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Reports: Trump Admin Approved Secret Deal to Sell U.S. Nuclear Tech and Assistance to Saudi Arabia

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry approved six “secret authorizations” to allow companies to sell “nuclear power technology and assistance” to Saudi Arabia as part of a plan to win a deal to help build at least two nuclear power facilities in the country, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a document written by the…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, Rick Perry, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Nuclear, Donald Trump, Nukes, Reuters


How Lumotive will put metamaterials in self-driving cars, with Bill Gates’ backing

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A succession of spinouts supported by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has taken an unorthodox technology known as metamaterials to high-flying realms ranging from satellite communications to drone-sized radar systems — but the latest metamaterials venture to come out of stealth is aiming for a more down-to-earth frontier: the car that will someday be driving you. Like Kymeta, Echodyne, Evolv and Pivotal Commware, Lumotive takes advantage of electronic circuits that are able to ...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Bill Gates, Seattle, Bellevue Wash, Lumotive, Kymeta Echodyne Evolv, Pivotal Commware Lumotive


NASA spots ‘Space Butterfly’ giving birth to new stars

Our Sun is one of the big reasons we're all here today. It provides much of the energy needed for life to exist, and without it I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be here to read it. We think of stars as ancient things that have been there forever but new ones are being created all the time, and NASA just captured a gorgeous image of a place where new stars are born.NASA affectionately calls it a "Space Butterfly," but in reality it's a pair of massive gas clouds. Its of...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Jpl


Singapore Backs Lab-Grown Meat, Robots in $535 Million Push

The additional investment includes S$500 million for digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, super-computing and robotics under the five-year plan ending 2020, a government advisory panel on research and innovation said in a statement Wednesday. The amount includes S$300 million announced by Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran earlier this month. The Southeast Asian nation, a densely packed regional financial hub with a population of about 5.7 million, is seeki...
Tags: Science, Singapore Backs Lab Grown Meat Robots


Russia says pioneering cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky dies at 84

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency says pioneering Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, who made the first of his three flights to space in 1963, has died at age 84.
Tags: Science, Russia, Ap, Moscow, Valery Bykovsky


Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic. A California court earlier this month found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Edwin Hardeman, 70, getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after spraying the weedkiller on his garden for decades.
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Sri Lanka, Hodgkin, Edwin Hardeman


Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants to use the meeting to push for an agreement on reducing marine plastic waste. "We believe there is room to reduce that volume and we are now considering ways to do that," said Kentaro Doi, director of plastic waste strategy at Japan's environment ministry.
Tags: Japan, Science, G20, Shinzo Abe, Osaka, Kentaro Doi


Venezuela blackout drags into third day, Maduro announces 'load management'

Power went out in much of the country on Monday afternoon, less than two weeks after electricity was restored following the worst blackout in Venezuela's history. "The time has come to agitate in every state, in every community, to get water back, get electricity back, get gas back," said Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, arguing President Nicolas Maduro's May 2018 re-election was ...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Guaido


U.S. approved secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration has quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants. Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia are in competition for that deal, and the winners are expected to be announced later this year by Saudi Arabia. Perry's approvals, known as Part 810 authorizations, allow companies to do preliminary work on nuclear power ahead of any deal but not ship equ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Trump, Perry, United States South Korea


Uncovering Iran's sanctions-busting sale of fuel oil on the high seas

The sources said it appeared that the supertanker was selling Iranian oil in violation of U.S. sanctions. The official declined to be identified by name, citing the marketer's communications policy.
Tags: Science, Iran


Monsanto Loses Roundup Cancer Trial to the Tune of $80 Million

A federal jury in California has awarded $80 million to a man who said Monsanto herbicide Roundup was a “substantial factor” in him developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, CNN reported on Wednesday. It’s a major blow to the chemical manufacturer and its parent company, German chemical giant Bayer AG, which are facing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Roundup, California, Cancer, Cnn, Agriculture, Lawsuits, Courts, Monsanto, Carcinogens, Herbicides, Bayer, Bayer AG, Hodgkin


