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Here’s what NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft sees as it orbits Bennu asteroid

It's only been about a week since NASA successfully inserted its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe into orbit around the large space rock known as Bennu, after initially arriving in early December. The diamond-shaped object will quickly become one of the most closely-studied asteroids ever, but for now NASA wants to learn as much about Bennu's surface as possible, and that means observing it from every angle. In a new video animation that has been stitched together from numerous still shots we ...
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In Oval Office speech, Trump demands a wall but does not declare emergency

Facing Democratic opposition in Congress to a wall that he promised to build as a presidential candidate, Trump said in his first prime-time address from the Oval Office that there was a growing security and humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. "How much more American blood must be shed before Congress does its job?" he said, recounting gruesome details of murders he said were committed by illegal immigrants. Trump's speech came 18 days into a partial government shutdown precipitated...
Tags: Science, Congress, Mexico, Trump, Oval Office


Singapore eco-tourism plan sparks squawks of protest

Singapore is creating a vast eco-tourism zone in a bid to bring in more visitors, but environmentalists fear the development will damage natural habitats and are already blaming it for a series of animal deaths. While it may be best known as a financial hub with scores of high-rise buildings, tropical Singapore is still home to patches of rainforest and an array of wildlife, from monkeys to pangolins -- also known as scaly anteaters. Now jungle is being cleared in the same area to make way for...
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Report: Documents Show Extensive Huawei Ties to Suspected Fronts in Iran and Syria

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Canada late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities, who allege she oversaw a complex financial scam to violate nuclear sanctions on Iran. The incident has become a major source of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Finance, Banking, Iran, Syria, Canada, Huawei, Iran Sanctions, Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou


Bernie Sanders Calls Climate Change ‘Biggest Crisis Of All’ In Fiery Rebuke Of Trump Speech

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called climate change "the biggest crisis of all"
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Steam Bug Keeps Popular Indie Game From Being Recognized As 'Real' For Five Months

Wandersong is a side-scrolling rhythm adventure game that is—pardon my language—charming as all heck. Its combination of inventive mechanics and comedic, heartfelt writing have caused many to fall in love with it, myself included. And for five months Steam wasn’t sure it was a real game.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pc, Steam, Kotakucore, Wandersong, Being Recognized As Real For Five Months


Two Artists With Wildly Different Styles Create Stunning Posters of Your Favorite Video Games

The late, great Roger Ebert once expressed the controversial opinion that video games can’t be art. And while he was certainly entitled to that point of view, there are cases where it’s factually false—like a new art exhibit that’s soon to open in Los Angeles.Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Roger Ebert, Posters, This Is Awesome, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles Read, Alexander Wells, James Gilleard


Xiaomi Plunges After Billions of Shares Are Unlocked for Sale

It’s been painful: Xiaomi has dropped to HK$10.50 from a listing price of HK$17, sinking another 5.4 percent Wednesday in early trading. More than 3 billion shares were unlocked, equal to about 19 percent of those outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The lockup period for controlling shareholders -- such as chairman and founder Lei Jun -- was extended Wednesday for another 365 days, Xiaomi said in a statement.
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Xiaomi, Lei Jun


Oil prices surge on hopes of successful U.S.-China trade talks

Oil prices rose on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous session on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.29 per barrel as at 0131, up 51 cents, or 1 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were up 42 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $59.14 per barrel.
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, International Brent


Google's Nod to a Universal Translator Was a Smart First Move in a Bid for AI Dominance This Year

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


Google Kicked Off Its Bid to Dominate AI This Year by Moving Towards a Universal Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


Google Is Clearing the Air of Foul AI With Its Stab at a Universal Language Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


World's Largest Money Manager Isn't Giving Up on Tech Stocks Yet

While many investors have identified challenges in the sector after a lackluster 2018 that saw the Nasdaq Composite Index’s first annual decline in seven years, the world’s largest money manager is staying the course on the long-term trend, according to its chief equity strategist Kate Moore. “We’re not giving up on technology,” she said in a Bloomberg Television interview with Shery Ahn and Haidi Lun on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Bloomberg Television, Kate Moore, Shery Ahn, Haidi Lun


The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network by Flipping His System Admin

With signs that the New York trial of notorious Mexican drug lord and alleged mass murderer Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is entering its end phase, prosecutors on Tuesday played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzmán the FBI obtained “after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system” with the help…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Crime, Voip, Drugs, Surveillance, Encryption, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Organized Crime, El Chapo, Guzman, Joaquin Guzman, Joaquin, Sinaloa Cartel


Trump demands U.S. border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

Facing Democratic opposition in Congress to a wall, Trump said in a prime-time televised speech that there was a growing security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Using blunt language in an attempt to win public support, Trump said illegal immigrants and drugs flowing across the southern border posed a serious threat to American safety. "How much more American blood will be shed before Congress does its job?" Trump said after recounting gruesome details of murders he said were committed by il...
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Study: US Cancer Death Rate Drops For 25th Straight Year

​Between 1991 and 2016, cancer deaths dropped by 27 percent.
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Apple Supplier Skyworks Cuts Sales and Profit Forecasts

Chief Executive Officer Liam Griffin blamed the lowered outlook for the period ended Dec. 28 on "unit weakness across out largest smartphone customers." He didn’t mention Apple, but the iPhone maker is Skyworks’ biggest customer, accounting for about half of its revenue. "People were expecting a lot worse," Woo Jin Ho, Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst, said. Skyworks gave its earlier first-quarter forecast on Nov. 8, a few days before other Apple suppliers began raising concerns about dis...
Tags: Apple, Science, Skyworks, Liam Griffin, Jin Ho Bloomberg Intelligence


