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Giant exoplanet hunters: Look for debris disks

There’s no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy — they’re so distant and faint compared to their stars, it’s hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that ...

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Livestock grazing harming giant panda habitat

Increased livestock grazing in China’s Wanglang National Nature Preserve has damaged one third of all giant panda habitat in the park, a new study by Chinese and U.S. scientists finds. The habitat degradation coincides with a nine-fold increase in livestock numbers within the park over the past 15 years. “Increasing ...

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How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China’s Tech Ambitions

As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping. The same goes for artificial intelligence, mobile technology and supercomputers. Qualcomm is also working to help Chinese companies like Huawei break into overseas markets in support of China’s “go global” campaign to develop big multinational brands. Qualcomm ...

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SoftBank of Japan Will Buy U.S. Private Equity Giant Fortress

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and LANDON THOMAS Jr. February 14, 2017 Over its three-decade existence, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and its founder, Masayoshi Son, have been known for ambitious and sometimes head-scratching moves. Now, SoftBank is nearing its most unusual move yet: It is buying Fortress Investment Group, an American private equity giant that oversees around ...

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Giant flying reptile ruled ancient Transylvania

New research suggests that a giant pterosaur — a toothless flying reptile with a 10 metre wingspan — may have been the dominant predator in ancient Romania. Palaeontologists examined the creature’s unusual gigantic neck vertebra and believe it was a formidable carnivore and major predator that terrorised dinosaurs and other ...

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Swift Opposition to Resurrection of AT&T Giant

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED October 23, 2016 Over three decades ago, such was AT&T’s monopoly over the nation’s communications networks that the government forcefully shattered its empire. Now, as one of its successors again seeks a formidable business empire by buying Time Warner, lawmakers, analysts and advocacy groups are closely watching to see ...

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