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This underwater rover could explore ocean worlds in our solar system

This underwater rover could explore ocean worlds in our solar system

Astronomers have uncovered increasing evidence that some bodies in our solar system, like Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus, are actually ocean worlds. And those oceans could potentially host life — even if they formed in a way that is completely different from what we know about similar bodies of water on Earth. To…MORE

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores

Walmart is doubling down in China despite an economic slowdown. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart’s footprint in China, which is expected to become the world’s biggest grocery market by 2023. The expansion…MORE

5 things to know for November 21: Impeachment, 2020 Dems, Israel, UAW, China

5 things to know for November 21: Impeachment, 2020 Dems, Israel, UAW, China

The nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards were announced yesterday. Debate, complain or gloat accordingly. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Impeachment investigation It seems…MORE

Senate to vote on short-term funding bill to avert shutdown as deadline looms

Senate to vote on short-term funding bill to avert shutdown as deadline looms

The Senate will vote on Thursday on a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown as the clock ticks down to an expiration of government funding that would trigger a shutdown if lawmakers don’t act in time to prevent it. Government funding expires at midnight on Thursday. The House passed a short-term funding bill,…MORE

The next Obama: Democrats grapple with the former president’s legacy

The next Obama: Democrats grapple with the former president’s legacy

Joe Biden has said former President Barack Obama has nothing to apologize for. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has compared his rise in Iowa to that of Obama’s a dozen years ago. Kamala Harris was once heralded as the best candidate to unite the Obama electorate. And Deval Patrick, the latest candidate to get into the race,…MORE

The world’s best pension system is being pushed to the brink

The world’s best pension system is being pushed to the brink

Record low interest rates are forcing the world’s best pension system to take drastic action aimed at staving off cuts to payouts that were once unthinkable. An extended period of negative or record low interest rates has put huge pressure on pension funds in the Netherlands, forcing them to alert retirees that their incomes could…MORE

NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth

NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth

Meteorites that crashed into Earth billions of years contain sugars, researchers say, lending support to the idea that asteroids may hold some of the ingredients to life. An international team of scientists found “bio-essential” sugars in meteorites, which also contain other biologically important compounds, according to a press release from NASA on Tuesday. Asteroids —…MORE

British Airways flights hit by another technical glitch

British Airways flights hit by another technical glitch

British Airways flights have been disrupted by what the airline describes as a “technical issue.” The problem left an unknown number of passengers stranded or delayed while waiting to board international flights. British Airways, which is owned by International Airlines Group, said in a statement that its “teams are working hard to resolve a technical…MORE

Qatar 2022: Professor defends stadium cooling method

Qatar 2022: Professor defends stadium cooling method

Like a glistening pearl on a sandy ocean floor, the Al Janoub Stadium stands out from the desert landscape of Al Wakrah in Qatar. It is one of the first of eight stadiums completed for the 2022 World Cup in the small Gulf State and is equipped to deal with the unique challenges facing this…MORE