Minerva Galvan Domenech from Spain told news website Spiegel Online that passengers, some of them bleeding from their ears, mouth or nose, had to wait 45 minutes before being allowed to leave the plane. Galvan Domenech said many passengers had to spend the night at the airport, some of them lying on the ground, according to Spiegel Online. Ryanair said passengers received refreshment vouchers but there was “a shortage of available accommodation.” Frankfurt-Hahn has long been a major base for Ryanair.
Lockheed Martin has just finished the final series of quality control tests for an enormous titanium dome meant to serve as caps for satellite fuel tanks. It's not just any ordinary dome, though: the enormous component measures four feet in diameter and is the company's biggest 3D-printed space component to date. This dome is large enough to seal fuel tanks bigger than humans and, according to Lockheed Martin, big enough to hold 74.4 gallons of coffee or 530 donuts.
A polar research ship that the British public wanted to call “Boaty McBoatface” launched Saturday. Instead, the $2.65 million vessel was named RRS Sir David Attenborough, a British broadcaster who pushed the button to launch the ship, the BBC reported. “To see this magnificent hull with my name on it is the greatest possible honour,” Attenborough said, according to a British Antarctic Survey tweet. Attenborough, 92, is a brother of the late filmmaker Richard Attenborough, director of "Gandhi," "Jurassic Park," and many other films, who died in 2014. Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, talked about why the ship was named for David Attenborough. “This is a serious science ship
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was killed while fighting the Ferguson Fire in the morning hours. The blaze broke out around 10:30 p.m. on Friday in Mariposa County, near the west end of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest. Fire officials said it had burned about 130 acres (52.61 hectares) by Saturday afternoon.
Fresh genetic tests on bones of Russia's last tsar and his family murdered a century ago have confirmed their authenticity, investigators said Monday. The tests could be a step towards the Russian Orthodox Church finally recognising the bones and burying them with full rites. Genetic tests ordered by the Church -- which disputed earlier results -- "confirmed the remains found belonged to the former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members and members of their entourage," said the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crime and has been roped in to resolve the long-running debate.
Archaeologists in Egypt made a surprising discovery dating back more 2,500 years near the country's famed pyramids south of Cairo. Their findings, which include a mummification workshop and a shaft, used as a communal burial place, are located at the vast Saqqara necropolis part of the Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Memphis was the first capital of ancient Egypt and its large necropolis houses a wide range of temples and tombs as well as the three pyramids of Giza. The latest find, announced at a press conference Saturday, belongs to the Saite-Persian Period, from 664-404 B.C. The site, which lies south of Unas pyramid, was last excavated more than 100 years ago, in 1900. Among the artifacts
Caption Close A British caver who helped rescue a youth soccer team and their coach from a Thai cave earlier this week slammed Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his child-sized submarine. The caver, Vernon Unsworth, said the submarine was a "PR stunt" that wouldn't have made it 50 meters into the cave past the dive start point. Musk has defended the submarine in recent days, tweeting that the dive team confirmed to him that it was worthwhile. A British cave explorer who recently helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave network slammed Elon Musk's child-sized submarine proposal as a "PR stunt." The Tesla CEO had traveled to Thailand earlier this week, touting his "mini-sub" that
But as nations develop technology to disable or shoot down satellites — as China did to one of its own satellites with a ground-based ballistic missile in 2007 — the U.S. military has started to look at options for rapidly and cheaply launching smaller crafts into space.
A colossal 11-million ton iceberg is towering over a tiny Greenland village, captured in one of the most jaw-dropping photos you'll see this week. According to Greenland national newspaper Sermitsiaq, some residents of the 169-population village have evacuated for fear of a tsunami, if parts of the iceberg start breaking off this close to the village's shore, causing large waves. According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, reported by The New York Times, satellite data puts the iceberg at approximately 650 feet wide, 300 feet above the water level, and weighing 11 million tons.
One of the people killed was in a car that struck a pickup truck from behind around 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25 just north of Bernalillo, about 18 miles north of Albuquerque, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Keith Elder said. It was then sideswiped by a semitruck, according to Elder. Elder said the names of the three dead were being withheld until relatives could be notified.
In light of the indictments Friday of a dozen Russian intelligence officers on charges of meddling in the 2016 election, there have been public calls for President Donald Trump to cancel his much-anticipated summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Several key senators, including Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Sen. John McCain, asked for the meeting in Helsinki to be rescheduled. Trump has decided to go through with it anyway, eager to discuss a wide-range of topics in hopes of resetting the conversation, including an opportunity for the two leaders to negotiate a deal around nuclear weapons reductions.
