Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the rocks in the range regained about half as much water as was lost during the drought and the return of the weight caused the height of the mountains to fall about half an inch (1.3 centimeters). "This suggests that the solid Earth has a greater capacity to store water than previously thought," study leader Donald Argus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement Wednesday.
It’s not as simple as it looks, folks.People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses. But as these photographs that people have been sharing on Twitter show, it doesn’t always go as planned
The House of Commons voted 309-305 to give lawmakers what is essentially a veto on the terms of Brexit, a challenge to May’s fragile authority amid the already strained disentanglement process. The vote came on the eve of a major E.U. summit. A dozen lawmakers from the prime minister’s governing Conservative Party sided with the opposition to insist that any withdrawal deal with the E.U. requires an act of Parliament to take effect.
Scientists say they've figured out why an Austrian who became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound fell faster than the drag of his body should have allowed. Felix Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere 39 kilometers (24 miles) above Earth on Oct. 14, 2012, and landed safely on the ground near Roswell, New Mexico, nine minutes later. Baumgartner, whose protective suit and backpack gave him a very irregular shape, reached speeds of up to 1,357.6 kph (843.6 mph) — higher than scientists had expected even for smooth objects in freefall. In a paper published Thursday by the journal PLOS One, researchers from Munich's Technical University said irregular shapes appear to reduce the aerodynamic
The landmark Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality vote is set to take place Thursday morning, a decision that could drastically change the internet. The commission is scheduled to vote on FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s much-debated proposal to reclassify internet providers from utilities to information companies, which would repeal net neutrality and permit internet providers to legally control the speed of content running through their network — a practice that became prohibited during the Obama-era. Pai, who was appointed to his post by President Donald Trump, has long been outspoken on his disagreement with the principles of net neutrality.
Since he left President Donald Trump's advisory councils in June after Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, entrepreneurial icon Elon Musk hasn't spoken much about the President and his administration one way or the other. The future needs to inspire," Musk wrote, linking to a tweet from New Scientist about Space Policy Directive 1."It is high time that humanity went beyond Earth.
Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized to treat side effects related to his cancer therapy. The Arizona senator, 81, is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible,” the statement read.
Mother Nature is capable of some incredible things, but we have to credit humanity with the dubious feat of aging a shark 240 years in just 16 months. “272-Year-Old Shark Is Longest-Lived Vertebrate on Earth” was National Geographic's headline in August 2016, after researchers estimated the age of a particularly long-in-the-tooth Greenland shark. Before long, Newsweek was getting in on the ancient shark frenzy, and Live Science was patiently trying to explain that, no, no known shark has been swimming around for half a millennium. Inuit people named the shark “skalugsuak,” Discover magazine once reported — a mythical beast that was said to live for centuries and destroy human flesh with its skin.
Archaeologists have learned a great deal about “the Huarmey Queen” in the five years since they discovered the tomb at El Castillo de Huarmey in Peru and found her body inside. They’ve learned that she was from the pre-Incan Wari culture and she lived about 12 centuries ago. They know that she lived past the age of 60, and that though she was just one of 58 noblewomen — including four queens or princesses — who were found in the remarkably untouched tomb, she was clearly special among them. Her body, surrounded by jewelry, gold ear flares, a copper ceremonial ax, a silver goblet and weaving tools fashioned from gold, was found in a private chamber. Her skeleton revealed that she had a strong
Remember how Jurassic Park started with geologists finding chunks of amber containing mosquitoes filled with dinosaur blood? An international team of scientists led by researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford just made a similar discovery — evidence that ticks once fed on the blood of dinosaurs — after studying parasites preserved in a 99 million-year-old piece of fossilized amber. “That ticks sucked the blood of dinosaurs had been previously hypothesized, but never before a fossil tick had been found associated to remains of its host,” researcher Dr. Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente, from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, told Digital Trends.
CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on SpaceX's first launch of its reused Falcon-9 rocket for a NASA mission.
Democrats won big with Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama Tuesday. The push to swear in Jones quickly comes as Democrats aim to derail the Republican tax overhaul currently in its final stages before a vote on Capitol Hill. The Republican majority in the Senate will slim to 51-49 when Jones takes office slimming the wiggle room Republicans have for defections.
