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Another New Study Confirms It: Actively Managed Funds Almost Never Beat the Market
Another New Study Confirms It: Actively Managed Funds Almost Never Beat the Market

Fund giant Vanguard wants to beat the market too. And it's struggling just like everyone else

Blow the Top Off a Mountain: Check out the U.S. Navy
Blow the Top Off a Mountain: Check out the U.S. Navy's Powerful New Railgun

According to Fanta, most of the key technologies behind railguns-which have until now mostly been in the realm of science fiction-have been unlocked.While the U.S. Navy had announced last year that it would take a prototype railgun to sea onboard the expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (JHSV-5) in 2016, the service may have to scupper those plans.If the Navy does take the railgun out to sea on a fast transport, it will be in 2017 at the earliest. In lieu of testing the prototype rail gun in an at-sea environment, the Navy might instead proceed directly to developing an operational weapon system."It's not definitely off but it's not definitely going ahead," Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the...

Factfile on Africa
Factfile on Africa's under-studied giant: the giraffe

One of the most under-studied large mammals in Africa, the giraffe may be on a slow path to extinction, with numbers dropping 40 percent in the three decades to 2015. The giraffe's best-known feature can be longer than most people are tall. The neck is also used in an elaborate ritual fight known as "necking" in which giraffes swing at each other to establish dominance.

Congressional leaders slam Chinese government over Hong Kong protests after Trump called situation
Congressional leaders slam Chinese government over Hong Kong protests after Trump called situation 'tricky'

Lawmakers have criticized Trump for not taking a stronger stance on Hong Kong and have called for the Chinese government to de-escalate.

US CEOs earn 278 times more than their workers: study
US CEOs earn 278 times more than their workers: study

The top executives at large US companies are paid 278 times more than their company's workers and the gap continues to widen, according to a study published Wednesday. Average CEO compensation at the 350 largest US firms in 2018 was $17.2 million a year, including stock options, which generally account for two-thirds of their pay packages, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. From 1978 to 2018, CEO compensation has increased by more than 1,000 percent -- with increasingly rich stock awards -- while worker pay has risen just under 12 percent.

Deciphera
Deciphera's GIST Drug Succeeds in Pivotal Study, Stock Up 80%

Deciphera's (DCPH) pipeline candidate, ripretinib, improves progression free survival in a pivotal study evaluating it in previously treated, advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Lilly
Lilly's Taltz Outshines J&J's Tremfya in Psoriasis Study

Lilly's (LLY) Taltz is an important revenue driver for Lilly. Top-line data from a study shows that Taltz helps more plaque psoriasis patients achieve 100% skin clearance compared to Tremfya.

Regeneron Ebola Treatment Shows Promise, Study Stopped Early
Regeneron Ebola Treatment Shows Promise, Study Stopped Early

Regeneron's (REGN) study on four investigational therapies for Ebola virus infection is stopped early as its therapy, REGN-EB3, was superior to Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.'s ZMapp in preventing death.

A Leap Forward in Kidney Disease Research: Scientists at Children
A Leap Forward in Kidney Disease Research: Scientists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Develop Breakthrough In Vitro Model

Kidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) are characterized by a reduced ability to perform this essential function. CKD incidence is growing and more than 1.4 million individuals depend on dialysis or kidney transplant

Breathtaking new image of Jupiter provides clues about mysterious Great Red Spot
Breathtaking new image of Jupiter provides clues about mysterious Great Red Spot

The images captured in June by the Hubble telescope show in vivid color Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the swirling clouds in its atmosphere.

August
August's Full Sturgeon Moon is swimming our way next week, and it's bringing self-confidence with it

Look up this week and behold the beauty of August's Full Sturgeon Moon. And hey - if you're into fishing, grab your pole and bait.

A Nurse Stole Cancer Patients
A Nurse Stole Cancer Patients' Opioids and Diluted Them With Tap Water, Leading to Rare Infection

Doctors are warning care providers around the country about this dangerous incident.

Trump insulted Ohio Democrats after visiting Dayton shooting victims, and mistakenly thought one had run for president
Trump insulted Ohio Democrats after visiting Dayton shooting victims, and mistakenly thought one had run for president

Trump falsely accused Sen. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley of "totally misrepresenting" his trip to a Dayton hospital to visit victims.

Do Sharks Really Smell Blood?
Do Sharks Really Smell Blood?

Sensitive cells and an enlarged olfactory bulb allow sharks to detect a small amount of blood in the water, but not in a supernatural sense.

Gun control really works. Science has shown time and again that it can prevent mass shootings and save lives.
Gun control really works. Science has shown time and again that it can prevent mass shootings and save lives.

Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend have once again put America's gun violence problem in the spotlight.

Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store in latest US mass shooting
Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store in latest US mass shooting

A gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store Saturday, reportedly killing at least 15 people in the latest mass shooting in the United States. Although the exact scale of the tragedy in El Paso, Texas, was not yet known, television networks put the numbers of dead at between 15 and 20 while medics reported treating dozens of victims. After speaking to the governor of Texas, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that the "reports are very bad, many killed" while several Democrats hoping to defeat him at next year's elections said it was past time to tackle an "epidemic" of gun violence.

'Moving fast:' Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket

Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft of the plans seen by Reuters on Friday. Starship, a 384-foot reusable two-stage rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty, is a central piece of Musk's interplanetary space travel ambitions as well as U.S. space agency NASA's goal to send humans to the moon again by 2024. The Starship rocket is expected to launch up to 24 times a year from SpaceX's current flagship launchpad 39A, the draft of the company's environmental assessment said.

New York Man Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Illness That Can Infect the Brain
New York Man Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Illness That Can Infect the Brain

Powassan virus is rare-but can be transmitted by a tick 15 minutes after it bites.

Gilroy suspect bought gun at 19 in Nevada. Will state lawmakers reconsider gun laws?
Gilroy suspect bought gun at 19 in Nevada. Will state lawmakers reconsider gun laws?

The suspected gunman was legally able to buy the assault weapon in Nevada at 19. He couldn't buy the weapon in California where gun laws are stricter.

Humanity
Humanity's next test: feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Experts Friday began negotiating the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever of the role the land we live off plays in climate change, expected to highlight the stark choices humanity faces to feed 10 billion people while preserving Nature. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) special report on land use is expected to warn how industrialised food chains, rampant resource exploitation, and even efforts to stave off the worst effects of global warming, are jeopardising our future. "When you look at both the effects of the changing climate as well as contributions to climate change, the land sector is incredibly important," Lynn Scarlett, vice president for public...

Scientists in Italy baffled by deaths of dolphins along the coast of Tuscany
Scientists in Italy baffled by deaths of dolphins along the coast of Tuscany

Italian scientists have been left baffled by the deaths of more than 30 dolphins along the coast of Tuscany so far this year, one of the highest fatality rates for years. The corpses of 34 dolphins have been washed up along the Tuscan coast or discovered at sea since January. The most recent body was found on Thursday on a beach at San Rossore, near the city of Pisa. The majority of the bottlenose dolphins were logged during the summer months - 18 of the 34 have been discovered since June. Analysis of the animals has shown that at least eight had not eaten for several days, suggesting they may have been suffering from some sort of illness - possibly a virus. The culprit could be...

Hong Kong financial workers stage flash protest
Hong Kong financial workers stage flash protest

Hundreds of financial workers braved pouring rain to gather in central Hong Kong Thursday, giving that sector's support to mass protests that have roiled the territory for weeks. According to organisers on the messaging app Telegram, workers from around 80 banks gathered at Chater Gardens in the heart of the financial district and more than 700 workers posted photos of their staff cards to declare they would also join a city-wide strike called for next Monday.

BoE
BoE's Carney warns of bankruptcy for firms that ignore climate change

Businesses that fail to adapt to climate change will go bust, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday, but others will be able to profit handsomely from funding green investment. Carney, who will step down from the BoE at the end of January, has regularly spoken about the dangers of climate change, arguing they fall within his remit as BoE governor due to the risk they pose to the stability of the financial system. "(What) the capitalist system needs to do is to manage the risks around climate change, be ready for the different speeds of the adjustment," Carney said.

New Ebola case diagnosed in DR Congo
New Ebola case diagnosed in DR Congo's Goma: health official

A new case of Ebola has been registered in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a key transport hub, a Congolese health official said on Tuesday, as the virus death toll rose to 1,790. "I have just been informed of a case of Ebola in Goma," Dr Aruna Abedi, coordinator of the Ebola response in North Kivu province, told AFP. Health officials said the latest case involves a man from a northeastern rural community, who arrived in Goma on July 13 and was later diagnosed.

Hundreds of fossils of strange primordial predator unearthed in Canada
Hundreds of fossils of strange primordial predator unearthed in Canada

Hundreds of fossils of a primordial sea creature with rake-like claws and a head resembling a famous fictional spaceship have been unearthed in Canada, providing a wealth of information about an important predator from a key time in the evolution of life on Earth. Scientists on Tuesday said the creature, called Cambroraster falcatus, was a distant relative of today's arthropods - the diverse group of animals including insects, spiders and crabs - and lived during the Cambrian Period 506 million years ago, when all animal life lived in the oceans. "Most animals in the Cambrian Period were small, typically a few centimetres long at most.

