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California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown
- September 02, 2018

The Federal Communication Commission under former President Barack Obama passed rules prohibiting internet service providers, or ISPs, from throttling speeds, blocking lawful content and engaging in other practices considered to be in violation of the core principles of net neutrality , a concept essentially requiring ISPs to treat all web traffic equally. (more...)
1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai National News 1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai National News
- September 01, 2018

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. The storm has gained a little more strength and is expected to move into the Central Pacific Basin (crossing 140 W) later today. Eastern Pacific Ocean: Two hurricanes as of now. Four deaths are reported in the Dominican Republic, according to the country's government. Tropical Storm ErinAugust 15 - Tropical Storm Erin forms west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. (more...)
California is done with cash bail? Your questions, answered California is done with cash bail? Your questions, answered
- September 01, 2018

The Governor has waited almost four decades to revamp the state's cash bail system. Cash bonds, widely used in the USA, often mean that poorer defendants remain jailed pending trials, while more financially well-off suspects can afford to pay the bonds and are freed. (more...)
Alberta pulls out of Canada's climate plan Alberta pulls out of Canada's climate plan
- August 31, 2018

To prevent the cancellation of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by Kinder Morgan, Ottawa bought the Trans Mountain pipeline and the expansion project from the company in May. The Canadian government has recently moved to nationalize the expansion of the controversial pipeline. The proposed expansion would almost triple the flow capacity through the Canadian mainline pipeline so that oil could be exported from British Columbia to California and Asia. (more...)
DNA reveals first-known child of Neanderthal and Denisovan, study says DNA reveals first-known child of Neanderthal and Denisovan, study says
- August 26, 2018

New analysis of a bone fragment from a Siberian cave has suggested that two very distinct groups of humans did in fact interbreed - and a few times. Still, this scant evidence is enough to show that Denisovans and Neanderthals split from a common ancestor roughly 390,000 years ago, Wei-Haas writes, and to point toward both species' eventual decline around 40,000 years ago. (more...)
WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane
- August 24, 2018

The Category 4 storm continued on its sluggish trek toward the Aloha state Thursday with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Emergency hurricane shelters are being prepared on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai and island officials said they would open more where needed. (more...)
Turnbull not in the clear after challenge Turnbull not in the clear after challenge
- August 24, 2018

Dutton was the first Minister for Home Affairs, engineering the merger of the super portfolio which essentially made him Australia's inaugural King Cop. "I believe strongly that we can win the election if we get the policies and the message right about lowering electricity prices, about making sure that we can do more on infrastructure and in particular around the migration program, until the infrastructure can catch up in our capital cities". (more...)
How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's
- August 22, 2018

In total, the Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030. In that scenario, the Trump E.P.A. predicts its plan will see between 470 and 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 because of increased rates of microscopic airborne particulates known as PM 2.5, which are risky because of their link to heart and lung disease as well as their ability to trigger chronic problems like asthma and bronchitis. (more...)
Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance
- August 18, 2018

Trump's decision. Short form is that Rod Rosenstein says he was not directly connected to the investigation, but he served as associate deputy attorney general and has a past working relationship with Christopher Steele, who complied the infamous Steele Dossier which details facts that led investigators to worry that Russian operatives may have information that would compromise Donald Trump . (more...)
NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere
- August 15, 2018

NASA postponed until August 12, 2018, the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. Yet the inside of the spacecraft should stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit. While this can be 6,000 degrees, the outer atmosphere may reach temperatures of a few million degrees. (more...)
ULA Delta IV Parker Solar Probe Heavy Scrub Statement ULA Delta IV Parker Solar Probe Heavy Scrub Statement
- August 14, 2018

The Wide-Field Imager for Parker Solar Probe, or WISPR, will photograph the large scale structure of the corona before the spacecraft flies into it, studying coronal mass ejections, jets and other phenomena. "But the day we go to Mars, we'll need to be able to predict solar eruptions of these particles, which can be deadly", he told AFP. "We know the questions we want to answer.". (more...)
NASA embarks on NASA embarks on "dangerous" mission to the Sun
- August 13, 2018

It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The spacecraft is protected from melting during its close shave with the Sun by a heat shield just 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters) thick. (more...)
Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards
- August 04, 2018

Auto manufacturers now are mandated to incrementally reach an average fuel economy of 54 miles per gallon across their passenger vehicle and light truck fleets by 2025, under guidelines put in place in 2012 under President Barack Obama , The Trump administration proposes freezing the increase at 37 miles per gallon in 2020, and keeping that until at least 2025. (more...)
NASA names astronauts for first manned U.S. space launches since 2011
- August 04, 2018

