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Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerousFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.


 

California big tunnels win early approval. Questions remainSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined.


 

Do We Have To Worry About An Asteroid Strike?Just because an asteroid passes by Earth from a safe distance one year doesn’t mean it will always happen that way.


 

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank presidentDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday.


 

Ex-CEO's reputation precedes him, affects jury selectionSeveral potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin "Pharma Bro" Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn't be impartial toward the flamboyant former ...


 

Early Hieroglyphics Show How Ancient Egyptian Writing EvolvedEarly and massive hieroglyphic symbols carved into rocks are giving archaeologists a better idea how the ancient Egyptian civilization’s written language started and grew into what we know it at its peak.


 

Trump’s Tech Week did not make America greatIt was a full house last week at the White House as President Donald Trump opened his doors to a gaggle of tech CEOs to talk about modernizing the U.S. government. Among the all-star lineup: Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet's Eric Schmidt. This week, they're gone. They leave behind desks at departments key to bringing the government into the 21st century that have remained empty months into Trump's presidency. Trump has yet to appoint a science adviser, which breaks with decades of practice in Republican and Democratic administrations. That adviser typically heads up the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which among other things advises the government on everything from artificial intelligence to climate change. Senators have issued letters pleading with the president to fill out the OSTP staff. Other departments important to innovation efforts are almost comically understaffed. The U.S Digital Service, for example, is looking to recruit, via a blog post published earlier this month. And for anyone paying attention, they'll realize that this is actually the issue facing the government's efforts to modernize.  So! The White House "Tech Week" is now in the books, and aside from some quality photo ops, it's unclear if anything's actually gonna come from it. "Tech week" looks headed for the same fate as "infrastructure week"—punchlines for the Trump administration's tendency to focus on branding, over getting actual work done, as controversy swirls around his presidency.  So is Tech Week still a thing? — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 23, 2017 Now, with "tech" having been addressed, the administration's on to "energy week" while pushing a budget that will slash research and development spending. Politico calls it "the deepest cuts in innovations investments that any administration has ever proposed." The silver lining? It's not really in Trump's hands.  "There’s a couple of interesting things that you quickly realize when you go to work in tech policy. [One] is that the federal government has very little directive power to do much of anything," said Michael Daniel, who currently works as president of the Cyber Threat Alliance and formerly served as special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator at the White House.  "In order to be effective in tech policy you actually have to build a lot of consensus among industry and other elements to persuade [tech companies] that you've got a direction that they want to go," Daniel continued. In other words, it can't happen in a week. But the Trump administration also can't really undo all the work that was done under Barack Obama's administration. The government pushed out several initiatives related to the tech sector under the former president. Most notably, Tech Hire was a campaign launched in March 2015 to expand the tech industries in local economies by building talent pipelines in those communities. Those programs don't necessarily need Trump to succeed. Initiatives like Tech Hire still exists, led by the nonprofit Opportunity@Work, and are thriving in some areas such as Atlanta. John C. Yates, the partner-in-charge of the technology practice at the law firm Morris, Manning & Martin, is referred to many as the godfather of Atlanta's tech scene.  Yates said that Tech Hire, while it may be an Obama-era program, aligns with the current administration's goal for a strong American economy.  "You can’t grow the economy unless you grow the workforce. We can either increase immigration (which the current administration has not been in favor of) or you can better train the workforce here," Yates said.  Beyond Atlanta, another bipartisan effort exists. The Tech Jobs Tour, launched earlier this year, is a private effort dedicated to placing talent in tech jobs. Leanne Pittsford, who runs the group Lesbians Who Tech, founded the tour, while Megan Smith—formerly chief technology officer under the Obama administration—serves as an adviser.  "There's conversation outside of the administration. Where is opportunity, and what do I have access to? It's meeting people where they are," said Mitali Chakraborty, chief experience officer at Tech Jobs Tour.  "No one wants to be the next Silicon Valley. They just want to be the best version of their city," Chakraborty said. "They know it’s the identity of their own city and their future." They aren't turning a blind eye to the administration, of course.  "We just feel like we have a lot of work to do, a lot of work to do on the state level, the local level, the private level," Chakraborty said. "Regardless of who’s in office, we’re doing the work ... businesses are going to keep starting and stopping, the economy is going to keep moving. I always say red states, blue states, it doesn’t matter. Jobs are purple. WATCH: Take your summer picnics to the next level with this portable grill


 

How to Watch the Eclipse? Airline Flight Will Chase Solar Phenomenon as It's HappeningThe last total solar eclipse that was visible in the United States happened in 1918. Airplane technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 100 years, and Alaska Airlines is going to provide the best view possible to one of the rarest astronomical phenomena. The flight is invitation-only, but beginning July 21 the airline will hold a contest across Alaska's social channels to win a seat on the flight.


