In his first comments on the incident, Putin referred to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter as a “tragedy,” but added that if the British claim that they were poisoned by the Soviet-designed nerve agent were true, the victims would have been killed instantly. Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer convicted in his home country of spying for Britain, and his daughter have remained in critical condition following the March 4 poisoning. “It’s quite obvious that if it were a military-grade nerve agent, people would have died on the spot,” he said.
While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play. By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a new report. World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration analyses the effects climate change will have on three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, a group that represents 55 percent of the world's developing population.
A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after falling onstage during a show in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday night. Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist for Cirque du Soleil, fell while performing the aerial straps number during a March 17 performance of the show VOLTA, the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said in a statement released Sunday. “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy.
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, has issued a new update on the expected re-entry of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab. The new forecast, which was issued March 15, predicts that the 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 will fall back to Earth between March 30 and April 6, though it stresses that this is a rough estimate. Re-entry of the Chinese hardware will take place anywhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude — a huge swath that most of the world's population calls home. [China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab in Pictures] "At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible," Space Debris Office officials wrote in the update. Tiangong-1,
Stephen Hawking predicts the end of the world just weeks before he dies. Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper days before his death that could lead to the discovery of parallel universes. Hawking, who died last week at 76, was listed as a co-author on the paper, which lays the framework for how researchers could someday test the "multiverse" theory, or the existence of an infinite number of universes in addition to our own, The Sunday Times reported. Arxiv.org, an online distribution system for research papers owned by Cornell University, shows the paper, titled A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation, was first submitted by Hawking's fellow co-author Thomas Hertog in July 2017. The latest
The latest blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin — far from the previous three that were all in residential areas in the eastern part of the city — and investigators didn’t immediately confirm what caused it. “What we have right now is a scene where it is obvious that an explosion has taken place,” Manley said at a hastily organized news conference near the site of the latest blast.
One Iceland's most famous ancient poems describes the eruption of the Eldgjá volcano, linking the apocalyptic conditions -- the thick haze of gas and massive lava flows -- with the abandonment of the pagan gods and the acceptance of a new, singular god. Researchers in Europe collected and analyzed ice cores from Greenland, which trapped evidence of the ash emitted by Eldgjá. The data, detailed in the journal Climate Change, suggests the volcanic eruption began in the spring of 939 AD and lasted until at least the fall of 940 AD -- less than a century after the Vikings and Celts first settled the island. "This places the eruption squarely within the experience of the first two or three generations of Iceland's settlers," Clive Oppenheimer, a geographer at the University of Cambridge, said in a news release.
Whether it is arguing until ‘blue in the face’ or feeling ‘green with envy’ the English language is well-stocked with idioms linking colour to emotion. Although it is a subtle alteration to skin tone and complexion around the nose, eyebrows, cheeks or chin, the effects are picked up subconsciously by observers, making it very hard to hide emotions. The scientists believe the changes of colour are triggered by blood flow channelled from the central nervous system to depending on our state of mind.
Seoul officials who visited Pyongyang recently say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to hold summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April. Seoul says Kim proposed meeting with President Donald Trump, and Trump agreed to him by the end of May.
With ballots from 80 percent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday, Putin had amassed 76 percent of the vote. Observers and individual voters reported widespread violations including ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the claims are unlikely to dilute the power of Russia’s longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.
Last year was a rough one for YouTube. In addition to the various ad-related problems, the company’s child-focused YouTube Kids app came under fire for allowing violent and inappropriate cartoons to appear on the platform. Now, Business Insider has reported that YouTube Kids is facing a content problem of another kind by suggesting videos involving conspiracy theories to children.
SpaceX and its visionary founder Elon Musk win the lion's share of public attention in the commercial rocket arena, with dramatic, increasingly routine booster landings and spectacular stunts like the launch of Musk's Tesla Roadster on the maiden flight of the company's new Falcon Heavy rocket last month. But arch-rival United Launch Alliance, a much more buttoned-down corporate alliance between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, is responding to the threat posed by the upstart SpaceX with long-range plans to phase out its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket and costly Delta 4 rockets in favor of a powerful, less-expensive launcher known as the Vulcan. Featuring reusable engines and an advanced, long-lived upper
Space radiation may be a bigger worry for voyaging astronauts than scientists had thought, at least in the near future, a new study suggests. "The radiation dose rates from measurements obtained over the last four years exceeded trends from previous solar cycles by at least 30 percent, showing that the radiation environment is getting far more intense," study lead author Nathan Schwadron, a professor of physics at the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center, said in a statement. "These particle radiation conditions present important environmental factors for space travel and space weather, and must be carefully studied and accounted for in the planning and design of future missions to the moon, Mars, asteroids and beyond," Schwadron added.
