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Nancy Pelosi Cleared Her First Hurdle to Be Speaker. But Her Big Test Comes Later

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:51

As expected, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cleared her first hurdle Wednesday in reclaiming the Speaker’s gavel for the 116th Congress. But her bigger challenge is yet to come.


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South Carolina Inmates Created a 'Sextortion Ring' to Bilk $560,000 From U.S. Troops

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:50

While serving time in a South Carolina prison, several inmates created an elaborate “sextortion ring” that preyed on troops.


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Morgan Stanley says 2019 could 'be the year for space,' led by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:02

Two of the top companies on Morgan Stanley's list are SpaceX and Blue Origin. The firm has been telling clients to pay attention to space companies and will be hosting a "Space Summit" next month to prepare investors. Many on Wall Street are busy publishing 2019 market estimates but Morgan Stanley's added an outlook on the space industry.


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Morgan Stanley says 2019 could 'be the year for space,' led by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:02

Many on Wall Street are busy publishing 2019 market estimates but Morgan Stanley's added a new outlook: The space industry.


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Brazil withdraws offer to host UN climate change conference

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:26

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host a large U.N. conference on climate change next year, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, leading environmental groups to question the government's commitment to reducing carbon emissions.


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Drug-Resistant Space Bugs Found Aboard the ISS

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:21

Bacterial superbugs are not just on Earth anymore.


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Scientists create 'mini placenta' organoids in a lab dish

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:07

Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating mini human placenta organoids which they say will transform scientific understanding of reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and miscarriage. The organoids - miniature functional cellular models of the human placenta's earliest stages - will also allow researchers to explore what makes a pregnancy healthy, and how certain diseases can pass from a mother to a developing baby. The human placenta supplies all the oxygen and nutrients essential for growth of a foetus.


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Melania Trump Stands By Her White House Christmas Decorations

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:07

Despite all the internet buzz and criticism, First Lady Melania Trump says she stands by her White House Christmas decorations.


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UN climate talks need compromise, not stubbornness: UN chief

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:02

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged leaders at the UN climate conference kicking off next week to set aside stubbornness and instead compromise to seal a deal on implementing the Paris climate accord. Guterres will join delegates from nearly 200 countries at the COP24 conference that opens Sunday in the southern Polish city of Katowice, with the aim of agreeing a plan to move forward on the 2015 climate deal. "At the moment, we are headed for a world of cataclysm and uncertainty due to climate disruption," Guterres told reporters at UN headquarters.


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Another gene-edited baby may be on the way, scientist says

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:39

The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, revealed the pregnancy Wednesday while making his first public comments about his controversial work at an international conference in Hong Kong. Mainstream scientists have condemned the experiment, and universities and government groups are investigating. The leader of the conference called the experiment "irresponsible" and evidence that the scientific community had failed to regulate itself to prevent premature efforts to alter DNA.


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Scientists create 'mini placenta' organoids in a lab dish

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:12

Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating mini human placenta organoids which they say will transform scientific understanding of reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and miscarriage. The organoids - miniature functional cellular models of the human placenta's earliest stages - will also allow researchers to explore what makes a pregnancy healthy, and how certain diseases can pass from a mother to a developing baby. The human placenta supplies all the oxygen and nutrients essential for growth of a foetus.


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Scientists create 'mini placenta' organoids in a lab dish

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:12

Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating mini human placenta organoids which they say will transform scientific understanding of reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and miscarriage. The organoids - miniature functional cellular models of the human placenta's earliest stages - will also allow researchers to explore what makes a pregnancy healthy, and how certain diseases can pass from a mother to a developing baby. The human placenta supplies all the oxygen and nutrients essential for growth of a foetus.


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Adorable Boy Upstages the Pope at the Vatican

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:35

An adorable six-year-old boy upstaged Pope Francis during his general audience at the Vatican Wednesday.


