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    To keep EpiPen sales up, Mylan threatened states, sued making bogus claims

    Pharmaceutical company Mylan sued West Virginia in 2015 to keep its EpiPens on the state’s “preferred drug list,” which, if successful, would mean that the state’s Medicaid programs would have to automatically pay for the pricey epinephrine auto-injectors. The bold and unusual move by Mylan—which ultimately failed—is yet another example of the aggressive marketing and legal tactics the company used to boost profits from EpiPens, which halt life-threatening allergic reactions.

  • 1 hour ago
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    Michael Bloomberg to world leaders: ignore Trump on climate change

    The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal. The billionaire said in an interview there was no political motive tied to the release of his new book, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, which is co-authored with the Sierra Club executive director, Carl Pope.

  • 7 days ago
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    Why scientists are fighting back. We’ve had enough of Trump’s war on facts

    Next Saturday, in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of rallies around the world, scientists and their supporters will stage what is likely to be the largest gathering of its kind in history. The March for Science, an idea hatched by a few enthusiastic people on Reddit, has mobilised scientists and their supporters as never before.

  • 8 days ago
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    Support for Brexit hits a five-month high, with 55 per cent of UK population now backing exit from European Union

    A new survey from Orb International shows a four per cent boost for Theresa May in days after she triggered the start of Brexit talks at the end of last month. Dissatisfaction with Brexit is now at its lowest level since the survey started last November, with just 45 per cent opposed to leaving the EU.

  • 8 days ago
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    Airbnb Checks Out of Russia

    A traditional yurt on a pasturing site along Russia’s border with Mongolia. A remote cabin in the Russian arctic advertising a view of the northern lights. Or an 18th century manor house on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, complete with crystal chandeliers and a 25-hectare garden. More than two decades after communism, the San Francisco rental site Airbnb came to Russia in 2012. It promised to usher in the era of the sharing economy—replacing Soviet-era kommunalkas with hipster apartments.

  • 11 days ago
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    Jeff Bezos explains the perfect way to make risky business decisions

    "Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow," Jeff Bezos advised in his annual shareholder's letter released on Wednesday. Bezos was explaining how he goes about running the absolutely massive company Amazon has become — 341,000 employees — like a startup.

  • 11 days ago
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    Bitcoin is more popular in the developing world than you think

    If you have ever sent money abroad using your local bank you probably noticed that their model favors corporate profit over people’s need and its own convenience over fast speeds. For the majority of businesses and individuals in the developing world, foreign exchange remains a critical inhibitor to their success or sometimes access to basic food and medicine. As a leading blockchain banking company that strives to help people make international transfers faster and cheaper we noticed a partic...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    220 Cities Losing All Passenger Train Service per Trump Elimination of all Federal Funding for Amtrak’s National Network Trains

    The National Association of Rail Passengers denounced the budget outline released by the Trump Administration, which slashes investment in transportation infrastructure. These cuts to Amtrak, transit, and commuter rail programs, and even air service to rural towns, would not only cost construction and manufacturing jobs, but place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities.

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  • 2 weeks ago
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    Butchered shark fins seized from shrimp boat off Key West

    Florida wildlife officers made a grisly discovery aboard a Key West shrimp boat this week: dozens of pairs of dismembered shark fins. The boat was discovered about 20 miles north of the island Wednesday night, an indication that illegal finning still occurs in Florida waters despite being banned more than 16 years ago. Buying and selling fins also remains legal in most states, fueling a practice that targets some of the world’s biggest and longest-lived sharks that are also among the planet’...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Swedish football fans protest mask ban by wearing niqabs

    A group of Swedish football fans have launched a protest against a new ban on wearing masks at stadiums, exploiting an exception to the ban by wearing niqabs to cover their faces. On March 1st, the ban on wearing masks in the stands at Swedish football stadiums entered into force in an effort to combat violent behaviour at games. Exceptions to the ban can be made however for people covering their faces in the line of duty like police, or people who cover their face for religious reasons.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Cave Story+ launching on Switch in June

    A couple of months ago, Nicalis’ Tyrone Rodriguez shared an image of Switch’s Home Menu. It depicted the icons of a few games: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, 1001 Spikes, Hydra, and Cave Story. We pretty much knew that last game was happening, but now it’s been made official. Cave Story is coming to Switch as Cave Story+. Like The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, it will have a physical release.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Scientists develop ‘lab on a chip’ that costs 1 cent to make

