Just as Hollie Mackey was about to get up from her seat to go to the bathroom during Tuesday morning’s Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas, flight attendants asked passengers to stay seated due to continual turbulence. Mackey put her seatbelt back on, shared a glance of disappointment about the bumpy ride ahead with the woman seated at the window to her left and settled back in. Mackey, 42, was seated in the aisle seat on the same row as Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two and bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was killed when Flight 1380’s left side engine exploded just 20 minutes into their trip.
Experts in the U.K. have uncovered new details about a famous 17th-century Dodo that challenge a long-held theory about the unfortunate flightless bird. The “Oxford Dodo” at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History has long been a source of fascination. The dodo’s remains are the only known specimen of the now-extinct species to contain soft tissue and extractable DNA. The remains are also said to have inspired 19th-century writer Lewis Carroll to create the Dodo character in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” A team from the Museum and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), part of the UK’s University of Warwick, harnessed digital forensics scanning technology to uncover new facts about
U.S.-backed forces in Syria have a militant linked to the September 11 terrorist attacks in their custody, according to the Pentagon. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias in Syria, captured Mohammed Haydar Zammar a month ago, the Pentagon said Thursday, according to Reuters. “We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria,” said Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
Throughout history, humans and their ancestors have perfected the art of killing big animals. Now, a new study finds that as humans spread around the globe, extinction of large mammals soon followed. Massive mammals such as wooly mammoths, elephant-sized ground sloths and various saber-toothed cats roamed the Earth between 2.6 million and 12,000 years ago. Now they — and most of the rest of the big ones — are extinct. "Species that went extinct tended to be two to three times bigger than mammals that survived, a trend that was evident globally," the study said. Thus, most mammals alive today are much smaller than the typical mammal was millennia ago. This "downsizing" trend may continue as vulnerable
Oil spills are disastrous for the environment, but a newly developed absorbent polymer could prove a novel cleaning solution. Developed by Australian and European researchers, with details published in the journal Advanced Sustainable Systems, the material is actually a combination of used cooking oils and sulphur — the latter of which is a waste product of the petroleum industry. Like a sponge, the polymer sucks up crude oil, which then can be squeezed and reused again.
"Now we have the complete monument," Dietrich Raue, who leads the Heliopolis mission with Aiman Ashmawy, tells CNN. "We can be very sure that nothing has been reworked, and that it's a genuine piece of art of the 26th Dynasty." 'Absolutely unique' This comes as a surprise, he adds. The first royal colossi -- larger-than-life sculptures -- were produced in the 12th dynasty (1938-1756 BC), but the trend reached its height in the 19th, under Ramses II (1292-1190 BC). After Ramses, there was a steady decline in sculpture. That is what makes the quartzite colossus of Psamtik I so rare and so special. "As a creation of the period, such a huge statue is absolutely unique so far," says Marsha Hill, a
At a small farm in Rockville, located in Hanover County in the central part of Virginia, a customer peruses the fare of grass-fed beef, poultry and eggs and asks the young proprietor, C.J. Isbell: "Is this pasture raised?" He answers with pride, "Oh yeah. We move the cows every day." Isbell is solely responsible for what he's selling - having raised it, processed some of it, and marketed it by himself. Isbell's endeavor is all the more admirable given the tenuous state of the small farm in America today: over 12-thousand American farms went out of business in 2017; Net farm incomes have dropped 52 percent in the last five years; Bankruptcies are up 33 percent in the last two years. That, according
A U.S. Marshals Service statement said two federal deputy marshals arrested Lois Riess, 56, about 8:30 p.m. at a South Padre Island, Texas, restaurant. South Padre Island is a beach resort community 27 miles (43 kilometers) from the crossing into Mexico. Riess had been on the run since at least late March when her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found fatally shot at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.
"My Reality: A Hidden America": Waitressing is a first job for many in the workforce and these women say they have dealt with lewd comments, inappropriate touching and predatory situations at work.
Internal efforts to introduce a “secret science” initiative requiring all data used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be made public has been met with concern not only from scientists and environmentalists but from members of EPA head Scott Pruitt’s own staff. Plans to adopt anti-science rules pushed by longtime climate denier and House Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) have seen resistance from employees within the EPA, Politico first reported Friday. Smith has pushed for restricting the EPA’s use of scientific evidence, arguing the agency should only use scientific studies based on public data. As critics have pointed out in the past, the impact would
Small "nano-satellites" could soon play a big role in U.S. Army plans to win ground wars, a top U.S. Army official said Thursday. Lt. Gen. Jim Dickinson, head of the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command explained the technology in Colorado Springs, Colo., on the final day of the 34th annual Space Symposium. The event focused on how best to combat the increasing ability of adversarial countries to explore space. Vice President Mike Pence spoke ahead of the official opening on Monday, FOX 21 reported. One of the key concerns for the Army is potential enemies' greater likelihood of being able to jam U.S. satellite signals, Dickinson said. "The character of warfare has changed," he told a packed
The referral to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia does not mean McCabe will ever be charged, but it does raise the prospect that the longtime law enforcement official could face a criminal investigation into whether he illegally misled officials about his authorization of a news media disclosure. McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said the standard for an inspector general referral is very low and he expected McCabe to avoid prosecution. “We are confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the administration, the US Attorney’s Office will conclude that it should decline to prosecute,” Bromwich said in a statement.
