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Mass coral bleaching occurring in Great Barrier Reef for 2nd year


Scientists estimated that two-thirds of coral coverage died in a 700-kilometre stretch of reef north of Port Douglas in far north Queensland. In 2015, UNESCO spared the Great Barrier Reef an "in danger" listing. If oceans warm 2.7°F, it will essentially be a death sentence for most coral. "We are extremely concerned moving into the future". Marine Park Authority director of reef recovery Dr David Wachenfeld said: 'Mass bleaching is occurring on the Great Barrier Reef for the second ... Read More »

Judge rejects 'stand your ground' defense in Florida theater-shooting case


This matter came before the court during evidentiary hearing upon defendant's motion commencing on February 20, 2017, and heard through March 3, 2017. Surveillance video shows Oulson throwing popcorn at Reeves. After complaining to the theater manager about the man's cellphone use during the film screening, Reeves said something to Oulson that led to a physical altercation. Read More »

NASA finds India's long lost lunar probe


But now, almost 8 years after being lost, the lunar spacecraft has been found by the U.S. space agency NASA and is said to be still orbiting the moon. The first was the agency's own Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which was easy to find as the mission's navigators were on hand with precise orbit data. Read More »

Neanderthals Used Aspirin, Too


But a new study reveals that they actively used antibiotics tens of thousands of years before modern humans discovered penicillin. "But Neanderthals lived in many other parts of the world and, like humans today, were highly adaptable and exploited the full range of foods available to them from nuts to rhinos!" Journal Reference: Laura S. Read More »

Clinton: Women's voices 'have never been more vital'

An advocate of Women's Rights more than anything else, Hillary Clinton was recently in NY to accept Girls Inc .'s Champion for Girls award. Still, she said, "the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women ". Read More »

Polish PM says to block joint European Union statement after Tusk re-election

At the summit of EU leaders in Malta in February, Tusk, who assumed office in December 2014, voiced his intention to continue his work as the European Council head. This is also likely to figure when 27 European Union leaders meet without Britain on Friday to discuss the March 25 summit in the Italian capital marking the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding Treaty of Rome. Read More »

AT&T 911 outage resolved after more than 2 hours


AT&T had about 135 million wireless subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2016, according to a company filing. During the outage, the Hendricks County Communications Center in IN wrote on Facebook that 911 calls from AT&T customers would not connect. Read More »

How IBM turned a single atom into a tiny hard drive


Christopher Lutz , the nanosciences expert who led the IBM Research project, told PC World that after his team successfully made one atom store a bit, they put two atoms near each other to learn how close they could be while still maintaining the ability to be read independently. Read More »

Modi resumes road show in Varanasi, hits out at opposition


In terms of most discussed candidates across all the five states that went to polls, Azam Khan figures at the top followed by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and UP Transport Minister Gayatri Prajapati. Krishna Patel said, " BJP ne na sirf party barbaad karne ki koshish ki balki mere bachchey ko bhi chheen liya (BJP not only tried to damage my party it snatched away my child-daughter Union minister Anupriya Patel)."Krishna's other daughter Pallavi Patel said, "BJP will pay for its ... Read More »

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Battles Are Action-based, Cover Optional


In an interview with Famitsu , Nomura spoke on the battle system and how it will be quite a bit different from the original. "Battles are not command-based, they're action-based". The latest screenshots of the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake caused some concern among fans. In an interview with Famitsu (via Gematsu ), Final Fantasy VII Remake director, Tetsuya Nomura , clarified that Final Fantasy VII Remake combat is not command based but they ... Read More »

AMD reveals 32-core Naples server processor


In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity. As far as architecture and performance, the AMD Naples will have 45% more cores, 60% more input / output capacity (I/O), and 122% more memory bandwidth that what is now offered. Read More »

Jeff Bezos Tweets Photos Of Blue Origin's New Rocket Engine


Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos receives an award for advances in space exploration. New Glenn's second stage will have just one BE-4 engine, and the version with two upper stages will have its second stage powered by a BE-4 while the third stage on top will be powered by a BE-3. Read More »

Xbox Live and other Microsoft online services faces sign-in issues


Are any of you guys having issues with Microsoft services right now? "We are investigating this issue". Silicon has contacted Microsoft for comment but we are yet to receive a response. "We'll provide an update shortly", said the service health page . On the Xbox Live platform there is a message saying that Microsoft is aware of sign-in issues and is "working to resolve" them. Read More »

