News Clips for Nov. 23-25, 2019

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

“It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.” These are not the words of a tinfoil hat-donning survivalist. This is from a paper delivered by a senior sustainability academic at a leading business school to the European Commission in Brussels, earlier this year. Before that, he delivered a similar message to a UN conference: “Climate change is now a planetary emergency posing an existential threat to humanity.”

The Enduring Power Of The Fifty Shades Brand

From Fifty Shades lingerie, to makeup, wine and babygrows, there seems to be nothing the erotic romance franchise won’t stick its name on. You can even buy a Christian Grey teddy bear, which comes holding handcuffs and a mask.

As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S.

Capital Weather Gang As Australia bush fires rage, country offers lessons for the wildfire-prone western U.S. Add to list A firefighter burns a containment line around a property near Sydney. (Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image/Reuters) By Diana LeonardNovember 23 This year, California and Australia have simultaneously seen major wildfires that have been the result of similar conditions: extremely dry weather, unusually high temperatures and strong winds. But the two fire-prone regions have major disparities in how well they prepare their residents for threatening fire weather and active blazes.

Personal loans are ‘growing like a weed,’ a potential warning sign for the U.S. economy

Americans are hungry for personal loans that they can use as quick cash to pay for anything from vacations to credit card debt, a potential red flag for the economy.

The University of Utah got a $300K grant to address stalking and dating violence after 4 women there have been killed in the last 3 years

The University of Utah has received a $300,000 federal grant to improve how it responds to cases of stalking and dating and domestic violence on campus—funding that comes after four women there have been killed over the past three years by partners or men they had dated. Also in the News & Observer.

At University of Utah engineering day, high schoolers get glimpse of different fields

Nearly 500 teens got a glimpse into the life of an engineering major at the University of Utah on Saturday. Sammy Sanyil, a high school senior, has been interested in engineering for much of her life, after seeing robotics at her dad’s work. She said mechanics in general fascinate her. Also on KSL.

Google has changed its political ad policies. Now come the really hard questions

In announcing new limits on political advertising Wednesday, Google took aim at an issue that a growing cross-section of business leaders, government officials and researchers say is a threat to democracy. The problem they've identified is the ability of political advertisers to finely target vulnerable groups of internet users with misinformation — skewing their view of reality while the rest of us are none the wiser.

Yellowstone supervolcano

Yellowstone has seen almost 200 earthquakes rock the region in the past month, begging the question: is it about to erupt?

Apprenticeships expand, struggle to make up years of dried-up pipeline

On a recent Thursday afternoon, about a dozen students at the Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center gathered around their instructor as he lit a torch against two scraps of metal. They watched as the metal softened beneath the heat, turning two pipes into one. Minutes later, the students, most of them in their late twenties and thirties, returned to their stations to master this alchemy that they would perform many times over as professional steamfitters.

The Moray Terraces Were a 15th Century Incan Agricultural Research Station

Fifty kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, lies a peculiar sight: enormous terraces descending into the ground. Located on a high plateau 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above sea level, at first glance, the site looks like an ancient Roman amphitheater, but it wasn't built for entertainment purposes. Welcome to the Moray Terraces.

Mining and erosion could be damaging Bonneville Salt Flats beyond repair

The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) car made news this week when it surpassed 600 mph during a high-speed test in the journey toward 1,000 mph. Most speed runs are equated with the Bonneville Salt Flats, but not this time, as the LSR is testing in South Africa. Instead, the Salt Flats are in the news this week in a New York Times article concerning the area's degradation and the efforts to save it.

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