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9 Ways Global Warming Is Making Us Sick (Alternet) The Obama administration has released a major new report, titled The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States, on how manmade global warming is making Americans sicker—and it's only going to get worse. Developed over three years and involving approximately 100 climate and public health experts, the 332-page report was based on more than 1,800 published scientific studies and new federal research, and was reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences. Thanks to climate change, we'll be seeing more asthma, allergies, Lyme disease and foodborne illnesses. See also final article discussed later, below.
Amazon Fires Major Shot at Netflix With Monthly Video Subscription Option (The Street) Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) just-announced move into the monthly subscription business opens up new doors to a fresh set of potential customers, but it may not result in as many new subscribers as some think. But other analysts think it is an excellent long-term strategy to monetize the company's vast content library. The Seattle-based company said Sunday it would begin offering consumers the ability to access its services on a month-by-month basis. Its new Prime Video, a standalone subscription for its television and movie collection, is priced at $8.99 per month, one dollar less than Netflix's most popular streaming option for new customers. In addition, Amazon will also be selling its bundle of Amazon Prime services, including free shipping, a music library and video content, for $10.99 a month (it was previously only available through a $99 annual upfront subscription). See also next article.
Netflix Plunges on Forecast for Weakening Subscriber Growth (Bloomberg) Netflix Inc., the world’s largest paid online TV network, plunged after rattling investors with forecasts for weakening subscriber growth in the second quarter, especially in newer markets outside the U.S. Netflix expects to add 2 million new international customers, according to a statement Monday on its website. That’s fewer than the 3.45 million average of five analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Domestic customers may increase by 500,000 in the second quarter, Netflix said, compared with the 505,000 average of estimates.
Phylogenetic analysis of the calvaria of Homo floresiensis (Science Direct) Hat tip to Roger Erickson. The complexity of the human physical anthropolical family tree keeps growing. This paper examines the fossil remains of Homo floresiensis which species lived as recently as 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, making them contemporaries of the more familiar denisovans and neanderthals, although apparently much more localized and isolated in an island portion of Indonesia (Flores Island). This research paper characterizes the available fossils and places the probable family tree locale of the species far from Homo sapiens, and closer to the Homo erectus archaic species. The research was complicated by the absence of any cranial fossils for homo erectus which could serve to confirm or reject this probable placement. The image below (click to enlarge) shows where (red) the Homo floresiensis species is currently indicated. (Note: The closest relatives to modern humans, neanderthals and denisovans are loacted in the first five species to the left of modern human.)
Paul Krugman: We're Living in a Second Robber Baron Era (Alternet) Paul Krugman says the Verizon strike of last week points out a much deeper problem than what goes on with one telecommunications company. Prof. Krugman says we are living in a time of corporate monopolies that rivals those of the robber baron age, and they are harming workers, consumers and the economy itself. Read his column Robber Baron Recessions (The New York Times).
Exclusive: Climate Hustle’s Marc Morano Turns Down $20k Global Warming Bets From Bill Nye The Science Guy (Desmog) One of America’s most outspoken deniers of the link between fossil fuel burning and global warming has refused $20,000 in bets that the planet will keep getting hotter. Offering the two bets to Marc Morano, of the conservative think tank the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), is popular television science presenter Bill Nye, “the science guy”. Nye said he was willing to bet Morano that 2016 would be one of the ten hottest years on record. He also offered a bet the current decade would be the hottest on record. Morano turned down both bets, telling DeSmog it was “silly” to take a bet when it was “obvious” the official records would show more global warming. The bets were offered and refused during an interview which Morano had hoped to use in promoting his new film, Climate Hustle, which portrays global warming as a hoax perpetrated by forces seeking to control government and economies. The full interview has not been released. Morano plans to show excerpts. See also Marc Morano's Climate Hustle Film Set For Paris Premiere With Same Old Denial Myths.
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