The University of Hawaii at Manoa used an area near one of the world's largest volcanoes as a proxy for Mars.
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences.
A World War I-era German submarine (commonly referred to as a U-boat) filled with 23 bodies was discovered in the waters off the coast of Belgium, officials said Tuesday. The intact, century-old vessel was found by researchers on the floor of the North Sea bordering the region of West Flanders, Governor Carl Decaluwe told the Associated Press. Damage to the front of the U-boat suggests that it struck a mine with its upper deck, according to the AP.
NASA shared views of Hurricane Maria from space as the storm intensified into a Category 5.
The Nobel Peace laureate’s global image has been damaged by violence since Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25. Rohingya fled their villages in the military crackdown that followed.
The commissions are coming. Hurricane season hasn’t ended, but forensics waits for no one, so the after-action reports on Harvey and Irma have to get started. The relevant agencies—local and perhaps federal, plus maybe some national academies and disaster responders—will all no doubt look at themselves and others to see what went right or wrong.
Nonessential occupants were asked to get off the island ahead of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that obliterated much of St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Maria is a Category 5 storm that, if the island's luck sours even more, might steamroll whatever is still upright on Saint John this week.
Verizon Wireless abruptly notified 8,500 rural customers in 13 states that they are cancelling their service due to excessive data usage in 'roaming' areas
An environmental activist is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider placing anchored rafts in the ocean as resting platforms for walruses after stampedes killed 64 animals on Alaska's northwest coast. Rick Steiner, an environmental consultant and former University of Alaska marine conservation professor, pitched the idea two years ago. The Fish and Wildlife Service concluded it didn't have the money or manpower to provide artificial resting platforms that might give a few walruses relief but not benefit the population as a whole in the absence of ice in the Chukchi Sea.
A hopeful France set out at the United Nations Monday to persuade the United States to stay in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump's administration insisted it was not changing gears. Gary Cohn, the chief White House economic adviser, reiterated Trump's opposition to the landmark accord as he met over breakfast with officials from other major economies at the start of the UN General Assembly, an annual week of diplomacy.
Michelle Krug, a junior who is studying abroad in France, said she and the other three victims are “doing okay” after a woman, who apparently suffers from a mental illness, threw hydrochloric acid at the group at the Marseille-Saint Charles train station. The acid, which Krug said was “weak” and from a water bottle, got into one of her eyes and another student’s eyes. “I ask that if you send thoughts and prayers our way, please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker so that she may receive the help she needs and deserves,” Krug wrote on Facebook.
The internet abounds with techniques for teaching elementary schoolers the difference between warm and cool colors—an often-invisible, somewhat flexible line down the middle of the color wheel to separate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns from cool blues, greens, purples, and grays. Interior designers claim that cool colors recede and make rooms expand, while warm colors make rooms cozier. This result has implications for the evolution of color vision in humans and other primates, and even the reason language developed to begin with.
On Monday morning, the space and defense industry woke up to the news that defense giant Northrop Grumman intends to buy aerospace/missile company Orbital ATK in a $7.8 billion deal. The industry reaction is, in a word, whoa. There is more at stake here than a business takeover story. Northrop is trying to capitalize on global trends that run the gamut from inspiring to disconcerting. To unpack this deal, you have to start with the players. Orbital ATK has a current contract to supply the International Space Station with cargo by launching its Antares rocket and Cygnus capsule from Wallops Island, VA. The firm also has a comfortable niche making rockets and missiles for the Pentagon. Meanwhile,
Authorities made the arrests shortly before midnight, saying people had ignored orders to disperse after the peaceful protests. A judge ruled Friday that Jason Stockley, a 36-year-old who left the department and moved to Houston three years ago, was not guilty in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Another peaceful demonstration was expected later Monday.
Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the “other people/not me” category of personal risk assessment among drivers. In the near-future, depending on how autonomous tech advances, the car could even take over control.
The Moon will align with three planets and one of the brightest stars visible from Earth tonight in a rare spectacle called lunar occultation. The phenomenon occurs once every 28 years, meaning stargazers will be out in force to observe it. Astronomers call this uncommon feast for the eyes an "occultation". Alignments with more than one planet are fairly regular, but it is unusual for so many celestial bodies to be involved in this way. Over the space of 24 hours, the moon will dance with Venus, Regulus, from the Leo constellation, Mercury and finally Mars. It already passed Venus and Regulus during the early hours of this morning. Those in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia will get the best
When the founders of Analytical Space first visited venture capitalists in an attempt to raise money for their project aimed at improving satellite communication, they ran into a common obstacle for startups taking on complicated technological issues. Investors were interested, but they didn’t want to buy in before the Boston company had actually deployed its product in space. Such disconnects between investors and “tough tech” innovators are common enough that MIT last year founded The Engine, which provides startup founders with money, technical expertise, and access to specialized equipment to help them get started. On Tuesday, The Engine is expected to announce that it has raised $200 million to invest in the companies, and that Analytical Space is among the first group of companies added to its portfolio.
A meteorite struck Earth so hard 38 million years ago that the crash caused the hottest known temperature on our planet’s surface. According to a study in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the temperature caused by the meteorite strike had to be at least 4300 degrees Fahrenheit because the crash made the mineral zircon transform into cubic zirconia — and that’s the minimum temperature required for such a reaction. “This new temperature determination is the highest recorded from any crustal rock,” the study says.
Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California's water southward under new plans to shore up funding for Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 billion project. The proposal that expands who pays for the state's biggest water project in more than a half-century could mean higher rates for millions of Californians who already get the precious resource through the complex state and federal systems of aqueducts, pumps, canals and dams. It pivots from longstanding state and federal assurances that only water districts that seek to participate would pay for the tunnels, an ambitious re-engineering of California's complex north-to-south water system.
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.
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.
With its $7.8-billion bid to buy Orbital ATK Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp. is betting that the militarization of space and missile defense will get increasing attention — and dollars — from the Pentagon. Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., has developed several small to medium-sized rockets that can hoist payloads into space. The company also makes small satellites. Northrop is best known for its bombers, drones and other military equipment. It built the B-2 bomber in Palmdale and has a contract to build the follow-up B-21 fleet, which could eventually cost more than $80 billion. But it also makes satellite components and has manufactured large satellites. The Falls Church, Va., firm is constructing
Tillerson’s comments were the strongest indication to date that the United States might mount a major diplomatic response, potentially jeopardizing the historic restart of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. The two former foes reopened embassies in Washington and Havana in 2015 after a half-century of estrangement. “We have it under evaluation,” Tillerson said of a possible embassy closure.
As little more than free-ranging bundles of genetic material, viruses desperately need to hijack their hosts’ cellular machinery and resources to replicate, over and over again. Because of that dependence, some viruses have stuck with their hosts throughout evolution, mutating to make minor adjustments every time the host branched into a new species—a process called co-divergence. The other option—cross-species transmission—occurs when a virus jumps into a completely new type of host largely unrelated to its former one.