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When Illness Makes You Feel Overcome With Sadness and Anger
News ImageA young man living with PAPA syndrome, a rare, painful type of arthritis, shares words of hope when chronic illness makes you feel sad and angry.
Sun, 26 May 2019 16:30:11 -0400
Uniper chairman calls for signal from Fortum to resolve dispute
News ImageUniper's chairman on Sunday said talks with major shareholder Fortum to resolve a dispute between the two companies were on hold after two of the German utility's board members resigned. Fortum and Uniper have been at loggerheads since the Finnish state-owned utility tried to take over the German group in 2017, a deal that Uniper's management opposed due to concerns it might get broken up. Fortum, which has a 49.99% stake in Uniper, has claimed that Uniper's board actively tried to block its planned takeover, which Uniper denies.
Sun, 26 May 2019 16:26:49 -0400
'Green wave' in EU vote amid climate crisis
News ImageWith a double-digit score across Europe's biggest countries including a stunning 20 percent in Germany, the Greens bagged record gains in European elections on Sunday with younger voters leading calls for action to halt global warming. The environmental party was on course to double their score in Germany from the last EU elections in 2014, knocking the Social Democrats off their traditional second place. In France, the Greens was set to win 12-12.7 percent of the EU vote, up from 8.9 percent in 2014.
Sun, 26 May 2019 15:44:22 -0400
Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace moves
News ImageMohammed Ali al-Houthi dismissed Saudi accusations that the attacks had been carried out on the orders on Iran - at a time of growing tension between Tehran and Riyadh alongside its Western and regional allies. Saudi Arabia, leading a Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition, intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa. The Houthis have stepped up attacks on the kingdom in the past two weeks - including a drone strike on two oil pumping stations near Riyadh - in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid U.N.-led peace efforts.
Sun, 26 May 2019 14:59:20 -0400
Florida woman Nicole Tillman seriously injured by alligator while swimming in lake
News ImageAn alligator attacked a woman out for a holiday weekend swim in a Florida lake, leaving her seriously injured and having to be airlifted to a local hospital, officials said. The 26-year-old woman, whom authorities identified as Nichole A. Tillman of Melbourne, Florida, was swimming on Saturday afternoon at Key Lake Wilderness Park in Cocoa, on the state's eastern coast, when she was attacked suddenly by an 8-foot-6-inch long gator. Rescuers who rushed to help Tillman put her on an all-terrain vehicle and drove her a couple of miles out of the woods to a nearby road, where she was loaded into a medical helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, officials said.
Sun, 26 May 2019 14:05:00 -0400
Support for abortion rights grows as some U.S. states curb access: Reuters/Ipsos poll
News ImageThe poll found that 58% of American adults said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, up from 50% who said that in a similar poll that ran in July 2018. While support broke down along partisan lines, passions were higher among registered Democrats, with 81% saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 55% of registered Republicans said it should be illegal in most or all cases. This year, eight Republican-led states have passed new restrictions on abortion, measures that activists said are aimed at provoking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.
Sun, 26 May 2019 12:52:23 -0400
Four killed, seven injured in three explosions in Nepali capital: police
News Image"Three people were killed on the spot and the fourth one died while undergoing treatment at a hospital," police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said, adding that the nature of the blasts was under investigation. "I heard a big noise and rushed to the spot to find the walls of a house had developed cracks due to the impact of the blast," 17-year-old student Govinda Bhandari told Reuters at the site of the first blast. The second blast took place near a hairdresser's in the Sukedhara area on the outskirts of the city, where three people were killed.
Sun, 26 May 2019 12:22:09 -0400
Facebook Says It Won't Remove Doctored Video of Nancy Pelosi
News ImageThe video shows Pelosi appearing to slur her words and stammer, as if drunk or mentally incapacitated. In reality, someone had taken a clip of Pelosi, in which her speech was normal, and altered its speed and the tone of her voice to create the effect. Some prominent Republicans, including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, shared the video of the California Democrat on social media.
