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  • Oil rises on U.S.-Iran tensions, but trade war concerns weigh

    Oil rises on U.S.-Iran tensions, but trade war concerns weighOil prices rose on Tuesday on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions and amid expectations that producer club OPEC will continue to withhold supply this year. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $72.24 per barrel at 0534 GMT, up 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $63.36 per barrel.


  • Is Huawei a Trump Bargaining Chip? Better Hope So

    Is Huawei a Trump Bargaining Chip? Better Hope SoOptimists expect Trump to let Huawei off the hook eventually after using the company as a bargaining chip to squeeze trade concessions from Beijing, in the same way that he did with the smaller Chinese electronics maker ZTE Corp. last year. It’s unlikely to play out that way, though. the U.S. administration’s twin decisions last week to halt the use of Huawei equipment and block the sale of components to the Chinese company are a major escalation beyond trade-war posturing. There are key differences with ZTE. For one thing, Huawei hasn’t been directly accused of any wrongdoing.


  • Brexit Targeted Foreign Workers. Now Robots Are Coming

    Brexit Targeted Foreign Workers. Now Robots Are ComingIt’s 5 p.m. on a wet Wednesday afternoon in the English market town of Spalding and Simon Bradshaw and his partner, Sharna, are taking their daughter to see a new statue commemorating 19th century hiring fairs for farmers and shepherds. Companies initially could use robots to fill labor shortages, but in the longer term the threat is that they end up stealing jobs too.


  • Brexit Targeted Foreign Workers. Now Robots Are Coming

    Brexit Targeted Foreign Workers. Now Robots Are ComingIt’s 5 p.m. on a wet Wednesday afternoon in the English market town of Spalding and Simon Bradshaw and his partner, Sharna, are taking their daughter to see a new statue commemorating 19th century hiring fairs for farmers and shepherds. Companies initially could use robots to fill labor shortages, but in the longer term the threat is that they end up stealing jobs too.


  • T-Mobile Under Pressure to Sweeten Sprint Package for DOJ Nod

    T-Mobile Under Pressure to Sweeten Sprint Package for DOJ NodThe wireless carriers could try to sell additional assets to resolve the department’s concerns that the deal would harm competition. The question is whether there’s anything the companies can propose, like selling airwaves or another business unit, that will sway the department’s antitrust boss, Makan Delrahim. “I don’t see how any concessions short of somehow helping to set up a new fourth competitor could make this deal palatable to DOJ,” said Gigi Sohn, an opponent of the merger and a former aide to a Democratic chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.


  • NASA teases completed Mars 2020 spacecraft

    NASA teases completed Mars 2020 spacecraftNASA's Curiosity rover, InSight lander, and Reconnaissance Orbiter are all doing remarkable work on and around the Red Planet, but that's not stopping scientists from pushing ahead with plans to send yet another piece of high-tech hardware to the Martian surface. The Mars 2020 mission will send another rover to Mars, and with just over a year left before the journey is set to begin, it's crunch time.In a new blog post, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory teases the completion of a very important piece of hardware. The Mars 2020 spacecraft, which will carry the rover during its seven-month-long trip from Earth to its destination, is nearly ready for time in the spotlight, but there's still some work to be done before a launch date can be solidified.There's a lot going on in this image, which was taken at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Space Simulator Facility, but JPL was kind enough to provide a summary:> From the top down, and suspended by cables, is the complete cruise stage, which will power and guide the Mars 2020 spacecraft on its seven-month voyage to the Red Planet. Directly below that is the aeroshell (white back shell and barely visible black heat shield), which will protect the vehicle during cruise as well as during its fiery descent into the Martian atmosphere. Not visible (because it's cocooned inside the aeroshell) is the completed rocket-powered descent stage and the surrogate rover (a stand-in for the real rover, which is undergoing final assembly in JPL's High Bay 1 cleanroom).The Mars 2020 mission will be NASA's most ambitious Mars mission yet, and the rover itself is packed with instruments and tools that have never been sent to the Red Planet before. One of the most important is its new sample-gathering tools that will collect surface material and eventually deliver those samples to vehicles will fly all the way back to Earth where scientists can study them in greater detail.At the moment, Mars 2020 has a projected launch date of Summer 2020, and things are shaping up nicely for NASA to nail that window. After leaving Earth, the spacecraft will spend seven months in space before arriving at Mars in February of 2021.


  • Trump Ban Puts Huawei's Smartphone Plans in Jeopardy

    Trump Ban Puts Huawei's Smartphone Plans in JeopardyChina’s largest technology company told potential partners that by the end of 2018, it would have 50 million Europeans using its own app store, rather than Google’s, according to documents viewed by Bloomberg News. Huawei also held talks with European wireless carriers about spreading this new app store even further, people involved in those talks said.


  • What Should We Expect From SIA Engineering Company Limited's (SGX:S59) Earnings Over The Next Year?

