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SoftBank's Vision Fund Promotes Lydia Jett to Partner

Jett joined SoftBank four years ago, leading and managing global investments in consumer internet and e-commerce companies. The promotion “empowers me and my team and other women of the Vision Fund to continue the work that we do,” said Jett, who was a vice president at the private equity firm M/C Partners before joining SoftBank.


There's An Act Of War from "New Dimensions"

Catch an all new episode of THE ORVILLE on THU at 9/8c only on FOX!


Mexico could pay Pemex debt from $15 billion stabilization fund

Mexico's deputy finance minister said on Thursday the government was considering using part of a $15.4 billion public income stabilization fund to pay some debt obligations for heavily leveraged state oil company Pemex. The finance ministry is working on a new design for the fund to make it counter cyclical, deputy minister Arturo Herrera said in an interview with TV network ADN40, during a banking conference in Acapulco.


Hundreds of Thousands of Medtronic Defibrillators Could Be Vulnerable to Hacking Due to Flaw

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an alert that some Medtronic implanted defibrillators contain vulnerabilities that would allow them exploited by attackers who had the right knowledge of the devices and close proximity to an individual possessing one.…Read more...
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Plastic microparticles threaten unique Galapagos fauna

Armed only with gloves and large sacks, park rangers and volunteers are battling the scourge of plastic waste blighting the idyllic Galapagos Islands and their unique creatures. Tons of plastic waste wash up on the shores of the Galapagos islands where microparticles end up in the stomachs of species found only in the Pacific archipelago 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of mainland Ecuador.


Tethers Unlimited says two-way radio for small satellites has aced first orbital test

Tethers Unlimited weathered a wave of bad news over the winter, but now some good news has bloomed. The company, headquartered in Bothell, Wash., reports that its SWIFT-SLX S-band radio has been successfully operated in orbit. The compact software-defined radio provided two-way communications between Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, known as HSAT-1, and the satellite’s ground operators, Tethers Unlimited said this week in a news release. HSAT was launched last November by India’s Polar Sate...


Many sharks closer to extinction than feared: Red List

Human appetites are pushing makos and other iconic sharks to the brink of extinction, scientists warned in a new assessment of the apex predator's conservation status. Seventeen of 58 species evaluated were classified as facing extinction, the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN) said late Thursday in an update of the Red List of threatened animals and plants. "Our results are alarming," said Nicholas Dulvy, who chairs the grouping of 174 experts from 5...


Cradle of Venezuela oil industry is a scene of desolation

Greasy slicks continue to darken the ground in Mene Grande, a modest town where Venezuela's oil boom was born more than a century ago. "We used to live like kings," recalled Henry, a 48-year-old former oil well worker who declined to give his last name. "This was the biggest oil area in Venezuela... You stopped here and used to see a big number of barges working there.


Nintendo's Labo VR Kit Is Its Wildest Cardboard Adventure Yet

With its first two kits, Nintendo has already elevated a medium that usually spends most of its life sitting in a recycle bin. Now with the new cardboard Labo VR Kit, on top of adding a whole new dimension of gaming to the Switch’s arsenal, with designs and materials to make cardboard birds, elephants, blasters, and…Read more...
Tags: Labo Goes Wild, Nintendo, Labo Vr Kit, Nintendo Labo, Nintendo Switch, Gaming, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Nintendo Labo Vr Kit Hands On


Green challenge

A student house is challenged to live in a more environmentally-friendly way. How did they get on?


Shares of Japan's Eisai swamped with sell orders after ending Alzheimer trials

Eisai Co Ltd's shares were untraded on Friday, hit with a glut of sell orders after the Japanese drugmaker and its partner Biogen Inc said they are ending two drug trials of their experimental Alzheimer's disease drug aducanumab. The decision, which wiped $18 billion off the value on Biogen on Thursday, marks a major setback in the quest to find a treatment for the mind-wasting disease and came after experts determined the trials had little hope of succeeding. Japanese markets were closed for...


A Messy Star Trek: Discovery Cannot Compare to the Mess That Is Michael Burnham's Life

For better or worse, tonight’s Star Trek: Discovery blew the lid off of the biggest plot threads of the season, as quickly as it could. While we got a bunch of answers in the mania to rush from one twist to the next, it also raised another question, perhaps its ultimate: Can any other Star Trek protagonist’s wild life…Read more...
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Oil Giants Invest $110 Billion In New Fossil Fuels After Spending $1 Billion On Green PR

The world's five largest publicly traded oil companies are increasing theirinvestments in oil and gas, putting a combined $110 billion in new fossil-fuelproduction
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Physicist Marcelo Gleiser: 'Science does not kill God'

The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemies. A physics and astronomy professor whose specializations include cosmology, 60-year-old Gleiser was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has been in the United States since 1986. "Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method," Gleiser told AFP Mon...