Sun, 26 May 2019 11:40:31 -0400
SpaceX's 60 orbiting Starlink satellites lined up for an out of this world photo opp
News ImageIt's been a couple days since SpaceX sent its first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and the skywatching has begun. A video captured by Dr. Marco Langbroek, who runs the StatTrack Cam Leiden Blog, shows the satellites all lined up as they sail through the sky. It looks like some kind of high-tech conga line, or an unintelligible string of Morse code. Whatever it is you see when you look at this, we should all be able to agree that it's an unusual sight to behold in the night sky. Langbroek points out in his accompanying blog post that the lineup you see here isn't a permanent arrangement. "Over the coming days the 'train' of objects will be making 2-3 passes each night," he writes. "As they are actively manoeuvering with their ion thrusters, they will be more spread out with each pass, so the 'train' will probably quickly dissipate." These 60 orbiting Starlink satellites are just the first set. SpaceX intends to get almost 12,000 of them into low Earth orbit, where they'll split into three separate groups that are each encased in an orbital shell. The Starlink project is a massive telecommunications effort. Once the system is fully up and running which likely won't be until 2027 at the earliest this satellite constellation will have the ability to deliver high-speed internet to the entire planet. The prospect of global high-speed internet may be exciting to you, but astronomers would also like you to remember that our night sky, and the ability to see beyond the bounds of Earth, is a treasure. There's no question that installing 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit will disrupt that view in different places and at varying times. Langbroek points to this thread from Cees Bassa, a professional astronomer. These plots assume 53 degree inclined orbits at 550 km altitude, with 24 evenly spaced orbital planes, each having 66 #Starlink satellites. The total constellation would have 1584 objects. This is the initial @SpaceX plan for #Starlink. Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 But even in the spring, autumn and winter, around half a dozen #Starlink satellites will be visible at anytime upto 3 hours before sunrise and 3 hours after sunset. Depending on how bright they end up being, this will have a drastic impact on the character of the night sky. Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 It's unclear what this would mean for a 12000 satellites, as the details of their orbits are not known. A rough guess would be to multiply these numbers by a factor of 7 (12000/1600). So around 70 to 100 satellites visible during twilight at any time and any location! Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 Others, such as NASA's Doug Ellison who, it should be noted, speaks only for himself here and not for NASA as a whole take more of a position on what Starlink means for our ability to appreciate the night sky. Ok. Starlink's kind of blown up over the past 48 hours. Let's get some things straight. Despite their creator insisting otherwise they WILL be naked eye visible, for at least an hour, more like two, after dark and before dawn. In higher latitudes in summer...all night.... Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) May 26, 2019 The above tweet is the start of a lengthy thread that we won't embed here in its entirety. It's an informative and factually supported consideration of what Starlink says about what the future looks like for Earthbound skywatchers. It's worth your time to give the thread a full read if this is a subject you're interested in, but here's Ellison's final takeaway: tldr - If you love the night sky, go and see it now before it's too late. Elon just opened Pandora's box, and it's going to shit on the night sky. And if you're a ground based astronomer.....your job just got a lot, lot harder. Because profit comes first. I am disgusted. Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) May 26, 2019 WATCH: This space harpoon could be a solution to our growing space junk problem
Sun, 26 May 2019 10:53:48 -0400
Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city
News ImagePakistan said on Sunday over 600 people, most of them children, had tested HIV positive in a city in the southern Sindh province. Concern grew after hundreds of people were allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe in Rato Dero city and surrounding villages of Larkana district. "Some 681 people, of which 537 were children from two to 12 years of age, had been tested positive for HIV until yesterday in Rato Dero," special health advisor Zafar Mirza told a press conference in Islamabad.
Sun, 26 May 2019 09:42:15 -0400
Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: state media
News ImageA rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in southwestern Sichuan province, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday. The panda is an albino between one to two years old, said Li Sheng, a researcher specialising in bears at Peking University, who was quoted in Xinhua's report.
