(Reuters) – The wreck of the USS Lexington, an American warship sunk in a Pacific naval battle during the Second World War, has been found by a team working for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The iconic aircraft carrier was discovered on March 4 in the Coral Sea, about 500 miles (800 km) from Australia’s east coast, according to Allen’s website. Here are five facts about the warship nicknamed “Lady Lex”. EARLY DAYS The Lexington was originally designed as a battlecruiser, but was later converted into one of the U.S. Navy’s early aircraft carriers. It joined the fleet in 1928, the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington was at sea when the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, drawing the United States into the Second World War. BATTLE OF CORAL SEA Over four days in May 1942, the Lexington and another carrier, USS Yorktown, battled a Japanese carrier fleet … [Read more...] about Five facts on the discovery of WW2 warship ‘Lady Lex’
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(Reuters) – Ultra Electronics <ULE.L> said on Monday it terminated the $234 million (169.68 million pounds) acquisition of Sparton Corp <SPA.N> due to anti-trust concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Justice, sending the British defence contractor shares down 17 percent. Ultra Electronics said in July that it would buy Sparton, which makes anti-submarine warfare devices used by the U.S. Navy, to create a major supplier in underwater warfare, including to the U.S. Department of Defense. Following a delay in DoJ approval, which Ultra Electronics disclosed in September, the companies mutually decided to terminate the acquisition on Monday, the UK firm said in a statement. Shares of Ultra Electronics were down as much as 19 percent, making it the biggest percentage loser on the FTSE midcap index. <.FTMC> Ultra Electronics had previously reached an agreement with the DoJ on time targets for further document submission and also on the time limits for the … [Read more...] about Ultra Electronics ends Sparton deal, shares slump
By Liana B. Baker PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Inside a hulking five-story building at the Winter Olympics, TV production crews are working with video in 21 languages, all part of a plan by their U.S. employer, Discovery Communications, to become the top sports media brand in Europe. For the first time in Olympics history, a single broadcaster has the rights to air the Games in almost 50 European countries, including exclusive online streaming, in a diverse region where rights to major sports events are usually split up by country. “This may be bigger than anything that has been undertaken in many ways, just given the complexity of the markets and breadth of the markets,” Discovery’s head of International, J.B. Perrette, told Reuters. “This is a big moment for the company.” Discovery, best known at home for its cable networks such as TLC and Animal Planet, is already an established sports broadcaster in Europe through its subsidiary … [Read more...] about Discovery bets on Games to break European language barrier
Donald Trump has given his keynote speech in Davos at the World Economic Forum, he spoke about how America was back in business and world trade had to be "fair and reciprocal." Read his full speech below: It's a privilege to be here at this forum an business and science diplomacy and people from world affairs gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can to advance prosperity and peace. I'm here to represent the interests of the America people and affirm America's friendship and partnership in building a better world. Like all nations represented at this great forum, America hopes for a future which everyone can prosper and every child can grow up free from violence, poverty, and fear. Over the past year, we have made extraordinary strides in the U.S. We're lifting up forgotten communities, creating exciting new opportunities, and helping every American find their path to the American dream. The dream of a great job, a safe home and a better life for their children. After years … [Read more...] about Read Donald Trump’s full Davos speech
One day after United States and British troops suffered their worst casualties yet in fighting in Iraq, a defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appeared on television Monday to rally his troops. Saddam took to the airwaves to proclaim that "victory will be ours soon." "Iraq will strike the necks (of the enemy) as God has commanded you," he said in the nationally televised address. "Strike them, and strike evil so that evil will be defeated." Saddam also said U.S. and British forces were advancing into "a dead end" as they neared Baghdad. Later in the day, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, said Saddam was in "full control of the army, country" and that the country's leadership was "in good shape." En route to Baghdad, U.S. and British troops are already buttoning down the hatchets for what could be a long and bloody war. Officially, the total death toll of U.S. and British troops is at 39 -- mostly from accidents including aircraft crashes and erroneous "friendly fire" … [Read more...] about Bombing Campaign Continues, Guerrilla Fights Slow Advance of Troops
Which German food has been the subject of a rock ballad, at least one play and two books, and is a favorite of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder? Be prepared for the wurst. Currywurst, that is. Currywurst, the ultimate German street food, is designed to be scarfed down while standing on a street corner after a late night on the town -- and don’t forget one last beer chaser. Yet Schröder recently ordered the "Literarische Currywurst" during a state visit from U.S. President George W. Bush at Theodor Tücher's Restaurant on Berlin's historic Pariser Platz. And after Madonna was snapped eating one during her last tour of Germany, the editor of Berlin's tabloid Bild newspaper said it had all the traits of a good story: a celebrity and currywurst. Herbert Groenemeyer, Germany's answer to Bruce Springsteen, even wrote a song in honor of the homegrown snack. When curry meets ketchup Indeed, a glance through the press archives shows that anybody who is somebody is offered a … [Read more...] about Berlin: It’s the Wurst!
