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A colorful 'landing' on Pluto
This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto-starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon-and leading up to an eventual ride in for a landing on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.
Firm believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy
The fledgling firm would use carbon dioxide emissions - a nemesis to the planet - to power a geothermal energy system, which would in turn produce low-cost, clean electricity. TerraCOH's patented geothermal technology could serve as a big underground battery, effectively storing renewable - but intermittent - wind and solar energy. The pair, along with Thomas Kuehn, a mechanical engineering professor, invented a renewable energy technology called CO2 Plume Geothermal.
Apple sues chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing monopoly
Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators. Apple said in the court filing that it has been overcharged billions of dollars by its chipmaking partner's illegal scheme. For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with, Apple said in an email statement.
Trump signals big shift on energy, climate policies
US President Donald Trump signaled a sharp break on energy and the environment policy Friday, announcing plans to undo climate policies and promote domestic energy development as part of his America First agenda. Trump also will focus on removing hurdles to domestic energy development that he argues will make the US independent of foreign oil. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests.
Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy
The new policy aims to improve the safety of officers and those in crisis and to reduce the need for involvement with the criminal justice system, the court filing said. Officers in the 1,500 member department are expected to receive additional training this year about how to deal with people in crisis. The policy calls for people suspected of committing felonies or crimes like domestic violence but in some type of crisis to be transported to a secure mental health facility before being arrested.
Traders use algorithms that capture Trump's remarks and then buy or sell affected stocks
Some sophisticated traders with automated programs are using computer algorithms that instantly capture Trump's Twitter remarks and then immediately buy or sell the affected stocks, analysts said. They've done it, said Joe Gits, chief executive of Social Market Analytics Inc Gits' firm isn't among those traders. Gits likewise said he was not at liberty to disclose the names of traders using such automated programs.
Scientists Have A Word For Studying The Post-Truth World: 'Agnotology'
They say we now live in a post-fact or post-truth world. Of course, this phenomenon has a concrete influence in the way we envision and govern our world. Scientists have another word for post-truth. Agnotology is not often discussed, because studying the absence of something - in this case knowledge - is incredibly difficult. Agnotology is more than the study of what we don't know; it's also the study of why we are not supposed to know it.
Tasmanian Tigers' Brains Yield Clues Long After Extinction
With their slender bodies, long snouts and sharp teeth, Tasmanian tigers looked as if they could be related to dogs, wolves or coyotes. The Tasmanian devil, a carnivorous marsupial that mostly scavenges for food, is one of the Tasmanian tiger's closest living relatives. Dr Berns collected two Tasmanian devil brains, scanned them and compared them with the two Tasmanian tiger brains. That, he said, further supported the idea that Tasmanian tigers were avid hunters, rather than scavengers like Tasmanian devils.
New Genetic Discovery May Explain Why Some People With Crohn's Disease Suffer More
More than half a million people in the US suffer from Crohn's disease, according to recent estimates, but their experiences with the chronic illness can diverge dramatically -- and new research changes the thinking on why the disease affects people differently. Typically, the more of these 170-plus Crohn's risk genes a person has, the more likely they are to develop Crohn's. Until now, experts had assumed that people with particularly severe Crohn's disease likely carried even more of these genes.
Ants use Sun and memories to navigate
Experiments suggest ants keep to the right path by plotting the Sun's position in the sky which they combine with visual information about their surroundings. Prof Barbara Webb of the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics said the ant can navigate much like a self-driving car. Ants have a relatively tiny brain, less than the size of a pinhead, she said. She said they have been able to model the neural circuits in the ant's brain.
Avalanches, a mountain menace
Avalanches such as the one that smashed into a hotel in central Italy on Wednesday are complex phenomena triggered by a combination of local factors. Avalanches can consist of light, powdery snow, sometimes called loose-snow avalanches, or of dense wind-packed snow which breaks off to become a slab avalanche. Loose-snow avalanches often occur during or shortly after heavy snowfalls at low temperatures. At extremely low temperatures, even a relatively light snowfall can set off an avalanche up to a metre deep.
Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars
There is a new game, let's see who is going to be able to prevail, he told an audience in Davos. The dash for driverless technology is bringing new players into the car business, notably Google, Apple and BlackBerry. The US government unveiled a regulatory framework in September, but the carmakers are having to deal with ethical and legal dilemmas too. You can be in the car and do everything you're doing in the house or in the office-except that it's mobile, he enthused.

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