Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin’s “incredible offer” of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all. A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency. No Russian leader has visited the White House in nearly a decade.
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Experts prepare to open an ancient sarcophagus in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Egyptian archaeologists say they’ve opened up a mysterious black sarcophagus found during excavations in Alexandria, and although they didn’t uncover the evil curse that some feared, they did uncover an evil-looking mess. The coffin was “filled with sewage which leaked through the grove in this area, plus three skeletons,” Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, reported today in an Arabic-language Facebook update.
Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known fossilized baby snake, which will provide clues about the species' evolution, according to a new study. The 99-million-year-old baby snake, discovered in Myanmar, was preserved in a piece of amber, or fossilized tree resin. The new species – named Xiaophis myanmarensis – lived before Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the Earth. The discovery suggests snakes were more ecologically diverse than previously thought and provides "exceptional and unexpected insights into the evolution of one of nature’s most successful and iconic animal groups," according to the study published Wednesday. Paleontologist Michael Caldwell, a study co-author from the University
Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York’s Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said. Suffolk County police said they were investigating the separate incidents, which occurred less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) apart at Sailors Haven and Atlantique beaches. A 13-year-old boy was bitten while on a boogie board at Atlantique beach and was treated at a hospital, according to Town of Islip spokeswoman Caroline Smith.
"This is the best possible outcome," Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin's head of astronaut strategy and sales, said during the webcast. The company also said it had included items from its employees on board the rocket. The opportunity is a part of Blue Origin's internal "Fly My Stuff" program, which will send their belongings into space and then return them, giving employees mementos of the company's progress. This was the second test flight for the rocket and capsule this year. In April, Blue Origin's eighth New Shepard mission launched, landed and successfully deployed the unmanned Crew Capsule 2.0, which sits on top of the rocket. The capsule features room for six, with massive windows providing
WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 -- Chemicals used to cure meats like salami and hot dogs may be linked to a mood disorder called mania, researchers report. Those chemicals, known as nitrates, are frequently added to processed meats to prevent bacteria growth. "There's growing evidence that germs in the intestines can influence the brain," said study lead author Dr. Robert Yolken. "This work on nitrates opens the door for future studies on how that may be happening." Yolken is a professor of neurovirology in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He and his colleagues analyzed data from more than 1,000 people with and without psychiatric troubles. The researchers found that those who were
The Pentagon's research unit is working on a project that one day would let people control machines with their minds. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is beginning the process of selecting teams of people for a project that would allow for the development of a neural interface in conjunction with its Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program. The hope is that it would let troops send and receive information using only their brainwaves. "DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter," a synopsis of the proposal reads. "The
Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. The risks posed by the volcano came into sharp focus this week when lava flowing into the ocean triggered an explosion that sent a hot rock the size of a basketball crashing through a tour boat's roof. Diane Ley, Hawaii County's director of research and development, said she's been working on setting up a lava viewing site for nearly two months, consulting with federal scientists and the county's civil defense administrator.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump did not intend to say that Russia is no longer targeting the United States during a Cabinet meeting earlier Wednesday. During a meeting with his Cabinet, Trump said “no” after he was asked if Russia is still targeting the U.S., contradicting top advisers such as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. “Thank you very much,” Trump said to the reporter.
MELBOURNE — Lurking in the darkness with large green-blue eyes, is the Squalus clarkae, or "Genie's Dogfish," a new species of shark recently discovered by Florida researchers. The Squalus clarkae, or "Genie's Dogfish" is an homage to famed shark research pioneer Eugenie Clark. Clark, who died at age 92 in 2015, studied sharks most of her life and was founder of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota off the Gulf of Mexico. "She did a lot to advance our understanding of marine biodiversity there," said Toby Daly-Engel, assistant professor and shark biologist at Florida Tech. "So naming the dogfish shark from the Gulf of Mexico after her is the most appropriate thing in the world." Daly-Engel
Tens of thousands of years before Swiss inventor Karl Elsener attached a corkscrew to a pocketknife, Neanderthals had their own multipurpose tools: hand axes. Neanderthals used hand axes to chop and carve wood, butcher meat, scrape hides and sharpen other tools. In experimental trials, archaeologist Andrew Sorensen, a researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, struck pyrite against hand axes to set tinder ablaze. “It makes total sense to me that, beside other possible uses, they also served as lighter when struck with a little block of pyrite,” said paleoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, who was not involved with this research.
