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Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

BEIJING (AP) — All systems are go as a Chinese spacecraft and rover power up their observation equipment after making a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, the Chinese National Space Administration said. The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has succeeded in establishing a digital transmission link with a relay satellite that sends […]
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Does Ultima Thule have moons? Scientists want to know

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sped past the peculiar asteroid binary known as Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, and it collected an incredible amount of data. In its first transmission to Earth after passing its target New Horizons told its handlers that it had filled its on-board data storage to the brim. Now, as NASA prepares to have the spacecraft send back every bit of information it gathered during its encounter, scientists are eager to answer one question in particular: Does Ultima...
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The U.S.’s Star Witness in the Qualcomm Antitrust Suit: China's Huawei

Huawei Technologies Co. and Lenovo Group Ltd. provided testimony that the FTC argues proves that Qualcomm threatened to withhold chip supply unless they continued to pay technology licensing fees. In 2013 negotiations over new chip-sets, Qualcomm allegedly informed Huawei that if it didn’t extend the code division multiple access, or CDMA, license agreement, “they would stop supplying the chips,” Huawei General Counsel Nanfen Yu said in a video deposition played for the court. “Everyone in the...
Tags: Science, China, Huawei, Qualcomm, Ftc, Lenovo Group Ltd, Huawei Technologies Co, Nanfen Yu


The Refreshing Earnestness of Last December's Blockbuster Genre Movies

In a year filled with some fantastic genre movies, December 2018 went out on a high for me, dragging me into a theater again and again over the month. Bumblebee, Aquaman, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse each surprised me as some of my personal favorites of the year, but what surprised me most was the exuberant…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Animation, Sony, Warner Bros, Aquaman, DC Entertainment, Paramount, Transformers, Bumblebee, Sony Animation, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse


Lawsuit Accuses Weather Channel App of Misleading Users and Profiting From Their Location Data

More than a couple weather apps have recently come under fire for their handling of user data, either by collecting too much or allegedly tracking users without their permission. Now, the maker of yet another popular weather app is being accused by the city attorney of Los Angeles of deceiving millions of users and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Los Angeles, Data, Location Tracking, Privacy And Security, The Weather Channel App


House Dems' First Bill Would Dramatically Boost Election Security

The first bill introduced by House Democrats is a whopping 570-page voting reform package that offers, in part, significant financial support to state election agencies seeking to shore up their security through use of risk-limiting audits and the timely exchange of threat information. It would also require an…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, House, Bennie Thompson, Election Interference


The Grapevine Only 2 Hours Into Surviving R.

The Grapevine Only 2 Hours Into Surviving R. Kelly, the Conclusion Is Simple: Black Girls Deserve Better | Deadspin  | Jezebel Police Open Investigation After Woman in Vegetative State For Over a Decade Gives Birth | Splinter This…Read more...
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Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections suit

In a decision on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang rejected the defendants' argument that a recent Supreme Court decision shielding foreign corporations from lawsuits in U.S. courts over human rights abuses abroad also applied to domestic corporations absent Congressional authorization. Chuang's decision is a victory for 444 victims and relatives of victims suing over the experiment, which was aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin and stopping the spread of sexually-transmit...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Congressional, U S District Judge, Chuang, Theodore Chuang, Johns Hopkins Bristol Myers


Swarms of tiny satellites could act like one giant space telescope

It won’t be long before the James Webb Space Telescope is launched, an enormous and complex feat of engineering — but all one piece. That’s a good thing for now, but new research suggests that in the near future giant telescopes like the Webb might be replaced (or at least augmented) by swarms of tiny spacecraft working in concert. One advance, from Ben Gurion University in Israel, is a leap in the capabilities of what are called synthetic aperture systems. It’s a technique where a single small ...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Israel, Tech, Earth, Mit, James Webb Space Telescope, Webb, Ben Gurion University, Bulbul, Angika Bulbul


What did the mice say? DeepSqueak uses AI to translate ultrasonic vocalizations

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed a software program that enlists artificial intelligence to decipher the ultrasonic vocalizations made by mice and rats. The “DeepSqueak” program, described today in a study published by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, focuses on squeaks and whistles that are well above the range of human hearing. Software converts the audio signals into visual graphs, or sonograms, and then puts those images through the kinds of m...
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Glass Will Feature Previously Unseen Footage From Unbreakable

The first big superhero movie of 2019 is mere days away: Glass, the sequel to 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split, is coming on January 18. There have been several trailers and TV spots, but in grand M. Night Shyamalan fashion, the film’s biggest mysteries remain intact.Read more...
Tags: Science, Glass, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis, Unbreakable, M Night Shyamalan


Fish fumes could have sparked boy's fatal allergic reaction

NEW YORK (AP) — Fumes from cooking fish combined with asthma could have killed an 11-year-old boy in New York City but such a death would be rare, medical authorities said.
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Rolls-Royce Is Building the Fastest Electric Plane Ever

The company is building the 300 mph ACCEL airplane to break the all-electric aircraft speed record.
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Wolf Is One Of Competitive Smash Ultimate's Most Popular Fighters So Far

