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Papua New Guinea PM formally resigns after weeks of political chaos

O'Neill was met with applause when he announced to parliament in Port Moresby that he had delivered his resignation to Governor-General Bob Dadae on Wednesday morning. Parliament adjourned until 10 a.m. on Thursday (midnight GMT Wednesday) soon after O'Neill finished speaking. Analysts say the political turbulence could delay resource projects on the drawing board and major energy companies involved in PNG, including Total SA and ExxonMobil Corp, are watching closely.
Tags: Science, Parliament, Papua New Guinea, Neill, PNG, Port Moresby, O Neill, ExxonMobil Corp, Total SA, Bob Dadae


Merkel team talks climate as voters turn up heat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "climate cabinet" meets Wednesday to discuss combatting global warming as her government struggles to convince voters it is willing and able to address the crisis. Strong gains by the Greens at the expense of Germany's two ruling parties in Sunday's European Parliament elections were seen as an indictment of Berlin's policy on climate change. Young voters in particular -- energised by the Fridays for Future school strikes, anti-coal protests and blockades, and...
Tags: Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Merkel, Greens, European Parliament


Softbank’s Son Gives $83 Million Payday to Recruit Top Talent

While Son’s own salary remains modest by global standards, his company paid a total of 9.1 billion yen ($83 million) in compensation to six lieutenants, according documents released Wednesday for a shareholder meeting June 19. In the latest example, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive Katsunori Sago, 51, earned 982 million yen after becoming executive vice president and chief strategy officer in June 2018. The CEO of Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest brokerage, made 405 million yen i...
Tags: Japan, Science, Softbank, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Nomura Holdings Inc, Katsunori Sago, Recruit Top Talent


Six Softbank Execs Earning $83 Million Are Among Japan's Best Paid

While Son’s own salary remains modest by global standards, his company paid a total of 9.1 billion yen ($83 million) in compensation to six lieutenants, according documents released Wednesday for a shareholder meeting June 19. In the latest example, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive Katsunori Sago, 51, earned 982 million yen after becoming executive vice president and chief strategy officer in June 2018. The CEO of Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest brokerage, made 405 million yen i...
Tags: Japan, Science, Softbank, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Nomura Holdings Inc, Katsunori Sago


Pokemon Plans Detective Pikachu Sequel for Switch, Sleep Device

The Detective Pikachu title aims to cash in on the popularity of the eponymous movie released this month. The game could further boost demand for the Switch, although Pokemon did not announce a release date. The new Pokemon Go Plus + device will sync with Pokemon Go and is aimed at helping people develop healthy sleep habits and turning sleep into entertainment, Pokemon Chief Executive Officer Tsunekazu Ishihara said at the event.
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Political chaos results in fall of Papua New Guinea PM

O'Neill was met with applause when he announced to parliament in Port Moresby that he had delivered his resignation to Governor-General Bob Dadae on Wednesday morning. It was not immediately clear whether O'Neill's government could survive. "It's very open-ended now," said Paul Barker, executive director of the Institute of National Affairs, a Port Moresby-based think tank.
Tags: Science, Papua New Guinea, Neill, Port Moresby, Paul Barker, Bob Dadae, Institute of National Affairs a Port Moresby


Argentine activists try again with new bill to legalize abortion

The new measure is essentially the same as last year's legislation but adds safeguards for all women seeking an abortion, regardless of sexual identity, while removing certain legal requirements that could slow judicial approval for an abortion.
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6 months later, gene-edited babies stir new interest, debate

Six months after a Chinese scientist was widely scorned for helping to make the world’s first gene-edited babies, he remains out of public view, and new information suggests that others may be interested in pursuing the same kind of work outside the United States. A fertility clinic in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai […]
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4 Tips for Coping When Your Child Has Food Allergies

A clinical social worker who has a child with food allergies offers four tips for coping when your child has food allergies.
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Papua New Guinea PM formally resigns amid political turmoil

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has formally resigned, he said on Wednesday. "At 9.35 a.m. this morning I delivered to his excellency...the governor-general, my letter of resignation," he said in parliament at Port Moresby, the capital. O'Neill had promised to resign on Sunday after a string of defections from his government plunged his leadership in to question last week and cost him his parliamentary majority. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editin...
Tags: Science, Sydney, Papua New Guinea, Reuters, Neill, Peter O Neill, Port Moresby, Tom Westbrook


SpaceX satellites pose new headache for astronomers

It looked like a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster: an astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly-lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe. The launch was tracked around the world and it soon became clear that the satellites were visible to the naked eye: a new headache for researchers who already have to find workarounds to deal with objects cluttering their images of deep space. "People were makin...
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Research Says That Working Less Could Actually Help Save the Planet

I mean, if you insist.
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Australia’s New Encryption Law Is Forcing Tech Companies To Help With Surveillance

We still don’t know the full impact of Australia’s big, bad encryption law.Read more...
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Overweight teen boys have higher risk of heart muscle damage as adults

After a median follow-up of 27 years, 4,477 men developed a disease called cardiomyopathy that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the body. This can lead to heart failure. Compared to men whose weight was right in the middle of a healthy range in adolescence, men who had a healthy weight that was slightly higher during their teen years were 38 percent more likely to develop cardiomyopathy, the study found.
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Payback Time: How China Could Retaliate for U.S. Huawei Ban

U.S. companies counting on China for a major part of their growth have targets on their backs as Beijing and Washington ratchet up trade-war tensions. President Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese maker of smartphones, while also threatening bans on other Chinese technology companies, could open the door to retaliation against U.S. brands from hotels to sportswear to even Captain America. State media last week said China is “well armed to deliver counterpu...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, Donald Trump, Huawei Technologies Co, Captain America State, Huawei Ban


