Science

  • Bear hunt resumes, firearms only, after upright bear's death
    Associated Press

    Bear hunt resumes, firearms only, after upright bear's death

    Hunters have headed out across parts of the state for the second half of this year's bear hunt following the apparent death of a bear that walked upright like a human. Hunters killed 562 bears during October's six-day hunt, which was limited to bows and arrows and muzzle-loading guns, and 23 percent of them were previously tagged bears. New Jersey approved resuming the bear hunt in 2003 after more than 30 years.

  • AP PHOTOS: Top feature photos of 2016 from Associated Press
    Washington Post

    AP PHOTOS: Top feature photos of 2016 from Associated Press

    Associated Press photographers captured sunrises, sunsets and magical moments in between in a selection of 2016’s top feature photos. Some of the stunning images include a launch of a Soyuz spacecraft bringing a new group of astronauts to the International Space Station and another of a Soyuz descending through the clouds with a crew on board making the return trip home. Two of the world’s most famous landmarks are included as the AP shot a surreal image of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer silhouetted by the rising sun in July ahead of the 2016 Olympics. A highlight of 2016’s feature photos may be a picture that captures the delight of a young girl as she watches an owl feed at a London museum in March.

  • Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris
    AFP

    Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

    Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit. Two pieces, including a large spherical object, were found by herders over the weekend, while another was discovered in the courtyard of a residential house on Monday, said the region's head Sholban Karaa-ool, warning people not to touch any metal debris. Regional sanitation officials "inspected the spot where two pieces of the spacecraft were found in the Ulug-Khem district, on the side of the mountain and near a yurt," Kara-ool said on his official website.

  • Will President Trump quash scientific progress in America?
    The Week

    Will President Trump quash scientific progress in America?

    The election of Donald Trump has the global scientific community in panic mode. "I am simply stunned," Neal Lane, a Democrat who led the National Science Foundation and served as White House science adviser under President Bill Clinton, told Science. "Trump's election does not bode well for science or most anything else of value." Recently, a group of more than 2,000 scientists wrote an open letter imploring the president-elect not to neglect scientific inquiry during his tenure. Much of this panic stems from Trump's perceived lack of interest in science and fact-based evidence. After all, this is a man who once called climate change a "hoax" created by the Chinese. But what could a Trump presidency

  • Reuters

    U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology

    The U.S. patent agency on Tuesday will hear arguments in a heated dispute over who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Hundreds of millions of dollars may be at stake, as the technology promises commercial applications in treating genetic diseases, engineering crops, and other areas. CRISPR works as a type of molecular scissors that can trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace them with new stretches of DNA.

  • A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is sinking — here's why it probably won't fall
    Business Insider

    A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is sinking — here's why it probably won't fall

    On November 25, new satellite images revealed that San Francisco's Millennium Tower can be seen sinking from space. Recent data provided by the European Space Agency suggests the building will continue to sink at a rate of two inches per year. The building's developers, Millennium Partners, hired engineers to drill holes around the building in order to test soil samples and figure out why the tower is sinking and what can be done to prevent it from sinking further.

  • Associated Press

    Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

    Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. Farmers in the south started some seed-planting because of the recent rainfall, but those seeds could be wasted if there is no more rain to help crops grow, Joshua Poole, the Madagascar representative for Catholic Relief Services, said Tuesday. Many households in southern Madagascar are begging and selling land and belongings to survive, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.

  • ABC News

    Rhode Island School of Design Works With NASA on Mars Suit

    When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue. Staff members and students at the Rhode Island School of Design have come up with a new, adjustable suit that closely resembles an actual space suit. Real space suits are designed to work in zero gravity, meaning they're too expensive and too heavy to use at the NASA-funded Mars simulation mission in Hawaii. The simulated space suits that are used instead wear out quickly and aren't all that comfortable. They're small and provide poor ventilation. The new suit, unveiled

  • Associated Press

    Study: Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in US

    Extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study. Scientists have long pointed out that warmer air holds more moisture, so man-made climate change will increase the frequency of extreme downpours. Study lead author Andreas Prein, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research , said the entire U.S. will average a 180 percent increase in these types of downpours by 2100.

