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  • The European Union is pushing online platforms like Google and Meta to step up efforts to fight false information by adding labels to text, photos and other content generated by artificial intelligence. A top EU Commission official said Monday that the ability of a new generation of AI chatbots to create complex content and visuals in seconds raises “fresh challenges for the fight against disinformation.” The 27-nation bloc has asked Google, Meta, Microsoft, TikTok and other tech companies that have signed up to the voluntary EU agreement on combating disinformation to work to tackle the AI problem. The official says companies should roll out technology to recognize AI-generated content and “clearly label this to users."

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  • Amount of warming triggering carbon dioxide in air hits new peak, growing at near-record fast rate DNA sucked into air filters can reveal what plants and animals are nearby First-of-its-kind Mars livestream by ESA spacecraft…

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  • The cause of global warming is showing no signs of slowing as heat-trapping carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has increased to record highs in its annual Spring peak. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations says carbon dioxide levels in the air are jumping at one of the fastest rates on record. Those levels are now the highest they’ve been in more than 4 million years. The last time the air had similar amounts was during a less hospitable hothouse Earth before human civilization. Levels for May, which is when carbon dioxide most saturates the air before plants suck it up, are at 424 parts per million.

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  • Scientists have found that air quality monitoring stations pick up lots of DNA that can reveal what plants and animals have been in the area.. Researchers reported Monday that air monitoring stations set up to test for pollution also suck up DNA from the local environment. They say this could be a useful way to see how biodiversity changes over time. After testing air filters from stations in the UK, the scientists were able to identify more than 180 kinds of plants, animals and fungi in the area. The filters picked up on species like hedgehogs, deer and owls that shed their DNA into the atmosphere.

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  • The CEO of OpenAI says he is encouraged by a desire shown by world leaders to contain any risks posed by the artificial intelligence technology his company and others are developing. Sam Altman on Monday visited Tel Aviv, a tech powerhouse, as part of a world tour. Altman’s tour is meant to promote his AI company, the maker of the popular AI chatbox ChatGPT, which has unleashed a frenzy around the globe. Worries about artificial intelligence systems outsmarting humans and running wild have intensified with the rise of a new generation of highly capable AI chatbots. Countries around the world are scrambling to come up with regulations for the developing technology.

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  • Women often use hormone therapy to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms — and new research suggests whether they choose pills, patches or creams might matter for their blood pressure. Women are more prone to heart disease after menopause and high blood pressure is one key risk factor. Canadian researchers tracked records of 112,000 women who used estrogen-only hormone therapy. Those taking oral estrogen were more likely to develop high blood pressure than those taking versions absorbed vaginally or through the skin. The findings were published Monday in the journal Hypertension.

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  • First-of-its-kind Mars livestream by ESA spacecraft interrupted at times by rain on Earth Tropical Storm Arlene, 1st of season, forms in Gulf of Mexico Report: Buffalo’s snow-removal equipment, communications fell short during deadly blizzard Honeybee…

    June 03, 2023
  • While judges, lawyers and support staff at the federal courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire, keep the American justice system buzzing, thousands of humble honeybees on the building’s roof are playing their part in a more important task: feeding the world. The Warren B. Rudman courthouse is one of several federal facilities around the country participating in the General Services Administration’s Pollinator Initiative. The goal of the program is to assess and promote the health of bees and other pollinators. The insects contribute billions to the U.S. economy annually and are under constant threat. Without human intervention, a bee extinction could be a disaster for the world.

    June 03, 2023
  • First-of-its-kind Mars livestream by ESA spacecraft interrupted at times by rain on Earth Tropical Storm Arlene, 1st of season, forms in Gulf of Mexico Report: Buffalo’s snow-removal equipment, communications fell short during deadly blizzard Boeing’s…

    June 02, 2023
  • A new report finds several shortcomings in Buffalo's response to a historic December blizzard in which 31 city residents died. The report was released Friday by New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. It says Buffalo’s snow-removal fleet was no match for heavy snow and high winds, and the city fell short in warning residents and providing shelter. Mayor Byron Brown commissioned the report amid questions about why the storm was so devastating in an area accustomed to heavy snow. The 175-page report also found the storm exacerbated existing inequities in the city.

    June 02, 2023
  • A European spacecraft around Mars has sent its first livestream from the red planet to Earth to mark the 20th anniversary of its launch. But rain in Spain interfered at times. The European Space Agency broadcast the livestream Friday of Mars Express. It took nearly 17 minutes for each picture to reach Earth, nearly 200 million miles away, and another minute to get through the ground stations. The transmission was disrupted at times by weather in Spain, home to the deep space-relay antenna. ESA says live footage from so far away is rare.

    June 02, 2023
  • It’s time for residents along the southeastern U.S. coastline to get plans in place as the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season gets underway on Thursday. Forecasters and experts are predicting a “near-normal” hurricane season. The director at the National Hurricane Center stressed during a Wednesday news conference that there’s really nothing normal when it comes to hurricanes. Forecasters have predicted 12 to 17 named storms will form with five to nine developing into hurricanes. One to four of those could grow into major hurricanes. Forecasters have a new storm surge model this year and will be able to extend tropical weather outlooks to seven days.

    June 02, 2023
  • Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say the cyclone is heading due south toward the western tip of Cuba. National Hurricane Center forecasters said in a 1:30 p.m. advisory Friday that Arlene had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. It was located about 265 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida, and was moving south at about 5 mph. No storm watches or warnings have been posted for Cuba or Florida. Forecasters say the storm could fall apart before reaching any land. The Atlantic hurricane season officially began Thursday and runs through Nov. 30.

    June 02, 2023
  • One year after the killings of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, some people in the remote Javari Valley region of the Brazilian Amazon have seen their lives change, but not for the better. Police have identified the alleged killers and they are in jail, but community members say one of those arrested is innocent. The poverty is intense, many people are illiterate, something one of the slain men was working hard to change. The communities were supposed to benefit from a government land reform effort aimed at better livelihoods for people whose income disappeared with the collapse of the rubber industry. Instead people in the region say they've been forgotten.

    June 02, 2023
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