The quake also grounded flights in and out of Osaka and paralyzed traffic and commuter trains most of the day. By evening, bullet trains and some local trains had resumed operation, and stations were swollen with commuters trying to get home, many of them waiting in long lines. Some commuters took refuge in nearby shelters instead of going home.
Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler was arrested Monday in connection with parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to suppress evidence. The dramatic development comes a week after Munich prosecutors raided Stadler's home after charging him with fraud and falsifying documents that allowed diesel vehicles equipped with cheating software to be sold to European customers. Four police officers detained the Audi boss at his home at between 6 and 7 am, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors told AFP, saying that the arrest was justified as he is suspected of "seeking to influence witnesses or other suspects".
President Donald Trump signed the third space directive of his presidency Monday, urging the Defense Department and Commerce Department to step up the United States' ability to track objects in space and protect against the increasing threat from debris in orbit around the Earth. The U.S. military is already tracking more than 23,000 objects in space around the Earth. According to AGI, a company which provides software to commercial and government entities to analyze and track objects, the current public catalogs "only account for about 4 percent of the objects in space around the Earth," AGI Vice President Travis Langster told CNBC in March.
Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had his ashes interred at Westminster Abbey in London last week, and he also received a send-off to space: the European Space Agency beamed music that included snippets of his synthesized voice towards the closest known black-hole. A fitting tribute to Hawking, who was renowned for his work on black holes: in 1974, he demonstrated that, contrary to popular belief, black holes do emit radiation (a phenomena that became known as “Hawking radiation). Hawking died in March 2018 at age 76. Greek composer Vangelis wrote the six-minute musical tribute for Hawking, including a clip of a message of peace and hope from Hawking. The song was beamed towards a black hole
Democrats have turned up the pressure over the administration policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the separation policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.
Scientists have discovered dogs use 19 signals dogs to try and communicate with their human pals. Footage of 37 dogs filmed by their owners during day-to-day task showed them the pooches were often seemingly using similar movements to express what they wanted. They eventually nailed down 19 gestures - including rolling over or jumping up and down - which appear to carry a message. The scientists think the dogs were, on several occasions, asking for a door to be opened, expressing they wanted to be fed or hoping their owner would get a toy. Although some desires, such as wanting food, were shown through many different gestures - basically dogs are keen to be fed at all times - others appeared
A retired astronaut predicts that rockets developed by SpaceX, NASA, and Blue Origin won’t succeed in landing human beings on Mars — not because the technology won’t work, but because the safety risks are too great.
The SUV carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. Four victims were dead at the scene, Boyd said.
By Jon Herskovitz COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) - A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California's Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France.
Along Florida's sun-splashed shorelines, home prices are on the rise, developers are busy building new complexes, and listings just blocks from the beach describe homes that are "not in a flood zone," meaning no flood insurance is required. A reality check may come sooner than many may think, according to a report out Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which finds as many as 64,000 coastal residences worth $26 billion in Florida are at risk of chronic flooding in the next 30 years, the life of a typical mortgage. Across the United States, 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $120 billion in today's dollars are at risk of chronic flooding by 2045, it said.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Sunday that investigators arrested 47-year-old Jose Nunez on suspicion of super aggravated sexual assault of a child, pending formal charges. “The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Salazar said. Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office who worked at the county jail, was being held at the facility Monday on a $75,000 bond, according to the jail.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The White House is establishing a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the new space policy directive Monday, as the National Space Council convenes. The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups. Vice President Mike Pence heads the recently revived space council. Cabinet members will take part in the afternoon meeting at the White House, as well as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, retired astronauts and scientists. The council's executive
The bacteria that 3.5 billion years ago were largely responsible for the creation of a breathable atmosphere on Earth could be press-ganged into terraforming other planets, research suggests. A team of biologists and chemists from Australia, the UK, France and Italy has been investigating the ability of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – to photosynthesise in low-light conditions. Cyanobacteria are some of the most ancient organisms around, and were responsible, though photosynthesis, for converting the Earth’s early atmosphere of methane, ammonia and other gases into the composition it sustains today. The photochemistry used by the microbes is pretty much the same as that used by the legion of multicellular plants that subsequently evolved.
Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Military exercises with other countries in the Pacific will continue.
Read on below to find everything you need to know about summer, the solstice, traditions, the significance of Stonehenge – and how to celebrate it. When is the longest day of the year? The solstice officially marks the beginning of astronomical summer which ends when the autumn equinox falls on September 23.
