Thousands of students walked out of class on Wednesday to demand action from Congress on school safety and gun control. The #Enough National School Walkout commemorated the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, and it was just the first of several planned marches and walkouts. On that same day, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 in a bipartisan vote of 407 to 10.
NASA confirmed some of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes didn't return to normal after he returned to Earth.
Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, knows firsthand the importance of exposing kids to STEM topics early. She also knows the significance of having kids see themselves in movies, on TV, and in certain careers.“It means making sure
The 88-year-old lawmaker had been the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee and was her party’s top member on the panel when she died. The New York Democrat died at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, a week after a fall in which she’d sustained a concussion, said Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff. Slaughter had a degree in microbiology and was originally from Harlan County, Kentucky, and her soft, twangy accent always seemed out of place for someone representing a district around Rochester, New York.
The giant retailer earlier this month applied for a patent for "drone pollinators" that would fill in for the declining population of bees that now help fertilize the crops needed to produce the food sold by Walmart and other grocers. Bee populations are shrinking rapidly, with scientists pointing to pesticides as one cause of the decline in the winged insects that also serve as the world's pollinators. Walmart's patent application notes the steady decline in recent years of pollinating insects, which in addition to bees includes ants, beetles, butterflies and wasps. The March 8 application says that a more conventional method of fertilizing crops and spreading pollen -- using crop-duster planes -- has had limited success.
Russia plans to launch a mission to Mars next year, President Vladimir Putin has said, as SpaceX boss Elon Musk and NASA also gear up for the new space race. “We are planning unmanned and later manned launches — into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration,” said Putin, according to the report from RT. “The closest mission is very soon, we are planning to launch a mission to Mars in 2019,” the Russian leader added. Putin spoke about the country’s plans in a new documentary, according to the local news outlet, which U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.” RT said that the Mars spaceship will not carry any crew. As for the
(DELANO, Calif.) — Police in central California say a couple fleeing immigration officials died after losing control of their sport utility vehicle and crashing onto a power pole. The Delano Police Department says in a statement that federal immigration
Recently unearthed artifacts from the Stone Age could rewrite what we know about our early ancestors. Three new studies published in the journal Science on Thursday reveal a series of surprising finds uncovered at an archaeological site in southern Kenya, known as Olorgesailie. Scientists have discovered Stone Age-era tools, processed pigments, and even evidence of long-distance trade dating back at least 300,000 years. Previously uncovered tools from Olorgesailie include variations of hand-axes made from stone that was likely found in nearby areas, BBC reported. But the newly discovered tools are smaller and sharper, resembling spear heads — and they're made out of obsidian, which is not found
Modern medicine has done a great job at creating antibiotics to fight infection — in fact, it might be doing too good of a job. As antibiotic use has spiked over the past century or so, the potential for antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” has grown ever more frightening. Now, new research is helping scientists rethink their approach to antibiotics and their inspiration comes from a rather unlikely source: platypus milk. Platypuses are weird animals. With their duck-like bill and rodent-like bodies, the creatures have always been fascinating and researchers now know that their milk is just as bizarre as the animals themselves. In a new paper published in Structural Biology Communications, Australian
Two cases of measles have been confirmed in individuals who traveled through airports in Newark, Detroit, and Memphis this month, health officials said. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that a person who returned on March 6 to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport from traveling internationally was contagious at the customs and baggage claim in the airport’s north terminal, putting anyone who was in the area between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at risk for measles. The person, who The Washington Post reports was traveling from India, lives in Washtenaw County and was hospitalized after returning to the U.S. The health department said the individual is currently recovering.
New work helps to codify the cause and properties of "Steve," an aurora-like phenomenon documented by citizen scientists as it streaked across the sky in western Canada. As of a new paper's release today (March 14), the phenomenon has been dubbed STEVE, a backronym that matches the name originally given by aurora watchers. (STEVE is short for "Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.") According to the new work, the distinctive ribbon of purple light with green accents — which can occur at lower latitudes than normal auroras do — gives scientists a glimpse into the interactions of Earth's magnetic field and upper atmosphere. "It's exciting because this might be a kind of aurora that more
U.S. taxpayers have paid just shy of $1 million to fund Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin’s flights aboard military aircraft, according to government documents cited by Politico. The documents, obtained by a watchdog group via a Freedom of Information Act request, detail a weeklong trip to the Middle East that Mnuchin took in October, to the tune of $183,646. The new documents confirm what was first reported in October — that Mnuchin had cost the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in trips aboard military aircraft, and that doing so was not illegal, at least according to his own department.
