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Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culprits

Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culpritsKATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.



12/12/2018 - 02:49 AM

 

Pressure builds on Yemen's warring parties as peace talks focus on port

Pressure builds on Yemen's warring parties as peace talks focus on portUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to attend final talks in Sweden on Thursday to support his envoy's efforts and meet delegates from the Iran-aligned Houthi group and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Ambassadors from countries that are permanent members of the Security Council - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States - joined talks with delegation heads on Tuesday, sources said. Western nations, some of which supply arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, want an end to nearly four years of war that have killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine.



12/12/2018 - 02:24 AM

 

After quakes and flooding, Japan picks 'disaster' as 2018 symbol

After quakes and flooding, Japan picks 'disaster' as 2018 symbolJapan on Wednesday selected the Chinese character for "disaster" as its "defining symbol" for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms. "Many people experienced the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes, heavy rain, typhoons and heatwaves," the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, which organises the event, said in a press release.



12/12/2018 - 01:56 AM

 

UBS Prepares Cloud Move to Secret Microsoft Data Centers

UBS Prepares Cloud Move to Secret Microsoft Data CentersSwitzerland’s largest bank may begin to store data at Microsoft’s purpose-built facilities near Zurich and Geneva as soon as next year, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. It would be a big win for Microsoft over rivals Google and Amazon.com Inc. after the company gambled on building facilities in Switzerland.



12/12/2018 - 01:54 AM

 

Red gold: Afghanistan saffron production grows

Red gold: Afghanistan saffron production growsStarting before dawn has even broken, Afghanistan's army of saffron pickers shift their way across sun-baked fields to pluck brightly the coloured crocuses that are providing the country's farmers with a new means of income. Joma Khan is one of the 156,000 seasonal workers who help harvest the spice, earning about $1 an hour. "We start our field work before sunrise and each of us can collect about four to five kilograms of saffron flower," the 16-year-old said.



12/12/2018 - 12:41 AM

 

Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Bomb Threat; Staff Safe

Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Bomb Threat; Staff SafeA bomb threat unit searched a building in the 200 block of Jefferson Drive of Menlo Park, police said in a statement. “Late this afternoon, we received a bomb threat and took swift action to evacuate several buildings at our Menlo Park campus.



12/12/2018 - 12:16 AM

 

Wildfires in Sweden Signal Europe's Climate Disaster Is Growing

Wildfires in Sweden Signal Europe's Climate Disaster Is GrowingThe incident is one of dozens highlighting the cost of a rapidly changing climate across Europe. From German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp AG to British food retailer Greggs Plc, companies are warning that unexpected fluctuations in the weather events are hurting production and sales.“The weather has been changing for years,” said Arvonen, who is chief executive officer of the company based in Solna just north of Stockholm.



12/12/2018 - 12:00 AM

 

Tencent Music Sets $1.1 Billion IPO at Bottom as Markets Gyrate

Tencent Music Sets $1.1 Billion IPO at Bottom as Markets GyrateChina’s largest music-streaming service, which is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd., and current holders sold 82 million American depositary shares at $13 apiece, according to a statement. Tencent Music opted to price lower after initially guiding fund managers that orders were coming in around the midpoint of the marketed range. Tencent Music will debut at a valuation of about $21.3 billion, falling short of the $23.3 billion of Spotify Technology SA, the Swedish peer that’s also an investor in the Chinese company.



12/11/2018 - 11:54 PM

 

PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probeThe Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced late on Tuesday that a man who was severely burned while trying to put out the fire that engulfed his car had died from his injuries.



12/11/2018 - 11:31 PM

 

Virgin Galactic gets set for SpaceShipTwo flights that aim for space — but how high?

