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Should pets be allowed in city-subsidized housing projects?

Should pets be allowed in city-subsidized housing projects?

Kieysha Reedom, 25, and her dog, Marley live in Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, Mar. 16, 2018. ; Credit: Susanica Tam/For KPCC AirTalk® The LA City Council is considering requiring property owners who take measure HHH money to allow recently homeless residents to bring their pets. Homeless advocates cite rules banning pets as a big impediment […]

Employee or contractor? How CA’s new standards could spark changes in the gig economy

Employee or contractor? How CA’s new standards could spark changes in the gig economy

California Supreme Court ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® The California Supreme Court ruled on what defines an independent contractor versus an employee. The ruling narrowed the terms under which a worker can be considered an independent contractor. The court laid out three provisions necessary to be considered independent. But interpreting those rules has been […]

With Trump rally this week, conspiracy theory QAnon gains mainstream attention

With Trump rally this week, conspiracy theory QAnon gains mainstream attention

WILKES BARRE, PA – AUGUST 02: David Reinert holds up a large “Q” sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. “Q” represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at […]

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images AirTalk® The Trump administration announced Thursday it intends to weaken federal fuel efficiency standards and revoke California’s autonomy to impose its own standards.  The US EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are calling for fuel mileage standards to be frozen at year 2020 levels, rolling back aggressive standards agreed […]

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images AirTalk® The Trump administration announced Thursday it intends to weaken federal fuel efficiency standards and revoke California’s autonomy to impose its own standards.  The US EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are calling for fuel mileage standards to be frozen at year 2020 levels, rolling back aggressive standards agreed […]

A mission to Mars may drive us crazy – but if we can’t terraform it then does it even matter?

A mission to Mars may drive us crazy – but if we can’t terraform it then does it even matter?

; Credit: Photo by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio via Flickr Creative Commons Mary Knauf | AirTalk® It’s hard to describe the overwhelming power of space better than when Carl Sagan did for Time magazine: “There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of […]

A mission to Mars may drive us crazy – but if we can’t terraform it then does it even matter?

A mission to Mars may drive us crazy – but if we can’t terraform it then does it even matter?

; Credit: Photo by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio via Flickr Creative Commons Mary Knauf | AirTalk® It’s hard to describe the overwhelming power of space better than when Carl Sagan did for Time magazine: “There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of […]

Multiple states file a lawsuit against the distribution of 3D gun prints

Multiple states file a lawsuit against the distribution of 3D gun prints

A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. ; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Eight states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a recent decision by the Department of Justice to settle a lawsuit with a Texas company that was making available […]

The latest on the ground as Carr, Mendocino and Ferguson fires continue to scorch tens of thousands of acres

The latest on the ground as Carr, Mendocino and Ferguson fires continue to scorch tens of thousands of acres

Burnt trees are seen along a hillside during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. – Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP); Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Three massive large fires are burning in […]

Immortality through AI: Tech startups want to preserve your brain by uploading it onto the cloud

Immortality through AI: Tech startups want to preserve your brain by uploading it onto the cloud

Small pulses of electricity to the brain have an effect on memory, new research shows.; Credit: Science Photo Library/SCIEPRO/Getty Images AirTalk® Computer scientists and artificial intelligence specialists are developing programs that would digitize the brain. Nectome, a neuroscience startup, believes that brains could be uploaded to computers. Nectome’s founders, MIT graduates Robert McIntyre and Michael […]