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Illinois corn yields seen below average but improve as tour scouts go West

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:10

Corn farmers in west-central Illinois are facing potentially smaller corn yields this fall in what has been a challenging growing season after extreme weather and heavy rains delayed plantings across much of the U.S. Midwest, scouts on an annual tour said on Wednesday. Many of the soy fields surveyed in Illinois on the third day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour were also behind their normal growing schedule, as they were in parts of Indiana and Ohio, with fields of short soybean plants an indication of the late planting. Soybean pod counts continued to be hit and miss, but soybean fields in this stretch may not need as much time as other parts of the state.


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Illinois corn yields seen below average but improve as tour scouts go West

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:10

Corn farmers in west-central Illinois are facing potentially smaller corn yields this fall in what has been a challenging growing season after extreme weather and heavy rains delayed plantings across much of the U.S. Midwest, scouts on an annual tour said on Wednesday. Many of the soy fields surveyed in Illinois on the third day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour were also behind their normal growing schedule, as they were in parts of Indiana and Ohio, with fields of short soybean plants an indication of the late planting. Soybean pod counts continued to be hit and miss, but soybean fields in this stretch may not need as much time as other parts of the state.


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Fires in Amazon rainforest up more than 80% this year, scientists warn

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:50

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is experiencing a record amount of fires this year, according to the country's space agency. The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 -- more than 74,000 as of Tuesday -- has risen 84% from the same period in 2018, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which used satellites to collect its research. Environmental activists blamed far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called for a double-digit increase in deforestation, The Associated Press reported.


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How Do E-Cigarettes Change Blood Vessels? A New Study Has the Answer

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:39

Even without nicotine, e-cigs still have negative effects.


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Black women earn $1m less than white men over lifetime, study finds

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:11

Black women in the US earn almost $1m (£820,000) less on average than a white man over a 40-year career, according to a new report.The typical black woman in full-time employment is paid only 61 cents (50p) for every dollar (82p) earned by white, non-Hispanic men, according to a study by the National Women’s Law Centre.


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Why Do Women Send Nudes? Why Do Men? It's Complicated, A New Study Finds.

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:10

There's a big double standard when it comes to sexting.


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Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:07

Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year.


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Ivanka Trump had to move out of her office in the White House because the ceiling might be contaminated with asbestos — here's why that's concerning

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:25

Renovations underway at the White House are sparking fears of asbestos contamination in the offices of Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway.


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Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:16

CORALVILLE, Iowa/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat of violence was made during a phone call from an angry farmer. U.S. farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. Lance Honig, crops chief at the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, was among the USDA staffers who had to leave the privately-run Pro Farmer tour, three sources with knowledge of the situation said.


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Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:16

CORALVILLE, Iowa/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat of violence was made during a phone call from an angry farmer. U.S. farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. Lance Honig, crops chief at the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, was among the USDA staffers who had to leave the privately-run Pro Farmer tour, three sources with knowledge of the situation said.


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Neuroscientists publish a ‘parts list’ for the brain, detailing differences between mice and humans

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:00

A study led by researchers at Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science lays out a "parts list" for the brain, including a detailed look at the differences between the parts for human brains and mouse brains. They say the genetic results, published today in the journal Nature, suggest that relying on mice to study how the brains of men and women work could lead neuroscientists down blind alleys. "The answer may be that you have to go to species that are more similar to humans," Ed Lein, an investigator at the Allen Institute who's also affiliated with the University of… Read More


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Luntz: ‘I was wrong’ on climate change

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 10:11

Luntz urged Democrats to "personalize, individualize and humanize" the impacts of climate change


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Elections Canada climate advertising guidelines puts chill on green groups' advocacy

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:46

Elections Canada, a non-partisan body that manages federal elections, has said that such advertising campaigns could be interpreted as partisan politics. The watchdog strictly regulates advertising during campaign periods, and one small right-wing party running in the October election - the People's Party of Canada (PPC) - denies climate change is man-made.


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TripAdvisor proposing simulation of life on Mars

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:23

The American online-review pioneer is offering would-be explorers the opportunity to visit a Spanish cave with living conditions said to closely resemble those on Mars. The out-of-the-ordinary experience is a collaboration between TripAdvisor and Spanish tech company Astroland Agency. Space enthusiasts will be given an opportunity to experience life in space -- without ever leaving Planet Earth.


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NuCana Stops Patient Enrollment in Pancreatic Cancer Study

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:08

NuCana (NCNA) suspends patient enrollment in the phase III study on Acelarin, currently evaluated for treating patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, who were unfit for combination chemotherapy.


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AstraZeneca's Imfinzi Fails in Stage IV Lung Cancer Study

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 08:50

AstraZeneca's (AZN) Imfinzi fails to improve overall survival in a study for previously treated stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients.


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Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:38

Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan had to deal with multiple cables to install a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching astronauts to the orbiting lab late this year or early next year.


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Tiny pellets called 'nurdles' are leeching into the ocean. A new Shell plant could produce 80 trillion of them a year.

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:04

Nurdles from a new Shell plant outside Pittsburgh can be used to make virgin-plastic items like phone cases or food packaging.


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The northernmost reaches of the Earth are on fire. Here's what this record-breaking hot summer looks like from space.

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:24

Climate change comes with a higher risk of wildfires. This summer, fires have ravaged the Arctic, and the flames can be seen from space.


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Igniting global outrage, Brazil's Bolsonaro baselessly blames NGOs for Amazon fires

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:05

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organizations of burning down the Amazon rainforest to hurt his government, as a growing global outcry against the wildfires raged through social media. Presented without evidence and disputed by environmental and climate experts, Bolsonaro's comments enraged critics and fanned a growing social media campaign over the dangers to the Amazon, one of the world's key bulwarks against climate change. #PrayforAmazonas was the world's top trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday, and millions of people took to Instagram and Facebook to share concerns over the future of the Amazon.


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