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Investors are sinking hundreds of millions into a technology that could revolutionize the way we eat

Inside Plenty, a Silicon Valley-based urban farming startup that scored the largest ag-tech investment in history. In the largest agriculture-tech funding round in history, vertical farming startup Plenty attracted $200 millionPlenty will use the investment to build more farms around the worldSome experts say the investment could make the indoor farming industry more viable as a wholePlenty is no ordinary farm. Instead of growing greens outdoors, the farm grows its food on glowing, LED-lit 20-foot-tall towers inside a former electronics distribution center in South San Francisco. The towers don’t require pesticides or even natural sunlight. The technique is called indoor vertical farming, a type of agriculture in which food grows on trays or hanging modules in a climate-controlled, i...

Gas prices spike as refineries remain shut

NEW YORK — Gas prices hit a high for the year on Labor Day as the effects of Harvey continued to shut in refineries and infrastructure to transport the fuel.As of Monday the nationwide price for a gallon of regular gas averaged $2.638, according to the drivers’ association AAA. That’s up from $2.45 on Thursday and $2.54 on Friday. The price is over $3 in California, Hawaii and Washington state. Exxon Mobil said Sunday it’s making progress on restarting its Baytown refinery and chemical plant, which was spared significant damage from Harvey. The company’s Beaumont refinery, East of Houston, is flooded and remained shut. And Colonial Pipeline, which operates a key pipeline that runs from Houston to New York, said Sunday it may restart the transportation of distillates...

Facebook has mapped the entire world’s population as it prepares to build an internet in space

Facebook (FB) doesn’t only know what its 2 billion users “Like.” It now knows where 7.5 billion humans live, everywhere on earth, to within 15 feet. The company has created a data map of the planet’s entire human population by combining government census numbers with information it’s obtained from space satellites, according to Janna Lewis, Facebook’s head of strategic innovation partnerships and sourcing. The mapping technology, which Facebook says it developed itself, can pinpoint any man-made structures in any country on earth to a resolution of five meters. Facebook is using the data to understand the precise distribution of humans around the planet. That will help the company determine what types of internet service — based either on land, in ...

Huawei unveils faster phone chip it says can beat Apple, Samsung

Huawei aims to use artificial intelligence-powered features such as instant image recognition to take on rivals Samsung and Apple when it launches its new flagship phone next month, a top executive said on Saturday. Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, on Saturday revealed a powerful new mobile phone chip Huawei is betting on for its upcoming flagship Mate 10 and other high-end phones to deliver faster processing and lower power consumption. Huawei will launch the Mate 10 and its sister phone, the Mate 10 Pro, in Munich on Oct. 16, Yu confirmed. He declined to detail new features, but the phones are expected to boast large, 6-inch-plus full-screen displays, tech blogs predict. Artificial intelligence (AI) built into its new chips can help make phones more person...

iPhone 8 might let you activate Siri with the sleep/wake button

Since the upcoming, premium iPhone won’t include a physical home button, Apple has reportedly come up with at least one new way of triggering Siri with an actual button on the device: it will use the sleep/wake/power button. Developer Guilherme Rambo, who has already unearthed details about the “iPhone 8” and other coming Apple products like the HomePod and a 4K Apple TV, claims to have found a “gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button.”9to5Mac and MacRumors both reported on the discovery. Apple’s preferred way for users to interact with Siri will almost certainly remain voice and the “Hey Siri” callphrase. But having a reliable, consistent way of pulling up the iPhone’s digital assistant without speaking to your phone is important — both as a backup and for consumers who are simp...

In action after action, Trump appeals primarily to his dwindling base

President Trump pardoned a tough-on-immigration Arizona sheriff accused of racial profiling. He threatened a government shutdown if Congress won’t deliver border wall funding. He banned transgender people from serving in the military. And he is openly contemplating ending a program that shields from deportation young undocumented immigrants who consider the United States home. These and other moves — all since Trump’s widely repudiated remarks about the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville less than a month ago — are being heartily cheered by many of his core supporters. But collectively, they have helped cement an image of a president, seven months into his term, who is playing only to his political base. Trump’s job-approval numbers remain mired in the 30s in most polls, and several n...

