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Alien Smog: How Pollution Could Help Locate E.T.

Alien Smog: How Pollution Could Help Locate E.T. In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar system, a new study says. The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch in 2018, could hunt for worlds harboring alien life by sniffing their atmospheres for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), greenhouse gases that destroy ozone in the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, to very advanced civilizations, Earth's own greenhouse gases might signal a primitive world, the scientists said. "We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI programs, will consider pollution as a sign of unintelligent life since it's not smart to contaminate your own air," study leader Henry Lin, a student at Harvard University, said in a statement.


Educated Women No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

Educated Women No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce Women who are more educated than their husbands used to have a higher chance of divorce, but a new study found that this trend stopped in the 1990s. A team of researchers examined statistics on heterosexual marriages in the United States from 1950 through 2009, and found changes over the decades in the rates of divorce. "These trends are consistent with a shift away from a breadwinner-homemaker model of marriage toward a more egalitarian model of marriage in which women's status is less threatening to men's gender identity," the study's lead researcher Christine Schwartz, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in a statement. Before the early 1980s, husbands commonly had more education than their wives, the researchers found.


Virgin America files for IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street.

Argentina sending team to New York for last-minute debt talks

Argentina's Finance Secretary Pablo Lopez arrives for debt negotiation talks with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in New York By Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina will send a negotiating team to New York on Monday for further talks with a U.S. court-appointed mediator in a debt dispute with 'holdout' investors, cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said, with just three days to go to avert a default. If the deadlock persists, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa will prevent Argentina from making a July 30 deadline for a coupon payment on exchanged bonds, triggering a new default. Argentina wants a stay of Griesa's 2012 ruling ordering the Buenos Aires government to pay the holdouts. For this reason Argentina wants a stay," Capitanich told reporters.


Lloyds bank settles with US, UK over market fixing

LONDON (AP) — Lloyds Banking Group says it will pay 218 million pounds ($400 million) to U.S. and British authorities to settle allegations it manipulated benchmark interest rates.

Wall Street little changed with S&P 500 near record

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday as investors looked ahead to the latest economic data and corporate earnings to give direction to a market near record levels. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 18.43 points, or 0.11 percent, to 16,942.14, the S&P 500 lost 1.31 points, or 0.07 percent, to 1,977.03 and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.30 points, or 0.01 percent, to 4,449.86. (Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


Agritek Holdings, Inc Carves Out Attractive Niches in Cannabis Industry

WHITEFISH, MT / July 28, 2014 / The U.S. cannabis industry grew 64% in 2013 and is expected to reach $2.34 billion in size by the end of 2014, according to ArcView Market Research . With a growing number ...

Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Galactooligosaccharides Industry Rep

Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Alfalfa Hay Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Alfalfa Hay Industry Report 2014" report t

Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Coffee Roasters Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Coffee Roasters Industry Report 2014" repo

Industrial Stock Earnings Fail to Impress These ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

Industrial Stock Earnings Fail to Impress These ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Carburetor Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Carburetor Industry Report 2014" report to

Lloyds Banking Group to pay $370 million Libor rigging fines

A sign is seen outside a branch of Lloyds Bank in central London Britain's Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines totaling $370 million to U.S. and British authorities investigating its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and manipulating fees for a government lending scheme. The settlement is the seventh joint penalty handed out by U.S. and British regulators in connection with the attempted manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and other similar benchmarks, which are used to price around $450 trillion of financial products worldwide. Lloyds' settlement follows British rivals Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland , which agreed to pay fines of $453 million and $612 million respectively in 2012 and 2013. The FCA said the total UK fine of 105 million pounds include 70 million pounds for attempting to manipulate fees payable to the Bank of England for the firm's participation in the special liquidity scheme, a taxpayer backed government scheme to support British banks during the financial crisis.


