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YouTube Bows Out of Hollywood Arms Race With Netflix and Amazon

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 16:00

The retreat from direct competition with Netflix Inc. and Inc.’s Prime Video service reflects the high cost -- in billions of dollars -- needed to take on those deeply entrenched players, even for a rich tech giant like Google, the people said. YouTube generated more than $15 billion in ad sales last year without a huge slate of glitzy productions and concluded its money is better invested in music and gaming. The strategy change, first reported last November by the Hollywood Reporter, means all YouTube shows will eventually air for free.

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India Bans Most Popular Game Over Fear of Creating ‘Psychopaths’

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 16:00

After China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. introduced a mobile version of the death match that’s free to play, it has become the most popular smartphone game in the world, with enthusiasts from the U.S. to Russia to Malaysia. Nowhere has resistance to the game been quite like India. Multiple cities have banned PUBG, as it’s known, and police in Western India arrested 10 university students for playing.

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Why Russia's Aircraft Carrier Dreams Won't Die

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:00

Would Moscow ever still consider building a ship like this?

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This incredible NASA snapshot reminds us how gorgeous Jupiter really is

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 12:59

Jupiter, the "king" of planets in our solar system, is a hostile place you definitely wouldn't want to visit. The gas giant is a swirling mass of storms that stretch hundreds of miles deep, and the larger storms on the planet like the Great Red Spot are large enough to swallow Earth several times over.Despite its volatile nature, and the fact that nobody really knows what lies deep within the planet, Jupiter is still one of NASA's favorite photography targets because it's just so beautiful. Now, NASA is showing off a new, enhanced image snapped by the Juno spacecraft, and it's pure eye candy.The image might look like a single photo but, as NASA explains in a new blog post, it's actually the result of three separate snapshots captured by Juno:> Juno took the three images used to produce this color-enhanced view on Feb. 12, 2019, between 9:59 a.m. PST (12:59 p.m. EST) and 10:39 a.m. PST (1:39 p.m. EST), as the spacecraft performed its 17th science pass of Jupiter. At the time the images were taken, the spacecraft was between 16,700 miles (26,900 kilometers) and 59,300 miles (95,400 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops, above a southern latitude spanning from about 40 to 74 degrees.NASA uploads all of Juno's "JunoCam" images to a web portal where citizen scientists can apply enhancements that bring out additional detail. In this case, a citizen scientist named Kevin M. Gill spent some time sprucing things up and the end result is the lovely view you see above (full resolution here).Juno has proven invaluable to NASA during its over seven years orbiting Jupiter. The spacecraft has taught scientists about the planet's intense currents and storms, and revealed that some of the planet's most iconic features, like the Great Red Spot, are gradually dying.Juno's original mission timeline lasted seven years, but because the spacecraft was still performing well, NASA has since extended it until mid-2021.

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How I Deal With Periods of 'Diabetes Burnout'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 12:30

A woman with type 1 diabetes explains how she deals with periods of "diabetes burnout" where she doesn't feel motivated to manage her condition.

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Petrochemical leak keeps stretch of Houston port closed a third day

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:43

Ship traffic was halted for a third day on Sunday along a key stretch of the United State's busiest oil port as emergency workers siphoned fuels from the Houston Ship Channel that leaked from a massive fire at a nearby petrochemical storage facility. Before the wall was repaired on Saturday, the breach sent fuels, water and fire suppressant foam to a waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. The spill and cleanup has halted ship traffic since Friday on a 5-mile stretch of the channel serving petrochemical import and export terminals.

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With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 08:13

The U.S. embassy in Oman said in a statement that the agreement governed U.S. access to facilities and ports in Duqm as well as in Salalah and "reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals." The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was significant by improving access to ports that connect to a network of roads to the broader region, giving the U.S. military great resiliency in a crisis. "We used to operate on the assumption that we could just steam into the Gulf," one U.S. official said, adding, however, that "the quality and quantity of Iranian weapons raises concerns." Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.

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Emilia Clarke Reveals She Suffered 2 Brain Aneurysms While Filming Game Of Thrones: “I Wasn’t Going to Live”

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 07:33

The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress experienced her first one at age 24 while doing a plank.

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Keep Your Torpedoes Crossed: Breakthrough Could Turn U.S. Submarines into 'Aircraft Carriers'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 07:00

Lots of questions, but it all seems very exciting—and likely to keep planners in Beijing and Moscow scratching their heads.