Virgin Galactic gets set for SpaceShipTwo flights that aim for space — but how high?Virgin Galactic says it’s beginning a series of SpaceShipTwo test flights that could cross the edge of the space frontier as early as Thursday — amid a debate over where exactly that edge kicks in. The company has been flight-testing its VSS Unity rocket plane for more than two years, with its most recent rocket-powered flight rising to a height of 32 miles (52 kilometers) in July. The plan for the next stage of testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port was laid out in a statement issued today. “During this phase of the flight program we will be… Read More



12/11/2018 - 11:30 PM

 

Weeding out foreigners: strains over Thailand's legalization of marijuana

Weeding out foreigners: strains over Thailand's legalization of marijuanaWith parliament set to approve the legislation as early as next month, Thai businesses and activists have raised concerns that a raft of patent requests filed by foreign firms could allow them to dominate the market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. "Granting these patents is scary because it blocks innovation and stops other businesses and researchers from doing anything related with cannabis," said Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, an activist with Highlands Network, a cannabis legalization advocacy group in Thailand. Opposition to foreign firms has threatened to stall the legalization process, with researchers and civic networks threatening to sue the government if the patents are granted, according to media.



12/11/2018 - 11:29 PM

 

Notable deaths in 2018

Notable deaths in 2018Paris (AFP) - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:



12/11/2018 - 11:24 PM

 

SoftBank Vision Fund, Alibaba Lead $1.1 Billion Tokopedia Round

SoftBank Vision Fund, Alibaba Lead $1.1 Billion Tokopedia RoundSoftBank Ventures Korea and other existing backers joined the round, Tokopedia said in a statement without detailing its valuation. The funding, which Bloomberg first reported last month, underscores the Jakarta-based company’s ambition to broaden its business by investing in logistics, fulfillment, payments and financial services.



12/11/2018 - 10:00 PM

 

Huawei CFO Gains Bail in Canada as U.S. Seeks Extradition

Huawei CFO Gains Bail in Canada as U.S. Seeks ExtraditionJustice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court agreed to release Meng on the condition she post bail of C$10 million ($7.5 million), including at least C$7 million in cash, and submit five people who would act as “sureties” -- guarantors to ensure she complies with the bail terms who would lose the cash or other assets they put up if she were to flee. Meng broke into tears and wiped her eyes upon the announcement from the judge.



12/11/2018 - 08:42 PM

 

Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space stationUsing knives and shears, a pair of Russian spacewalkers Tuesday cut samples of material around a mysterious hole in a Soyuz spacecraft docked on the International Space Station that a Moscow official suggested could have been deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos space agency said the aim was to discover whether the "small but dangerous" hole had been made on Earth or in space. The two-millimetre cavity on the Soyuz spaceship docked at the ISS caused an air leak detected in August, two months after the craft's last voyage.



12/11/2018 - 08:40 PM

 

Russian spacewalkers carve away at Soyuz spaceship to inspect plugged hole

Russian spacewalkers carve away at Soyuz spaceship to inspect plugged holeDuring an extraordinary spacewalk, two Russian cosmonauts used sharp objects today to cut away layers of protective insulation on a Soyuz capsule and take samples of sealant plugging up a mysterious drill hole. The hole, measuring just a tenth of an inch wide, was the source of an alarming air leak detected on the International Space Station in August. Soon after discovering the breach, the station’s crew managed to plug the hole in the Soyuz’s habitation module with epoxy and gauze, and the Soyuz has since been judged safe for next week’s return trip to Earth. Three returning spacefliers will… Read More



12/11/2018 - 08:20 PM

 

People Are Already Dying By The Thousands Because We Ignored Earlier Climate Change Warnings

People Are Already Dying By The Thousands Because We Ignored Earlier Climate Change WarningsWhy are we not looking to experience to convince ourselves as a people and as



12/11/2018 - 08:20 PM

 

The U.S. Air Force Could Fall Behind Russia and China by 2025

The U.S. Air Force Could Fall Behind Russia and China by 2025The Air Force has laid out a detailed request to grow the service from 312 operational squadrons up to 386.



12/11/2018 - 08:14 PM

 

Protestors mock Trump official promoting fossil fuels at climate conference

Protestors mock Trump official promoting fossil fuels at climate conferenceAt a UN climate summit in Poland, a Trump administration representative spoke in front of a room about the value of expanding fossil fuel production. Wells Griffith is the senior director for energy at the National Security Council. At the panel, Mr Griffith talked about the value of economic growth and harvesting coal in the United States.



