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Pence chastises EU, rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia

Pence chastises EU, rejects Merkel's call to work with RussiaDescribing the results of Donald Trump's presidency as "remarkable" and "extraordinary", Pence told senior European and Asian officials the EU should follow the United States in quitting the Iran nuclear deal and recognizing the head of Venezuela's congress, Juan Guaido, as the country's president. "America is stronger than ever before and America is leading on the world stage once again," Pence told officials at the Munich Security Conference, listing what he described as U.S. foreign policy successes from Afghanistan to North Korea. Addressing an audience that included Trump's daughter Ivanka, Pence's speech was the latest attempt by a Trump administration official to put the president's "America First" agenda into a coherent policy plan.



02/16/2019 - 09:09 AM

 

Archaeologists discover Incan tomb in Peru

Archaeologists discover Incan tomb in PeruPeruvian archaeologists discovered an Incan tomb in the north of the country where an elite member of the pre-Columbian empire was buried, one of the investigators announced Friday. The discovery was made on the Mata Indio dig site in the northern Lambayeque region, archaeologist Luis Chero told state news agency Andina. Archaeologists believe the tomb belonged to a noble Inca based on the presence of "spondylus," a type of sea shell always present in the graves of important figures from the Incan period, which lasted from the 12th to the 16th centuries.



02/16/2019 - 08:22 AM

 

Sudan lawmakers postpone amendment to keep Bashir in power

Sudan lawmakers postpone amendment to keep Bashir in powerA parliamentary committee tasked with amending Sudan's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term said on Saturday it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA said. The move comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising food prices and cash shortages, against Bashir's nearly 30-year rule. SUNA cited "special emergency commitments" as the cause for the delay without providing further details.



02/16/2019 - 08:11 AM

 

When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER

When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ERDeciding between urgent care and the ER can be tough.



02/16/2019 - 08:00 AM

 

The Number 1 Reason You Should Stop Wearing Heels

The Number 1 Reason You Should Stop Wearing HeelsDon’t have to tell me twice.



02/16/2019 - 08:00 AM

 

British children walk out of lessons on climate strike

British children walk out of lessons on climate strikeYoungsters marched on Parliament Square in London and gathered in other cities carrying banners marked with "Climate change is worse than homework", "Act now for our future" and other slogans. A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said that while the government welcomed the students' engagement, the disruption to schools and lessons would be difficult for teachers.



02/16/2019 - 07:53 AM

 

Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change

Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate changeChile's Escudero base on King George Island acts as a research hub for a frozen expanse that extends to the South Pole, with more than 300 international scientists taking turns to brave the bitter Antarctic temperatures. The Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) has supported research into a biomolecule called "Antartina," derived from a plant native to the region, which has shown positive early results in diminishing colorectal, liver and gastric cancers in mice. This month a multinational team embarked on a research trip to investigate what causes the break-up of ice shelves, a phenomenon associated with climate change.



02/16/2019 - 07:35 AM

 

Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With Cancer

Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With CancerThe "Grease" star is SO strong.



02/16/2019 - 07:00 AM

 

How the 'Block' 4 F-35 Stealth Fighter Could Become A Navy Killer (And Much More)

How the 'Block' 4 F-35 Stealth Fighter Could Become A Navy Killer (And Much More)New weapon systems due to be integrated in the Block 4 that will significantly expand the F-35’s maritime strike, air-to-ground capabilities and air-to-air lethality.



02/16/2019 - 02:00 AM

 

At his first meetup, White House science adviser tells scientists: ‘I am one of you’

At his first meetup, White House science adviser tells scientists: ‘I am one of you’WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s newly minted science adviser reached out to his peers today at one of the country’s biggest scientific meetings and called for the establishment of a “second bold era” of basic research. “I hope that you never forget that I am one of you, that I came from your ranks,” Kelvin Droegemeier, who was sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Monday, told hundreds of attendees here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The University of Oklahoma meteorologist is coming into… Read More



02/16/2019 - 01:19 AM

 

Did This Old Russian Jet Help Inspire the F-35?