On the first operational mission to the International Space Station , Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada would fly for Boeing . Boe is one of nine people who were named as commercial crew astronauts during a ceremony Friday at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston . (more...)
New species of hybrid dolphin discovered in Hawaii New species of hybrid dolphin discovered in Hawaii
- August 02, 2018

The male " wholphin ", which is believed to be close to adult age, was spotted swimming with dolphins near the island of Kauai a year ago, according to Dr Robin Baird, the marine biologist who headed the expedition. But an animal hybrid doesn't necessarily mean a new species - not even established hybrids, such as the mule. This confirmed the animal's parentage - and the finding is really unusual, not just because it's the first known rough-toothed dolphin/melon-headed whale hybrid. (more...)
Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Egypt Among Best Places to See Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century
- August 01, 2018

Viewers in central Asia will see the moon pass into Earth's shadow at 10:44 p.m. local time and can expect the eclipse to peak at around midnight. Unfortunately, it won't be visible in North America. Combined with the red tinge of the Moon, the two will make for an incredibly rare spectacle in the night sky. (more...)
'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse 'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse
- July 29, 2018

The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth. Another factor that is playing a role in the eclipse's duration is the path that the moon is taking through the Earth's shadow. (more...)
Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon
- July 29, 2018

Every year, the earth will witness at least four eclipses , as per EarthSky.org, two of which will be solar and two being lunar , so there's no real reason to fear the apocalypse. But residents of Bawku believe the moon lost its way and suddenly got caught by the sun, a situation they believe could lead to a calamity. During this time, the shadow of the earth will be between the moon and the sun. (more...)
Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars
- July 28, 2018

Unless, that is, one could somehow peer deep beneath its frigid surface to the base of the ice cap some 1.5 kilometers below, where a lake of liquid water almost three times larger than the island of Manhattan may lurk. Certain areas had "a greater intensity (bright reflections) than the surrounding areas and the surface", intimating at the existence of liquid. "What the paper found is a region in the south polar layered deposits with unusually high reflective properties", Stuurman ... (more...)
'Blood moon' to dazzle sky gazers for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse 'Blood moon' to dazzle sky gazers for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse
- July 27, 2018

At the same time, Mars will be close to earth, making it appear unusually large and bright . This happens every 26 months. Experts estimate that Mars' brightness will persist for several weeks. In Dunedin, the interval would be reduced to four minutes; in Christchurch, three minutes. Astronomers' telescopes aimed at the blood moon have seen this happening, as well as another mysterious phenomenon - seemingly random spots of heat, often concentrated around craters. (more...)
Jupiter has 12 more moons, scientists found while looking for Planet X Jupiter has 12 more moons, scientists found while looking for Planet X
- July 21, 2018

Researchers in the USA stumbled upon the new moons while hunting for a mysterious ninth planet that is postulated to lurk far beyond the orbit of Neptune, the most distant planet in the solar system. Such collisions would have been very common earlier in Jupiter's history, when most of the moons were still forming from the gas and dust surrounding the young planet. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court
- July 13, 2018

If Republican Senators don't break ranks, the votes of their Democratic colleagues won't matter. John McCain , R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Clinton's former running mate for tweeting , "Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick: Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA?" Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits. (more...)
Beryl Becomes 'Very Tiny' First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season Beryl Becomes 'Very Tiny' First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season
- July 11, 2018

National Hurricane Center says, however that a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Dominica. However, the storm is forecast to weaken gradually, eventually becoming a trough of low pressure Monday as it moves across the Caribbean Sea. (more...)
Starbucks to stop using plastic straws by 2020 Starbucks to stop using plastic straws by 2020
- July 10, 2018

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. For users who still want their drinks with a straw, the company said paper or biodegradable plastic will be available by request. It comes a week after Starbucks's U.S. hometown of Seattle banned single-use plastic straws and utensils at businesses that sell food or drinks in the city. (more...)
Tropical Storm Beryl Forms in East Atlantic Tropical Storm Beryl Forms in East Atlantic
- July 09, 2018

As far as the low-pressure system offshore, it has a 70-percent chance of cyclone development over the next two days, increasing the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms, according to a Friday morning National Hurricane Center weather outlook. (more...)
Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign
- July 06, 2018

If Trump nominates Wheeler to lead the agency in a permanent capacity, a Senate vote would be required. New York's attorney general's office has also battled Pruitt's EPA in court, winning a suit similar to the Adirondack Council's on the same day. (more...)
Nova Scotia adopts new heat warning system Nova Scotia adopts new heat warning system
- July 04, 2018

