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VIDEO: Is Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Getting Even More Dangerous?

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:38

Thanks to a new feature?

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Foxconn May Scale Back $10 Billion U.S. Plant, Reuters Says

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:12

Such a move could undermine promises to create 13,000 jobs at a project hailed by U.S. President Donald Trump for reviving American manufacturing. Apple Inc.’s main manufacturing partner is re-thinking its approach because of the high cost of making advanced TV screens from the U.S., Reuters cited spokesman Louis Woo as saying. Foxconn unveiled the Wisconsin project with much fanfare in 2017 as the Taiwanese company extracted a raft of incentives from the state, although some were forfeited last year after falling short of hiring goals.

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Roche drops Alzheimer drug trials after setback

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 23:38

Roche Holding will halt two late-stage clinical trials of its crenezumab drug in early Alzheimer's disease after an interim analysis indicated it was unlikely to hits its primary goal, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday. Roche was working on the product with AC Immune. Roche said an Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative (API) study of crenezumab in familial Alzheimer's disease continued and that it remained committed to ongoing clinical studies in Alzheimer's disease, including phase-III trials with gantenerumab and a phase-II anti-tau trial.

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Mexico's fuel thieves undeterred by deadly blast

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 23:19

Soldiers patrolling this area in central Mexico after the Jan. 18 tragedy told Reuters they found 15 illicit spigots just a few kilometers away on the same pipeline operated by the nation's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos or Pemex. Such is the mammoth task confronting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to end Mexico's rampant fuel theft. In December, Lopez Obrador announced a crackdown on the banditry.

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Indonesia's Merapi volcano unleashes river of lava

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 22:43

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi volcano has unleashed a river of lava that flowed 1,400 meters (4,590 feet) down its slopes.

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I Pinned This to My Dream Home Board Before I Realized It's an Event Space

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 22:30

Can I still move in though?

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The Creator of the Roomba Just Launched a Lawn Mower

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 22:01

The Terra, like it’s indoor sibling, operates on its own and will head back to a base station to recharge, even in mid-mow. Angle, also IRobot’s chief executive officer, said the lawn mover is the “most asked-for next robot in the history of time since the vacuum cleaner." He said he’s been fielding this question from customers ever since the Roomba’s debut: “When are you going to mow my lawn?” The Roomba first appeared in 2002, and an upgraded version in 2015 allows the robot to map a home’s interior.

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NASA offers best look yet at surface of space rock Bennu

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 21:07

NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has already had quite an eventful year. After initially arriving at the space rock known as Bennu in early December, the spacecraft ended 2018 by successfully entering orbit around the object, making Bennu the smallest body ever orbited by a man made spacecraft. Now, as NASA prepares for what will be a months-long investigation of the asteroid, the OSIRIS-REx team has revealed the most stunning images of the rock so far. Captured from orbit by the probe's NavCam imaging tools, the photos give us an even better look at the debris-littered surface of Bennu. The pair of photos NASA released are incredibly detailed and sharp, showing off the rocky surface of Bennu covered in debris of varying sizes. OSIRIS-REx, which will eventually have to pick a spot on which to snag a sample of asteroid material, will have its work cut out for it as it does its best to avoid the many jagged rocks we see here. "These two OpNav images of Bennu's southern hemisphere, which each have an exposure time of about 1.4 milliseconds, were captured Jan. 17 from a distance of about one mile," NASA writes. "They have been cropped and the contrast has been adjusted to better reveal surface features." To give you a better sense of the size of the asteroid and the smaller objects on its surface, NASA says that the large boulder seen in the second image posted above is roughly 165 feet wide. OSIRIS-REx will spend roughly the next year studying the asteroid's surface and taking various readings which it will relay back to Earth. Eventually, the spacecraft will performed a delicate sample gathering maneuver and then fly back to Earth to deliver material to eager scientists.

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South Korea's big buys on U.S. oil, gas to keep bilateral ties strong

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 20:47

South Korea is expected in January and February to import at least 18 million barrels of crude oil and 900,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States, according to trade flow data from Refinitiv Eikon. The jump in South Korea's U.S. oil and gas imports comes as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push to reduce trade deficits with the United States' major trading partners by selling more to them than it buys.

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3 Top Biotech Stocks to Buy Right Now

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:30

Biotech may be a tough industry to invest in, but we've found three companies within that space that are worth looking into.