Did This Old Russian Jet Help Inspire the F-35?Or one big feature of the VTOL version?



02/15/2019 - 11:00 PM

 

Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgradeIt now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. Fitch said on Friday that the plan, which includes additional tax cuts, more government spending on the company and debt refinancing, would likely not be enough to prevent "continued deterioration" in Pemex's credit quality. The agency cited an ongoing "significant level of underinvestment" for Pemex.



02/15/2019 - 08:44 PM

 

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than plannedOnly half of France's farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country's farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend its use for five years after a heated debate over whether the weed-killer, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, can cause cancer.



02/15/2019 - 08:34 PM

 

After twin-astronaut tests, NASA readies new wave of studies on space health risks

After twin-astronaut tests, NASA readies new wave of studies on space health risksWASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost three years after NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from spending nearly a year in orbit, researchers are still poring over the data collected during an unprecedented study comparing his health with that of his earthbound twin brother. They say the comparison hasn't raised any red flags about long-term spaceflight on the International Space Station. "On the whole, it's encouraging," Craig Kundrot, director of NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division, said here today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But the studies have raised questions about the potential… Read More



02/15/2019 - 07:33 PM

 

Every Important Astrological Event and Date You Need to Know in 2019

Every Important Astrological Event and Date You Need to Know in 2019Find out how all the year's eclipses, retrogrades, and full moons can affect your life.



02/15/2019 - 07:14 PM

 

Read This Before Selling Austin Engineering Limited (ASX:ANG) Shares

Read This Before Selling Austin Engineering Limited (ASX:ANG) SharesWant to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card! We often see insiders buying up sharesRead More...



02/15/2019 - 06:59 PM

 

Nigeria presidential election could be delayed in some areas: sources

Nigeria presidential election could be delayed in some areas: sourcesNigeria's presidential election set for Saturday is now expected to be delayed in parts of the country, two diplomats and a government source said on Friday, citing difficulties in transporting electoral materials in some areas. President Muhammadu Buhari faces a tight election contest in Africa's largest economy, top oil producer and most populous nation against the main opposition candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar. An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) told Reuters that "some result sheets and some ballot papers are reportedly missing.



02/15/2019 - 06:52 PM

 

Captain Scott lost race to South Pole because he didn't have 'class clown' in his team, scientists say

Captain Scott lost race to South Pole because he didn't have 'class clown' in his team, scientists sayThe reasons for Captain Scott’s heroic failure to become the first to conquer the South Pole have excited fevered debate for more than a century. Was the British expedition beaten by Rauld Amundsen’s Norwegian team by just over a month because of unfavourable weather; did they mismanage their supplies; was it the failure of the relief dogs to turn up that ultimately sealed Scott’s icy fate on the long return march? All these undoubtedly played a role, but now NASA scientists have come up with a previously overlooked explanation: unlike the Norwegians, Scott didn’t have a joker in his team. Scientists researching the ideal group dynamic for a manned mission to Mars have identified the crucial role of a “class clown” for relieving tension and providing a focal point in high-pressure situations. The insight was inspired by the records of Amundsen’s successful bid for the Pole, and in particular the praise heaped on the expedition’s jovial cook, Adolf Lindstrom. Captain Scott’s heroic failure was because he did not have a joker on his team, scientists have said Credit: Robert Falcon Scott/Scott Polar Research Institute/PA Professor Jeff Johnson, from the university of Florida, said: “He was viewed by others as a great entertainer who helped maintain spirits and moral over the long austral winter. “Amundsen wrote in his diary that “he has rendered greater and more valuable services to the Norwegian polar expedition than any other man”. “A Mars mission will need a Lindstrom-like figure, somebody who can break the tension, can bring people together. “This is something that NASA is taking seriously and looking to incorporate into their strategy,” he added. A large man who rarely left ship other than to indulge in his beloved pastime of ptarmigan hunting, Lindstrom was nevertheless a stalwart of Amundsen’s many expeditions, credited with helping his crewmates through their “polar nerves” with his tireless humour. The Norwegian team arrived at the geographical south pole on 14th December 1911 and, unlike the pursuing British team, who arrived on 17th January 1912, made it safely back to their ship. Professor Johnson helped pioneer the science of group dynamics from observing teams operating in the South Pole over more than four years, as well as researching the pioneering arctic expeditions. He is now contributing to a NASA project to incorporate his “class clown” insights into selection of a manned mission to reach the red planet at some point in the next 25 years. Astronauts on such a mission are likely to be away from Earth for at least three years. “These roles are informal, they emerge within the group, but the interesting thing is that if you have the right combination the group does very well” he said. “And if you don’t, the group does very badly.” The class clown theory is now being tested in a series of experiments whereby at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, where four-man teams are isolated for periods ranging from 30 to 120 days in a mock space environment. A parallel NASA project is also analysing transcripts of conversations aboard the International Space Station to gain better insights into ideal team dynamics. The agency has said it plans to send the first manned mission to Mars within the next 25 years. Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder, has said it will be possible to create a city on the planet with a million inhabitants within the next 50 years. However, a number of studies have predicted that with current technology the physical demands of a manned trip to Mars would be prohibitive. Professor Johnson said NASA’s next talk would be to come up with a set of tests capable of identifying the potential for applicant astronauts to use humour in high-stress situations. Professor Johnson added: “It’s pretty universal. It doesn’t matter whether you are Russian, Polish, Chinese, Indian. Group dynamics happen in very similar ways across all human groups. NASA is also looking at wearable sensors that keep track of social interactions and provide instant feedback when conflict happens. The research is being discussed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington DC.



