Oil prices jump more than 2 percent as U.S. set to end Iran import sanction waivers

Oil prices rallied by more than 2 percent on Monday to levels not seen since November 2018 as a Reuters source familiar with the matter confirmed a report that Washington is set to announce all imports of Iranian oil must end or be subject to sanctions. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose to a Nov. 2018 high of $65.39 per barrel, up 2.2 percent from their last close. News that the United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Washington, Iran, United States, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI

Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea. Holding in plastic bags and bottles, four of the 5 metre-by-5-metre (16 foot-by-16-foot) frames are part of an experiment to determine if seaborne litter can be detected with EU satellites and drones. "This was the first big day," says project supervisor Konstantinos Topuzelis, an assistant professor at the Univers...
Tags: Science, Eu, Aegean, Konstantinos Topuzelis

The Climate Kids Are All Right

It didn't take long for the death threats to start
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Mustang Bio soars after its novel gene therapy cured ‘Bubble Boys’

Shares of the tiny biotechnology company Mustang Bio shot up last week following a scientific breakthrough that cured eight infants suffering from the devastating "Bubble Boy" immune system disorder.
Tags: Health, Business, Science, News, Markets, World, Nation, Nation & World, Mustang Bio

Pablo Schreiber Opens Up About What American Gods' King of Luck Wishes For

While most of the lives in American Gods have intersected in one way or another over the show’s two seasons, Pablo Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney has perhaps covered the most ground. From the beginning, he’s been one of the players in Wednesday’s game with the keenest understanding of what the Norse god is getting at. We had…Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Halo, War, Showtime, Starz, Sweeney, Pablo Schreiber, American Gods, Leprechauns, Nail Gaiman

Celebrating What Matters During Autism Awareness Month

Jeremy Michael Wilson discusses supporting acceptance during Autism Awareness Month.
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Technology, Nasa, Rockets, Cape Canaveral, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Oil prices rise on decline in U.S. drilling activity, OPEC supply cuts

Oil prices rose early on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest level since November, driven up by a decline in U.S. drilling activity and ongoing supply cuts led by producer club OPEC. Brent crude futures were at a November 2018 high of $72.58 per barrel at 0028 GMT, up 0.8 percent from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.55 per barrel, up 0.9 percent from their previous settlement.
Tags: Science, Opec, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, OPEC Brent

Thousands protest China-backed mega-dam in Myanmar

Thousands of people in northern Myanmar took to the streets on Monday to protest against the proposed reinstatement of a Chinese-backed mega-dam they say will cause huge environmental damage and bring little benefit to the country. The protest came just days ahead of a trip by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Beijing for a summit on China's Belt and Road Initiative. Myanmar's former military junta signed a 2009 deal with Beijing to construct the Myitsone dam in Kachin state.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Kachin, Myitsone, Road Initiative Myanmar

Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Alert to the slightest movement and sound, Michael Tovolahy's patrol is tracking poachers who are inflicting grievous harm to this jewel of biodiversity. The poachers are targeting lemurs, primates battling the threat of extinction, and are chopping down trees, some of them rare hardwoods, to burn for charcoal. "In this forest, there are at least 20 indigenous animal species, including six types of lemur, and 150 species of tree," says Tovolahy, whose nickname is Nabe.
Tags: Science, Madagascar, Michael Tovolahy, Tovolahy

Trump buildings may be forced to go green under sweeping NYC climate bill

A bill could make the president's properties comply with the kind of regulations he has rejected and mocked
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Thanos, CBD, and Disembodied Pig Brains: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

An awful lot happened this week—some of it good, much of it bad, and a bit of it just plain weird. In the good news category, the Hubble Space Telescope , New York City passed a world-first law requiring owners of large buildings to reduce their climate impact, scientists used a modified 747 to find evidence…Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, TV, Science, Technology, Youtube, Environment, Samsung, Cybersecurity, Physics, Hacking, Nuclear Weapons, Oil And Gas, Game Of Thrones, Hackers, Exercise

Oil prices hit Nov 2018 highs on report U.S. will end Iran oil sanction waivers

Oil prices rose by more than 1 percent on Monday to levels not seen since November 2018, driven up by a Washington Post opinion column that said the United States is preparing to announce all imports of Iranian oil must end or be subject to sanctions. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose above $64.80 per barrel, also to November 2018 highs, hitting $64.86 per barrel, up 1.3 percent from their previous settlement. The United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all bu...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Iran, United States, Josh Rogin

Mudslide kills 17 in Colombia

At least 17 people were killed and 13 others were missing after a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said. The national risk management agency gave the updated toll after rescue efforts in Rosas, in the department of Cauca, were halted at nightfall. Reducing by two an earlier toll of 19 killed that was given by firefighters, it added that five people had also been injured.
Tags: Science, Colombia, Rosas, Cauca

If You Go to Vegas You Can Bet On Some Out-There Game of Thrones Guesses

Ah, Vegas. The place to go if you want to bet on your favorite sports game or favorite murder-happy TV show. Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, Vegas, Betting

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: Washington Post

The United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S. sanctions, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The U.S. reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Iran, United States, Donald Trump

Facebook Has Assembled a Small Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.

