With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" just won't keep his mouth shut. "I'm excited," Shkreli said of the trial in a brief phone call last week to The Associated Press. Since his high-profile arrest in late 2015 when he was led into court in a gray hoodie, Shkreli has been free on bail and free to speak his mind.
In a blog post for Psychology Today, Audrey Nelson discusses how continuous eye contact for ten seconds or longer is disconcerting. This doesn't mean that everyone who dislikes eye contact is on the autistic spectrum, though. According to research discussed in another blog post in Psychology Today, avoiding someone's gaze could also be an evolutionary behaviour we have picked up to respond to threats.
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: June 25th, 1997, 20 years ago today … the day the great ocean explorer and environmental advocate Jacques Cousteau died at the age of 87. A French Naval Academy graduate, Cousteau devoted his life to studying the sea. He helped develop the aqualung and other undersea exploration technology. And aboard his research vessel the Calypso, he and his crew sailed the oceans for decades -- probing their mysteries and plunging their depths. Cousteau once fended off a shark with his underwater camera. Through it all he never ceased arguing the case for saving the oceans from pollution and degradation, as he did on "Sunday Morning" back in 1994: "We have
Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. The country's government says it wants to modernise agriculture, including mapping cocoa farms and collecting data on them.
A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 5.2.
Our teenage son Will runs his hand across the 10-foot-long, canary yellow replica of an atomic bomb that weighed 10,800 pounds. The plump, round, plutonium-fueled device was given the code name “Fat Man,” for obvious reasons. The actual Fat Man destroyed Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945. Little Boy, a slimmer bomb triggered by enriched uranium, had leveled Hiroshima a few days before that. The models of the two bombs that launched us into the Nuclear Age can be seen — and unlike the real, radioactive items, touched — at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, N.M., famously known as Atomic City. During World War II, scientists at the isolated, clandestine laboratory complex atop the volcanic
(SOUNDBITE OF MOOG CITY'S "C418") LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: This is Lulu's log - stardate June 25th, 2017, where we consider matters of space, the stars and the universe. (SOUNDBITE OF MOOG CITY'S "C418") GARCIA-NAVARRO: There could be a new branch of the United States military in the near future, and its mandate will be outer space. It's not called Starfleet like "Star Trek," sadly. It's been named Space Corps. And joining us now to talk about the Space Corps is Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama. He sponsored legislation seeking its formation. Welcome. MIKE ROGERS: Thanks for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sir, why do we need a Space Corps? What threats do you see it defending us from? ROGERS:
When the crew of the USS Housatonic looked out into the water on the night of February 17, 1864, they weren't entirely sure what they were seeing. There was something moving toward them, just four miles off the shore of Charleston, South Carolina. It might have been a log -- but logs don't drift against the current. That night, the submarine H.L. Hunley, equipped with a torpedo on the end of a 16-foot spar, rammed the 1,240-ton Housatonic. The three-masted Union sloop-of-war sank in about five minutes, and the Hunley made history as the first sub to sink an enemy ship in combat. Along with that torpedo, the Hunley carried with it some high hopes. If it were successful, the Confederacy could break
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcome the VIPs let out an "ooooh" as Meng Meng raised a paw after flight LH8415 made an especially gentle touchdown at Schoenefeld airport.
The co-founder of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy is set to be sentenced in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more. Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law, but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges. Cadden was charged in connection with a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced to contaminated injections of medical steroids made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.
Back in the 1800s, New Zealand played host to a natural wonder that was a global attraction. Tourists from the United Kingdom, Europe and America came by the shipload to see the Pink and White Terraces and bathe in their springs. But in the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, the Eighth Wonder of the World disappeared from the North Island of New Zealand and has remained a mystery since. Because the large silica deposits were never properly surveyed by the New Zealand government at the time, their location also disappeared as well. That is until recently. According to the Guardian, a team of scientists have used an 1859 field diary of geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter to scour for the lost wonder.
A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers shortly after midnight. St. Luke's Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to make room for an expansion.
