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Amazon's Plan for One-Day Prime Shipping Is Going to Be Hell for Its Workers

The two-day delivery option available to Amazon Prime members for just about anything they could possibly need is one of the biggest reasons that the company can continue getting away with hiking its subscription fee (which currently runs members $119 annually). Now, the company is working to implement one-day…Read more...
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China's First Nuclear Missile Suffered from Radiation Leaks, a Fire and Might Have Sank

The single Xia-class submarine was not a military success. During the early 1980s, the People’s Republic of China attempted to modernize its nuclear deterrent force. One concrete results of the effort was the construction of a single nuclear ballistic missile submarine, a “boomer” in arms-control parlance. Constructed at enormous cost, the Xia class of submarines was such a disappointment that a follow-on class was not fielded for twenty years.For a country with a population of more than a billi...
Tags: Science, China, PLA, People 's Republic of China, People 's Liberation Army Rocket Force


Cryptocurrencies Lose $10 Billion on Tether Cover-Up Allegations

Bitcoin sank 6.4 percent to $5,145.33 at 9:55 a.m. in Hong Kong, while the value of cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com dropped by about $10 billion. Tether, the so-called stablecoin at the center of an investigation by New York’s top cop, declined 1.9 percent to $0.99. The companies behind Tether and Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, engaged in a cover-up to hide the “apparent loss” of $850 million of co-mingled client and corporate funds, New York Attorney Gene...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, Science, Letitia James, Bitfinex, Coinmarketcap


Newly-discovered ancient crab species is like nothing science has seen before

When researchers discover fossils of species that are new to science it's only natural that they attempt to find a place for them in the colossal tree of life, matching them up with related species that may even exist today. A newly-discovered species of ancient creature is pushing that practice to its absolute limit.Tiny fossils discovered in both Columbia and the United States reveal the existence of a pint-sized marine animal that lived some 90 million years ago. It's being called a c...
Tags: Science, United States, Yale, Columbia, Javier Luque


Nintendo's Guidance Seen as a `Mockery,' Sending Shares Lower

The company’s stock tumbled as much as 5.1 percent after it forecast operating profit of 260 billion yen ($2.3 billion) this year, well short of the 350.2 billion yen average of estimates. Analysts were particularly befuddled by the forecast that it will sell 125 million new software titles, significantly below market expectations for 161 million and lower than all but one of 10 projections tracked by Bloomberg. “The way they guided software growth, it’s a mockery of the whole guidance word an...
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Nintendo, Jefferies Group, Atul Goyal


Amazon Targets Faster Delivery in Spending to Invigorate Growth

The announcement came after the online retailer Thursday reported first-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates, demonstrating the company’s focus on cloud-computing, advertising, and other high-margin businesses continues to pay off. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky later put the attention back on Amazon Prime, the subscription program that helped make the company the world’s largest online retailer. Established retailers and startups have closed the gap on Amazon’s offe...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brian Olsavsky


China pledges to have the first Moon base within a decade

The Chinese space agency has spent the first few several months of 2019 exploring the far side of the Moon after being the first nation to successfully perform a soft landing on the half of Earth's neighbor that we never get to see. It deployed a rover -- which is likely nearing the end of its brief exploration journey -- and it even grew plants there for a brief time.The country has rapidly caught up to nations like the United States and Russia, which have been exploring off-world for decad...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, Nasa, Earth, United States, Moon, Mars, Chang, Xinhua, China s National Space Administration, Zhang Kejian, South Pole of the Moon


Nintendo Drops on Tepid Profit Outlook, No Date for New Switch

Shares tumbled as much as 5.1 percent after it forecast operating profit of 260 billion yen for the current fiscal year, compared with the 350.2 billion yen average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Operating profit was 29.7 billion yen ($266 million) in the three months ended March, below the 36 billion yen expected by analysts. Shares have rallied this year on optimism that a cheaper version of the Switch, a stronger lineup of games and a potential entry into China will help overcome last ...
Tags: Science, China, Nintendo, Bloomberg Operating


