Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to U.S. coast in 99 years. And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old. There should be absolutely no peeking without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it's time to put them back on. Totality means 100 percent of the sun is covered. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from Oregon, through the Midwestern plains, down to
The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best. You can't convict somebody on similarities, perhaps or maybes,'" Barnes said. He spent the next 20 years in prison before DNA testing exonerated him, becoming one of hundreds of people convicted in whole or in part on forensic science that has come under fire during the past decade. Some of that science — analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads — was once considered sound, but is now being denounced by some lawyers and scientists who say it has not been studied enough to prove its reliability and in some cases has led to wrongful convictions.
When NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 deep into space 40 years ago, each spacecraft brought along a golden record with sights and sounds from Earth, just in case any aliens were to stumble across it.
Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it located the wreckage of the Indianapolis on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean, more than 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) below the surface, the U.S. Navy said in a news release Saturday.
Nothing seems to spark atavism more than a total eclipse, driving humans to behavior like trying to conceive during totality. Thankfully, it also brings out our sciencey side, such as using it to verify Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Google's day-of-the-eclipse Doodle may feature aliens whimsically bouncing the moon across the sun, but its link takes you to a search of "solar eclipse science." In case you're not already prepped, the eclipse starts today at roughly 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. If you're stuck inside for whatever reason, you can still watch it online. For more of the science, whimsy and how-to, here's CNET's complete guide to the solar eclipse.
The Great American Eclipse is finally upon us, and you can watch it live, right here. For the first time in nearly a century, the shadow of the moon will race across the entire continental United States. The first piece of land to experience the total eclipse is near Lincoln City, Ore., where skies will grow dark at 10:15 a.m. local time, according to NASA. Then the darkness will travel southeast, tracing a path through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina before hitting the water again somewhere off the coast of Charleston. That one-way trip will last 93 minutes, NASA says. Even if you’re lucky enough
How tell if your solar eclipse glasses are safe -- according to NASA scientists.
Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today. The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.
Charlestown-based agricultural technology startup Indigo Inc. announced Monday that it is bringing on Jeff Poulton, the chief financial officer of pharmaceutical giant Shire plc, as its own CFO. Poulton will leave Shire at the end of the year, according to the Irish drugmaker. "It has been a privilege to work for Shire and to have played a part in the exceptional growth story of such an inspirational company," Poulton said in a statement. "It has been a difficult decision, but in departing Shire, I wanted to join a smaller organization where I can play a role in building a new company." Check out our slideshow featuring 12 local startups looking to disrupt agriculture. Indigo, which spun out
If your approved solar eclipse glasses didn't come in time or stores near you are sold out, it's not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event. While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you're looking at a reflected image instead of directly at the sun.
With Monsanto Co's latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely. Dicamba, sold under different brand names by BASF and DuPont , can vaporize under certain conditions and the wind can blow it into nearby crops and other plants. The herbicide can damage or even kill crops that have not been genetically engineered to resist it.
Politics and markets no longer intersect, but essentially are occupying the same terrain. After months of not paying attention to the tumult in Washington, Wall Street is now taking notice, and that sets up an interesting week ahead for investors in a month that is often a dull slog lower. All eyes on the White House Friday's surprise exit of Steve Bannon from the Trump administration dominated investor talk. Donald Trump's closest political advisor no longer has access to the Oval Office and takes a controversial and confrontational brand of economic populism with him. The Bannon announcement temporarily pulled the major averages out of a funk that came on top of a steep drop Thursday. However,
Two years ago, a Chinese chip-design expert named Micree Zhan was reading China’s seminal science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, while wrestling with how to create a new processor. He had already designed custom chips for the company he co-founded, Bitmain, that had made it into the world’s leading bitcoin miner, allowing it to dominate the new, hyper-competitive industry of unearthing bitcoins. Now he needed a chip that could launch Bitmain onto a new trajectory, one that would help it master a world-altering technology called deep learning, a branch of artificial intelligence. While performing his nightly meditation, a practice he has kept up for nearly a decade, it suddenly
Computing pioneer Alan Turing’s most pertinent thoughts on machine intelligence come from a neglected paragraph of the same paper that first proposed his famous test for whether a computer could be considered as smart as a human. To handle this question we must, naturally, first turn to bees.
