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Expansion of tuna quotas 'step backward' for conservation
This year was an enormous step backwards for sustainable tuna fisheries, said Paulus Tak, a senior officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts, and an official observer at the ICCAT talks. Industrial-scale tuna fisheries in Spain, Italy and France all have outsized political influence in shaping policy, analysts say. The Azores and neighbouring Madeira islands use a more traditional form of one-by-one tuna fishing-one man, one hook, one fish, Rodrigues said.
AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era
The Trump administration's decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS. Among critics of such behavioral commitments is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department's new antitrust chief. The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department.
Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers
Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.
FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband speeds and favor their own services if they wish. The current rules treat internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon as if they were utility companies that provide essential services, like electricity. The rules mandate that they give equal access to all online content and apps.
Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change
This suggests a need to re-evaluate climate change predictions for many species, including predictions that species in the south will move north with global warming. Similar to how trees support birds and chipmunks, species like mussels and seaweed form habitat for other coastal species. These species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change until one event takes away their habitats. The study adds to the understanding of how different species respond to climate change.
How to cut your lawn for grasshoppers
Picture a grasshopper landing randomly on a lawn of fixed area. We designed a model so that the lower its energy, the greater the chance the grasshopper stays on the lawn. If you get the same answer - in our case, the same shape - consistently, then you've probably found the lowest-energy state, which is the optimal lawn shape.
Earplugs unavoidable for musicians in the orchestra and at home
Experienced musicians that play alone at home - whether professionals or amateurs - also produce excessive sound levels. Wenmaekers chose to use a calculation model rather than measurements on the spot where musicians play their instruments. The reason is musicians never reproduce exactly the same level of sound, which makes comparison of experiments with 'real' musicians virtually impossible. The same cause lies behind the relatively small impact of the sound-intensifying effect of small orchestra playing areas like covered orchestra pits.
As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis
Typically, a three-day treatment regimen pairs the drug with other less effective but longer-lasting drugs to mop up any remaining parasites. The ambitious goal of eliminating falciparum malaria from mainland Southeast Asia by 2030 has support from major international donors, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. A key challenge, experts said, is that malaria is most intense in forests and jungles, and people living there are notoriously difficult to monitor.
UK judges to get scientific guides
A UK Supreme Court Justice has launched the first of a series of scientific guides for UK judges. Lord Anthony Hughes has overseen a project to help the judiciary deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom. Guides on statistics and the physics of car crashes are to come next and one on shaken baby syndrome is planned. They give judges the answers to the questions that they themselves have asked about scientific evidence they have to deal with in the Courtroom.
Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food
The seeds will be used for food security research at a seed bank in Lebanon, which is recreating collections destroyed in Syria. Seeds from the resilient, wild cousins of modern food crops are being collected and stored in an international effort. The aim is to breed new crop varieties capable of withstanding threats such as climate change, drought, pests and diseases. At Icarda, the seeds will be used for research into improving their domesticated relatives against current and future threats such as climate change.
Do Lefties Have an Advantage in Sports? It Depends
Over all, left-handedness was 2.6 times more likely in the sports with higher time constraints than in ones with lower time pressure. His results are couched in a broader nature versus nurture discussion of why left-dominance may be an asset in sports. Beyond sports, this explanation could account for why lefties have made up just 10 percent or so of the human population for thousands of years. In 1996, a team of French researchers proposed that lefties have a fitness advantage in duel-like situations.
Lilli Hornig, 96, Dies; A-Bomb Researcher Lobbied for Women in Science
The institute, known as HERS, researches discrimination against women historically and supports them by challenging sexism in hiring. In addition to her daughter Joanna, Dr Hornig is survived by another daughter, Ellen Hornig; a son, Chris; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Meanwhile, Dr Lilli Hornig joined Los Alamos colleagues 110 miles away in the Sandia Mountains as eyewitnesses to whether the weapon would work. Dr Hornig signed a petition urging that a prototype be demonstrated to the Japanese before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
President Trump Puts His Indifference To The Environment On Hold For Elephants
His comments ignored months of public protest from Native Americans and environmentalists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and in Washington. It's also a strong contrast to Trump's more recent handling of an administrative decision to allow trophy hunting of African elephants. Trump called trophy hunting a horror show and said he's unlikely to allow for such imports. African elephants have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1978.
Comcast, Verizon and maybe Amazon want look at 21st Century Fox assets
First it was Disney and then along came Comcast, but now other industry heavyweights, Verizon and possibly Amazon, are eyeing some of 21st Century Fox's rich media empire. Comcast has approached Fox and expressed interest in some of Fox's assets, including UK-based TV and Internet provider Sky and Mumbai-headquartered studio Star India, a source familiar with the situation told USA TODAY. Verizon is among those that contacted Fox about potential acquisitions, the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations, said.
Apple supplier used illegal teenage labor to assemble the iPhone X: report
If you own an iPhone X, there is a chance your prized smartphone was built from forced labor of Chinese high school students. Apple and its largest Chinese supplier, Foxconn, acknowledged that students did work in the latter's factories to assemble the iPhone X to keep up with the demand. Foxconn, the exclusive assembler of the iPhone X, has taken a huge hit because of the iPhone X's production delays.
Cassini image mosaic: A farewell to Saturn
The Cassini imaging team had been planning this special farewell view of Saturn for years. It was hard to say goodbye, but how lucky we were to be able to see it all through Cassini's eyes!. For others, Cassini's farewell to Saturn is reminiscent of another parting from long ago. Launched in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. Cassini ended its journey with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept.
Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner
Buying Time Warner would give AT&T more video through such cable networks as HBO, CNN and TBS and the Warner Bros. The Justice Department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, warns that the deal could hurt innovation, particularly in online television services. As a candidate, Trump vowed to block the deal because it concentrated too much power in the hands of too few. In vertical deals, where a competitor isn't eliminated, it's harder for the government to show how consumers would be harmed.
Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers
Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. The groups say Hulu has refused to do so despite repeated requests from advocates and blind customers. The groups want Hulu to provide audio tracks that describe a scene, facial expressions or actions during a pause in dialogue.

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