Known as the Geminid meteor shower, the celestial event occurs only once a year, and its peak easily makes it one of the most impressive showers on the calendar. "With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year," Dr. Bill Cooke in NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said in a news release. The Geminids are reportedly spawned by pieces of debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
Akayed Ullah, 27, was accused of detonating a pipe bomb strapped to his body in an underground passageway between Times Square — the city’s busiest subway station — and the bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal. Also, a search of his Brooklyn apartment turned up a passport in his name, scrawled with the words “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” authorities said. The bomb was assembled in the past week using fragments of a metal pipe, a battery and a Christmas tree light bulb, along with metal screws as shrapnel, authorities said.
SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station by at least another few days. The company now aims to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA on Friday. The unmanned Falcon rocket originally flew in June. The Dragon capsule made a space station shipment in 2015. This will be the first launch in more than a year from this Florida pad, the scene of a rocket explosion in 2016. Late Tuesday, SpaceX pushed back the launch for the second day in a row, saying it needs to rid the second-stage fuel system of unwanted particles. Liftoff had been scheduled for Tuesday, then Wednesday. If the Falcon isn't flying by Friday, SpaceX will have to wait until late December at NASA's
Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issue concerned equipment used in one of two new European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), large units designed to offer improved power and safety. With EPRs in Finland and France facing setbacks, the Chinese Taishan 1 and 2 are on track to become the first working reactors of their kind in the world.
Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 meters) long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms). If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 5-foot-3 (1.6 meters). The newly found bird is about 7 inches (18 centimeters) longer than any other ancient penguin that has left a substantial portion of a skeleton,
NASA's Juno spacecraft is getting to the roots of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot. New research, collected during the mission's first pass over the iconic storm, reveals that it extends far beneath the planet's surface. The spacecraft also discovered two newly identified radiation zones. "One of the most basic questions about Jupiter's Great Red Spot is, how deep are the roots?" Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said in a statement. Bolton and his team presented Juno's results at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans yesterday (Dec. 11). "Juno data indicate that the solar system's most famous storm is almost one-and-a-half
NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik, who arrived at the International Space Station on July 28, shared a video to Facebook on Wednesday, December 13, showing the flight path his vessel would take upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere. Bresnik stated that during his Expedition 53’s time on the station they completed “countless scientific and medical experiments, maintenance and spacewalk activities, cargo and yes, even housekeeping operations,” but added that he and his fellow astronauts were looking forward to returning to Earth. According to Bresnik, the video shows a flight path the astronauts will use to burn off fuel before deploying parachutes and landing in Kazakhstan. Credit: Facebook/ NASA Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik via Storyful
U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plants in northwest Indiana, documents show. The October spill was the second time this year that the company's Portage plant dumped chromium into Burns Waterway. Plant managers told an inspector in November that they had opted not to test for the most dangerous form of the metal after that spill, according to an inspection report posted online Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The House of Commons voted 309-305 to give lawmakers what is essentially a veto on the terms of Brexit, a challenge to May’s fragile authority amid the already strained disentanglement process. The vote came on the eve of a major E.U. summit. A dozen lawmakers from the prime minister’s governing Conservative Party sided with the opposition to insist that any withdrawal deal with the E.U. requires an act of Parliament to take effect.
The UK’s prisons are slowly catching up with the digital age. My research shows that digital progress in prisons allows offenders to order their own meals, book visits, contact home, undertake e-learning, manage their finances, improve their health and prepare for release. Prisoners using web-based tools to manage their daily lives is good for society.
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent who was also deeply involved in the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, was removed over the summer from Mueller’s team following the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. The messages, which surfaced in a Justice Department inspector general investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton inquiry, were being provided to congressional committees and were reviewed by the AP on Tuesday night.
A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet. Using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the 100 million dollar research project Breakthrough Listen will observe an asteroid named 'Oumuamua for 10 hours on Wednesday. 'Oumuamua, formally known as 1I/2017 U1, is the first object discovered in the solar system that appears to originate from another star system.
Appeal hearings for convicted double murderer, Rurik Jutting, were adjourned on Wednesday in Hong Kong’s High Court. The 32 year-old British former banker made global headlines last year after he tortured and killed two women in the territory. The former British banker’s defense team, lead by Jutting’s barrister, Gerard McCoy SC, made a highly technical argument during two days of hearings, asserting that trial judge Justice Michael Stuart-Moore had mislead the jury when explaining to them how to understand Jutting’s state of mind in relation to the murders.
