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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions may seem like taking responsibility for the sake of future generations. But the pace of climate change is certainly meaningful within a single lifetime.

One way to think about climate change, as explored in a new study led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Dave Frame, is that temperature patterns eventually move out of the range you’re accustomed to. Weather and climate are naturally variable, but if the climate shifts, unusual conditions can become the new normal. The “unusual” end of the spectrum gets replaced with more extreme conditions than before.

Defining the unknown

In this case, the researchers focus on the ratio of signal to noise—the warming change versus the normal range of variability. Specifically, starting with a bell curve distribution defined by the mean and the standard deviation, the researchers defined changes based the average annual temperature by a standard deviation.

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The inventor of RSA’s famous SecurID dongle has sued (PDF) Apple and Visa, alleging that both Apple Pay and Visa infringe four patents he owns.

Kenneth Weiss was the founder and CEO of Security Dynamics, the company that created the SecurID token used around the world to access secure computer networks. That company ultimately acquired RSA Security and took its name, then was bought by EMC.

Weiss left the company in 1996. By 2011, he had founded a new company, Universal Secure Registry, where he was working on mobile phone security.

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AMD’s Financial Analyst Day is when the company announced the Frontier Edition of the Radeon RX Vega. Soon after the event, we got to know that there would be another gaming optimised RX Vega GPU. And today’s report confirms when the card would be made official. Just yesterday, Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO, confirmed that the […]

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Kodi is one of the most popular media solutions available out there. The open source platform is available with a plethora of add-ons. A new version of Kodi 17 brought with it a huge list of new features, bug fixes and under the hood changes. Kodi 17 – called Krypton – has been gaining popularity […]

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“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 3 latest teaser is out. The spoilers for the upcoming season suggest that Travis will finally drop his moral compass and embrace nihilism. Check out other details regarding release date and more! According to Den of Geek, “Fear The Walking Dead” Season 3 will return on June 4. According to […]

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The Bachelorette Season 13 Episode 2 is set to air next week. After the sizzling premiere, that has introduced funny guys like “Whaboom” fans are excited to find out what is happening next. The premiere of The Bachelorette has introduced stunning suitors for Rachel Lindsay. Now it will be interesting to watch how her journey […]

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Steven Universe season 4 concluded on May 11, 2017, and since then, fans of the hit animated series have been eagerly waiting for the next season to arrive. Despite the delays, the previous season was a rather interesting one and it left a lot of questions unanswered. Fans are currently wondering what happened to the […]

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LOS ANGELES—I leaned back in a hotel-suite chair and took in a bonkers video-game pitch from an Ubisoft producer while folding and unfolding the tiny American flag I’d been given moments before. The 13-year-old Far Cry gaming series returns once more in February 2018, and, at least conceptually, this might be its most intense entry yet. While Far Cry games traditionally drop players into exotic, international locales with only a gun and a prayer, this year’s entry, Far Cry 5, lands in the U-S-of-A.

Specifically, the open, rural wilds of Montana. Your mission: invade a militarized cult’s massive compound and take down its gun-toting, Jesus-invoking leader.

In another time and place, I might have looked at this pitch and thought about the bygone ’90s era of David Koresh and Ted Kaczynski—some distant, fuzzy memory that is finally ready for an over-the-top virtual run-and-gun video game. But Ubisoft has picked a heated time to double down on something we rarely see in the gaming world: Americans fighting Americans over the concept of what “America” is. The promotional-swag flag in my hand kept reminding me that this Far Cry, no matter how it plays, certainly won’t feel far away this time.

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Enlarge / Dr. Jack Gilbert, sampling a hospital room before the microbial mayhem begins. (credit: University of Chicago)

In the first few hours of a hospital stay, the microbes living on the walls and other surfaces of the hospital try to overthrow your skin microbiome. Then all hell breaks loose. Within 24 hours—and possibly as little as seven—your microbes rise up to beat back the invaders. Before the germ clouds settle, your microbiome has invaded the room.

At least, that seems to be the standard way of things, according to a new study in Science Translational Medicine. For the study, researchers at the University of Chicago, led by microbiologist Jack Gilbert, meticulously tracked the microbial comings and goings of a new hospital over the course of a year. They started from before the hospital opened and kept researching past when it was full of patients. The researchers set out to understand microbial dynamics so they can one day tweak them. Gilbert envisions future probiotics—not pills or lotions, but surface sprays and wall treatments—that can bulk up beneficial bacteria capable of ejecting deadly pathogens and even prime helpful immune defenses in patients.

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News broke earlier in May that Rebellion—the games and publishing company that owns 2000AD, the world’s greatest comic—has joined up with IM Global to bring more Judge Dredd to our screens. In interviews since, Rebellion’s bosses have said that they hope to also adapt other 2000AD characters for live-action. But thanks to some very dedicated fans out there, we’ve got something to tide us over until that happens: Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film.

Judge Dredd may well be 2000AD‘s best-known character: a hard-assed lawman of the future who’s more of an anti-hero than a role model. But readers of the comic will know that Strontium Dog‘s Johnny Alpha is at least his equal. Also created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (who were responsible for Judge Dredd), he’s a mutant from about 60 years in Dredd’s future.

Alpha works as a bounty hunter for the Search/Destroy agency. SD bounty hunters are all mutants, banished from an Earth that has been ravaged by more than one nuclear war in its time—hence, they’re more commonly known as “Strontium Dogs”—and Alpha’s radiation-induced gift are his glowing eyes, which can see through solid objects and even read the contents of someone’s mind. Together with his partner (and Viking-out-of-time) Wolf Sternhammer, Alpha travels the galaxy (and sometimes through time) to do the dirty, difficult jobs no one else can manage.

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