This Week's Giant Toxic Gas Cloud Over Houston Was a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem

Since Monday, Corey Williams has installed several air quality monitors in Houston-area schools. The state has nearly 40 that it owns littered around the city, but Williams, the policy and research director for Air Alliance Houston, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, doesn’t always trust the state, he…Read more...
Tags: Air Pollution, Chemical Fire, Texas, Deer Park, Public Health


FCC to Cough Up $43,000 Settlement for Refusing to Turn Over Fake Comment Records

While not admitting to any fault, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday settled a lawsuit for tens of thousands of dollars after unlawfully withholding records from a reporter under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Foia, Ajit Pai


Jezebel We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca | Deadspin Tom Izzo Flips Out On Aaron Henry, Has

Jezebel We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca | Deadspin  | Splinter One Nation Under Pizza Ranch | The Grapevine R. Kelly Can’t Leave Illinois, but Wants to Travel to Dubai to Perform in Order to Pay Child Support | The A.V. Club Leviathan fuckin’…Read more...
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Uber Picks New York Stock Exchange for Its Mega IPO

At that valuation, Uber would only have to float about 16 percent of its shares to make the top five, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Many technology giants, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. trade on Nasdaq, which was once the dominant exchange for tech upstarts going public. Representatives for Uber and the New York Stock Exchange declined to comment.


Anti-Bouteflika protests shake Algeria's business community

Bouteflika's long-time strategic partners, from members of the governing FLN party to trade unionists, have abandoned the president, peeling away layers of his ruling elite. The 82-year-old president also relied on influential figures like Ali Haddad, who has made billions through public works projects awarded by the government and investments in the media. "Voices inside the FCE exist and they have publicly called for an extraordinary General Assembly to replace Ali Haddad," said Laid Benamor...
Tags: Science, Algeria, General Assembly, FLN, Bouteflika, Anti Bouteflika, Ali Haddad, Laid Benamor


Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Is Challenging the Way People Think About Autism

The teen change-maker isn't only schooling people on climate. Read More...
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Google Requests Meeting With U.S. General Amid China AI Debate

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that Google "indirectly benefits the Chinese military" and is planning to meet with the company over the matter. The Pentagon official cited a Google AI lab that opened in Beijing in 2017 as a cause of concern. "In my judgment, us assisting the Chinese military in advancing technology is not in U.S. national interests," Dunford said on Thursday at an Atlantic Council event.


Ky. Governor Made Sure His 9 Kids Got Chickenpox 'on Purpose': They Were 'Miserable' but 'Turned Out Fine'

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Exposed His Kids to Chickenpox
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Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance.
Tags: Science, US, Ap, New Mexico, Trump


Apple Signs Vox for News Subscription Service

The site is owned by Vox Media Inc., which also publishes the Verge, SBNation and Eater, though its other properties won’t be part of the service initially, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the accord hasn’t been announced. Apple is in the process of lining up contributors to the new offering, which has been dubbed Apple News Magazines inside the company. Apple acquired a company called Texture last year to help it build the service.


Little sun bear's facial mimicry reveals complex social skills

Researchers studied 22 sun bears in spontaneous social play at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Malaysia in outdoor forest enclosures big enough to let the animals decide whether to interact or avoid each other all day. The bears exactly mimicked facial expressions they saw other bears produce during social play, copying with high precision not only the type of expression but also specific muscular movements such as raising their noses and wrinkling the bridge of their muzzles. Othe...
Tags: Science, Malaysia, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center


Spacewatch: private Israeli mission on course for the moon

Beresheet spacecraft will attempt to land on the moon and measure its magnetic fieldA privately funded mission is on course to orbit the moon on 4 April. All being well, the 150kg spacecraft will then attempt to land a week later.An Israeli not-for-profit organisation, SpaceIL, owns the Beresheet craft, which was built by the space division of Israel Aerospace Industries, and launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Nasa, Middle East and North Africa, The moon, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida, Israel Aerospace Industries


The Acne-Prevention Strategies Glasses Wearers Need to Know

How four eyes become five.
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Everything Kim Kardashian Uses for Psoriasis That You Should (and Shouldn’t) Try, According to a Dermatologist

Plus, affordable at-home skincare products you can use to keep flare-ups at bay
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Agents of SHIELD's Clark Gregg Talks Season 6 and How the Show Is Still Pulling From Marvel's Comics

While Agents of SHIELD’s Phil Coulson is, at least currently, quite dead, actor Clark Gregg’s been spending time settling into his mysterious new role on the show as a character who’s everything the fallen agent and friend to the Avengers was not. This new character, Gregg explained, is someone who will terrify…Read more...
Tags: Interview, Agents Of Shield, Clark Gregg, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios, Abc, Disney


Cellulitis Infection: Is It Contagious?

Cellulitis—a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection—is not directly contagious.
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