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Continental Building Products Announces Susan G. Komen® Partnership

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:30

HERNDON, Va.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Since 1982, Susan G. Komen has worked toward one vision: to create a world without breast cancer. Continental Building Products announced today that it stands by this vision and will support Susan G. Komen and its mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough […]

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SpaceX escape engines were test fired before mishap: panel

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:21

By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA safety panel said on Thursday that Saturday's accident on a SpaceX astronaut capsule happened after eight engines were test fired, but offered scant details on what caused the mishap or the extent of the damage. NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel told reporters Elon Musk's rocket company continues to investigate the cause of the 'anomaly' during a test of engines designed to propel the crew to safety at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ...

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Scientists Just Mapped a Quarter of the World's Coral and Boy Is It in Bad Shape

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:12

The atlas will make it easier to study the conditions of the threatened environments from afar.

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Facebook Breached Canadian Privacy Laws, Watchdogs Say

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:03

In a joint report released Thursday, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia said the Menlo Park, California-based technology giant didn’t obtain proper consent from users to disclose their personal data, didn’t have adequate safeguards to protect that data and didn’t take proper responsibility for the information under its control. “Facebook’s refusal to act responsibly is deeply troubling given the vast amount of sensitive personal information users have entrusted to this company,” Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said in a news release.

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7 top products to fight springtime allergies

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:01

The flowers have bloomed and the pollen is out

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A potent cyclone is about to pummel Mozambique...again

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:53

After Cyclone Idai dumped enough water on Mozambique to create a sprawling inland sea in March, yet another powerful tempest is on a direct path to the storm-battered nation. Cyclone Kenneth, currently a powerful Category 4 storm, is expected to hit a different, northern part of the African nation late Thursday (local time).  Similar to Idai, Kenneth will likely be devastating. The UK Meteorological Office expects heavy rains to deluge the soaked ground for days. Winds, currently at over 130 mph, will somewhat weaken as the cyclone hits land, but are still forecast to howl at over 100 mph.  Take a look at the approaching storm: No tropical cyclone of hurricane strength has made landfall over the northern #Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado in the modern record (50 years). Intense Cyclone #Kenneth expected to make landfall here later today. — Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) April 25, 2019 SEE ALSO: We're probably not going to hit the world's most important climate goal Tropical Storm #Kenneth is on track to become the first hurricane-strength storm (in the modern record) to make landfall over Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province. #NOAA20 saw the powerful, now Cat. 4 storm, as it passed by the island of Comoros Wednesday. — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) April 25, 2019 It is FALSE that cyclone Kenneth will hit the Kenyan Coast. By the laws of physics, Cyclones cannot come this close to the equator. Landfall will be northern Mozambique as shown in the satellite image. — Kenya Met Department (@MeteoKenya) April 25, 2019 Though there's little evidence that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 20th century. Prior to Cyclone Idai, since the 1960s only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger had hit Mozambique, according to In Mozambique alone, Idai killed over 600 people, according to the latest UN data. Meanwhile, the March cyclone displaced over 131,000 people in the southern African nation.  WATCH: Emilia Clarke says 'Game of Thrones' gave her confidence

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Here's What 2 Experts Think About the New FDA-Cleared Weight Loss Pill

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:44

It's not a drug, it's a device. And it could actually improve gut health.  

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Drugmakers Astellas, Amgen to pay $125 million in U.S. charity kickback probe

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:34

Two drugmakers will pay nearly $125 million to resolve claims they used charities that help cover Medicare patients' out-of-pocket drug costs as a way to pay kickbacks aimed at encouraging the use of their high-priced medications, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The department said Japan-based Astellas Pharma and Amgen Inc, the world's largest biotech company, were the latest to settle claims stemming from an industry-wide probe of drugmakers' financial support of patient assistance charities. Astellas will pay $100 million while Amgen will pay $24.75 million, the department said.

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Snap Picks Former McDonald's Executive as New Marketing Chief

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:31

Mitchell, scheduled to start with Snap in June, will lead all consumer and product marketing programs, the company said in a statement Thursday. The Santa Monica-based company is still searching for a new finance chief following the departure of Tim Stone earlier this year after only eight months on the job.

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6 ways women can stand up for themselves when doctors ignore their chronic pain

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:14

Chronic pain affects more women than men globally, but women receive less treatment. If you're suffering and don't know how to advocate for yourself, take this advice from the experts.

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A New Study Finds That Humans Can "Smell" Food with Their Tongues

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 08:24

Odor receptors found in our nostrils are also all over our tongues, scientists say.

