Malaysia's last surviving male Sumatran rhino died Monday, wildlife officials said, leaving behind only one female in the country and pushing the critically-endangered species closer to extinction. Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has been almost wiped out, with fewer than 80 left, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Only a handful of the creatures remain in the wilds of Indonesia.
Jennifer Garner said it best about sun protection in the life advice she gave to Denison University graduates at their commencement ceremony this month. "I'm going to say this because everyone says it, but you won't listen because nobody does: Nothing looks better in your 50s than sunscreen in your 20s," said Garner. Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial, both for healthy-looking skin and for helping to prevent skin cancer.
Nowadays, most computer users don't need to worry about the exact specifications of the chips running in their machines -- a mid-range processor will run the majority of common tasks without issues. But every once in a while comes a processor that promises to make everyday computers far more powerful without breaking the bankAMD's new Ryzen 9 3900X, launched at Computex trade show on Sunday, is one such processor. SEE ALSO: HP Chromebook 14 review: Does the job, but value is questionableThe Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, desktop processor built on AMD's 7-nanometer architecture, that performs a little better (according to AMD) than Intel's top-of-the-line Core i9-9920X processor. Despite the performance boost, AMD's chip has a better power efficiency than Intel's offering, with a 105W TDP (thermal design power), compared to Intel's 165W TDP. Read more...More about Processors, Amd, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
If anything, the move underlines a simple fact: China currently lacks a viable and international semiconductor industry. This trade spat highlights the country’s deficiencies in technology. On May 24 the Shanghai-based company announced plans to take its ADRs off the NYSE because of low trading volume and the administrative costs of keeping them there.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. was Monday’s top gainer on the MSCI China Index as well as its Asia-Pacific gauge with a 10% rally. It was a different story for its American depositary shares, which tumbled 5.6% at the end of last week in New York after the Shanghai-based firm said it was delisting due to considerations including limited trading volume and costs. SMIC’s biggest customer is the parent of Huawei Technologies Co., the high-profile subject of a U.S. ban.
Vietnam culled a further 500,000 pigs over the past two weeks to tackle an oubreak of African swine fever, taking the total killed so far to 1.7 million, or 5% of the country's herd, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people where most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs are consumed domestically. The virus, first detected in the Southeast Asian country in February, has spread to 42 of the country's 63 provinces, the agriculture ministry's Livestock Production Department said in a statement on its website.
China Literature Ltd., in which Tencent holds a controlling stake, tumbled as much as 10% before closing down 7.3% at a new low in Hong Kong, as another of its online sites was targeted for alleged violations. Beijing Jinjiang Networking Technology Co. was put under investigation by local authorities on Thursday for allegedly disseminating obscene information, China News Service reported last week. The Shanghai city government had ordered China Literature to clean up another website earlier that week, after it was found of spreading “vulgar and pornographic” information.
None of that alleviates growing investor scrutiny over the sector’s contribution to climate change. Industry leaders who meet Monday at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference are sure to debate domestic gas prices and a supply glut, but activists and executives agree how companies tackle climate change is perhaps the most urgent topic. “While the election outcome will reshape the domestic carbon policy agenda, the industry and technology dynamics which investors are responding to remain unchanged,” said Emma Herd, Chief Executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change.
The largest cryptocurrency climbed as much as 10% Monday from levels late Friday, and was trading at $8,847 as of 10:25 a.m. in Tokyo. Crypto proponents are taking encouragement from a string of recent headlines showing greater interest in the space from mainstream firms. Fidelity Investments is finalizing plans to buy and sell the digital asset for institutional customers, and E*Trade Financial Corp. is poised to allow crypto trading.
