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Climate change is not the only contributing human factor, though. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Building off of previous famine-prediction strategies, the tool will combine satellite data of things like rainfall and crop health with social media and news reports of more human factors, like violence or changing food prices. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine," 29 Sep. 2018 That's because of a combination of geography, climatic conditions and human factors. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 In just over two weeks, the crew performed a dizzying array of experiments in psychology, physiology, human factors (such as making sure human bodies work with the spacecraft and systems), medicine and much more. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 There are non-human factors influencing the amount of CO2 that the sensors would be detecting. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "In Salt Lake City, suburban sprawl is bad news for climate change," 12 Mar. 2018 The report states the ignition source of the fire remains undetermined, but that no human factors contributed to the ignition. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Delhi double fatal fire: Flames were already out when son found parents, no smoke detectors," 7 May 2018 Andrew's mother Elia Chepaitis originally designed the font in 1987 while working on a degree in human factors engineering and design. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?," 1 May 2018 There’s been plenty of attention on the scientific and engineering aspects of a mission to Mars, but what about the human factors? Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-Franklin-St. Francis-Cudahy-South Milwaukee: Miss St. Francis, Mars and nine-pin bowling," 5 Feb. 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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