Sorocaba (Brazil) (AFP) - Marcelino is calling to her, but Cecilia cannot be with him. Not yet. He may be handsome, but she has suffered a lot and isn't ready for a relationship.This is not a soap opera. It is just the way things go in a Brazilian refuge
On a recent weekday, Vamsi Komarala guides me up to the rooftop of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, where he teaches physics. Fields of solar panels adorn the buildings. I swipe an index finger across one of the panels to see if weeks of monsoon rains have washed it clean. My finger comes back filthy with grit. Vamsi tells me the panels are washed twice a week, then explains the grime: "That is because in New Delhi, we have a lot of dust." Dust is just one factor. The capital city and much of northern India are routinely shrouded in man-made pollutants. In fact, Delhi vies with Beijing for the dirtiest air in the world. Many of India's 1.3 billion people — a fifth
Okay, you might want to put your solar eclipse glasses on and sit down for this one: Scientists say a giant asteroid will pass by Earth next month, and it’s coming right for us. According to a press release from NASA, “Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on September 1st, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles. Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles is size.” At least they gave her a gorgeous name!
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: August 20, 1960 -- 57 years ago today -- a date that gives new meaning to the expression "dog days of summer." For that was the day space dogs Belka and Strelka returned alive after orbiting the Earth for a day in a Soviet spacecraft. Belka and Strelka were female strays recruited for space travel on the theory that street dogs were a tougher breed than those pampered house pets. Belka and Strelka had the right stuff all right, becoming the first canine cosmonauts to survive an orbital space flight -- clearing the way for Yuri Gagarin to become the first human cosmonaut the following April. Belka and Strelka never left Earth again. Strelka famously
Dressed in a dark blazer and a polka-dot tie, ABC News' Frank Reynolds anchored the network's live coverage of a total solar eclipse 38 years ago. Although the celestial phenomenon on Feb. 26, 1979 was only visible from the Pacific Northwest, it was the last total solar eclipse over the contiguous United States to take place that century -- and just like this year, the rare event captured the imagination of the nation. "Good morning. This is indeed a special events broadcast of a genuine special event," Reynolds said from ABC News' studio in New York City. "The last total eclipse of the sun over the continent this century. The moon is moving between the sun and the earth and across a relatively
“In the grand scheme of things, plate tectonics is a young theory,” says Brian Savage, a seismologist at the University of Rhode Island. “The plate-tectonic theory is 50 or 60 years old. That’s not old. I always tell my students to compare it to evolution—that’s 150 years old, about as old as electricity and magnetism.” In the half century since it found general acceptance among geologists, plate tectonics—the theory that continents drift and oceans open up across the surface of Earth over hundreds of millions of years—has become the common wisdom. Americans know why earthquakes happen and why Africa and South America seem to fit together. And geologists have learned much that has not yet made
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik has published countless studies in prestigious journals. Her work covers how children are more open-minded than adults (and often learn better, as a result), and how they approach the world (in much the same way as scientists). Each finding is significant on its own but, collectively, says Gopnik, she’s working towards solving “the biggest, deepest question in philosophy.” That question is, essentially, how do we have knowledge about what surrounds us? To a layperson, the answer may seem obvious: We have senses to see, hear, and touch. But our senses provide limited, imperfect information. We assume that what we see is an accurate reflection of reality,
At Paris Fashion Week last season, Karl Lagerfeld launched a literal rocket for the finale of his fall 2017 Chanel show, which featured cosmic prints, shimmering silver space boots, and planetary purses. The artist Tom Sachs, who is known for his “Space Program” installations, teamed up with Nike to remake his Mars Yard sneaker. To acquire it, sneakerheads had to complete an arduous “Space Camp” on Governors Island.
Animals have no need of passports or visas, and they don't care about countries' borders — and that’s vividly illustrated by this animated globe. It shows migration routes for about 150 species based on tracking data shared by over 11,000 researchers from around the world. The pink lines follow the movement of animals covering at least 310 miles in one direction for at least 45 days, combining about 8,000 tracks collected over a period of about 10 years. You can see lines extend from Africa to Turkey, all the way up to Europe, as well as from Canada to the United States, and vice versa. Tracking devices have been used by scientists for a long time to study how animals move within local regions
Over the past several years, there has been a clear demand for a more serious, grounded, and darker twist on the superhero genre. It is, after all, making movies based off comic book characters with inherently ridiculous plot lines and powers. Marvel has proven to be extraordinarily skilled at keeping a relatable environment for its movies while being utterly fearless about the lore and backstories of many of its characters, no matter how bizarre or ridiculous.
If your approved solar-eclipse glasses didn't come in time or the store is sold out, it’s not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using some items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event. While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera instead projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you're looking at projection instead of directly at the sun. Sara G. Miller of Space.com shared her easy tips for making a pinhole projector at home with “Good Morning America.” "This is a fun, simple science project that you can do at home, so there’s no reason that you should miss out on the Great American