To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth's temperatures and the world's seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. President Donald Trump this month said he'd withdraw the United States from the climate deal , prompting leaders of vulnerable islands to talk about their future with a mixture of defiance, hope and resignation.
Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment. "Less talk, more action," urged former French prime minister Francais Laurent Fabius, who also presided over the 2015 Paris COP 21 conference on climate change. Seeking to underline the urgency of the need to act, Fabius borrowed the turn of phrase from ex-California governor-turned climate campaigner Schwarzenegger, who joined the gathering, as did former UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
A NASA scientist is criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness website for promoting bogus $120 stickers that allegedly contain materials used in spacesuits. “Body Vibes” stickers, according to tech website Gizmodo, are the latest product promoted by the actress’s website Goop to come under fire. The stickers, sold for $120 for a pack of 24, are said to be made from “NASA spacesuit material” to “rebalance energy frequency in our bodies,” according to the website. Goop put up a blog post praising the product. “Human bodies operate at an ideal energetic frequency, but everyday stresses and anxiety can throw off our internal balance, depleting our energy reserves and weakening our immune
NASA produced these extremely accurate maps of the 2017 solar eclipse. On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow known as the totality — the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs.
The year’s not half over, and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies is about to launch more missions than it completed in all of 2016. SpaceX successfully fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year. Its next launch is scheduled for Sunday, with the ramped-up cadence putting the company on track to achieve the 20 to 24 total missions it’s targeting for the year. The quickening pace of launches illustrates how SpaceX has bounced back after one of its rockets and a customer’s satellite blew up on a Florida launchpad in September. The company was grounded for four months in the midst of an investigation into the incident
U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record. The National Nuclear Security Administration said it was informed by the lab in New Mexico that procedures were not followed when shipping small amounts of "special nuclear material" to facilities in California and South Carolina. Tests done on the shipments once they arrived at their destinations confirmed no contamination or loss of radioactive material, officials said.
Archaeologists have discovered a Bronze Age cemetery at a ritual site on the Welsh island of Anglesey. The cemetery is located near to Bryn Celli Du or ‘Mound in the Dark Grove,’ a Late Neolithic passage tomb that dates back around 5,000 years. The newly-discovered burial sites are said to date from the Late Neolithic to the early Bronze Age, which began around 3,200 B.C in Europe. Experts from Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Central Lancashire and Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environment service, have been working on the area for the last three years. Harnessing technology, archaeologists have found a series of cairns or man-made piles of stones, indicating other
President Trump wrote in a tweet, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out."
If humans have any hope of living forever, we should probably take a hint from the dozens of other animals on Earth that far outpace our measly 71 years. One of the longest-lived of these animals is the Greenland shark, which researchers only recently discovered could survive for so long.
A big wood-and-leather toe from Egypt is the oldest prosthetic discovered so far, researchers believe, and provides an insight into the world of ancient medicine. Researchers at the University of Basel found that the wooden toe had been refitted several times to the shape of the woman who wore it, that it had signs of wear and that the user, a priest's daughter, wanted the prosthetic device to be comfortable. "By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the prosthesis to each other, the artificial limb had a balancing effect and gave, to some extent, a freedom of movement," Andrea Loprieno-Gnirs of the University of Basel told CNN.
The rich variety in shapes of the eggs that birds lay -- elliptical, pointy, spherical -- seems to be linked to how well a given bird flies, researchers report. "In contrast to classic hypotheses, we discovered that flight may influence egg shape. Birds that are good fliers tend to lay asymmetric or elliptical eggs," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, a biologist at Princeton University and one of the lead authors of the study.
Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely seen among academics. Two years ago, Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and the director of its Atmosphere and Energy program, published a paper.
Women who carry genetic mutations in the "breast cancer genes," called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have about a 70 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The findings are based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, mutations that are known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The new study is more rigorously designed than some earlier research that looked at how much the risk for these cancers increases in women who have these genetic mutations.
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Mummy genome data has been extracted for the first time. The study says mummies' closest ancient relatives are in the Near East and Europe. Modern Egyptians have developed a greater amount of sub-Saharan DNA.
A three-fingered mummified body has been reportedly found in Nazca, Peru, with video of the purported body appearing on YouTube. However, researchers have expressed doubt about the discovery, with some calling it a "hoax." According to website Gaia, the body, which stands 5'6" tall and appears to look like a human, has three long fingers, an elongated skull and does not have ears or a nose. In a Gaia YouTube video, Professor Konstantin Korotkov of Saint Petersburg University in Russia described the body as belonging to "another creature, another humanoid." "We're going to let you know if it's human, if it's non-human," said a Gaia representative, in the video. Jaime Maussan, an investigative
John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a "ruthless character assassination" of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation's largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy.
French fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died June 18 after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and struck her chest. According to the BBC, Burger died of cardiac arrest following the freak accident, which her family has said was caused by a faulty dispenser. The device was not the kind of canister in which pre-whipped cream is typically packaged and sold in the United States. Instead, the dispenser — sometimes also called a charger — is designed so that users can pour regular whipping cream into it, and then get freshly whipped cream out. Burger’s family shared a photo of the device, along with a warning about it, on Instagram. Dispensers like this typically require "charger" cartridges, or capsules,
Artificial intelligence has made great strides in the past few years, but it’s also generated much hype over its current capabilities. Michael Jordan, a machine learning expert and computer science professor at University of California, Berkeley, said there is “way too much hype” regarding the capabilities of so-called chat bots.
Car horns, sirens, drilling, jet overflights and restaurants where diners have to yell to be heard -- New York is one of the loudest cities in the world. The five-year, $4.6 million project -- the brainchild of researchers at New York University, working in concert with city residents and city hall -- is using machine learning technology and sensors to build a sound library. The idea is to record the full panoply of noises in the city of 8.5 million residents and use artificial intelligence so that machines can recognize sounds automatically, ultimately giving authorities a way to mitigate noise levels.
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcome the VIPs let out an "ooooh" as Meng Meng raised a paw after flight LH8415 made an especially gentle touchdown at Schoenefeld airport.
One of the biggest problems with space travel is that it’s freaking expensive. If humans are ever going to become a spacefaring species, with colonies on the moon and Mars — as big thinkers like physicist Stephen Hawking insist we should — space travel is going to have to get a lot cheaper. "We have to figure out how to improve the cost [of traveling to Mars] by 5 million percent," Elon Musk said last year, announcing his personal dream to establish a human colony on Mars.
Few franchises embody this better than Star Wars, existing in a universe where magic, laser swords, and faster-than-light travel are considered run-of-the-mill. All the stories that exist within the Star Wars canon are really best enjoyed with minimal thought or concern paid to realism. Screenwriters can’t fill every gap in logic within Star Wars, so we’re going to attempt to do that for them.
If ancient humans encountered dire wolves in the Americas thousands of years ago, they may have looked something like this. As canines spread across the globe hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago, the dire wolves were born. The San Diego Zoo says they emerged in parts of eastern North America and northern South America about 300,000 years ago, and a western subspecies of dire wolves followed although it was a smaller animal.
Orbital ATK, NASA and Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the QM-1 test fire of the Launch Abort Motor that is being developed for use on the Space Agency's Orion spacecraft in Promontory, Utah. Check out that awesome power!