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New Petrobras boss seeks free-market 'efficiency' for oil giant

New Petrobras boss seeks free-market 'efficiency' for oil giant“Monopolies restrict liberty,” Roberto Castello Branco told a crowd of officials and Petrobras executives on the day he took up his functions. Petrobras a couple of years ago “was looted by a criminal organization made up of corrupt politicians, enemies of capitalism, and a small group of employees,” he said. The harsh words referred to a sprawling, multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal implicating Petrobras and political parties, including those from the Workers Party that ruled Brazil from 2003-2016.



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Moody photo from Mars shows a giant crater loaded with ice

Moody photo from Mars shows a giant crater loaded with iceFlying over the frigid northern reaches of Mars, the orbiting Mars Express satellite captured images of the 50-mile wide Korolev crater filled with ice. Korolev is an especially alluring sight, not just because it's a well-preserved impact crater but because it's loaded with ice over a mile deep year round.  Launched 15 years ago by the European Space Agency (ESA), Mars Express often focuses on glaciers and ice in the Martian polar regions.  The Korolev crater's ice is resistant to melting during the warmer summer seasons because the massive plain of ice creates a "cold trap," ESA explains. When air travels above the crater, it cools and sinks over the ice, building a sort of cool "shield" over the ice.  The Mars Orbiter looking down upon the Korolev crater.Image: esaSo even as the seasons change, Korolev remains brimming with ice. Most Martian craters, even in cooler regions, don't remain full year-round.  As Mars Express zips over the desert planet, it takes photos of different strips of land, and then transmits the pictures back to Earth.  ESA scientists then combine the images together to build a coherent picture of different Martian landforms, dried-up lakes, and masses of frozen water.  These Korolev images above are composites of five different photos, each taken during a separate orbit across Mars. SEE ALSO: Scientists spot the farthest known object in our solar system, and it's pink Korolev is named for a giant in space history: rocket scientist Sergei Korolev.  Korolev headed the Soviet space program and famously beat the Americans into space. The Soviets, under Korolev's leadership, sent both the first human and satellite into space.  "He’s a key figure in space history — though he died much too early," space historian Robert Pearlman said. Mars Express continues to actively scour the red Martian terrain and transmit truly brilliant extraterrestrial images back to Earth. WATCH: NASA announces its servers were hacked



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New Zealand warns Google after internet giant breaches court order in Grace Millane murder case

New Zealand warns Google after internet giant breaches court order in Grace Millane murder caseNew Zealand warned Google to "take responsibility" for its news content on Wednesday, after the internet giant broke a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker. Jesse Kempson, 26, has been charged with the murder of Grace Millane, a 22-year-old from Essex who was last seen alive in Auckland on December 1. A week later, her body was found in the Waitakere Ranges 10 metres away from the road. The defendant's name is not allowed to be published in New Zealand. The judge refused  to grant a suppression order, but the media are not allowed to name him because the accused sought to appeal. But Google revealed his identity in an email to subscribers of its "what’s trending in New Zealand?" service. Justice Minister Andrew Little said the breach was unacceptable and he had made his views known to Google executives at a meeting in parliament on Tuesday night. While Google has argued the breach was inadvertent and it was unaware of the court order when the automatically generated email went out, Mr Little said that was not good enough. Judge Evangelos Thomas granted the suspect interim name suppression this month pending appeal Credit: Getty "I put the ball back in their court," he told commercial radio on Wednesday. "If they choose to set up their algorithms and distribute news, they’ve got to take responsibility for that." Mr Little said he met two local Google executives, and a senior legal counsel from the company’s California headquarters joined them by video. He said they appeared genuinely concerned about the breach and assured him they were working to ensure it did not happen again, with another meeting scheduled for early 2019 to assess their progress. Mr Little conceded that controlling information on the internet and social media was challenging but said court orders were made for a reason and must be respected. "We can’t just stand back and say this is all too hard," he said. "The price of that (would be) we have to capitulate and concede what are very important rights that anyone going through the courts has." He said the case highlighted the potential need for an international agreement if Google "won’t do anything (or) can’t do anything" to resolve the issue. "They can expect us to talk to partner countries around the world who have a similar interest… about reaching an agreement to enforce each others’ orders in each others’ countries," he said. "That may well happen inevitably anyway because it’s not just Google, there are others as well and we have to protect the integrity of our court system."



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Carnival Panorama: Construction of giant new Carnival ship hits milestone

Carnival Panorama: Construction of giant new Carnival ship hits milestoneThe construction of cruise giant Carnival's next new ship has hit a major milestone as the vessel's exterior outfitting has come to an end.



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Giant ships, new destinations: The biggest cruise stories of 2018

Giant ships, new destinations: The biggest cruise stories of 2018From the debut of the biggest cruise ship ever built to the unveiling of innovative new ship features and itineraries, it was a year of milestones in the cruise world.



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Trevor Noah Trashes Fox News: Giant Caravan Of Dangerous Extremists

Trevor Noah Trashes Fox News: Giant Caravan Of Dangerous ExtremistsFox News' "fearmongering" coverage of the migrant caravan traveling through



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Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic Coast

Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic CoastTHE ATLANTIC OCEAN — As the research vessel Atlantis made its way out to sea



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Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giantThe sight of a basking shark’s brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors — it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe. It may be the world’s second largest fish, growing to more than 10 metres (35 feet), but the basking shark, or Cetorhinus maximus, is an enigma for scientists eager to help preserve the plankton-eating giant after centuries of overfishing. Hunted voraciously for its massive fin — highly prized for sharks’ fin soup in China — as well as its oily liver and meat, global populations of basking shark declined precipitously during the 20th century.



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Kansas Postal Worker Finds Giant Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around Mailbox

Kansas Postal Worker Finds Giant Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around MailboxNo letters for these folks today!



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Texas College Senior Poses With Giant Alligator Known as 'Big Tex' in Jaw-Dropping Photos

Texas College Senior Poses With Giant Alligator Known as 'Big Tex' in Jaw-Dropping PhotosMackenzie Noland is interning at Gator Country, a sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas.



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