Mexican experts say the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system "is probably the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," but is threatened by pollution. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda says researchers found a human skull that was already covered in rainwater limestone deposits before the cave system flooded around 9,000 years ago. De Anda says over 120 sites with Maya-era pottery and bones in the caves suggest water levels may have briefly dropped in the 216-mile (347-kilometer) -long system about 1,000 A.D. But de Anda said Monday the cave with the stone-encased skull has high acidity levels, suggesting acidic runoff from a nearby open-air dump could damage skeletal
The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in Trump-branded developments. Donald Trump Jr. posed for photos Tuesday morning with Indian developers, who are building the complexes in four cities. Later in the week, he is scheduled to make a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Though slightly lopsided, the towering, Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox. The fall equinox occurs halfway between the summer and winter solstices, when Earth's tilt is such that the length of the day and nightare almost the same. About 4,500 years ago, Egyptian pharaoh Khufu had the Great Pyramid of Giza constructed; it is the largest of the three pyramids — now standing about 455 feet (138 meters) tall — on the Giza Plateau and was considered a "wonder of the world" by ancient
One of the best-known features of any planet in our solar system could be about to vanish – Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide storm. Glenn Orton of NASA JPL, says ‘In truth, the Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a long time.
A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday. Members of the state Water Resources Control Board delayed a decision about whether to bring back what had been temporary water bans from California's drought, spanning 2013 to 2017. The plan is part of an effort to make water conservation a way of life, with climate change expected to lead to longer, more severe droughts.
In the days since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, police have been busy with a flood of copycat threats. A 23-year-old man was taken into custody in Wisconsin after someone sent “an electronic message” to the FBI threatening to “shoot up the school,” according to an NBC affiliate. Closer to the Parkland school shooting, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School case, was made aware of a 15-year-old boy threatened to kill people at several Broward County schools, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The latest space-piercing concept launching from Earth: a commercial, one-rocket space station that could carry astronauts to low-earth orbit, the Moon and even Mars. This is the ambitious new plan of Bigelow Aerospace, coming on the heels of a government proposed defunding of the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 and turning it over to private space companies. The National Space Council will further discuss these plans on Wednesday from Kennedy Space Center. The newly created company, Bigelow Space Operations, expands the horizon on who can fund astronauts, beyond NASA – corporations, governments and, perhaps, even hotels to host space tourists. “Our markets, we don’t look at tourism
Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has been erupting for about the past five years now, displacing tens of thousands as it sends debris flows toward populated areas. The eruption, which occurred on the island of North Sumatra, was caught on video by residents of Berestagi, which is about 15 miles to the west of the mountain, as well as residents of towns further away.
Using sophisticated laser surveying technology, archaeologists have discovered a “lost city” in western Mexico that may have been home to as many buildings as Manhattan. A team of researchers, led by Colorado State University archaeologist Chris Fisher, was able to use LiDAR technology to determine that the ancient city of Angamuco had around 40,000 buildings spread over an area of 10 square miles. That’s roughly about the same number of buildings as Manhattan, but on a much smaller plot of land as the New York City borough is 22 square miles. Fisher told Fox News that without the use of the LiDAR technology figuring out the number of buildings at the Angamuco site might have taken his entire
Morocco has become the latest country where Uber’s plans for world domination has been halted by local regulation. In a statement, the ride-hailing giant has announced that it will temporarily shutter operations in Casablanca this week given the lack of “clarity about integrating applications like Uber into the existing transport model.” Uber launched in Casablanca, the only Moroccan city where it operates, in July 2015. Morocco’s regulatory framework only recognizes taxis under registered associations and, as such, Uber has operated in a legal grey area in the country since its launch. Like it has in many of the markets where it currently operates, Uber has faced opposition from local taxi groups in Morocco who claim that the ride-hailing company’s operations undercuts their business.
President Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning bump stocks “very soon,” while the White House says it is keeping all options open on gun control. In the first daily briefing since a Florida school shooting left 17 people dead, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the Trump Administration has not put together a concrete plan.
A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display is poised to launch. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite for Spain had been scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:17 a.m. ET. How to watch the SpaceX launch What: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 Time: 9:17 a.m. EST Where: Space Launch Complex 4 East, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California A spectacle occurred on Dec. 22 when a Falcon 9 lifted off shortly after sunset in exceptionally clear weather and reached an altitude where its expanding plume was illuminated by sunlight. The startling sight caused a sensation as far away as Phoenix.