Sun, 26 May 2019 09:40:29 -0400
Meet the Tweel: The Tire That Never Goes Flat
News ImageJohn Deere is using Michelin's airless tire-and-wheel, the Tweel. Go ahead, run over some nails.
Sun, 26 May 2019 09:00:00 -0400
5 Things You Need to Know About Space Investing
News ImagePrivate space companies are proliferating, and the IPOs are sure to come...eventually.
Sun, 26 May 2019 07:13:00 -0400
Libya's Haftar rules out Tripoli ceasefire, dismisses U.N.-led talks: newspaper
News ImageLibyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar has ruled out a ceasefire in the battle for Tripoli and accused the United Nations of seeking to partition Libya, according to an interview published by French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) began an offensive in early April to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's Government of National Accord (GNA) which has the backing of the United Nations.
Sun, 26 May 2019 05:35:41 -0400
Papua New Guinea prime minister quits after weeks of turmoil
News Image"I am announcing today that I am stepping down as the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea," O'Neill said in an emailed statement. O'Neill, who handed the reins of power to former prime minister Sir Julius Chan, said the change of leadership will allow the country to "continue the reform agenda that we have been delivering." Political instability is something of a fixture in the resource-rich but poverty-stricken South Pacific nation and O'Neill, who has been leader since 2011, has seen off previous attempts to topple him. ONeill had resisted calls to resign for weeks but his opponents said on Friday they had mustered enough support in parliament to oust him over a range of grievances including a gas deal with France's Total, which critics have questioned.
Sun, 26 May 2019 03:16:18 -0400
Long after guns fall silent, Mosul residents suffer hearing loss
News ImageFor months, Alia Ali endured the din of fighting in Iraq's second city Mosul. For nearly nine months, air strikes, mortar rounds and car bombs pummelled the city relentlessly, and thousands of residents still suffer hearing problems ranging from tinnitus to profound deafness. "I lost my sense of hearing two years ago," Ali recalled.
Sun, 26 May 2019 01:03:40 -0400
Trump says not disturbed that North Korea has 'fired off some small weapons'
News Image"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. Trump is currently in Japan on a state visit. The president, who left his second summit with Kim earlier this year in Vietnam without a peace deal, has put enormous value in their personal relationship, despite actions by North Korea that others consider provocative.
Sat, 25 May 2019 19:17:14 -0400
8 Tips for Flying With a Child Who Has Severe Food Allergies
News ImageA mom shares tips for flying with a child who has food allergies.
Sat, 25 May 2019 16:10:22 -0400
Trump administration bans CDC from saying 'diversity,' transgender,' 'fetus,' and more
News ImageUPDATE: May 26, 2019, 9:14 a.m. EDT This entire report is based on a 2017 story from The Washington Post that turned out to be not entirely accurate. As CNN confirmed in Jan. 2018, the words weren't banned, but rather highlighted as suggested terms to avoid to improve the chances of getting funding. Mashable shouldn't have covered this story. It was a mistake on the part of the assigning editor (hi). The best we can do now is offer this updated information and an apology to you, our readers. We set high standards for our coverage here, and on Saturday we fell far short of those standards. Please accept our sincere apologies. The Trump administration has banned seven words from the Centers for Disease Control's upcoming budget documents, the Washington Post reports. The words are "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." CDC analysts were not given a reason for the banned words, they were simply informed of the new policy. Some phrases can be replaced or retooled, like by saying "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes" an actual alternate phrase offered to CDC analysts in the first briefing about these words. But not all the words are as easy to work around. It's no secret that the current administration is anti-abortion and pushing back significantly in the fight for trans rights. Banning these words from CDC documentation directly affects communication around HIV/AIDS and the Zika virus, among others. This isn't the first attempt to curb the use of language that threatens the Trump administration's regressive policies. In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) removed questions about sexual orientation and gender identity from two surveys of elderly people. The department also archived a webpage containing resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families. SEE ALSO: Snapchat's 'gender-swap' filter exposes the internet's casual transphobia On a more fundamental level, this aligns directly with the Trump administration's mistrust of words and facts, and its tendency to dismiss whichever words and facts conflict with the administration's views and messaging. The inclusion of "diversity," "entitlement," and "vulnerable" in the new list reflects this directly; it erases the words from relevant discourse and by extension threatens to sweep larger problems under the rug. Matt Lloyd, an HHS spokesperson, said that the department "will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions." Encouraged or not, they can't talk about it the same way now. WATCH: Trump bars transgender people from military, calls them a "disruption"
Sat, 25 May 2019 15:49:45 -0400
Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest
News ImageAmanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Maui's Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper in the reserve, which covers more than 2,000 acres, instead of heading back to her car as she believed. "Sure enough, God willing, she was right there," Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters.
