Chanting “Oh America, you are the Great Satan,” while pumping their fists in the air, men, women and children marched through streets of Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags, as well as the militant group’s yellow banners. At the rally, called to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said he hoped the “foolish decision” would mark the “beginning of the end” of the Jewish state.
Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 meters) long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms). If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 5-foot-3 (1.6 meters). The newly found bird is about 7 inches (18 centimeters) longer than any other ancient penguin that has left a substantial portion of a skeleton,
The Earth hums, and scientists have for the first time recorded the sound in the ocean. Using seismometers in the Indian Ocean, researchers picked up on the sound that is way, way too low for mere human ears to hear, reports Live Science. No recording is available, but a Columbia University scientist not involved with the study in Geophysical Research Letters gives National Geographic a rough description: "It's like taking a piano and slamming all the keys at the same time," says Spahr Webb. "Except they're not nice harmonics. They're oddball frequencies." And ultra-low ones: Specifically, the hum is between 2.9 and 4.5 millihertz, and humans can only begin hearing things at about 20 hertz, or
President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery." The move, Trump said, "marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration." "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," he said, "we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond." Past presidents, including George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, have also proposed returning to the moon and missions
Facing a special election in Alabama that has been among the most bizarre in recent memory, everyone from pundits to pollsters has thrown up their hands about who will win. Some polls have showed Democrat Doug Jones with a clear advantage over embattled Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused by 9 women of sexual misconduct in the past month. Election analysts such as Stuart Rothenberg to Charlie Cook have rated the race a true tossup that could go either way, while several pollsters have released multiple projections based on different models of which voters will turn out.
Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson created the photo using data from Juno’s JunoCam imager. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back an incredible animation of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide storm. ‘One of the most basic questions about Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is: how deep are the roots?’ said Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and drifted away from where they were sprayed.
After another brutal rape and murder of a young Indian girl, demonstrators have gathered in the northern state of Haryana to protest the failure of police to identify a culprit days after the crime, BBC reports.
The Trump administration's mixed views on climate change notwithstanding, a group of federal scientists on Tuesday released a stark report on the warming at the top of the planet, suggesting that it is unparalleled in more than a millennium. "The Arctic is going through the most unprecedented transition in human history, and we need better observations to understand and predict how these changes will affect everyone, not just the people of the north," Jeremy Mathis, director of the Arctic Research Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a presentation at the 2017 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans. Mathis was unveiling the 2017 Arctic Report
Russian troops will soon begin exiting Syria under new orders from President Vladimir Putin, who made an unannounced visit to the war-torn country Monday. “I order the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases,” Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying, according to the BBC. “I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he added.
In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams. Having failed to secure the rights to science fiction serial "Flash Gordon," Lucas set out to create his own galaxy, far, far away. Even then, it featured a spacefaring princess, dog fights, warrior monks, and a Manichean battle between good and evil. But movie bosses were skeptical. "How could he realize this universe?" was the question asked by financers. The answer lay close to home. "From the beginning, George and production illustrator Ralph McQuarrie
A tick discovered encased in amber likely feasted on the blood of feathered dinosaurs as many as 99 million years ago, a new report says. A study, published in Nature Communications on Tuesday, helped scientists determine what ticks feasted on before mammals evolved. Ticks, which were already known to be ancient critters, are commonly associated with biting mammals and humans. The scientists based their studies on amber specimens discovered in Burma. In one of the pieces, a tick was located next to a feather that belonged to a dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period, NPR reported. The Cretaceous Period began about 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago, according to the Enclyclopedia
Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom". Two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement to avert worst-case climate change, banks and companies announced billions of dollars of intended divestments from coal, oil and natural gas at a finance-themed climate summit. "We are losing the battle" against climate change, French President Emmanuel Macron told delegates.
Stephen Colbert weighed in on the New York City bomb attack Monday, during his nightly monologue on the Late Show aired only hours after the 27-year-old suspect was arrested. Around 7:20 a.m. on Monday, a man authorities later identified as Akayed Ullah partially detonated an improvised explosive device that was attached to his body at an underground walkway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square. At least four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast, which also caused panic among morning commuters.
President Trump speaks before signing a policy directive instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to 'refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery.'
SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station by at least another few days. The company now aims to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA on Friday. The unmanned Falcon rocket originally flew in June. The Dragon capsule made a space station shipment in 2015. This will be the first launch in more than a year from this Florida pad, the scene of a rocket explosion in 2016. Late Tuesday, SpaceX pushed back the launch for the second day in a row, saying it needs to rid the second-stage fuel system of unwanted particles. Liftoff had been scheduled for Tuesday, then Wednesday. If the Falcon isn't flying by Friday, SpaceX will have to wait until late December at NASA's
Pistorius sustained a minor injury in an alleged assault at the Attridgevill Correctional Centre last week, Singabakho Nxumalo of the Department of Correctional Services told The Associated Press. Pistorius had a medical checkup and was found to have a bruise, said Nxumalo, who added that the incident is being investigated. The disagreement broke out between Pistorius and another inmate over use of a public telephone, he said.
A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet. Using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the 100 million dollar research project Breakthrough Listen will observe an asteroid named 'Oumuamua for 10 hours on Wednesday. 'Oumuamua, formally known as 1I/2017 U1, is the first object discovered in the solar system that appears to originate from another star system.
Aides for San Francisco Supervisor London Breed were answering the phone differently by early Tuesday morning. Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s leader since 2011 and the first Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco, died unexpectedly during the night. Lee was 65 years old.
Officials at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are flipping the switch on an interim ventilation system this week, allowing mining to resume for the first time since a 2014 radiation release contaminated part of the facility. Bruce Covert, president of the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the federal government, said testing was done and the U.S. Energy Department approved starting up the air handling system. "We have not done mining in over three years, so the good news is we're going to walk before we run," Covert said at a recent public meeting.
On Sept. 10, 1770, the skies above China, Korea and Japan turned an eerie red, and for eight more nights these glowing red auroras lingered. For nearly three centuries, this mysterious event was lost to history. Now, researchers poring through palace diaries and other historical documents from East Asia have rediscovered the bizarre phenomenon, and have proposed a likely cause: A giant magnetic storm that rivaled the most powerful one on record, the so-called Carrington Event of 1859. (Geomagnetic storms occur when solar eruptions hit Earth's magnetosphere, the shell of electrically charged particles trapped by Earth's magnetic field.) If a similarly massive magnetic storm hit Earth now, it could wreak
“Let’s just meet,” Tillerson said in a speech to Washington’s Atlantic Council think tank, presenting a new diplomatic overture amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile advances and harsh rhetoric between the two sides. “The president’s views on North Korea have not changed,” the White House said.
Popular television shows such as the “Law & Order,” “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises glorify forensic science as a magical, near-flawless tool for identifying criminals. Not surprisingly, Hollywood’s depiction of forensic science needs a reality makeover. The “CSI effect” is well-documented. As long ago as 2009, scientists with the National Research Council noted that no forensic method (except for nuclear DNA analysis) can reliably and consistently connect evidence to a specific individual or source. More recently, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported that pattern-matching forensic procedures are unreliable. The Innocence Project has exonerated many hundreds of
Tasmanian tigers suffered from limited genetic diversity long before they were hunted to extinction, a study of DNA has found. Australian scientists sequenced the genome of the native marsupial, also known as the thylacine. It showed the species, alive until 1936, would have struggled to survive even without human contact. The research also provides further insights into the marsupial's unique appearance. "Even if we hadn't hunted it to extinction, our analysis showed that the thylacine was in very poor [genetic] health," said lead researcher Dr Andrew Pask, from the University of Melbourne. "The population today would be very susceptible to diseases, and would not be very healthy." He said problems
Death is a universal truth, yet not everyone believes the same truth about what happens when we die. Some are faithful to a long-standing religious belief, while others prefer to rely on scientific developments and research to explain the afterlife (or lack thereof). So, what actually happens when we die? Religious leaders have dedicated their lives to explore some of the highly debated theories on what comes next, meanwhile, real survivors of near-death experiences have given scientists new ideas about what the “afterlife” really entails (page 13). There’s a light at the end of the ‘tunnel’ About 4% of the world’s population has reported having a near-death experience. Many of the phenomena