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The Southern Cross Electrical Engineering (ASX:SXE) Share Price Is Down 28% So Some Shareholders Are Getting Worried

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:40

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Third US jury finds Roundup weed killer likely caused cancer, awarding couple $2 billion

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:20

In a bombshell verdict, a couple in California have been awarded more than $2 billion in punitive damages in their civil case against Monsanto, after accusing the maker of Roundup weed killer of causing their cancer. Alva Pilliod and wife Alberta of Livermore, both in their 70s, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. The Oakland jury, which awarded each spouse $1 billion in punitive damages in addition to other damages, found that the active ingredient in Roundup -- glyphosate -- had likely caused the couple's cancer.


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California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:18

The large punitive damages award is likely to be reduced due to U.S. Supreme Court rulings that limit the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages to 9:1. The jury awarded a total of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. It was the third consecutive U.S. jury verdict against the company in litigation over the chemical, which Bayer acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto last year.


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What's at stake for Europe Inc in a trade spat with Washington

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:15

Europe's listed companies are expected to generate 1.2 trillion euros (£1.04 trillion) in revenue from the United States this year, highlighting what's at stake as global trade tensions grow and earnings and economic growth stall. Analysts and investors say that based on revenues, European companies are more vulnerable to a dispute than their competitors in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump is due to decide by Saturday whether to impose duties on car imports, potentially posing another significant threat to global growth and denting Europe's prized auto sector.


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New study suggests the Moon may be shrinking

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:37

Earth isn't the only place that "quakes." Rocky planets and moons regularly experience similar movements, and faults can form between massive chunks of crust on other worlds the same as they can here on Earth. The Moon is one place we know that experiences those kinds of shifts, and new research suggests that it might actually be making the Moon smaller over time.The study, which was published in Nature Geoscience, explains how the cliffs observed on the Moon's surface hint at a cooling spell that occurred after the Moon formed. As it cooled, it "shriveled like a raisin," and large cliffs formed on the surface when the Moon's crust was compressed. These regions, known as thrust faults, may still be growing today, and the overall size of the Moon may be shrinking as a result.The researchers combined observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter with new analysis of seismic readings gathered during the Apollo moon missions. This revisiting of the data revealed the approximate source of dozens of lunar quakes detected by the instruments."We found that a number of the quakes recorded in the Apollo data happened very close to the faults seen in the LRO imagery," Nicholas Schmerr of the University of Maryland, co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It's quite likely that the faults are still active today. You don't often get to see active tectonics anywhere but Earth, so it's very exciting to think these faults may still be producing moonquakes."As on Earth, pressure along fault lines builds up to a point where the force of friction can no longer prevent the large rocky plates from moving. When that movement occurs, a quake is felt, and in the case of the Moon the continued movement of the plates may indicate that it's not done shrinking.The researchers suggest that this is just another of many reasons why mankind should prioritize a revisit of the Moon. Learning more about how the Moon works and the mechanics at play on the surface could teach us a great deal about other planets as well, and help prepare organizations like NASA for trips deeper into space.


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A Full Flower Blue Moon Is Coming This Month, and You Need to See It

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:33

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Couple Awarded $2 Billion in Roundup Trial, Jury Says Weed Killer Contributed to Their Cancer

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:22

Couple Awarded $2 Billion in Roundup Trial, Jury Says Weed Killer Contributed to Their Cancer


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Trump seeks extra $1.6 billion in NASA spending under goal of returning to moon

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:21

The increased funding request, announced by President Donald Trump on Twitter, comes nearly two months after Vice President Mike Pence declared the objective of shortening by four years NASA's timeline for putting astronauts back on the moon for the first time since 1972. The proposed increase would bring NASA's total spending level for the 2020 fiscal year to $22.6 billion. The bulk of the increase is earmarked for research and development for a human lunar landing system, according to a summary provided by NASA.


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Low-dose aspirin may be linked to bleeding in the skull, new study finds

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:14

For people without heart disease, a new study found taking low-dose aspirin is associated with an increased risk for bleeding within the skull.


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Jury: Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury on Monday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.


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BP's Investors Unite Over Fears It's ‘Falling Behind’ on Climate

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:01

When BP Plc meets with shareholders next week, it’ll be facing one of the clearest signals yet that the fossil-fuel business is facing an adapt-or-die reckoning. A resolution at the company’s annual general meeting on May 21 will ask BP to prove in a series of reports how individual capital investments, and its overall business strategy, are aligned with the goals of the Paris climate accord. The proposal already has the backing of almost a tenth of the company’s shareholders, including seven of the oil major’s 20 largest stockholders, such as Legal & General Investment Management Ltd., and UBS Asset Management.


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'Step-change' in energy investment needed to meet climate goals: IEA

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:00

The world must double spending on renewable power and slash investment in oil and coal by 2030 to keep the Paris climate treaty temperature targets in play, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday. Money going into new upstream oil and gas projects -- exploration, drilling and infrastructure -- rose four percent in 2018, while investment in new coal sources went up by two percent, the first increase in that sector since 2012. At the same time, investment in new renewable power of all kinds dipped by about two percent.


