Verizon Cuts Online Upgrade and Activation Fees, Raises Its 'Full Service' In-Store Fee to $40

Verizon is upping the prices of in-store phone activations—though it’s also lowering the cost of ordering and activating phones using its app or online services, per CNET.Read more...
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Oil prices rise for a second day on China demand, U.S. stockpile drop

Oil prices rose for a second day on Wednesday on signs of strong demand from refineries in China, the world's second-largest crude user, amid tightening supply as producers curtail output and as oil inventories in the United States fell unexpectedly. International benchmark Brent crude oil futures rose 21 cents, or 0.29 percent, to $71.93 a barrel by 0319 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.45 per barrel, up 40 cents, or 0.6 percent from their previous settlement.
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Right-wing opposition sweeps to power in Canada's oil region, sets up fight with Trudeau

The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Jason Kenney, which had led in the polls for months, crushed the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Rachel Notley amid frustration over the economy and a beleaguered energy industry. In an often belligerent campaign, Kenney promised to stand up for Albertans against Trudeau and other politicians he said were taking the province and its oil and gas for granted. Loud cheers broke out in the Big Four Roadhouse, a venue in the iconic Calgar...
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Altered Carbon Gets an RPG, Frankenstein Has an Heir, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's regular column all about the fantastic world of board games and tabletop roleplaying games—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy, of course. This time around we’ve got some exciting announcements in the worlds of Altered Carbon and Magic: The Gathering, as well as a Kickstarter for a story…Read more...
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This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planetIf this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of flagrant typecasting. That’s because Dr Joanne Chory is too perfect for the role to be believable.The esteemed scientist – who has long banged the climate drum and now leads a project that could lower the Earth’s t...
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Only one in 50 people have nights free from light pollution

Just one in 50 people in England experiences nights that are free from light pollution.
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There may be a copy of Wikipedia somewhere on the moon. Here's how to help find it.

If you've ever worried that humanity will ever wipe itself out so completely that there'll be no record of our civilization for aliens to discover, you can now rest (somewhat) easy. Even if we blow everything on Earth to smithereens tomorrow, there will likely still be a library of 30,000 books, 5,000 languages, plus a complete copy of Wikipedia, somewhere on the moon. The only problem: We don't know exactly where. The library is a project of the Arch Foundation, the same company tha...
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Jay Inslee Calls For a Climate Change Only Primary Debate

Zach Gibson/GettyGov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), whose presidential campaign has been built on prioritizing climate change above all issues, is calling on the Democratic National Committee to host a presidential candidate debate solely on that one topic. “This can’t be a one-off question where candidates get to give a soundbite and move on: Climate change is at the heart of every issue that matters to voters, and voters deserve to hear what 2020 presidential candidates plan to do about it,” Inslee wrote...
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NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter found its first Earth-size planet, but you wouldn’t want to visit

NASA's TESS exoplanet hunting telescope has been on the job for less than a year, but it's already racking up some impressive discoveries. Following the announcement of a new "Hot Saturn" back in March, NASA just revealed that TESS found its first Earth-sized planet outside of our solar system.TESS -- which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite -- is designed to detect the telltale signs of exoplanets orbiting the stars it observes by spotting the tiny changes in brightness as...
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Apple Puts Need for 5G Ahead of Legal Fight in Qualcomm Deal

Apple needs chips that will connect the iPhone to the new, fifth-generation wireless networks being introduced now or risk falling behind its rivals. Modems, or baseband processors, are what connects all iPhones and some iPads and Apple Watches to cellular networks and the internet on the go. Throughout the fight, which centered on Apple’s accusations that Qualcomm overcharges for patents on its technology, the iPhone maker played down the importance of the modem and Qualcomm’s inventions.
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UW institute developing lifetime flu vaccine gets $45 million award

If the UW School of Medicine's Institute for Protein Design succeeds in developing a universal flu vaccine, it could open the door to more complicated vaccines against things like HIV and malaria. That potential is part of what earned them a $45 million award from The Audacious Project, a philanthropic collaborative that focuses on projects fueling massive change throughout the world.
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Shelling kills four in Tripoli as powers divided over Haftar's push

Nearly two weeks into its assault, the veteran general's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) is stuck in the city's southern outskirts battling armed groups loyal to the internationally recognized Tripoli government. Another official told Libya's Alahrar channel four had been killed and 20 wounded. Abu Salim lies north of forces loyal to Tripoli seeking to stop the LNA troops coming from south.
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Nearby exoplanet may have the potential to support life

Finding planets outside of our solar system is a challenge, and determining the size, composition, and surface conditions of such planets is more difficult still. Figuring out whether life could exist on an exoplanet, based on all the previous information? Well that's about as difficult a challenge as an astronomer can imagine, but researchers from Cornell are doing exactly that.In a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from Cornell's Carl ...
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Late night shelling in Tripoli as Europe, Gulf divided over Haftar's push

