Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. This robot ballet takes place at the new Amazon order fulfillment center that opened on Staten Island in New York in September. In an 80,000 square-meter (855,000 square-foot) space filled with the whirring sounds of machinery, the Seattle-based e-commerce titan has deployed so...
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Here's Why Most Modern Cars Have That Weird Flat Edge In the Bodywork Around the Wheel

There’s an extremely common design trend that may have slipped by right under your nose, slowly taking over seemingly ever new car on the road, one by one. It’s only maybe a couple inches wide at most, and at all four corners of the car. It’s purpose a mystery, until now.Read more...
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Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan Suffered '2 Different Kinds of Strokes,' Says Forensic Pathologist

Rue McClanahan Suffered '2 Different Kinds of Strokes': Forensic Pathologist
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Russians say they have a deal with Space Adventures to put tourists in orbit by 2021

Russia's space agency says it's getting ready to resume sending private passengers to the International Space Station and back, a decade after the last space tour. A contract has been signed with Virginia-based Space Adventures to send two non-professional spacefliers into orbit for short-term space station stays by the end of 2021, Roscosmos reported today in a news release. Space Adventures didn't issue a statement but retweeted Roscosmos' news. Roscosmos said the two passenger...
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Oil near 2019 highs amid OPEC cuts, U.S. sanctions

Oil prices were around 2019 highs on Wednesday, propped up by supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and by U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. Oil prices have been supported by supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). OPEC as well as some non-affiliated producers such as Russia agreed late last year to cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to prevent a large supply overhang from swelling.
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I Only Care About This Giant Super Moon If It Is Inside My Living Room

There is allegedly a great, big super moon outside my window—not just any super moon, mind you, but potentially the biggest, brightest, super mooniest super moon we’ll get to see until 2026. I could look at it, but I will not. Sorry, moon! I’m sure you have many other, far more interested fans.Read more...
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Alibaba v Tencent Returns as GIC Exits China's Goldman

It’s worth noting that Alibaba’s name didn’t appear on the list of substantial shareholders in CICC’s filing for the period ending Sept. 30, 2018. Adding further intrigue is the revelation Wednesday morning that GIC Private sold 117 million shares at the same time and price as Alibaba bought.
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Amazon Reportedly Has Lord of the Rings Writers in a Locked Office With a Guard and Fingerprint Scanner

Amazon has a lot riding on its secretive, $250 million deal with The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema to produce a streaming show in the franchise’s Middle-Earth setting, with expectations that the budget could cross one billion dollars.Read more...
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Japan govt, Fukushima operator told to pay over nuclear disaster

A Japanese court Wednesday awarded nearly $4 million in fresh damages to scores of residents forced to flee their homes after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. The Yokohama district court ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to pay 419.6 million yen ($3.8 million) to 152 local residents, a court spokeswoman told AFP. The verdict was the fifth time the government has been ruled liable for the disaster in eastern Japan, the world's most serious nuclear accident since Che...
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One of Solo: A Star Wars Story's Giant Explosions Was Inspired By the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube

Digital tools like 3D animation and motion capture helped revolutionize the visual effects industry, but there’s still plenty of room for practical effects to help bring the impossible to the big screen. Solo: A Star Wars Story’s VFX supervisor Julian Foddy revealed to the BBC that one of the film’s most memorable…Read more...
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President Trump signs directive to create new Space Force under the Air Force’s wing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump today signed a space policy directive that lays out further steps in the creation of the U.S. Space Force as a sixth military branch within the Department of the Air Force. The plan wouldn’t involve splitting off Space Force from the Air Force immediately, although it leaves the door open to take that step at a later time. As described in the White House’s Space Policy Directive 4, the arrangement would be similar to the Marine Corps’ status as a militar...
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Oil dips from 2019 highs as rising U.S. supply erodes OPEC cuts

Oil prices slipped from 2019 highs on Wednesday as soaring U.S. production and expectations of an economic slowdown undermined efforts led by producer club OPEC to cut supply to tighten global markets. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $55.84 per barrel at 0126 GMT, down 25 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last settlement. Oil prices have been supported by supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
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Tesla Will Make About 500,000 Cars This Year, Musk Tweets

(Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. will make about 500,000 cars this year, a prediction that’s difficult to gauge given the chief executive officer’s proclivity for setting stretch goals.
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House Dems Accuse Trump Admin of Trying to Export Nuclear Secrets to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump’s administration rushed to reach a deal to provide Saudi Arabia and its despotic government with protected U.S. nuclear technology, despite numerous legal and ethical warnings that such a deal was ill-advised and possibly in violation of the law, Democrats in the House of Representatives alleged in a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Saudi Arabia, War, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Weapons, Donald Trump, Nukes, Mohammed bin Salman, Jared Kushner, Atomic Energy Act, House Dems Accuse Trump Admin of Trying

Guy gets tattoo to honor NASA’s Opportunity rover, but there’s one big problem

NASA's Opportunity rover had a long, eventful stay on Mars, but unfortunately those days are now behind us. The rover has been officially declared dead after a dust storm last year caused its batteries to remain dry and cold, preventing it from waking back up. There's been several heartfelt tributes to the robot over the past few days, and the scientific community is mourning the loss of Opportunity (or "Oppy" as it's been affectionately nicknamed) in various ways. One such tribute r...
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The Super Snow Moon Is the Biggest and Brightest Event of 2019 - and It's Tonight!

