The soft soil that lines the ancient lake bed that Mexico City is built on amplified the shaking from Tuesday's earthquake and increased its destructive force, seismologists say as they try to better understand the quake that has killed more than 200 people. Scientists are looking at other quirks of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, including the absence of aftershocks and if it is somehow related to a distant, even stronger, Mexican temblor that struck a dozen days earlier. Mexico City is built on deep, soft soil that was once the bottom of a lake. Instead of cushioning the city from earthquakes, it exaggerates their effects, said James Jackson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Cambridge in England.
Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd at the U.N. on Tuesday that “it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront” Kim Jong Un and said that Kim’s “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons” poses a threat to “the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life. “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said about the North Korean leader.
Space station astronaut Joe Acaba is getting a double dose of hurricanes — even in orbit. Harvey flooded his home in Houston last month. Now Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico, his family's homeland. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage offered words of comfort to family members and everyone else during the wrath of Hurricane Maria. "My parents were born there, so a lot of relatives, cousins, godparents" are still in Puerto Rico, Acaba said. "I hope everyone's doing well and that you take care of yourselves." Acaba, a former teacher who arrived at the International Space Station last week, said he had not yet seen the hurricane from
No origin story of the internet would be complete without mentioning one of its legal pillars: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 21-year-old law that shields tech companies from liability for content posted by users. Silicon Valley has long argued that any change to the law would hamper free speech and destroy the internet as we know it. Now, outrage over sex trafficking, mixed with growing unease about Silicon Valley’s economic and political clout, may be pushing tech companies to loosen their grip on the shield.
A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 60, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled about 300 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, federal prosecutors said.
The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing some of the world’s largest oil companies over climate change, joining an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by rising seas. The suits, filed separately Tuesday in Superior Court in San Francisco and Alameda County, claim that a slate of oil, gas and coal producers not only caused the heat-trapping gases that drove sea-level rise but knowingly did so, a challenge akin to litigation against big tobacco companies in the 1990s. Both cities are asking the oil companies, which include Bay Area-based Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP, to pay billions in compensation for past and
Salmon stocks across the world have been depleted (Picture: REX) Salmon stocks across the world are reportedly being depleted after the hugely popular fish became affected by a surge of parasitic sea lice. The tiny crustaceans are reportedly infesting
It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia’s independence began to gather momentum in 2011. Several thousand Catalans gathered to angrily protest the raids outside government offices in the region’s capital, Barcelona. Police acting on a judge’s orders searched 42 premises, including six regional government offices, officials’ private offices and homes, as well as three companies in Barcelona, the city’s superior court said in a statement.
A massive, glowing, Slinky-like "creature" photographed by a scuba diver off the coast of Australia has spurred intense speculation about what the mystery beast could be. Speculation swirled that the psychedelic creature was a giant pyrosome, a free-floating sea squirt made of thousands of tiny clones. But if people look closely at the video, they'll see that the mass does not have a solid exterior as those two animal types have, but is instead incredibly transparent, Helm said in an earlier blog post about squid egg cases.
Rescuers dug Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital. Firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers worked frantically to remove rubble in scenes repeated across a swath of central states in Mexico's second killer earthquake this month. The most agonizing search was at a school in the south of Mexico City where 21 children -- aged between seven and 13 -- and five adults were crushed to death.
Australians have just wrapped up the warmest winter on record, according to a new report. The Climate Council's report, titled Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter, found that Australia's winter had the highest maximum temperatures on record — reaching nearly 2ºC above average. “Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said on the Climate Council website.
Employing an array of giant telescopes positioned in the New Mexico desert, astronomers have started a massive surveying project aimed at producing the most detailed view ever made of such a large portion of space using radio waves emitted from throughout the Milky Way and beyond. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announced the project this week, saying the Very Large Array will make three scans of the sky that's visible from the scrubland of the San Augustin Plains. It is one of the best spots on the planet to scan space, with 80 percent of the Earth's sky visible from the location. The array works like a camera. But instead of collecting light waves to make images, the telescopes that
Multiple reports on Wednesday afternoon claimed the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph. Local Spanish language publication El Nuevo Dia reported the outage, citing Abner Gomez, managing director of Puerto Rico's State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management (AEMEAD).
Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. Such work is at a standstill or moving slowly on at least four Superfund sites where "human exposure is not under control," according to a report from the EPA's inspector general. The report comes as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the cleanup up of more than 1,300 listed Superfund sites is a priority.
Roof, 23, has been on federal death row since earlier this year, after a jury convicted him of dozens of charges including federal hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion in the shooting deaths of nine Bible study attendees at Charleston’s Emanuel AME, one of the oldest black churches in the South. Roof told authorities he wanted to start a race war with the June 2015 massacre, and handwritten journals featuring symbols associated with Nazis and Roof’s personal musings about the genetic supremacy of the white race were presented during his trial.
A ‘sleeping’ supervolcano near the city of Naples in Italy is ‘becoming more dangerous’ researchers have said – and have pinpointed where hot magma is coming from. Researchers used seismological techniques to pinpoint the magma – which may help work out the risk of future eruptions. Dr Luca De Siena at the University of Aberdeen said, ‘One question that has puzzled scientists is where magma is located beneath the caldera, and our study provides the first evidence of a hot zone under the city of Pozzuoli that extends into the sea at a depth of 4 km.
Actor William Shatner, "Zero-G: Green Space" author, talks about his new book, science fiction as a prediction of the future and the race to space.
Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Huntsman struck a tough tone amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow. The relationship has been marred in recent months by a series of expulsions of diplomats and closures of diplomatic missions.
For more than five years, Iran has maintained a reputation as one of the most aggressive nations in the global arena of state-sponsored hacking, stealing data from corporate and government networks around the world, bombarding US banks with cyberattacks, and most brazen of all, unleashing multiple waves of computer-crippling malware that hit tens of thousands of PCs across the Middle East. Security firm FireEye has released new research into a group it calls Advanced Persistent Threat 33, attributing a prolific series of breaches of companies in the aerospace, defense, and petrochemical industries in countries as wide-ranging as Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the US. While FireEye has closely tracked APT33 since May of last year, the security firm believes the group has been active since at least 2013, with firm evidence that it works on behalf of Iran's government.
Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. For months, the authorities have bricked up and torn down thousands of shops and homes that are deemed to violate Beijing's zoning laws as the government seeks to give the capital a facelift and limit the population to 23 million people by 2020. Migrants from China's relatively undeveloped southwestern region have lived precariously for two decades here in Zhongguancun -- which is also the base of hi-tech companies including Lenovo, Baidu, Tencent and Sohu, which help their own employees from other regions obtain legal rights to live in the capital.
The Black Sea Maritime Project (MAP)—a two-year investigation of Bulgaria’s Black Sea waters—involved local and international experts who found 60 previously lost shipwrecks spanning 2,500 years in the history of a coastline that has been port to many of Europe’s major empires. Dozens of old ships lie preserved in low-oxygen waters off the coast of Bulgaria, where ships from the Roman Empire, Byzantium and Ottoman ports once docked. The composition of the Black Sea makes it a perfect environment for preserving relics because its anoxic layer prevents the sort of damage that oxygenated water causes to wood, metals and other materials.
Maria’s Destruction Across the Caribbean Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria on the island of Dominica on Sept. 19. Nigel R. Browne—Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Reuters The storm killed at least nine
Scientists at Nevada earthquake lab are declaring success after testing new bridge designs they created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction after quake damage. The University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the test Wednesday, a day after the big Mexico earthquake. The research team's leader is Professor Saiid Saiidi (Sah-EED' Sah-EED'-hee).
Lyle Jeffs pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Salt Lake City. Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp case when he slipped off his ankle monitor and escaped in June 2016. Lyle Jeffs was one of 11 members of the polygamous group charged in the case in February 2016.
Social media Newsfeeds in our modern world often feel like one disheartening headline after another. Violence and injustice seem to invade every corner of our world, from developing regions and major urban centers thousands of miles away, to the house just down the road. The goal to reduce global violence is daunting, but not unattainable. In fact, objective number 16 on the United Nations' list of Sustainable Development Goals is to create "peace, justice, and strong institutions" around the world. While there is still a long road ahead, organizations from all over the globe and across the spectrum of industry are chipping in to do their part. UBS, for example, has upped its focus on impact