Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years

(CNN)A tiny deer-like creature about the size of a rabbit has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam, delighting conservationists who feared the species was extinct. Scientists had thought the tiny creature, which had been among a list of 25 “most wanted” lost species compiled by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), had fallen victim to habitat loss and intensive hunting for the illegal wildlife trade. Wire snares are widely used in the region. Details of the rediscovery were published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. After interviewing villagers and forest rangers near the beach city of Nha Trang, the team of scientists set camera traps for five months in areas …

Corporate America is quietly working to suppress the voices of small investors

Emily Cunningham, a user experience designer, is just one of 750,000 people who work for Amazon. Like most rank-and-file employees in corporate America, she doesn’t have a direct line to the CEO; nor does she usually have much sway over what the company does. Since the 1940s, shareholders have had the right to pose questions and propose changes to the directors of public companies, and to put those proposals up for a vote by their fellow investors. And the bar to propose a resolution has been relatively low. Since 1998, it’s been set at just $2,000 in stock or 1% of a company’s shares — whichever is lower. (For most publicly-traded companies, $2,000 is, by far, the lower threshold.) Currently, …

Russian professor found with severed arms in his bag appears in court

Moscow (CNN)A prominent Russian historian appeared in court in St. Petersburg on Monday in a grisly murder case that has grabbed headlines across the country. In court on Monday, Sokolov told the judge, “I repent deeply,” according to local media news outlet fontanka.ru. He said he had lived with the victim for five years. “I considered her a bride and told my friends that I was going to marry her,” Sokolov said, according to fontanka.ru. He described in court how the pair had got into an argument over his children. Sokolov has been sent to Kresty, a pre-trial detention center, for two months. Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued …

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades

(CNN)For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said current treatments for HIV are effective against this strain and others. However, identifying a new strain provides a more complete map of how HIV evolves. “There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit,” Fauci said. “Not a lot of people are infected with this. This is an outlier.” For scientists to be able to declare that this was a new subtype, three cases of it must be detected independently. The first two were found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the …

Goldman Sachs leads $50M round for credit card platform Deserve

Deserve, a credit card startup helping young people establish themselves, as well as a cloud-based credit card platform for businesses, has raised $50 million in a new round of Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs, the company announced today. Others participating in the round include existing investors Sallie Mae, Accel, Aspect Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners and Mission Holdings. The funds will be put toward Deserve’s further development of what it calls its “Card as a Service” (CaaS) platform, which helps businesses, brands and others tailor credit card products to their own unique customer bases. In doing so, Deserve will to some extent compete with other white-labeled and co-branded credit card issuers, like Synchrony Financial and Alliance Data, with its …

DIY alternative to smear test ‘promising’

However, larger trials may still be needed before the NHS could decide whether to offer it to patients, say experts. Even then, it would only be one option for women – as the researchers believe smear tests would continue in their current form. But the researchers say that in the future, some women could order the test kits online, use them at home and then send their sample by post to be analysed. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Delevingne had a smear test live on the Victoria Derbyshire programme The 25% who do not attend Screening aims to pick up early warning signs of cancer – known as pre-cancers – that can be treated to prevent …

I knew my sons heart was out there: why the families of organ donors would love a thank you

Liz Houghtons son was 20 when he died, and his organs were donated to 12 people. She heard from two of them, but would love to have been in touch with more. Could a new initiative help relatives like her? Liz Houghtons son Will was living his best life when his world stopped. In 2016, the superfit 20-year-old was flying through the Hampshire countryside on his bicycle when he was knocked down by a car.He died of his injuries. At the Houghtons house in Buckinghamshire, a tall and handsome Will smiles out of family portraits. The bright red racing bike he bought but never rode it arrived a fortnight after his death hangs on a wall. Houghton recalls she would …

UK diplomatic cables shed light on Cuba ‘sonic attacks’ scare

FoI release shows how embassy and FCO staff sought to make sense of mystery illnesses Official emails and diplomatic telegrams marked as sensitive reveal for the first time how the British government scrambled to understand a series of alleged sonic attacks on US diplomats who became ill in mysterious circumstances while on duty in Cuba. The US government ordered all non-essential staff at its embassy in Havana to return home after dozens of diplomats and family members developed headaches, dizziness and problems with balance, concentration and sleeping in a wave of illness that struck between 2016 and 2018. Many reported falling ill in their homes or hotels after hearing penetrating sounds, described variously as grinding, buffeting or cicada-like chirps. The …

Faking it: could I go from being an introvert to an extrovert in one week?

