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Geothermal plant 'triggered earthquake' in S. Korea

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:08

A rare earthquake in South Korea was triggered by the country's first experimental geothermal power plant, a team of government-commissioned experts said Wednesday. The southeastern port city of Pohang was rattled by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake in November 2017 -- the second-most powerful tremor ever in the normally seismically stable South. The plant works by injecting high-pressure water deep underground to tap heat from the Earth's crust, but the process had produced micro-sized seismic activity as a result, said Lee Kang-kun, who led the research.

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Sheriff's deputy killed, officer injured during traffic stop

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

BADGER POCKET, Washington (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was killed and a police officer was injured after an exchange of gunfire during an attempted traffic stop.

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Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles in European 5G Rollout

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:56

Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei’s gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice.

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Tencent Sees the Best Run-up Prior to Earnings Release in Years

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:55

The most valuable stock in Asia has added 3.2 percent in the past week, the best run-up prior to any release since its 2017 first-quarter update, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Chinese Internet giant, which is only just recovering from one of its darkest periods, will report results after Thursday’s close of trading in Hong Kong. The bank has a buy rating on Tencent and a price target that implies a 12 percent rally in the next year.

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Girl gives bald American Girl dolls to young cancer patients

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:47

An 11-year-old is spreading smiles by delivering bald American Girl dolls to kids fighting cancer. With help from her mom, Bella Fricker, 11, of Alpharetta, Georgia, raises money to buy the dolls and delivers them to hospitalized patients. Fricker, a mom of three, said Bella launched the Peace Love Bracelets Foundation over a year ago.

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Tencent to Consider Bid for $3 Billion A.S. Watson Stake

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:35

The Singapore state investment company is considering selling around a 10 percent stake in A.S. Watson for about $3 billion, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Tencent may team up with some investment funds for an offer for the stake in A.S. Watson, which is a unit of Hong Kong tycoon Victor Li’s CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd., the people said. The holding has also drawn interest from Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., according to the people.

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Mozambique starts three days of mourning after cyclone kills hundreds

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:37

MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) - Mozambique started three days of national mourning on Wednesday after powerful cyclone winds and flooding killed hundreds of people and left a massive trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cylone Idai, which hit Mozambique's port city of Beira on Thursday before moving inland, brought winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) which flattened buildings and put the lives of millions of people at risk. Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said in a televised statement on Tuesday that the cyclone had killed more than 200 people in Mozambique but that more bodies were still being discovered.

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Going 'Under': Europe's first underwater restaurant opens in Norway

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:06

Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta, which also created the Opera house in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York. "The fascination is just this movement from above water to underwater through the building ... The big window exposes the underwater not like an aquarium, it's the real thing," Snoehetta's founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen told Reuters.

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Exclusive: How Iran fuel oil exports beat U.S. sanctions in tanker odyssey to Asia

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 00:49

SINGAPORE/BAGHDAD/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At least two tankers have ferried Iranian fuel oil to Asia in recent months despite U.S. sanctions against such shipments, according to a Reuters analysis of ship-tracking data and port information, as well as interviews with brokers and traders. The shipments were loaded onto tankers with documents showing the fuel oil was Iraqi. The transfers show at least some Iranian fuel oil is being traded despite the reimposition of sanctions in November 2018, as Washington seeks to pressure Iran into abandoning nuclear and missile programs.

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Oil majors rush to dominate U.S. shale as independents scale back

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:19

In New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Exxon Mobil Corp is building a massive shale oil project that its executives boast will allow it to ride out the industry's notorious boom-and-bust cycles. The sprawling site reflects the massive commitment to the Permian Basin by oil majors, who have spent an estimated $10 billion buying acreage in the top U.S. shale field since the beginning of 2017, according to research firm Drillinginfo Inc. The rising investment also reflects a recognition that Exxon, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and BP Plc largely missed out on the first phase of the Permian shale bonanza while more nimble independent producers, who pioneered shale drilling technology, leased Permian acreage on the cheap.

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Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:07

This quirky correlation in Asia's fourth-largest economy, where air pollution outstrips industrialized peers, stems from an old belief attributed to coal miners, that the slippery pork oil helped cleanse dirt from their throats. For middle school student Han Dong-jae, eating greasy barbecued pork belly on a smoggy day is a life lesson imbibed from his mother. "I think it's somewhat helpful, because pork meat has oil and the oil soothes my throat." Scientists say there is no rationale for the belief, but pork sales jumped about a fifth on the year from Feb. 28 to March 5, when pollutants blanketed most areas, data from major retailers E-Mart and Lotte Mart showed.