12/11/2018 - 08:11 PM

 

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, placesWASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.



12/11/2018 - 07:39 PM

 

The NIH Is MRI-ing Kid's Brains While They Instagram to Study the Effects of Screen Time

The NIH Is MRI-ing Kid's Brains While They Instagram to Study the Effects of Screen TimeThe NIH Is MRI-ing Kid's Brains While They Instagram to Study the Effects of Screen Time



12/11/2018 - 07:35 PM

 

Joe Manchin Named To Key Senate Energy Post Despite Opposition From Left

Joe Manchin Named To Key Senate Energy Post Despite Opposition From LeftSen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will be the new top Democrat on the chamber's



12/11/2018 - 07:33 PM

 

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leakCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.



12/11/2018 - 07:06 PM

 

Google's Digital Dragnet Is Exposed in Congressional Hearing

Google's Digital Dragnet Is Exposed in Congressional Hearing(Bloomberg) -- Midway through Tuesday’s congressional hearing on Google, Representative Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, held up his iPhone. He asked Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai what would happen if Poe walked over to the Democrats sitting across the aisle.



12/11/2018 - 07:04 PM

 

U.S. Planning Actions Targeting Chinese Hackers, Spies, Sources Say

U.S. Planning Actions Targeting Chinese Hackers, Spies, Sources SayThe Justice Department is set to indict a number of alleged hackers it believes work for Chinese intelligence agencies and attacked U.S. technology companies, according to the people. The Justice Department had planned to make one or more announcements related to Chinese espionage, including the indictments, but the plans have been put on hold, according to one of the people. Some of the expected actions include declassifying some U.S. intelligence concerning Chinese espionage activities, according to one of the people.



12/11/2018 - 07:02 PM

 

2000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god found in Roman settlement 

2000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god found in Roman settlement A rare 2,000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god has been discovered in a Roman settlement in Cambridgeshire showing how the continental invaders allowed the ancient British beliefs to continue during their occupation. The two inch metal charm, dating from the second century AD, depicts a faceless individual, holding a ‘torc’ or neck ring, and is thought to represent ‘Cernunnos’, the Celtic god of nature, life and the underworld. It was found by archaeologists in farmland at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate in a field which is to be turned into a car park. The site was once a rural settlement dating from the Late Iron Age to the Early Roman period, between (100BC to 150AD), lying near the major Roman road of Ermine Street, which ran from London to Lincoln and York on the current route of the A1. Similar images have been found in stone but never in metal Credit: National Trust Images, James Fairbairn, Oxford Archaeology East Similar figures of Cernunnos have been found carved in stone, but it is the first metal version to be discovered in Britain and shows strong links between the ancient people of Britain and the Roman legionnaires. Stephen Macaulay, Deputy Regional Manager at Oxford Archaeology East, which carried out the excavation, said: “The face of the figurine has been rubbed away, but we see similar figures of Cernunnos, so it’s like finding a worn version of Jesus on a crucifix, it’s the shape you expect to see.   “He was an important God to the Celts, but this shows how accepting the Romans were of other religions, they often just merged the Gods with their own. The Romans really ran their empire like the British did, they would conquer and then reinstate the people who had already been in charge. “The Wimpole story is interesting as it gives us a snapshot of local people living alongside the legionnaires as they travelled up and down the country along Ermine Street.” Around 300 metal objects have been uncovered during the dig include coins, cosmetic implements, horse harness fittings, Roman military uniform fittings, a spearhead, an axe head, key handles, brooches, a ring as well as scrap lead and a number of iron nails and other utilitarian objects. A coin depicting Marc Antony was also discovered  Credit:  National Trust Images, James Fairbairn, Oxford Archaeology Eas The finds from Wimpole are being cleaned, catalogued and analysed and will form the basis of future exhibitions at Wimpole. Speaking about the figurine, Shannon Hogan, National Trust Archaeologist for the East of England, said: “This is an incredibly exciting discovery, which to me represents more than just the deity, Cernunnos. “It almost seems like the enigmatic ‘face’ of the people living in the landscape some 2,000 years ago. “The artefact is Roman in origin but symbolises a Celtic deity and therefore exemplifies the continuation of indigenous religious and cultural symbolism in Romanised societies.”



