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First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit says it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon. Officials from SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told reporters Monday that the landing craft, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis, will ship in February to Florida, […]
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Is boycotting palm oil really the best thing to do?

The palm oil situation is bad, but some people argue that it would be worse if replaced by other vegetable oils.
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Japanese electronics firms look to re-engineer their design mojo

Many at Panasonic were puzzled. "Someone said the office full of people wearing this would look weird," said Kang Hwayoung, another member of the 10-person design team. The project is among a range of efforts in the Japanese electronics industry to reinvigorate industrial design.
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Oil steady but oversupply, economic growth weigh

Oil prices steadied on Monday after slipping by around 2 percent last week, but remained under pressure from oversupply and concern over the prospects for global economic growth and fuel demand. Brent crude oil was unchanged at $60.28 per barrel by 0845 GMT. Both benchmarks fell more than 25 percent through October and November as a supply glut inflated global inventories but have stabilized over the last three weeks, trading within fairly narrow ranges as oil producers have promised to cut ...
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This World War I Footage Was Smoothed and Colorized. And it’s Amazing.

Director Peter Jackson painstakingly restored archival footage for the new movie, They Shall Not Grow Old
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Indian regulator says Reuters report on J&J baby powder 'under consideration'

A spokeswoman for the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) told Reuters it was too early to say if a formal investigation would be launched into the baby powder that is ubiquitous in many Indian homes, a potential market of 1.3 billion people. K. Bangarurajan, a senior official at the CDSCO, told Reuters powder samples were tested earlier but nothing wrong was found in them. "The samples were found to be complying with Indian standards." A J&J spokesperson in India said it had ...
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SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled for lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said. SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed. SpaceX dropped the suit in 2015 after the Air Force ...
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An Underwater 'Ghost Fleet' of Shipwrecks Is On the Move, and Here's Why

Nearly 200 military shipwrecks — dating as far back as the Revolutionary War and including ships from the Civil War and both World War I and World War II — were deliberately sunk over centuries, in an area of the Potomac River called Mallows Bay, in Maryland. Over time, this so-called ghost fleet of wooden ships has come to serve as habitat for local wildlife. But is this artificial ecosystem stable?
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MIT invented a way to build nano-scale versions of larger objects

In science fiction, "shrink rays" are the easiest way to turn a large object into something much, much smaller, but here in reality things aren't that simple. Creating so-called "nano-scale" versions of objects is a difficult task that researchers at MIT aimed to make a bit easier, and the result is a new system that allows scientists to effectively shrink three-dimensional structures to one thousandth their original size. In creating this new system, MIT professor Edward Boyden and his stu...
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SpaceX halts U.S. satellite launch for national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), but was stopped minutes before takeoff. "This abort was triggered by the onboard Falcon 9 flight computer," a SpaceX official narrating the launch sequence said without providing additional details. If the mission is successful it will mark a victory for Musk, a billio...
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Report: SpaceX raising $500M to get Starlink satellite service off the ground

SpaceX is set to raise $500 million in new investment to boost the development of its Starlink internet satellite service, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The funding round sets the California-based space company’s valuation at $30.5 billion, the Journal quoted unnamed sources as saying. One source familiar with the terms of the round told the Journal that SpaceX and investors have agreed on the financing terms, but the money hasn’t yet been sent to the company. The investors are said to...
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Bombs Away: How Air Force B-2 Bombers Are Getting Ready for a Nuclear War

As in some important tests. 
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New cervical cancer test to 'revolutionise screening' after proving to be four times as effective as a smear check, study finds 

A new test for cervical cancer that could "revolutionise screening" has been found to outperform current UK tests at a reduced cost, according to a study. The "epigenetics-based" test detected 100% of the cancers that developed in 15,744 women in a screening trial led by Queen Mary University of London. It performed "significantly better" than the Pap smear or human papillomavirus (HPV) test, and the study's authors believe it would be cheaper if fully rolled out. The Pap smear detected one...
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One in four U.S. parents unprepared for holiday hangover

The nationally representative survey, which included responses from 1,170 parents with at least one child up to age nine, also found that three in 10 parents said they knew of an adult who may have caused an unsafe situation for their child due to alcohol consumption at a holiday celebration. The message for parents is "enjoy the holidays, but you need to make arrangements to fulfill your parenting responsibilities," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's National Poll on Chi...
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Put Alexa In Every Room With These $20 Echo Dots