Wells Fargo Boosts Fake-Account Estimate 67% to 3.5 Million

Well Fargo Finds an Extra 1.4 Million Fake Accounts Wells Fargo & Co. raised its estimate for how many bogus accounts employees may have created, a sign the bank is still struggling to move past a scandal that sparked record fines and congressional investigations. An outside review into more than 165 million deposit and credit-card accounts found an additional 1.4 million that were potentially unauthorized, bringing the total to about 3.5 million, according to a statement Thursday from the San Francisco-based firm. The revised estimate covers January 2009 to September 2016, almost twice as long as the period examined in the initial review. The disclosure of even more fraudulent accounts threatens to catapult Wells Fargo back into the political crosshairs just as Congress returns Sept. ...

The worst career advice, according to 6 life coaches

Here’s what to do instead. LEVELLING UP Ask anyone about your haircut, and they might shrug and say it looks “fine.” But ask for career advice? You’re likely to get an earful of trite sayings, blanket, sweeping statements and outdated, traditional work tactics that won’t serve you well if you’re trying to advance. While executive advisors can definitely cater to your specific industry and goals, life coaches offer a varied perspective. Because their purpose is to analyze your whole life — not just your 9-to-5 routine — they offer a more holistic viewpoint. They often motivate their clients to look past the stale beliefs they’ve maintained over decades, leftover from parents and early mentors, to accept what really speaks to their souls. Here, they share the worst pieces of career adv...

3,000 guard troops called up as ‘catastrophic’ Harvey causes deadly floods in Texas

HOUSTON — More than 3,000 national and state guard troops are being deployed to assist with relief and recovery efforts as the nation’s fourth-largest city and surrounding areas try to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has transformed into a disaster of historic proportions. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a news conference that the perpetual rain and dire flash flooding has produced the strongest storm the state has seen in at least 50 years. He could not confirm death totals nor the number of evacuations, but the National Weather Service has said there have been reports of as many as five deaths. The service issued a statement that the storm was “catastrophic” and “beyond anything experienced.” Outside the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Southwest Houston, Nichelle Mosby stood ...

Trump confronts unprecedented public rebuke by Gary Cohn after Charlottesville

© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) An unprecedented rebuke of President Trump by National Economic Council director Gary Cohn reverberated through Washington on Friday, forcing the White House to respond to harsh, public criticism from one of the president’s top advisers. Cohn lashed Trump’s comments earlier this month blaming the violence in Charlottesville on “both sides,” saying in an interview with the Financial Times that “citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.” The adviser, who is Jewish and has long given to Jewish causes, said the administration...

Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure in Children

Sadly, no child is too young to have high blood pressure. In fact, an estimated 3.5 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. have hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure—and experts say that number is likely much higher.   To address these concerns (and catch the condition much earlier!), the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated the guidelines for identifying high blood pressure in children and teens. Twenty experts worked on the committee to develop the report, reviewing about 15,000 scientific articles and studies published since 2004.   Recommended for you: High Blood Pressure? | BlueHeronHealthNews.com 3 easy exercises drop blood pressure below 120/80 as soon as today BlueHeronHealthNews.com | Sponsored And what did they find? For starters, the new g...

‘Lemonade and Minute Maid’: The Beyhive Accuses Taylor Swift of Copying Beyoncé in New Music Video Teaser

Despite previous claims, there might be things that Taylor Swift does better than revenge. The singer, 27, returned to the spotlight this week with a brand new single, “Look What You Made Me Do” – a dark, biting track off of her upcoming album, Reputation – that seems to take hits at some of the star’s frenemies. Though the accompanying music video won’t debut until Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, social media users are already dissecting the few frames visible in the teaser clip shared on Good Morning America on Friday. In one moment, Swift, is clad in a black leotard and fishnet tights while leading a group of male dancers – including performer Todrick Hall – all wearing similar looks. The video appears to be set in an ornate ballroom. The Beyhive was quick to point out that the scene h...