The world is getting warmer; this we know already. The last five years were the warmest ever recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and there are plenty of forecasts detailing the devastation that awaits as climate change worsens, from rising sea levels to melting ice caps to unprecedented, extreme weather. advertisement advertisement But all that could happen even sooner than predicted, according to new research, because of how the world’s bacteria release carbon into the air. As bacteria and archaea (another class of single-celled microorganisms) adapt to Earth’s hotter and hotter temperatures, they in turn release CO2 at higher rates. “Many bacteria perform similar metabolism to us—they take in oxygen and ‘breathe’ out carbon dioxide,” Tom Smith, PhD student at Imperial College London and lead author of the paper published Tuesday in Nature Communications, told Fast Company in an email. It turns out that … [Read more...] about If bacteria don’t kill you the old-fashioned way, they’ll just kill you with climate change instead
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The smartphone (or computer) you’re reading this on is not good for the planet. advertisement advertisement Because of planned obsolescence—or the practice of deliberately designing devices not to last—phones aren’t very easy to repair and typically end their lives in e-waste-ridden landfills. Research has shown that just buying a new phone uses about the same amount of energy as using an older phone for 10 years. Many of the primary metals that go into making a smartphone are often mined by people—and sometimes children—working in terrible conditions, with little economic security. Some metals are mined in conflict zones where their extraction directly supports war. Fairphone, a Dutch social enterprise, is trying to shift away from these exploitative materials and the supply chains that enable them. Fairphone got its start as an awareness campaign in 2010, but it incorporated in 2013 with the goal of reforming supply chains from … [Read more...] about This startup is radically changing how smartphones are built
The government is deliberating a shift of the financial year to January- December from the existing April-March year that has been place for more than a century. This change will not only be for the Central and State governments, but also for the corporates. The government is yet to confirm when it will bring about this change.Watch video for more.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app. … [Read more...] about Govt mulls changing financial year to January-December
AT&T is reportedly stripping away channels and raising prices for DirecTV Now as it tries to make the live TV streaming service profitable. As first reported by Cord Cutters News, and later by TechCrunch, existing DirecTV Now subscribers will get to keep their current channel lineups, but will pay an extra $10 per month from April 12 onward. The changes are much more substantial for new customers from March 12 onward, as AT&T is replacing its current four-tier offering with two new plans, called DirecTV Now Plus and DirecTV Now Max. DirecTV Now Plus will cost $50 per month for over 40 channels, including local broadcasts, the major cable news networks, and several national sports channels (ESPN, FS1, and NBCSN). DirecTV Now Max will cost $70 per month and adds more sports channels, including regional sports. Both plans will include HBO and Boomerang, which AT&T acquired through Time Warner, and the Max plan will include Cinemax as well. As for what’s leaving, the … [Read more...] about AT&T is blowing up DirecTV Now with price hikes and plan changes
When Nitish Kumar abandoned the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August last year, opinions regarding his decision were divided. Some called it a political masterstroke, others called it a mistake; most were cynical. They felt this was perhaps another one of Kumar’s U-turns in his quest to use realpolitik to maintain power, and it could go either way.Maintaining power, as it is turning out, would be difficult. Once considered to be the Opposition’s pitch for Prime Ministerial candidature, Nitish Kumar now seems to be struggling for seats in a state he has ruled for the past 13 years. Kumar had broken his alliance with the NDA before the 2014 general elections, citing differences with PM Narendra Modi.In the elections that followed, Janata Dal (United), Kumar's party, was trounced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in Bihar, reducing the party to two seats while the BJP garnered 22. This was a change from … [Read more...] about Grand Alliance, NDA or go-it-alone: Options galore, but what is Bihar CM Nitish Kumar thinking?