Lurking bacteria gave an Indiana mom
Lurking bacteria gave an Indiana mom 'hot tub rash'. She nearly lost her leg

Taking a dip in a hotel hot tub is supposed to be relaxing, but an Indiana mother found bacterial guests floating in the water can prove dangerous.

AOC and Kamala Harris joined forces for a climate change bill that benefits low-income communities
AOC and Kamala Harris joined forces for a climate change bill that benefits low-income communities

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has teamed up with Kamala Harris to make sure that disadvantaged communities are included in climate change laws. Read more here.

Nearly 2 million people have signed up to storm Area 51. The US
Nearly 2 million people have signed up to storm Area 51. The US' first 'UFO' controversy turned out to be a top-secret military project.

The plan to storm Area 51 is one chapter in a history of conspiracy theories about alien encounters. Before Area 51, there was Roswell, New Mexico.

The Arctic
The Arctic's On Fire (You Can Even See It From Space). It Will Get Worse.

Europe's historic heat wave is heading north this weekend, to the relief of the continent, but its path will send it right towards the Arctic - where it could speed up the melting of sea ice and coincide with devastating wildfires.Unprecedented wildfires are currently raging across the Arctic Circle, with some the size of 100,000 football fields - so big they can be seen from space. Arctic sea ice is moreover already running at a record low this year; scientists worry a heat wave will only further exacerbate the area's problems.One week after the United States saw record-shattering high temperatures, the same fate befell Europe. On Thursday, Paris saw temperatures of 108.7 degrees...

What Happened in the Stock Market Today
What Happened in the Stock Market Today

Mylan plans to merge with a spinoff from Pfizer, and Merck had more good news about its blockbuster cancer drug.

Climate change blamed for deaths of 200 Arctic reindeer
Climate change blamed for deaths of 200 Arctic reindeer

Two hundred reindeer have been found dead from starvation in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard during an annual census of the wild reindeer population, the Norwegian Polar Institute said Monday, pointing the finger at climate change. Ashild Onvik Pedersen, head of the census, told AFP that "climate change is making it rain much more. The rain falls on the snow and forms a layer of ice on the tundra, making grazing conditions very poor for animals." In winter, Svalbard reindeer find vegetation in the snow using their hooves, but alternating freezing and thawing periods can create layers of impenetrable ice, depriving them of nourishment. According to Onvik Pedersen, a comparable...

Britain hit record high of 38.7C last week: official
Britain hit record high of 38.7C last week: official

Temperatures in Britain reached a record high of 38.7 degrees Celsius on July 25, the Met Office national weather service said on Monday, confirming a preliminary reading. "The reading at Cambridge Botanic Garden has been quality controlled and is officially the highest temperature on record in the UK," the Met office said in a tweet. "The UK joins Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in breaking national temperature records," the Met Office said.

Here's Why Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Is Collapsing Today
Here's Why Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Is Collapsing Today

Sanofi is walking away from an important collaboration, leaving shareholders wondering what's next.

Msholo the African elephant leaves San Diego for Atlanta
Msholo the African elephant leaves San Diego for Atlanta

Mother forced to undergo two rounds of chemotherapy after being wrongly diagnosed with cancer, when all she had was a rare skin condition
Mother forced to undergo two rounds of chemotherapy after being wrongly diagnosed with cancer, when all she had was a rare skin condition

A mum-of-two who was wrongly diagnosed with cancer and given intensive rounds of chemotherapy has now been told that she actually has a non-life threatening skin condition. Leanne Cockayne, 40, from Tiverton, Devon, was incorrectly diagnosed with leukaemia - and went completely bald after undergoing harsh treatment - was later told she had a condition known as Sweet's Syndrome. Following the wrong diagnosis February 2016, Mrs Cockayne endured two rounds of chemotherapy and was even nearly made to have a bone marrow transplant. The symptoms first arose after the birth of her first child, Darcy, now five, when Mrs Cockayne began to suffer with several different health complications...

These breast implants have been recalled over their link to cancer-here
These breast implants have been recalled over their link to cancer-here's what you need to know

Allergan has recalled its textured breast implants after they were linked to a rare kind of cancer. Here's what you need to know.

France to develop anti-satellite laser weapons: minister
France to develop anti-satellite laser weapons: minister

France plans to develop anti-satellite laser weapons, its defence minister said Thursday, laying out French ambitions to close the gap on rivals who are developing new arms and surveillance capabilities in space. The United States, Russia and China have been heavily investing in technology for space, which is seen as a new military frontier. The ability to detect spy satellites and potentially destroy or cripple them is seen as a key capability.

Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?
Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?

