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Japan's Emperor Tries to Make Amends for World War II

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 19:44

For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war.


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Closing Arguments Were High Stakes for Manafort's Defense Team. They May Be Higher for Robert Mueller

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:53

Trump continues to refer to the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt," a conviction in the Manafort trial could help the investigators prove its legitimacy to a skeptical public


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'A Get Out of Jail Free Card.' Why Church Abuse Survivors Want to Abolish the Statute of Limitations After Pennsylvania Report

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:01

"We ask the Pennsylvania legislature to stop shielding child sexual predators behind the criminal statute of limitations"


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New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:26

A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday. In experiments, the ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and the rate at which their colonies grow, were both compromised by the new sulfoximine-based insecticides, they reported in the journal Nature. Colonies exposed to low doses of the pesticide in the lab yielded significantly less workers and half as many reproductive males after the bees were transferred to a field setting.


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Former Tesla engineer claims she was pushed out for raising safety concerns

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:16

Just about two months ago, Tesla filed a lawsuit against a former employee named Martin Tripp. According to the complaint, and offhand remarks from Elon Musk, Tripp tried to sabotage the Model 3 production line and even tried to abscond with proprietary company data. Tripp, meanwhile, views himself as a whistle blower of sorts and alleges that Tesla employed questionable tactics in order to increase Model 3 production numbers. What's more, Tripp boldly claims that Tesla shipped faulty batteries and that the Model 3, as a direct result, is a danger on the road.

Now comes word, via Business Insider, of another former Tesla engineer with her own list of potentially troublesome accusations against the electric automaker. Speaking to BI, former Tesla employee Cristina Balan explained that Tesla tried to dismiss employee complaints regarding waste, quality control, and even safety issues. What's more, Balan's telling of the story implies that she was pushed out of the company for bringing said issues to Tesla's attention.

For what it's worth, Balan hasn't worked at Tesla for more than four years, a fact which perhaps makes the timing of the story somewhat peculiar. Pushing that aside, Balan recounts how she and some of her team members brought up concerns regarding design flaws that weren't being given a sufficient amount of attention.

For instance, her concern about the so-called "rat hole" — a gap she had found in the design of the Model S's roof headliner that separated the roof from the rest of the car — had been met with what Balan saw as clear resistance from her managers.

Tesla, she claimed, ultimately stuffed a piece of styrofoam in the gap of the $100,000 car to fix it. And while the DIY-sounding solution didn't present a safety issue, Balan said it did create a rattling noise in some of the vehicles, which customers later complained about.

The full extent of Balan's story reads right out of a legal thriller, and even involves high stakes arbitration and Balan secretly recording conversations with co-workers. You can check out the full story over here.


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Andrew Cuomo's Office Backtracks After Governor Says America 'Was Never That Great'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:15

Republicans quickly pounced on the New York politician's comment


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Program aims to help young scientists conduct experiments in space

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:20

Many children grow up wanting to be astronauts — but without encouragement or


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President Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director John Brennan

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:19

Brennan has been increasingly critical of Trump


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More Than 70 People Overdosed in a Single Day in New Haven, Officials Say

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:19

Most of the overdoses occurred on the New Haven Green – not far from Yale


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Canada's westernmost province declares wildfires emergency

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:52

British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency Wednesday as Canada's military joined firefighters in trying to douse 556 wildfires burning across the craggy region. The province's public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, said the measure -- which allows for officials to take "every action necessary" to protect the public -- would be in effect for 14 days. "Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary," Farnworth said in a statement.


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The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:34

The investment is a bet that legalization will gain traction around the world


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Scorching weather helps uncover archaeological sites around Britain

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:23

Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.


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Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:13

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday. Compared to hot spells over land, which have claimed tens of thousands of lives since the start of the century, ocean heatwaves have received scant scientific attention. "Marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades," lead author Thomas Frolicher, an environmental physicist at the University of Bern, Switzerland, told AFP.


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Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:02

Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.


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Scientists develop a system for trapping CO2 that could could slow the effects of global warming

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:53

Mankind might be slowly destroying planet Earth, but there's also a chance we could be the ones to save it from ourselves. A group of scientists led by Ian Power of Trent University in Canada have announced the development of a system that can trap CO2 in a naturally occurring mineral at a much faster rate than it can on its own, potentially opening the door for new weapons against climate change.

Industrialized nations continue to spew various greenhouse gasses into our planet's atmosphere at an alarming rate, gradually increasing the temperature of Earth on a global scale as more and more heat from the Sun is trapped inside. Carbon dioxide is one of those gasses, and developing a system for taking some of it out of the atmosphere would be a huge step toward mitigating the damage humans are causing to the planet.

In their work, the scientists studied how a specific mineral, called magnesite, forms. They knew that the mineral can trap CO2, storing it for long periods of time and removing it from the atmosphere, but research into how it accomplished this feat was minimal. They began by closely studying the formation of the mineral before testing new ways to potentially speed it up.

Eventually the team stumbled upon the solution by using tiny balls of polystyrene to speed up for the formation of the mineral by a huge degree. The process can yield magnesite in just 72 days, rather than the hundreds of thousands of years that it takes to form naturally.

"Using microspheres means that we were able to speed up magnesite formation by orders of magnitude," Power said in a statement. "This process takes place at room temperature, meaning that magnesite production is extremely energy efficient."

It's an awesome development, but their work isn't done yet. For the process to actually be used to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere it has to be tested at scale. The scientific foundation is certainly there, but we may not know how important this discovery is for some time.


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Survivor of newly found WWII shipwreck: 'So many' to rescue

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:40

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.


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Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:48

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth.


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Groups calls for Facebook to be broken up

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:31

A group calling itself Freedom from Facebook slammed the social media giant in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. It slams Facebook's privacy policies and suggests remedies to combat what they call Facebook’s ‘monopoly.’


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