Kickstarter CEO Says Management Won't Voluntarily Recognize Employee Union

Recently promoted Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan wrote in an email to all staff that company management will not voluntarily recognize a union in the process of organizing and will instead seek a National Labor Relations Board election, the Verge reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crowdfunding, Unions, Labor, Kickstarter, Unionization, National Labor Relations Board, Aziz Hasan

SpaceX is going to launch 60 satellites at once, and you can watch it live here

SpaceX is continuing its busy year with another rocket launch, and this time it's sending its own suite of communications satellites into Earth orbit that it hopes will facilitate the spread of high-speed internet networks into remote areas. The mission, called Starlink, requires the deployment of lots and lots of pint-sized satellites, and SpaceX will send a full 60 of them into space tonight. As with most SpaceX launches, the company will be live streaming the entire event from start to fi...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Youtube, Earth, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, StarLink

SpaceX "Anomaly" Could Delay Manned Spaceflight

The first privately built spacecraft to carry a mannequin to ISS blew up in Florida last month, and won't be making a return trip.
Tags: Florida, Science

PG&E lines blamed for deadliest wildfire in California history

State fire investigators have formally determined that Pacific Gas & Electric Co transmission lines caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, a blaze that killed 85 people last year, officials said on Wednesday. The wind-driven blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, erupted in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco in November 2018 and raced with little warning through the town of Paradise, incinerating much of that community. Ne...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Sierra, Pacific Gas Electric Co

Trump Moves to Curb Huawei as Trade War With China Escalates

The U.S. president signed an order Wednesday that’s expected to restrict Huawei and fellow Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. from selling their equipment in the U.S. Shortly afterward, the Department of Commerce said it had put Huawei on a blacklist that could forbid it from doing business with American companies. The pair of actions risk aggravating Beijing as the American president seeks to pressure China’s leaders into agreeing to a wide-ranging trade deal.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Huawei, Department of Commerce, ZTE Corp, U S Shortly, Trump Moves to Curb Huawei

'More than human': Wonders of AI on show in London

An immersive space by Japanese collective teamLab forms one of the most intriguing exhibits, with art and science combining to let the visitor leave their mark on an evolving digital wall projection. Properly designed AI can help prevent harm, Francesca Rossi, head of ethics at IBM Research, told AFP. Although the idea of decoding the human brain and imitating its functions was born in the mid-1950s, AI only exploded in 2010 thanks to very fast state-of-the-art processors that allow the analys...
Tags: Science, London, Afp, IBM Research, Francesca Rossi

Modern humans split from Neanderthals far earlier than thought: study

Scientists seeking to unlock the mysteries of human evolution have in recent years relied on increasingly sophisticated DNA techniques that provide "molecular clocks" to date the remains of our ancient ancestors. The study by Aida Gomez-Robles from University College London proposes that the two species' last common ancestor may have lived 800,000 years ago, entering a debate that is hotly contested among anthropologists. The new timeline is between 200,000 to 400,000 years earlier than curren...
Tags: Science, University College London, Homo, Aida Gomez Robles

VFX Artists Explain What It Would Actually Take to Redo Sonic the Hedgehog

After the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it was like a million voices cried out in laughter, then were suddenly placated. The negative response to Sonic’s look prompted director Jeff Fowler to announce that the filmmakers were going back to the drawing board. But what does that mean, how long will it take,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Interview, Sony, Sonic the Hedgehog, Vfx, Paramount, Jeff Fowler, Juan Luis Sanchez, Daryl Bartley

U.S. anti-abortion groups plot course from state capitals to Supreme Court

Anti-abortion campaigners have been seeking to overturn a woman's constitutional right to an abortion ever since the U.S. Supreme Court found they had that right in the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. The momentum has picked up since Republican President Donald Trump appointed two justices to the nine-member Supreme Court in the past two years. State legislatures with Republican majorities are passing laws they know will face legal challenge, hoping the Supreme Court will eventually decide to hear ...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Donald Trump, U S Supreme Court

