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Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Technology
Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with The Associated Press, the couple said they're concerned about President Donald Trump's "America first" worldview. They've made known their differences with the president and his party on issues including foreign aid, taxes and protections for immigrant youth in the country illegally. And they said they're now digging into the layers of U.S. poverty that they haven't been deeply involved with at the national level, including employment, race, housing, mental health, incarceration and substance abuse. "We are...
SpaceX 'Starman' travels toward asteroid belt in Tesla Roadster

SpaceX 'Starman' travels toward asteroid belt in Tesla Roadster

Science
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched a cherry-red Tesla roadster and a mannequin driver into space along with its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday.A four-hour livestream chronicled the adventures of the mannequin, known as "Starman," providing stunning images as it started on an elliptic orbit toward Mars -- though it has exceeded the Mars orbit and is expected to head toward the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.Elon Musk, founder and CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, said the car's stereo was playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity," as images from the livestream showed a message reading "DON'T PANIC" on the dashboard.Earth loomed large in the background as the Roadster gently glided through space and its passenger, fitted with SpaceX's new space suit, casually rested its left arm on the driver's ...
Trump is leaning toward Jay Powell for next Fed chair, but remains undecided: Source

Trump is leaning toward Jay Powell for next Fed chair, but remains undecided: Source

Finance
President Donald Trump is leaning toward naming Jerome "Jay" Powell as Fed chair but remains undecided, a source told CNBC. For weeks, Powell has been considered the front-runner for the job as the president considers who will steward the central bank when Janet Yellen's term expires in February. However, the competition has turned into a derby in which various candidates have moved to the front only to get pushed back in the wake of news developments.On Saturday, a source also told The Wall street Journal that Powell was Trump's likely pick for the Fed chairmanship.Powell, a current Fed governor, has the advantage of presenting Trump with a chance to break from the Yellen Fed yet maintain many of the same policies that have kept the stock market rally intact and interest rates low."If Tru...
Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Health
Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, hit Cuba overnight as a rare Category 5 storm before being downgraded to a Category 3 Saturday morning. It is expected to strengthen again as it heads toward Florida. As of about 3 p.m. Saturday, Irma was 140 miles southeast of Key West with winds of 125 mph. It was moving west at 9 mph and is expected to turn north and head up the western coast of Florida, making landfall on Sunday. "This is a life-threatening situation," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday. "Our state has never seen anything like it." The governor stressed the dangers of what he called a "deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge." ABC News meteorologists are forecasting storm surges of 10 feet in Tampa and Sarasota, and 10 to 15 feet from Fort Myers to Naples...
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth

Science
July 12 (UPI) -- NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space probe dedicated to the study of the sun, has captured footage of a sunspot rotating towards Earth.Sunsports are patches on the surface of the sun that appear darker than their surroundings due to the loss of surface tension caused by magnetic flux, an intense concentration of complex magnetic fields.Sunspots are relatively common, but as the sun approaches the solar minimum -- the least active part of its 11-year cycle -- the frequency of sunspots decreases. The sunspot filmed by SDO this week was the first seen in two days. It is currently the only visible sunspot on the surface of the sun.While sunspots appears to be quite small, the newly released video from NASA shows the patch of intensive electromagnetic activity is actually...