12/11/2018 - 07:01 PM

 

Age of the chicken: why the Anthropocene will be geologically egg-ceptional

Age of the chicken: why the Anthropocene will be geologically egg-ceptionalThe age of man will not be defined by space flight, medical innovation or the rise of the internet but instead by the humble chicken, according to scientists. Broiler chickens are now so ubiquitous on the planet that their bones will be written into the fossil record as a delineating species marking out the Anthropocene - the proposed new period in which humans started to have a lasting impact on the planet dating from around the 1950s. Previous epochs, such as the Pleistocene, Jurassic or Devonian have been defined by animals such as dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and ancient armoured fish called placoderms. But there are now 21 billion chickens living worldwide, and 62 billion are consumed each year, creating a combined mass three times that of all other birds on Earth combined. And unlike most other birds or animals, their bones frequently end up in landfill, which provides a perfect environment for fossilisation, according to researchers at the University of Leicester. Writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Dr Carys Bennett, said: “Bird carcasses in the wild are scavenger, and decay prone, and so do not commonly fossilize. “Chicken bones, by contrast, are often sold intact within products for human consumption, such as chicken wings, drumsticks and whole birds, and the discarded bones form a common component of ordinary landfill sites as part of domestic garbage. “The low skeletal density of chicken bones would normally mitigate against long-term preservation potential. “However, organic materials are often well preserved within landfill deposits, where anaerobic conditions mean that bones do not so much degrade as mummify.” Defining an era: the animals behind the ages Dr Bennett said the abundance of just one kind of bird is ‘unprecedented in Earth’s history.’ And the animals also make a good marker, the authors argue, because they have changed dramatically through domestication. Breeding, diet and farming practices have caused body size to double since the late medieval period and there has been an up to five-fold increase in body mass since the mid twentieth century, when the 1948 ‘Chicken of Tomorrow’ contest in the US encouraged farmers to create a bird with the breast more like a turkey. Until then birds were pretty scrawny, but competition entrants were asked to breed ‘one bird chunky enough for the whole family - a chicken with breast meat so thick you can carve it into steaks, costing less instead of more.’ The competition created a revolution in chicken welfare, and such huge change has affected the skeleton, genetics and bone chemistry of chickens making them easy to identify from their bones, compared to their ancestors. “Given this global distribution, together with its huge population size and distinctive biology, genetics and bone geochemistry, the broiler chicken may be viewed as a key species indicator of the proposed Anthropocene Epoch,” added Dr Bennett.  



12/11/2018 - 07:01 PM

 

