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Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid shutdown
Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid shutdown

U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration's move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government shutdown. In a letter sent on Tuesday to David Bernhardt, the Department of Interior's acting secretary, and Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the senators asked them to address why the BOEM's contingency plan was updated in January to allow 40 employees to work on the offshore leasing program.

Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos
Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - There aren't many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in a tent.

Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency amid protests, U.S. support
Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency amid protests, U.S. support

U.S. President Donald Trump formally recognized Guaido shortly after his announcement and praised his plan to hold elections. At a rally that brought hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans into the east of Caracas, Guaido said Maduro had usurped power and promised to create a transitional government that would help the country escape its hyperinflationary economic collapse. Guaido's declaration takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognized abroad as legitimate but without control over state functions.

This is what a star looks like when it dies
This is what a star looks like when it dies

Our Sun is one of the reasons we're all here today and we simply couldn't exist without it, but it won't be around forever. At some point far in the future our Sun will die, and when it does it'll probably look a lot like this image captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. What you're seeing here is a nebula labeled ESO 577-24, and it's what's left of what was once a red giant star and, before that, a main sequence star in the prime of its life. Now, it's a white-hot ball of matter a fraction of its original size, and the colossal blast of gas surrounding it is the star's "last breath." "This planetary nebula is the remains of a dead giant...

Big Business Is Looking for Ways to Make a Buck off Climate Change
Big Business Is Looking for Ways to Make a Buck off Climate Change

Get ready for the climate change industrial complex.

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BBC's George Alagiah returns to the News at Six for first time after year off air for treatment

BBC News anchor George Alagiah returned to the air last night for the first time in more than a year, following a battle with cancer. Sporting a new beard, the 63-year-old fronted the News at Six programme after earlier revealing his illness was now in "a holding pattern". He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and has since made intermittent returns to the broadcaster, where he has worked since 1989. Fellow presenter Sophie Raworth confirmed the comeback yesterday morning by posting a picture on Twitter of Alagiah smiling and suited in the newsroom. Back with a beard...1st time on air since December 2017. Join @BBCAlagiah on @BBCOne for tonight's...

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela would reroute crude, leave refiners short
U.S. sanctions on Venezuela would reroute crude, leave refiners short

U.S. refineries that depend on Venezuela's heavy crude would have even more trouble securing supplies as Canadian and Mexican crudes are often not as discounted and are limited in availability. The United States is considering moves to cripple Venezuela's oil shipments, which account for nearly all of the country's exports, in response to the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro that was widely viewed as a sham. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president as protests against Maduro erupt across the country.

Gum disease may be central to Alzheimer
Gum disease may be central to Alzheimer's development, say scientists

Gum disease may play a pivotal role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, scientists believe, leading to hopes that good dental care or drugs could stave off or halt dementia. Researchers said they now had 'solid evidence' that the bacteria which causes periodontitis produces an enzyme which destroys neurons leading to memory loss. The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis ( P. gingivalis) is one of the chief causes of gum disease and tooth loss in humans, and has previously been associated with heart problems. In a series of experiments, an international team of researchers tested the brains of 53 people with Alzheimer's and found the bacteria enzyme in 96 per cent. DNA evidence of the...

NASA replaces astronaut on Boeing
NASA replaces astronaut on Boeing's 1st crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has replaced an astronaut assigned to Boeing's first launch with a crew.

Amputee Sumatran tiger gives birth to cubs
Amputee Sumatran tiger gives birth to cubs

Padang-lawas (Indonesia) (AFP) - A Sumatran tiger with an amputated paw has given birth to a pair of cubs in Indonesia, amid fears for the future of the critically endangered species. "Gadis... has now recovered and is healthy, giving birth to the two cubs," said reserve head Parta Basmeli Siregar. The sex of the two cubs has not yet been established, he added.

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Boeing's flying taxi takes to the skies in its first test flight

An self-flying air taxi built by one of the world's biggest defence and aerospace giants has lifted off on its maiden test flight in the US. Boeing revealed its autonomous air passenger vehicle (PAV), which the US company hopes will be a contender for future flying taxi services. The PAV uses electric vertical takeoff and landing technology, meaning it could fly in constricted urban areas. The test saw a controlled takeoff, hover and landing and tested the flying taxi's autonomous functions and landing systems. "In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype," said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. The aircraft comes as part of Boeing's...