    What Should We Expect From SIA Engineering Company Limited's (SGX:S59) Earnings Over The Next Year?As SIA Engineering Company Limited (SGX:S59) announced its earnings release on 31 March 2019, analysts seem cautiously...


  • Veteran Miraculously Survives After Being Impaled by Stolen Tripod That Was Thrown Off an Overpass

    Veteran Miraculously Survives After Being Impaled by Stolen Tripod That Was Thrown Off an OverpassVeteran Impaled by Stolen Tripod Thrown Off Overpass Survives


  • U.S. Gives Limited Relief for Consumers, Carriers Using Huawei

    U.S. Gives Limited Relief for Consumers, Carriers Using HuaweiThe temporary license covers continued operation of existing networks and equipment as well as support to existing handsets and other limited actions, according to a notice published in the Federal Register Monday. “This license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an emailed statement on Monday. The Trump Administration blacklisted Huawei on Friday, jeopardizing its supply of American components from semiconductors to the Google apps that run on its smartphones.


  • China Warns About ‘Unwavering Resolve’ to Fight U.S. ‘Bullying’

    China Warns About ‘Unwavering Resolve’ to Fight U.S. ‘Bullying’Trump upped the ante in his trade dispute with China last week, announcing moves to curb Huawei’s business that are starting to have ramifications for other companies around the world. "This is wrong behavior, so there will be a necessary response," Zhang Ming, China’s envoy to the EU, said in an interview in Brussels on Monday.


  • Jack Ma Is Selling Cancer Coverage for Pennies a Month in China

    Jack Ma Is Selling Cancer Coverage for Pennies a Month in ChinaMa’s Ant Financial conglomerate launched healthcare-coverage product Xiang Hu Bao in October and already has about 65 million clients. “No insurance company would service a customer base of this size,’’ Yin Ming, a vice president for Ant Financial who oversees Xiang Hu Bao, said in an interview. Call it crowdfunding for health care –- an emerging industry in China that itself is becoming crowded.


  • Tencent's $65 Billion Wipeout Bodes Ill for Hong Kong Stocks

    Tencent's $65 Billion Wipeout Bodes Ill for Hong Kong StocksTencent has plunged 14 percent since last month’s high to wipe out $65 billion of value, and selling momentum in the stock is the most intense since October. With the Hang Seng Index closing below the support level of 28,000 on Monday, souring sentiment toward such a heavyweight Tencent makes the gauge more vulnerable to further losses, especially as trade war rhetoric turns more strident.


  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record 19.3 Million Viewers

    ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record 19.3 Million Viewers(Bloomberg) -- The final episode of “Game of Thrones” drew 19.3 million U.S. viewers, a record for HBO and the fantasy drama that became one of TV’s rare collective viewing experiences.


  • NASA’s floating robot ‘bee’ is alive and well aboard the ISS

    NASA’s floating robot ‘bee’ is alive and well aboard the ISSNASA is betting big on the future of space robots. As automated gadgets become more and more advances, scientists are starting to imagine how robots could not only aid space travelers but perhaps even shoulder some of the load when it comes to various duties.To explore those possibilities, NASA sent a trio of Astrobee robots to the International Space Station just last month, and the ISS crew is just now getting around to testing them out. In a new post on NASA's website, the agency teases an early look at the floating bots as astronauts test them out.In a brief update, NASA notes that the robots will go through a number of tests during their stay aboard the space station. The autonomous gadgets are capable of some pretty impressive feats, not least of which is navigating around the zero-gravity environment of the space station via a system of built-in fans.The robots, which know when their batteries are running low and will seek out their own charging station whenever they need more juice, won't shoulder any serious responsibilities any time soon, but that doesn't mean they couldn't in the future. In fact, NASA is hoping that similar robotic systems might be ready for prime time by the time NASA is ready to return to the Moon."Robots will play a significant part in the agency's mission to return to the Moon as well as other deep space missions," NASA explains. "Astrobee will be used to test how robots can assist crew and perform caretaking duties on spacecraft. This will increase astronaut productivity and help maintain spacecraft when astronauts are not present near the Moon, Mars or other deep-space outposts."It's hard to imagine it today, but in the near future human astronauts may rely heavily on AI-driven bots to provide support during deep space missions.


  • Democratic hopeful Bennet unveils climate plan with farm, conservation focus

    Democratic hopeful Bennet unveils climate plan with farm, conservation focusBennet is distinguishing himself from rivals, such as Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, who are pressing for more aggressive plans to fight global warming, by making land management and agriculture a large part of his climate platform. The senator from Colorado, a state rich in farms and ranches, said his climate plan is the only one to focus on agriculture and conserving land to sequester carbon dioxide while also seeking emissions cuts from power plants, transportation and heavy industry. "We need to scale the efforts of our farmers and ranchers to make them part of the solution," Bennet told reporters in conference call.