 

Google Earth Heads to the Classroom With National Geographic and PBSGoogle Earth Heads to the Classroom With National Geographic and PBS


 

Scientists Reverse Engineer Fossils To Understand Ancient OrganismsUsing fluid dynamics to understand fossils from the Ediacaran period.


 

Subway digging uncovers 'Pompeii-like scene' in RomeROME (AP) — Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure.


 

Deep delveScientists at Oxford University begin a trial to pinpoint early tell-tale signs of dementia.


 

Brazil remains stagnant in innovation rankingThe country did not advance in its overall innovation efforts in the last year; Chile is the leader in the region.


 

Megalodon: World’s Biggest Shark Was Wiped Out During a Global Extinction of Ocean’s MegafaunaUpdated | The biggest shark to have ever lived was wiped out during a previously unknown global extinction event that saw 36 percent of the world’s marine megafauna disappear. Carcharocles megalodon could reach up to 60 feet in length and had jaws measuring 9 feet wide. It lived from 23 million years ago up until the end of the Pliocene Epoch, around 2.6 million years ago.


 

Cold-Blooded Mummy: How India's Hot Weather Preserved a ReptileThe Indian chameleon (Chamaeleo zeylanicus) was likely looking for water from an old pipe that had been dry for years, said filmmaker and writer Janaki Lenin, who found the critter and posted photos of it on Twitter. "The tragic story of a chameleon," Lenin tweeted June 18. It's strange that the dead chameleon was gripping the water pipe, said Christopher Raxworthy, the curator-in-charge of the Department of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.


 

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite findDutch scientists on Monday celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system. "Meteorites are very special because we do not have rocks of this age on earth," said geologist Leo Kriegsman from the Naturalis biodiversity centre in Leiden in a YouTube video marking the occasion.


 

With Legal Pot, Fatal Car Crashes Haven't IncreasedIn the three years following Colorado's and Washington's decisions in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, deaths in car crashes did not increase in those states, a new study finds. "One of the arguments being made when they were legalizing marijuana in those two states was, 'We're going to create a whole population of drugged drivers, and they're going to crash their cars and die," said Dr. Jayson Aydelotte, a trauma surgeon at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin. Aydelotte and his colleagues wanted to see if that prediction came true.


 

Sexual equality in medical research long overdue, study findsResearch labs may be short-changing women by ignoring differences between male and female animals in experiments to discover new drugs, suggesting sexual equality in scientific studies is overdue, researchers said on Monday. In research using mice of both sexes, scientists at Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute found that gender differences could impact results in more than half of their experiments. Since these early-stage laboratory studies underpin research into treatments for human diseases, the scientists said sex differences should be an important factor in designing future studies.


 

Yellowstone Grizzlies Lose Endangered StatusThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  removed grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species List yesterday (June 22). The decision to return the Yellowstone bears to state and tribal management reflected rebounding grizzly numbers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), a region that encompasses Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in a statement. However, scientists and Tribal Nations representatives have argued against the delisting, citing that the bears aren't out of the woods just yet, according to a statement published online by the Sierra Club, a nonprofit environmental organization.


 

Taking on Uber's ousted CEOTech journalist targeted for her criticism


 

Why you're always the one to get bitten by mozziesAnd other people never get bitten


 

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?Artificial intelligence can now produce original paintings, novels and music.


 

Help us find out what our possibly habitable exoplanet neighbour is actually likeYou may even be able to find other planets around the star closest to our solar system.


 

New Zealand law student launches climate change court caseWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand law student is taking the government to court in hopes of forcing it to set more ambitious climate change targets.


 

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': studyAustralia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday. The World Heritage-listed reef is the largest living structure on Earth and its economic and social value was calculated for the first time in the Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The study, based on six months' analysis, comes as the reef suffers an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.


 

World mayors urge G20 leaders to 'save the planet'Dozens of city mayors from around the world - including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney - on Monday called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change. In light of US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change pact "the resolve of the other 19 leaders at the upcoming G20 Summit to safeguard the future of our planet is more important than ever," the statement added.


 

Signs Of Sadism Include Bitter Tastes, Like Black CoffeeAlthough sadism is often linked with serial killers or other extreme behaviors, this isn’t always the case, and these personality types are much more common than we think.


 

App allows tech workers to anonymously speak outEmployees share their experiences of workplace bullying and victimization


 

Things About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe That Make No SenseThere are lots of things we all love about the 'Star Wars' universe. Even so, there's plenty that makes very little sense.


 


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