Tuesday 07.11.17
"You really think it's cool to hit the sauce when you've got a bun in the oven?" -Steve Zissou

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and Iraq's prime minister declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul, three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a "caliphate" they said would take over the world.  - Reuters

Electricity investment overtakes oil and gas for the first time ever Fossils fuels are no longer the largest recipient of investment in the energy sector. According to the International Energy Agency , the global drop in energy investment was mainly caused by falling unit capital costs in upstream oil and gas but also due to reduced drilling and less fossil fuel-based power capacity.  - CNBC

North Korea’s Missile Can Take Off But Might Not Survive Reentry, South Says An assessment, given to South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday, contradicts an assertion by North Korea and suggests the isolated state may still have a significant technical hurdle to overcome in its quest for a missile that can threaten major U.S. cities.  - Wall Street Journal

Syrian Observatory says has "confirmed information" that Islamic State chief killed The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russia's Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Pentagon has not been able to confirm this.  - Reuters

Coffee drinking could lead to longer life, studies say Drinking coffee could reduce chances of dying from a host of diseases, including heart disease and stroke, according to two studies. The studies focus on a range of ethnic groups across the U.S. and Europe. Benefits appear to improve with each cup.  - CNBC

Seattle Approves New Income Tax for Wealthy Residents Seattle's wealthiest would become the only Washington state residents to pay an income tax under legislation approved by the City Council, a measure designed as much to raise revenue as to open a broader discussion about whether the wealthy pay their fair share.  - Bloomberg

Snap Shares Fall Below IPO Price for First Time Snap Inc. shares fell below their initial public offering price for the first time, a setback for one of the most anticipated U.S. IPOs in recent years. It isn’t unusual for an IPO to dip below its offer price, and Snap’s drop doesn’t mean its shares will keep sliding. As of July 7, 45% of U.S.-listed companies that went public in 2017 have closed below their IPO prices at some point.  - Wall Street Journal

DARPA awards $65 million to develop the perfect, tiny two-way brain-computer interface With $65 million in new funding, DARPA seeks to develop neural implants that make it possible for the human brain to speak directly to computer interfaces. The team will work on creating an interface that would weave together a vast network of “neurograins” that could be worn as implants on top of or in the cerebral cortex.  - Tech Crunch

  Jason Schwartzman and Phoenix's Thomas Mars Are Big Fans of Each Other - And Not Just Because They're Cousins

A conversation about music and mutual admiration with possibly the two coolest cousins in the cousin game. 
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