SAN FRANCISCO ― Climate change skeptics may have outlived their usefulness to the fossil fuel industry. Judge William Alsup, who has a history of digging into the scientific and technical details of the cases before him, ordered the tutorial to better understand climate science before presiding over a case in which the cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing the five largest fossil fuel companies ― ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell ― over the damages of climate change.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has now marked 2,000 days on the red planet. That's 2,000 days by Martian standards. A Martian sol, or solar day, is equivalent to 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds. So 2,000 days on Mars equal 2,055 days here on Earth. Either way, it's a big milestone this week for scientists eager for Curiosity to begin drilling again, this time into potentially clay-rich rocks on the slopes of Mount Sharp. The six-wheeled rover has been exploring Mars since 2012. Altogether, it's traveled 11.6 miles (18.7 kilometers). Flight controllers are testing a new drilling method. Curiosity's drill stopped working properly in 2016, and so engineers devised another way to bore into Martian
Signals of light were detected from what scientists believe might be the earliest stars to form after the Big Bang.
Vladimir Putin may have been re-elected president of Russia on March 18, but he’s far from the grand master of geopolitical chess portrayed in the Western media. Whether bragging about Russia’s “invincible” new missile, playing coy over accusations that his hackers play games with foreign elections or that his spies murder opponents in faraway places, the Russian President seems intent on restaging the Cold War–but without the military reach or global ideological appeal that made the Soviet Union a formidable foe. Today’s Russia has an economy smaller than that of Canada.
One of the largest bombing investigations in the U.S. since the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013 came to an intense close early Wednesday when authorities say they moved in on Mark Anthony Conditt at an interstate hotel. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Conditt blew himself up after running his sport utility vehicle into a ditch. Conditt had been careful to avoid cameras before entering a FedEx store in southwest Austin this week disguised in a blond wig and gloves, said U.S. House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul.
Archaeologists in South Africa have located the site of a centuries-old ‘lost city’ using sophisticated laser technology. Local landowners had known about ruins at Suikerbosrand near Johannesburg for generations, according to Karim Sadr, professor at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. “Archaeologists from my University dug several of the homesteads there in the 1970s and 1980s,” he told Fox News, via email. “But no one ever saw the ruins as anything more than a scatter of homesteads, a few villages dispersed here and there.” Sadr, who has visited the area multiple times in the past three decades, explained that he used LiDAR
A six-inch long skeleton with human features found in Chile's Atacama desert was rumored to be an alien for almost two decades. In a new paper, researchers found that the skeleton — Ata — was in fact not an alien, but a human who had suffered from a range of mysterious genetic mutations. Ata's disorder is completely unknown to scientists. Almost two decades ago, an amateur collector found something astonishing in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile: A six-inch tall, humanoid skeleton. While the skeleton did have human features, it also had some peculiarities, like a long, pointy skull, large eye sockets, and ten ribs instead of 12. Over the intervening years, the skeleton, dubbed Ata, became
Supervolcano eruptions are a terrifying destructive force – which can blanket huge areas in ash and change the climate for decades. Now researchers have detected a huge 215-mile ‘plume’ of hot magma stretching from the Yellowstone supervolcano to the California-Mexico border. Researchers from the University of Texas found evidence of a deep mantle plume using EarthScope’s USArray, which detects how seismic waves bounce off Earth’s core, IFLScience reports.
The game between the Kings and Atlanta Hawks started about 20 minutes late and was played before about 2,000 fans in the 17,000-seat arena. After the game, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive addressed the small crowd from center court, surrounded by Sacramento’s players and coaches. “We at the Kings recognize people’s abilities to protest peacefully and we respect that.
The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles (209 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean that has become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions. "I think he's saying, 'Ah, crap! I've got to swim all the way back?'" said Bryan Wright, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife scientist.
On Wednesday, two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan headed for the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits the Earth around 250 miles above the surface. Given that this is relatively high up, you probably wouldn’t expect any of the crew to have a fear of heights. “I actually have a mild fear of heights but apparently that doesn’t affect me 250 miles above the planet in a space suit,” Feustel said in the video.
Archaeologists in Alexandria, Va., have uncovered the remains of two ships that likely date back to the late 1700s or 1800s during construction work on the city’s waterfront. The city announced the discovery at the construction site in the historic Old Town district earlier this week. The find was made at the site of the former Robinson Terminal South. In 2015 a Revolutionary War-era ship was found nearby during construction work for the Hotel Indigo. “The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” said Eleanor Breen, Alexandria’s acting city archaeologist, in a statement. “There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide.”