Men at risk of prostate cancer could be spared needless surgery 

Men at risk of prostate cancer could be spared needless surgery Men at risk of prostate cancer will be spared needless biopsies and surgery under new guidance for the NHS. Instead, those with suspected disease will be asked to undergo MRI scans, which could allow one quarter of cases to be given the all-clear without further tests. Research suggests that the technique could be twice as effective at spotting the most deadly tumours, ensuring treatment is better targeted, boosting survival. The new guidance also says men whose disease is classed as “low risk” should be given clear options about whether to undergo surgery, radiotherapy or remain under active surveillance” - otherwise known as “watchful waiting”. In such situations, men should be given detailed information about the risks and benefits of treatments which can cause incontinence and erectile dysfunction, it says. Every year, around 100,000 men with suspected prostate cancer undergo biopsies in an attempt to detect the disease. Now the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has said MRI scans should be offered as the “first line investigation” for all those with suspected localised prostate cancer. Research suggests that as a result, around 28 per cent of such cases could be spared gruelling and invasive biopsies. For the remainder, the combination of MRI with biopsy was far more likely to lead to detection of the most invasive cancers. Research in the Lancet last year found that among those with cancer, the new technique picked up 93 per cent of aggressive cases, compared with 48 per cent caught by traditional biopsy. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 47,000 cases annually, leading to 11,000 deaths. But it is notoriously difficult to diagnose, as many possible symptoms - such as needing to urinate more frequently at night - become more common among men with age. GPs use examinations and blood tests which check prostate-specific antigens to check for heightened risk of disease, but these too can be unreliable indicators. And some cases of prostate disease grow very slowly, meaning many men end up being treated for cancer which would never have killed them. Actor Ben Stiller has spoken about his experiences with prostate cancer  Credit: Joel Ryan  Experts said the technique could save thousands of men from needless treatment, as well as sparing them from biopsies which can be painful and lead to urinary problems and infections. Scanning the patient first meant that medics were able to target any resulting biopsy on particular areas of concern. Paul Chrisp, director for the NICE Centre for guidelines said: “This diagnostic pathway will hopefully improve survival, reduce unnecessary surgery and benefit both patients and the NHS in the long term.” Heather Blake, from Prostate Cancer UK said the charity’s own research found just 50 per cent of men with suspected disease were being offered the MRI checks. She urged the NHS to hasten the rollout of the technique. “Now that NICE has endorsed this breakthrough diagnostic technique as being both clinically and cost-effective there should be no further delay in making sure all men can benefit from the increased accuracy of diagnosis it can provide,” she said.   “We’re also pleased to see that active surveillance has been recognised as having equal survival benefit as surgery and radiotherapy for men with low risk localised prostate cancer, which should give more men confidence to avoid or delay these more radical treatments and their potential side effects,” she said.  



12/11/2018 - 07:01 PM

 

Cosmonauts brought a knife to a spacewalk

Cosmonauts brought a knife to a spacewalkLet's be honest, spacewalks, as a whole, can be pretty boring to watch.  Yes, it's one of the most dangerous things an astronaut or cosmonaut can do in space: floating out into the void with just a relatively thin spacesuit to protect them. But at the end of the day, these spacewalks usually amount to some pretty tedious tasks performed in the name of routine maintenance on the International Space Station. However, this week, things got a little more interesting. On Tuesday, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev ventured outside of the station to perform a little rocket surgery.  The cosmonauts headed out on the spacewalk to inspect a Soyuz capsule — used by the astronauts and cosmonauts to fly to and from the space station — to make sure it was well-fixed after an earlier repair.  Sounds pretty easy right? Wrong. At various times Kononenko and Prokopyev had to use what looked like garden shears and knives to actually cut through the tough insulation on the outside of the Soyuz.  It looked pretty dang dramatic.  STABBY STAB pic.twitter.com/DUvpumTvNF — Loren Grush (@lorengrush) December 11, 2018 All that cutting and chopping — which is pretty intense considering the only thing protecting the crewmembers from the vacuum of space was a pressurized suit — created a whole bunch of debris.  NASA expects that this won't be a problem, however, and most of it should fall harmlessly through the Earth's atmosphere, burning up in the process, in the next few days. The cosmonauts were so focused on their tasks that they all but refused to take even a 2 minute break as they were working in tough conditions for more than 7 hours. Mission control repeatedly asking the cosmonauts to take a break, even for a few minutes. Nearly five hours into the spacewalk now — Marina Koren (@marinakoren) December 11, 2018 While the spacewalk made for some entertaining NASA TV, it was all in the name of safety.  Russia felt that the cosmonauts needed to cut through the tough insulation on the Soyuz to figure out more about what caused the air leak before the ship brings a crew back home to Earth on December 19.  The actual leak was discovered in August when mission managers noticed a dip in pressure on the station that was traced to the Soyuz, NASA said.  Crewmembers patched the leak and since then, pressure hasn't been a problem on the station.  Kononenko and Prokopyev took photos and inspected the problem part of the Soyuz, so hopefully now mission managers will have enough information to get to the bottom of what actually caused the craft to spring a leak. Initially, managers thought that the Soyuz could have been hit by a meteor, but further inspection caused some speculation that a drilling mishap on the ground could have punched the hole. Hopefully this spacewalk will get to the bottom of exactly what happened. WATCH: Take a look at the first space suit that let Americans walk in space



