Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday exhorted young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, saying those fields will provide the jobs and innovation for the future. Ivanka Trump, a successful entrepreneur who considers herself as a women's rights activist, lamented that women make up 48 percent of America's work force but only 24 percent of STEM professionals. Women are increasingly underrepresented in important fields of science, technology, engineering and math," Trump said.
A New York design firm has created a – rather ambitious – plan for a building which could turn the way we live upside down. Instead of a skyscraper, it’s a ‘groundscraper’ – which hangs upside down from an orbiting asteroid. New York design firm Clouds Architecture Office came up with the idea – which already has a name, Analemma.
Energy giant Exxon Mobil has asked the Trump administration not to scrap US participation in the landmark Paris climate agreement, running counter to White House moves on carbon emissions. The news came as President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled a new executive order that could roll back some of the previous Democratic administration's policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In a March 22 letter to Trump energy advisor G David Banks, Exxon's head of environmental policy and planning, Peter Trelenberg, praised the 2015 Paris Agreement as the first to tackle emissions by both the developed world and developing countries such as China and India.
Argentina suspended Canadian mining company Barrick Gold on Thursday after the firm admitted to a new spill at a mine in the Andes mountains, its third in two years. Barrick said Wednesday that a pipeline at its Veladero gold and silver mine had sprung a leak the day before, spilling liquid used in the mining process. It insisted there were no toxic chemicals in the spill, but environmental groups called for the company to be banned.
New law allows internet service providers to mine personal data like Social Security numbers and health info
The time frame for when bison – the most successful mammal in colonizing North America after humans – came to the continent from Asia has long been a matter of debate. But a group of Canadian scientists, using genetic and geologic information, recently were able to pinpoint a time frame of when these beasts came across the Bering Land Bridge. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Bison came to North America between 135,000 and 195,000 years ago – a lot sooner than the 640,000 years ago stipulated in previous estimations. Bison also apparently fared quite well in their new home, quickly multiplying their number, diversifying and becoming the
NASA has launched a new web-based search engine for its extensive library of space-related images, videos and audio files. The online catalog doesn’t feature every bit of media that NASA has ever captured but instead, a collection of the best images it has released to the public. That’s not to say that content feels limited – quite the opposite, really. A quick image search for “Saturn,” for example, returns more than 3,600 stunning results while a query for our nearest celestial neighbor, the moon, generates nearly 5,600 hits. As someone that has long been fascinated with the solar system and space in general, I can easily see myself spending hours drooling over the beautiful imagery (and will
By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - Extreme floods wreaking havoc in Peru are also threatening the South American country's rich archeological heritage and the tourism that thrives on it, a Peruvian archaeologist said on Tuesday. At least 50 archaeological sites in Peru have been damaged by the intense rains that are battering northern Peru, resulting in a drastic drop in related tourism, said archaeologist and explorer Walter Alva. Alva discovered the tomb of Peru's "Lord of Sipan" in 1987, a gold-adorned find that established the Moche culture as one of Peru's rich coastal civilizations that flourished long before the Incan Empire in the Andes.
Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the Atlantic Ocean off New England's coast are asking to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges its creation. Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in September using the Antiquities Act. "It's an extraordinarily important ocean park, and the first such monument in the Atlantic, and we want to have a role in defending it," Brad Sewell, an attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, said Thursday.
NASA has launched a library of 140,000 of its most iconic images – from manned space missions to satellite images of Mars. The NASA Image and Video Library is fully searchable – and puts together imagery from 60 separate NASA collections into one place. The new library shows off a Flickr-style display of the space agency’s latest images – and also lets users search by ‘Popular’ images to find NASA’s most iconic pictures easily.
An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when passes closer to Earth than at any return since its discovery in 1858. The comet's perihelion point, which is that part of its orbit taking it closest to the sun, lies just outside Earth's orbit. This year, the perihelion passage occurs April 12, when the comet will be 97.1 million miles (156.3 million kilometers) from the sun. But because the orbit of the comet nearly parallels the orbit of Earth at this point, there will be a six-day period — from March 29 through April 3 — when Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresák will be very near to its closest point to Earth. The comet
President Donald Trump took action on Tuesday to curb rules that underpin American emissions targets, making it clear climate change was not a priority, but said nothing about the 2015 Paris accord. The White House has said discussions on the deal, which has been signed by more than 190 countries including the United States, are still under way. Q. What do you think the impact would be of the United States pulling out of the Paris accord?
A Hong Kong court has convicted two people of illegally possessing ivory chopsticks after radiocarbon dating proved the items were produced after 1990 and therefore unlawful, the government said Wednesday. Domestic trade in ivory imported legally into Hong Kong before that year is not against the law if the seller has a government licence. "It's the first time the Hong Kong government has ever used radiocarbon analysis to determine the age of ivory -- that's a total game-changer in the market," WildAid wildlife campaigner Alex Hofford told AFP.