The Republican president tweeted Thursday: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy.
One of the largest subway construction projects in the country is providing a window into Los Angeles' ancient past. Archaeologists have been unearthing the bones of prehistoric mammals and recently uncovered a whole new treasure trove of fossils. CBS News' Carter Evans first met paleontologist Dr. Ashley Leger last summer, 40 feet underground, where she leads a group of archaeologists in one of the most unusual digs in the country. Leger is still deep in the dig. "We've got mammoths and mastodons on one end. We're finding horses over here. It's been really fun," Leger said. The discoveries paint a picture of what Los Angeles looked like tens of thousands of years ago. "This treasure trove
Barack and Michelle Obama have penned a letter to the teenage survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ahead of the ‘March for Our Lives’ rally in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on Saturday to protest gun laws. “To the students of Parkland,” the former President and first lady write, “We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
China’s Tiangong-1 space station is expected to crash into Earth on March 31, according to experts. The out-of-control spacecraft launched back in 2011 but has since lost connection with China’s space agency and is now falling out of orbit. Experts currently predict that the space station will fall somewhere over Europe and could even hit land. “Re-entry will take place anywhere between 43ºN and 43ºS (e.g. Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, etc.),” said the European Space Agency. The ESA adds that it will never be able to give a “precise time/location prediction” for the crash but says that areas outside of the above latitudes “can be excluded.” After initially expecting the spacecraft to hurtle
When a newly built footbridge near Florida International University in Miami collapsed on March 15, 2018 killing several people driving beneath, it was a tragedy, but a rare one. The Florida bridge was put in place just five days before it collapsed on March 15 and hadn’t yet been opened to the public, showing even new bridges can fail. The cause of the Florida bridge collapse is not yet known, but structural forensics should eventually reveal the reasons.
Last week, the city of Vallejo reached a tentative settlement with Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn for $2.5 million dollars in a civil suit.
“Defendants wanted to send the message Muslims are not welcomed here — not in Garden City, not in Kansas, not in America,” prosecutor Risa Berkower said. The comments were made during opening statements in the trial of Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction for allegedly planning to detonate truck bombs in the meatpacking town of Garden City, 220 miles (350 kilometers) west of Wichita.
The Pacific Ocean is being treated like a giant dumpster -- and it's starting to look like one, too. A "floating" island of trash dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) now stretches 600,000 square miles, according to a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports. Environmentalists expressed concern in October 2016 after a team of researchers from The Ocean Cleanup Foundation surveyed the vortex of trash piling up between California and Hawaii, spotting chunks of plastic glued together measuring more than a yard. "[It's a] ticking time bomb because the big stuff will crumble down to micro-plastics over the next few decades if we don’t act," Boyan Slat, founder of Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that helps remove pollution from the world's oceans, told Newser at the time.
Despite 3-D printers only now beginning to see real world use, scientists believe a new "4-D printer" holds the key to future structures. Yesterday (March 21), a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed their work on 4-D printing at the 255th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The team was led by H. Jerry Qi, according to Science Daily.
Mueller’s investigators have asked former campaign officials about the Trump campaign’s data operations, particularly about how it collected and utilized voter data in battleground states, according to a person with direct knowledge of the line of inquiry but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The investigators have also asked some of Trump’s data team, which included analysts at the Republican National Committee, about its relationship with Cambridge Analytica, according to two former campaign officials. The campaign paid the firm just under $6 million for its work in 2016, according to federal records.
Coral reefs are in big trouble. A combination of climate change and humanity’s inability to clean up after itself has devastated a huge amount of reef coverage, which also happens to be the habitat of many fish and other aquatic animals. If we lose the reefs we destabilize the entire ocean ecosystem, and the effects won’t just be felt by sea creatures.
At least 13 people, including two young children, were reportedly killed when a 20-story condominium in Vietnam caught fire early Friday morning. According to state media, people died by suffocation or by trying to jump from the flames. Hundreds of people reportedly fled the inferno at Carina Plaza, home to more than 700 families, in the nation’s southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.
Operation HAMMER may sound like the villain's master scheme from a Roger Moore-era James Bond film, but it's actually NASA's plan to deal with asteroids threatening the Earth—such as one the size of the Empire State Building that could crash into the planet in 2135, Staten Island Live reports. NASA says the asteroid, known as Bennu, has a one in 2,700—or 0.037%—chance of striking Earth in September of that year. While that's not a very good chance—“Please don’t print that an asteroid is going to crash into Earth," a NASA aerospace engineer tells the Washington Post—that hasn't stopped NASA from putting together a contingency plan: Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response.