The people confirmed reports that federal prosecutors in Manhattan were considering charging Cohen after months of speculation over a case that has been a distraction for the White House with the midterm elections approaching. The people, who weren’t authorized to discuss the case and spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity, refused to answer questions about speculation that Cohen still might strike a plea deal with prosecutors requiring his cooperation. Absent a quick resolution, it’s believed that prosecutors would put off a decision on how to go forward with the case until after the election in compliance with an informal Justice Department policy of avoiding bringing prosecutions that could be seen as political and influence voters.
Magnetic resonance imaging is an invaluable tool in the medical field, but it's also a slow and cumbersome process. NYU has been working on a way to accelerate this process, and is now collaborating with Facebook with the goal of cutting down MRI durations by 90 percent by applying AI-based imaging tools. It's important at the outset to distinguish this effort from other common uses of AI in the medical imaging field.
If you wear contact lenses, you might be adding to the global plastic pollution problem without realizing it. Researchers at Arizona State University found 45 million Americans wear disposable contact lenses.
Malaysia has made a record seizure of 50 rhino horns worth an estimated $12 million at Kuala Lumpur airport as they were being flown to Vietnam, authorities said Monday. Customs officials found the parts in cardboard boxes on August 13 in the cargo terminal of the capital's airport, said Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, head of Malaysia's wildlife department. The 50 rhino horns weighed 116 kilogrammes (256 pounds) and are worth about 50 million ringgit ($12 million), he told AFP, adding that the seizure was "the biggest ever in (Malaysia's) history in terms of the number of horns and value".
Most of us are lucky to catch a glimpse of a stunning aurora painting the skies once or twice in our lives. But living on the International Space Station has a curious side effect, giving astronauts incredible odds of spotting the beautiful phenomenon. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst has been aboard the space station since June as part of his second trip to space, and on Aug. 10, he shared incredible photos of the bright green waves as seen from above. "Mind-blowing, every single time," he wrote in a tweet accompanying the photo. Auroras, also known as the northern and southern lights, are caused by charged particles streaming out of the sun that eventually hit Earth's atmosphere, according
Australia's prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers. Malcolm Turnbull on Monday conceded that he could not get legislation through the House of Representatives where his conservative coalition holds only a single-seat majority. "Even with strong support in the party room, if a small number of people are not prepared to vote with the government on a measure, then it won't get passed," Turnbull told reporters.
Pilgrims stood shoulder to shoulder for an emotional day of repentance and supplication at the site Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon, calling for equality and for Muslims to unite. Muslims believe prayer on this day at Mount Arafat, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the holy city of Mecca, is their best chance to erase past sins and start anew.
How to account for a "stroke of genius"? How is it that lightbulb-like flashes of inspiration seem to have touched only a handful of people down through the centuries? That's the question Mo Rocca explores in our Cover Story (originally broadcast on March 18, 2018): Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died this past March – we know they're all geniuses. But what does that mean? To Vint Cerf, genius is not just the matter of intellectual capacity: "It's the ability to do and think beyond the borders of most of the rest of us." And back in the 1970s, Cerf – now at Google – and his colleague, Bob Kahn, did just that, when they helped create the Internet
A collection of “minimoons” are orbiting the Earth, and though they are difficult to find, a new telescope could help scientists pinpoint and study them, according to new research published in Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences. Minimoons are small asteroids that temporarily enter Earth’s orbit. Because of their infrequent revolutions around the planet, existing technology can only capture them by chance. Scientists spotted the first and last minimoon 12 years ago. The asteroid, named 2006 RH120, was about six to ten feet in length, and entered Earth’s orbit every 20 years or so before returning to its path around the sun. According to Robert Jedicke, lead author of the study and a researcher
President Ghani made the announcement Sunday during celebrations of the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence in the capital of Kabul. “The cease-fire should be observed from both sides, and its continuation and duration also depend on the Taliban’s stand,” Ghani stressed.
Dinosaur footprints have been found preserved in rocks on the Scottish mainland for the first time, a leading palaeontologist has said. Dr Neil Clark, vice-president of the Geological Society of Glasgow, discovered the prints at a coastal location near Inverness. Previously, dinosaur footprints have only been recorded in Skye. The new fossils may have been left by different dinosaurs in the Middle Jurassic about 170 million years ago. The location of the discovery has not been made public to allow for further research at the site. Dr Clark, who is curator of of palaeontology at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, said: "I have frequently bemoaned the fact that dinosaurs have not been found elsewhere
David Ball, CEO of Space Environment Research Centre discusses the impact of space pollution on investment in space and what could be done to tackle the issue.
