U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text
Countries are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and which comes into force in 2020. Talks in Katowice, Poland, under way since Dec. 2, have been clouded by political divisions. Before the talks started, many expected that the deal would fall short of the detailed plan scientists have said is needed to limit global warming to well below a 2 degree-Celsius rise this century.
12/14/2018 - 06:52 PM
Trouble Ahead for Space Force
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is not currently a supporter of President Trump’s plan to create a Space Force as an independent branch of the U.S. military. “It wasn’t on my list because I don’t think we need it,” Inhofe told reporters earlier this week. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), who will chair the House Armed Services Committee starting in January, is also no fan of the proposed service.
12/14/2018 - 06:09 PM
Special Report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
How had she been exposed to asbestos? Hobson knew that talc and asbestos often occurred together in the earth, and that mined talc could be contaminated with the carcinogen. Coker sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that “poisonous talc” in the company’s beloved product was her killer.
12/14/2018 - 05:54 PM
Many Women Don't Recognize Their Heart Attack Symptoms. Many Doctors Don't Either.
After nearly three decades of raising awareness about heart disease in women,
12/14/2018 - 05:42 PM
Climate talks extended as island nations demand action
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming.
12/14/2018 - 05:08 PM
'Young miracle' newborn recovers from Ebola after mom dies in childbirth in world's 2nd deadliest outbreak
The newborn girl, named Benedicte, received treatment in the city of Beni, one of the current epicenters of the outbreak, after her Ebola-stricken mother died in childbirth on Oct. 31. The baby is said to be the youngest survivor thus far in the world's second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. Pediatricians, intensive care specialists and nannies took turns watching over the infant 24 hours a day for over a month, according to the health ministry.
12/14/2018 - 04:55 PM
Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit
Nations at UN climate talks were haggling Friday over the world's plan to avert disaster as they picked through a draft text presented by host Poland that exposed several sources of disagreement. Negotiators told AFP that delegates from nearly 200 states were still far apart on several crunch issues -- from how nations report reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, to the levels of help given to countries already hurting from climate change. Ministers at the COP24 talks must agree on a common rule book to make good on promises they made in the landmark 2015 Paris accord, which vowed to limit global temperature rises to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
12/14/2018 - 04:49 PM
This Christmas May Be Your Last Chance to Get a NES or SNES Classic
After this holiday season, they're done.
12/14/2018 - 04:32 PM
Flu shots tied to lower risk of premature death with heart failure
Researchers followed more than 134,000 patients with heart failure between 2003 and 2015, with half the patients staying in the study for at least 3.7 years. Overall, getting at least one flu shot was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of premature death from all causes and from cardiovascular problems in particular. "We also found that annual vaccination frequency and vaccination early in the season were associated with greater reductions in the risk of death," lead study author Daniel Modin of Gentofte University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen.
12/14/2018 - 04:31 PM
Pokémon Go Maker Is Seeking a $3.9 Billion Valuation
The San Francisco-based company is planning to raise at least $200 million in a round led by venture capital firm IVP, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Samsung Electronics Co. and AXiomatic Gaming LLC are also expected to invest. A spokesman for Niantic declined to comment.
12/14/2018 - 04:26 PM
4 Great Ways To Chill With CBD Oil
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12/14/2018 - 04:26 PM
Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar
A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China. Germany's private-sector expansion slowed to a four-year low, meanwhile, suggesting growth in Europe's largest economy may be weak in the final quarter. The European data came on the heels of weak readings from China, where November retail sales grew at the weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years, underlining risks to the economy as Beijing works to defuse its trade dispute with the United States.
12/14/2018 - 04:16 PM
How I Told My Kids I Have Cancer
It was the conversation I never expected to have.
12/14/2018 - 04:00 PM
Cory Booker, Likely 2020 Contender, Says He Supports Green New Deal
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday became the second likely contender for the
12/14/2018 - 03:55 PM
See the Dermatologist-Approved Acne Scar Treatments That Put Bad Skin in the Past
We spoke with an expert about the best products out there.
12/14/2018 - 03:44 PM
Your Data Is Gone Even Before You Hit Publish
Facebook's latest data leak is indicative of a broader problem pervading the internet.
