Chile's pine forests: a botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?

"It is difficult to say how old these pines are," says the 60-something Melinir, shivering in the cold. The forest is located in Araucaria province, in the Chilean Andes about 600 kilometers (375 miles) south of the capital Santiago.
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Lawyers for Detained Huawei Exec Insist She Won't Flee as Bail Decision Hangs in the Balance

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei (and daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei) detained by Canadian authorities for extradition to the U.S. this month on allegations she lied to financial institutions as part of a scheme to evade sanctions on Iran, will not learn whether she can…Read more...
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New House Science Committee Chair to Climate Scientists: We've Got Your Back Again

Change is in the air over at the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology. An oozing sump of climate change skepticism under the leadership of Texas Republican Lamar Smith, the committee is poised to be taken over by Democrats and led by Texas’s Eddie Bernice Johnson, a registered nurse and longtime champion…Read more...
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Huawei Judge Debates Apt Bail for Chinese Billionaire's Daughter

Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court voiced doubts that Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, could act as her "surety" -- that is, a type of guarantor or “community jailer" who would be responsible for ensuring she meets bail terms and who would lose a proposed C$15 million in cash and properties if she were to violate conditions. The judge adjourned the case until Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t give a decision until both sides better addressed "the necessity and/or strong desirab...
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Top Apple Suppliers Post Solid Sales as iPhone Concerns Persist

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. both posted a 5.6 percent rise in November sales, a solid figure given Apple suppliers around the globe have taken turns to cut back on output or revenue outlooks to reflect waning demand for the U.S. company’s most important product. While reflecting just 30 days of business, TSMC’s and Hon Hai’s performance comes in the middle of the year’s busiest quarter and may help balance the narrative that Apple’s latest line-up -...
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Netflix's Carmen Sandiego Reboot Has a New Premiere Date and Some Mysterious Teaser Images

It seems like it was forever ago when Netflix swooped in out of nowhere and dropped a piece of mysterious teaser art announcing its upcoming Carmen Sandiego reboot. Since then, there hasn’t been all that much revealed about the new series, but today, the studio announced a new release date and dropped a handful of…Read more...
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China, U.S. discuss next stage of trade talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke on Tuesday with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, exchanging views on pushing forward the next stage of trade talks, China's Commerce Ministry said. (Reporting by Ben Blanchardand Lusha Zhang; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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Pacific nations resist US push to lift tuna quota

Pacific island nations have vowed to oppose US efforts to increase its catch limit in the world's largest tuna fishery, saying the proposal does nothing to improve sustainable fishing. The United States is expected to try to increase its quota for bigeye tuna at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) taking place in Honolulu this week. It is mostly made up of small island nations but also includes so-called "distant-water nations" that come from as far afield...
Tags: Science, US, Taiwan, United States, Pacific, Honolulu, Europe China, United States South Korea Japan, Central Pacific Fisheries Commission WCPFC

Behind Uber and Lyft's Big U.S. IPOs Are Two Japanese Companies

The filings submitted by Uber and Lyft aren’t yet public, but people familiar with each business outlined the largest shareholders. The top holders of America’s main ride-hailing companies are both from Japan: SoftBank Group Corp. and Rakuten Inc., said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the information publicly. Matt Kallman, a spokesman for Uber, and Alexandra LaManna, a spokeswoman for Lyft, declined to comment.
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Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space, 42 Years After Its Launch

Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space, 42 Years After Its Launch
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Saudi, US snub of climate report unsettles UN talks

The refusal of the United States and Saudi Arabia to embrace a landmark environmental report has unsettled UN talks to breathe life back into the Paris climate pact, negotiators and observers said Monday. It may also signal more direct involvement of Donald Trump's White House, they said, in the nitty-gritty of the troubled negotiations, which depend on painstaking consensus building. A US side event Monday promoting coal, gas and nuclear energy, led by special advisor to the president Preston...
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Judge in Huawei Hearing Not Satisfied With Meng Bail Conditions

Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court voiced doubts that Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, could act as her surety if she were released on bail. Crown attorney John Gibb-Carsley said the prosecution “always had a concern” about Liu acting as a surety because of his lack of connection to Canada and Vancouver. Earlier, Meng’s lawyer had said her husband would post bail equal to C$15 million ($11 million) in cash and equity in the couple’s homes in Vancouver to gain her release...
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Nice Job, Idiots