Sat, 25 May 2019 14:37:40 -0400
At Least 17 People in 8 States Sick Due to Flour Sold at Aldi
News ImageAt Least 17 People in 8 States Sick Due to Flour Sold at Aldi
Sat, 25 May 2019 14:30:50 -0400
NASA captures an incredible photo of a creeper galaxy
News ImageMost galaxies are traveling away from our galaxy, not closer to it. Still, there are exceptions. Take Messier 90, one of the few galaxies that appears to be traveling towards our own Milky Way galaxy. Recently, NASA's Hubble telescope caught an awe-inspiring photo of the galaxy. Here it is in full. Messier 90 is part of the Virgo cluster, a collection of about 1,200 galaxies Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Sargent et SEE ALSO: SpaceX just blasted a critical NASA instrument into space Because the universe is expanding, most galaxies are moving away from the Milky Way galaxy. Consequently, these galaxies appear to be on the red side of the spectrum, a phenomenon known as redshift. Messier 90, however, compresses the frequency of its light as it moves closer to us. That makes it fall closer to the blue side of the spectrum, a phenomenon known as blueshift. It's important to note that the Virgo cluster, of which Messier 90 is a part, is moving away from us. But Messier 90 is actually moving faster than other galaxies in the cluster, making it appear as if it's racing towards the Milky Way. The cluster's colossal mass accelerates some of these galaxies to very high velocities. Just look at how pretty it makes them. Messier 90 is a looker Image: NASA, ESA, STScI, and V. Rubin (Carnegie Institution of Washington), D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory) and D. Fisher (University of Maryland) I would totally take a selfie with this galaxy. WATCH: Marvel intends to introduce a gay character 'soon'
Sat, 25 May 2019 13:21:03 -0400
A Nearly Mile-Wide Asteroid With Its Own Moon Hurtles Past Earth This Weekend
News ImageBinary asteroid system 1999 KW4 poses no threat of collision with our planet, scientists say.
Sat, 25 May 2019 12:56:24 -0400
My Mothers Cancer Diagnosis Taught Me That Doctors Sometimes Offer False Hope
News ImageWhy many doctors aren't skilled at discussing end-of-life plans.
Sat, 25 May 2019 12:00:00 -0400
Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear icebreaker
News ImageRussia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious program to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential. The ship, dubbed the Ural and which was floated out from a dockyard in St Petersburg, is one of a trio that when completed will be the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. Russia is building new infrastructure and overhauling its ports as, amid warmer climate cycles, it readies for more traffic via what it calls the Northern Sea Route (NSR) which it envisages being navigable year-round.
Sat, 25 May 2019 10:26:01 -0400
MTN Faces New Nigeria Headache as Local Unit Probed Over Listing
News ImageNigerias Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has requested certain information and documentation regarding the May 16 listing, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc said in a statement on Saturday. While Nigeria is central to MTNs growth strategy and home to about 60 million of the Johannesburg-based companys subscribers, a string of accusations and legal claims by various authorities have weighed on the carriers shares. The listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange was itself a condition of a settlement reached with the telecommunications regulator in 2016 over the handling of customers without proper documentation, while MTN is also fighting a claim that it owes $2 billion in back taxes.
