A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. (0723 GMT; 2:23 a.m. EST) Sunday from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later. It is the first space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his third mission to the ISS. The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory. The three will join Russia's Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.
Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed her former employee and then retaliated against him “a lie.” The employee, Gary Funkhouser, filed the lawsuit against OneLab Inc., the Kansas City-area company where Ramsey worked as a vice president. Ramsey was seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, hoping to win the right to challenge four-term incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder next year. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried it in last year’s presidential election.
Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California's largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named "Thomas", broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state's third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles along the Pacific coast.
Let's be clear: "U.F.O." is an acronym for "unidentified flying object." It doesn't necessarily mean aliens. The Times unearthed a great deal more information about this program and its beginnings, supporters, and operations.
Online jail records show that 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez was booked Thursday into the Columbia County Detention Facility on charges of sexual assault and interference with child custody. Rodriguez and the 17-year-old were found in Syracuse, New York, on Dec. 1 after a multistate search. Rodriguez was arrested and held until Florida authorities could collect him.
The Breakthrough Listen initiative uses the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. News Brief: The scientists behind the Breakthrough Listen initiative say they haven’t detected any radio signals coming from a strange interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua, but there are still more observations to be made and analyzed. About 90 trillion bytes of data were collected Wednesday during the first of four planned listening sessions at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California at Berkeley has put out a call for outside experts to lend a hand with analysis of the data. ‘Oumuamua has sparked interest because it’s a visitor from far beyond our solar system that appears has an unusually elongated shape.
Authorities are investigating the “suspicious” death of one of Canada’s richest couples. Barry Sherman, 75, who ran the pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Inc., and his wife, Honey, 70, were found dead in their Toronto mansion Friday, the Globe and Mail reports. Police at the scene offered few details, according to the Globe and Mail, and did not confirm the victims’ identities.
SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board was a Dragon supply ship, also a second-time flier. It was NASA's first use of a reused Falcon rocket and only the second of a previously flown Dragon. Within 10 minutes of liftoff, the first-stage booster was back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, standing upright on the giant X at SpaceX's landing zone. That's where it landed back in June following its first launch. Double sonic booms thundered
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No one would've expected to hear that refrain at an NFL game -- at least not until this fall. Biotech firm Orig3n planned to distribute "free" genetic tests at a Baltimore Ravens game as part of a September promotion dubbed "DNA Day." The Ravens ultimately postponed the event, questioning whether Orig3n needed to secure federal approval before distributing the tests. Corporations and governments can easily obtain and identify DNA samples to harm individuals and their relatives.
Fifty percent of registered voters want Democrats to control Congress after the 2018 elections, a new poll finds — the highest number in nearly a decade. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, 50% of registered voters want Democrats to control Congress next year, in comparison with 39% of voters who want Republicans in control. This was an increase from October, when 48% of those polled wanted Democrats to control Congress, and 41% wanted Republicans.
A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying "harmful" waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa's $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country's worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods along swathes of coastline and prompting months of rare protests in the authoritarian country. The firm was initially fined $500 million for pouring toxic chemicals -- including cyanide -- into the ocean in April 2016, and has now been ordered to pay an additional $25,000 on separate charges of burying harmful solid waste in the ground, according to the official Cong Ly newspaper.
Here are the words Donald Trump's White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year's budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post: vulnerable
The instructions explicitly rule out selling the hair strands, hands, teeth and other body parts of saints that often fetch high prices in online auctions. Officials said the guidelines were necessary given some obstacles that had emerged since the rules were last revised in 2007, particularly when surviving relatives and church officials disagreed.
What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self, two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain. Matthieu Ricard: Although one ﬁnds in the Buddhist literature many treatises on “traditional sciences”—medicine, cosmology, botanic, logic, and so on—Tibetan Buddhism has not endeavored to the same extent as Western civilizations to expand its knowledge of the world through the natural sciences.
Swimming is temporarily banned at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park Cove after a string of sea lion attacks. The latest attack happened Friday morning when a man was bitten on his upper thigh, the Los Angeles Times reported. The most recent incident led Aquatic Park Cove to ban swimming at least through Monday. “I’ve only been part of the unit for two years now and I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this,” San Francisco Police Officer Matthew Reiter told the Los Angeles Times.
NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure. The test used two of Orion's three main parachutes to simulate the failure of the third and still sufficiently slowed the spacecraft for a landing. Jim McMichael, a NASA systems engineer, said the 10-ton (10.16-metric ton) replica was "sitting perfectly upright" after bouncing once when it landed at the Yuma Proving Ground, an Army installation.
Target is acquiring same day delivery start-up Shipt for $550 million, the companies announced on Wednesday. Shipt, which is based in Alabama and has an office in San Francisco, will continue to work with other retailers even after the deal. Shipt's competitors include Instacart and Postmates. But the deal is seen as an attempt by Target to compete against Amazon, especially around groceries. Prior to the deal, Shipt had raised $65.2 million in venture funding from firms including Greycroft, e.ventures and Harbert Venture Partners. Bill Gates's Cascade Investment, Y Combinator's Continuity Fund, Viking Global and General Atlantic poured $275 million into Boston-based Gingko Bioworks. The biotech
Archaeologists in Upper Egypt discovered four intact children’s graves at a quarry that once provided stone for the temples and tombs of the 15th century B.C. The youngest of the children was 2 or 3 years old at the time of death, according to Live Science. The child graves aren’t the first to be discovered at the quarry, which is known as Gebel el-Silsila. Over the last couple of years, researchers have recorded 69 tombs at the site, most of which had been long since looted, as Live Science reported.
A 22-year-old woman was apparently mauled to death by her own dogs, described as pit bulls, according to Virginia law enforcement. Bethany Lynn Stephens’ body was found in a wooded area in Goochland, V.A., with wounds on her hands, arms, throat and face consistent with a mauling, WTVR reports. “It was an absolutely grisly mauling ,” Sheriff James Agnew told WTVR.
Several hundred metres underground, thousands of labourers grind away day and night on a mammoth hydroelectric project in contested Kashmir, where India and Pakistan are racing to tap the subcontinent's diminishing freshwater supplies. The arch rivals have been building duelling power plants along the banks of the turquoise Neelum River for years. The two projects, located on opposite sides of the Line of Control -- the de facto border in Kashmir -- are now close to completion, fuelling tensions between the neighbours with Pakistan particularly worried their downstream project will be deprived of much-needed water by India.
Earth is facing an extinction crisis – and humans shoulder the blame. Wildlife poaching and illegal trade. Climate change. Urbanization. Mining. These are some of the myriad things we do that endanger animals and, in the process, damage our own well-being. Three-quarters of the Earth's estimated 8.7 million species are at risk, according to a 2011 PLoS Biology study. Of course it's not always our fault, but even the most conservative estimates, like one published in a 2015 Science study that uses the fossil record, suggest that the current extinction rate based on vertebrate data is up to a hundred times higher than it would be without human intervention. Scientists and news reporters throw about
Norbert Feher, a 36 year-old from Serbia, was arrested near Cantavieja, a town in northeastern rural Spain, after he allegedly shot and killed a civilian and two Civil Guard police Thursday, a Civil Guard spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with internal police rules. Italy had issued a European arrest warrant for Feher for homicides and home invasion robberies.
Duke University professor Lawrence Baxter weighs in on 'Journal Editorial Report.'
A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry. “The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and interrelated causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said in a statement. The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and to fund the group, the statement said.