A Nobel Prize-winning scientist said Thursday he had resigned as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest the "repressive policies" of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Torsten Wiesel, a co-winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine, joined four other foreign scientists who also have renounced their positions as external members of the academy. Wiesel, a Swedish-born neurobiologist who served as president of The Rockefeller University in New York, confirmed his resignation in an email to The Associated Press. "The academy has wisely stayed out of politics and focused on its mission in science and education," Wiesel said. "My resignation should be considered
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S., and the world overall, according to the scientific and national security communities. Yet the issue was virtually shut out by the three presidential debates. In the debate on Wednesday
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the White House's "moonshot" to find a cure for cancer has been making real progress in the past year, but more needs to be done as the nation prepares to elect a new president. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of health care professionals and researchers gathered in Boston, the 73-year-old Democrat touched on a range of initiatives the "Cancer Moonshot" task force he chairs has been working on since President Barack Obama announced the effort in his final State of the Union in January. Biden, who lost his son, Beau, a former Delaware attorney general, to cancer last year, said the administration is trying to speed up the federal drug approval process and make it easier for cancer patients to take part in clinical trials.
A $1.4 billion project to build one of the world's largest telescopes is up against intense protests by Native Hawaiians and others who say building it on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain will desecrate sacred land. Hearings for the project's construction permit began Thursday. By the end of the day, the first witness was still being questioned by the numerous parties involved in the case. It's the second time the project has faced the proceedings. Dozens of witnesses plan to testify in the coming weeks, including a group of Native Hawaiians who support the telescope. It's not clear when a retired judge overseeing the hearings would rule. Here are things to know about the embattled telescope:
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines Friday to help parents manage their kids’ screen time. Here is some of their advice: Children under the age of 2 should avoid all digital media use except for video chatting via apps like Skype and Facetime. If you must introduce digital media to toddlers between the ages of 18 and 24 months, choose high-quality programming and sit with your child. Solo viewing should be avoided. Children ages 2 to 5 years should have no more than one hour of screen use a day. Be sure to select high-quality programming and watch it with your children. Keep bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtime free of screens. (Parents, that goes for you too: Set
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), university president Rafael Reif sees the future. Universities like MIT are now about more than just higher education; they’ve become a source of groundbreaking research and innovation. At MIT, 89 percent of undergraduate students participate in research opportunities by graduation, working on cutting-edge research projects. MIT announced this week its nuclear fusion reactor set a world record for plasma pressure. Researchers on campus are also trying to develop meltdown-proof nuclear reactors, all as part of its “Campaign for a Better World” for clean energy. Society may not yet be ready to embrace the expanded use of nuclear power, but Reif
(Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA TV reported, two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The peak of the Orionid meteor shower will occur right before dawn on Friday, and Bill Cooke, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, expects the shower to rain an expected 25 meteors per hour. It’s going to be a cosmic spectacle you won’t regret ignoring the snooze button for. Earth is currently passing through the wake of Comet Halley, the mother comet of the Orionid meteors.
Two years ago Stephen Hawking told the BBC that the development of full artificial intelligence, could spell the end of the human race. His was not the only voice warning of the dangers of AI - Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak also expressed their concerns about where the technology was heading - though Professor Hawking's was the most apocalyptic vision of a world where robots decide they don't need us any more. What all of these prophets of AI doom wanted to do was to get the world thinking about where the science was heading - and make sure other voices joined the scientists in that debate. That they have achieved that aim was evident on Wednesday night at an event in Cambridge marking
Hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation across Haiti earlier this month after the Category 4 storm flattened houses, flooded streets and killed hundreds of people. New satellite images from NASA's Earth Observatory and DigitalGlobe show the extent
Alaska's majestic Denali National Park is home to North America's tallest mountain and a wide array of wild animals, including moose, wolves and grizzly bears. Researchers found the fossilized bones of what they think are dinosaurs during a July 2016 expedition that included paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the National Park Service, according to an online announcement that was made Tuesday (Oct. 18). The group also discovered several new dinosaur trackways — fossilized impressions of footprints left by dinosaurs that once walked though mud that later turned into rock.
ABC's Jim Avila was granted the first prison interview with Christopher Waide, who is serving a 48-year prison sentence for the murder of Lea Porter. It. Heroes James settings. You could easily. You can take the knife away from their sort of the dead
A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo. At least two houses collapsed, and television footage showed roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor.
