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China Aiming to Establish a Power Station in Space by 2025

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 03:12

China Aiming to Establish a Power Station in Space by 2025


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Chinese frozen food firm recalls products suspected of African swine fever contamination

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 02:14

Major Chinese frozen food producer Sanquan Food Co Ltd said on Monday it has recalled products that may be contaminated with African swine fever, following media reports that some of its dumplings tested positive for the virus. African swine fever is incurable in pigs but does not harm people. An epidemic of the disease has spread rapidly across China since August 2018, reaching 25 provinces and regions.


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China Wants to Build the First Power Station in Space

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:50

Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is preparing to build a solar power station in space, as the world’s No. 2 economy strives to burnish its superpower credentials. With an $8 billion annual budget for its space program, second only to the U.S., China is seeking to compete with its rival for economic, military and technological dominance. Initially, they plan to develop a smaller power station in the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025, a 1 megawatt-level solar facility in space by 2030, and eventually larger generators, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily.


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China Wants to Build the First Power Station in Space

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:50

Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is preparing to build a solar power station in space, as the world’s No. 2 economy strives to burnish its superpower credentials. With an $8 billion annual budget for its space program, second only to the U.S., China is seeking to compete with its rival for economic, military and technological dominance. Initially, they plan to develop a smaller power station in the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025, a 1 megawatt-level solar facility in space by 2030, and eventually larger generators, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily.


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Cybersecurity Powerhouse Israel Is Ripe for Election Meddling

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:15

While Israeli engineers develop some of the world’s most sought-after online protection, the government has yet to come up with a coordinated defense to shield the April 9 vote against fake news and other malicious meddling. According to the Israel Democracy Institute research center, responsibility for protecting the vote is divided among at least nine entities. Non-governmental players are stepping into the breach, and volunteers say they’ve already uncovered hundreds of fake accounts with links to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and domestic political parties.


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Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:07

Promising that "America will be back" once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president's brusque foreign policy stance hard to like. Biden's successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: "I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump." His four-day trip to Europe succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats ranging from nuclear arms to climate change, diplomats and officials said. Misgivings about Washington's role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists.


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China Freezes $1.5 Billion of P2P Assets in Intensified Probe

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 23:08

Codenamed ‘Fox Hunt,’ the operation spanned 16 countries and regions including Thailand and Cambodia and led to the arrests of 62 suspects implicated in Chinese P2P frauds since June, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Sunday. While a lack of oversight contributed to a ballooning in P2P loans, the sector has come in for special scrutiny under President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on financial risk. Some P2P companies are attracting investors by promising high interest rates under the guise of “financial innovation,” while others fabricated investment projects and squandered the money, the police said.


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'Urgent steps' needed to save Australia's biggest river system

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 22:53

The viability of a key river that feeds into Australia's biggest water system is under threat if poor conditions that killed millions of fish are not improved within six months, scientists warned Monday. The management of the Murray-Darling River system, which stretches thousands of kilometres across several states and supplies Australia's food bowl, has been under close scrutiny following three mass fish deaths in December and January. Authorities said millions of fish died in the Darling River events, blamed on low water flow and oxygen levels in the river as well as possibly toxic algae.


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TSMC's Not-New Management Presents New Challenges for Investors

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 20:59

TSMC was quite open about the issue in a statement late Friday. For the full-year, operating margin will be cut by 0.2 percentage points -- which I estimate to be around $70 million, based on its previous revenue guidance. Just five months prior, another supplier mishap brought some TSMC production lines to a halt when new equipment came replete with an installation of the WannaCry virus.


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Istanbul vets make city's stray animals feel at home

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 20:26

Concerned for the health of a black cat roaming around the university campus where she works, Mevlude dropped off the feline at the veterinary clinic for street animals run by the Istanbul municipality. Visitors to the Turkish city, who admire its centuries-old mosques and Ottoman palaces, are often surprised to see cats and dogs making themselves at home on the streets, and watch them taking the best seats in cafes and restaurants without a care for the world. Like Mevlude, many Istanbul residents try to help these four-legged friends in their neighbourhood, putting out bowls of food and offering shelter by their doors or windows.


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The War On Climate Change Won’t Be Won Quibbling Over The Green New Deal’s Costs

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:07

The Green New Deal unveiled last week by Sen


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U.K. Lawmakers Recommend Harsher Penalties For Tech Companies

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:01

Damian Collins, the policy maker who spearheaded the inquiry, called for Parliament to create new laws to help a proposed regulator oversee the industry, with fines for companies to be calculated based on their revenue. “Companies like Facebook exercise massive market power which enables them to make money by bullying the smaller technology companies and developers who rely on this platform to reach their customers,” Collins said in a statement Monday.