They planned to visit thousands more as the heat was expected to continue until Friday. The spate of deaths may seem high, but Dr. Mylene Drouin, Montreal's regional director of Public Health, says it could have been much deadlier. However, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. (more...)
‘Excessive’ heat warning continues through late Saturday for Chicago ‘Excessive’ heat warning continues through late Saturday for Chicago
- July 02, 2018

Monday is expected to see the searing heat and high humidity continue, with temperatures again nearing 100 in New York's capital of Albany. Gusty winds, low relative humidity and high heat will bring the next round of high fire conditions across parts of Northern California and Utah. (more...)
Trump to move quickly on Supreme Court nominee Trump to move quickly on Supreme Court nominee
- July 01, 2018

Trump's statement that two women are included in his shortlist for the position may be meant to neutralize any plans by Democrats to stage an all-out war in the Senate. Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave. (more...)
Alberto nears the Florida panhandle, bringing rain, gusty winds Alberto nears the Florida panhandle, bringing rain, gusty winds
- May 29, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state. In Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas. A tropical storm warning remained in effect for an area stretching from the Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi. The storm was expected to make landfall later Monday. (more...)
Southern US states prepare for Storm Alberto Southern US states prepare for Storm Alberto
- May 28, 2018

This graphic, created by the National Weather Service, shows rainfall potential in the USA gulf region expected from Subtropical Storm Alberto . Residents can expect gusty wind near the coast, isolated tornados and localized flooding from heavy rainfall , the advisory says. (more...)
Moonwalker and space artist Alan Bean dies Moonwalker and space artist Alan Bean dies
- May 28, 2018

She added he died "peacefully . surrounded by those who loved him". Those materials and memories are what Bean brought back from the moon, but he also left something behind - his silver astronaut lapel pin. "We're really here. That's the Earth up there.' And I said it two or three times to myself". His paintings, inspired by space travel, featured lunar boot prints as well as small pieces of his mission patches which were stained by Moon dust. (more...)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Will Be A Battlenet Exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Will Be A Battlenet Exclusive
- May 18, 2018

Furthermore, the company also confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a single-player campaign, which got all of a single sentence mention towards the end of the event. However, there is no doubt that players have put less emphasis on these game modes to focus on the multiplayer. Which will include characters spanning the history of the Black Ops series and be playable both solo and in teams. (more...)
S/MIME and PGP Email Encryption Flaws Affecting Millions Discovered by EFF S/MIME and PGP Email Encryption Flaws Affecting Millions Discovered by EFF
- May 15, 2018

The researchers also note that there is no fix for the vulnerability just yet and it is better to not sign off your emails using PGP or S/MIME standards . The Electronic Frontier Foundation , on the other hand, is urging users to disable or uninstall PGP email plugins until the EFail threat is more widely understood. (more...)
Nadal, Thiem on Early Collision Course in Rome; ATP Preview Nadal, Thiem on Early Collision Course in Rome; ATP Preview
- May 14, 2018

The No. 5 seed snapped Nadal's 50-set, 21-match winning streak on clay, he ended the Mallorcan's title defence in the Spanish capital and interrupted his reign as world No. I mentioned yesterday that Zverev's level this week has been stunning, and of a world-class level . I don't know if that's a tough player or not. "I'm not going to keep the number one today". (more...)
NASA announces a tiny helicopter will travel to Mars in 2020 NASA announces a tiny helicopter will travel to Mars in 2020
- May 13, 2018

A team of expert designers spent more than four years shrinking a working helicopter to just 1.8kg (4lbs) or roughly the size of a softball. The views from a helicopter flying across Mars will also provide Nasa with a stellar public relations tool as it seeks worldwide support for sending humans to the planet in the 2030s or later. (more...)
Google Assistant becomes smarter, to get six new voices Google Assistant becomes smarter, to get six new voices
- May 11, 2018

Since it launched in 1997, the company has famously gone from "Garage to Googleplex " by relying on us using its service to search the internet for anything from "today's weather" to "how do I make slime?" But how does that matter to Indian users? These suggestions are based on the context and usage history. (more...)
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 Block 5 SpaceX launches Falcon 9 Block 5
- May 11, 2018

A key part of the mission will be landing the rocket's first-stage booster once it returns to Earth. On board the rocket is the country of Bangladesh's first communications satellite . A second stage COPV apparently ruptured during a pre-launch test September 1, 2016, triggering a catastrophic explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 and its satellite payload and heavily damaged the launch complex. (more...)
The Windows 10 Mail app is getting new Fluent Design density elements The Windows 10 Mail app is getting new Fluent Design density elements
- May 10, 2018