Nearly two weeks into its assault, the veteran general's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) is stuck in the city's southern outskirts battling armed groups loyal to the internationally-recognized Tripoli government. Forces allied to Tripoli have accused the LNA of firing rockets into residential areas, but the LNA said in a statement it had nothing to with the late night shelling, accusing instead a Tripoli-based group. As the rockets fell, the U.N. Security Council was due to consider a...
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The 10 Best Things That Happened at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is in the books and it marked probably the biggest, most action-packed Celebration yet. It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more. Below, are our 10 favorite things that…Read more...
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12 'Helpful' Suggestions People With Fibromyalgia Are Tired of Hearing

The Mighty's fibromyalgia community shares 12 "helpful" suggestions they are tired of hearing.
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Mammogram: Can It Find Cancer in Dense Breasts?

Dense breasts can make a mammogram more difficult to interpret.
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Eating red meat just once a day increases bowel cancer risk by a fifth

Eating red meat just once a day increases your risk of bowel cancer by a fifth, a study by Oxford University suggests. The research based on almost half a million British men and women found that even moderate consumption of ham and bacon was linked to an increased chance of developing the disease. Scientists recommended cutting intake of red and processed meat to no more than twice a week, in light of the findings. Bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 23,0...
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For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors

At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday. Pet cats allowed outdoors, in fact, are nearly three times as likely to become infected with pathogens or parasites than those confined to quarters, they reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Two-legged house-mates should also take note because cats -- a.k.a.
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Oxford philosopher’s newest hypothesis predicts the rise of super villains

Oxford philosopher and founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute Nick Bostrom‘s latest research paper seems to indicate our species could be on a collision course with a technology-fueled super villain. Will a deranged lunatic soon have the capabilities to take the entire world hostage? Can our nation’s leaders do anything to stop this inevitable tragedy? Will the caped crusader rescue his sidekick before the Joker’s sinister trap springs? In the paper, titled “The Vulnerable World H...
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BMW, Qualcomm Battle Against VW, Renault on Connected Car Rules

The European Parliament is set to vote Wednesday on draft rules by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, that would endorse WiFi technology pushed by VW, General Motors, and Volvo Group. BMW and other car and telecom firms are urging European Union legislators to scrap the rules, arguing the law would force them to make additional investments to fit a soon-to-be outdated technology, which offers poorer performance than cellular-based technology compatible with future 5G networks.
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Viral Photo Shows Rare Disease That Made a Woman's Gums Look Exactly Like Strawberries

You have to see it to believe it.
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Why Notre Dame didn't completely crumble in the blaze. And why it could take decades to repair.

Rebuilding Notre Dame will take time – maybe decades. But thank the medieval builders whose work helped save the structure.
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Venezuela's Guaido to seek to annul $8.7 billion Conoco award

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido will seek to annul an $8.7 billion arbitration award to U.S. oil producer ConocoPhillips as he moves to preserve foreign assets, Guaido's chief legal representative said on Tuesday. If accepted, the annulment request would halt enforcement of the award over the 2007 loss of Conoco's projects in the South American country. It would follow a March decision by the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to impose t...
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This 2-Year-Old Has a Grapefruit-Sized Tumor That Makes Her Look Pregnant

The little girl has at the most a 35% chance of surviving her illness.
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How Seniors Respond to Phone Scams Could Indicate Their Alzheimer's Risk

New research found an association between dementia and a person's awareness of phone scams.
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Dad dressed in 'Star Wars' costume visits hospital where son died of cancer

Inside the costume was Andrew McClary, a Florida resident who lost his 19-year-old son, Nicholas, to a rare bone cancer late last year. McClary and his son were both huge "Star Wars" fans and even tried building an R2-D2 robot together until it became too difficult for the increasingly weak Nicholas to help.
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London climate-change street protest arrests reach 290 on second day

Police have arrested 290 people in two days of protests after climate-change activists blocked some of London's most important junctions including Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, causing traffic chaos. The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill again on Tuesday. Extinction Rebellion, which generated headlines with a semi-nude protest in the House of Commons earlier this month, is demanding the government reduce greenhouse gas...
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Exxon Mobil wins three exploration blocks offshore Argentina

The three blocks will add about 2.6 million net acres to Exxon's existing holdings in Argentina, the company said. The blocks are located in the Malvinas basin, about 200 miles (320 kms) offshore Tierra del Fuego. Exxon's existing Argentina holdings include 315,000 net acres spread over seven blocks in the onshore Neuquén Basin of the Vaca Muerta unconventional oilfield and a business support center in Buenos Aires.
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Correction: CBD Goes Mainstream story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 15 about CBD, The Associated Press reported erroneously the parent company of Nine West. It is Authentic Brands Group, not Authentic Fitness.
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