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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 […]

Check in on Idyllwild’s Cranston Fire and Yosemite’s Ferguson Fire

Check in on Idyllwild’s Cranston Fire and Yosemite’s Ferguson Fire

The Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® The Cranston Fire in Idyllwild has burned more than 4,700 acres, and at just 5-percent containment. Over 2,000 homes and 3,2000 people have been evacuated. In Northern California, Yosemite Valley is also experiencing evacuations […]

As electric scooters screech to a halt in Beverly Hills, we examine municipal regulation of the devices

As electric scooters screech to a halt in Beverly Hills, we examine municipal regulation of the devices

Young women ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Though the electric scooters that have popped up in areas around Los Angeles have proved contentious, they’ve managed to persist through local criticism and bureaucratic red tape – until this week. At a meeting on Tuesday, […]

LAPD says Trader Joe’s employee was killed by officer’s bullet. When is it appropriate for police to open fire?

LAPD says Trader Joe’s employee was killed by officer’s bullet. When is it appropriate for police to open fire?

Police officers and members of the Los Angeles Fire Department escort a woman on a stretcher after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. ; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® A store worker killed in a gunbattle before a suspect took hostages in a crowded supermarket […]

Week in politics: President Trump threatens Iran on Twitter, Vladimir Putin’s surprise invite to the White House and more

Week in politics: President Trump threatens Iran on Twitter, Vladimir Putin’s surprise invite to the White House and more

US President Donald Trump prepares to board Air Force One at Morristown Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, on July 22, 2018.; Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® AirTalk’s political analysts round up the headlines you might have missed this weekend and what to watch for in the week to come. Here’s what’s on tap today: President […]