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
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 Soyuz space capsule has successfully delivered astronauts from Russia and the United States to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage. The docking took place smoothly Friday and the crew entered the space laboratory after a lengthy procedure to open its hatches. The mission is set to last four months. The new arrivals are two astronauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. They are joining American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who were already aboard the space station. The crew is carrying the relics of Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th century saint, provided by the Russian
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
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.
No, these clouds don't solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. But they are cool. Satellite weather images showing honeycomb cloud patterns, like those above the Bermuda Triangle, are strange to see, but not uncommon. These open and closed cells occur when cold, dry air mixes over warm water. The patterns are usually spotted over the mid-North Atlantic and the North Pacific during late fall to early spring. A Science Channel report linking the weather phenomenon to the Bermuda Triangle speculates the cloud patterns, which can create updrafts and downdrafts, could be responsible for unusual activity there. Steven Miller, who appeared on the Science Channel report, said this weather pattern
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:
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
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).
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.
Jeff Bezos says he plans to spend his “Amazon winnings” on Blue Origin’s effort to build the heavy lifting infrastructure for space ventures. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he’s trying to do for outer-space ventures what delivery services and the internet did for him: provide the “heavy lifting infrastructure” that will make it possible for entrepreneurs to thrive.
The ExoMars Schiaparelli lander, which was slated to touch down on Mars on Wednesday, crashed on the planet after its thrusters shut off prematurely, the European Space Agency confirmed Friday. And because Schiaparelli still had fuel left in its tank, the craft may have exploded on impact. The nine thrusters on the small spacecraft were supposed to slow its descent through the Martian atmosphere, which is so thin that objects move through it at perilously high speeds. Images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show two new features on the surface of the planet that could be evidence of the crash. At the bottom of one close-up image, a bright white spot is thought to be the parachute used
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
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.
“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.
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.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles have found dozens of genes and two biological pathways they say influence the onset of schizophrenia. The genes were examined in a study published online in the journal Nature. The research team says their findings provide vital new information about the mental disorder, and has the potential to help develop better treatments for the disease in the future. "This work provides a road map for understanding how common genetic variation associated with a complex disease affects specific genes and pathways," lead researcher Dr. Daniel Geschwind said in a press release. Prior to the experiment, investigators hypothesized
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 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
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
Alaska’s Denali National Park just threw researchers a major, ancient bone. In July, while a team was working alongside the National Park Service, it discovered four “significant” fragments, including an ossified tendon. These fragments were “clearly parts of bigger bones from a large animal,” wrote the team in a press release. Pat Druckenmiller, curator of Earth sciences at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, said the tendon fragments probably belonged to a hadrosaur. These duck-billed larger ornithopod dinosaurs were herbivorous and are thought to have been the most abundant large animals in Alaska. More on this... “Another larger fragment is composed of spongy bone originating from
"The reason that I didn't commit suicide was that Lea's spirit came to me and told me not to," Waide said from prison. Reporter: Freshly barbered and shaved, prisoner 170598, Christopher Waide, sentenced to five decades in state prison, release date
A remote Russian observatory housing what was once the world's largest mirrored telescope has become the setting for an art installation that explores the near-infinite reaches of both outer space and the human imagination. The works on display at the Special Astrophysical Observatory by artists from Russia and Austria reflect their views of life, history and the cosmos. Operational since the 1970s, the observatory and the village that houses its staff offered some of the best conditions in the Soviet Union.
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
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.