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Trump's Shutdown Has Led To A 'Slow Strangling' Of American Science

In early November, Jamie Rowen, an author and assistant professor of legal

Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight
Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype "flying car" -- part of a project aimed at "on-demand autonomous air transportation" -- has completed its first successful test flight. The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft said the test was carried out Tuesday outside the US capital Washington, the company said in a statement. Boeing is among a handful of companies in the United States and around the world -- including Uber and a startup backed by Google founder Larry Page -- that are developing vehicles which could be used for personal air transport with autonomous navigation.

Exclusive: Petrobras rejects latest EIG-backed bid for oilfields - sources
Exclusive: Petrobras rejects latest EIG-backed bid for oilfields - sources

Petroleo Brasileiro SA has rejected the most recent bid by an EIG Global Energy Partners-backed firm to purchase a pair of shallow-water oil clusters, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, potentially derailing a major divestment late in the process. Ouro Preto Oleo e Gas, a Brazilian energy firm backed by sector-focused private equity firm EIG entered exclusive talks in July with Petrobras, as the state-run oil firm is known, to purchase its Pampo and Enchova clusters. Petrobras is cutting stakes in shallow-water fields to focus on Brazil's larger deepwater play.

Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test
Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight.

Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight
Boeing flying car prototype completes first test flight

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype "flying car" -- part of a project aimed at "on-demand autonomous air transportation" -- has completed its first successful test flight. Boeing is among a handful of companies in the United States and around the world -- including Uber and a startup backed by Google founder Larry Page -- that are developing vehicles which could be used for personal air transport with autonomous navigation. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company's urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the prototype.

Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs
Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs 'unity' in restive Sudan

The ruler of Qatar offered support for Sudan's "unity and stability" on Wednesday at a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on his first foreign visit in more than a month of protests against him, a statement said. The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in Sudan, strategic in part for its access to the Red Sea, and last year agreed a $4 billion deal to jointly develop Suakin port. Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests raged at home.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket makes 10th flight test

With an eye to launching the first tourists to space by year's end, Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, blasted off the 10th test flight of its New Shepard rocket on Wednesday. A few minutes into the flight, the capsule separated as planned from the booster and reached its peak height of 66 miles (106 kilometers). "That is exactly what we were targeting," said Ariane Cornell, an astronaut for Blue Origin and commentator on the company's live webcast of the launch.

How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?
How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?

I tried an automatic self-cleaning litter box. What I really got was a cat toy that should come with a payment plan-but also, a relief from constant litter box cleaning.

French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers
French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

A French public health watchdog warned Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their products. The Anses health body stressed there was no medical study which had proved health problems caused by disposable diapers. The chemicals identified in the study -- described as the first of its kind -- include two artificial perfumes as well as other complex aromatic products that are refined from oil, and potentially dangerous dioxins.

Blue Origin sends NASA-funded payloads to space and back on suborbital rocket ship
Blue Origin sends NASA-funded payloads to space and back on suborbital rocket ship

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture sent eight NASA-funded scientific payloads to the edge of space and back on its New Shepard suborbital spaceship, marking another step toward putting people on board. The rocket lifted off into clear, chilly skies from Blue Origin's launch site in West Texas at 9:08 a.m. CT (7:08 a.m. PT). Minutes after launch, New Shepard's gumdrop-shaped capsule separated from the hydrogen-fueled booster and headed to a maximum unofficial altitude of 350,775 feet (66 miles or 107 kilometers). That's well above the 100-kilometer Karman Line that currently serves as the internationally accepted boundary of… Read More

Vaccine hesitancy would harm pandemic flu response
Vaccine hesitancy would harm pandemic flu response

The rise of fake news and "vaccine fatigue" could seriously harm the response to a global flu pandemic on the scale of the 2009 swine flu outbreak, experts have warned. Flu experts told a conference on pandemic preparedness at Chatham House in London that falling public trust in vaccines and short memories meant that the world would struggle to fight a deadly outbreak of flu. Marc van Ranst, a virologist at Leuven University in Belgium and the man who led his country's response to the 2009 swine flu outbreak, told the conference that anyone trying to fight a flu pandemic in the modern era would have to contend with rumours flying around on social media. Dr van Ranst described the idea of...

Egypt says archaeologists find ancient tombs in Nile Delta
Egypt says archaeologists find ancient tombs in Nile Delta

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered ancient tombs dating back to the Second Intermediate Period, 1782-1570 B.C., in the Nile Delta.

