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Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

MIAMI (AP) — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.
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App-ology: Tech tycoon atones for coastal damage with mobile guide

Los Angeles (AFP) - When tech whizz Sean Parker angered conservationists with a lavish but damaging outdoor wedding to match the excess of any Hollywood party he apologized in the only way he knew how -- he built an app.
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"My Doctors Actually Listened to Me and It Probably Saved My Life"

A woman's Reddit post is going viral for a surprising reason.
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As the Climate Changes, Avoid Green Energy Bets

The first thing investors should do in reaction to the global warming issue is not panic. Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who served as undersecretary of energy and science in the Obama administration, points out that the fourth National Climate Assessment released late last month shows that overall effect of human-caused climate change is quite small. If you still want to invest in anticipation of rapid global warming, avoid green energy areas because they continue to require huge gov...
Tags: Science, Obama, Steven Koonin, Climate Changes Avoid Green Energy Bets


EU court rejects 'excessively high' diesel emissions limits

An EU court on Thursday rejected the "excessively high" diesel emissions limits Brussels set just after the scandal in which German carmaker Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests. The General Court "annuls in part the (European) Commission's regulation setting excessively high oxides of nitrogen emission limits for the tests for new light passenger and commercial vehicles," it said. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, aimed to set new norms to what existed already for emissions tests condu...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Commission, Brussels, Volkswagen, General Court


The Latest: US-China trade spat having role in climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
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Google Home Helped Raise My Baby

For a week, at least.
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Mention of 'fossil fuels' cut from videos at UN climate talks

Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels, in a move campaigners say amounts to censorship. AFP has obtained emails sent by the United Nations to NGOs asking them to remove frames referring to "dirty energy" and "pipelines", claiming that they breached the UN climate convention's rules of participation. The COP24 climate talks, which wrap up Friday in Poland, bring together...
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Democrat Signs House Petition to Save Net Neutrality After Voters Call Her Out

A Pennsylvania Democrat who drew the scorn of activists and constituents after declining to sign on to a House effort aimed at overturning the FCC’s net neutrality repeal now says she will attach her name to the resolution.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Pennsylvania, House, Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat Signs House


50,000-Year-Old Tiara Made from Woolly Mammoth Ivory Found in Denisova Cave

Archaeologists recently discovered the remains of an ancient tiara that was worn by a man. The question now is whether the head crown was meant to mark its wearer's royalty — or simply hold back his hair.
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Discovery of the Titanic Was Reportedly Part of a Conspiracy to Find Lost Nuclear Submarines

The case of the RMS Titanic sinking in 1912 has generated numerous absurd conspiracy theories over the years, but it turns out the discovery of its wreckage was indeed part of a real-life military cover-up. According to a new report, the team that found the “unsinkable” ship at the bottom of the ocean was actually…Read more...
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Democrats Want Internet Companies to Be Liable for Data Loss Like Banks and Hospitals

Should we hold companies like Equifax and Facebook responsible for the protection of our personal information in the same way we hold banks and hospitals responsible? Should we expect the same level of control over data we’ve given to Google as we do with information shared with our doctor or lawyer?Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Policy, US Senate, Equifax, Brian Schatz, The Data Care Act


Tumblr Returns to Apple’s App Store Following Porn Ban Announcement

After Tumblr mysteriously disappeared from Apple’s Apple Store last month, it appears it has returned to the iOS store. The re-emergence of Tumblr’s app on the platform this week follows its controversial and maligned ban on adult content, which the company said would begin taking effect on December 17.Read more...
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Green thumb spruces up Bangladesh one tree at a time

Ohid Sarder prises a rusted nail from a tree and drops it into his bucket, another eyesore scrubbed from the countryside as he embarks on a one-man mission to clean up Bangladesh. The 53-year-old self-professed tree hugger has been riding his bicycle across the country, in a grassroots effort to free trees of the billboards and clutter nailed to their trunks. Trees in Bangladesh are often used as free advertising space, with every available inch of wood plastered with placards until the trunk ...
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Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.
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PG&E seeks 12 percent rate hike in 2020

PG&E had previously forecast a 2019 electric transmission revenue requirement of $1.96 billion, up 9.5 percent from 2018. While the exact extent of PG&E's fire-related liabilities remains unclear, the company had previously said its liability could exceed its insurance coverage if its electrical equipment was found to have caused the Camp Fire.
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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. UN-led research in 2016 found that more than 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction. The study also found that 16.5 percent of vertebrate pollinators, such as birds and bats, are under threat.
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Saipem says Shamoon variant crippled hundreds of computers

