scientists say Florida reefs have lost nearly 98% of coral

The United States’ coral reefs are in fair condition, according to a recent reef condition status report, but vulnerable to decline. Scientists estimate that along the coast of Florida, where degradation is most severe, perhaps as little as 2% of original coral cover remains.

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The report, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (Noaa) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science last week, assesses reefs along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, from the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa. It is the first of its kind to do so using standardized monitoring data on a national scale. Analyzing records from 2012 to 2018, researchers identify ocean warming and acidification, coral disease and fishing as ongoing threats to coral reefs, indicating a “dire outlook” for these ecosystems.

a fish swimming under water: A parrotfish is swims over a dead coral reef in the Florida Keys national marine sanctuary near Key West, Florida.

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Justice Department probing NASA call to Boeing over lost lunar lander bid

So in February, Doug Loverro, then the head of NASA’s human exploration directorate, called Jim Chilton, the senior vice president of Boeing’s space and launch division, to explain that the company was going to lose the contract and to inquire whether it would file a challenge, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

That call, which occurred during a period when the agency was to have no contact with any of the bidders, is now the subject of investigations by the NASA inspector general and the Justice Department into the integrity of the procurement, according to multiple people. It also led NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to force Loverro to abruptly resign in May.

Boeing did not protest the award of the lunar lander contract — which was awarded on April 30 to three bidders for a total of nearly $1 billion: a team led by Jeff Bezos’s Blue

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China tech giants lost more than $280 billion in market value amid potential regulations

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.

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SINGAPORE — Shares of China’s top technology giants were battered on Wednesday as regulatory concerns continue to mount.

By the Wednesday market close in Hong Kong shares of Alibaba listed in the city plunged 9.8% while Tencent dropped 7.39%. Smartphone maker Xiaomi also declined 8.18% and China’s biggest on-demand delivery services firm Meituan Dianping fell 9.67%. E-commerce giant also saw its stocks plummet 9.2%.

The broader Hang Seng Tech index was also hammered and fell 6.23% on the day to 7,465.44.

The combined losses of the five tech heavyweights since their Monday’s close has contributed to more than $280 billion being wiped off in terms of market cap at the close of the trading day in Hong

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Donald Trump Lost. To Win In The 2020s, Leaders Must Learn How To Learn

While recovering from the coronavirus in hospital last month, President Donald Trump made a video. He pronounced: “I learned a lot about Covid. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the let’s-read-the-book school.” His point: personal experience of Covid-19 taught him more than reading briefings by America’s finest doctors and epidemiologists.

Now that Joe Biden looks set to replace Trump in the White House, it’s easier to pass judgment on this lack of respect for science, facts and expertise. An absence of curiosity is a disaster. Especially for leaders in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous era. In the 2020s, effective leaders are readers.  

It’s no secret Donald Trump favors gut instinct over independent, rigorous analysis – and doesn’t enjoy reading. Before his inauguration, he revealed he liked his briefings short, ideally one-page

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Americans Lost 138 Million Hours of Sleep on Election Night

(Bloomberg) — Election night was the low point of the year when it comes to sleep.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Attendees watch results come in during a 2020 U.S. presidential election night watch party in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. President Donald Trump has once again defied polls and predictions, with a strong showing across the Sun Belt in early results appearing to significantly shrink Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s path to victory.

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Attendees watch results come in during a 2020 U.S. presidential election night watch party in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. President Donald Trump has once again defied polls and predictions, with a strong showing across the Sun Belt in early results appearing to significantly shrink Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s path to victory.

According to data compiled through a health-tracking device designed in Finland, Americans lost a total of 138 million hours of sleep on election night.


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The Oura ring, which as the name suggests is worn on a user’s finger, also tracked faster heart rates as U.S. users reported more stress and anxiety than normal, according to a blog post by the company. It said the average number of hours slept fell to 6 1/2 —

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Starbucks Lost $1 Billion in Sales but 25 Percent of Orders Now Come From Mobile App

When the pandemic hit, businesses immediately felt the pain as many had to shut their doors. Even the ones that were able to stay open had to quickly figure out how to make drastic changes to the way they served their customers and protected their employees from the spread of Covid-19.

Restaurants and coffee shops remained open, but in many cases, only for take-out or drive-thru service. Remarkably, many have managed to keep going, but only after a very harsh reality check. Starbucks, for example, says it lost about $1.2 billion in sales due to limited operations, reduced hours, and even closures. 

Still, the company reported its quarterly earnings last week and managed to exceed expectations largely due to a decision it made years ago. Analysts had expected Starbucks to earn $6.06 billion, but despite the decrease in customer traffic due to the pandemic, the company’s generated $6.2 billion for

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How This Chameleon Got Lost And Found Again

Chameleons are known for their hide-and-seek prowess, but one species, Voeltzkow’s chameleon, took the game to a whole new level. The elusive lizard lives deep in the forests of northwestern Madagascar, and no one had spotted it since 1913. Many zoologists had even begun to doubt that the species ever really existed. The handful of specimens that scientists described in the late 1800s must actually have been funny-looking members of another species, the rhinoceros chameleon, they said.

In a recent paper, however, zoologist Frank Glaw and his colleagues announced that they had found and studied several Voeltzkow’s chameleons during a spring 2018 expedition to northwest Madagascar.

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Male Voeltzkow’s chameleons are vivid green, but until Glaw and his colleagues’ expedition, no one had

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‘Lost’ tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific

Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. 

The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. But the new reconstruction puts the edge of the rocky plate along a line of known ancient volcanoes, suggesting that it was once part of the crust (Earth’s top layer) in what is today northern Canada. 

“Volcanoes form at plate boundaries, and the more plates you have, the more volcanoes you have,” Jonny Wu, a geologist at the University of Houston, said in a statement. “Volcanoes also affect climate change. So, when you are trying to model the Earth and understand how climate has changed … you really want to know how many volcanoes there have been on Earth.”

Related: 10 ways Earth revealed its

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Meet the investors who lost big on mobile streaming startup Quibi

  • Mobile streaming startup Quibi raised over $1.75 billion before even releasing a product. Now, the startup has shuttered after only six months after its product launch — and says it has only $350 million to pay back to investors.
  • Business Insider took a close look at the investors who backed the company, which was co-founded by Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman and tried to revolutionize TV for smartphones.
  • Quibi’s biggest early investor was Madrone Capital Partners, the family office of the Waltons, the family dynasty that built Walmart. Take a look at who else made the list and who stands to lose the most. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Before launching any product, mobile streaming startup Quibi was the talk of the town, raising over $1.75 billion from backers ranging from Fox to Alibaba.

Now, the six-month-old startup has gone kaput, and says it has only $350 million

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My borough lost a major science centre thanks to Brexit. Without proper funding, the UK risks missing out on more

While the government rejects renewed Brexit talks with the EU and Michael Gove has pointed out in the House of Commons that such meetings would be “pointless” without fundamental changes from Brussels, the UK faces a new era of science rebuilding our economy.

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The number of British businesses collaborating internationally under the EU’s flagship research grant scheme, Horizon 2020, has reduced by almost half since the 2016 referendum, which was attributed to uncertainty surrounding Brexit and reluctance for companies in the UK and overseas to work together.

However, France, Germany and Italy expanded their collaborations over the same period, with France growing from 1,400 collaborations to 15,400.

In the aftermath of 2016, my borough of Tower Hamlets saw the departure of the European Medicine Agency, along with almost 900 jobs and 40,000 business visits to its location every year.

In January 2017, in its industrial

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