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This Map Shows The Wildfire Risks That Are Causing California’s Utilities To Cut Off Power

Parched conditions, high winds, and utilities’ fears about incurring huge liabilities have triggered widespread precautionary power outages.

Peter Aldhous • 3 days ago

How Jeffrey Epstein Bought His Way Into An Exclusive Intellectual Boys Club

The Edge Foundation runs what has been called the “world’s smartest website” and held annual “billionaires’ dinners.” It was also financed by Jeffrey Epstein and gave him access to elite circles in science and tech.

Peter Aldhous • 16 days ago

In 2011, Jeffrey Epstein Was A Known Sex Offender. The Leaders Of Amazon, Google, And Tesla Dined With Him Anyway.

After pleading guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, Jeffrey Epstein spent part of 2011 reintroducing himself to elite society. A March 2011 dinner with the most powerful figures in tech showed just how connected he was.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

At Least 8 People Are Dead And Dozens More Missing In A California Boat Fire

“I can’t breathe,” said one man in a mayday call picked up by the US Coast Guard.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

These Maps Show Where Hurricane Dorian Could Hit Hardest

Follow these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Jeffrey Epstein’s Links To Scientists Are Even More Extensive Than We Thought

Scientists took Epstein’s money or associated with the financier after he was jailed for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Some say they are sorry. Others didn’t comment.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Sea Ice In The Arctic Is Shrinking Toward What Could Be A Record Low This Summer

Every summer, Arctic sea ice retreats and the Greenland ice sheet shrinks. This year is tracking close to the record melt of 2012.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

These Maps Show How Many Cities Are Much Hotter Than Their Surroundings

Big cities typically amplify summer heat. In a heat wave, those few extra degrees can be a killer.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

These Maps Show Where Urban Sprawl Is Making Big Storms More Deadly

Where asphalt and concrete replace marshes and grasslands, heavy rain is more likely to cause flash flooding.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

Jeffrey Epstein's First Criminal Case Was Helped By A Famous Harvard Language Expert

Steven Pinker, a Harvard expert on language and human nature, said he was unaware of the details of the case and now regrets his involvement.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

These Maps Show Where Storm Barry Could Hit Hardest

Watch these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Jeffrey Epstein Called Himself A “Science Philanthropist” And Donated Millions To These Researchers

MIT and Harvard said they don’t comment on donations. But the Santa Fe Institute said it may give away a donation it received in 2010.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Southern California Is Shaking After Earthquakes, But The "Big One" Is Still Lurking

California has experienced its two biggest quakes in two decades, so when will the "Big One" hit? There's no real way to know.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Documents Reveal Widespread Data Fraud In A Leading UK Scientist’s Lab

David Latchman was never punished for leading a University College London lab that published more than a dozen fraudulent studies, according to newly released investigation documents.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Some Of The World’s Top Anti-Vaccine Countries Are In Europe

In France, 1 in 3 people disagree that vaccines are safe. In Bangladesh, almost 98% of people believe that vaccines are both safe and effective.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Can You Guess These Presidential Candidates Based On Their Most Popular Talking Points?

With 23 Democrats running for president, it's hard to find a distinctive voice. Can you recognize them from their signature phrases on Twitter?

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

This Elite Science Group Finally Has A Way To Expel Members For Sexual Harassment

Until now, there has been no procedure for revoking membership.

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

She’s The Public Face Of #MeToo In Science. Now Critics Are Speaking Out About Her Tactics.

Seven leaders of the MeTooSTEM group have resigned, citing a lack of transparency and the founder’s combative tweets.

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

This Genealogy Database Helped Solve Dozens Of Crimes. But Its New Privacy Rules Will Restrict Access By Cops.

GEDmatch’s revamped genetic privacy policy could set off legal battles that go all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

Genetic Genealogy Helped Finally Crack The 1996 Murder Of 18-Year-Old Angie Dodge

The arrest in a notorious cold case follows the imprisonment of another man for two decades, and a false DNA lead that briefly implicated a New Orleans filmmaker.

Peter Aldhous • 5 months ago