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Student, 14, honored as youngest person ever to build nuclear reactor

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:28

Jackson Oswalt is being honored by Memphis, Tenn., city leaders for his accomplishments for reportedly being the youngest person to ever achieve nuclear fusion.

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EU lawmakers back wifi-based car standard in win for Volkswagen

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:22

The EU executive wants to set benchmarks for internet connected cars, a market that could generate billions of euros in revenues for carmakers, telecoms operators and equipment makers, according to analysts. Wifi technology supporters include Renault, Toyota, NXP, Autotalks and Kapsch TrafficCom. The technology primarily connects cars to other cars.

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Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg To EU Lawmakers: 'I Want You To Panic'

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:21

"Our house is falling apart, and our leaders need to start acting accordingly," Thunberg said during a meeting with politicians.

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Scientists spur some activity in brains of slaughtered pigs

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:11

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.

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Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:01

Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals -- or even humans -- alive. "We could potentially get some insight into how these brains could be saved," he told AFP.

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NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:51

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to nearly 11 months, which would set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, the US space agency said Wednesday. Koch, 40, arrived on the ISS on March 14 with two other crew members -- an American and a Russian -- for what was initially planned to be a six-month mission. The two other astronauts will return to Earth on October 3 but Koch's stay would be extended until February 2020, which would beat the record held by another female US astronaut, Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 days aboard the ISS in 2016-17, NASA said.

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AOC sends a stark climate message from the future

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:41

The 2020s, just right around the corner, promise to be a critical decade. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez intends the 2020s to be the decade that the United States tackles climate change by reinventing our society's antiquated energy infrastructure, while also guaranteeing Americans livable, dignified incomes. It's similar to the historic New Deal advanced by FDR in the 1930s.    It's the Green New Deal.  In a seven and a half minute message sent from some 10 years in the future, AOC narrates a history beginning in the 1970s when scientists began to warn about the growing reality of climate change. Accumulating carbon emissions in the atmosphere had started to warm and destabalize Earth's moderate climate.  Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez then speaks about a speculative future where the U.S. has dramatically slashed its carbon emissions. In the video produced by The Intercept, she muses about riding a bullet train between New York City and Washinton D.C. It begins with climate-savvy Democrats taking leadership of the House of Representatives in 2018 (which did, actually, happen), followed by the election of a Democratic president in 2020. This would set the stage for the "Decade of the Green New Deal." AOC described it as "a flurry of legislation that kicked off our social and ecological transformation to save the planet." "It was the kind of swing-for-the-fences ambition we needed," she added. SEE ALSO: The Green New Deal: Historians weigh in on the immense scale required to pull it off The Green New Deal — which currently exists as a visionary framework in Congress, known as a resolution — is way to kickstart the nation's decarbonization process. The goal of 2020s federal legislation would be to slash the nation's carbon emissions by half during that decade. This means ramping up renewable energy (wind, solar, and battery storage) while phasing out fossil fuels in the power, transportation, and industrial sectors.  The emerging Green New Deal is still intentionally short on specific policies — in the same way that FDR's New Deal largely left openings for lawmakers to solve the damages wrought by The Great Depression. The legislation would have to be discussed, debated, and developed by a motivated Congress.  This conversation could certainly use a boost. A few weeks ago the Republican-controlled Senate declined to debate the resolution, after a Republican senator used a drawing of a machine gun-wielding Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur to mock the idea of a New Green Deal. AOC's message is that the Green New Deal, like its 1930s predecessor, will give future Americans a prosperous life, with limited extremes in devastating drought and pummeling storms.  Can it follow in the historic footsteps of the first New Deal? That's up to the politicians in charge — and the voters who grant them that power. "We can be whatever we have the courage to see," AOC concluded.

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Here's Why Marker Therapeutics Fell as Much as 11.5% Today

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:22

An abstract detailing one of the company's clinical programs was rejected from an important industry meeting.