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FDA takes up decades-long debate over breast implant safety

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 06:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are taking another look at the safety of breast implants, the latest review in a decades-long debate.

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Alibaba Buys Israeli AR Startup Amid China Investment Scrutiny

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 05:31

InfinityAR will join Alibaba’s Israel Machine Vision Laboratory, according to a release dated Thursday on the startup’s website. Financial details were not disclosed, but Alibaba paid more than $10 million, according to an estimate from market sources cited by Globes. “The talented team brings unique know-how in sensor fusion, computer vision and navigation technologies,” lab head Lihi Zelnik-Manor said in the release.

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'It scared the hell out of people': Looking back at Three Mile Island 40 years ago

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 20:03

The March 28, 1979, accident at the nuclear power plant led to widespread fear in the region. Today, though, the plant just seems to be part of the landscape.

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The Complex Fortune Growing Inside World's Most Valuable Startup

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 18:00

The 35-year-old founder of Bytedance Ltd. is worth about $13 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him China’s 9th-richest person and one of the fastest in modern times to amass a mega-fortune. Zhang’s fortune is harder to calculate than the founders of Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. in part because his company isn’t yet public. It’s also difficult because Bytedance is structured in the same way as the two tech behemoths -- a complicated ownership system known as a variable interest entity.

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Some remains of Guatemala volcano victims unidentified: official

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:28

Guatemalan investigators have been unable to identify about 110 pieces of remains from victims of a volcanic eruption that killed 202 people and left 229 missing last June, a forensic official said Saturday. After months of testing, which included sending some samples abroad, about 110 remains cannot be identified, said the head of the National Forensic Sciences Office, Fanuel Garcia. "We have all of them and we are holding on to them, awaiting a time to carry out a collective burial," he said of the unidentified remains.

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US underground nuclear waste dump explained

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 16:53

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It wasn't long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was being generated by defense-related nuclear research and bomb-making that would continue through the Cold War — and indefinitely.

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5,000 breast cancer sufferers could be spared chemotherapy if offered gene testing, study suggests

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 15:00

THOUSANDS of women with breast cancer could be spared chemotherapy if they were offered gene tests which show whether their disease is likely to spread, a major trial has found. The British study suggests that up to 5,000 women a year could avoid the toxic treatment, which can cause nausea and fatigue, through wider use of genetic risk profiling. Currently a test called Oncotype DX is offered to around 9,000 patients a year by the NHS when disease has not spread to the lymph nodes. But the new study suggests that the tests could also be used to tailor treatment for around 10,000 patients in whom disease has progressed, identifying which cases require chemotherapy and which can be helped by hormone therapy alone. Scientists said the research by The Royal Marsden Hospital could mean around 5,000 such women are spared chemotherapy, and its associated side-effects. Charities said the results were “promising” - but said further research was needed to assess the long-term outcomes of patients who were put only on hormone treatment. The study examined the use of the tests on breast cancer which is oestrogen receptor positive (ER+),  human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER 2-), where disease had spread to be between one and three lymph nodes. Before the test was used, chemotherapy was recommended for 70 per cent of patients. But after the genetic analysis, just 28 per cent of cases were found to need the treatment. The rest were referred for less aggressive hormone therapy.   Researchers said the analysis, from 582 patients at 30 hospitals, was also able to identify some cases in need of chemotherapy, who would not have been picked up using traditional assessments. Dr Sophie McGrath, Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said that use of the test saw more than half of cases which would have been recommended for chemotherapy spared it. “This data shows that the Oncotype DX test provides valuable information in guiding treatment decisions for patients whose cancer has spread to the lymph nodes,” she said. More effective targeting of chemotherapy could be particularly valuable among older women, for whom the regime could prove punishing, she said. The test allows scientists to examine the genetic make-up of samples of tumours which are removed during surgery, to discover whether it is likely to spread to other parts of the body. If adopted by the NHS, the tests could reduce expenditure on chemotherapy by around £22 million, and cut waiting times. Latest figures show one in four cancer patients is waiting more than two months to start treatment. Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said such tests had “real potential to personalise breast cancer treatment and enable some women to be safely spared the gruelling side-effects of chemotherapy.” “The early findings from this UK access programme are promising, and suggest that this test could change whether chemotherapy is recommended for a large proportion of node-positive patients. But we need to see long-term data to know that forgoing chemotherapy would not affect the chances of their breast cancer coming back or their survival outcomes,” she said. Currently, the test is only recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) for cases which have not progressed to the lymph nodes but are at “intermediate” risk of spreading. Nice is not expected to update its guidance until 2021. A course of chemotherapy typically costs the health service £4,500. The list price of the Oncotype DX test is £2,500 each, but the NHS pays less for its use under a confidential deal with the manufacturer, Genomic Health.   About | Breast cancer The findings were presented at the St Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference, in Switzerland. Earlier this week, the Health Secretary called for a wider rollout of gene testing on the NHS, as he revealed that tests had found he is at increased risk of prostate cancer. Matt Hancock called for a national debate about the biggest ethical questions concerning a revolution in genomics, as he revealed that he was shocked by his own results.The tests found he has a 15 per cent chance of suffering prostate cancer by the age of 75 - which was described as a risk about 1.5 times greater than the average man. The Health Secretary said he would pursue a blood test with his GP, and ensure he did not miss any screening appointments. But some scientists criticised his statements, with one accusing him of “an astonishing level of ignorance” and suggesting he had “massively misinterpreted” the findings.

