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Submission + - The last three months were the hottest quarter on record

NatasRevol writes: The last three months were collectively the warmest ever experienced since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.

Taken as a whole, the just-finished three-month period was about 0.68 degrees Celsius (1.22 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average. That may not sound like much, but the added warmth has been enough to provide a nudge to a litany of weather and climate events worldwide. Arctic sea ice is trending near record lows for this time of year, abnormally warm ocean water helped spawn the earliest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in North Carolina, and a rash of heat waves have plagued cities from India to California to the Middle East.

Also, it puts to bed the supposed 'fact' that there's been a pause in temperature increase the last 17 years. Raw data here shows it's still increasing.


Submission + - Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (

AlistairCharlton writes: Despite being locked in the middle of a multi-billion-dollar legal battle, Apple and Samsung's relentless product development shows no signs of slowing and now the South Korean company has got one over on its California rival with the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and its S-Pen stylus.

But will the lure of a tablet that can display two applications at once, convert handwriting to text and offer the novelty of a stylus, prove to be a rival to the market-dominating iPad?

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