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New leader of Canada's Alberta province chips away at Trudeau's green plan

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:19

Kenney and his United Conservative Party easily trounced left-leaning incumbent Premier Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party in the provincial vote, where climate actions were made the scapegoat for Alberta's economic woes. The province's economy has struggled to recover since oil prices plummeted in 2014 and spurred an exodus of major energy firms from Alberta. Kenney, who opposes much of Trudeau's green agenda, had pledged to repeal a provincial carbon tax that Notley introduced.

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Israeli Scientists Create First 3D-Printed Heart With Blood Vessels

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:17

Tel Aviv University researchers are hoping this technology could eventually be used to help human patients who need heart transplants.

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Former Peru president hospitalized with high blood pressure

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:07

Lima (AFP) - Former Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was urgently taken to hospital on Wednesday suffering from high blood pressure, lawmaker Gilbert Violeta said.

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Mush! Watch a team of Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot dogs pull a truck down the street

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:45

Boston Dynamics' four-legged SpotMini weighs 66 pounds, can carry up to 31 pounds and run for 90 minutes. A team of the robot dogs can pull a truck.

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JPMorgan Analyst Says He Was a Victim of Mike Lynch Vendetta

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:44

Autonomy’s management waged a “vendetta” against Daud Khan, that culminated in Lynch offering to hire JPMorgan as an adviser on its next transaction if he was replaced, Khan told a London court Wednesday. Khan, who worked for JPMorgan’s Cazenove unit until 2011, was testifying on behalf of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. in its $5.1 billion suit against the British software founder. “JPMorgan senior management did not ultimately bow to Dr. Lynch’s pressure and I remained the analyst covering Autonomy," Khan said.

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Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi meets Saudi King Salman on first visit to Saudi Arabia

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:18

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi made his first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office six months ago, meeting King Salman during the stop on a regional tour that has also seen visits to Cairo and Tehran in recent weeks. Abdul Mahdi has said Iraq would maintain strong ties with Iran, but also with the United States and regional neighbors, many of which, like Saudi Arabia, consider Tehran a foe.

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The Early Signs of Stroke You Need to Know—Even If You're Young

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:15

Your stroke risk rises as you get older, but strokes can happen at any age.

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These Space-Inspired Baby Names Are Out Of This World

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:15

Whether you’re fascinated with black holes, rising signs, or sci-fi movies, the stars can be a great source of inspiration for baby names. There are many beautifully-named stars, constellations, and astrological phenomenons — whether as big as a galaxy (Andromeda), as rare as the Northern Lights (Aurora), or as everyday as the sunrise (Dawn).

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Intel Rises to 19-Year High as Analysts Praise 5G Mobile Exit

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:08

(Bloomberg) -- Investors are cheering Intel Corp.’s decision to hang up on the 5G smartphone modem business, sending shares toward the highest level since the dot-com boom of 2000. The move, which follows the settlement of drawn-out patent disputes between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., suggests to Cowen analyst Matthew Ramsay that Intel is now “breathing an operational sigh of relief.”

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Back on trend? H&M makes AI, loyalty drive to ride fashion cycle

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:01

BERLIN/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - When H&M boosted its shares last month by reporting a rise in the sale of full-price garments, it wasn't just a tribute to the fashion sense of its designers. It was a sign that backroom improvements are at last paying off. The world’s second-largest fashion group is investing heavily in areas like artificial intelligence and customer loyalty as it looks to improve the way it spots trends and plans logistics, and ultimately reduce discounted sales and piles of unsold stock.

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US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:46

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women.

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Right-wing victory in Canada's Alberta may spell trouble for Trudeau

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:38

The United Conservative Party (UCP) trounced the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government by tapping into frustration over the economy and a struggling oil and gas industry. "Alberta is open for business!" UCP leader Jason Kenney said in his victory speech in Calgary on Tuesday. "Albertans have elected a government obsessed with getting Albertans back to work." Kenney, who had dominated in polls in the lead-up to the vote, promised to defend Albertans against Trudeau and the federal government who, he said, were taking advantage of the province and its oil and gas.

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