Man convicted in killing after being ID’d through Snapchat
Jun08

Man convicted in killing after being ID’d through Snapchat

A man has been convicted of murder in a drug-related robbery killing in Las Vegas after initially being identified as a suspect because a friend of the victim thought to check and preserve a Snapchat message. Jurors on Thursday convicted 25-year-old Montrell Russum of murder, robbery and conspiracy in the 2018 killing of 25-year-old Martell Williams. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Williams was found dead by a friend,...

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Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
Jun08

Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research

To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she’s worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block. The Trump administration is cracking down on fetal tissue research , with new hurdles for government-funded scientists around the country who call the special cells vital for fighting a range...

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US-China trade war sparks worries about rare earth minerals
Jun08

US-China trade war sparks worries about rare earth minerals

Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars. China recently raised tariffs to 25% on rare earth exports to the U.S. and has threatened to halt exports altogether after the Trump administration raised tariffs on Chinese products and blacklisted telecommunications giant Huawei. With names like...

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The Latest: US energy policy hurts young people, lawyer says
Jun08

The Latest: US energy policy hurts young people, lawyer says

The Latest on young people suing the U.S. government over climate change (all times local): 3 p.m. A lawyer for young people who are suing the U.S. government over climate change says federal energy policy “puts children in harm’s way.” Attorney Julia Olson urged three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let the young people’s lawsuit move forward. The judges heard arguments Tuesday in Portland...

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Rising methane levels may be thwarting climate change efforts
Jun08

Rising methane levels may be thwarting climate change efforts

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — If the world were on track to meet the Paris Agreement goal of less than 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, methane levels in the atmosphere would theoretically be dropping. Instead, they have been rising since 2007, and shooting up even faster since 2014. A perspective published today in the journal Science discusses the potential causes and consequences of our...

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