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Trump gives ‘blessing’ to proposed deal to save TikTok in the US

Trump gives ‘blessing’ to proposed deal to save TikTok in the US

Technology
Donald Trump says he has given his "blessing" to a proposed deal that could prevent TikTok from being banned in the US.He told reporters at the White House he is backing a deal with Oracle and Walmart that would create a new company to oversee TikTok's US operations. Mr Trump said the new company would be "totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart".People in the US were set to be banned from downloading the video-sharing app - as well as another Chinese app, WeChat - on Sunday, following White House concerns about the security of user data. Image: Donald Trump said he has approved the deal 'in concept' An earlier statement from the US commerce department said: "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to...
Cleanup, waste management aren’t enough to save ecosystems from plastic pollution

Cleanup, waste management aren’t enough to save ecosystems from plastic pollution

Science
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Even if countries fund massive cleanup efforts and dramatically improve waste management infrastructure, two studies published Thursday in the journal Science suggest it won't be enough to save Earth's ecosystems from plastic pollution. "We simply make too much plastic waste to handle with current waste management infrastructure, and eventually we are going to run out of land to put landfills," ecologist Stephanie Borrelle, research fellow at the University of Toronto, told UPI in an email. Advertisement Plastic pollution is a growing problem for the planet's many ecosystems. From the island reefs and deep sea valleys to polar glaciers and the world's tallest peaks, pieces of plastic, big and small, are showing up everywhere. And it's not just ecosystems. Scientists have...
Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Science
Humanity is at a crossroads and we have to take action now to make space for nature to recover and slow its "accelerating decline".This is according to a report by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. It sets out a bullet point list of eight major transitions that could help stop the ongoing decline in nature. "Things have to change," said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the convention's executive secretary. "If we take action, the right action - as the report proposes - we can transition to a sustainable planet." What's the link between exploiting nature and human health?New diseases emerge in the human population probably three or four times every year. It is only when...
Breast cancer screening from the age of 40 could save hundreds of lives

Breast cancer screening from the age of 40 could save hundreds of lives

Technology
Screening women for breast cancer in their forties could save up to 400 lives a year without a significant increase in over-diagnosis, according to new research.At present, the NHS screening programme is offered to women aged 50-70 every three years, but those with a higher genetic risk of the disease may be screened earlier. The new findings, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, are based on the UK Breast Screening Age Trial which took place between 1990 and 1997.More than 160,000 women aged 39-41 were randomised to receive either annual mammography, or the usual NHS breast screening which commences at age 50. In the 23-year follow-up, carried out by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, results of the trial showed that screening women aged 40-49 led to a 25% reductio...
Lake Titicaca giant frog: Scientists join forces to save species

Lake Titicaca giant frog: Scientists join forces to save species

Science
Five scientific institutions are joining forces in a cross-border effort to preserve the Lake Titicaca giant frog (Telmatobius culeus).The frog is one of the world's largest exclusively aquatic frogs and lives in the waters of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. The aim of the project is to ensure the future of the endangered frog.The amphibian is threatened by pollution from mining and also by its use in traditional medicine. The scientists will study the habitat of the Lake Titicaca giant frog and also carry out genetic analyses to find out how to best protect the species. The frog lives its entire life in the waters of Lake Titicaca and nearby lagoons. It has loose, baggy skin which ripp...