People across the country are counting down the hours until the total solar eclipse will arc across the continental United States for the first time in decades. What is it?A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for nearly three hours from beginning to end, according to NASA. Retired NASA astrophysicist and photographer Fred Espenak said the experience usually lasts for just a few minutes, but it's truly out of this world.
The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best. You can't convict somebody on similarities, perhaps or maybes,'" Barnes said. He spent the next 20 years in prison before DNA testing exonerated him, becoming one of hundreds of people convicted in whole or in part on forensic science that has come under fire during the past decade. Some of that science — analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads — was once considered sound, but is now being denounced by some lawyers and scientists who say it has not been studied enough to prove its reliability and in some cases has led to wrongful convictions.
A federal appeals court Monday revived a lawsuit that seeks to block construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan over concerns about its impact on the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal that resembles a manatee. The Center for Biological Diversity has authority to challenge the adequacy of the government's evaluation of the effect on the Okinawa dugong, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The ruling overturned a 2015 decision by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco that dismissed the suit.
Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today. The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.
A Nasa telescope captures the total solar eclipse as it passes over the western US state of Oregon.
AP science writer Seth Borenstein describes the rush of experiencing the 2017 solar eclipse from inside the Nashville Zoo on Monday. About 7,000 people were there to see the animals' reaction and noticed how they got noisier as it got darker. (Aug. 21)
British-based scientists have recreated the conditions around black holes using a water bath, shedding new light on the extraction of energy from the astronomical phenomenon. Matthew Stock reports.
The forecast started darkening over the weekend. By almost all accounts, the weather on Monday should have been fine throughout the country; nationwide, late August is usually clear midday, though the odds of clouds increase as you move farther east and later into the afternoon. But after weeks of optimistic outlook, thunderstorms loomed. “It does not look as good for eclipse viewing,” a meteorologist in the National Weather Service office in eastern Missouri wrote Saturday afternoon. Soon, things also did not look good in western Missouri, or in much of Nebraska, or in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina. For millions of people on the path of this “Great American Eclipse,” August 21 could
On July 30th, 1945, a Japanese submarine launched a pair of torpedoes at the USS Indianapolis, sinking it in minutes and resulting in the greatest loss of life in the history of the US Navy. Since then, the final resting place of the ship has been a mystery, until Friday. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced that a team onboard his research vessel Petrel located the ship over 18,000 feed below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Allen made the announcement late on Saturday, saying that discovering the ship was “truly humbling,” The expedition has been coordinating with the US Navy, which has restricted the exact location of the ship’s resting place. In the days before it was attacked, the
If your approved solar eclipse glasses didn't come in time or stores near you are sold out, it's not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event. While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you're looking at a reflected image instead of directly at the sun.
Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who is currently being held on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The journalist mysteriously disappeared after boarding Madsen’s homemade submarine while working on a story. At first, Madsen said that he had dropped Wall back off on land.
With Monsanto Co's latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely. Dicamba, sold under different brand names by BASF and DuPont , can vaporize under certain conditions and the wind can blow it into nearby crops and other plants. The herbicide can damage or even kill crops that have not been genetically engineered to resist it.
As part of the fight against deadly chemical weapon attacks, researchers at the City College of New York have developed a new smart fabric that is capable of not only rapidly detecting nerve gas, but also of neutralizing it. “We have modified cotton fabrics by attaching to them a very active catalytic phase,” researcher Teresa Bandosz, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, told Digital Trends. While she notes that it would probably be most likely to find a home in military clothing, it could also be used to create clothing aimed at the civilian population — as a possible defense against terrorist activity or similar.
Charlestown-based agricultural technology startup Indigo Inc. announced Monday that it is bringing on Jeff Poulton, the chief financial officer of pharmaceutical giant Shire plc, as its own CFO. Poulton will leave Shire at the end of the year, according to the Irish drugmaker. "It has been a privilege to work for Shire and to have played a part in the exceptional growth story of such an inspirational company," Poulton said in a statement. "It has been a difficult decision, but in departing Shire, I wanted to join a smaller organization where I can play a role in building a new company." Check out our slideshow featuring 12 local startups looking to disrupt agriculture. Indigo, which spun out
Sorocaba (Brazil) (AFP) - Marcelino is calling to her, but Cecilia cannot be with him. Not yet. He may be handsome, but she has suffered a lot and isn't ready for a relationship.This is not a soap opera. It is just the way things go in a Brazilian refuge
In the courtyard of a police training campus in Thane city’s Police Lines area is a small temple, one among hundreds of local Hindu temples scattered in the nooks and crannies of the Mumbai metropolitan region. Behind the temple, at the base of a large tree, lies an assortment of broken stone sculptures: two plump figurines carved on thick stone slabs, a Shiva Linga, an eight-inch disfigured head of a deity, a small Nandi bull and an intricately-carved slab of white stone depicting a meditating Mahavir. Most devotees who visit the temple and sit in the shade of the tree barely give these discarded stone fragments a second glance.