Sat, 25 May 2019 07:00:21 -0400
TrumpsThrottling of Huawei Could Backfire on U.S. Tech
News ImageConcerns over Washingtons punitive measures and possible retaliation by the Chinese rattled markets throughout the week, hammering chipmakers and Apple Inc.It's 5G that embodies most of Washingtons fears-- by powering a wealth of upcoming technologies from self-driving cars to advanced medical procedures, the new wireless standard is set to be the backbone of themodern economy. Until recently, it seemed like Huawei,the world's biggest purveyor of communications networking gear and the second-largest smartphone maker, was leading in supplying that infrastructure.By cutting off the Chinese tech giant,the U.S. will only slow the expansion of 5G.
Sat, 25 May 2019 06:00:13 -0400
How to Tell If Your Vehicle Has an Antifreeze Leak
News ImageHere's how to know and how to locate its source.
Sat, 25 May 2019 05:30:00 -0400
Step Aboard USS United States: An Aircraft Carrier with Nuclear Armed Bombers
News ImageIn the wake of the mushroom clouds that blossomed over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it swiftly dawned on political and military leaders across the globe that warfare between superpowers would never again be the same. But what exactly were the implications of nuclear weapons when it came to planning military force structure?In the United States, it was assumed that nuclear weapons would be widely employed in future conflicts, rendering conventional land armies and fleets at sea irrelevant. The newly formed Air Force particularly argued that carrier task forces and armored divisions were practically obsolete when (ostensibly) just a few air-dropped nuclear bombs could annihilate them in one fell swoop.The Air Force touted it soon-to-be operational fleet of ten-thousand-mile-range B-36 Peacemaker nuclear bombers as the only vital war-winning weapon of the nuclear age. This logic resonated conveniently with the postwar political program mandating sharp cuts to U.S. defense spending and force structurewhich the Air Force naturally argued should fall upon the Army and Navy.The Army responded by devising Pentomic Divisions organized for nuclear battlefields, with weapons ranging from nuclear-armed howitzers and rocket artillery to bazooka-like Davy Crockett recoilless guns. The Navy, meanwhile, sought to find a way to integrate nuclear bombs into its carrier air wings. However, early nuclear bombs were simply too heavy for World War II-era carrier-based aircraft.
Sat, 25 May 2019 04:00:00 -0400
North Korean missile test violated U.N. resolution, says Bolton
News ImageU.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday North Korea's recent missile launches violated a U.N. Security Council resolution and urged leader Kim Jong Un to return to denuclearization talks. It was the first time a senior U.S. official has described the tests as a violation of U.N. resolutions aimed at halting North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and came ahead of a four-day visit to Japan by U.S. President Donald Trump who arrives later in the day.
