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Extinction crisis ‘poses existential threat to civilisation’

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Image copyright Gerardo Ceballos Image caption The bontebok was once down to 17 individuals Human impacts on the places on Earth with the most richness of life have brought hundreds of wild animals to the brink of extinction, a study shows.The likes of logging and poaching have pushed 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians to the point where they're hanging by a thread, research found.This is yet more evidence that the world's undergoing a sixth mass extinction, scientists argue.Species are disappearing at more than 100 times the natural rate, they say. And unlike other mass extinctions, caused by volcano eruptions
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Best photos from SpaceX’s first launch of NASA astronauts

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SpaceX launched NASA astronauts into space for the first time on Saturday — the company's first human passengers and the first time people have ever flown a commercially developed spaceship.This mission was the product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and two private companies (Boeing is the other) to build spaceships that can ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It was the first time the US  launch its own astronauts from American soil since 2011.NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely arrived at the space station on Sunday morning."It's great to get
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SpaceX’s Dragon Docks at Space Station

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(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above the China-Mongolia border. ”Congratulations on a phenomenal accomplishment and welcome to the International Space Station,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed from Hawthorne, California. It was the first
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The Surprising Reasons A Biking Boom Is Great For Cities

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Bikes are booming ― so much so that there’s currently a bicycle shortage in the U.S. as block-long lines stretch outside bike stores. COVID-19 has drastically changed not only how much we travel but how we get around. With people looking to get out of the house while avoiding public transit, bicycles are suddenly an enticing choice. They promise speed, freedom and fresh air on newly quiet streets. Sales of bikes in the U.S. in March were nearly double what they were the previous year, and according to Eco-Counter, a cycling analysis company, biking levels in the western United States increased
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SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts set for second try

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBad weather conditions delayed Wednesday's launch attemptRocket company SpaceX will make a second attempt in the coming hours to get Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit.Their flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday was postponed because of poor weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.Saturday's forecast is not brilliant. The meteorologists say conditions will probably be touch and go again.The lift-off is scheduled for 15:22 EDT (19:22 GMT; 20:22 BST).There's huge focus on Hurley's and Behnken's mission because it will mark the first time that the United States
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Big Tech in Healthcare report from Business Insider Intelligence

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The Big Four tech companies — Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — are accelerating their pursuit of the healthcare market, and they're starting to hone their strategies in on specific corners of the ecosystem. Business Insider Intelligence US healthcare players are being forced to move on their digital transformation efforts, and Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are lending their data prowess and tech-savviness to become attractive partners for the job.Healthcare organizations have to contend with a population that's growing sicker, heightened costs, and shifting consumer demands for fast and convenient services. Further, the electronic health record (EHR) boom over the
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SpaceX’s First Crewed Launch Scrubbed Due to Stormy Weather

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(Cape Canaveral, Fla.) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning. Liftoff is rescheduled for Saturday. The spacecraft was set to blast off Wednesday afternoon for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in commercial spaceflight and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on
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White Woman Fired From Job After Calling Cops On Black Man In Central Park

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Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the cops on a Black man in Central Park over the weekend as seen in a now-viral video, was fired on Tuesday.   Cooper’s employer, Franklin Templeton, announced on Twitter that it made the decision to terminate her after conducting an internal review of the incident in the park, adding, “We do not tolerate racism of any kind.” The asset management firm had placed Cooper on administrative leave late Monday during its investigation. Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective
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Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

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Image copyright VIRGIN ORBIT Image caption Cosmic Girl pulls away as LauncherOne ignites: The rocket's flight terminated shortly after Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean.The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task.The rocket ignited its engine seconds later but an anomaly meant the flight was terminated early.Virgin Orbit's goal is to try to capture a share of the emerging market for the launch of small satellites.It's not clear at this stage precisely what
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Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus

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Russia recorded 8,599 new cases 153 new deaths on Sunday linked to the coronavirus, raising its overall death toll to 3,541. The country has recorded 344,481 coronavirus cases and is the third-worst hit country in its total number of coronavirus cases behind Brazil and the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.While its daily death toll continues to increase, its number of new daily cases appears to be on the decline.Russia denies that it has manipulated coronavirus data and maintains that its mortality rate from the virus is among the lowest in the world.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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