NASA revealed in March that after his year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA changed by a full 7%. But when we recently interviewed him for Business Insider's podcast "Success! How I Did It," he said the experience changed him personally, as well.
The stabbings were reported around 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Castleview Apartments in Rochester, a 32-unit building that provides shelter for the homeless, disabled, those in poverty or who have mental health issues. Rochester police said in a news release that officers found two men on the fourth floor of the building “suffering from critical stab wounds.” The men were later pronounced dead at a hospital. Rochester is a city of about 209,000 people that’s about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Minneapolis.
Governments should focus on "greener" policies to improve the supply and quality of water as climate change and a growing global population threaten the water security of billions, the United Nations said on Monday. In its 2018 World Water Development Report, the UN calculated that an estimated 3.6 billion people -- nearly half the global population -- live in areas where water can be scarce at least one month per year.
On March 13, 2018, the world lost one of its most courageous heroes. Stephen Hawkings lost his long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He left behind a series of discoveries that we may not even know the true gravity of for another century, but more importantly, he left us with the greatest gift of all. Take a look at all of his greatest accomplishments and the one insane thing that will permeate through time. 1. The Penrose-Hawking Singularity In graduate school, Hawking did path-breaking work on singularities, a principle in physics where gravity becomes infinitely large and space-time becomes infinitely dense. This creates what is known as a singularity.
The new cabinet announced Monday by China is the culmination of months of leadership reshuffles that saw President Xi Jinping assert his dominance over policy making. While many investors will be focused on changes to China’s economic and financial regulators, several other key officials will also shape the country’s policies over the next five years. Han Zheng’s move into the executive vice premier’s slot comes as little surprise after his rise to the party’s supreme Politburo Standing Committee in October.
President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and raised doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Trump. The president’s Twitter barbs follow closely on the call by Trump’s personal lawyer for the Trump-appointed No. 2 Justice Department official overseeing Mueller’s inquiry to “bring an end” to that investigation.
A former Cambridge Analytica employee claims the company harvested information from 50 million Facebook users. The company, best known for its work on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.
From now through April 15, NASA is enlisting citizen scientists and amateur cloud-gazers around the world to help validate satellite data on cloud formations. Marilé Colón Robles from the Langley Research Center explained that the data helps scientists classify cloud formations in satellite images.
Astronomers are hunting down the cause of a nearby galaxy's "arrested development" with the help of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The odd galaxy, called NGC 1277, doesn't appear to have evolved much in the past 10 billion years, a new study reports. Learning about its history should shed light on galaxy formation and evolution in general, study team members said. NGC 1277, which is located about 240 million light-years away from Earth, is called a "red and dead" galaxy because it doesn't have enough fuel to produce new stars. That wasn't always the case, however. Shortly after the galaxy was formed, it produced stars 1,000 times faster than they are formed today in our Milky Way, the researchers
The bodies of two security camera operators were found after firefighters managed to control the blaze, which raged from Sunday morning to early Monday, the officials said. Police and firefighters blocked off the areas around the hotel, which lies in the heart of Manila’s Ermita tourist and commercial district, to allow dozens of fire trucks to approach and fight the blaze.
TIME Editor Edward Felsenthal and Washington Bureau Chief Massimo Calabresi sent the following note to staff on Monday. Brian Bennett, currently White House reporter at the LA Times, will become Senior White House Correspondent for TIME. Since joining the Times in 2010, Brian has consistently broken news and anchored major stories, including the 2015 San Bernardino coverage that led to a Pulitzer Prize.
South African winemaker Marlize Jacobs looks out across the parched brown earth that sustains her award-winning vines, surveying the effects of the water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas. The Western Cape region has gone without significant rains for more than three years, forcing South Africa's second city to slash residential water consumption by more than 60 percent. Wine flavours may benefit, but water-intensive businesses like Marlize's farm, 35 kilometres (20 miles) east of Cape Town, have borne the brunt of the water crisis.