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General Electric Settles Subprime Loan Charges For $1.5 Billion

General Electric Settles Subprime Loan Charges For $1.5 Billion

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay a $1.5 billion civil fine to resolve claims that the company overstated the quality of loans packaged into residential mortgage-backed... 
Results Of NASA Twins Study Published

Results Of NASA Twins Study Published

The results of the NASA Twins Study have been published in the journal Science, nearly three years after the experiments for the study were completed. The goal of the study was to determine what changes the human body experiences... 
Several Changes Coming To The Tax Filing Process

Several Changes Coming To The Tax Filing Process

Several changes to the tax filing process will be coming in the next year. The reforms are the result of changes to the tax code implemented by the Trump Administration for the 2018 tax year. The rollout of the tax reforms has... 
Winners Of NASA’s $100,000 Mars Habitat Contest Announced

Winners Of NASA’s $100,000 Mars Habitat Contest Announced

NASA has announced the winners of its $100,000 competition to make a full-scale Mars habitat using modeling software. Eleven groups participated in the latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Three teams will... 
Massive Trove Of Facebook User Data Found On Amazon’s Cloud

Massive Trove Of Facebook User Data Found On Amazon’s Cloud

Researchers have found a huge collection of data on Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) users on Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) cloud computing servers. According to cybersecurity firm UpGuard, third-party Facebook app developers stored... 
China Making All Fentanyl Variants Controlled Substances

China Making All Fentanyl Variants Controlled Substances

China has announced that all fentanyl-related drugs will become controlled substances, effective May 1. Officials from three Chinese agencies, including the National Narcotics Control Commission and the Ministry of Public Security,... 
Astounding Fossil Find Made In North Dakota

Astounding Fossil Find Made In North Dakota

Researchers have unearthed an astounding collection of fossils that appear to date from the very day a meteor hit Earth millions of years ago, wiping out nearly all life on the planet. The collection was discovered at a site called... 
Some Taxpayers Getting Penalty Relief From The IRS

Some Taxpayers Getting Penalty Relief From The IRS

Taxpayers facing unexpected penalties following the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are getting some relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Typically, taxpayers pay fines if they don’t pay at least 90 percent of... 
New Rule Makes Pass Interference Reviewable

New Rule Makes Pass Interference Reviewable

NFL owners have voted to now allow replay reviews on pass interference calls as well as non-calls. Both offensive and defensive pass interference calls will now be challengeable, making them the first penalties in the history... 
Nike’s Shares Fall After Miss On North American Revenue

Nike’s Shares Fall After Miss On North American Revenue

Despite posting better-than-expected earnings results, Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) shares fell after the company reported North American sales that fell short of consensus expectations. Sales in North America, Nike’s largest market,... 
Levi Strauss & Company Goes Public Once Again

Levi Strauss & Company Goes Public Once Again

Levi Strauss & Company has started trading publicly again, listing its shares under the ticker LEVI on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares opened at more than 30 percent above the company’s IPO price of $17, setting the... 
Daily Low-dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended For Most Seniors

Daily Low-dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended For Most Seniors

For years, physicians and patients alike believed low-dose aspirin would prevent any number of heart-related illnesses, like heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease. Doctors readily recommended a daily 75... 
Jury Says Apple Owes Qualcomm $31M

Jury Says Apple Owes Qualcomm $31M

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) has won a significant victory in its ongoing legal battles with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), after a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California found that Apple had infringed... 
Social Media Use May Be Factor In Rise Of Teen Mental Health Issues

Social Media Use May Be Factor In Rise Of Teen Mental Health Issues

The number of teens reporting mental health issues has risen significantly over the last decade and experts are pointing to social media use as one of the culprits. Recent studies have shown that higher rates of social media use... 
Fitbit Announces New Spring 2019 Models

Fitbit Announces New Spring 2019 Models

Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) is taking steps to get more users on its platform and one of those steps is to give customers more options. As part of that goal, the company has announced the launch of four new devices for Spring 2019:... 
Study: Hookah Tobacco Not Safer Than Cigarettes

Study: Hookah Tobacco Not Safer Than Cigarettes

A recently released scientific statement says that smoking tobacco in windpipes, water pipes or hookahs is not safer than smoking cigarettes. In fact, the statement’s authors say that hookah smokers may be inhaling toxic chemicals... 
Alphabet’s Waymo To Begin Selling LIDAR Sensors

