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Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are a breeding pair […]
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Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — A climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months. Broecker brought “global […]
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Flying 1,300 mph on airplanes would be great. But future aviation has other plans.

In the year 2044, our cities might be energized by fusion power plants, our sleek cars may all run on electricity, and our doctors might regularly employ gene-editing to cure blindness.  But our airplanes will probably still fly at the same speeds they did half a century ago: between 550 and 600 mph.  Supersonic flight — which is to say speeds that exceed the speed of sound (768 mph) and can dramatically slash flight times — died out for civilians in 2003 with the retirement of the narrowly-shap...
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TSMC's Not-New Management Presents New Challenges for Investors

TSMC was quite open about the issue in a statement late Friday. For the full-year, operating margin will be cut by 0.2 percentage points -- which I estimate to be around $70 million, based on its previous revenue guidance. Just five months prior, another supplier mishap brought some TSMC production lines to a halt when new equipment came replete with an installation of the WannaCry virus.
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Presidents' Day Survey: Who Is The Greenest President?

The results of our annual survey are often surprising.
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Facebook's Chief A.I. Scientist Yann LeCun On the Future of Computer Chips, Lawnmowers, and Deep Learning

Facebook's Chief A.I. Scientist Yann LeCun On the Future of Computer Chips, Lawnmowers, and Deep Learning
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What It's Really Like to Live with Gout

Lex Leonard has had pain in her feet for over 40 years. She never dreamed it could be a symptom of gout, a complex form of arthritis.
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Pfizer's Forgotten Cancer Pill Is About to Become Its Next Blockbuster

A drug that disappointed in 2018 will get an unexpected dance at the big ball.
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Major Chinese University Launches Blockchain Research Center


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Odey Says Regulator's Wirecard Short Ban Paves Way for Lawsuits

In an interview Monday, Odey said he’s now more excited about taking BaFin to court than his wagers on the Aschheim, Bavaria-based company. BaFin prohibited investors from taking new short positions in Wirecard or increasing existing ones through April 18 after the shares were whipsawed over the last month following a series of reports in the Financial Times alleging fraud at the payment company’s Singapore unit. “It’s a very dangerous thing that they have chosen to do over the weekend,” Odey ...
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Report: More Than 300 Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, With Pro-Assad Forces Responsible for 98 Percent

Well over 300 chemical weapons attacks have occurred during the nearly eight years-long Syrian civil war, with President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its allies accounting for the vast majority of them, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing new research by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI).Read more...
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China Plan to Integrate Hong Kong, Macau Skirts Tough Questions

China’s long-awaited plan to create a high-tech megalopolis on its southern coastline rivaling California’s Silicon Valley generated optimism among Hong Kong’s business community even as key details remain unclear. The blueprint for the Greater Bay Area linking China’s southern coastal cities with Hong Kong and Macau, a signature policy of President Xi Jinping first articulated in 2017, boosted stocks after it was published late Monday. It said the government would turn the area into a leading...
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Oil slips from 2019 high as economy worries weigh

Oil fell from its 2019 high of almost $67 a barrel on Tuesday as concerns about the progress of U.S.-China trade talks and slowing economic growth countered lower supplies. Brent crude slipped 64 cents to $65.86 a barrel by 1435 GMT, having reached a 2019 high of $66.83 on Monday. U.S. crude was down 26 cents at $55.33.
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Huawei CEO Says U.S. Just Isn't That Important, Pinky-Swears Not to Spy on 5G Network

Amid a firestorm of legal and political salvoes fired at Huawei by the U.S. government, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei insisted this week that “there’s no way the U.S. can crush us” while denying that his company will give China’s government backdoor access to its next-generation 5G network.Read more...
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Intercept Comes in First With Liver Drug, But Race Isn’t Over

The New York-based drugmaker announced Tuesday that its medicine Ocaliva is the first to succeed in a final stage trial for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a liver disease that many drugmakers are targeting for potentially lucrative treatments. The drug may be the only available treatment for NASH for more than a year if it wins FDA approval. Intercept’s drug has side effects, and NASH is shaping up to be an especially tricky market.
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Oil lingers around 2019 highs but demand worries weigh

Brent crude slipped 32 cents to $66.18 a barrel by 12:04 p.m. EST (1704) GMT, after earlier hitting $66.65, close to its 2019 high of $66.83 reached on Monday. U.S. crude was up 41 cents to $56.00 a barrel, maintaining its high for the year. A fresh round of talks aimed at resolving the trade dispute between the United States and China were scheduled to start on Tuesday in Washington, with higher-level discussions planned for later in the week.
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Smokers less likely to survive a dangerous form of skin cancer

