Thursday, April 18, 2019

Amazing Sports

Boxing: Miller returns ‘adverse finding’ before Joshua bout – Hearn

(Reuters) – American Jarrell Miller has returned an “adverse finding” in a voluntary drug test ahead of his world heavyweight title fight with Britain’s Anthony Joshua, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said on Wednesday. The finding could disrupt Miller’s upcoming bout with world champion Joshua scheduled for June 1 in New York. Hearn, who promotes Joshua,…

Entertainment

Entertainment

Writers Guild of America sues four major Hollywood talent agencies

Entertainment

‘Avengers: Endgame’ movie directors plead: ‘Don’t spoil it’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The directors of “Avengers: Endgame” pleaded with fans on Tuesday not to spoil the movie by giving away storylines after reports that some scenes had leaked online. In an open letter posted on Twitter under the hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame, Joe and Anthony Russo said they and the vast cast of the upcoming…

Entertainment

AI Robot paints its own moonscapes in traditional Chinese style

LONDON (Reuters) – A Hong Kong artist has created an artificial intelligence (AI) robot which creates its own paintings. Victor Wong took three years to build and program the robot called A.I Gemini and teach it artistic techniques. Randomness has been written into its algorithm, meaning Wong does not know what it will paint before…

Entertainment

Reality TV comes of age with its own fan convention

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From gossipy housewives to lovelorn bachelors and lip-syncing drag queens, reality television is getting its own fan event. Youth channel MTV on Tuesday announced it would host the first reality television convention, where fans and some of the people made famous by shows like “Jersey Shore,” “The Real Housewives” and “The…

Health

Dozens of doctors in Appalachia charged in opioid fraud bust

(Reuters) – Dozens of medical professionals in Appalachia, a region hard-hit by the U.S. opioid crisis, have been charged with writing hundreds of thousands of illegal prescriptions and committing health care fraud, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Sixty people, including 31 doctors, were accused of illegally prescribing opioid drugs in exchange for cash and sexual…

Pleasant smells may curb cigarette cravings

(Reuters Health) – Smokers may find cigarettes easier to resist when they smell things they enjoy like peppermint or chocolate, a small study suggests. Most adult smokers say they want to quit, and many try. But about half of smokers who attempt to stop smoking relapse within two weeks, researchers note in the Journal of…

France to ban titanium dioxide whitener in food from 2020

PARIS (Reuters) – France will ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive from 2020 after the country’s health and safety agency said there was not enough evidence to guarantee the safety of the substance. Titanium dioxide is widely used in industry as a whitener, notably for paint, and in the food sector,…

New Technology

Tech

Amazon to close domestic marketplace business in China: sources

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc plans to close its domestic marketplace business in China by mid-July, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, focusing efforts on its more lucrative businesses selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous country. Shoppers in China will no longer be able to buy goods from…

Tech

Facebook working on voice assistant to rival Amazon’s Alexa: CNBC

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa, Apple Inc’s Siri and Alphabet Inc’s Google Assistant, CNBC reported here on Wednesday, citing several people familiar with the matter. The move is coming out of the company’s augmented reality and virtual reality group, a division that…

Tech

U.S. advances review of Musk’s Baltimore-Washington tunnel project

(Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday issued a draft environmental assessment for a Washington, D.C. to Baltimore tunnel that would carry passengers between the cities at high speeds in autonomous electric vehicles, the first step in a joint federal-state review of the Elon Musk project. Musk’s Boring Co has proposed a privately funded…

Tech

FCC chairman opposes China Mobile bid to provide U.S. services

(Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he opposes China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services and that the commission will vote on whether to deny the application in May. “It is clear that China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in our country raises substantial and serious national…

Tech

EU lawmakers back wifi-based car standard in win for Volkswagen

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Commission’s push for a wifi-based standard for cars backed by Volkswagen took a big step forward on Wednesday after EU lawmakers endorsed wifi over 5G technology promoted by BMW and Qualcomm. The EU executive wants to set benchmarks for internet connected cars, a market that could generate billions of euros…

Science

Back on Earth, China’s Mars simulation base greets first visitors

JINCHANG, China (Reuters) – About 100 excited Chinese teenagers completed a five-hour tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop not unlike the desert planet of Tatooine, the home world of Luke Skywalker. They were not on the set of Star Wars, but at a Chinese-built Mars simulation base in the barren, windswept hills…

On Saturn’s moon Titan, plentiful lakeside views, but with liquid methane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists on Monday provided the most comprehensive look to date at one of the solar system’s most exotic features: prime lakeside property in the northern polar region of Saturn’s moon Titan – if you like lakes made of stuff like liquid methane. Using data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft before that mission…