Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics. "It's a small agency to coordinate and lead," Turnbull told reporters. "The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential." Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency's charter would be developed by the end of March. "The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," Cash said in a statement. "A national
The 36-year-old Mexican marketing consultant recounted an ordeal of more than 30 hours that started on Tuesday afternoon when the 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, bringing down the office block she was in, along with dozens of other buildings. When the trembling started, Zamora told AFP, she grabbed her phone and went to the reception area on the third floor of the six-story structure.
With Mexico still reeling from devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that occurred around the time that major hurricanes plowed through the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, some might wonder whether the two natural disasters are somehow related. As Irma battered Caribbean islands with heavy rainfall and powerful winds, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s southern coast on Sept. 7. Meanwhile, Katia also lashed the country’s eastern coast. Weeks later, Mexico was again rattled by powerful 7.1 and 6.1 magnitude earthquakes as Maria pounded Puerto Rico and several other islands in the Caribbean Sea. The earthquakes have killed more than 320 people. While it’s not uncommon
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the great architectural marvels of history, but how exactly the ancient Egyptians were able to haul the massive blocks into place-- some from more than 500 miles away-- has become a beguiling historical mystery. Theories abound, including wild postulations about ancient alien encounters, but little documentation has ever been uncovered that could finally put the matter to rest. That is, until now. Archaeologists have uncovered ancient papyrus in the ancient port of Wadi al-Jarf, on the Red Sea, that appears to be a firsthand account of the construction of the Great Pyramid. The documents of note are contained within a diary of a man named Merer, an official
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has some good news and bad news for the creative team behind “Game of Thrones.” On the one hand, they got a big detail about their dragons absolutely right... but on the other, they also got something glaringly wrong
Monday, September 25, 2017: The radiant, unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 6753 twinkles in deep space in this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is one of only two known spiral galaxies both close enough and massive enough for astronomers to study its corona, or a cloud of hot gas surrounding the galaxy. NGC 6753 lies 150 million light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Pavo. — Hanneke Weitering
Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by Judge Denise Cote. The sentencing completed the sordid downfall of the New York Democrat, whose penchant for exchanging lewd messages and photos with young women online destroyed his career in Congress in 2011, doomed his bid for mayor of New York in 2013, wrecked his marriage to Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and became entangled in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Katherine G. Johnson, the human computer behind some of NASA’s biggest advancements, attended the ribbon cutting of the research facility named in her honor on Friday. The 99-year-old mathematician was thrust into the spotlight last year when the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures told the story of three black women who broke barriers at NASA. Johnson, along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, shattered the segregational norms within the agency in the 1960s to push forward some of the country’s greatest aerospace advancements. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility is a state-of-the-art facility run by NASA’s Langley Research Center.
Marie Tillman released a statement to CNN on Monday after President Donald Trump retweeted an account referencing Pat Tillman and using the hashtag #StandForOurAnthem. Trump has criticized NFL players for kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police treatment of blacks and other social injustices. More than 200 NFL players knelt or sat during the anthem this weekend.
France is planning to cut back on use of all pesticides, the government said Monday, though it rowed back on an announcement of an outright ban on controversial chemical glyphosate. Government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said earlier Monday that France -- Europe's biggest food producer -- intended to phase out glyphosate completely by 2022 over fears that it may cause cancer.
French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn't shown any awareness in 15 years. During months of experimental treatment, his gaze could follow a moving object and he turned his head toward people speaking to him. The treatment involved implanting a device in the man's chest to electrically stimulate the vagus nerve, which extends into the brain.
At Tesla, Peter Carlsson spent nearly five years at Elon Musk’s side, locating various parts of the Model S as the electric car company's global supply chain manager. "The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions, and that means low cost and high volume," Musk said back in 2006. Now, as Tesla builds its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert, the company is recapitulating that mission, aiming to reduce not just the energy consumed by its cars, but the energy used to build its battery in the first place.
Saving endangered species in a changing ocean What if, after bringing a species back from the edge of extinction, you return it to an environment that’s so changed, it may no longer accept it? As climate change is creating warmer, acidifying oceans with less oxygen and more uncertainty, that’s the challenge now facing a group of California researchers trying to save the endangered white abalone. Kristin Aquilino, an assistant project scientist at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, is in charge of the largest population of endangered white abalone that exists in the world. There’s some pressure with that. Science at 5 a.m. It’s 5 a.m. inside the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.
