The Miami Herald obtained records from Florida’s Department of Children and Families and reported Saturday that Nikolas Cruz posted a video on the social media network Snapchat showing him cutting his arms in 2016. “Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms,” the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016. “Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms.
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.
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
The FBI has revealed it received at least two separate tips about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. Here’s everything the FBI says it knew before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Ben Bennight, a video blogger on YouTube, told CNN he reported the comment at the time, leading to an interview with agent.
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 The papers, marked "not for publication" and for distribution only on a "need to know" basis, reflect Jakarta's wish list for a critical industry as the two sides hammer out new rules for a trading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.
A "lost" Mexican city built by rivals to the Aztecs has as many buildings as Manhattan and was home to around 100,000 people, according to new research. The sprawling urban centre of Angamuco which was part of the Purépecha empire that peaked in the 16th century was detected by an aerial laser mapping technique called the Lidar system. An aircraft beamed out laser pulses and experts later examined the signals that bounced back from the ground, which helped them pull together a 3D map of the city near modern day Morelia in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico.
A kayak safety expert and legal analysts tell ABC News' "20/20" that case against Graswald is weak.
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
“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.
NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched for the purpose of finding new objects, like planets, far off in space, and it has done its job so incredibly well astronomers now have more new planets than they know what to do with. Researchers just announced latest batch of worlds that Kepler has detected, numbering a whopping 95, and pushing the space telescope’s total tally to over 2,400 new planets. The Kepler telescope is currently in an extended mission phase after already completing its primary mission and discovering thousands of new worlds.
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.
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
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.
Does a bear leave scat in the woods? A study by Oregon State University researchers concludes that brown and black bears, and not birds, as commonly thought, are primary distributers of small fruit seeds in southeast Alaska, spreading the seeds through their excrement. "Bears are essentially like farmers," said Taal Levi, an Oregon State assistant professor.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., bore many of the hallmarks of the other school shootings that have shocked the nation over the course of the last weeks, months and years. Among those similarities was the weapon used by accused shooter Nikolas Cruz: the AR-15. This semiautomatic version of the U.S. military’s M-16 infantry rifle and similar weapons have been used in most of the deadliest mass shootings in the last decade, including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In some states like Florida, they’re easier to buy than a handgun.
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.
Winter Olympic ice sports depend on this one fact: Ice is slippery. The low friction of ice is why speedskaters can reach 35 mph, why figure skaters can twirl in dizzying circles, and why a 40-pound curling stone can glide and accomplish whatever the heck the point of curling is. But for much of the past two centuries, scientists have struggled to explain why, exactly, ice is slippery — and why skates can glide atop it so well. One obstacle: Skates on ice are surprisingly hard to study. You can’t see what’s happening when a blade is cutting through the ice because the blade obscures the view. And the ice layers that skates glide on are microscopically thin. So scientists have to rely on their
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
If you've been lucky enough to catch sight of an aurora, it probably looked like a glowing green curtain dancing across the sky. Normal auroras are trapped around the poles, at about the latitude of Alaska and Scandinavia. Chorus waves are one of a few different types of plasma waves.
NASA scientists captured images of a supernova, or an exploding star, for the first time on March 21, 2016 and we are totally transfixed by the video. While NASA has been able to see supernovae for some time, they were only capable of obtaintaing video of the ephemeral flash by monitoring 500 galaxies every 30 minutes for three years. And we're so elated they did. Scientists used a Keplar space telescope to catch the star as it burst — it's the same telescope that has successfully discovered thousands of other planets. The supernova in the video, technically named KSN 2011d, is a red supergiant, which has the greatest volume of all the star classifications though they are not the biggest stars
Easter and other major Christian and Jewish holidays have disappeared from Apple's iCal app for iPhone users running iOS 11.2.5. It's unclear if the missing Jewish holidays and lack of a Christian calendar are a software glitch or an oversight on Apple's part.
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.
The third Monday of February, which many Americans know as Presidents’ Day, is supposed to be a time to remember George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday. For other presidents, the matter of memorability is quite a different story, two recent studies have shown. For a 2014 study published the journal Science, psychology researchers Henry L. Roediger and K. Andrew DeSoto had nearly 500 adults ages 18-64 write down the names of as many presidents as they could remember in five minutes, and the order in which they served, on a blank sheet of paper.