Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing
Oct04

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that yellow cedar does not warrant additional protections because trees will persist in areas where climate change does not affect the trees. Warming affects trees in less than 6 percent of yellow cedar range that stretches along the Pacific...

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PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook’s payments project
Oct04

PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook’s payments project

PayPal has pulled out of Facebook’s digital currency project, known as Libra, a blow to the social media company that has faced stronger-than-expected scrutiny over its proposed creation of an alternative payments system. The digital payments company said Friday it is withdrawing from the Libra Association so it can focus on its existing businesses. “Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal,...

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NASA sets 1st all-female spacewalk after spring suit flap
Oct04

NASA sets 1st all-female spacewalk after spring suit flap

The first all-female spacewalk is back on, six months after a flap over spacesuits led to an embarrassing cancellation. NASA announced Friday that the International Space Station’s two women will pair up for a spacewalk later this month. Astronauts Christina Koch (Cook) and the newly arrived Jessica Meir will venture out Oct. 21 to plug in new batteries. It will be the fourth of five spacewalks involving battery work. The first...

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Peruvian authorities: 12.3 million dried seahorses seized
Oct04

Peruvian authorities: 12.3 million dried seahorses seized

Authorities in Peru say they’ve detained a ship carrying 12.3 million dried seahorses with a $6 million export value in an unprecedented operation. Peruvian marines followed the Adonay ship for several days before intercepting it about 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the Pacific coast. On board, authorities found 55 boxes filled with seahorses in what Peruvians say is the largest such capture on record. Four crew members were...

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Quadriplegic man walks with an exoskeleton he controls with his brain
Oct04

Quadriplegic man walks with an exoskeleton he controls with his brain

A quadriplegic man was able to move his arms and walk using an exoskeleton controlled by signals sent from his brain and a harness suspended from the ceiling, French researchers said in a new study. The research centered on a 28-year-old man who was paralyzed from the shoulders down, and his first steps and arm movements were the culmination of a two-year project that was published in The Lancet Neurology journal on Thursday. An...

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