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Bitcoin miner builds electrical transformer in rented space, lawsuit follows

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 13:20

Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. They are not legal advice.The post Bitcoin miner builds electrical transformer in rented space, lawsuit follows appeared first on The Block.

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Hitler's Air Force Had a Fatal Flaw: No Heavy Bomber (And It Cost Him)

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 13:00

In the absence of a heavy bomber, the Luftwaffe pushed its medium bombers in World War II to the limits of their endurance.

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Wow: U.S. gov't warns there's a spring flood risk for two-thirds of the Lower 48

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 12:50

In Nebraska and Iowa there's a brown sea where there should be homes, roads, gas stations, and open country.  Historic floods have deluged vast swaths of the Midwest — even flooding a third of the U.S. Air Force base that houses the nation's critical U.S. Strategic Command. But the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the floods aren't nearly over. The agency's 2019 Spring Outlook found that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at risk for flooding in the coming months.  "The extensive flooding we’ve seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream,” Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center, said in a statement.  “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”  None of this is supposed to be under water.Here's what the Missouri River looks like just across from Nebraska City into Iowa. If you ever drive to Kansas City, you're probably familiar with this interchange of I-29 and Highway 2. The Missouri looks like an ocean.#NSP575 — NEStatePatrol (@NEStatePatrol) March 21, 2019 Regions in Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa have already seen historic flooding, with some major rivers — particularly the Missouri River — absolutely smashing previous flood records by some four feet. What's more, many of the nation's well-engineered levees have failed to contain the record floodwaters.  The dramatic flooding — which is already forecast to cost well over $1 billion in damages — is consistent with a big uptick in heavy rains over the last half-century: Between 1958 and 2012, the amount of rain in the heaviest rainfall events in the Midwest shot up by a whopping 37 percent, according to U.S. government scientists.  SEE ALSO: This scientist keeps winning money from people who bet against climate change This is in large part due to Earth's changing atmosphere. Specifically, the climate has warmed by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit), and because of simple physics, the warmer air is able to hold more water vapor. Specifically, for every 1 degree Celsius of warming, the air can hold seven percent more water.  After the rapid melting of winter snow and deluges of rain in mid-March, NOAA expects the flood risk to continue as more rain falls and then travels down already overloaded rivers. Extreme flooding along the Missouri River. Image: NOAa "As this excess water flows downstream through the river basins, the flood threat will become worse and geographically more widespread," NOAA concluded. The agency forecasts flood risk by accounting for how much snow is left to melt, areas experiencing drought, how saturated soils are with moisture, the depth of frozen soil, the height of rivers, and expected precipitation. As the floodmap shows, regions near the Mississipi river and vast swaths of land in the Great Plains and Midwest are at risk for major and moderate flooding.  NOAA's Spring Outlook flood risk map. Image: noaa After surveying conditions along the Nebraska-Iowa border on Thursday, Nebraska's State Patrol tweeted: "None of this is supposed to be under water."  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?

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U.S. Army Tanks Want Some Very High-Tech Fighter Gear

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 12:00

The vehicle display project comes as the U.S. Army grapples with how to replace its Cold War tanks and armored vehicles with twenty-first-century designs.

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