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California utility PG&E vows more power shutdowns to prevent wildfire

California utility PG&E Corp plans to increase the controversial practice of shutting off the power to communities at risk of wildfire when dangerous conditions such as high winds and dry heat are present. In a report to state regulators https://bit.ly/2SevTIZ, PG&E said it would also remove 375,000 trees near electricity lines, trim vegetation over 2,500 square miles (6,475 square km) and conduct thousands of inspections to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires.
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Researchers fear 400 scientific studies used organs illegally harvested from Chinese prisoners

A new study suggests hundreds of published scientific papers involving organ transplants in China violated ethical standards.International professional standards say studies involving organ transplants shouldn't be published if the organs came from executed prisoners, or donors don't provide consent.China has long been accused of facilitating a shady network of organ harvesting and trafficking, though it's been difficult to prove. None Hundreds of studies involving research on organ transplant r...
Tags: Asia, Corruption, Science, Crime, China, Medical Research, Innovation, Newsweek, Falun Gong, Wendy Rogers, Matthew Robertson, Independent Tribunal


This Autonomous Navy Ship Just Passed a Huge Milestone

After traveling from San Diego to Hawaii and back, a revolutionary uncrewed vessel is moving closer to reshaping how the U.S. Navy operates.
Tags: Science, Hawaii, San Diego, U S Navy, Autonomous Navy


Tinder and Its Owner Match Group Had a Very, Very Horny 2018

Unstoppable online dating giant Match Group, a subsidiary of holding company InterActiveCorp, has acquired so many dating sites that some critics have wondered why it isn’t facing antitrust concerns. But the prize jewel in its empire is the Tinder app, which last year added 1.2 million subscribers and pulled in nearly…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tinder, Dating, Dating Apps, Online Dating, Bumble, Matchcom, Hinge, Match Group, InterActiveCorp, OK cupid


SoftBank's Son Transforms $5.5 Billion to $17 Billion Overnight

The founder of SoftBank Group Corp. added about 1.88 trillion ($17 billion) to the market value of his company Thursday — by unveiling a plan to buy back shares worth less than a third of that amount. Based on his own stake, Son’s net worth rose by about $5 billion. Yesterday, he opened his earnings presentation with a riddle: “25 - 4 = 9?” The formula is the 25 trillion yen value of SoftBank’s assets minus 4 trillion yen in debt, far from being equal to its market capitalization of 9 trillion...
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Steve Levy, 'Ray Donovan' Actor, Dies at 58

The actor was diagnosed with a rare form of nose cancer in late 2016.
Tags: Science, Ray Donovan, Steve Levy


Senators Ask the FCC to Investigate Wireless Carrier Throttling

The request came after Bloomberg News reported that the largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from apps such as YouTube and Netflix, citing research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In November, the Democratic senators -- Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut -- said they wrote to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. expressing concern t...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Oregon, Netflix, Connecticut, Ron Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Bloomberg News, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sprint Corp, Edward Markey of Massachusetts


Linda Ronstadt Opens Up About a Lesser-Known Symptom of Parkinson's Disease

Singer Linda Ronstadt shares how her voice has been affected by Parkinson's disease and how she copes with it.
Tags: Science, Linda Ronstadt, Parkinson


Softbank Soars 17% After Masayoshi Son's Biggest Ever Buyback

Son unveiled SoftBank’s biggest-ever buyback as he tries to close the gap between what he thinks the company is worth and its market value. “This latest buyback changes the equation and puts a floor under SoftBank stock,” Atul Goyal, an analyst at Jefferies Group, wrote in a report. Son spent much of his post-earnings presentation Wednesday explaining that SoftBank’s holdings are worth 21 trillion yen net of debt, while the market value is 9 trillion yen.
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Masayoshi Son's Biggest-Ever Buyback Sends SoftBank Soaring

Son unveiled SoftBank’s biggest-ever buyback as he tries to close the gap between what he thinks the company is worth and its market value. “This latest buyback changes the equation and puts a floor under SoftBank stock,” Atul Goyal, an analyst at Jefferies Group, wrote in a report. Son spent much of his post-earnings presentation Wednesday explaining that SoftBank’s holdings are worth 21 trillion yen net of debt, while the market value is 9 trillion yen.
Tags: Science, Softbank, Son, Jefferies Group, Masayoshi Son, Atul Goyal


Suicide rate falls by a third globally, data shows

Suicides have fallen globally by more than a third since 1990, according to a far-reaching analysis released Thursday that highlighted profound differences in the number of men and women taking their own lives. The World Health Organization lists suicide as a critical public health issue and estimates at least 800,000 people kill themselves every year. Although reporting of deaths from self-harm varies between nations, data models devised by the team behind the Global Burden of Disease -- whic...
Tags: Science, World Health Organization, Global Burden of Disease


Marvel Is Celebrating Black History Month With Some Excellent (and Free) Black Panther Comics

It’s already been a good time for the King of Wakanda lately, with the Black Panther movie earning some historic Oscar nominations, and heading back to theaters to celebrate. But Marvel’s keeping the celebration going, and highlighting Black History Month, with a sweet deal on some of the best comics Wakanda has to…Read more...
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Amazon May Be Forcing Its Sellers to Contribute to Its Facial Recognition Program

Amazon has consistently faced ongoing outcry over its contentious Rekognition software, but that apparently isn’t stopping the company from testing out facial recognition technology on its sellers.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Face Recognition, Amazon Marketplace, Rekognition


Two mini-probes fade into the sunset beyond Mars: Is Opportunity rover next?