It’s not easy being a bug, especially one as small as an ant. The list of potential predators is lengthy for the diminutive creatures, so it’s no wonder they’ve developed an arsenal of defense mechanisms including painful bites, stings and overpowering enemies by sheer numbers. But one newly discovered ant species goes above and beyond when it senses danger. It explodes — killing itself — and coats adversaries in a toxic yellow goo, the ultimate act of self-sacrifice to protect its colony. These valiant ants are the newest addition to the species group Colobopsis cylindrica, more colloquially known as “the exploding ants,” according to a detailed survey of the insects published Thursday in ZooKeys,
Stargazers are going to appreciate these April showers. Night skies in the Northern Hemisphere are going to sparkle with meteors this month as the annual Lyrid meteor shower puts on a spectacular display -- with 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. "The number of meteors can vary, and very rarely 'storm,' but on a very dark and moonless night there are usually up to 20 good meteors an hour," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory "This year's peak should be relatively free of bright moonlight as the moon will set before the peak of the shower." The Lyrid meteor shower has reportedly been around 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest meteor showers on record. It hit Earth around April
The city of Newnan, Ga., is steeling itself for a possible clash between neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters on Saturday. Anti-fascist counter-protesters are planning to gather in response to a rally planned by the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group, the Newnan Times-Herald reports. The NSM is expecting between 50 and 100 people to gather in Newnan’s Greenville Street Park — which has been surrounded by barricades and a chain-link fence — on Saturday afternoon, USA Today reports.
Michael Barrett has an old-fashioned flip phone. As appalling images of panicked children and adults apparently victims of poison gas or cruel nerve agents go viral, the labs and the equipment store of the world's global chemical arms watchdog hum with activity. Tucked away in a small industrial zone in the Dutch suburb of Rijswijk, the two-storey building, with about 20 staff, has been key to the two decades of painstaking work by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate the world's toxic arms stockpiles.
Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Virginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and most recently Colorado. Thursday’s vote followed weeks of protests in Arizona and an offer from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to give teachers 20 percent raise by 2020. “The worst possible thing we could do is not take action right now,” said Noah Karvelis, an organizer for Arizona Educators United.
The freediving Bajau people of Southeast Asia, however, are not your average people. Scientists have discovered the group of “sea nomads” may have developed genetic adaptations that allow them to free dive to depths of up to 230 ft. Bajau members report lasting up to thirteen minutes underwater in a single dive. For more than 1,000 years the Bajau have lived off of the seas in Southeast Asia.
With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains an experienced litigator and former U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Trump is looking to bring his involvement with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to a close, and is considering whether to sit for questioning by Mueller’s team.
Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine. Igor is a 13-year old tiger living in the zoo in the southern Hungarian town of Szeged. It has been suffering from hip joint pains for years.
Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Mack, 35, starred in The CW network’s “Smallville,” ending in 2015, but has played only minor roles since then. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM.
These days, blood-testing startup Theranos is on its last legs. But in 2014, the billion-dollar company and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, were on top of the world. Back then, Theranos was a revolutionary idea thought up by a woman hailed as a genius who styled herself as a female Steve Jobs. Holmes was the world's youngest female self-made billionaire, and Theranos was one Silicon Valley's unicorn startups. Then it all came crashing down. The shortcomings and inaccuracies of Theranos's technology were exposed, along with the role Holmes played in covering it all up. Theranos and Holmes were charged with massive fraud, and the company was forced to close its labs and testing centers. This is how
Sunday is Earth Day, a celebration conceived by then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and first held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience. Most activities were organized at the grassroots level. In recent years, however, Earth Day has devolved into an occasion for professional environmental activists and alarmists to warn of apocalypse, dish anti-technology dirt, and proselytize. Passion and zeal now trump science, and provability takes a back seat to plausibility. The Earth Day Network, which organizes Earth Day events and advocacy, regularly distorts science and exaggerates
Is death planet NIbiru coming to kill us all again? (Getty) Good news, everyone, the world isn’t going to end on Monday – instead, the end has been postponed at least until May, or possibly later in the year. That’s straight from the mouth of David Meade
Delta and Southwest airline accidents open the door to safety concerns. The 'CyberGuy' Kurt Knutsson reacts on 'Fox & Friends First.'