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1 Huge Reason SpaceX Will Dominate the Launch Business

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:18

In April, the company won a contract to launch NASA's DART spacecraft for $69 million. Its next launch will be even cheaper.


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Google Settles Job Seekers’ Age-Bias Claims for $11 Million

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:01

(Bloomberg) -- Google agreed to pay $11 million to end a lawsuit accusing the internet giant of discriminating against older job applicants, a deal that amounts to an average payout of more than $35,000 for 227 people who joined the class action.The settlement also calls for the Alphabet Inc. unit to train employees and managers about age bias, to create a committee focused on age diversity in recruiting and to ensure that complaints are adequately investigated.Lawyers for the company and attorneys representing the over-40 job seekers who sued submitted a final settlement proposal Friday to a federal judge in San Jose, California. Lawyers will collect about $2.75 million from the accord.The case was brought by a woman who claimed she was interviewed by Google four times over seven years and was never offered employment despite her “highly pertinent qualifications and programming experience” because of her age. Cheryl Fillekes accused the company of “a systematic pattern and practice of discriminating” against older people.“Age discrimination is an issue that needs to be addressed in the tech industry, and we’re very pleased that we were able to obtain a fair settlement for our clients in this case,” Daniel Low, a lawyer for Fillekes, said in an email.Google denied the allegations, saying that Fillekes and other job seekers she cited as examples didn’t demonstrate the technical aptitude required for the job, even though they were found by staff interviewers to be “Googley” enough to be a good fit for the company.The company said it still denies that it intentionally discriminated against Fillekes, or any of the other plaintiffs, because of their age. It says it has strong policies in place against discrimination, including age discrimination.The case is Heath v. Google Inc., 15-cv-01824, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).(Updates with Google’s position in last paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Burnson in San Francisco at rburnson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Blumberg, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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Should we go back to the moon?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:18

NASA recently announced a plan to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024. Is it a good plan or one giant step in the wrong direction. The 360 provides diverse perspectives on stories in the news.


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24 'Habits' of People With Lupus

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:05

People with lupus may have common behaviors and coping techniques, such as applying sunscreen or washing their hands frequently. People from The Mighty's lupus community share their most common habits.


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The Astronomical Costs of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:44

It was one small step for man – one giant bill for America.


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To return to the Moon, astronauts need new spacesuits

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:42

Space engineer Pablo de Leon has designed two spacesuit prototypes for the Moon and for Mars, and knows how long development takes. If NASA wants to meet its own deadline of returning to the Moon by 2024, it needs to get a move on. "NASA still doesn't have a suit because the decision was taken suddenly," explained the Argentine engineer, who is the director of a lab at the University of North Dakota financed by NASA and dedicated to crewed space flight.


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Here's What You Should Know Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:31

Clinical trials play a critical role in bringing new medications and therapies to patients. Here's what you should know if you're considering participating in a clinical trial.


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26 Comebacks to, 'Are You Sure You're Allowed to Eat That?' for People With Diabetes

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:11

If someone questions if you're "allowed" to eat something because of your illness, you might want to respond with one of these comebacks.


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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:07

When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. "Actually, I've been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years," Aldrin told Trump on Friday. With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing being celebrated this week, Trump brought into the Oval Office the surviving astronauts from that mission, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.


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Sotheby's to auction Apollo 11 moon landing tapes

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:00

Sotheby’s is planning to auction off an out-of-this-world collection on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing — but owning a piece of space history comes at a hefty price.


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A bad year for right whales: 2 more found dead off Canada

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:26

The Canadian government says two more rare North Atlantic right whales have been found dead in the country's waters, worsening a disastrous year for the marine mammals. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the causes of the animals' deaths aren't yet known. The other whale was first seen off Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and was identified Friday.


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Software Provider Medallia’s Trading Debut Ranks Among Year’s Best

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:58

(Bloomberg) -- Medallia Inc. ended its first day as a public company with one of the year’s 10 best trading debuts after its $325.5 million initial public offering.Shares of the enterprise software provider, which rose as much as 88% Friday, closed up 76% to $37.05. That gave it the eighth-best first-day performance out of 105 IPOs in the U.S. this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.The company and some of its investors sold 15.5 million shares on Thursday for $21 each after marketing 14.5 million of them for $16 to $18. The listing values the company at about $4.5 billion, based on the additional stock sold and the number of shares outstanding, as listed in regulatory filings.Beyond Meat Inc. had the year’s best U.S. trading debut after its $276 million IPO in May. The meat-substitute producer soared 163% on first day and is now up 581% from its offer price, also the best in the U.S. this year.Medallia Chief Executive Officer Leslie Stretch said he was pleased with the company’s debut, as well as its progress toward profitability.“We need to invest in sales and marketing -- go to market -- and we’re doing that aggressively,” Stretch said in an interview. “We’re going to continue with our trajectory.”The San Francisco-based company’s net loss for the quarter ending April 30 was $2.6 million on revenue of $94 million, it said in the filings. That compared with a net loss of $28 million on revenue of $71 million for the same period last year.The offering was led by Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. The shares are trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MDLA.(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Hytha in San Francisco at mhytha@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at lbaker75@bloomberg.net, Michael Hytha, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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Trump takes shots at NASA administrator during photo op celebrating Apollo moon landing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:57

During an Oval Office photo op to commemorate Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, President Trump dug at NASA chief Jim Bridenstine.


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Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:49

The iconic, but bulky, spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong hasn't drastically changed in decades. A skintight design may change that.


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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:48

When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. "Actually, I've been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years," Aldrin told Trump on Friday. With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing being celebrated this week, Trump brought into the Oval Office the surviving astronauts from that mission, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.


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Sanders supports protesters as telescope standoff continues

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:47

Hundreds of protesters trying to stop the construction of a giant telescope on land some consider sacred continue to gather at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain on Friday, as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expressed his support for the demonstration. Protest leader Kaho'okahi Kanuha said protesters have been bracing for law enforcement to show up in force ever since Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Wednesday giving authorities more control over access to the Big Island mountain. Bernie Sanders tweeted his endorsement.


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Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:41

President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House Friday, using the occasion to tell his space chief he would prefer to go straight to Mars without returning to the Moon. It is a theme he had touched upon earlier this month in a tweet, and this time drew on the support of the two former astronauts, who are taking part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their mission, to make his case to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. "To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say," said Trump, without looking convinced.


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Pocket-sized shark squirts clouds of light from pockets

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:38

A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named the species the American pocket shark, or Mollisquama (mah-lihs-KWAH-muh) mississippiensis (MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sis). It's only the third out of more than 500 known shark species that may squirt luminous liquid, said R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research.


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A Brief History of Conspiracy Theories About the Moon Landing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:13

OK, yeah, the moon is weird, but that doesn't mean the moon landing wasn't real


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6 Tips for Drinking Alcohol When You Have Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:12

These tips can help keep you safe while drinking alcohol if you have allergies and anaphylaxis.


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