A Soyuz space capsule has successfully delivered astronauts from Russia and the United States to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage. The docking took place smoothly Friday and the crew entered the space laboratory after a lengthy procedure to open its hatches. The mission is set to last four months. The new arrivals are two astronauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. They are joining American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who were already aboard the space station. The crew is carrying the relics of Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th century saint, provided by the Russian
The clay busts were the effort of University of South Florida forensic anthropologists and forensic artists who pulled images of unidentified bodies from cold case files, printed their skulls in 3D plastic, then molded heads and faces that someone might recognize. While most of this year's 20 cold cases are of adults who were found dead, one was a baby. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell talked about the case, and said there is a "tsunami" of missing and unidentified cases in Florida, partially because of the state's transient population.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
A $1.4 billion project to build one of the world's largest telescopes is up against intense protests by Native Hawaiians and others who say building it on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain will desecrate sacred land. Hearings for the project's construction permit began Thursday. By the end of the day, the first witness was still being questioned by the numerous parties involved in the case. It's the second time the project has faced the proceedings. Dozens of witnesses plan to testify in the coming weeks, including a group of Native Hawaiians who support the telescope. It's not clear when a retired judge overseeing the hearings would rule. Here are things to know about the embattled telescope:
The sprawling Sundarbans, home of the Bengal tiger and pristine mangroves, could become a toxic dumping ground if a massive coal plant is built near its borders, a United Nations agency warned this week. The 1,320-megawatt Rampal plant under construction in Bangladesh would "irreversibly damage" the World Heritage Site if built as planned, UNESCO's World Heritage Center said Tuesday in a joint report with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
For decades, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the disappearances of planes and ships that have tried to pass through. The 500,000 kilometers square stretch of sky above the North Atlantic Ocean connects points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. Sometimes referred to as Devil’s Triangle, the area has been associated with the sinking of mythical Atlantis, the first logged shipwreck in the area in 1609 and the disappearance of Flight 19 during WWII. However, new satellite images may help scientists debunk the many mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. The images researchers unveiled on a Science Channel segment Wednesday depict hexagonal clouds, which meteorologist
ABC's Jim Avila was granted the first prison interview with Christopher Waide, who is serving a 48-year prison sentence for the murder of Lea Porter. It. Heroes James settings. You could easily. You can take the knife away from their sort of the dead
Typhoon Haima has slammed into the northern Philippines with heavy rain and winds, as CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri reports.
A study of 1,000 UK drivers by Hyundai Motor UK with an expert from Goldsmiths University London found that women are, on average, 12% angrier than men when they’re behind the wheel. Patrick Fagan, behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths, ‘sense tested’ the 1,000 drivers to see how sound, sight, smell, touch and taste provoke emotional responses in different driving scenarios. The study found that in all test scenarios, women were more likely to respond with anger.
The Schiaparelli Mars lander got very close to the red planet before something went wrong. It entered the planet's atmosphere, managed not to burn up as it hurtled down and unfurled its parachute. It's unclear what happened in the final minute of descent, but it wasn't what the European and Russian space agencies had planned. Scientists working on the ExoMars mission say the lander let go of its parachute early. Then, the thrusters that were supposed to help slow its descent — from a crazy-fast speed of 13,000 mph to 0 mph in just six minutes — appear to have turned off too soon. "Mars exploration is hard, and that's one reason why we do it," David Parker of the European Space Agency told reporters
A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo. At least two houses collapsed, and television footage showed roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor.
Jeff Bezos says he plans to spend his “Amazon winnings” on Blue Origin’s effort to build the heavy lifting infrastructure for space ventures. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he’s trying to do for outer-space ventures what delivery services and the internet did for him: provide the “heavy lifting infrastructure” that will make it possible for entrepreneurs to thrive.
Professor Stephen Hawking on Wednesday opened a new artificial intelligence research centre at Britain's Cambridge University. The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) will delve into AI applications ranging from increasingly "smart" smartphones to robot surgeons and "Terminator" style military droids. Funded by a £10 million (11.2 million-euro, $12.3-million) grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the centre's express aim is to ensure AI is used to benefit humanity.
“A superomniphobic material is a material that is extremely repellent to virtually any liquid,” Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, explained to Digital Trends. “That could be an acid or base, an organic liquid or an aqueous liquid, a food-grade liquid, a solvent, whatever you can think of. Professor Kota has been investigating these kind of superomniphobic materials for around a decade.