Europe stocks struggle, Asia rises on China data

BEIJING (AP) — European stock markets struggled on Monday and Wall Street was expected to dip on the open amid ongoing concerns about earnings and the economic impact of sanctions on Russia. Asian indexes closed higher, however, after China reported strong corporate profits.

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Head of the Jewish autonomous region Alexander Vinnikov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service) LONDON (AP) — An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay more than $50 billion to the former majority shareholders of now defunct oil company Yukos, ruling that the state engaged in a ruthless campaign to destroy what was once the country's biggest oil producer.


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

A view of the sign outside the Dollar Tree store in Westminster (Reuters) - Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc said it would buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion, creating North America's biggest discount retailer. Shares of Family Dollar, which has been under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to sell itself, rose almost 25 percent to $75.50 in premarket trading on Monday. Dollar Tree shares were up 8.8 percent at $59. Dollar Tree, whose products cost $1 or less, caters to the middle class.


Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat

Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat Those children who have formed attachments to their pets may develop empathy toward other animals, too, which can result in greater avoidance of eating meat, the researchers suggested. "Once an individual feels empathy toward animals, it makes it harder to eat animals," study author Hank Rothgerber, a professor of psychology at Bellarmine University and a vegetarian for more than 12 years, told Live Science in an email. "For these individuals [who get attached to their pets as kids], the love they feel toward their childhood pet(s) was likely so strong that they have a hard time not seeing some aspect of their companion animal in the meat that they wish to avoid," Rothgerber added. In the study, Rothgerber and colleagues asked 273 people if they ate meat, and, if they did, how much meat they normally ate, as well as whether they owned a pet in childhood and how attached they were to their pets.


Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry operations

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Europe nervy as Russian assets hit by new sanctions talk

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The euro was stuck near its lowest level since November and Russian markets tumbled for a third straight day on Monday as new European sanctions for Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship between the two. The 28-nation European Union reached an outline agreement on Friday on its first economic sanctions on Russia. Russia warned the moves would hamper cooperation between the two and undermine the fight against terrorism, although Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow would not impose tit-for-tat measures. Europe's main bourses were flat in subdued trade as strong earnings updates and relief over Russia's response, and that the EU measures had steered away from Russia's gas industry, balanced concerns about the impact of the sanctions.


Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Polybenzimidazoles(PBI) Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Polybenzimidazoles Industry Report 20

Summer Skywatching: See the Clouds of the Milky Way

Summer Skywatching: See the Clouds of the Milky Way One of the greatest pleasures for summer stargazers is viewing the splendor of the Milky Way. The Milky Way is still there, but you need to make a special effort to see it. At this time of year in the early evening, the core of the Milky Way galaxy looms just above the southern horizon. The height of the eastern arch of the Milky Way is marked by the three bright stars of the “Summer Triangle”: Vega, Deneb, and Altair.


Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Lubricant Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Lubricant Industry Report 2014" report to

Research and Markets: Global and Chinese 4,4-Biphenol Industry Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese 4,4-Biphenol Industry Report 2014" report

Global and Chinese Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) Industry Report 2014

Dublin -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/sdn4td/global_and) has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) Industry Report 2014" ...

Tyson to sell Mexican, Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS

Traders gather at the post that trades Tyson Foods on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc , the biggest U.S. meat processor, said it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA , the world's No. 1 meat producer, for $575 million. Tyson also reported a 4.4 percent increase in third-quarter profit and forecast sales for fiscal year ending September 2015 above the average analyst estimate. The company said it would use proceeds from the sale to pay down debt associated with its $7.7 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Co , which is expected to close in the current quarter. "Although these are good businesses with great team members, we haven't had the necessary scale to gain leading share positions in these markets," Chief Executive Donnie Smith said in a statement.


Research and Markets: Global and Chinese Adhesion Promoter Industry Report 2014

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Primoris Services Corporation Announces New Industrial Award Valued at $16 Million

Primoris Services Corporation today announced a new industrial award valued at approximately $16 million. The new contract was secured by the Primoris ARB Industrial division, part of the West Construction Services segment.

