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Bike-Share Pioneer Ofo Flirted With Bankruptcy as Cash Dried Up

Chief Executive Officer Dai Wei laid out the company’s challenges in an impassioned letter to employees Wednesday, from customers seeking deposit refunds to suppliers demanding unpaid bills. Dai’s emotional missive caps a horrendous year for a startup that epitomized the can-do nature of China’s technology scene and raised more than $2 billion in funding from investors. Backed by some of the country’s biggest tech giants from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Didi Chuxing, Ofo helped spur a trend...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Dai, Dai Wei, Didi Chuxing Ofo


Wilbur Ross Not Even Trying to Avoid Looking Corrupt Anymore

Due to the plethora of unsavory grifters who’ve found themselves in the administration of Donald Trump over the past few years, Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has mostly managed to fly under the radar despite being, in many ways, as laughably corrupt as Scott Pruitt or Ryan Zinke.Read more...
Tags: Science, Commerce, Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, Ron Wyden, Invesco, BankUnited, Center for Public Integrity, Ryan Zinke, John Thune, Grifters, Wilbur Ross, Office of Government Ethics


SpaceX shows off Crew Dragon’s integrated solar panels for the first time

SpaceX is already leading the charge in commercialized spaceflight with a packed schedule of launches and partnerships with countless space agencies and private companies, but its deal with NASA is easily one of its most important. SpaceX has been tasked with developing a crewed launch vehicle that is capable of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station, and it's already behind schedule. The Crew Dragon capsule is still being worked on, but the U.S. government is eager...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Mike Pence, Teslarati


Oil prices resume drop, shed most of last session's gains

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Thursday to erase most of their gains from the day before, resuming declines seen earlier in the week amid worries about oversupply and the outlook for the global economy. Investors quickly moved their attention to deteriorating fundamentals in the oil markets including more signs of slowing economic growth next year, record production and the lack of confidence with OPEC's pledge to curb production," said Xi Jiarui, chief oil analyst at consulta...
Tags: Science, Opec, Reuters Oil, JLC, BEIJING SINGAPORE, Xi Jiarui


Why using human ‘super recognizers’ to identify criminals can be bad

People often say that they never forget a face, but for some people, this claim might actually be true. So-called super recognizers are said to possess exceptional face recognition abilities, often remembering the faces of those they have only briefly encountered or haven’t seen for many years. Their unique skills have even caught the attention of policing and security organizations, who have begun using super recognizers to match photographs of suspects or missing persons to blurry CCTV footage...
Tags: Startups, Science, Cctv, Bournemouth University, Syndication


Democratic Leadership is Already Hobbling AOC's Climate Change Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal Committee is an ambitious, openly-progressive push to make the United States grow past the constraints and disastrous consequences of dated, pollutant-heavy energy sources like coal and fossil fuel. So, very unsurprisingly, leadership in the House of Representatives…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Democrats, United States, Aoc, Climate Change Committee, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Green New Deal Committee


Democratic Leadership is Already Hobbling AOC's Climate Change Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal Committee is an ambitious, openly-progressive push to make the United States grow past the constraints and disastrous consequences of dated, pollutant-heavy energy sources like coal and fossil fuel. So, very unsurprisingly, leadership in the House of Representatives is already hobbling it.
Tags: Science, United States, House Of Representatives, Aoc, Climate Change Committee, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Green New Deal Committee


Steve Buscemi Is God in the First Trailer for TBS Workplace Comedy Miracle Workers

Not A god. THE God. Also, Daniel Radcliffe and Deadpool’s Karan Soni play the Big Guy’s angelic underlings, toiling in a corporation that stands in for Heaven. As the first full trailer for the TBS limited series suggests, it’s a bit of a dysfunctional workplace...and Earth is in serious trouble because of that.Read more...
Tags: Comedy, Science, Earth, Tbs, Deadpool, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe, Karan Soni, Miracle Workers, Danielle Radcliffe, TBS Workplace Comedy Miracle Workers