New research has found that being an extrovert makes you happier. So I spent a week attending social events to see if I could trick myself into being more naturally outgoing I was asked to torture myself for a week for this experiment. Well, not torture, but close enough for me. For a week, what Princess Diana used to do when she wanted to lose friends change her phone number. So the prospect of spending a week saying yes to every social engagement that came my way was about as appealing as a root canal treatment. But evidence shows that conquering your inner introversion can be good for your mental health. In the study of its kind, researchers at the …

Is America a democracy? If so, why does it deny millions the vote?

Voter suppression from strict ID laws to closing polling places to purging voter rolls is deliberately making it hard to exercise the democratic franchise Martin Luther King Jr marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama,in 1965 in protest of attempts by white legislators across the south to prevent African Americans from voting. At the time, black people outnumbered white people in Selma but comprisedonly 2% of the voting rolls. Over 50 years later, Kings cousin, Christine Jordan, then 92 years old, showed up at her polling station in Atlanta, Georgia, to vote in the 2018 midterm election, just as she had in elections for the previous 50 years. But she was told there was no record of her voter registration. Its …

Helpful tips to combat those seasonal blues

(CNN)Winter is coming. Luckily for you, we live in an age where research, technology and innovative products have been developed to help combat those seasonal blues. First, you should speak to a doctor and do your own research to see what the best possible solution for you may be, but here are a few ideas to help get you started. Wake-up lights The benefits of sunlight have been well documented, with vitamin D production being among the most well-known benefits. The NIMH even cites vitamin D as being one of the major types of treatment for SAD. However, with the sun beginning to rise later, you may be greeted with darkness instead of the sun during the winter months when …

Owl Gets Rescued From Fire, Looks Angry As Hell And People Say Its Funny

With its piercing yellow-eyed stare, deep, haunting hoot and mean hunting skills, the Great Horned Owl is exactly the kind that you used to read about in fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. It is also one of the most common owls in North America and is mostly found deep in the forest, but you could also spot one in the desert, hiding away in city buildings, or even your backyard! Just make sure to go out at night because, like most owls, these majestic creatures are nocturnal. Image credits: venturacountyfire The firefighters who found the owl said that it was very docile, and allowed them to wrap it safely in a jacket to prevent it from getting injured. venturacountyfire The …

The whistleblower’s lawyer made Republicans an offer. Will they refuse?

Washington (CNN)An attorney for the anonymous whistleblower said Sunday he offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee’s Democratic majority. Trump has repeatedly attacked the whistleblower and tried to discredit the individual, saying he deserves to “meet his accuser” and has demanded the whistleblower’s identity be revealed. Trump also accused the whistleblower of partisanship though he said he had no personal knowledge. Head here for more from CNN’s Jamie Crawford and Chandelis Duster. As a reminder — the whistleblower’s complaint alleges Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election and that the White House took steps to cover it up. Trump has denied any …

A Chip Has Been Implanted In A Man’s Brain To Help Him Overcome Opioid Addiction

A man living in the state with the highest rate of opioid deaths in America is the first participant of a trial of a technique designed to help beat addiction. He’s had a computer chip and electrodes implanted in the addiction center of his brain where they will send signals designed to limit cravings. Three others are about to undergo the same treatment, after which their progress will be studied to see if wider application is justified. Science fiction writers have been considering the implications of putting computer chips in people’s brains for decades. So far, however, the main application of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been to control Parkinson’s disease sufferers’ tremors. Successes have yielded heart-warming videos, and DBS …

Lori Loughlin & Husband Plead NOT Guilty To Another Felony – Perez Hilton

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are tripling down. Before they were hit with their latest charge relating to the college admissions scandal, the Full House star and her fashion designer husband were reportedly offered the chance to give up the fight against the government and to just once and for all plead guilty as others have done. It certainly seems to have worked out for fellow embroiled TV star Felicity Huffman. Apparently it was a good enough threat to make four of the 15 parents still pleading not guilty to reverse course — but not Lori and Moss. That new charge is something called federal programs bribery, a specific crime which can only be committed in relation to an institution which receives a lot …

Emperor Penguins May Become Quasi-Extinct If Paris Agreement Objectives Are Not Met

Emperor penguins are an icon of polar expeditions, their distinct waddle and tummy sledding all too familiar. But if the objectives of the Paris Agreement are not met, the species may suffer a less than desirable fate. A new study, published in Global Change Biology, suggests their decline by the end of the century would render them “quasi-extinct”. The Paris Agreement is a multinational initiative to curb atmospheric warming below 2°C, and ideally not tipping above 1.5°C relative to the pre-industrial mean. Based on this, the team of scientists modeled three future scenarios in which warming is limited to 2°C, 1.5°C, and one in which no action is taken at all.  “Today, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is well …