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Ebola survivors comfort sick and frightened in Congo outbreak

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:07

Most health care workers need a surgical mask, goggles, hooded coveralls, an apron, rubber boots and two pairs of gloves to avoid catching the virus that typically kills around half those it infects. The outfits are hot, and in the stifling tropical temperatures of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo this limits the time they can spend with patients fighting for their lives in isolation units. The 33-year-old mother of six can spend entire days with patients at a treatment center in the North Kivu town of Beni, offering a comforting presence among a crowd of faceless figures with names written on their suits in marker pen.


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London braces for rail disruption by climate-change protesters

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 00:58

London was bracing for disruption by climate-change activists to underground train services on Wednesday after protesters blocked some of London's most important junctions including Oxford Circus and Marble Arch. The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill on Tuesday.


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China goes all-in on home grown tech in push for nuclear dominance

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 00:15

China, the world's biggest energy consumer, was once seen as a "shop window" for big nuclear developers to show off new technologies, with Beijing embarking on a program to build plants based on designs from France, the United States, Russia and Canada. China signed a technology transfer deal with the United States in 2006 that put the AP1000 at the "core" of its atomic energy program. It also pledged to use advanced third-generation technology in its safety review after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.


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Roche lifts 2019 outlook after first-quarter sales beat

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:39

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche raised its 2019 outlook after first-quarter sales rose 8 percent, beating analyst estimates on the strength of newer medicines including multiple sclerosis treatment Ocrevus and cancer immunotherapy Tecentriq.


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ABB names Voser as interim CEO after Spiesshofer quits

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:26

ABB Chairman Peter Voser has taken over as temporary chief executive at the Swiss engineering group, the company said on Wednesday, after CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer resigned. In a surprise move Spiesshofer, CEO since 2013, agreed with the board to step down and a search has begun for a successor, ABB said. The company, in the midst of its latest overhaul and selling its $11 billion Power Grids business to Toshiba, has struggled with a lacklustre share performance in recent years and pressure from activist shareholders..


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Truck drivers see orders, miles fall in latest U.S. slowdown signal

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:13

Across the United States, drivers, regional operators and industry officials say the $700 billion U.S. trucking sector slipped in late 2018, with the fall continuing into this year. While the decline in freight rates and hauling does not suggest the United States is headed into a recession, that softness is consistent with slippage in the economy as a whole. The effects have been uneven nationwide, with weaker orders and miles in the U.S. Midwest and Southeast than on the West Coast, economists and regional officials said.


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Bare-faced cheat: Women 'better at hiding infidelity'

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:09

Researchers at the University of Western Australia took a group of 1,500 people and showed them pictures of 189 Caucasian adults (101 men and 88 women), having first asked them if they had been unfaithful to their partners. The scientists wanted to examine not only whether men and women could spot potential infidelity in each other but also whether it was possible to detect a possible "poacher" of the same sex.


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France's Suez says to help China improve chemical industry safety after blast

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:45

Authorities were in touch with Suez in the aftermath of the blast to discuss contamination risks at the site, and also to get involved in China's long-term efforts to improve safety management, monitoring and transparency in the hazardous chemical sector, said Steve Clark, chief executive of Suez Asia. "They contacted us, as well as other companies I'm sure, to see if we could help on some short-term issues, and to see if we are willing to get involved on a more strategic scale to make sure that these problems don't happen again," Clark told reporters. China is still investigating the causes of the blast, but 26 people have already been detained, including employees at the plant's owner, the Tianjiayi Chemical Company.


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This Is What Belly Fat Is, And How to Get Rid of It

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:37

It's largely genetic, but that doesn't mean you can't flatten your dad bod.


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Student Sues JD.com and CEO Liu for Damages Over Alleged Rape

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:36

Jingyao Liu, a 21-year-old student at the time of the incident, charged the Chinese company and its employees played a key role in the alleged August rape while Liu was attending a doctor of business administration program at the university. Another woman affiliated with JD rode in the limousine while the CEO allegedly groped and pressed himself on the student. Jingyao Liu claims he forcibly assaulted her in her apartment after plying her with alcohol at the business networking dinner with more than a dozen Chinese male executives, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in Hennepin County court in Minnesota.


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Trump signs Colorado River drought plan

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 22:30

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.