The dark theme for Windows File Explorer matches the rest of Windows's dark user experience, although the version previewed in the Insider build isn't fully featured yet. But the main new feature in 17666 is the "new clipboard experience", which allows users to copy content across devices. After a ton of feedback, Microsoft states, a dark theme is finally making its way to Windows 10 and will initially be available on File Explorer, File Explorer context menu, and Common File ... (more...)
Square Enix has announced its own E3 2018 showcase Square Enix has announced its own E3 2018 showcase
- May 09, 2018

Square Enix has confirmed that they will hold their conference on June 11 at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT/6 PM BST . After having a pause of 2 years, Square Enix has chose to make an appearance on the largest annual gaming convention, E3. Several users posted many GIFS and images to convey their curiosity about the material that the video game developer might cover during the presentation. (more...)
24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states 24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states
- May 09, 2018

Monday, May 7, night saw dust storms with speeds of about 70 kilometers per hour and the Met office has said that this is likely to continue Tuesday, May 8, as well. An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour. (more...)
Nintendo Looking For 'The Legend Of Zelda' Level Designers Nintendo Looking For 'The Legend Of Zelda' Level Designers
- May 09, 2018

Additionally, considering how popular Breath of the Wild made the Switch, it would make sense to limit this release to a console-specific launch. The candidate will be responsible for game event, dungeon, and field planning, with emphasis on creation and adjustment. (more...)
Microsoft Unveils Two Windows 10 iOS Apps at its Build Conference Microsoft Unveils Two Windows 10 iOS Apps at its Build Conference
- May 08, 2018

For those that use Power BI, there is new support coming for visualizations in Excel; it is now possible to extend custom visuals created for Power BI to be used in Excel. Also now in preview is the Live Share feature for Visual Studio, which makes it simpler for developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. (more...)
Sensex opens 50 points lower, Nifty opens flat Sensex opens 50 points lower, Nifty opens flat
- May 05, 2018

Sensex touched a high of 35206.55 and a low of 34847.61 in intra-day trading. The market breadth was weak as 1,779 shares fell and 919 shares rose on the BSE. Provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 148.42 crore, and the domestic institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 578.92 crore. (more...)
InSight probe to survey Mars for secrets inside the planet InSight probe to survey Mars for secrets inside the planet
- May 05, 2018

Mars no longer hosts tectonic or volcanic activity, but it is still cooling and shrinking, a process scientist believe causes quakes. This weekend, NASA is launching a machine created to study Mars at a much more fundamental level, helping to fill large gaps in scientists' understanding of the planet's geologic structure, composition and seismic activity. (more...)
United Kingdom government suffers Brexit defeat United Kingdom government suffers Brexit defeat
- May 04, 2018

Mr Davis also suggested that by October it could be possible to get a clear sense of the sort of trade deal which the United Kingdom and European Union will do, which would make the backstop less important. Writing for The Independent on Monday , peers Baroness Hayter, Lord Wallace and Lord Hannay said Parliament must be given the power to decide what happens if May's Brexit deal is rejected. (more...)
Universe Is Finite? Stephen Hawking's Final Theory Published Universe Is Finite? Stephen Hawking's Final Theory Published
- May 03, 2018

The "no boundary theory" implies that the Big Bang would have led to the creation of infinite universes , each exhibiting physical laws that differ from others. "However, the dynamics of eternal inflation wipes out the separation between classical and quantum physics", he continued. "As a effect, Einstein's theory breaks down in eternal inflation". (more...)
Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi gain while global smartphone market declines Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi gain while global smartphone market declines
- May 03, 2018

Analysts parsed the number to give their explanations for the overall decline in the global smartphone market. "However, emerging markets still offer a sizeable opportunity for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to expand and grow as smartphone penetration by users in still around 45%". (more...)
Tom Holland Improvised That AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Scene Tom Holland Improvised That AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Scene
- May 03, 2018

Now he takes center stage, and the superhero convention that is " Avengers: Infinity War " is just unnecessary weight. That's five confirmed MCU movies coming in the next two years. As you can see in the video starting around 40 seconds in, Ruffalo started to say "half" but switched to "everybody". And that is exactly what is given. (more...)
Apple plows United States tax cuts into record share buybacks Apple plows United States tax cuts into record share buybacks
- May 03, 2018

The firm's target is based on 14.9 times its fiscal 2019 EPS target after better than expected earnings, stable iPhone unit shipments and growing revenue through services. Being too reliant on one product has its obvious pitfalls but there are also perhaps "hidden" benefits to generating more sales from the services business. (more...)