Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics. "It's a small agency to coordinate and lead," Turnbull told reporters. "The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential." Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency's charter would be developed by the end of March. "The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," Cash said in a statement. "A national
Katherine G. Johnson, the human computer behind some of NASA’s biggest advancements, attended the ribbon cutting of the research facility named in her honor on Friday. The 99-year-old mathematician was thrust into the spotlight last year when the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures told the story of three black women who broke barriers at NASA. Johnson, along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, shattered the segregational norms within the agency in the 1960s to push forward some of the country’s greatest aerospace advancements. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility is a state-of-the-art facility run by NASA’s Langley Research Center.
Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok. Indonesian authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity. Officials have said there’s no immediate threat to tourists but some are already cutting short their stays in Bali.
Space station astronaut Joe Acaba is getting a double dose of hurricanes — even in orbit. Harvey flooded his home in Houston last month. Now Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico, his family's homeland. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage offered words of comfort to family members and everyone else during the wrath of Hurricane Maria. "My parents were born there, so a lot of relatives, cousins, godparents" are still in Puerto Rico, Acaba said. "I hope everyone's doing well and that you take care of yourselves." Acaba, a former teacher who arrived at the International Space Station last week, said he had not yet seen the hurricane from
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has some good news and bad news for the creative team behind “Game of Thrones.” On the one hand, they got a big detail about their dragons absolutely right... but on the other, they also got something glaringly wrong
The mysterious object in the sky above Los Angles on Saturday night has been identified. Video of the object soon appeared on Twitter. “Did anyone else in #losangeles see this in the sky tonight around 11pm!? @GriffithObserv what was it? Cool, yet scary! #comet #asteroid #ufo,” asked Twitter user @reelhopelavelle. The object, however, was quickly explained. “Oooh okay! #MysterySolved it was a #rocket from #vandenberg air force base! Neat!,” @reelhopelavelle tweeted. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket took off from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. “Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national
The need to inspect 98% of the capital’s public and private schools nearly a week after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed at least 182 people in the city and 138 in nearby states was a stark indicator of just how long the path back to normalcy will be. Federal Education Secretary Aurelio Nuno said Sunday that it could take a couple more weeks to inspect all of the schools. Rescue operations remained active in at least three sites in Mexico City — two apartment buildings and an office building — but hope dimmed every time rescuers had to retreat due to instability of debris.
You know a topic is trending when the likes of Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg publicly bicker about its potential risks and rewards. In this case, Musk says he fears artificial intelligence will lead to World War III because nations will compete for A.I. superiority. Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has called such doomsday scenarios “irresponsible” and says he is optimistic about A.I.
French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn't shown any awareness in 15 years. During months of experimental treatment, his gaze could follow a moving object and he turned his head toward people speaking to him. The treatment involved implanting a device in the man's chest to electrically stimulate the vagus nerve, which extends into the brain.
France is planning to cut back on use of all pesticides, the government said Monday, though it rowed back on an announcement of an outright ban on controversial chemical glyphosate. Government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said earlier Monday that France -- Europe's biggest food producer -- intended to phase out glyphosate completely by 2022 over fears that it may cause cancer.
Grand-Lahou (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - "Oooah! Oooah!" Screeching to see visitors on the forested "Chimpanzee Island" in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished. Chimpanzee Island adjoins the village of Grand-Lahou in the Bandaman estuary, an outlying reach of tropical forest about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan. Since August 2015, the association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the animal's food and for a dedicated carer, Germain Djenemaya Koidja, according to a wooden signpost near the landing stage and the website sosponso.org.
After shock election results last year, from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many look to Merkel to rally a bruised liberal Western order, tasking her with leading a post-Brexit Europe. Support for their closest rivals, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) which are currently junior partners in a so-called “grand coalition” with Merkel, slumped to 20.0 percent – a new post-war low. The SPD ruled out a re-run of that tie-up.
Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered, scientists say. Last year, the giant panda was downgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Habitat loss is the most serious threat to the animal, which is seen as an icon of global extinction efforts. "What's new in this study is our ability to assess the status of the giant panda by using satellite imagery and then use that information to come up with recommendations of how better to manage this iconic threatened species," said Prof Stuart Pimm, of Duke University,
Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage. University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the experiments on a giant "shake table" to simulate violent motions of an earthquake to rattle a 100-ton (91-metric ton), 70 foot (21-meter) bridge model to determine how well it would hold up. The tests, conducted a day after a big quake struck Mexico, shook large concrete columns and beams back and forth for about 30 seconds at a time, displacing some nearly a foot before returning largely to their original spot.
There, thousands of Puerto Ricans gathered for a chance at a resource nearly as precious as power and water in the wake of Hurricane Maria — communication. The low murmur at one of two free Wi-Fi hotspots is occasionally interrupted by the cheering of someone getting through the largely jammed network.
The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured this video of the aurora from space on September 15.The ESA released this 30 second clip of the stunning light show on September 23.
Ford’s F-series pickups are the best-selling vehicles in the US, followed by Chevy Silverados, and Dodge Rams. Ford's F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981, and it's critically important to Ford. Trucks are profit centers for automakers, which is why Ford agonizes over every change and update.
Life expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, a new report finds. Overall, life expectancy at birth increased by 2 years between 2000 and 2015, the report found. The life expectancy for a person born in the U.S. in 2000 is 76.8 years, compared with 78.8 years for a person born in the U.S. in 2015.
For decades, even a census has been considered too risky in the hotly contested northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, claimed by Kurds, Arabs and the Turkmen ethnic group. Kirkuk is the most significant of Iraq’s disputed territories under de facto Kurdish control that will vote in the controversial referendum Sept. 25. The governments in Baghdad and in Washington have urged the Kurdish leadership to postpone or cancel the vote, seeing it as a divisive distraction from the fight against ISIS.
Researchers from The University of Copenhagen discovered a genetic mutation that happened somewhere between 6,000 to 10,000 years ago in one person, likely in Europe. Thousands of years later, the current 200 million people in the world that have blue eyes are all bound together by this common ancestor. “Originally, we all had brown eyes,” said Professor Hans Eiber, one of the authors on the study from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
Myanmar police said Monday that they have discovered at least 28 slain Hindu women and boys in two mass graves in the Southeast Asian country’s conflict-torn northern Rakhine state. Myanmar Border Guard Police Maj. Zayar Nyein in northern Rakhine said the graves were discovered Sunday and contain bodies of 20 females and eight males, and that more bodies are believed to be buried. The government’s Information Committee said on its Facebook page that all eight were boys, including six under 10 years old.
Plastic waste in the ocean is now so widespread it is polluting remote ice floes in the Arctic, scientists have discovered. A team from Exeter University discovered blocks of polystyrene in areas hundreds of miles from land which until recently were covered by ice all year round. The expedition was able to go further into the Central Arctic Ocean than any other yacht in history, because of recent reductions in summer ice cover in the Arctic, which is thought to be the result of climate change.
Saving endangered species in a changing ocean What if, after bringing a species back from the edge of extinction, you return it to an environment that’s so changed, it may no longer accept it? As climate change is creating warmer, acidifying oceans with less oxygen and more uncertainty, that’s the challenge now facing a group of California researchers trying to save the endangered white abalone. Kristin Aquilino, an assistant project scientist at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, is in charge of the largest population of endangered white abalone that exists in the world. There’s some pressure with that. Science at 5 a.m. It’s 5 a.m. inside the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.
Forty-two years ago this summer a two-person company called Micro-Soft shipped its first product. It was a version of the programming language BASIC for the Altair 8800, one of the first successful personal computers. The company is now much larger, and un-hyphenated. And it’s reprising its original strategy in hopes of gaining an edge on another technological revolution—powerful computers that work on data using the quirks of quantum mechanics. Practical quantum computers don’t yet exist, and Microsoft is behind rival tech giants Google and IBM in the race to develop quantum hardware. But at a conference in Orlando Monday for its corporate customers, the company announced the release of a new