Mexico's New Leader Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Rampant Crime

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders.
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The World's Smartest Plants, Atomic Clocks, and Whale Poop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s the final stretch of 2018, folks, and here at Gizmodo we’re still working hard to end this year with a bang. In the past week, we’ve covered everything from which plants are cleverer than others and NASA’s InSight lander to just how screwed up Robin Hood’s version of medieval history is and the annual White House…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Space, Science, Technology, Review, Video Games, Horror, White House, Time, Robin Hood, Christmas, Painting, History, Nasa, Malware

South Korea's President Says Trump Wants to Grant Kim Jong Un's Wishes

North Korea has sought security guarantees from the U.S.
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Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations’ annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global warming. Arriving for two weeks of talks on tackling climate change, conference participants cast off hats, scarves and heavy coats as […]
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Let's Try and Talk Through That Surreal Episode of Doctor Who

Tonight Doctor Who ventured to Norway and... well, a hell of a lot of other places, both literally and on an ideas level. Let’s try and parse it all out, shall we?Read more...
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Mexico's AMLO Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Rampant Crime

Use of the military is "indispensable" says President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado
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Mexico's New Leader Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Rampant Crime

Use of the military is "indispensable" says President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado
Tags: Science, Mexico, Army

Alphabet's DeepMind AI Algorithm Wins Protein-Folding Contest

The shape of proteins is important for understanding many biological processes, and a key step in finding molecules that may be useful in the creation of new medicines. It was the first time DeepMind, which is best known for beating the world’s top professional players at the strategy game Go, had entered software in the protein-folding competition, run by the Protein Structure Prediction Center, a body sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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Amazon's Experiment in Getting Rid of Cashiers Said to Expand to Larger Test Stores

E-commerce titan Amazon—not exactly known as a place that appreciates having to deal with human employees, and that in fact would seem to rather replace many of them with nightmarish robotic jellyfish—is reportedly expanding its tests of cashier-less stores to include larger retail environments, the Wall Street…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Labor, Whole Foods, Automation, Robots, Retail, E Commerce, Cashier Free Stores

Over 40 Percent of Worldwide Coal Plants Are Operating at a Loss, Study Says

As Donald Trump’s administration continues to try to make coal happen despite it being increasingly expensive and a serious tax on the environment, a new report claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s coal power plants are actually operating at a loss. It’s a figure that will only climb with increased…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Donald Trump, Worldwide Coal Plants

International Space Station likely to be temporarily abandoned if Russian rocket fails

On Monday, a Russian Soyuz rocket with three astronauts aboard will depart for the International Space Station in one of the most high-stakes launches in years. If the rocket does not reach the ISS as planned, the station is likely to be left temporarily abandoned by the end of the year. Monday’s flight will be the first time a manned Soyuz rocket attempts to launch into space since one failed in mid-air in October, forcing a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut to eject roughly 30 mile...
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The country where being a climate activist is a lonely job

Almost 80% of Poland's electricity is generated by coal. Patryk Bialas says it's time that changed.
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Earthquake doesn’t disrupt food, fuel supply to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted by the powerful earthquake that caused widespread damage to roads in the Anchorage area. “The ships are coming in on schedule, the supply lines are at this point uninterrupted,” […]
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Fuel supplies, schools hit on Week 3 of 'yellow vest' protests

Dozens of French "yellow vest" demonstrators blocked access to a major fuel depot and several highways on Monday on the third week of anti-government protests which led to major riots in Paris at the weekend. Around 50 people blocked the fuel depot in the port of Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseille, where police have repeatedly intervened to dislodge demonstrators since small-town and rural France erupted in protests over rising living costs on November 17. Traffic was also backed up on highways leadi...
Tags: Science, France, Marseille, Paris, Macron, Sète, Aix, Fos sur Mer, Provence Orange Montpellier Nimes

Meet the Submersible Nuclear Ramjet: Part Nuclear Bomber, Part Submarine (And Moving at Mach 4)

It could have killed millions--and served as the ultimate Cold War terror weapon.
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12 years after launch, New Horizons probe zeroes in on mysterious Ultima Thule

Act Two of the 12-year-old New Horizons mission to Pluto and the solar system’s icy Kuiper Belt is heating up, with less than a month to go before NASA’s piano-sized spacecraft makes history’s farthest-out close encounter with a celestial object. The New Year’s flyby of a mysterious Kuiper Belt object (or objects) known as Ultima Thule (UL-ti-ma THOO-lee) follows up on the mission’s first act, which hit a climax three years ago with a history-making flyby of Pluto. Launched in 2006, New Horizons...
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Goodbye to Hot Duck, Hello to Chill Duck

