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Lyft Gets First Buy Rating Ahead of IPO on Market Share Gains

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:18

The rival to Uber Technologies Inc. has made impressive market share gains within the U.S. as demand for ride-sharing continues to grow, D.A. Davidson analyst Tom White wrote in a note. Lyft is the No. 2 player in the ride-sharing market and has grown its share to 39 percent from 22 percent in the past two years, he said. The 6.4x 2019 enterprise value to sales multiple represented at the offering’s midpoint looks reasonable given Lyft’s growth profile, he added.


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Micromem Provides Update on Chevron AROMA Project

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:00

Toronto, Ontario and New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - March 20, 2019) - Micromem Technologies, Inc. (CSE: MRM) (OTCQB: MMTIF) ("Micromem") ("the Company") through its wholly owned subsidiary Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies, Inc. (MAST), is pleased to announce it has delivered unit 0001 of the ARTRA 171 to a Chevron Corporation ("Chevron") oil field. Unit 0001 is now installed and operational and is producing results as part of the pilot project rolling out ...


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EPA Administrator Dismisses Climate Change As '50 To 75 Years Out'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:52

"What we need to do is make sure that the wholeworld is focused on the people who are dying today, the thousand children thatdie every day from lack of drinking water


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EU Renews Calls to Facebook, Twitter to Fight Fake News

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:34

The European Commission requires “more systematic information” from platforms to check the placement of advertisements and “to better understand the effectiveness of the actions taken against bots and fake accounts,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “We encourage online platforms to work with researchers and fact-checkers on access to live information on public pages, streams and other services, as well as on data on inauthentic accounts they have identified and removed,” EU Commissioners Julian King, Vera Jourova, Mariya Gabriel, and Andrus Ansip said in a joint statement. Twitter, along with Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, signed a code of conduct in September pledging to fight disinformation online in Europe.


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Environmental Protection chief: Unsafe water biggest threat

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator says unsafe drinking water is "probably the biggest environmental threat" the world faces.


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Google Fined $1.7 Billion in Vestager's Last Antitrust Case

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:30

It brings the total Google has been ordered to pay to 8.2 billion euros in EU antitrust probes that have run for nearly a decade and taken aim at the company’s popular software for Android phones and searches related to shopping. Google is by far the biggest internet advertising broker, setting up searches on customers’ websites, Vestager said, and that allows it to control how most consumers start shopping.


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Kuwait says U.S. Mideast peace plan should weigh regional considerations

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:11

U.S. President Donald Trump's special adviser Jared Kushner visited several Gulf Arab states last month - but not Kuwait - to seek support from Arab leaders on the economic portion of the proposal that Trump is expected to unveil in the coming months. Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, has given a broad outline of the plan, saying it would address final-status issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including establishing borders. "We hope the plan will take into account the situation in the region and all the relevant parties," Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah told a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


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Nvidia Analysts Still See Risks After Impressive Investor Day

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:04

(Bloomberg) -- Nvidia Corp. was little changed in pre-market trading on as analysts continued to digest the semiconductor company’s Tuesday investor meeting. While management’s commentary, particularly on gaming, was seen as constructive, analysts said Nvidia still has a ways to go before returning to its former records.


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'I thought my life was over': What it’s like to be diagnosed with a chronic illness at 19-years-old

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:00

As a teen, Chantelle Hobgood started experiencing numbness and tingling in her lower extremities, which she chalked up to a pinched nerve. When she finally got a diagnosis, she says, “I broke down into tears.”


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4th Person Dies In Customs and Border Protection Custody

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 05:59

The man died at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure.


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Bayer shares slide after latest Roundup cancer ruling

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 05:41

Shares in Germany's Bayer's fell more than 12 percent on Wednesday after a second U.S. jury ruled its Roundup weed killer caused cancer. Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cause cancer, said it was disappointed with the jury's initial decision.


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Failing to diagnose diabetes during pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 05:35

New UK research has found that women develop diabetes in pregnancy but are not diagnosed are more likely to experience stillbirth than women without the condition. Led by the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester and funded by the charities Action Medical Research, Cure Kids, Sands and Tommy's, the new study looked at the symptoms and care of 291 women who experienced a stillbirth and 733 similar women who did not experience a stillbirth across 41 maternity units in England. The findings, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, showed that all of the women with high blood sugar, which was measured after a period of fasting, had a four-fold greater risk of stillbirth than women without high blood sugar.


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Algeria general praises public's 'noble aims' in sign of distance from Bouteflika

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 05:31

Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the month had been "marked by the deeds of noble aims and pure intentions, through which the Algerian people has clearly expressed its values ​​and principles of sincere and dedicated work to Allah and the motherland". The general's comments, made on Tuesday during a tour of a military district and carried by Algerian media on Wednesday, came as an influential party in the governing coalition publicly turned on Bouteflika and those around him. Bouteflika's plan to seek a fifth term, now abandoned, was "a big mistake," Seddik Chihab, the spokesman for the party, the National Rally for Democracy, told El Bilad TV.


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Bayer shares plunge on new US cancer ruling

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:17

Shares in German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer plunged as markets opened Wednesday, after a second US jury ruled that blockbuster pesticide Roundup -- made by recently-acquired Monsanto -- causes cancer. On Tuesday a California jury found that Monsanto's Roundup -- a herbicide built on active ingredient glyphosate -- caused cancer in a man who sprayed it on his garden over decades. It was the second such ruling within a year against Monsanto, with a first coming in August last year soon after Bayer sealed its $63-billion takeover of the firm.