Britain reopens way for fracking

LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

Hague court orders Russia to pay over $50 billion in Yukos case

Derricks at Yuganskneftegaz oil processing facility at Mamontovskoye oilfield outside the Siberian ... By Megan Davies, Jack Stubbs and Thomas Escritt MOSCOW/LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in oil giant Yukos $51.6 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession. The arbitration panel in the Netherlands said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim, going some way to covering the money they lost when the Kremlin seized Yukos, once controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. "It's now a question of enforcing it." But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would most likely appeal the decision, so shareholders, who have battled through the courts for a decade, might have longer to wait. "The Russian side, those agencies which represent Russia in this process, will no doubt use all available legal possibilities to defend its position," he said when news of the award leaked ahead of the official announcement.


Microsoft says government officials make sudden visits to China offices

A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei Chinese government officials have made sudden visits to Microsoft Corp offices in China, a spokeswoman for the company said on Monday, but declined to give any reason for the inspections. China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which Chinese media reported had made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, declined to give comment outside of working hours. Microsoft has been a focus of anti-U.S. technology sentiment in China since U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed widespread spying programs, including PRISM, which used U.S. company's technology for cyber espionage. In an e-mailed statement, the Microsoft spokeswoman said: "We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we're happy to answer the government's questions," but declined to give any further information.


Altra Industrial Motion Slumps: AIMC Falls 5.7% in Session

Altra Industrial Motion has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current year along with a significant decline in its share price for the past few weeks

Meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards

A notice is displayed at a cashier's counter of a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, China Monday, July 28, 2014. The president of OSI Group, David McDonald, said Monday an investigation of complaints that its China unit, Husi Food, sold expired beef and chicken still is under way. McDonald declined to give details of what investigators have found. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier said Monday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards.


Nissan aims to boost U.S. sales and profit as it closes on Honda

Cars are reflected in a Nissan Motor logo at the company's dealership in Tokyo By Yoko Kubota YOKOHAMA Japan (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd aims to boost sales and profitability in the United States, its biggest market, an executive said, after Japan's No.2 automaker posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly U.S. sales, closing in on rival Honda Motor Co . For the April-June quarter, Nissan posted a 4.3 percent quarterly operating profit margin for North America, up from the 3.8 percent it booked the same period a year ago. In the first six months of the year, Nissan's U.S. sales grew 12.8 percent, making it the sixth-best selling carmaker in the country. It surpassed Hyundai Motor Co and is closing in on Honda, whose sales fell 0.8 percent during the same period.


EOG Resources' Fortunes Soar as Production Grows From Eagle Ford Shale, an Industrial Info News Alert

Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources -- Being at the right place at the right time is a key part of the success story at EOG Resources Incorporated . But a willingness to adjust its asset ...

July Brings U.S. Refining Records, an Industrial Info News Alert

Researched by Industrial Info Resources -- U.S. refineries have been running at record levels in July. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that for the weeks ending both July 11 and July ...

Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen

FILE - In this Monday, May 12, 2014 file photo, People walk past a wall set up in front of Nissan's showroom under renovation in Tokyo. Healthy sales and a favorable exchange rate pushed up Nissan's fiscal first quarter profit nearly 37 percent, as vehicle sales grew in North America, China and other overseas markets. Nissan Motor Co. reported a better-than-expected income of 112 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for April-June, up from 82 billion yen a year earlier. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China.


AIS Announces New Aluminum Die Casting Tooling for Their Affordable, Industrial HMI Touch Panel PCs to Help OEMs and ...

American Industrial Systems, Inc. , an Open HMI Panel PC and Industrial PC manufacturer, announces to use a new aluminum die cast tooling for use in their new family of “value line,” industrial touch panel and PC-based HMIs.

