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Plastic waste tax 'backed' by public
There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at smart, intelligent incentives to get plastic producers to take responsibility. Reports suggest a levy on manufacturers and some disposable plastic products may be introduced in the Budget. This month it was revealed that most plastic food containers in shops cannot be recycled.
This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That's Very Rare
One of three medications approved in the United States to treat opioid addiction, it works by easing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It can be this revelatory moment for people - even in the depth of crisis, in the middle of the night. She added that since ER visits like Angelica's are usually brief and uncomplicated, they aren't as expensive as many other types of ER care.
Silicon Valley idealism at odds with China market
The tech industry had a utopian view of the world and of itself, said Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. After portraying itself as a champion of making all the world's information freely available, Google would be hard-pressed to explain taking part in online censorship in China, according to Raicu. Two years ago, it reportedly worked on a censorship tool that would filter out posts on forbidden topics there.
Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano
Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is prompting scientists to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. Scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption that has destroyed more than 700 homes since May is over. There's a crusted-over lava pond inside a fissure cone and just a few spots where lava is entering the ocean. The agency has maintained a warning alert for Kilauea since May 3, when cracks began shooting lava out of the ground in the Big Island's Leilani Estates neighborhood.
Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google's recording of time-stamped location data-even after users have turned off a setting called Location History-clearly violates the 2011 settlement. The center lobbied the FTC to take action on Google nearly a decade ago.
US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads
Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads. Facebook said the company doesn't allow discrimination and has strengthened its systems over the past year to prevent misuse.
Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears
In closing trade, Tesla shares skidded 8.9 percent to $305.50 following the publication of the interview with The New York Times. There were times when I didn't leave the factory for three or four days-days when I didn't go outside, Musk said. Musk acknowledged that no one read his Twitter post before he sent it, but insisted he did not regret it. If we say we simply remove Elon Musk from the situation, I don't know if that does much good.
A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to 'valleytronics'
The term refers to energy valleys that form in crystals and that can trap single electrons. In the new study, researchers observed that electrons in bismuth prefer to crowd into one valley rather than distributing equally into the six available valleys. The finding confirms a recent prediction that ferroelectricity arises naturally on the surface of bismuth when electrons collect in a single valley. These valleys are not literal pits in the crystal but rather are like pockets of low energy where electrons prefer to rest.
Intensifying Hurricane Lane examined by GPM satellite
Heavy rainfall and towering cloud heights were the findings when Hurricane Lane was scanned by the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite on Aug 17. Lane strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. GPM passed above Lane in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Aug 17, 2018, at 1:26 a.m. At 11 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Lane was located near 11.2 degrees north latitude and 132.9 degrees west longitude.
Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to 'Touch the Sun'
Advertisement Video By Kenneth Chang Aug 11, 2018 Atop three columns of flame at 3:31 a.m. Eastern time, NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifted toward space on Sunday. Four million miles is about one-tenth the distance between the sun and Mercury, the innermost planet of the solar system. During its first plunge to the sun, the probe will pass within about 15 million miles of the sun.
H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants
The data show the importance of H-1B workers to the tech industry, which has long lobbied to increase the number of highly skilled foreign workers. The number of H-1B approvals at Intel in Santa Clara rose 19 percent and Cupertino-based Apple received 673, a 7 percent increase. Experts say the data also doesn't show how many additional H-1B contractors tech companies may get from staffing agencies or outsourcing companies.
Alexa, Cortana finally get the conversation going
Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are coming soon to a smart device near you together, with new integrated features that allow the digital assistants to talk to each other. Alternately, Cortana will be able to ask Alexa to set the temperature of the room through an internet-connected thermostat and access many of the third-party skills other companies have built into Alexa. The integration will bring more work-focused functions to Alexa through Cortana and general life capabilities to Cortana.
Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water
Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets which are between two to four times the size of Earth. Moving deeper, one would expect to find this water transforms into high-pressure ices before we reaching the solid rocky core. The beauty of the model is that it explains just how composition relates to the known facts about these planets.
Chemists develop contaminant detection technique for heparin
For example, Dwyer said, the new detection technique could serve as a quality assurance tool across the pharmaceutical industry, especially with an increased push to develop more sugar-based drugs, such as heparin. To develop the new detection technique, Dwyer turned to a sensing method proven in the sequencing of DNA and proteins. With the 2008 crisis, researchers had managed to identify and detect the oversulfated chondroitin sulfate contaminant, which was nearly identical to the heparin.
NASA analyzes Typhoon Soulik's water vapor
NASA's Terra satellite looked at water vapor and cloud top temperatures when it passed over the recently strengthened Typhoon Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Soulik on Aug 17 at 8:15 a.m. EDT and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument gathered water vapor content and temperature information. Water vapor analysis of tropical cyclones tells forecasters how much potential a storm has to develop.
Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish
Those factors put grayling in Montana in danger of extinction, said Jenny Harbine, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued force federal protections for the fish. The wildlife advocacy group says in its lawsuit that climate change will only make conditions worse without federal protections in place. In Montana, grayling now occupy just 10 percent of the 1,250 miles (2,011 kilometers) of streams in the upper Missouri River basin that they historically inhabited.
NASA's GPM analyzes Atlantic Tropical Storm Ernesto's rainfall
NASA found light to moderate rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Ernesto as it continued on an eastern trek toward Ireland and the United Kingdom. Sub-tropical storm has taken on tropical characteristics and was renamed a tropical storm by NOAA's National Hurricane Center. The advisory cautioned High intensity rainfall over a relatively short period of time for many areas on Saturday night associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto.
This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento
A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and center on its website that may startle some Sacramentans. We believe you will always need a human in the loop, Phantom Auto co-founder and chief strategy officer Elliot Katz said. The computer may just stop the car if it can't figure out what the officer wants it to do. Phantom Auto's work here will include checking for a continuous wireless communication connection between the car and the remote driver.
When flying to Mars is your day job
Sending missions to Mars for a living sounds like a dream job. Dr Farah Alibay is based at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and works on the InSight mission - which lifted off to Mars in May 2018. It's sort of weird that we're on our way to Mars. We're halfway to Mars right now, literally this week is the halfway point, and I've been getting Mars landing nightmares.

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