  • Google Maps imagery is about to get even better thanks to a new eye in the sky
    Digital Trends

    Google Maps imagery is about to get even better thanks to a new eye in the sky

    Just when you thought Google Maps couldn’t get any better, up pops imagery specialist DigitalGlobe with the first aerial picture from its recently launched WorldView-4 satellite. Snapped from 617 kilometers (383 miles) above Earth at the end of last month, the pin-sharp picture shows Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, a venue that played a part in the 1964 Olympics and which is set to see more action in the 2020 Games. The WorldView-4 joins four other DigitalGlobe satellites orbiting Earth, each one beaming high-res imagery back to a range of clients in fields that include not only map makers but also defense and intelligence agencies, environmental organizations, and, when required, disaster and emergency responders.

  • Reel Big: 112-Pound Catfish Caught in North Carolina
    LiveScience.com

    Reel Big: 112-Pound Catfish Caught in North Carolina

    A gigantic, 112-lb. (50 kilograms) catfish was reeled in by a North Carolina man the day before Thanksgiving, according to local news reports. The man, Riahn Brewington, caught the massive fish in the northeast section of Cape Fear River in North Carolina, local ABC affiliate WWAY reported. Brewington said he could tell the catch was big, but he had only a 10-lb. (4.5 kg) line on his fishing rod.

  • In 1985, a Freak Accident Caused a Russian Nuclear Submarine to Explode (And the Radiation Still Lingers)
    The National Interest

    In 1985, a Freak Accident Caused a Russian Nuclear Submarine to Explode (And the Radiation Still Lingers)

    In 1985, a Soviet submarine undergoing a delicate refueling procedure experienced a freak accident that killed ten naval personnel. The fuel involved was not diesel, but nuclear, and the resulting environmental disaster contaminated the area with dangerous, lasting radiation. The incident, which remained secret until after the demise of the USSR itself, was one of many nuclear accidents the Soviet Navy experienced during the Cold War. The Soviet Union’s nuclear war planners had a difficult time targeting the United States. While the United States virtually encircled the enormous socialist country with nuclear missiles in countries such as Turkey and Japan, the Western Hemisphere offered no refuge

  • Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin to stay in New Zealand until lungs clear
    Reuters

    Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin to stay in New Zealand until lungs clear

    Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has been advised by doctors to stay in New Zealand until fluid from his lungs clears, days after he was evacuated from the South Pole as his condition worsened. The 86-year-old adventurer who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday because of congestion in his lungs. "I am being very well looked after in Christchurch.

  • Musk And Google Open Their AI Platforms
    International Business Times

    Musk And Google Open Their AI Platforms

    Both Google and OpenAI announced plans to open-source their deep learning code Monday. Elon Musk’s OpenAI released Universe, a software platform for measuring and training an AI’s general intelligence across games, websites and other applications. DeepMind may have defeated a world champion at the difficult game Go, but to advance its learning further, Alphabet says that AI agents require more detailed environments to help with AI research.

  • It’s normal to think most people agree with you, but it might just be in your head
    Hello Giggles

    It’s normal to think most people agree with you, but it might just be in your head

    Your family also loves anchovy pizza—growing up, that’s all you ever ordered. You want to celebrate your team’s recent accomplishments, so you order something they’ll surely love: anchovy pizza. The false-consensus effect is a cognitive bias that was coined by researcher Lee Ross and his colleagues in 1976.

  • Uber Creates AI Lab, Buying Startup Geometric Intelligence
    Bloomberg

    Uber Creates AI Lab, Buying Startup Geometric Intelligence

    Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy startup Geometric Intelligence Inc. to help the ride-hailing company create a new artificial-intelligence research lab.  The startup had 15 employees and was developing new machine-learning techniques inspired by cognitive science that rely on less data. Chief Executive Officer Gary Marcus, an author and professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, will head the new research effort, called Uber AI Labs. The lab will report to Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer. It will try to improve the algorithms Uber uses to match drivers with passengers, and seek new techniques for building self-driving cars. An Uber spokesman declined to say