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When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 08:21

We've been promised a future in which machines do the driving for us. When will they be ready? And when the time comes, will we be ready?

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Zuckerberg Adds $4.5 Billion to Fortune as Facebook Shares Surge

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 08:14

(Bloomberg) -- After declining about $20 billion in 2018, Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune is bouncing back.

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Up to 1 Million Species Are at Risk of Extinction, and It's All Our Fault

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:44

We are sucking the life out of our beautiful planet.Up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction due to human activity, according to a draft of a U.N. report set to be released on May 6. Preliminary conclusions from the report were obtained by the French news agency AFP.Human activity, such as overconsumption, illegal poaching, deforestation and fossil fuel emissions, are pushing ecosystems toward a point of no return. A quarter of known plant and animal species are already threatened -- and the loss of species is tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years, AFP reported. [Wipe Out: History's Most Mysterious Extinctions]Nature is buckling under the pressure, losing clean air, potable water, pristine forests, pollinating insects, fish populations, and storm-buffering mangroves.What's more, three-quarters of the land, almost half of marine environments and half of inland waterways have been "severely" changed by human activity, according to the report. These changes will harm humans, especially indigenous groups and those living in the poorest communities.One-hundred and thirty nations will meet in Paris on April 29 to examine the 44-page report that summarizes a 1,800-page assessment of scientific literature conducted by the U.N."The way we produce our food and energy is undermining the regulating services that we get from nature," Robert Watson, the chair of the group that compiled the report, told the AFP. The damage, he said, can be diminished only with "transformative change." * The Reality of Climate Change: 10 Myths Busted * Images of Melt: Earth's Vanishing Ice * Predicting the Future of our ClimateOriginally published on Live Science.

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China Plans to Build a Base near the Moon's South Pole

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:43

China plans to build a scientific research station on the moon in "about 10 years," according to the state news agency Xinhua.The China National Space Administration (CSNA) intends to build the research station in the region of the moon's south pole, Zhang Kejian, head of CSNA, said in a public statement, Xinhua reported. That's a bit of a departure from the six successful NASA Apollo moon landings, which took place closer to the moon's equator between 1969 and 1972.Details of China's long-term lunar plans are still sketchy, but CSNA has made significant steps toward lunar exploration. Earlier this year, the Chinese successfully landed the uncrewed Chang'e-4 on the far side of the moon, and have also placed astronauts aboard two temporary space stations, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2. Their space agency also plans to put a larger, more permanent station into orbit in the coming years. [Photos from the Moon's Far Side! China's Chang'e 4 Lunar Landing]The first parts of that permanent station will reach orbit aboard the country's new Long March-5B rocket in the first half of 2020, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported; the mission will not be associated with the International Space Station. The ISS is reaching the end of its operational lifetime, plus the United States and China do not cooperate on spaceflight endeavors.Kejian also announced that Chang'e-5, an uncrewed lunar lander originally scheduled for launch in 2017, will attempt to reach the moon and return with samples in 2019,Xinhua reported.China currently spends more on spaceflight than any country except the U.S., according to AFP. At the moment, the U.S. is unable to put humans in space without hitching a ride on a Russian rocket; plans to change that model by using for-profit rockets - such as those owned by SpaceX - have hit some snags. Still, American officials have also suggested that there are plans to return to the moon and stay on the planet for an extended period in the near future. * In Photos: A Look at China's Space Station That's Crashing to Earth * 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy * 10 Interesting Places in the Solar System We'd Like to VisitOriginally published on Live Science.

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Researchers Just Measured an Atom with a Half-Life of 18 Sextillion Years