Australia on Thursday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder. Canberra insists it is doing more than ever before to protect the reef, but its annual report into water quality, seagrass and coral gave it a "D" -- which represents "poor" -- for the fifth year in a row. The reef receives run-off from 35 major catchments in an area larger than Japan, with sediment in the water reducing the light available to seagrass ecosystems and coral reefs, affecting coral settlement, growth and reproduction.
Career site Glassdoor recently unveiled its list of the 50 highest-paying college majors. Not surprisingly, college majors focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education came out on top. Through an analysis of resumes and salary reports, Glassdoor came up with a listing of college majors that yield the most earnings during the first five years out of college.
The Schiaparelli probe, part of a broader mission to search for evidence of life on the Red Planet, was to test technologies during the descent and on the surface for a rover scientists hope to send to Mars in 2020. "We've had two over flights (by Mars orbiters) and there was no signal," the European Space Agency's (ESA) Spacecraft Operations Manager Andrea Accomazzo told journalists on Thursday. The disc-shaped 577-kg (1,272 lb) Schiaparelli is part of the Russian-European ExoMars program that is seeking signs of life.
Unlike regular gliding, which gradually results in a bird losing altitude, soaring represents a special type of gliding in which birds fly on rising air currents, known as thermals. Dr. Dan Edwards of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is also familiar with this type of energy-efficient locomotion. “I was studying autopilots and was hanging out with some of my friends from the robotics club,” Edwards told Digital Trends.
The reason one woman gets hot flashes while another woman stays cool and comfortable through menopause may come down to differences between their genes, a new study finds. Researchers have identified several genetic variations that increase the likelihood that a woman will experience hot flashes and night sweats during or after menopause, the study said. More than 70 percent of women experience hot flashes and night sweats, according to the study, published today (Oct. 19) in the journal Menopause.
Tesla Motors will now equip all of its electric vehicles, including the Model 3, with full self-driving hardware, the company announced Wednesday. Model S and Model X vehicles with this new hardware are already in production, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, said on a call with reporters. "All cars that Tesla makes from hereon out will have the hardware needed to be fully autonomous," he said.
The discovery of an ancient piece of aluminium is being hailed as evidence that aliens visited Earth 250,000 years ago. The mysterious hunk of metal was found in Romania during the 1970s, when the country was under communist rule. Now tests at a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, have revealed that the strange fragment of metal is made up of 90 percent aluminium and is 250,000 years old. Aluminium was not produced by mankind until about 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held up as a sensational find. Gheorghe Cohal, the Deputy Director of the Romanian Ufologists Association, told local media: "Lab tests concluded it is an old UFO fragment
The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a "serious threat" to a region that protects the nation from flooding and holds one of the world's last populations of wild tigers. Bangladesh countered on Thursday that the concerns were misplaced, and that it would continue with construction as the 1.3-gigawatt Rampal power station was crucial for expanding electricity capacity in a country where only six out of 10 people have access.
Threatened by habitat loss and hunting, Madagascar's lemurs, a critically endangered species, are finding refuge in a private sanctuary on this vast Indian Ocean island. At Nahampoana game reserve, one of the wide-eyed creatures -- the island's signature primate -- appears between long bamboo stems, while a little further down three others play in the trees on a riverbank. Nearly two decades ago, this 50-hectare (123 acre) former French colonial garden was turned into a privately run game reserve.
It's said that an infinite number of monkeys sitting at an infinite number of typewriters would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare. New research finds that a noninfinite number of monkeys holding a noninfinite number of rocks might at least produce something like stone tools. Capuchin monkeys banging rocks against one another can accidentally make stones once thought to bear the telltale marks of a toolmaking human ancestor, researchers reported today (Oct. 19) in the journal Nature.
Even to the naked eye, the Milky Way is a stunning thing. That makes a high-resolution look at the galaxy's hydrogen clouds even more dramatic. Scientists from Australia and Germany have produced a new, detailed survey of the Milky Way, dubbed HI4PI. It shows the presence of hydrogen gas in the galaxy, Naomi McClure-Griffiths, a professor at the Australian National University (ANU) told Mashable, as well as its neighbours, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds. SEE ALSO: Bye, bye, Rosetta: The best moments from the spacecraft's historic mission The map is a full sky survey of the Milky Way, in the same way the Earth is sometimes laid out as a 2D map. "You can see the plane of the Milky