Alphabet’s Waymo To Begin Selling LIDAR Sensors

Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) self-driving car unit, Waymo, has announced plans to begin selling its laser-mapping sensors to other companies. According to a Waymo spokesperson, the company is now in talks with dozens... 
FDA Approves New Depression Drug

FDA Approves New Depression Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat depression that is derived from an old and widely used anesthetic, ketamine. The new nasal spray treatment, called esketamine, was developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals... 
Scientists Give Rodents Infrared Vision

Scientists Give Rodents Infrared Vision

Scientists have discovered a way to give ordinary rodents the ability to see infrared light. The experiments were led by two researchers in the U.S. and China: Tian Xue of the University of Science and Technology of China and... 
Gap Inc. To Spin Off Old Navy

Gap Inc. To Spin Off Old Navy

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) has made the surprising announcement that it will soon break into two companies. The Old Navy brand will be spun off as a separate company from Gap’s remaining brands, which will be held under a yet-to-be-named business... 
New Method Turns CO2 Gas Into Solid Carbon

New Method Turns CO2 Gas Into Solid Carbon

In a new breakthrough discovery, scientists have found a way to turn CO2 gas into solid flakes of carbon. A research team led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, created a method that uses liquid metal electrolysis as... 
Israel’s Lunar Lander Successfully Launched

Israel’s Lunar Lander Successfully Launched

Israel’s privately-built Beresheet lunar lander has entered space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch from Cape Canaveral Florida was successful and the lunar lander is scheduled to reach the Moon on April 11. The four-legged... 
New Study Shows Dangers Of Kratom

New Study Shows Dangers Of Kratom

A new study is raising troubling questions about the safety of the herbal supplement kratom. The supplement is primarily sold through smoke shops and supplements websites which advertise it as a way to relieve pain and anxiety.... 
Walmart Posts Surprising Results For Fourth Quarter

Walmart Posts Surprising Results For Fourth Quarter

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) posted surprisingly strong results for its holiday quarter. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, the company reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.41, ahead of analysts’ estimates of $1.33.... 
NASA Twins Study Sparking New Questions

NASA Twins Study Sparking New Questions

The results of a NASA study involving twin astronauts are allowing scientists to formulate new questions about the impact that traveling in space has on the human body. The NASA Twins Study, involving NASA astronaut Scott Kelly... 
New Software Writes Convincing Fake News Articles

New Software Writes Convincing Fake News Articles

A new software program has been developed that can produce authentic-looking fake news with just a few pieces of information. Created by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, the software... 
Mass Insect Deaths Alarm Scientists

Mass Insect Deaths Alarm Scientists

Insect populations are plummeting worldwide, sparking alarm amongst scientists studying the problem. According to the first global scientific review of insect population decline, more than 40 percent of insect species are dwindling,... 
Finland’s Basic Income Trial Produces Mixed Results

Finland’s Basic Income Trial Produces Mixed Results

A two-year government experiment in Finland has found that giving residents a guaranteed income produces mixed results. The trial found that the guaranteed money made the recipients happier, but didn’t make them more likely... 
Johnson & Johnson Adding Prices To TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson Adding Prices To TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) will begin adding pricing information for its medicines to television commercials by next month. Ads for the popular blood thinner Xarelto will be the first to display the new information. The... 
$190 Million In Clients’ Money Stuck After Crypto Exchange Founder Dies

$190 Million In Clients’ Money Stuck After Crypto Exchange Founder Dies

In a bizarre turn of events, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX says that most of $190 million in client holdings are stuck in cold storage after the exchange’s founder died without disclosing the only passwords to... 
FaceTime Bug Causing Big Problems For Apple

FaceTime Bug Causing Big Problems For Apple

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has issued a statement saying that it is fixing a bug in FaceTime that allows eavesdroppers to listen in on calls and see through front-facing cameras secretly. The issue was brought to the public’s... 
Weapons-grade Plutonium Shipped From SC To NV

Weapons-grade Plutonium Shipped From SC To NV

Reports have emerged that the Department of Energy (DOE) has shipped about a half-ton of weapons-grade radioactive plutonium from a site in South Carolina to a new location in Nevada. The disclosure was made as part of a federal... 
Joshua Tree National Park Recovery May Take Centuries

Joshua Tree National Park Recovery May Take Centuries

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California may take hundreds of years to recover from damage sustained during the partial government shutdown. The country’s many national parks were left open during the shutdown, but they... 
YouTube Making Changes To Its Recommendation Algorithm

YouTube Making Changes To Its Recommendation Algorithm

After years of being accused of exposing people to misleading information, YouTube – a division of Alphabet Inc.’s Google – has announced that it is retooling its recommendation algorithm to prevent the promotion of false information.... 
Highly Sensitive Documents Exposed In Loan Data Leak

