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A decade on, smartphone-like software finally heads to space

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:34

Once a traditional satellite is launched into space, its physical hardware and computer software stay mostly immutable for the rest of its existence as it orbits the Earth, even as the technology it serves on the ground continues to change. Just as some aerospace start-ups are developing technologies to repair, modify or refuel satellites to prolong their lives, some satellite manufacturers are looking at a complementary solution -- hoping to install smartphone-like software with more computing power and capable of receiving updates within minutes instead of days or weeks. US aerospace company Lockheed Martin presented its new "SmartSat" technology to journalists Wednesday near Washington.


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After Google, EU’s Antitrust Sights May Turn to Amazon and Apple

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:23

While Google just got a third, and possibly final, EU fine on Wednesday, regulators still have their eyes on Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. EU antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, told reporters earlier this month that an early-stage probe into Amazon’s potential use of data to overtake smaller shops on its Marketplace platform is "quite advanced" and she’d "like to take more decisive steps" before she leaves office later this year.


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US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:17

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and says the government must consider the cumulative climate change impact of leasing broad swaths of U.S. public lands for oil and gas exploration.


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U.S. jury hears more evidence as second phase of Roundup cancer trial begins

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:16

A lawyer for a man who sued Bayer AG unit Monsanto after developing cancer on Wednesday told a jury about the company's alleged efforts to influence scientists and regulators, a day after the jury found Bayer's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup to have caused the man's disease. The jury in San Francisco federal court on Tuesday found Roundup to be a "substantial factor" in causing California resident Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but did not find Bayer liable.


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Scientists Are Now Transforming Saltwater Into Hydrogen Fuel

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:14

The trick is nickel, and lots of negative charges.


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Jury Finds Bayer's Weed Killer Caused A California Man's Cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:10

A federal jury found Tuesday that the herbicide Roundup caused a man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


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To the Medical Professionals Treating People With a Rare Disease

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:08

Once a medical professional herself, Marcy writes a letter to medical professionals asking them to improve how they treat rare disease patients.


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How Super7 Built a Business Around the Toys No One Else Would Dare Make

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:06

Lost Alien prototypes, 3¾-inch Masters of the Universe, Planet of the Apes figures, Super7 makes the pop-culture toys you didn’t know you needed.


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Mitsui petrochemical unit probed after Texas fire rages for days

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:04

State and local investigators have begun probing a petrochemical storage company outside Houston where a massive fire fed by giant tanks of fuel burned for days, darkening the skies with soot for dozens of miles, officials said. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas, began on Sunday and was not extinguished until early Wednesday. The agency has cited Intercontinental Terminals for violations of state air-emissions rules 39 times in the last 16 years.


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Skipjack: Meet the Nuclear Submarine That Transformed the U.S. Navy

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:00

The Skipjack-class submarines were arguably the first truly modern postwar submarines of the U.S. Navy. Combining two new innovations—a new high-speed hull design and nuclear power—the innovative, fish-shaped subs were the basis of all future American submarines up to the present day.


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Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health (R18)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:37
Funding Opportunity RFA-HS-19-002 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications to promote health equity and improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions, including prevention and management of multiple chronic conditions. This is to be accomplished by developing data resources, applying health services research methodologies and presenting data analytics to primary care providers, health care delivery systems, public health departments, and/or community organizations to help them address social determinants of health (SDOH) and contribute to the delivery of whole person, 360-degree care that meets physical, behavioral, and oral health, as well as social services, needs.
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Trump administration forced to consider climate change impacts for the first time after court defeat over drilling permits

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:17

The Trump administration has violated federal law by failing to “sufficiently consider climate change” as it moves to boost fossil fuel promotion in the United States, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling, by US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras, is the first major rebuke to Donald Trump’s efforts to promote American energy dominance, and puts a temporary halt to oil and gas drilling on roughly 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming. “Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” Mr Contreras wrote, essentially saying that the Interior Department had failed to understand the impact of the drilling on the nation’s carbon output.


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Science Says: Tiny 'water bears' can teach us about survival

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness.


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Behavioral and Social Research to Address Health Disparities in the U.S. (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:05
Funding Opportunity PA-19-226 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to support administrative supplements to funded NIA behavioral and social science research projects to addresses disparities in aging and health. Supplements can either (a) add a health disparities component to a project that doesnt already have a focus on disparities, or (b) expand the health disparities focus in a health disparities project.
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Instagram's New Shopping Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Never Leave Facebook

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:01

Instagram's new shopping feature 'Checkout' allows users to make in-app purchases.


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EPA Chief Calls Unsafe Water a Bigger Threat than Climate Change, Despite Data

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:47

EPA Chief Calls Unsafe Water a Bigger Threat than Climate Change, Despite Data


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The Psychology Behind People Who Fake Cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:28

"That was a spectacularly rare case," said Marc Feldman, a psychiatrist whospecializes in factitious disorders and the author of Dying to Be Ill


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