Some of the winter’s biggest esports tournaments are still a ways off, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which ended 2018 on a Donkey Kong smackdown, begins 2019 strong with a handful more events taking place across the globe this weekend.Read more...
Tags: Science, Super Smash Bros, Kotakucore, Smash Bros, Esports, Wolf, Donkey Kong, Super Smash Bros Ultimate


Why I Can't Celebrate My 'Heart Birthday' Anniversaries as an Adult With CHD

Why this woman with congenital heart disease doesn't celebrate the day of her heart surgery every year anymore.
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Queen Guitarist Brian May Helped Photograph the Most Distant Space Object Ever Captured on Film

Queen Guitarist Brian May Helped Photograph the Most Distant Space Object Ever Captured on Film
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Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'

"I’ve always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard."
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The Final Short Trek Is a Lovely Reminder That Star Trek Can Loosen Up Once in a While

We all love Star Trek for its moral core, the way it presents heroes that champion utopian ideals and diplomacy and a love of scientific curiosity over hostility and division (although the bits where spaceships phaser-and-torpedo the shit out of everything are also good). But every once in a while we need a reminder…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, TV Recap, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Discovery Recaps, Star Trek Short Treks


New Study Finds Emergency Personnel Less Likely to Treat Pain for Black Patients Than White Ones

Racial disparities in health care are a well-documented phenomenon, spanning every area of medicine from the birthing room to the ICU. Now, a recent study shows yet another place black people are treated differently from nonblack patients: the back of an ambulance.
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Retired General Warns Against Letting China Dominate 5G Networks

China will gain a capability for mayhem and mass surveillance if it dominates advanced 5G networks that link billions of devices, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding said in a memo that was obtained by Bloomberg News. “The more connected we are, and 5G will make us the most connected by far, the more vulnerable we become,” Spalding, who left the National Security Council last year, said in the memo.
Tags: Science, China, National Security Council, Air Force, Bloomberg News, Robert Spalding


Lea Michele Gets Real About Fighting PCOS-Related Acne

Lea Michele discussed her PCOS diagnosis for the first time.
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Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side (Photo)

China's far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home. The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn't pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature — the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin.
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Mexico urges regional bloc not to meddle in Venezuela

Mexico on Friday called on its peers to refrain from interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs, declining to back a regional declaration that urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to take office on Jan. 10. Mexico was the sole country in the 14-member Lima Group that opted not to sign a statement critical of Maduro, the first time Mexico has not backed a declaration by the group since it was created in 2017 to push for democratic reforms in Venezuela.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Lima Group


Up to $818 million deal between J&J and Locus Biosciences points to a new path for CRISPR therapies

The up to $818 million deal between Locus Biosciences and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson) that was announced yesterday points toward a new path for CRISPR gene editing technologies and (potentially) the whole field of microbiome-targeted therapies. Based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Locus is commercializing research initially developed by scientists at North Carolina State University that focused on Cas3 proteins, which devour DNA Pac-Man-style, rather than edit it ...
Tags: TC, Science, Biology, Los Angeles, Tech, Genetics, Tencent, Food And Drug Administration, Disease, North Carolina, Infection, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Executive, Biotechnology, University Of Southern California


Earth Materials Are Bullshit So BMW Used Literal Space Rocks to Decorate My M850i

“New Year, New Me” is a phrase most often heard from basic, unimaginative people who can’t pull their shit together for two seconds to better themselves without help from the invented social construct of time. I usually don’t bother with such drivel, but this New Year happens to coincide with a new decision I’ve just made: For too long, I have bemoaned the cheapness and omnipresence of Earthly materials, like gold and platinum. It’s time to trade up. BMW, my loyal friend, is helping me.
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Antarctic Sea Ice Is In Record-Low Territory Again, and Nobody Knows Why

What’s happening to Arctic sea ice is pretty straightforward: Earth is getting warmer, and everything’s melting. But on the other side of the planet, things are more complicated, as evidenced by the latest Antarctic sea ice slump that has scientists scratching their heads.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Earth, Sea Ice, Antarctica, Arctic sea ice, Antarctic sea, Antarctic Mysteries


Reality Star Bethenny Frankel Shares How She Was Shamed When Flying With a Food Allergy

Reality star Bethenny Frankel shared experience on a flight that served bass even after she called to say she has a life-threatening fish allergy.
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The 10 Best Deals of January 4, 2019

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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Temple Dedicated to Aztec God of Sacrificial Flaying Uncovered in Mexico

Archaeologists excavating a site in Mexico have discovered a temple dedicated to Xipe Tótec, an Aztec deity associated with the ritualistic practice of wearing the skins of sacrificed individuals.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Anthropology, Aztecs, Xipe Totec, Ancient Mexico, Aztec Gods, Aztec Rituals


PG&E seeks to make changes to its board

PG&E had reported equipment problems near the origin of the fire around the time it began. PG&E faces billions of dollars of potential liabilities related to the wildfires if an investigation determines its equipment caused them. PG&E, whose shares have lost nearly half of their value since the wildfire, said it is working with a leading search firm to identify new directors and is interviewing several candidates.
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