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Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Technology
Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Sea level rise is caused by warming of the ocean and melting from glaciers and ice sheets. The research, based on 25 years of satellite data, shows that pace has quickened, mainly from the melting of massive ice sheets. It confirms scientists' computer simulations and is in line with predictions from the United Nations, which releases regular climate change reports. "It's a big deal" because the projected sea level ...
Apple sells fewer phones but profits rise

Apple sells fewer phones but profits rise

Business
Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the final months of 2017, slightly fewer than during the same period in the prior year.But higher prices compensated for the dip, lifting the firm's profits in the quarter to more than $ 20bn (£14bn).The record results, which included strong growth in Japan, were the first to provide a glimpse of sales of the firm's expensive iPhone X.Apple boss Tim Cook said iPhone X sales surpassed the firm's expectations.Apple released the 10th anniversary phone, which starts at about $ 1,000, in November. It has been the top-selling phone every week since, Mr Cook said. Investors had been worried that demand for the firm's products may be dimming.The number of iPhones sold in the period slipped 1% year-on-year, but Apple executives said it was important to remember t
Watch live: Super blue blood moon to rise Wednesday morning

Watch live: Super blue blood moon to rise Wednesday morning

Science
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The last day of January will begin with the appearance of a rare moon -- a super blue blood moon.The rise of the unusual pre-dawn moon will be broadcast live on NASA TV beginning at 5:30 a.m. ET."Viewing will be best in the West," Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a news release. "Set your alarm early and go out and take a look."The moon's three modifiers refer to a rare trifecta of phenomena. Wednesday's full moon is super as a result of the satellite's closest approach to Earth, the part of the moon's orbit known as its perigee. Because it is the second full moon during the month of January, the moon is a blue moon.Most significantly, the moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth. During the lunar eclips...
Virtual doctor visits on the rise amid flu epidemic

Virtual doctor visits on the rise amid flu epidemic

Health
As this year's deadly flu epidemic has inundated hospitals across the country with sick patients, an increasing number of people are seeking out virtual health care options that allow you to get a flu diagnosis -- and in some cases, even a prescription for Tamiflu -- right from your smartphone. "If you're sick, you're not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is get in your car, get on the subway to go to the hospital or your doctor," Dr. Rahul Sharma, the emergency physician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, told ABC News of the recent rise in popularity of virtual doctors visits. "From a public health standpoint, the patient that's infected then doesn't infect other people," Sharma added. New York-Presbyterian offers patients its N...
Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

Technology
The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It's a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track people's movements. The sensors can also be used in office buildings to reduce energy costs and in nursing homes to determine when someone falls. But retailers make up the majority of Scanalytics' customers, highlighting one of several efforts brick-and-mortar stores are undertaking to better understand consumer habits and catch up with e-commerce giant Amazon. Physical stores have been at a disadvantage because they "don't have that granular level of understanding as to where users are entering, what they're do...