After years of being washed, perfumed and fed in ancient Egypt, the statue of a revered Egyptian deity was given a proper burial with other "dead" statues more than 2,000 years ago, a new study finds. Ancient Egyptians buried the statue of the deity Ptah — the god of craftsmen and sculptors — with other revered statues, including those of a sphinx, baboon, cat, Osiris and Mut, in a pit next to Ptah's temple. The statue of Ptah had likely sat in the temple for years, but it and the other sacred objects were respectfully buried after they accumulated damage and were declared useless by the ancient Egyptians, the researchers said.
At least one woman was killed and seven people were injured Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire outside a Tennessee church, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. Police said the 26-year-old suspect opened fire outside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as people were leaving the church following Sunday morning services. What happened at the Antioch Church?
You know a topic is trending when the likes of Tesla's Elon Musk and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg publicly bicker about its potential risks and rewards. In this case, Musk says he fears artificial intelligence will lead to World War III because nations will compete for A.I. superiority. Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has called such doomsday scenarios "irresponsible" and says he is optimistic about A.I.
President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation Sunday restricting citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S., replacing the expiring ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The new travel ban, which will take effect on Oct. 18, will continue to impact citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria but will now also include travelers from Chad, North Korea and certain individuals from Venezuela. “Making America Safe is my number one priority.
On Saturday, an unnamed University of Maryland hero put those same principles to work, crushing a beer can on her head so smoothly that it put nature to shame. The viral video, posted to Twitter by Texas lawyer David Ruff, shows a woman standing on a table as she catches a can of beer above her head, jerks her arm back for propulsion, crushes the can on her forehead and flips it expertly above her mouth to pound its contents. The Maryland Beer Queen does all of this in one natural, fluid motion, draining the can in a matter of seconds.
A female Marine officer made history Monday by becoming the first woman to graduate from the U.S. Marines Corps’ demanding Infantry Officer Course. The lieutenant, who wants to keep her identity private, successfully completed the 13-week training in Quantico, Virginia, becoming the U.S.’s first-ever female infantry officer. The course is considered one of the Corps’ toughest, and is designed to train prospective officers “in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders,” according to the Marines.
A 20-year-old man from France fifteen years back met with a car accident and suffered damage to his brain putting him is a vegetative state or a state where from he never regained consciousness. Now he is 35 years and an experimental low-intensity nerve stimulation method has been found to stir him into a “minimally conscious state”. Although he is not completely awake, there is hope that after similar brain injury the brain may be revived. In this new study published in Current Biology, the team of researchers including Angela Sirigu, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Institute for Cognitive Sciences–Marc Jeannerod in Lyon, France and her colleagues, tried vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on the patient.
Ford’s F-series pickups are the best-selling vehicles in the US, followed by Chevy Silverados, and Dodge Rams. Ford's F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981, and it's critically important to Ford. Trucks are profit centers for automakers, which is why Ford agonizes over every change and update.
Bill Gates doesn't completely understand quantum computing, the Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder and verified computer whiz told the Wall Street Journal Monday. "I know a lot of physics and a lot of math. But the one place where they put up slides and it is hieroglyphics, it's quantum," Gates said. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has trouble perfectly explaining the concept, too, he said. It's impossible to explain quantum in one sentence, even for the leader of a company that's experimented with the concept for 12 years. Though it appears close to impossible to boil down quantum computing in one quick explanation, Microsoft's past and present leaders agreed on the concept's usefulness.
Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered, scientists say. Last year, the giant panda was downgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Habitat loss is the most serious threat to the animal, which is seen as an icon of global extinction efforts. "What's new in this study is our ability to assess the status of the giant panda by using satellite imagery and then use that information to come up with recommendations of how better to manage this iconic threatened species," said Prof Stuart Pimm, of Duke University,
“It appears the island could have supported 17,500 people at its peak, which represents the upper end of the range of previous estimates,” said Cedric Puleston, lead author of the study, based at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, in a statement. “Despite its almost complete isolation, the inhabitants of Easter Island created a complicated social structure and these amazing works of art before a dramatic change occurred,” Puleston added.