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This Cult Videogame Is Facing Down Copycats in China

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 10:00

Now, WeMade Co.’s long-time videogame hit is at the center of a string of legal battles that could serve as a rallying cry for foreign companies harboring grievances against Chinese rivals. Over the last three years, the South Korean studio’s chief executive officer, Henry Chang, has filed about 65 lawsuits in China, Singapore and South Korea against Chinese gaming studios, attempting to block what he alleges are unlicensed versions of his two-decade-old title. In May, a Singapore-based arbitration court required a unit of China’s Kingnet Network Co. to pay WeMade 468 million yuan ($68 million) in royalties.


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Rain leaves veggie farmers struggling with no aid in sight

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 09:38

Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring's torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham's land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops. Unlike other farmers, though, Dunham won't get a piece of a $16 billion aid package to offset his losses and he can't fall back on federally subsidized crop insurance because he grows herbs, flowers and dozens of vegetable varieties, but not the region's dominant crops of corn and soybeans. "There are no federal bailouts for vegetable farmers," said Dunham, who owns an 80-acre (32-hectare) organic farm with his wife near Grinnell, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Des Moines, and is enduring weeks without sales as his crops ripen.


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Boeing says will take time to win back confidence

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 09:35

The head of Boeing Co said on Sunday the U.S. planemaker had made a mistake in implementing a cockpit warning system on the 737 MAX and predicted it would take time to rebuild the confidence of customers in the wake of two fatal crashes. Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing failed to communicate "crisply" with regulators and customers, but defended the broad engineering and design approach to nose-down control software at the centre of probes into the accidents that led to the plane's worldwide grounding. Muilenburg acknowledged the company made a mistake in failing to disclose a defective cockpit warning light on its 737 MAX to regulators and customers, and said that failure has been part of reviews by global regulators.


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Boeing says will take time to win back confidence

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 09:21

The head of Boeing said on Sunday the U.S. planemaker had made a mistake in implementing a faulty cockpit warning system on the 737 MAX and predicted it would take time to rebuild the confidence of customers in the wake of two fatal crashes. Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing failed to communicate "crisply" with regulators and customers, but defended the broad engineering and design approach to nose-down control software at the center of probes into the accidents that led to the plane's worldwide grounding. Muilenburg acknowledged the company made a mistake in failing to disclose a defective cockpit warning light on its 737 MAX to regulators and customers, and said that failure has been part of reviews by global regulators.


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Boeing says will take time to win back confidence

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 09:21

The head of Boeing said on Sunday the U.S. planemaker had made a mistake in implementing a faulty cockpit warning system on the 737 MAX and predicted it would take time to rebuild the confidence of customers in the wake of two fatal crashes. Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing failed to communicate "crisply" with regulators and customers, but defended the broad engineering and design approach to nose-down control software at the center of probes into the accidents that led to the plane's worldwide grounding. Muilenburg acknowledged the company made a mistake in failing to disclose a defective cockpit warning light on its 737 MAX to regulators and customers, and said that failure has been part of reviews by global regulators.


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Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 08:25

Romans-sur-Isère (France) (AFP) - Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear. "Pretty much my entire harvest is ruined," said Gregory Chardon who grows apricots, peaches and cherries at his farm in La Roche-de-Glun in the Drome department, about an hour's drive south of Lyon. In the neighbouring village of Pont-de-L'Isere, Aurelien Esprit showed apricots littering the ground and battered apple trees at his orchards in a Facebook video.


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Exclusive: Boeing seeking to reduce scope, duration of some physical tests for new aircraft - sources

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 04:24

Boeing Co engineers are reducing the scope and duration of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker's new aircraft, according to industry sources and regulatory officials. As Boeing kicks off the year-long flight testing process on its new 777X, its engineers will cut hours off airborne testing by using computer models to simulate flight conditions, and then present the results to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the basis for certification, according to two people with direct knowledge of the strategy. Reuters could not determine when Boeing decided to move forward with the plan to cut back on physical tests or the extent to which it planned to reduce them for the 777X.


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Exclusive: Boeing seeking to reduce scope, duration of some physical tests for new aircraft - sources

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 04:11

Boeing Co engineers are reducing the scope and duration of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker's new aircraft, according to industry sources and regulatory officials. As Boeing kicks off the year-long flight testing process on its new 777X, its engineers will cut hours off airborne testing by using computer models to simulate flight conditions, and then present the results to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the basis for certification, according to two people with direct knowledge of the strategy. Reuters could not determine when Boeing decided to move forward with the plan to cut back on physical tests or the extent to which it planned to reduce them for the 777X.


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Men's Health Checklist for Every Age

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 04:00

It can be challenging to keep track of all the tests, vaccines, and preventive health measures a man needs to be healthy throughout his life. That may be one reason a 2016 American Academy of Fam...


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Men's Health Checklist for Every Age

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 04:00

It can be challenging to keep track of all the tests, vaccines, and preventive health measures a man needs to be healthy throughout his life. That may be one reason a 2016 American Academy of Fam...