02/15/2019 - 06:36 PM

 

Amazon's NYC Retreat Heralds New Era of Corporate Welfare Fights

Amazon's NYC Retreat Heralds New Era of Corporate Welfare FightsIn Wisconsin, Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn was backing away from promises it made in exchange for billions in incentives. Stoked by Amazon’s decision to turn its search for a new office hub into a nationwide reality show, a long-simmering backlash to corporate subsidies is coming to a boil. State legislators in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois and New York are targeting subsidies to individual companies.



02/15/2019 - 05:42 PM

 

Medicare May Start Covering Gene Immunotherapy Cancer Treatments

Medicare May Start Covering Gene Immunotherapy Cancer TreatmentsThe Center for Medicare and Medicare Services is proposing to cover new, expensive gene immunotherapy treatments for cancer...with some stipulations.



02/15/2019 - 05:40 PM

 

U.S.-China trade talks to resume next week, Trump hints at extension

U.S.-China trade talks to resume next week, Trump hints at extensionBoth the United States and China reported progress in five days of negotiations in Beijing this week. Trump, speaking at a White House news conference, said the United States was closer than ever before to "having a real trade deal" with China and said he would be "honored" to remove tariffs if an agreement can be reached. Much work remains, however," Sanders said about the Beijing talks.



02/15/2019 - 05:39 PM

 

Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgradeIt now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. Fitch said on Friday that the plan, which includes additional tax cuts, more government spending on the company and debt refinancing, would likely not be enough to prevent "continued deterioration" in Pemex's credit quality. The agency cited an ongoing "significant level of underinvestment" for Pemex.



02/15/2019 - 05:38 PM

 

The Creators of Proactiv Just Launched a New Adult Acne Line

The Creators of Proactiv Just Launched a New Adult Acne LineHere are all the details.



02/15/2019 - 05:09 PM

 

Uber Sues New York City Over Rule Limiting Number of Drivers

Uber Sues New York City Over Rule Limiting Number of DriversIn the suit filed Friday, Uber argues the city doesn’t have the evidence to prove that claim. The company also alleges that Mayor Bill de Blasio is treating the business unfairly. According to a copy of the complaint provided by Uber, the company said the mayor doesn’t intend to review ongoing congestion studies on their merits and instead has already committed to perpetually cap the number of drivers in the city.



02/15/2019 - 05:09 PM

 

The U.S. Navy’s Big Mistake—Building Tons of Aircraft Carriers

The U.S. Navy’s Big Mistake—Building Tons of Aircraft CarriersThe Pentagon behaves as if aircraft carriers will rule forever … they won’t.