An international team of scientists has found that a strange type of bacteria can turn light into fuel in incredibly dim environments. Similar bacteria could someday help humans colonize Mars and expand our search for life on other planets, researchers said in a statement released with the new work. Organisms called cyanobacteria absorb sunlight to create energy, releasing oxygen in the process. The new work reveals that at least one species of cyanobacteria, called Chroococcidiopsis thermalis — which lives in some of the world's most extreme environments — can absorb redder (less energetic) wavelengths of light, thus allowing it to thrive in dark conditions, such as deep underwater in hot springs.
When former First Lady Laura Bush denounced the border policy that has led to the separation of about 2,000 children from their families, in a Washington Post op-ed on Sunday, she drew a parallel between today’s news and a hard-learned lesson from the American past. It’s been just about 30 years since President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. That law paid out reparations of about $20,000 to every survivor of those internment camps “to right a grave wrong,” as he put it, which the law blamed on “racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” But, as noted by Mae Ngai, professor of Asian American Studies and professor of History at Columbia University, the apology and reparations came more than a generation after President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 led to the rounding up of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, most of whom were U.S. citizens.
A tarsier is known for its big, beady eyes, but it's only when you look at a skull of this diminutive South East Asian primate that you realise just how big are. Each one is the same size as its brain. They can't move their eyeballs; if they want to look to the right or left they have to turn their whole head. But the mere fact that tarsiers have these monster organs tells you one thing: vision is very important to them. The animal is a master in the dark, able to see and snaffle insects and small birds even when it seems impossibly dark. "Theirs is a monochrome world; the back of their eyes are packed with photoreceptor rods, not cones, so they can gather every last photon of light," explains
Flooding in southern Myanmar has caused a landslide at a famed Buddhist pagoda, submerged homes and displaced hundreds of people as monsoon rains batter the country. Several parts of Myanmar's southern Mon state are facing flash floods due to heavy rains since the weekend with no relief in sight, according to a report in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday. Rains triggered a landslide that damaged the hilltop Kyeik Than Lan pagoda, whose golden stupa towers over state capital Mawlamyine.
Seventeen people were treated for gunshot wounds, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. Two suspects opened fire around 2:45 a.m. during the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films. Onofri said he believes police killed him.
James Hansen wishes he was wrong. NASA's top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. The hotter world that Hansen envisioned in 1988 has pretty much come true so far, more or less.
But first, let me take a selfie. NASA's Curiosity rover has taken an incredible selfie image during an "unprecedented" massive dust storm on Mars. The image, a composite created by scientist Seán Doran, who works with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab to create and process its photography, shows the $2.5 billion research vehicle stylin' and profilin' in the wake of the epic dust storm happening on the Red Planet. "It's blended out of the shot," Doran told The Daily Mail when asked how he created the image. "The arm moves around as it takes about 100 images to make a full 360 [-degree image]." The Curiosity rover is currently on the Gale Crater on Mars, a 96-mile-wide valley that researchers once believed
For its third meeting, the National Space Council chose the White House as its venue. This allowed President Trump to stop by the meeting to sign a policy document on space-traffic management and also share a few thoughts. This event was supposed to focus on the relatively sedate topic of space debris, but the freewheeling president had other ideas. Among his remarks, Trump declared that he was pressing ahead with the creation of a Space Force to become the sixth branch of the US military. Additionally, he mused about the high cost of rockets built by Boeing and Lockheed Martin and suggested they should not work together "because the pricing only goes up." Space Force Addressing the space council,
In a highly-anticipated showdown dubbed the “Blobfish Basketball Classic,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz defeated late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a charity game Saturday. “We apologize to the game of basketball,” Kimmel said on behalf of both players. The match was inspired by a comment Kimmel made during one of his late night monologues, in which he joked that Cruz looked “like a blobfish.” Cruz followed by challenging Kimmel to a one-on-one match.
This assertion comes courtesy of paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner (a significant source of inspiration for Sam Neil's Alan Grant), who has served as a longtime advisor for the Jurassic Park/World franchise. Now, with the genetics field making great strides in the years since Steven Spielberg's original film debuted back in 1993, Horner and his colleagues believe that we're close to learning how to construct our own dinosaurs. Rather than use old DNA from a mosquito encased in amber (which is how it works in the movies), Horner recently opened up to People and explained that we could potentially use bird DNA (as birds are the genetic descendants of dinosaurs) and manipulate the genetic code to create