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Video: Experts: Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Won’t Work

November 28, 2014 in technology by Science

A temperature rise that could cause irreversible and potentially catastrophic damage to human civilization is practically inevitable, according to rising chatter among experts in the lead up to a year of key negotiations on a new climate change global accord. World leaders have voluntarily committed to limit warming by the end of the century to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial level, a threshold beyond which, scientists argue, severe drought, rising seas and supercharged storms as well as food and water security become routine challenges.??
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Video: Wal-Mart Dismisses Several China Executives to Cut Costs

November 26, 2014 in business by Business

Wal-Mart Stores said it had dismissed several executives in China as part of an effort to lower costs in the country, where it has been grappling with slower sales and tough price competition. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that about 30 senior executives, including directors and vice presidents from Wal-Mart China and Sam's Club China, had been dismissed. Walmart reported a 0.8 percent fall in China sales during the quarter to Oct.
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Video: Actavis Mulls Job Cuts

November 24, 2014 in business by Business

A Bloomberg report said citing an interview by Chief Executive Officer Brent Saunders on Bloomberg Television, generic drugmaker Actavis Plc is planning to cut employees and expand in China. Earlier in November, Botox maker Allergan Inc accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Actavis, ending a seven-month hostile pursuit by activist investor William Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Brent Saunders had said in the interview that there are overlaps in corporate functions, including human relations and finance, the report noted.??
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Video: Soyuz spacecraft docks with International Space Station: NASA

November 24, 2014 in technology by Science

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut safely docks with the International Space Station, according to NASA. Duration: 00:40
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Video: U of M Hosts Math and Science Family Fun Fair

November 23, 2014 in technology by Science

Saturday was a day of hands-on learning for families at the University of Minnesota. The university hosted a free Math and Science Family Fun Fair, allowing kids to build structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows, conduct electricity using potatoes and even drive robots.
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Video: Humans on Mars by 2035?

November 21, 2014 in technology by Science

NASA's Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan wants to land a man on Mars by the mid-2030s. The 53-year-old geologist says"In a sense it's our destiny to move beyond this planet and Mars is the logical choice. "It's a place where humans could live and work -- not out in the open -- but with not too-radical modifications." Indeed, life on the 'Red Planet' may not just be the stuff of science fiction.
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Video: Uber’s Emil Michael Isn’t Going Anywhere, Report Says

November 21, 2014 in business by Business

Despite pressure to fire Uber executive Emil Michael after his controversial remarks surfaced this week, at least two investors in the company and CEO Travis Kalanick are still firmly behind him, according to a new report. Bloomberg reported on Friday that Michael was integral to Uber's financing round in June that valued it at $17 billion, as well as in the company's deal with Spotify.
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Video: Britain holds its first exhibition on the study of sex

November 19, 2014 in technology by Science

Scientific discovery mingles with stimulation in Britain's first exhibition about the study of sex, with pioneering sex aids, ancient phallic charms and even a chair credited with inducing orgasms. Duration: 00:49
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Video: Lander ‘Sniffed’ Organic Molecules on Comet’s Surfa

November 18, 2014 in technology by Science

The European Space Agency's Philae comet lander "sniffed" organic molecules before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said. They said it was not yet clear whether the molecules included the complex compounds that make up proteins. One of the key aims of the mission is to discover whether carbon-based compounds, the basis of life as we know it, were brought to early Earth by comets. Philae landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov?Gerasimenko after a 10-year journey through space aboard the Rosetta spacecraft, on a mission to unlock details about how planets and perhaps even how life evolved.??
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Video: Stocks are Soaring, Global Economy in a Ditch: Now What?

November 18, 2014 in business by Business

U.S. stocks are hitting new record highs, and the U.S. economy is growing at a steady rate of a little more than 2%. But the rest of the world isn?t feeling so peachy. The S&P 500 is up more than 10% on the year, but the MSCI All-Country World Excluding U.S. Index has been down almost 5% recently. According to Bloomberg News, the disconnect between what?s going on in the United States? economy and most others is bringing the term ?decoupling? back.
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