02/15/2019 - 05:02 PM

 

Iran confirms second failed satellite launch: NBC News

Iran confirms second failed satellite launch: NBC NewsIran bid to launch a second satellite in the past two months has failed, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with NBC News published on Friday. Despite both failures, Zarif's confirmation is likely to raise tensions with the United States, which is concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to send satellites into space could also be used to launch warheads. A representative for the U.S. National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



02/15/2019 - 04:56 PM

 

Amazon places big bet on aspiring Tesla rival Rivian

Amazon places big bet on aspiring Tesla rival RivianThe deal represents a major endorsement of Rivian's electric vehicle technology by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon is hoping Rivian will assist it in its development of delivery vehicles that will bolster its logistics network, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing the confidential strategy. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Amazon and General Motors Co were in talks to invest in Rivian.



02/15/2019 - 04:42 PM

 

This New Acne-Fighting Treatment Is a Major Game Changer For Inflamed Skin

This New Acne-Fighting Treatment Is a Major Game Changer For Inflamed SkinEven with a surplus of over-the-counter products claiming to zap zits instantly, successfully dealing with acne is no easy feat. As a result, we’ve kept an eye on the beauty market for effective acne treatments for quite some time now, but even the most promising treatments we’ve seen tend to be harsh on those with sensitive skin, leaving a large percentage of acne-sufferers out of luck. You May Also Like: Those Black Dots on Your Nose Are Probably Not BlackheadsHowever, it ...



02/15/2019 - 04:34 PM

 

For Mild Flu Season, More Deaths Than Expected

For Mild Flu Season, More Deaths Than ExpectedThis flu season is a relatively mild one, but the viral illness is now widespread in the U.S. and medical appointments for flu are at their highest point so far this year. From the beginning of O...



02/15/2019 - 04:34 PM

 

For Mild Flu Season, More Deaths Than Expected

For Mild Flu Season, More Deaths Than ExpectedThis flu season is a relatively mild one, but the viral illness is now widespread in the U.S. and medical appointments for flu are at their highest point so far this year. From the beginning of O...



02/15/2019 - 04:34 PM

 

With climate change, sunny day flooding incur losses too

With climate change, sunny day flooding incur losses tooWith greater and greater frequency, the parking lot in the small historic port of Annapolis near Washington is flooded even on sunny days: water washes in, pushed by the force of ever higher tides. Researchers at Stanford University are using a novel method to estimate the cost, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, in hopes of raising awareness of the more mundane, everyday consequences of a warming climate. "So often we think of climate change and sea level rise as these huge ideas happening at a global scale, but high-tide flooding is one way to experience these changes in your daily life," said Miyuki Hino, a Stanford graduate student and co-author of the study.



02/15/2019 - 04:31 PM

 

Democrats Look To Declare National Emergency Over Climate Change, Not A ‘Fake Crisis’

Democrats Look To Declare National Emergency Over Climate Change, Not A ‘Fake Crisis’Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) swung back at President Donald Trump'sdeclaration of a national emergency on Friday over a border wall by announcingplans to introduce



02/15/2019 - 04:26 PM

 

Here’s how NASA is searching for all the missing mass in the Universe

Here’s how NASA is searching for all the missing mass in the UniverseCenturies of astronomical observation and technological advances have revealed a lot about the Universe we all call home, but it's also raised plenty of new questions. Researchers have crunched a lot of numbers to try to make sense of the Big Bang and the billions of years that followed, but something just isn't adding up.Put simply, calculations of the amount of mass that was blasted into space after the Big Bang suggest that there's a lot more matter out there somewhere that we haven't seen and can't detect. But why? That's something NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is doing its best to answer.As NASA explains in a new blog post, the missing matter may have lumped together into massive "strands" of gas that are strung about in intergalactic space. We'd never be able to see that gas with a visible light telescope, but Chandra's instruments may have begun to unravel that mystery. The work was published in the Astrophysical Journal.If the Universe's missing mass can be explained by vast ribbons of gas in deep space it would solve a lot of burning questions astronomers still have about the beginnings of the Universe.Recently, the X-ray telescope was used to examine what is believed to be evidence of these huge gas ribbons near a distant quasar. By examining specific wavelengths to isolate the signals coming from the gas and dim the overpowering energy of the quasar itself, the researchers say they spotted 17 possible strands of gas lying between Earth and the quasar some 3.5 billion light years away."We were thrilled that we were able to track down some of this missing matter" co-author Randall Smith said in a statement. "In the future we can apply this same method to other quasar data to confirm that this long-standing mystery has at last been cracked."