Petrobras sells rights to two fields to Malaysia's Petronas for $1.29 billion

Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro said on Thursday it had closed a $1.29 billion deal with Malaysia's Petronas to sell 50 percent of Petrobas' exploration and production rights in two of its offshore fields. The deal is part of Petrobras' divestment program, which seeks to reduce indebtedness. "Continuous portfolio management contributes to improving the allocation of capital, thereby increasing the generation of value for our shareholders, in addition to enabling the reductio...
Tags: Science, Malaysia, Brazil, Petrobas, Petrobras, Petronas, Petróleo Brasileiro, Roberto Castello Branco


O’Rourke might halt new oil and gas drilling on federal land

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said Thursday he’s willing to consider a moratorium on new leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands as a way to help combat climate change. The Democratic presidential hopeful told reporters while campaigning in Nevada on Thursday the nation needs to rethink how […]
Tags: Business, Texas, Science, News, Nation, Nevada, RENO Nev AP, O'Rourke, Beto O Rourke


Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter

The Chinese—like the Russians—have formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. That’s all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are “combat-coded” aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory ma...
Tags: Science, California, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Raptors, U S Air Force, Tyndall AFB Fla, Edward Air Force Base AFB


Nike, Telegram, Facebook, and Everyone Else Suddenly Love Blockchain

By CCN: Nike is launching a blockchain product. Telegram is launching a blockchain. Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its own token platform; building with Ethereum for the S10 wasn’t enough. Facebook is getting into blockchain. Google still hasn’t done much with it, but JP Morgan now uses it. The list of major corporate names edging in on the crypto space is staggeringly long. Should we be excited or turned off? Big Deal or Nah? For one thing, the development of all these new tokenized p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Samsung, Nike, Jp Morgan, CCN, Nike Telegram Facebook


Google Accused of Retaliating Against Staff in New Labor Case

The filing was made this week by an unidentified individual and the case has been assigned to the agency’s New York office, according to the agency’s website. It involved an alleged violation of a New Deal-era ban on punishing employees for involvement in collective action related to working conditions, according to a case summary posted online. This week, the internet giant came under fire from two leaders of the walkout, who alleged in a message posted internally that the company has been re...
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Jack Dorsey Called Ilhan Omar and Refused to Do Anything Useful

Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump, the most powerful man on the planet, posted an insane video on Twitter smearing freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar and connecting the Muslim Congresswoman with the 9/11 attacks. Unsurprisingly, a deluge of death threats against Omar followed.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Islamophobia, Death Threats, Omar, Ilhan Omar


Alibaba's Online Mall Chief Wants to Double Sales in 3 Years

Jiang Fan, who runs the company’s two biggest e-commerce businesses, wants to double transaction volumes on its Tmall service in three years. Alibaba doesn’t disclose dealings over the platform, which helps brands and companies sell goods to 600 million-plus buyers, but it’s one of the single largest online retailers in China’s $1 trillion e-commerce arena. Beyond investing in cloud services and making inroads into international markets such as Southeast Asia, Alibaba is also intent on becomin...
Tags: Science, China, Alibaba, L'oreal, Valentino, Jiang Fan, Southeast Asia Alibaba


John Singleton Suffered a Stroke at Age 51: Why Younger People Are Having Them

John Singleton Suffered a Stroke at Age 51: Why Younger People Are Having Them
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Amazon Pledges One-Day Delivery for Top Clients Starting in U.S.

The announcement came after the online retailer Thursday reported first-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates, demonstrating the company’s focus on cloud-computing, advertising, and other high-margin businesses continues to pay off. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky later put the attention back on Amazon Prime, the subscription program that helped make the company the world’s largest online retailer. Established retailers and startups have closed the gap on Amazon’s offe...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brian Olsavsky


Uber Aims for an IPO Valuation of as Much as $90 Billion

Uber could aim to raise about $8 billion to $10 billion in the listing, though the final details of the pricing may still change, the people said. At the lower end of the range the price would value Uber just above its last private funding round, in which Toyota Motor Corp. invested at a valuation of about $76 billion. Uber is taking a conservative approach to its valuation and could later raise the price depending on investor demand, the people said.
Tags: Science, Toyota Motor Corp


Migrants evacuated as confident Tripoli fighters tell Haftar: 'We are coming'