  • TikTok Owner to Challenge Spotify and Apple With Music Service

    TikTok Owner to Challenge Spotify and Apple With Music ServiceByteDance expects to introduce the new app as early as this fall in a handful of territories, mostly poorer countries where paid music services have yet to garner large audiences, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been announced. The company has already secured rights from T-Series and Times Music, two of India’s largest labels, according to executives with those companies. While the new app isn’t named after TikTok, ByteDance will try to convert some of TikTok’s audience into paying customers, the people said.


  • Call Your Doctor If Your Bug Bite Looks Like *This*

    Call Your Doctor If Your Bug Bite Looks Like *This*How itchy do you feel rn?


  • Alarming Lessons From Facebook's Push to Stop Fake News in India

    Alarming Lessons From Facebook's Push to Stop Fake News in IndiaThe world’s largest election has become something of a test case in how technology giants handle fake news after years of scandal. India has as many as 900 million voters in an election that culminates this week, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition headed for apparent victory. Particularly challenging for would-be fact-checkers, from Facebook Inc. to Google, is the country’s 23 official languages.


  • Merck's Keytruda fails as monotherapy in breast cancer study

    Merck's Keytruda fails as monotherapy in breast cancer studyMerck & Co Inc said on Monday its blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study testing the drug as a standalone treatment in patients with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Keytruda, among a class of medicines called PD-1 inhibitors, did not meet the main goal of helping patients live longer, when compared to chemotherapy. The treatment will continue to be studied in earlier stages of the disease and in combination with chemotherapy in patients with triple negative breast cancer, the company said.


  • Brainstorm Health: A.I. Lung Cancer Detection, Facebook Disease Prevention, Doctor Job Market

    Brainstorm Health: A.I. Lung Cancer Detection, Facebook Disease Prevention, Doctor Job MarketBrainstorm Health: A.I. Lung Cancer Detection, Facebook Disease Prevention, Doctor Job Market


  • Sherri Shepherd Just Shared The Crazy Way Her No-Sugar Diet Has Improved Her Health

    Sherri Shepherd Just Shared The Crazy Way Her No-Sugar Diet Has Improved Her Health"The doctor excitedly said 'OHMYGOD what did you do?'"


  • Libyan gunmen halt water pipeline to besieged Tripoli

    Libyan gunmen halt water pipeline to besieged TripoliThe United Nations said the water blockage was a possible war crime as Libya’s internationally recognized government accused forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, which have been trying to capture Tripoli, of being behind the blockage. The group on Sunday raided a station of the Great Man-Made River Project, a pipe network supplying ground water from the Sahara, the company said. The eastern forces of Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA) launched an assault on Tripoli in early April and are bogged down in southern suburbs by fighters loyal to the U.N.-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.


  • Best Robot Vacuums For Your Home

    Best Robot Vacuums For Your HomeKiss your mop and broom goodbye.


  • Venezuela's Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-run congress

    Venezuela's Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-run congressVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday proposed early elections for the National Assembly, which is headed by opposition leader Juan Guaido and is the sole body recognized as democratically legitimate by most Western nations. The opposition won a majority in the National Assembly in 2015 and the next congressional elections are currently scheduled for late 2020. Maduro did not give an exact new date, and he has previously said he would shift them earlier, without following through.


  • NASA’s Juno just discovered that Jupiter and Earth have something important in common

    NASA’s Juno just discovered that Jupiter and Earth have something important in commonNASA's Juno spacecraft has delivered some of the most stunning glimpses of the gas giant that mankind has ever seen, but it's also taught scientists a lot about how the planet works. We now know that its storms stretch far deeper into the planet than previously assumed and that Jupiter's lightning is a lot like the kind we see here on Earth.Now, data gathered from Juno has shed light on another aspect of Jupiter that seems a lot like Earth. In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy, scientists reveal that Juno's readings of Jupiter's magnetic field differ from observations made by past missions. This suggests that the planet's magnetic field is actually changing in small but important ways, much like the shifts we see in Earth's own magnetic field.For the study, NASA scientists compared recent readings of Jupiter's magnetic field with data that was gathered years prior from missions including Voyage and Pioneer. Juno's multiple passes of Jupiter using its magnetometer have provided a wealth of information regarding the planet's magnetic field as it exists today, and the researchers quickly noticed the differences."Finding something as minute as these changes in something so immense as Jupiter's magnetic field was a challenge," Juno scientist Kimee Moore said in a statement. "Having a baseline of close-up observations over four decades long provided us with just enough data to confirm that Jupiter's magnetic field does indeed change over time."Those small changes indicate that Jupiter experiences a phenomenon known as secular variation, which also happens here on Earth. On our own planet, secular variation is attributed to changes happening deep below the surface, and on Jupiter, it's believed that intense winds far below the cloud tops are the engine that drives the changes.It's an important discovery for scientists who are still striving to learn more about Earth's own magnetic field, and the Juno team plans to continue tracking the changes in Jupiter's magnetism in the future.


