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Uber Is Open to Outside Investment Into Self-Driving Car Unit

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:37

The company’s pouring large, undisclosed sums of money into its Advanced Technologies Group, which includes the company’s self-driving car research as well as plans to build VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles at scale and speed, with a goal of them becoming a mass-market technology. Khosrowshahi was speaking to Bloomberg News’s Brad Stone at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. Uber is competing with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, Tesla Inc., and the world’s traditional auto manufacturers and startups, in the race to develop self-driving vehicles.

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What House Democrats can, and can't, do to push action on climate

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 05:00

House Democrats are launching an aggressive campaign to prioritize the climate crisis. But President Trump has called climate change a hoax, and Republicans still control the Senate, so what can the House actually do to effect change?

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PG&E expects capital spending of about $6.6 billion in 2019

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:51

(Reuters) - U.S. power company PG&E Corp said on Wednesday it expected capital expenses of about $6.6 billion in 2019 and $6.9 billion in 2020.

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Toxic substances found in diapers in France: government agency

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:36

The French government said manufacturers and retailers should ensure that the substances are removed from diapers. The agency said health risks could not be excluded, although French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the current situation regarding how diapers were made did not pose dangers to the health of babies. Buzyn, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire issued a joint statement calling on manufacturers and retailers to take measures within the next 15 days to eliminate those substances from babies' diapers.

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IBM Soars as Morgan Stanley Hails ‘Cleanest Quarter in Years’

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:31

Results showed a stronger-than-expected rebound for software after a weak third quarter, though Morgan Stanley sees slower software growth in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley is raising estimates for this year’s earnings-per-share due to better-than-anticipated organic software and services revenue growth and operating leverage, along with a gain-on-sale of assets that made up for lost profit and additional restructuring costs. There’s more good news as well, as IBM’s results confirm feedback from a recent Morgan Stanley CIO survey signaling “strength in software, analytics and services focused on hybrid cloud and digital strategy.” CIOs had ranked cloud computing, digital transformation, and BI/analytics as their top three priorities.

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Boeing’s passenger air vehicle prototype rises into the sky for its first test flight

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:15

Boeing says it has successfully completed the first test flight of a prototype for its autonomous passenger air vehicle, which could start carrying riders as early as next year. The test was executed on Tuesday at an airport in Manassas, Va., near the headquarters of Aurora Flight Sciences, the Boeing subsidiary that's been developing the electric-powered, vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft, also known as an eVTOL craft. Boeing NeXt, the business unit that leads Boeing's urban air mobility efforts, is in charge of the test program. Tuesday's uncrewed flight involved a controlled takeoff, hover and landing, which tested the prototype's autonomous functions… Read More

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Blank-check company IPOs moving ahead despite government shutdown

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:08

"Blank-check" companies, which launch IPOs to raise money for acquisitions, are taking advantage of their unique structure to proceed without the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has been paralyzed by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With other stock market debuts on hold while the SEC remains largely closed, this is enabling these companies, also known as special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs), to have the IPO limelight all to themselves.

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New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:00

In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley

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Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days, government delegate says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:48

Yemen's warring parties are expected to agree on the terms of a prisoner exchange in around 10 days, a representative of the internationally recognized Yemeni government said on Wednesday. "We expect that in 10 days time the final signing will have happened," the head of the government delegation to the prisoner-exchange talks, Hadi Haig, told Reuters by telephone. The United Nations is pushing for the exchange and a peace deal in Yemen's main port, Hodeidah.

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This Could Be The Biggest Scandal Of The Climate Change Era

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:45

Governments and businesses habitually set out emergency response plans to

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The robot AI dog that will keep an eye on children and the elderly

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:01

Sony's puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets. The 30-centimetre (one-foot) robopup with flapping ears and cutting-edge LED eyes will roam around the home at pre-designated times looking for family members. However, the latest canine tech does not come cheap, with a single dog costing nearly $3,000 (£1,500) for a three-year package, including software services such as data storage. The owner will receive progress reports via smartphone in the service offered from next month in conjunction with home security company Secom. "You will be able to check how remote family members are doing or what children are doing when they get home," project chief Izumi Kawanishi told reporters at the Sony headquarters in Tokyo. "We aim to make you feel a bit more secure by living with aibo and having fun," added Kawanishi. The gadget will also be able to watch over real pets in the future thanks to image recognition and learning capabilities, he said. The latest aibo model, which can also display "emotions", was released in January last year and sales hit 20,000 in the first six months, according to Sony. In the era of the Internet of Things and facing a rapidly ageing population, Japan has mobilised rice cookers, electric pots and other household devices to keep watch on elderly people living alone. They transmit data to families living far away on how often they have been used. If they have not been used for a while, this could be an ominous sign. Robot "pets" that look after the elderly were among the hit products at CES, the world's biggest technology fair in Las Vegas earlier this year.  Japanese manufacturer Groove X says its robot Lovot, which comes complete with cartoon eyes and fuzzy teddy bear arms, has been built to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner.  Packed with sensors to respond to human touch, when Lovot wants to be cuddled, it waves its arms in the air, and will trail around adoringly behind its owner on wheels.  It will even ‘fall asleep’ in their arms if offered a cuddle.

