“We are a city that’s on the frontlines of climate change,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said by phone one sweltering July afternoon. This reality became painfully clear for Hoboken when, on Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge put around 80 percent of the city underwater, leaving most residents without power for weeks. Sandy caused more than $100 million in private property damages in this small community, while in neighboring New York City, 48 people lost their lives.
Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.
St. Louis, Missouri broke a record high this weekend with temperatures soaring to 108 degrees F Saturday, July 22nd. An article caught my attention earlier in the week by Jon Erdman. It discussed a video of prisoners in St. Louis screaming for help in their sweltering facility earlier in the week when temperatures were “just” in the nineties. Imagine being in a building with the temperature at 108 deg F without adequate air conditioning. The inmates at the 1966 medium-security facility in Missouri did not have to imagine it. They lived it, and they probably are not alone. A 2016 Washington Times article noted that only 30 of 109 prison units in Texas were fully air-conditioned at the time of
Two frozen bodies uncovered in the Swiss Alps this week are only the latest secret shrinking glaciers around the world have given up. Cold, dark, and oxygen-starved, the depths of glaciers are equivalent to the "sci-fi of cryo-preservation in nature," said Dr. Twila Moon, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Three times a week, on a quiet block of Stock Island on the Florida Keys, 25,000 of the world's deadliest creatures are released into the wild. While these are mosquitoes — the creature responsible for more human deaths each year than any other on the planet — they're all males: It's only the females that bite. "This is a very robust mosquito that is causing crazy diseases that are very impactful on people's lives," said Andrea Leal, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.
The new chip is made of carbon nanotubes (sheets of 2D graphene morphed into nanocylinders) and resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells, which charge the resistance of solid dielectric materials. It might sound a bit complex, but what it basically means is that the RRAM and carbon nanotubes are stacked vertically over one another, creating a 3D architecture that lets a single chip fulfill multiple functions. Computers made with such a design could handle incredible amounts of bandwidth — the type we’re likely going to need in complex computing structures that use A.I. and autonomous systems.
SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The news comes after Musk said Wednesday that the Hawthorne space company was no longer planning to land its Dragon 2 space capsule using rocket thrusters. The Dragon 2 capsule, which in this case would fly without a crew, was the centerpiece of SpaceX’s Red Dragon mission. During an on-stage conversation at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C., Musk said
The fidget spinner trend is still going strong, but kids are really starting to get bored of conventional fidget spinners. After all, what’s the fun in having practically the exact same spinners everyone else in school or camp has? If you’re looking to
Researchers at the University of Michigan want to make your LED lights 50 percent more efficient — and develop Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks in the process. In a new study described in the Journal of Applied Physics, the researchers describe the development of a new technique that involves “peppering” nanoparticles into semiconductors. This is reportedly a world-first when it comes to being able to cheaply grow metal nanoparticles on and below the surface of semiconductors: Something that means fewer semiconductors would have to be used in finished products.
Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare, it looks like a giant boulder. Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color. This is not the place Long'uriareng remembers from her youth. "This whole place used to be green with a lot of pasture. There was nothing being experienced like drought," she said. In fact, nomadic herders have lived off the vast expanses of grass in the Rift Valley for centuries. For years, nothing much changed around here.
The GLOBE program, an educational initiative supported by NASA, has launched an app to encourage those along the path of the solar eclipse to help contribute their findings. With just a little bit of effort, you can participate in an actual scientific study.
Most of the seven natural wonders of the world tend to be stationary, but not the Aurora Borealis. Often called the Northern lights, the aurora is a caused by particles that shoot out from the sun, speed to Earth and trigger a release of particles and reactions between charged electrons and protons that collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere. Those reactions are visible in the form of blankets of colorful red, yellow, green, blue and sometimes purple light. As the name implies, nature’s light show happens in the Northern Hemisphere, and the closer you are the the North Pole the better. Meaning if you're in North America you should probably head up to Alaska or western Canada. If you’re
Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in for the more fashionable gratitude. In a cultural age that’s decidedly pro-positivity, the pressure to suppress or camouflage negative feelings is real. However, psychological studies have shown that acceptance of those negative emotions is the more reliable route to regaining and maintaining peace of mind. Whether practiced through the lens of ancient Eastern philosophies, or in increasingly popular
STANFORD — The streets and walkways on the Stanford campus are empty. Your footsteps echo, as the wind hums. But you’re feeling a bit tense, as if you’re not alone. You’re right. Buried underneath the ground are fiber optic cables listening to you walk past. It’s part of a project called the Big Glass Microphone, aimed at demonstrating just what a three-mile stretch of underground cables can detect. And now that researchers know that fiber optics can be used to sense human movement, they’re wondering whether it points to a future of surveillance without the need for fancy cameras and other technology. As unnerving as it sounds, the technology could eventually have beneficial real-world applications
The lab-coat liberals are marching on Washington. Dismayed by President Donald Trump’s perceived hostility to climate science and other areas of research, a surge of scientists is entering the public arena and running for political office for the first time. What began with rogue Twitter accounts and protest marches has graduated into candidacies in House races in places as varied as California, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York. The handful of scientists who have formally announced their candidacies so far — and the others who are preparing to join them — have cast themselves as a counterforce to the Trump administration’s dismissal of climate science and de-prioritization of innovation funding.
