Researchers at the University of Edinburgh just discovered 91 new volcanoes in Antarctica, bringing the total number of volcanoes in the region up to 138. Their biggest concern is that some of these volcanoes might be active.
Engineers at a lab in Florida have been working quietly for the last two and a half years on building the most powerful magnet in the world. And on Monday, they succeeded. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — whose main location is housed at Florida State University — met its goal and reclaimed its status as home to the world's strongest magnet. They called it "Project 11,"a nod to the comedy film "This is Spinal Tap" about a fictional heavy metal band whose guitarist boasts an amplifier that doesn't go up to 10 but to 11. Lab officials said they tested a 41.4-tesla magnet, which is roughly 20 times the strength of a magnet used in medical imaging machines and vastly stronger than the
The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau's mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong's skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where images showed cars underwater and people swimming along streets. The Macau government said two bodies were found in a flooded car park early Thursday, and that two more died when they were trapped in the basement of their shop.
For a mere hour and 33 minutes on Monday, the United States was the chosen place where the new moon’s shadow fell as it aligned with the sun. This total solar eclipse wasn’t just a celestial event, it was a huge opportunity for science education and money-making that America seized with gusto. Towns, cities, planetariums, NASA, and businesses large and small planned for months if not years, and invested heavily to make it possible for people to watch and enjoy it. And while overall we all came out ahead, the eclipse turned out better for some than others. Here are five winners and three losers from the biggest astronomy event of the year. Winner: science Science — both the scientific method and
The HL Hunley sank on February 17 1864 after torpedoing the USS Housatonic outside Charleston Harbour, South Carolina, during American Civil War. Three years of experiments on a mini-test sub have shown that the torpedo blast would have created a shockwave great enough to instantly rupture the blood vessels in the lungs and brains of the submariners.
Environmentalists went to court Wednesday to demand that the Dutch government take urgent action to improve air quality, arguing that authorities haven't done enough to meet European Union-mandated targets. The summary hearing in The Hague was part of a crowd-funded legal battle by the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth, which says that the government must do more to reduce harmful airborne pollution. Lawyer Edward Brans, representing the state, said that the national government is working with provincial and local authorities to tackle "bottlenecks" in areas — mainly in busy cities — where pollution limits aren't met.
The Powerball jackpot has risen to $700 million. If new information becomes available after we have made a decision we sometimes experience regret — like feeling buyer’s remorse after deciding to purchase an expensive item that goes on sale after your purchase. When making decisions, we can anticipate future regret and incorporate the weight of that into our decision making.
There's growing evidence that tech companies are trying to stifle the views of groups with unpopular opinions and views that the Left opposes #Tucker
The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of “virtual private networks” (VPNs), which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance. China and other countries block many websites they don’t want their citizens to access, including sites such as Twitter and YouTube that allow users to freely post almost anything they like.
Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding. Doctors saw no sense in trying an expensive new drug because it hasn't been proven to work in people with the rare type of cystic fibrosis that van der Heijden had. Instead, they scraped a few cells from van der Heijden and used them to grow a mini version of her large intestine in a petri dish. When van der Heijden's "mini gut" responded to treatment, doctors knew it would help her too. "I really felt, physically,
South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn opened Wednesday, despite conservation groups protesting that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers. John Hume, who owns 1,500 rhinos on his farm north of Johannesburg, has stockpiled six tonnes of rhino horns and wants to sell 264 pieces weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds). "There is a strong likelihood that rhino horns sold domestically could be laundered into the black market and smuggled out of the country," TRAFFIC's wildlife trade specialist, Julian Rademeyer, told AFP.
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) -- Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made submarine. She never returned. On Wednesday, police confirmed that Wall's headless torso had been found on a beach near the Danish capital. The inventor, Peter Madsen, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her.Wall, 30, was last seen alive on the evening of Aug. 10 on Madsen's submarine, named UC3 Nautilus. The freelance journalist's family says she was working on a story about Madsen, 46, a celebrity entrepreneur and engineer who dreamed of
Monday may have marked a notable moment in American history: the first time a middle-aged weather forecaster trended on Twitter. His name is Tom Skilling and anyone who has lived in Chicago for long knows he's more than a TV meteorologist. He's a weather evangelist. He loves the clouds, the wind, the sky. He wants you to love them too. On Monday he brought his infectious exuberance to the eclipse, only this time he cried. There he stood as the moon crossed the sun, in front of a camera, microphone in hand, a 65-year-old man, choking up, hugging strangers and exclaiming, "Oh my word!" All over the internet, he became the incarnation of eclipse-incited rapture. "As I was descending into tears,
Pacific climate change campaigner Tony de Brum, who was instrumental in forging the 2015 Paris accord on global warming, has died aged 72, the Marshall Islands government said Wednesday. De Brum, whose tireless advocacy pricked the world's conscience over the fate of low-lying Pacific island nations threatened by rising seas, passed away Tuesday in the Marshalls' capital Majuro after a long battle with cancer.