A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10 p.m. was one of several powerful earthquakes Sunday in the northeast of Lombok that also caused landslides. At last 11 people on Lombok and neighboring Sumbawa island were killed by collapsing buildings or heart attacks, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Monday.
The Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people is expected to take eight months to repair, according to the company behind the structure. Giovanni Castellucci, chief executive of Autostrade per L’Italia, said that £448m has been set aside to repair the Morandi bridge, confirming that it will be made of steel. RAI state television broadcast excerpts Sunday of the report that the late engineer Riccardo Morandi wrote in 1979, 12 years after the bridge bearing his name was inaugurated in Genoa.
Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. Federal law prohibits killing gray whales, though Alaska Natives are allowed to kill other whales. The 37-foot whale was cut up, with about 20,000 pounds (9,100 kilograms) of meat and blubber reportedly distributed among Alaska Natives in more than five communities.
For some time, many members of Catholic Church may have believed that the worst of the clerical abuse crisis was in the past. This certainly has been the Church’s intent, at least in word. The head of the United Sates’ bishops conference has appealed to the Vatican for external assistance in conducting a blanket investigation into the continued blight of the clerical abuse crisis across the U.S.
A research expedition to a huge underwater canyon off the Irish coast has shed light on a hidden process that sucks the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere. Researchers led by a team from the University College Cork (UCC) took an underwater research drone by boat out to Porcupine Bank Canyon — a massive, cliff-walled underwater trench where Ireland's continental shelf ends — to build a detailed map of its boundaries and interior. Along the way, the researchers reported in a statement, they noted a process at the edge of the canyon that pulls CO2 from the atmosphere and buries it deep under the sea. All around the rim of the canyon live cold-water corals, which thrive on dead plankton raining down from the ocean surface.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia does not plan to put weapons in space first and considers this to be an important signal that Washington should not ignore, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Monday
An Australian mining town has been mobbed by emus searching for food and water as the country’s southeast continues to struggle with drought, BBC reports. The flightless birds began arriving in Broken Hill, New South Wales, amid one of the state’s driest spells on record. At least five emus have been hit by cars in the past week, Reuters reports.
Egypt says researchers have determined the gender and age of the three skeletons found inside a black granite sarcophagus uncovered in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in July. Nadia Kheider, of the Antiquities Ministry, says Sunday the skeletons belong to a woman in her early 20s, a man in his late 30s and a man in his early 40s. Chief researcher Zeinab Hasheesh says one of the skulls has a cavity indicating a "surgical intervention." Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says researchers found gold inside some of the bones. The 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, which was filled with red fluid, created a stir on social media. The ministry says the red fluid was sewage water.
This may not exactly be one for the connoisseurs, but archaeologists in Egypt say that they have found the oldest solid cheese. The ancient cheese, which is around 3,300 years old, was found in the tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. Researchers from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italy’s Catania University and Cairo University in Egypt worked on the project, studying broken jars at the site. “One jar contained a solidified whitish mass, as well as canvas fabric that might have covered the jar or been used to preserve its contents,” said the researchers, in a statement. “After dissolving the sample, the researchers purified its protein
Receding flood waters left Indian troops and rescuers the grim task Monday of hunting for bodies left by the worst monsoon in a century in Kerala state as the death toll rose above 400. With nearly three quarters of a million people packed into relief camps in the southern state, known for its tourist beaches and hill resorts, authorities also fear outbreaks of disease. Army helicopters and boats kept up missions to find trapped survivors and drop food and water in isolated villages.
TSLA is down ~8% following an NYTimes article about Elon Musk. Investors are likely most concerned about Musk’s overall mindset and burn out in addition to the use of Ambien and possibly other drugs. The article is an interesting insight into the mental toll of building multiple businesses that fundamentally change the world. While concerns about Musk’s stability aren’t surprising given the article, we believe it could be a turning point for Musk to get some help and help himself, which will be a net positive to the companies he’s building. Double down to Elon: Erase Twitter. A few observations from the article: Twitter If there’s a common denominator to Elon Musk’s troubles over the past two
Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts warned that it could become more common as the American West faces larger and more destructive wildfires because of heat and drought blamed on climate change. Seattle's Space Needle was swathed in haze, and it was impossible to see nearby mountains.
Trump in a series of Sunday morning tweets is responding to a New York Times story reporting that McGahn has given hours of testimony to the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling. The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type “RAT.” But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn’t have to.