The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week.
Grab a pair of binoculars and your lamest jokes because Uranus will be visible to the naked eye on Thursday night. This combined with tonight's dim, waning crescent moon will make Uranus appear much brighter than any other time of the year. Uranus will begin to rise in the sky during sunset on October 19 and will appear directly overhead around midnight.
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. "There's been a lot of study of pollution, but it's never received the resources or level of attention as, say, AIDS or climate change," said epidemiologist Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and the lead author of the report.
Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report. Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call "gates" because they resemble field gates from above, were found in clusters in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar. The archaeologists involved in the research aren't sure of the purpose, or even the exact age, of these gates. [See Images of the Mysterious Stone Structures in Saudi Arabia] Long and mysterious Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome
Famine, civil war, Kalashnikovs, despots… We hear the word Mogadishu and immediately images from Black Hawk Down start playing in our minds. Islamic extremist group Al Shabab has hindered this progress but the Somali army and African Union troops have pushed them back from the capital. Since the election in February of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi, efforts at rebuilding have been thwarted by ongoing security issues, Aug. 1, 2017.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s support of a government panel to resume building two stalled nuclear reactors sent shares of engineering and construction companies surging. The recommendation released Friday on the $7.5 billion project came after a nine-member committee gathered public opinion over the past three months about the permanent suspension of the Shin Kori No. 5 and 6 reactor construction, which Moon had proposed during his presidential campaign. "We respect the will of the public-discussions committee that has deliberated on this for the past three months," Park Soohyun, Moon’s spokesman, said in a briefing Friday. Kepco Engineering & Construction Co. surged as much as 20 percent,
Police on Friday arrested three Texas men who were allegedly involved in a shooting that broke out right after white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida. The Gainesville Police Department said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, taunted a group of people standing near a bus stop immediately following Spencer’s controversial event on Thursday. Tenbrink fired a single shot at an unidentified victim, which missed, according to authorities.
A family digging in their garden in the Israeli village of Eilabun have unwittingly uncovered a complex of underground stables, hewn into the soft rock in Roman times 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists, led by Nir Distelfeld, told Haaretz that the man-made caves would also have been used for storage, given some of the remnants found there. The animals would have been tied to the carved holes that formed a handle, with a stone trough laid below them for food and water.
What happens after we die? Modern humans have been around for at least 200,000 years or so, and after all that time, the answer still eludes and terrifies us. We know it’s the end, we know we’ll all face it, but we still don’t know what it feels like, or what happens after. Now, scientists like Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, are trying to get a little closer to some answers. Parnia told Live Science one of the things his team is researching is whether your brain remains conscious enough after death that you have time to actually know you’re dead. Most people consider a person dead when their heart stops,
Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as he lashed out at Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who earlier this week said that President Donald Trump had been disrespectful in his condolence call to the family of a soldier killed during an ambush in Niger. Kelly, speaking slowly and forcefully, said he was “heartbroken” that Wilson overheard the conversation and used it to attack the president. “It stuns me that a member of Congress listened into that conversation,” said Kelly.
NASA is going to let the Dawn spacecraft get closer to dwarf planet Ceres and take up permanent orbit. Ceres is the largest rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn arrived at Ceres in 2015 and has made a series of orbits around it, getting closer and closer. Now NASA is working on getting it to an eliptical orbit that will have its closest approach only 120 miles above the surface. Previously, it was only as close as 240 miles. It’s also going to let the spacecraft orbit the dwarf planet permanently when its hydrazine fuel runs out. The mission extension means more data gathering for the spacecraft with its gamma ray and neutron spectrometer looking at the surface of the celestial
Mexico captured a rare vaquita marina porpoise as part of a bold program to save the critically endangered species, but released it because it was too young to be separated from its mother, officials said. The vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal fishing. "The successful rescue made conservation history," Mexican Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said in a statement.
Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, though any talk of it potentially wiping out life as we know it is incorrect. According to National Geographic, the researchers, Hannah Shamloo and Christy Till, analyzed minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent eruption. What they discovered surprised them – the changes in temperature and composition only took a few decades, much faster than the centuries previously thought. “We expected that there might be processes happening over thousands of years preceding the eruption,” said Till
Entrepreneur Richard Branson certainly knows something about success. The 67-year-old billionaire has created eight billion-dollar companies in eight sectors as the founder of Virgin Group, and he started building brands when he was 16 years old. Along the way, he learned the importance of working with others. In fact, he says it is the top skill set he developed in his career. "The most important skills I had to learn to be successful were people skills," he tells CNBC Make It. For him, that means highlighting the value in others. "If you look for the best in people, if you motivate people, if you praise people, if you don't criticize people — these are all the skills that are needed to be a
The Islamic State Is Gone. A view of the clock tower square, where Islamic State fighters would carry out executions, in central Raqqa on Oct. 18. One day after U.S.-backed Syrian militias defeated the Islamic State in the country’s capital, the town is an urban husk of hollow buildings and bodies lying in rubble-strewn streets.
The Los Angeles Police Department has opened a sexual assault investigation involving Harvey Weinstein, a police spokesperson said Thursday. “The [LAPD] Robbery-Homicide Division has interviewed a sexual assault victim about an incident involving Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013,” LAPD Public Information Officer Tony Im said in a statement to TIME.
Sheila Keen-Warren, who married Michael Warren 12 years after the murder, was charged with Marlene Warren's murder. She has pleaded not guilty.
Advocates of science literacy, rejoice—evolution and climate change are returning to New Mexico’s education standards. On Tuesday, New Mexico’s Public Education Department announced that they would be using uncensored Next Generation Science Standards for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. Previously, they had proposed an altered version of the standards that removed or toned down science facts that some find controversial. The Public Education Department had proposed plans to use an altered version of standards of the Standards, which many states and DC use. New Mexico’s scrubbed version eliminated or weakened references to evolution, climate change, and the age of the earth.
Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail — just not for himself. The former President took the stage Thursday for his first campaign event since leaving office, a canvas kickoff for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey, and Sheila Oliver, who is running as his lieutenant Governor, in Newark Thursday.
Occasionally you know that you are watching history being made. October 5, 2017 was such a day for me. On that day, Vice President Mike Pence stood before the space shuttle Discovery and called to order the first meeting of the renewed National Space Council. Historians of tomorrow will regard the meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as the beginning of America’s return as the leader in mankind’s race to explore outer space. The meeting was of course historic in the literal sense. This was the Space Council’s first meeting in nearly 25 years, since the Clinton Administration disbanded it in 1993. But this month’s meeting was especially significant
Your dog may be a master manipulator, deliberately making puppy eyes to pull at your heart strings, according to a study Thursday into a ploy many mutt owners have long suspected. The research suggests that dogs may be in control of their facial expressions, using them to communicate, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Until now, it was assumed that dog expressions were involuntary.
On April 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) abruptly took down its long-standing treasure trove of online climate change resources, and put up a message stating that they were being updated to reflect the new priorities of the Trump administration. It's becoming more and more clear that one of those priorities is to downplay the threat of climate change. To that end, on Friday, a group that monitors federal websites for changes in climate change content reported that the some of the climate websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site, with all references to climate change removed.
Tonight, the evening of Oct. 20 (into the morning hours of Oct. 21) is predicted to be the best night to see the 2017 Orionid meteor shower in the U.S.. As luck would have it, it’ll also be one of the darkest nights of the month, falling just after the new moon. The Orionid meteor shower visits Earth every year around this time, when Earth’s orbit intersects with debris left by Halley’s Comet. The Orionids are tiny fragments of Halley’s Comet, left behind when it swings past earth every 75 years or so.
The North Korean mountain used for the underground testing of nuclear weapons might be suffering from “tired mountain syndrome,” according to experts studying satellite photos of the test site. “Tired mountain syndrome” is the name for increased fractures and permeability in the surrounding rock, caused by multiple underground nuclear tests. Mount Mantap is a 7,200-foot-high peak in the north of the country, which scientists say “visibly shifted” during North Korea’s most recent detonation on Sept. 3.
From EsquireThe future sucks. By the future we mean the present, of course, because the data isn’t in yet on tomorrow or 10 years from now. (If we make it that far.) But considering things from the perspective of