China is on the verge of fielding an operational anti-satellite weapon. Meanwhile, both great powers are working on developing directed energy weapons to counter American satellites. “Ten years after China intercepted one of its own satellites in low-Earth orbit, its ground-launched ASAT missiles might be nearing operational service within the PLA [People’s Liberation Army],” Coats stated. “Both countries are advancing directed energy weapons technologies for the purpose of fielding ASAT systems that could blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors. Russia is developing an airborne laser weapon for use against US satellites.” Russia and China are actively pursuing new weapons and capabilities
In 2015, Chipotle went through an E. coli, norovirus, and salmonella outbreak all within a few months of one another. Since the recent norovirus outbreak, the stock has fallen 17.5%. Recently, Chipotle has been revising its menu, adding items like queso, and possibly removing other items.
Eclipses may be beautiful, but they sure aren’t easy on the eyes. Staring at the sun is dangerous at any time, unless you happen to be in the right spot to witness the brief moments of totality, when the moon perfectly covers up most of the sun and the ghostly corona can be seen. For those who witnessed the Great American Eclipse on Monday and are wondering whether they could have developed vision issues, here are a few things to know about post-eclipse eye health. First, if you used proper eclipse glasses to view the sun, you should be fine, according to Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. That hasn’t stopped some observers from worrying
Whether you enjoyed an awe-inspiring day in the path of totality or bummed out under a cloudy sky, your eclipse viewing is over for now. But don't chuck your eclipse glasses into a landfill now that Monday has come and gone. The protective eyewear can survive to see solar wonders once again. Astronomers Without Borders will be collecting eclipse glasses to distribute to schools in countries where future eclipses will be viewed, the group has announced on its website. Next up: Asia and South America, where solar eclipses will occur in 2019. "Hold on to your glasses!" the site reads. "Ask the company or organization you got them from if they will be taking part. We will announce details soon after
The spacecraft is really, really far from Earth. Along with Voyager 1, NASA sent the spacecraft to collect data about giant planets in our outer solar system. Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to observe Uranus and Neptune and it recorded valuable data about these planets during its journey.
Up to 60 million people in Pakistan are at risk from the deadly chemical arsenic, according to a new analysis of water supplies. The study looked at data from nearly 1,200 groundwater quality samples from across the country. The resulting risk map shows concentrations well above World Health Organization (WHO) safety guidelines across the Indus plain. The research has been published in the journal, Science Advances. Arsenic is a semi-metallic element found all over the world in varying concentrations. Humans come into contact with it because it leaches into groundwater from rocks and sediments. The WHO says about 150 million people around the world rely on groundwater contaminated with arsenic.
Archaeologists have uncovered a vast trading network that operated in Vietnam for 1,500 years, from 2500 BC to 1000 BC, a find that changes what was thought to be known about early Vietnamese culture. Excavators from the Australian National University School of Archaeology and Anthropology, digging at a site in southern Vietnam called Rach Nui, uncovered settlements along the Mekong Delta that were part of a network that manufactured and circulated large volumes of items over hundreds of miles. The research, published in the journal Antiquity, contradicts previous thinking that the stone tools in the area were manufactured near stone sources in interior areas. "We knew some artifacts were being
NASA offered extensive coverage of the August 21 total solar eclipse and the space agency isn't done sharing. NASA shared an "Image of the Day" on Wednesday, showing the moon's shadow, or umbra, on the face of the Earth as it blocked the sun's rays. Only
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday gave his social media following a first look at the space suit that will be worn by astronauts who man SpaceX’s first missions. Within hours of posting the image — which Musk noted was “not a mockup” — the business magnate received thousands of comments from his followers. “First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk wrote on Instagram early Wednesday morning.
NASA scientists captured images of a supernova, or an exploding star, for the first time on March 21, 2016 and we are totally transfixed by the video. While NASA has been able to see supernovae for some time, they were only capable of obtaintaing video of the ephemeral flash by monitoring 500 galaxies every 30 minutes for three years. Scientists used a Keplar space telescope to catch the star as it burst — it's the same telescope that has successfully discovered thousands of other planets. The supernova in the video, technically named KSN 2011d, is a red supergiant, which has the greatest volume of all the star classifications though they are not the biggest stars in size.