  • The Life-Threatening Heat Stroke Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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  • This Voice-Controlled Robot Vacuum Is WAY More Affordable Than A Roomba

    This Voice-Controlled Robot Vacuum Is WAY More Affordable Than A RoombaBuy real stuff from the HuffPost store: All purchases support our journalism.


  • U.S. Corn Planting Is Slowest on Record for This Time of Year

    U.S. Corn Planting Is Slowest on Record for This Time of YearAs of Sunday, only 49% was in the ground, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday. Last week, the most widely grown American crop was only the furthest behind in six years. Soybean plantings also have been delayed by a deluge of rainy weather so far this year -- the last 12 months were the wettest on record in 48 U.S. states, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.


  • Best Robot Vacuums 2019

    Best Robot Vacuums 2019A robot vacuum is a handy tool for keeping your house or apartment looking tidy between major cleanings. It can be especially helpful in homes with pets, where clumps of hair can accumulate seemingly overnight. And, a robot vacuum can go about its business while you're not home, freeing you do do more important things. Based on more than 600 hours of testing on more than 40 robot vacuums, the best robot vacuum for most people is the $269 Shark Ion R85. Not only is it great at cleaning, but it also works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It even has an optional stick vacuum, so you can clean couch cushions and other spots the robovac can't reach.If you're on a budget, we recommend the $159 iLife A3s Pro. While it lacks smart-home connectivity and is on the slower side, it’s better than most other robot vacuums — even those costing hundreds more — at picking up pet hair and other debris.Here's all of our top picks for best robot vacuums. Shark Ion R85. Credit: Shark> 1\. Shark Ion R85> > The best robot vacuum overall> > Rating: 4/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 94| Pet Hair Score: 88 | Average Cleaning Time: 1:01:57 | Loudness: 59.2 dB | Bin Size: 625 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Size: 12.8 x 12.5 x 3.4 inches | Weight: 5.1 pounds > > Pros: Great pet-hair performance; Dustbin is super easy to clean; Easy app setup and notifications > > Cons: Can get stuck on thick carpet332.57 On Amazon Shark Ion R85332.57 On Amazon Our best robot vacuum overall, the Shark R85 proved excellent at picking up pet hair and other debris around our home with a minimum of fuss. While it took about an hour on average to finish a run in our test space, it was much more thorough than all other robot vacuums. We also like its notifications, smartphone control and easy-to-clean dustbin The optional handheld vacuum is handy for getting those spaces the robot vacuum can't reach.Read our full Shark Ion R85 review.     iLife V3s Pro> 2\. iLife V3s Pro> > Best budget robot vacuum> > Rating: 4.5/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 97 | Pet Hair Score: 99.5 | Average Cleaning Time: 1:31:00| Loudness: 64.1 dB | Bin Size: 600 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: None | Size: 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds > > Pros: Excellent pet-hair-cleaning performance; Fantastic hardwood performance; Inexpensive > > Cons: Loud; Inconsistent cleaning pattern; slow159.99 On Amazon iLife V3s Pro159.99 On Amazon This is the best robot vacuum you can get for less than $200. Despite its low price, the iLife A3s Pro consistently outperformed other robot vacuums that cost three times as much. It picked up nearly all the pet hair in our lab tests, and was also good in our at-home tests, too. The only caveats is that it’s slow, can’t be controlled from your smartphone (though it has a remote), and is a bit louder than other vacuums. But for this price, those are tradeoffs we’re willing to make.Read our full iLife A3s Pro review.  iLife V5s Pro> 3\. iLife V5s Pro> > Good cleaner, so-so mopper> > Rating: 4/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 94.8 | Pet Hair Score: 97.3 | Average Cleaning Time: 1:40:58 | Loudness: 59.9 dB | Bin Size: 600 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: None | Size: 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches | Weight: 4.9 pounds > > Pros: Inexpensive; Quiet; Excellent cleaner; Attractive design > > Cons: Lackluster mopping feature: Some debris not suctioned completely into dustbin179.99 On Amazon iLife V5s Pro179.99 On Amazon The second-best robot vacuum under $200 is iLife’s V5s Pro, which vacuumed nearly as well as the V3s Pro. The V5s Pro has an added mopping feature that was pretty ineffective in our in-home tests. Like most budget robot vacs, the V5s Pro lacks a smartphone app, and doesn’t work with any smart home devices. It’s also one of the slowest robot vacuums we’ve tested. Still, for less than $200, it’s a very effective cleaner.Read our full iLife A5s Pro review.  iRobot Roomba i7+. Credit: iRobot> 4\. iRobot Roomba i7+ > > > The self-cleaning robot vacuum > > > Rating: 3.5/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 90.4 | Pet Hair Score: 90.5 | Average Cleaning Time: 18:09 | Loudness: 62.6 dB | Bin Size: 379 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Size: 13.3 x 3.7 inches | Weight: 7.4 pounds > > Pros: Low profile means it fits easily under furniture; Supereasy setup; Affordable > > Cons: Gets stuck easily on unfavorable surfaces; Doesn't learn to avoid areas; Dustbin sends dust everywhere > 949.99 On Best Buy iRobot Roomba i7+949.99 On Best Buy iRobot's highest-end model makes our best robot vacuum list because it has a base with its own dustbin, so you can go multiple cleanings without having to empty out the bin. It edged out the Shark Ion R85 on our pet hair test, picking up just over 90 percent of all the fur on the floor. It has a number of other features, such as the ability to map multiple floors and create virtual walls. The Roomba i7+ is also fast, finishing a cleaning run in less than 20 minutes. Still, its price — $1,099 — plus the fact that it wasn't as thorough as other vacuums kept the i7+ from receiving a higher rating. You can purchase the i7 for $799, but that price doesn't include the cleaning base, one of the main reasons for getting this vacuum in the first place.Read our full iRobot Roomba i7+ review.   