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Lone midwife delivers amid chaos of Colombia jungle river

Reaching out a weathered hand, Marciana Caycedo prods the smooth round bellies of the mothers-to-be, feeling for their baby's outline inside the taut skin as they line up at her home. For Caycedo is the only midwife on Isla Mono, a small island marooned in the middle of the wide brown San Juan river, on Colombia's remote and rainy Pacific coast. "The first baby that I brought into the world was the last of my mother's, the youngest of my 23 brothers and sisters," says Caycedo in her simple woo...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Pacific, San Juan, Marciana Caycedo, Isla Mono, Caycedo


The Next Evolution of Online Shopping Is Letting a Bot Buy You Underwear

Online retailers are engaged in a constant, all-consuming quest to make the process of buying stuff ever faster and more efficient and to remove as many barriers between you and the final click-confirmed purchase as possible. Amazon has experimented with IRL ‘dash’ buttons that automatically order you more detergent…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Automaton


Tesla Fires Sound Alarms About Electric-Car Battery Safety

Weeks earlier, a video on Chinese social media platforms showed a Tesla bursting into flames in a Shanghai garage. “Battery combustion is a very serious incident for consumers, and it could lead to consumer aversion to electric vehicles,” Automotive Energy Supply Corp., whose batteries power about 430,000 Nissan Motor Co. vehicles, said in an email.
Tags: Science, Shanghai, Nissan Motor Co, Automotive Energy Supply Corp


SpaceX postpones launch of its first internet network satellites

Washington (AFP) - SpaceX postponed a launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit that was scheduled for Thursday night, possibly until next week, citing a need for software updates.
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SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for 'about a week'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said. The delayed mission is designed to carry into low-Earth orbit an initial batch of 60 satellites for Musk's new Starlink global internet service, a venture intended to generate cash for the rest of the billiona...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Cape, CANAVERAL Fla Reuters, StarLink


New Horizons’ far-out findings from solar system’s Kuiper Belt turn into a cover story

The space snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule added to its celebrity today by showing up on the cover of the journal Science, with the first peer-reviewed results from an encounter with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft laid out within. Close study of the two-lobed object — which orbits 4 billion miles from the sun within a sparse belt of icy material known as the Kuiper Belt — could shed light on how the solar system was formed, said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, a pla...
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Ultima Thule


Oil rises as Middle East tensions mounts, set for weekly gains

Oil prices rose again on Friday and were on track for the first weekly gains this month, as rising tensions in the Middle East stoked fears of supply disruptions. Brent crude futures were at $73.00 a barrel at 0303 GMT, up 38 cents, or 0.5%, from their last close, rising for a fourth straight session. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.32 per barrel, up 46 cents, or 0.7%.
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Oil extends gains into fourth straight day on Middle East tensions

Oil prices edged higher on Friday, extending gains into a fourth session as rising tensions in the Middle East stoked fears of potential supply disruptions. Brent crude futures were at $72.82 a barrel at 0024 GMT, up 20 cents, or 0.3%, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.18 per barrel, up 31 cents, or 0.5%, from their previous settlement.
Tags: Science, Middle East, Brent, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI


Robert Pattinson Is Your New Batman...Probably [UPDATED]

From Batfleck...to Patman. Twilight star Robert Pattinson is in talks to play Batman for Matt Reeves in his upcoming film, The Batman. Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Pattinson, Batman, Warner Bros, Matt Reeves, The Batman, Batfleck


I.M. Pei, Monumental Architect, Dies at 102

The forward-thinking architect first came to the U.S. to study at M.I.T. and proceeded to create striking buildings all over the world.
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FCC Commissioner: 'Repeat After Me: "Robocall" Is Not a Bad Word'

What’s the absolute easiest way to unify America today? Go anti-robocall.Read more...
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HP Enterprise Nears Deal to Buy Supercomputer Pioneer Cray

Shares of Cray have risen 11% in the past year, giving it a market value of about $1.2 billion. A spokeswoman for HP Enterprise declined to comment, while a representative for Cray didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tags: Science, Cray, HP Enterprise, Buy Supercomputer Pioneer Cray


SpaceX’s Elon Musk says ‘goodness’ will come from twice-delayed Starlink launch

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the 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. Liftoff was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but had to be called off with less than 15 minutes left on the countdown clock due to unacceptable upper-level winds. SpaceX announced anoth...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, SpaceX Falcon, StarLink


Modi proclaims a cleaner India, but the reality may be more murky

Federal government records say Haryana - with its population of more than 25 million - is squeaky clean. The state, along with most others in India is classified "open defecation-free", while a World Bank-supported nationwide survey says only 0.3% of Haryana's rural population defecates outside. In Shikrawa, interviews with 27 people showed at least 330 villagers still defecate in the open because of a lack of toilets, issues with accessing water, or simply a dogged opposition to changing old ...
Tags: Science, India, World Bank, Modi, Haryana, Shikrawa


Watch SpaceX try to launch 60 satellites tonight after yesterday’s scrub

SpaceX originally planned on launching its Starlink mission on Wednesday night, reserving a solid 1.5-hour launch window for its Falcon 9 to take off, and eventually deploy a whopping 60 tiny satellites into Earth orbit. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions that were less than ideal, the launch was scrubbed and the mission had to be pushed back.The good news is that the rescheduled launch window happens to be tonight, and if all goes well we'll get to see SpaceX launch its suite of satel...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Earth, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, StarLink