The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming session. The first meeting of “Science Breakthroughs 2030” just convened to discuss the key advances essential for revolutionizing food and agriculture in the next decade. The resounding theme: What's needed is akin to a moonshot. Or as committee co-chair John D. Floros put it, a "green revolution 2.0." "This is something we owe to society … to really look forward as far as we can see and find better solutions," Floros said. The effort dates to last fall, when the Foundation
It’s no secret that Elon Musk is a successful businessman. SpaceX gained recognition in 2012 after it launched a rocket to the International Space Station with 1,000 pounds of cargo. The launch was part of a contract SpaceX has with NASA.
A video clip posted this month on YouTube and other sites shows a wild condor, having just flown down from the sky, walking toward and embracing a man in a very moving way. It is capturing attention worldwide and raising some intriguing questions about animal behavior. According to the text accompanying the video, the man — a cattle rancher named Edgardo, who lives in Loncopué, Argentina — discovered the condor on his patio at home back in March. The bird, then an infant, suffered from a leg injury and had somehow become separated from his parents. Edgardo cared for and fed the condor, who recovered and flew off, but who returns to his rescuer regularly. Edgardo can be heard in the clip greeting
When it comes to debating which is better, overall, eating plant-based or eating a diet heavy in meat and dairy, there are countless (extremely heated) arguments on both ends. One can argue that eating more plants is better for your health, the other can argue that there are humane ways to raise animals for meat consumption. We could go in circles all day – but what these questions often fail to ask is how we are going to feed a rising population, which is set to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, with our current food system. We might not be readily aware of this fact, but our current global food system is already being pushed to its absolute limit and as it stands, we are running out of land and water
At the company's annual shareholder meeting this May, roughly 62% of the votes were in favor of having ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) more deeply analyze and disclose the risks posed to its business from climate change. That was up sharply from 38% of the vote a similar proposal garnered in 2016. Shareholders large and small clearly want to know what climate risks are on the horizon, and understandably so, but what about the opportunities climate change presents? Well, it didn't take long to receive an answer. ExxonMobil and its partner Synthetic Genetics Inc. (SGI) announced a breakthrough in their long-standing $600 million collaboration to develop what some consider the Holy Grail of energy: algae
In March 2015, as Monsanto Co. was enduring a 12-month, 28 percent slide in its stock price, an agency of the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate, an herbicide developed by Monsanto and sold since 1974 under the trade name Roundup, was “probably carcinogenic in humans.” Corporate news doesn’t get much worse than that. But now it’s been reported that WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer may have known about, but ignored, a massive U.S. study that found just the opposite. The Agricultural Health Study, led by scientists at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, found no link between exposure to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The National Cancer Society says non-Hodgkin’s
Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Wisconsin researchers are trying to learn more about an invasive fruit fly that has been threatening berry crops in the state since 2010. University of Wisconsin fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot tells Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2sLfQEH) that researchers started trying to pinpoint when and where the spotted wing drosophila is most active within plants last summer. She says the research could help growers get a better idea of when to spray insecticides. They're also examining if temperature and humidity play a role in the insects' distribution. Eric Carlson owns Blue Vista Farm in Bayfield. He says he has to spray his crops every week to control the pests, which has increased
The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this “right-brain” perception capability of the system with the “left-brain” symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both “data parallelism” where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and “model parallelism” where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data. “AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions,” said Daniel S. Goddard,
Werner Forssmann had a plan — a plan he knew his superiors would never approve. The 24-year-old German surgeon was frustrated by how difficult it was to access the human heart, but he doubted he’d get permission to perform a risky new procedure. And so, in 1929, he tried it on himself, thereby joining an age-old club: scientists who use themselves as guinea pigs. Forssmann’s plan was rudimentary and extremely dangerous. With the help of a nurse who hadn’t realized what was about to happen, he pushed an oiled urinary catheter through a vein in his arm and almost all the way to his heart, then rushed to another floor of his clinic to X-ray the results. An appalled colleague fought to remove the
If ancient humans encountered dire wolves in the Americas thousands of years ago, they may have looked something like this. As canines spread across the globe hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago, the dire wolves were born. The San Diego Zoo says they emerged in parts of eastern North America and northern South America about 300,000 years ago, and a western subspecies of dire wolves followed although it was a smaller animal.