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China, U.S. discuss next stage of trade talks

China, U.S. discuss next stage of trade talksChina and the United States discussed the road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday, during a telephone call between Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. This month in Argentina, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a truce that delayed the planned Jan. 1 U.S. increase of tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:27:26 -0500
NASA spacecraft finds signs of water on Bennu asteroid

NASA spacecraft finds signs of water on Bennu asteroidNASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found water on the asteroid Bennu, after finishing its two-year trip to the formation. Sitting 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the surface, the probe has discovered water hidden inside the asteroid's clay minerals, thanks to data obtained from the probe's spectrometers. SEE ALSO: NASA spacecraft reaches asteroid Bennu, plans to send 4 pounds of rock back to Earth During its two-year, 1.4 million-mile (2.2 million-kilometre) trip to the asteroid, instruments aboard OSIRIS-REx that's the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer began to make scientific observations of Bennu between mid-August and early December. Two of these instruments identified molecules on the asteroid, containing bonded oxygen and hydrogen atoms these bad boys are known as hydroxyls. These hydroxyls, NASA said, can be found across the asteroid in water-bearing clay minerals, which means Bennu's rocky surface once had contact with water. But don't think Bennu was once brimming with lakes, or even puddles. According to NASA, the asteroid is actually too small to have ever hosted water in liquid form, but its parent body could have. "The presence of hydrated minerals across the asteroid confirms that Bennu, a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system, is an excellent specimen for the OSIRIS-REx mission to study the composition of primitive volatiles and organics," Amy Simon, OVIRS deputy instrument scientist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. OSIRIS-REx is NASA's first asteroid sample return mission. When the spacecraft lands on the surface of Bennu in July 2020, it will gather 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of rock over a year and a half to send back to Earth in a capsule. "When samples of this material are returned by the mission to Earth in 2023, scientists will receive a treasure trove of new information about the history and evolution of our solar system," added Simon. Additional reporting by Mark Kaufman. WATCH: ESA's SpaceBok is training for missions in space

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:02:52 -0500
Top Apple Suppliers Post Solid Sales as iPhone Concerns Persist

Top Apple Suppliers Post Solid Sales as iPhone Concerns PersistTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. both posted a 5.6 percent rise in November sales, a solid figure given Apple suppliers around the globe have taken turns to cut back on output or revenue outlooks to reflect waning demand for the U.S. companys most important product. While reflecting just 30 days of business, TSMCs and Hon Hais performance comes in the middle of the years busiest quarter and may help balance the narrative that Apples latest line-up -- particularly the cheapest iPhone XR -- is falling flat with global consumers. Hon Hais November revenue of NT$601.4 billion ($19.5 billion) was a record for the month and takes January-November sales growth to almost 16 percent -- on track for its fastest pace of annual growth in years.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:42:04 -0500
Chile's pine forests: a botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?

Chile's pine forests: a botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?"It is difficult to say how old these pines are," says the 60-something Melinir, shivering in the cold. The forest is located in Araucaria province, in the Chilean Andes about 600 kilometers (375 miles) south of the capital Santiago.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:41:58 -0500
Huawei Judge Debates Apt Bail for Chinese Billionaire's Daughter

Huawei Judge Debates Apt Bail for Chinese Billionaire's DaughterJustice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court voiced doubts that Mengs husband, Liu Xiaozong, could act as her "surety" -- that is, a type of guarantor or community jailer" who would be responsible for ensuring she meets bail terms and who would lose a proposed C$15 million in cash and properties if she were to violate conditions. The judge adjourned the case until Tuesday, saying he wouldnt give a decision until both sides better addressed "the necessity and/or strong desirability of a surety being a resident of the province." At issue is the fact that Liu doesnt have the legal immigration status to reside in Canada -- he arrived in Vancouver last week on a multiple-entry visitor visa that expires in February -- meaning theres no guarantee he would be physically present for an extradition proceeding that could potentially last years.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:35:22 -0500
Behind Uber and Lyft's Big U.S. IPOs Are Two Japanese Companies

Behind Uber and Lyft's Big U.S. IPOs Are Two Japanese CompaniesThe filings submitted by Uber and Lyft arent yet public, but people familiar with each business outlined the largest shareholders. The top holders of Americas main ride-hailing companies are both from Japan: SoftBank Group Corp. and Rakuten Inc., said the people, who asked not to be identified because they werent authorized to discuss the information publicly. Matt Kallman, a spokesman for Uber, and Alexandra LaManna, a spokeswoman for Lyft, declined to comment.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:35:06 -0500
Pacific nations resist US push to lift tuna quota

Pacific nations resist US push to lift tuna quotaPacific island nations have vowed to oppose US efforts to increase its catch limit in the world's largest tuna fishery, saying the proposal does nothing to improve sustainable fishing. The United States is expected to try to increase its quota for bigeye tuna at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) taking place in Honolulu this week. It is mostly made up of small island nations but also includes so-called "distant-water nations" that come from as far afield as Europe, China, the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan to fish Pacific tuna.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:59:02 -0500
Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral 'more resilient to heat'

Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral 'more resilient to heat'Corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef that survived bleaching from rising sea temperatures were more resistant to another bout of hot conditions the following year, scientists said Tuesday, a "silver lining" for the embattled ecosystem. The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef off Australia's northeastern coast was hit by back-to-back bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:20:34 -0500
Images start to stream in from new crop of satellites after two launch extravaganzas

Images start to stream in from new crop of satellites after two launch extravaganzasMore than 100 payloads have been put into orbit over the past couple of weeks, including 64 satellites riding a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and 31 satellites that were launched by an Indian PSLV rocket. Some of those satellites are already beaming back pictures of our planet. For example, Planet has shared images from both of the SkySat high-resolution imaging satellites that served as the lead payloads for Seattle-based Spaceflights dedicated rideshare launch on the Falcon 9. That mission, known as the SmallSat Express or SSO-A, lifted off on Dec. 3 from Californias Vandenberg Air Force Base. One of the Read More

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:52:06 -0500
Amoeba From Tap Water In Neti Pot Tied To Fatal Brain Infection In Seattle Woman

Amoeba From Tap Water In Neti Pot Tied To Fatal Brain Infection In Seattle WomanA fatal brain infection reportedly took the life a Seattle woman who doctors

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:27:52 -0500
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