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The ‘100-Year Flood’ Concept Is Showing Its Age

The concept of flood recurrence intervals is a classic example of a communication gap that can form between scientists and the public. People who deal with floods professionally — from hydrologists to insurance actuaries to staff with the Army Corps of Engineers — use this concept to calculate the probability of …

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Free Money at the Edge of the Tech Boom

The latest experiment in a universal basic income will be coming to Stockton, California, in the next year. With $1 million in funding from the tech industry–affiliated Economic-Security Project, the Stockton Economic-Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) will be the country’s first municipal pilot program. As currently envisioned, some number of people in …

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Lab Report: HQ2 and Amazon’s Impact on Seattle

A morning roundup of the day’s news. Firsthand Amazon experience: As the deadline closes today for cities to bid on “HQ2,” a Seattle journalist narrates that city’s experience since Amazon set up camp in the 1990s, via Politico Magazine: Most would acknowledge the extraordinary prosperity that Amazon …

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Stanford Men Back In Action With Dual Meet At Utah

Press Release courtesy of Stanford Athletics Stanford’s men’s swimming and diving team starts its 2017-18 season this upcoming weekend when it travels to Salt Lake City for a coed conference dual meet at Utah. “This team has developed a great attitude throughout the summer that excites them for more opportunities …

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California Today: Why Jerry Brown Vetoes

Photo Surrounded by lawmakers and other officials, Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills designed to address California’s housing crisis last month. Credit Eric Risberg/Associated Press Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) In 2011, Jerry Brown, the newly minted governor, faced 870 bills to sign into …

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