The FBI admitted Friday that it received a detailed tip about accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz in January, but failed to follow up and investigate. Within hours of the revelation, Florida Gov. Rick Scott demanded FBI Director Christopher Wray’s resignation – despite Wray offering an apology to the family of victims. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.
While NASA is mostly known for studying the outer reaches of our solar system, it's trained countless satellites on Earth, giving scientists a cornucopia of data about our changing planet. But sometimes, science and art aren't so different. In November, NASA's Global Climate Change Group released the most stunning images taken by satellites and astronauts in space. Many of these images are in false color, which scientists use to display images and features that aren't usually visible to the naked eye.
President Donald Trump took a new line of defense in light of the indictment Friday of 13 Russians and three Russian entities on charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In the past, Trump has cast doubt on Russian meddling, regularly calling it a “hoax” despite widespread agreement in the American intelligence community. Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President.
David Nadlinger captured the winning photo of an atom suspended between electric fields using a standard digital single-lens reflex camera, the council that organized the U.K. photography competition announced on Monday.
Elon Musk's space car is headed for a hell of a crash a few million years down the road, a new study suggests. The Tesla Roadster and its driver, a mannequin named Starman, launched on the maiden flight of SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy rocket last week. The car is currently looping around the sun on an elliptical orbit that takes it a little beyond Mars at its farthest point, and back to Earth's orbital distance at its closest. A team of researchers wanted to know the Roadster's ultimate fate, so they performed a series of computer simulations tracking the car's path through the solar system over the next 3 million years. [In Photos: SpaceX's 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Launch Success!] This modeling
Palm oil giant Indonesia is pressing the European Union to abandon plans to apply strict environmental standards to the sector and silence "negative" criticism about the commodity, documents obtained by AFP have revealed. The papers, marked "not for publication" and for distribution only on a "need to know" basis, reflect Jakarta's wish list for a critical industry as the two sides hammer out new rules for a trading relationship worth $35 billion a year. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil -- used in everything from food to cosmetics -- and vast swathes of rainforest have been destroyed to make way for plantations that are the backbone of Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
The Interior Department said in a statement that 50 homes suffered significant structural damage in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, along with other damage to the city hall and main church. The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital. When the quake struck Friday, Maricarmen Trujillo was on the same eighth floor of a Mexico City office building where she rode out a Sept. 19 earthquake that killed 228 people in the capital alone.
People living along the California coast have been treated to a living light show as tiny glowing phytoplankton lit up the waves at Big Sur. Photographers George Krieger and Brian Mack captured the microscopic bioluminescent organisms between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 February 2018. On his Facebook page, Krieger posted a time-lapse of the glowing waves lighting up the night along the coast in Big Sur.
As one of the earliest examples of Viking runes, the comb provides evidence of the birth of the new runic alphabet that came into use around 800 AD. Previously, the Vikings used a more complicated alphabet known as the 24-character futhark. This was reformed in the 8th Century to include just 16 runes. The simplified script spread rapidly across the Viking world, and continued to be used for hundreds of years, long after the Viking heyday. "We are seeing the birth of something major in Scandinavian history," says archaeologist and excavation leader Søren Sindbæk, from Aarhus University, Denmark. "It's a very rare discovery... We were a bit embarrassed that we hadn't even thought about cleaning
Sebewaing police Chief Bill Owens identified the man as 61-year-old Bob Bonini, his wife as 60-year-old Margo Bonini and their daughter as 21-year-old Katelyn Bonini. The family was found dead from gunshot wounds around 1 a.m. Thursday after a family friend asked police to do a well-being check. Bob Bonini owned a carpet- and tile-cleaning company in the village north of Detroit, and he and his wife were prominent members of the community, according to MLive.com.
Fishermen off the coast of Holland made a startling discovery when they hauled in a skull fragment belonging to the “oldest Dutchman.” The fragment dates back over 13,000 years to when the North Sea was a large plain, and not a sea, according to the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. “This discovery yields important clues regarding the colonization and occupation of this vast sunken landscape and the early cultural expressions of the last hunters of the Ice Age,” it explained in a statement. Experts published their analysis of the skull in the journal Antiquity. Found near a dredged navigation channel, the fragment is the left parietal bone of a skull. “It is the oldest find of a modern human
“I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be,” Trump said. While Trump stressed the importance of mental health and school safety improvements, his latest budget request would slash Medicaid, the major source of federal funding for treating mental health problems, and cut school safety programs by more than a third.
