Scientists are trying to perfect a technique for growing crops in space
Jan22

Scientists are trying to perfect a technique for growing crops in space

This story is from Inside Science. Scientists in Norway and the Netherlands may have brought us closer to workable space farms, which experts agree are necessary if astronauts are ever going to reach the red planet. “Astronauts stay on the International Space Station for six months and they can bring everything they need in either freeze-dried or vacuum packs, but the next goal for all space agencies is to reach Mars where...

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Elliott pushes for changes at eBay
Jan22

Elliott pushes for changes at eBay

An activist shareholder says eBay would be better off without StubHub or its classified ads businesses. Elliott Management, which owns more than 4 percent of its stock, said in a letter to eBay that if it focused on its online marketplace, it could push its share price, which had been trading for around $30, to $55 or even more than $63 by the end of next year. In early trading Tuesday, shares of eBay Inc. jumped 9 percent. Elliott...

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AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change
Jan22

AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change

When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit and the dome of smog over Salt Lake City that engineer Caleb Gregg steps into when he walks out his door in winter. “I look at it every day,” Gregg said from Salt Lake...

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Toyota, Panasonic announce venture for green auto batteries
Jan22

Toyota, Panasonic announce venture for green auto batteries

Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. The Japanese automaker and the Japanese electronics maker said in a joint statement Tuesday that Toyota will take a 51 percent stake and Panasonic 49 percent in the joint venture, which is to be running by the end of 2020. The...

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EU’s Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn’t shy from tech
Jan21

EU’s Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn’t shy from tech

The European Union’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has made her name challenging Silicon Valley tech companies. But the Danish politician isn’t exactly a Luddite when it comes to using technology herself. She detailed her preferences in a recent interview when it comes to using tech services: ——— TWITTER: Vestager is a fan and posts photos of the elephants she knits as a hobby along with...

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