Pfizer's need for deal looms larger with earnings report

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline. While many industry watchers expect Pfizer to re-engage with Britain's AstraZeneca in coming months, some say the U.S. drugmaker should consider targets more focused on biotechnology, a strategy that has paid off for Merck & Co and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Although Pfizer is conducting trials of promising products - including breast cancer drug palbociclib and vaccines against meningitis and staph aureus - it needs far more drugs to generate meaningful sales growth, said Ori Hershkovitz, analyst with the Tel Aviv-based Sphera Fund, which holds Pfizer shares.     "Pfizer is in a very desperate spot, having seen most of its pipeline disappoint and facing multiple patent expirations," he said.


Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for Brands

Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for Brands Twitter is an essential platform for businesses marketing to other businesses and it's morphing quickly to a direct response "buy it now" platform functionality like Pinterest and Facebook. I anticipate "social selling" will accelerate moving forward, as social platforms embrace mobile enabled direct commerce and marketers pour more money into...


China’s Stock-Index Futures Rise After Industrial Profits Climb

China’s stock-index futures rose after industrial profits climbed and more Chinese cities announced plans to loosen their property curbs.

Economic Report: China’s industrial profit surges, but headwinds lurk

Profit at China’s largest industrial concerns pick up in June, government data show, but some of this is due to statistical distortion, and headwinds look likely in the coming months..

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Organizers of two of the biggest comic-book conventions in the country are clashing over their names.

Survey: US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58.

Don't Miss These Minor Meteor Showers This Summer

Don't Miss These Minor Meteor Showers This Summer Each summer, amateur astronomers from all over the world look forward to observing the famous Perseid meteor shower, but often overlook six lesser celestial fireworks displays that reach their peak between July 28 and Aug. 20.  This year, a bright nearly-full moon will seriously interfere with Perseid meteor observing, so why not take this opportunity to try and view the other six, all but one of which will enjoy dark skies. The online Slooh community observatory will stream live views of the Delta Aquarids in a webcast Monday night (July 28) at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT/0200 GMT) featuring views from observatories in Arizona and the Canary Islands. NASA, meanwhile, will provide a follow-up webcast on Tuesday night via all-sky cameras at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


7 Steps to Ease Into Meditation

7 Steps to Ease Into Meditation As a business owner, mom of two, wife, speaker, and consultant, managing each day effectively can be a challenge. I am sure I don't have to tell you. You know. My mind, like yours, is often filled with to-do lists, schedules, and responsibilities. It's easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but my secret to mental serenity in the face of a harried...


Entrepreneurs Today Don't Need a Big Budget to Start

It wasn't so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, like Shopify or Weebly Store. A programmer can build a new smartphone...

The SHEvolution Is Coming

This trend is changing the world, and I'm thrilled. At first, it tiptoes in quietly. On stilettos. Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, comes its deafening blast.Women are rising. Never before have we so aggressively, efficiently, fearlessly and successfully pursued our goals. The future is now, and females are leading.She's surging...

Industrial Stock Earnings Fail to Impress These ETFs

Industrial stocks like Caterpillar, General Electric and Honeywell reported earnings putting industrial ETFs in focus.

Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study

"It really pushed the envelope" in terms of how early babies begin to learn, lead researcher Charlene Krueger, associate professor at the University of Florida's College of Nursing, said on Thursday. Krueger had the women repeat three times out loud a set 15-second nursery rhyme, and do it twice a day for six weeks. The fetuses’ heart rates were monitored at 32, 33 and 34 weeks as they listened to a recording of a female stranger recite the rhyme. By the 34th week, Krueger said, the heart rates of the tested fetuses showed an overall slight decline while listening to the recording, compared with a control group of fetuses whose heart rates slightly accelerated while listening to a recording of a new nursery rhyme.

Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance! For the past few years, we have argued that the economy needs to continue the process of deleveraging as consumer and government debt levels remain far too high from an historical perspective. While we agreed with the Fed's initial aggressive action to save us from financial catastrophe during the throes of the financial crisis, we also said...


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