  • ABC News

    Plans to Restore NASA Mission Control Room Remain in Limbo

    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center for the Apollo missions, when man first reached the moon, have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo with no set date for work to begin. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities, too — including the space flights managed in the large, active building where the control room is located. The room was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and retired seven years later. The Houston Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/2g87794 ) reports that in the room that

  • Over half of Med's shark and ray species 'at risk of extinction'
    AFP

    Over half of Med's shark and ray species 'at risk of extinction'

    Over half of the Mediterranean's shark and ray species are at risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Monday, blaming overfishing for plummeting numbers. Of the 72 known species of sharks and rays that exist in the Mediterranean, 39 face "an elevated risk of extinction", the conservation group said in a report released in Spain. Twenty species -- 12 shark species and eight ray species -- are "critically endangered", or one step away from extinction, according to the report.

  • Private German moon mission to inspect Apollo 17 rover
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    Private German moon mission to inspect Apollo 17 rover

    A team of scientists in Germany has developed a lunar rover that will soon fly to the moon and visit the legendary Apollo 17 Lunar Rover Vehicle.

  • Associated Press

    Vermont rules to keep farm pollution from lake take effect

    Vermont farmers are facing new rules to prevent runoff into Lake Champlain, which some call the biggest change to the industry in their lifetime. The new agricultural practices, with took effect Monday, include rules for small farm certification, storing and spreading of manure, planting cover crops to improve soil and prevent erosion, and expanding vegetated buffer zones on fields near water and ditches. The rules are part of Vermont's commitment to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain, which has been plagued by toxic algae blooms.

  • Driving home from night shift may be safer with light therapy
    Fox News

    Driving home from night shift may be safer with light therapy

    Exhausted shift workers may be safer driving home at night when they're exposed to bright light before they hit the road, a small study suggests. To test the effect of light therapy on driving, researchers did a series of three experiments with 19 adults. In two scenarios, participants spent a night being sleep-deprived in a lab and then spent 45 minutes in dim or bright light before a driving test. For a third test, people got a good nights' sleep at home and then went to the lab for 45 minutes of bright light exposure before a driving test. More on this... After sleep deprivation in the lab, five people exposed to dim light therapy got in car accidents during the driving simulations. None of

  • You are your own charger — the Matrix PowerWatch powered solely by body heat
    Digital Trends

    You are your own charger — the Matrix PowerWatch powered solely by body heat

    It’s the world’s first to harnesses natural body heat to maintain a charge. “It converts heat energy to electricity,” Akram Bokai, Matrix Industries co-founder and CEO told Digital Trends. The PowerWatch relies on something called the Seebeck effect, the same scientific principle on which NASA based the Voyager spacecraft and the Mars rover Curiosity.

  • Stolen Mummy Hand Makes Its Way Home
    LiveScience.com

    Stolen Mummy Hand Makes Its Way Home

    In addition to the eighth-century-B.C. mummy hand, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, also returned intricately painted ancient sarcophagi in a ceremony at the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (Dec. 1). "While we recognize that cultural property, art and antiquities are assigned a dollar value in the marketplace, the cultural and symbolic worth of these Egyptian treasures far surpasses any monetary value to the people of Egypt," ICE Director Sarah Saldaña said during her remarks. ICE launched "Operation Mummy's Curse" in 2009 to bust a network of antiquities smugglers bringing illicit artifacts from other countries into the United States.

  • Fluid that protects your brain could blind astronauts
    CNET

    Fluid that protects your brain could blind astronauts

    Going to space is pretty bad for your health. A day or so won't do you much harm, but for astronauts spending longer periods in microgravity, all sorts of dreadful things start happening to your body, such as bone density loss and muscular atrophy. Another one of those things is vision impairment. Closer examination revealed that astronauts with blurry vision had eyeballs that were flattened at the back, and inflamed optic nerves. This condition is known as visual impairment intracranial pressure, and was thought to have been caused by an increase in vascular fluid in the skull putting pressure on the eyes. As astronauts enter microgravity, the fluid in their bodies usually controlled by gravity