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How One Stupid Engineering Mistake Sunk an Aircraft Carrier

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 01:49

That mixture emitted vapors, which then spread throughout the carrier after the damage control team opened all of Taiho‘s hatches and flipped on the ventilation systems. It was a terrible mistake. Once there was a spark, Taiho — like a bomb — exploded.


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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he intentionally exposed kids to chicken pox instead of giving them vaccine

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:48

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin admitted in a radio interview on Tuesday that he intentionally exposed his nine children to chicken pox instead of giving them a vaccination. Once children get chicken pox, they are generally immune for the rest of their lives.


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China Inc.’s Boeing Rival Just Won’t Fly

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:43

Ghana’s Africa World Airlines Ltd. may agree to buy two of Comac’s ARJ21 regional jets this month, the carrier’s Chief Executive Officer John Quan told Moses Mozart Dzawu and Bruce Einhorn of Bloomberg News in an interview.


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The Importance of Allies in the Fight for Autism Rights

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:06

Jimmy Strack discusses the importance of neurotypical allies for promoting autism rights.


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World's Biggest AI Startup Exploring Cars, Global Expansion

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:01

The company counts education, self-driving vehicles as well as surgery and diagnostics among areas ripe for commercializing AI, Managing Director Esther Wong said. It’s now actively seeking out investments in fellow startups that can benefit from its own technology, she told the Bloomberg Invest Asia forum in Hong Kong.


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Revolut Is Testing the Limits of Finance

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:00

Racing to build what he calls the Uber of financial services, Nikolay Storonsky believes in keeping his foot on the accelerator. Storonsky is getting a taste of the scrutiny that lies ahead as he tries to upend the world of banking with Revolut, his 3-1/2 year-old startup. The U.K.’s financial regulator is examining why the digital bank last summer temporarily turned off a system designed to automatically block suspicious transactions.


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Uber Rival to Expand Into Europe’s Food-Delivery Business

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 23:00

Uber Technologies Inc. rival Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, is preparing to expand into the food-delivery market and utilize its existing network of drivers to do so quickly. This provides “a good avenue” for the company to pursue, Bolt Chief Executive Officer Markus Villig said. Estonia, Finland and South Africa have been picked as the first markets where Bolt will roll out the new service in the next few months, the company said Thursday in a statement.


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Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:32

This is certainly one very fishy encounter.Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.SEE ALSO: 'Captain Marvel' is proof EVERY superhero should have a petThe photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it's a weird looking fish.Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past it.The strange-looking sea creature has since been identified by the South Australian Museum's ichthyology manager Ralph Foster as an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), due to markings on its tail and the shape of its head.It's known for its large size, odd flattened body shape and fins, although in this case, Foster estimates the fish to be 1.8 metres (70 inches) long, which is about average for the species. The species was only discovered and named in 2017, and it's known as the sunfish because it enjoys basking in the sun on the ocean's surface."Researchers have been putting satellite tags and data loggers on these fish and found they will come to the surface and lay on their side on the surface, hence the name the sunfish," Foster explained to the news outlet."Once they are warm enough they dive down several hundreds of metres and feed on jellyfish and stay down there for lengthy periods of time."Foster said very little was known about sunfish, and it's only in the last few years researchers have known more with the help of technology."Because it had evaded recognition and was misidentified for so long it was named the 'Hoodwinker Sunfish' by its discoverer," he added."It was thought to be a purely southern hemisphere species but just a couple of weeks ago one made the news when it turned up on a Californian beach, highlighting how little we know about sunfish in general."By the way, their size and tendency to sunbake means that boats can hit them, or in much bigger cases, actually sink yachts. WATCH: Chemists have created a nontoxic pufferfish extract


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NASA wants to help you develop cool new space tech

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:07

It's been decades since NASA and its government contractors handled everything in-house, but the recent push by the agency to bring private companies into the fold is truly unprecedented. NASA's agreements with companies like SpaceX make it clear that the group is ready and willing to pay others to develop its hardware, and a new announcement from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helps to hammer that point home.NASA and JPL revealed today that they'll be accepting applications to be part of a group of 10 startups that will work with NASA to develop new space technologies. This "aerospace accelerator program," as NASA calls it, covers a wide range of potential applications, and NASA is very clearly open to partnering with companies that can prove they can aid future missions."We want to assist these companies in developing their own technologies and becoming commercial successes," Tom Cwik of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement. "NASA will also benefit by collaborating with these companies."The announcement from JPL and NASA includes a brief mention of the kind of thing they're looking for. "Geospatial analytics, digital design coupled to advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems, applied AI and machine learning," are all mentioned.NASA will be accepting applications for the program from now through April 7th. At that point NASA and JPL will review applications and select 10 startups to participate in the program which will last approximately three months.There's obviously no guarantees that all of the startups will pan out, but the idea here is clearly for NASA to find promising concepts and projects that are still in development. If it sees something it likes, and if the companies demonstrate the ability to rapidly iterate and follow guidance from NASA it would go a long way towards an eventual partnership."Industry is developing new technologies rapidly, using new tools and methods in software development and other areas," Cwik noted. "It's incumbent upon us to learn from developments in industry and contribute our vast expertise in technology as we prepare to use them in our future missions."


