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Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:24

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.


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Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:16

Visitors pouring into Japan's Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub. Six Japanese firms, including national carrier ANA, jointly started a 10-day experiment with a self-driving prototype minibus last week. "Our hope is to be able to offer users autonomous buses by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics," said ANA project chief Tadakatsu Yamaguchi.


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Amputee Sumatran tiger gives birth to cubs

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:14

Padang-lawas (Indonesia) (AFP) - A Sumatran tiger with an amputated paw has given birth to a pair of cubs in Indonesia, amid fears for the future of the critically endangered species. "Gadis... has now recovered and is healthy, giving birth to the two cubs," said reserve head Parta Basmeli Siregar. The sex of the two cubs has not yet been established, he added.


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Boeing's flying taxi takes to the skies in its first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:08

An self-flying air taxi built by one of the world's biggest defence and aerospace giants has lifted off on its maiden test flight in the US. Boeing revealed its autonomous air passenger vehicle (PAV), which the US company hopes will be a contender for future flying taxi services. The PAV uses electric vertical takeoff and landing technology, meaning it could fly in constricted urban areas. The test saw a controlled takeoff, hover and landing and tested the flying taxi's autonomous functions and landing systems. "In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype," said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. The aircraft comes as part of Boeing's future-gazing NeXt division, its research arm developing autonomous and electric aircraft. The test flight comes as tech companies vie to launch flying taxi and autonomous drone services for human passengers and package delivery. FAQ | Drones Uber has said it aims to have a flying taxi service in place by next year, launching a pilot version of the service in Dallas and Dubai. It is also exploring bringing its flying taxis further afield, with Japan, France, Brazil, Australia and India up for consideration for its uberAIR service. Amazon, meanwhile, has been testing  autonomous flying drones as part of its Amazon Air delivery service. Amazon Air would see package carrying drones deposit goods in remote locations by air. The pilot has been tested in Cambridge. Meanwhile Boeing, better known for its commercial jets and military aircraft, has been developing the PAV since 2018. For now, the aircraft has a flying range of just 50 miles. It measures 30 feet by 28 feet. Boeing has also developed an autonomous electric flying drone, which can carry up to 225kg, which is designed for delivering packages in hard to reach areas. It completed indoor testing last year and will transition to outdoor flights in 2019.


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Newark Airport Flights Are Halted After Reports of Drones

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:59

A pilot on a Southwest Airlines Co. flight first reported the device at 4:44 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. When the crew on a second flight operated by United Airlines made a similar report three minutes later, air-traffic controllers in the region sent arrivals into holding patterns. At least one of the flight crews reported the drone was within 30 feet of a collision, according to the FAA statement.


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Advocating for the Underserved in the Breast Cancer Community

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:56

A Young Breast Cancer Survivor and Chinese-American Finds Her Place as an Advocate for those Underserved and Living with Breast Cancer


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Dell CEO Joins Davos Debate on 70% Tax Rate: ‘Not Supportive’

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:47

Billionaire Michael Dell, chief executive officer of the eponymous technology giant, rejected a suggestion by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of a 70-percent marginal tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. “No, I’m not supportive of that,” Dell said at a Davos panel on making digital globalization inclusive. Three weeks after Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea in an interview on “60 Minutes” to raise the top marginal tax rate on Americans’ income of more than $10 million to 70 percent, it was a hot topic at the gathering of the global financial and political elite.


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Trump’s Shutdown Has Led To A ‘Slow Strangling’ Of American Science

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:37

In early November, Jamie Rowen, an author and assistant professor of legal


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Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:28

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype "flying car" -- part of a project aimed at "on-demand autonomous air transportation" -- has completed its first successful test flight. The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft said the test was carried out Tuesday outside the US capital Washington, the company said in a statement. Boeing is among a handful of companies in the United States and around the world -- including Uber and a startup backed by Google founder Larry Page -- that are developing vehicles which could be used for personal air transport with autonomous navigation.


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Exclusive: Petrobras rejects latest EIG-backed bid for oilfields - sources

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:21

Petroleo Brasileiro SA has rejected the most recent bid by an EIG Global Energy Partners-backed firm to purchase a pair of shallow-water oil clusters, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, potentially derailing a major divestment late in the process. Ouro Preto Oleo e Gas, a Brazilian energy firm backed by sector-focused private equity firm EIG entered exclusive talks in July with Petrobras, as the state-run oil firm is known, to purchase its Pampo and Enchova clusters. Petrobras is cutting stakes in shallow-water fields to focus on Brazil's larger deepwater play.