Iran says exercising restraint despite 'unacceptable' escalation of U.S. sanctions

Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington "unacceptable". Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concerns that the United States and Iran are heading for conflict. Iran is exercising "maximum restraint i...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Tokyo, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif

Trump Admin Creates Web Portal for Supporters to Complain About Getting Banned on Social Media

Donald Trump has made absolutely no secret of his feelings on free speech: He hates it when it’s not servile paeans to him and his agenda. He’s called for opening up “libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalistic outfits, issued (empty) threats to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV outlets that embarrass him,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, White House, Social Media, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Trump, Tech Policy, Mods Mods, Freedom Of Speech Is Not Freedom From Consequences

SpaceX’s Elon Musk sees ‘fundamental goodness’ in 60-satellite Starlink launch

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says tonight’s scheduled launch of 60 Starlink satellites is aimed at spreading “fundamental goodness” in the form of high-speed internet access for the billions of people who currently don’t have it. The first full stack of Starlink satellites is packed in the nose cone of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT). At roughly 18.5 tons, the total payload mass sets a record for a SpaceX liftoff, Musk said ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, StarLink

Oil extends gains into third session amid Middle East tensions

Oil prices edged up on Thursday to extend gains into a third straight session, as tensions in the Middle East stoked fears of potential disruptions to supply. Brent crude futures were at $72.04 a barrel at 0110 GMT, up 27 cents, or 0.4%, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.27 per barrel, up 25 cents, or 0.4%, from their previous settlement.
Tags: Science, Middle East, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI

NASA is asking for another $1.6 billion to fulfill the Moon 2024 promise

Back in March, the Trump administration declared that it was directing NASA to send humans back to the Moon no later than 2024. That's an incredibly tight deadline for an agency with a budget that is nowhere near what it was (in adjusted dollars, anyway) when the Apollo missions made history, but Trump-appointed NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine bent over backward and promised it could be done.Lots of people, myself included, were (and still are) highly skeptical that NASA can pull it off. ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Nasa, International Space Station, Moon, Trump, Mike Pence, U S Defense, Jim Bridenstine

Trump Moves to Limit Huawei as Trade War With China Intensifies

The president signed an order Wednesday that’s expected to restrict Huawei and fellow Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. from selling their equipment in the U.S. Shortly afterward, the Department of Commerce said it had put Huawei on a blacklist that could forbid it from doing business with American companies. The pair of actions risk aggravating Beijing as the president seeks to pressure China’s leaders into agreeing to a wide-ranging trade deal with the U.S. Trump has threatened to ...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Huawei, Department of Commerce, ZTE Corp, U S Trump, Trump Moves to Limit Huawei, U S Shortly

'Hidden health crisis' of snakebites gets $100 million funding injection

The project, launched by Britain's Wellcome Trust global health charity on Thursday, aims both to improve the world's supply of antivenoms - the only current treatment for snakebites - and to develop new and more effective drugs for the future. "Snakebite treatment is essentially reliant on a 100-year-old process," said David Lalloo, a professor and director of Britain's Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Philip Price, a specialist in snakebite science at Wellcome, said venomous snakebites...
Tags: Science, Britain, South America, Wellcome Trust, Africa Asia, Wellcome, David Lalloo, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Philip Price

Iran exercising 'maximum restraint' despite U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal: Zarif

"We exercise maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) last May," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, at the start of their meeting in Tokyo. JCPOA is commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Tokyo, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Taro Kono

Abortion restrictions carry political risk for Republicans in 2020

The move by states like Alabama, Georgia and Ohio to impose drastic restrictions on abortion could bolster Republicans' support from religious voters wary of President Donald Trump but risks alienating moderates, political experts said on Wednesday. Ahead of the 2020 election, when Democrats will try to parlay support among women voters to oust Trump from office, the issue of abortion is already featuring prominently in many Democratic candidates' case to voters. Most of the Democrats seeking ...
Tags: Science, Alabama, Democrats, Ohio, Donald Trump, Trump, Alabama Georgia, Kay Ivey

