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Anchors away: Teen eco-activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for UN conference on zero-carbon boat

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:28

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began her zero-carbon voyage to the United States today for the UN Climate Conference.


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New Jersey’s largest city just handed out expired bottles of water to residents affected by the lead contamination crisis

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:00

Water doesn't spoil, but plastic bottles can leach chemicals over time. Some Newark residents don't want to take that chance.


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Neanderthals also got 'surfer's ear,' suggesting they liked to fish

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:38

What do surfers, kayakers and Neanderthals have in common? New research published Wednesday revealed that abnormal bony growths in the ear canal, also called "surfer's ear" and often seen in people who take part in water sports in colder climates, occurred frequently in our ancient cousins who died out around 40,000 years ago. "It reinforces a number of arguments and sources of data to argue for a level of adaptability and flexibility and capability among the Neanderthals, which has been denied them by some people in the field," lead author Erik Trinkaus of Washington University told AFP.


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Plastic trash discovered in 'pristine' Arctic snow

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:24

We've polluted the deepest oceans with plastic trash, now it's the Arctic's turn: Blown by the wind, 'microplastics' have been discovered there.


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Neanderthals also got 'surfer's ear,' suggesting they liked to fish

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:23

What do surfers, kayakers and Neanderthals have in common? New research published Wednesday revealed that abnormal bony growths in the ear canal, also called "surfer's ear" and often seen in people who take part in water sports in colder climates, occurred frequently in our ancient cousins who died out around 40,000 years ago. "It reinforces a number of arguments and sources of data to argue for a level of adaptability and flexibility and capability among the Neanderthals, which has been denied them by some people in the field," lead author Erik Trinkaus of Washington University told AFP.


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40% of US honeybee colonies disappeared last year. This is what the world would look like without any bees at all.

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:17

Bee populations are in decline. Without them, food like nuts, fruits, and vegetables would become more expensive and rare.


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Surprise medical bills are on the rise: STUDY

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:31

A new study from Stanford University published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows surprise medical bills – when you visit a hospital and, some time later, get charged a bill – are on the rise. Dr. Eric Sun, lead author of the study and assistant professor of anesthesiology, pain medicine and health research and policy at Stanford University, and his colleagues used a national database to look at surprise billing from 2010 to 2016, all from one large commercial insurer. If you visited the emergency department in 2010, there was a 32% likelihood you would receive a surprise medical bill.


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Greenland's ice is melting at the rate scientists thought would be our worst-case scenario in 2070

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:25

Summer heat waves have caused Greenland's ice to melt at rates scientists didn't expect to see for another 50 years.


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US CEOs earn 278 times more than their workers: study

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:05

The top executives at large US companies are paid 278 times more than their company's workers and the gap continues to widen, according to a study published Wednesday. Average CEO compensation at the 350 largest US firms in 2018 was $17.2 million a year, including stock options, which generally account for two-thirds of their pay packages, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. From 1978 to 2018, CEO compensation has increased by more than 1,000 percent -- with increasingly rich stock awards -- while worker pay has risen just under 12 percent.


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Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:50

Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. "While we did expect to find microplastics, the enormous concentrations surprised us," Melanie Bergmann, a researcher at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, said. Previous studies have found microplastics — which are created when man-made materials break apart and defined as pieces smaller than 5 millimeters — in the air of Paris, Tehran and Dongguan, China.


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Sierra Nevada chooses ULA's Vulcan to launch space station supply runs

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:38

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp, a privately owned defense contractor with spaceflight ambitions, said on Wednesday it picked United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket to launch its Dream Chaser space plane on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) is one of three companies hired by NASA, the U.S. space agency, to re-supply the orbiting research laboratory under a $14 billion overall award that guarantees each company a minimum of six flights between 2019 and 2024. The other companies are Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp, known as SpaceX, and Northrop Grumman.


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Sierra Nevada chooses ULA's Vulcan to launch space station supply runs

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:37

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp, a privately owned defence contractor with spaceflight ambitions, said on Wednesday it picked United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket to launch its Dream Chaser space plane on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) is one of three companies hired by NASA, the U.S. space agency, to re-supply the orbiting research laboratory under a $14 billion overall award that guarantees each company a minimum of six flights between 2019 and 2024. The other companies are Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp, known as SpaceX, and Northrop Grumman .


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Millennials spent $453 million on avocados last year: Study

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:03

Millennials spent $453 million in 2018, according to a new study by the Hass Avocado Board.


