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Scientists go 'rogue' in defiance of Trump

Scientists go rogueEmployees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

Seizing on Trump's favorite mode of discourse, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other bureaus have privately launched Twitter accounts - borrowing names and logos of their agencies - to protest restrictions they view as censorship and provide unfettered platforms for information the new administration has curtailed.

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Trump silences government scientists with gag orders

EPA gag orderLess than a week after the inauguration, the Trump administration has already gagged employees at two federal agencies. Memos obtained by various media outlets show that scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture are now blocked from communicating with the public and the press.

At the EPA, whose grants and contract budget have also been frozen, employees are not allowed to talk about this change to reporters or on social media. The EPA is responsible for passing and upholding regulations on issues such as clean air and water and the carbon emissions responsible for global warming. The nominee for EPA head, Scott Pruitt, has made a career out of suing the EPA and trying to weaken its environmental regulations.

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Scientists sound alarm on plight of non-human primates

non-human primates in dangerMore than 60 percent of Earth's non-human primate species are now facing the threat of extinction. An international team of biologists and conservationists have sounded the alarm in a new paper published this week in the journal Science Advances.

"This is an impending crisis that requires biologists and environmentalists to come together with economists, politicians, and policymakers," Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Yale University biological anthropologist, said in a news release. "This is not only a scientific issue. This is a global problem, one that requires global collaboration."

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New moth species named for Donald Trump's hair

Neopalppa donaldtrimpiScientists have named a newly discovered species of moth after Donald Trump.  Researchers named the moth after the President-elect because the new moth, in adult form, boasts a series of yellowish-white scales on its head, resembling the hair of Trump.

The moth, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, was formally introduced in the latest issue of the journal ZooKeys. It is one of two species within a genus of twirler moths.

N. donaldtrumpi and its relative are both found throughout Southern California, as well as across the border in Baja California, Mexico.

TVNL Comment:  Poor little thing will have to go through all eternity with the name of a truly rare and scary species of humans.

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Scientists In Last-Minute Scramble To Save Environmental Data Before Trump Takes Over

scientific data in danger under TrumpScientists across the nation are in a frantic push to save as much environmental data as possible before a feared government information purge orchestrated by climate-change denier Donald Trump.

The Sierra Club on Thursday filed Freedom of Information Act requests, seeking information held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, Bloomberg reports. The organization is asking those agencies to turn over a multitude of documents, including data on greenhouse gas emissions and power plants. Even if the requests are ultimately denied, the move buys valuable extra time for a mounting effort to gather and preserve data before anything is lost.

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Mysterious fast radio bursts originate from distant dwarf galaxy

radio bursts from distant dwarf galaxyWe may not know exactly what they are, but we now know where one of them came from.

For the first time, astronomers have pinpointed the home galaxy of "fast radio bursts," which are very short-lived pulses of radio waves that come from outer space. The discovery pushes scientists closer to understanding what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves, which some people speculate could be signals from alien life.

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Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Anti-surveillance fabricThe use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook searches photos of users to add tags to, those concerned about their privacy are fighting back.

Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey aims to overwhelm and confuse these systems by presenting them with thousands of false hits so they can’t tell which faces are real.

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