Salvage of century-old Russian warship could unearth billions of dollars in gold

A South Korean exploration startup says it has a Russian armored cruiser ship that sank more than a century ago and rumored to have a fortune in gold encased in her hull. The Shinil Group said it found the 6,200-ton Dmitrii Donskoi on July 14 deep in waters off South Korea’s eastern Ulleung Island.

     

 

 


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Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare

  1. Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare  Reuters
  2. Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act  Washington Post
  3. Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments  New York Times
  4. Trump Administration May Be Preparing A New Obamacare Sabotage Effort  HuffPost
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Antarctica is losing billions of tons of ice each year, sharply boosting sea levels

Antarctica is losing billions of tons of ice each year, sharply boosting sea levelsEarth-orbiting satellites are watching Antarctica thaw.  Eighty scientists from over 40 earth sciences agencies, including NASA and the European Space Agency, used satellite data from between 1992 to 2017 to find that Antarctica has lost three trillion tons of ice to the oceans over this 25-year period. Their research, published Wednesday in the journal
Nature, confirms a troubling trend, as much of the world’s fresh water is frozen away in Antarctica. It’s accelerating melt will likely play a primary role in swelling Earth’s oceans two or three feet higher this century, or perhaps as much as six feet. SEE ALSO: Arctic sea ice is loaded with plastic litter from cigarettes and paint The most vulnerable masses of ice are in West Antartica, where NASA has already witnessed an accelerating melt. “They’re melting like gangbusters,” Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in an April interview. “These are massive rivers of ice that are dumping just huge amounts of ice into the oceans.” Image: imbie/Planetary VisionsPerhaps most worrying, said Willis, is that this melting is unprecedented. Scientists are watching this thawing for the first time. They can see the melt is already accelerating — and it’s unknown what’s exactly to come. “We have long suspected that changes in Earth’s climate will affect the polar ice sheets,” Andrew Shepherd, a climate scientist and one of the study’s lead authors, said in a statement.   “Thanks to the satellites our space agencies have launched, we can now track their ice losses and global sea level contribution with confidence,” said Shepherd. “According to our analysis, there has been a steep increase in ice losses from Antarctica during the past decade, and the continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years.”  Over this 25-year period, scientists measured around 7 and a half millimeters of sea level rise from the ice-clad continent. This might not seem like a lot, Robin Bell, a marine geologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said over email. But, the more recent rapid loses in Antarctic ice “indicates Antarctica can change faster than we thought,” said Bell. In fact, 40 percent of the total rise, or about 3 millimeters, came in the last 5 years. That’s when things really started to change. Until 2012, the study’s researchers found that Antarctica had been shedding 84 billion tons of ice into the sea each year, incrementally boosting sea levels by around 0.2 millimeters annually.  But beginning in 2012, Antarctica began to lose nearly 240 billion tons per year, largely from two giant West Antarctic glaciers, Pine Island and Thwaites.   The West Antarctic ice is particularly vulnerable because these massive ice sheets sit over the ocean, and even slightly warmer ocean waters can eat away at them from the bottom.  The locations of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which alone have enough ice to raise sea levels by 4 feet, says NASA.Image: Nasa”The largest mass loss is observed where relatively warm ocean waters are melting floating ice shelves from below,” Steve Rintoul, a study coauthor and physical oceanographer from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center, in Australia, said in a statement.  These masses of ice, which sit on the edge of the continent, act as a plug, holding the continent’s thick sheets of heavy ice back.  “As the ice shelves thin and weaken, they provide less resistance to ice flow from the continent to the sea,” explained Rintoul. “This increases the rate of mass loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet and therefore the rate of sea level rise.” This leads to a foreboding future. Once these melting ice sheets on the coast go, nothing is left to hold West Antartica’s ice back. And as the authors note, “The ice sheets of Antarctica hold enough water to raise global sea level by 58 meters.” Certainly, no one is suggesting this will all dump into ocean — not nearly. But only an insignificant amount needs to melt into the sea for coastal dwellers, where billions reside and many more are expected to live, to be impacted by rising seas, flooding, and surges of stormwater. Around 40 percent of Americans, for example, live directly on the shoreline.  To better grasp exactly how much ice is lost each year — and more critically, how fast these losses are accelerating — space agencies will continue to peer onto the thawing continent. And down on Earth, scientists will even depend on seals, fitted with data-collecting devices, to dive under this melting ice.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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Canada hits US with billions in retaliatory tariffs in steel row

Canada hits US with billions in retaliatory tariffs in steel rowCanada hit back at steep US tariffs on aluminum and steel on Thursday, announcing retaliatory duties on up to Can$16.6 billion (US$12.8 billion) in American imports. “These tariffs are an affront to the long standing security partnership between Canada and the United States, and in particular, an affront to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside their American brothers in arms,” he said, noting the US national security justification for its measures. The Canadian tariffs, which Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said are proportional to the US duties, will be applied to US steel and aluminum as well as consumer products from July 1.


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Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train artificial intelligence algorithms

  1. Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train artificial intelligence algorithms  The Verge
  2. Facebook is using Instagram photos and hashtags to improve its computer vision  VentureBeat
  3. Your Instagram hashtags helped Facebook’s AI get smarter at photo recognition  CNET
  4. Your Instagram #Dogs and #Cats Are Training Facebook’s AI  WIRED
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Facebook photo-scanning lawsuit could cost it billions

  1. Facebook photo-scanning lawsuit could cost it billions  The Mercury News
  2. Full transcript: Recode’s Kurt Wagner and The Verge’s Casey Newton answer Facebook questions on Too …  Recode
  3. Facebook could have to pay ‘billions’ in damages in class action lawsuit over facial recognition  Business Insider
  4. This new Facebook job posting is cause for concern  Chicago Tribune
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Facebook could have to pay 'billions' in damages in class action lawsuit over facial recognition

  1. Facebook could have to pay ‘billions’ in damages in class action lawsuit over facial recognition  Business Insider
  2. Judge says class action suit against Facebook over facial recognition can go forward  TechCrunch
  3. Facebook Hearings Illuminate Future of Business and Data Privacy  Wall Street Journal (blog)
  4. Facebook hearings are not enough: Congress must act to defend democracy  Seattle Times
  5. These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database  Forbes
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After Nine Years and Billions of Rides, Uber Says It's Now 'Getting Serious About Safety'

  1. After Nine Years and Billions of Rides, Uber Says It’s Now ‘Getting Serious About Safety’  Gizmodo
  2. Unofficial third-party YouTube & Uber “PWAs” appear in Microsoft Store  OnMSFT (blog)
  3. Uber Now Lets You Dial 911 Directly From The App  Shacknews
  4. Uber adds car rental, bikes, buses, and trains to its mobile app  ConsumerAffairs
  5. Crisis of the Week: Safety, Oversight Questions Dog Uber After Self-Driving Car Death  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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YouTube should be fined billions for illegally collecting children's data, privacy groups claim

  1. YouTube should be fined billions for illegally collecting children’s data, privacy groups claim  CNBC
  2. Parent groups say YouTube defies underage data-collection laws  Engadget
  3. YouTube hit with complaint by child advocacy groups, which say it illegally targets kids  USA TODAY
  4. YouTube Is Improperly Collecting Children’s Data, Consumer Groups Say  New York Times
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