A 99-million-year-old tick encased in amber with a feathered dinosaur is the best evidence scientists have about what these bloodsucking insects feasted on millions of years ago, according to a new study published in Nature Communications on Tuesday. Ticks, as we know them today, are pesky parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Scientists, including Ricardo P?rez-de la Fuente, from Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and David Grimaldi, from the American Museum of Natural History, examined the amber samples and found a tick grasping onto a feathered dinosaur.
The Earth hums, and scientists have for the first time recorded the sound in the ocean. Using seismometers in the Indian Ocean, researchers picked up on the sound that is way, way too low for mere human ears to hear, reports Live Science. No recording is available, but a Columbia University scientist not involved with the study in Geophysical Research Letters gives National Geographic a rough description: "It's like taking a piano and slamming all the keys at the same time," says Spahr Webb. "Except they're not nice harmonics. They're oddball frequencies." And ultra-low ones: Specifically, the hum is between 2.9 and 4.5 millihertz, and humans can only begin hearing things at about 20 hertz, or
IBM (IBM) has teamed up with major companies including Samsung (:593-KR), JPMorgan (JPM), and Barclays (London Stock Exchange: BARC-GB), to develop quantum computing for commercial use, the U.S. technology giant announced Thursday. Quantum computing is seen as the next generation of computing, able to solve problems that current machines can't. It's still in its early stages, but IBM is hoping to become a leader in the quantum computing space by bringing large companies on board to help commercialize the technology.
The NFL suspended three analysts on Monday night, including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, pending investigation into sexual harassment allegations following a lawsuit from a former employee. The suit, filed by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the network, details a variety of alleged behaviors including groping, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit text messages. The two other suspended analysts were the former players Ike Taylor and Heath Evans.
It isn’t news that society is fascinated with serial killers and their motives. So … what exactly makes a murderer? According to FBI.gov, “Serial murderers, like all human beings, are the product of their heredity, their upbringing, and the choices they make throughout development.” But even with this knowledge, mothers of notorious killers reported their children showed no violent behavior growing up, so it’s all still kind of a mystery. Here, we explain what you and an infamous serial killer could have in common. Bradley Waldroup had the MAOA gene — could you? An NPR Talk of the Nation details how neuroscientists are utilizing brain scans and research to identify similarities between killers.
Aides for San Francisco Supervisor London Breed were answering the phone differently by early Tuesday morning. Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s leader since 2011 and the first Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco, died unexpectedly during the night. Lee was 65 years old.
In the name of furthering climate research (and trolling Donald Trump), French President Emmanuel Macron awarded "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants to 18 climate scientists, 13 of whom are from the United States. On Monday, in preparation for the "One Planet Summit" — a meeting in which international world leaders gather to discuss global climate initiatives — the French president awarded the grants, which were announced right after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement in June. As Trump appears to turn a blind eye to the importance of taking action against climate change, the grants offer recipients around $1.8 million in funds to conduct their research in France over the
Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits. The United States has faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new versions of the herbicides, which are based on a chemical known as dicamba.
A dispute over hot sauce in a Seattle pizza restaurant really brought the heat on Monday, eventually leading to the arrest of a 29-year-old man. According the Seattle police blotter, officers responded to a 2:15 am 911 call from a woman in Capitol Hill who claimed that the employees of the pizza restaurant were yelling at her and name-calling after she complained that she had not received a sufficient amount of Sriracha sauce.
Now, NASA is looking at the newly formed landmass for possible hints at how the landscape of Mars behaved billions of years ago. “Everything we learn about what we see on Mars is based on the experience of interpreting Earth phenomena,” Jim Garvin of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center explains.
On Sept. 10, 1770, the skies above China, Korea and Japan turned an eerie red, and for eight more nights these glowing red auroras lingered. For nearly three centuries, this mysterious event was lost to history. Now, researchers poring through palace diaries and other historical documents from East Asia have rediscovered the bizarre phenomenon, and have proposed a likely cause: A giant magnetic storm that rivaled the most powerful one on record, the so-called Carrington Event of 1859. (Geomagnetic storms occur when solar eruptions hit Earth's magnetosphere, the shell of electrically charged particles trapped by Earth's magnetic field.) If a similarly massive magnetic storm hit Earth now, it could wreak
Google may be the household name when it comes to search, but Microsoft is hoping it can make its Bing search engine the smartest. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has announced a handful of new features that it says are powered by artificial intelligence. The biggest changes enable Bing to be smarter about the information it chooses to display above search results in response to a query.