Something very unusual indeed is appearing over Britain this week – lucky sky-watchers might catch a glimpse of a ‘man-made star’. The Humanity Star will be visible just before dawn: a carbon-fibre sphere with 65 reflective panels which is designed to reflect the sun’s light to Earth. Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck launched the ‘Humanity Star’ last month – and says his goal is to make people contemplate their place in the universe.
A U.S. Postal Service worker was found fatally shot inside a mail truck along a busy highway in Dallas on Monday, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide, according to police. Officers found the worker’s body inside the government vehicle around 2:30 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting along Interstate 30 just west of downtown, according to a statement released by Dallas police. Postal Service operates two large mail sorting and processing complexes nearby, according to Amanda McMurrey, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the USPS.Requests sent to the USPS for details about the employee were referred to the inspection service.
As one hockey spectator told TIME’s Sean Gregory, the players were a symbol of hope for the eventual reunification of the country. The 2018 unified hockey squad was just one of the many ways that the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang have put Korean politics in the spotlight from the moment the Games began. Kyung Moon Hwang is Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, and author of A History of Korea: An Episodic Narrative.
EU member states should take advantage of falling costs for renewable energy to invest more in the sector and make it account for a third of total energy output by 2030, an new report said Tuesday. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) study said the European Union could make renewables account for 34 percent of total production by 2030, up from the current target of 27 percent and twice what it was in 2016. EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete welcomed the EU-commissioned report's timing, which coincides with decreases in costs for solar and wind power.
Archaeologists have uncovered fascinating new details about a cave in Turkey that ancient Romans believed to be an entrance to the underworld. Complex rituals once took place at the 2,200-year-old site in the city of Hierapolis, part of the province of Phrygia.
A new study focusing on the frequency of fresh dinosaur discoveries suggests we might have it all wrong, and that our understanding of the hundreds of millions of years that preceded humanity’s takeover of the planet could change dramatically over the next decade or two.
New fish species were found among tens of thousands of fish collected from the deep sea east of Australia in May 2017 , ABC reported. Scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ( CSIRO ) said more than 42,000 fish of over 100 different species was sourced from reserves off Tasmania and Queensland last year. Among the findings was a peculiar “faceless” fish with no eyes and its mouth under its head. “The discoveries provide us with a glimpse into how our marine fauna fits into the interconnected abyssal environment worldwide and for the scientists, adds another piece to the puzzle of what affects evolution in the deep sea,” Museums Victoria ichthyologist Martin Gomon said . Credit: CSIRO via Storyful
In the century preceding the death of Australia’s last known Tasmanian tiger, in Hobart in 1936, more than 750 specimens were collected and ended up in museums across the world. Most were bones and skins, but 13 were joeys in various stages of development, taken from their dead mothers’ pouches and preserved in ethanol. These “wet” specimens of Tasmanian tigers, or thylacines (Thylacinus cynocephalus), have proved to be a fantastic resource, not only allowing the sequencing of the creature’s genome – its entire DNA blueprint – which was published late last year, but now also allowing the creation of a series of 3D digital models of the young, from shortly following birth to first leaving the
A Japanese man who became embroiled in a “baby factory” scandal four years ago has been granted sole custody of 13 children he fathered with Thai surrogate mothers. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, won custody on Tuesday, after taking the Thai government to court over his paternal rights, AFP reports. The court ruled that Shigeta, reportedly the son of a Japanese business tycoon, has ample means to care for such a large family.
OK, so it won’t destroy Gozer, but it may just lead to a revolution in quantum computing. Ordinarily, crossing light streams (such as shining two flashlights so that they converge) does nothing out of the ordinary. This is because the individual light particles, aka photons, do not interact with one another.
Think terrifying babies with pictures of spiders and snakes, or coaxing infants into crawling over a suspended glass surface into their mothers’ arms. The vast majority of fears are learned, but studies suggest that all mammals—from humans down to mice—have only two basic, innate fears: fear of falling and fear of loud noises. “Although a few others often get categorized as innate, such as fear of the dark or fear of creepy-crawly things, those are actually acquired after birth,” says Seth Norrholm, a psychiatrist at Emory University in Atlanta.
Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said Wednesday as they sounded the alarm over misuse of the technology. In a 100-page analysis, they outlined a rapid growth in cybercrime and the use of "bots" to interfere with news gathering and penetrate social media among a host of plausible scenarios in the next five to 10 years. "Our report focuses on ways in which people could do deliberate harm with AI," said Sean O hEigeartaigh, Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.