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Texas Instruments Results Will Be a Litmus Test for Bloodied Semis

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 03:00

Texas Instruments has one of the industry’s longest and most diverse list of customers whose products range from satellites and rockets to personal computers and home appliances. The company’s earnings report and outlook will be closely watched as waning end-market demand and the U.S.-China trade war has weighed on semiconductor shares and sparked debate about whether the downturn will be fleeting or more prolonged. After a dismal 2018, the hits have just kept coming for semiconductor stocks in recent weeks.

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Future drops video for 'Rocket Ship'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 02:45

After kicking off 2019 with the album's release, Future is following it up with a video for one of its standout tracks. Directed by Uncle Leff, the visual is minimal and lo-fi, placing the focus on Future himself as he raps in various settings -- by a stairwell, in front of a brick wall, and inside a shipping container, where he is joined by two masked men on bikes. "Rocket Ship" is the third single from "The WIZRD," following "Jumpin' on a Jet" and "Crushed Up," and its video follows the clips for both of those previously released singles.

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Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 02:01

Blue Origin, the rocket company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is poised to launch the 10th test flight of its unmanned New Shepard rocket on Wednesday as it competes with Virgin Galactic to become the first to carry tourists on brief visits to space. Virgin Galactic, headed by British billionaire Richard Branson, is also working on a vessel of its own to carry tourists to space. On December 13, 2018, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever had before, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011.

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Britain Has a New Wealthiest Man After Dyson's Big Year

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:51

The gain catapults him ahead of Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of chemicals manufacturer Ineos Group, and highlights the waning power of inheritances among the wealthiest Britons. The family of Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, had been the U.K.’s richest thanks to land they’ve owned since 1677 until he was overtaken by Ratcliffe last year. In November, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said that some of its top-selling products during its annual Singles’ Day event came from Dyson.

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Europe's Arianespace takes on SpaceX by cutting Ariane 5 rocket launch price

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:37

Arianespace is aiming for the cost of launching the Ariane 6 to fall by around 40 percent versus the Ariane 5 through design changes and higher volume production, bringing its prices more in line with Elon Musk's SpaceX, Arianespace Managing Director and Head of Sales for Asia-Pacific Vivian Quenet said. Arianespace is competing for two major launch contracts in the Asia-Pacific region that should be awarded this year and expects there could be tenders for another three, he said. Arianespace, majority-owned by a joint venture of Airbus and Safran , completed 11 launches with its Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz rockets in 2018, in line with guidance that had been lowered mid-year from an initial 14.

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Italy's Salvini hopes Macron's support dwindles at EU elections

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:27

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday he hoped the French people would not choose President Emmanuel Macron's party in European parliament elections later this year, heightening recent tensions between Rome and Paris. Relations between Italy and France, generally close allies, have worsened since the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement formed a coalition government in Italy last year and took aim at pro-European Union Macron's En Marche (On the Move) party. "Macron may no longer be our interlocutor (in the future)," Salvini said in an interview with state-owned radio RAI.

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Chip Gear-Maker ASML Forecasts Sales Below Analyst Estimates

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:16

ASML Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink said in Bloomberg TV interview that the mobile phone market “is not where I believe the biggest growth areas of the semiconductor market is," saying he instead sees growth in server parks, cloud and data processing in the cloud. Key InsightsThe Veldhoven, Netherlands-based company predicts sales of 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) for the first quarter, compared with an average analyst estimate of 2.73 billion euros. ASML expects first-quarter sales to be adversely impacted by roughly 300 million euros.This should be largely recovered in the second quarter, with the remainder expected to be recovered in the second half of 2019, ASML said.ASML forecasts a gross margin of about 40 percent in the first quarter of the year, trailing the average estimate for 47.3 percent.Over Q4 there were five new orders for its latest lithography machines.It reached an initial settlement on a yearlong infringement court case with Nikon Corp. over patents for lithography equipment and digital cameras, costing the company 131 million euros on gross margin in 2018.

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Meet Boeing's New F-15X Fighter: Is This the F-35s Worst Nightmare?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:55

F-15s are better-suited to performing long-endurance air defense patrols than the F-35 or F-16, and could free up the pricey F-22 and F-35s for critical frontline roles. Is this enough of a reason to buy the new F-15X?

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