Weather

The new abnormal is warming up the US government’s new climate norms

Enlarge / What a difference a decade makes. Even though 2/3 of the data in the new normals is present in the previous ones, the last decade’s still been hot enough to drag the temperatures upwards. NOAA On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a set of data it terms the “US …

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Microsoft brings ‘Flight Simulator’ to the VR headsets people care about

Asobo Studio/Microsoft Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports most virtual reality headsets. If you have a headset that’s SteamVR compatible or OpenXR compliant, such as an HTC Vive, Oculus or Windows Mixed Reality one, you’ll be able to explore the world in VR following the latest update. Windows Mixed Reality headset owners were able to try …

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Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

MARTY MELVILLE via Getty Images In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples created by gravity when it pushes down on air forced up …

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Chainlink to Provide Data for Farming Insurance Startup Arbol

Data provider Chainlink will provide decentralized weather data for insurance startup Arbol, according to a blog shared with CoinDesk. Arbol provides crop insurance for small to medium sized farmers or enterprises. Smart contracts pay out claims to subscribers when a preset value – such as the average monthly temperature or rainfall – turns out different …

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Dark Sky on Android shuts down following Apple deal

Artur Debat via Getty Images Like it or not, you’ll have to move on from Dark Sky if you’re an Android user. The 9to5Google reports that Apple has shut down Dark Sky on Android and Wear OS as promised, leaving users without the app’s highly localized weather. Apple had initially planned to shutter these versions …

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