Murray Gell-Mann, a physicist who theorized the existence of the quark and won a Nobel Prize for his method of classifying particles, has died at age 89, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said. Considered among the most important physicists of the 20th century, the American scientist theorized in the 1960s that subatomic particles -- protons and neutrons -- were composed of paired subunits he called quarks. Experiments later confirmed the existence of the particles, which are a continuing subject of study by physicists including those at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful proton smasher straddling the French-Swiss border.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThere are 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation systems. That means every time they go to the bathroom they have to put themselves in an unhealthy or dangerous situation. It’s a problem that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes can be solved by innovative technologies. And through their Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, they’ve recruited scientists and engineers from around the world to make new types of toilets and public sanitation systems for places that can’t afford modern upgrades. One of the companies they’ve funded, New Zealand-based Scion Research (a government-owned company), is developing a new type of toilet that used pressure and microwave technology to treat sewage right in people’s homes.“We get to flush here and it gets out of our household and treated and discharged into the environment and we’re removed from the issue so we don’t have to handle it personally or live amongst it. In a large part of the developing world that’s not the case. Their proximity to their waste is constant and the risk of disease is high,” says Daniel Gapes, an environmental engineer working on the project. So why not just work on innovating infrastructure to help bring running water and sewage treatment facilities to places in the world that don’t have them? The Gates Foundation is working on innovating this as well, Gapes says, “but the fact is that in a lot of communities the infrastructure is so complex and the buildings and people are on top of one another and lack of access makes putting infrastructure in complex and unaffordable. Putting sewage into a city that doesn’t have it—the costs are mind-boggling,” he says.So the Scion Research team turned to a technology that is fairly well known in large-scale applications (it’s used in mining and also sewage treatment), which they think could work well if innovative methods are used to downsize it. The method is called wet oxidation. Essentially, it works by taking waste and adding oxygen and then putting everything under pressure and gently heating it to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This Toilet Will Predict if You’ll Have Heart Failure“What would happen in that environment over a period of an hour is that organic material will oxidize. It gets converted to carbon dioxide and water. Just heating under oxygen pressure. It’s quite amazing,” says Gapes. The byproduct is completely sterile—a clear liquid that can be treated and passed through a filtration membrane to produce purified water and an ash that contains a high content of phosphorous, a chemical element used in fertilizer.The challenge for the team is to find a way to create a small household system that contains heat and pressure in a way that is safe to have in a residence. Currently, the team is working on developing a microwave reactor that can quickly heat the unit, and they’re also looking at options for using electricity. The end game is to make a toilet that looks familiar, is highly efficient, uses less water (because the regions it would be going into don’t have access to running water), and is very cheap. In fact, the Gates Foundation stipulates that the completed toilets should cost no more than 5 cents per person per day—and Gapes says ideally when finished it will cost even less than that. “It needs to feel like a regular toilet,” says Gapes. “The challenge is really high.”There’s no guarantee it will work in the end. But Gapes says even if they’re not able to scale the technology all the way down to household size there will still be a benefit in the work. After all, even in the developed world much of the infrastructure is aging and the cost of replacing pipes and sewage systems can be astronomical (just look at the failures in Flint). If this research can find a way to decentralize sewage treatment on smaller scales then is currently necessary it could ultimately be a huge benefit. “If working at the toilet scale is very very hard there are other scales. If you move to a bigger scale the cost might work and it’s still useful, it’s immediate, and remains exciting even if you didn’t quite crack the single toilet result,” he says.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, the billionaire founder of China’s largest technology company conceded that Trump administration export curbs will cut into a two-year lead Huawei had painstakingly built over rivals like Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj. The U.S. on May 17 blacklisted Huawei -- which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage -- and cut it off from the U.S. software and components it needs to make its products.
Countries should cooperate in developing the Internet, big data and artificial intelligence, China President Xi Jinping said in a letter to the China International Big Data Industry Expo that started Sunday in the southwestern city of Guiyang, Xinhua reports. China attaches great importance to the development of the big data industry and is willing to explore a growth path with other nations for new technologies, Xi said in the letter, according to Xinhua. The conference, which runs through Wednesday, counts China tech giants including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and Huawei Technologies Co. among its exhibitors.
Ireland's two largest parties held their own in local elections on Sunday in a bad day for left-wing Sinn Fein, whose political ascent in the republic suffered its first major setback. With more than three quarters of the 949 seats announced, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael party rose to 24.9% from 24% five years ago. It still trailed fellow centre-right party Fianna Fail, whose share rose to 26.9% from 25.5%.
Uniper's chairman on Sunday said talks with major shareholder Fortum to resolve a dispute between the two companies were on hold after two of the German utility's board members resigned. Fortum and Uniper have been at loggerheads since the Finnish state-owned utility tried to take over the German group in 2017, a deal that Uniper's management opposed due to concerns it might get broken up. Fortum, which has a 49.99% stake in Uniper, has claimed that Uniper's board actively tried to block its planned takeover, which Uniper denies.
With double-digit scores across Europe's biggest countries including a stunning 20 percent in Germany, the Greens bagged record gains in EU elections on Sunday with younger voters leading calls for action to halt global warming. The environmental party doubled its score in Germany from the last EU elections in 2014, knocking the Social Democrats off their traditional second place. In France, the Greens were number three with 12 percent, while in Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands, they garnered double-digits.