iRobot Roomba 690. Credit: iRobot> 5\. iRobot Roomba 690 > > > A solid performer for the money > > > Rating: 3.5/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 89.2 | Pet Hair Score: 73.3 | Average Cleaning Time: 1:12:27 | Loudness: 66 dB | Bin Size: 600 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Size: 13 x 3.6 inches | Weight: 7.8 pounds > > Pros: Affordable; Easy-to-use app; Maneuvers well in tight spaces > > Cons: Somewhat loud; Dustbin too easy to remove > 297 On Amazon iRobot Roomba 690297 On Amazon The iRobot Roomba 690 has powerful suction and is especially user-friendly. Once you set this vacuum up, it basically runs itself. But you can also control it from a convenient smartphone app that you can use to schedule cleaning times from anywhere. This robot did a great job on both carpeting and hardwood flooring, but it didn't do as well with pet hair as our top pick did. This vacuum also continued cleaning over various obstacles rather than getting stuck like competitors.Read our full iRobot Roomba 690 review.  Samsung PowerBot R7070> 6\. Samsung PowerBot R7070 > > > Older, but still good > > > Rating: 4/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 87.9 | Pet Hair Score: 81.5 | Average Cleaning Time: 27:30 | Loudness: 66.7 dB | Bin Size: 600 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Home | Size: 13.7 x 13.4 x 3.8 inches | Weight: 9.5 pounds > > Pros: Easy to clean; Works with Alexa, Google Assistant; Can be controlled via remote or companion app > > Cons: Height makes it difficult to fit under furniture > 549 On Amazon Samsung Powerbot R7070549 On Amazon Our best robot vacuum from 2018, the Samsung PowerBot R7070 is still a very capable and fast cleaner. You can also control it from your smartphone, as well as with Alexa and Google Assistant. But while it completed a cleaning run in half the time that the Shark Ion R85 took, it wasn't as effective at picking up pet hair or kitty litter. And it's about twice as expensive.Read our full Samsung PowerBot R7070 review.  Eufy RoboVac 11S. Credit: Eufy> 7\. Eufy RoboVac 11S> > A good value robot vac> > Rating: 3/5 stars > > Cleaning Performance: 85.5 | Pet Hair Score: 67.5 | Average Cleaning Time: 1:18:00 | Loudness: 62.5 dB | Bin Size: 600 ml | Smart Home Compatibility: None | Size: 12.8 x 12.8 x 2.85 inches | Weight: 5.7 pounds > > Pros: Low profile means it fits easily under furniture; Supereasy setup; Affordable > > Cons: Gets stuck easily on unfavorable surfaces; Doesn't learn to avoid areas; Dustbin sends dust everywhere > 219 On Amazon Eufy RoboVac 11S219 On Amazon The Eufy RoboVac 11S is the best robot vacuum for those on a budget simply because it works. The device is short enough that it can track under furniture where you normally can't reach with an upright vacuum. And though there's no Wi-Fi connectivity or app control, there's a companion remote. You can use this to schedule the vacuum so that it cleans up any litter crystals, stray hairs and food crumbs left behind.Read our full Eufy RoboVac 11S review. Robot Vacuum Test ResultsThey can't all be named to our best robot vacuum list, but many of the robot vacuums we tested performed well on our tests, both in the lab and in the home. The numbers indicate the percentage of debris (Cheerios, kitty litter, and dog hair) that ended in the robot’s bin on both hardwood and carpeted surfaces, as well as the average time it took the robot to clean a 15 x 18-foot space. We will add to these results as we test additional vacuums.  NamePrice RatingSmartphone ControlOverall Cleaning ScoreAverage Cleaning Time (h:m:s)Cheerios Cleaning ScoreKitty Litter Cleaning ScoreDog Hair Cleaning Score Shark Ion R85$261.874/5 Yes 87.900:27:3094.687.781.5 Eufy Robovac 11S$179.99 3/5 No 85.81:18:00100 90 67.5 Roomba i7+ $799 3.5/5Yes 90.400:18:0993.187.690.5 iRobot Roomba 690$299 3.5/5Yes 89.21:12:2799.594.973.3 Samsung PowerBot R7070 $599 4/5 Yes 87.9 00:27:30 94.6 87.7 81.5 What to Look for in a Robot VacuumBefore you buy, you need to determine what your needs are, and how much you’re willing to spend. Things you’ll want to consider include: * How much you’re willing to spend. * The size of the space you want to clean. * If you need a vacuum to clean up pet hair. * If you want to control the vacuum using your smartphone.We've put together a handy robot vacuum buying guide to help you determine your needs. How We Test and Rate Robot Vacuums To determine which models make it to our best robot vacuum list, we call in or purchase a number of robot vacuums based on their popularity on Amazon, as well as their price and reputation from other review sites and reader comments. The first phase of our analysis starts with lab tests in our Ogden, Utah, facility. There, we test each robot vac to see how effective it is at picking up 20 grams of kitty litter, 20 grams of Cheerios, and two grams of dog hair on hardwood and a medium-pile carpet. We also time how long it takes each to complete each test, as well as how loud the vacuum is as it goes about its business. While we factor in the average cleaning time to our overall rating, we give it less importance than cleaning effectiveness, as most people will schedule a robot vacuum to go about its rounds after they leave their house. The most promising vacuums are then sent to a reviewer to see how well they perform in a real-world environment. Here, we look at things such as how easily it navigates around an apartment, if it gets stuck under furniture or on carpets, how difficult it is to set up, and how messy it is to empty its dustbin.  From there, we base our final rating on its price, cleaning ability, functionality and ease of use relative to similar models.Credit: Tom’s Guide


