Temperatures on Earth were the warmest in 2016 since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, boosting the argument shared by many climate scientists that our planet is changing in significant ways. The year 2016 was the third consecutive year to set a new record for global average surface temperatures, and far exceeded the temperature mark set in 2015, scientists said today. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), said in a statement that the consistent pattern of record-breaking temperatures is indicative of a "warming trend" taking place on Earth. “2016 is remarkably
The first humans to arrive in North America may have migrated thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. Anthropologists from the University of Montreal, along with a radiocarbon dating expert from Oxford, determined that humans lived in what is now Yukon, Canada, near the border with Alaska, as early as 24,000 years before present. Scientists had previously estimated that the first humans crossed the Bering Strait only 14,000 years ago.
The new species, dubbed Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, lives in a habitat that spans southern California and Mexico's Baja California and was named by evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari in an article published in the scientific journal ZooKeys. The moth, the second species of a genus of twirler moths, can be distinguished by the yellowish-white scales on the head of its adults, according to the journal. "The specific epithet is selected because of the resemblance of the scales on the frons (head) of the moth to Mr. Trump's hairstyle," Nazari wrote in the article, which was published on Tuesday.
China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. China's Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to "immediately stop issuing smog alerts", according to a photo of a notice posted on China's Twitter-like social media platform Weibo.
The Davos Delusion Davos leaders are gathering this week to change the world. Again. “We are faced by a world which is increasingly schizophrenic. Our world is rapidly changing and power is shifting geopolitically, in business terms and even in the virtual world. Power, wealth and well-being are spread in ever more complex ways, leading to a world which is harder and harder to understand and which often seems alien to us. It is to make sense of this world, and to tackle its complex problems and opportunities, that leaders from all walks of life will once again meet in Davos at our Annual Meeting. The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting gives all of us a chance to understand and shape the Global
Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt. Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester also said that while the search had been called off on Tuesday, work behind the scenes would go on, with experts continuing to analyze data associated with the doomed aircraft's final hours and examining any future debris that washes ashore. Australia, Malaysia and China — which have funded the $160 million search — have rejected pleas from family members of the passengers and some investigators that search crews be allowed to keep going.
One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on. The man and his boy were but the latest to be lost to a sneaker wave, which are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.
Fox Firepower: Rifles are everywhere at SHOT Show, with companies large and small featuring their best and introducing new options for 2017. One standout is the Saint made by Springfield Armory
For many years, the word volunteer has conjured up images of well-meaning ladies who lunch, stoically manning the soup kitchen for the homeless or serving tea to the elderly once a week. Caring responsibilities, working unsociable hours, or living out of town have all made it harder for people to give their time or money to charity in the past. Cheap technology means that 88% of UK adults have internet access, giving them the ability to chat online at home using Skype or Google Hangouts.
Not all international borders are uncomplicated, straight lines dividing one country from another. In reality, a political map shows what a mess these boundariesoften invisible, but occasionally obviouscan be.Youll find countries surrounded on all sides
As climate change continues apace, unusual weather will become commonplace. In 2016, for example, wildfires dealt Canada its costliest natural disaster ever. Arctic sea ice was at its smallest winter maximum for the second year running. Temperatures in India climbed to 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit). In Southern Africa, a second year of weak rainy seasons led to serious drought, while an unusually active hurricane season in the Atlantic left more than 1,700 people dead, including 1,000 who perished in the wake of a catastrophic Category 5 storm. These are the sort of events that we’ll grow to expect in a warming world. This week, Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th
Stretching over 10,000 kilometers, the Silk Road extended from the Mediterranean in the west to India in the south, and China in the east. It was formally established in the third century as the principal route linking the East and West. However, there are accounts of trade along this trail going back much further. Constant flow of goods, technologies, and ideas blurred the lines between Silk Road civilizations and ushered in the modern world. 10Prehistoric Silk Road Civilization In 2010, an excavation along the western bank of the Heihe River revealed a civilization going back between 4,100 and 3,600 years. Researchers uncovered copper items and smelting equipment, suggesting this was the location
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke. Winterkorn told a parliamentary committee into the "dieselgate" scandal that "total clarity was and is the order of the day", and that he was still trying to understand how the scandal could have happened. The 69-year-old resigned in September 2015, days after the VW group admitted it had installed software in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to dupe emissions tests and make the cars seem less polluting than they were.