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Right-wing opposition sweeps to power in Canada's oil region, sets up fight with Trudeau

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:26

The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Jason Kenney, which had led in the polls for months, crushed the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Rachel Notley amid frustration over the economy and a beleaguered energy industry. In an often belligerent campaign, Kenney promised to stand up for Albertans against Trudeau and other politicians he said were taking the province and its oil and gas for granted. Loud cheers broke out in the Big Four Roadhouse, a venue in the iconic Calgary Stampede grounds where UCP members had gathered.


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Oil prices rise for a second day on China demand, U.S. stockpile drop

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:25

Oil prices rose for a second day on Wednesday on signs of strong demand from refineries in China, the world's second-largest crude user, amid tightening supply as producers curtail output and as oil inventories in the United States fell unexpectedly. International benchmark Brent crude oil futures rose 21 cents, or 0.29 percent, to $71.93 a barrel by 0319 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.45 per barrel, up 40 cents, or 0.6 percent from their previous settlement.


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Apple Puts Need for 5G Ahead of Legal Fight in Qualcomm Deal

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 19:44

Apple needs chips that will connect the iPhone to the new, fifth-generation wireless networks being introduced now or risk falling behind its rivals. Modems, or baseband processors, are what connects all iPhones and some iPads and Apple Watches to cellular networks and the internet on the go. Throughout the fight, which centered on Apple’s accusations that Qualcomm overcharges for patents on its technology, the iPhone maker played down the importance of the modem and Qualcomm’s inventions.


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NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter found its first Earth-size planet, but you wouldn’t want to visit

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 19:03

NASA's TESS exoplanet hunting telescope has been on the job for less than a year, but it's already racking up some impressive discoveries. Following the announcement of a new "Hot Saturn" back in March, NASA just revealed that TESS found its first Earth-sized planet outside of our solar system.TESS -- which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite -- is designed to detect the telltale signs of exoplanets orbiting the stars it observes by spotting the tiny changes in brightness associated with a planet passing in front of them. This latest observation is actually the 10th confirmed planet TESS has discovered, but it's the first one that is likely close to Earth in overall size. Still, you definitely wouldn't want to go there.The Earth-sized planet, called HD 21749c, is estimated to be around 89% as large as Earth, and it orbits a star that is roughly 70% as massive as our Sun. However, very little about the relationship between the planet and its star is Earth-like. The discovery is described in detail in a new paper published in Astrophysical Journal Letters.A year on the planet lasts less than eight Earth days, suggesting that it's incredibly close to the star. That close relationship means that HD 21749c is absolutely scorching hot, and researchers estimate that its surface is probably around 800 degrees Fahrenheit, or around 427 degrees Celsius.The planet and its star aren't particularly far away. HD 21749 is thought to be only around 53 light-years away, meaning that it may be possible to study it and its piping hot planet in even greater detail.HD 21749c isn't the kind of place where we'd ever expect to find life as we know it, so alien hunters will need to look elsewhere, but the discovery of any planet outside of our solar system is still undeniably interesting. Going forward, new exoplanet discoveries by TESS are expected to continue, so it might not be long before NASA find a world even more like our own.


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Jay Inslee Calls For a Climate Change Only Primary Debate

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:54

Zach Gibson/GettyGov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), whose presidential campaign has been built on prioritizing climate change above all issues, is calling on the Democratic National Committee to host a presidential candidate debate solely on that one topic. “This can’t be a one-off question where candidates get to give a soundbite and move on: Climate change is at the heart of every issue that matters to voters, and voters deserve to hear what 2020 presidential candidates plan to do about it,” Inslee wrote in an email to supporters, with an accompanying petition directed at the DNC. “Each 2020 nominee needs to have a concrete plan to address climate change - and we deserve to hear those plans.”The call comes as a similar though separate petition, conceived by the U.S. Youth Climate Strike Team, has gained traction, nearing the goal of 30,000 signatures as of 8 P.M. on Tuesday. That petition calls for all 2020 candidates to take part in a debate or forum around environmental issues. Beyond scheduling the first two debates this summer, the DNC has not made commitments about the topics, hosts, or even structure of the rest of the dozen primary debates. In a statement to The Daily Beast, the committee said petitions for a single-issue debate on climate change would be considered, but it didn’t go beyond that. “While Republicans refuse to even acknowledge that climate change is real, Democrats are eager to put forward their solutions to combat climate change, and we will absolutely have these discussions during the 2020 primary process,” Xochitl Hinojosa, communications director for the DNC told The Daily Beast when asked about the petition. “The DNC is currently ironing out the details for all 12 debates and will work with the networks to ensure that Democrats have a platform to discuss these issues directly with the American people."An aide to Inslee said that the campaign gave a heads up to the DNC before formally launching the petition. The aide also said that Inslee would be fine if the committee added a 13th debate to the schedule that was solely focused on climate change instead of making it one of the 12 currently planned.“There’s so much to talk about when it comes to our climate and our environment,” Inslee wrote. “Climate justice. The health impact that big polluters are having on our communities. Access to clean water. Creating union jobs in a clean energy economy. Protecting federal lands. These topics deserve a focused debate.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here


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There may be a copy of Wikipedia somewhere on the moon. Here's how to help find it.

