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Google Assistant found more capable than Alexa, Siri, according to study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:39

The three assistants were tested for their understanding of 800 questions, as well as their accuracy in answering each question. Read more here. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant


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Fidelity Charitable® Study Reveals How Geography Affects Donor Giving, Highlights Differences

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:07

There are new top cities for giving according to a study released today by Fidelity Charitable®, the nation’s largest grantmaker. The Geography of Giving study takes a look at how donors in 30 cities around the country support causes in the eight charitable sectors defined by the IRS: arts and culture, education, environment and animals, health, human services, international affairs, religion and society ...


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If you need a mental break from work, don't check your phone, indicates new study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:42

Carried out by researchers at Rutgers University, the new study recruited 414 participants and gave them sets of word puzzles to solve. Halfway through the task, many participants were given a break with another task involving selecting three items for a hypothetical shopping list either on a cell phone, a computer screen, or on paper, and writing or typing the reasons for their selections. The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, showed that the participants who took a break with their cell phone showed the highest levels of mental depletion and were among the least capable of solving the puzzles quickly and correctly afterwards.


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Germany's Bayer sells Animal Health unit for $7.6 bn

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:18

German chemical and pharmaceutical group Bayer said Tuesday it was selling its Animal Health business unit to US-based drug firm Elanco for $7.6 billion to create an industry giant. Bayer said in a statement that the sale, aimed at sharpening the company's focus on life sciences, was expected to be concluded in mid-2020 pending anti-trust clearance. Bayer's Animal Health business is a global leader in the segment with sales of $1.8 billion last year.


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Copper Fox Announces Corporate Update on Activities

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:00

Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - August 20, 2019) - Copper Fox Metals Inc.  (TSXV: CUU) (OTC Pink: CPFXF) ("Copper Fox" or the "Company") is pleased to provide shareholders and update of activities on its 100% owned Van Dyke and Sombrero Butte copper projects.Highlights:The two drill holes disclosed in this news release were not included in the maiden resource estimate completed in 2014.At Van Dyke DDH OXY-41 returned an average of 0.208% acid soluble copper ("ASCu") over a 100.58m ...


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'Good news' as Canary Islands blaze subsides

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 03:24

A wildfire that has raged across vast areas of the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria since the weekend has abated as winds have dropped, local officials said Tuesday. "Good news on the blaze of Gran Canaria," Angel Victor Torres, president of the Canary Islands archipelago, tweeted. Morales said the impact of the blaze on the island's protected, biodiverse areas had not been as bad as expected.


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India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 01:43

India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks in space, the craft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. India is seeking to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon.


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Climate change could rain on Saudi Aramco's IPO parade

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 01:26

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco's biggest asset could also be a liability. In the three years since Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman first proposed a stock market listing, climate change and new green technologies are putting some investors, particularly in Europe and the United States, off the oil and gas sector. Aramco, for its part, argues oil and gas will remain at the heart of the energy mix for decades, saying renewables and nuclear cannot meet rising global demand, and that its crude production has lower greenhouse gas emissions than its rivals.


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Climate change could rain on Saudi Aramco's IPO parade

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:14

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco's biggest asset could also be a liability. The state energy giant's vast oil reserves – it can sustain current production levels for the next 50 years – make it more exposed than any other company to a rising tide of environmental activism and shift away from fossil fuels. In the three years since Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman first proposed a stock market listing, climate change and new green technologies are putting some investors, particularly in Europe and the United States, off the oil and gas sector.


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Foreign trash 'like treasure' in Indonesia's plastics village

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 20:18

His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children's education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom. Governments around the world are grappling with how to tackle the scourge of single-use plastic, but for the people of Bangun trash equals cash. Around two-thirds of the town's residents eke out a living sorting and selling discarded plastic bottles, wrappers and cups back to local companies, and after China blocked imports of foreign garbage early this year -- the pile is growing.


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Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:19

The research, published in the scientific journal Nature, also shows the distant planet's surface is likely to resemble the barren exterior of the Earth's moon or Mercury, possibly covered in dark volcanic rock. The planet lies about 48.6 light years from Earth and is one of more than 4,000 so-called exoplanets identified over the past two decades circling distant stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Known to astronomers as LHS 3844b, this exoplanet about 1.3 times the size of Earth is locked in a tight orbit - one revolution every 11 hours - around a small, relatively cool star called a red dwarf, the most prevalent and long-lived type of star in the galaxy.