Why pandas are black and white revealed in new study


Although there have been many theories surrounding the mammal's fur, none of the could account for the fact that the panda is the only bear species who has this unique feature. The team compared distinct areas of black and white on the panda with the colourations of 39 bear subspecies, as well as another 195 species of carnivore, paying close attention to their specific habitats. Read More »

FBI Director Comey Was 'Incredulous' Over Trump Wiretapping Tweets

Which is true - at least when it comes to top-level sensitive information gathered by US intelligence agencies. "You know, I don't think he does [accept Comey's denial]", Sanders told GMA . Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he would get to the bottom of the issue. The Senate and House intelligence committees also are conducting investigations. Read More »

Here's advice from Nintendo for fixing Switch Joy-Con issues


The specks continue to remain on the screen in the form of white or black pixels. According to Nintendo, the issue could be down to interference, either from other devices or objects that might block the wireless signal flowing from the controllers to the main system. Read More »

Outlast 2 release date announced for PC, Xbox One and PS4


The incredibly spooky sequel to Outlast will release on April 25th digitally. Outlast 2 is a first-person survival horror game developed by Red Barrels and published by Warner Brothers. Outlast 2 will release on 25th April and gamers will be able to join cameraman Jake Langermann on his horrific journey. Interactive Entertainment (publishers of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and the more recent Mortal Kombat instalments) and Red Barrels are working together to bring fans Outlast Trinity . Read More »

Marine Le Pen loses immunity over IS tweets


Financial markets are closely watching the turbulent French campaign, in which far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is seeking to repeat the kind of anti-establishment shock that saw Britons vote to quit the European Union a year ago and Donald Trump elected as us president. Read More »

New Xbox Live Creators Program Announced for Xbox One, Windows 10

During the Microsoft HoloLens 2017 GDC demo, Kipman also revealed that the tech company is planning to launch the mixed reality technology to Xbox consoles by next year. Acer is getting into the mix first and will be offering its headset to developers this month. The display portion of the headset felt slightly smaller than the full-sized Rift and Vive headsets that I'm used to, but I didn't have any handy for a comparison. Read More »

Yelp to help people find gender-neutral bathrooms


As with other updates that rely on user-generated information, it will take some time before the information can be added to the page of each business but the company is now collecting the data from users and business owners. Bathroom information will be listed with the other details. Refuge Restrooms , an open-source web application, highlights places where there is restroom access that is safe for all genders. Read More »

Mercedes-Benz to recall a million cars over fire-risk


The carmaker determined in August 2016 that, in the analyzed cases, the starting current limiter was damaged due to electrical overload. "Any affected vehicles in inventory will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse", said a Mercedes-Benz spokesman. Read More »

Fed tees up March rate hike as key policymaker shifts tone

Janet Yellen said rate setters will evaluate whether employment and inflation remain in line with expectations when they meet in March. Asian factories extended a global manufacturing revival as activity picked up steam in February, though the outlook for numerous region's export-reliant economies remained uncertain in the wake of U.S. Read More »

Xbox readies subscription-based game download service

Game Pass should be a great way to try out and discover multiple games at a relatively low cost. Xbox Game Pass was announced yesterday by Microsoft and will allow users access to a large library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a monthly fee of $9.99. Read More »

Antarctica Hits a New Record High Temperature

Larsen C extends along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where Esperanza base recorded its record high. "It is possible, indeed likely, that greater extremes can and have occurred in the Antarctic Region", the WMO said in a statement. Read More »

Google Introduces Playable Ads and Improved Game Analytics


Nevertheless, at least we now can enjoy proper discounts on apps that some may be hesitant to buy at full price (I'm looking at you, Leo's Fortune). Google brought new developer tools yesterday to the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco that is created to help developers get noticed by more consumers, gain more downloads, better tracking of consumers, and of course make more money. Read More »

Dow closes above 21000, surges to all-time highs on Wednesday


After reaching its 12th successive peak the previous day, the Dow Jones index finally took a breather, falling just over 25 points to 20,812.24, while the S&P 500 retreated six points to 2,363.64 and the Nasdaq composite 36 to 5,825.44. The NYSE Arca Steel Index shot up by 3.3 percent. The South Korean market is closed for a public holiday. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 percent at 5,704.80. Read More »

Executive Order to Review WOTUS by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

The action will start a review and revision process to replace the rule that was issued in 2015 and immediately became the subject of numerous lawsuits. The rule was meant to provide clarity about which waters are protected. WOTUS expanded protection to include smaller streams and wetlands that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources. Read More »