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Runaway lion, wounded elk find home in Russian shelter

A lion that escaped from an airport, a crocodile found at a rubbish dump and an elk attacked by stray dogs -- all these animals have found refuge in an unusual private shelter in Russia. Dozens of bears have also passed through the Veles centre, just outside Saint Petersburg, since it was opened in 2009 by businessman Alexander Fyodorov, who says he spent more than $1 million on the project. "Our aim is to treat wild animals and get them back on their legs again in order to release them if tha...
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'All lives matter': Indonesia saves tsunami-stranded turtles

"The turtle was really large and it got stuck in a pile of rubbish, lying almost upside down," Adi Ayangsyah, a member of a search and rescue team in hard-hit Lampung on Sumatra island, told AFP Friday. An eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, caused a section of the crater to collapse and slide into the ocean, triggering the killer tsunami on Saturday evening.
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Java, Afp, Sumatra, Lampung, Sunda Strait, Anak Krakatoa, Adi Ayangsyah


Blue Light Appears Above New York After Transformer Explosion at Con Edison Plant in Queens

New York’s night sky was bathed in a green-blue light Thursday night, with police saying that an investigation into the cause is currently underway but that they believe it may have resulted from a transformer explosion at a power plant in the Astoria neighborhood in Queens.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Queens, Explosions, Astoria, Con Edison, Freaky Blue Light, Blue Light Appears Above New York, Con Edison Plant


Blue Light Appears Above New York After Transformer Explosion at ConEd Plant in Queens

New York’s night sky was bathed in a green-blue light Thursday night, with police saying that an investigation into the cause is currently underway but that they believe it may have resulted from a transformer explosion at a power plant in the Astoria neighborhood in Queens.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Queens, Explosions, Astoria, Con Edison, Freaky Blue Light, Blue Light Appears Above New York, ConEd Plant


Mexico says military to play larger role in fighting fuel theft

Mexico's government unveiled a plan on Thursday to step up use of the armed forces to combat fuel theft, vowing to root out corrupt officials it says are largely responsible for a problem that has cost the country billions of dollars. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference his government would fight the theft "outside and inside" state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), saying authorities were complicit in the bulk of the crimes. "This is the theft of national...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Petroleos Mexicanos Pemex


Facebook's Reported 'Rulebooks' Show It's Got a Serious Content Moderation Problem

There are mere days left in 2018, but Facebook’s eternal year of reckoning continues.Read more...
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Australia swelters in extreme weather as one town breaks heat record

Australians will be cranking up the pedestal fans, as extreme heatwave conditions sear across most of the country. Temperatures have soared above average across much of the continent, peaking at 49.1°C (120.38°F) in the town of Marble Bar in Western Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Much of Australia is experiencing a #heatwave. #Temperatures peaked at 49°C today in Marble Bar in the W. High temperatures will continue over the next few days away from the S coast. Some pla...
Tags: Science, Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Met Office, Victoria, Tasmania, Canberra, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, South Australia, Western Australia, Wyndham, South East, WA, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


FDA Plans to Meet With E-Cigarette Makers Over Teen Vaping Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is planning to meet with the manufacturers of e-cigarette products over what it’s consistently called an “epidemic” of teen vaping. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday that he is contacting company heads of e-cig makers “to meet to discuss commitments they…Read more...
Tags: Science, Smoking, Fda, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Juul, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Scott Gottlieb


Oil prices jump, but oversupply worries persist

Brent crude was up $1.18, or 2.26 percent, at $53.34 a barrel at 0219 GMT, having earlier risen as much as 3.1 percent. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were at $45.62 a barrel, up 2.26 percent, or $1.01, after earlier rising 3.6 percent. Oil prices fell to their lowest in more than a year on Thursday, a day after their biggest one-day rally in two years, pulled down by worries about the global economy and a supply glut.
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Photos: Sky turns blue over NYC after transformer explosion

People around New York City witnessed the sky flicker blue early Thursday night following a transformer explosion in Queens.
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U.S. oil claws back some ground, but oversupply worries persist

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were up $1.37, or 3.07 percent, at $45.98 per barrel at 0042 GMT, having earlier rising as high as $46.05 per barrel. Brent crude had yet to trade. Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia-Pacific at futures brokerage Oanda in Singapore, said crude prices had been pressured by slowing economic growth "coupled with the expectation of strong U.S. production in the new year".
Tags: Science, Singapore, Asia Pacific, OANDA, Stephen Innes


Clean energy leader Costa Rica turns attention to electric cars

San José (AFP) - Costa Rica likes to advertise itself as an ecological paradise, where more than 98 percent of its electricity needs are met by clean energy. Bernal Munoz, a director at Costa Rica's electricity institute (ICE), insists that 600 vehicles is in itself progress, having doubled the number on the roads in 2017. "We have studies done by the University of Costa Rica with mathematical models that say the growth rate will continue," Munoz told AFP.
Tags: Science, Ice, Costa Rica, Munoz, University of Costa Rica, San José AFP Costa Rica, Bernal Munoz


Will Huawei's Real Leader Please Stand Up

Four executives were promoted to deputy chair while one, Liang Hua, was elected chairman of the board. Founder Ren Zhengfei remained CEO and a board member, the Shenzhen-based company said in its statement. In most Western companies, the chairmanship is a functional position on a board of directors.
Tags: Science, Shenzhen, Ren Zhengfei, Liang Hua


Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female

Climate change will effect different species in different ways.
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Dead Ant Pits an '80s Hair Metal Band Against Giant Killer Ants

You’ve seen movies with hair metal bands, and you’ve seen movies with giant killer monsters. But what happens when a hair metal band fights giant killer monsters? You get Dead Ant.Read more...
Tags: Science, Holy Crap Wtf, Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Jake Busey, Ron Carlson, Rhys Coiro, Dead Ant, Sydney Sweeney, Hair Metal Band Against Giant Killer Ants


Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon

And it's designed to fly under U.S. ballistic missile defenses.
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Rihanna Posts Touching Tribute to Fan Who Died From Cancer

The "Stay" singer honors her friend and superfan, Monia, after she passes away from cancer. See RiRi's loving message to her Navy!
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​In 1983, Isaac Asimov predicted the world of 2019. Here's what he got right (and wrong).