    Microfluidics, electronics and inkjet technology underlie a newly developed all-in-one biochip from Stanford that can analyze cells for research and clinical applications. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a way to produce a cheap and reusable diagnostic “lab on a chip” with the help of an ordinary inkjet printer. At a production cost of as little as 1 cent per chip, the new technology could usher in a medical diagnostics revolution like the kind brough...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Researchers identify genes that give cannabis its flavour

    UBC scientists have scanned the genome of cannabis plants to find the genes responsible for giving various strains their lemony, skunky or earthy flavours, an important step for the budding legal cannabis industry. “The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties. This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products,” said Jörg Bohlmann, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Hulu’s ‘The Mindy Project’ to End After Six Seasons

    “The Mindy Project” will return to Hulu for one final season, Variety has confirmed. Season 6, the show’s last, will premiere on the streaming service in September. The Mindy Kaling-created series, produced by Universal TV in association with 3 Arts Entertainment, bowed on Fox in 2012, part of a freshman class that included “Ben and Kate.” It ran on the network for three seasons before being canceled by Fox and picked up by Hulu in 2015. The series was recently sold into syndication on...

  • 1 month ago
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    Israel's Arrow anti-missile system 'in first hit'

    Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media say. A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, designed to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say. The SAMs were fired at Israeli jets which had just raided sites in Syria. Debris from the intercepted SAM came down in Jordan. Two other SAMs are said to have landed in Israel.

  • 1 month ago
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    Sony patented a way for you to steal battery power from your friend's phone

    A new patent filed by Sony could let you charge a smartphone by sucking precious energy from a friend's device. The patent describes a way to wirelessly transfer power between devices using near-field communication (NFC) technology. It doesn't specify that these devices would necessarily be phones, instead using the term "portable consumer electronic device."

  • 1 month ago
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    Monsanto Accused of Ghostwriting Papers on Roundup Cancer Risk

    Monsanto Co. was accused in court documents of ghostwriting scientific literature that led a U.S. regulator to conclude a key chemical in its Roundup weed killer shouldn’t be classified as carcinogenic. Lawyers suing the company on behalf of farmers and others, who claim exposure to glyphosate caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, alleged in a court filing which was partially blacked out until...

  • 1 month ago
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    China rails against U.S. for human rights violations

    China lashed out at the United States for its "terrible human rights problems" in a report on Thursday, adding to recent international criticism of Washington on issues ranging from violence inflicted on minorities to U.S. immigration policies. The U.S. State Department's annual report on rights in nearly 200 countries last week accused China of torture, executions without due process, repression of political rights and persecution of ethnic minorities, among other issues.

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis zritic

    Are smartphones killing the art of face-to-face conversation? We ask the experts

    Smartphones are everywhere now and for many of us they serve as a constant companion. They keep us continually connected, filling gaps in our day, entertaining us, and demanding our attention with a string of notifications. Because they offer a convenient alternative to face-to-face conversations, and at times they butt into our chats directly, there’s a growing realization that they may be killing the art of conversation.

  • 1 month ago
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    Ireland's "MASS GRAVES" story is fake news!

    Bill Donohue comments on news stories that Catholic nuns in Ireland housed a mass grave of babies: It was a lie in 2014 and it is a lie in 2017. There is no evidence of a mass grave outside a home for unmarried women operated by nuns in Tuam, Ireland, near Galway, in the 20th century. The hoax is now back again, and an obliging media are running with the story as if it were true.

  • 1 month ago
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    Florida judge blocks release of wife of Pulse nightclub shooter

    A federal judge in Orlando on Thursday stayed a California judge's decision to grant bail to the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. The stay granted by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron means that Noor Salman, 30, will not be freed on $500,000 bail on Friday as planned. The ruling sets up a schedule for briefings to argue the matter. Prosecutors sought the stay and a review of the California proceedings with the Florida court, which has original jurisdiction in the case.

  • 1 month ago
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    PlayStation Trolls Nintendo Switch on its Release Date

    March 3 has been long awaited for the release of the Nintendo Switch, of course. But PlayStation Italy had a trick up their sleeve to snatch some of the spotlight.

  • 1 month ago
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    BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession

    A BBC camera crew reporting in China was attacked and later forced by police to apologise and sign a confession for trying to conduct an “illegal interview”, one of its reporters has said. John Sudworth, a journalist with the BBC, and his team were attempting to interview a villager in rural China who claims her father was killed during a land dispute with the government. As they walked towards her house, a group of men blocked their way, pushed Sudworth and smashed and snatched the crew’s...