Highly Sensitive Documents Exposed In Loan Data Leak

A massive data leak of mortgage and loan data has exposed highly sensitive information from tens of thousands of people who obtained loans and mortgages over the past decade. The leaked documents include financial agreements between... 
Study: Body Fat Storage Determined By Genes

Study: Body Fat Storage Determined By Genes

Swedish researchers claim to have found genetic factors that determine whether you store your fat around the trunk or in other parts of your body. After conducting a study of more than 360,000 volunteers, the researchers reportedly... 
Facebook Finds More Russian-linked Accounts To Block

Facebook Finds More Russian-linked Accounts To Block

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has announced the removal of hundreds of Russia-initiated accounts from its platform after the social network detected “coordinated inauthentic behavior” from them. The social media company wrote... 
Relativity Space Building Launch Facility At Cape Canaveral

Relativity Space Building Launch Facility At Cape Canaveral

Relativity Space has reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to create a launch facility for its rockets at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company said it had received a “Statement of Capability” from... 
Newmont Mining Planning To Acquire Goldcorp

Newmont Mining Planning To Acquire Goldcorp

Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) has announced its intentions to buy smaller rival Goldcorp (NYSE: GG) in a deal valued at $10 billion. According to published reports, Newmont is offering 0.3280 of its shares and $0.02 for each Goldcorp... 
New Software Targets Streaming Service Password Sharing

New Software Targets Streaming Service Password Sharing

Streaming service users who share passwords may soon be in for a rude awakening. A new service from U.K.-based software maker Synamedia has been unveiled that uses machine learning to detect shared passwords on these types of... 
Oceans Warming Faster Than Previously Thought

Oceans Warming Faster Than Previously Thought

Scientists have released some alarming new findings that the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought. According to a new analysis published in the journal Science, researchers have found that the... 
J.C. Penney Reports Disappointing Holiday Sales Numbers

J.C. Penney Reports Disappointing Holiday Sales Numbers

J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) announced that its holiday sales fell more than expected during the crucial holiday season period. The company reported that its same-store sales fell 3.5 percent on an adjusted basis for the nine weeks... 
Hundreds Of German Politicians Hacked

Hundreds Of German Politicians Hacked

The data of hundreds of Germany’s most powerful leaders was posted online in the days before Christmas. Some of the stolen information was freely available online for weeks before the attack came to prominence. Politicians... 
911 Call From Space Station Sparks NASA Response

911 Call From Space Station Sparks NASA Response

A 911 from space had security teams at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas in a scramble to respond. Dutch astronaut André Kuipers accidentally called 911 from the International Space Station when making a call... 
Antarctic Lake Beneath 3,500 Feet Of Ice Subject Of Study

Antarctic Lake Beneath 3,500 Feet Of Ice Subject Of Study

Scientists in Antarctica have accessed a lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice. The Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) researchers drilled into the Mercer Subglacial Lake on Dec. 26 after about two days... 
New Jersey Surgery Center Patients Potentially Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

New Jersey Surgery Center Patients Potentially Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

The HealthPlus Surgery Center, located in Saddle Brook, NJ, has been in contact with more than 3,700 patients to inform them that they may have been exposed to infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV at the center. Officials... 
Instagram Horizontal Scrolling Sparks Fierce Backlash

Instagram Horizontal Scrolling Sparks Fierce Backlash

Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ: FB) photo-sharing social network Instagram was pilloried online after a bug fix switched its scrolling feature to horizontal instead of vertical. The momentary change sparked widespread outrage among users... 
AT&T Facing Criticism For ‘5G E’ Plan

AT&T Facing Criticism For ‘5G E’ Plan

AT&T (NYSE: T) phones will start showing a controversial “5G E” icon in the coming months. The company announced that it will be replacing the LTE indicator on its smartphones with a 5G E symbol in markets that support... 
Scientists Make New Discovery On Tornadoes

Scientists Make New Discovery On Tornadoes

Scientists researching the formation of tornadoes have made a surprising discovery. They found that instead of funnel clouds gradually descending until they make contact with the ground, tornadoes may form from the ground up. The team... 
Scientists Discover Saturn’s Rings Disappearing

Scientists Discover Saturn’s Rings Disappearing

One of the most impressive features of Saturn is its iconic rings, icy bangles that stretch nearly 175,000 miles. Unfortunately, those rings won’t be around forever, according to new research released by NASA. In fact, the rings...