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HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.
Wendy Williams' family said the talk- show host will take an indefinite break from her syndicated daytime show for treatment for her ongoing battle with Graves' disease.
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The FTC argues that Qualcomm won’t sell chips if customers don’t also pay hefty licensing fees. Billions of dollars in chip supply deals involving Apple and Qualcomm may have actually collapsed over a squabble about software access, rather than the patent fees that sparked a bitter legal battle between the two technology giants, according to the emails seen by Bloomberg.
No new U.S. patients will be started on the drug and Lilly is suspending promotion of the medicine, the company said. Lartruvo won accelerated approval in 2016 in the United States and conditional approval in Europe based on results from a promising mid-stage trial. On Friday, Lilly said Lartruvo combined with the standard-of-care chemotherapy doxorubicin did not prolong survival more than doxorubicin alone in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma.
Police used teargas against protesters in another part of the capital Khartoum and also in the adjacent city of Omdurman, on the other side of the River Nile. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he was worried about the situation in Sudan and encouraged the government to respect human rights and "restrain any form of handling the situation of demonstrations that can undermine those rights and can of course be dangerous to people." Earlier, around 5,000 mourners turned out for the funeral and burial of Moawia Othman, who was shot late on Thursday. After Othman had been buried and the weekly Muslim Friday prayers began at noon, the mourners dwindled to hundreds who began chanting "Down, that's it", which has become the slogan of protesters signaling their main demand for Bashir to step down.
Thousands of school children and university students across Switzerland skipped class on Friday to march in the streets and demand climate action, telling politicians "There is no planet B". The protest was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish girl who since last August has been ditching school each Friday to protest in front of Sweden's parliament demanding concrete action from politicians to halt climate change. After she garnered international headlines with a fiery speech before world leaders at last month's COP24 climate talks in Poland, thousands of students have followed in her footsteps, staging "climate strikes" in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States.
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A new ‘missing link’ between our ape-like ancestors and early humans has been identified, showing that we were still swinging from the trees less than two million years ago. The first fossils of Australopithecus sediba were discovered in Malapa, South Africa, ten years ago, but experts were unsure if they were unique or just examples of already known species. Now after a decade of a research experts have confirmed they do belong to a unique species which slots into the human family tree between little upright apes like ‘Lucy’ - the 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found in 1974 - and Homo habilis, the first tool-maker, which live around 2.1 to 1.5 million years ago. Intriguingly, Australopithecus sediba, which lived between 1.95 and 1.78 million years ago, still had arms bones like monkeys suggesting it spent large amounts of time swinging in the trees long after it was thought we had moved onto the ground. It also had the short foot bones of a creature that did not walk long distances and a small brain, like Lucy. Yet its hands had developed long opposable thumbs, showing it had the dexterity to use tools, although without the grip strength of later humans. Studies of its teeth revealed its diet was more varied and human-like than its vegetation-munching predecessor. Researchers concluded that Australopithecus sediba represents a ‘major transition’ in evolution and is a bridging species between more ape-like australopithecines and the more human-like Homo habilis. The new species sits between Australopithecus afarensis (second from left) and Homo habilis (third from left)  Credit: Science Photo Library  “The anatomy we are seeing in Australopithecus sediba us forcing us to reassess the pathway by which we became human,” said Dr Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, who co-authored four of the papers on the fossils. “It was once thought that a fossil species a million years younger than Lucy would surely look more human-like. “For parts of the anatomy of Australopithecus sediba, like the knee, that is true. But, for others, like the foot, it is not. “Instead, what we’re witnessing here are parallel lineages, illustrating how different hominin experiments were unfolding early in our complex evolutionary history.” The first fossil of Australopithecus sediba was discovered by nine-year-old Matthew Berger, the son of renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger who tripped over a clavicle bone while following his dog near to where his father was searching for bones. Life reconstruction of Australopithecus sediba  Credit: Sculpture: Elisabeth Daynes / Photo: S. Entressangle Since the first discovery in 2009, 135 fossils from two skeletons and possibly a third individual have been found. The findings are published in a special edition of Paleoanthropology. Writing in the introduction, Scott Williams of the Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, said: “Imagine for a moment that Matthew stumbled over the rock and continued following his dog without noticing the fossil. “Perhaps Lee would have continued up the hill, away from Malapa, to search for more caves. “If those events had occurred instead, our science would not know about Australopithecus sediba, but those fossils would still be there, still encased in calcified classic sediments, still waiting to be discovered. “The fortuitous discovery of the Malapa fossils and other similarly fortuitous recent finds should be reminders to us all that there is still so much to discover about our evolutionary past.” A few years ago, a separate research group suggested the hominin fossils at Malapa belonged to two different species, because of differences in the vertebrae, but new analysis shows one was a juvenile whose growth was not complete. The researchers conclude that there was a close evolutionary relationship between Australopithecus afarensis, Australopithecus sediba and Homo habilis which rewrites the traditional human family tree.   “This larger picture sheds light on a major transition in hominin evolution, that of the largely ape-like species included broadly in the genus Australopithecus to the earliest members of our own genus, Homo,” added Williams.
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(This January 17 story fixes attribution in 8th paragraph to GAO's David Gootnick instead of anonymous GAO official) By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said in a report released by the investigative arm of Congress on Thursday it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs. Such a move would deepen the Trump administration's already broad rejection of former President Barack Obama's policies on global warming, which Trump has repeatedly suggested is not as serious as scientists claim. In the 2014 executive order, Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to factor climate resilience into development programs to help vulnerable populations around the world protect themselves from the effects of droughts, floods, and storms exacerbated by climate change.