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Californians this weekend captured harrowing scenes of cars stuck in sinkholes, trucks toppling off a crumbling highway and muddy waters rushing through the streets of Los Angeles.  The Golden State is grappling with yet another punishing wave of atmospheric river storms, which dump vast amounts of rain in narrow corridors over a short period of time.  SEE ALSO: Insane drone footage shows massive damage and flooding at California’s Oroville Dam Drought-busting storms slammed Southern California cities on Friday and Saturday, killing at least two people and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents. Downpours are expected to target Northern California next, putting even more pressure on water infrastructure like the Oroville Dam. Read more

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Paper planes aren’t just for passing secret notes across the classroom anymore. Now, they can even save lives. Otherlab, an engineering research and development lab based in San Francisco, has created the world’s most advanced industrial paper airplanes. The paper gliders look almost like stealth fighters, capable of carrying more than two pounds of supplies like blood and vaccines to those in need. And they could totally transform humanitarian aid for people in remote regions

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Images taken at a drone crash site near the city of Ma’rib, Yemen, on February 14 appear to show secretive cell-tracking equipment used by the National Security Agency amidst the wreckage. Photographs posted to Twitter by Yemen news outlet AdenNowNews [later deleted, see below for screenshot] and witnesses, purportedly from the crash location in central Yemen, show a piece of equipment from the drone labelled ‘GILGAMESH’—the codename for simulated cell site technology, first reported by The Intercept as NSA technology used to track down targets of drone strikes.The now deleted tweet from Aden Now News. Image: Ben SullivanDetails about the crash are still unclear. Reports from Yemeni news service Saba cites a military source claiming the drone of “Saudi American aggression” was shot down by Houthi air defenses

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For those of us who can’t get enough vicarious machining, YouTube is becoming a gold mine. Intricate timepieces, gigantic pump shafts, and more and better machine tools are all projects that seem to pop up in our feed regularly. With all that to choose from, can a series on building a fly fishing reel actually prove interesting? We think so, and if you enjoyed [Clickspring]’s recently completed pedestal clock, you might just get a kick out of what’s cooking in [JH Reels]’ shop. Comparing any machining videos to [Clickspring]’s probably isn’t very fair, but even with a high bar to hurdle, [JH Reels] comes out looking pretty good. The challenge here is that this is a saltwater fly reel, so extra care with material selection and machining methods ought to make for some interesting viewing

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Climate change will irrevocably continue to hit environments and populations in developing countries the hardest for the foreseeable future, but these locations are often the ones least well equipped to deal with its effects. In Bangladesh, a country very vulnerable to climate change, cellular network outages are a major problem, especially after flooding or detrimental weather. This can lead to delayed evacuation, hindered search and rescue, or even just the inability to talk with friends and family. Radio already plays a large part in negating the impact of poor cellular networks in Bangladesh and other countries. But IBM has a new system that it hopes can further bolster communications networks in times of crisis

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