Game of Thrones is back for its penultimate season, and as ever, it promises to break the hearts of viewers up and down the land – and maybe, just maybe, give them a little bit of rare hope too. I’ll admit it: I’m a casual viewer of the series, not a dedicated fan. I watch it when I can, while lamenting the fact that I’m too far behind the curve to properly catch up. The Internet – something which I’m never quite able to pull myself away from – spoils stuff far too quickly anyway. Nevertheless, I recognize that it’s a seminal TV series, with a rich backstory and a diverse mythological world, fleshed out by the original novels. It’s got dragons, White Walkers, Children of the Forest, and dragonglass.
Three Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon and safely returned to Earth in July 1969. NASA knew the mission was very risky, so the White House prepared remarks in case the astronauts died. President Nixon's speechwriter, William Safire, drafted the backup speech, titled "IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER", which was publicly released 30 years later.
Perhaps of all the biblical stories and tales from ancient times, the legends of the Flood are the best known. To most people, these legends are exactly that, mere stories told over the ages and certainly nothing more than fiction. However, for quite a while, some researchers have offered that the Flood was not merely a myth but a very real event. Initially, the fact that the same story was found in the ancient pasts of various cultures all over the world was the only morsel of proof put forward. But as the world becomes ever smaller due to improved travel, advanced technology, and the Internet, more finds suggest that the Flood may actually have happened! 10 The Presence Of Chevrons Well Above
Nevada's new toad species is already on the brink of extinction. Conservationists are preparing an emergency petition to have the Dixie Valley toad listed as an endangered species to protect it from a proposed geothermal energy project at the edge of its isolated home in Churchill County. Nevada researchers only recently identified the Dixie Valley toad, the first new species of toad found anywhere in the U.S. in 50 years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2vbK02S ).
With the 2017 total solar eclipse only one month away, scientists from several science organizations highlighted how studying the sun during an eclipse will help improve understanding of the behavior of Earth's closest stellar neighbor. The Aug. 21 eclipse's totality path will span 14 different states coast to coast, taking roughly 91 minutes to cross the country. While the location of greatest eclipse is Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the time of totality will average about 2.5 minutes across all locations. Officials from NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) came together yesterday (July 21 to discuss their plans during a press conference
The thatched roof held back the sun's rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the discussions. Each time, I noticed that the language of the conversation would change from an indigenous language to something they knew I could understand, Bislama or English. I was amazed by the ease with which the meeting's participants switched between languages, but I was even more astonished by the number of different indigenous languages. Thirty people had gathered for the workshop on this island in
Google’s Street View just returned from explorations of real streets that faintly mirror many of the familiar places we’ve seen in Game of Thrones. Now they’ve gone where the streets have no name – well, actually where there are no streets to name – the International Space Station (ISS). When you first arrive it’s like being dropped into the worst hoarder’s house ever, except it’s brightly lit and it isn’t filthy. There’s stuff everywhere. The ISS is a gravity-free environment so everything has to be tied down and every surface is available for use. Imagine your house as a tunnel where you could stick stuff to the walls and ceiling to get it out of the way and you’re getting the idea. What first
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich neurobiologists present a new theory for the origin of the grid cells required for spatial orientation in the mammalian brain, which assigns a vital role to the timing of trains of signals they receive from neurons called place cells. Nerve cells in the brain known as place cells and grid cells, respectively, play a crucial role in spatial navigation in mammals. Individual place cells in the hippocampus respond to only a few spatial locations. The grid cells in the entorhinal complex, on the other hand, fire at multiple positions in the environment, such that specific sets are consecutively activated as an animal traverses its habitat. These activation
When I interviewed him in March, he spoke about how safety equipment appealed to him, whether it was firefighter gear, the protective armor that bomb disposal personnels wear, or space suits of the fictional variety. For the last several years, Savage would attend San Diego Comic-Con dressed up in a costume that hides his identity, something he calls Adam Incognito. Looking back to how you said you’re attracted to safety equipment, how did you find wearing the Alien space suit while walking around the floor today? Well, I'm not impervious to the crowds, because about 75 people came up to me and said “you must be Adam.” I've definitely spoiled my own thing because I’ve done so much cosplay now that any time people see an elaborate, full suit, they ask if it’s me.
Humanity hasn’t even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what’s here. A new paper from Jay Nadeau and his team of researchers from Caltech, published in the journal Astrobiology, breaks down a new imaging technique that could provide scientists with the tools they need to detect and identify microscopic life in space — more specifically, microbes hiding in the water of Saturn’s frozen moon. Enceladus is completely encased in ice, which doesn’t sound like a very hospitable place for life to take root, but the good news is that there’s water under its frozen surface.