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Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

Air pollution can have devastating health effects for people of all ages, but children are more vulnerable and face specific risks that can last a lifetime, experts say. Why are children more vulnerable? Children breathe faster than adults and are smaller "so they end up getting a higher dose of air pollution into their lungs relative to their body mass than adults," said Rima Habre, assistant professor of clinical preventative health at the University of Southern California (USC).
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Thousands of ICE Employees Have Access to Massive, Nationwide License Plate-Tracking System

Records obtained by the ACLU of Northern California in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that local city governments are piping automated license plate reader (ALPR) data to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the organization wrote on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Immigration, Dhs, Surveillance, Aclu, Ice, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Mass Surveillance, Northern California, Customs Enforcement, Automated License Plate Readers


Sea Warriors: Why India's Aircraft Carriers Are Ready for a Fight

India has committed to carrier aviation and has the resources and experience to develop a successful force. However, India still faces some big decisions, including the choice of a new carrier fighter and the design characteristics of its flagship class of fleet carriers. Much will depend on how successfully India masters the difficulties of large-scale shipbuilding, and how well it integrates new technologies into the design and construction process.
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Facebook Weighs Refunding Advertisers as System Outage Persists

Several brand marketers tweeted that Facebook’s ad-buying system was down as well. Ad sales are the company’s lifeblood and persistent difficulties could be costly. Based on 2019 sales estimates, Facebook Inc. is projected to generate average daily revenue of about $189 million.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Facebook Inc, Facebook Weighs Refunding Advertisers


America Is an Aircraft Carrier Superpower. Why Isn't Russia?

Let's find out.
Tags: Science, Russia, America


Oil slick heading to French coast after cargo ship sinks

An oil slick was heading towards the French coastline on Thursday after an Italian cargo ship sank in the Atlantic carrying 45 containers of "dangerous materials", authorities said. France will deploy four ships to help battle the oil slick at sea and will prepare for a clean-up operation on land, he added. "For now the possible pollution risk consists mainly of the 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil on board," Jean-Louis Lozier, head of the regional maritime authority, told reporters in Brest on ...
Tags: Science, France, Atlantic, Brest, Jean Louis Lozier


Alleged North Korean Front Company Still Using the Same Brand Name on Social Media, Apparently

A company that the United Nations has said is a front for North Korean intelligence agencies, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), has continued its efforts to advertise sanctions-violating military hardware on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Motherboard reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, North Korea, Social Media, Kim Jong Un, United Nations, Sanctions, Global Communications Co Glocom, Facebook Twitter and YouTube Motherboard


Oil slick from sunken ship heading for French coast

Brest (France) (AFP) - French authorities are bracing for the arrival of an oil slick that is creeping toward its southwest coast and should make landfall on Sunday or Monday.
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'Short' drug-resistant TB regimen could cut treatment time by more than half

A new drug cocktail reduces the length of treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis from nearly two years to nine to 11 months with a similar effectiveness, according to a large clinical trial whose results were published in a US journal Wednesday. Nearly 600,000 people contract multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) every year, killing more people than any other infectious disease in the world -- though the drugs used for treating it haven't changed much in decades. The number of pill...
Tags: Science, US, MDR TB, Paula Fujiwara


J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel to the Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

The upcoming Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features some choices quotes from writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates regarding the are-they/aren’t-they relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Lgbtq, Warner Bros, Fantastic Beasts, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Blu Ray, Grindelwald, David Yates, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Dumbledore Grindelwald Fire, Gellert Grindelwald Read


Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time. The claws, created by a highly multinational team of researchers I’ll list at the end, are inspired by birds and bats. The team noted that many flying animals have specially adapted feet or claws suited to...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Yale, Robotics, Biomimetic, Science Robotics, Biomimesis, Kaiyu Hang Ximin Lyu Haoran Song Johannes, Stork Aaron M Dollar Danica Kragic, Fu Zhang


Twitter CEO's Newest Podcast Bud Is a Guy Who Claims Vaccines Cause Autism

Man, it would be great if tech CEOs would maybe not appear as guests for podcasts during which they smoke blunts or engage in casual conversation with anti-vaxxers. And yet here we are.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Autism, Never Tweet, Vaccines, Jack Dorsey


New China Billionaire Drops $2.8 Billion as PDD Shares Tumble

PDD shares dropped 17 percent, the most since it went public last year. Huang, a prolific entrepreneur who started his career at Google, founded PDD in 2015 as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other existing e-commerce operators appeared to have a lock on the market. PDD rapidly became China’s third-largest online mall, behind Alibaba and JD.com Inc.
Tags: Google, Science, China, Alibaba, Huang, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd


California jury orders J&J to pay $29 million in latest talc cancer trial

The verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, marks the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate, which faces more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. J&J said it was disappointed with the verdict and would appeal, citing "serious procedural and evidentiary errors" in the course of the trial. The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company denies that its talc causes cancer, saying numerous studies and tests by regulators worldwide have shown that its talc is safe and asbest...
Tags: Science, California, Oakland, New Brunswick New Jersey, California Superior Court