Blue Planet II and other times TV changed the world

Bafta called for more environment plot lines on TV, here's a look at how television can raise awareness.
Tags: Science, BAFTA

SpaceX to launch first satellites for Musk's Starlink internet service

The billionaire entrepreneur and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc was set to brief reporters on the Starlink satellite-based internet business ahead of the launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:30 p.m. The first 60 Starlink satellites are stacked together atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Musk plans to send as many as 12,000 satellites into space as soon as 2024 to make high-speed internet available from space across the world. In February, satellites built by Air...
Tags: Florida, Science, Airbus, Musk, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, OneWeb, StarLink, Tesla Inc

Tesla's New York solar factory making other products in bid to boost jobs

The company disclosed the move in an annual report to New York state in which it said it had exceeded its jobs and investment commitments thus far. It was required to have at least 500 employees in the state by April 30 of this year in exchange for $750 million in subsidies for the Buffalo facility, which is known as the RiverBend factory. By this time next year, it must employ 1,460 workers in the state, including 500 at the factory, according to Empire State Development, the state's economic...
Tags: New York, Science, Tesla

6 Ways Doctors Treat Cellulitis

If left untreated, this scary bacterial skin infection can be life-threatening.
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Wheel of Fortune 's Vanna White Supports Jeopardy! 's Alex Trebek '100 Percent' as He Battles Cancer

Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White Supports Alex Trebek During Cancer Battle
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Alabama governor signs strict abortion ban into law

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill to ban all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest bid by political conservatives challenging the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy. U.S. abortion-rights activists had already vowed to go court to block enforcement of the Alabama measure, which ranks as the nation's strictest anti-abortion law. The decision by Ivey, a Republican who opposes abortio...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Senate, Alabama, Ivey, Kay Ivey

Which Streaming Service Should You Let Raise Your Kids?

You are a busy person and media companies get it, that’s why they’re here to be a parent in your absence. What you may have never considered is that media companies can also be bad parents. Thankfully, it’s actually pretty easy to figure out which conglomerate should be raising your children. Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Streaming, Ads, Hulu, This Seems Fine

New York Proposal Would Ban Face Recognition Surveillance By Landlords

In the same week that San Francisco voted to become the first city in the United States to ban government use of face recognition surveillance, two New York State legislators introduced a bill to ban the use of facial recognition surveillance by residential landlords.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Science, San Francisco, Surveillance, United States, New York State, Face Recognition

Wellcome Trust investing £80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the worldNew drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snake’s venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies – which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions.Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the world’s biggest hidden health crisis – and it is investing £80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health ...
Tags: Science, World news, Snakes, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, Wellcome Trust

A Coconut Water Brand Is Offering Free Piss on Twitter Because This Is the Future

When they looked to the future, some in the 20th century imagined wondrous technological advancements. Others foresaw a world of global totalitarian control. The future we ended up with, however, has had a little bit of both—plus a beverage company offering to send a hater some human urine on social media.Read more...
Tags: Science, Advertising, Brands, Coconut Water, VITA COCO, Findom

'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes

Chicago-area officials have repeatedly warned locals of raccoons infected with the distemper virus, which can cause the animals to act like "zombies."
Tags: Science, Chicago

Buffett’s Berkshire Pegs Its Amazon Wager at $860.6 Million

The size of the holding, an investment made by one of Buffett’s deputies, gives more clarity to the wager that Buffett disclosed days before his annual shareholder meeting earlier in May. Berkshire also spent the first three months of the year ramping up bets on JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Red Hat Inc., and paring investments in Southwest Airlines Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., according to a regulatory filing Wednesday. The Amazon holding underscores the growing influence of Buffett’s investing deput...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Berkshire, Buffett, Southwest Airlines Co, JPMorgan Chase Co, Wells Fargo Co, Red Hat Inc, Ted Weschler, Todd Combs, Charles Munger, Berkshire Pegs Its Amazon Wager, Apple Inc Buffett

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