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Extinction Rebellion delays drone protest at Britain's Heathrow until after summer

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 02:27

Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed until later this year a plan to shut down Britain's Heathrow Airport using drones and published on Sunday more details of the protest action in a bid to allay public safety fears. "Extinction Rebellion will not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year," the group said in a statement. Heathrow Airport responded to the group's announcement by repeating its previous warning that any use of drones near the airport would be a "reckless action" that could endanger lives.


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Farmageddon: Tariff-Slammed Farmers Now Battling Climate Change Flood Hell

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 21:49

Planting season is slowest in decades as farmers grapple with floods, rains and sodden fields.


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Climate Envoys Divide Over Reviving UN’s ‘Zombie’ Carbon Market

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:00

A deal on how to do that remains elusive and held up progress at last year’s round of discussions hosted by the United Nations in Katowice, Poland. This week in the former German capital Bonn, delegates from energy and environment ministries will try to narrow their differences about how to revive UN carbon markets that came out of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.


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Climate Envoys Divide Over Reviving UN’s ‘Zombie’ Carbon Market

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:00

A deal on how to do that remains elusive and held up progress at last year’s round of discussions hosted by the United Nations in Katowice, Poland. This week in the former German capital Bonn, delegates from energy and environment ministries will try to narrow their differences about how to revive UN carbon markets that came out of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.


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What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:51

US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill. The list below recounts the stories of some of the missing moon rocks and others that were lost and later found. It is compiled from research done by Joseph Gutheinz Jr, a retired NASA special agent known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," his students, and collectSPACE, a website which specializes in space history.


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'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:49

After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice, others as big as a marble -- have since gone missing, and Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find them. "Some people go rock hunting," Gutheinz said in an interview with AFP at his law office in a Houston suburb decorated with awards from NASA and the US military.


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Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:45

What is certain is that the lunar samples first gathered by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong nearly 50 years ago have helped transform our understanding of the cosmos. Apollo astronauts collected 842 pounds (382 kilograms) of rocks and soil during their six missions to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 and brought it all back to Earth.


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The Latest: Off-duty officer discharged gun in shooting

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 13:10

Southern California police say the off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was injured during a shooting inside a Costco warehouse store discharged his firearm inside the store. Police from the city of Corona where the shooting happened said they could not confirm Saturday if more than one person had opened fire inside the store in the shooting that left one person dead and three wounded. Corona Police Officer Tobias Kouroubacalis said no one was in custody Saturday.


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This remarkable Greenland photo highlights extreme Arctic melting

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:08

The melting Arctic is on dramatic display.At mid-June, Arctic sea ice is now at a record low for this time of year, and melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland -- home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet. Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute, snapped a photo on Thursday of Greenland sea ice that had melted into a large lake of aqua water, pooled atop the icy surface.Olsen, along with local hunters, had to sled across the flooded ice to retrieve vulnerable weather and ocean monitoring equipment. Their sled dogs splashed through the icy water.The adventurous sledding took place in the middle of an inlet called Inglefield Bredning, located in northwestern Greenland. Sea ice beneath the pooled water is still some 4 feet (1.2 meters) thick, though Olsen tweeted that his team is dependent upon indigenous knowledge of the dodgy terrain to safely navigate. > Communities in Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for an incresed predictive capacity in the Arctic @BG10Blueaction @polarprediction @dmidk https://t.co/Y1EWU1eurA> > -- Steffen M. Olsen (@SteffenMalskaer) June 14, 2019Temperatures have spiked in Greenland this week, resulting in melting not just of sea ice, but of ice across the surface of nearly half the giant island. Greenland has had big melting episodes before, but this one certainly falls into the category of extreme.On Thursday alone, Greenland lost 2 billion metric tons of ice.> Yesterday (13th June), we calculate Greenland icesheet lost more than 2 Gt (2 km³) of ice,, melt was widespread but didn't quite get to SummitCamp which was just below 0°C > > The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedentedhttps://t.co/Ftg0fkC7AK pic.twitter.com/Y4jQ1FoFRZ> > -- Greenland (@greenlandicesmb) June 14, 2019Though warming spells come and go each year, overall, the big picture across the melting landmass is clear: The Arctic is the fastest warming region of the world, an increase in background warming makes warm spells all the more extreme, and ice-clad Greenland is metaphorically in hot water.SEE ALSO: Fearless TV weather forecasters air the planet's soaring carbon levels"We see now that it's melting faster than at any point in at least the last three and a half centuries, and likely the last seven or eight millennia," Luke Trusel, a geologist at Rowan University told Mashable in December. > A bit of perspective might be useful here. > > The 2019 melt extent sets a new daily record for mid-June, but it is only a little bit higher than has occurred in a few other years. More of an incremental worsening than a dramatic one. pic.twitter.com/tAY3QgyvyT> > -- Robert Rohde (@RARohde) June 14, 2019The Arctic, of which Greenland is a major part, is now changing at rates some Arctic scientists struggle to explain. "I'm losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change]," Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable earlier this week. "I'm running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we're seeing."   WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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Exclusive: U.N. chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 09:56

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc's current target for a 40% reduction. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, seen by Reuters, ahead of a summit of EU leaders, Guterres said the world's largest economic bloc should lead by example to avert the worst effects of global warming and limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Next week's gathering of the 28 EU heads of state is the last before a U.N. meeting on global climate talks in September.


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