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Huawei Crackdown Exposes Europe as Laggard in Global 5G Race

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:00

A year later, the U.K. is among European nations weighing restrictions on the Chinese tech giant that phone carriers say could delay the fifth-generation mobile networks needed to connect driverless cars and automated factories. “The risk is that it puts Europe further behind the curve,” said Neil Campling, an analyst at Mirabaud Securities in London. While Europe led the way with earlier mobile technologies, China, South Korea, Japan and -- to a lesser extent -- the U.S., are ahead on the next rollouts.


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Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 15:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday.


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This Company Is Japan’s Top Contender for Global Internet Domination

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 14:00

“We are there, every time people choose to do things,” said Masumi Minegishi, Recruit’s 55-year-old chief executive officer. As the biggest internet companies compete for world domination with apps that track consumers and use artificial intelligence to crunch data and provide tailored services, Recruit is Japan’s leading contender. “Recruit was an internet pioneer, starting their first website in the same month that Yahoo launched in 1995” said Sandra Sucher, a Harvard Business School professor who published a case study on the company last year.


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SoftBank Says Leverage Not a Problem. Rating Firms Not Convinced

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 14:00

While Son has won some converts among the analyst community, SoftBank’s debt-fueled growth strategy is preventing S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service from upgrading the company to investment grade, according to analysts at both rating companies. A downgrade to SoftBank’s ratings, now one level below investment grade, is more likely than an upgrade, both say. SoftBank listed its Japanese telecom unit last year as Son reshapes the company he founded almost four decades ago into one of the world’s biggest investors in technology startups, with the backing of Saudi Arabian cash.


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U.S. Senator Rubio, other officials visit site of Venezuelan aid

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 13:07

While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is refusing to allow in the food, medicine and other supplies, opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido has vowed to move hundreds of tonnes of the aid into the country on Feb 23. Guaido, who argues that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a sham, invoked constitutional provisions to declare himself the country's leader last month. Most Western countries and many of Venezuela's neighbors have recognized Guaido as the legitimate head of state, but Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions including the military.


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Haiti vows to trim expenses and investigate PetroCaribe amid protests

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 12:34

The Haitian government vowed to deepen the investigation into alleged corruption in the PetroCaribe oil program and to reduce its expenses, seeking to meet some of protestors' demands as demonstrations roil the country. During a televised address on Saturday night, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced nine measures aimed at alleviating the country's economic crisis. Ceant said the government will reduce its expenses by 30 percent, meet with the private sector to try to raise the minimum wage and appoint a new director to intensify the investigation into alleged corruption by PetroCaribe.


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This spider's eyes still glow, even though it died 110 million years ago

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 12:34

Fossil hunters in Korea discovered long-dead spiders preserved in rock. And to the delight of scientists, the arachnids' eyes are still reflective -- some 110 million years after the creatures died. It's rare for insects and arachnids -- which are far more brittle than shelled sea creatures -- to become fossilized in rocks. But for reasons still unknown, a couple of these spiders did fossilize, and the unique shape of their eye structures continue to reflect light -- even in their petrified form. The reflective eye structure is called a tapetum, and it's often used by creatures who hunt in the dark. "So, night-hunting predators tend to use this different kind of eye," Paul Selden, director of the Paleontological Institute at Kansas University's Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, said in a statement. "This was the first time a tapetum had been in found a fossil. This tapetum was canoe-shaped -- it looks a bit like a Canadian canoe."A 100-year-old spider with reflective eyes.Image: PAUL A. SELLEN/The University of KansasToday's wolf spiders employ the same eye structures to hunt, Selden added.A mystery still remains, however: How did the spiders become fossilized? Their petrified bodies were found in a layer of rock filled with fish and other sea critters -- but spiders don't dwell in water.SEE ALSO: Opportunity rover's last picture is as grim as it is dark"It has to be a very special situation where they were washed into a body of water," Selden said. "Normally, they'd float. But here, they sunk, and that kept them away from decaying bacteria -- it may have been a low-oxygen condition."Another view of the fossilized spider.Image: PAUL A. SELLEN/THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSASSelden and his Korean colleagues -- who actually discovered the ancient spiders -- now get to name the curious fossils. They were only found because Korean land is often excavated, so scientists and the fossil-curious dig in to see what ancient novelties are hidden in Earth's crust. "So, they carve away the hillsides to make a flat area, and there are temporary excavations while they're cutting away and building a factory or whatever -- that's where they found these fossils," said Selden.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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3 Top Diabetes Stocks to Watch in February

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 12:00

Innovative insulin pumps and promising drugs make these three companies worthy of investors' attention.


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