Compared to its predecessor, the newest Amazon Echo Dot looks nicer, sounds better, and today at least, is even cheaper. This $20 deal from Daily Steals (via Facebook) is actually less than Amazon was selling these for on Black Friday, and you even get free shipping.Read more...
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The Best and Worst Television Moments of 2018

Every year we think there couldn’t be any more television, and again we are surprised. Before we reveal our best and worst shows of the year (those’ll come in a separate list), we want to take some time to honor the unique moments that made TV great, interesting, or baffling—and sometimes a bit unpleasant. Get ready…Read more...
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Google's Feature for Predicting Flight Delays Actually Sounds Useful Now

Flying during the holidays is typically frustrating at best, and even worse if you’re traveling to or from anywhere that snows. So to help alleviate a tiny bit of stress, Google is adding its flight delay predictions feature to the Google Assistant.Read more...
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Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane

It looks ridiculous, but it's an aerospace legend.
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Automakers denounce 'unrealistic' EU emissions targets

German and other European automakers warned Tuesday that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers. European Union countries and the European Parliament agreed in principle on Monday to require new cars in 2030 to emit 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 while van emissions will have to drop 31 percent. Ambassadors from EU countries a...
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Miss the Black Friday Deal on Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones? You're in Luck

Bose’s wireless QuietComfort 35 headphones set the standard for all other brands to follow when it comes to noise-cancelling technology. And right now you can get a pair for $300.Read more...
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5 things you should know during a Red Flag Warning

Many people live in a high fire area, so knowing what to do and what not to do when conditions are ideal for a wildfire could be live-saving.
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The Air Force’s Next Fighter Jet Could Be Astronomically Expensive

And you thought the F-35 was expensive.
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Serious kidney injury common during cancer chemotherapy

The study involved roughly 163,000 patients who started chemotherapy or targeted therapies for a new cancer diagnosis in Ontario from 2007 to 2014. Overall, 10,880 were hospitalized with serious kidney damage or for dialysis. This translated into a cumulative acute kidney injury rate of 9.3 percent, the study found.
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Christmas travel outlook: Storms to threaten delays and flooding in eastern, northwestern US

Storms with the greatest potential to disrupt travel will focus on the East and the Northwest in the days leading up to Christmas.
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Astronomers Just Discovered 'Farout,' the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

A team of astronomers has discovered the most extreme trans-Neptunian object in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Dubbed “Farout,” the object is more than 120 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. Excitingly, given preliminary estimates about its size, it could actually be a dwarf planet—but it’s still too…Read more...
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The Dark Realities Women Face Driving for Uber and Lyft

Pagliocco has only been driving for about half a year, yet of the thousand or so rides that she's driven for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., she says a few hundred of those have led to inappropriate advances or uncomfortable encounters.
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White Christmas 2018 forecast: Who has the best shot at snow?

Following far-reaching snowstorms from November and early December, a lack of Arctic air will generally limit the chances of a white Christmas to the northern tier states and the mountains of the West for Dec. 25, 2018.
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Upgrade Your Home Theater With This $480 Samsung TV

This 55" TV from Samsung offers all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a mid-tier TV under $700, including 4K UHD resolution, HDR, and internet connectivity. And today, both Walmart and Amazon have it marked down to $478, the lowest price we’ve seen from either retailer. Read more...
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Save $75 On Anker's Feature-Packed True-Wireless Earbuds

Anker’s most impressive entry in the true wireless headphone market is on sale for the lowest price we’ve ever seen, by a longshot.Read more...
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Dutch to ban raw ivory sales from 2019

The Netherlands said Monday it will ban all raw ivory sales from next year, as it unveiled the results of a major operation to combat trafficking in endangered animals and plants. Currently Dutch law permits the sale of raw ivory such as elephant tusks with an EU certificate, provided it entered the country between 1947 and 1990. "From March 1 2019... the sale of raw ivory from and in The Netherlands will no longer be possible," Dutch Agriculture and Nature Affairs Minister Carola Schouten sai...
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