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How measles is making a return in New York and elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community.
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'Flight shame' has Swedes rethinking air travel

Saddled with long dark winters at home, Swedes have for decades been frequent flyers seeking out sunnier climes, but a growing number are changing their ways because of air travel's impact on the climate. "Flygskam", or flight shame, has become a buzz word referring to feeling guilt over the environmental effects of flying, contributing to a trend that has more and more Swedes, mainly young, opting to travel by train to ease their conscience. Spearheading the movement for trains-over-planes is...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Davos, World Economic Forum, Greta Thunberg


Watch scientists unveil Event Horizon Telescope’s first image of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole

WASHINGTON — Scientists are sharing the first pictures to show the immediate surroundings of a supermassive black hole, captured by a network of radio telescopes that adds up to what could be considered the world’s widest observatory. First results from the project, known as the Event Horizon Telescope, are being unveiled at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT) Wednesday during a global wave of briefings. The National Science Foundation is providing streaming-video coverage of the big reveal here in Washington...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Science, Washington, Tokyo, Brussels, National Science Foundation, National Press Club Scientists


Thai cave boy divers explore new tunnel in Vietnam

Three divers who helped rescue a Thai football team last year have made a fresh discovery in Vietnam where they explored a tunnel that could expand the footprint of the world's largest cave. The team was invited to descend into a waterlogged pit in the Son Doong cave in central Vietnam that has never been explored and is believed to connect to nearby chambers. If the tunnel connects to another cave, it would make Son Doong "easily the largest cave in the world and it would never be overtaken,"...
Tags: Science, Vietnam, Son Doong, Howard Limbert


Cuba's worker bees boost thriving honey business

In the floral valleys of Cuba's Matanzas province, old fashioned farming means bees can swarm without the threat of pesticides that have decimated populations across the world. Life is sweet for Cuba's winged wonders, and Europe’s honey-lovers are catching on. It is made for the mountains," says Rogelio Marcelo Fundora, surveying a lush mountain valley east of Havana where his bees are thriving.
Tags: Europe, Science, Cuba, Havana, Matanzas, Rogelio Marcelo Fundora


Singapore Startup Scores $45 Million Investment

Rakuten Capital and EV Growth are leading the investment round for ShopBack, which offers cashback and other rewards for a plethora of names from Airbnb and Foodpanda to Booking.com and Alibaba’s Taobao. The Singapore-based startup, which has partnered with Visa and Mastercard, will use the capital to build up a data platform that provides merchants with insights into consumers, it said in a statement. ShopBack, backed by the likes of SoftBank Ventures Asia, said it handled close to $1 billion...
Tags: Science, Singapore, Alibaba, Airbnb, Mastercard, Taobao, Rakuten Capital, SoftBank Ventures Asia, Singapore Startup Scores


'A medical marvel': Woman lived to 99 with organs on wrong side of her body

Medical students in Oregon made the discovery only after the death of Rose Marie Bentley Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five children, helped her husband run a feed store and lived to 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs, except for her heart, were in the wrong place.The discovery of the rare condition, which was presented this week to a conference of anatomists, was astounding — especially because Bentley had lived so long....
Tags: Science, Biology, Oregon, US news, Bentley, Rose Marie Bentley Rose Marie Bentley, Oregon Health Science University OHSU Continue


Biden says cancer wasn't a 'priority' in the Trump White House

Former Vice President Joe Biden suggested the Trump White House did not share his desire to fight cancer.
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ShopBack Wins $45 Million in Round Backed by Rakuten, EV Growth

Rakuten Capital and EV Growth are leading the investment round for ShopBack, which offers cashback and other rewards for a plethora of names from Airbnb and Foodpanda to Booking.com and Alibaba’s Taobao. ShopBack, backed by the likes of SoftBank Ventures Asia, said it handled close to $1 billion in sales for some 2,000 merchants in 2018.
Tags: Science, Alibaba, Airbnb, Rakuten, Taobao, Rakuten Capital, SoftBank Ventures Asia


