Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list. Rep. Larry Lockman has introduced a bill that would limit the attorney general's ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change.
Engineers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have developed an innovative way of using the sun to power a "synthetic skin" used on prosthetic limbs. The team at Glasgow had previously developed an "electronic skin" made from graphene to cover prosthetic hands, the university added.
Some of the most basic categories in the dinosaur family tree may be in need of a rewrite. For around 130 years, scientists have divided dinosaurs into two major groups (called "clades"), based in large part on their bone structure, especially the shape of their hips. These two groups are the Ornithischia (or "bird-hipped") and the Saurischia (or "lizard-hipped") dinosaurs. But now, a group of researchers says this scheme is wrong. Famous lizard-hipped Saurischians include Tyrannosaurus rex, (and many of the other bipedal carnivore dinosaurs, called theropods), whereas Ornithischians included dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus. The study, which was published Wednesday in the journal Nature, now calls
South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry emerged from the waters on Thursday, nearly three years after it sank with the loss of more than 300 lives in one of the country's worst maritime disasters. Unfavourable conditions also played a role in a series of delays in the salvage operations, with an original deadline of July 2016 pushed back until now.
Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Cornell University and co-author a new study on gratitude, discovered in recent study that spend more money on experiences, and less on material objects automatically infuses gratitude in one's life.
A new supersonic jet known as ‘Baby Boom’, backed by Sir Richard Branson, will be faster than Concorde – and will take its first test flight this year. Made of lightweight carbon-fibre composites, the plane uses existing technologies, with 40 seats, and will travel from London to New York in less than three hours and thirty minutes. ‘I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,’ Sir Richard Branson said.
In an incredibly haunting exercise of the capabilities of facial recognition technology, British researchers have given us the chance to look at a man who lived 700 years ago. The picture may look like a photograph, but it’s actually the digital facial reconstruction of a male skeleton buried in the 13th century. The remains of the man — dubbed Context 958 by researchers — were uncovered when one of the largest medieval hospital graveyards in Britain was discovered and later excavated between 2010 and 2012. Scientists have studied Context 958 and gone through the process to bring him back to life in an effort to learn more about the lives of England’s poor. “They represent a sector of the medieval
A state review has found California is on track to meet its tougher car-emission standards and urges regulators to draft more ambitious environmental targets for the future. California's Air Resources Board is expected to discuss the standards at a hearing in Riverside on Friday. The report is a midterm review of California's car emission standards for the years 2022 to 2025 and mirrors findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration that the targets are appropriate.
The staff of Fortune and a panel of experts recently assembled our annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders. Visionary, ideologue, risk-taker: None of these shorthand labels quite capture who Elon Musk is. Tesla , the automaker and sustainable-energy company that acquired SolarCity in 2016, is Musk's pathway to a carbon--emissions-free world.
Currently being employed in the North Sea fjords in Norway, along with a select few lochs in Scotland, a smart underwater drone developed by Stingray Marine Solutions is designed to help deal with the problem of sea lice. Didn’t know that salmon had lice? “It’s not a problem that’s all that well known outside of the salmon farming industry in Norway,” John Breivik, general manager at Stingray, told Digital Trends. “In fact, it’s something that salmon farms are spending a lot of money to fight.
Few places are more holy to Christians than what's thought to be Christ's tomb in Jerusalem, but scientists are now warning that there's a "very real risk" of collapse at the site. Researchers from the National Technical University of Athens say the Edicule, a shrine that encloses the cave where the faithful believe Jesus was buried and resurrected, faces "catastrophic" collapse if issues aren't remedied soon, National Geographic reports. The Edicule itself is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Scientists discovered the decaying foundation—which they say is further destabilized by the fact that it's built on rubble and atop a network of tunnels and channels—during a months-long, $4 million
The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent," said a statement by the US space agency NASA. The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet has marked three years in a row of record-breaking heat, raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of global warming and the need to curb burning of fossil fuels which spew heat-trapping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda on Friday. An outbreak of the caterpillars in several southern African nations has already raised alarm with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warning they pose "a huge threat to food security". Uganda's Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said the presence of the innocuous looking but hugely destructive brown caterpillar had been confirmed in over 20 districts of the country.
In historical sources, mentions of the Huns often evoke scenes of terror and violence. These nomadic people, who inhabited the steppes of Central Asia between the 1st and 7th centuries, are often described as having engaged in brutal conflicts with the
Ever since the National Park Service's main Twitter account appeared to "go rogue" on President Donald Trump's inauguration day, people have been using the department and its various park-specific social media accounts as a rallying point in the anti-
When you think of New Mexico, you probably think of the atomic bomb (the first detonation of a nuclear weapon took place in the “Land of Enchantment”) and meth labs (thanks, Breaking Bad!). Meet Descartes Labs, a Los Alamos-based company that uses satellite imagery to analyze and predict crop performance. The startup, originally a spin-out from Los Alamos National Lab, was founded in 2014 and has raised more than $8 million from investors like venture capital firm Crosslink Capital and serial entrepreneur Venky Harinarayan.
With an eye (no pun intended) on tweaking our abilities, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a pair of smart glasses that allows wearers to distinguish metamers, thereby seeing the difference in these colors for the first time. “The potential uses for the device are really anytime somebody is trying to distinguish similarly colored objects,” Bradley Gundlach, lead student on the project, told Digital Trends. The glasses essentially expand the vision of wearers from trichromatic, in which we see three color channels, to tetrachromatic.
Miyako has invented an adhesive gel that collects flowers’ pollen grains and deposits them on other flowers upon contact. Miyako pilots the drone from flower to flower, rubbing the horsehair against pistils and stamens. Like the adhesive in a Post-It note, the gel is tacky but not sticky, so it releases some of the pollen grains on contact.
After three days of delays caused by worker strikes in French Guiana, rocket firm Arianespace opted Thursday to postpone indefinitely the launch of satellites for South Korean and Brazilian clients. The launch will not be rescheduled "until the labour situation is resolved," Didier Faivre, director of Europe's Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, told local radio. The rocket is to deliver communications satellites for Brazil and South Korea into Earth orbit.
There's nothing quite like looking up and seeing the moon and stars on a clear night, but in the event of cloudy skies or bad weather, we've found the next best thing. Each lamp is made from upcycled garden globes and painted by hand. Maria ensures no two lamps are the same by using a variety of paints and layering techniques.
Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people realize: Healthy cells naturally make mistakes when they multiply, unavoidable typos in DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations. About two-thirds of the mutations that occur in various forms of cancer are due to those random copying errors, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday in the journal Science.
Chances are that when you think about cutting-edge bioengineering techniques for growing heart tissue, the word “spinach” isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. Maybe it should be, though, since that’s exactly what a multidisciplinary research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro has been using as a platform for growing healthy heart tissue. “In this work we combine advantages available in the plant kingdom to address needs in human tissue regeneration,” Glenn Gaudette, a biomedical engineering professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, told Digital Trends.
Inspired by origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, PUFFER is designed to change shape in order to squeeze into small crevasses that are too tight for rovers to reach. So far the two-wheeled scout has been successfully tested in hostile and diverse terrains including the Mojave Desert and Antartica. Though rovers themselves are built to last, they're expensive and NASA engineers take care not to send them on overtly dangerous missions. A handful of PUFFERs are comparatively cheap and can be deployed in high-risk regions. "They can do parallel science with a rover, so you can increase the amount you're doing in a day," Jaakko Karras, PUFFER's project manager at JPL, said in a press release.