Archaeologists have unearthed part of an ancient Roman city in southern France, known as Ucetia. The excavations began in October 2016 at the request of the French state, after local authorities bought land near the modern-day city of Uzes (near Nimes) to build a boarding school and a canteen. A team led by Philippe Cayn from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) excavated the 4,000m sq site, to make sure construction works wouldn't destroy any major artefacts.
A powerful cyclone that smashed into northeastern Australia could have caused further damage to the under-pressure Great Barrier Reef, turning parts into an "underwater wasteland", scientists warned Thursday. There are already fears for the survival of corals in the central and northern areas of the World Heritage-listed marine ecosystem that stretches 2,300 kilometres (around 1,430 miles) off the Queensland state coast, after two consecutive years of mass bleaching from warming sea temperatures. While storms can bring relief through rain and cloud cover to corals suffering from heat stress, Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which barrelled through the region this week, mostly struck the reef's southern parts, which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching.
LIMA, Peru – In a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a simulator mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars now contains a hint of life: a nascent potato plant. After experimenting in the Andean nation's dry, desert soil, scientists have successfully grown a potato in frigid, high carbon-dioxide surroundings. Though still in early stages, investigators at the International Potato Center believe the initial results are a promising indicator that potatoes might one day be harvested under conditions as hostile as those on Mars. The findings could benefit not only future Mars exploration, but also arid regions already feeling the impact of climate change. "It's not only about bringing potatoes
The trial was done by Case Western Reserve University researchers and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) center. "For somebody who's been injured eight years and couldn't move, being able to move just that little bit is awesome to me," said the 56-year-old patient, Bill Kochevar, who became paralyzed from the shoulders down following a bicycle accident. "It's better than I thought it would be." A lot of work has led up to that small but important win. Scientists have been working for decades developing an intracortical brain-computer interface (iBCI). At first, patients could only use the tech to control images on a screen, but researchers and doctors eventually got them to
Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are developing a technology that enables humans to control turtles with their minds. The human-turtle interface combines features from brain-computer interfaces and computer-brain interfaces, which send signals from brains to computers and computers to brains respectively. Led by Phill-Seung Lee of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Sungho Jo of the Computing Schoo, the KAIST concept aims to guide the animal subject by tapping into its instincts, including its fight-or-flight response.
If only mosquitos moved this slowly in real life, giving us ample time to smash or flick them before they took a juicy bite. The video above shows a mosquito moving 667 times more slowly than normal. Scientists used eight high-speed cameras recording
A bone from a raven’s wing with seven regularly spaced notches carved into it is the strongest evidence yet that Neanderthals had an eye for aesthetics. Evidence that Neanderthals used pigments, buried objects alongside their dead, and collected bird feathers and claws had been taken as signs of behaviours that were once considered unique to our species of Homo sapiens. Incisions in bones and stone objects could be the result of butchery or other practical activities, rather than artistic engravings. “It has been proposed that talons and big feathers were used as personal ornaments, but in reality we don’t have any direct evidence that this was the case,” says Francesco d’Errico of the University of Bordeaux, France.
Republicans are using the language of science reformers to obstruct the EPA. House Republicans just passed two bills that will make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to use scientific research to protect health and the environment. Over the past two days, the House has passed the “HONEST Act” and the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act.” On the surface, they seem noble.
The mayors of Paris, London and Seoul on Wednesday launched an initiative to rate the most polluting vehicles in a bid to keep them off the roads of their cities. Speaking at a press conference in Paris, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said respiratory problems caused by emissions led to 9,000 deaths a year in his city. Major car manufacturers have been invited to participate in the scheme, but Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo admitted that trust "needed to be rebuilt" after the scandal over emissions test cheating that embroiled Volkswagen and has also drawn in French giant Renault.
A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere, about one-fifth of the 3.45 million premature deaths from air pollution. The study says 12 percent of those deaths, about 411,000 people, are a result of air pollution that has blown across national borders.
The Sopochin family has seen oil majors gradually encroach on the land in Siberia where they have herded reindeer for generations, but the latest project has made them draw the line. "All of our territory sits on top of oil," says 26-year-old Stepan Sopochin, whose family is indigenous to the Siberian Khanty-Mansi region. Every April the family moves their 250-strong herd north to a less wooded area where snow melts quicker, exposing fresh grass for calving females.
The United States needs to make clear that it's ready and able to fight a war that extends into space, a top military official said. Such a "preparation without provocation" strategy would both protect American space assets and help prevent conflicts from flaring up in the final frontier, said Navy Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard, deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). "Just as nuclear assets deter aggression by convincing potential adversaries there's just no benefit to the attack, we have to maintain a space posture that communicates the same strategic message," Richard said on March 22 during a presentation at a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference in Washington, D.C.