Slimming clinics putting patients at risk by doling out appetite suppressants

Private slimming clinics are doling out appetite suppressants to patients without significant weight problems, and failing to stop teenagers getting hold of them, a watchdog has warned. Inspections by the Care Quality Commission found almost half of such clinics failing to provide safe care, with medics supplying dangerous drugs in high quantities. The regulator also highlighted widespread risks in other services run by private doctors accused of  prescribing too many drugs, such as antibiotics ...
Tags: Science, NHS, Cqc, Care Quality Commission, Ursula Gallagher


Scientists find genetic mutation that makes woman feel no pain

Discovery in 71-year-old Jo Cameron may aid development of new pain relief treatmentsDoctors have identified a new mutation in a woman who is barely able to feel pain or stress after a surgeon who was baffled by her recovery from an operation referred her for genetic testing.Jo Cameron, 71, has a mutation in a previously unknown gene which scientists believe must play a major role in pain signalling, mood and memory. The discovery has boosted hopes of new treatments for chronic pain which affect...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, Genetics, Human biology, Jo Cameron


Hubble discovers a mysterious dark spot on Neptune, and it’s getting bigger

The mighty Jupiter gets a lot of attention for its constantly-shifting face, but it's not the only planet in our solar system with some serious personality. Neptune, the large frozen ball of methane and various other frigid gasses sitting way out in the outer reaches of our system, is surprisingly active, and the Hubble Space Telescope just caught it doing something nobody had ever seen before.Astronomers have known for a long time that Neptune's surface occasionally becomes dotted with ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Neptune, Geophysical Research Letters


Watch Dolph Lundgren Lead a Band of Soldiers Against an Army of Zombies

If the zombie apocalypse is upon you, there are few better people to help you survive it than Dolph Lundgren. And that’s exactly what he’ll do in the new movie Dead Trigger.Read more...
Tags: Science, Zombies, Dolph Lundgren, Dead Trigger, Soldiers Against an Army of Zombies


A bottle of wine could increase women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes

Drinking a bottle of wine increases women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes, research suggests. The British study says that for men, drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the absolute lifetime risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes weekly. This is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as the bowel, liver and oesophagus, For women, it has a similar impact to 10 cigarettes a week, mostly due to an increased risk of breast cancer caused by alcohol, rese...
Tags: UK, Science, University of Oxford, University Of Southampton, Jane Green, BMC Public Health


Trump desperately wants the US in another space race that simply doesn’t exist

Donald Trump threw NASA for a loop shortly after taking office when he directed them to find a way to get humans back on the Moon. Putting astronauts on the Moon is obviously easier said than done, but NASA has been piecing together how such a mission might work ever since.Now, at a meeting of the National Space Council in Alabama this week, Trump ordered Mike Pence to light a fire under NASA and speed up the process. Repeatedly pointing out that he was essentially relaying the wishes of Trump, ...
Tags: Japan, Science, China, Russia, US, Alabama, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Moon, European Space Agency, Donald Trump, Boeing, Roscosmos, Trump, Mike Pence


A Payments App Backed by Jack Ma That's Mimicking Ant Financial

The operator of GCash is now trying to become a conduit for insurance policies with the help of strategic partners that can help it expand a slate of products from banking and credit-scoring to financing and money market funds, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Thomas said in an interview. Mynt, 45 percent owned by Ant, is racing against ride-hailing services Grab and Tencent Holdings Ltd.-backed Voyager to tap a fledgling Philippine payments market.
Tags: Science, Jack Ma, Anthony Thomas, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Mynt


10 Iconic TV Vampires, From Angel to The X-Files

We are very excited to see awkward vampires take NYC on What We Do in the Shadows, which debuts tonight on FX. But the show is merely the latest union of , a pairing that has yielded some of pop culture’s most memorable bloodsuckers. From a huge field of undead contenders, here are our 10 favorites.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sesame Street, Vampires, Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, What We Do In The Shadows, True Blood, Preacher, The X Files, The Vampire Diaries, Penny Dreadful, Dracula, The Munsters, Castlevania, Dark Shadows


No pain

Jo Cameron is one of two people on Earth known to have a mutation that means she feels almost no pain.
Tags: Science, Jo Cameron


A Scottish Woman Has Lived Her Whole Life Without Feeling Pain, Thought It Was Normal

During one Scottish woman’s lifetime, she has broken bones, burned her skin, and undergone surgery without feeling any pain—and she didn’t realize she’d been experiencing anything unusual until she was well into her 60s, according to a new case study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Anesthesia, Pain


