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U.S. May Enforce Stricter Vaccine Laws If States Don't, FDA Head Says

U.S. May Enforce Stricter Vaccine Laws If States Don't, FDA Head SaysThe federal government may step in to enforce drug vaccinations if statesdon't do a better job, the U

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:58:09 -0500
Crowds see off Venezuela convoy headed to Colombia border for aid

Crowds see off Venezuela convoy headed to Colombia border for aidGuaido, recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, has pledged to bring in the humanitarian aid by land and sea on Saturday. "Through this call for humanitarian aid, the population will benefit from the arrival of these goods to the Venezuelan border," said opposition legislator Edgar Zambrano, as he waited to board a bus in a plaza of eastern Caracas. Maduro's beleaguered socialist government denies there is an economic crisis in Venezuela and has said soldiers would be stationed along the country's borders to prevent potential incursions.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:56:27 -0500
Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away fliesLONDON (AP) Zebra stripes are dazzling particularly to flies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:53:29 -0500
'Flying bulldog': world's largest bee refound

'Flying bulldog': world's largest bee refoundThe world's largest bee -- a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb -- has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said Thursday. Despite its conspicuous size, no one had observed Wallace's giant bee -- discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and nicknamed the "flying bulldog" -- in the wild since 1981, the Global Wildlife Conservation said. "To actually see how beautiful and big the species is in life, to hear the sound of its giant wings... was just incredible," said Clay Bolt, a specialist bee photographer who snapped the enormous insect.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:48:37 -0500
Qualcomms Bid to Settle U.S. Monopoly Case HitsRoadblock

Qualcomms Bid to Settle U.S. Monopoly Case HitsRoadblockThe company has yet to win over a majority of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and its top officials despite extensive talks with the agency, according to people familiar with the process. Both sides are attempting to reach an agreement before a judge rules in the agencys lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance, said the people, who asked not to be named because they didnt have authority to speak publicly about the matter. Any settlement decision rests with four members of the five-member commission -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- because the Republican chairman, Joseph Simons, is recused.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:47:07 -0500
Tiny T-rex ancestor discovered in Utah

Tiny T-rex ancestor discovered in UtahA diminutive Tyrannosaurus Rex which was barely taller than a donkey has been found in Utah. The tiny dinosaur, which stood around three to four feet tall at the hip, lived 15 million years before its terrifying descendant, and has been named Moros Intrepidus, meaning harbinger of doom. Large 20ft tall tyrannosaurus lived in the Cretaceous, from around 81 million years ago, but the new dinosaur dates to around 96 million years ago. However it was no less ferocious, according to experts and based on its leg bones was probably more fleet of foot than its bulky relative. "Moros was lightweight and exceptionally fast," said D Lindsay Zanno, paleontologist at North Carolina State University "These adaptations, together with advanced sensory capabilities, are the mark of a formidable predator. It could easily have run down prey, while avoiding confrontation with the top predators of the day. The little T-Rex was far smaller than its descendant Credit: University of North Carolina Paleontologists have been trying to determine how large tyrannosaurus evolved and have spent the past 10 years looking for fossils which may hold the clues. Finally, rocks deposited at the beginning of the Late Cretaceous period yielded teeth and a hind limb from its little ancestor. "When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing paleontologists for a long time," added Dr Zanno. "The only way to attack this problem was to get out there and find more data on these rare animals." The team estimates that Moros was over seven years old when it died, and that it was nearly full-grown. And bone studies showed that its closest relations were from Asia, suggesting that their ancestors crossed the Alaskan land-bridge to North America. "T. rex and its famous contemporaries such as Triceratops may be among our most beloved cultural icons, but we owe their existence to their intrepid ancestors who migrated here from Asia at least 30 million years prior," added Dr Zanno. The research was published in the journal Communications Biology.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:31:05 -0500
How to Tell if Your Nasty Sunburn Is Actually Sun Poisoning

How to Tell if Your Nasty Sunburn Is Actually Sun PoisoningPlus, how to feel better ASAP.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:20:00 -0500
Climate activist Thunberg urges EU to double carbon reduction targets

Climate activist Thunberg urges EU to double carbon reduction targetsGreta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes, urged the European Union on Thursday to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts. At an EU conference, Thunberg warned that politicians who fail to tackle climate change will be "remembered as the greatest villains of all time" for leading the world to disaster. "If the EU is to make its fair contribution to staying within the (Paris climate deal) carbon budget for a two-degree limit, it means a minimum of 80 percent reduction by 2030," Thunberg told the conference before joining a student protest march in Brussels.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:19:24 -0500
Amazon reveals new long-term energy plan for shipping

Amazon reveals new long-term energy plan for shippingBy 2030, Amazon says it wants to cut carbon emissions in half. The plan comes after Amazon was criticized by Greenpeace for not meeting expectations on prior energy goals. Read more...More about Amazon, Mashable Video, Global Warming, Energy Efficient, and Tech

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:10:14 -0500
Mexico president says no more Pemex oil joint ventures for now

Mexico president says no more Pemex oil joint ventures for nowPresident Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday Mexico will not offer more oil joint ventures between private companies and state energy company Pemex indefinitely, raising doubts about auctions set for October. In reply to a question about the contracts, known in the industry as "farm-outs," Lopez Obrador said the country would not offer more until existing projects began producing oil. Credit ratings agency Fitch downgraded Pemex in January, citing precarious finances and a collapse in oil output.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:56:59 -0500
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