Geological evidence from the site indicates that around 499,000 years ago, the region experienced tremendous upheaval. Volcanic activity increased, and new faults developed in Earth's crust. This led to earthquakes that destroyed the ancient lake basin and pushed it up out of the ground. Because of this, there is a gap in the archaeological record of about 180,000 years when no new sediments were laid down at the site.
NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walmart Inc's (WMT.N) patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible. Groceries make up 56 percent of the company's total revenue and Walmart may see drone technology as one way to get food from farms to store shelves faster and more cheaply to compete with Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), following its purchase of Whole Foods Market last year and the expansion of discount chains like Aldi and Lidl. In one application, Walmart seeks to patent a system that would use drones to identify crop-damaging pests and then dispense insecticides on the critters.
New research shows that thousands of years ago, our ancestors were having children with another hominin known as the Denisovans—according to new data published Thursday in Cell. The comingling came in two distinct waves, thousands of years ago. These two periods help explain an odd pattern. People from countries in the Pacific Ocean, including Papua New Guinea, can chalk about 5 percent of their DNA up to Denisovan sources.
"We want our daughter to come home to- make our family whole again," Sabrina's mother Marlene Aisenberg told ABC News' "20/20."
Tarkanian said in a statement Friday that Trump and his advisers reached out to him late Wednesday and asked him to instead run for a House seat he lost in 2016. Tarkanian says he is confident he would have won the Senate race against incumbent Republican Dean Heller, but said the president feels Republicans need a united ticket in Nevada.
Could your brain be digitally uploaded, memories and all, in the future? A Silicon Valley billionaire has paid $10,000 (£7,175) to have his brain digitally uploaded to ‘live forever’ – but he’ll have to die first. Sam Altman is one of 25 people to join a waiting list at startup Nectome that says it will be able to back-up your brain – memories and all – and store it forever.
A Russian plane was taking off in Siberia when its cargo door buckled under shifting weight, bursting open and scattering nearly 200 bars of gold and silver on the runway, the Guardian reports. “As it gathered height, the cargo door became damaged due to the shifting of cargo,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement on Telegram, according to the Guardian. The bars came from the Kupol gold mine in the Chukotka region, investigators said, which is operated by Canada-based mining company Kinross Gold.
The battered face of Saturn's frigid moon Dione gets a close-up in a gorgeous photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Though the image was released Monday (March 12), Cassini took it on July 23, 2012, when the probe was about 260,000 miles (418,000 kilometers) from the heavily cratered Dione, NASA officials said. At 698 miles (1,123 km) wide, Dione is the fourth largest of Saturn's 60-plus known satellites. The icy moon orbits 234,000 miles (377,400 km) from Saturn, about the same distance that our own moon lies from Earth. But Dione zips around the ringed planet once every 2.7 Earth days, whereas our moon takes 10 times as long to complete one orbit. [Cassini's Greatest Hits: The Best Saturn Photos]
New security concerns raised as U.S. blames Russia for cyberattacks targeting power grid; former CIA operative Mike Baker speaks out.
Michael Wayne Eggers, 50, died at 7:29 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection at a southwest Alabama prison. Eggers was sentenced to death for the 2000 strangulation of his employer, Bennie Francis Murray. Prosecutors said Eggers admitted to strangling Murray during an argument after she hired him to work concessions for a traveling carnival.
As a theoretical physicist who specializes in cosmology and gravitation, I naturally had many opportunities to interact with Stephen Hawking before his death. Stephen, who lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, traveled with a retinue of students and nurses, as well as his custom-made wheelchair and various pieces of medical equipment. First, only one person in Stephen’s group, a graduate assistant, was licensed to drive the van, and that assistant was staying in a different hotel than Stephen and the nurses.
It was just days ago that a team of scientists from NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration spoke at length about the potential to use nuclear weapons to divert an incoming asteroid, and now Russian researchers are singing a very similar tune. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, a large group of Russian researchers revealed their simulated models of how such an event might unfold, and just how much power would be needed to save Earth from an asteroid Armageddon. The simulation used a small-scale asteroid fragment and a laser to attempt to gauge the force that a bomb would have to deliver to a hazardous space rock as it flies headlong for Earth. The data gathered was then scaled up, and the scientists believe they’ve reached a conclusion.
A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story. Twenty of the cute critters were released into the Booderee National Park, south of Sydney, this week. "This is the first time in Australia that a carnivore extinct on the mainland has been re-introduced to the wild," WWF-Australia's head of living ecosystems Darren Grover said Thursday.