Jacobs (JEC) Receives Contract for California WaterFix Plan
Jacobs (JEC) Receives Contract for California WaterFix Plan

Jacobs' (JEC) contract with DCA will to provide engineering design management services for the California Water Fix program.

Why Do I Bruise So Easily?
Why Do I Bruise So Easily?

If you fall off your bike or bump your leg on your nightstand, you can

Google Tries to Stay Relevant in Smartwatches With a $40 Million Deal
Google Tries to Stay Relevant in Smartwatches With a $40 Million Deal

But the fabled Pixel Watch won't arrive anytime soon.

Why We
Why We're Not Keen On Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.'s (NYSE:JEC) 7.1% Return On Capital

Today we are going to look at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. To be precise, we'll consider its Return On Read More...

Germany to fund research facility for EV battery technology
Germany to fund research facility for EV battery technology

The German government will fund a research facility to offer firms in Germany know-how to develop battery cells for electric vehicles (EVs), the science minister said on Wednesday, seeking to compete with Asian producers which dominate the industry. Anja Karliczek said her ministry would invest 500 million euros ($568 million) to support research into both existing and next-generation EV battery cell technology. "The German car industry shouldn't depend on Asian suppliers," Karliczek told a business conference in Berlin.

Sorry, Global Warming Won
Sorry, Global Warming Won't Save You from Snow Days

On Sunday, as much of the country plunged into polar temperatures, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to make a dig at climate science on Twitter. "Be careful and try staying in your house," he tweeted. "Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!" Perhaps unsurprisingly for a president who has flirted with the idea that climate change is a hoax, Trump doesn't have global warming's effects quite right. Indeed, even as the globe gets hotter on average, some localities could see bigger...

100-Million-Year-Old Hagfish Complete with Slime Kit Discovered
100-Million-Year-Old Hagfish Complete with Slime Kit Discovered

Scientists recently discovered a rare and important hagfish fossil that includes traces of preserved slime dating to 100 million years ago. Eyeless, jawless hagfish -- still around today -- are bizarre, eel-like, carrion-eating fishes that lick the flesh off dead animals using their spiky tongue-like structures. But their most well-known feature is the sticky slime that they expel for protection. And now, scientists know that hagfish slime is robust enough to leave traces in the fossil record, finding remarkable evidence in a fossilized hagfish skeleton excavated in Lebanon. This new discovery is also prompting researchers to redefine the hagfish's relationship to other ancient fish and...

Donald Trump Promised NASA Unlimited Cash To Complete Manned Mars Mission By 2020: Book
Donald Trump Promised NASA Unlimited Cash To Complete Manned Mars Mission By 2020: Book

NASA has long stated its aim of sending humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s.

3 Upcoming Readouts for Gilead Sciences You Don't Want to Miss
3 Upcoming Readouts for Gilead Sciences You Don't Want to Miss

Results from a few clinical trials reading out in 2019 could make it a year to remember.

What If America Doesn
What If America Doesn't Need a Nuclear Triad Anymore?

The U.S. can deliver nuclear weapons from air, land, and sea. That could change.

Toxic substances found in diapers in France: government agency
Toxic substances found in diapers in France: government agency

The French government said manufacturers and retailers should ensure that the substances are removed from diapers. The agency said health risks could not be excluded, although French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the current situation regarding how diapers were made did not pose dangers to the health of babies. Buzyn, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire issued a joint statement calling on manufacturers and retailers to take measures within the next 15 days to eliminate those substances from babies' diapers.

Boeing
Boeing's passenger air vehicle prototype rises into the sky for its first test flight

Boeing says it has successfully completed the first test flight of a prototype for its autonomous passenger air vehicle, which could start carrying riders as early as next year. The test was executed on Tuesday at an airport in Manassas, Va., near the headquarters of Aurora Flight Sciences, the Boeing subsidiary that's been developing the electric-powered, vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft, also known as an eVTOL craft. Boeing NeXt, the business unit that leads Boeing's urban air mobility efforts, is in charge of the test program. Tuesday's uncrewed flight involved a controlled takeoff, hover and landing, which tested the prototype's autonomous functions… Read More

Blank-check company IPOs moving ahead despite government shutdown
Blank-check company IPOs moving ahead despite government shutdown

"Blank-check" companies, which launch IPOs to raise money for acquisitions, are taking advantage of their unique structure to proceed without the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has been paralyzed by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With other stock market debuts on hold while the SEC remains largely closed, this is enabling these companies, also known as special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs), to have the IPO limelight all to themselves.

