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Exxon Fires Back Over Fine For Violating Russia Sanctions While Tillerson At Helm

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp sued the U.S. government on Thursday, blasting as “unlawful” and “capricious” a $2 million fine levied against it for a three-year-old oil joint venture with Russia’s Rosneft. The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday morning slapped the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer with the fine for “reckless disregard” of U.S. sanctions in dealings with ...

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Bill Nye Slams ‘Dingbats,’ Says Climate Deniers Are Old And Will Soon Be Dead

Bill Nye the Science Guy said climate change deniers might not be a problem for much longer.  In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in front of an audience, the author of Everything All at Once said most of them are older, so we can just wait for them to die .  “It just sounds like people are scared. It just sounds ...

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Attention Passengers: Your Flight Will Arrive 20 Years behind Schedule

A commercial airliner passes through a temporary wrinkle in spacetime en route from Tokyo to San Francisco. Its passengers arrive seemingly on time, only to discover that they have actually been transported 20 years into the future. How each passenger copes is the subject of a new online short-story writing contest and related science fiction anthology recently launched by the ...

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Exotic Physics Glimpsed for First Time in Lab Crystal

An exotic effect in particle physics that’s theorized to occur in immense gravitational fields—near a black hole, or in conditions just after the Big Bang—has been seen in a lump of material in a laboratory, physicists report. A team led by physicist Johannes Gooth at IBM Research near Zurich, Switzerland, say they have seen evidence for a long-predicted effect called ...

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Mice Show Signs of Mental Disorder After Injections of Cells from Schizophrenia Patient

Lab mice whose brains were injected with cells from schizophrenia patients became afraid of strangers, slept fitfully, felt intense anxiety, struggled to remember new things, and showed other signs of the mental disorder, scientists reported on Thursday. The latest advance in “chimeras,” animals created by transplanting cells from one species into another, demonstrated the value of the technique, scientists not involved in ...

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Helping Recipients of Food Assistance Use Their Benefits Wisely

The average recipient of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, runs out of a month’s worth of assistance within a week or two. Given that there are more than 45.8 million people on SNAP, we thought it was important to find out why. To do this, Common Cents, a financial decision-making research lab supported by ...

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Forget Sharks: 7 Things in the Water Swimmers Should Actually Fear

It’s shark season — primarily on cable TV. As the decades-long tradition of “Shark Week” approaches, you can expect once again to hear of “serial killer” sharks, attacks near major coastal cities, and menacing, massive shark swarms. But, as you probably also know, shark attacks are incredibly unlikely. You’re 75 times more likely to be killed by lightening than by a ...

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Putting the Public at Risk

In 1965, the world shook from revelations that a newly approved drug called thalidomide had caused severe and in many cases fatal birth defects in babies born to mothers taking the drug. The tragedy affected thousands across Europe but the US was largely spared. A scientist at the Food and Drug Administration by the name of Doctor Frances Kelsey had ...

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A Beach Town's Dilemma: Protect Homes or Save the Shore?

DEL MAR, Calif.—Kim and Marilyn Fletcher stood on the deck of their beachfront home watching waves crash onto the shore. They savored the view from behind a 22-foot-high sea wall, a common sight along this eroding stretch of coast. The sandy beach in front of homes in this north San Diego County town is shrinking, and the high tide is ...

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The Shark That Conquered the Whorl

Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil. (And we’ll discuss how Helicoprion is not technically a shark, but it’s really close!) Credit: EyeWire/Getty Images Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession ...

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