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Italy’s genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says

Italy’s genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says

Science
May 22 (UPI) -- Italy has been a genetic melting pot for almost 20,000 years, according to a new study. Nowhere else in Europe hosts a greater mix of genetic heritage. In addition to the deep history of the region's genetic diversity, dating to the Late Glacial Maximum, the genomic survey of modern and ancient Italians showed people in the north and south of Italy have evolved unique genetic characteristics in response to the divergent environmental conditions. The genetic peculiarities of the people of those two regions at least partially explain why these populations a reduced risk of kidney inflammation, certain skin cancers, diabetes and obesity -- all of which favor a longer lifespan. Pockets of Italy are often included on lists of so-called "blue zones," places and populations char...
US military’s mystery space plane rockets back into orbit

US military’s mystery space plane rockets back into orbit

Technology
The Space Force has launched the military's mystery space plane again, this time with an extra load of science experimentsBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMay 17, 2020, 3:13 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The U.S. military’s mystery space plane rocketed into orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra load of science experiments. It’s the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that's flown by remote control without a crew. Officials aren't saying how long the spacecraft will remain in orbit this time or the purpose of the mission. But a senior vice president for X-37B developer Boeing, Jim Chilton, noted each mission has been progressively longer. The previous mission lasted a record two years, with a touchdown
House Democrats’ stimulus bill rolls back $10,000 SALT cap for 2 years

House Democrats’ stimulus bill rolls back $10,000 SALT cap for 2 years

Finance
U.S. Representative, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the ceremonial swearing in of Representative Elect Kweisi Mfume (D-MD).Michael Brochstein | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesA new coronavirus relief bill has been proposed — and it will restore a big chunk of the state and local tax deduction for two years.House Democrats released the text Tuesday for its latest proposed Covid-19 relief measures.The $ 3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act — or HEROES Act — calls for another round of economic stimulus payments to Americans, plus enhancements to the employee retention tax credit.More from Smart Tax Planning:White House weighs pushing tax deadline to SeptemberStates need revenue. These taxes could riseHow are unemployment benefits taxed?Tucked away in the bill is
White House weighs pushing tax deadline back to Sept. 15

White House weighs pushing tax deadline back to Sept. 15

Finance
US President Donald Trump speaks about COVID-19, known as coronavirus, after signing a Proclamation in honor of National Nurses Day in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 6, 2020.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesThe White House is weighing a second Tax Day delay, according to NBC News.The Trump Administration is reviewing different proposals to help restart the economy, which continues to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.A further delay of the deadline for filing federal income tax returns and taxes owed is a one measure that's on the table, two people familiar with the discussions told NBC News.The tax deadline — which the Treasury Department has already pushed back to July 15 — could go as far out as Sept. 15 or even Dec. 15, those people said.
US stock futures rise slightly after Nasdaq Composite claws back 2020 losses, jobs report ahead

US stock futures rise slightly after Nasdaq Composite claws back 2020 losses, jobs report ahead

Finance
A man wearing a mask walks by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 17, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.Johannes Eisele | AFP | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose slightly Thursday night after more gains in tech led to the Nasdaq Composite erasing all of its losses for 2020.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose just 32 points, or about 0.1%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures traded just above the flatline. The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 1.4% during the cash session, finishing up nearly 0.1% year to date. Gains from Facebook, Amazon Alphabet and Apple helped lift the index back into positive territory for 2020. At one point, the Nasdaq was down more than 25% year to date."It's amazing really given we're still working from home," said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at ...