Monsanto's responsibility at the center of Roundup trial phase 2

After finding that exposure to the weedkiller Roundup was a "substantial factor" in one man's cancer, jurors in California must now grapple with the question of just how culpable the product's manufacturer, agriculture giant Monsanto, was in his illness. Hardeman is the 70-year-old man at the center of the case who says his 25-year use of Roundup, whose principal ingredient is controversial chemical glyphosate, contributed to his non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosis.
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Houston suburbs order residents indoors, close schools after chemical plant fire

Residents of two Houston-area cities were told to stay indoors and schools in six communities were closed on Thursday due to air pollution after a petrochemical plant fire. The three-day blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas, was extinguished on Wednesday after it destroyed 11 giant fuel tanks. No injuries were reported, but authorities testing the air detected high levels of benzene, a toxic chemical which has been linked to cancer.
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Venezuela, China in focus for Trump meeting with Caribbean leaders

Trump will meet with leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The response to OPEC-member Venezuela's political crisis has split the members of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM. The organization has officially advocated for talks between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido.

Tethers Unlimited says two-way radio for small satellites has aced first orbital test

Tethers Unlimited weathered a wave of bad news over the winter, but now some good news has bloomed. The company, headquartered in Bothell, Wash., reports that its SWIFT-SLX S-band radio has been successfully operated in orbit. The compact software-defined radio provided two-way communications between Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, known as HSAT-1, and the satellite’s ground operators, Tethers Unlimited said this week in a news release. HSAT was launched last November by India’s Polar Sate...

US sanctions Iran nuclear researchers, warns of future work

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Iranian nuclear researchers, saying it wanted to warn young scientists to steer clear of any future effort to build a bomb. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter called the sanctions part of the "maximum pressure campaign" on Iran as the United States tries to roll back the clerical regime's regional influence. "We'll be relentless in denying Iran the ability to engage in WMD proliferation and all its outlaw activities," said Pompeo, who is ...

Mike Mignola Reflects on 25 Hellishly Good Years of Hellboy

It’s a big year for big red. Not only does Hellboy have a new movie imminent, but 2019—specifically tomorrow, March 23rd—marks 25 years since Hellboy’s adventures began in earnest with the launch of Seed of Destruction, his first comic series. To celebrate, we went right to the source: Hellboy’s creator, the legendary…Read more...
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The Importance of Allies in the Fight for Autism Rights

Jimmy Strack discusses the importance of neurotypical allies for promoting autism rights.
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Iran will boost defence capabilities despite U.S. pressure - Khamenei

Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. "We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
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SoftBank's Vision Fund Promotes Lydia Jett to Partner

Jett joined SoftBank four years ago, leading and managing global investments in consumer internet and e-commerce companies. The promotion “empowers me and my team and other women of the Vision Fund to continue the work that we do,” said Jett, who was a vice president at the private equity firm M/C Partners before joining SoftBank.

Floods expose threat to military posed by climate change

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.

Hundreds protest again in Algeria, demanding Bouteflika resign

Hundreds of Algerians took to the streets of the capital on Friday to demand President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit immediately and the numbers were expected to swell after Friday noon prayers. Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20 years, bowed to the protesters last week by reversing plans to stand for a fifth term.

Astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries

Two American astronauts took a spacewalk Friday to replace aging batteries on the International Space Station.

It's Officially Spring - Before You Go For a Run Outside, Take These Allergists' Advice

If you live in a part of the country that experiences heavy snow and frigid Winter temperatures, you've probably been counting down the days until Spring would arrive in all its flowery glory. But the second you step outside for a run, you're met with another reality.
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The Future of GPS Is Taking Shape Inside These Locked Rooms

PM goes into the Air Force control rooms and aerospace factory floors to examine the state of U.S. global positioning satellites as things change in orbit.

In sign of new dual rule, Kazakh leaders sticking together

Nursultan Nazarbayev remains omnipresent in Kazakh politics days after his surprise resignation, hinting he will effectively retain a share of power with the loyalist parliament speaker who automatically stepped into his shoes. In stepping down on Tuesday, Nazarbayev, the only ruler Kazakhstan has known since the Soviet era almost three decades ago, formally elevated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to the presidency -though Nazarbayev kept other senior decision-making posts. The arrangement might be rea...
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Brazil's ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading 'criminal organization'

Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, who he served under as vice president for six years. Prosecutors alleged that Temer was the leader of a "criminal organization" that took in 1.8 billion reais ($472 million) in bribes or pending future kickbacks as part of numerous schemes, including one related to the Angra nuclear power plant complex on the Rio de Janeiro coast and other state firms.
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Think You Have a Food Allergy? This Study Says There's a Good Chance You’re Wrong.