12/14/2018 - 03:25 PM
The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
12/14/2018 - 03:19 PM
11 Things to Know After Receiving an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Experts—and an ovarian cancer survivor—are here to help.
12/14/2018 - 03:09 PM
NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an 'evaporating' planet, study says
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an exoplanet with an atmosphere evaporating at a high rate.
12/14/2018 - 02:58 PM
California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators
California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. The move away from diesel buses will be a boon to companies such as Chinese automaker BYD , backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Silicon Valley startup Proterra Inc, which have bet that zero-emissions buses will eventually catch on.
12/14/2018 - 02:43 PM
5-year-old dances through cancer treatment with his epic Michael Jackson dance moves
This 5-year-old boy won't let cancer stop him from showing off his seriously impressive dance moves. On Dec. 7, mom Leni Lutui shared a video on Twitter of her son, Solomon, channeling his best Michael Jackson while undergoing treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Lutui told "Good Morning America" that Solomon was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a type of cancer found in the abdomen, in May.
12/14/2018 - 02:26 PM
NASA's InSight lander snaps first selfie from Mars
Want more proof of NASA's InSight lander arriving safely on Mars? The spacecraft captured a selfie while on the Red Planet.
12/14/2018 - 02:06 PM
J&J shares nosedive on report it knew of asbestos in Baby Powder
The decline in shares erased about $40 billion from the company's market capitalization, with investors worrying about the impact of the report as it faces thousands of talc-related lawsuits. J&J was found to have known about the presence of small amounts of asbestos in its products from as early as 1971, a Reuters examination of company memos, internal reports and other confidential documents showed. The report also said the company had commissioned and paid for studies conducted on its Baby Powder franchise and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal.
12/14/2018 - 01:59 PM
What’s next for commercial spaceflight? Passengers will soon get their turn
MOJAVE, Calif. — The first suborbital space passenger is less likely to be a billionaire like Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson or Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos, and more likely to be an as-yet-unnamed employee at one of their companies. That’s despite Branson’s promise, reiterated in the wake of Thursday’s successful test flight past the 50-mile altitude mark, that he’d be the first commercial passenger on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity within the next few months. The word “passenger” is key: We’re not talking about the people who are actually flying the spacecraft, such as the two test pilots who were at Unity’s… Read More
12/14/2018 - 01:59 PM
Let's Find Out How Much Power a 45-Year-Old, 40-Horsepower Soviet Car Makes Today
It's fun to find out how many of the factory claimed 40 horses your air-cooled 1973 ZAZ 968 has left after 45 years of hard survival.
12/14/2018 - 01:06 PM
More Than 300 Local Officials From 40 States Call For Green New Deal, End Of Fossil Fuels
In a little over a month, the so-called Green New Deal has won endorsements
12/14/2018 - 12:53 PM
China to halt added tariffs on U.S.-made cars in easing of trade tensions
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China will temporarily suspend additional 25 percent tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts starting Jan. 1, 2019, the finance ministry said on Friday, following a truce in a trade war between the world's two largest economies. The Ministry of Finance, in a statement on its website, also said it hopes China and the United States can speed up negotiations to remove all additional tariffs on each other's goods as it reduces tariffs from 40 percent to the 15 percent level that was levied before the current trade fight began. U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the announcement.
12/14/2018 - 12:19 PM
Facebook's Latest Fail Allowed Unauthorized Access to the Photos of 6.8 Million Users
The company is ending the year like it started: with severe concerns about privacy.
12/14/2018 - 12:10 PM
The Benefits of Positive Thinking During Pregnancy Are Seriously Surprising
It might actually play a role in your baby's development.
12/14/2018 - 12:00 PM
This Weekend, 1.8 Million Wreaths Will Be Laid to Honor U.S. Veterans
The foundation Wreaths Across America will coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at 1,640 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. You can still contribute.
12/14/2018 - 11:57 AM
Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon
A supernova can really mess you up when you're a giant shark.
