Toxic smog has found itself in the dock in China, as the authorities are taken to court over a problem that has choked entire regions, put public health at risk and forced the closure of schools and roads. At the helm is a group of human rights lawyers, who despite increasing government hostility to their work on some of China's most sensitive cases, say popular feeling is behind them when it comes to pollution that is literally off the charts. "Chinese people aren’t too concerned about societal problems and things that aren't happening to them personally, but this issue is different: everyone is a victim and is personally influenced by breathing polluted air," lawyer Yu Wensheng told AFP.
A postdoctoral fellow who lost her right arm in a University of Hawaii laboratory explosion has sued the school and the researchers she worked for. Thea Ekins-Coward and her wife, who are both from the United Kingdom, filed the lawsuit in state court in Honolulu this month. The complaint alleges the university and researchers Jian Yu and Richard Rocheleau failed to provide her with adequate safety training and adhere to safety codes. The explosion occurred last March in a Hawaii Natural Energy Institute lab on the university's flagship Manoa campus. The lab focuses on renewable energy and degradable bioplastics. Ekins-Coward was working on research to produce liquid fuel from synthetic gases
MELBOURNE, Fla. — An Atlas V rocket blasted off Friday night on a $1.2 billion mission to upgrade the satellite system charged with providing early warning if a ballistic missile — potentially one carrying a nuclear warhead — were launched at the United States. The 19-story United Launch Alliance rocket thundered from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:42 p.m. ET, powered by a Russian main engine generating 860,000 pounds of thrust. The Air Force’s third Space Based Infrared System satellite, or SBIRS, was dropped off in orbit 44 minutes later, on its way to a surveillance post more than 22,000 miles above the equator. From that height, infrared sensors on the Lockheed Martin-built satellites
A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck deep under Papua New Guinea on Sunday, causing damage and blackouts but no tsunami hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands. The mid-afternoon quake struck at a depth of 167 kilometers (103 miles) beneath the eastern province of Bougainville, where Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands meet in a continuous South Pacific archipelago, said Chris McKee, assistant director of Papua New Guinea Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby.
The apocalyptic future shown in sci-fi films—the ones where robots have gain consciousness and destroy humanity—is not one you need to worry about according to a report from the United States Department of Defense. The document, produced by JASON—an independent advisory group comprised of scientists and experts that brief the government on matters of science and technology—outlines trends in the field of artificial intelligence as it pertains to the U.S. military. It instead says these existential fears stem from a very particular—and small—part of the field of research called Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which is defined as an AI that can successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can.
Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie. The first of its kind requirement is one of several steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff that feeds algae in the state's lakes and rivers. State lawmakers put the measure in place in 2014, just months before algae in Lake Erie contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan.
Nasheed became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives in 2008 but lives in exile in London after he was jailed on terrorism charges he says were politically motivated. In the past he has accused Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives for 30 years and is still regarded as the power behind the throne, of being behind his downfall.
A soft robotic sleeve made of silicone could help a human heart keep beating, according to a new report published Wednesday. For the millions suffering from heart failure and other cardiac issues, that could mean a beating heart without the blood clotting complications of the current mechanical heart pumps called ventricular assist devices, or VADs, according to a statement from the National University of Ireland Galway. The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was led by Ellen Roche of that university.
Since last summer’s announcement of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride Mission Breakout, everybody’s been anxiously awaiting a look inside. Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Designer Joe Rohde and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada gave a tour of the new ride to a handful of folks. Although the ride is still in the early stages, this early look is not only a glance at the Mission Breakout’s development, but also a chance to see the future of Marvel in theme parks.
"Elephant's skin can cure skin diseases like eczema," one shop owner, who requested anonymity, told AFP next to a counter brimming with porcupine quills and snake skins. Another young man touting his wares nearby promised a paste made from ground up elephant teeth would "cure pimples and remove black spots".
Albert Einstein was one of the most important physicists of all time. Scientists have been keen to figure out why — because if they can, it may open the door to the hardest challenge in politics right now: changing minds. Psychologists have been circling around a possible reason political beliefs are so stubborn: Partisan identities get tied up in our personal identities.
The U.S. Air Force's SBIRS Geo-3 satellite is headed to orbit atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket after a smooth liftoff Friday (Jan. 20) at 7:42 p.m. EST (0042 GMT on Jan. 21). "SBIRS [short for Space Based Infrared System], considered one of the nation's highest-priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st-century demands in four national security mission areas, including: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness," ULA representatives wrote in a mission description. The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday night (Jan. 19) but was pushed to Friday because of
President trump is the first of its kind in many ways not just the tweeting. As well as three times married his presidential campaign obviously broke many many rules as you've heard his first dance was to the song my way. Yeah even Tom now muscle tell you that because he's been covering this campaign from the very start and really anyone thought that Donald Trump couldn't pull this off.
