• Jobs

    3 deals heat up NC economic rebound: More jobs, corporate HQ, $500M in investments

    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s economy – still rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic – is getting a boost from three significant new jobs and corporate investments announced Tuesday. The new deals are the latest parts of an ongoing economic expansion in North Carolina. Nearly 100 new jobs announcements have been made across the state over the past year, according to data compiled by WRAL News. Those represent in total some 25,000 jobs. Durham County’s new HQ Durham County is not only getting more than 400 new jobs – including some 200 being moved from San Francisco – but also a high-tech firm’s corporate headquarters. Smart Wires, a startup focusing on power…

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  • Home Schooling

    No computer, no heat: UK’s poorest struggle with homeschooling

    London (AFP) With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of children in Britain are struggling to learn remotely, because of a lack of computers, internet or quiet room to study. “At home, I have to share the computer with my big brother and sister,” said eight-year-old Kamaljit Sultana, who lives in Tower Hamlets in east London, one of the city’s poorest boroughs. Without her class teacher to help her, “it’s more difficult, I’m a bit lost!” she added. More than 93,000 people have died in Britain in the outbreak, and the country has been in a new lockdown since early this month, as a new variant of the…

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  • Science

    Earth’s oceans are storing record-breaking amounts of heat

    Pandemic-related shutdowns may have spared Earth’s atmosphere some greenhouse gas emissions last year, but the world continued to warm. Water temperature measurements from around the globe indicate that the total amount of heat stored in the upper oceans in 2020 was higher than any other year on record dating back to 1955, researchers report online January 13 in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. Tracking ocean temperature is important because warmer water melts more ice off the edges of Greenland and Antarctica, which raises sea levels (SN: 4/30/20) and supercharges tropical storms (SN: 11/11/20). Researchers estimated the total heat energy stored in the upper 2,000 meters of Earth’s oceans using temperature data…

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  • Science

    Wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes broke records in 2020

    2020 was a year of unremitting extreme climate events, from heat waves to wildfires to hurricanes, many of which scientists have directly linked to human-caused climate change (SN: 8/27/20). Each event has taken a huge toll in lives lost and damages incurred. As of early October, the United States alone had weathered at least 16 climate- or weather-related disasters each costing more than $1 billion. The price tags of the late-season hurricanes Delta, Zeta and Eta could push the final 2020 tally of such expensive disasters even higher, setting a new record. With the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the news, some of these events may have already faded into memory. Here,…

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