Oil train derails and catches fire in Lynchburg, Virginia

(Photo: City of Lynchburg, Virginia via Reuters)

A CSX train carrying tankers of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday afternoon, according to city officials, exploding into flames and spilling oil into the James River.

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Shout-out to University of Georgia geography and atmospheric science professor Marshall Shepherd for his help breaking down with this information. He is also a member of NASA’s Precipitation Science Team, which is an awesome team name.

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A Eulogy for Twitter

We’ve been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform. 

Something is wrong on Twitter. And people are noticing. 

Or, at least, the kind of people we hang around with on Twitter are noticing. And it’s maybe not a very important demographic, this very weird and specific kind of user: audience-obsessed, curious, newsy. Twitter’s earnings last quarter, after all, were an improvement on the period before, and it added 14 million new users for a total of 255 million. The thing is: Its users are less active than they once were. Twitter says these changes reflect a more streamlined experience, but we have a different theory: Twitter is entering its twilight.

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Twitter isn’t dying, it just has a changing audience. This happens with every community. Even Tumblr. Social media means something different to everyone.

Twitter is no longer a platform for the elites. The plebes hang out there now, too. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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It got a little stormy in NYC today.

I set up this time lapse at my window in park slope in anticipation of the storms. I left to get some food and I came back to catch the onset. I snapped a whole lot more photos when I was there. that is what gives the “slow mo” effect at the end.

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Evidence of torture within Afghanistan’s intelligence service.

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