The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by commander Khalifa Haftar, which is allied to a rival government in eastern Libya, has mounted an offensive on Tripoli but has so far failed to breach the city’s southern defenses. The group of migrants could be seen traveling on Thursday in buses to a detention center in Zawiya, a town 40 km (25 miles) west of the capital, bringing the total evacuated since Wednesday to around 675. A Reuters reporter in the suburb of Ain Zara, also in southern Tripoli, sa...
Tags: Science, Libya, Reuters, Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar, Zawiya, Libyan National Army LNA, Ain Zara


UN climate chief warns current path leads to 'catastrophe'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe.
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James Corden Gives Child Battling Cancer Shot at ‘Carpool Karaoke’

James Corden made a special little girl’s wish come true when he brought her along for a heartwarming edition of “Carpool Karaoke.” Check out the full story. The post James Corden Gives Child Battling Cancer Shot at ‘Carpool Karaoke’ appeared first on The Blast.
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U.S. judge blocks Trump's cutoff of family planning subsidies: plaintiffs

The preliminary injunction bars enforcement nationwide of a policy due to go into effect on May 3 over the vehement objections of abortion supporters, who have decried it as a "gag rule" that would prevent doctors from doing their jobs. “Today’s ruling ensures that clinics across the nation can remain open and continue to provide quality, unbiased healthcare to women,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement announcing the decision. Washington state was a named plain...
Tags: Science, Washington, Trump, Bob Ferguson


It Looks Like Disney Is Poised to Take Over Hulu

Disney may be staring down an opportunity gobble up Comcast’s 30 percent stake in Hulu, according to a new report, which would bring Disney’s share in the streaming service to 90 percent.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Comcast, Streaming, Hulu, Disney Plus


This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Get a Sunburn

If you're prone to sunburn, you're not alone. A 2018 study published in JAMA Dermatology reveals that nearly a third of U.S. adults get sunburned each year. And while there are countless SPF products on the shelves of every drugstore and innumerable warnings from regulatory agencies and doctors alike about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, the number of people experiencing sunburns hasn't gone down significantly in years. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than ...
Tags: Science, Brown University, Belgium, Rhode Island, Chang, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Catholic University of Leuven, University of California San Diego According, Caroline Chang, Skin Cancer Foundation Damage


Google Announces More Policy Changes After Employee Protests

Staff can now lodge complaints and concerns about harassment and other misconduct at work via a new website. “We want every Googler to walk into a workplace filled with dignity and respect,” Google’s global director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Melonie Parker, wrote in an email to employees, which was also posted publicly online. Last year, temporary, vendor and contracted staff became a majority of Google’s workforce.
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U.S. measles outbreak triggers quarantine at two Los Angeles universities

The quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and comes as the United States battles the highest number of measles cases since the country declared the virus eliminated in 2000. The people ordered quarantined at two California campuses were exposed to measles and could not provide evidence they had been immunized against the disease, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement.
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, United States, University of California Los Angeles UCLA, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Brent slips from $75 per barrel as investors doubt rally will endure

Oil prices eased after Brent touched $75 per barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months on the suspension of some Russian crude exports to Europe as investors second-guessed the market's ability to rally further.
Tags: Europe, Science


One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft UN report

Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves -- to name but a few of the dwindling services rendered by Nature -- poses no less of a threat than climate change, says the...
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Scientists figure out what the celestial phenomenon "Steve" really is

More than just a typical aurora, researchers have now figured what powers this stunning lightshow and where it comes from.
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Ashes of cat named Pikachu to be launched into space

Steve Munt, Pikachu's owner, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the mission.If all goes according to plan, Pikachu will be the second cat to enter space, the first being a French feline named Felicette.It might seem frivolous, but the cat-lovers commenting on Munt's GoFundMe page would likely disagree. None A recently deceased cat named Pikachu is about to boldly go where only one other cat has gone before: space. Steve Munt, Pikachu's owner, wants to scatter his pet's remains in space t...
Tags: Space, Science, Animals, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Alley, Laura, Zee, Pikachu, Earth Moon, Celestis, Félicette, Munt, Steve Munt Pikachu, Pikachu Laura Hasselbacher



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