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Chicago Police Bust Alleged Car2Go Theft Ring, With Up to 100 Vehicles Believed Stolen

Thieves have stolen an astonishing number of Car2Go vehicles in the city of Chicago, Motherboard reported on Wednesday, with up to 100 cars reported missing. According to , the Chicago Police Department said in a statement that 16 people have been detained for questioning.Read more...
Tags: Car2go, Ridesharing, Apps, Cybersecurity, Car Rentals, Rentals, Chicago, Crime, Law Enforcement, Technology

The 10 Best Things That Happened at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is in the books and it marked probably the biggest, most action-packed Celebration yet. It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more. Below, are our 10 favorite things that…Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Science, Marvel, Disney, Chicago, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Ahmed Best, Star Wars Celebration, Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Clone Wars, Vader Immortal, The Mandalorian

Wind, Sleet, and Dead Zones: My Quest to Map Chicago's Spotty 5G

It was wet, it was windy, and in less than three hours, I think I had experienced the entire gamut of bone-chilling Chicago weather: rain, sleet, and snow. And I did it all to finally get a taste of those sweet super fast 5G speeds on a real, live functioning network. While my short time testing the next generation of…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Motorola, Science, Smartphones, Chicago, 5g, Consumer Tech, Moto Z3, Moto 5G Mod, Seeking Signal, Map Chicago

Irregular schedules raise risk of injury for miners working long hours

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined how and why long work shifts increase the risk for injury among miners of all kinds. They found that injured miners who worked shifts longer than 9 hours tended to have irregular schedules or less than two years on the job.
Tags: Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois

'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' sees return of emperor Palpatine

Disney showed fans attending the "Star Wars Celebration" convention in Chicago the first footage from the movie, which will be released in theaters in December and will conclude the story that began in 1977. A villainous cackle was heard at the end of the trailer, and the actor who played Palpatine in previous films, Ian McDiarmid, walked onstage to loud applause from an audience of roughly 10,000 fans, many waving colorful lightsabers. Director J.J. Abrams, speaking alongside a handful of cas...
Tags: Science, Disney, Chicago, Carrie Fisher, Leia, J J Abrams, Palpatine, Skywalker, Ian McDiarmid

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia

U.S. criticizes Vietnam ban of glyphosate herbicide imports

CHICAGO/HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Thursday criticized Vietnam's move to ban imports of glyphosate herbicide, saying the decision would have "devastating impacts on global agricultural production." Vietnam's government said in a statement that the toxic level of herbicides containing glyphosate had long been of concern, in the latest display of global worries over the product's impact on human health. Glyphosate, the chemical contained in Bayer unit Monsant...
Tags: Science, Chicago, United States, Monsanto, Vietnam, Bayer

Stargazing T. Rex Gets a 67-Million-Year-Old View of the Night Sky

Even an extremely dead apex predator deserves a beautiful view of the night sky -- particularly one that reminds them of home.Sue, the world's most complete T. rex skeleton, resides in a recently renovated gallery in the Field Museum in Chicago. There, the fossil, named for their discoverer, enjoys a new immersive display that called on the expertise of not only the Field's paleontological experts, but also, perhaps unexpectedly, astronomers at the neighboring Adler Planetarium.The rare ...
Tags: Science, Chicago, European Space Agency, Sagittarius, Lake, Big Dipper, Adler, Field Museum, Maximo, Museum Campus, Stanley Field Hall, Hillary Hansen, Mark SubbaRao, Nick Lake Adler, John Weinstein, Digistar

Pinterest Seeks Up to $1.28 Billion in IPO, Below 2017 Value

The maker of online inspiration boards is offering 75 million shares for $15 to $17 apiece, according to a filing Monday. Based on the total number of Class A and Class B shares outstanding after the offering, if it priced at the top of the range, that would give Pinterest a market valuation of about $9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Pinterest will start its IPO roadshow in New York Monday and travel to cities including Boston, San Francisco and Chicago to market the shares,...
Tags: New York, Science, Chicago, Boston San Francisco, Bloomberg Pinterest

