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
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
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.
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:
Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. No deaths were immediately reported Saturday in China from the typhoon. Residents in the cities of Shanwei and Shantou, in China's Guangdong province, were forced to move to safer ground as the storm hit, local authorities and state media reported.
I just completed my Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 8 election. I'm a little dazed, partly because the Official Voter Information Guide is 223 pages long, but also because of the many mailers, L.A. Times printed letters and opinions, fliers left on our doorstep, Internet coverage, speeches, TV debates and finally, the ballot itself with 43 candidates and issues to ponder. Am I tired? A little. Am I discouraged? Absolutely not. I feel lucky to have a voice, no matter how small. I want to thank our free press and media for helping me reach my voting decisions. Dan Cabrera Glendale I wish to express my strong support for NASA and its efforts to explore the solar system and understand our cosmos.
Wealthy people appear to spend less time looking at other human beings, compared with how much time people in lower social classes look at others, according to a new study that used Google Glass headsets to track people's gazes. Because the time people spend looking at something may be related to how much motivational relevance the object or person holds, the "findings make a compelling case that social classes differ in their judgments of other people's significance," the researchers wrote in their paper, published Oct. 3 in the journal Psychological Science. In the study, the researchers asked 61 people to wear a Google Glass headset while walking around in New York City.
For decades, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the disappearances of planes and ships that have tried to pass through. The 500,000 kilometers square stretch of sky above the North Atlantic Ocean connects points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. Sometimes referred to as Devil’s Triangle, the area has been associated with the sinking of mythical Atlantis, the first logged shipwreck in the area in 1609 and the disappearance of Flight 19 during WWII. However, new satellite images may help scientists debunk the many mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. The images researchers unveiled on a Science Channel segment Wednesday depict hexagonal clouds, which meteorologist
Just over a year ago, Tesla sent out a software update to its cars that made its "Autopilot" features available to customers, in what the company called a "public beta test." In the intervening 12 months, several of those customers have died while their Teslas were in autopilot mode. Cars have crashed, regulators have cracked down, and the headlines proclaiming that "Self-Driving Cars Are Here" were replaced with Tesla's assurances that autopilot was nothing but a particularly advanced driver-assist system. Given all this, one might assume that a chastened Tesla would take things more cautiously with its next iteration of autonomous technology. But in a launch event this week, Tesla introduced
“A superomniphobic material is a material that is extremely repellent to virtually any liquid,” Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, explained to Digital Trends. “That could be an acid or base, an organic liquid or an aqueous liquid, a food-grade liquid, a solvent, whatever you can think of. Professor Kota has been investigating these kind of superomniphobic materials for around a decade.
The sprawling Sundarbans, home of the Bengal tiger and pristine mangroves, could become a toxic dumping ground if a massive coal plant is built near its borders, a United Nations agency warned this week. The 1,320-megawatt Rampal plant under construction in Bangladesh would "irreversibly damage" the World Heritage Site if built as planned, UNESCO's World Heritage Center said Tuesday in a joint report with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The clay busts were the effort of University of South Florida forensic anthropologists and forensic artists who pulled images of unidentified bodies from cold case files, printed their skulls in 3D plastic, then molded heads and faces that someone might recognize. While most of this year's 20 cold cases are of adults who were found dead, one was a baby. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell talked about the case, and said there is a "tsunami" of missing and unidentified cases in Florida, partially because of the state's transient population.
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
Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor. The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones. Questions about whether ADHD might arise a few years down the road or whether schizophrenia could crop up in young adulthood tend to be overshadowed by more immediate parental anxieties. In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.
