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Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics

Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source. Stories on social media of giant seas of floating waste or a beached whale found in Indonesia with six kilos (13 pounds) of plastic in its stomach are bringing plastic pollution into the spotlight. "There is no question plastic is having a moment," said George Leonar...
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Why the Stealth F-35B Could Truly Be a Game-Changer

The impact on the world’s military balance from a global force of nearly forty large naval combatants deploying hundreds of F-35Bs cannot be overestimated
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Magneto Gets a Gleaming New Figure, and More of the Shiniest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all things collectible. This week, we’ve got a very goopy Venom, Magneto takes center stage, and the power of Asgard itself compels you to...tenderize your meat? Ooh err. Anyway, check it out!Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Star Wars, Toys, Science, Marvel, Monopoly, Figures, Sideshow Collectibles, Thinkgeek, Death Star, Hasbro, Thor, Board Games, Action Figures, Kenner, Tiffany Co


Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota

If local headlines are to be believed, not much happens in Shakopee. But on Friday evening, this placid town of 40,000 on the outskirts of Minnesota’s Twin Cities became the epicenter of the fight for humane working conditions at one of the world’s most valuable companies.Read more...
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Benicio del Toro is Swiper in the Dora The Explorer movie

Making the move from “He’ll flip ya; he’ll flip ya for real” to “Swiper, no swiping,” THR confirmed today that Benicio del Toro, of all people, has signed on for a starring role in James Bobin’s Dora The Explorer movie. Fresh off murdering the shit out of a whole bunch of people in the latest Sicario film, del Toro…Read more...
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Cloudflare Under Fire for Allegedly Providing DDoS Protection for Terrorist Websites

At a moment when free speech online and moderation policies are more controversial than ever, Cloudflare is facing accusations that it’s providing cybersecurity protection for at least seven terrorist organizations—a situation that some legal experts say could put it in legal jeopardy.Read more...
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U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text

Countries are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and which comes into force in 2020. Talks in Katowice, Poland, under way since Dec. 2, have been clouded by political divisions. Before the talks started, many expected that the deal would fall short of the detailed plan scientists have said is needed to limit global warming to well below a 2 degree-Ce...
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Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit

Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations to hammer out a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts. A senior negotiator told AFP at the COP24 summit in Poland that delegates from nearly 200 nations had reached a "landing zone" of agreement. Delegates at the UN summit, held this year in the Polish mining city of Katowice, must agree on a common rule book to put the pledges nations made in the landmark ...
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Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. "Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. In November archeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than...
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Trouble Ahead for Space Force

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is not currently a supporter of President Trump’s plan to create a Space Force as an independent branch of the U.S. military. “It wasn’t on my list because I don’t think we need it,” Inhofe told reporters earlier this week. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), who will chair the House Armed Services Committee starting in January, is also no fan of the proposed service.
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Pokémon Go Maker Is Seeking a $3.9 Billion Valuation

The San Francisco-based company is planning to raise at least $200 million in a round led by venture capital firm IVP, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Samsung Electronics Co. and AXiomatic Gaming LLC are also expected to invest. A spokesman for Niantic declined to comment.
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4 Great Ways To Chill With CBD Oil

Each of these products is available for an additional 15 percent off for a limited time.
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Flu shots tied to lower risk of premature death with heart failure

Researchers followed more than 134,000 patients with heart failure between 2003 and 2015, with half the patients staying in the study for at least 3.7 years. Overall, getting at least one flu shot was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of premature death from all causes and from cardiovascular problems in particular. "We also found that annual vaccination frequency and vaccination early in the season were associated with greater reductions in the risk of death," lead study author Daniel ...
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A Passing Comet Will Be Visible to the Naked Eye This Weekend

The year’s brightest comet will make its closest approach with Earth over the weekend—and, if you’re in the right spot, you should be able to see it without a telescope.Read more...
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Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming. The talks in Poland were supposed to end Friday, but Michal Kurtyka, a senior Polish official chairing the negotiations, told delegates to resume talks on a revised draft text at 4 a.m. Saturday (0300 GMT). "Polish Presidency informs that a preliminary version of th...
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Richard Branson Says He Will Travel to Space in Mid-2019, With Tourists to Follow Soon After

Richard Branson Says He Will Travel to Space in Mid-2019, With Tourists to Follow Soon Afte
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Many Women Don't Recognize Their Heart Attack Symptoms. Many Doctors Don't Either.

After nearly three decades of raising awareness about heart disease in women,
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The Top 10 Deals of December 14, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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Report: Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Its Baby Powder Products for Decades

An explosive new report by Reuters released Friday may upturn the narrative surrounding the potential cancer risks of talcum powder. According to the report, Johnson & Johnson—the makers of the most popular consumer talc product, Baby Powder—knew for decades that its products at times contained carcinogenic asbestos,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cancer, Lawsuits, Johnson, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Baby Powder


Report: T-Mobile's Merger With Sprint Is the Latest Battleground Over Huawei

As part of T-Mobile’s impending deal to buy Sprint (which reportedly could be approved as early a next week), one of the final hurdles the two companies need to clear is a national security review. And wouldn’t you know it, with all the stuff that’s been going on with Huawei, the U.S. government is reportedly taking…Read more...
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This Christmas May Be Your Last Chance to Get a NES or SNES Classic

After this holiday season, they're done.
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Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Health Care Legacy

Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Health Care Legacy
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Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar

A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China. The European data came on the heels of weak readings from China, where November retail sales grew at the weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years, underlining risks to the economy as Beijing works to defuse its trade dispute with the ...
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The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
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11 Things to Know After Receiving an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Experts—and an ovarian cancer survivor—are here to help.
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Your Data Is Gone Even Before You Hit Publish

Facebook's latest data leak is indicative of a broader problem pervading the internet.
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The App Sean Parker Created as Penance for His Obscene Cosplay Wedding Is Finally Live

Sean Parker threw a fantasy wedding in the woods of Big Sur five years ago, but it turned out this predictably expensive and over-the-top gathering wasn’t permitted by the California Coastal Commission. The billionaire and former president of Facebook later reached a settlement with the state agency, agreeing to fork…Read more...
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See the Dermatologist-Approved Acne Scar Treatments That Put Bad Skin in the Past

We spoke with an expert about the best products out there.
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'The Time For Talk Is Over': Kids Stage Major Strike at UN Climate Talks

You can add kids to the growing chorus of voices calling for dramatic climate action at international talks in Katowice, Poland. Students across Poland staged a climate strike on Friday, just days after 15-year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg issued a blistering speech to the assembled delegates.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Poland, Un, Climate Talks, Katowice Poland, The Kids Are Alright, Greta Thunberg, Cop24


Meet ‘Optician Sans,’ the Weird and Wonderful Font Inspired by Your Eye Exams

Before last month, you’d be hard-pressed to find the curiously shaped letters you’re asked to name from charts at your optometrist’s office in font lists in Word or Docs. But if you’re a typeface nerd who also appreciates mathematical precision, the newly minted “Optician Sans” is the font for you.Read more...
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