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2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06/Lingenfelter Edition

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

This black 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 is powered by a 610-horsepower, 427 cubic inches, 7.0-liter LS7 V8 built in the shop by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and is fitted with multiple carbon fiber components on the outside.


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Jury finding upends Bayer's Roundup defense strategy: experts

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

Bayer AG had hoped a new trial strategy focusing jurors on scientific evidence could stem a burgeoning tide of U.S. lawsuits over its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, but a second jury finding on Tuesday that the product caused cancer has narrowed the company's options, some legal experts said. Bayer shares tumbled more than 12 percent on Wednesday after a unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court found Roundup to be a "substantial factor" in causing California resident Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The jury decision was a blow to Bayer after the judge in the Hardeman case, at the company's request, had split the trial, severely limiting evidence plaintiffs could present in the first phase.


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From tree killing beetles to crop disease: Central America's struggles with drought

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:47

Honduran conservationists are worried. A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country's conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back. The southern pine beetle -- or gorgojo, as it is known locally -- appears in large numbers during droughts brought on by El Nino, a climatic phenomenon that occurs every few years and can be a threat to agriculture and even drinking water sources.


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Second US jury finds Roundup weed killer caused cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 18:22

A federal jury in California found that a Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused a 70-year old man's cancer, the second major blow for the company in a year. The six-member jury in San Francisco federal civil court unanimously concluded on Tuesday that glyphosate — Roundup's key ingredient — was a "substantial factor" in Sonoma resident Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Approximately 11,200 plaintiffs, who claim they were exposed to glyphosate, are suing the company as of Jan. 28, according to the company's annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


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Monsanto's responsibility at the center of Roundup trial phase 2

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:56

After finding that exposure to the weedkiller Roundup was a "substantial factor" in one man's cancer, jurors in California must now grapple with the question of just how culpable the product's manufacturer, agriculture giant Monsanto, was in his illness. Hardeman is the 70-year-old man at the center of the case who says his 25-year use of Roundup, whose principal ingredient is controversial chemical glyphosate, contributed to his non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosis.


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Jazz Pharma's sleep disorder treatment gets FDA nod

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:56

The drug, solriamfetol, will treat excessive sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Solriamfetol is expected to be commercially available in the United States following the final scheduling decision by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Jazz said in a statement. The approval comes as Jazz is trying to reduce its reliance on its blockbuster narcolepsy drug, Xyrem, whose patents were declared invalid by a U.S. appeals court in July.


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Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 17:45

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune.


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Bobcat killed by car after surviving California wildfire

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:48

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a bobcat that survived a Southern California wildfire has been hit and killed by a car.


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Khamenei says Iran has successfully resisted U.S. sanctions

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:22

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday in a new year speech broadcast on state TV that the Islamic Republic successfully resisted "unprecedented, strong" U.S. sanctions. Iran has faced economic hardship since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions. Khamenei also said that economic hardship and the fall of the currency remain top problems and that the government should confront these issues by boosting production. (Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


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Sarah Silverman's 'butt' T-shirt garners interesting reactions — but nothing tops cancer survivor Marcia Cross's response

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:16

With just a few words, "Desperate Housewives" alum — a cancer survivor — turned the whole topic into an educational one.


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US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:08

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered Drilling has been halted on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming. Photograph: Brennan Linsley/AP In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects. The agency “did not adequately quantify the climate change impacts of oil and gas leasing”, said Rudolph Contreras, a US district judge in Washington DC, in a ruling late Tuesday. He added that the agency “must consider the cumulative impact of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions” generated by past, present and future BLM leases across the country. The decision is the first significant check on the climate impact of the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda that has opened up vast swaths of public land for mining and drilling. Environmental advocates are praising the move, with Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program director, calling it a “triumph for our climate”. “This ruling says that the entire oil & gas drilling program is off the rails, and moving forward illegally,” said Nichols. Under Trump, the pace of leasing public lands for oil and gas development has surged. A recent study found the administration has made more than 13m onshore acres available for leasing, far more than any similar period under Obama. The vast majority are located in the western states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The administration also plans to make large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and the interior department has been criticized for favoring the energy industry. The BLM did not reply to a request for comment. The Western Energy Alliance, one of the defendants in the case, also did not respond to a request. Kathleen Sgamma, its president, told the Washington Post: “This judge has ignored decades of legal precedent in this ruling. The judge is basically asking BLM to take a wild guess on how many wells will be developed on leases, prematurely.” Nichols predicts there will be implications for public lands across the west. His group is now poised to bring litigation to block drilling on hundreds of thousands of acres in other states. “With the science mounting that we need to aggressively rein in greenhouse gases, this ruling is monumental,” said Kyle Tisdel, attorney and Energy and Communities program director for the Western Environmental Law Center. “Every acre of our public land sold to the oil and gas industry is another blow to the climate, making this ruling a powerful reality check on the Trump administration and a potent tool for reining in climate pollution.”


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