Researchers at the University of Edinburgh just discovered 91 new volcanoes in Antarctica, bringing the total number of volcanoes in the region up to 138. Their biggest concern is that some of these volcanoes might be active.
Engineers at a lab in Florida have been working quietly for the last two and a half years on building the most powerful magnet in the world. And on Monday, they succeeded. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — whose main location is housed at Florida State University — met its goal and reclaimed its status as home to the world's strongest magnet. They called it "Project 11,"a nod to the comedy film "This is Spinal Tap" about a fictional heavy metal band whose guitarist boasts an amplifier that doesn't go up to 10 but to 11. Lab officials said they tested a 41.4-tesla magnet, which is roughly 20 times the strength of a magnet used in medical imaging machines and vastly stronger than the
Every Thursday between 1972 and 2001, the oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil Corp. ran an advertorial in the New York Times. When these ads — which were aimed at swaying public opinion and appeared in other publications as well — covered the science and policy
The Powerball jackpot has risen to $700 million. If new information becomes available after we have made a decision we sometimes experience regret — like feeling buyer’s remorse after deciding to purchase an expensive item that goes on sale after your purchase. When making decisions, we can anticipate future regret and incorporate the weight of that into our decision making.
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) -- Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made submarine. She never returned. On Wednesday, police confirmed that Wall's headless torso had been found on a beach near the Danish capital. The inventor, Peter Madsen, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her.Wall, 30, was last seen alive on the evening of Aug. 10 on Madsen's submarine, named UC3 Nautilus. The freelance journalist's family says she was working on a story about Madsen, 46, a celebrity entrepreneur and engineer who dreamed of
Environmentalists went to court Wednesday to demand that the Dutch government take urgent action to improve air quality, arguing that authorities haven't done enough to meet European Union-mandated targets. The summary hearing in The Hague was part of a crowd-funded legal battle by the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth, which says that the government must do more to reduce harmful airborne pollution. Lawyer Edward Brans, representing the state, said that the national government is working with provincial and local authorities to tackle "bottlenecks" in areas — mainly in busy cities — where pollution limits aren't met.
The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of “virtual private networks” (VPNs), which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance. China and other countries block many websites they don’t want their citizens to access, including sites such as Twitter and YouTube that allow users to freely post almost anything they like.
The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau's mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong's skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets. The Macau government said two bodies were found in a flooded carpark early Thursday, but details on the remaining victims were not immediately available.
If you took a moment to look up at the solar eclipse yesterday (with safety glasses, we hope), then you know it's an experience like no other. Some called it breathtaking, others actually teared up at the moment of totality. A solar eclipse (and especially seeing it at totality) is so awe-inspiring, in fact, that one couple has spent more than half of their 48-year marriage chasing the feeling again and again.
Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding. Doctors saw no sense in trying an expensive new drug because it hasn't been proven to work in people with the rare type of cystic fibrosis that van der Heijden had. Instead, they scraped a few cells from van der Heijden and used them to grow a mini version of her large intestine in a petri dish. When van der Heijden's "mini gut" responded to treatment, doctors knew it would help her too. "I really felt, physically,
Archaeologists have uncovered a vast trading network that operated in Vietnam for 1,500 years, from 2500 BC to 1000 BC, a find that changes what was thought to be known about early Vietnamese culture. Excavators from the Australian National University School of Archaeology and Anthropology, digging at a site in southern Vietnam called Rach Nui, uncovered settlements along the Mekong Delta that were part of a network that manufactured and circulated large volumes of items over hundreds of miles. The research, published in the journal Antiquity, contradicts previous thinking that the stone tools in the area were manufactured near stone sources in interior areas. "We knew some artifacts were being
A former Duke University student believes she has solved the mystery of how the eight Confederate crew members on board the world's first submarine to sink an enemy warship were killed, but the researchers with access to the sub say her theory is not new. Rather than having drowned or suffocated, the men were actually killed by the same weapon they wielded, according to Rachel Lance, who earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with her research last year. The explosion from a keg of gunpowder from a 16-foot (5-meter) pole that stretched out from the H.L. Hunley in February 1864 created a blast wave that pulverized the lungs, brains and other soft tissue of the crew, killing them instantly, Lance said. But Navy researchers helping with the official examination of the Hunley have studied the blast wave theory and have their doubts, Naval History and Heritage Command spokesman Paul Taylor said.
In 2015, Chipotle went through an E. coli, norovirus, and salmonella outbreak all within a few months of one another. Since the recent norovirus outbreak, the stock has fallen 17.5%. Recently, Chipotle has been revising its menu, adding items like queso, and possibly removing other items.
