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Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

Science
Evolutionary theory suggests that species favouring asexual reproduction will rapidly become extinct, as their genomes accumulate deadly mutations over time.But a study on an Amazon fish has cast doubt on the rapidity of this decline. Despite thousands of years of asexual reproduction, the genomes of the Amazon molly fish are remarkably stable and the species has survived. Details of the work have been published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.There are two fundamental ways in which new generations of life come to being - sexual and asexual reproduction.Sexual reproduction relies on special reproductive male and female sex cells, the eggs and sperm, joining together during the process of fertilisation.Each sex cell contains half the number of chromosomes of normal parent cells, then follow...
Why you want Amazon to be your new neighbor

Why you want Amazon to be your new neighbor

Finance
Cities woo Amazon to become second HQAmazon has narrowed down its hunt for a second home to 20 locations. And the chosen city is likely to get an economic jolt -- particularly to its housing market. The company announced in September that it plans to open a second corporate headquarters, and a nationwide bidding war soon broke out. Some cities offered massive tax breaks, while others got creative with their courtship. Tuscon, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos and one Georgia town pledged to name an area "The city of Amazon(AMZN)." The second headquarters is expected to cost at least $ 5 billion and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs -- no wonder cities rushed to lay out the welcome mat. The selected city will get an immediate boost to jobs and wages, said Javier Vivas...
Trump trains crosshairs on favorite target, again – Amazon

Trump trains crosshairs on favorite target, again – Amazon

Technology
President Donald Trump returned to a favorite target Friday, saying that Amazon.com should be charged more by the U.S. Postal Service for the packages it sends around the world. Amazon has been a consistent recipient of Trump's ire. He has accused the company of failing to pay "internet taxes," though it's never been made clear by the White House what the president means by that. In a tweet Friday, Trump said Amazon should be charged "MUCH MORE" by the post office because it's "losing many billions of dollars a year" while it makes "Amazon richer." Amazon lives and dies by shipping, and an increase in the rates it pays could certainly do some damage. Amazon sends packages via the post office, FedEx, UPS and other services. In the seconds after the tweet, shares of Amazon, which had been t...
Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Technology
Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz. In a warehouse near Piacenza, in northern Italy, some workers walked off the job to demand "dignified salaries." The German union has been leading a push since 2013 for higher pay for some 12,000 workers in Germany, arguing Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees earn relatively high wag...
Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

Business
Tech giants Amazon and Google's parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months.Shares in Alphabet jumped above $ 1,000 in after-hours trading after the company reported sales up 24% to $ 27.8bn.Amazon, the world's biggest e-commerce site, saw sales rise 34% to $ 43.7bn - nearly the size of Slovenia's economy last year.Meanwhile, Microsoft's profit beat estimates on gains from cloud services.Alphabet's profits for the three months to 30 September rose to $ 7.8bn, from $ 5.6bn for the same quarter last year.The company's chief financial officer Ruth Porat said the firm was delighted with the way it was performing."We had a terrific quarter, with revenues up 24% year on year, reflecting strength across Google and Other Bets," she said."Our momentum is a result of inve...