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  Story 214 -   Saturday September 5, 2020
Record-breaking gravitational waves reveal that midsize black holes do exist The biggest. The farthest. The most energetic. A new detection of gravitational waves from two colliding black holes has racked up multiple superlatives.

What?s more, it also marks the first definitive sighting of an intermediate mass black hole, one with a mass between 100 and 100,000 times the sun?s mass. That midsize black hole was forged when the two progenitor black holes coalesced to form a larger one with about 142 solar masses. I ...

  Story 213 -   Saturday September 5, 2020
Protecting half the planet could help solve climate change and save species Earth faces two interrelated crises: accelerating loss of biodiversity and climate change. Both are worsened by human development of natural lands that would otherwise allow species to flourish and would store atmosphere-warming carbon, stabilizing the climate.

A new study argues that nations can help avert the biodiversity and climate crises by preserving the roughly 50 percent of land that remains relatively undeveloped. The researcher ...

  Story 212 -   Saturday September 5, 2020
Search for Intelligent Life In The Universe Intensifies In a new study to be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a research team led by University of Manchester astronomers extended a sample of 1,327 stellar systems recently observed by the Breakthrough Listen Initiative by including additional 288,315 stars that also reside within the target fields of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and CSIRO?s Parkes radio telescope in Australia ? increasing t ...

  Story 211 -   Thursday September 3, 2020
Donald Trump accidentally revealed something very important in a tweet On any given day, President Donald Trump will tweet or retweet dozens -- and sometimes hundreds -- of things. Most of this stuff is either celebratory of something he did (or didn't do) or just the sort of standard-issue propaganda that your average conservative internet troll might produce.

But every once in a while, Trump unwittingly reveals something important about himself in a tweet. And that happened on Wednesday, with this tweet f ...

  Story 210 -   Wednesday September 2, 2020
Trump provides no proof of plane full of 'thugs' CHICAGO (AP) ? President Donald Trump is recycling a baseless conspiracy theory to claim that recent protests have been orchestrated by powerful people in "dark shadows" intent on undermining his reelection prospects.

The claims first took root on Facebook and Twitter earlier this year after racial justice protests swelled across the country following the deaths of Black Americans in police custody. Thousands of social media users shared ...

  Story 209 -   Wednesday September 2, 2020
Former Vice President Biden turns to schools after blasting President Trump on violence, (AP) ? Joe Biden plans to hammer President Donald Trump on Wednesday for not helping the nation?s schools reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Democratic challenger tries to keep the spotlight on the Republican incumbent?s handling of the outbreak and the nation?s overall security.

Biden and his wife, Jill, a longtime college professor and former high school teacher, will meet with public health experts to talk about sch ...

  Story 208 -   Sunday August 30, 2020
Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland denounced by Trump PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland police were seeking video Sunday of a fatal shooting on the embattled Oregon city's streets after Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters in a caravan hundreds of vehicles long.

President Donald Trump responded with a Twitter barrage aimed at social justice protesters, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and top Democrats in Congress.

It was not im ...

  Story 207 -   Wednesday August 26, 2020
Coronavirus: Vaccine front-runner China already inoculating workers Earlier this month, the head of a well-known, privately-owned Chinese conglomerate told his staff that a vaccine for Covid-19 was expected to come to market by November.

The boss, whose firm has a healthcare division, said that he saw it as a portent of economic recovery; a chance for his firms to sell more, according to a person privy to the comments. Within a few weeks the Chinese government was forced to go public with its apparent pr ...

  Story 206 -   Monday August 24, 2020
Demonstrations after Wisconsin police shoot man from behind KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) ? Officers deployed tear gas early Monday in an effort to disperse hundreds of people who took to the streets following a police shooting in Kenosha that also drew a harsh rebuke from the governor after a video posted on social media appeared to show officers shoot at a Black man?s back seven times as he leaned into a vehicle.



A person was hospitalized in serious condition following a shooting by officers about 5 ...

  Story 205 -   Monday August 24, 2020
How Trump will try to erase what Democrats accomplished

Opinion by Richard Galant, (CNN)
More than 500 years ago, Thomas More published a slim book in Latin that bequeathed us the word "Utopia." He conjured up a fictional island where people enjoy "life in happiness and peace, with all cares removed."

Three centuries later, philosopher John Stuart Mill questioned the practicality of achieving a Utopia -- popularizing the term "dystopia" in a speech to t ...


  Story 204 -   Monday August 24, 2020
US FDA announces emergency authorization for convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19

The US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19, saying the "known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product."

The FDA said more than 70,000 patients had been treated with convalescent plasma,which is made using the blood of people who have recovered from coronavirus infections.

"Today I a ...


  Story 203 -   Tuesday August 18, 2020
Amsterdam has been collapsing for years. Now it's paying the price Cracks and sinkholes are appearing alongside the waterways of Amsterdam.
Bicycles are tumbling into the swirling water as the canalsides vanish beneath their wheels.
Quay walls are collapsing against houseboats. Bridges are in trouble.

While the recent Covid-19 restrictions have relieved the Dutch capital from the more superficial blight of overtourism, it seems the city has a more pressing existential crisis.

It's in danger o ...

  Story 202 -   Thursday August 13, 2020
Russia offers to help US with Covid-19 vaccine; US says no

Russian officials in Moscow tell CNN they have offered "unprecedented cooperation" with Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the US multi-agency body set up to accelerate access to effective Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

But the officials told CNN that the "US is not currently open" to the Russian medical advances.
"There is a general sense of mistrust of Russia on the American side and we believe that technolo ...


  Story 201 -   Wednesday August 12, 2020
China increases military pressure on Taiwan: The view from Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan - Two Chinese jets briefly flew across the Taiwan Strait "median line" - the de facto border between China and Taiwan - on Monday morning in what has been a busy year in cross-Strait military exercises.

While the jets were signalling Beijing's displeasure with US Health Secretary Alex Azar's ongoing visit to Taipei, similar missions have entered Taiwanese airspace and waters at least 20 times this year, accordi ...


  Story 200 -   Wednesday August 12, 2020
UK crashes into deepest recession of any major economy

London (CNN Business)UK economic output shrank by 20.4% in the second quarter of 2020, the worst quarterly slump on record, pushing the country into the deepest recession of any major global economy.

This crash in GDP in the April-June period is the worst since quarterly records began in 1955 and follows a 2.2% contraction in the first quarter. Industries most exposed to government lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic ? ...


  Story 199 -   Wednesday August 12, 2020
Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate

Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate, making the California senator the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party's presidential ticket.

"I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wrote in an email Tuesday.
T ...


  Story 198 -   Monday August 10, 2020
Trump escorted from briefing after shooting outside White House US President Donald Trump left a coronavirus pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, DC amid reports of a shooting outside the grounds [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

The US Secret Service has abruptly escorted President Donald Trump out of the White House press r ...


  Story 197 -   Thursday August 6, 2020
Trump issues order to ban dealings with TikTok's Chinese owner The move comes after intense pressure from Trump administration for TikTok's owner ByteDance to sell the app to a US firm. Trump said TikTok may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party [File: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg]

Donald Trump, the president of the U ...


  Story 196 -   Thursday August 6, 2020
Congress Urges Postal Service to Undo Changes Slowing Mail WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that changes imposed by the new, Republican postmaster general "threaten the timely delivery of mail in ...

  Story 195 -   Sunday August 2, 2020
Portland Police Declare Unlawful Assembly During Protest

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