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The Latest: Vote in Finland called "the climate election"

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:58

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):


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Finnish voters may pave way for first leftist premier in two decades

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:54

A survey commissioned by public broadcaster Yle showed the Social Democrats could win top spot with 19 percent of the vote, giving leader Antti Rinne first shot at forming a government. The Finns are running second with 16.3 percent support, after scoring rapid gains since the start of the year when cases of sexual abuse of minors by foreign men emerged. Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho, 47, cast his vote near his home in Eira, one of Helsinki's most expensive neighborhoods.


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Iran says recent floods caused up to $2.5 billion in damage

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:36

Floods caused by heavy rain across Iran in recent weeks have caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and agricultural land, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers on Sunday. "The recent floods are unprecedented... 25 provinces and more than 4,400 villages have been affected," Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying in parliament by state news agency IRNA. Fazli said the floods had caused around 350 trillion rials ($2.5 billion) worth of damage.


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The Hong Kong beekeeper harvesting hives barehanded

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:27

High up in the hills above Hong Kong, Yip Ki-hok uses nothing but his bare hands to remove a honey-filled nest of swarming bees -- a remarkable skill he learned after the hardship of China's famine years. While most new beekeepers buy insects from those with already established colonies, Yip prefers a more organic method, trekking into the hills and catching wild bees using skills he developed through trial and error from the age of seven.


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76 dead in Iran floods as Tehran weighs costs

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 03:15

Floods in Iran have killed 76 people and caused more than $2.2 billion in damages in recent weeks, officials said Sunday, with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country. "With the death of five people in the Khuzestan province flood and another person in Ilam province the death toll has now reached 76" since March 19, according to a statement published online by the coroner's office. The two southwestern provinces are the latest overwhelmed by floods that first hit the northeast of the usually arid country, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate from cities and villages.


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World's largest plane makes first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 03:10

The world's largest airplane -- a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines -- made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would in turn ignite to deploy satellites.


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Seychelles president's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 01:39

DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet."


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Climate change, social care are top issues in Finnish vote

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 00:45

HELSINKI (AP) — Finns are voting in a parliamentary election in which reforming the nation's generous welfare model and tackling climate change have emerged as key issues.


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As ‘Flying Shame’ Grips Sweden, SAS Ups Stakes in Climate Battle

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 00:00

Swedavia AB, which operates 10 Swedish airports including the ones outside Stockholm and Gothenburg, has seen year-on-year passenger numbers drop for seven consecutive months. Last year, Sweden had its weakest overall growth in passenger numbers in a decade.


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French farmers nervous as EU funding reforms loom

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 22:32

Like every spring, Guillaume Lefort sits at his computer labelling all his farm's fields on a map, an annual ritual of registering for subsidies from Europe's Common Agricultural Policy. Like other French farmers, he will be watching the outcome of the EU Parliament elections next month, which will lead to a new slate of European Commission officials. One of the Commission's first tasks will be to help draft a new 2021-2027 budget along with member states which will affect the CAP money that is a cornerstone of EU spending and a lifeline for millions of farmers across the bloc.


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Brazilian president faces opposition in New York

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 21:30

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event.


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Inside Coachella’s Weirdest Art Installation: H.i.P.O.

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 20:43

I'm inside a circular facade with three people pulling hard on a flight suit and rubber mask to set me up to enter a makeshift control room on the Coachella field, where I'll play a very frustrating version of Simon Says while fest-goers gawk from the field. It's one of the oddest (and most confounding) […]


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Stratolaunch takes off: World's largest plane - with 117-metre wingspan - completes first flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 20:29

The world's largest airplane - a behemoth boasting six engines, two fuselages and a wingspan broader than a football pitch - made its first test flight on Saturday in California. Taking to the skies over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, it was the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market. Designed to send humans into space at a fraction of the cost of rockets,  the white airplane called Roc took off shortly before 7 a.m. Pacific time (3pm UK time) and stayed in the air for more than two hours before landing safely back at the Mojave Air and Space Port, where a crowd of hundreds of people cheered. "What a fantastic first flight," Stratolaunch Chief Executive Officer Jean Floyd said. "Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems, Mr Floyd said. Thrilled to share that today the Stratolaunch aircraft flew for the first time! ✈ Check out the video here ⬇ StratoFirstFlighthttps://t.co/rluHdNRtJ4— Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) April 14, 2019 "We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port." The plane is designed to drop rockets and other space vehicles weighing up to 500,000 pounds at an altitude of 35,000 feet and has been billed by the company as making satellite deployment as "easy as booking an airline flight." Saturday's flight, which saw the plane reach a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour and altitudes of 17,000 feet, was meant to test its performance and handling qualities, according to Stratolaunch. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, announced in 2011 that he had formed the privately funded Stratolaunch. The Stratolaunch aircraft has two fuselages and is powered by six Boeing 747 engines Credit: AFP The company seeks to cash in on higher demand in coming years for vessels that can put satellites in orbit, competing in the United States with other space entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and United Launch Alliance - a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Stratolaunch has said that it intends to launch its first rockets from the Roc in 2020 at the earliest. Allen died in October 2018 while suffering from non-Hodgkins' lymphoma, just months after the plane's development was unveiled. "We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement," said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan Inc and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. "The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved."