New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal
New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal

In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley

Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days, government delegate says
Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days, government delegate says

Yemen's warring parties are expected to agree on the terms of a prisoner exchange in around 10 days, a representative of the internationally recognized Yemeni government said on Wednesday. "We expect that in 10 days time the final signing will have happened," the head of the government delegation to the prisoner-exchange talks, Hadi Haig, told Reuters by telephone. The United Nations is pushing for the exchange and a peace deal in Yemen's main port, Hodeidah.

This Could Be The Biggest Scandal Of The Climate Change Era
This Could Be The Biggest Scandal Of The Climate Change Era

Governments and businesses habitually set out emergency response plans to

The robot AI dog that will keep an eye on children and the elderly
The robot AI dog that will keep an eye on children and the elderly

Sony's puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets. The 30-centimetre (one-foot) robopup with flapping ears and cutting-edge LED eyes will roam around the home at pre-designated times looking for family members. However, the latest canine tech does not come cheap, with a single dog costing nearly $3,000 (£1,500) for a three-year package, including software services such as data storage. The owner will receive progress reports via smartphone in the service offered from next month in conjunction with home security company Secom. "You will be able to check how...

Future drops video for
Future drops video for 'Rocket Ship'

After kicking off 2019 with the album's release, Future is following it up with a video for one of its standout tracks. Directed by Uncle Leff, the visual is minimal and lo-fi, placing the focus on Future himself as he raps in various settings -- by a stairwell, in front of a brick wall, and inside a shipping container, where he is joined by two masked men on bikes. "Rocket Ship" is the third single from "The WIZRD," following "Jumpin' on a Jet" and "Crushed Up," and its video follows the clips for both of those previously released singles.

Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket
Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket

Blue Origin, the rocket company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is poised to launch the 10th test flight of its unmanned New Shepard rocket on Wednesday as it competes with Virgin Galactic to become the first to carry tourists on brief visits to space. Virgin Galactic, headed by British billionaire Richard Branson, is also working on a vessel of its own to carry tourists to space. On December 13, 2018, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever had before, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011.

Meet Boeing
Meet Boeing's New F-15X Fighter: Is This the F-35s Worst Nightmare?

F-15s are better-suited to performing long-endurance air defense patrols than the F-35 or F-16, and could free up the pricey F-22 and F-35s for critical frontline roles. Is this enough of a reason to buy the new F-15X?

Forget China
Forget China's J-20 or J-31 Stealth Fighters: What If Beijing Could Make Older Fighters Stealth?

We take a look.

Russian spy chief met Saudi counterpart and Crown Prince:  Ifax
Russian spy chief met Saudi counterpart and Crown Prince: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence agency Sergei Naryshkin on Monday met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the head of the kingdom's intelligence services, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday. Naryshkin discussed cooperation in the fight against international terrorism with his Saudi counterpart, Interfax cited Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service as saying. (Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (HKG:3996) Might Not Be A Great Investment
China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (HKG:3996) Might Not Be A Great Investment

Today we are going to look at China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (HKG:3996) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we're going to calculate its Return Read More...

Should You Worry About Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc
Should You Worry About Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc's (LON:SPX) CEO Pay?

Nick Anderson became the CEO of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc (LON:SPX) in 2014. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we'll consider growth that Read More...

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: We're Not Listening To 'Much Of Anything' Ocasio-Cortez Says
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: We're Not Listening To 'Much Of Anything' Ocasio-Cortez Says

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was elected just last November, but

A Game-Changer?: The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships
A Game-Changer?: The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships

The U.S. Navy is considering developing robotic warships. Cheaper to build than today ship's and expendable, the unmanned vessels could help the Navy quickly to grow -- and could allow the fleet to develop new tactics for battling a high-tech foe.

After a month of shutdown, US federal workers turn to food banks
After a month of shutdown, US federal workers turn to food banks

Customs, tax and emergency management officials are all among the crowd, having gone unemployed since December 22. Others deemed "essential" like transportation workers or prison guards are forced to continue working without pay, taking advantage of their lunch breaks to stock up. Volunteers are manning distribution tables in the lobby of the New York borough's Barclays Center, which usually hosts concerts or sporting events rather than charity drives.

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