A mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) that hit Earth late last month has been detected. The part that's puzzling scientists is not the radio burst itself, but the fact that its frequency is nearly 200 megahertz lower than any other radio burst ever detected. "Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz," Boyle wrote. While Astronomer's Telegram lets astronomers submit genuine claims, FRB 180725A has not yet been independently verified, leaving the possibility that it could be explained. USA Today reports that in 1998 a radio signal found in space was later found to have originated from a microwave.

August 07, 2018 14:31 UTC

To subscribe to the newsletter, please sign up here MUST READS A Top London Startup’s CEO Flags the Biggest Brexit Threat: Britain’s plan to leave the European Union in March could bring about a talent shortage, according to Kristo Kaarmann, CEO of TransferWise, a London-based startup that offers money transfers. BOE’s Asset-Purchase Facility Reinvests $12.7 Billion: The Bank […]

August 07, 2018 14:27 UTC

Donald Trump Jr. walks off Air Force One in Great Falls, Mont., last month. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. offered his first defense of the Trump Tower meeting in months. Most have focused on the fact that Trump Jr. claimed his line cut out when he was asked about the Trump team's contradictions. The statement that was released on Saturday was released by Donald Trump Jr., I’m sure in consultation with his lawyers. TRUMP JR.: Hello?

August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC

Dionne Warwick, 77, is a five-time Grammy winner whose 60 hits include “Walk on By,” “Déjà Vu” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” PBS will broadcast the documentary “Dionne Warwick: Then Came You (My Music),” starting Aug. 4. She spoke with Marc Myers. When I was little, my mother wasn’t surprised by my singing voice. Everyone on her side of the family sang. Mom said I came out singing when I was born.

August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC

Mark Meerschaert learned from a posting in a family Facebook group a few years ago that a close male relative tested positive for an inherited mutation in the BRCA2 gene. The gene mutation is widely associated with female breast and ovarian cancer, but increases risk for other cancers, too. The relative suggested that family members consider getting tested. Dr. Meerschaert, a 62-year-old statistics and probability professor at Michigan State University, ignored the advice at first. He had already been diagnosed with prostate...

August 07, 2018 14:22 UTC

But viewed seven years later, it remains a fascinating artifact and perhaps the first big superhero movie to fall victim to “just” being a superhero movie. He’s not anywhere near as comfortable with the fantastical Green Lantern sequences, even if the prologue works like gangbusters. And while the set-up feels appropriately large, the eventual “Green Lantern as Green Lantern” pay-offs (mostly earthbound skirmishes) feel quite small in comparison. And by including the film, you won’t have to retell the Green Lantern mythology for Green Lantern Corps. Maybe if it had more explicitly embraced its horror elements, or at least offered us a big “Green Lantern Corps.

August 07, 2018 14:05 UTC

“Snap is finally realizing the positive impact of their move to programmatic,” Forrester analyst Melissa Parrish said. “But the decrease in [daily average users] is concerning even though it's not a huge loss by the numbers. Any company that primarily monetizes through advertising needs as large an audience as possible to continue to grow revenue in the long term, so any decrease in [daily average users] is something that concerns me.”

August 07, 2018 14:01 UTC

A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”West said he didn’t believe the players intended to disrespect veterans with their protest. “We are proud to support our troops, we don't kneel, and thank you for your service,” West said as he read one of his posters. Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House.

August 07, 2018 14:01 UTC

Israelis from the Druze minority join a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv last week. The law, which the petition described as “racist, colonialist and illegitimate,” was passed by Israel’s parliament last month. It emphasizes the Jewish nature of the state, promotes specifically Jewish settlement and elevates the status of Hebrew over Arabic. [Contentious nation-state law declaring Israel the Jewish homeland approved]Thousands of demonstrators protest the Jewish nation-state law on Aug. 4 in Tel Aviv. Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 established it as a Jewish state but also ­stipulated equal rights for its minorities.

August 07, 2018 13:55 UTC

Employer health costs are nearing $15,000 per worker as corporate America looks to "disruptors" like Amazon for help, a new survey of the nation’s largest employers indicates. The National Business Group on Health said Tuesday per employee costs are projected to increase 5% to $14,800 in 2019 compared to this year’s estimated $14,099 per-employee. Employers generally cover about 70% of the total employer-paid premium which means employees’ share will be 30%, or nearly $4,500 next year, NBGH’s 2019 large employer health care strategy and plan design survey indicates. The continuing rise in health costs at more than two times the rate of general inflation is playing like a broken record and frustrating employers so much they are increasingly looking outside the traditional healthcare industry for help. “Health care cost increases continue to outpace workers’ earnings and increases in inflation, making this trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term.”

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC

Roughly speaking, the amount of Alexa devices sold is similar to the amount of Apple Watches sold to date (50 million). The real goal here is for Amazon to push Amazon brands and own-label products. Amazon can cultivate voice to really cut out some competition (see 42 seconds in on this video - also embedded below). Right now, the best advice seems to be; educate, educate and educate. Prime real estate for early-adopters and those in offices and homes that would have voice devices.

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC

When you’re a champion napper like me, New York City is just one big sofa. I’ve slept in hotel lobbies, meditation centers, libraries and of course, under a tree in Central Park. Happily for the nap-challenged, we now have not one but two outfits in Manhattan dedicated to providing a private snooze by the hour. This being a relatively new concept, of course, no one’s quite sure how a nappery is supposed to look, or even what to charge. It’s the wild, wild West of napping, and the two snooze spots...

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC

One of the most effective retention strategies is rewarding loyal customers. We asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members to share a unique but effective way to thank customers for sticking around. I would occasionally host a luncheon to celebrate them as loyal customers. Provide Value-Adding Resources And AccessibilityThe most effective way to express customer loyalty is to provide your clients with unique, value-adding resources. Build Personal Relationships That Are Truly MeaningfulThe main way that we thank our customers at Killer Infographics is by getting to know them as people.

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia charged former Prime Minister Najib Razak with three counts of violating money-laundering laws Wednesday in relation to one of the world’s biggest financial scandals. The charges come on top of three counts of criminal breach of trust and one of abuse of power already leveled against Mr. Najib stemming from the scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, or 1MDB.

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC

Mr. Nugruho said Wednesday that 70,000 people had been displaced and that there were “many problems in the field” reaching people. Drinking water is scarce after the quake drained wells and springs and broke pipes in many villages. Every few kilometers along the highway, villagers in nearly 90-degree heat stand at the meridian holding cardboard collection boxes for drinking water and cash donations. Witnesses described scenes of the deadly magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Indonesia's popular tourist islands, leaving scores dead and thousands displaced. Budiarsah, a villager, said that more than 50 people had been inside the mosque when the quake struck.

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC