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Amazon sees more than 100,000 fires, causing spike in air pollution

Destructive blazes in the Amazon rainforest are spewing a toxic brew into the air and causing a spike in air pollution, new satellite images from the European Space Agency show.

The ESA images, released on Monday, show an increase in pollutants like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and aerosols, as the number of fires has also grown.

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the number of fires has soared past 100,000, which is a 45 percent increase from this same time last year.

AMAZON FIRES: BY THE NUMBERS

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Using data from Copernicus Sentinel-5P, the image shows the difference in carbon monoxide in the air between July 2019 and August 2019 over the Amazon. (European Space Agency)

AMAZON FIRES: WHY IS THE RAINFOREST BURNING?

The raging fires, which are visible from space, have been burning through the extremely biodiverse region for more than a month.

At least 2.5 million acres have already burned.

“It’s a catastrophe of huge proportions,” Dr. Deby Cassill, an associate professor in USF’s Department of Biological Sciences, told Fox 13.

Environmental groups have said the blazes are also negatively impacting the climate.

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A fire burns in highway margins in the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil’s Amazon, late last month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) (AP)

“In addition to increasing emissions, deforestation contributes directly to a change in rainfall patterns in the affected region, extending the length of the dry season, further affecting forests, biodiversity, agriculture and human health,” Greenpeace said in a statement.

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Republican senators slam Facebook for ‘censorship’ of pro-life content

Four Republican senators blasted Facebook for ‘censorship’ over the tech giant’s recent fact check of pro-life organization Live Action.

In a letter today to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Mike Braun of Indiana condemn the company’s “pattern of censorship” and demand that it issue a correction, remove any restrictions placed on Live Action and its founder Lila Rose, as well as submit to a “meaningful” external audit.

Last month, Live Action was told by Facebook that its fact checkers had marked two videos containing the statement “abortion is never medically necessary” as false. The tech giant also said that Live Action, its links and Rose’s page would now have reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeatedly sharing false news.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington in this April 10, 2018 photograph. (AP)

218 ALLEGED EMAIL SCAMMERS ARRESTED IN GLOBAL CRACKDOWN

One video, titled “The Pro-Life Reply to ‘Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary’,” features neonatologist Dr. Kendra Kolb. The second video, titled “Abortion is NEVER Medically Necessary,” features a speech given by Rose.

Live Action and Rose’s Facebook page reach more than 3 million followers combined.

The senators’ letter questions Facebook’s fact checking operation, which is done in partnership with third parties that have been certified by the International Fact-Checking Network, claiming that two of the people involved in the fact check are “biased” against the pro-life group.

According to Live Action, just today Facebook added another violation to the nonprofit group’s page and sent an alert to over 2,000 of their followers that their content was “false.”

However, on Wednesday afternoon Rose tweeted that Facebook will be updating its fact checking process and removing strikes from the group’s accounts.

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“If this isn’t bias, what is?” the senators wrote, before demanding an audit that allows the company’s top executives to be grilled. “The only thing more astonishing than your claim to nonpartisanship is your complete failure to back that claim with proof.”

Fox News’ James Rogers and Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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Republican senators slam Facebook for ‘censorship’ of pro-life content

Four Republican senators blasted Facebook for ‘censorship’ over the tech giant’s recent fact check of pro-life organization Live Action.

In a letter today to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Mike Braun of Indiana condemn the company’s “pattern of censorship” and demand that it issue a correction, remove any restrictions placed on Live Action and its founder Lila Rose, as well as submit to a “meaningful” external audit.

Last month, Live Action was told by Facebook that its fact checkers had marked two videos containing the statement “abortion is never medically necessary” as false. The tech giant also said that Live Action, its links and Rose’s page would now have reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeatedly sharing false news.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington in this April 10, 2018 photograph. (AP)

218 ALLEGED EMAIL SCAMMERS ARRESTED IN GLOBAL CRACKDOWN

One video, titled “The Pro-Life Reply to ‘Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary’,” features neonatologist Dr. Kendra Kolb. The second video, titled “Abortion is NEVER Medically Necessary,” features a speech given by Rose.

Live Action and Rose’s Facebook page reach more than 3 million followers combined.

The senators’ letter questions Facebook’s fact checking operation, which is done in partnership with third parties that have been certified by the International Fact-Checking Network, claiming that two of the people involved in the fact check are “biased” against the pro-life group.

According to Live Action, just today Facebook added another violation to the nonprofit group’s page and sent an alert to over 2,000 of their followers that their content was “false.”

However, on Wednesday afternoon Rose tweeted that Facebook will be updating its fact checking process and removing strikes from the group’s accounts.

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“If this isn’t bias, what is?” the senators wrote, before demanding an audit that allows the company’s top executives to be grilled. “The only thing more astonishing than your claim to nonpartisanship is your complete failure to back that claim with proof.”

Fox News’ James Rogers and Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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281 alleged email scammers arrested in global crackdown

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The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.

The crackdown, which resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million and arrests spanning 10 different countries, is a sign of the federal government’s urgency around this ever-shifting threat. Of those arrested, 74 reside in the United States.

