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.
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.
The skeleton, with a dramatically elongated skull and an underdeveloped jaw and face, was uncovered in Chile's Atacama Desert in 2003, and mystified scientists when it was first found. Research published in 2013 offered some clues about the skeleton's bizarre appearance, but five additional years of genetic analysis have provided even more answers. Examination of the skeleton's entire genome revealed that it was Chilean and female, and that its misshapen skull and other deformities might be linked to a host of genetic mutations that affect bone development. Nearly a decade later, a highly detailed analysis — including X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and DNA sequencing — showed that it was a fetus (and that it was definitely human).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday. Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey has “no life left in her.” She said Jaelynn would be removed from life support during the evening, by the family’s decision. The teen was shot Tuesday by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.
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
next prev MOSCOW – A Soyuz capsule carrying two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut has docked with the International Space Station. The docking at 10:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) Friday came two days after the capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. After the long procedure to open the hatches between the Soyuz and the space station, the trio will join station residents Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The new crew will spend about five months on the space station.
In a March 1, 2018 speech before Russia's Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed new strategic weapons being developed to counter United States ballistic missile defenses. Two of these weapons are allegedly nuclear powered: a previously revealed intercontinental-range nuclear torpedo and a cruise missile. As Putin described them: Russia’s advanced arms are based on the cutting-edge, unique achievements of our scientists, designers, and engineers. One of them is a small-scale, heavy-duty nuclear energy unit that can be installed in a missile like our latest X-101 air-launched missile or the American Tomahawk missile—a similar type but with a range dozens of times longer,
After days of silence following allegations that data firm Cambridge Analytica pulled personal data from 50 million Facebook users for its work on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Mark Zuckerberg is addressing not only the controversy, but the backlash the social media giant is facing, including the #DeleteFacebook campaign. During an interview with The New York Times, Zuckerberg talked about the trust that Facebook users have lost in the platform and the effect of the #DeleteFacebook movement. Zuckerberg also addressed concerns over the possibility that Facebook could affect a future election in the same way it did the 2016 presidential election.
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.
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.
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 group of researchers at MIT have made a scientific breakthrough that could potentially solve water shortage issues in arid regions where populations are most drastically affected. Building on a concept proposed last year, MIT’s new contraption uses what are called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to extract drinking water from desert air – and it’s powered by solar energy. While we’ve previously been able to harvest water from the air, the performance of those devices depends on humidity, or the amount of moisture present in the atmosphere. Unlike traditional systems that require upwards of 50 percent humidity, as well as cooling methods, pumps, and compressors that consume additional energy
“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 adults know that we’re cleaning up their mess,” says Cameron Kasky, an 11th-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who started the #NeverAgain movement to curb gun violence three weeks earlier in his living room. Kasky and González are sitting with two more of the movement’s leaders, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin. Corin throws a crouton into González’s mouth.
New video shows both the inside and the outside of the autonomous car. Adam Housley reports.
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.
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.
For almost an hour on Tuesday, a man thought he had made one of the biggest discoveries of his career. Peter Dunsby, a professor of gravitation and cosmology in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, thought he had observed a new bright transient object out in space. As it turns out, he really just found Mars. A notice, available on The Astronomer’s Telegram online, said that the transient object was observed between the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae on March 20. The object hadn’t previously been observed when the same field was observed earlier in March, said the notice. Transient objects are those that seem to appear then disappear and sometimes appear