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ULA’s Vulcan rocket selected for launches of moon lander and mini-shuttle in 2021

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:08

United Launch Alliance's next-generation Vulcan rocket – and Blue Origin's next-generation BE-4 rocket engine – have been chosen to send Astrobotic's Peregrine moon lander as well as Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser mini-shuttle to the final frontier in 2021. Neither of the past week's announcements is all that surprising, because Astrobotic and SNC both had previous agreements to use ULA's current-generation Atlas 5 rocket. But both announcements underscore the importance of holding to the current schedule for rolling out the BE-4 as well as the Vulcan, which is designed to use two BE-4 engines on its first-stage booster. Blue Origin,… Read More


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Click-and-collect is too much hassle for shoppers as new study finds one in seven items are not collected

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:01

Click-and-collect is becoming too much hassle for shoppers, with a new study finding that one in seven items are never collected. Consumers have left around £228 million worth of items over the past year, research suggests, with many citing frustration over poorly staffed collection points and long waiting times.  Despite the complaints, the service is becoming increasingly popular, and is seen by high street retailers as a way to capitalise on the online shopping boom.  More than 70% of British consumers now order goods through click-and-collect an average of twice a month, according to a Barclaycard survey. But a third of the 2,000 respondents described the process as a "hassle", saying it was easier to ask for a refund and wait for a home delivery. The Amazon advantage: Why its quest for dominance doesn't stop at online shopping - NOA Among those who decided to leave their items, a quarter were put off by long waits and 15% were annoyed at having to pay a fee for the service. Nearly two in five shoppers said they would visit shops more often if click-and-collect was improved. Experts said that could provide a vital boost to a high street shops struggling to cope with rising taxes, the economic downturn and the continued march of online-only rivals such as Amazon. Kirsty Morris, director at Barclaycard Payment Solutions, said: "Brands have the opportunity to not only increase the number of shoppers through their doors but also to reduce costs and returns, while generating revenue from 'Click & Collectors' purchasing additional items in-store. "Enhancing the Click & Collect experience is a potentially lucrative way for retailers to ward off the unprecedented challenges of the high street and bridge the gap between online and in-store shopping." Patrick O’Brien, a retail analyst at GlobalData, said click-and-collect is expected to grow by 9% to £7.3bn this year and to £10bn by 2024. He said: "For shoppers it's about convenience, go in very quickly and leave the store.  "There's a lot of talk about driving footfall [the number of people visiting shops] but it doesn't always work for retailers."  Shop with mother: two generations, one problem solved Next is among the retailers to expand its click-and-collect service with a new deal that will allow customers to pick up their Amazon orders from its 500 high street shops. Lord Wolfson, boss of Next, previously said that the "Amazon Counter" service would help to "contribute to the continued relevance and vibrancy of our stores". The deal will allow Amazon to increase its physical footprint across the country, as around 90% of the UK population lives in proximity to a Next store. The majority of Next shoppers already choose to collect online orders bought through its Directory service - which sells brands including Ted Baker, Adidas and Bode - from its shops. According to official figures, click-and-collect is growing in popularity among pensioners, who are increasingly using it to do their clothes shopping. Just over half of over-65s made a purchase online in the past year, compared with just one in five a decade ago, the Office of National Statistics revealed last week. Elderly shoppers using tablets are believed to be behind the surge.


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New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Northwest orcas

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:00

A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a petition it filed in 2016. The petition sought to bar vessels from a 10- to 12-square-mile (26- to 31-square-kilometer) area west of San Juan Island where the orcas, called southern resident killer whales, feed from April through September each year.


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Meet the Icelandic Composer Who Wrote Haunting Scores for ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Joker’ at the Same Time

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:19

Emmy-nominated composer Hildur Gudnadóttir created a radioactive "Chernobyl" score by recording sound at a decommissioned power plant in Lithuania.


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‘Red flag’ gun laws can help prevent mass shootings, UC Davis study says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:00

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have found that, in the three years since California implemented the nation’s first law allowing guns to be taken from individuals who pose an extreme risk, the so-called red flag orders have prevented at least 21 mass shootings.


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Canada election rules cast chill on climate talk

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:51

Election officials have warned Canadian environmental groups that lobbying on climate change during the upcoming election campaign could be deemed an outlawed partisan activity, activists complained on Monday. Green organizations say they have been told presenting the issue as an emergency, or even a reality, could be seen as taking sides against politicians such as People's Party leader Maxime Bernier, who has said there is "no climate change urgency" in Canada. Campaigners can get around the regulation by simply registering with Elections Canada as third-party advertisers and limit spending to about Can$500,000 (US$375,000).


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Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:32

A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities. "We realized that there were major questions about the safety of fluoride, especially for pregnant women and young children," Christine Till, an associate professor at Canada's York University and the paper's senior author told AFP, adding it was important to base decisions on evidence. After controlling for other toxins in their analysis, they found that an increase in concentration of fluoride in pregnant mother's urine of one milligram per liter was associated with a 4.5-point lower IQ score in boys -- but not girls -- at age three or four.


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