Thursday, September 20, 2018 Headlines & Global News


Rubber ducks for Special Olympics Illinois

60,000 Rubber Ducks Will Splash Into The Chicago River August 9 For Special Olympics Illinois

Aug 09, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

60,000 rubber ducks will drop off the Wabash Bridge into the Chicago River at 1 p.m. August 9, 2018.

Rice Krispies Treats Braille Stickers

Rice Krispies Treats Makes Love More Accessible This Back-To-School Season

Aug 09, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

Rice Krispies Treats has partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to create the first-ever accessible 'Love Notes' in the form of Braille stickers and re-recordable audio boxes so parents and family members can share messages of love and encouragement with children who are blind or low-vision.

Stern pinball machine - Deadpool

Stern Pinball Announces New Deadpool Pinball Machines

Aug 08, 2018 04:23 PM EDT

Get ready to immerse in the Deadpool universe and team up with iconic X-Men characters Wolverine, Dazzler, Domino, and Colossus as they battle against infamous villains Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Mystique, Sauron, and Mr. Sinister.

Salk Institute -- Wahl and Giraddi

Back to the future: breast cancer reprises pathways found in fetal cells

Aug 07, 2018 08:17 PM EDT

Salk scientists identify genetic characteristics of fetal stem cells that may lead to breast cancer later in life

Bar Owner Arrested in Hartshorne Slot Machine Raid

Aug 07, 2018 03:53 PM EDT

Bar Owner Arrested in Hartshorne Slot Machine Raid

Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

Aug 07, 2018 02:51 PM EDT

The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes - which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity - can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt. The results, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, could be used to improve the forecasting of threats posed by certain volcanoes.


Facebook Removes Accounts Suspected Of Mid-Term US Election Interference

Aug 02, 2018 01:59 PM EDT

Facebook announced that it has removed accounts made within its platform that are deemed involved in influencing the mid-term US election, according to the company's recent press release.

Apple iPhone X advertising

Apple Moves Closer To Becoming World’s First $1 Trillion Company

Aug 02, 2018 01:51 PM EDT

Apple, Inc yesterday moved to within $25 billion of becoming the first U.S. firm to hit a market value of $1 trillion. To hit the $1 trillion market value mark, Apple shares will have to rise about five percent more, and some analysts seem confident Apple can pull this off in the upcoming holiday season.

Amazon reports hefty profits

Amazon Reports Huge Profits From Minimal Revenues

Jul 31, 2018 04:06 PM EDT

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, reported its operating results for the second quarter were a mixed bag, but analysts took heart in that profits came in more than double that of Wall Street expectations despite weaker revenues. The Seattle retail and tech monster reported earnings-per-share of $5.07 on Thursday, which was higher than analysts' estimates of $2.49 per share, and a massive twelve-fold increase year-on-year to a record $2.5 billion. This result is the third consecutive quarter where Amazon exceeded $1 billion in profits. Amazon's quarterly profit rose past the $1 billion level for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2017. On the other hand, Amazon's sales of $52.9 billion missed analysts' expectations of $53.35 billion. Net sales for Amazon Web Services (AWS) rose to 49 percent to $6.1 billion compared to $4.1 billion for the same period in 2017. Amazon's stock was up nearly four percent in after-hours trading yesterday. Amazon's total revenue (including sales from Whole Foods) rose 39 percent year-on-year. North America revenue jumped 44 percent to $32.1 billion, while international sales grew 27 percent to $14.6 billion. The rise in profits is largely driven by the growth of Amazon's high-margin businesses, like cloud and advertising. The two business units were a "big contributor" to profit growth as Amazon's traditional retail business only generates thin margins, said Amazon CFO, Brian Olsavsky. He also credited better efficiencies in Amazon's warehouses and data centers, and the growth of Amazon's higher-margin third-party marketplace for the hefty profits. Revenues from Amazon's cloud service grew for the third straight quarter, this time to $6.1 billion. This 49 percent year-over-year growth occurred despite increased competition from Microsoft and Google. Cloud service revenue is only 11 percent of Amazon's total sales, but its operating income of $1.6 billion accounted for 55 percent of the total. Amazon's other revenues came in at $2.2 billion, 132 percent higher than Q2 2017. This is the second-straight quarter Amazon exceeded $2 billion in advertising revenue. Amazon saw an increase in its workforce to record-high 575,700 employees in the quarter. That's 51 percent from last year and a two percent increase from the past quarter. The downside to this pretty picture is Amazon's horrible and enduring reputation of paying its employees, especially its contractual employees, wages below the minimum wage. And it's a fact Bezos earns more every minute than Amazon's lowest-paid workers do in an entire year. Amazon's seasonal workers are only paid around $11.50 per hour plus overtime for shifts of 10 or more hours.

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone's Future In Question In US-China Trade Battle: Price May Rise Soon

Jul 27, 2018 02:47 PM EDT

Apple's most loved product: iPhone may soon see some serious drawbacks as it may fall as a victim of the trade battle between China and the United States.

fruits vegetables

High fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer

Jul 27, 2018 02:39 PM EDT

Women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables,

Tree Kangaroo and Phylogenetic Tree

International team tests phylogenetic gambit as means to preserve functional diversity

Jul 24, 2018 01:35 AM EDT

International team tests phylogenetic gambit as means to preserve functional diversity

Online companies and their continued growth

Online companies and their continued growth

Jul 11, 2018 01:53 PM EDT

Online companies and their continued growth

Dragon Ball

How are Korean Games Standing in Global Market?

Mar 27, 2018 09:50 AM EDT

How are Korean Games Standing in Global Market?

Terra Image of Marcus

NASA finds major Tropical Cyclone Marcus getting stronger

Mar 21, 2018 06:59 PM EDT

NASA finds major Tropical Cyclone Marcus getting stronger

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