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Lyrid meteor shower to peak over the weekend

Lyrid meteor shower to peak over the weekend

Science
April 20 (UPI) -- The second major meteor shower of 2018 is set to peak this weekend. The Lyrids will deliver roughly 20 streaking meteors per hour during its peak.Saturday night will offer sky-watchers the best chance to take in the shooting stars, but Friday and Sunday nights will host a handful of meteors, too."The shower will be best viewed after midnight when the radiant is highest in the sky," according to Dave Samuhel, an astronomy blogger for AccuWeather.The shower is named for the Lyra constellation, from which the shooting stars appear to originate in the sky. Streaking meteors will appear across much of the sky, however.After the moon sinks behind the horizon, Sunday's early morning hours will offer the best viewing conditions.The Lyrid meteor shower is caused by the intersectio...
Watch the Fed's GDP tracker for signs stock earnings growth is about to peak

Watch the Fed's GDP tracker for signs stock earnings growth is about to peak

Finance
Weighing the good news versus the bad news issuing from the economy is one of the most critical things investors do, but human biases get in the way. That's a simple way of saying that people believe what they believe, even in the face of contradictions.We have a massive jump in stock buybacks, courtesy of the tax law that was passed last December. Corporate earnings continue to come in stronger than expected. The labor market is healthy, consumer confidence is high and investors added a record amount of money to U.S. stock funds over the past week.It's hard to envision a slowdown in global economic growth on the horizon unless we get into a trade war with China. That could happen, but the current betting on Wall Street is that cooler heads will prevail. With this good news at investors' b...
Flu epidemic hits US, hospitalizations climb during peak season

Flu epidemic hits US, hospitalizations climb during peak season

Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the nation is at peak flu season, as the disease is now considered to be an epidemic, based on its medical impact, the federal agency said today. The rate of hospitalizations for pneumonia and the flu is continuing to climb amid a CDC warning of several more weeks of significant flu activity. "It’s a busy flu season this year," Dr. Jesse Jacob, associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, told ABC News today. "We’re seeing a lot of patients with the flu compared to last year," Jacob said. "We’ve tested nearly twice as many patients as we have the year before and we’re seeing about four times as much flu." "What we're seeing this year -- the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking
UK has new highest peak after measurement error

UK has new highest peak after measurement error

Technology
Britain has a new highest mountain after new data showed measurements from old overland surveys were inaccurate.It was thought until this point that Mount Jackson was the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory at 3,184m (10,444ft) above sea level.However, new satellite data by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows Mount Hope is the tallest mountain, at 3,239m (10,654ft).The new data reveals Mount Hope as being 55m taller than Mount Jackson and 377m higher than previously thought.The discovery was made during work by BAS to update planning maps for pilots operating in Antarctica.New high-resolution satellite measurements, accurate to within five metres, show there are several errors in the old overland surveys.Adrian Fox, head of mapping and geographic information at BAS, said: ...
Apple shares peak as iPhone X goes on sale in UK

Apple shares peak as iPhone X goes on sale in UK

Business
Apple has shrugged off concerns about production delays on the new iPhone X by reporting a 19% rise in profit to $ 10.7bn (£8.2bn).Revenues were also up by 12% to $ 52.6bn (£40.2bn) in the fourth quarter ending 30 September - an increase of 12% during the same period last year.Analysts on average were expecting total revenue of $ 50.7bn (£38.8bn).Image:Staff high-five customers as the phone goes on sale in Tokyo, JapanThe company's shares rose 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday to hit an all-time high - as its 10th anniversary iPhone X went on sale in the UK on Friday and in many Asian markets, with Apple chief executive Tim Cook reporting "very strong" orders.At a cost of £999, it is Apple's most expensive handset with features including an edge-to-edge screen and a face ID unlocking s