Winter Is Predicted to Be Milder This Year for Most of the Country. Here’s What to Expect Where You Live

While the current spell of unseasonably cold weather might have you fearing the worst this winter, the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s outlook from December through February is anticipating a milder winter for much of the U.S., according to their forecast released Thursday. The balmy prediction is due to the roughly 75% chance of an El […]

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Human activity and wildlife have put Earth’s largest living organism in danger of disappearing

Pando, which is located in Utah, is considered to be the largest organism on the planet. Utah State University researchers have found that the colony is shrinking because of human activity and the presence of wildlife. The scientists predict that the 106-acre Pando colony could die if humans don’t take steps to help young trees […]

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Walmart, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s are recalling thousands of pounds of salad. Here’s why a food-poisoning expert says the dish is not worth the risk. (WMT)

Salads sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart are being recalled due to listeria and salmonella concerns. While salad seems like a healthy choice, ordering a salad in a restaurant or buying ready-to-eat vegetables can put you at risk of food poisoning. Salads bring together raw foods that have had countless opportunities for contamination, […]

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Devoted Health breaks into the Medicare Advantage market

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence “Digital Health Briefing” subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Massachusetts-based insurance startup Devoted Health secured $300 million in a funding round and began enrolling its first members in eight Florida counties. Devoted Health is a Medicare Advantage […]

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A scientist who predicted a ‘Hothouse Earth’ says the world’s billionaires need to give up their money to save us

A climate scientist who has warned about a grim “Hothouse Earth” scenario is back with a proposal about how to save the planet. It’s a straightforward, five-part plan that he says could eliminate poverty and hunger while helping the planet at the same time. But the plan requires unprecedented shifts in the way we do […]

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In a fiery warning to rivals, Putin says any country that nukes Russia will ‘drop dead’

Putin warned that rivals like the US that aggressors who strike Russia will perish as sinners, while Russian “martyrs” will go to heaven. Boasting that Russia’s nuclear arsenal has already surpassed its competitors, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a fire and brimstone warning to his nuclear rivals Thursday. In the event of a nuclear war, […]

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Stephen Hawking: Humans need to leave Earth or risk being annihilated by nuclear war or climate change

Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were published this week. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Hawking wrote that humans need to leave the Earth in order to avoid annihilation. Hawking wrote he is worried about the possibility of nuclear war and the devastating effects of climate change. […]

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A former arsenic-contaminated rail yard in Florida is being turned into a giant park — take a look

East of Tampa, Florida, a 180-acre site in Lakeland served as a rail yard from the late 1800s until the early 1950s. After the rail yard closed in 1952, the contaminated site underwent various attempts at redevelopment, but nothing lasted. The rail yard, which used to be Lakeland’s largest employer before the Great Depression, faded […]

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Why San Francisco is a nightmare, according to science

San Francisco can be a tough place live for a lot of reasons. Sky-high housing prices can make it nearly impossible to find a place. In February, a 1,000-square-foot home with no working plumbing and a pile of rotting mattresses stacked in the kitchen sold for more than $520,000. Even tech moguls and startup founders […]

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‘None of us wants to be Sears:’ A Walmart exec explains why the retailer will be making more ‘aggressive’ strides into healthcare (WMT)

Walmart’s VP of health and wellness transformation said the retailer will be making more aggressive strides into healthcare. Marcus Osborne highlighted a few key projects that have been successful, including the self-service health kiosks that it has installed in stores and free health assessments. Osborne said that retailers have to evolve to cater to what […]

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