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Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:55

Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday. Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists detailed in a pair of studies, one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France. "The situation is catastrophic," said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France's National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.

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Exclusive: Russia Secretly Helped Venezuela Launch a Cryptocurrency to Evade U.S. Sanctions

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:35

A TIME investigation finds Moscow’s fingerprints all over the petro, the world’s first state-backed digital currency

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3-Year-Old Encased in Concrete Could Have Been Saved Multiple Times, Official Says

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:35

The report was was placed on hold for six days

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President Trump Wants to Discuss 'Out of Control' Arms Race With Vladimir Putin

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:28

Donald Trump said he expects to meet soon with Vladimir Putin, after calling on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election

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US lab brews up hoppy beer... without the hops

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:00

Scientists in the US have created a more sustainable pint after discovering a way of getting the distinct hoppy taste into craft beer without the need for water-intensive hops. Researchers say the technique could reduce the beer industry's reliance on hops -- a thirsty and expensive crop -- and produce the consistent aroma and flavour all the rage among beer enthusiasts, including hipsters. In a paper published by the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, scientists from the University of California Berkeley showed how they used DNA-editing software to manipulate the genome of brewer's yeast, splicing in genes from mint and basil plants as well as two from normal yeast.

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Scientists Say Mysterious Georgia Creature Is Likely Just a Rotting Fish or Shark

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:55

Scientists may have pinpointed the identity of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on a Georgia beach last week. Last Friday, Georgia resident Jeff Warren found the washed-up carcass of an unidentified creature on St. Simons Island beach in the southeast part of the state. As of yet, Warren has only released photographic evidence of the creature.The Georgia Department of National Resources is still trying to locate the actual carcass for closer examination, WJXT reported.

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Lawmakers Demand Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Explain Cambridge Analytica Breach on Capitol Hill

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:43

Members of Congress want Facebook founder Mark Zuckergerg to explain what happened in regards to Cambridge Analytica

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16-Year-Old Boy Beat His Friend to Death With a Baseball Bat in Jealous Rage, Police Say

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:43

The 16-year-old beat 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz after they went into a wooded area Monday afternoon, police said

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Novichok: the deadly story behind the nerve agent in Sergei Skripal spy attack

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:28

A long read on how nerve agents were developed – and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of Salisbury.

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Turmoil at Facebook post-Cambridge Analytica scandal

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:02

Facebook is in turmoil after the news broke that Cambridge Analytics harvested information of 50 million users. The company’s chief security officer is reportedly resigning this year while stock plummeted.

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MTA Worker Killed in 20-Foot Fall Inside Manhattan Tunnel

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:55

'This is a tragedy, not just for this young man and his family, but for the entire city'

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NASA Is Preparing for an Asteroid

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:39

They don't wanna miss a thing.

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Facebook's Latest Crisis Has Earned it a Federal Investigation

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:14

A privacy watchdog is probing data misuse tied to the 2016 election

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Vivica A. Fox: How Uma Thurman Helped Me Through ‘Kill Bill’ With Quentin Tarantino

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:11

'Learn how to manipulate the situation better'

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Astronomers Studied Weird Empty Pockets in Space to Understand How the Universe Works

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:07

Space may feel like one long, dark stretch of emptiness, but it turns out there are even emptier pockets within that vastness.

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US, EU hardwood imports fuel Amazon destruction: Greenpeace

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:35

Scores of US and European companies selling the hardwood ipe for things like decks and garden furniture are fueling an illegal trade devastating the Amazon rainforest, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Greenpeace said Brazilian loggers and corrupt officials run sophisticated laundering scams that allow them to cut down far more of the majestic tree than allowed, yet still obtain the official documents needed to export at huge profits. "It is safe to say that it is almost impossible to guarantee if timber from the Brazilian Amazon can be assumed to have originated from legal operations," said Romulo Batista, Greenpeace Brazil's Amazon campaigner.

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Police Officer 'Saved Lives' When He Confronted Maryland School Shooter, Governor Says

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 06:45

2 students were wounded, one critically. The gunman is dead

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Why Everyone Fell for Theranos

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:59

Here are your morning reads.

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The way kids are drawing scientists is changing

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:29

A new study found kids are drawing more female scientists than ever before.

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Explosion at Texas FedEx Plant Is Fifth Attack Linked to Austin Serial Bomber

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 04:42

A package that exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, is likely connected to the four package bombs in Austin

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