  • After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home

    After long journey, bear spared by governor returns homeCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire's governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June.


  • Scientists Went to One of the World's Most Remote Island Atolls. They Found 414 Million Pieces of Plastic

    Scientists Went to One of the World's Most Remote Island Atolls. They Found 414 Million Pieces of PlasticThe amount of plastic pollution previously thought to exist around the world may be a dramatic underestimate -- because the vast majority of plastic pollution may actually be below the surface.That's the takeaway from a survey of plastic pollution on the beaches of Australia's Cocos Islands, made up of two coral atolls.An estimated 414 million pieces of debris are now littering the remote islands, and the vast majority of that waste is buried below the surface, according to a new study. But even that is likely an underestimate, a group of researchers reported May 16 in the journal Scientific Reports.What's more, because most of this plastic is buried below the surface, and most global surveys don't look below the surface, the amount of plastic pollution worldwide may be way more than we previously thought, they reported. [In Images: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch]The scientists surveyed seven of the 27 islands, which made up 88 percent of the total landmass of the islands, and estimated that they were littered with 262 tons (238 metric tons) of plastic. A quarter of those pieces of debris were single-use or disposable items such as straws, bags and toothbrushes (about 373,000 of them), The researchers also identified some 977,000 shoes.Roughly 93% of the debris found, most of it tiny micro-debris, was actually buried below the surface. But because they only dug 3.94 inches (10 centimeters) into the sand, and couldn't access some beaches that are known to have a lot of debris, these numbers are likely conservative, lead author Jennifer Lavers, a research scientist at the University of Tasmania, said in a statement."Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans, and remote islands are an ideal place to get an objective view of the volume of plastic debris now circling the globe," Lavers said. Back in 2017, the same group of researchers revealed that the Henderson Island, a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific, was also the world's most polluted one.Plastic production has increased dramatically over the last decade -- in the last 13 years alone, we've manufactured nearly half of all the plastic produced in the last six decades A recent global estimate finds that 5.25 trillion items of plastic are now in the ocean, which is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way, according to the paper.The amount of debris buried up to about 4 inches (10 cm) below the surface of the beach is 26 times higher than the amount visible on its surface, the researchers wrote. "This suggests global debris surveys, the majority of which are focused solely on surface debris, have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation." * Gallery: America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2019 * In Photos: World's Most Polluted Places * 7 Everyday Toxic Things You Shouldn't Toss in the TrashOriginally published on Live Science.


  • Low-fat diet with more fruits and vegetables may decrease risk of dying from breast cancer

    Low-fat diet with more fruits and vegetables may decrease risk of dying from breast cancerNew research says women who eat a low-fat diet, as well as more fruits, vegetables and grains, may have a lower risk of dying from breast cancer.


  • Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zoo

    Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zooSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo.


  • DOJ Leans Against Approving T-Mobile’s Takeover of Sprint

    DOJ Leans Against Approving T-Mobile’s Takeover of SprintOpposition to the deal by the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, would mark a rare break with the FCC. Earlier on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he would recommend approval of T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion deal for Sprint after the companies offered a package of concessions, including spinning off Sprint’s Boost pre-paid brand, to win regulators’ blessing.


  • U.S. Stocks Finish Lower as Trade Jitters Hit Tech: Markets Wrap

    U.S. Stocks Finish Lower as Trade Jitters Hit Tech: Markets WrapU.S. equities sank Monday as the fallout from the White House’s moves against Chinese telecom giant Huawei battered technology shares and stoked trade jitters. The S&P 500 Index dropped for the second straight session, with semiconductor stocks among the biggest laggards, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index saw its biggest decline in a week. Ten-year Treasury yields rose before a slew of U.S. data this week as well as Federal Reserve policy-meeting minutes on Wednesday.


  • Lung Cancer and COPD Turned This Person’s Lungs Completely Black

    Lung Cancer and COPD Turned This Person’s Lungs Completely BlackThis shocking Facebook post highlights just how dangerous smoking is.


  • China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.

    China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.But sometimes quantity doesn't trump quality.


  • Tesla in ‘Code Red Situation’ as Sell-Off Exceeds 20%

    Tesla in ‘Code Red Situation’ as Sell-Off Exceeds 20%The shares have dropped in nine of the last 10 trading days, a stretch that started the day Tesla closed offerings of new stock and convertible bonds to shore up its balance sheet. In that span, Tesla has plunged more than 20% and fallen back behind Ford Motor Co. by market capitalization. In a note Sunday, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote that Tesla faces a “Kilimanjaro-like uphill climb” to hit targets for profitability in the second half of the year.


  • According to a Sleep Doctor, This Is How Many Hours You Need a Night to Lose Weight

    According to a Sleep Doctor, This Is How Many Hours You Need a Night to Lose WeightThere isn't one universal prescription for weight loss, but most experts recommend doing cardio and strength training; eating nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens, legumes, and lean protein; controlling your stress levels; and getting enough sleep. Sleep is often overlooked in the weight-loss equation, but it's integral to keep the weight off for good.


  • Elizabeth Hurley, David Foster, Vera Wang and more attend the BCRF's 25th annual Hot Pink Party

    Elizabeth Hurley, David Foster, Vera Wang and more attend the BCRF's 25th annual Hot Pink PartyAin’t no party like a Hot Pink Party!On Wednesday, May 15, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation hosted theirannual Hot Pink Party in New York City at the Park Avenue Armory


  • Police end Greenpeace blockade of BP HQ

    Police end Greenpeace blockade of BP HQLondon police said Monday they had detained all 10 Greenpeace activists who had blocked the entrances to BP's global headquarters to convince the British energy giant to halt oil and gas exploration. The environmental organisation encased activists in five heavy containers that were manoeuvred into place during the night. Greenpeace wants BP to switch to purely renewable energy or close its operations.


  • Dermatologist warns of three hidden spots where skin cancer often appears

    Dermatologist warns of three hidden spots where skin cancer often appearsMelanoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer. Dan Belkin, MD, a dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, explains


  • SpaceX is the No. 1 rocket company by revenue, with $2 billion last year, Jefferies estimates

    SpaceX is the No. 1 rocket company by revenue, with $2 billion last year, Jefferies estimatesSpaceX launches brought in $2 billion of revenue last year, according to Jefferies on Sunday.


  • Wingmoms: How bonobo mothers help their sons find love

    Wingmoms: How bonobo mothers help their sons find loveA new study has described the outsized role bonobo moms play in their sons' sex lives: from pulling rank to ensure their male offspring get to meet attractive ovulating females, to interfering with male rivals' attempts to mate. The paper was published Monday in the journal Current Biology and found that bonobo males whose mothers were alive and remained in their group were three times more likely to father children. "This is the first time that we can show the impact of the mother's presence on a very important male fitness trait, which is their fertility," co-author Martin Surbeck, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany said in a statement.


  • Broadcom Chip Unit Targeted in Widening U.S. Antitrust Probe

    Broadcom Chip Unit Targeted in Widening U.S. Antitrust ProbeThe Federal Trade Commission is seeking evidence that Broadcom’s conduct harmed competition in Wi-Fi and switch-chip markets, according to a civil investigative demand issued last week and obtained by Bloomberg News. The document, which is akin to a subpoena, shows that enforcers are now targeting the vast majority of Broadcom’s chip business. Broadcom is one of the biggest suppliers of Wi-Fi technology used in smartphones and home routers and gateways, giving its chips a crucial role in the way the consumers get online.