The hot duck has dominated the news cycle for far too long. Though his colorful down is undeniably alluring, he is too aware of his own hotness, much like how the boy who returned from summer camp hot turned into an ass once he understood his new power. Read more...
Tags: Science, Hot Duck, Ducks Of My Heart, Ducks Of The World, Chill Duck

The Creators of Into the Spider-Verse Talk the Importance of Miles Morales

Miles isn’t Peter Parker. And that simple fact is really, really essential. Read more...
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Climate activist: 'It's high time that Poland phased out coal'

Almost 80% of Poland's electricity is generated by burning coal. Patryk Bialas says its high time that changed.
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What George H.W. Bush's Life Can Teach America About Overcoming the Challenges It Faces Today

A remembrance from Richard Haass
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Document Reveals Definers Narrative Behind Facebook's George Soros Conspiracy Theory

Following reports that Facebook was involved with what amounted to a factually distorted smear campaign against philanthropist and Holocaust survivor George Soros, BuzzFeed News has obtained one of the documents used by the opposition research firm Definers Public Affairs to disseminate that narrative to reporters.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Definers Public Affairs, George Soros BuzzFeed News

These Villainous Character Art Mashups Will Bring Terror to Every Fictional Universe

What’s better than a good bad guy? Two good bad guys rolled into one. Two great tastes that taste evil together. Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science, Game Of Thrones, Darth Vader, Batman, Mr Freeze, Night King, Maleficient

GOP Lawmakers in Wisconsin Mount Lame-Duck Power Grab

If you want to see what Republican lawmakers really think about voters, look no further than their attempt to steal power from incoming Democrats in Wisconsin, while also trying to limit voters’ rights.Read more...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Democracy, Gop, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Gerrymandering, Republican, Tony Evers, Wisconsin Mount Lame Duck Power Grab

Popular scientist Tyson rejects misconduct allegations

Well-known author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday denied allegations by three women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades. Tyson, 60, who has built a successful career on television and in his books explaining and popularizing science, had remained largely silent as three different women lodged complaints dating as far back as 1984. In the first case, a woman alleged that Tyson drugged and raped her when both were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.
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Tribune Media May Sell Out to Rival Nexstar, Creating TV Station-Owning Behemoth

Earlier this year, broadcasting giant Sinclair—the media group that at its stations to parroting Donald Trump’s narrative on “fake news”—was stopped by regulators from acquiring rival Tribune Media Co. in a shady $3.9 billion deal that would have amounted to a wholesale takeover…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Television, Media, Fcc, Donald Trump, Tribune Media, Nexstar, Sinclair, Local TV, Broadcast TV, Tribune Media Co

Some Dark Web Marketplaces in the UK Are Reportedly Refusing to Let Users Sell Fentanyl

The UK’s National Crime Agency—which handles organized and transnational crime—claims that at least some of the dark web drug marketplaces operating throughout the nation have voluntarily banned fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that (along with other similar drugs) is associated with over 28,000 deaths…Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Technology, Crime, Medicine, Drugs, Dark Web, National Crime Agency, Opioids, Fentanyl, Opioid Crisis

Astronauts on new mission dismiss safety concerns after Soyuz accident

Astronauts of the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident in October on Sunday brushed aside concerns about Russia's Soyuz rocket, saying risks were part of the job. Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur in Kazakhstan aboard a Soviet-designed Soyuz on Monday.
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, Kazakhstan, International Space Station ISS, Canadian Space Agency, Oleg Kononenko, David Saint Jacques, Roscosmos Anne McClain

Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies experiment?

HONG KONG (AP) — Early last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology that had shaken the field to its core — an emerging tool for "editing" genes, the strings of DNA that form the blueprint of life.
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Act now or risk disaster, nations told at UN climate summit

After the starkest warnings yet of the catastrophic threat posed by climate change, nations gathered in Poland on Sunday to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming. The COP24 climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in the battle to rein in the effects of our heating planet. The smaller, poorer nations that will bare the devastating brunt of climate change are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement.
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un

Google's DeepMind predicts 3D shapes of proteins

AI program’s understanding of proteins could usher in new era of medical progressHaving laid waste to the Atari classics and reached superhuman performance in chess and the Chinese board game, Go, Google’s DeepMind outfit has turned its artificial intelligence on one of the toughest problems in science.The result, perhaps, was predictable. At an international conference in Cancun on Sunday, organisers announced that DeepMind’s latest AI program, AlphaFold, had beaten all-comers at a particularly...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Computing, Deepmind, Cancun, Artificial intelligence (AI

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