This is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebook’s efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during India’s elections. Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of India’s 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other elections around the world, paid hacks and party zealots are churning out propaganda on Faceb...
Tags: Facebook, Science, India, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress Party, Small Army of Fact Checkers Too Small, Twitter YouTube TikTok

This Hornet Fighter Jet Landed on a U.S.Navy Aircraft Carrier (But the Pilot Wasn't American)

The Finnish air force operates some 62 Hornets, 62 F/A-18Cs and seven F/A-18Ds — the latter a two-seat variant — for a total of three squadrons. That is the same type of fighter Jarvinen flew when he touched down onto the Abraham Lincoln.On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American.Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an ai...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Hornets, U S Navy, Juha, Jarvinen, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron, Navy Aircraft Carrier But the Pilot Wasn

Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city. Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. T...
Tags: Science, Greece, Rome, Macedonia, Metro, Thessaloniki, Sophia, Roman Empire, Greek Ministry of Culture, San Giovanni, Imperial Rome, Eleftherios Venizelos, Yannis Mylopoulos, Attiko Metro, Polyxeni Adam Veleni, Adam Veleni Thessaloniki

Samsung Reportedly Delays Galaxy Fold Launch Events in China

Samsung is reported to have delayed launch events for its troubled, roughly $2,000 Galaxy Fold phone in Hong Kong and Shanghai, based on reporting by SamMobile and Engadget Chinese editor-in-chief Richard Lai.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Mobile, Hong Kong, Science, Technology, China, Samsung, Smartphones, Shanghai, Consumer Tech, Engadget, SamMobile, Foldable, Richard Lai, Foldable Phones, Galaxy Fold

Kevin Feige Considers Spider-Man: Far From Home, Not Avengers: Endgame, as the End of the MCU's Third Phase

Here’s an intriguing tidbit: according to Kevin Feige, Avengers: Endgame isn’t actually the end of the third phase of Marvel movies, even though, y’know, it’s in the name and everything. Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, Spider Man Far From Home, Avengers Endgame, Kevin Feige Avengers

This Featurette Explores the Lore of John Wick's Murdery Luxury Hotel

One of the most fun things about the John Wick universe is the way it is slowly building an elaborate lore to populate its world of wacky intense assassins. In this featurette, we get to explore one of the centerpieces of that lore: the Continental. Read more...
Tags: Science, Lionsgate, John Wick, The Continental, John Wick 3 Parabellum, Murdery Luxury Hotel

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives w...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, State Department, Yemen, Reuters, Irgc, State, Syria Iraq, Mike Pompeo, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses

The Libyan National Army (LNA) force loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar allied to a parallel government in the east started an offensive more two weeks ago but has been unable to breach the southern defenses of the Tripoli government. The latest flare-up in the cycle of anarchy gripping Libya since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 threatens to disrupt oil flows, foment migration across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and allow jihadists to exploit the chaos. Forces loyal to Tripoli...
Tags: Europe, Science, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Reuters, Tripoli, Mediterranean Sea, LNA, Khalifa Haftar, Libyan National Army LNA, Ain Zara

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday urged hundreds of climate-change protesters in London to never give up their campaign to save the planet as police arrests over disruptions to the city's landmarks rose above 830. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites such as Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience with the aim of stopping what it calls a global climate crisis.
Tags: Science, London, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Greta Thunberg

Sri Lanka Blocks Facebook, WhatsApp After Easter Bombings Leave Hundreds Dead

After at least 207 people were killed and over four hundred more were reported wounded after a series of bombs went off at Easter services in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has moved to block access to Facebook, TechCrunch reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Technology, Instagram, Youtube, Censorship, Social Media, Whatsapp, Terrorism, Sri Lanka, Easter bombings, Fake News, Facebook TechCrunch, Sri Lanka Blocks Facebook

SpaceX Astronauts Will Almost Certainly Beat Boeing to ISS

When it comes to the space race, even if Boeing loses, it can still be a winning investment.
Tags: Science, Iss, Boeing

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to Sudan

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) is under pressure from protesters who have kept up a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry since Bashir was ousted on April 11. TMC head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told state TV that the council had received many blueprints on how to manage the transitional period and that the formation of a joint military-civilian council - one of the demands put forward by Sudanese activists - was being considered. "The role of the military council complements the uprisi...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Defence Ministry, Bashir, TMC, Saudi Arabia UAE, Burhan, Abdel Fattah al Burhan, Transitional Military Council TMC

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

A mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Cape Canaveral Florida, Landing Zone

Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Film, Israel, Society, World news, Syria, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Middle East and North Africa, Madonna, Assad, Woodstock

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