Facebook U.S. Criminal Probe Extends to Grand Jury

A federal grand jury in New York subpoenaed records from at least two makers of smartphones and other electronic devices that had entered into partnerships with Facebook, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified people familiar with the requests. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, declined to comment. Facebook said in July it had received questions from U.S. agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI, ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Science, Fbi, Brooklyn New York, Facebook The New York Times, Facebook U S Criminal Probe Extends


Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has Found Its Director and Writer 

While Marvel’s still moving forward with its slate of more cosmically-focused movies like Endgame and Eternals, it’s also making progress with a Shang-Chi feature film that, considering the character’s depiction in the comics, could be decidedly more grounded.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang Chi, Shang Chi Movie Has


Chrome Adds Pro-Privacy Search Engine Options As Google Faces Antitrust Scrutiny

Here’s a change in Google’s Chrome browser that’s raising eyebrows: In 60 global markets, Chrome now includes the option of using pro-privacy competitor search engine DuckDuckGo.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Duckduckgo, Qwant, Privacy And Security


U.S. and India commit to building six nuclear power plants

The United States and India on Wednesday agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six U.S. nuclear power plants in India, the two countries said in a joint statement. The United States under President Donald Trump has been looking to sell more energy products to India, the world’s third-biggest buyer of oil. The talks involved Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international se...
Tags: Science, India, United States, Donald Trump, Andrea Thompson, Vijay Gokhale


Twitter Rolls Out Snapchat-Like Camera Feature, Experimental App

Bloomberg reported more than a year ago that Twitter was developing the feature with a working demo version. It’s “designed to make it easier to capture what you see happening, and get it to the people who want to see and talk about it,” Keith Coleman, Twitter’s vice president of product, wrote in a tweet introducing the camera. Twitter has a history of being slow to change its product, scrapping ideas for fear of alienating its hardcore users and debating new wrinkles over long periods of tim...
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The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows

Fighters are down, but helicopters are up.
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The photos that made Moon landings possible

Fifty years after the Neil Armstrong moment, these pictures show the value of photography to that mission.
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11-Year-Old Boy's Foot Is Crushed on Universal Studios' E.T. Ride, Lawsuit Claims

11-Year-Old Boy's Foot Crushed on Universal Studios' E.T. Ride: Lawsuit
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Designer babies: Moratorium on genome editing needed, say experts

Experts from seven countries called Wednesday for a moratorium on the kind of genetic manipulation -- known as germline editing -- used last year to permanently modify the genome of twin girls in Shenzhen, China. "We call for a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing -- that is, changing the heritable DNA in sperm, eggs or embryos to make genetically modified children," the researchers said in a joint statement, published in the scientific journal Nature. "The introduc...
Tags: Science, Shenzhen China


Champions of Big Oil Extend Olive Branch to Green New Dealers

Perry, in an appearance at the biggest North American energy conference on Wednesday, said he’s interested in “getting together and having a conversation” with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the low-carbon blueprint intended to free the country from fossil-fuel dependence in a decade. Equinor CEO Eldar Saetre said that oil majors will need to invest more in renewable energy under pressure from shareholders.
Tags: Science, Perry, Eldar Saetre, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Green New Dealers


Amazon Yanks At Least 2 Books Telling Parents To Give Autistic Kids Toxic Substances

Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win, both previouslyon sale through the retail giant, were not available on Wednesday
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Exclusive: U.S. aims to cut Iran oil exports to under 1 million bpd from May - sources

The United States aims to cut Iran's crude exports by about 20 percent to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from May by requiring importing countries to reduce purchases to avoid U.S. sanctions, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump eventually aims to halt Iranian oil exports and thereby choke off Tehran's main source of revenue. Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Tehran, Reuters U S President Donald Trump


Report: Facebook Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

Facebook is under criminal investigation for massive data deals between the social media giant and many of the world’s biggest technology firms, according to a Wednesday evening report on the New York Times.Read more...
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The Health Issue Jay Leno Is Speaking About for the First Time

For the first time, Jay Leno is speaking publicly about his high cholesterol—and he's hoping to educate the rest of America about the dangers.
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Deadly 2017 wildfire found sparked by Southern California Edison power lines

The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Wednesday. An investigation of the fire's origins found that high winds blew Edison power lines into one another, creating an electrical arc that "deposited hot, burning or molten material" into dry vegetation on the ground, setting off the blaze, the dep...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Northern California, Edison


The Inactive Ingredients in Pills Can Cause Side Effects, Too

The annoying, even life-threatening, side effects of a medication may not actually be caused by the drug itself, explains a new study out Wednesday. Sometimes, the stuff used to make pills go down easier—the inactive ingredients—could trigger a person’s allergies or intolerances. Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Allergies



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