02/15/2019 - 04:22 PM

 

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alertWASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.



02/15/2019 - 04:18 PM

 

Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patientsNektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy, Opdivo, showed signs of tumor reduction in an early-stage study. Of the 27 patients with urothelial cancer, 19 percent showed complete response after being treated with the combo therapy using Nektar's NKTR-214, according to data, which was presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. The disease, which can infect any part of the urinary tract including the renal pelvis and the bladder, is the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States, the company said.



02/15/2019 - 03:26 PM

 

Mars looks dead, but don't count it out just yet

Mars looks dead, but don't count it out just yetMars' surface is a lifeless, unwelcoming desert. But beneath its red soil the planet still might be alive -- geologically.Big space news broke in 2018: Using a ground-penetrating radar aboard a Mars satellite, a group of scientists detected a thin 12-mile lake thousands of feet beneath the Martian south pole. Now, researchers have put forward a paper arguing that if there is indeed a sizable briny-lake underneath this ice cap, hot molten rock (magma) must have oozed up near the surface and melted the ice. Such underground volcanism would have happened in geologically recent time, perhaps a few hundred thousand years ago, or less. "You need a heat source," Ali Bramson, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona and a coauthor of the new paper, said in an interview. "What could cause that heat source?" Bramson asked. "The only thing we could really come up with is an underground magma chamber that had to be active recently."Mars' south pole.Image: nasaThe initial leading theory was that this lake contained ample quantities of salt. Salts lower the freezing point of water, allowing water molecules to stay liquid. This is pretty reasonable. "There is salt present all over Mars," Kirsten Siebach, a Mars geologist and assistant professor in the Rice University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, noted in an interview.But in the new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, Bramson and her team found that even ample amounts of salt wouldn't do the trick. "Salts alone are not enough to explain the liquid water," said Bramson. There needed to be heat, and one of the most plausible ideas is that Mars itself provided the internal furnace. SEE ALSO: Opportunity rover's last picture is as grim as it is darkThis raises a question of continued scientific intrigue: Is Mars -- an outwardly long-dead planet -- geologically alive? This is no small matter. It would mean there's magma (underground lava) moving around certain portions of its interior, and possibly sustaining other bodies of water."It would be unlikely, but not impossible," said Siebach, who had no role in the study."There is potential for Mars to be active in that way in some locations," Siebach added. But in this instance, the hot rock would need to ooze up in the vicinity of this ice sheet. The odds of all this happening aren't too high. "A lot of conditions would have to be just right for there to be liquid water," said Siebach.But if Mars does have heat -- or remnants of geologically recent heat some four or five miles beneath its surface -- planetary scientists will have a much clearer idea soon enough. In November, NASA's InSight spacecraft safely landed on Mars. The Martian probe will study the planet's interior and ultimately answer the looming extraterrestrial quandary: Is Mars alive or dead?"That's a big motivation for InSight," said Bramson.The InSight lander and its heat probe.Image: nasa"The question of present-day heat flow provides a window into not only current processes, but also Mars' earliest history," Sue Smrekar, NASA's deputy principal investigator for InSight, added over email. To answer the question, InSight will bore a hole nearly 16 feet into the Martian ground to probe the planet's temperature. It will measure heat at distances of up to 1,500 miles away, in locations that are suspected to have experienced volcanism within the last 10 million years, Smrekar said. While Mars may have been volcanically active a few hundreds thousand years ago, there is no direct, compelling evidence of such underground volcanism today. Between 2011 and 2014, scientists used sophisticated telescopes to detect volcanic gases leaking from different locations on the Martian surface. They found little of these telltale gases in the atmosphere. Mars' south pole.Image: nasa"The resulting absence of such atmospheric gases ruled out the presence of major outgassing on current-day Mars," Alain Khayat, a postdoctoral research associate at the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and lead author of that report, said over email. But, Khayat noted that Mars is home to long-lived volcanoes like Olympus Mons -- the largest volcano in the solar system -- which was likely active for two or three billion years. This long, rich volcanic history increases the odds of finding chambers of hot magma under the ground that could have melted ice beneath the Martian south pole, he said. Perhaps, then Mars was still alive in geologically recent time, and potentially even today, too. "The one thing we can guarantee when we send a new mission to Mars is we will be surprised," said Siebach. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



