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Ethical cocoa schemes no panacea for struggling farmers

LONDON (Reuters) - Global chocolate makers are buying more cocoa sourced through schemes aimed at stamping out poverty as they rush to make their supply chains more ethical ahead of self-imposed 2020 deadlines.

Space

What's Next for NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter?

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is in space, but its science work won't start until June. Here's what the spacecraft will be doing until then.

Space

Stunning Video Offers a Quick Tour of the Crab Nebula

Beautiful images accompany a quick tour of the crab nebula in a new video released by NASA.

Space

'Flames in Space' Might Help Clean Earth's Air (Video)

Studying how flames burn in microgravity is helping scientists understand combustion. The insights learned could help reduce pollution here on Earth, according to a video released by NASA.

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Prescriptions of the drugs that fueled the overdose crisis are dropping around the US

Opioid prescriptions are continuing to drop in the US, falling about 12% between 2016 and 2017. That's according to new data from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which tracks medication use and spending in the US.  The use of medication a

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Experts are calling out a vape pen with 'scary' nicotine levels that teens love — here's how it affects the brain

Vaping, which involves inhaling heated vapor via a small portable device, is trending among teens. One device in particular, the Juul, is catching the attention of high school staff and public health experts who call its high nicotine content "scary." Nic

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This genius robot can build Ikea furniture – so you don’t have to

ROBOTICS has conquered one of the most frustrating tasks known to man: assembling Ikea furniture. A new droid can build a flat-packed chair in 8 minutes and 55 seconds, saving you an afternoon’s worth of trouble. The heaven-sent bot, which packs two

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When is the Lyrid meteor shower in the UK in 2018, how and where can you see it and when do the shooting stars peak?

SHOOTING stars are not only beautiful – they’re a chance to make a wish and hope for good luck. April’s Lyrid meteor shower is the oldest on record. Here’s when and how to watch it in 2018. When can I see the Lyrid meteor shower

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Japanese volcano erupts, spitting out smoke and rock; no injuries

TOKYO (Reuters) - A volcano in Japan erupted on Thursday, shooting clouds of smoke and rocks into the sky, and prompting authorities to ban access to the peak, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties.

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Japan carbon capture site shows promise for industrial use

TOMAKOMAI, Japan (Reuters) - A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide (CO2) below the seabed off Hokkaido island is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage (CCS) projects by cutting costs and increasing efficiency, its developer

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Hundreds flee homes as 4.4 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, rescue officials said on Thursday. The 4.4 magnitude quake hit the Banjarnegara district of Centra

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Missing WWII German submarine found after nearly 73 years lost at sea

A German submarine from World War II, rumored to have transported Nazi leadership and treasurers to South America following the collapse of Berlin, has been found nearly 73 years after being lost at sea.

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China environment ministry warns of 'stalemate' in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's war on pollution is at risk of reaching a "stalemate", with poor weather conditions undermining the country's efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Science

Extreme Heatwaves Killed Half of the Great Barrier Reef’s Coral in Two Years, Study Says

Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system is gone after two successive heat waves

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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to discover new drugs just landed a $2 billion valuation

UK-based biotech unicorn BenevolentAI just raised $115 million at a $2 billion valuation. The company uses artificial intelligence to help discover new drugs to treat conditions like Parkinson's disease and rare cancers.  Applying artificial intellig

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100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season

A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials tell the BBC.

Science

Planet-hunter launches from Florida

The US space agency's Tess satellite lifts off on a mission to find thousands of new worlds.

Science

Last of the wild asses back from the brink

Wild equines are being reintroduced to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers.

Science

Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Science

7 tips on how to be productive from Elon Musk

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famously productive. Musk recently told Tesla employees they'd be moving to an ambitious 24/7 schedule to get Model 3 production on track. In a letter announcing the changes, Musk offered employees a list of his own produ

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Discovery on tiny Pacific island could transform world economy as ‘almost infinite’ supply of rare metals worth more than £360 BILLION

THE discovery of a huge hoard of rare metals needed for futuristic tech on a tiny Pacific island could transform the world economy. It has been described as an “almost infinite” supply, with one of the metals found – rare-earth oxide 

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WWII wreck USS Helena discovered by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's crew

A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreck of the USS Helena in the Pacific, almost 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.

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The San Francisco Bay Area has an earthquake 'time bomb' that could devastate the region — and it's worse than we thought

There's about a 76% chance that the San Francisco Bay Area could experience a 7.2 magnitude earthquake within the next 30 years, according to some recent reports. Experts from the USGS think that the biggest earthquake threat is from the Hayward Fault, ra

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Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

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In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX's launch of space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX said all systems and weather were "go" for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glit

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Puerto Rico was just hit by an island-wide power outage — here are the best charities to donate to for victims of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria — the third-strongest hurricane to ever hit the United States — devastated Puerto Rico, and its power grid is still unstable. On Wednesday, Puerto Rico suffered an island-wide power outage — the f

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