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:43

Deep inside a mountain in central Italy, scientists are laying a trap for dark matter. The bait? A big metal tank full of 3.5 tons (3,200 kilograms) of pure liquid xenon. This noble gas is one of the cleanest, most radiation-proof substances on Earth, making it an ideal target for capturing some of the rarest particle interactions in the universe.It all sounds vaguely sinister; said Christian Wittweg, a doctoral candidate at the University of Munster in Germany, who has worked with the so-called Xenon collaboration for half a decade, going to work every day feels like "paying a Bond villain a visit." So far, the mountain-dwelling researchers haven't captured any dark matter. But they recently succeeded in detecting one of the rarest particle interactions in the universe. [11 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Dark Matter]According to a new study published today (April 24) in the journal Nature, the team of more than 100 researchers measured, for the first time ever, the decay of a xenon-124 atom into a tellurium 124 atom through an extremely rare process called two-neutrino double electron capture. This type of radioactive decay occurs when an atom's nucleus absorbs two electrons from its outer electron shell simultaneously, thereby releasing a double dose of the ghostly particles called neutrinos.By measuring this unique decay in a lab for the first time, the researchers were able to prove precisely how rare the reaction is and how long it takes xenon-124 to decay. The half-life of xenon-124 -- that is, the average time required for a group of xenon-124 atoms to diminish by half -- is about 18 sextillion years (1.8 x 10^22 years), roughly 1 trillion times the current age of the universe."Put another way," Wittweg told Live Science, "if you had 100 xenon-124 atoms when the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, statistically speaking, all 100 of them would still be there today."This marks the single longest half-life ever directly measured in a lab, Wittweg added. Only one nuclear-decay process in the universe has a longer half-life: the decay of tellurium-128, which has a half-life more than 100 times longer than that of xenon-124. But this vanishingly rare event has only been calculated on paper. A precious decayAs with the more common forms of radioactive decay, two-neutrino double electron capture occurs when an atom loses energy as the ratio of protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus changes. However, the process is much pickier than more-common decay modes and depends on a series of "giant coincidences," Wittweg said. Having literal tons of xenon atoms to work with made the odds of these coincidences lining up much more likely.Here's how it works: All xenon-124 atoms are surrounded by 54 electrons, spinning in hazy shells around the nucleus. Two-neutrino double-electron capture occurs when two of those electrons, in shells close to the nucleus, simultaneously migrate into the nucleus, crashing into one proton apiece and converting those protons into neutrons. As a byproduct of this conversion, the nucleus spits out two neutrinos, elusive subatomic particles with no charge and virtually no mass that almost never interact with anything.Those neutrinos fly off into space, and scientists cannot measure them unless they use extremely sensitive equipment. To prove that a two-neutrino double electron capture event has occurred, the Xenon researchers instead looked to the empty spaces left behind in the decaying atom."After the electrons are captured by the nucleus, there are two vacancies left in the atomic shell," Wittweg said. "Those vacancies are filled up from higher shells, which creates a cascade of electrons and X-rays."Those X-rays deposit energy in the detector, which the researchers can clearly see in their experimental data. After one year of observations, the team detected close to 100 instances of xenon-124 atoms decaying this way, providing the first direct evidence of the process. Members of the Xenon Collaboration prepare their dark matter detector, which is filled with 3.5 tons (3,200 kilograms) of liquid xenon. Though the group has found no traces of dark matter yet, they did detect the second-longest radioactive decay in the universe. Xenon CollaborationThis new detection of the second-rarest decay process in the universe doesn't put the Xenon team any closer to finding dark matter, but it does prove the versatility of the detector. The next step in the team's experiments involves building an even larger xenon tank -- this one capable of holding more than 8.8 tons (8,000 kg) of liquid -- to provide even more opportunities to detect rare interactions, Wittweg said. * Elementary, My Dear: 8 Little-Known Elements * What's That? Your Physics Questions Answered * 18 Times Quantum Particles Blew Our MindsOriginally published on Live Science.

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Violence flares in northern Kenya as pressure mounts on villagers

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:21

Instability in neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan are spilling over the border into the disputed territory known as the Ilemi Triangle, residents said. "This is going to become an increasingly difficult problem, not just in the Horn of Africa, but in many other places where there's changing weather patterns and a slowness to adapt to more modern forms of cultural thinking -- places like Chad, Nigeria, and Sudan," Mutiga said. "These attacks are becoming too much," he told Reuters over a crackling phone line.

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How to Know If You Have Fungal Acne (Versus the Regular Kind)

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:10

What looks like acne, feels like acne, but isn’t actually acne at all? That would be pityrosporum folliculitis—or fungal \"acne,\" as it’s more commonly called (which, btw, only adds to the confusion).Whereas...

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AbbVie beats estimates as Humira sales fall less than feared

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:01

Shares of the company, which also raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast, were up nearly 3 percent before the opening bell. Humira saw sales drop for the first time in years largely due to competition from new, cheap rivals. Humira sales have accounted for the bulk of AbbVie's total revenue for years and the drug has grown to become the world's best-selling prescription medicine.

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No Egg, No Sperm, No Problem for CR Fashion Book Issue 14

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:00

The end of sex and the possibility of uniparenting spells “doom” for traditional reproduction and beckons debate sooner, not later

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