International Space Station: Three crew members close out 196-day space mission – CBS News
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International Space Station: Three crew members close out 196-day space mission – CBS News

A Russian cosmonaut, a German flight engineer and a NASA astronaut undocked from the International Space Station and plunged back to Earth overnight Wednesday, landing on the snowy steppe of Kazakhstan to wrap up a six-month mission. Blocked from view by low clouds and wind-blown snow, the Soyuz MS-09/55S spacecraft, suspended beneath a large orange-and-white…

If you think Americans are getting fatter, the feds say: ‘You’re right, all of us are’ – USA TODAY
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If you think Americans are getting fatter, the feds say: ‘You’re right, all of us are’ – USA TODAY

Anne Saker and Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY Network Published 12:01 a.m. ET Dec. 20, 2018 CLOSE With obesity rates on the rise, there’s no shortage of studies showing the effects being overweight has on our health. Buzz60Dana Duffie of Orlando, Fla. says she developed bad eating habits as a child.(Photo: Courtesy of Dana Duffie)Americans have…

Nissan Board Member Thought He Was Going to a Meeting. Then He Was Arrested. – The New York Times
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Nissan Board Member Thought He Was Going to a Meeting. Then He Was Arrested. – The New York Times

ImageA monitor showing Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan chairman, left, and Greg Kelly, a board member, on a news program in Tokyo last month. Mr. Kelly’s family and his American lawyer say he was lured to Japan to attend a board meeting but was arrested when he arrived at the airport.CreditCreditTomohiro Ohsumi/Getty ImagesLast month, Greg Kelly,…

5 phones with a whopping 10 GB of RAM – Android Authority
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5 phones with a whopping 10 GB of RAM – Android Authority

Remember when phone companies had lots of bragging rights when one of their handsets had 8GB of RAM inside? Yep, that is so 2017. Now there is a rush by many phone makers to cram 10GB of RAM inside their flagship models. Whether or not consumers actually need 10GB of RAM in their smartphones is…

Lab study adds credence to life arriving on Earth from asteroids theory – Phys.org
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Lab study adds credence to life arriving on Earth from asteroids theory – Phys.org

Home Astronomy & Space Space Exploration December 19, 2018 December 19, 2018 by Bob Yirka, Phys.org report This enormous mosaic of the Milky Way galaxy from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows areas of interstellar space where dozens of dense clouds, called nebulas, are forming into new stars. Credit: NASA A team of…

Fed hikes rate, lowers 2019 projection to 2 increases – CNBC
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Fed hikes rate, lowers 2019 projection to 2 increases – CNBC

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point but lowered its projections for future hikes. As markets had expected, the central bank took the target range for its benchmark funds rate to 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The move marked the fourth increase this year and the ninth since it began…

Frustrated opioid patients speak out: ‘I now buy heroin on the street’ – Fox News
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Frustrated opioid patients speak out: ‘I now buy heroin on the street’ – Fox News

Treating America’s Pain: Unintended Victims of the Opioid Crackdown, Part 1 – The SuicidesThe national opioid crisis propelled a crackdown on prescription painkillers, causing hundreds of doctors to abruptly reduce or completely cut off their patients’ prescriptions, leaving many among the estimated 20 million Americans who suffer from daily debilitating chronic pain to consider suicide.…

Stock Rally Fades After Fed Signals Interest Rate Hikes Will Continue – The New York Times
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Stock Rally Fades After Fed Signals Interest Rate Hikes Will Continue – The New York Times

Stocks fell on Wednesday, erasing early gains after the Federal Reserve signaled that it plans to keep raising interest rates next year.The S&P 500 stock index, which had been up more than 1 percent before the Fed’s 2 p.m. announcement, quickly turned lower after the central bank raised its key short-term interest rate by a…

Windows Sandbox marries VM isolation to container efficiency to safely run dodgy apps – Ars Technica
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Windows Sandbox marries VM isolation to container efficiency to safely run dodgy apps – Ars Technica

A safe place to run your malware — First leaked a few months ago, the new feature should be coming to insiders imminently. Peter Bright – Dec 19, 2018 6:11 pm UTC A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual…

Saturn’s Rings Could Be Gone in Just 100 Million Years – Gizmodo
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Saturn’s Rings Could Be Gone in Just 100 Million Years – Gizmodo

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteWith its extensive system of rings, Saturn is among the most beautiful planets in the Solar System. Sadly, it’s beauty may be fleeting, according to new research. Saturn’s rings are dissolving faster than scientists expected, according to the study, and they could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years—a cosmological…