02/15/2019 - 03:20 PM

 

Musk-Like or Not, This 36-Year-Old CEO Has Amazon Riding Shotgun

Musk-Like or Not, This 36-Year-Old CEO Has Amazon Riding ShotgunOf course Scaringe, now 36, didn’t have a truck to show then. What he did have was something in common with Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, the chairman of a Saudi auto distributor who, like Scaringe, also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Scaringe showed up recommended by MIT contacts, and playing the alumni card worked. “It was a seminal point,” Scaringe said in an interview.



02/15/2019 - 03:10 PM

 

Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup testCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale.



02/15/2019 - 02:56 PM

 

Is an Outdoor Gear Subscription Worth It?

Is an Outdoor Gear Subscription Worth It?Cairn will deliver fun useful gear to your door at the start of each month.



02/15/2019 - 02:42 PM

 

Just About Everything You Need To Know About the 2020 Toyota Supra

Just About Everything You Need To Know About the 2020 Toyota SupraIt's the return of the almighty Supra, but this Japanese car has a German flair.



02/15/2019 - 02:30 PM

 

Honda Ridgeline Recalled for Carwash Sensitivity

Honda Ridgeline Recalled for Carwash SensitivityThe mid-size pickup truck's fuel pump could be damaged by carwash soap.



02/15/2019 - 02:23 PM

 

XPO Sinks as Analysts Link $600 Million Shortfall to Amazon

XPO Sinks as Analysts Link $600 Million Shortfall to AmazonWhile XPO didn’t identify the mystery client, Wall Street analysts and industry consultants said it was almost certainly Amazon.com Inc. The e-commerce giant has been building its own package-delivery business to reduce its dependence on third-party carriers and logistics companies. XPO’s largest customer cut back by two-thirds, Jacobs said, eliminating $600 million in sales for operations such as processing and transferring packages to the U.S. Postal Service.



02/15/2019 - 02:09 PM

 

Bone Health: Tips to Keep Your Bones Healthy

Bone Health: Tips to Keep Your Bones HealthyBone health—Find out what you can do to promote and protect bone health.



02/15/2019 - 02:00 PM

 

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delaysThe U.S. space agency has since had to rely on Russia's Roscosmos program to ferry astronauts to the orbital space station at a cost of roughly $80 million per seat, NASA has said. After 2019 there are no seats available on the spacecraft for U.S. crew, and a NASA advisory panel recommended on Friday that the U.S. space program develop a contingency plan to guarantee access to the station in case technical problems delay Boeing and SpaceX any further. A NASA spokesman on Friday characterized a solicitation request NASA filed on Wednesday as a contingency plan.



02/15/2019 - 02:00 PM

 

SoFi Plans New Lending Products and Move Into Stock Trading

SoFi Plans New Lending Products and Move Into Stock TradingThe move would generate more competition for other financial technology startups including Robinhood Financial LLC, Betterment LLC and Wealthfront Inc., which have been offering digital customers low-cost investing options for years. While the company didn’t disclose revenue figures for the quarter or the full year, SoFi’s volume of loans, its most lucrative offering, continued to decline, falling to $2.24 billion from $2.5 billion the prior quarter and $3 billion in the quarter before that. “As part of our SoFi Invest plans, we released an alpha version of our new brokerage platform, inviting employees and select members to buy and sell individual stocks and ETFs with the tap of a button,” Chief Executive Officer Anthony Noto wrote the letter, obtained by Bloomberg.