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SpaceX founding member: Musk's success made space a safer investment

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 16:58

Elon Musk tweeted a photo that gave a look at SpaceX's plan to provide internet access worldwide via satellite. SpaceX founding member and Vector CEO Jim Cantrell says his and other companies owe Musk for making space a safer investment.


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California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 16:47

The large punitive damages award is likely to be reduced due to U.S. Supreme Court rulings that limit the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages to 9:1. The jury awarded a total of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. It was the third consecutive U.S. jury verdict against the company in litigation over the chemical, which Bayer acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto last year.


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Hermeus wins seed funding for hypersonic aircraft, with former Blue Origin president as adviser

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 16:03

Atlanta-based Hermeus Corp. says it’s won some high-profile seed funding for its effort to develop aircraft capable of flying more than five times the speed of sound The startup’s advisers includes Rob Meyerson, the former president of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture in Kent, Wash. And there’s at least one more Blue Origin connection: Hermeus’ chief technology officer, Glenn Case, worked as a propulsion design and development engineer at the company for four and a half years. Hermeus, which was founded last year, is setting its sights on earthly hypersonic flight rather than the space frontier. It’s… Read More


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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez set to rally to boost Green New Deal

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Green New Deal has been blocked in the Senate, and Democratic House leaders refuse to take it up, but activists and politicians who back the sweeping plan to address climate change are pushing to make it a top issue in the 2020 campaign.


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Bill Nye uses profanity and fire to stress the enormity of climate change

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:51

Bill Nye just dropped a slew of F-bombs.  As a guest on the May 12 episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the storied science communicator used profanity and half-jest to make a succinct point about Earth's rising carbon dioxide emissions, which are now at their highest levels in millions of years: CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, will continue to relentlessly trap heat on the planet unless the U.S. and the rest of the world ambitiously slash their carbon emissions. As of now, global nations have little to no hope of curbing Earth's warming at levels that would limit the worst consequences of climate change.   "By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees," said Nye.  "What I'm saying is the planet is on fucking fire." Nye’s 37-second tirade took place near the end of the episode, wherein John Oliver dissected the concept of a Green New Deal. Such a plan — which currently only exists as a visionary framework in U.S. Congress — is a government-driven plan to radically transform the nation's energy system with the specific aim of slashing its ample carbon emissions.  Carbon emissions in the U.S. ticked up in 2018.  Nye chose a fitting time for his invective-laden performance. The same day the show aired, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography — which has measured rising CO2 levels for decades — announced that carbon levels topped another big, round number, at 415 parts per million, or ppm.  This atmospheric CO2 number isn't just growing — it's picking up speed. "The rate of CO2 increase since the first Earth Day is unprecedented in the geologic record," Dan Breecker, a paleoclimatologist at The University of Texas at Austin, told Mashable last month.  SEE ALSO: Fearless TV weather forecasters air the planet's soaring carbon levels As emissions rise, scientists expect Earth to keep warming. The planet has already warmed 1.8 Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. If carbon emissions double from the 280 ppm levels before industrialization to 560 ppm, climate scientists now expect the globe to warm astronomically, to between 9 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit (5 and 6 degrees Celsius). If carbon emissions continue as they are today, we'll easily blow through 550 ppm, paleoclimatologist Matthew Lachniet told Mashable last year.    Transitioning our fossil-fuel dominated economy to carbon neutral energy production certainly won't be cheap. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke recently unveiled a $5 trillion plan that would result in "net-zero" emissions by 2050.  Rising CO2 levels. Image: scripps institution of oceanography But driving such grandiose climate change on the planet — which is now fueling widespread drought and pummeling storms — isn't just expected to devastate lives, it's expected to cost trillions.  After Nye lit a globe aflame in reference to the planet's accelerating temperature increase, he noted that "there a lot of things we could do to put it out," but asked, "Are any of them free?" "No! Of course not, nothing's free you idiots. Grow the fuck up. You're not children anymore," spat Nye. "I didn't mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you're adults now, and this is an actual crisis. Got it?" "Safety glasses off, motherfuckers," said Nye, before ending his fiery scientific experiment and aggressively removing his safety glasses. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:42

Researchers examining the seismic data gathered during NASA's Apollo missions traced the location of some of the quakes to step-shaped cliffs called scarps on the lunar surface that formed relatively recently, in geological terms, due to the ongoing subtle shrinking of the moon as its hot interior cools. "It means that the moon has somehow managed to remain tectonically active after 4.51 billion years," said Smithsonian Institution planetary scientist Thomas Watters, who led the research published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Earth's tectonic activity is driven by its hot interior.


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Bill Nye Speaks Out on Climate Change in Shocking Rant: 'The Planet's on F---ing Fire'

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:22

Bill Nye Fed Up with Climate Change Skeptics in Rant


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