12/14/2018 - 11:53 AM
NASA probe speeds through the sun's atmosphere, captures scorching photo of Mercury
NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently dove deeper into the sun's atmosphere than any spacecraft before. And it has the photos to prove it. Launched four months ago, the heavily-shielded probe — an exploration craft that will swoop progressively closer to the sun over the next six years — came within 16.9 million miles of the sun's surface when it captured this orange-tinged image on November 8. Here, the probe was well inside the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, a difficult-to-visit place that's still largely a mystery to astronomers. The dominant part of the scene is a horizontal bright streak emanating from the sun. On November 8, the probe approached this beam of energized particles, called a "coronal streamer," that had been blasted out from our medium-sized star. The solar scene as captured by the Parker Probe's WISPR camera.Image: nasaThe bright spot in the photo is sunlight reflecting off the planet Mercury, which is millions of miles away from the probe. Also visible are darker dots beside and just above Mercury. These are photo remnants of both Mercury and Jupiter as both planets orbited in the background as the solar probe captured long exposure shots of the looming coronal streamer. Although this is one of the first solar probe images to get transmitted back to Earth, NASA will eventually get images of the probe flying directly through this massive blast of energy. "It's like flying through a snowstorm," Russ Howard, the head scientist for the camera that took the image, said in an interview. "As you get closer to the storm, they [the sun's particles] go above, below, and by you." "We are going to be flying through it — that’s really exciting," added Howard. Blue line shows the probe's travels in early November.Image: nasaWhile the primary image here was taken on November 8, the final product is a combination of images taken about 12 hours apart as the probe traveled through space. This was necessary, said Howard, because there's quite a bit of dust floating around the solar system, and "averaging" the photos together allowed the team to clear out the unwanted "noise," from the dust in the image. Ultimately, NASA hopes to understand the highly-energized gases that the sun is constantly emitting into space, known as the solar wind. These winds are largely responsible for creating "space weather" in our solar system. "As we send spacecraft and astronauts further and further from home, we must understand this space environment just as early seafarers needed to understand the ocean," explains NASA. An artist's conception of the Park Solar Probe.Image: nasaWhen it comes to the more concentrated blasts of energy — the coronal streamers — scientists know that they are denser and more slowing moving beams from the sun, but scientists are still largely unsure of how and when they form. The specialized, military-built camera that took these photos sits behind an eight-inch thick heat shield that protects both the camera and instruments from the brunt of the sun's heat. During this swoop into the sun's atmosphere, the Parker probe's heat shield experienced temperatures reaching 820 degrees Fahrenheit, though during future, closer passes, temperatures are expected to hit some 2,500 degrees. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
12/14/2018 - 11:50 AM
AIDSfree: Rapper Vic Mensa compares HIV rates for gay black men to 'epidemic' of gun violence: 'This wouldn't fly in Manhattan'
In his home city of Chicago, rapper Vic Mensa has launched projects to train medics responding to gun violence in some the nation’s deadliest neighbourhoods, and a summer education camp to help indigenous and black youth. When the 25-year-old came to Atlanta in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s campaign to confront HIV, he immediately saw a parallel between the epidemics facing poor black communities in the two cities. “When they spoke to me on the way here about the problems in Atlanta, it made me think about the violence we experience in Chicago and the way that violence is spread,” said Mensa, who last year released his first solo album The Autobiography.
12/14/2018 - 11:50 AM
Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm
The U.S. company was responding to a Chinese court that ruled this week Apple infringed two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older versions of the iPhone. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China’s interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm. Apple’s response underscores the importance of the Chinese market, as well as Qualcomm’s crucial role as a technology provider to the likes of Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. On Friday, Apple said it will push out a software update for its Chinese users early next week, to address functions covered by the patents in question.
12/14/2018 - 11:47 AM
You Need a Coffeemaker That's Tough Enough to Survive in the Garage
Don't put a breakable glass carafe around power tools and lumber. Get this instead.
12/14/2018 - 11:43 AM
Mention of 'fossil fuels' cut from videos at UN climate talks
Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels, in a move campaigners say amounts to censorship. AFP has obtained emails sent by the United Nations to NGOs asking them to remove frames referring to "dirty energy" and "pipelines", claiming that they breached the UN climate convention's rules of participation. The COP24 climate talks, which wrap up Friday in Poland, bring together more than 20,000 officials, ministers, activists and business representatives from across the world.
