Going into the cabinet hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, the story was clear: Democrats were going to press his picks for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, secretary of state and energy secretary for past statements revealing
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke. Winterkorn told a parliamentary committee into the "dieselgate" scandal that "total clarity was and is the order of the day", and that he was still trying to understand how the scandal could have happened. The 69-year-old resigned in September 2015, days after the VW group admitted it had installed software in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to dupe emissions tests and make the cars seem less polluting than they were.
There's long been good reason to think that some form of calorie restriction could slow aging. Previously, scientists have shown that in animals like mice, fruit flies, rats, certain worms, and yeast, cutting calories a significant amount (around 30% in one recent mouse study) could extend life and health, including brain health, for a significant span — sometimes doubling or tripling it. In primates like monkeys, much more closely related to us, the evidence for calorie restriction (CR) has been more conflicted.
Fox Firepower: Rifles are everywhere at SHOT Show, with companies large and small featuring their best and introducing new options for 2017. One standout is the Saint made by Springfield Armory
Not all international borders are uncomplicated, straight lines dividing one country from another. In reality, a political map shows what a mess these boundariesoften invisible, but occasionally obviouscan be.Youll find countries surrounded on all sides
Some parents recently got a shocking sight when they cut open their child's favorite teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe: The toy's innards were teeming with mold. This week, Good Housekeeping reported several instances of parents cutting open Sophie the Giraffe and finding mold inside the toy. Now, a number of parents have taken to social media to share their pictures of Sophie's insides filled with black mold.
The European Space Agency opened an investigation on Thursday into anomalies that have affected five of the first 18 Galileo satellites in orbit. The agency, which launched the navigation system last December, said however that the failures are not affecting the satellites' proper functioning. The Galileo system, named after the Italian engineer and astronomer, is designed to provide commercial and government customers with more precise location data than GPS.
NASA's Curiosity rover has photographed shallow crevices on Mars that may have formed from ancient mud cracks, yet more evidence that the planet had a watery past. The photos, taken Dec. 20 and unveiled Tuesday (Jan. 17), show a site called "Old Soaker" on Mars' lower Mount Sharp. Scientists think the cracked layer likely formed more than 3 billion years ago, as a result of wetting and drying cycles, NASA officials said. Previously, the Curiosity rover found evidence of ancient lakes in older, lower-lying rock layers and in younger mudstone above Old Soaker. However, the recent photos of Mars may be the first evidence of ancient mud cracks — also called desiccation cracks — confirmed by the Curiosity
A cream used to treat skin cancer and abnormal skin lesions can be lethal for pets, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today. The agency said the medication, called fluorouracil, can make pets sick, and even kill them in some cases. "People using this medication should use care when applying and storing the medication if they are also in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals," the FDA said in a statement.
Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. "The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that's a challenge that we have to solve, and we currently don't have a vision for what that future looks like," said Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, which is pushing the bill.
From gorillas to gibbons, about 60 percent of primates, the closest biological relatives to human beings, are threatened by extinction due largely to human activities, a study has found. "This truly is the eleventh hour for many of these creatures," said University of Illinois anthropology professor Paul Garber, who co-wrote the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. Researchers reported that about 60 percent of primate species are threatened with extinction, while around 75 percent of species have declining populations.
Identifying mutations in DNA sequences is indispensable when it comes to fighting off emerging diseases, but the practice has always been the domain of highly-specialized laboratories, performed using microscopes costing tens of thousands of dollars. A breakthrough 3D-printed apparatus, designed by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the Stockholm and Uppsala Universities of Sweden, aims to solve that dilemma. Researchers used a Nokia 1020, well known for its 41-megapixel shooter, in developing an array which transforms the phone into a portable, low-cost microscope capable of genetic sequencing.
Under the Obama administration, NASA has had a dynamic eight years. NASA’s Juno spacecraft put itself into orbit around Jupiter, while the New Horizons mission flew by Pluto, marking the first time the tiny world had ever been explored. All the while, the space agency has maintained a steady human presence in lower Earth orbit, and plans to extend operations of the International Space Station until 2024.