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Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:20

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight.


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Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:13

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype "flying car" -- part of a project aimed at "on-demand autonomous air transportation" -- has completed its first successful test flight. Boeing is among a handful of companies in the United States and around the world -- including Uber and a startup backed by Google founder Larry Page -- that are developing vehicles which could be used for personal air transport with autonomous navigation. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company's urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the prototype.


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Mass Spectrometric Assays for the Reliable and Reproducible Detection of Proteins/Peptides of Importance in Obesity Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:44
Funding Opportunity RFA-DK-19-001 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications from institutions/organizations proposing the development of targeted mass spectrometric assays (e.g., Multiple Reaction Monitoring) for proteins and peptides of primary interest to the obesity research community (e.g., Adiponectin, Leptin, Resistin, Neuropeptide Y, Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, Peptide YY, Glucagon-like peptide 1, Ghrelin, Adrenocorticotropin, Corticotropin-releasing hormone, Gastrin, Cholecystokinin, Secretin, Vasoactive intestinal peptide, gastric-inhibitory peptide, gastrin-releasing peptide, motilin, pancreatic polypeptide,RBP4,myostatin, FGF21). The proposed assays should be highly reproducible, easily transferable to other laboratories, easy to multiplex, and validated in human plasma or serum.
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Establishing a Cohort to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Neurocognitive Complications of Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) - Planning Cooperative Agreements (U34 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:28
Funding Opportunity RFA-DK-18-007 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This FOA invites applications for planning cooperative agreements (U34) for a national, multisite, observational cohort study to prospectively examine the risk and protective factors for neurocognitive complications of pediatric type 1 diabetes (T1D; onset approximately ages 5-10 years) and a comparison sample. The U34 is designed to: 1) Permit early peer review of the rationale for the proposed cohort study; 2) Permit assessment of the study design; and 3) Provide support for the development of essential elements required for the design and conduct of the cohort study and the management and analysis of the study data. Consultation with NIDDK scientific staff is strongly encouraged prior to the submission of the U34 application.
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Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs 'unity' in restive Sudan

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:10

The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in Sudan, strategic in part for its access to the Red Sea, and last year agreed a $4 billion deal to jointly develop Suakin port. Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests raged at home. "President Bashir briefed the Emir on the latest updates regarding the situation and challenges facing the country," said a statement from the court of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.


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Sudan accepted economic assistance from UAE, Russia, Turkey: oil minister

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:06

"We received assistance from the United Arab Emirates," he said. "And Russia and Turkey offered us assistance including fuel, wheat and others, and we accepted it as a normal matter between friendly countries in light of the current circumstances that Sudan is going through." The minister did not give details on the scale or timing of the support. Sudan has seen near-daily protests since Dec. 19, amid worsening economic conditions and calls for an end to President Omar al-Bashir's 30-year rule.


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Notice of Termination of PAR-19-164 "Summer Research Education Experience Program (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)"

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:54
Notice NOT-AA-19-005 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
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Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket makes 10th flight test

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:47

With an eye to launching the first tourists to space by year's end, Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, blasted off the 10th test flight of its New Shepard rocket on Wednesday. A few minutes into the flight, the capsule separated as planned from the booster and reached its peak height of 66 miles (106 kilometers). "That is exactly what we were targeting," said Ariane Cornell, an astronaut for Blue Origin and commentator on the company's live webcast of the launch.


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EnBW open to partnerships in U.S. offshore wind expansion

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:47

German utility EnBW could seek more partners in its planned push into the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind sector, its chief executive said. EnBW has already formed a joint venture with project developer Trident Winds to cater the U.S. west coast but is so far working alone on the booming east coast, where it has set up a subsidiary in the fourth quarter. "We're open to partnerships also in the offshore business," Frank Mastiaux told Reuters at the annual Handelsblatt energy conference in Berlin.


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How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:44

I tried an automatic self-cleaning litter box. What I really got was a cat toy that should come with a payment plan-but also, a relief from constant litter box cleaning.


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