The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. It’s unclear exactly what the members will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress.
A 310-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras. Bronze cannons confirmed "the holy grail of shipwrecks" had been found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. They are engraved with dolphins – a telltale sign they belong to the Spanish galleon San Jose, lost more than 300 years ago. "I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled," said Jeff Kaeli, a research engineer with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Kaeli was alone in his bunk on the search vessel when he spotted the cannons. "I'm not a
A group of scientists from New Zealand have decided to embark on a journey to solve one of the world’s most elusive mysteries: the Loch Ness monster. The Loch Ness monster, or "Nessie," has been a part of popular folklore since alleged sightings first came to the world's attention in 1933. The mythical creature is believed to be a large marine reptile with a long neck and large protruding humps. The team, led by professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, will investigate the shadowy waters of Loch Ness in Scotland next month. According to the Otago Daily Times, an international team of researchers from the UK, Denmark, USA, Australia and France will use environmental DNA samplings of
Heavily armed police swarmed into a suburban Baltimore community where a female officer was fatally injured Monday, searching for at least one armed suspect after witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep. Tony Kurek told The Associated Press his adult son was outside in the family’s yard Monday afternoon in the northeast Baltimore County community of Perry Hall when the son saw the officer with her gun drawn, confronting the occupants of a Jeep. Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, said he heard his younger brother “frantically screaming” and ran outside to perform CPR.
In a NASA town hall yesterday (May 17), NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area. The statement is significant because Bridenstine has expressed doubt about human-caused climate change in the past, causing some to question his suitability to lead a fact-focused NASA. In 2013, as an Oklahoma congressman, Bridenstine claimed there was no current trend toward global warming. More recently, such as in his NASA administrator confirmation hearings last November, he has acknowledged that human activity contributes to climate change. But he had
Elon Musk is not happy with Tesla's (TSLA) recent media coverage, to put it mildly. Then he said reporters are under constant pressure to produce work to attract advertising dollars from "fossil fuel companies" and other carmakers. Finally, Musk said he plans to create a site where the public can "rate the core truth of any article and track the credibility" of every reporter over time.
Last month, law enforcement in California apprehended the alleged Golden State Killer, a serial murderer and rapist who terrorized the state during the 70s and 80s. Investigators triangulated to a suspect using a combination of DNA evidence left at crime scenes and publicly available genetic genealogy websites, most notably GEDMatch. Quite provocative in its own right, the incident has sparked much discussion and debate about genetic privacy, ownership of genetic data and appropriate uses of DNA evidence, and database searching by law enforcement. As a researcher studying personal access to “raw” or uninterpreted genetic data and the ways people use it on third-party interpretation websites such as GEDMatch, I’m glad to see the public focusing on a few key distinctions in the world of personal genetic testing.
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $100 billion plan to boost teacher pay and funding for school resources, while on the same day a House committee grilled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on what she would say to the thousands of teachers across the country who have protested for better pay and more education funding this year. “We’re here today because teachers are marching on state capitols across the country, demanding higher pay, better working conditions and more resources,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a press conference Tuesday, referencing the wave of recent teacher walkouts in states from West Virginia to Arizona. The plan, also backed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, would allocate $50 billion to states and school districts to increase teacher pay and help recruit and retain teachers over the next 10 years.
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass. The lava haze, or "laze," is created when molten rock hits the ocean and marks just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating earthquakes and spewing lava, sulfur dioxide and ash since it began erupting in Big Island backyards on May 3. WHAT IS LAVA HAZE?
If Paul Ryan thought his final months as House Speaker would be easy, he was mistaken. Ryan, who is walking away from Congress when his term ends early next year, will have to steer a divided Republican caucus through an internal debate over immigration, where moderates and hardliners alike are battling the Speaker and his Leadership team. On top of that, he has to manage a government-funding deadline shortly that falls shortly before the midterm elections, oversee the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and figure out how to pick up the pieces of a farm bill that failed at the end of last week.
