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'CEO' Tillerson faces internal skeptics, crisis-battling White House

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 7:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Rex Tillerson's first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages.
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SoftBank shares up; sources say company willing to cede control of Sprint

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 6:56pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in SoftBank Group Corp rose nearly 3 percent in morning trade on Monday after a Reuters report that the Japanese company is prepared to cede control of Sprint Corp to T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers.
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Trump mulls national security adviser pick, White House promises autonomy

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 6:53pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump may do another round of interviews for the position of national security adviser with new or existing candidates on Monday as he scrambles to fill the post following the ouster of Michael Flynn.
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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 6:44pm
STOCKHOLM/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen.
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Kraft walks away from 'friendly' bid for Unilever

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 6:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc , the companies said on Sunday, raising questions about whether Kraft will turn its focus to another target.
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Sir David Attenborough to present Blue Planet sequel

BBC - February 19, 2017 - 6:01pm
The sequel to 2001's ocean series is due to be shown later this year on BBC One.
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Scientists to repeat 19th-century ship's crossing of polar ice cap

The Guardian - February 19, 2017 - 6:01pm

Ambitious Mosaic expedition will study weather patterns and life in melt ponds from vessel drifting with the ice current

In 1893 the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen embarked on a mission of extraordinary boldness and ingenuity. He planned to become the first person to reach the north pole by allowing his wooden vessel, the Fram, to be engulfed by sea ice and pulled across the polar cap on an ice current.

Ultimately, Nansen ended up abandoning the Fram and skiing hundreds of miles to a British base after he realised he was not on course to hit the pole, but the ship made it across the ice cap intact and the expedition resulted in groundbreaking scientific discoveries about the Arctic and weather patterns.

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Afghan training goes back to basics as Trump faces U.S. troop decision

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 5:10pm
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At a recent, at times chaotic live-fire exercise near NATO's military base in Kandahar, Romanian army Master Sergeant Liviv Sandulache's advice to the assembled Afghan officers was simple: "I don't want anybody to do any job without your command."
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Japan Inc signals boost to domestic capex but less keen on the U.S.: Reuters poll

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 5:08pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - One third of Japanese firms are looking to lift business investment at home in the next financial year, but companies are less bullish about capital spending in the United States due to uncertainty over the Trump administration's policies, a Reuters poll showed.
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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

Register - February 19, 2017 - 4:57pm
And then sticks the landing for good measure after pausing a day for hydraulic glitch

Elon Musk's rocket trucking business, SpaceX, is rolling on the celestial highway again after successfully launching a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, then landing the rocket's first stage back on terra firma.…

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Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science

AP News - February 19, 2017 - 4:41pm
BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S....
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'Science for the people': researchers challenge Trump outside US conference

The Guardian - February 19, 2017 - 4:37pm

Scientists rally in Boston amid alarm over president’s views and fears for the future of the EPA, as ecologist likens current struggle to Galileo’s

Hundreds of scientists rallied in Boston on Sunday to protest what they call the “direct attack” of Donald Trump and Republicans on research, scientific institutions and facts themselves, as a community reckons, and argues, with a new era of American politics.

Gathering in Boston’s Copley Square, outside the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), several scientists gave speeches to a crowd holding signs shaped like beakers and reading “Stand up for science”. The speeches reflected a sea change in the culture of many labs and universities, where many researchers long maintained that good scientific work could speak for itself.

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Flood worries in Northern California after deadly storm hits south

Reuters - February 19, 2017 - 4:09pm
(Reuters) - Large parts of Northern California were placed on a flood advisory on Sunday ahead of a storm system expected to bring heavy rain, wind and snow to the state, still cleaning up from a deadly storm that deluged Southern California two days ago.
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Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
Can statistics increase the value of science to society?
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Bee decline threatens US crop production

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.
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Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
Imagine being able to view microscopic aspects of a classical nova, a massive stellar explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star (about as big as Earth), in a laboratory rather than from afar via a telescope. Cosmic detonations of this scale and larger created many of the atoms in our bodies. A safe way to study these events in laboratories on Earth is to investigate the exotic nuclei or 'rare isotopes' that influence them.
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Mapping a path to better oral health

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, too.
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How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated than it looks.
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Historic detection of gravitational waves

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
A scientist who has been involved with nearly every aspect of the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), will give a talk about the project's historic detection of gravitational waves.
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Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics

Science Daily - February 19, 2017 - 3:51pm
A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic.
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