system, the San Jacinto Fault zone in inland Southern California, has been surprisingly quiet for the last 200 years. Now, new research has detected small tremors deep under the fault system, suggesting it’s not as calm as we once thought and may be ready to release a massive earthquake sometime soon. The San Jacinto Fault zone in southern California is not actually a plate boundary but rather serves as the stress release point between the North American plate and the Pacific Plate as they grind together at the San Andreas...

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