And if you're cutting out entire food groups because you think you're intolerant, you could be doing more harm than good.

Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

This is certainly one very fishy encounter.Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.SEE ALSO: 'Captain Marvel' is proof EVERY superhero should have a petThe photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it's a weird looking fish.Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past...
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Why Tencent Missed the Mark on Profit by Most in a Decade

Net income fell 32 percent to 14.2 billion yuan ($2.1 billion), missing the 17.55 billion-yuan average of estimates, on investments in content, cloud computing and financial technology. China’s social media leader is emerging from one of its darkest periods, as game approvals slowly resume and the country’s economic slowdown cools demand for advertising.
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Surprise! Sun Bears, Like Dogs and Humans, Mimic Each Other's Faces

The sun bear, already well-known online for its silly faces, is the first non-primate, non-domesticated animal found to mimic the facial expressions of its playmates. The new research adds complexity to our understanding of the ways animals communicate.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Mammals, Social behavior, Facial Mimicry

A Familiar Star Wars Face Could Get a Surprising Voice in The Mandalorian

The Toxic Avenger is making a comeback. Netflix wants to make a modern Three Musketeers. A new Avengers: Endgame spot remembers the lost. The Iron Throne hides a draconic shadow in a new Game of Thrones poster. Plus, a new look at the final two episodes of Gotham teases the rise of Batman. To me, my spoilers!Read more...
Tags: The Mandalorian, Game Of Thrones, Avengers Endgame, The Toxic Avenger, The Three Musketeers, Pet Sematary, Charmed, Dora And The Lost City Of Gold, Cloak Dagger, Hanna, Gotham, Star Wars

Bethenny Frankel Shows the Results of Her Fish Allergy Testing: 'It's Fascinating Science!'

Bethenny Frankel Shows Results of Fish Allergy Test
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Alzheimer's Bust Goes Way Beyond a Setback for Biogen

Biogen Inc. announced Thursday that it was discontinuing late-stage studies of its Alzheimer’s medicine aducanumab. At some point, the conclusion has to be that the approach is fundamentally flawed. Other firms got there earlier and less expensively than Biogen, which has made Alzheimer’s gambles the center of its drug pipeline. This isn’t one black mark on an otherwise healthy company. The massive potential upside aducanumab represented had served to paper over other issues at the biotech gia...
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Cradle of Venezuela oil industry is a scene of desolation

Greasy slicks continue to darken the ground in Mene Grande, a modest town where Venezuela's oil boom was born more than a century ago. "We used to live like kings," recalled Henry, a 48-year-old former oil well worker who declined to give his last name. "This was the biggest oil area in Venezuela... You stopped here and used to see a big number of barges working there.

The U.S. Navy Wants 12 Aircraft Carriers. Here Is How They Plan To Do It.

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Facebook Exec Gets New Title as 'VP of Integrity' for Less Than a Day

Guy Rosen is Facebook’s vice president of Product Management. But when the company published an update about the Christchurch massacre in the middle of the night on Wednesday, Rosen got a shiny new title: VP of Integrity. That is, until a journalist called Facebook out on the switch.Read more...
Tags: Our Garbage Facebook, Vp Of Integrity, Facebook, New Zealand, Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand Shooting, Terrorism, Guy Rosen, Jacinda Ardern, White Supremacy

Bernie Sanders Campaign Becomes 2020's First To Promise To Offset Carbon Emissions

Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has become the first in the 2020race to promise to offset the planet-warming gases produced while travelingthe country.In
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The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use

Out West, the future is dry. Amid an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin — which supplies water to 40 million Americans — seven Western states have acknowledged that the 21st century will only grow drier as temperatures continue to rise. And that means less water in the 1,450-mile Colorado River. On Tuesday, water managers from states including California, Utah, and New Mexico announced a drought plan (formally called a Drought Contingency Plan), which cuts their ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, California, Earth, West, Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest, Lake Mead, Colorado State University, Powell, Golden State, Colorado River, Bureau of Reclamation, Rick

New study links exposure to pesticides in early life with a small increased risk of autism

New US research has found that children exposed to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in their first year of infancy may have a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to unexposed children. Carried out by researchers at the University of California, the new study looked at 2,961 patients with a diagnosis of ASD -- including 445 with ASD with accompanying intellectual disability -- and 35,370 healthy patients matched for birth year and sex, who...
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The Navy Will Put a Laser Gun on a Destroyer by 2021

HELIOS will be capable of downing drones and “burning boats”.
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