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'Punch in the gut' as scientists find micro plastic in Arctic ice

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:02

Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. The researchers used a helicopter to land on ice floes and retrieve the samples during an 18-day icebreaker expedition through the Northwest Passage, the hazardous route linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. "We had spent weeks looking out at what looks so much like pristine white sea ice floating out on the ocean," said Jacob Strock, a graduate student researcher at the University of Rhode Island, who conducted an initial onboard analysis of the cores.


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Fossilised remains of adult human-sized penguin found in New Zealand

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:52

The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. The giant waddling sea bird stood 1.6 metres (63 inches) high and weighed 80 kilograms, about four times heavier and 40cm taller than the modern Emperor penguin, researchers said. Named "crossvallia waiparensis", it hunted off New Zealand's coast in the Paleocene era, 66-56 million years ago. An amateur fossil hunter found leg bones belonging to the bird last year and it was confirmed as a new species in research published this week in "Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology". Canterbury Museum researcher Vanesa De Pietri said it was the second giant penguin from the Paleocene era found in the area. "It further reinforces our theory that penguins attained great size early in their evolution," she said. Scientists have previously speculated that the mega-penguins eventually died out due to the emergence of other large marine predators such as seals and toothed whales. New Zealand is well known for its extinct giant birds, including the flightless moa, which was up to 3.6-metres tall, and Haast's eagle, which had a wingspan of three metres. Just last week, Canterbury Museum announced the discovery of a prodigious parrot that was one metre tall and lived about 19 million years ago.


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Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:46

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. The Mississippi River ran past New Orleans at more than 11 feet (3.4 meters) above sea level for more than 200 days, dropping below that height only Monday. "The big threat is water getting through or underneath," said Nicholas Pinter, an expert on river dynamics and flood risks who's studied levee breaches across the nation.


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ABC News Study Finds 36 Suspects Invoked ‘Trump’ in Violence, Threats or Assault Cases – None for Obama or George W Bush

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:26

ABC News conducted a nationwide review and identified at least 36 criminal cases where President Donald Trump’s name was invoked in violent acts, threats of violent acts or assault.According to ABC News, “[i]n nine cases, perpetrators hailed Trump in the midst or immediate aftermath of physically attacking innocent victims. In another 10 cases, perpetrators cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others. And in another 10 cases, Trump and his rhetoric were cited in court to explain a defendant’s violent or threatening behavior.”ABC News found no evidence of any violence or threats connected directly to Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush.Also Read: 8Chan Still Offline After Losing Another Host: 'We Do Not Tolerate Hate Speech'The findings come days after the suspected gunman behind the El Paso, Texas, massacre posted his white-supremacist manifesto online before the attack. In the manifesto, language is used to describe immigration and immigrants that is similar to language Trump has used in the past.Trump called for unity after the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio attacks and has avoided linking his rhetoric to violence. He lashed out at former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci for his recent television appearances that condemned Trump’s language. At the time of the appearances, during one where he said there was a link between Trump’s words and the violence in El Paso, Scaramucci was still an ally. After being attacked by Trump on Twitter, Scaramucci is no longer in favor of the president’s re-election.Notably, ABC News found that even cases involved violent or threatening acts done in defiance of Trump, though the majority of the cases “reflect someone echoing presidential rhetoric, not protesting it.”Read original story ABC News Study Finds 36 Suspects Invoked ‘Trump’ in Violence, Threats or Assault Cases – None for Obama or George W Bush At TheWrap


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Climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for NYC

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:24

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg set sail for New York on Wednesday, heading for a UN summit on a zero-emissions yacht skippered by a member of Monaco's ruling family. The 16-year-old Swede, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes. The voyage will take about a fortnight, a daunting prospect for someone who has never sailed before this week, but Thunberg said she was willing to accept a bit of seasickness and a lack of comfort.


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Vaccinex (VCNX) Attains Full Enrollment in Lung Cancer Study

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:18

Vaccinex (VCNX) completes enrollment in a phase Ib/II study of its pipeline candidate pepinemab in combination with Bavencio for treating advanced non-small cell lung cancer.


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Teenage activist Greta takes climate campaign to the high seas

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 09:02

With the wind in her hair and TV cameras pointing at her, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg began a trans-Atlantic crossing in a racing yacht on Wednesday to further her campaign for stronger action against climate change. The 16-year-old activist, who shot to global fame last year after she started missing school every Friday to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament, is bound for New York, where she will take part in a United Nations climate summit. Standing on a pontoon in a marina in Plymouth, southwest England, Thunberg gave a news conference in front of a throng of TV crews and photographers just before setting sail under a typically English grey sky on the 60-foot yacht Malizia II.


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