Chicago shooting: At least six people including two children injured at baby shower

Two children were among six wounded victims in a drive-by mass shooting this weekend in Chicago. The shooting occurred on Saturday night in the city’s South Side, according to officials. Victims were reportedly at a baby shower gathering when gunfire erupted at about 6:21 pm local time in Englewood. The child victims were 8 and 10-years-old. Both were rushed to the Comer Children’s Hospital, where they were reported to be in stabile conditions. Police said both suffered gun shots, with the 8-yea...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Police Department, South Side, Englewood, Comer Children 's Hospital, Christ Medical Centre Police

Hospital staff errors with gowns and gloves spread bacteria

"No one is perfect and inadvertent healthcare worker contamination with multi-drug resistant organisms can occur and may be a key step in the spread of potential pathogens in healthcare settings," said lead study author Dr. Koh Okamoto of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "The more we understand how and why contamination happens, the better prepared we are to help healthcare workers avoid it," he told Reuters Health by email. Over a six-month period, Okamoto and colleagues observed 12...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Okamoto, Reuters Health, Rush University Medical Center, Koh Okamoto

Chicago tops list of most dangerous cities for migrating birds

Scientists at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology ranked metropolitan areas where, due to a combination of light pollution and geography, birds are at the greatest risk of becoming attracted to and disoriented by lights and crashing into buildings.
Tags: Science, Chicago, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Exclusive: More than 1 million acres of U.S. cropland ravaged by floods

CHICAGO/COLUMBUS, Neb. (Reuters) - At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the "bomb cyclone" storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed. Farms from the Dakotas to Missouri and beyond have been under water for a week or more, possibly impeding planting and damaging soil. The floods, which came just weeks before planting season starts in the Midwest, wi...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Missouri, Midwest, Dakotas, COLUMBUS Neb Reuters, Gro Intelligence for Reuters

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago

Can a protein in cord blood predict risk of death, cerebral palsy in preterm infants?

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that some preterm babies born without haptoglobin, a protein in blood cells, have higher odds of brain bleeding, cerebral palsy and death. Their findings suggest that the absence of the protein could serve as a potential biomarker indicating a need for increased monitoring or other preventive interventions.
Tags: Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois

Control of mosquito-borne diseases

Researchers from INRA, CIRAD, CEA, the University of Montpellier, and Chicago and Vanderbilt Universities in the United States have developed an innovative method for analysing the genome of the Wolbachia bacterium. This endosymbiotic* bacterium infects more than 70 percent of insects and is capable of influencing insect transmission of pathogens such as dengue or Zika virus.
Tags: Science, Chicago, United States, Zika, Vanderbilt Universities, University of Montpellier

Oil prices little changed as economic slowdown fears tempered

Oil prices held steady on Monday as investors weighed concerns of a slowdown in global economic growth against the prospect of tighter crude supply and lower U.S. inventories. "The oil market was worried about a global recession, and now we're kind of shaking that off," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. Weekly figures on U.S. oil data from the American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, will be released on Tuesday, followed by the official Energy Informa...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Energy Information Administration EIA, American Petroleum Institute API, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US

Experts call for halt to gene editing that results in 'designer babies'

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries on Wednesday called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs, sperm or embryos that would result in genetically-altered babies after a rogue Chinese researcher last year announced the birth of the world's first gene-edited twins. News of their birth prompted global condemnation of the work, raising the ethical specter of so-called designer babies in which embryos could be genetically modif...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters Top

Singapore Halts All Incoming, Outgoing Boeing 737 Max Flights

With Singapore’s move Tuesday, the newest version of Boeing’s best-selling model is now blocked from Asia’s second-busiest international airport and locked out of a key transit hub for flights to China. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore barred any Boeing 737 Max flight in and out of the city-state. The decision dragged airlines including Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s SilkAir, China Southern Airlines Co., PT Garuda Indonesia and Shandong Airlines Co. into a standoff with the Chicago-based p...
Tags: Asia, Science, China, Singapore, Chicago, Boeing, Singapore Airlines Ltd, Shandong Airlines Co, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming.
Tags: Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois

Disparities in access to trauma centers

An analysis of census tract data for neighborhoods in America's three largest cities suggests black-majority neighborhoods are associated with disparities in access to trauma centers. The study paired census tract data for New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago with coordinates for trauma centers within a five-mile buffer.
Tags: Science, America, Chicago, New York City Los Angeles

Trove of Einstein papers goes on display in Jerusalem

Israel's Hebrew University put on display on Wednesday a collection of 110 manuscript pages written by Albert Einstein, many of which it said had never been shown in public before. Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, a pillar of modern science, tried unsuccessfully for decades to prove another concept - that electromagnetism and gravity were different manifestations of a single fundamental field. Hebrew University said it had received the papers as a donation to its 80,000-item A...
Tags: Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Chicago, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Hebrew University

Kids with cochlear implants since infancy more likely to speak, not sign

Researchers from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago present further evidence that deaf children who received cochlear implants (implanted electronic hearing device) before 12 months of age learn to more rapidly understand spoken language and are more likely to develop spoken language as their exclusive form of communication.
Tags: Science, Chicago, Ann Robert H Lurie

At least 23 dead in Alabama tornadoes, winter not over for northeast

The storms inflicted their worst damage on Lee County, Alabama Sunday, an area that includes the state's largest city of Auburn, destroying numerous homes and businesses. Meanwhile, about 10 inches of snow was expected to fall in the New York City area by Monday morning with the arrival of another arctic blast, prompting all schools in the city to be closed and New Jersey to declare a state of emergency. Punishing cold winds will make it feel 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in Chicago Monday ...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, New York City, Alabama, Chicago, New Jersey, Auburn, Lee County Alabama

New Wireless Sensors Let Premature Infants Get More Cuddles

Researchers in Chicago have seemingly found a much easier way for premature babies in intensive care to get the human touch and cuddles they need from their caregivers. This week, they introduced a system of wireless, low-irritation sensors that can be used to monitor a baby’s health from afar. The sensors, already…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Babies, Pregnancy, Chicago

NASA dropped a space exploration robot into Cape Cod’s waters to reach the darkest unknowns

When the Orpheus drone emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod in September 2018, deep sea biologist Tim Shank felt relieved. Four and a half years earlier, Shank, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), had sent a state-of-the-art exploration craft to crushing ocean depths — but the vehicle never returned.   Only shattered pieces of plastic drifted back up to the surface world. This time, the new exploration robot Orpheus passed its first test: The machine dove alone int...
Tags: Science, Australia, Nasa, Earth, Chicago, Volkswagen, Europa, James Cameron, Pacific Ocean, Cape Cod, Atlantic Ocean, University Of Illinois, Shank, Europa Jupiter, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI

New microfluidics device can detect cancer cells in blood

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia, have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples.
Tags: Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois, Queensland University of Technology of Australia

Exclusive: Kinder Morgan to expand Chicago ethanol hub to calm glut concerns - sources

Tens of thousands of barrels of ethanol change hands at the Kinder Morgan Argo terminal daily, and prices there are used as the benchmark for deals across the country, and are also baked into international contracts. In the past, Kinder Morgan has proposed expanding capacity but wanted producers and trading houses to help fund it through long-term contracts.
Tags: Science, Chicago, Kinder Morgan, Kinder Morgan Argo

Exclusive: Kinder Morgan to expand Chicago ethanol hub to calm price manipulation concerns - sources

Kinder Morgan Inc will expand loading capacity at its ethanol terminal in Chicago to address producer concerns that trade at the terminal - a benchmark for global ethanol prices - is vulnerable to manipulation, three people briefed on the company's plans told Reuters. Tens of thousands of barrels change hand at the hub every day, but many more barrels across the country depend on the price. Ethanol trade in the cash market at the Kinder Morgan Argo hub is used in contracts for the biofuel acro...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Reuters, Kinder Morgan, Kinder Morgan Inc, Kinder Morgan Argo hub

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