“The empire doesn’t dominate us here,” Maduro said in a televised address, giving charge d’affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave the country. Maduro said in his speech that Robinson and Naranjo, whom he referred to as the head of the CIA in Venezuela, both personally pressured several anti-government presidential aspirants not to compete in the race.
On May 4, fissures along the east of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano ripped opened, releasing bubbling lava onto the landscape. SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. On Saturday, officials reported the first known injury after Kilauea's eruption, when lava splatter hit a man standing on his balcony.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he's no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science along the way. Besides, he says, his kids think it's one of the coolest things he's ever done.
"I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that," he added. Schatz then asked Bridenstine if he agreed "with the scientific consensus, which includes many NASA researchers, that the climate is changing and humans are the leading cause. Bridenstine again said he did, and, when asked by Schatz, agreed that it was accurate to call it an evolution of his views. He also said, when asked by Schatz, that he would commit to funding, independence and integrity of climate science at NASA "without question." Schatz thanked Bridenstine for his answers and said he wanted to recognize the administrator's "evolution on this issue." "I think it's essential for one of the premier science agencies
Portland State University researchers who published an article three years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine about the presence of previously undiscovered forms of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor revisited their research and found that formaldehyde risks were even higher than they originally thought. The 2015 study by PSU chemistry professors David Peyton, Robert Strongin, James Pankow and others revealed that e-cigarette vapor can contain the new forms of formaldehyde at levels five to 15 times higher than the formaldehyde in regular cigarettes. The chemicals were detected when the vaping device used in their experiments was set at the high end of its heat settings. Formaldehyde is
A U.K.-based fashion designer and her boyfriend have been found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old French nanny, after firefighters discovered her burnt remains in their garden in southwest London last September. Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, starved and tortured Sophie Lionnet for weeks before her death in 2017, sometimes recording her on a mobile phone, investigators testified. The brutality of the case has shocked Britain and played out in national headlines.
For the past 20 years, towns in southwestern France have been invaded by giant cloned flatworms, and no one noticed. A paper published in the journal PeerJ reports the widespread existence of five species of long, hammer-headed worms. Two of them are unknown to science, and some grow up to 40 centimetres, eat earthworms and should be considered, say the authors, “as active predators [that] constitute a danger to native fauna wherever they are introduced”. Using reports by citizen scientists compiled between 1999 and 2017, a team headed by Jean-Lou Justine from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris identifies the invading creatures as land planarians – flatworms that belong to two genera, Bipalium and Diversibipalium.
Michael Rotondo, the 30-year-old whose parents resorted to legal action to evict him from their home, is confused about whether he is a millennial. To be fair, Rotondo is having a hard week. Now, Rotondo is working to figure out his next move—and part of that involved a truly bizarre interview with CNN on Wednesday.
National weather and wildfire experts say the American Southwest is one of the regions hardest hit by drought as many areas have received just a fraction of their normal precipitation while temperatures have climbed. Climatologist Brian Fuchs with National Drought Mitigation Center painted a grim picture Wednesday as he used a series of maps to depict the dryness that has consumed the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. Fuchs says some areas in the four states are seeing near-record to record dryness.
(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration will take
A 310-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras. Bronze cannons confirmed "the holy grail of shipwrecks" had been found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. They are engraved with dolphins – a telltale sign they belong to the Spanish galleon San Jose, lost more than 300 years ago. "I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled," said Jeff Kaeli, a research engineer with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Kaeli was alone in his bunk on the search vessel when he spotted the cannons. "I'm not a
Scientific studies have never found a monster – but that hasn’t stopped Nessie fans regularly sighting the beast. University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell will take 300 samples from the lake, and filter it for organic material.
An ancient Native American village in Louisiana is revealing its secrets thanks to new research. The study of ancient mound builders who lived in the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers fresh insight into how the settlements emerged and why they were abandoned. Experts studied a site known as Grand Caillou, one of hundreds of ancient mounds in coastal Louisiana that were built near waterways. Radiocarbon dating, carbon-isotope analysis, and sediment analysis were used to date the site, along with ceramics found at Grand Caillou. "We wanted to understand at a deeper level how Indigenous peoples of the coast were choosing where to build their villages," said University of
The carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the atmosphere at a rate of 2.4 million pounds per second is sapping the nutrients in a major food source for 2 billion people, a big study published Wednesday found. It’s the latest sign that we’re not just changing the climate by burning fossil fuels; we’re also changing the food we eat. Essential nutrients found in rice, including protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, are all poised to drop, according to the study in Science Advances. And that could be dangerous for people who count on the grain as their main source of nourishment. Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere keep climbing — the monthly average for global CO2 concentration topped 410 parts per
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined. Brown, who is African-American, says the incident was “an attempt at police intimidation” and that it “shouldn’t happen to anybody.” Meanwhile, community groups in Milwaukee are weighing in, too — criticizing police for how they handled Brown. Morales’ apology on Wednesday came as police released body-camera footage that showed how a simple interaction over an illegally parked car quickly escalated.