Cancel any plans you had to finish bingeing the rest of Russian Doll tonight, because space is gracing us with another celestial wonder - a second 2019 super moon! The super snow moon - aptly named because February is one of the snowiest months of the year - is expected to really light up the sky tonight.
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To the Scientists Who Told the World They Had a Cure for Cancer, From a Cancer 'Survivor'

The author responds to the researchers who said they had a cure for cancer and shares why it was difficult for her to hear.
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Disturbing Bill Would Force Arizonans to Pay $250 to Have Their DNA Added to a Database

In case low salaries and thankless work weren’t enough to keep you from seeking a public service job in Arizona, a new bill seeks to force applicants to hand over a sample of their DNA and pay a $250 processing fee. The proposed legislation would apply to anyone in Arizona who is required to be fingerprinted for a job.Read more...
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Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space Force

Republican U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space, the U.S. Space Force. Space Policy Directive 4 sets the foundation for a legislative initiative to establish a new force under the aegis of the Air Force, the branch currently responsible for space, comparable to the Marines under the U.S. Navy. The Trump administration has said it plans to usher in the force by 2020.
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Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer: study

The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday. Without screening and HPV vaccination, more than 44 million women will likely be diagnosed with the disease over the next 50 years, they reported in The Lancet Oncology, a medical journal. "This is a potential threshold for considering cervical cancer to be eliminated a...
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Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat

Members of Congress on Tuesday requested a briefing with Facebook over allegations that the social network potentially misled users who discussed their medical conditions in “closed” groups that they believed to be private and anonymous. But Facebook says users who shared information in these groups should have…Read more...
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The Jim Henson Company and Neil Gaiman Are Bringing Back The Storyteller

The myths and legends of days gone by are coming back for a new generation. Fremantle and the Jim Henson Company have announced that they are teaming up with Neil Gaiman to bring back The Storyteller—an anthology series that brings classic folktales to life with puppets.Read more...
Tags: Science, Neil Gaiman, Myths, Fairy Tales, Folklore, Fremantle, Jim Henson, Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Company, American Gods, The Storyteller

Oil near 2019 highs amid OPEC supply cuts, but rising U.S. output weighs

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $55.93 per barrel at 0042 GMT, down 16 cents from their last settlement, but not far off their 2019 high of $56.33 reached earlier this week. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade. Prices have been driven up by supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
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Bret Michaels Shares Challenges You'll Understand If You Grew Up With a Chronic Illness

Bret Michaels talks about the challenges he faced growing up with type 1 diabetes.
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These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that. Insolight is a spinoff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where they’ve been working on this new approach for a few years — and it’s almost ready to hit your roof....
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Solar Power, GreenTech, Cto, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Solar Cells, Ackermann, Insolight, Mathiu Ackermann

How your weekly shop affects the environment

BBC Radio 5 Live's Sam Walker looks at which foods are better for the environment.
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Neolithic skull found by Thames 'mudlarkers'

A 5,600-year-old skull fragment discovered by Thames amateur archaeologists goes on display.
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GenCure Plans Adult Stem Cell Lab at San Antonio “Innovation Center”

San Antonio—GenCure, a subsidiary of life sciences nonprofit BioBridge Global, expects to open a biomanufacturing laboratory this year at a new “innovation center” that’s being developed by VelocityTX in San Antonio.GenCure is a regenerative medicine-focused organization that accepts and stores bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, which it uses to produce adult stem cells for research. BioBridge plans to lease 21,000 square feet of space for GenCure at the new four-acre VelocityTX complex, whi...
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Rift Between U.S. and European Carriers Opens Over Huawei

A Feb. 14 release from GSMA, a London-based wireless industry group, urged European lawmakers not to ban Huawei as a supplier. The divergent statements underscore a fissure opening between Washington and carriers and regulators around the world, who’re starting to re-evaluate U.S. warnings that China’s largest technology corporation aids Beijing in espionage.
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The Grand Canyon May Have Been Exposing Tourists to Uranium For 18 Years

And it's a complete mystery as to how the radiation got there.
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