Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The webpage, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and how it affects your health, among other things.
Turkey passed two new decrees Saturday — one that expelled more than 4,000 civil servants and another that banned television dating programs. The country's Official Gazette published the decrees Saturday evening. The first named thousands of civil servants to be dismissed, including nearly 500 academics and more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel.
Brasília (AFP) - Fed up with endless encroachment on their ancestral lands, leaders of Brazil's many indigenous tribes went to the capital Brasilia to speak out this week. "They're prejudiced," said Alvaro Tucano, one of the tribal members taking part in a week-long camp outside the government complex.
SpaceX was forced to cancel the planned launch Sunday of a Falcon 9 rocket due to a sensor issue, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The launch was scrubbed less than a minute before liftoff and a new launch is planned for Monday at 7 a.m. at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9, according to the paper, will send one of its launch vehicles into space from the Space Coast and it will be carrying a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The launch will be the first time SpaceX is doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense, which has previously worked exclusively with United Launch Alliance, a SpaceX competitor. The SpaceX launch is big industry news, as
One of the first tests by the FAA and its university research teams involved dropping a drone on the head of a crash test dummy. Both steel debris and the wood block caused significantly more damage to the dummy than the drone, which absorb much of the impact because it’s made of more flexible materials.
The source of Antarctica's gruesome looking Blood Falls has finally been discovered putting an end to the mystery of where the red water came from. At first it was thought some form of algae was discolouring the water, but that hypothesis was never verified
In fact, acquiring the exact meaning of number words is a painstaking process that takes children years. The process seems so normal that we sometimes think of it as a natural part of growing up, but it is not.
Scientists have extracted DNA from the skeletal remains of several 19th-century sailors from the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, whose goal was to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage. With a new genetic database of 24 expedition members, researchers hope to identify some of the victims of one of the worst disasters in the history of polar exploration. Led by Sir John Franklin, a British Royal Navy captain, the 129-member crew embarked in 1845 in search of a sea route that would link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The sailors were doomed after their two ships became trapped in sea ice in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in 1846. The last communication, a short note from April 25, 1848, indicated
Quietly, stubbornly, defying the headlines, bit by bit, around the world, slow shifts are underway towards a better world. Could they be erased by some kind of sudden disaster? The world got 9% more new renewable energy in 2016 … while spending 23% less on it. “Wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts to global power capacity in 2016, up almost 9 per cent … Investment in renewables capacity was roughly double that in fossil fuel generation; the corresponding new capacity from renewables was equivalent to 55% of all new power… The proportion of electricity coming from renewables excluding large hydro rose from 10.3 per cent to 11.3 per cent,” reports Science Daily.
Look, let me start by saying Leonardo DiCaprio has done a lot to combat climate change. He produced a climate change documentary titled Before the Flood that dropped in 2016. He has a foundation "dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all
The United States of America has a major problem, and I’m not just talking about Donald Trump here. A new report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has revealed that out of the 169 hazardous volcanoes in the US, just under half of them are being monitored. That means a good swath of the 321.4 million American populace is at risk of a volcano dumping some pyroclastic flows or lava bombs on their heads and they won’t get much of a warning. If this sounds bad, then you’re right – it is. The US would be put to shame by Japan here, a highly volcanic country that has comprehensively covered its volcanoes in seismometers and volatile sensors, while also using satellites to
In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity. Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. There are no defenses against stupidity, argued the Italian-born professor, who died in 2000. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of its idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of their stupid brethren.
Psychopaths are everywhere. Psychopathy is perhaps the most dramatized and talked about mental condition in the entertainment industry and media, and its definition has been twisted and manipulated along the way. Critics have argued both for and against the idea that antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy are synonymous, but there has yet to be a concrete decision on the issue.
Vienna (AFP) - "We mortals do not understand you." That's the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling to get their message across to a sceptical public at a major conference in Vienna this week. Delegates made time for soul-searching at the meeting in the Austrian capital, conceding that they bear part of the blame for alienating some people.
If you're going to 3D-print rocket parts, you'd want to make them out of metal to handle the stress, right? Not necessarily. MIT has successfully test-fired what it believes is the first completely 3D-printed rocket motor to be made with plastic casing. That's right -- an all too easily melted material was sitting a virtual hair's breadth away from super-hot propellant. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but apparently it worked well -- it generated real thrust, and there was only a small amount of damage to the motor's throat after the initial run. A second test didn't fare so well (it would be useless for moving anything), but MIT hadn't intended for the motor to fire more than once. This
Herpetologist Don Boyer inevitably drew attention when he drove into town. People would notice his truck, with “Bronx Zoo” emblazoned across the side, and want to know what he was doing in their corner of western New York. “Releasing hellbenders,” he told them. “People were like, 'Hellbenders? Why are you releasing them?' " Boyer recalled Friday. One glance at the creatures was unlikely to assuage nervous onlookers. The Eastern hellbender, the largest salamander in the Western Hemisphere, looks as though someone yanked out a giant's esophagus, gave it legs and taught it to swim. The two-foot-long amphibian has slime-covered skin, beady eyes and a paddle-like tail. Its ruffled torso resembles
Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years?Chances are we’ll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years. In 1880 the average American male was 5’7’’. Today, he’s 5’10’’. We may also merge
Career site Glassdoor recently unveiled its list of the 50 highest-paying college majors. Not surprisingly, college majors focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education came out on top. Through an analysis of resumes and salary reports, Glassdoor came up with a listing of college majors that yield the most earnings during the first five years out of college.
Young crayfish can get drunk — and they get drunk a lot faster when they’ve been hanging out with their friends, new research says. Crayfish are basically miniature, freshwater lobsters, which makes them an unusual model organism for trying to understand a behavior — drinking alcohol — that we really only care about in humans. The researchers gathered up a bunch of young crayfish no bigger than Cheetos and housed them in tanks with 50 to 100 friends.
In 2010, Gail Orcutt was diagnosed with lung cancer. The diagnosis came as a shock to the nonsmoker, who eventually had her entire left lung removed. She had no idea how she could have developed the disease until she came across an article about radon
Physicists have come up with a plan to build a real-life time machine that they say is mathematically consistent with known physics. And here's the best part: they've named the machine a "Traversable Acausal Retrograde Domain in Space-time," the acronym for which is actually TARDIS. For those who aren't fans of the long-running British science fiction television show "Doctor Who," the TARDIS is the fictional time-traveling spacecraft of the Doctor himself. (Although in the show, TARDIS stands for "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.") The real-life machine imagined by physicists is, like the fictional TARDIS, shaped like a box that is capable of carrying passengers backwards and forwards through
As a 2017 Center for Disease Control (CDC) report explained, a woman died in a Nevada hospital after contracting an infection from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). This “super bacteria” was resistant to all 26 antibiotics available in the United States. The CDC estimates that there are more than 23,000 deaths in the United States each year due to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
This question originally appeared on Quora. 95% of the universe is composed of a combination of dark matter (27%) and dark energy (68%) respectively, with "normal matter" (the stuff we see) only accounting for 5% of the universe. This means if you were to remove everything you can see and interact with in the visible universe (people, food, home appliances, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, etc.), there would still be 95% of the universe remaining! The result is that there is more dark matter and dark energy in the room you are currently in than normal matter.
The past few weeks have been jam-packed with stunning imagery from Saturn, delivered courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft. Now, almost as if to say “Hey, remember me?”, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has grabbed our attention with what is almost certainly one of the most spectacular photos it’s ever managed to capture. The photo, which was released this week, has a whole lot going on, including some tricky perspective work that, as NASA points out, really messes up the scale of everything you’re seeing.