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OxyContin maker Purdue reaches $270 million settlement in Oklahoma opioid case: source

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:43

The settlement with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is the first to result from a wave of recent lawsuits accusing Purdue of deceptively marketing painkillers. The deal came after Purdue lost a bid to delay a trial in the case, which had been set for May 28. Hunter's 2017 lawsuit accused Purdue, Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd of deceptive marketing that played down the risks of addiction associated with opioid pain drugs while overstating their benefits.

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Uber, Mastercard Deals Mark Arrival of Mideast Tech Sector

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:42

The first signs were in 2017, when U.S. e-commerce giant Inc. agreed to buy, a Dubai-based online retailer little-known outside the region, for about $600 million. On Tuesday, the largest-ever tech deal in the region was struck as ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to acquire its regional competitor Careem Networks FZ for $3.1 billion in a cash and stock deal. The Middle East and North Africa region has a seen 30 to 50 percent increase in funding year-on-year in startups since 2015, according to Magnitt, a data platform for startups in the Middle East.

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KBR Arm Wins Cyber & Engineering Services Military Contracts

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:39

KBR will provide IT, cyber security and engineering services through three contracts to the U.S. military department, further boosting its Government Service segment.

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NASA forced to cancel first all-female spacewalk in history over wardrobe malfunction

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:36

For NASA, March 29th was going to be a history-making day at the International Space Station, with the first all-female spacewalk in human history. Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to perform a variety of tasks on the exterior of the space station and it would have been the first time that two female astronauts carried out the delicate work in tandem.Now that history-making event has been cancelled, and it's all due to the fit of the spacesuits.In a new update, NASA reveals that a change has been made to the spacewalk lineup and Koch will now be joined by Nick Hague, who just completed a similar spacewalk on March 22nd.Concerns over the fit of the spacesuits -- more specifically, the fact that only one medium-sized torso component will be available for the spacewalk -- have led to McClain being pushed from the lineup. Here's how NASA explains things:> Koch had been scheduled to conduct this spacewalk with astronaut McClain, in what would have been the first all-female spacewalk. However, after consulting with McClain and Hague following the first spacewalk, mission managers decided to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station. McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso - essentially the shirt of the spacesuit - fits her best. Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.This is obviously a rather disappointing development but, as NASA has warned in the weeks leading up to the spacewalk, plans often change rapidly. In this case, NASA doesn't want to put McClain in a spacesuit that doesn't fit her well for the sole purpose of hitting the "first all-female spacewalk" milestone.When the schedule for these spacewalks was first announced and it looked like it would result in the first all-female spacewalk, NASA was quick to point out that, while it would be a great day for the space agency, the pairing of astronauts isn't made according to gender. In this case, a last-second change has derailed things a bit, but with NASA sending more female astronauts to the ISS than ever before, it likely won't be long until they get another shot at making history.

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Citigroup Makes Its Move in $90 Billion Battle Over Swipe Fees

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:34

Citigroup will work with Mastercard Inc.’s payment-gateway services to connect with payment processors and mobile wallets around the world. Key InsightsCitigroup’s new product could address the growing concern among U.S. merchants that have been looking for a way to lower the amount they spend on electronic payments, especially through solutions that connect directly to a consumer’s bank account, avoiding traditional credit and debit card networks.

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Talk About Anything But Huawei During President Xi's Paris Trip

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:30

French President Emmanuel Macron and his advisers avoided any public discussion of contentious issues at a Tuesday morning event to mark the state visit, while Huawei focused on promoting its consumer brand by unveiling the P30 smartphone line in front of some 1,500 people in the French capital. “I don’t believe in in the efficiency of confrontational postures, but in a demanding spirit of cooperation,” Macron said at the state visit event, standing next to Xi, under the glass ceiling of the Elysee presidential palace reception hall.

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Algerian protesters keep up pressure on Bouteflika to quit

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:24

Bouteflika, among the veterans of the 1954-62 war of independence against France who continue to dominate Algeria, has bowed to protesters by reversing a decision to seek another term and putting off elections that had been set for April. The move failed to placate hundreds of thousands of Algerians who have taken to the streets for nearly five weeks to demand that Bouteflika step down. There is no point for it in resisting," said Belkacem Abidi, 25, one of about 6,000 protesters, mostly students, who gathered in downtown Algiers on Tuesday.

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Norway Mulls Huawei 5G Decision That’s Not ‘Black and White’

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:15

Norway is looking over the compliance with its security laws ahead of a pending tender where suppliers such as Ericsson AB and Huawei are set to compete in the roll-out of the 5G networks. Norway’s Telenor ASA has used Huawei technology in its 4G network, and so far there are no security issues, according to the minister.

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History-making all-female spacewalk canceled because of lack of the right-size spacesuits

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:14

The history-making, all-female spacewalk that was scheduled to happen on Friday, during Women’s History Month, has been canceled by NASA. The cancellation is due in part to “spacesuit availability,” NASA announced Monday. In other words, the agency did not have enough spacesuits sized for women on the International Space Station.

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The Supreme Court takes on gerrymandering. A cottage industry wants to prove it's gone too far

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:11

A cottage industry of academics and entrepreneurs wants to convince Supreme Court justices that partisan gerrymandering has gone too far.

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Germany records hottest year in a century

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:11

Germany recorded its warmest year in 2018, a period also marked by a drought lasting months, the country's DWD weather service said Tuesday. The average temperatures for the year reached 10.5 degree Celsius (50.9 degrees Fahrenheit), a new record high, the DWD said in a statement. "It was the warmest year in the 138-year temperature records of the national weather service," the service said.

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The Ford F-150 Raptor Might Get the Mustang GT500's Supercharged V-8

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:09

Disappointed Ford never gave the new Raptor the V-8 it deserved? Well, a new rumor says it could get a very special one.

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Historic all-female spacewalk canceled because there weren't enough medium-sized spacesuits

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:01

NASA says first all-female spacewalk, scheduled to take place March 29, was canceled because there weren't enough medium-sized spacesuits available.

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What It's Really Like Getting Breast Implants After A Double Mastectomy

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:00

When Joanna De Fina was 27, she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation related to an increased risk of breast cancer. Three years later, she decided to proactively undergo a double mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery — all by the age of 31. Here, she opens up about the emotional aspects of her experience, the unexpected complications, and coming out better on the other side.

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2 female NASA astronauts and a Canadian flight controller will conduct the first-ever all-woman space walk

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:59

Since 1998, there have been 213 spacewalks at the International Space Station. In March, an all-female spacewalk is happening aboard the ISS.

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Watch the First Flight of the Defiant, a Potential Blackhawk Successor

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:59

The Defiant, or something very much like it, could replace the UH-60 Blackhawk transport helicopter in U.S. Army service.

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Is NASA Preparing to Cancel Its Space Launch System?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:49

Maybe not yet, but the omens don't look good.

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Instagram yoga guru says she suffered a stroke after tearing an artery in her neck

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:43

A yoga enthusiast with a massive Instagram following opened up about about her harrowing medical scare after pushing herself too far doing advanced yoga poses. In 2017, Rebecca Leigh shared a photo of herself in the hospital to her more than 26,000 Instagram followers, revealing that she had a stroke after tearing an artery in her neck while practicing headstands and handstands. "I never in a billion years thought I would have a stroke at my age, let alone from doing yoga," she wrote.

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Boeing and Lockheed's Futuristic Helicopter Is Finally Airborne

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:30

A dual-rotor concept to improve helicopter performance achieved first flight more than a year after originally planned. Will the design live up to its promise?

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