Science RSS Feeds

2-metre sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100: study

Global sea levels could rise by two metres (6.5 feet) and displace tens of millions of people by the end of the century, according to new projections that double the UN's benchmark estimates. The vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contain enough frozen water to lift the world's oceans dozens of metres. The expansion of water as oceans warm also contributes to sea level rise.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Concrete ‘Coffin’ Storing U.S. Atomic Bomb Waste At Risk Of Rupture, UN Chief Warns

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 14 hours 51 min ago

The aging Runit Dome, which stores radioactive waste from Cold War-era bomb tests in the Marshall Islands, is threatened by storms and rising sea level.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Morgan Stanley Slashes Worst-Case Price for Tesla to $10

“Demand is at the heart of the problem,” analysts led by Adam Jonas said in a note. Jonas lowered his “bear case” for Tesla shares from a previous estimate of $97, which assumes Tesla misses its current sales forecast in China by about half, and kept a price target of $230. The stock fell 2.6% to $200 a share in pre-market trading.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Amazon Prime Boss Named CEO of Google-Backed Quantum Computing Startup

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 28 min ago

Amazon Prime Boss Named CEO of Google-Backed Quantum Computing Startup


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Business Bets on a Quantum Leap

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 28 min ago

Business Bets on a Quantum Leap


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Chinese Central Bank-Led Fintech Research Institute Seeks New Blockchain Talent

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 35 min ago

A fintech research institute established by China's central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has posted several new job openings for blockchain talent. As its profile on Lagou.com outlines, the Shenzhen Fintech Research Institute is a unit jointly organized by the PBoC’s Digital Currency Research Institute, the Shenzhen Local Financial Supervision Bureau and the Futian District People's Government. It is tasked with spearheading fintech and digital currency-related development projects under the aegis of the central bank and the Shenzhen municipal government.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

What would a UK Labour Party government nationalize, and how?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 42 min ago

Despite a national election not being due until 2022, the prospect of nationalization is worrying investors. Analysts have valued the regulated asset values of water and energy networks potentially facing nationalization at around 125 billion pounds ($159 billion). The likelihood of May's center-right Conservative minority government lasting until 2022 has been reduced because arguments over Brexit have split the party, paralyzing policymaking and causing its poll ratings to slide.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Risks, rewards accompany speedier cleanup of closed nukes

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 46 min ago

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are reviewing plans to sell retiring nuclear reactors to a nuclear waste management company for accelerated decommissioning.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Who's Winning the Race for This $100 Billion Healthcare Market?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 48 min ago

Easier ways to look for solid tumors are closer than you think.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Space Misfits gears up to launch its alpha version this week

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 59 min ago

Space Misfits – dubbed the world’s first blockchain-powered, open-world role-playing game (RPG) – is set to launch its single-player alpha version on May 25. The news was announced in a Medium blog post, which states: “The final version of Space Misfits will be a full open-world massively multiplayer online (MMO) game in its truest form. “However, to give you a taste of the good life, the blockchain life, we are launching the alpha version of our game as a single-player RPG. Which means, it will be available for you to play on Saturday, the 25th of May!” The team behind Space Misfits began development back in January. The game itself has a cyberpunk retro theme to help set it apart The post Space Misfits gears up to launch its alpha version this week appeared first on Coin Rivet.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 15 hours 59 min ago

Starting on Tuesday morning, letters and packages moving between Phoenix and Dallas will travel on customized Peterbilt trucks run by TuSimple, an autonomous startup based in San Diego. There will be five round trips between the two cites, with the first haul leaving from Phoenix this morning. “This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future,” the USPS said in a press release that cited the possibility of using “a future class of vehicles” to improve service, reduce emissions and save money.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Google trains AI to identify lung cancer

Resulting in more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined, lung cancer has become the deadliest cancer across the world according to the World Health Organization. This disease has one of the worst survival rates due to difficulties in detecting malignant tissue until it's evolved into late stage cancer.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Dome covering nuclear waste in Marshall Islands is beginning to crack, UN warns