"The cyber attack hit servers based in the Middle East, India, Aberdeen and in a limited way Italy through a variant of Shamoon malware," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The Shamoon virus was used in some of the most damaging cyber attacks in history, starting in 2012 when it crippled tens of thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco and RasGas Co Ltd in the Middle East - attacks that cybersecurity researchers said were conducted on behalf of Iran. Saudi Aramco is Saipem's biggest c...
Tags: Science, Italy, Middle East, Saudi Aramco, Saipem, Shamoon, Middle East India Aberdeen, RasGas Co Ltd, Iran Saudi Aramco


Fiat Chrysler may review $5.7 billion plan if Italy taxes diesel, petrol cars

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) could review its 5 billion euro ($5.7 billion) Italian investment plan, which includes a shift to cleaner engines, if Rome raises taxes on petrol and diesel cars. "Were these measures to be confirmed as of 2019, a thorough examination of their impact and an update to plans already announced would be necessary," FCA's Europe head, Pietro Gorlier, said in a letter to government representatives in the northern Piedmont region, where some of the new investment would be targete...
Tags: Europe, Science, Rome, Italy, Fca, Fiat Chrysler, Piedmont, Pietro Gorlier, Fiat Chrysler FCA


The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point

Celebrate the achievement, but please, recognize that commercial spaceflight has grown up since Virgin Galactic started the quest for space tourism.
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Why the Pentagon Is Suddenly Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit

There’s a push underway to release of more data about things the Pentagon is tracking in orbit. It’s a sign of things to come as Uncle Sam tries to make being a space more friendly place for business.
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Former Canadian Envoy Is Now at Center of Feud With China

The former Canadian diplomat who has written about some of the touchiest geopolitical issues in the world, including China’s expanding military footprint in Africa and the North Korea nuclear crisis, is now at the center of a stand-off between two global super-powers. Kovrig was detained by China’s spy agency during a visit to Beijing on Monday, just nine days after Canadian authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive in Vancouver. The Chinese gover...
Tags: Science, North Korea, China, Africa, Beijing, Vancouver, Huawei Technologies Co, Kovrig


What's the Vector, Victor? It's a Cool $175 Robot That Listens and Learns.

Alexa can be fun to talk to when you’re lonely or bored, but she’s not exactly animated. The Anki Vector Home Robot solves that problem by behaving almost like a pet. He can answer questions, sure, but he also reacts to sight, sound, and touch and is excited to see you when you come home. And better than any other…Read more...
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

As the trade war drags on, China’s government has pushed to create an industry that is less dependent on cutting-edge U.S. semiconductors and software. Meng’s detention, far from slowing these ambitions, will instead speed the fall of this “silicon curtain,” when the U.S. and China will no longer provide chips to one another, Gus Richard, a Northland Capital Markets analyst, wrote in a recent report. "Huawei is the icon of the rise of China industrial power,” he wrote.
Tags: Science, China, Huawei, Meng, Northland Capital Markets, Gus Richard


‘A rare sight’: Astronaut snaps incredible photo of 5 spaceships

The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.Six astronauts are currently aboard the International Space Station to conduct a variety of experiments.On Monday, Russian cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk to investigate the nature and cause of a mysterious 2-millimeter-wide hole in a Russian spacecraft. None Alexander Gerst, an astronaut for the German European Space Agency and current commander of the International Space Station (ISS), tweeted photos on Monday of a r...
Tags: Space, Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Iss, Roscosmos, International Space Station ISS, TASS, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Gerst, Gerst, German European Space Agency, Cygnus American Orbital Sciences


NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice Spikes

The ice-climbing bot can go places humans can't.
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Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

The testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange for prescribing its powerful opioid pain drug, Subsys. The trial could provide a glimpse into some of the evidence prosecutors will use in next month's trial of six former Insys executives and managers, including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was the company's founder and chairman. Prose...
Tags: Science, Clough, Concord New Hampshire, Insys, John Kapoor, Christopher Clough


The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):
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Controversial AI Service for Flagging 'Risky' Babysitters Hits Pause After Backlash

Predictim, a service that sells parents the opportunity to screen potential babysitters by crawling social media, the web, and criminal databases, has announced it’ll be taking a step back and rethinking its approach after a wave of bad press and public criticism. Read more...
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Blake Shelton Establishes Cancer Research Program at Children's Hospital in Honor of His Cousin

Blake Shelton Establishes Cancer Research Program
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