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More than 400 people arrested in climate change protest turning London's bridges into gardens

Extinction Rebellion is a London climate change protest, causing traffic disruptions by occupying various public spaces - like Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge.The goal is to see British government declare an ecological emergency and take immediate action to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025.


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Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday. A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika -- Swahili for "big African lion". "Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialised hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear," said Matthew Borths, from Duke University, who co-led the research with Ohio University.


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Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nights

The Lyrid meteor shower will be coming to a sky near you both Sunday and Monday nights, though a bright moon may interfere with the skywatching fun.


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China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

China plans to launch an ambitious asteroid exploration mission and has invited collaborators to put their experiments on the probes, space agency officials said Thursday. The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, said Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Centre. After the sample collection from the 2016 HO3 asteroid, the probe will return to Earth orbit where it will split into two.


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Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study.


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Assange's Road to U.S. May Go Through Sweden, and Brexit

American authorities promptly asked the U.K. to extradite Assange to face charges related to the disclosure of secret government documents. An extradition request from Sweden could delay that case if British authorities decide to prioritize a nine-year-old rape allegation that originally sent Assange into hiding. Sweden issued an arrest warrant for Assange in 2010.


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In a Hot Jobs Market, Bosses Have to Train Their Low-Paid Staff

From hotels to fast food chains, employers in service industries are setting up training programs or revamping the ones they have. “If you’re in a relatively low-wage labor market in the service sector -- say Starbucks, Walmart, McDonald’s -- notice that they all have training programs now,’’ says Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.


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TSMC Expects Another Weak Quarter as Smartphone Woes Persist

The world’s largest made-to-order chipmaker is predicting revenue of $7.55 billion to $7.65 billion in the June quarter, versus an average estimate for $7.6 billion and little changed from a year earlier. On Thursday, TSMC reported a larger-than-anticipated 32 percent plunge in net income during the January to March period. TSMC is showing the strains of a plateauing smartphone market as Apple, its biggest customer, seeks to boost growth with services rather than hardware.


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Oil prices slip, but ongoing supply cuts support

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil markets fell on Thursday despite a surprise decline in U.S. inventories, but the price drops were tempered by a smaller-than-expected reduction in gasoline stocks and ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts. Brent crude futures were at $71.43 a barrel at 0700 GMT, down 19 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close and further away from Wednesday's five-month high of $72.27 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.62 per barrel, down 14 cents, or 0.2 percent.


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Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree. Less than 50 years after the flightless nocturnal bird was thought to have been extinct, at least 75 chicks are expected to survive this year, Andrew Digby, a science advisor to New Zealand's kakapo recovery, operation told AFP. It will significantly boost the population which has grown to 147 adults since a small number of the plump green, yellow and black birds was discovered in 1970.


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Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina

A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina, researchers said Wednesday. "There are almost ten different individuals, it's a mass of bones, there's practically no sediment," said Argentinian paleontologist Ricardo Martinez. According to Martinez, of the University of San Juan, the fossils are approximately 220 million years old, belonging to "an era of which we know little".


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What Does Varroc Engineering Limited's (NSE:VARROC) P/E Ratio Tell You?

The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll look at Varroc Engineering Limited's (NSE:VARROC) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. Look...


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Amazon Is Preparing to Close a Chinese E-Commerce Store

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:55

Amazon will keep running its other businesses in China, including Amazon Web Services, Kindle e-books, and cross-border operations that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad. Starting on July 18, customers logging in to Amazon’s Chinese web portal, Amazon.cn, will only see a selection of goods from its global store, rather than products from third-party sellers.


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Blue Origin strikes a deal with NASA to use a historic rocket test stand in Alabama

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:28

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture has signed an agreement with NASA for the use of a historic test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Under the terms of a Commercial Space Launch Act agreement, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670 to support testing of its BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines, NASA said today. “This test stand once helped power NASA’s first launches to the moon, which eventually led to the emergence of an entirely new economic sector – commercial space,” NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard said in a news release.… Read More


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Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:09

A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday. A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika -- Swahili for "big African lion". "Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialised hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear," said Matthew Borths, from Duke University, who co-led the research with Ohio University.


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Abby Lee Miller reveals spinal surgery scar, slams doctors who 'misdiagnosed' cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:09

Abby Lee Miller is opening up about her harrowing battle with Burkitt lymphoma, voicing her frustrations with medical professionals.


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Earthrise Alliance aims to turn data from space into a resource for climate action

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:01

Former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver helped lead the charge for commercial space ventures, and now she's leading a brand-new space campaign to address the climate change challenge. Garver is the CEO of Earthrise Alliance, a philanthropic initiative that will leverage space connections and satellite data get policymakers, educators and the public fired up about climate action. She noted the connection between observing Earth from space and taking action on the environment goes back 50 years or so, to Apollo 8's famous Earthrise photo in 1968 and the first Earth Day in 1970. "Investment in space activities have driven scientific… Read More


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Africa's Sole Nuclear Power Plant Is Getting a Revamp

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:00

The revamp of the 1,860-megawatt Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet demand and is grappling to address construction glitches and cost overruns at two new coal-fired power stations. The nuclear plant is one of the cheapest to operate in the utility’s fleet. Koeberg “has been well-maintained over its 35-year history and hence only a relatively small number of large components require replacement,” Eskom said in an emailed reply to questions.


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