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A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China. The European data came on the heels of weak readings from China, where November retail sales grew at the weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years, underlining risks to the economy as Beijing works to defuse its trade dispute with the United States. On Wall Street, U.S. stocks were not only hampered by growth worries but by a drop in Johnson & Johnson shares, which lost 9.27 percent, its biggest drop in a decade, as the biggest drag on both the Dow and S&P 500 after Reuters reported that the pharma major knew that its baby powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos.
California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the proposal to ramp up the use of battery electric or fuel-cell buses until 2029, at which point all new transit buses will have to be zero-emission vehicles. The move away from diesel buses will be a boon to companies such as Chinese automaker BYD , backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Silicon Valley startup Proterra Inc, which have bet that zero-emissions buses will eventually catch on.
'Young miracle' newborn recovers from Ebola after mom dies in childbirth in world's 2nd deadliest outbreak
The newborn girl, named Benedicte, received treatment in the city of Beni, one of the current epicenters of the outbreak, after her Ebola-stricken mother died in childbirth on Oct. 31. The baby is said to be the youngest survivor thus far in the world's second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. Pediatricians, intensive care specialists and nannies took turns watching over the infant 24 hours a day for over a month, according to the health ministry.
MOJAVE, Calif. — The first suborbital space passenger is less likely to be a billionaire like Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson or Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos, and more likely to be an as-yet-unnamed employee at one of their companies. That’s despite Branson’s promise, reiterated in the wake of Thursday’s successful test flight past the 50-mile altitude mark, that he’d be the first commercial passenger on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity within the next few months. The word “passenger” is key: We’re not talking about the people who are piloting the spacecraft, such as the two test pilots who were at Unity’s controls… Read More
This 5-year-old boy won't let cancer stop him from showing off his seriously impressive dance moves. On Dec. 7, mom Leni Lutui shared a video on Twitter of her son, Solomon, channeling his best Michael Jackson while undergoing treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Lutui told "Good Morning America" that Solomon was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a type of cancer found in the abdomen, in May.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently dove deeper into the sun's atmosphere than any spacecraft before. And it has the photos to prove it. Launched four months ago, the heavily-shielded probe — an exploration craft that will swoop progressively closer to the sun over the next six years — came within 16.9 million miles of the sun's surface when it captured this orange-tinged image on November 8. Here, the probe was well inside the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, a difficult-to-visit place that's still largely a mystery to astronomers. The dominant part of the scene is a horizontal bright streak emanating from the sun. On November 8, the probe approached this beam of energized particles, called a "coronal streamer," that had been blasted out from our medium-sized star. The solar scene as captured by the Parker Probe's WISPR camera.Image: nasaThe bright spot in the photo is sunlight reflecting off the planet Mercury, which is millions of miles away from the probe. Also visible are darker dots beside and just above Mercury. These are photo remnants of both Mercury and Jupiter as both planets orbited in the background as the solar probe captured long exposure shots of the looming coronal streamer. Although this is one of the first solar probe images to get transmitted back to Earth, NASA will eventually get images of the probe flying directly through this massive blast of energy. "It's like flying through a snowstorm," Russ Howard, the head scientist for the camera that took the image, said in an interview. "As you get closer to the storm, they [the sun's particles] go above, below, and by you." "We are going to be flying through it — that’s really exciting," added Howard. Blue line shows the probe's travels in early November.Image: nasaWhile the primary image here was taken on November 8, the final product is a combination of images taken about 12 hours apart as the probe traveled through space. This was necessary, said Howard, because there's quite a bit of dust floating around the solar system, and "averaging" the photos together allowed the team to clear out the unwanted "noise," from the dust in the image. Ultimately, NASA hopes to understand the highly-energized gases that the sun is constantly emitting into space, known as the solar wind. These winds are largely responsible for creating "space weather" in our solar system. "As we send spacecraft and astronauts further and further from home, we must understand this space environment just as early seafarers needed to understand the ocean," explains NASA. An artist's conception of the Park Solar Probe.Image: nasaWhen it comes to the more concentrated blasts of energy — the coronal streamers — scientists know that they are denser and more slowing moving beams from the sun, but scientists are still largely unsure of how and when they form. The specialized, military-built camera that took these photos sits behind an eight-inch thick heat shield that protects both the camera and instruments from the brunt of the sun's heat. During this swoop into the sun's atmosphere, the Parker probe's heat shield experienced temperatures reaching 820 degrees Fahrenheit, though during future, closer passes, temperatures are expected to hit some 2,500 degrees. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
AIDSfree: Rapper Vic Mensa compares HIV rates for gay black men to 'epidemic' of gun violence: 'This wouldn't fly in Manhattan'
In his home city of Chicago, rapper Vic Mensa has launched projects to train medics responding to gun violence in some the nation’s deadliest neighbourhoods, and a summer education camp to help indigenous and black youth. When the 25-year-old came to Atlanta in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s campaign to confront HIV, he immediately saw a parallel between the epidemics facing poor black communities in the two cities. “When they spoke to me on the way here about the problems in Atlanta, it made me think about the violence we experience in Chicago and the way that violence is spread,” said Mensa, who last year released his first solo album The Autobiography.
Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels, in a move campaigners say amounts to censorship. AFP has obtained emails sent by the United Nations to NGOs asking them to remove frames referring to "dirty energy" and "pipelines", claiming that they breached the UN climate convention's rules of participation. The COP24 climate talks, which wrap up Friday in Poland, bring together more than 20,000 officials, ministers, activists and business representatives from across the world.
Compared to nonsmokers, vapers had more biomarkers of toxic chemicals in their urine - but they had lower levels than smokers of traditional cigarettes, said study leader Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Center. "For smokers trying to quit it might be beneficial to use e-cigarettes as a transition," he added. A significant number of people surveyed were "dual users," with biomarkers showing higher consumption of both nicotine and toxicants, Goniewicz noted.
The first thing investors should do in reaction to the global warming issue is not panic. Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who served as undersecretary of energy and science in the Obama administration, points out that the fourth National Climate Assessment released late last month shows that overall effect of human-caused climate change is quite small. If you still want to invest in anticipation of rapid global warming, avoid green energy areas because they continue to require huge government subsidies and mandates.