12/11/2018 - 06:51 PM

 

NOAA’s 2018 Arctic Report Card: Climate Change Effects Go Far Beyond Ice and Polar Bears

NOAA’s 2018 Arctic Report Card: Climate Change Effects Go Far Beyond Ice and Polar BearsNOAA’s 2018 Arctic Report Card: Climate Change Effects Go Far Beyond Ice and Polar Bears



12/11/2018 - 06:35 PM

 

NASA's Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

NASA's Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic armCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm.



12/11/2018 - 06:26 PM

 

UN science panel chief calls for more action to curb warming

UN science panel chief calls for more action to curb warmingKATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The world needs to "do more and faster" to prevent global warming on a scale that would cause irreversible environmental damage and hit poor societies hard, the head of the U.N.'s top science panel on climate change said Tuesday.



12/11/2018 - 05:59 PM

 

China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks

China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talksWASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China has agreed to cut tariffs on U.S.-built cars and auto parts to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday, setting the stage for a new talks aimed at easing the bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies. China's plan was communicated during a phone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday morning Beijing time, the official said. Meanwhile, U.S.-China tensions over the Canadian arrest of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] appeared to rise, as Canada confirmed that one of its citizens had been detained in China.



12/11/2018 - 05:53 PM

 

Russian cosmonauts take samples on sixth hour of spacewalk to crack mystery

Russian cosmonauts take samples on sixth hour of spacewalk to crack mysteryTwo Russian cosmonauts have taken samples of their capsule's exterior in the sixth hour of a spacewalk seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the craft docked at the International Space Station, a live broadcast by Russian space agency Roscosmos showed early on Wednesday. Roscosmos has ruled out a manufacturing defect causing the 2 mm-wide hole found in August on the Russian Soyuz capsule, but NASA has sought to dampen speculation of sabotage. Officials said the crew - three U.S. astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one German - were never in danger.



12/11/2018 - 05:47 PM

 

Siemens to shut Texas turbines service facility, dismiss workers

Siemens to shut Texas turbines service facility, dismiss workersHOUSTON (Reuters) - German engineering firm Siemens plans to dismiss about 200 workers at a gas turbines parts and components service center in Houston, Texas, next year due to weaker global demand, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.



12/11/2018 - 05:44 PM

 

Many older adults don't take prescribed antidepressants

Many older adults don't take prescribed antidepressantsWhile people with severe and chronic mental illness may see a psychiatrist for medications, many patients with depression may not see a mental health professional and instead get care from a primary care provider. The new study findings are drawn from data on roughly 1,500 people who were at least 60 years old and diagnosed with depression in 2012 by primary care providers. Overall, about 14 percent of the patients with depression who were prescribed antidepressants failed to start taking the drugs within two weeks, researchers report in Family Practice.



12/11/2018 - 05:39 PM

 

What Is Herpes and How Do I Know if I Have It?

What Is Herpes and How Do I Know if I Have It?Everything you need to know about this ~mysterious~ STD.



12/11/2018 - 05:38 PM

 

Climate Change Could Pummel Alaskan Infrastructure

Climate Change Could Pummel Alaskan InfrastructureA new study shows millions will be affected.



12/11/2018 - 05:24 PM

 

Sorry, But The Keto Diet Might Give You A Really Funky Rash

Sorry, But The Keto Diet Might Give You A Really Funky RashHonestly, isn't the keto flu enough?



12/11/2018 - 05:08 PM

 

A Former Power Plant Was Converted Into A Modern Home Full Of Impeccable Design

A Former Power Plant Was Converted Into A Modern Home Full Of Impeccable DesignThe transformation is shocking.



