People across the country are counting down the hours until the total solar eclipse will arc across the continental United States for the first time in decades. What is it?A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for nearly three hours from beginning to end, according to NASA. Retired NASA astrophysicist and photographer Fred Espenak said the experience usually lasts for just a few minutes, but it's truly out of this world.
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
A federal appeals court Monday revived a lawsuit that seeks to block construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan over concerns about its impact on the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal that resembles a manatee. The Center for Biological Diversity has authority to challenge the adequacy of the government's evaluation of the effect on the Okinawa dugong, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The ruling overturned a 2015 decision by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco that dismissed the suit.
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Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who is currently being held on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The journalist mysteriously disappeared after boarding Madsen’s homemade submarine while working on a story. At first, Madsen said that he had dropped Wall back off on land.
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.
Everyone watching the US solar eclipse today (Aug. 21) was warned again and again: Wear certified protective glasses. But if you forgot to buy glasses, or you left them at home, or your name is Donald Trump, then it was near-impossible to ignore the temptation of staring directly at the sun. (And if you did, you saw only the sun’s blazing light, not the moon crossing over its path.) Special eclipse glasses work by blocking out the sun’s UV rays (as well as some of the purple light wavelengths we can usually see). But staring at the sun sans specs puts you at risk for “solar retinopathy,” which is when those UV rays overwhelm the part of your eye that takes in light, called the retina. According
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.
Nothing seems to spark atavism more than a total eclipse, driving humans to behavior like trying to conceive during totality. Thankfully, it also brings out our sciencey side, such as using it to verify Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Google's day-of-the-eclipse Doodle may feature aliens whimsically bouncing the moon across the sun, but its link takes you to a search of "solar eclipse science." In case you're not already prepped, the eclipse starts today at roughly 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. If you're stuck inside for whatever reason, you can still watch it online. For more of the science, whimsy and how-to, here's CNET's complete guide to the solar eclipse.
If your approved solar-eclipse glasses didn't come in time or the store is sold out, it’s not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using some items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event. While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera instead projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you're looking at projection instead of directly at the sun. Sara G. Miller of Space.com shared her easy tips for making a pinhole projector at home with “Good Morning America.” "This is a fun, simple science project that you can do at home, so there’s no reason that you should miss out on the Great American
Headed to Mars? Remember to pack your snow gear. Turns out there are snowstorms on the Red Planet at night, according to a new paper. The findings, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, could shed light on the dynamics of the planet’s ancient climate — and reveal that Mars remains a more dynamic world than some scientists expected. Today, the Red Planet seems dusty, rusty and dry, with an atmosphere that’s about 100 times thinner than Earth’s. But scientists say that early in its history, Mars probably looked a lot like Earth, with a thick atmosphere, puffy clouds and liquid water. That’s part of why researchers study Mars — to understand why our next-door neighbor turned out
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.
AP science writer Seth Borenstein describes the rush of experiencing the 2017 solar eclipse from inside the Nashville Zoo on Monday. About 7,000 people were there to see the animals' reaction and noticed how they got noisier as it got darker. (Aug. 21)
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
After months of waiting (and a bizarre octopus Easter egg), Google finally announced that the next version of Android — previously known as Android O — will officially be going by the name of Android Oreo. The use of an existing brand makes sense for Google. There aren’t a ton of good “O” dessert foods out there, and Oreos are pretty much as universally beloved as a cookie can be. There’s also precedent for the partnership, as Google had previously teamed up with Nestlé and Hershey’s to call Android 4.4 KitKat. Google also showed off the official statue for the new Android OS, as it does with every new version. Today at a press event in New York City, which coincided with the total solar eclipse
A moon camera is turning its lens toward Earth during the total solar eclipse that is passing through the United States today, hoping to catch an image of a planet bathed in darkness. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said the space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is observing Earth during the eclipse and it “invites the public to wave at the moon” during that time. Its camera, of course, is not powerful enough to capture images of individual people sending a greeting. But it will capture a broader view of what Earthlings are experiencing during the eclipse, as the moon’s shadow sweeps across the planet’s surface and blocks out the sun — partially in some locations and completely in others.
Yesterday’s Great American Eclipse — which swept across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina — was the most watched and most photographed eclipse in history, reports the Associated Press. Although the eclipse has ended, you can still hear part of the composition here. “My lab has been turning information into sound for a couple decades, so this is a natural project for us,” Bruce Walker, director of the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab, told Digital Trends.
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.
Like millions of other Americans, President Donald Trump and his family got a peek at today's historic solar eclipse. This afternoon, the president, the first lady and their son Barron stood on a White House balcony, put on their eclipse glasses and stared up at the sky. However, at one point, Trump was seen looking upward, without protection. According to Wall Street Journal reporter Ted Mann, one of the president's aides yelled "Don't look!" in an attempt to protect Trump's vision. Staring directly at the sun, without the powerful ultraviolet protection afforded by eclipse glasses, can cause solar retinopathy, a condition that can lead to vision problems or even blindness. On normal days,
The real surprise was the cicadas. As totality blanketed Gallatin, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, and the strange twilight hue from the almost-full eclipse dimmed to darkness, a chorus of cicadas erupted from the surrounding forest.
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 lab handles nearly every aspect of testing Casper's lines of mattresses, which now includes the new Casper Wave. "One of the things that was really important to us was to have better tools and better space for building, prototyping, and testing," Chapin told Business Insider.
Worried you won't be able to escape the confines of your cubicle to catch the solar eclipse? NASA has you covered. Beginning at 12 p.m. ET Monday, NASA will start streaming a four-hour-long show that will feature coverage from 12 locations along the eclipse's corridor, which spans from Oregon to South Carolina. The space agency will offer "images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station." The show will also pop in on various celebrations and events happening across the country so you can feel like you're part of the festivities. Watch NASA's live-stream
The eclipse has now passed Hopkinsville, Ky., the “point of greatest eclipse.” The point of greatest eclipse is actually a point in time, not a physical place, said Renee Weber, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. More specifically, it’s when “the axis of the moon’s shadow is pointed most directly at the center of the Earth,” Weber explained on NASA TV. Hopkinsville happens to be the place on the surface of the Earth where that alignment occurs. That’s why the town earned the nickname “Eclipseville.” One upshot of being at the point of greatest eclipse is that the shadow of the moon, or umbra, is more circular there than anywhere else in the world.