New UK research has found that patients with melanoma -- one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer -- may be less likely to survive if they also have a long history of smoking. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, showed that there was an association between smoking and a patient's chance of survival from melanoma.
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How Therapists Are Dealing With Anxiety Around Global Warming

In the 2017 film "First Reformed," a character is racked with worry overglobal warming advocates not bringing a baby into the world because of climatechange
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Humans Crossed the Bering Land Bridge to People the Americas. Here’s What It Looked Like 18,000 Years Ago.

During the last ice age, people journeyed across the ancient land bridge connecting Asia to North America. That land is now submerged underwater, but a newly created digital map reveals how the landscape likely appeared about 18,000 years ago.In fact, the map shows all of Beringia -- the sprawling region that includes parts of Russia, known as western Beringia; Alaska, called eastern Beringia; and the ancient land bridge that connected the two.The timing was nigh for a new Beringia map, said Jef...
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Merck Gets Priority Review for Keytruda Combo in Kidney Cancer

Merck's (MRK) sBLA looking for approval of Keytruda plus Pfizer's Inlyta for the first-line treatment of the most common type of kidney cancer gets FDA's priority review.
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Report: Karl Lagerfeld had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

The fashion world is mourning the loss of an icon this morning
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NASA captures best look yet at China’s lunar lander hanging out on the Moon

China started the year off strong by landing a lunar probe on the Moon's surface and deploying a tiny rover to do a bit of exploring. The country's space agency is the first to land such machines on the far side of the Moon that we Earthlings never get to see with our own eyes.NASA recently published images captured from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showing the lander as a tiny pale dot against a sea of gray. It was a cool shot, but now we have an even better one, and it shows both t...
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Here's Why Great White Sharks Are Natural-Born Superheroes

For a multitude of reasons, great white sharks should be considered nature's ocean-dwelling superheroes -- they're big and strong, live long lives, can heal their wounds remarkably fast, and it's even likely that they rarely get cancer. But how is it possible that these ancient giants have so many superhero-like traits? Scientists have now taken a major step toward answering that question by decoding the entire genome of the great white shark.An international team of researchers led ...
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The Biggest Supermoon of the Year is Happening Tonight – Here’s How to Watch

Your kids will love it.
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China Unveils Plan to Tie Hong Kong, Macau Closer to Mainland

The plan, issued by Xinhua News Agency late Monday, said the government will seek to turn the area into a leading global innovation hub, boost infrastructure connectivity between cities, strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an international center of finance, shipping and trade as well as the center for the offshore yuan business. The Greater Bay Area is challenged by diverging social, legal and customs systems, which have impeded the free flow of resources, according to the outline plan text.
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The Best Space Heater Of 2019, According To Consumer Reports

Keeping a house ― or even a room ― warm in the depth of winter has itschallenges
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This Company Is Japan’s Top Contender for Global Internet Domination

“We are there, every time people choose to do things,” said Masumi Minegishi, Recruit’s 55-year-old chief executive officer. As the biggest internet companies compete for world domination with apps that track consumers and use artificial intelligence to crunch data and provide tailored services, Recruit is Japan’s leading contender. “Recruit was an internet pioneer, starting their first website in the same month that Yahoo launched in 1995” said Sandra Sucher, a Harvard Business School profess...
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Opportunity Rover, New Gmail Features, and Death Speeds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Space enthusiasts collectively mourned this week with the death of Opportunity, the Martian rover that chugged along making important scientific discoveries for far, far longer than it was expected to explore the Red Planet. In case you missed it, Gizmodo wrote about the incredible distance traveled by Opportunity…Read more...
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Cybersecurity Powerhouse Israel Is Ripe for Election Meddling

While Israeli engineers develop some of the world’s most sought-after online protection, the government has yet to come up with a coordinated defense to shield the April 9 vote against fake news and other malicious meddling. According to the Israel Democracy Institute research center, responsibility for protecting the vote is divided among at least nine entities. Non-governmental players are stepping into the breach, and volunteers say they’ve already uncovered hundreds of fake accounts with l...
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Trump warns Venezuela military they are risking their lives and future

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who are helping President Nicolas Maduro to stay in power that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting Maduro, "you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything.” He said h...
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