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World's largest plane makes first flight over California

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 18:38

The white airplane called Roc, which has a wingspan the length of an American football field and is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage, took to the air shortly before 7 a.m. Pacific time (1400 GMT) and stayed aloft for more than two hours before landing safely back at the Mojave Air and Space Port as a crowd of hundreds of people cheered. "We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port." The plane is designed to drop rockets and other space vehicles weighing up to 500,000 pounds at an altitude of 35,000 feet and has been billed by the company as making satellite deployment as "easy as booking an airline flight." Saturday's flight, which saw the plane reach a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour and altitudes of 17,000 feet, was meant to test its performance and handling qualities, according to Stratolaunch.


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Venezuela's Maduro orders militia expansion as Guaido tours blackout-ravaged state

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 18:01

Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who in January invoked Venezuela's constitution to assume an interim presidency, has called on the military to abandon Maduro amid a hyperinflationary economic collapse made worse by several nationwide blackouts in the past month. Guaido has been recognized as Venezuela's rightful leader by the United States and most Western countries, who agree with his argument that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. The civilian militia, created in 2008 by the late former president and Maduro mentor Hugo Chavez, reports directly to the presidency and is intended to complement the armed forces.


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Finnish voters may pave way for first leftist premier in two decades

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 17:08

A survey commissioned by public broadcaster Yle showed the Social Democrats could win the top spot with 19 percent of the vote, giving their leader, Antti Rinne, the first shot at forming a government. The Finns are running close second with 16.3 percent support, after scoring rapid gains since the start of this year when a series of cases of sexual abuse of minors by foreign men emerged. A strong result for the Finns Party could bolster a nationalist bloc threatening to shake up EU policy-making.


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Autism diagnoses at record high in US state and no one knows why

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 17:02

According to new data from Rutgers University, New Jersey preschoolers are being diagnosed with autism at the highest rate in the United States. The National Autistic Society defines autism as a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.It is not a disease, but rather, a spectrum disorder. Due to the nature of this disorder, people with autism all have different experiences.As reported by the Center of Disease Control, one in 35 New Jersey children have been diagnosed with autism.The NAS says that “All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.”Diagnosis rates of autism have jumped from one percent in children born in 1992 to three percent in children born in 2010. Currently one in every 23 four-year-old boys has been diagnosed with autism in New Jersey, a 43 per cent jump from four years ago and echoing the autism gender disparity.The national average for autism diagnosis in America is 13 in every 1,000 children. New Jersey’s average is 28 per every 1,000 children. The director of the New Jersey portion of the Rutgers University study, Walter Zahorodny, said: “There’s no letup. I really don’t understand why the rate is going up in this way.” It’s been discovered that certain elements, like older parents, premature birth, and being one of multiple children in one birth increase the likelihood of an autism diagnosis, but it is yet to be determined why. While the greatest influence appears to be unknown environmental factors, one thing is for certain, rising autism rates are definitely not correlated to vaccination.


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World's largest plane makes first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 16:50

The world's largest airplane -- a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines -- made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would in turn ignite to deploy satellites.


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Four injured after nightclub shooting in Melbourne

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 16:29

Four people have been injured following a shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne.  The incident happened shortly before 3.20am local time (6.20pm BST).  "Investigators believe multiple people were shot outside a nightclub near Little Chapel Street and Malvern Road about 3:20 am," local police said in a statement. It did not give any more details including the condition of the victims, but said the shooting occurred in Melbourne's Prahran district. Local media reports that four were injured, with two in critical condition.   "The exact circumstances are still being established," police said. Mass shootings are rare in Australia, which has strict gun laws introduced after 35 people were killed in 1996 at Port Arthur in Tasmania. A murder-suicide last year which left seven members of a family dead in Western Australia was the country's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur case.


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Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 15:21

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.


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