China’s Chang’e 4 Spacecraft Enters Lunar Orbit Ahead of 1st-Ever Far Side Landing

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News Story Source:, By Andrew Jones
The spacecraft entered an elliptical lunar polar orbit with a perilune of 62 miles (100 kilometers) at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT) Dec. 12 following a lunar orbit insertion burn.

The spacecraft’s single main variable thruster fired at 80 miles (129 km) distant from the moon following the issuing of a command from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center (BACC) at 3:39 a.m. EST (0839 GMT).

The China Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP) announced the success of the crucial braking maneuver within minutes and confirmed that the spacecraft was functioning well and will begin preparations for communications tests with a relay satellite and refining its orbit.

Chang’e 4 was launched by a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China, at 1:23 p.m. EST (1823 GMT) on Dec. 7 for a 110-hour journey to the moon.

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US lawmakers want to put a cork in Russia’s gas pipeline to Europe

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The resolution was passed by the Republican-led Congress during Monday’s session. Echoing US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against the construction of the undersea pipeline, the lawmakers called it “a drastic step backward for European energy security and United States interests.” The House now wants the US president to step in and even impose economic penalties under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that all Washington’s attempts to hamper the project are simply driven by economic reasons and are a shining example of unfair competition. Reacting to the latest House motion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is nothing new in this “unacceptable” position. He added that the project is purely economic and serves not only Russia’s interests as a gas supplier, but Germany as an EU member-country and its consumers in the first place.

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May Survives Confidence Vote; Final Tally Is 200-117

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News Story Source:, By Tyler Durden
Analysts said that if more than 100 Tories voted against May, it could create problems for her government and draw her credibility as prime minister into question.

Sterling has started moving lower on the result, as traders are correctly assessing that this doesn’t bode well for May’s Brexit deal (though she did receive more votes of support than when she was first elected prime minister, that margin improved by a mere 5 votes from 195 to 200).

As ITV’s Robert Peston pointed out, more than half of the independent Tory MPs (that is, those who don’t hold a post in the government), voted against the prime minister, which hardly inspires confidence.

As Bloomberg’s David Goodman points out, this doesn’t bode well for May’s Brexit deal.

Assuming those 117 Tory MPs will vote against May’s Brexit deal (obviously not a given), that result bodes pretty badly for her chances of getting it through Parliament.

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Unlikely drug pair combine to cut off cancer’s energy supply

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News Story Source:, Nick Lavars
 New research out of the University of Basel describes a drug cocktail that has the effect of putting this out of action, leading the cancer cells to wither and die instead.

Molecular scientists at the University of Basel actually discovered two years ago that a commonly used diabetes drug could be combined with a 50-year-old hypertension medication to inhibit tumor growth. Named metformin and syrosingopine, respectively, the scientists knew beforehand that the former had some anti-cancer properties, but only by mixing it with the latter did it seem to have any meaningful effect.

They have now carried out follow-up experiments in mice to better understand how this process slows cancer growth, and it centers on a molecule called NAD+ that is central to converting nutrients into energy. NAD+ is produced through two cellular pathways, one of which metformin was known to block. The other, it has now been found, can be shut down by syrosingopine’s ability to cause bottlenecks
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Three Surprising Facts About the Physics of Magnets

Read more on this subject: Science, Medicine and Technology
News Story Source:, By Paul Sutter
Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and leads AstroTours around the world. Sutter contributed this article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Magnets and the magnetic force are ubiquitous in our everyday lives, helping to guide us in unfamiliar territory and attach our kids’ artwork to the fridge. But other than those common examples, magnetic fields always seem to play second fiddle in the symphony of forces in the universe. Sure, every once in a long while they may get to call the shots — like in the extremely dangerous environments of a magnetar or the extremely useful environments of an NMR scanner — but for the most part they simply exist, getting pushed around by their more powerful cousins.

But despite their relative insignificance, they hold a few secrets.

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Albert Edwards: Trump’s Tariffs Have Launched A Chinese “Death Wobble”

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Two months ago, Albert Edwards first suggested that investors are focusing on the wrong catalyst for the next crash, which according to the grumpy SocGen strategist would emerge out of China, contending that as Trump exerts mounting pressure on the Chinese economy via tariffs, “the worry is that a Chinese policy response will send the global markets into a tailspin, just as the August 2015 devaluation did.”

Today, in his latest note, Edwards doubles down on his assertion that a China hard-landing may be “the grey rhino that investors are ignoring” even as he once again admits that “naysayers, such as I, have consistently been proved wrong about the ability of China’s policymakers to successfully navigate choppy waters without capsizing the economic ship. And it is wholly natural that investors, having been proved overly bearish about the economy in the past, have given up worrying about a Chinese hard landing – but now that ship looks to
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Samsung Files for Cryptocurrency Trademarks in the EU For Smartphones

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Electronics giant Samsung has filed applications for three blockchain-related trademark requests for smartphones.

Based on the descriptions provided by the company, the three European trademark requests relate to providing crypto custody services on smartphones, which indicates that Samsung may be planning to make its entry into the ‘blockchain smartphone’ market following the recent release of HTC’s Exodus 1 and Sirin Labs’ FINNEY, both of which also offer crypto custody.

Dutch tech news blog Galaxy Club reports that the three requested patents are called ‘Blockchain KeyStore’, ‘Blockchain key box’ and ‘Blockchain Core’ – names that clearly hint at the direction the world’s largest smartphone maker is taking. The timing of the news again underlines the fact that despite the well-documented woes of the crypto market in 2018, a number of influential businesses like Samsung and HTC believe that cryptocurrencies and blockch
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Interview with Roger Ver – BSV vs BCH, Lawsuit, Fork, Craig Wright

Read more on this subject: Science, Medicine and TechnologyNews Story Source: Ver is back for another interview! A lot has happened since our last chat here on the channel. We are discussing BSV vs BCH, Lawsuit, Fork, Craig… Continue reading