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
Along with the Geminids in December and the Perseids in August, the most reliable annual display of “shooting stars” is the Orionid meteor shower in October. Unfortunately, this year, the Orionids will face a formidable handicap. When the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak Friday morning (Oct. 21), the waning gibbous moon (more than half of its surface illuminated) will be in the sky almost all night long. Hence, its glare will severely hamper observations in 2016. The annual Orionid meteor shower usually lasts from about Oct. 16 to Oct. 26. A few swift Orionids may appear as early as the start of October, and there may be a lingering straggler or two as late as Nov. 7. The numbers seen
It’s not always easy to know when we’re in the presence of “genius.” In part, that’s because we barely agree on what it means. In Roman times, genius was not something you achieved but rather an animating spirit that adhered itself to people and places. In the 18th century, Romantics gave genius its modern meaning: Someone with special, almost divine abilities. Today, we’re quick to anoint a “marketing genius” or a “political genius,” oblivious to the fact that true genius requires no such modification. In truth, real geniuses transcend the confines of their particular domains. They inspire and awe. Which is precisely why we should use the word sparingly, lest it lose some of its magic. That’s
Can you think of anything more terrifying than a snake with legs? A study out of the University of Florida says snakes had legs 150 million years ago, but no longer do because of deleted DNA. Early fossils lead some scientists to believe snakes once had legs (some say two and others say four), which begs the question: How did they lose them? Scientists of the study, published in Current Biology, said the Sonic hedgehog (yup, like the video game) gene, still present in python embryos, spurs the growth of legs. But the gene is weak in modern snakes because supporting DNA is no longer in the reptile's system, according to the study. So, python legs are truncated — pythons and some other snakes have
A secret Nazi military base abandoned more than 70 years ago was recently rediscovered by Russian scientists, The Independent reported. The base, located in the Arctic island of Alexandra Land, served as a "tactical weather station" for the Nazis during World War II, when knowledge of the weather was vital to determining when to move troops, equipment, and ships. Because of the base's name — "Schatzgraber" or "Treasure Hunter" — some also think it was used for "the pursuit of ancient relics," The Independent reported. The base is believed to have been built in 1942, the year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia. However, the Nazis stationed there were forced to abandon the post in 1944 after they
You can’t go wrong befriending Yogesh Vohra. It’s also hoped that ion beams can be used to machine the top of the micro-anvil to a hemispherical shape, thereby creating an even narrower contact point for greater pressure.
Researchers studying the Black Sea, one of the most unique bodies of water in the world, have uncovered a veritable time capsule of ancient ships hidden in its depths. The discoveries, which currently include 41 shipwrecks, came as part of an international expedition to map in unprecedented detail the submerged ancient landscapes of the Black Sea. "We're endeavouring to answer some hotly-debated questions about when the water level rose, how rapidly it did so and what effects it had on human populations living along this stretch of the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea," Professor Jon Adams, principle investigator on the Black Sea M.A.P. project, said in a statement. The Black Sea was an important commercial trading route for ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Ottomans, and Roman, so the team expected to find shipwrecks.
If Dr. Adam Gazzaley had his way, doctors would stop using primarily prescription drugs to treat neurological issues and disorders on older patients and start prescribing video games. The professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry and director of the Gazzaley Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, has spent years learning with his research team how the brain’s ability to remember, focus and perceive the world changes with childhood development, normal aging and dementia as well as how to alleviate cognitive deficits. Although prescription drugs can be part of treatment for cognitive health, Gazzaley —whose book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (co-authored with Larry Rosen) was published by MIT Press in September — argues that better ways to treat patients exist without the potential side effects of drugs.
Isla Mujeres is a small island 13 kilometers from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. When the Spanish first came to the island they found a number of goddess images, so they named it Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women. Many of the images were of the goddess Ix Chel, the goddess of making children. She was also important to the physicians and shamans as the goddess of medicine. The island of Cozumel, near Isla Mujeres, was an important pilgrimage site for Mayan women hoping to have a fruitful marriage. I first visited Isla Mujeres in 1978 to celebrate getting my M.S. in biology. We snorkeled a lot and enjoyed a week of getting sunburned and eating seafood. If I had had a clue there were whale sharks in
The theory is explained in-depth in a new video from Kurzgesagt, but here's the elevator pitch: quantum fields (which are basically a set of rules that the tiniest bits of matter need to obey) want to move from a high energy state to a lower energy state. When they are in the lowest energy state possible, they're stable. The fear is that one of these quantum fields, the Higgs field, is not actually stable, but rather exists in a "false vacuum." This means it still contains potential energy. If this energy was somehow triggered, it would create a rolling tide of destruction, called a stable Higgs field, moving at the speed of light, vaporizing everything in its path, and leaving in its wake a void where physics as we know it would cease to exist and life would be impossible.
Ghost peppers are among the hottest chili peppers in the world, the report said. Eating a single seed from a ghost pepper can cause severe burning in the mouth that lasts up to 30 minutes, the report said. In the man's case, a ghost pepper had been pureed and served atop a hamburger as a part of an eating contest at local restaurant.