“The Department of Justice has increased efforts in taking aggressive enforcement action against fraudsters who are targeting American citizens and their businesses in business email compromise schemes and other cyber-enabled financial crimes,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a statement.

TAYLOR SWIFT THREATENED MICROSOFT WITH LEGAL ACTION OVER RACIST CHATBOT ‘TAY’

According to the Justice Department, investigators began targeting peole involved in this scam in May with Operation reWired, and discovered that conspirators stole more than 250,000 identities and filed more than 10,000 fraudulent tax returns in an attempt to receive more than $91 million in refunds.

These so-called Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are related to and often done along with other types of fraud like romance scams, rental scams, lottery scams, employement opportunities scams, investigators said.

With employment scammers, victims will often be tricked into submitting their personally identifying information to bogus job listings, get “hired” for work-from-home roles, get overpaid for that work, and then get asked to wire back the overage before the initial payment goes through.

SEXTORTION SCAMS ARE BACK, EXPERT WARNS

“The FBI is working every day to disrupt and dismantle the criminal enterprises that target our businesses and our citizens,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in a statement. “Through Operation reWired, we’re sending a clear message to the criminals who orchestrate these BEC schemes: We’ll keep coming after you, no matter where you are.

Email scams have become ubiquitous. The FBI reported this week that between June 2016 and July 2019 there were more than 166,000 domestic and international reports of email fraud resulting in more than $26 billion in losses.

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Taylor Swift threatened Microsoft with legal action over racist chatbot ‘Tay’

Don’t mess with Tay Tay.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift apparently tried to stop Microsoft from calling its chatbot Tay after the AI-powered bot morphed into a racist troll, according to Microsoft President Brad Smith.

In his new book, Tools and Weapons, Smith wrote about what happened when his company introduced a new chatbot in March 2016 that was meant to interact with young adults and teenagers on social media.

“The chatbot seems to have filled a social need in China, with users typically spending fifteen to twenty minutes talking with XiaoIce about their day, problems, hopes, and dreams,” Smith and his co-author wrote in the book. “Perhaps she fills a need in a society where children don’t have siblings?”

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Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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The chatbot had been introduced in China first, where it was used for a range of different tasks, under a different name.

Unfortunately, once the bot launched in America, it became something very different after absorbing the racist and sexist vitriol that seems to be woven into the fabric of Twitter. The tech giant was forced to pull the plug on Tay less than 24 hours after its launch in America.

“Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, we became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay’s commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways,” explained a Microsoft spokesperson at the time. “As a result, we have taken Tay offline and are making adjustments.”

When Smith was on vaction, he received a letter from a Beverly Hills law firm that said in part: We represent Taylor Swift, on whose behalf this is directed to you. … the name ‘Tay,’ as I’m sure you must know, is closely associated with our client.”

The lawyer reportedly went on to argue that the use of the name Tay created a false and misleading association between the popular singer and the chatbot, and that it violated federal and state laws.

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According to Smith’s book, the company decided not to fight Swift — perhaps best for a singer rumored to hold grudges — and quickly began discussing a new name for the chatbot.

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Alien civilizations may have explored the Milky Way and visited Earth already, new study claims

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Our Milky Way galaxy could be filled with alien civilizations, a new study claims, but we don’t know because they haven’t stopped by Earth for a visit in millions of years.

According to a study published last month in The Astronomical Journal, extraterrestrial life might taking its time to fully explore the galaxy, even using the movement of star systems to make this type of journey easier.

The scientists’ work is the latest response to what’s known as the Fermi paradox, which wonders why we have yet to detect signs of alien life.

Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi famously said something to the effect of, “But where is everybody?” in reference to the possibility of star-hopping space aliens.

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The new study claims the aliens may just be taking their time and being strategic.

“If you don’t account for motion of stars when you try to solve this problem, you’re basically left with one of two solutions,” Jonathan Carroll-Nellenback, a computational scientist and the study’s lead author, told Business Insider. “Either nobody leaves their planet, or we are in fact the only technological civilization in the galaxy.”

Stars, along with the planets around them, orbit the center of the Milky Way on unique paths at varying speeds, and they sometimes zip past one another as they do, Business Insider reports.

Carroll-Nellenback’s study points out that the aliens could simply be waiting for their next destination to come closer to them.

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Longest Dead Sea Scroll has a salt finish that others lack

The ancient Dead Sea Scrolls are continuing to provide researchers with suprising insights.

A new chemical analysis of the Temple Scroll, the longest of the 2,000-year-old scrolls, has revealed a salty coating on the text side of the scroll.

According to researchers, this unique finish appears to suggest that the Temple Scroll’s parchment was manufactured differently from other documents in the collections.

“This points toward a unique ancient production technology in which the parchment was modified through the addition of the inorganic layer as a writing surface,” the authors write in the study’s abstract. “Furthermore, understanding the properties of these minerals is particularly critical for the development of suitable conservation methods for the preservation of these invaluable historical documents.”