Today, Pluto is known to sport five moons. Its most massive companion, Charon, is the largest moon in the solar system relative to its parent body. This moon is so large that Pluto and Charon are classified as a binary planet system. Yet, 40 years ago, scientists didn't even know Charon existed. In 1978, James Christy was using the telescope at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Arizona to refine Pluto's orbit. On June 22, the astronomer noticed a small bump on the side of the distant planet. When he examined other images, he noticed that the dot moved from one side to another, cycling back and forth over Pluto's 6.39-day rotation period. He figured that Pluto either had a natural satellite or boasted
Lafontant told Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies that he had sent President Jovenel Moise his resignation letter. The deputies had called on the prime minister to answer questions after riots erupted from July 6-8 to protest the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices by up to 51 percent as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund. Small protests were held in different parts of Haiti’s capital on Saturday to demand that government leaders step down.
Scientists from Cranfield University in the UK have teamed up with engineering firm Siemens to retro-fit a classic 1965 Ford Mustang with driverless technology, and have tested it on a racetrack at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Matthew Stock reports.
In the last couple of weeks two stories about ancient human sacrifice have made headlines. Archaeologists working at a location outside of Berlin discovered the broken bones of children, women, and teenagers at what is commonly known as the “German Stonehenge.” Meanwhile researchers at a site in what is now Turkey published their discovery of at least eleven children who were killed as part of an ancient ritualistic sacrifice. The cause of death of some of the others interred there is less clear, but it is the manner in which the bodies are arranged that leads the investigators to argue that this was human sacrifice.
A silver face mask gilded with gold, a mummification workshop, mummies and sarcophagi have all been discovered at a tomb complex in Saqqara, Egypt, an Egyptian-German team announced this morning (July 14). The complex contains several burial shafts dug into the ground, some of them extending more than 100 feet (30 meters) deep, the team said in a statement. At least some of the finds date back around 2,500 years, including the silver face mask, which dates to sometime between 664 B.C. and 404 B.C., the statement said. The eyes of the face mask contain calcite, obsidian and a black gemstone. [Photos: Ancient Egyptian General's Tomb Discovered in Saqqara] "The finding of this mask could be called
Well, most of the time that wasn’t just coincidence – those photos were taken during what’s commonly known as the golden hour, also known as the magic hour. The golden hour refers to the period just after sunrise or just before sunset, and its length depends on where you are, what time of year it is, and the weather conditions. Also, while the terms are nearly synonymous, golden hour actually has a definition based on the measurable angle of the sun to the horizon, whereas magic hour is a broader term that sometimes incorporates both the golden hour and the blue hour — another measurable time based on the sun’s angle to the horizon.
The Great Barrier Reef has been in trouble for years, causing scientists to look at an unconventional technique called "cloud brightening" which would artificially increase the number of clouds above the Reef. Last year, Daniel Harrison of the University of Sydney, told the MIT Technology Review that "cloud brightening is the only thing we’ve identified that’s scalable, sensible, and relatively environmentally benign” for fixing what ails the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef's problems are myriad.
Elon Musk is causing controversy on Twitter again. On Sunday, Musk called him a “pedo” on the social network. Musk’s derogatory tweet appears to be a response to comments made by British diver Vern Unsworth, who helped extract the boys and their coach from the Tham Luang cave complex.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues that don’t get much public attention. Nielsen said her agency will help state and local election officials prepare their systems for cyberattacks from Russia or elsewhere.
Except that this was a massive simplification. Nine out of 10 human genes, scientists soon learned, have at least one alternative form of expression — meaning that two people could have the exact same gene, but an entirely different manifestation of it. And there was another level of complexity: One person’s gene might express itself differently if that person is in a cold versus a warm environment, at base camp or at peak altitude, in the morning or at night. (In the fruit fly there is a gene that can produce 36,016 distinct biochemical substances, called products, depending on circumstances.) Making a single protein often entails using pieces of many different genes strewn all over the genome.
(NEW ORLEANS) — A jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six animals. The male jaguar escaped around 7:20 a.m. Saturday and was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team nearly
Snowdonia will not be the home to the UK's first spaceport but it could still be a base for future space travel, it has emerged. The UK Space Agency has chosen the A'Mhoine Peninsula in Scotland as the preferred site for vertical launches. But it has not ruled out Llanbedr Airfield for horizontal launches being developed for spaceplanes. The Aerospace Wales Forum chief executive said he was delighted Llandbedr was still in the running. John Whalley said: "Because of geography and physics, the only sensible place to launch big rockets in the UK is the north of Scotland. "If things go wrong they are not going to come down on centres of population as you are flying out over the North Sea." The agency
The suspect, whose name has not been released, had been identified as a person of interest in the slaying of Sharath Koppu and officers had him under surveillance, according to police. Koppu, 25, was a master’s degree student from India who was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Koppu was shot on July 6 during an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Kansas City where he worked.
After NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment and Geochemistry Ranging (MESSENGER) mission ended in 2015, the crust of the solar system's innermost planet was thought to be roughly 22 miles (35 kilometers) thick. However, one scientist now disagrees. Michael Sori, from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, believes that Mercury's crust is just 16 miles (26 km) thick and denser than aluminum. His new estimate supports the theory that the crust formed largely through volcanic activity. Sori sought to determine what type of "isostasy" is at work on Mercury. Gravity is constantly trying to pull a planet's surface into a smooth sphere, so something must counteract this pull