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer met with Donald Trump today to discuss whether or not the latter would make good on his promise to shut down the government if he doesn’t get money for his border wall and... they fucked it up. Wow. Guess we have to take this back.Read more...
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Equifax Breach Was Just as Infuriating and Dumb as You Thought, New House Report Finds

House Republicans spent 14 months investigating the 2017 Equifax breach only to reach the same conclusions that virtually everyone else with a brain did in the immediate aftermath of the company’s disclosure. The breach was “entirely preventable,” lawmakers found, and the credit reporting agency’s shit management did…Read more...
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iPhone Ban in China May Push Apple, Qualcomm Toward Settlement

A decision on Monday by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court made the two-year dispute over complex smartphone patents very real for Apple investors and analysts. The court issued an injunction against the sale of several iPhone models. Apple called it a "desperate move" and said the company intends to fight.
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Snowden Adds Voice to Calls for Google to Stay Out of China

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists are among the organizations and individuals who signed the letter, which asks Google to promise it won’t create a search engine for China that contributes to censorship and political repression in the country. “Facilitating Chinese authorities’ access to personal data, as described in media reports, would be particularly reckless,” the letter’s authors write.
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The Writer of Birds of Prey and Batgirl Told Us Her DC Origin Story

Batman is the entry point into DC for lots of people. However, screenwriter Christina Hodson also credits another superhero: Margot Robbie.Read more...
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Images start to stream in from new crop of satellites after two launch extravaganzas

More than 100 payloads have been put into orbit over the past couple of weeks, including 64 satellites riding a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and 31 satellites that were launched by an Indian PSLV rocket. Some of those satellites are already beaming back pictures of our planet. For example, Planet has shared images from both of the SkySat high-resolution imaging satellites that served as the lead payloads for Seattle-based Spaceflight’s dedicated rideshare launch on the Falcon 9. That mission, known as...
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Apple and Qualcomm Slap-Fight Continues with ‘Ban’ on iPhone Sales in China

The legal tug of war between Apple and Qualcomm continued this week with what at first may have seemed like a rare win for the chip giant in a Chinese court.Read more...
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Amoeba From Tap Water In Neti Pot Tied To Fatal Brain Infection In Seattle Woman

A fatal brain infection reportedly took the life a Seattle woman who doctors
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Huawei Arrest Shocks Chinese Executives, Haier CEO Zhang Says

“What we worry about is, you can’t without reason impede a business person’s legitimate rights, even personal safety,” Zhang said in an interview in Qingdao on Monday. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was detained Dec. 1 in Canada at the request of the U.S. on charges that she conspired to defraud banks so that they cleared millions of dollars in transactions linked to Iran, in violation of American sanctions.
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NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules - part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life - embedded in the asteroid's rocky surface. The probe, on a mission to return samples from the asteroid to Earth for study, was launched in 2016. Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Eart...
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Tsunami clues

Scientists are getting closer to understanding the damaging tsunami that struck Sulawesi in September.
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NASA's first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought.
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The Root It’s Official: The President Is an Idiot and This Tweet Is The ‘Smocking’ Gun | Deadspin It

The Root It’s Official: The President Is an Idiot and This Tweet Is The ‘Smocking’ Gun | Deadspin  | Jezebel The Jezebel Thirsty 30 | Splinter BERNIE DON’T RUN | The A.V. Club Here’s how they wrote Danny Masterson out of The Ranch |Read more...
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Google CEO Backs Privacy Law, Denies Bias in Remarks to Congress

"I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way," Pichai said, according to the transcript released on Monday. "As an American company, we cherish the values and freedoms that have allowed us to grow and serve so many users," Pichai said.
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A County Extension Agent Is an Amazing Resource Your Never Knew You Had

County Extension Agents are a country-wide resource who can help you with almost anything.
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New study reveals simple ways to avoid weight gain this holiday season

New UK research has revealed some simple tips to help prevent weight gain over the festive period, including regular weighing and being aware of how much activity is needed to burn off those extra Christmas calories. Carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, the new trial study recruited 272 adults with an average age of 44 and within a range of different wei...
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NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has already detected evidence of water on its target, the asteroid Bennu, just a week after arriving.Read more...
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NASA Black Marble Images Reveal How Long It's Taken Puerto Rico to Recover From Maria

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Maria ran roughshod over Puerto Rico, but the island is still struggling to escape from under its long shadow.Read more...
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