ANCIENT DENISOVAN FINGER BONE SEEN AS ‘SURPRISINGLY HUMANLIKE,’ SCIENTISTS SAY

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Sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2008. (Baz Ratner, Reuters)

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The team of scientists used X-ray and Raman spectroscopy to analyze a portion of the Temple Scroll. Their techniques reportedly involved shining radiation on a sample and measuring the light that emanated back out to get a sense of the material’s chemical composition.

Besides aiding with preservation efforts, researchers also said the new finding could help in spotting forgeries.

The study was published in Science Advances.

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New duck-billed dinosaur, Kamuysaurus japonicus, discovered by scientists

A dinosaur that was unearthed from 72-million-year-old marine deposits in northern Japan belongs to a new genus and species, researchers announced.

A partial tail was first found in 2013 in Mukawa Town, Hokkaido, in Japan. Later excavations discovered a nearly complete skeleton that is the largest ever found in Japan.

Researchers named the dinosaur Kamuysaurus japonicus.

In the current study, a group of researchers led by professor Yoshitsugu Kobayashi of the Hokkaido University Museum conducted comparative and phylogenetic analyses on 350 bones and 70 taxa of hadrosaurids, which allowed them to figure out that the dinosaur belongs to the Edmontosaurini clade.

The research team also found that the dinosaur has three characteristics e not shared by other dinosaurs in its clade (a clade is a group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor): the low position of the cranial bone notch, the short ascending process of the jaw bone, and the anterior inclination of the neural spines of the sixth to 12th dorsal vertebrae.

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This is a reconstruction of Kauysaurus japonicus. (Kobayashi Y., et al, Scientific Reports, September 5, 2019) (Kobayashi Y., et al, Scientific Reports, September 5, 2019)

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The dinosaur was reportedly an adult age 9 or older, measured eight meters long, and weighed four tons (5.3 tons when it was alive).

The study, which was published in Scientific Reports, also shed light on how the clade evolved and may have migrated, with its ancestors eventually spreading across Asia and North America.

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Activists demand facial recognition ban for law enforcement in major new push

A coalition of activist groups representing more than 15 million combined members is pushing for a federal ban on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology.

The groups, which are planning to blanket lawmakers with emails and phone calls, are coming together under BanFacialRecognition, which was organized by the digital rights group Fight for the Future as a way to show the public exactly where and how the controversial surveillance technology is being used nationwide.

“Facial recognition is one of the most authoritarian and invasive forms of surveillance ever created, and it’s spreading like an epidemic. … We need to ban this technology outright, treat it like biological or nuclear weapons, and prevent it from proliferating before it’s too late,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of the group, in a statement provided to Fox News.

The technology has been banned by three cities — Oakland and San Francisco in California, and Somerville, Mass. — and at least one 2020 presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has called for a ban on its use by law enforcement.

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Fight for the Future, along with more than two dozen other organizations, is calling for a total ban on facial recognition technology at the federal level. (Fight for the Future)

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Two tests of Amazon’s facial recognition software, which the tech giant claims can now detect “fear,” falsely labeled California state lawmakers and members of Congress as criminal suspects.

Most of the false positives were people of color in both tests.

The Jeff Bezos-led company has said that it encourages law enforcement agencies to use 99 percent confidence ratings for public safety applications of the technology. Amazon’s Ring security service, which deploys facial recognition technology, is reportedly working with more than 200 police departments.

“When using facial recognition to identify persons of interest in an investigation, law enforcement should use the recommended 99 percent confidence threshold, and only use those predictions as one element of the investigation” and not the sole determinant, the company said in a blog post earlier this year.

The grassroots coalition, which includes Consumer Action, Restore the Fourth, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Color of Change, United We Dream and Media Justice, is united in the belief that regulating the technology isn’t enough.

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“We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. There is nothing democratic about facial recognition technology — no one is truly free when our faces can be monitored and captured as we go about our daily business,” said Linda Sherry, director of national priorities for Consumer Action, in a statement to Fox News. “Facial recognition technology is notoriously inaccurate and biased. Deploying it on an unsuspecting public in the name of ‘crime-fighting’ is a crime in itself.”

Fox News reached out to Amazon for comment on this story.

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Facebook says Homeland Security can’t make fake accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it would be against its rules for the Department of Homeland Security to create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter America.

“Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook, and we make this policy clear,” Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack told The Associated Press in a statement. “Operating fake accounts is not allowed, and we will act on any violating accounts.”

The company already communicated its concerns and policies to DHS and it will shut down fake accounts, even if they’re run by undercover law enforcement, according to Pollack.

Facebook’s statement came on the heels of a report that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had reversed a previous ban on the practice of officers creating fake social media profiles.

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Facebook has a strict policy against fake accounts. (Reuters)

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In a statement on Friday, Homeland Security told AP that fake accounts would make it easier for agents reviewing visa, green card and citizenship applications to search for fraud or security threats.

The DHS effort would also be in violation of Twitter’s rules.

Both platforms have made strides in automatically blocking and shutting down fake accounts on a daily basis.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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