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 16 hours 36 min ago

At 6:45am on 1 March 1954 the blue sky stretching over the south Pacific Ocean was split open by an enormous red flash.Within seconds, a mushroom cloud towered 4.5 miles high over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.The explosion, the US government’s first weaponised hydrogen bomb, was 1,000 times more powerful than the “Little Boy” atomic bomb blast that flattened Hiroshima – and a complete miscalculation.Scientists had underestimated the size of what became known as the “Castle Bravo” test, resulting in an explosion that was two-and-a-half times larger than expected.Radioactive ash dropped more than 7,000 square miles from the bomb site, caking the nearby inhabited islands.“Within hours, the atoll was covered with a fine, white, powder-like substance,” the Marshall Islands health minister would later testify, according to the Atomic Heritage Foundation.“No one knew it was radioactive fallout. The children played in the ‘snow.’ They ate it.”The 1954 explosion was part of a series of nuclear tests conducted as the US military lurched into the nuclear age.From 1946 to 1958, 67 US nuclear tests pulverised the tranquil reefs and islands of the South Pacific.International pressure finally halted the bombing, but the damage was done – and continues to this day.That was the message reiterated by UN Secretary General António Guterres on a recent tour of the South Pacific to discuss climate change.In Fiji on Thursday, he told the crowd about “a kind of coffin” built by the US in the Marshall Islands to house the deadly radioactive debris from 1980s.The structure, however, was never meant to last.Today, due to disrepair and rising sea tides, it is dangerously vulnerable. A strong storm could breach the dome, releasing the deadly legacy of America’s nuclear might.“I’ve just been with the President of the Marshall Islands (Hilda Heine), who is very worried because there is a risk of leaking of radioactive materials that are contained in a kind of coffin in the area,” Mr Guterres said in Fiji, AFP reported.Mr Guterres’s “coffin” was the product of a belated American response to the testing of the 1940s and 1950s.Beginning in 1977, the Defence Nuclear Agency began a sustained cleanup of the nuclear debris left over on Enewetak Atoll, a slender archipelago in the Marshall Islands’s north-west corner.Enewetak Atoll was subjected to repeated blasts during the testing, and inhabitants were forced to relocate before the explosions began.Beginning in 1977, 4,000 US servicemen began collecting an estimated 73,000 cubic meters of tainted surface soil across the islands, according to the Marshall Islands’ government.The material was then transported to Runit Island, where a 328-foot crater remained from a May 1958 test explosion. For three years, the American military dumped the material into the crater.Six men reportedly died during the work. Locals took to calling it “The Tomb,” The Guardian reported.In 1980, a massive concrete dome – 18 inches thick and shaped like a flying saucer – was placed over the fallout debris, sealing off the material on Runit.But the $218 million (£172 million) project was only supposed to be temporary until a more permanent site was developed, according to The Guardian. However, no further plans were ever hatched.In 1983, the Marshall Islands signed a compact agreement of free association with the US, granting the island nation the right to govern itself.But the deal also settled “all claims, past, present and future” tied to the nuclear testing, and left the dome in the care of the island government.According to a 2017 report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among the fallout material was plutonium-239, an isotope that is one of the world’s most toxic substances, and one with a radioactive half-life of 24,100 years.The staying power of that material is the problem. It’s still there, only 18 inches of concrete away from waters that are rising.“That dome is the connection between the nuclear age and the climate change age,” climate change activist Alson Kelen told the Australian broadcaster.Cracks reportedly have started to appear in the dome.Part of the threat is that the crater was never properly lined, meaning rising seawater could breach the structural integrity.“The bottom of the dome is just what was left behind by the nuclear weapons explosion,” Michael Gerrard, the chair of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, told ABC.“It’s permeable soil. There was no effort to line it. And therefore, the seawater is inside the dome.”According to The Guardian, a 2013 report by the US Energy Department admitted radioactive material may have already begun to leak from the dome, but cautioned the health risks were likely low.The Marshallese government, however, does not have the money to shore up the structure, leaving it vulnerable to both rising tides and typhoons.“It’s clear as day that the local government will neither have the expertise or funds to fix the problem if it needs a particular fix,” a Marshallese official told The Guardian.Last week, Mr Guterres sounded a similar theme in Fiji about the ongoing effects of the American testing on the small island nation.“The Pacific was victimised in the past as we all know,” he said last Thursday, according to AFP.“The consequences of these have been quite dramatic, in relation to health, in relation to the poisoning of waters in some areas.The Washington Post


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Space Station Commander Answers The Ultimate Question About Astronaut Farts

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 16 hours 37 min ago

Former ISS commander Terry Virts spills the beans.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Silicon Valley’s Shame: Living in a Van in Google’s Backyard

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 16 hours 59 min ago

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Amazon Employees Embrace Activism, Echoing Peers in Silicon Valley

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 16 hours 59 min ago

When shareholders gather Wednesday at Seattle’s Fremont Studios for the company’s annual meeting, a proposal supported by some 7,600 employees will call for Amazon to write a public report detailing how it’s preparing for climate-related disruptions and plans to reduce dependence on the fossil fuels blamed for much of the Earth’s warming. Amazon opposes the resolution, citing ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of packaging it ships to consumers as well as investments in wind, solar energy and other alternatives. “I have no doubt that was because of us,” says Weston Fribley, an Amazon software engineer who helped organize the resolution and like other employees is a shareholder by virtue of his stock grants.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Sanctions bill on Nord Stream 2 coming soon: U.S. energy secretary

United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday that a sanctions bill putting onerous restrictions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project would come in the "not too distant future". The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has come under fire from the United States and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic Sea countries which fear it will increase the European Union's reliance on Russian gas. "The opposition to Nord Stream 2 is still very much alive and well in the United States," Perry told a briefing on a visit to Kiev for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

China rebuffs Trump claim U.S. tariffs are making firms leave

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 17 hours 13 min ago

Foreign investors remained enthusiastic about China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, following U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that his tariffs are causing companies to move production away from the world's second largest economy. Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move manufacturing out of China to Vietnam and other Asian countries, and added that any agreement to end a trade war with China cannot be a "50-50" deal.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Senate GOP Readies Climate Bills in Bid to Court Wary Democrats

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 17 hours 59 min ago

The emerging proposals to fight climate change would avoid imposing dramatic cuts to carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, they seek to promote clean energy technology such as energy storage, renewable power and carbon-capture technologies.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Senate GOP Readies Climate Bills in Bid to Court Wary Democrats

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - 17 hours 59 min ago

The emerging proposals to fight climate change would avoid imposing dramatic cuts to carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, they seek to promote clean energy technology such as energy storage, renewable power and carbon-capture technologies.


Categories: Science RSS Feeds

Pages

Subscribe to Ion Channels and Transporters aggregator - Science RSS Feeds