California governor: Democrats are likely to spend too much

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make it difficult for his successor to control Democrats' hunger for spending and regulations.
Tags: Science, California, Ap, Jerry Brown, Sacramento Calif


Oil prices resume fall, shed most of their gains from last session

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Thursday to erase most of their gains from the day before, resuming declines seen earlier in the week amid worries about oversupply and the outlook for the global economy. Investors quickly moved their attention to deteriorating fundamentals in the oil markets including more signs of slowing economic growth next year, record production and the lack of confidence with OPEC's pledge to curb production," said Xi Jiarui, chief oil analyst at consulta...
Tags: Science, Opec, Reuters Oil, JLC, BEIJING SINGAPORE, Xi Jiarui


Marlboro Maker Reportedly Poised to Flood Juul With Nearly $13 Billion in Big Tobacco Cash

Following reports last month that Juul was in talks with Big Tobacco for a possible minority stake in its company, it seems that nicotine-fueled train is chugging right along.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Cigarettes, Juul, Altria, Big Tobacco, Big Tobacco Cash


MoviePass Films Somehow Scores Three-Picture Deal With Bruce Willis

MoviePass, the e-ticketing company that has spent most of the last year in a slow-motion catastrophic meltdown, has somehow sucked Bruce Willis into a three-picture deal with its production company, Deadline reported this week.Read more...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Science, Technology, Movies, Moviepass, Deadline, Bruce Willis, MoviePass Films


NASA reviews computer security after newly reported data breach

NASA says it is reviewing its network security processes and procedures after a computer break-in exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information about the space agency’s current and past employees. The breach was discovered in October, and its full extent and impact has yet to be determined. NASA says it will provide identity protection services to all those who have potentially been affected. NASA Watch, an independent website founded by former NASA employee Keith Cowing, first ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Social Security, Keith Cowing


Apple Admits the New iPad Could Be Prone to Bending

Remember when Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything got everyone worked up into a tizzy after he bent an iPad Pro in half with his bare hands and mused whether Apple’s new tablet might be a little weak? Well, it seems he may have been onto something.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Tablets, Ipad Pro, Consumer Tech, Bendgate, Zack Nelson, JerryRigEverything, Bendgate Pro


SoftBank IPO's Weak Debut Is Still a Win for Masayoshi Son

SoftBank Corp., the Japanese telecommunications business of the billionaire’s technology empire, fell 7 percent to 1,192 yen just after the open in Tokyo on Thursday, hurt by concerns over an impending price war that could hit profits. “A concern is how secure this dividend is,” Pelham Smithers, whose London-based firm offers equity research on Asian technology companies, wrote in a note to clients. The IPO was a victory for Son, who is amassing more cash to bet on new enterprises even in the ...
Tags: Science, London, Ipo, Tokyo, Masayoshi Son, Softbank Corp, Softbank IPO, Pelham Smithers


Uncharted Just Lost Its Director Thanks to Another Video Game Movie

It’s game over for Shawn Levy and Uncharted. The director has left the video game adaptation to make another film, a film that just so happens to also be about video games.Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy, Jodie Comer, Uncharted, Lil Rel, Joe Keery, Free Guy


Exclusive: Big Pharma returning to U.S. price hikes in January after pause

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Novartis AG and Bayer AG are among nearly 30 drugmakers that have taken steps to raise the U.S. prices of their medicines in January, ending a self-declared halt to increases made by a pharma industry under pressure from the Trump administration, according to documents seen by Reuters. The hikes will pose a new challenge to President Donald Trump's pledge to lower the costs of prescription medications in the world's most expensive pharmaceutical market.
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Bayer AG, New York San Francisco, Reuters Novartis AG


Spaceflight signs up Brazil for Amazonia-1 satellite launch on Indian rocket in 2020

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s struck one of its biggest deals for a satellite launch with Brazil’s space research institute, focusing on putting the Amazonia-1 satellite into low Earth orbit in mid-2020. The contract was awarded on Tuesday during a ceremony in São José dos Campos, attended by Brazilian space officials as well as Melissa Wuerl, Spaceflight’s vice president of business development. Amazonia-1 is designed to make observations of Brazilian territory, with a special focus on th...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brazil, Seattle, Campos, Amazonia, INPE, Melissa Wuerl Spaceflight, National Institute for Space Research, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais


