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Here’s what Warren Buffett thinks about climate change

Warren Buffett’s home state of Nebraska is dealing with the aftermath of record flooding, but don’t expect the billionaire investor to jump to the conclusion that climate change is responsible. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has huge holdings in insurance and utilities, two sectors that face rising risks and investing decisions related to climate change. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is among the world leaders in wind energy production, but also remains a major player in coal.

A professor’s hard fight for public service loan forgiveness

Jason Edwards, a communications professor, learned seven years too late that he didn’t qualify for public service loan forgiveness. Then a surprise came. Last year, Congress authorized a $350 million “fix” to the public service loan forgiveness program, which gave him another change at applying. More challenges emerged. Then a rare, happy ending.

This Man Removed Parts of His Ears—and Now His Extreme Body Modification Is Going Viral

By now you’ve probably heard about the man who went viral for having the inside of both of his ears cut out. If not, here’s the story: Charles Bentley reportedly traveled from Australia to Sweden to have his inner ears surgically removed by a man who calls himself a “body modification practitioner.” The procedure is apparently called “conch removal,” and as soon as Bentley’s post-op photos hit the Internet, people started freaking out. 

This Weird Bump on a Man’s Tongue Turned Out to Be a Rare, Fast-Growing Cancer

Everybody knows that somebody—or maybe you are that somebody—who freaks out about every new bump or blemish, convinced that it’s some harbinger of deadly disease. Of course, it’s usually not, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, right? That was certainly the case with the patient featured in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Images in Clinical Medicine series. What started as a bothersome lump on the man’s tongue turned out to be a rare form of cancer.

The Internet Is Furious at This Man Who Body Shamed His Wife in Their Prenup

As much as everyone wants to think of their spouse as their partner for life, we have to be realistic about how complicated marriage can get. That’s why many people sign prenups, to keep things fair in the event of divorce. One would-be groom, however, didn’t seem to get the fairness memo when it came time to draft a prenup with his wife-to-be. In fact, we’re not sure he knows what the word means at all. 

Teen Defies Anti-Vaxxer Parents and Gets Vaccinated on His Own

Most teenagers argue with their parents about things like staying out late or borrowing the car. But Ethan Lindenberger has other concerns. The 18-year-old and his parents disagree over whether Ethan should be vaccinated against serious contagious viruses like measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio—or any disease for that matter, since his parents are committed anti-vaxxers.

This 84-Year-Old Man’s Fingers and Toes Turned Black Because of Inflammation In His Arteries

Photographs of medical conditions aren’t usually pretty (and that’s an understatement), but they’re definitely fascinating—and they can almost always teach us something about our bodies and our health. Take, for example, photos in today’s New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrate what can happen when chronic inflammation goes unchecked throughout the body. Here’s a hint, and a warning for squeamish readers: It involves blackened fingers and toes.

This Scary Condition Makes You Feel Like You’re Suffocating—and It’s Caused By Surgery

When his snoring got so bad that he felt lethargic during the day, Mike Smallwood consulted a doctor. The doctor looked inside Smallwood’s nose for what felt like 10 seconds before declaring that he had a deviated septum (the thin piece of cartilage that separates your nostrils) and therefore wasn’t breathing properly at night. All it would take was a minor surgery—a few snips inside his nose to realign his septum and help Smallwood breathe better.

This Man Caught a Dangerous Infection From His Cat, and Doctors Are Using Him as a Warning

Catching an illness from a pet is rare, and people don’t usually have to worry about their own health just because their furry friends are feeling under the weather. But a truly terrifying case of cat-to-human transmission described in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine is enough to give even the most fervent feline fanatics reason to be cautious: According to his doctors, a 68-year-old man caught a life-threatening infection from his sick cat—and developed large, swollen bulges on his face and neck as a result.

This Woman Saved a Man’s Life After He Had a Heart Attack on Their First Date

First dates are tough enough, but one couple’s first outing turned into an unexpected medical emergency. Max Montgomery, a 56-year-old man, was paddleboarding on a first date with Andi Traynor in Santa Cruz, California, when he felt an unusual burning sensation in his chest. After pulling himself out of the water, Montgomery collapsed onto the sand; he was having a heart attack. Traynor, a doctor, immediately came to his rescue, performing CPR to save his life.