12/11/2018 - 05:03 PM

 

The Real Reason You Never Hear About Heart Cancer

The Real Reason You Never Hear About Heart CancerYes, this form of cancer does exist, but it's exceedingly rare. Doctors reveal why heart cancer just isn't as common as other types of cancer.



12/11/2018 - 04:57 PM

 

U.N. proposes Yemen's warring parties pull out of key port: sources

U.N. proposes Yemen's warring parties pull out of key port: sourcesIt was not clear if the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government would accept the proposal made at peace talks in Sweden that aim to avert a full-scale assault on Hodeidah, now a focus of the nearly four-year-old war. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres will attend the closing of the talks on Thursday to meet with both delegations and support his Yemen special envoy's efforts, a U.N. spokesman said. After the two sides agreed to exchange around 15,000 prisoners, the consultations revolve around thornier issues such as the status of Hodeidah and the reopening of Sanaa airport.



12/11/2018 - 04:49 PM

 

Trump administration rolls back clean water protections

Trump administration rolls back clean water protectionsThe US government on Tuesday unveiled a plan to roll back clean water rules protecting the nation's waterways and wetlands, fulfilling a pledge from President Donald Trump to farmers and supporters who view environmental regulations as too strict. The proposed changes to the Clean Water Act would "remove and replace" rules set by the administration of Barack Obama in 2015, which was widely praised by environmental protection activists. Trump had previously called the Obama-era regulation "horrible" and said it impeded economic development in rural areas -- an issue that was important to his electoral base.



12/11/2018 - 04:42 PM

 

Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Find the Cause of a Mysterious ISS Leak

Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Find the Cause of a Mysterious ISS LeakThe small hole was found in late August, and now two cosmonauts are leaving the ISS to find answers on the outside.



12/11/2018 - 04:34 PM

 

Global stocks choppy on political sparring, oil climbs

Global stocks choppy on political sparring, oil climbsEuropean shares closed higher, in part from a boost in auto shares, and Wall Street opened on a strong note after a report that China is moving to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, which market participants viewed as a sign China is ready to make concessions on trade. "The key drivers of today's volatility are the political and geopolitical headlines," said Carol Schleif, deputy chief investment officer at Abbot Downing in Minneapolis.



12/11/2018 - 04:26 PM

 

Only 700 Amazon Workers are Coming to Long Island City in 2019

Only 700 Amazon Workers are Coming to Long Island City in 2019The online retailer will hire only about 700 people next year at its new Long Island City location at One Court Square, growing to about 3,000 in 2020, according to documents released Tuesday by New York City. The documents include New York’s pitch to the Seattle-based tech giant to attract 50,000 good-paying corporate jobs to the metropolitan area, as well as a memorandum of understanding about the project in Long Island City. Amazon announced last month that it had split its new office project in half, with 25,000 jobs going to Queens and 25,000 going to the Washington, D.C. suburbs within 15 years.



12/11/2018 - 04:24 PM

 

As the Last Zumwalt-Class Vessel Launches, the Stealth Destroyer's Fate Remains Deeply Uncertain

As the Last Zumwalt-Class Vessel Launches, the Stealth Destroyer's Fate Remains Deeply UncertainThe Navy still hasn’t said what it’s going to do about the fact that it can't afford the ammo for the boats' fancy guns.



12/11/2018 - 04:23 PM

 

Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testing

Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testingEnvironmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national environmental policy, according the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, against U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service.



12/11/2018 - 03:56 PM

 

What to Do If You Think You Have Endometriosis

What to Do If You Think You Have EndometriosisThe first thing gynecologists want you to know is that period pain isn't normal.



12/11/2018 - 03:56 PM

 

The Arctic's Oldest Ice Is Almost Gone. Here's Why That Could Be So Catastrophic.

The Arctic's Oldest Ice Is Almost Gone. Here's Why That Could Be So Catastrophic.About 95 percent of the Arctic's multiyear ice has melted since 1985.



12/11/2018 - 03:49 PM

 

 

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