The Orionid meteor shower will dazzle skywatchers for a second night tonight, as the shower reaches its peak. The meteor shower is produced by the well-known Halley's Comet, officially called 1P/Halley, which is the most recognised of the short-period comets. It is visible from Earth every 75 to 76 years. Essentially, Halley is the parent body of the Orionids. When the comet passes through the solar system, it leaves a trail of debris through space. The Earth passes through these debris trails and the particles collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate and burn up, creating flashes of light across the sky. The Orionid meteor shower appears annually in late October. The meteor shower
About 95 million years ago, a bus-size and scaly-skinned sauropod dinosaur with a long tail and even longer neck lumbered across what is now Queensland, Australia, a new study finds. The hulking, 50-foot-long (15 metres) palaeo-beast likely weighed up to 22 tons (20 tonnes) and sported hips that didn't quit, at a girth of some 5 feet (1.5 metres) across. SEE ALSO: One man's dinosaur impressions will save you a trip to 'Jurassic Park' The dinosaur likely ate supersize meals, using its large digestive system to extract nutrients from all kinds of plants, even tough ones, said the study's lead researcher Stephen Poropat, a palaeontologist and research associate at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs
If there is one story that, more than anything else, makes you wonder if global warming could cause very fast changes and hit planetary tipping points in our lifetimes, it was a moment in 2014. That was when two separate research papers said there was reason to think a frozen sector of West Antarctica, called the Amundsen Sea region, may have been destabilized. West Antarctica as a whole contains enough ice to raise sea levels more than 3 meters (10 feet), and the Amundsen Sea’s ocean-front glaciers themselves account for about 1.2 meters (4 feet). Two of the largest are Pine Island Glacier, about 25 miles wide at its front that faces the ocean, and capable of someday driving about 1.7 feet of sea
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines Friday to help parents manage their kids’ screen time. Here is some of their advice: Children under the age of 2 should avoid all digital media use except for video chatting via apps like Skype and Facetime. If you must introduce digital media to toddlers between the ages of 18 and 24 months, choose high-quality programming and sit with your child. Solo viewing should be avoided. Children ages 2 to 5 years should have no more than one hour of screen use a day. Be sure to select high-quality programming and watch it with your children. Keep bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtime free of screens. (Parents, that goes for you too: Set
A low-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured images showing a large “fuzzy dark patch” on the surface of the red planet where the European Space Agency’s experimental Schiaparelli lander presumably crashed Wednesday, possibly exploding on impact, after its braking rockets apparently shut down a mile or more above the surface, ESA officials said Friday. MRO’s low-resolution Context Camera, carrying out previously planned observations, shows a bright feature, presumably the remains of Schiaparelli’s 40-foot-wide supersonic parachute, and a dark spot measuring some 50 by 130 feet across, that is believed to be the site where the lander hit the surface. The dark spot is about six tenths of a mile from the presumed parachute on a relatively smooth plain known as Meridiani Planum. Before-and-after pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a dark spot that is the presumed crash site of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander, along with a white feature believed to be its discarded braking parachute.
Can you think of anything more terrifying than a snake with legs? A study out of the University of Florida says snakes had legs 150 million years ago, but no longer do because of deleted DNA. Early fossils lead some scientists to believe snakes once had legs (some say two and others say four), which begs the question: How did they lose them? Scientists of the study, published in Current Biology, said the Sonic hedgehog (yup, like the video game) gene, still present in python embryos, spurs the growth of legs. But the gene is weak in modern snakes because supporting DNA is no longer in the reptile's system, according to the study. So, python legs are truncated — pythons and some other snakes have
If Dr. Adam Gazzaley had his way, doctors would stop using primarily prescription drugs to treat neurological issues and disorders on older patients and start prescribing video games. The professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry and director of the Gazzaley Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, has spent years learning with his research team how the brain’s ability to remember, focus and perceive the world changes with childhood development, normal aging and dementia as well as how to alleviate cognitive deficits. Although prescription drugs can be part of treatment for cognitive health, Gazzaley —whose book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (co-authored with Larry Rosen) was published by MIT Press in September — argues that better ways to treat patients exist without the potential side effects of drugs.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning scientist said Thursday he had resigned as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest the “repressive policies” of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government. Torsten Wiesel, a co-winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine, joined four other foreign scientists who also have renounced their positions as external members of the academy. Wiesel, a Swedish-born neurobiologist who served as president of The Rockefeller University in New York, confirmed his resignation in an email to The Associated Press. “The academy has wisely stayed out of politics and focused on its mission in science and education,” Wiesel said. “My
A remote Russian observatory housing what was once the world's largest mirrored telescope has become the setting for an art installation that explores the near-infinite reaches of both outer space and the human imagination. The works on display at the Special Astrophysical Observatory by artists from Russia and Austria reflect their views of life, history and the cosmos. Operational since the 1970s, the observatory and the village that houses its staff offered some of the best conditions in the Soviet Union.
Drones are great and all, but the reality is that particularly when it comes to smaller quadcopters, battery life remains a big problem. Fortunately, that’s where researchers from Imperial College London come into play. “What this means is that rather than having to have its battery switched out, a drone could just return to a base unit and hover over a charging station to pick up the necessary charge,” Dr. Samer Aldhaher, a member of the university’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, told Digital Trends.
A secret Nazi military base abandoned more than 70 years ago was recently rediscovered by Russian scientists, The Independent reported. The base, located in the Arctic island of Alexandra Land, served as a "tactical weather station" for the Nazis during World War II, when knowledge of the weather was vital to determining when to move troops, equipment, and ships. Because of the base's name — "Schatzgraber" or "Treasure Hunter" — some also think it was used for "the pursuit of ancient relics," The Independent reported. The base is believed to have been built in 1942, the year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia. However, the Nazis stationed there were forced to abandon the post in 1944 after they