Sony Surges After Announcing Another Record Stock Buyback

The Tokyo-based company soared as much as 8.8% on Friday after announcing it will purchase as much as 4.8% of its outstanding shares, spending up to 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion). Yoshida’s move underscores a commitment to supporting the stock price as Sony became the latest Japanese company to announce a buyback of at least $1 billion. Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China now also cloud the global economic outlook.
Tags: Science, China, Sony, Tokyo, Yoshida


A Newly Discovered Mutation May Explain Why Some Dogs Can't Breathe Well

As wonderfully cute as dog breeds like the French Bulldog look (for some people at least), it’s long been thought that these dogs’ distinctively compact skulls also make them very vulnerable to severe health and breathing issues. But new research out of Europe suggests that smushy faces are only part of the problem…Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Dogs


Baidu Posts Loss as Search Giant Grapples With Slowing China

The Beijing-based company also forecast sales below estimates and said Hailong Xiang, the 14-year veteran who ran the search business, has resigned. Baidu’s American depositary receipts fell more than 7% in extended trading. Baidu is fighting on a number of fronts as the slowing Chinese economy dampens advertising sales and its desktop search business loses users to smartphones.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Baidu, Hailong Xiang


FCC Commissioner: 'Repeat After Me: "Robocalls" Is Not a Bad Word'

What’s the absolute easiest way to unify America today? Go anti-robocall.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, America, Robocalls


This Pool House Is So Well Designed You'd Never Guess It's 600 Square Feet

It's loaded with smart storage ideas.
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Trump tells aides he does not want U.S. war with Iran

It's not who he is," one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Trump has communicated to his national security team and other aides that wants to keep tensions with Tehran from boiling over into an armed conflict, the officials said. U.S. intelligence showed heightened activity by Iran or its proxies that U.S. officials took as a threat against American targets in the region.
Tags: Science, Iran, Tehran, Trump


Alabama boycott builds as states retaliate against abortion law

A day after the southern state passed the country's most restrictive abortion law, Maryland's Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would advise his state's $52 billion pension fund to divest from Alabama, and urged other states to follow suit. Colorado's Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold called for a boycott of Alabama and urged the Election Center, an organization that trains election officials from across the country, to move out of the state. The hashtag #BoycottAlabama g...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Colorado, Alabama, State, Mercedes Benz, Peter Franchot, Jena Griswold


Google's Working on a Translation AI That Uses Your Own Voice

The worst part about visiting somewhere you don’t speak the local tongue is that sinking feeling as you squint at a phrasebook, open your mouth, and prepare yourself to totally butcher the language. If that’s your nightmare, good news. Google is working on an AI that can actually speak in another language using your…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Google Translate, Translatotron


NASA taps Blue Origin and 10 other companies to work on moon lander studies and prototypes

It’s almost as if Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos knew what was coming: His Blue Origin space venture is among 11 companies selected by NASA to conduct studies and produce prototypes of spacecraft that could carry astronauts down to the moon’s south polar region and back up by 2024. Only a week earlier, Bezos unveiled a full-scale mockup of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander, which is designed to deliver payload or people to the lunar surface, as part of his vision to get millions of people even...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Nasa, Moon, Jeff Bezos, Bezos


NASA just spotted the crash site of Israel’s Beresheet lander

April was supposed to be an exciting time for Israel's privately-funded space group SpaceIL. After years of development, SpaceIL's Beresheet lander was poised to land on the lunar surface, which would have been a first for the country as well as the first privately-funded mission to touch down on Earth's satellite.Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned, and a malfunction in the spacecraft's engine caused the entire ship to shut down just moments before it was to land. A r...
Tags: Science, Israel, Nasa, Earth, Beresheet


Interior Designer Tanju Özelgin Shares His Plans for the Mazu 82 Yacht

The Mazu 82 is the largest yacht to date from the Turkish shipyard.
Tags: Science, Tanju Özelgin, Mazu 82


Venezuela government talking with 'democratic' opposition in Norway

"Yes, there are talks between the Bolivarian government and the democratic sectors of the opposition," Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Jorge Valero, told reporters, denouncing U.S. interference. Calling Maduro a dictator, U.S. President Donald Trump has tightened sanctions against his government and spearheaded international recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who in January invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency. A senior U.S. administratio...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Venezuela, Geneva, Norway, Donald Trump, Maduro, Juan Guaido, Jorge Valero


Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, E Coli, Synthetic Biology, Escherichia coli


Scientists bio-hacked E. coli to create synthetic life

Escherichia coli, nobody’s favorite dinner guest, just had the distinction of becoming the first living organism to have its entire DNA code successfully replaced with a synthetic genome. We’ve played with nature’s creations before, but this is the first time we’ve completely reprogrammed them. The experiment was conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge and led by biologist Jason Chin. It involved creating a complete artificial genome with everything the scientists believed an org...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, University of Cambridge, Jason Chin


Dozens of gray whales are dying on the West Coast as they make their epic Alaskan migration

At least 53 gray whales have washed up emaciated and dead in recent months along West Coast beaches.
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