Subscribe to Decrypted on Apple PodcastsSubscribe to Decrypted on Pocket Casts We hear a lot about the approaching end of the fossil fuel era. But as various companies work on wind and solar, there's a group of scientists quietly working on another method
California raised more than $640 million this month auctioning off permits for businesses to emit greenhouse gases as part of a program aimed at fighting climate change, according to state data released Tuesday. Last week's auction was the state's first since lawmakers voted to extend California's cap and trade program through 2030. It requires businesses, oil refineries and other polluters to obtain permits to be able to emit carbon, with the overall goal of drastically reducing emissions.
Don’t toss your eclipse glasses! Share them with the world. The nonprofit organization Astronomers Without Borders, which shares astronomy programs with people around the world, wants your glasses. Eclipses are common all over the globe — and a lot of places don’t have America’s easy access to eye protection. “If you want to collect them from your friends, neighbors, school or anything else please do!” AWD president Mike Simmons announced on Facebook Tuesday morning. The group isn’t taking direct donations, but is creating a list of corporate partners where glasses can be sent. (Be patient; its astronomers are still traveling back from the eclipse sightings.) Meanwhile, if you want to mail them
There's growing evidence that tech companies are trying to stifle the views of groups with unpopular opinions and views that the Left opposes #Tucker
Monday may have marked a notable moment in American history: the first time a middle-aged weather forecaster trended on Twitter. His name is Tom Skilling and anyone who has lived in Chicago for long knows he's more than a TV meteorologist. He's a weather evangelist. He loves the clouds, the wind, the sky. He wants you to love them too. On Monday he brought his infectious exuberance to the eclipse, only this time he cried. There he stood as the moon crossed the sun, in front of a camera, microphone in hand, a 65-year-old man, choking up, hugging strangers and exclaiming, "Oh my word!" All over the internet, he became the incarnation of eclipse-incited rapture. "As I was descending into tears,
Taking risks is nothing new to Frank Rubio. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was the one who’d jump at new experiences, the one who’d instantly sign up for an adventure. Now, that spirit could take him into space. The 41-year-old Miami resident is among the 12 in the next group of NASA astronauts, a class selected from a record 18,353 applicants. They will start a two-year training program at Johnson Space Center in Houston this month. “Many of us dream of the opportunity to go into space and have that unique experience,” said Rubio, whose family is from El Salvador. “For me, it was just as much that as it was about participating in something that, in the big picture, I can be a part of that helps
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Researchers who warned half a dozen robot manufacturers in January about nearly 50 vulnerabilities in their home, business and industrial robots, say only a few of the problems have been addressed. The researchers, Cesar Cerrudo and Lucas Apa of cybersecurity firm IOActive, said the vulnerabilities would allow hackers to spy on users, disable safety features and make robots lurch and move violently, putting users and bystanders in danger. While they say there are no signs that hackers have exploited the vulnerabilities, they say the fact that the robots were hacked so easily and the manufacturers' lack of response raise questions about allowing robots in homes, offices and factories.
Typhoon Hato ripped a path of destruction across southern China on Wednesday, killing 10 people after battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters. The storm had raised Hong Kong's most severe Typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of this power has pounded the financial hub in the past 20 years. Five people were killed in the gambling mecca of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets.
China is on the verge of fielding an operational anti-satellite weapon. Meanwhile, both great powers are working on developing directed energy weapons to counter American satellites. “Ten years after China intercepted one of its own satellites in low-Earth orbit, its ground-launched ASAT missiles might be nearing operational service within the PLA [People’s Liberation Army],” Coats stated. “Both countries are advancing directed energy weapons technologies for the purpose of fielding ASAT systems that could blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors. Russia is developing an airborne laser weapon for use against US satellites.” Russia and China are actively pursuing new weapons and capabilities
When a 6-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago, it caused a devastating wave of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis that killed untold number of animals and ended the reign of the dinosaurs. Then things got really bad. In a study published Monday in PNAS, scientists used a computer model to look at the climate effects of the asteroid's impact—namely plunging the Earth into darkness for up to two years. According to a press release, vaporized rock from the impact would have fallen back to Earth, igniting global wildfires and sending 15 billion tons of soot into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun. "It would have been about as dark as a moonlit night," co-author
Now imagine that instead of bundling up in a coat, all you need to do to feel comfortable is dial up the temperature of the base layer you’re wearing, like a heated seat in a car. Researchers from the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center are trying to make that scenario a reality. At a conference of the American Chemical Society, Army researchers explained how they’re using a coating of fine silver nanowires on ordinary fabrics, such as cotton or polyester, as a way to potentially keep soldiers warm in extreme cold.