The rapid growth of Monsanto's new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company's stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off, amassing more than 20 percent of US soybean fields and 50 percent of US cotton fields in just two years, according to Monsanto data.
Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai will likely succeed in his long-lasting quest to repeal net neutrality. On Thursday, the FCC will vote on net neutrality repeal, and the Republican-dominated commission is expected to pass the reversal of Obama-era regulations meant to curb the creation of Internet “fast lanes” which may throttle online access to certain companies and users.
President Trump praised FBI agents as “great people” and “heroes for all of us” at a graduation less than an hour after criticizing the agency to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. In a speech to the FBI National Academy’s graduating class, Trump argued that America should do more to protect and respect law enforcement officials, even calling for the death penalty for people who harm them. Just before heading over to give the speech, Trump spoke to reporters at the White House, saying that he was not yet ready to talk about pardoning former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and criticizing the agency.
Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time.
Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is launching a second fund that will focus on biology, investing $450 million. This one, building on the experience a16z has had with its first biofund, which launched in 2015 with $200 million, will focus on the intersection of biology and engineering. The fund will focus on investing in companies applying engineering to things like drug discovery, creating new uses for biology, and finding new ways for software to "eat" healthcare. The venture capital firm with a tagline that "software is eating the world" thinks the same could happen with biology. On Thursday, Andreessen Horowitz launched its second bio-focused fund to invest $450 million
Data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been crunched using Artificial Intelligence, helping scientists discover a new planet outside our solar system. Experts harnessed machine learning technology from Google to spot Kepler-90i, a hot, rocky planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. A light year, which measures distance in space, equals 6 trillion miles. The surface of Kepler-90i is 800 degrees Fahrenheit, making it unlikely that life as we know it could exist there, according to NASA. By using AI, computers learned to identify planets by trawling Kepler data for instances where the telescope recorded signals from exoplanets far beyond our solar system. The
Earlier this week, a team of astronomers announced that they would be using radio telescopes to study 'Oumuamua, currently considered the first known asteroid to visit us from another solar system. Radio signals emanating from the object could not occur naturally, so if the analysis picks up any sign of such signals, it would suggest that the object is in fact unnatural, a probe sent to us by an alien civilization communicating with its creators. If they do see any signal, that's an immediate sign that something weird is happening. "There should never be a fluke," Avi Loeb, an astronomer at Harvard University who suggested (and is working on) the new observations, told Newsweek.
A new Trump administration effort could prevent the spouses of highly skilled foreign workers from working legally in the U.S., according to a new statement from the Department of Homeland Security cited by CNN. The plan concerns the spouses of those foreign nationals who hold H-1B visas, which go to individuals with jobs that require a “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.” In February 2015, the Obama administration decreed that such spouses could legally find work while in the U.S. in an effort to “reduce the economic burdens and personal stresses” of immigrants. According to CNN, the Department of Homeland Security offered little context for its decision to reverse the Obama-era rule, citing only the new administration’s “America first” emphasis on immigration policy.
The results from the first human trials for a gene therapy to treat patients with haemophilia A have just been published, and they are truly remarkable. The treatment has essentially cured almost all the participants, suggesting a transformative change is on the horizon in how this previously incurable genetic disease is treated. 2017 has been a landmark year in the field of gene therapy. In August the FDA approved the first gene therapy for public use in the United States, while other treatments race through various stages of clinical trials, targeting everything from blindness to multiple sclerosis. This latest gene therapy innovation focuses on a devastating hereditary genetic condition called
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the value of the digital currency has skyrocketed since then. For federal prosecutors in Utah, sales of seized assets like cars are routine, but bitcoin is new territory, spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said Thursday.
U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plants in northwest Indiana, documents show. The October spill was the second time this year that the company's Portage plant dumped chromium into Burns Waterway. Plant managers told an inspector in November that they had opted not to test for the most dangerous form of the metal after that spill, according to an inspection report posted online Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The first temporary license was awarded to Pure CA, which does business as Moxie brand products, a company known for its cannabis extracts. “I couldn’t be more excited,” said Moxie CEO Jordan Lams, who credited “a lot of the stars aligning” for being awarded the first distributor license for recreational pot. “California has been without regulations for a very long time.