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An Eyelash-Freezing ‘Icy Hell’: The One Spot That Could Feel Like Minus 100

Tim Denoncour, 26, and Ian Hancock, 25, were preparing their skis at the base of Mount Washington to spend the day avalanche training. Both used to cold weather, they seemed relatively unfazed at the prospect of being on the mountain in the deep freeze.Continue reading the main storyMr. Denoncour said he knows it is cold “when I can’t feel my face after five minutes.”But as eye-popping as the wind chill and “real feel” temperatures may be, scientists say they are an imperfect way to measure the cold.The concept of wind chill traces back to Antarctica, where two scientists, Paul Siple and Charles Passel, came up with a way of measuring how wind affects cold. Their simple experiment in the 1940s involved hanging plastic bottles of water in the wind to see how quickly they froze. From that, they extrapolated the relationship between cold and wind that suggests what it feels like outside, and the likely effect on exposed skin, that make for the highlight of so many winter weather forecasts.But the use of wind chill as a way to measure cold is problematic — especially in places like Mount Washington, which is known for its extreme environment, said Greg Carbin, chief of the forecast operations branch for the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.“A lot of people aren’t going to be exposed to the extreme wind,” he said. “Who’s going to be out walking in an 80-mile-per-hour wind?”Still, he said this winter’s temperatures have been “very, very unusual.”“Chicago has felt more like Bismarck, and New York City has felt more like Anchorage,” he said. “From Minnesota to Massachusetts, it’s been brutally cold over the last week, and it will continue into next week before we see a change,” he said.But behind it, he predicted, would come relief. […]

Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos, Emmy Awards: Your Thursday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV. Speaking to Stephen Colbert, John Oliver said his team’s off-air jokes about the Trump administration had proved more prescient than he had imagined. • Quotation of the day. “This is a big change. Maps will need to be redrawn.” — Adrian Luckman, a researcher monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, which lost a chunk of ice the size of Delaware this week. Photo Four people were arrested on Wednesday over its theft in March; the authorities said the gold coin was probably smashed or melted down and is unlikely to be recovered.” data-mediaviewer-credit=”Marcel Mettelsiefen/European Pressphoto Agency” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/07/14/world/13USBriefing-Coin/13USBriefing-Coin-master675.jpg” /> The 221-pound “Big Maple Leaf” coin on display in Berlin in 2010. Four people were arrested on Wednesday over its theft in March; the authorities said the gold coin was probably smashed or melted down and is unlikely to be recovered. Credit Marcel Mettelsiefen/European Pressphoto Agency Back Story Recent reports that the Pentagon spent millions to license a camouflage pattern that replicates lush forests — to be worn in largely arid Afghanistan — got us thinking about the famous design. Continue reading the main story As it turns out, the word “camouflage” appeared in The Times for the first time 100 years ago. Photo Using mud in a camouflage lesson for Israeli soldiers […]

Praying mantises released for pest control are hunting hummingbirds

New research documents that mantises worldwide are eating small birds; in the US, invasive species are devouring hummingbirds. […]

The sea is rising three times faster than we thought.

A report on the employment practices of green groups finds that the sector, despite its socially progressive reputation, is still overwhelmingly the bastion of white men.

According to the study, released by Green 2.0, roughly 3 out of 10 people at environmental organizations are people of color, but at the senior staff level, the figure drops closer to 1 out of 10. And at all levels, from full-time employees to board members, men make up three-quarters or more of NGO staffs.

Click to embiggen.Green 2.0

The new report, titled “Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization,” relied on more than 85 interviews of executives and HR reps and recruiters at environmental organizations.

Representatives of NGOs and foundations largely agreed on the benefits of having a more diverse workforce, from the added perspectives in addressing environmental problems to a deeper focus on environmental justice to allowing the movement to engage a wider audience.

The most worrisome finding is that fewer than 40 percent of environmental groups even had diversity plans in place to ensure they’re more inclusive. According to the report, “Research shows that diversity plans increases the odds of black men in management positions significantly.”

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High-tech mooring will gather data below Antarctic winter ice

Researchers know a fair amount about polar ocean pH levels in the summer, but this new tool will let them see what is happening year round. […]

Earth to Mars: This startup is trying to make IoT power packs that work in outer space

Finnish startup Tespack is hoping that its solar-powered backpacks can graduate from their role in the remotest areas of Earth to the first manned Mars mission. […]

10 photos explaining why the world is so in love with Iceland

No passport required for this armchair traveler’s trip to the land of fire and ice. […]