Forty-nine years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon for the first time in history. NASA is preparing a wide-range of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 next year, but Samsung is getting a head start. The South Korean company is kicking off a year-long four-dimensional virtual reality experience to simulate a moon-like environment, so everyone can step into the shoes of the dozen humans who have walked on the moon.
Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence defined its nature as a Jewish and democratic state, a delicate balance the country has grappled to maintain for 70 years. Opponents of the new bill say it marginalizes the country’s Arab minority of around 20 percent and also downgrades Arabic language from official to “special” standing.
With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of fossils of a dinosaur named Akainacephalus johnsoni that lived 76 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It was a member of a dinosaur group called ankylosaurs, among the most heavily armored animals ever on Earth - and for good reason, considering the predators around at the time.
The targets, who it didn’t identify, were “all people who because of their positions might have been interesting from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday. A Facebook Inc. executive on the same panel at the Aspen conference said that in April, the company removed a few hundred pages on the service controlled by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for an alleged social media campaign aimed at interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
DNA methylation is a molecular process that helps enable our bodies to repair themselves, fight infection, get rid of environmental toxins, and even to think. A team of scientists led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, has identified how DNA methylation is associated with a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can lead to liver cirrhosis and death, and is one of the leading indicators for liver transplants. In one of the most exacting studies of its kind, TGen scientists found evidence that DNA methylation has a role in the initiation of NAFLD-related fibrosis, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Epigenetics.
Often touted for its many health benefits, new research suggests you might not even need to drink coffee to reap some of its rewards, with a US study finding that just the scent of a cup of joe could help give people a cognitive boost that improves performance on certain tasks.
The Senate unanimously voted to reject Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to put American diplomats up for questioning by Russian authorities, after failing to pass two other measures that would have affirmed its commitment to the the intelligence community’s findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. The Senate voted 98-0 in favor of a non-binding resolution opposing the offer Putin made to President Donald Trump in Helsinki to exchange Russians indicted by Robert Mueller’s probe for respective questioning with American officials who they believe committed crimes against the Kremlin.
A new study in the journal Science Advances shows that the air quality in US national parks is just as bad in one major way as the air quality in major US cities. In the paper, published on Wednesday, a team of researchers led by David Keiser, Ph.D., an assistant professor of environmental and ecological economics at Iowa State University, found that the ozone levels in 33 national parks were “statistically indistinguishable” from ozone levels in the 20 biggest cities in the US.
A record drought in Ireland has led to a previously-undiscovered monument becoming visible once again. The lack of rain in Ireland means that fields around the country are drying up — and an unexpected side effect of this process is that outlines of ancient buildings can be seen again. This is because the foundations of the old structures contain more moisture, and are better at sustaining plantlife in the hot weather. So grass above them stays green while everything else turns brown: The newly discovered monument is a henge, another example of structures like the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The outlines show that the structure was around 40 meters (131 feet) in diameter. This diagram
It’s been a busy and exhilarating couple of months for scientists who study Jupiter — and space nerds fascinated by the gas giant. Yesterday, a team of researchers announced the discovery of 12 new Jovian moons, bringing Jupiter’s total up to 79. Last week, scientists revealed that data from NASA’s $1 billion Juno mission suggested there may be a previously undiscovered volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io. And last month, the team behind Juno figured out that Jupiter's lighting is more similar to Earth’s than previously thought — which solved a 39-year-old mystery. But most excitingly, NASA confirmed in June that Juno, which has orbited Jupiter since July 2015, will cheat death for at least three more
Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will notify the U.S. public when it identifies efforts by foreign government to target U.S. politics. Rosenstein unveiled a report identifying the major cyber threats that the U.S. faces.
Archaeologists in Ireland have uncovered a megalithic tomb containing two burial chambers, complete with elaborate carvings. The passage tomb at Brú Na Bóinne, a World Heritage site in County Meath, was excavated by agri-technology Company Devenish and experts from University College Dublin’s School of Archaeology. Brú na Bóinne, which is described as one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes, contains a number of tombs and monuments. The site’s tombs represent the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Western Europe, according to officials. A large stone cairn was found above the newly discovered burial chambers. Another six kerbstones that followed the cairn perimeter have