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Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

Science
Cut-price Chinese home insulation is being blamed for a massive rise in emissions of a gas, highly damaging to the Earth's protective ozone layer. The Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) found widespread use of CFC-11 in China, even though the chemical was fully banned back in 2010. Scientists have been extremely puzzled by the mysterious rise in emissions. But this report suggests the key source is China's home construction industry. Just two months ago, researchers published a study showing that the expected decline in the use of CFC-11 after it was completely banned eight years ago had slowed to a crawl. There were suspicions among researchers that new supplies were being made somewhere in East Asia. Rumours were rife as...
I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

Technology
Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped? New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said. Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way of putting words in someone's mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies. We're not talking about lip-syncing videos. This technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos that appear so genuine it's hard to spot the phonies. Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that the bogus videos — called deepfakes — could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections. So far, that hasn't h...
This wedding savings strategy is easier said than done

This wedding savings strategy is easier said than done

Finance
Cutting your wedding costs by avoiding "wedding season" may be easier said than done.In a recent Student Loan Hero survey, 8 in 10 couples planning to get married in the next year said they would be willing to choose a "less-preferable wedding date" if it would save money. That includes looking at weekdays and off-season months.No wonder: New data from planning site WeddingWire finds that the average wedding, including the engagement ring and honeymoon, cost $ 36,000 in 2017. The ceremony and reception alone were $ 27,000.Although both figures are $ 1,000 less than in 2016, they still represent a chunk of money.Yet there are still signs couples are overspending. WeddingWire also found that couples underestimated their budget by 42 percent, while Student Loan Hero notes that 74 percent plan...
Why I Said ‘Yes’ to a Costco Sheet Cake for My Wedding

Why I Said ‘Yes’ to a Costco Sheet Cake for My Wedding

Health
Looking back over the years, a good old-fashioned grocery store sheet cake has been alongside me at some of life’s biggest moments. High school graduation, there I was post-ceremony smiling for pictures over a blue & gold sheet cake from Kroger (Go Lions!). For my 30th birthday bash on Bobo’s rooftop in NYC, I ordered a sheet cake decently inscribed with “Happy Birthday, Jes” from the local Food Emporium. I happily blew out 30 candles atop my cake of preference in front of all of my gussied up friends. The baby shower I hosted for my sister-in-law in Columbus? The brunch said sister-in-law hosted for my nephew’s Baptism? My Fourth of July cookout on the patio? Our engagement party in Chicago last Fall? We served Costco sheet cake at every event, my friends. These store-bought cakes for
What North Korea said to South Korea when they spoke on the phone

What North Korea said to South Korea when they spoke on the phone

World
The military hotline established between the two Koreas has served as a political tool to express either peace or animosity. It’s the only communication method, at least officially, that exists between the two countries still technically at war. When relations go sour, one side, usually the North, pre-announces that it will "disconnect the hotline" -- meaning it won’t pick up the phone. When relations are rosy, the North and South have made it routine to call each other twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. Now, in what seems like a love-chase game, South Korea has found itself eagerly waiting for a call from its neighbor to the North. When the leaders of both countries expressed a willingness to send and welcome, respectively, a North Korean delegation to next month's Winter Olym