Fri, 24 May 2019 23:05:33 -0400
Novartis gets US approval for $2.1 million gene therapy
News ImageSwiss pharmaceutical company Novartis on Friday announced it had received US regulatory approval for a gene therapy that treats a rare childhood disorder and has a price tag of $2.1 million, making it the most expensive drug in history. The company said Zolgensma was a one-time treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that affects about 1 in 10,000 births and which results in death or the need for permanent ventilation by the age of two in 90 percent of cases. Novartis defended the pricing by saying that gene therapy was a transformative new type of treatment and was 50 percent cheaper than current treatments.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:47:04 -0400
'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing
News ImageAs Earth grew ever smaller below his spacecraft, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. "I was feeling real high," recalled Stafford, who is now 88 and the last surviving member of the crew. It was a light moment during a mission of paramount importance: 50 years ago this week, Apollo 10 set off to finalize the preparations for Apollo 11's lunar landing.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:46:09 -0400
Forrestal: Step Aboard America's First 'Super' Aircraft Carrier
News ImageAs the United States prepares to deliverits second one-hundred-thousand-ton Gerald Ford-class supercarrier later in 2019, its easy to forget that until the mid-1950s the Navys carriers displaced between a third or half that much.The Essex and larger Midway-class carriers built during World War II were designed to launch smaller, slower piston-engine warbirds. But a new generation of carrier-based jet aircraft took up more deck space, required longer decks to takeoff and land, and consumed more fuel.In 1948, the countrys first secretary of defense, James Forrestal, ordered the USS United States, a supercarrier displacing seventy thousand tons designed to carry up to eighteen large strategic bombers off its deck. The CVA-58 attack carrier was essentially the Navys bid to compete with the Air Forces plans for a large force of B-36 Peacemaker nuclear bombers. However, mere days after the United States was laid down, Forrestals successor Louis Johnson canceled construction, resulting in an inter-service furball detailed in a companion article.
Fri, 24 May 2019 22:00:00 -0400
Robinhood Is Set to Raise at Least $200 Million in New Funding
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Robinhood Markets Inc. is close to securing at least $200 million in fresh funding, according a person familiar with the matter. The round is said to value the company at between $7 billion and $8 billion, although the details could change.
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:46:08 -0400
E. coli outbreak linked to Aldi flour after 17 ill; flour recalled in 11 states
News ImageAn E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people in eight states has been linked to flour sold at select Aldi stores, the CDC announced Friday.
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:19:45 -0400
NASA places its first order for Lunar Gateway components
News ImageNASA has big plans for returning to the Moon. Whether it can be done within the next five years, as the current administration desires, is yet to be seen, but getting human boots back on the lunar surface is something NASA firmly intends to do, and it's going to do so via a 'Lunar Gateway.'The Gateway, which has been planned for some time, will be a station that orbits the Moon and provides a jumping-off point for mission both to the lunar surface and potentially beyond. Building it will be a huge undertaking, and the companies involved in the project have to be thoroughly vetted. Yesterday, NASA announced the first of the manufacturing partner who it will be working with to make the Gateway a reality.In a press conference yesterday, NASA announced that it had struck a deal with Maxar Technologies, a Colorado-based company, to jointly develop some of the most vital systems of the Gateway."The power and propulsion element is the foundation of Gateway and a fine example of how partnerships with U.S. companies can help expedite NASA's return to the Moon with the first woman and next man by 2024," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during the event. "It will be the key component upon which we will build our lunar Gateway outpost, the cornerstone of NASA's sustainable and reusable Artemis exploration architecture on and around the Moon."In total, Maxar will earn as much as $375 million from the contract, which will initially last 12 months. After that, multiple extensions will be available for NASA and the company to discuss, but all of that is dependent on how things play out in the following months.Over the next year, NASA and Maxar will finalize the design of the "power and propulsion" components of the spacecraft. Once that element is built and launched, a long test period will see the spacecraft remain in space for up to a whole year. Maxar will own the spacecraft up to the point that NASA is satisfied with what it sees, at which point the agency will have the option of acquiring it for use with the Gateway.
Fri, 24 May 2019 20:08:23 -0400
Novartis $2 million gene therapy for rare disorder is world's most expensive drug
News ImageThe Food and Drug Administration approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. "This is potentially a new standard of care for babies with the most serious form of SMA," said Dr. Emmanuelle Tiongson, a pediatric neurologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles who has provided Zolgensma to patients under an expanded access program. "The job now is trying to negotiate with insurers that this would be a long-term savings." Novartis executives defended the price, saying that a one-time treatment is more valuable than expensive long-term treatments that cost several hundred thousand dollars a year.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:57:38 -0400
13th dead whale of the year washes ashore near San Francisco
News ImageSAN FRANCISCO (AP) Authorities say a dead gray whale has washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the total to 13 dead whales found in the area since March.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:24:46 -0400
Musk's SpaceX raised over $1 billion in six months: filings
News ImageThe company raised $486.2 million in an equity offering, starting December, and another $535.7 million in an offering that began in April, its regulatory filings on Friday showed. The rocket company on Thursday launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Musk's new Starlink internet service. At least 12 launches carrying similar payloads are needed to achieve constant internet coverage of most of the world, Musk said.