"My immediate priority will be to fight all forms of terrorism," a victorious Zapatero announced Sunday evening after it became clear his party of Socialists had ousted the conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Up until the bombings, the PP looked almost certain to win a third consecutive term in power. But the surprise win by the Socialists, who garnered 43 percent of the votes compared to 38 percent for the Popular Party (PP), was seen by many as a reaction to the government's information policy after the Madrid attacks which killed 200 people and wounded 1,500 and to the country's continued involvement in Iraq. Questioning government information Immediately after the bombings on commuter trains, Aznar's party pointed fingers at the Basque separatist group ETA and until late Saturday evening continued to view the regional terrorist group as the chief suspect, despite growing evidence that Islamic extremists may have been involved. Only hours … [Read more...] about Spain’s Socialists Win Elections
DW: Existing drug therapies for Alzheimer’s delay the progression of the disease only briefly. What benefits do the experimental drugs offer? Prof. Beyreuther: Over the last five years, our understanding of Alzheimer’s treatment has changed dramatically. Once a large number of nerve cells have been damaged, therapy is no longer a viable option. That’s why the new drugs are being tested on patients in the early stages of the disease – when perhaps only 60 percent of the patient’s nerve cells have been damaged or destroyed. Currently the emphasis has also shifted away from trying to remove or eliminate amyloid plaques in favor of clearing the brain of the toxic buildup that heralds the preliminary stage of the disease. The new substances are designed to target and eliminate these soluble toxins, so that they don’t end up forming amyloid plaques. Studies have shown that these new substances do lead to a significant reduction of amyloid plaques in the … [Read more...] about Can Alzheimer’s be cured?
Belgian and U.S. scientists have discovered three planets which they believe could be inhabitable. To be potentially inhabitable the distance from a planet to its respective star or sun has to be such that its surface temperatures allow for the existence of water. An inhabitable planet can be neither too hot nor too cold. An inhabitable planet would also have to be similar in size and mass to Earth - otherwise gravitation becomes a problem. And all of the newly found candidate-planets fulfill these conditions. They were found orbiting an "ultra-cool dwarf." This means their star is only about one eighth of the size of our sun, making it considerably cooler. Their distance from the star is within the zone where life could be possible. Discovery with a small infrared telescope The researchers used the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) to find the three Earth-like planets. TRAPPIST is operated by the Belgian University of Liege and is part of the … [Read more...] about Does the discovery of three new planets mean we’ve found a new home for humans?
Scientists have called it a "fundamental threat" to human health, comparing it to terrorism and climate change. Rising resistance to antibiotics has vexed the medical community for decades. Now a growing number of infectious bacteria are becoming immune to all known drugs, prompting fears we are heading toward a post-antibiotic era. Health experts estimate drug-resistant strains of bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), tuberculosis and E. coli, claim the lives of 700,000 people each year globally. According to a 2013 report published by the British government, if left unchecked that figure could rise to 10 million by 2050, costing the global economy up to 100 trillion dollars. The "superbugs," as they are known, could kill otherwise healthy people visiting hospitals for routine medical procedures or to give birth. Over-prescription and use of antibiotics in farming are partly to blame. And the pharmaceutical industry has developed few new … [Read more...] about Plant magic: Scientists return to roots to fight superbugs