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Novartis Halts Distribution Of Popular Heartburn Drug

Novartis Halts Distribution Of Popular Heartburn Drug

Novartis AG’s (NYSE: NVS) Sandoz unit is halting distribution of popular heartburn drugs containing ranitidine because they may be contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical. The company said that it is halting distribution... 
Steeler’s Ben Roethlisberger Out For Season

Steeler’s Ben Roethlisberger Out For Season

Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is done for the year after an injury has resulted in him needing season-ending surgery. Roethlisberger, 37, sustained a non-contact injury to his right elbow during Sunday’s... 
Google Settles French Tax Probe

Google Settles French Tax Probe

Google has settled a fiscal fraud probe in France after years of fighting with tax authorities over the matter. As part of the settlement, Google agreed to pay more than a billion dollars to French authorities, comprising a $549... 
Rocky Record Found Of Last Days Of The Dinosaurs

Rocky Record Found Of Last Days Of The Dinosaurs

Researchers have found a geological record of the most pivotal moment in Earth’s history. Study lead author Sean Gulick, a research professor at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, called the finding “the most... 
FDA Sued By European Doctor Over Blocked Payments, Drug Seizure

FDA Sued By European Doctor Over Blocked Payments, Drug Seizure

A European doctor is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an effort to continue providing abortion pills to American women over the Internet. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who divides her time between Austria and the Netherlands,... 
JP Morgan Creates ‘Volfefe Index’ To Track Financial Effects Of Trump Tweets

JP Morgan Creates ‘Volfefe Index’ To Track Financial Effects Of Trump Tweets

President Donald Trump is tweeting more and it’s affecting the bond market. Since his election in 2016, Trump has averaged more than 10 tweets a day to his nearly 64 million followers. Early on in his tenure, Wall Street seemed... 
Black Hole Photographers Win Science Prize

Black Hole Photographers Win Science Prize

The scientists who collaborated to produce the world’s first image of a black hole have won the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Directed by Shep Doeleman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the team spent... 
Iran Claims Rocket Responsible For Explosion

Iran Claims Rocket Responsible For Explosion

Iran has now acknowledged for the first time that a rocket exploded at the nation’s Imam Khomeini Space Center last week. Commercially available satellite images taken of the site after the incident showed a black plume of smoke... 
Scientists Develop New Gel To Regrow Tooth Enamel

Scientists Develop New Gel To Regrow Tooth Enamel

Chinese scientists have uncovered a way to essentially regrow human tooth enamel. Researchers from China’s Zhejiang University and Xiamen University developed a gel that makes tooth enamel repair itself. Dr. Zhaoming Liu, a... 
Alarming Number Of Donated Kidneys Discarded

Alarming Number Of Donated Kidneys Discarded

New research is showing that many donated kidneys are being discarded in the United States when they could be used to save lives. According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal... 
U.S. Cyber Attack Cripples Iran Capabilities

U.S. Cyber Attack Cripples Iran Capabilities

The U.S. Cyber Command has caused considerable damage to Iran’s cyber capabilities with a retaliatory strike after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone. The June 20th attack brought down a database used by its Revolutionary... 
Massive Pumice Raft Drifting Across The Pacific Ocean

Massive Pumice Raft Drifting Across The Pacific Ocean

A massive pumice raft composed of volcanic rock is currently floating its way across the Pacific Ocean. Sailors first spotted the large mass of hardened lava a couple of weeks ago about the same time as reports began to emerge... 
Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancer

Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancer

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently conducted a study that appears to suggest that antibiotics may increase a person’s risk for cancer. The aim of the study, recently published online in the... 
Billionaire David Koch Deceased At 79

Billionaire David Koch Deceased At 79

Billionaire David H. Koch has died at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 79. His brother Charles G. Koch announced the death in a statement. David was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992. Surgery, along with radiation and... 
Apple Launches The Apple Card For U.S. Customers

Apple Launches The Apple Card For U.S. Customers

The Apple Card, a new kind of credit card created by Apple, is now available in the United States. Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs as its issuing bank and with MasterCard to provide the support of a global payments network.... 
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...