Scientists at a government laboratory in northern China say they have edited the DNA of a germ, creating a super bacterium that can use electrons as an energy source, perhaps opening the door to superpowers in humans.The gene-edited germ uses electricity as "food", increasing its physical performance by as much as 70 per cent, according to a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology. In theory, that would be like a human athlete running 100 metres (330ft) in three seconds or jumping over a bar more than four metres off the ground.The researchers engineered the bacterium by adding an "alien" gene to the DNA of E coli, a germ...

How Much Climate Change Will Cost in Each State
How Much Climate Change Will Cost in Each State

How much does climate change cost? Find out.

20th-century warming
20th-century warming 'unmatched' in 2,000 years

World temperatures rose faster in the late 20th century than at any other time in the last 2,000 years, according to research released Wednesday which experts said undermines climate deniers' questioning of mankind's role in global warming. As Europe sweltered in a second record-breaking heatwave in a month, the three peer-reviewed papers offered the most detailed overview of regional temperature trends dating back two millennia. Climate variability -- the fluctuation of surface temperatures over time -- has long been the subject of debate.

Doctors Dismissed Their Symptoms As Perimenopause, But These Women Knew It Was More
Doctors Dismissed Their Symptoms As Perimenopause, But These Women Knew It Was More

For Patti Graves, her abnormal periods turned out to be cancer.

One giant leap for preservation: Kent seeks landmark status for Boeing
One giant leap for preservation: Kent seeks landmark status for Boeing's moon buggies

If city officials in Kent have their way, Washington state will have three landmarks that are out of this world. Literally. This week, the City of Kent will seek landmark designation from King County for the Boeing-built rovers that were left behind on the moon by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions nearly a half-century ago. If the King County Landmarks Commission approves the city's request during a meeting to be held on Thursday at Kent City Hall, the next step will be to pursue state recognition as well. That would put the Evergreen State alongside California and New… Read More

French journalists arrested at Australia anti-coal protest
French journalists arrested at Australia anti-coal protest

A French television crew filming a protest against a newly approved Indian-owned coal mine was arrested by Australian police Monday and charged with trespassing. Construction of the Adani project near the Great Barrier Reef has been under fierce debate for almost a decade, with environmentalists warning that fossil fuels damage the climate. France 2 reporter Hugo Clement and three members of his film crew were among seven people arrested at the demonstration, at a coal-loading facility for the mine in central Queensland state.

Europe space agency to join new race to the moon
Europe space agency to join new race to the moon

Europe is to launch a spacecraft to the Moon as it seeks to become a contender in the new space race that has taken off 50 years after the historic US lunar mission.  The Paris-based European Space Agency (ESA) is to land a a robotic rover on the lunar surface rather than astronauts, but says it will eventually send manned missions. After Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon, the initial craze for lunar exploration waned. Enthusiasm has been boosted again by cheaper technology and the increasing involvement of private companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, which are planning to send tourists into orbit within a few years.  ESA is working with the Canadian and...

Neurotoxins on your kid
Neurotoxins on your kid's broccoli: that's life under Trump

In the choice between big chemical corporations and ordinary citizens, the Environmental Protection Agency has made clear where its allegiances lie 'How much is your child's health worth?' Photograph: Fuse/Getty ImagesHow much is your child's health worth? The answer coming from the leadership of the US Environmental Protection Agency is: not that much.The EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, this week confirmed what many Americans already know: when the Trump administration weighs the competing interests of corporate profits versus public health, the corporations win, hands down.Wheeler announced Thursday that despite what independent scientists say is a wealth of evidence tying the...

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS
American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

Filmmaker James Cameron: We can protect the ocean
Filmmaker James Cameron: We can protect the ocean 'twilight zone' with a new moonshot

The Space Race of the 1960s brought huge investment in space exploration. Today, we must explore and protect Earth's final frontier, its oceans.

Alphabet-Backed Space Launch Company Wins Pentagon Contract
Alphabet-Backed Space Launch Company Wins Pentagon Contract

How big is the contract? When will it launch? And who the heck is "SpinLaunch" anyway?

Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery
Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery

Researchers examined outcomes after "Mohs reconstruction," a procedure to remove a skin cancer lesion. Once the cancer is removed, often from the head or neck, surgeons may close the site using a flap made from surrounding tissue or a graft of skin taken from another area of the body. For the study, researchers examined outcomes for 1,008 patients who had Mohs reconstruction with flaps or grafts, including 128 current smokers and 385 former smokers.

Apollo 11
Apollo 11's Achievement Still Dazzles

Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O'Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O'Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Said Kennedy, "They had no choice but to follow them. This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space." Kennedy said this on Nov. 21, 1963, in San Antonio. The next day: Dallas.To understand America's euphoria about the moon landing 50 years ago, remember 51 years ago: 1968 was one of America's worst years -- the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy assassinated,...

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