Farewell, WALL-E and EVE: NASA says it's lost contact with two briefcase-sized MarCO nanosatellites, more than two months after their history-making Mars flyby. And yet another robotic explorer, NASA's Opportunity rover, has been mute on Mars for eight months, heightening suspicions that its 15-year watch could be at an end. There's still hope for Oppy: Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they haven't been able to rouse the golf-cart-sized robot since a g...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps it develop ballistic missiles, satellite images released Thursday suggest. Iran has not acknowledged conducting such a launch.
Tags: Science, US, Iran, Ap, DUBAI United Arab Emirates


Why the criminal justice system should abandon algorithms

Here’s a choose-your-own-adventure game nobody wants to play: you’re a United States judge tasked with deciding bail for a black man, a first-time offender, accused of a non-violent crime. An algorithm just told you there’s a 100 percent chance he’ll re-offend. With no further context, what do you do? Judges in the US employ algorithms to predict the likelihood an offender will commit further crimes, their flight risk, and a handful of other factors. These data points are then used to guide huma...
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Prosecutors: Border Patrol Agent Illegally Sold Dozens of Guns In Private Deals

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in California is accused of illegally selling guns since at least 2014, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Read more...
Tags: Science, Guns, California, Immigration, Customs, Gun Sales, Border Patrol, Firearms, Customs And Border Protection, Border Protection, AR 15, Off Roster Guns


2018 makes last 5 years the warmest in history, scientists say, as Democrats put climate change on agenda

The past five years are the warmest in recorded history, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced Wednesday, part of a continued trend of higher temperatures around the world. "2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend," said Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director Gavin Schmidt. The 2018 data shows the last five years are now the warmest since 1880, according to government scientists.Despite continued data showing the impacts of climate change it ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Noaa, Donald Trump, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt


Skillet Stop Buying Canned, Chopped Tomatoes | Jalopnik Dealerships’ Latest Online Car Shopping Tact

Skillet Stop Buying Canned, Chopped Tomatoes | Jalopnik Dealerships’ Latest Online Car Shopping Tactic Puts ‘Call for Price’ to Shame | Kotaku Tips For Playing Apex Legends | Gizmodo Chinese Satellite Snaps Rare Pic of Lunar Far Side and Earth Together | The Takeout Pun-filled sign battle rages between Indiana Taco…Read more...
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Google Should Make Two-Factor Authentication the Default on Nest Cameras

It took a growing mountain of home hacking horror stories going viral, but Google on Wednesday finally took action by telling their customers to stop messing everything up.Read more...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, Science, Cybersecurity, Nest, Smart Home, Multi Factor Authentication, Why Dont These Books Have Words On The Covers, In The Weeds, Tech Loves Regulation, Nest Cameras


Google Should Force Better Security on Nest Users

It took a growing mountain of home hacking horror stories going viral, but Google on Wednesday finally took action by telling their customers to stop messing everything up.Read more...
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, Science, Cybersecurity, Nest, Smart Home, Multi Factor Authentication, Why Dont These Books Have Words On The Covers, In The Weeds, Tech Loves Regulation, Google Should Force Better Security on Nest Users


Cops Insist Waze Users Stop Snitching on DWI Checkpoints (Updated)

The popular traffic app Waze gathers user-submitted feedback to alert drivers to possible inconveniences they might experience on the road—inconveniences like getting stuck at DWI traffic point. Now, the NYPD reportedly has a message for Waze and its parent company Google: Snitches get stitches.Read more...
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4 Lessons I Learned Volunteering for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease

What it was like for a young student to volunteer with a woman who had Alzheimer's disease, and the four lessons she learned.
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C.H.E.R.Y./L. the Robot Is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Unsung Hero

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has come to an end, and it’s time to celebrate its underappreciated hero.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Surveillance, Netflix, Robots, Streaming, Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy Schmidt, Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, Elise Mestichelli


Cops Insist Waze Users Stop Snitching on DWI Checkpoints

The popular traffic app Waze gathers user-submitted feedback to alert drivers to possible inconveniences they might experience on the road—inconveniences like getting stuck at DWI traffic point. Now, the NYPD reportedly has a message for Waze and its parent company Google: Snitches get stitches.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Waze, Nypd, That Aint How That Works


The Age You Were Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes Could Make an Important Prediction

A study found that age of diabetes diagnosis can predict if you're likely to develop another autoimmune disease.
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'The gates of hell'

Ten years ago, the nation had its worst-ever bushfire disaster - and it has left a profound legacy.
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Ray Donovan Actor Steve 'Bean' Levy Dies at Age 58 After Battle with Nose Cancer

Steve Levy Dead: Actor Steve Bean Dies at Age 58
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Why Having a Hobby Is So Good for Your Mental Health

*Immediately signs up to learn guitar* Read More...
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Democrats Press T-Mobile About Executives' Stays at Trump Hotel

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts senator and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, sent letters this week seeking information from the Trump Organization and T-Mobile Chief Executive Officer John Legere. A central question: Did T-Mobile executives patronize Trump properties as part of a bid to get clearance for their Sprint deal?
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Sprint, Washington State, Trump, John Legere, Pramila Jayapal, Trump hotel, Trump Organization and T Mobile



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