Daily Archives: February 13, 2018

New antibiotic unearthed from the dirt

Scrutinizing soil samples, US researchers have discovered a new class of antibiotics capable of killing drug-resistant, disease-causing bacteria. This brand-new antibiotic class, called malacidins (short for metagenomic acidic lipopeptide antibiotic-cidins) has been isolated from bacteria that live in soil. Dr. Sean Brady and his colleagues at Rockefeller University in New York analyzed the DNA from more than 1,000 soil samples ...

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Time Warner will be fine even if the AT&T acquisition doesn’t go through

Time Warner will be fine even if the government blocks the bid from AT&T to buy the company. That’s the word from John Martin, the free-wheeling chief executive of Time Warner subsidiary Turner Inc., who was speaking at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach. For the record, Martin says that the government’s position on the acquisition offer is “stupid” ...

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Sony forced to apologize for CGI rabbits' 'allergy bullying' in kids' film (RT DEBATE)

Food allergies have been used in dozens of comedic films over the years. But in 2018, a movie depicting animated rabbits weaponizing berries against an allergic human has triggered an uproar that ended in an official apology. The Peter Rabbit movie by Will Gluck only premiered in cinemas on February 9, but it has already stirred up more controversy than ...

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AMP for email is a terrible idea

Google just announced a plan to “modernize” email, allowing “engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences.” Does that sound like a terrible idea to anyone else? It sure sounds like a terrible idea to me, and not only that, but an idea borne out of competitive pressure and existing leverage rather than user needs. Not good, Google. Send to trash. See, ...

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Neither Kremlin nor Pentagon confirm reports of alleged Russian losses to US strike in Syria

The Kremlin and the Pentagon do not have any information on the alleged deaths of Russians during a US attack in Syria, respective officials have told journalists. Reports of the supposed fatalities have emerged on social media. The reports attribute the alleged casualties to a recent US airstrike and put the figures between 100 and over 600. “We urge not ...

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United Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Honolulu after engine blows out (IMAGES, VIDEO)

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its engine failed en route to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Boeing 777 aircraft was flying to the Pacific island from the San Francisco International Airport in California when the incident happened. Dramatic footage captured by passenger Erik Haddad shows parts of the ...

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Russia could host Palestine-Israel talks as US can no longer be the sole broker – Palestine FM

Russia could provide platform for a potential meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian foreign minister said, voicing Palestine’s readiness to sit down for direct talks with Israel. “Absolutely, [we are ready for direct talks] through a third party, of course,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tuesday, as quoted by RIA. “We don’t think a 15-minute meeting ...

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Lip service to Russian threat & fears of China: Intelligence chiefs face Senate

Testifying before the US Senate on worldwide threats, six intelligence chiefs often banged the drum of ‘Russian interference.’ The tune was old and rang hollow, however, as mere assertions were offered in place of evidence. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats was joined by CIA chief Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers, and the ...

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Twitter’s Dorsey downplays acquisition possibilities, sees ‘strength to our independence’

If you’re a Twitter shareholder wondering if the company is about to get acquired, co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t want you to get that impression. “There’s a lot of strength to our independence,” he said, at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Dorsey believes that it’s important for Twitter’s business that they’re “not ...

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Sweden’s 8,000yo skulls were brutally smashed and mounted on stakes – study

Archaeologists digging at the bottom of a former lake in Sweden have discovered an ancient burial site containing 8,000-year-old human skulls mounted on wooden stakes. The gruesome find at the Kanaljorden site in the town of Motala in the central Sweden has left researchers baffled as, according to a study published in the journal Antiquity, it the challenges modern “understanding ...

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