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Richard Branson is taking a submarine down the world's largest sinkhole

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:15

It looks, at first, like a giant, flat, ink blot in the sea, but underneath this sinkhole – the largest in the world – is a cavern large enough to swallow two Boeing 747s with room to spare. Famed marine explorer Jacques Cousteau didn't discover the sinkhole, located in the Caribbean sea off the coast of Belize, but he did name it "The Great Blue Hole" in 1971, and it's been a magnet for scuba divers ever since. Now, in the first mission of its kind, Cousteau's grandson and Sir Richard Branson are plunging to the deep, dark bottom of it in a submarine as part of an expedition that will be streamed live and broadcasted globally on the Discovery Channel. This will be quite a feat. Scuba divers generally only descend to a maximum of 130 feet underwater, so what lies beneath that remains largely uncharted territory, and there's a lot of it.  Branson and Fabien Cousteau will join Aquatica Submarines' chief pilot Erika Bergman and make several expeditions into the sinkhole this weekend in a remote-piloted Stingray 500 submarine, to collect data and map out the submerged cave. Some 100,000 years ago, this natural marvel was a network of caves that sat above sea level, with ceilings hanging with limestone stalagmites and stalactites. Over time and during our planet's latest glacial period, rising sea levels eventually flooded the structure and it collapsed to form the sinkhole it is today. The Great Blue Hole was measured by scientists using sonar technology in 1997, but this will be the first since then and by far the most thorough exploration. At the glance | The Great Blue Hole Bergman's team hope to gather scientific data on marine aspects including water quality and bacterial activity, as well to attain high-resolution footage and a detailed plan of the Hole's internal structure for the first time. Intriguingly, they're intent on discovering what is theorised to be an oxygen-depleted layer at its base which could offer vital clues about environmental forces potentially related to the fall of the Mayan civilisation between 800 and 1000 AD. Stingray: the model that will take Branson and Cousteau down Credit: Aquatica "One of the most interesting marks that we are really excited to do is oxygen testing," Bergman told Endgadget. "We've heard that in the Blue Hole there is an anoxic layer near the bottom [and] things don't degrade in anoxic areas so we could find preserved life." Branson is hoping that his involvement in the project will generate awareness around ocean conservation, and is supporting the goal of protecting at least 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030. The underwater wonders you must experience The broadcast will be live on the Discovery Channel from 9–11pm on Sunday, December 2, and Richard Branson will be speaking to Telegraph Travel about what the team unearths next week.


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Adorable Boy Upstages the Pope at the Vatican and We Are All Blessed

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:06

Wenzel Wirth disrupted the speech and charmed everyone


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Will “Red Dead Redemption 2” lead young men to work less?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:49

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a blockbuster. With international sales of $725 million, the video game had the biggest opening weekend in history. It has received stellar reviews, with the New York Times calling it “true art.” The game, which takes place on the US frontier at the end of the 19th century, may resurrect…


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An Expert's Opinion on Why Everyone's Favorite 'Colossal Cow' Knickers Is So Big

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:44

The Australian steer stands at 6-ft.-4-in.


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Chinese scientist says there’s more gene-edited babies on the way as scrutiny mounts

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:37

It's only Wednesday but the strangest science story of the week is already taking some interesting twists. A few days ago, Chinese researcher and currently suspended university scientist He Jiankui revealed that he had conducted gene editing work on human embryos which eventually resulted in pregnancies that were carried to term.

The medical research community has universally condemned He's efforts and framed it as a huge ethical concern. Now, He is defending his work even as another scientist, this time in the U.S., comes under investigation for his role in the research.

In a presentation at a genetic science conference in Hong Kong, He expressed pride at successfully creating what he claims are the first genetically modified babies. The twin girls, which are named Lulu and Nana, are reportedly healthy, but that has done little to silence He's critics.

The researcher claims that he worked with eight couples hoping to have children, the fathers of which were all HIV positive. He claims to have genetically modified their embryos to make the children resistant to future HIV infection, and alleges that the process resulted in the aforementioned twins. He also revealed that another would-be pregnancy is showing promise.

As CNN reports, He's associate, Michael Deem of Rice University, is now also under investigation due to his claimed role in the work. Rice University released a statement expressing its concern with the news, saying that it "raises troubling scientific, legal, and ethical questions." The university also noted that it doesn't believe any of the actual genetic modification was performed in the United States, but that Deem's involvement is still what it would consider to be unethical.

It's worth noting that none of the work presented by He has actually be confirmed by his peers, and the research has not been reviewed by any group. At the moment it remains unclear if fellow scientists are working to validate He's claims.


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