12/14/2018 - 11:26 AM
Vapers inhale lower levels of toxins than smokers
Compared to nonsmokers, vapers had more biomarkers of toxic chemicals in their urine - but they had lower levels than smokers of traditional cigarettes, said study leader Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Center. "For smokers trying to quit it might be beneficial to use e-cigarettes as a transition," he added. A significant number of people surveyed were "dual users," with biomarkers showing higher consumption of both nicotine and toxicants, Goniewicz noted.
12/14/2018 - 11:25 AM
As the Climate Changes, Avoid Green Energy Bets
The first thing investors should do in reaction to the global warming issue is not panic. Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who served as undersecretary of energy and science in the Obama administration, points out that the fourth National Climate Assessment released late last month shows that overall effect of human-caused climate change is quite small. If you still want to invest in anticipation of rapid global warming, avoid green energy areas because they continue to require huge government subsidies and mandates.
12/14/2018 - 11:00 AM
The Navy's Killer Railgun: Is It Happening or Not?
This is what we know.
12/14/2018 - 10:54 AM
What can homeowners in high-risk areas do if they're struggling to obtain, keep wildfire insurance coverage?
Homeowners in wildfire-prone areas could potentially find themselves struggling to get insurers to cover them.
12/14/2018 - 10:46 AM
Why You Should Never Sleep In A Room Above 70 Degrees
12/14/2018 - 10:42 AM
Air Hockey-Playing Robot Shows How Huawei Haunts T-Mobile’s Sprint Deal
The presentation also illustrated the close ties between the companies that are emerging as an issue in T-Mobile US Inc.’s proposed purchase of SoftBank’s Sprint Corp. SoftBank’s network relies on Huawei technology. Critics of the deal say the arrest in Canada of a top Huawei executive shows the Chinese company isn’t to be trusted, and regulators should step up scrutiny of the $26.5 billion merger’s national security implications.
12/14/2018 - 10:40 AM
I Was Diagnosed with an Aggressive Blood Cancer During My Honeymoon
The newlyweds' trip turned into a fight for his life, almost 7,000 miles from home.
12/14/2018 - 10:39 AM
Weekend storm to bring rain, fog and wintry mix to part of northeastern US
The northern edge of a storm with flooding rain in the southeastern United States will bring rain, fog, ice and a wintry mix to portions of the Northeast this weekend.
12/14/2018 - 10:28 AM
Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'
Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. UN-led research in 2016 found that more than 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction. The study also found that 16.5 percent of vertebrate pollinators, such as birds and bats, are under threat.
12/14/2018 - 10:14 AM
Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw
"Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are very good - there is no longer the threat of conflict," Ethiopia's Major General Asrat Denero, Commander of the Western Command, said. "There is no need to maintain our troops there (on the border). "As part of a restructuring of the military, changes are taking place with regards to their positions," Lieutenant General Mola Hailemariam, Commander of Special Operations of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, told a news conference.
12/14/2018 - 09:52 AM
8 Things a Parent Should Never Say to Their Child
Threatening violence or the loss of love might seem like obvious no-no, but there are more subtle phrases just as damaging.
12/14/2018 - 09:44 AM
Invasive Tick Is 'Here to Stay,' and Here's Where It Could Spread Next
An invasive tick species, new to the U.S., has already popped up in nine states, and a new study suggests that the species could spread much further. This tick, called the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), is native to Asia and was first identified in the U.S. in 2017, when it was found on a sheep in New Jersey. Since then, the tick has been detected in eight other states: New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
12/14/2018 - 09:43 AM
Watch an Elephant Named Kelly Scoop Cereal Into Her Mouth in Easily the Best Study of 2018
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to find out. Understanding these advanced trunk mechanics could inspire the development of future robots that more efficiently grip and move things like sand and gravel, the researchers wrote in a study published Oct.1 in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface. Plus — answering this question meant the researchers got to work with a really cool African elephant named Kelly for several weeks last summer.
12/14/2018 - 09:42 AM
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