Modi hails India as military space power after anti-satellite missile test

India would be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China, according to Modi, who heads into general elections next month. "Our scientists shot down a live satellite 300 kilometers away in space, in low-Earth orbit," Modi said in a television broadcast. "India has made an unprecedented achievement today," he added, speaking in Hindi.
Tags: Science, China, India, Earth, Modi, United States Russia


A bottle of wine a week could increase women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes

Drinking a bottle of wine increases women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes, research suggests. The British study says that for men, drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the absolute lifetime risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes weekly. This is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as the bowel, liver and oesophagus. For women, it has a similar impact to 10 cigarettes a week, mostly due to an increased risk of breast cancer caused by alcohol, rese...
Tags: UK, Science, University of Oxford, University Of Southampton, Jane Green, BMC Public Health


Monsanto found liable for California man's cancer and ordered to pay $80m in damages

Agrochemical corporation found responsible for Roundup weedkiller’s health risks in ‘bellwether’ federal trial The second phase of the trial focused on claims that Monsanto quietly worked to control research and sway regulators about Roundup’s safety. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images A federal jury ruled that Monsanto was liable for a California man’s cancer and ordered the Roundup manufacturer to pay $80m in damages. The ruling on Wednesday, which holds the company responsible for t...
Tags: Science, California, US, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Epa, NHL, Johnson, Bayer, Santa Rosa, IARC, Hodgkin, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, HARDEMAN, Josh Edelson


Monsanto found liable for California man's cancer and ordered to pay $80m in damages

Agrochemical corporation found responsible for Roundup weedkiller’s health risks in ‘bellwether’ federal trialThe second phase of the trial focused on claims that Monsanto quietly worked to control research and sway regulators about Roundup’s safety. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesA federal jury ruled that Monsanto was liable for a California man’s cancer and ordered the Roundup manufacturer to pay $80m in damages.The ruling on Wednesday, which holds the company responsible for the can...
Tags: Science, California, US, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Epa, NHL, Johnson, Bayer, Santa Rosa, IARC, Hodgkin, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, HARDEMAN, Josh Edelson


No, Zack Snyder Never Seriously Considered Making Batman and Superman Stepbrothers

The Martha thing was bad enough—but, if you believe the internet right now, it could have been a lot worse.Read more...
Tags: Science, Internet, Superman, Batman, Warner Bros, Internet Culture, Batman V Superman, Zack Snyder, Martha Wayne, Martha Kent


Monsanto ordered to pay $81 mn in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto was ordered on Wednesday to pay some $81 million to an American retiree who blames his cancer on the agribusiness giant's weedkiller Roundup. A San Francisco jury found the firm had been "negligent by not using reasonable care" to warn of the risks of its product, ordering it to pay Edwin Hardeman $75 million in punitive damages, $5.6 million in compensation and $200,000 for medical expenses. The jury also found that Roundup's design was defective and that the product lacked sufficien...
Tags: Science, San Francisco, Monsanto, Edwin Hardeman


NASA explains why it didn’t have enough space suits for an all-female spacewalk

This was supposed to be a history-making week for NASA, with the first all-female spacewalk originally planned to take place on Friday. Unfortunately, a last-second swap has led to one of the expected participants, Anne McClain, being replaced with fellow ISS inhabitant Nick Hague.NASA's explanation was that McClain wouldn't have a space suit available to her for the spacewalk due to sizing, since Christina Koch will be wearing the medium-sized suit that McClain wore during her previous ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Koch, Anne McClain, McClain, Christina Koch, Nick Hague, Brandi Dean, CNN NASA


U.S. jury says Bayer must pay $80 million to man in Roundup cancer trial

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million to a man who claimed his use of Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused his cancer, in the latest legal setback for the company facing thousands of similar lawsuits. The jury in San Francisco federal court said the company was liable for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages to Hardeman after finding that R...
Tags: Science, San Francisco, Monsanto, Bayer, NEW YORK Reuters, Bayer AG, Hodgkin, HARDEMAN, Edwin Hardeman


Study: Community mistrust high amid Congo Ebola outbreak

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study released Wednesday, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are now facing. The survey found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, Congo, Dakar Senegal



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