'First Man' Blu-Ray Bonus Feature Takes Ryan Gosling to Space Camp (Exclusive Clip)

For anyone who is a fan of all things space, watching the epic movie "First Man" starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle is an absolute must. Now the movie will be yours to own on Digital HD on Jan. 8 and on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD from Jan. 22. In addition to the movie itself, there are a number of bonus features including deleted scenes, a feature commentary and featurettes that dive deep into how the movie was made. A new exclusive clip from those features follows at the...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Ryan Gosling, Neil Armstrong, Damien Chazelle, Blu Ray, Josh Singer, Gosling, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Blu ray Blu, Chazelle, Daniel McFadden


A Glimpse at the Glorious Future of Display Tech

LG Display is not LG. LG Display makes displays that go in products from a wide variety of companies—including many LG competitors. And it’s really good at making those displays. Its concepts are a peek at what to expect from TV, laptop, and phone makers in the coming years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Ces, Lg, Televisions, Lg Display, CES 2019, LG LG Display


I Was Over 8K TVs Before They Even Happened

Okay, it’s the first day of CES, which means the TV makers have all announced their TVs, and yes they’re all neat looking, especially the 8K TVs top manufacturers are promising to ship this year. They are legit beautiful—so why am I so underwhelmed?Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Ces, 4k, Sony, Lg, Vizio, Televisions, 8K, CES 2019


Why big brains took a bite out of our ability to chomp

If you have ever struggled to gnaw your way through a fatty chunk of Aberdeen Angus or a forkful of fibrous kale, then take heart. It is your large brain which is causing the problem. While other omnivores evolved powerful biting muscles as they increased in body size, humans instead poured their developmental resources into more cerebral matters. In the space where muscles critical for hard biting should be housed, humans grew bigger brains and with the extra thinking capacity, invented cooking...
Tags: Science, Rex, Lincoln, Galapagos, Homo, Sakamoto, Manabu Sakamoto, Aberdeen Angus, Abbie Trayler Smith, Dr Chris Venditti University of Reading


Venezuela congress slams oil deals with U.S., French companies

Venezuela's opposition-run congress on Tuesday issued a resolution calling deals between state-run oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and U.S. and French companies announced this week illegal, since they had not been sent to lawmakers for approval. The body said the oilfield deals with France's Maurel & Prom and little-known U.S. company Erepla violated article 150 of Venezuela's constitution, which requires that contracts signed between the state and foreign companies be approved by the National A...
Tags: Science, France, Venezuela, National Assembly, PDVSA, Erepla


Moonlight influences opening and closing of oysters' shells

Molluscs not only have tidal and circadian clocks but are attuned to lunar rhythms, experts sayThe gentle glow of moonlight on water has moved musicians, poets and painters – and, it turns out, molluscs. Researchers have discovered the opening and shutting of oysters’ shells appears to be tied to the lunar cycle.Biological clocks have intrigued scientists for centuries, and researchers in the field won the 2017 Nobel prize for studies into the 24-hour body clock. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Animals, World news, Fish, Oysters


This Sleep Disorder Could Be the Reason You're So Damn Tired All the Time

You might be a stickler when it comes to your sleep habits - avoiding certain foods and drinks that can mess with your sleep, practicing meditation and other breathing methods to help you unwind, and even investing in a weighted blanket to help you fall asleep faster. But if you do all of these things and still wake up groggy - or with a dry throat, feeling like you're hungover even when you didn't drink the night before - you may not be getting the restful hours of sleep you imagine.
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Amateur scientists just found a new planet, and it might even be habitable

NASA's Kepler space telescope is dead. It ran out of fuel back in October of last year, but the incredible wealth of data that it sent back during its life is still being sifted through, and new discoveries are just waiting to be made. A timely reminder of that fact comes in the form of an all-new exoplanet discovery made by citizen scientists who dedicated their time to combing through Kepler's logs. The world, called K2-288Bb, appears to be quite special, and researchers who have look...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Kepler, Neptune, Jpl, Astronomical Journal


EPA says it is committed to rule for higher ethanol blend by summer driving season

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it would complete a rule to boost sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline by the summer driving season, despite a partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump pledged in the run-up to November's congressional elections to lift the summer ban on sales of so-called E15 gasoline, in a boost to an ethanol industry upended by trade wars and weak demand growth at home. The Trump administration hoped to...
Tags: Science, Washington, Epa, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, U S Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. oil prices rise above $50 on trade talk hopes

U.S. crude oil prices on Wednesday rose above $50 per barrel for the first time in 2019 on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.14 per barrel as at 0021, up 36 cents, or 0.7 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade.
Tags: Science, Washington, Beijing, International Brent


Scientists Find a New Way To Create the Plutonium That Powers Deep Space Missions

A long-simmering crisis for deep space missions ends before it could become a problem.
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Mark Your Calendars! A (Not Fake) Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Happening This Month

A super blood wolf moon eclipse is occurring later this month, and no, you did not accidentally stumble upon some Twilight fan fiction. The rare lunar trifecta will be visible in the Americas, Iceland, Greenland, Western Europe, and West Africa on Jan.
Tags: Science, West Africa, Americas Iceland Greenland Western Europe


Well, Mark Zuckerberg's 2019 Challenge Is Going to Be Awkward

It’s that time of year, again. Time for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to announce his annual personal challenge. In previous years, he did normal things like vowing to learn how to speak Mandarin. Then, life got messy and last year he pledged that he would only work on fixing Facebook. This year, he’s determined to…Read more...
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