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America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?

The Pentagon wants to add F-35 stealth fighters to America's missile shield. But to have any chance at shooting down ballistic missiles, the F-35 might need a new weapon.
Tags: Science, America, Pentagon


China approves third batch of video games; still no Tencent

Chinese authorities on Tuesday approved the release of a third batch of video games after a freeze for most of last year, with industry leader Tencent Holdings Ltd again absent from the list of approved titles. The list from broadcasting watchdog - the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television - featured 93 new video games. Tencent's domestic rival NetEase Inc was also absent from the list.
Tags: Science, China, Tencent, Tencent Holdings Ltd, NetEase Inc


North Korean base serves as missile headquarters: think tank

"The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea's presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability," said the report co-authored by analyst Victor Cha. The discovery of an undeclared missile headquarters comes three days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he "looks forward" to another summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late Fe...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Donald Trump, Trump, Victor Cha


GoFundMe Set Up for Fyre Festival Victim Raises More Than $150,000 in Days

A pair of dueling documentaries—one on Hulu and one on Netflix—are giving viewers a better idea of how a festival-turned-shitshow managed to so badly botch its spectacular promise of being one of the greatest events the world had ever known. While countless people were burned by the scam, Maryann Rolle’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Crowdfunding, Scams, Netflix, Hulu, Gofundme, Fyre Festival, MaryAnn Rolle


Hong Kong failing to tackle wildlife smuggling epidemic: study

Hong Kong must do more to crack down on illegal wildlife smuggling by ending legal loopholes and lenient sentences, conservation groups said Monday, as they detailed the city's role in the lucrative trade. Despite its comparatively small size, the bustling southern Chinese transport hub plays a "disproportionate" role in wildlife crime, researchers said, accounting for around a fifth of all global ivory seizures and nearly half of all pangolins seized in the last decade. "Wildlife crime in Hon...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Amanda Whitfort, Hong Kong University s Faculty of Law


U.S. to Proceed With Huawei CFO Extradition, Globe & Mail Says

The U.S. has told the Canadian government of its plans, the newspaper said, citing Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton. Meng was arrested at the behest of the U.S. last month and has been restricted to staying in Vancouver since being granted bail.
Tags: Science, Canada, Vancouver, Huawei CFO Extradition Globe, David MacNaughton Meng


Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe

The European Union is working towards finalizing a controversial new copyright law. The rules give publishers rights to demand money from the Alphabet Inc. unit, Facebook Inc. and other web platforms,when small fragments of their articles show up in news search results, or are shared by users. The internet giant has various options on the table and will analyze the final text before making any decisions, she said, adding that Google would withdraw its service reluctantly.
Tags: Google, Europe, Science, European Union, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc


Who Did the Worst MLK Day Tweet?

For most of us, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to reflect on one of the most honorable and morally righteous figures in our country’s history... and/or to sit at home eating Cheez-Its and watching a bad Netflix show. But for the denizens of Online, MLK Day is a time to tweet extremely badly. And boy, did people…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Mlk, Benjamin Netanyahu, Martin Luther King Jr, Nra, Bad Tweets, Mlk Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Steve King


Gene Scientist Fired by College as China Says He Broke the Law

A local government investigation found he breached China’s laws and ethics and will be “severely” dealt with, state-run Xinhua reported the same day. The firing is the latest blow for He, who triggered an international backlash when he shocked the world with his claims of genetically-altering human embryos that resulted in births. The suspected crimes will be handed over to China’s public security agency, increasing the prospects the scientist may face criminal charges.
Tags: Science, China, Xinhua


China Retail, Real Estate Slow More Sharply Than Overall Economy

Together, they make up almost a third of the services sector. The services sector, which accounted for more than half of national output last year, suffered from deteriorating consumer confidence amid a crackdown on borrowing and the trade war with the U.S. The output of technology services increased 29.1 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, versus 32.8 percent in the previous three-month through September, according to the National Statistics Bureau on Tuesday.
Tags: Science, National Statistics Bureau


Second woman carrying gene-edited baby, Chinese authorities confirm

Police to investigate He Jiankui after last year’s claim to have altered the DNA of twin girlsA second woman fell pregnant during the experiment to create the world’s first genetically edited babies, Chinese authorities have confirmed, as the researcher behind the claim faces a police investigation.He Jiankui shocked the scientific community last year after announcing he had successfully altered the genes of twin girls born in November to prevent them contracting HIV. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, China, Asia Pacific, Ethics, Gene Editing, He Jiankui, Jiankui


Oil prices edge down as global growth worries threaten demand

Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday as concerns over global economic growth stoked fears over future demand. International Brent crude oil futures were down 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $62.64 by 0106 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $53.70 per barrel, down 0.1 percent, or 4 cents.
Tags: Science, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI


Digital Securities Platform Joins IBM Blockchain Accelerator Program

Compliance platform for digital securities Securitize has joined the IBM Blockchain Accelerator program, Forbes reports on Jan. 21. According to Forbes, Securitize CEO Carlos Domingo said that the firm’s goal is to build a debt issuance platform using blockchain technology. The accelerator will purportedly last three months and will conclude with a presentation and demonstration of Securitize’s platform.
Tags: Science, Ibm, Forbes, Carlos Domingo, Digital Securities Platform Joins IBM, Forbes Securitize


World to miss 2020 climate 'turning point': analysis

The world is on course to miss its "best chance" of preventing runaway climate change by ensuring global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2020, researchers warned Tuesday. In 2017, experts identified six key milestones that mankind must hit by 2020 if the Paris climate goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) is to have a fighting chance of being met. Chief among these are an immediate phasing out of fossil fuels, including a total halt to new coal power plant ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Celsius