Fri, 24 May 2019 18:18:59 -0400
At $2M, priciest ever medicine treats fatal genetic disease
News ImageU.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:52:17 -0400
Researchers use the ancient art of origami to produce high-tech shock absorbers
News ImageCan origami protect football players and reusable rockets? Researchers have shown how the ancient art of paper-folding can soften the shock of an impact, whether its cracking into a helmet or touching down on a landing pad. The technique, described today in an open-access paper published by Science Advances, takes advantage of the stress-relaxing effect of folding creases in paper and other materials. If you were wearing a football helmet made of this material and something hit the helmet, youd never feel that hit on your head. By the time the energy reaches you, its no longer pushing. Its pulling, Read More
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:40:12 -0400
23 'Surprising' Symptoms of Thyroid Disease No One Talks About
News ImageThe thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the lower neck that can cause a variety of surprising symptoms for those with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter or thyroid cancer.
Fri, 24 May 2019 17:22:42 -0400
Mitsui's ITC begins paying claims following Texas tank fire
News ImageMitsui & Co Ltd's Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) has begun evaluating and paying claims to Houston area residents who missed work or incurred medical expenses following a March fire at its petrochemical storage facility, the company said on Friday. A three-day blaze at ITC's tank farm in Deer Park, Texas, released toxic chemicals into the air and the nearby waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico, halting traffic in the nation's busiest oil port. Houston area residents with health claims could receive up to $750 and those who missed work because of travel restrictions related to the fire could receive up to $500, ITC said.
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:50:07 -0400
Novartis' breast cancer treatment wins FDA approval
News ImageThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that it had approved Novartis AG's treatment in combination with a hormone therapy for postmenopausal women, as well as for men, with a form of advanced breast cancer. The drug, alpelisib, to be marketed under the brand name Piqray, belongs to a class of drugs known as PI3K inhibitors and is the first of its kind to be approved, the FDA said in a statement. "Piqray is the first PI3K inhibitor to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit in treating patients with this type of breast cancer," the FDA said.
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:41:47 -0400
What Is Rat Lungworm? What You Need to Know About the Disease Travelers Are Picking Up in Hawaii
News ImageTraveling to Hawaii soon? Youre going to want to read this.
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:29:08 -0400
Giuliana & Bill Rancic Want You to Help People Affected by Cancer
News ImageHeres what you probably know about reality television stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic: They rose to fame as co-anchor of E! News and winner of The Apprentice, respectively, and for sharing their daily lives on the reality series Bill & Giuliana. And heres what you probably dont know about them: They want the public to []
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:26:42 -0400
Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance
News ImageTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with too little to eat.
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:17:04 -0400
The Bursting of the Tesla Stock Bubble
News ImageMorgan Stanley threw the biggest blow, declaring that in a worst-case scenario, Teslas shares could sink to a shocking $10. A Wedbush analyst said the carmaker is facing a code red situation and cast doubt on whether Tesla can sell enough of its electric cars to make a profit. Some $23 billion in shareholder value has been wiped out, sinking the companys market cap back below that of General Motors and Ford.
Fri, 24 May 2019 16:13:37 -0400
Climate change is hot topic in the European Parliament vote
News ImageLANGEOOG, Germany (AP) Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above.
Fri, 24 May 2019 15:50:11 -0400
Inslee says he's hit donor threshold for presidential debate
News ImageLAS VEGAS (AP) Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's hit a fundraising threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates slated to begin next month.
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