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Top 5 places people are traveling to this holiday season
News ImageAAA has release their top 5 year-end travel destinations for 2018, and the list shows that most people are seeking to escape the cold.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:47:42 -0500
Someone Hacked NASA
News ImageOn Tuesday, an internal memo was sent to employees at NASA to inform them of a data breach that was identified on October 23. The notice claimed that hackers were able to obtain personally identifiable information including social security numbers belonging to the space agencys staff.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:45:00 -0500
Allergan stops sales of textured breast implants in Europe
News ImageDrugmaker Allergan said on Wednesday it would take its textured breast implants off the market in Europe, a day after a French regulatory body ordered the move because the implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer. France's National Agency for the Safety of Medicines & Health Products (ANSM) said late Tuesday that the decision concerned Allergan's Microcell and Biocell textured breast implants. Allergan shares fell 4.5 percent in early trading.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:30:16 -0500
Scientists want to name a blind sea creature after Donald Trump
News ImageDonald Trump has worked hard during his time in the White House to ignore the clean, dry facts of science. But science now has a small amount of revenge in the form of an underwater creature named for Trump and his pattern of climate change denial. SEE ALSO: Moth named after Donald Trump for uncanny resemblance The creature, a four-to-five-inch-long caecilian discovered in Panama, is described as a blind, worm-like amphibian that buries its head in the sand. The little worm species is now named Dermophis donaldtrumpi because, well, that behavior so closely echoes Trump's actions on climate change. The new Trump-named creature. Cabinet appointment pending.Image: Abel Batista/Rainforest Trust UKThis genius move was made by Aidan Bell, co-founder of the U.K. sustainable building materials company EnviroBuild. In an email, Bell said the choice to name came out of the recent COP24 talks in Poland. "The failure of global legislators to find solutions to climate change should be a problem for everyone not a political football," Bell said. Bell also doesn't shy away from some science burns in this blog post about the creature: Bell won the rights to the naming in a charity auction supporting the Rainforest Trust and says he expects biologists to indeed bestow this name upon the creature following a peer review of research on the species. Not everyone is thrilled with the name, seeing it as something that overshadows the discovery itself. I'm old fashioned about naming species. IMHO I feel like this dishonors an incredible creature. Money for conservation is important but I'm sad the name of this species will be all most people ever know about it: David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) December 19, 2018 That said, in his blog, Bell acknowledges the silliness of the name but stresses the very real, very serious message underlying the decision: In 2017, Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and the U.S. now stands as the lone country opposed to the agreement. But that's hardly the only damage Trump has wrought on climate change policy since he took office. Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018 He's built an anti-climate change EPA, has gone all in on coal, and is trying to greatly widen drilling which would put an extraordinary amount of wildlife at risk. And that's just off the top of my head. Perhaps more to the point, with regards to his new underwater namesake, Trump continues to have a hard time telling the difference between weather and climate and has directly refuted an alarming climate change report from his own administration. WATCH: These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:29:17 -0500
Oil steadies after sell-off but oversupply still drags
News ImageLONDON (Reuters) - Oil stabilized on Wednesday after one of its biggest falls in years, but remained under pressure from oversupply and concern that a slowing global economy would depress demand.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:56:10 -0500
Elon Musk Says He Personally Spent $40 Million on Boring Co.
News ImageGuestsincluding officials from other cities that might one day hire Boring Co. to build longer versions of the tunnel, plus Tesla ownersand various other party-goersquaffed cocktails named after tunnel-boring machines, noshed on hot dogsand stood in line to take rides. Musk's tunnel company grew out of a 2013 white paper where he outlined plans for a hyperloop, a tube-encased tunnel aimed at transporting people between cities at airline-like speeds.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:39:38 -0500
Monster Waves Are Battering the West Coast. Here's Why.
News ImageCyclonic winds, rushing down from Alaska had nothing else to batter against, so they smacked into the water across miles of open ocean. The winds pushed and ground and heaved against the waves, making them bigger, more sustained and more powerful. By the time these waves reached the U.S. shoreline, they were massive, prompting the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue high-surf alerts up and down the West Coast beginning Sunday (Dec. 16) and in many cases remaining in effect until midday today (Dec. 18).
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:39:00 -0500
Analog Devices Appoints Anantha Chandrakasan to its Board
News ImageAnalog Devices (ADI) appoints Anantha Chandrakasan as the new independent director to its board.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:36:02 -0500
Lawmakers urge Trump administration to bolster U.S. pipeline cybersecurity
News ImageTwo Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits. A federal report released on Wednesday said Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, does not have a process to update its pipeline security guidelines to reflect revisions to standards considered by experts and regulators to be the industry bible on cybersecurity. The report by the General Accountability Office, or GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, was requested by Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:35:03 -0500
European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics
News ImageBERLIN (AP) Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:34:25 -0500
This Humongous Fungus Has Been Around Since the Birth of Socrates
News ImageA humongous fungus lurking underground in Michigan is exceptionally old, tremendously heavy and has a curiously low mutation rate, a new study finds. As for its mutation rate, or the rate at which random genetic tweaks occur, it's fleetingly low, said study co-principal investigator Johann Bruhn, a professor emeritus of plant sciences at the University of Missouri. "We think that this slow mutation rate is perhaps key to the genetic stability of the humongous fungus and may even be a key reason for its great longevity," Bruhn told Live Science.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:34:00 -0500
The Hole Story: What I Found Inside Elon Musk's First Boring Company Tunnel
News ImageA dispatch from Hawthorne by a would-be fan of the future.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:31:00 -0500
Johnny Clegg, musician and cancer survivor, awaits hard road
News ImageJOHANNESBURG (AP) South African musician Johnny Clegg says he is an "outlier" who has survived pancreatic cancer for the last few years, but he is preparing for hard times ahead.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:23:34 -0500
New Horizons Will Spend New Years Exploring Ultima Thule, a Billion Miles Past Pluto
News ImageStarting the new year with exploration.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:14:00 -0500
Don't Take the DNA Test You'll Probably Get for Christmas
News ImageThis year, you and your loved ones may have come across ads for a great gift to give this holiday season: cheaper-than-ever home DNA-testing kits sold by companies like 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and Ancestry.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:10:00 -0500
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