02/15/2019 - 01:58 PM

 

These Newfound Catfish Species Are Either the Ugliest Fish Ever or Super Adorable

These Newfound Catfish Species Are Either the Ugliest Fish Ever or Super AdorableWith tentacle-covered snouts, claw-like spines that protrude from their heads and bodies covered in armor, these newfound catfish look more mythical than real.Scientists just discovered six species of these creepy-cute fish, called bristlenose catfish (in the genus Ancistrus), in rivers of the Amazon, the researchers reported in the journal Zootaxa Wednesday (Feb. 12). [In Photos: The World's Largest Bony Fish]"They're warriors, they're fish superheroes," lead author Lesley de Souza, a conservation scientist and ichthyologist at Chicago's Field Museum, said in a statement.The tentacles are actually present only in males, and they function as a sort of "pick me, I'd be a good father" sign. Males also guard the nests and make sure predators don't snatch their babies."The idea is that when a female fish sees a male with these tentacles, to her, they look like eggs," de Souza said in the statement. "That signifies to her that he's a good father who's able to produce offspring and protect them." One of the newfound species, in fact, is named Ancistrus patronus, meaning "protector," in recognition of the care the males provide their offspring.De Souza and her team discovered the catfish in northeastern South America in parts of Venezuela, Colombia and Guyana, which make up a geographic region called the Guiana Shield, according to the statement. But like many other species the world over, the catfish face some threats to their survival.Ancistrus patronus or "protector" was one of six new species of bristlenose catfish discovered in the Amazon. Jonathan ArmbrusterThe creatures are very sensitive to even tiny changes in their environment. So, in some of the clear-water rivers and streams where they were once plentiful, they are now scarce, according to the statement. Threats to their health and numbers include large-scale agriculture, deforestation and gold mining -- the latter can both change the fishes' habitat and poison them with mercury.The demise or reduction in population of one species, of course, can affect others. Giant river otters, for example, eat these fish all the time, according to the statement. "All the layers of the Amazon basin are interconnected, from the rivers to the forest canopy," de Souza said. "Everything begins with naming a species and determining how many species you have. Once you have done the taxonomy, then you can study the ecology [and] behavior and do conservation action."Some of the other newfound species include A. yutajae, named for a pair of star-crossed lovers in an Amazonian legend; A. Saudades, meaning melancholy in Portuguese; and A. leoni, named after a deceased colleague of the researchers. * Photos: The Freakiest-Looking Fish * 11 Animals Named After US Presidents * Photos: Incredible New Species Discovered in 2016Originally published on Live Science.



02/15/2019 - 01:58 PM

 

Just One Night of Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

Just One Night of Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer's DiseaseScience is closing in on a potential way to spot Alzheimer's disease early enough to treat it before symptoms such as memory loss and confusion take over.



02/15/2019 - 01:48 PM

 

If You Want to Support a Sick Friend, Let Bradley Cooper Show You How It's Done

If You Want to Support a Sick Friend, Let Bradley Cooper Show You How It's DoneKen Jeong shared how Bradley Cooper supported him and his wife while she was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer.



02/15/2019 - 01:48 PM

 

Watch a Space Junk Harpoon Complete a Successful Test Shot

Watch a Space Junk Harpoon Complete a Successful Test ShotThe RemoveDEBRIS is proving to be a viable option for space debris.



02/15/2019 - 01:24 PM

 

Craviations Turns Aircraft Salvage into Luxury Furniture

Craviations Turns Aircraft Salvage into Luxury FurnitureRescuing 20th-century airplane parts from the junkyard and turning them into exclusive luxury furniture is fun for Craviations. In contrast to the repairing of aircraft, which must be conducted in adherence to strict industry standards, the designing of furniture allows for much more creativity. After all, a badly repaired aircraft can lead to death, but […]



02/15/2019 - 01:00 PM

 

 

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