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Scientists Recognize First Asteroid Intruder From Another Solar System and Stuck in Ours

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:51

For the first time ever, scientists believe they have identified an asteroid born beyond our solar system that strayed into our neighborhood and got stuck. The newly studied asteroid, called 2015 BZ509, was discovered three years ago and has always caught scientists’ eyes for being a little strange: It orbits the sun in the opposite direction to everything else in the solar system. “Oumuamua is a tourist and BZ is a long-term resident,” co-author Fathi Namouni, an astronomer at the Côte d'Azur Observatory in France, told Newsweek.

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Drought, armyworms cut Malawi maize crop by 19 pct - minister

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:31

Malawi's maize output declined by 19.4 percent in the 2017/18 farming year to 2.8 million tons due to damage caused by drought and crop-eating armyworms, Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said on Monday. "This (decline) is because of dry spells experienced in some parts of the country and the armyworm invasion," Mwanamvekha told Reuters. Malawi produced 3.5 million tons of maize in the 2016/17 season but banned exports of its staple crop earlier this year and said it was considering restocking its national grain reserves.

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What Facebook isn't telling us about its fight against online abuse

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:18

Facebook has released the first batch of data about how many abusive or violent posts it has removed.

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Father of Exchange Student Killed in Santa Fe Shooting Wants Gun Reform

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:15

'I want this to become a base on which the people over there can stand and pass a law to deal with this.'

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Orbital ATK Rocket Launches With Fresh Supplies for International Space Station

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 05:16

The 7,400-pound shipment — a third of it research — should reach the orbiting lab Thursday

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An incident back in 2006 shows just how far back Theranos' deception went in the company's history

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 05:00

The blood-testing company Theranos had been around for 12 years before questions started getting raised about its services. The company, however, had a long history of deceptive practices. In the Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou's new book, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," he describes a demonstration of the technology in 2006 in which recorded blood-testing results were presented as real-time results.

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Small charities face bankruptcy for not complying with GDPR, but put clients at risk if they do

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:53

Small charities aren't like small companies, and the way they operate may pose greater risks under GDPR than for others.

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Voice control: why AI must resist our bad habit of stereotyping human speech

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:52

Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.

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Brazilian Fishermen Rescue 25 African Migrants Found Adrift at Sea For Weeks

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:42

Every year, tens of thousands of people try to reach Europe in smugglers' boats. But such journeys to Brazil are rare

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Loss of marine habitats is threatening the global fishing industry – new research

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:29

Seagrass meadows play a significant role in supporting world fishery productivity.

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Some people with synaesthesia feel other people's sensations of touch – painful and pleasurable

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:29

Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.

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Megan Markle's New Royal Webpage Emphasizes Her Work on Women's Empowerment

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:50

The Duchess of Sussex now has her own webpage on the royal family's website

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There's a crisis in psychology – here's how technology could provide a solution

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:45

Studies in psychology cannot be replicated in the same way as in other fields. But technology could change that.

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Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 00:22

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated. The carcasses of the elephants, aged between one and 37, were discovered at different locations in Sabah state on Borneo island, local wildlife department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP. "We are currently conducting tests on their internal organs," he said, adding the carcasses did not have any signs of gunshot wounds.

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Saudi Arabia Criticized For 'Smear Campaign' Against Women’s Rights Activists Ahead of Driving Ban Reform

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:45

It comes weeks before a ban on women driving is due to be lifted

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China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:20

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, as it headed towards its destination, the CNSA said.

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Chef Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation for Sexual Assault Accusations, Report Says

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:06

A former staffer says the chef drugged and assaulted her at a New York City establishment

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Wins Disputed Election Marked By Voting Irregularities

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:05

Maduro's lead challenger said the election lacked legitimacy and called for a new ballot

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The Best, Worst, Weirdest, and Wildest Moments of the Billboard Music Awards 2018

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:52

Kelly Clarkson hosted a fun night full of performances by some of the music industry's biggest stars

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