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:51

If you've ever worried that humanity will ever wipe itself out so completely that there'll be no record of our civilization for aliens to discover, you can now rest (somewhat) easy. Even if we blow everything on Earth to smithereens tomorrow, there will likely still be a library of 30,000 books, 5,000 languages, plus a complete copy of Wikipedia, somewhere on the moon. The only problem: We don't know exactly where. The library is a project of the Arch Foundation, the same company that gave Elon Musk a test copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy to put aboard his spacebound Tesla Roadster. The Arch Lunar Library contains 100GB, or 30 million pages of text and pictures, literally embedded in 25 nickel disks in the tiniest type you can possibly imagine. You don't need anything more specialized than a microscope to read it, and the etchings should survive for billions of years. This library was supposed to be delivered to the surface of the moon -- specifically, the Sea of Serenity -- by Israel's Beresheet Mission last week. The bad news: After a glitch that turned its engine off and on again at the worst possible moment, the Beresheet lander smashed into the moon at 300 miles per hour.The good news: Those disks were designed to be indestructible. And the Arch Foundation is all but certain its payload survived the crash.> The landing was a little bumpier than expected, but airplane black boxes survive stronger impacts, and our disc is less breakable. Small, light objects, like our 100 gram library, do better in impacts. It was probably thrown a few km away - a 30 million page frisbee on the moon.> > -- Arch Mission Foundation (@archmission) April 12, 2019"We have either installed the first library on the moon," says Arch Mission co-founder Nova Spivack, "or we have installed the first archaeological ruins of early human attempts to build a library on the moon."Some other items in that library for future alien archeologists to pore over: David Copperfield's magic secrets, the Bible, an Israeli time capsule, and a queso recipe from a cafe in Texas. The Foundation isn't giving up on its lost moon library -- and it wants your help in locating it. Spivack's team has put together an open Google Doc with all the technical specs of the library alongside all details of the crash provided by SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit behind Beresheet. (SpaceIL collaborated with aerospace manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries and Israel Space Agency, Israel's NASA, on the lander.)SEE ALSO: The accidental library: Why Elon Musk launched books to space that could last 14 billion yearsIt's a math problem, basically, though one unlike any you ever encountered in school: If a spacecraft carrying a 100 gram object crashes on the moon at 300 miles an hour, how far away will that object land? > As the saying goes, "never let a crash on the moon get in the way of a great treasure hunt"> > -- Nova Spivack (@novaspivack) April 14, 2019Already one aerospace engineer has suggested that the impact crater should be large enough for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to spot -- though it's unlikely to be able to pick out anything as tiny as the little library that could. SpaceIL has already announced that a second Beresheet mission will be attempted, perhaps with another library on board.  In the meantime, as Spivack notes, "when you look at the Moon from now on, realize there is a lost library there containing Wikipedia, 30,000 books, 5,000 languages, and the history of the world."Not to mention a recipe for some pretty good queso.


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Trump signs Colorado River drought plan

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:43

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Colorado River drought contingency plan aims to keep two key reservoirs, Lakes Powell and Mead, from falling so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower. Mexico also agreed to store water in Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border if the U.S. legislation was approved by April 22.


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Shelling kills four in Tripoli as powers divided over Haftar's push

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:02

Nearly two weeks into its assault, the veteran general's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) is stuck in the city's southern outskirts battling armed groups loyal to the internationally recognized Tripoli government. Another official told Libya's Alahrar channel four had been killed and 20 wounded. Abu Salim lies north of forces loyal to Tripoli seeking to stop the LNA troops coming from south.


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For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:10

At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday. Pet cats allowed outdoors, in fact, are nearly three times as likely to become infected with pathogens or parasites than those confined to quarters, they reported in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Two-legged house-mates should also take note because cats -- a.k.a.


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