In 1983, the Toronto Star asked science fiction writer Isaac Asimov to predict what the world would be like in 2019.His predictions about computerization were mostly accurate, though some of his forecasts about education and space utilization were overly optimistic.Asimov's predictions highlight just how difficult it is to predict the future of technology. None Isaac Asimov was one the world's most celebrated and prolific science fiction writers, having written or edited more than 500 books over...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Technology, Future, Society, Nasa, United States, George Orwell, Innovation, Pew Research Center, Soviet Union, Toronto Star, Moore, Peter Drucker, Isaac Asimov, Asimov


Indonesia raises alert, widens danger zone around volcano

CARITA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone.
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ap, Sumatra, Carita Indonesia


The best science long reads of 2018 (part two)

From the search for life in the Universe to fighting fires in Antarctica, here's a festive selection of the best science long reads from 2018.
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Boeing's F-15X Fighter: A Good Idea or Waste of Time?

Can it relieve critical F-22s and F-35s to more important tasks? Or is this a multi-billion dollar mistake?
Tags: Science, Time, Boeing


Watch the ANYmal quadrupedal robot go for an adventure in the sewers of Zurich

There’s a lot of talk about the many potential uses of multi-legged robots like Cheetahbot and Spot — but in order for those to come to fruition, the robots actually have to go out and do stuff. And to train for a glorious future of sewer inspection (and helping rescue people, probably), this Swiss quadrupedal bot is going deep underground. ETH Zurich / Daniel Winkler The robot is called ANYmal, and it’s a long-term collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology , abbreviate...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, Peter Fankhauser, Zurich, Eth Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETHZ, Daniel Winkler, ANYbotics


Nancy Grace Roman, involved with Hubble telescope, dies

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA and who helped with development of the Hubble Space Telescope, has died. Laura Verreau, a cousin, confirmed Thursday that Roman died on Christmas Day after a prolonged illness. She was 93. The NASA webpage said Roman was the […]
Tags: Science, News, Nasa, Nation, Hubble Space Telescope, Roman, Germantown, Md AP, Nancy Grace Roman, Laura Verreau


Year in Space: From the Falcon Heavy’s first flight to the solar system’s last frontier

Launches, launches, launches! 2018 was a big year for liftoffs, particularly for SpaceX and its billionaire CEO, Elon Musk. The past year also saw a number of notable trips to interplanetary destinations, including the Martian surface and two asteroids. What’s up for next year? More of the same, only way different. For more than two decades, I’ve been writing year-end roundups of the top stories in space science and exploration, with a look-ahead to cosmic coming attractions. 2019 could well bri...
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Year in Space: From the Falcon Heavy’s first flight to the solar system’s far frontier

Launches, launches, launches! 2018 was a big year for liftoffs, particularly for SpaceX and its billionaire CEO, Elon Musk. The past year also saw a number of notable trips to interplanetary destinations, including the Martian surface and two asteroids. What’s up for next year? More of the same, only way different. For more than two decades, I’ve been writing year-end roundups of the top stories in space science and exploration, with a look-ahead to cosmic coming attractions. 2019 could well bri...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Falcon Heavy


Oil prices slide as concerns about global economy, oversupply weigh

Oil prices fell on Thursday, retreating from an 8 percent rally in the previous session as the oil market focused on signs of faltering global economic growth and record production of crude. Brent crude futures dropped 4.24 percent, or $2.31, to settle at $52.16 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $1.61 to settle at $44.61 a barrel, down 3.48 percent.
Tags: Science, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI


Ultima Thule: Nasa prepares to explore most distant world ever probed by humankind

On New Year’s Day, the New Horizons interplanetary probe will pass just 2,200 miles from the object that is one billion miles further from Earth than Pluto, the distant dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt that itself is four billion miles from us. It will two years to send back all its data on the object officially known as 2014 MU69, but nicknamed Ultima Thule, a Latin phrase meaning “’beyond the borders of the known world”. Alan Stern, the mission’s principal investigator said that on December 1...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Pluto, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


One woman's knee replacement surgery highlights its risks and limitations

When a doctor said that knee replacement would reduce her arthritis pain by 75 percent, Lake was overjoyed. “I thought the knee replacement was going to be a cure,” said Lake, now 52 and living in rural Iowa. Most knee replacements are considered successful, and the procedure is known for being safe and cost-effective. Rates of the surgery doubled from 1999 to 2008, with 3.5 million procedures a year expected by 2030.
Tags: Science, Iowa, Lake


What Old Tech Needs to Make a Comeback in 2019?

With the end of the year upon us, all of the most recent trends are officially dead and it’s time to make some new ones. But rather than thinking about which appliance should be connected to the internet next, we want to know which old tech features, gadgets, and doo-dads deserve to be rescued from the dustbin of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Chatroom


NASA's Close Encounter With Mysterious Space Object Will Make History On New Year's Day

As revelers on the East Coast celebrate the arrival of a new year, scientists
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