China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel the country's space program to the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration, experts say. China hopes to be the first country to complete such a landing. On Monday, it launched a relay satellite to facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the upcoming Chang'e 4 mission. The moon's far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown. Creating the ability to explore the far side of the Moon is an impressive achievement, John M. Logsdon of George Washington
SpaceX rockets to the top of CNBC's Disruptor 50 list 4 Hours Ago | 02:55 Gwynne Shotwell was a teenager when she met a woman working as a mechanical engineer. Now the president and COO of SpaceX, the most disruptive space company in the world, told CNBC's Morgan Brennan that this female role model is why she came to be where she is today. "I loved what she was doing, and I became an engineer because of her," Shotwell said. Shotwell has been a member of SpaceX since shortly after its founding in 2002. She now serves as the lieutenant to CEO Elon Musk, spending her day-to-day implementing Musk's vision of building the first company transporting humans to and from Mars. While Shotwell emphasized
The Baltimore County Police and Fire Department tweeted that the teen was arrested shortly after the female officer was fatally injured Monday. Meanwhile, police backed by aircraft and trained dogs continued scouring a greater Baltimore suburb for three other suspects. Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing unabated in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run over the officer Monday afternoon.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Just months after the discovery of our first known interstellar visitor, it turns out there's another asteroid from yet another star system residing in our cosmic club in plain view. Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter's orbit but circling in the opposite direction. The asteroid, known as 2015 BZ509, has been in this peculiar backward orbit around the sun ever since getting sucked into our solar system, the researchers said. About 2 miles (3 kilometers) across, it joined our neighborhood in the first moments after our solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago. The French and Brazilian researchers base their finding
The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild. Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat. In contrast, millions of the animals live in commercial farms, where they are sold to luxury restaurants. Remaining largely unchanged for 170 million years, this "living fossil" is seen as a global conservation priority. "The overexploitation of these incredible animals for human consumption has had a catastrophic effect on their numbers in the wild over an amazingly short time-span," said study researcher Dr Samuel Turvey of the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological
A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a state tax fraud case that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigation, according to a person briefed on the deal. Yellow cab magnate Evgeny “Gene” Freidman, the so-called Taxi King of New York, pleaded guilty to a single count of tax fraud in an Albany courthouse, almost a year after state prosecutors and tax authorities charged him with pocketing $5 million in mandatory, per-ride transportation fees.
Highlights from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s questions from members of the European Union’s Parliament.
“The empire doesn’t dominate us here,” Maduro said in a televised address, giving charge d’affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave the country. Maduro said in his speech that Robinson and Naranjo, whom he referred to as the head of the CIA in Venezuela, both personally pressured several anti-government presidential aspirants not to compete in the race.
Archaeologists made a gruesome discovery when they unearthed an ancient burial site filled with thousands of bones — later identified as victims of a battle fought 2,000 years ago in northern Europe between "barbarian" Germanic tribes. The mass grave, located at the Alken Enge wetlands in Jutland, Denmark "provides the earliest direct archaeological evidence of large-scale conflict among the Germanic populations," a new study in the peer-reviewed journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS) explained. The skeletal remains gave officials a clearer picture of little-known post-battle rituals in the Iron Age, revealing what winning sides did with fallen soldiers' bodies after the war.
Last August, nearly 100 Hindu villagers were massacred, their bodies found buried in mass graves in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state. The Myanmar military blamed a Muslim Rohingya insurgent group known as ARSA, while the militants pinned the slaughter on the largely Buddhist state security forces. A new report by Amnesty International holds the insurgents responsible for the bloodshed.
For the past 20 years, towns in southwestern France have been invaded by giant cloned flatworms, and no one noticed. A paper published in the journal PeerJ reports the widespread existence of five species of long, hammer-headed worms. Two of them are unknown to science, and some grow up to 40 centimetres, eat earthworms and should be considered, say the authors, “as active predators [that] constitute a danger to native fauna wherever they are introduced”. Using reports by citizen scientists compiled between 1999 and 2017, a team headed by Jean-Lou Justine from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris identifies the invading creatures as land planarians – flatworms that belong to two genera, Bipalium and Diversibipalium.
Two police officers confronted the Santa Fe High School shooting suspect four minutes after he began his allegedly rampage. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said he believes none of the eight students and two teachers killed in the shooting Friday had been caught in the crossfire between officers and 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. “From what I see, I don’t believe any of the individuals that were killed were from the law enforcement,” Trochesset said at a press conference.
Astronomers may have unknowingly discovered rocky planets with rings, which they mistook for other kinds of worlds, a new study finds. Rings surround all this solar system's gas giant planets; they most famously wrap around Saturn, but also encircle Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus. In contrast, the solar system's rocky planets all currently lack rings. However, rocky planets can have rings. For instance, Mars' moon Phobos might once have taken the form of rings around the Red Planet, the new study's author, Anthony Piro, an astrophysicist at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California, told Space.com. And as that moon gets closer to Mars over time, Phobos will
Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported. Rotondo told reporters he’ll appeal.
It has become a waking national nightmare, a recurring horror that we can’t explain or defend but that we are condemned to repeat. The latest nightmare began on May 18 with the news: there had been another school shooting. This time, it unfolded at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, a town of about 12,000 people clustered around a sun-soaked highway southeast of Houston.