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Congress holds first hearings on insulin, high drug prices

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:26

The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, and the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, brought in patient advocates and health policy experts to discuss the burden of high drug costs on consumers and sky-rocketing prices. Both committees also focused on insulin, which those with type 1 diabetes and some with type 2 diabetes depend on. High prescription drug costs have consistently polled as a top voter concern and have been a top priority of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican.

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Insys executive gave doctor lap dance while promoting drug, witness says

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:24

An ex-stripper who became a regional sales director at Insys Therapeutics Inc gave a doctor a lap dance at a Chicago club as the drugmaker pushed the doctor to prescribe its addictive fentanyl spray, a former Insys employee testified on Tuesday. Former Insys sales representative Holly Brown told jurors the incident with her boss, Sunrise Lee, took place after Insys began rewarding the doctor for prescribing its opioid product by paying him to speak at educational events about the drug.

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For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:13

Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers. Short answer: beaked whales -- especially one species known as Cuvier's -- get really, really scared. "In the presence of sonar they are stressed and swim vigorously away from the sound source, changing their diving pattern," lead author Yara Bernaldo de Quiros, a researcher at the Institute of Animal Health at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, told AFP.

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Apple Shares Rally as Company Outlines Life Beyond the iPhone

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 18:17

The company’s Wearables business, which includes the Apple Watch and AirPods, surged 50 percent. Without getting into detail, Cook suggested Apple will get further into the original video content business. Apple shares rose 5.5 percent in extended trading on Tuesday.

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Singapore's $1.4 Billion Telco Takeover Leaves Wireless Giant in a Bind

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 18:16

Axiata, M1’s biggest shareholder, has less than three weeks left to decide whether to tender its stock into a takeover offer valuing the target at S$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion). The Malaysian company held a board meeting last week to discuss the merits of the bid from Keppel Corp. and Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., according to people with knowledge of the matter. Axiata sees that there isn’t enough time left to pull together its own counteroffer, the people said.

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15-minute workouts may reverse type 2 diabetes in just six weeks

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 18:00

Fifteen-minute workouts could reverse diabetes in just six weeks, new research suggests. A trial of overweight men found that short, intense resistance training sessions three times a week significantly boosted their ability to manage insulin. Previous research has indicated that 45-minute workouts could have this effect, but the new study has been greeted with particular excitement as experts believe type 2 diabetes patients will be more likely to commit to shorter sessions. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be five million people with a diabetes diagnosis in the UK, 90 per cent of whom will have type 2, which is related to lifestyle. Despite rates getting worse, public awareness that many people can delay or even reverse their condition through lifestyle changes is improving, thanks in part to high-profile examples such as Labour MP Tom Watson,  who is free of the disease after losing seven stone. Published in the journal Experimental Physiology, researchers from the University of Glasgow recruited ten men who were overweight, defined as having a body mass index of 25 to 29. In each training session they were required to undertake a single set of nine standard resistance exercises such as leg presses and bicep curls at 80 per cent of their maximum lift capability until they were no longer able to lift any more. Dan Roberts' 15 minute workout for at work (or home) Measurements revealed that insulin sensitivity increased by 16 per cent following the exercise regimen. Meanwhile muscle size and strength, were measurably increased after only two weeks of training. Insulin sensitivity describes how sensitive the body is to the effects of the hormone, which is responsible for the uptake of sugars from blood to tissues for storage or to use as energy. When insulin sensitivity decreases, as in the case of type 2 diabetes, blood sugars rise, which in the short-term can lead to feelings of fatigue, but over time is related to complications including heart disease and stroke. While the participants in the new trial were not themselves suffering from diabetes, the research team believe the results would be applicable to patients with the condition because 90 per cent of type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese. The new study is the first to demonstrate that such simple exercise, with a weekly time commitment of less than one hour, can increase insulin sensitivity in overweight people. Its authors said the format adopted by their volunteers should “appeal to many”. “Importantly, the exercise protocol in present study where participants performed a single set to volitional failure [too tired to continue] for each exercise, with the sessions lasting 15 to 20 minutes, involved a much smaller time-commitment than the majority of previous resistance training interventions which generally involved multiple [two to four] sets of exercise for each muscle group,” they wrote. The midlife HIIT rules: how to use high intensity workouts without harming your body This follows research by Loughborough University published last August which found that taking hot baths can be more effective than cardiovascular exercise for lowering blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The trial found that just one bath could reduce peak blood sugar levels by 10 per cent ore than an hour cycling. Stuart Gray, who led the Glasgow group, said: "On top of these results, we know that the gym is not for everyone. Therefore, we also need to see if we can get people doing similar exercises at home without gym equipment, to achieve similarly beneficial effects."

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