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Astronomers may have found solar system's first observed interstellar object

Astronomers may have found solar system's first observed interstellar object

Science
Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Astronomers are tracking what they believe may be the first observed interstellar asteroid or comet to travel through Earth's solar system, NASA said.The space agency said the object is less than a quarter mile in diameter and is traveling "remarkably fast." They're not sure what exactly it is.Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said the agency has been "waiting for this day for decades.""It's long been theorized that such objects exist -- asteroids or comets moving around between the stars and occasionally passing through our solar system -- but this is the first such detection. So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object, but more data would help to confirm it," he added.The University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 teles...
Goldman found a way to invest around rising wages, and it is beating the market

Goldman found a way to invest around rising wages, and it is beating the market

Finance
Goldman Sachs says stocks of companies with low labor costs are outperforming the overall market, and the strategy could pick up steam as wages rise.In a note to clients Friday, Goldman said a basket of stocks representing companies with low U.S. labor costs is up 20 percent this year, beating the nearly 14 percent gain in the S&P 500. Stocks in the low labor cost basket include Nike, Netflix, MetLife, Apple and Boeing.The note was released shortly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics said wages grew at an annualized rate of 2.9 percent last month, the highest since 2009. The sharp rise in wages also lifted the odds of a December Federal Reserve interest rate hike, as the central bank sees it as a sign of rising inflation.Goldman's 49-stock basket has a much lower labor cost as a perce...
Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

Science
A new study has found traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world. The scientists say that the levels of the widely used pesticide are far below the maximum permitted levels in food for humans. In one-third of the honey, the amount of the chemical found was enough to be detrimental to bees. Industry sources, though, dismissed the research, saying the study was too small to draw concrete conclusions.Neonicotinoids are considered to be the world's most widely used class of insecticides. These systemic chemicals can be added as a seed coating to many crops, reducing the need for spraying. They have generally been seen as being more beneficial for the environment than the older products that they have replaced. However, the impact of neonics on pollinators s...
Chemist says VX traces found on both suspects in Kim murder

Chemist says VX traces found on both suspects in Kim murder

World
A government chemist testified Thursday he found traces of the banned VX nerve agent on two women being tried in Malaysia on charges of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader. The testimony was the first evidence linking VX to Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, who are accused of smearing the nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in a brazen assassination inside a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13. Raja Subramaniam, who heads the government's Center of Chemical Weapon Analysis, said he found VX in its pure form and VX precursors on Huong's white jumper and found a degraded product of VX on Huong's fingernails. Huong was seen on airport surveillance videos wearing a white jumper emblazoned with the big black letters "LOL," the acronym...
400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

World
Nearly 400 bodies have been found so far after "huge" mudslides hit the capital of Sierra Leone - and more heavy rain is feared to be on the way.Relatives have been gathering at a morgue overloaded with bodies in Freetown and national TV showed images of people bringing bodies to the morgue in rice sacks.The chief coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, said he expected the death toll would rise to more than 500.Rescuers are still trying to find people buried under tons of mud when a hillside collapsed after storms lashed the West African country on Monday.Image:Diggers have been helping sift through the mud Sky News' Rebecca Williams, in Freetown, said some people were "digging with their bare hands" to try to find signs of life."The biggest worry is the forecast is not looking good," said Williams. "The...