Inside the Apple Team That Decides Which Apps Get on iPhones

Phillip Shoemaker, who ran app reviews from 2009 to 2016, made the comments in the latest episode of Bloomberg’s Decrypted podcast ahead of Apple’s annual developers conference in early June. Before a developer can sell an app on the App Store, it must be approved by Apple’s app review team.
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Emails show Trump EPA overruled career staff on Wisconsin air pollution

Politically appointed U.S. environmental officials last year overruled concerns of career scientists about air pollution in a Wisconsin county where U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed for a factory to be built by Foxconn Technology Co, newly released internal emails show. Trump has been a supporter of the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn building a flat screen factory in Racine County Wisconsin, a project the company said could create up to 13,000 jobs. Former Wisconsin governor Scott Wa...
Tags: Science, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Trump, Foxconn Technology Co, Trump EPA, Racine County Wisconsin


Man Restoring a Classic Synthesizer Goes On a 9-Hour Acid Trip After Accidentally Touching LSD-Covered Knob

There are plenty of wild rumors, mythologies, and eyebrow-raising stories from the long history of music, including claims that parts of synthesizers designed by electronic music pioneer Don Buchla had been dipped in LSD. But as engineer Eliot Curtis recently discovered, those claims might actually hold some truth.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Electronics, Drugs, Instruments, Lsd, Synthesizers, Don Buchla, Eliot Curtis


WHO counts down Africa polio clock despite fears of new outbreak

Africa's last case of wild polio was recorded in Nigeria in August 2016. The country can now begin the months of paperwork needed before declaring that the virus is no longer circulating there, WHO Africa Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti told Reuters. There is no cure for polio, which attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours of infection.
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, Reuters, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa Regional


These Tornadoes Left Ohio Communities Looking Like a War Zone

Few things in this world are as terrifying as tornadoes. The wrath of Mother Nature just shooting from above in a whirlwind of destructive winds and debris is nothing to underestimate. Read more...
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NASA just released a hype video for a Moon mission that probably won’t happen

NASA has planned on returning to the Moon for some time now, hashing out plans for its Lunar Gateway which will eventually serve as a jumping-off point for travelers headed to the Moon's surface. Then, back in March, the current presidential administration decided it wanted NASA to complete a return to the Moon as soon as possible, offering a mere five years to complete the task.The request was, to put it bluntly, absurd. NASA doesn't have the funding to pull it off, and even if it did i...
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Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian Nails the ‘Scan-Xiety’ of Life After Cancer Treatment

Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian explains how he feels "scan-xiety" since his testicular cancer diagnosis. You might relate if you have had cancer.
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Sudan's opposition observes first day of strike, military says communication not suspended

Sudan's alliance of opposition and protest groups held a general strike on Tuesday as tensions mounted with the country's military rulers over the transition to democracy. Most staff in the medical sector, electricity offices and at the central bank as well as commercial banks observed the strike but other sectors were only partially affected.
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The Trump admin really, really doesn’t want you to see this climate science

The same scientific agencies that rocketed Neil Armstrong to the moon and forecast the landfall of hurricanes that pummel the U.S. coast also expect dramatic changes to Earth's climate this century, should humanity continue to heat the planet.  But the Trump administration no longer wants many federal scientists to consider longer-term consequences of saturating the atmosphere with the potent heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide, now likely at its highest level in millions of years. As The New...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Nasa, Earth, Green, New York Times, National Security Council, Times, Neil Armstrong, Trump, Michael Mann, U S Geological Survey USGS, Rutgers University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Department of Interior


The Planets, episode 1, review: Brian Cox's idiot-proof science makes this a handy primer to our galactic neighbours

Everything is relative. I believe a physicist once even came up with a theory in this area. Relativity was the unspoken subject in The Planets (BBC Two), in part one of which Brian Cox supplied a potted biography of our (relatively) near neighbours. The universe, he said, has been around for 46 billion years, but Earth for only four billion of those. So we are, relatively speaking, galactic newbies. I put that in my pipe and smoked it as Cox proceeded to explain a thing or two about Mercury, Ven...
Tags: Science, Matt Damon, Earth, Bbc, Brian Cox, Mars, Saturn, Martin Johnson, Lanzarote, Cox, Venus Mercury


Trump's Likes: Steam-Powered Catapults, Coal and Telephones

The president made that known again Tuesday, reiterating his preference for steam-powered catapults on new aircraft carriers instead of the next-generation electromagnetic system. It’s the latest instance of Trump shunning new technology in favor of the tried and tested. “He hasn’t usually picked crazy targets for his wrath,” said Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.
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After Destroying Brick and Mortars, Amazon Reportedly Planning to Cut Ties With Thousands of Small Vendors

Amazon has long touted its relationships with the small businesses who sell on its platform as helping them “reach hundreds of millions of customers around the world.” But Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the e-commerce giant is about to cease bulk ordering for “thousands of mostly smaller suppliers,” which could…Read more...
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What Will My Baby Look Like? Science Provides Some Clues

Winston Churchill is always a good guess.
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Former 'Biggest Loser' Star Daniel Wright Died of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia—Here's What That Means

This form of leukemia is estimated to strike almost 6,000 people this year.
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Netflix Comes Out Against Georgia's Anti-Abortion Law, Other Studios Still Silent

The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale may be a month away, but it already feels like it’s making headlines. More states have passed and signed legislation that makes it hard for women to get safe and legal abortions—including in Georgia, which has become a key state for the film industry. How are media companies…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Amc, Disney, Georgia, Netflix, Abortion, Health Care, Warner Bros, Hulu, Abortion Rights