Trump to seek to stop states from delaying energy projects

Trump's orders will direct his Environmental Protection Agency to change a part of the U.S. clean water law that has allowed states, on the basis of environmental reasons, to delay projects such as pipelines to carry natural gas to New England and coal export terminals on the West Coast. Trump will issue the orders at a training center for union members in the petroleum industry in Houston, an event sandwiched between fundraising events in Texas for the 2020 campaign. "Outdated federal guidanc...
Tags: Texas, Science, Epa, Houston, Environmental Protection Agency, New England, Trump, West Coast Trump


Aviation faces challenge to reduce pollution

Aviation represents around two percent of emissions of global carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main gases responsible for rising temperatures, according to the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). "Air travel is also closely tied with the development of economic activity.
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You Might Have Allergy Symptoms For the First Time Ever This Spring - Here's Why

After months of bare trees and snow, Spring is a welcome change - but with gorgeous blooms come the itchy, watery, stuffy symptoms of seasonal allergies. And now, that might be true even if you've never suffered from allergies before.
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Oil edges higher amid tightening global supply, gains capped by economic slowdown

Oil prices crept higher on Wednesday, supported by supply cuts by producer club OPEC and U.S. sanctions against oil exporters Iran and Venezuela, but restricted by expectations that an economic slowdown could soon dent fuel consumption. International benchmark Brent futures were at $70.66 per barrel at 0158 GMT, up 5 cents from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $64.10 per barrel, up 12 cents, or 0.2 percent, above their last settlement.
Tags: Science, Opec, Iran, Venezuela


Maybe All Those Missing Bees Are Just in Our Eyeballs, Eating Our Tears

Bees have been disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, a phenomenon that seriously threatens our ecosystem. Scientists speculate bees are dying out for a number of reasons, including pesticides, habitat losses, starvation, and parasites. What they have not considered, however, is that bees have just decided…Read more...
Tags: Science, Taiwan, Bees, Eyeballs, Why God, News Stories From Hell


Senators Introduce Bill to Stop 'Dark Patterns' Huge Platforms Use to Trick Users

Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) have introduced legislation to ban so-called “dark patterns” tactics designed to trick users into handing over access to their data, Reuters reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Privacy, Virginia, Cybersecurity, Nebraska, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Platforms, Mark Warner, Reuters, Deb Fischer


Uber Seeks About $10 Billion in Year’s Biggest IPO

While Uber has released partial financial results for years, its IPO filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will provide the first complete look at its numbers and operations. Prospective investors are hungry for the minutia, and they’re now armed with ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc.’s March 29 IPO as a reference point for picking apart Uber’s business and value.
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Uber Is Said to Seek About $10 Billion in Year's Biggest IPO

While Uber has released partial financial results for years, its IPO filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will provide the first complete look at its numbers and operations. Prospective investors are hungry for the minutia, and they’re now armed with ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc.’s March 29 IPO as a reference point for picking apart Uber’s business and value.
Tags: Science, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Lyft Inc


Singapore Startup Scores $45 Million in Rakuten-Led Investment

Rakuten Capital and EV Growth are leading the investment round for ShopBack, which offers cashback and other rewards for a plethora of names from Airbnb and Foodpanda to Booking.com and Alibaba’s Taobao. The Singapore-based startup, which has partnered with Visa and Mastercard, will use the capital to build up a data platform that provides merchants with insights into consumers, it said in a statement. ShopBack, backed by the likes of SoftBank Ventures Asia, said it handled close to $1 billion...
Tags: Science, Singapore, Alibaba, Airbnb, Rakuten, Mastercard, Taobao, Rakuten Capital, SoftBank Ventures Asia, Singapore Startup Scores


Oh, Fun: This Allergy Season Is Shaping Up to Be 1 of the Worst For a Very Specific Reason

After months of bare trees and snow, Spring is a welcome change - but with gorgeous blooms come the itchy, watery, stuffy symptoms of seasonal allergies. And now, that might be true even if you've never suffered from allergies before.
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AirTrunk Raises S$450 Million to Build Singapore Data Center

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and TPG Sixth Street Partners-backed company has already spent more than A$1 billion ($712 million) on two data centers in Australia and will open its Singapore facility in two phases, according to founder Robin Khuda. The rest will be built when there’s enough demand, with the total project taking up 1.5 hectares of land in Loyang, in Singapore’s east, and costing “in excess” of S$500 million, he said.
Tags: Science, Australia, Singapore, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, TPG Sixth Street Partners, Build Singapore Data Center, Robin Khuda, Loyang


