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Oil markets have been underpinned this year by production cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), aimed at reining in an emerging supply overhang. International Brent crude oil futures were at $61.58 per barrel at 0131 GMT, up 8 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $53.04 per barrel, up 3 cents.
Attorneys general of 46 U.S. states announced the settlement agreement in statements on Tuesday. DePuy in a statement said the settlement involves no admission of liability or misconduct on the part of the companies. "DePuy Synthes remains committed to meeting the current and future needs of orthopedic surgeons and patients," the company said.
Leaf-cutter ants build super highways to transfer food and building materials hundreds of metres without communicating with each other, scientists claimed Wednesday, in findings that could prompt a rethink about how some insect communities organise themselves. It had long been thought that the ants, which are native to south and central America, organise megaprojects by communicating with one another, assigning specialists to remove debris and retrieve leaf matter. Far from communicating individual tasks as part of an overall plan, the ants appear to manage large-scale infrastructure projects with no coordination at all.
The company in December called for new legislation to govern artificial intelligence software for recognizing faces, advocating for human review and oversight of the technology in some critical cases, as a way to mitigate the risks of biased outcomes, intrusions into privacy and democratic freedoms. “We do need to lead by example and we’re working to do that,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in an interview, adding that some other companies are also putting similar principles into place. It also involves setting controls for the company’s global sales and consulting teams to prevent selling the technology in cases where it risks being used for an unwanted purpose.
Monsanto in a previously unreported filing on Jan. 15 asked California Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith in Oakland to split a March trial by a California couple into two phases. Under the company's proposal, lawyers for Alva and Alberta Pilliod in the initial trial phase would be barred from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion.
Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? Aspirin is a blood thinner and can help prevent clots that may lead to heart attack or stroke. "When considering the totality of evidence, cardiovascular benefits associated with aspirin were modest and equally balanced by major bleeding events," said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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.
In the end times, when the Earth is populated solely by roving bands of marauders, at least we'll know Apple was able to find new ways to profit from the iPhone. The environmental nonprofit CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) dropped its latest report on Tuesday, and it's very depressing. The group asked more than 7,000 companies to share the risks and opportunities that come with climate change, reported Bloomberg. And it turns out there is money to be made even in a world ravaged by drought and storms. SEE ALSO: Guess what? U.S. carbon emissions popped back up in a big way Apple notes that "as people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones." Read more... More about Tech, Google, Apple, Climate Change, and Tech
BlackRock Inc is planning a new fund for investors looking to park their cash safely while helping the environment, expanding options for "socially responsible" investments, a filing with U.S. market regulators showed on Tuesday. The world's largest fund manager told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it wants to launch a money-market fund that will invest primarily in debt from issuers who have better-than-average environmental practices. BlackRock, which oversees nearly $6 trillion in assets, also planned to commit 5 percent of the net revenue from its management fee on the BlackRock Liquid Environmentally Aware Fund, or LEAF, to purchase carbon offsets.
Did you know you can pick up a brand new iRobot Roomba for less than $250? It's true. The iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum with Wi-Fi connectivity is now on sale for just $247.99, or $127 off its retail price, on Amazon. This new sales price is actually a few dollars cheaper than its Black Friday sales price back in November. In fact, this is almost the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for this robot vacuum, so take advantage of this deal while it still lasts. SEE ALSO: Turn your Roomba's trip around the house into a playable 'Doom' map The iRobot Roomba 690 is a sleek and premium robot vacuum with three stages of cleaning for hardwood floors, carpets, and area rugs. Say goodbye to tiny particles, dust, pet hair, and dirt. Read more... More about Smart Home, Roomba, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, and Robot Vacuum
Americans find today's climate science increasingly convincing, and a damaging mix of exceptional drought, storms, and record-breaking heat is the reason why. The results of a new survey — conducted in November 2018 by the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute and the research organization The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research — found that nearly half of Americans said today's climate science "is more convincing than five years ago, with extreme weather driving their views." Overall, seven in 10 Americans reported that climate change is happening. “The results of the survey demonstrate that most Americans consider climate change a reality and acknowledge that human activity is at least somewhat responsible,” Trevor Tompson, director of The AP-NORC Center, said in a statement. According to a new @UChiEnergy & @NORCNews poll, more than half of Americans are more convinced than they were five years ago that #ClimateChange is happening: https://t.co/ibroFqTsUI #UChicago pic.twitter.com/3HcSBGm31m — UChicago (@UChicago) January 22, 2019 The poll gathered responses from just over 1,200 American adults, who were selected randomly from every state in the country. The random sample of Americans gave their answer over the phone or via the web. While 48 percent of Americans found today's modern climate science more convincing, 36 percent answered that their climate views haven't changed. Just 16 percent said that the climate science "has become less convincing." U.S. government atmospheric, marine, and earth scientists, however, have little doubt that the climate is experiencing profound change, and human activity is the dominant cause, as illustrated by recent reports from U.S. government scientists. "This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization," the congressionally mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment, states. SEE ALSO: Antarctica’s once sleepy ice sheets have awoken. That's bad. "This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," the report adds. Of the nearly half of Americans who said climate science has become more convincing, three-fourths of them attribute their changing views to the nation's recent bouts of extreme weather. In 2017 and 2018 alone, the U.S. experienced record-breaking heat, record-breaking flooding, record-breaking wildfires, and the relentless continuation of widespread drought over a huge swath of the Southwest. Political leaders, however, had a comparatively smaller influence over changing how Americans felt about climate science. Eighteen percent of those surveyed responded that the views of political leaders were an "influential factor" in their changing views. The last four years have been the four warmest on record for the planet #climatechange #StateOfClimate pic.twitter.com/0XG1xhCwnU — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) November 29, 2018 President Trump, who has by far the most influential reach on Twitter, consistently denies or jokes about global warming. Additionally, powerful Republican politicians continue to publicly sow doubt about climate science. Yet according to this recent poll, their efforts may be significantly overshadowed by the damaging realities of extreme weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that in 2017 the U.S. "experienced a historic year of weather and climate disasters," with 16 separate billion-dollar disasters. In total, 71 percent of Americans today reported that climate change is happening, which is similar to a 2017 poll from the same research organizations. As is well understood, most of the doubt about human-caused climate change comes from Republican voters. Of Americans who said climate change is happening, just five percent of Democrats said it can be explained by natural changes in the environment rather than human activity, as compared to nearly 30 percent of Republicans. This is consistent with 40 years of sustained Republican suspicion about the sciences, environmental historian James Turner previously explained to Mashable. But for the majority of Americans that do acknowledge the climate is changing, more are becoming convinced by mainstream, globally-agreed-upon science. After all, it's difficult to ignore extreme, pummeling weather. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
Revenue in the fourth quarter was $21.8 billion, topping the average analyst forecast of $21.7 billion. Earnings were $4.87 a share in the fourth quarter, also beating analysts’ forecasts. IBM said it sees adjusted earnings per share of at least $13.90 in 2019.
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