The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that landed on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean after a weekend launch has arrived in the Port of Los Angeles. Spectators watched Tuesday as the landing barge entered the harbor with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket standing vertically. Justin Everhart of nearby Long Beach described it to the Daily Breeze newspaper (http://bit.ly/2jGXkqg) as "a testament to human achievement." The Falcon 9 put 10 satellites into orbit Saturday after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles. When the rocket's second stage took over to complete the trip into orbit, the first stage descended toward the ocean and fired its engines to land
The first humans to arrive in North America may have migrated thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. Anthropologists from the University of Montreal, along with a radiocarbon dating expert from Oxford, determined that humans lived in what is now Yukon, Canada, near the border with Alaska, as early as 24,000 years before present. Scientists had previously estimated that the first humans crossed the Bering Strait only 14,000 years ago.
The federal government asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn an order that bars the release of endangered wolves in New Mexico without the state's permission, a skirmish in a broader battle over states' rights and the Endangered Species Act. New Mexico and 18 other states argue that the law requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to cooperate with them on how endangered species are reintroduced within their borders.
On July 5, 2016, Kate Rubins, 38, was an earth-dwelling microbiologist with degrees in molecular biology and cancer biology studying infectious diseases. On July 6, 2016, she blasted off into space for the first time, and spent the next 115 days living and working on the International Space Station.
China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. China's Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to "immediately stop issuing smog alerts", according to a photo of a notice posted on China's Twitter-like social media platform Weibo.
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Last year, Samsung recalled an entire line of phones because the lithium-ion batteries had a habit of exploding, and they were far from the first ones to do so. A group of Stanford researchers are trying to fix this problem by developing a lithium-ion battery with a built-in fire extinguisher.
A baby has been born to a previously infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of "three-person IVF". Doctors in Kiev used a method called pronuclear transfer in what is a world first. It is, however, not the first child born with DNA from three parents. The baby girl, born on 5 January, is thought to be the world's second "modern three-parent baby" - another child was created using a slightly different method in Mexico last year. The Kiev team fertilised the mother's egg with her partner's sperm. They then transferred the combined genes into an egg taken from a donor. The child has the genetic identity of the parents, alongside a tiny amount of DNA from the second woman. Tiny bit Doctors
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has come up empty. After 28 months of operations in the southern Indian Ocean the last remaining vessel, the Dutch-owned Equator, is heading back to port in Australia having completed its final sweeps. An announcement from the governments of Malaysia, China, and Australia said, “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in the field, unfortunately the search has not been able to locate the aircraft.” They said that the search was being “suspended” not terminated—a term they have used for some time. But behind “suspended” lies a controversy
Lynn Sherr, a former ABC News correspondent, covered the space program in the 1980s. Sherr anchored ABC News special coverage of shuttle launches, landings and space walks, including the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. One bright moonlit night in Florida, as we headed back to the ABC News workspace at the Kennedy Space Canter, astronaut Gene Cernan turned to me and pointed up to the big yellow ball in the sky. "You see that spot just by the 'eye?'" he asked me, referring to the unmistakable face of the Man in the Moon. "You see that? That's where I landed. That's the Valley of Taurus-Littrow." The grin on his own face was boundless; the pride, palpable. The last human to leave
People—This includes jobs that rely on strong interpersonal skills like chief executives, school psychologists, social work teachers, and supervisors of a variety of trades. Numbers—These are jobs that apply math to business problems, like economists, management analysts, and treasurers.
The forces behind the mysterious "fairy circles" that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex. The formations are circles of land dozens of feet wide that create a stunning pattern in the Namib desert and have mystified locals and scientists for ages. Using computer simulations, they say an intricate combination of animals and plants cooperating and competing help explain the unusual patterns, according to a study in the journal Nature Wednesday.
The FBI in Seattle has recruited a band of amateur sleuths to help solve its 45-year-old head-scratcher of America’s most notorious skyjacker – D.B. Cooper. The amateur scientists, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, are asking for the publics’ assistance as they gather new leads that may link Cooper to The Boeing Company as either an employee or a contractor hired by the tech giant in the 1970s. The Citizen Sleuths analyzed the clip-on tie discovered aboard the hijacked Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971.
He lies frozen inside a thermal sleeping bag immersed in liquid nitrogen in an aluminum pod he shares with three other preserved humans within a giant vacuum flask known as a dewar. James Bedford’s dewar is stacked vertically along with 145 other frozen people in the Alcor Life Extensions Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, a luxury suburb of Phoenix on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. Outside the squat concrete Alcor building, the temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees for eight months of the year. Inside the Alcor facility, Bedford and the other humans, with enough ongoing financial support to remain frozen indefinitely, are kept at 328 degrees below zero. Bedford was a twice married
The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House. The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United States to support the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries. The Obama administration had announced in 2014 -- a year before the COP 21 agreement was adopted -- a $3-billion pledge for the fund.
Car headrests are designed to give us something to rest the back of our skull on as we drive, but they may soon have an altogether more cutting-edge use-case — courtesy of a company called Freer Logic. New technology developed by Freer Logic involves a so-called “non-contact neuro bio monitor headrest.” In everyday terms, that means a car headrest which can monitor your brain activity as you drive, and make sure that your full focus is on the road in front of you. “The brain is the organ responsible for driver distraction, attention, awareness, data processing, and problem solving,” founder Peter Freer told Digital Trends.
Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina, does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta's CEO said on Tuesday. "Adama will not need to be sold. There will be some remedies in both the U.S. and the EU but I can't speak to any details," Erik Fyrwald told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Caffeine could counteract the inflammation that comes with aging, a new study finds. The difference could come down to just a few cups of coffee a day, study co-author and Stanford University professor of microbiology and immunology Mark Davis told Live Science. The study's findings may explain why coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who do not drink coffee, the researchers suggested in a statement from Stanford University.
Emily's List works to get more women elected. Vote Vets helps veterans run for public office. And now “STEM the Divide” will push to have more scientists involved in politics. The initiative, which officially launches Tuesday, was set up by the political action committee 314 Action ("314" for the first three digits of pi, in case it wasn't already clear that nerds are behind this). Inspired by political action committees such as Emily's List, the group says its goal is to connect people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math to the expertise and funds needed to run a successful campaign. “There's nothing in our Constitution that says we can only be governed by attorneys,”
One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on. The man and his boy were but the latest to be lost to a sneaker wave, which are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.
Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017. Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander.
The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology by researcher Takahiro Shimada from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. To catch and tag these sea turtles, they used the rather intense sounding "rodeo method" to get the job done.
Computer scientist David Gelernter, a Yale University professor who has decried the influence of liberal intellectuals on college campuses, is being considered for the role of the Donald Trump's science adviser. Gelernter met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. Gelernter is a pioneer in the field of parallel computation, a type of computing in which many calculations are carried out simultaneously. The programming language he developed in the 1980s, Linda, made it possible to link together several small computers into a supercomputer, significantly increasing the amount and complexity of data that computers can process.
You’re not supposed to look directly at the sun but, if you’re going to insist on it, at least make sure that you’re getting the highest quality, widest angle images possible. The pictures they have taken use something called “multi-conjugate adaptive optics” (MCAO), which capture light from different altitudes in Earth’s atmosphere by way of three deformable mirrors, thereby helping correct some of the temperature-related imaging problems that previously got in the way of our attempts to record such images. To put it simply, consider the hazy image you get when peering through hot exhaust fumes, or the way stars can appear to twinkle in the sky when you look at them.