SpaceX is preparing to hit another orbital milestone with the launch of a pair of experimental satellites on Sunday that are designed to beam an ultrafast, lag-free Internet connection down to Earth. The test satellites, dubbed Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, are a part of a years-long plan by chief executive Elon Musk to create a fleet of orbiting devices to blanket the globe in wireless broadband connectivity. SpaceX ultimately intends to put about 12,000 broadband satellites in low Earth orbit, and Sunday’s payload will mark the company’s first attempt at realizing the dream. The initial satellites in the network are expected to come online next year. Satellite broadband is already available.
Washington, D.C., has issued a permit allowing Elon Musk's Boring Company to do preparatory and excavation work in what is now a parking lot north of the National Mall. The permit, reported Friday by the Washington Post, was issued way back on November 29th of 2017. The permit is part of an exploratory push by the city's Department of Transportation, which according to a spokesperson is examining the feasibility of digging a Hyperloop network under the city.
You don't need me to tell you how exciting or important Marvel Studio's Black Panther has become. It's one of the most anticipated films of the year — and broke records for pre-release ticket sales. The story of a black superhero who is king of an African nation that is the most technologically sophisticated society on Earth has struck a deep cord in a country being reminded, once again, of the long, sad place of racism in its cultural fabric. Many excellent writers have unpacked the significance of Black Panther for Black Americans (examples are here and here). But there is another place comics hold in our collective imagination: The link between science and the hero. My own story runs deeply
A kayak safety expert and legal analysts tell ABC News' "20/20" that case against Graswald is weak.
In the aftermath of a Florida school shooting, gun control advocates and others have repeatedly brought up the financial contributions from the National Rifle Association to criticize lawmakers for their inaction. NRA member Arly Richau, a 67-year-old attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona, said that people like him are the real backbone of the group.
This aircraft is designed to travel faster than the speed of sound, and to do so relatively quietly, without sending sonic boom sound waves into unsuspecting neighborhoods thousands of feet below. If NASA has its way, the first X-Plane — a prototype — will take flight for the first time in 2021, according to the budget. An artist's conception of what NASA's X-Plane might look like.
Friday marks the start of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, China’s biggest holiday. Here’s what you need to know about the Chinese New Year. When is the Chinese New Year?
Discovering ancient cities typically involves countless hours of digging. The method, which is called light detection and ranging scanning (LiDAR), uses a combination of aerial light pulses and GPS to create a 3D map. “If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations up there, which is [about] the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan,” Chris Fisher, an archaeologist at Colorado State University, told The Guardian.
While the majority of Americans consistently report that they disapprove of President Trump, and millions rally to protest the Muslim Ban, attacks on the Affordable Care Act and anti-immigrant policies, one group has not wavered in its support of Trump: his faith advisors. Jerry Falwell, Jr. has celebrated Trump as a “dream president” and Franklin Graham said “God’s hand intervened” to elect him.
If you need another example of scientific establishment’s deteriorating credibility since the election of Donald Trump, here it is: The world’s largest science organization is bestowing a top honor on a climate propagandist who spends lots of his time making hateful, inflammatory comments about the president, his family, his administration and GOP lawmakers on social media. Michael Mann, a Penn State University professor and infamous author of the so-called “hockey stick” graph to show the planet is warming, will receive the 2018 “Public Engagement with Science” award by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this weekend. The award will recognize Mann’s “tireless efforts
Yep, it looks like you probably got your brains from mum, not dad. A large study by researchers from Glasgow's Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit looked at over 12,000 young people between the ages of 14 and 22 to determine which factors affect intelligence, including socio-economic status and education.
Scientists have brought lightsabers one step closer to reality, by creating a new type of “interactive” light. Normally, light beams simply pass through each other, but researchers have found a way to get photons – which emit light – to interact with each other. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually a simple concept. First, imagine taking two flashlights into a dark room, and then shining them so that their beams cross each other. You’d notice that absolutely nothing happens. The photons that make up the light beams pass each other by, rather than interacting. That’s a big reason why the lightsabers from “Star Wars,” seem so impossible because scientists have struggled to find a way to make
A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau’s parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born. The Feb. 1 suicide of Castro’s oldest son, Fidelito, spurred the most recent report on several sites, claiming that Fidelito left a suicide note referring to Justin Trudeau as his half-brother.