Computer scientist David Gelernter, a Yale University professor who has decried the influence of liberal intellectuals on college campuses, is being considered for the role of the Donald Trump's science adviser. Gelernter met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. Gelernter is a pioneer in the field of parallel computation, a type of computing in which many calculations are carried out simultaneously. The programming language he developed in the 1980s, Linda, made it possible to link together several small computers into a supercomputer, significantly increasing the amount and complexity of data that computers can process.
Some parents recently got a shocking sight when they cut open their child's favorite teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe: The toy's innards were teeming with mold. This week, Good Housekeeping reported several instances of parents cutting open Sophie the Giraffe and finding mold inside the toy. Now, a number of parents have taken to social media to share their pictures of Sophie's insides filled with black mold.
The forces behind the mysterious "fairy circles" that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex. The formations are circles of land dozens of feet wide that create a stunning pattern in the Namib desert and have mystified locals and scientists for ages. Using computer simulations, they say an intricate combination of animals and plants cooperating and competing help explain the unusual patterns, according to a study in the journal Nature Wednesday.
The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics providing informed news analysis and commentary free to read and republish Romans stand on the road after leaving buildings following an earthquake on January 18. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Another series of strong earthquakes has struck central Italy, with schools and the metro evacuated in Rome. At least four earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5 have followed in a few hours, with their epicentres near the town of Amatrice. Thankfully, there have been no reported deaths. But this series of earthquakes adds to those that struck the same region over the past year and have left many Italians feeling helpless and traumatised.
Finding a message in a bottle is every romantic's dream and it recently happened IRL for one woman on a Scottish island. Rhoda Meek, who lives in Tiree in the inner Hebrides, was alerted by a friend that one of those special messages had came ashore.
A U.S. military satellite designed to detect enemy missiles is scheduled to launch Thursday evening (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live online. If all goes according to plan, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will loft the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite Thursday at 7:46 p.m. EST (0046 GMT on Jan. 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. ULA will provide a live launch webcast via YouTube, beginning at 7:26 p.m. EST (0026 GMT). You'll also be able to watch the rocket launch here, courtesy of ULA. The aerospace company Lockheed Martin built the satellite, known as SBIRS Geo-3, for the U.S. Air Force. As the name suggests, two other SBIRS spacecraft
Primates are our closest living biological relatives. So perhaps it's time to show a little hospitality and stop destroying their homes. About 60 percent of the world's monkeys, apes, tarsiers, lemurs and other primates are now threatened with extinction because of widespread agricultural and logging operations that are destroying forest habitats at a rapid clip, scientists found. Of the world's 504 primate species, roughly 75 percent already have declining populations, according to a study published this week in the journal Science Advances. SEE ALSO: Pregnant woman shares touching moment with orangutan at zoo "This truly is the eleventh hour for many of these creatures," Paul Garber, an anthropology
People—This includes jobs that rely on strong interpersonal skills like chief executives, school psychologists, social work teachers, and supervisors of a variety of trades. Numbers—These are jobs that apply math to business problems, like economists, management analysts, and treasurers.
In a paper published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology in September, University of Haifa researchers Keren Turgeman-Lupo and Michal Biron looked at the relationship between workplace problems and dangerous behavior during commutes.
A cream used to treat skin cancer and abnormal skin lesions can be lethal for pets, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today. The agency said the medication, called fluorouracil, can make pets sick, and even kill them in some cases. "People using this medication should use care when applying and storing the medication if they are also in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals," the FDA said in a statement.