  • Here's why pummeling tornadoes are coming for the Southern Plains

    Here's why pummeling tornadoes are coming for the Southern PlainsIt's an ominous Monday in the southern Great Plains. Entire school districts are closed as storm scientists expect "high risk" weather and severe thunderstroms, with conditions ripe for powerful tornadoes throughout much of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. A confluence of robust elements have combined forces to produce an exceptionally dangerous day."It's an environment that we don't see very often," said Bill Bunting, operations chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center. "Maybe once or twice in the career of a forecaster."> Here is a zoomed in image of our High Risk for 20 May 2019 for use in social media. pic.twitter.com/TZd9Fr3atW> > -- NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) May 20, 2019Bunting is stationed in Norman, Oklahoma, the dead center of a region that is likely to experience the formations of a dangerous type of thunderstorm with rotating updrafts, called a supercell. These storms can produce tornadoes. "One of our forecasters said last night that it's the first time he lost sleep thinking of the day ahead," said Bunting. The (unfortunately) right conditions It's severe weather season in the Great Plains, but environmental conditions have really ramped up, much more than usual. "What's unique about today is the expected magnitude [of storms]," noted Bunting. There's a profound amount of instability in the atmosphere, from the ground to around a mile up in the sky, explained Brian Tang, an atmospheric scientist at the University at Albany. This is driven by strong winds blowing from different directions at different heights, notably a parade of potent storms blowing in from the Rockies after deluging Northern California with rare, late-season rain. These storms have now met powerful winds blowing in from the southeast.> Dawn breaks on the Southern Plains and GOES gives us a look at the wind shear part of the severe weather forecast. Low clouds streaming up from the SE are being overtaken by mid-to-high clouds coming from the SW. This turning of the winds helps storms that form start to rotate. pic.twitter.com/qW0NYbR7A0> > -- National Weather Service (@NWS) May 20, 2019But this wind-driven atmospheric chaos (technically called "wind shear") is not acting alone. There's an unusual amount humidity in the air. Thunderstorms feed off this moisture, growing more powerful. "There's a ton of energy that can be harnessed that can generate these really intense thunderstorms," said Tang.And once there are intense supercell thunderstorms circulating through an area, there's greater potential for these storm systems to start spinning, thereby spawning violent tornadoes. "There are going to be several thunderstorms that do reach an intensity that become tornadoes," said Bunting.  SEE ALSO: Fearless TV weather forecasters air the planet's soaring carbon levels"It's like having an All-Star baseball team. It's like having a bunch of sluggers," said Tang. "The chances of hitting a home run are that much higher." "This is not your normal severe weather day in Oklahoma," the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Norman, Oklahoma said Monday morning.  Exactly what causes a particular supercell thunderstorm to form a tornado, however, is still an area of deep and ongoing investigation.> Midday SPC update added a 45 percent tornado risk for a big chunk of western and central OK. A particularly dangerous situation tornado watch coming for that area. https://t.co/RO92Y2cfmG pic.twitter.com/N2h0Ipq9is> > -- U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes) May 20, 2019NOAA's Bunting noted that Monday's weather outbreak comes on the exact anniversary of an EF-5 tornado (the most severe tornado rating) that killed 24 Oklahomans in 2013 while causing billions in damage. Today's violent thunderstorms won't just bring the likelihood of wide tornadoes in heavily-populated areas, but the risk of deadly floods. These storms dump deluges of water. "More people traditionally die from floods than tornadoes," the Norman NWS said Monday.Meteorologists and storm scientists have prepared for the worst. "It's really created a palpable sense of anxiety and just wanting to get done with today," said Bunting."There's definitely certain days when there's a sense of dread," added Tang, noting that the meteorological community reacted similarly to the approaching Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 5 storm, which is the highest hurricane rating. "Today has that same feel," said Tang. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


  • Google Glass Finds a New Home at the Factory

    Google Glass Finds a New Home at the Factory(Bloomberg) -- Remember Google Glass?


  • Free scooter rides and EU power ballads, big firms pump up voters for EU polls

    Free scooter rides and EU power ballads, big firms pump up voters for EU pollsPROTECTING THE SINGLE MARKET Germany's Volkswagen, the world's largest carmaker which makes half of its sales in Europe, has appealed in 16 languages to its 490,000 European employees to cast their vote, saying that a united Europe is in everybody's interests. To promote its campaign "Volkswagen Votes for Europe", the company has unfurled a huge banner with the slogan on its Wolfsburg plant, one of the world's biggest factories. "However, a united Europe is more than all that.


  • Meet The 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Turned Superstar Comedian

    Meet The 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Turned Superstar ComedianAudrey Lorenz is the next big comedy star! The 8-year-old cancer survivor stopped by Access Live to talk about performing in front of Tina Fey, Nick Kroll, Seth Meyers and more famous comedians at the annual Comedy vs. Cancer event.


 

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