NASA’s mission to ‘Touch the Sun’ just hit another major milestone

In 2018, NASA launched a mission to do something that scientists have never done before. The Parker Solar Probe mission is truly the first of its kind, venturing closer to our star than any spacecraft has ever dared, and it's already broken a number of records.Now, the spacecraft is continuing its incredible journey by completing its second close approach to the Sun, bringing it to the record-setting distance it achieved during its first pass. As NASA explains in a new blog post, scientists ...
Tags: Japan, Science, Nasa, Sun, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Parker Solar Probe, Nickalaus Pinkine


YouTube Has Plans for Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Shows—But Don't Expect Bandersnatch

Well, folks, it appears the inevitable choose-your-own-adventure-style YouTube programming may soon be coming to a channel near you.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Netflix, Choose Your Own Adventure, Content, Originals, Don, Bandersnatch


Virgin Galactic's first test passenger gets commercial astronaut wings

Virgin Galactic’s first test passenger received her commercial astronaut wings from the U.S. aviation regulator on Tuesday after flying on the company’s rocket plane to evaluate the customer experience in February. Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor, Beth Moses, who is a former NASA engineer, became the first woman to fly to space on a commercial vehicle when she joined pilots David Mackay and Mike Masucci on SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity.
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U.S. judge defers ruling on PG&E $350 million bonus plan

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Tuesday deferred a ruling on whether to approve a PG&E Corp plan to pay up to $350 million in bonuses to 10,000 employees, saying he wants more details from the California power producer that is facing bankruptcy following last year's wildfires. Judge Dennis Montali of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco set April 23 as the next date for a hearing on the plan, saying he wants PG&E to give him a "tutorial" on it. The plan covers 2019 and takes the place of a pr...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, U S Bankruptcy Court, PG E Corp, Dennis Montali


You Might Have Allergy Symptoms For the First Time Ever This Spring - Here's Why

After months of bare trees and snow, Spring is a welcome change - but with gorgeous blooms come the itchy, watery, stuffy symptoms of seasonal allergies. And now, that might be true even if you've never suffered from allergies before.
Tags: Science, First Time Ever


Flying taxis could be more efficient than gas and electric cars on long-distance trips

Flying cars definitely sound cool, but whether they’re actually a good idea is up for debate. Fortunately they do seem to have some surefire benefits, among which you can now count improved efficiency — in theory, and on long trips. But it’s something! Air travel takes an enormous amount of energy, since you have to lift something heavy into the air and keep it there for a good while. This is often faster but rarely more efficient than ground transportation, which lets gravity do the hard work. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Tech, Automotive, Flying Cars, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Hexa, Flying Taxis, Noah Furbush, So University of Michigan


Wilbur Ross: We've Gotta Get Back to the Moon—to Exploit the Hell Out of It

NASA via GettyLate last month, out of the blue, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States would land an American on the moon by 2024—four years ahead of schedule.Now we know why the Trump administration is in such a hurry to get back to the lunar surface: The administration wants to mine the moon, staking a claim on these supposed lunar riches before any other country (most likely China) can—and before the end of Pres. Donald Trump’s possible second term. At the annual Space Sym...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, China, Russia, America, Nasa, Earth, Canada, United States, Commerce, Ross, Trump, Colorado Springs, Mike Pence, Congressional


Allergies or Pink Eye: Here's How to Tell the Difference

We give you the breakdown to help you soothe your red, itchy eyes the right way.
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4-Year-Old Girl Who Beat Stage 4 Cancer Poses for Sweet Photos Announcing the News

Girl Who Is In Remission from Cancer Poses for Sweet Photos
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Yoga may help ease mood disorders in Parkinson's patients

Parkinson's disease is one of the most common chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Classic motor symptoms include tremors, rigidity, slowed movements, and postural instability - but patients with Parkinson's can also experience a variety of cognitive problems as well as psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety, researchers note in JAMA Neurology. For the study, researchers randomly assigned 138 adults with Parkinson's to participate in eight weeks of either a mindfulness yoga program o...
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