A Quarter of All Reptile Species, Many of Them Endangered, Are Sold Online | Science

Live reptiles are easy to buy online. Colombian redtail boas, Mt. Koghis Leachianus geckos, and even Southern New Guinea stream turtles, a species only known to science since 2015, can be bought with a few clicks. Some species are common; others are rare, unique to particular islands or hills. For many of these species, whether or not this mostly unregulated trade threatens their population in the wild is unknown.

A study published today in Nature Communications finds the scale of that online reptile trade is larger than previously thought, and that many reptile species are traded without protections from international regulations. After scraping the internet for data on reptiles for sale, the authors found that 3,943 reptile species—more than 35 percent of all reptile species—have been traded over the past 20 years, 2,754 of them online. “We were just overwhelmed by the sheer volume of species,” says Alice Hughes, an

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Market Seems To Be Seeking Direction As Quarter Winds Down

Key Takeaways:

  • Volatile trading could continue after choppy session Thursday
  • Costco earnings beat expectations, but stock loses ground
  • Washington stimulus hopes still ticking, but sides far apart

As the election nears, it feels like there’s been a change in market psychology, and a note of caution on stocks in general following the great summer run-up.

Though stocks fell in pre-market trading this morning, it doesn’t seem like there’s a real sense of direction. Things are just drifting around, waiting for something to happen. This week has featured lots of intraday volatility, and it’s hard to see that changing. It’s a jittery market to both the upside and downside, and investors should be on their toes.

Yesterday’s minor rally that lifted the battered Tech sector seems like a long time ago this morning, with stock index futures down across the board and volatility edging higher. The S&P

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More than a quarter of respondents were defined as lonely in UK survey — ScienceDaily

During the initial phase of COVID-19 lockdown, rates of loneliness among people in the UK were high and were associated with a number of social and health factors, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jenny Groarke of Queen’s University Belfast, UK, and colleagues.

Loneliness is a significant public health issue and is associated with worse physical and mental health as well as increased mortality risk. Systematic review findings recommend that interventions addressing loneliness should focus on individuals who are socially isolated. However, researchers have lacked a comprehensive understanding of how vulnerability to loneliness might be different in the context of a pandemic.

In the new study, researchers used an online survey to collect data about UK adults during the initial phase of COVID-19 lockdown in the country, from March 23 to April 24, 2020. 1,964 eligible participants responded to the survey,

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ClearSign Technologies Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results

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SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClearSign Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: CLIR) (“ClearSign” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in industrial combustion and sensing technologies that improve energy, operational efficiency and safety while dramatically reducing emissions, today provides an update on operations for the quarter ended on June 30, 2020

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ClearSign has been able to cross some very significant milestones these past few months,” said Jim Deller, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ClearSign.  “In June we were able to announce the multi-unit purchase order from ExxonMobil, a project that we had been working towards for three years.  On the heels of that, a few weeks ago, we announced the completion of the collaboration agreement for our process burner technology with what we believe can only be described as the perfect global partner, Zeeco.  This agreement with Zeeco

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13 Fourth Quarter Factors Tech Leaders Need To Consider

As the world navigates an ever-changing “new normal,” agility has never been more important for tech leaders. Businesses everywhere must be ready to modify or change course at the drop of a hat, but this is especially true in the tech sector, as both companies and consumers increasingly rely on technology to carry out everyday tasks.

Tech leaders will need to be prepared to be flexible and agile when mapping out Q42020 tech plans. To help, the members of Forbes Technology Council share 13 important considerations to keep in mind.

1. Don’t assume Q4 will be ‘normal.’

Tech leaders need to understand that their assumptions regarding a “normal” Q4 are not relevant anymore. They should do a weekly evaluation of the situation and make business decisions as if they were product decisions—in short cycles and in an agile way. Now more than ever before, every plan should be treated

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