The boxes of toy princess products and the bedrooms of children across this nation are covered in resplendent, striding unicorns. Well, according to real history, when it comes to unicorns, the fantasy world got the horn right and that’s about it. New research published in the American Journal of Applied Science by at team at Tomsk State University claims that unicorns were real and once trotting across our Earth alongside humans.
Australian officials are refusing to call for a new search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 even though a team of their own scientists has significantly narrowed their estimate of exactly where the crash site is. In fact, Dr. David Griffin, the team’s leader, has told The Daily Beast that he has dramatically revised down the area he suggests should be searched from 6,700 square miles, the estimate made last December, to just three “hot spots.” These fall within two strips of ocean just 62 miles long and between 12 to 18 miles wide, reducing the search area to less than a third of the original. This new precision is the result of an extensive and continuing international scientific
Monday's total solar eclipse will come to Americans in varying degrees of visual clarity, according to ABC News meteorologists, who say that the clearest skies are likely to appear in the Northwest in cities like San Francisco, Salem and Seattle. Some cloud cover is expected in parts of the Midwest, according to ABC News meteorologists path of totality -- namely states like Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. The Southeast coast of the U.S. -- from North Carolina to Georgia -- is among the areas in danger of enduring cloud cover during the eclipse.
This article, Why deep learning won't replace its human counterparts anytime soon, originally appeared on TechRepublic.com. Artificial intelligence (AI), with its subfields of machine learning and deep learning, is supposed to fix all that. Even so, deep learning, based on artificial neural networks, offers real promise.
Computing pioneer Alan Turing’s most pertinent thoughts on machine intelligence come from a neglected paragraph of the same paper that first proposed his famous test for whether a computer could be considered as smart as a human. To handle this question we must, naturally, first turn to bees.
Two years ago, a Chinese chip-design expert named Micree Zhan was reading China’s seminal science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, while wrestling with how to create a new processor. He had already designed custom chips for the company he co-founded, Bitmain, that had made it into the world’s leading bitcoin miner, allowing it to dominate the new, hyper-competitive industry of unearthing bitcoins. Now he needed a chip that could launch Bitmain onto a new trajectory, one that would help it master a world-altering technology called deep learning, a branch of artificial intelligence. While performing his nightly meditation, a practice he has kept up for nearly a decade, it suddenly
“In the grand scheme of things, plate tectonics is a young theory,” says Brian Savage, a seismologist at the University of Rhode Island. “The plate-tectonic theory is 50 or 60 years old. That’s not old. I always tell my students to compare it to evolution—that’s 150 years old, about as old as electricity and magnetism.” In the half century since it found general acceptance among geologists, plate tectonics—the theory that continents drift and oceans open up across the surface of Earth over hundreds of millions of years—has become the common wisdom. Americans know why earthquakes happen and why Africa and South America seem to fit together. And geologists have learned much that has not yet made
When making decisions about education, management, or other policies, it’s wise to draw on facts about how the human brain works. And chances are that many of the things you think you know about neuroscience aren’t facts at all, just “neuromyths”: widely held, stubbornly persistent misconceptions. These myths are typically over-simplified interpretations of research findings, and they are startlingly pervasive. Take the “Mozart effect”—the claim, originating with a small study in 1993, that listening to classical music boosts cognitive performance. Rafts of studies since have found that those original conclusions were overstated, yet YouTube and Amazon remain full of classical compilations marketed
Animals have no need of passports or visas, and they don't care about countries' borders — and that’s vividly illustrated by this animated globe. It shows migration routes for about 150 species based on tracking data shared by over 11,000 researchers from around the world. The pink lines follow the movement of animals covering at least 310 miles in one direction for at least 45 days, combining about 8,000 tracks collected over a period of about 10 years. You can see lines extend from Africa to Turkey, all the way up to Europe, as well as from Canada to the United States, and vice versa. Tracking devices have been used by scientists for a long time to study how animals move within local regions