Blue Origin reschedules New Shepard spaceship’s test flight, citing high winds

Update for 3:14 p.m. PT Jan. 21: Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, says it's scheduling the next uncrewed test flight of its New Shepard suborbital space ship for Wednesday. Liftoff has been postponed several times, due to technical concerns as well as worries about high winds at the West Texas launch site. This week alone brought two schedule updates, first on Sunday: We have decided to push our #NewShepard launch attempt tomorrow. High winds expected ...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, West Texas


Last Night's Supergirl Flipped the Script on the Show's Biggest Relationship

Ever since Supergirl began, its heart has been centered around the most important relationship in Kara Danvers’ life—not her superheroic duties carrying on in her cousin’s shadow, not her myriad love interests, but the bond she’s shared with her adoptive human sister, Alex. Now, that relationship has gone through a…Read more...
Tags: Science, The Cw, DC Entertainment, Supergirl, Alex Danvers, Kara Danvers, TV Bites, Dc Cw Verse, Alex Now


Scientists make gene-edited chickens in bid to halt next pandemic

The first of the transgenic chicks will be hatched later this year at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said Wendy Barclay, a professor of virology at Imperial College London who is co-leading the project. The birds' DNA has been altered using a new gene editing technology known as CRISPR. In this case the "edits" are to remove parts of a protein on which the flu virus normally depends, making the chickens totally flu-resistant.
Tags: Science, London, Scotland, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College, Roslin Institute, Wendy Barclay


'A List' climate change firms outperform on stock market: survey

Apple, L'Oreal and Mitsubishi Electric are among more than 120 global firms which scored top marks in a ranking of corporate efforts to slow climate change. Many companies say they are stepping up action on climate change since almost 200 governments struck the 2015 Paris climate agreement to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century by shifting from fossil fuels. London-based CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, said its data showed the shares of its index leaders tend to outper...
Tags: Science, London, Carbon Disclosure Project, Paris, Oreal, Mitsubishi Electric


You May Finally Be Able to Mute Artists You Don't Want to Hear on Spotify

Don’t want to hear an artist in Spotify playlists or radio? You may soon be able to block them.Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Science, Streaming, Streaming Music, R Kelly


Bezos vs Ambani: The Billionaire Bout That Had to Happen

Walmart Inc.’s splashy acquisition last year of Flipkart Online Services Pvt., the homegrown e-tailer giving Amazon.com Inc. a solid run for its money, might have given the impression of a two-horse race. Third, Indians are watching almost 5 billion hours of video a month on their mobile phones and fiber broadband connections with Jio.
Tags: Science, Bezos, Amazon com Inc, Ambani, Walmart Inc, Flipkart Online Services


Ancient Shark With Spaceship-Shaped Teeth Named After Vintage Video Game

A newly described freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period had teeth that resembled the iconic Galaga video game spacefighter. Remarkably, the remains of this shark were found in the same pile of debris that contained Sue the T. rex—the largest and most complete fossil of the species ever found.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Sharks, Paleontology, Ancient Sharks


China seems to confirm scientist's gene-edited babies claim

Chinese authorities appear to have confirmed a scientist's unpublished claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies and that a second pregnancy is underway, and say he could face consequences for his work.
Tags: Science, China


A New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer's 10 Years Earlier

A New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer's 10 Years Earlie
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'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman Undergoing Chemotherapy for Throat Cancer

A source tells ET her treatments for throat cancer began a month ago in Los Angeles.
Tags: Science, Beth Chapman


The Star Wars Ship Almost Everyone Forgets About

The Star Wars galaxy is home to some of the most iconic starship designs in popular culture. We know the fabled wedge of the Star Destroyer roaring into view at the start of A New Hope, the legendary silhouettes of X-Wings and TIE Fighters are burned into our minds. But one oft-forgotten ship has made a bit of a…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Spaceships, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Brahatok Class Dornean Gunship


Ecosystem linchpin

A warming climate shifts the distribution of the krill species eaten by whales and other predators.
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'Like finding a sneeze': fossil identified as 100m-year-old hagfish

Discovery of slimy sea creature could help settle row over early evolution of vertebratesThe fossilised remains of a foot-long slimy sea creature dating from 100m years ago suggest that the last common ancestor of all vertebrates looked less like a squishy eel and more typically “fish-like”, researchers claim.They say the fossil, unearthed around eight years ago in Lebanon, is an early hagfish, a peculiar creature that has no jaws, eyes or true vertebrae but that boasts the ability, when threate...
Tags: Science, Evolution, Lebanon, Palaeontology


Report reveals an undeclared North Korean missile base headquarters

"The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea's presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability," the report said. The discovery of an undeclared missile headquarters comes three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he "looks forward" to another summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February.
Tags: Science, North Korea, Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump


Oil edges up as investors latch on to OPEC cuts, supply outlook

Oil prices edged up on Monday, reversing earlier losses, as investors shrugged off data that confirmed China's economic growth is cooling and instead latched on to positive supply-side drivers for the market. Brent crude oil futures were up 12 cents at $62.83 a barrel by 3:23 p.m. EST (1727 GMT) versus Friday's settlement price, while U.S. crude futures were up 19 cents to $53.99 a barrel. Global equities fell after data pointed to a slowdown in Chinese economic growth in 2018 to a 28-year...
Tags: Science, China, Opec


BlackRock's Data Leak Strikes 20,000 Advisers

LPL informed advisers over the weekend that BlackRock posted details about some of them on its website. “After being informed by BlackRock of this issue, our first priority was to reach out to our advisers to make them aware of the situation and share the details we had learned,” Jeffrey Mochal, a spokesman for LPL, said Sunday in a statement. BlackRock and LPL are the latest financial firms to be ensnared in a data issue affecting a key part of their business.
Tags: Science, Blackrock, LPL, Jeffrey Mochal



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