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Metro's $1.5 Billion China Sale Draws Tencent, Citic PE Interest

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:10

The business, which could fetch at least $1.5 billion, has also drawn interest from local supermarket operator Yonghui Superstores Co., the people said. The German retailer is willing to sell as much as 80 percent of the Chinese business while retaining a significant minority if an attractive offer is made, Bloomberg News reported last month. The company picked Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to run a review of its Chinese business, people with knowledge of the matter said last year.


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Donald Trump is using Stalinist tactics to discredit climate science

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

A panel to promote an alternative explanation for climate change would be disastrous. Yet that’s what White House officials want ‘The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime.’ Photograph: Czarek Sokołowski/AP Americans should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science. The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change from government websites, gagged federal experts and attempted to end funding for climate change programmes. Now a group of hardcore climate change deniers and contrarians linked to the administration is organising a petition in support of a new panel being set up by the National Security Council to promote an alternative official explanation for climate change. The panel will consist of scientists who do not accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are behind climate change and its impacts. Americans should not be conned by the Trump administration's climate lysenkoism The petition is being circulated for signature by Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a lobby group for “free market” fanatics which has become infamous for championing climate change denial. It does not disclose its sources of funding, but is known to have received money from ExxonMobil and conservative billionaires such as the Koch brothers. Mr Ebell, who has no expertise whatsoever in climate science – or any kind of science for that matter – was a member of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team and diverted the focus of the Environmental Protection Agency towards weakening and removing policies that limit pollution by companies, including President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers, and the recruitment of supporters to provide it with a veneer of legitimacy, echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime to discredit the work of geneticists who disagreed with the disastrous pseudo-scientific theories of Trofim Lysenko. Lysenko wrongly believed that acquired traits could be passed on by parents to their offspring. Stalin embraced lysenkoism as the basis for Soviet agricultural policy, while also denouncing and persecuting Lysenko’s scientific critics. The Trump administration’s “climate lysenkoism” is being led by William Happer, a retired professor from Princeton University who was hired by the National Security Council in September 2018 as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for emerging technologies. Media reports suggest that Professor Happer and his fellow propagandists will target the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was prepared by leading researchers in the United States, and concluded last November: “The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.” Although the report was subjected to rigorous review by America’s top experts at the National Academy of Sciences, it was rejected by President Trump, who told journalists: “I don’t believe it.” Professor Happer, who has not published any research on climate change in a reputable science journal, has been celebrated for many years by climate change contrarians and deniers around the world. He was formerly a trustee of the George C Marshall Institute, which received funding from ExxonMobil and other companies to spread doubt inside and outside the United States about the role of fossil fuels in climate change. It disappeared in 2015 and was replaced by the CO2 Coalition, which was co-founded by Professor Happer. The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers, and the recruitment of supporters to provide it with a veneer of legitimacy, echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime The website for the Coalition makes many inaccurate and misleading assertions, such as: “Readily available data from both governmental and non-governmental sources confirms that extreme weather events in recent years have not happened more often or with greater intensity.” In fact, the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published in 2013, concluded: “Changes in many extreme weather and climate events have been observed since about 1950.” A recent leak of the Coaliton’s tax filing showed that its largest donors are conservative groups, such as the Mercer Family Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation, which have a long track record of funding climate change denial. Professor Happer has also collaborated with climate change deniers in other countries, such as the United Kingdom. In 2010, he joined the “Academic Advisory Committee” of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which was set up by Lord Lawson to campaign against polices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels. He stepped down from the committee when he was hired by the White House. The foundation published a pamphlet by Professor Happer in August 2011 which disputed the scientific evidence that greenhouse gases are causing climate change. In July 2014, Professor Happer caused controversy during an interview on CNBC television in the United States when he claimed that “the demonisation of carbon dioxide is just like the demonisation of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.” He was also forced to defend himself after Greenpeace revealed an exchange of email messages during which Professor Happer discussed writing reports to promote climate change denial in exchange for a secret fee paid to the CO2 Coalition. Americans should not be conned by the Trump administration’s climate lysenkoism and should instead place their trust in the robust findings of climate researchers who place the public interest ahead of political ideology. Michael Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. Bob Ward is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science


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Billionaire Has a New Goal for His 17,000 Workers: Learn to Code

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

Rakuten Inc. may soon expect its more than 17,000 employees to know how a computer compiles a program and understand the difference between a CPU and GPU (one is the brains of a PC, the other runs the graphics). Mikitani, a trailblazer in Japan’s internet economy, is considering this dramatic step as his e-commerce empire faces increasing pressure from the likes of Amazon.com Inc. It’s an attempt to keep the skills of employees up to date and answer the question -- do you need to know programming to work in tech? “If you’re working for Toyota, for example, you know how the automobile works -- basic structure of the engine, suspension and so forth,” Mikitani told Emily Chang of Bloomberg Television.


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NY-Based Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo Turn Back Investor Climate Change Resolutions

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:41

In-house lawyers at Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs have successfully fought off climate-related proxy resolutions sought by activist investors with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently granting the banks' motions to exclude the resolutions from shareholder consideration.


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Why the F-35 Isn't Ready for War

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:41

Numerous reports and investigations have turned up a host of alarming problems.


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