Just in time for summer, Adam Housley showcases the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven, the Monument 4 Burner Propane Gas Grill, the Grillbot and the Kool Kombi '66 Beverage Cooler.
Britain blames Russia for poisoning them with a military-grade nerve agent — a charge Russia vehemently denies. The poisoning has sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Yulia was discharged from a local hospital last month, and her father last week.
An artist’s rendering of NOAA’s next-generation satellite series. (NOAA) It’s only been a few weeks since operators moved NOAA’s newest satellite into position in space and started testing its data, but a problem was immediately apparent. The satellite’s primary weather-monitoring instrument — the Advanced Baseline Imager — was not performing to specifications for about six hours each day. The project scientists found it was running too hot. “The cooling system is an integral part of the [Advanced Baseline Imager] and did not start up properly during the on-orbit checkout,” NOAA said in a statement on Wednesday. “The issue affects the infrared and near-infrared channels on the instrument. The
President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE is set to sign a directive on Thursday ordering federal agencies to implement reforms aimed at reducing restrictions on commercial space companies. The measure, the second Trump has signed as president, directs administration officials to carry out recommendations made by the National Space Council earlier this year, a White House official told The Hill. The suggested regulations include reforming the commercial space-launch licensing process through the Department of Transportation and consolidating existing offices into a “one-stop shop” housed in the Department of Commerce that would handle space-related regulatory requests.
Archaeologists made a gruesome discovery when they unearthed an ancient burial site filled with thousands of bones — later identified as victims of a battle fought 2,000 years ago in northern Europe between "barbarian" Germanic tribes. The mass grave, located at the Alken Enge wetlands in Jutland, Denmark "provides the earliest direct archaeological evidence of large-scale conflict among the Germanic populations," a new study in the peer-reviewed journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS) explained. The skeletal remains gave officials a clearer picture of little-known post-battle rituals in the Iron Age, revealing what winning sides did with fallen soldiers' bodies after the war.
Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported. Rotondo told reporters he’ll appeal.
A beach-ball-size jellyfish that looks like a cross between an alien ghost and a pinkish cosmetic bag was captured in a rare video taken by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean. The ROV, dubbed Hercules, recorded the unusual jellyfish — named Deepstaria enigmatica after the Deepstar 4000, a deep-sea submersible designed by the French explorer Jacques Cousteau — off the coast of Mexico's San Benedicto Island in the Pacific Ocean in November 2017, according to a new study published in the May 9 issue of the journal American Museum Novitates. "It's just this crazy, weird alien thing," lead study researcher David Gruber, a professor of biology at the City University
Our ancient ancestor Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis fossil, lived between 3 million and 4 million years ago and had a body in the realm between modern human and animal. The Australopithecus pelvis and leg bones are similar to ours, and A. afarensis likely stood upright, like us. But they were extremely different in a hugely important way: They had relatively tiny brains — nearly three times smaller than today’s Homo sapiens version. This is one of the great questions in human evolution: What happened to make the small, early brains of Lucy and her kind balloon into the smarty-pants, socially adept noggins we have today? Large brains are the defining characteristic of our species.
Last August, nearly 100 Hindu villagers were massacred, their bodies found buried in mass graves in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state. The Myanmar military blamed a Muslim Rohingya insurgent group known as ARSA, while the militants pinned the slaughter on the largely Buddhist state security forces. A new report by Amnesty International holds the insurgents responsible for the bloodshed.
It’s pretty hard to feel bad for the $100 billion pesticide industry, but according to Reuters, it’s feeling scared. The monster under its bed? Weed-wacking robots that use artificial intelligence to individually decimate wayward plants. This plant-by-plant weed-killing approach is a threat to the business models of companies like Monsanto, which has invested a great deal in developing genetically modified (GM) crops. Those crops are resistant to Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which can then be sprayed over entire fields, laying to waste everything but the GM plants. Solar-powered, AI-driven robots like the one created by EcoRobotix, which Reuters describes as looking like “a table on wheels,”