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South-central US rainstorm may also bring a sneaky patch of snow later this week

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:05

While a storm is set to bring mostly rain and thunderstorms to much of the south-central United States from late Wednesday to Friday, the same storm may bring a sliver of snow on its tail end to some locations.

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Women may have a higher risk of breast cancer after giving birth: study

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:03

New research has found that younger women who have a child may have a higher risk of breast cancer after giving birth than women who do not have children. The researchers investigated whether there was an elevated breast cancer risk after childbirth in women younger than 55, as well as taking into account other factors such as whether the women breastfed and a family history of breast cancer. The results, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that the risk of breast cancer was actually higher around five years after giving birth, and 80 percent higher compared with women who did not give birth.

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Can the 1,000-Mph Car Be Saved?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:53

The land speed record project is dead, and selling off its car.

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Brazil's new environment minister says country should stay in Paris Agreement despite climate sceptic president Bolsonaro

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:51

Brazil’s future environment minister has said his nation should remain part of the Paris Agreement despite doubts cast by president elect Jair Bolsonaro during his election campaign. Mr Bolsonaro sparked international concern when he said on the campaign trail he may pull out of the Paris accord, which sets targets for cutting greenhouse gases to avoid catastrophic global warming. Since being elected he has sent mixed signals about his green intentions, saying Brazil could stay in the agreement if certain conditions are met but also indicating he wishes to strip powers from his nation’s environment agencies.

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Arctic's record warming driving 'broad change' in environment: study

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:50

Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, driving broad environmental changes across the planet, including extreme storms in the mid-latitudes, a major US scientific report said Tuesday. Persistent heat records have rattled the fragile Arctic for each of the past five years, a record-long warming streak, said the 2018 Arctic Report Card, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The mounting heat in the north is upsetting typical weather patterns, a trend that "coincides" with severe winter storms in the eastern United States and an extreme cold snap in Europe in March, it said.

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UBS Prepares Cloud Move to Secret Microsoft Data Centers

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:48

Switzerland’s largest bank may begin to store data at Microsoft’s purpose-built facilities near Zurich and Geneva as soon as next year, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. It would be a big win for Microsoft over rivals Google and Inc. after the company gambled on building facilities in Switzerland.

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Study urges better awareness of women's heart attack symptoms, seeking help sooner

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:42

A new European study has found that women wait longer than men to get help for a heart attack, with the researchers now urging women who experience symptoms -- which may differ somewhat from those seen in men -- to seek medical attention immediately. Carried out by researchers at Triemli Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, the new study looked at a total of 4,360 patients including 967 women and 3,393 men with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who were treated at the hospital over a period of 16 years. The findings, published in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, a publication of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), showed that women experiencing heart attack symptoms wait around 37 minutes longer than men before contacting medical services.

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The F-22 and F-35 Will Be Obsolete: What Will a Sixth-Generation Fighter Look Like?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:18

It could be a game-changer. Here's why. 

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Fashion giants commit to climate battle

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:11

Dozens of top fashion industry firms have pledged at the UN climate talks to reduce their combined greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. "The fashion industry is always two steps ahead when it comes to defining world culture, so I am pleased to see it now also leading the way in terms of climate action," UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said in announcing the endeavour. Industry giants joining the UN-led initiative include Adidas, Burberry, Esprit, Guess, Gap, H&M, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss, Puma, Salomon and the Kering group, which owns Balenciaga, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent among others.

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Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:07

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—Learn more about this stage between the normal cognitive decline of aging and the more serious decline of dementia.

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Cosmonauts to examine mystery hole on ISS spacewalk

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:04

Russian cosmonauts were to carry out a spacewalk Tuesday to examine a mystery hole in a Soyuz spacecraft docked on the International Space Station that a Moscow official suggested could have been deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos space agency said the aim would be to discover whether the "small but dangerous" hole had been made on Earth or in space. The two-millimetre cavity on the Soyuz spaceship docked at the ISS caused an air leak detected in August, two months after the craft's last voyage.

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These Precise Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Must-Have

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:46

And they're available for over 75 percent off.

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OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:19

Only a week after reaching the asteroid, NASA's newest spacecraft is already making scientific discoveries.

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US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:11

Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change. A bloc of 44 small island nations -- many facing an existential threat from storm surges engorged by rising seas -- had called on the UN climate body to "welcome" a UN report on limiting global warming to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial levels.

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10 interesting facts about Christmas trees

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:40

With the Christmas tree’s lengthy history comes a number of fascinating facts about this popular holiday staple.

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Big Coal Wants You to Pay to Fix Its Problem

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:27

The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. For all its potential, CCS raises unpalatable questions for policymakers about how to fund it, and nobody in the industry has worked out a solution beyond either direct subsidies or much higher carbon taxes.

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An annual flu shot could be an easy way to help reduce risk of death for heart failure patients

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:24

New European research has found that getting an annual flu shot could help save the lives of heart failure patients during the winter months. Carried out by researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the new study looked at data gathered from 134,048 individuals with newly diagnosed heart failure who were followed for a period of 12 years. The findings, published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, showed that the heart failure patients had an 18 percent reduced risk of premature death if they got the annual flu shot compared with the risk of those who skipped the flu shot.

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Climate policies put world on track for 3.3C warming: study

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:08

By Nina Chestney KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) - Average world temperatures are on course to far exceed the main goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting global warming, a study showed on Tuesday. But the overshoot by the end of this century could be less severe than expected thanks to significant efforts by some countries to combat climate change, said the report by Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a consortium of three independent European research groups. The Paris Agreement aims to restrict warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. ...

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Are you more likely to binge drink, have alcoholic liver disease if you live in a colder climate?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:00

A recent study reveals that how much alcohol a person consumes could depend on whether they live in a colder or warmer region.

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