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Silicon Valley

Surging oil prices rattle President Trump

The oil market has caught President Trump in an awkward spot between his pro-business instincts and his populist tendencies.<p>Trump, a major friend to the fossil fuels industry, took OPEC to task on Friday for the recent surge in oil prices. The price has climbed toward $70 in recent weeks, the …

Oil

IMF: A major trade rift could imperil solid global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that rising trade tensions between the United States and China risk undermining a global economy that the IMF believes should otherwise grow solidly this year.<p>The lending agency has kept its forecast for worldwide growth this year at …

Economy

No western companies welcome in Syria to help with the rebuild

The cost of rebuilding Syria - that was the aim of a meeting of Russian MPs who met with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus straight after the western airstrikes.<p>They discussed the costs and time it would take to rebuild the infrastructure of the devastated country after seven years of …

Middle East

DOJ: Michael Cohen 'under criminal investigation'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has been "under criminal investigation" for months in New York because of his business dealings, the Justice Department said Friday.<p>The revelation comes amid a courtroom drama that unfolded Friday, as Cohen's attorneys and Trump's …

Donald Trump

Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

President Trump said Tuesday he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach that includes possible talks with North …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”

Tillerson was “one of the worst secretaries of state” in modern history, according to experts from across the political spectrum.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to White House officials’ statements on Tuesday morning.<p>He was in office for a little over …

U.S. Dept. of State

SpaceX Mars ship could make short test flights in 2019, Musk Says

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said a rocket ship that his company is building for trips to Mars could make short flights by as early as next year.<p>Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is "making good progress on the ship and the booster," Musk said at the South by Southwest event in …

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. - MIT Technology Review

The distribution of wealth follows a well-known pattern sometimes called an 80:20 rule: 80 percent of the wealth is owned by 20 percent of the …

Income Inequality

Delta and United Join Companies Dumping the NRA

Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. became the latest companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association after a call to …

Guns

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

China’s great leap forward in science

Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west?<p>I first met Xiaogang Peng in the summer of 1992 at Jilin University in Changchun, in the remote north-east of China, where he was a postgraduate student in the department of …

China

Trump Chides McMaster For Saying Evidence Of Russian Interference 'Incontrovertible'

<b>Updated Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. ET</b><p>President Trump chided his national security adviser on Sunday, tweeting that H.R. McMaster "forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians."<p>McMaster said on Saturday that it is now "incontrovertible" Russia interfered in …

Donald Trump

Adults who went undercover at a high school found 7 things people don't realize about life for teenagers today

High school is nothing like it used to be.<p>That's the message of "Undercover High," a documentary series on A&E that follows seven adults who pose as students for a semester at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas.<p>The undercover students, aged 21 to 26 when the show was filmed last year, took …

Social Media

UN warns of war crimes in Syria after 'one of the bloodiest periods' in conflict

The UN rights chief has received reports that "toxic agents" were used during the latest government offensive. The failure to end the deadly war …

First images of creatures from Antarctic depths revealed

Photographs of rare species from unexplored area of Antarctic seabed highlight need to protect life in one of the most remote places on the planet<p>(Click images for full caption information)<p>The images below are the first of creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed …

Antarctica

A major South African city is about to run out of water, and officials say it will be the worst disaster since 9/11

Cape Town, a coastal South African city of about 4 million people, is about to run out of fresh water.<p>After three years of persistent drought, the government is warning that "Day Zero" — when it will be forced to turn off most faucets — will be May 11. That's when reservoirs and water sources are …

Cape Town

Tesla will sell solar panels and Powerwalls at Home Depot

Just how much is the average consumer interested in solar power? Tesla is about to find out, as it is bringing photovoltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to US retail giant Home Depot, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports. Elon Musk's company will install Tesla-branded selling spaces at 800 locations, with its own …

Powering the Smart Factory with the Internet of Things

To secure a smart future, manufacturers are leveraging the Internet of Things to reshape product development and production. Selecting the right infrastructure is crucial for success.<p>The first half of the digital revolution was about using machines to connect people—allowing them to share ideas, …

Internet of Things

Trump's solar tariff gamble pays off – for now

Well that was fast.<p>Barely one week after President Donald Trump announced a stiff 30 percent tariff on Chinese-made solar panels, a leading Chinese …

Solar Power

In just two hours, Amazon erased $30 billion in market value for healthcare’s biggest companies

Amazon has disrupted fashion, books, furniture, food, cloud-based storage services, and much else besides. Now, it’s coming for one of the biggest, most complex industries in the US: healthcare.<p>Today (Jan. 30), Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan announced a vague but market-moving plan to …

This incredible map shows the undersea cables that keep the internet alive — and security services are worried Russia could cut them

This map shows how the huge, complicated network of undersea cables which keep the internet running is spread around the world.<p>The map, by telecom analytics company TeleGeography, uses coloured lines to show how there are many hundreds of fibre optic cables running under the world's oceans.<p>It shows …

Robots

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say

Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water<p>Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a …

Universe

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Book fury hits Trump where it hurts most -- his image

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nothing means more to Donald Trump than his image.<p>He got rich by selling his name, plastering it on buildings, hotels, casinos and golf resorts, and he transferred his tough guy "You're fired" persona to politics, building a personality cult as an ultimate winner and tough-talking President.<p>…

Donald Trump

Ukraine grateful for US weapons, Russia voices outrage

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday thanked the U.S. for its decision to provide his nation with lethal weapons, while Russian diplomats and lawmakers expressed dismay, warning that it will only fuel hostilities in eastern Ukraine.<p>The angry response from Moscow comes a day after President …

Russia

2 of the world’s biggest chipmakers are sinking as cryptocurrencies get smoked (NVDA, AMD)

• <b>Nvidia and AMD are two of the largest producers of graphics processing unit cards for cryptocurrency mining.</b>• <b><br>Both stocks took a hit Friday morning after cryptocurrencies large and small slumped.</b><p>Shares of Nvidia and AMD, two of the world’s largest chipmakers whose businesses have recently been fueled …

Cryptocurrency

Judge clears path for Manafort release from house arrest, move to South Florida

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has moved one step closer to being released from house arrest and allowed to relocate to another property in South Florida.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a four-page order Friday approving a $10 million bail agreement …

Donald Trump
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