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Vietnam ‘State-Aligned’ Hackers Are Targeting Auto Firms, FireEye Says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:20

FireEye, which designated the group as APT32 and dates its activities to 2014, said the attacks accelerated in early February. The hacking targeted companies in Southeast Asia and “the broader areas surrounding Vietnam,” said Nick Carr, a FireEye senior manager. “Beginning in February, we see this large uptick based on our product and services visibility showing us a lot of activity targeting the automotive industry,” Carr said.

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Surprise! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe catches asteroid spewing bits into space

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:18

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn't been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space. The mission's scientists shared pictures of the plumes as well as the unexpectedly rugged terrain on the asteroid, known as Bennu, today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. They also published a set of seven papers about their findings in the journal Nature. “The discovery of plumes is one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career,” Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, said in a news release. “And… Read More

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Firefighters contain petrochemical blaze, Texas expands air monitoring

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:18

Firefighters late Tuesday contained a raging inferno at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site outside of Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days as Texas officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, was reduced to four burning tanks from eight, a Harris County official said in a statement, after additional equipment and firefighters trained in handling tank fires arrived earlier in the day.

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Tencent Music's Debut Release Is No Chart Topper

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:10

The Chinese music and entertainment company listed in December and shares started to take off in mid-January. Social entertainment, Tencent Music’s largest business which includes live streaming and online karaoke, experienced only a mild increase in monthly active users. Its music business – larger by users but smaller by revenue – faced even weaker growth, and seems to be struggling to sign up more customers.

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Scientists are trying to make the International Space Station’s bathroom a little less gross

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:07

The International Space Station is like no other place on Earth, and not just because it's not actually on Earth at all. The orbiting laboratory is inhabited by crews of scientists that live there for months before being changed out for fresh faces, and this poses a huge challenge when it comes to cleanliness.It's not that astronauts are any messier than the rest of us, but they're definitely still human, and being human means carrying a whole host of microorganisms with you on a daily basis. Recent research has revealed that the bacteria spread by humans to the ISS is actually mutating, posing a potential risk for future spacegoers, but researchers are now testing a new antimicrobial coating that could help clean things up a bit.In a new paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers describe the testing of a new coating made of silver and ruthenium, a platinum derivative. Elements like silver have been shown to kill off microorganisms with great efficiency, and silver coils are used in a variety of applications, such as water cooling, to prevent the growth of bacteria.The coating, which the researchers call AGXX, was tested on one of the more disgusting surfaces of the International Space Station: the bathroom door. Testing was then performed on the surfaces after the coating was applied for several months and the results seemed promising."After 6 months exposure on the ISS, no bacteria were recovered from AGXX-coated surfaces," Professor Elisabeth Grohmann, senior author of the work, said in a statement.Testing was performed once again between 12 and 19 months and while a few bacteria had managed to latch on during that extended period, there was still an overall reduction of 80% in terms of bacteria activity. The researchers attribute this to the build up of microscopic material on the surfaces that was preventing the bacteria from coming into direct contact with the surface."With prolonged exposure time a few bacteria escaped the antimicrobial action," Grohmann says. "The antimicrobial test-materials are static surfaces, where dead cells, dust particles and cell debris can accumulate over time and interfere with the direct contact between the antimicrobial surface and the bacteria."This work is especially important because of the stress astronauts endure during their stay aboard the space station. Dramatic changes in daily life can reduce the effectiveness of human immune systems, and flying into space is one of the most stressful things a person can experience.

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Nintendo, Sony Fall After Google Unveils a Gaming Service

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 20:53

Nintendo dropped as much as 4.6 percent and Sony declined 4.5 percent Wednesday, the biggest intraday drop for both stocks in six weeks. Stadia lets developers put games on a streaming platform that will allow players to access the action through the web, skipping expensive consoles or personal computers, Google announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times: state media

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 20:45

Scientists in southwest China's Yunnan province have cloned what they called the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a program they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs, state media reported on Wednesday. The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer dog by the Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University, with support from the Ministry of Public Security, the state-owned tabloid Global Times reported. Sinogene is hoping to make it possible to achieve "volume production" of cloned police dogs in order to significantly reduce training times, the company's deputy general manager Zhao Jianping told the Global Times, but he added that cloning costs remain a major obstacle.

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Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 20:15

Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court, which came after five days of deliberation, 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, in a statement on Tuesday said it was disappointed with the jury's initial decision. Bayer acquired Monsanto, the longtime maker of Roundup, for $63 billion last year.

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