We guess this isn't a thing you see everyday. The Slow Mo Guys Gav and Dan are back at Purdue, stretching a 1.5 in. thick steel beam until it snaps apart. With a machine that can pull apart up to 222 kips (222,000 pounds of pulling-apart force),
A soft, cup-shaped robotic device that hugs the heart could give it gentle squeezes to help pump blood in patients with weakened hearts, a new study finds. The experimental device is designed to help people who are experiencing heart failure, a serious medical condition in which the heart does not pump as well as it should. According to the American Heart Association, heart failure currently afflicts about 5.7 million people in the United States, costing the nation an estimated $30.7 billion each year.
The National Library of Israel said Thursday it has acquired what is considered the world's greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts. The Valmadonna Trust Library contains some 10,000 items — including a 15th century copy of the Hebrew Bible and one of the only two surviving copies of a 16th century Passover manuscript from Prague. The collection, assembled over decades by London collector Jack Lunzer, was entrusted to Sotheby's auction house in New York in 2009.
The molecular diagram at left is a representation of a protein molecule known as DMT superfamily transporter YddG, generated by Rosetta@Home software. Molecular biologists have enlisted cutting-edge trends in genomics and big data to get a grip on one of the grand challenges of biotech: figuring out how protein molecules fold. Researchers from the University of Washington and other institutions say they’ve solved more than 600 protein-folding mysteries – which represents a fair proportion of the estimated 5,200 protein families whose molecular structure was unknown.
This collection of historical declassified documents represents a database known as the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), a system installed in 2000 at the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) in Maryland and formerly searchable only in person, according to a statement published Jan. 17 by the CIA. The files were released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) — a law that provides people with the right to request access to information from any federal government agency — and they are currently available to view and download via the CIA website. "Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography," Joseph Lambert, the CIA's director of information management, said in the statement.
Archaeological research at a site in Galloway has suggested it may have been at the heart of a "lost kingdom" from the Dark Ages. Ronan Toolis led the excavation works at Trusty's Hill Fort at Gatehouse of Fleet. It unearthed evidence that it might have been the royal seat of the sixth century kingdom of Rheged. Mr Toolis said it was "pre-eminent among the kingdoms of the north" at that time. The location of Rheged had previously been thought by many historians to be in Cumbria. However, Dr Christopher Bowles, co-director of the excavation work in Dumfries and Galloway, said that may not have been the case. "The new archaeological evidence from Trusty's Hill enhances our perception of power,
After the election, Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of students at my university and delivered a message rarely heard in recent months: America is not divided, he said. With the exception of an update this year to the Toxic Substances Control Act, Congress has not passed any major environmental statute or amended any important environmental law since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Polls seem to back up the assumption: For more than 20 years, Gallup has asked Americans whether they “personally worry about” environmental problems -- including water and air pollution, species loss and climate change. Since at least 2000, respondents have given drastically different responses according to their political party affiliation.
Mars has been on a lot of minds lately. The success of Andy Weir's science fiction novel The Martian — and Ridley Scott's subsequent film — helped rekindle interest in the Red Planet. And now, National Geographic's TV series Mars is going even further in giving us a plausible look at what a Martian colony in the near future might look like. It's perfect timing, then, for the publication of Martians Abroad. The novel is the latest from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn, best known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasy series. But rather than involving werewolves in modern-day America, Martians Abroad sets its sights on the human-colonized solar system of tomorrow. That said, most
As some of my readers are aware, I regularly scan the job boards of many of the companies that I cover to try to glean some insights into what those companies are working on. Knowing what a company is hiring aggressively to work on can help give investors a better sense of where the company is putting its money. In perusing microprocessor giant Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) job boards, I found what, on the surface, is a pretty standard listing for a core IP design engineer. Intel builds processors, and key to any processor is the central processing unit (CPU) core -- the main brain that runs computer programs -- so it makes sense that Intel would be hiring people to work on future CPU cores. The interesting
Just 6.4 miles of ice are holding an iceberg the size of Delaware onto the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and scientists warn it could cleave off the ice-bound continent at any time. Scientists affiliated with a group that has been tracking the ice melt in this area, known as Project MIDAS, say the iceberg could measure 5,000 square kilometers, or 1,930 square miles.
Eric Trump says his father's focus will be "running the country," while he and his brother Don Jr. run the company. Reporter: Pause for a moment and consider what must it be like for Donald Trump to call you "Son?" Eric and Donald Jr. The original apprentices know the answer. Reporter: I sat down with Eric, with his wife Lara, and don Jr. Earlier this week to talk about growing up trump.