WHEN introduced 40 years ago, the Soviet Shkval (“Squall”) torpedo was hailed as an “aircraft-carrier killer” because its speed, more than 370kph (200 knots), was four times that of any American rival. The claim was premature. Problems with its design meant Shkval turned out to be less threatening than hoped (or, from a NATO point of view, less dangerous than feared), even though it is still made and deployed. But supercavitation, the principle upon which its speed depends, has continued to intrigue torpedo designers. Now, noises coming out of the Soviet Union’s successor, Russia, are leading some in the West to worry that the country’s engineers have cracked it. Life in a bubble Bubbles of vapour
In Washington, D.C., revelers and protesters are marking the ascendance of a new president and the populist movement he says he has mobilized. Some 1,600 miles away in San Antonio, thousands of psychologists from around the world are also marking the dawn of the Trump era by focusing their attention on the thought processes that prompt some people to resist and reject science. Matters for which there is a broad scientific consensus — including man-made climate change, the safety of childhood vaccines and Darwin’s theory of evolution — have been attacked as hoaxes and lies by senior members of the new administration. Psychologists have come up with a name for this trend: the “anti-enlightenment
For a study published this week in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers ran a three-part experiment to find a connection between foul language and telling the truth. Second, the scientists analyzed the Facebook statuses of nearly 75,000 people who used a certain app. In all three conditions, more swearing equaled more integrity.
For millennia, people have lusted for ivory. The creamy white substance is derived primarily from the tusks of elephants. However, mammoths, walruses, whales, hippos, and warthogs have all contributed to the ivory trade. Ancient hunter-gathers used ivory for tools as well as their most sacred objects. Since then, countless other cultures have carved ivory into items both decorative and utilitarian. The demand for this precious substance is so great that many ivory-producing animals have been hunted to near-extinction. Today, the world struggles to find a replacement for this beautiful, useful, and utterly unsustainable resource. 10 Ivory Rope Maker In August 2015, archaeologists discovered a
This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. Robert C. Wolcott & Moran Cerf, Northwestern University Later this century, we will enter a “post-virtual” world. While pundits announce Virtual Reality’s (VR) coming of age, arguing how far and fast the technology might advance, these are concerns of the next decade or so. Anyone living for a couple more decades will encounter a world where VR and its cousins, Augmented and Mixed Reality, become commonplace. During this century, VR will become capable of generating comprehensive experiences, experienced
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That’s (almost) the reality of a planet whose H2O — or at least 97 percent of it — is nonpotable ocean. Much of the remainder is trapped in glaciers, ice caps and soil. In other words, accessible freshwater is scarce — and getting scarcer. But some scientists say this may be changing. As desalination technology advances, the sea may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis. But at what cost? The desal concept isn’t new — even the ancient Romans used clay filters to separate salt from water in order to make it potable. But there’s never been more incentive for large-scale implementation. Nearly three billion people currently live without access
One of them has been the removal of all mentions of climate change (among other issues) on WhiteHouse.gov. For months, scientists, programmers, and hackers have been specifically archiving data and research findings from organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s a last ditch effort to preserve the previous administration’s focus on acknowledging the reality of climate change, let alone doing anything about it.
Scientists are currently searching for life on a nearby exoplanet that sits squarely within the “Goldilocks zone” — the sweet spot in space where conditions are just right for water to exist. The “super-Earth,” dubbed Wolf 1061c, is one of our closest neighbors and is located in a star system roughly 14 light-years away from our own, according to Sci News. A team of researchers from San Francisco State University has been analyzing the planet and it’s atmosphere in hopes of finding proof that it’s habitable. While they haven’t found any evidence yet, the group did discover that Wolf 1061c is lying directly in the “Goldilocks” or “life” zone, which is defined as the region in a galaxy where life is most likely to emerge.
Well that was fast. It was only one month ago that we learned Google parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is sending up another batch of Earth-imaging "Terra Bella" satellites. The mission is slated to take place sometime in late 2017 -- but now, it turns out, by the time those satellites reach orbit, Alphabet may not even own them anymore. Spinning on a dime As The Wall Street Journal reports, Alphabet has entered into discussions to sell its entire Terra Bella operation -- the whole kit and kaboodle -- to rival satellite-imaging start-up Planet Labs. This is a surprising reversal, to say the least. In fact, Alphabet only just finished buying Terra Bella in 2014, paying $500
Not since the Civil War has an American presidential Inauguration Day been so fraught with fear and dread (on Feb. 23, 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled to his inauguration under military guard, arriving in Washington, DC, in disguise). The incoming president is the most unpopular of any to assume office since modern polling began. In a single news cycle this past week he managed to alienate allies throughout an entire continent (Europe) during a brief break in a string of petulant tweets intended to persuade his own nation that Saturday Night Live is "not funny ... really bad television!" Much has been made of the new president's personality and psyche—his narcissism, his germophobia, his irritability,
What they describe in a new research paper, published in the journal Science Reports, is a method for stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in teeth, using a drug developed to help with Alzheimer’s. The human body is able to heal small amounts of dental damage, by activating the tooth contact stem cells in the tooth’s soft inner core, known as the pulp. “We have studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in this natural repair and, based on this, have developed a simple method to enhance the process by overstimulating the stem cells,” lead researcher Paul Sharpe told Digital Trends.
Santa Clara University plans to build an ambitious new science, technology, engineering and math hub, backed by a record $100 million gift from Susan and John A. Sobrato, an SCU alumnus and founder of one of Silicon Valley’s largest commercial development firms. The elegant new building, outfitted with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, could be a game-changer for the private, 165-year-old Jesuit university whose reputation was built on the liberal arts, creating a rare opportunity to link fast-moving technical fields with the school’s long-standing commitment to ethics. The gift from the Sobratos, announced Saturday night, is the largest ever for the university, which was established in 1851 and is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. “We are building an environment which supports convergence … to solve problems and make an impact on the world,” said Dennis Jacobs, SCU’s provost.