Spanish court confirms 1.5 bn euro Prestige spill compensation

The Supreme Court in Madrid on Thursday handed down a definitive ruling that the Spanish state be paid 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in damages over the 2002 Prestige oil spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters. The court followed an earlier ruling in the northwestern city of La Coruna which said the regional government of Galicia, off whose coast the Prestige tanker broke in two, be compensated 1.8 million euros. Neighbouring France, which was also affected, was awarded 61 mil...
Tags: Europe, Science, Supreme Court, Galicia, Madrid, La Coruna


Warning against 'volcano tourism' risks

Thrill-seeking tourists are putting themselves in danger getting too close to volcanoes.
Tags: Science


Extinction Rebellion: The story behind the activist group

They've blocked bridges, held die-ins and closed roads - all in the name of stopping climate change.
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Scientists lobby Mexico president over endangered porpoise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of prominent scientists issued an appeal Wednesday to Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, calling on him to take the unprecedented step of outlawing the possession of gill nets in the upper Gulf of California to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the world’s smallest […]
Tags: Science, News, Mexico, Ap, Nation, Mexico City, Gulf Of California, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador


Altria Nears Deal for a $12.8 Billion Stake in Juul

The investment would make Juul the second-most-valuable privately held company after Uber Technologies Inc. and put its products next to Marlboro cigarettes on the top shelf in the U.S., said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information was private. Altria, which is focused on the U.S. market after spinning off Philip Morris International Inc. in 2008, is set to invest about $12.8 billion in Juul, valuing the e-cigarette maker at roughly $38 billion, the people said.
Tags: Science, Juul, Philip Morris International Inc, Altria, Uber Technologies Inc


Avoid a Holiday Health Crisis

Getting sick over the winter holidays is common—and potentially dangerous—for a couple of reasons. First, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's come smack in the middle of cold and fl...
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Arianespace Launches Spy Satellite for France on Soyuz Rocket

Arianespace launched the Russian-built Soyuz rocket from the South American spaceport of Guiana Space Centre to deliver the CSO-1 Earth-observation satellite into orbit for France's Ministry of Defense, the French space agency (CNES) and the country's defense procurement agency (DGA). Liftoff occurred at 11:37 a.m. EST (1637 GMT) after it was delayed by one day due to bad weather.
Tags: Science, France, Cnes, CSO, Ministry of Defense, DGA, Arianespace, Guiana Space Centre


Child death rates far higher in U.S. than in other developed countries

The odds that a child will be killed by a gun is 36 times higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries. Suicide by firearm makes up more than one third of those gunshot deaths among adolescents. Homicides accounted for nearly two thirds of firearm-related deaths and gun-related accidents another 4 percent, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine "Guns are killing more children than cancer," said lead author Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, who directs the Injury Prevention ...
Tags: Science, University Of Michigan, Rebecca Cunningham, New England Journal of Medicine Guns, Injury Prevention Center


The First Cross-Country, Autonomous-Car Trip Is an Ethical Minefield

Anthony Levandowski—formerly of Google, where he reportedly contributed to at least one serious crash and did not alert the police while overseeing its self-driving car program, and of Uber, where he allegedly imported stolen secrets from Google and was fired after being sued over it—rides again.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Self Driving Cars, Anthony Levandowski


The Top 10 Deals of December 19, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science


Exercise may improve thinking in sedentary seniors with cognitive decline

Researchers studied 160 adults, age 65 on average, all sedentary and all with some cognitive impairment but not dementia. "There are currently no proven medical therapies to stop or reverse age-related cognitive decline, and these lifestyle changes have the potential to delay the onset of dementia for years," said lead study author James Blumenthal of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Tags: Science, Duke University Medical Center, James Blumenthal


Facebook Was Never Really For You

The truth is clearer than ever: It all about the advertisers.
Tags: Facebook, Science



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