U.S. lawmakers reacted to the ousting of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, shortly after President Donald Trump attacked the fired FBI official again on Twitter. As Trump railed against claims that McCabe kept personal memos detailing his interactions with the president, some representatives speaking on Sunday morning talk shows called for further examination into the firing of the onetime deputy director. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe Friday, two days before his retirement date.
When Candace Jean Andersen came across a photo of a group of people at a 1971 science conference in Virginia, she noticed that the only person who was unidentified in the caption was a black woman. Andersen’s plea was met by more than 11,000 people who chimed in to help identify the only female at the science conference. The conference was in June (1971) in Virginia, with participants from 10 countries.
NASA researchers found that astronaut Scott Kelly experienced molecular changes during his groundbreaking space flight, and while most of his genes returned to normal 7% have not yet changed back.
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.
A rainbow which lit up the sky for nearly nine hours is officially recognized by the Guinness World Records for being the world’s longest-lasting one. Authorities from the organization held a ceremony on Saturday in Taiwan to honor the achievement—the first-ever world record the country has received for a natural science-related phenomenon, Taiwan News reports. Professors and students at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan witnessed the rainbow, which lasted for 8 hours and 58 minutes last November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook Inc. suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data company that helped President Donald Trump win the presidential election, which may have collected data from 50 million Facebook profiles without their owners’ permission. Facebook said in a blog post Friday that Cambridge Analytica received some user data through an app developer on its social network, violating its policies. In 2015, Facebook said Cambridge Analytica certified that it had destroyed the information.
Medellín (Colombia) (AFP) - A comprehensive, global appraisal of mass species extinction -- and what can be done to reverse it -- kicked off in Colombia's second-largest city Saturday, with more than 750 experts in attendance. "Today the world is at a crossroads," added IPBES president Sir Robert Watson.
At 5.16 degrees north latitude, Kourou in French Guiana is about as close as you can get to lying directly on the Earth's equator -- an almost ideal spot from which to launch a spaceship. To hear Brazil tell it, you see, there's actually an even better place to put a spaceport than Kourou: Namely, the Brazilian city of Alcantara. Located in the state of Maranhao, at 2.40 degrees south latitude, Alcantara is less than half as far away from the equator as Kourou, and Brazil would really like to convince space companies that this makes Alcantara more than twice as attractive a place from which to launch their rockets.
The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government's underground repository in New Mexico. The panel of about 15 scientists from universities, corporations and laboratories around the nation will evaluate the storage potential at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only facility for permanently disposing of tons of Cold War-era waste contaminated with small amounts of plutonium and other man-made radioactive elements. The scientists held their first meeting in November in Washington, D.C., then gathered again Tuesday in Carlsbad, where officials gave presentations and fielded questions on the feasibility of bringing plutonium to the repository, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports.
At a news conference Friday night, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they have just begun their investigation, and cannot yet say whether any cracking contributed to the collapse. It sounded different from anything he had ever heard before.
Data analysis firm accused of improperly accessing and storing information without users' permission.
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.
Stephen Hawking may have passed away, but his legacy of scientific discovery will live on, and his final paper has the potential to lay the groundwork for one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st century. The Sunday Times reports that the paper, entitled “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation,” details a means by which scientists could discover a parallel universe. The paper had its latest revisions approved on March 4 — 10 days before Hawking’s death.
In addition to dealing with round-the-clock darkness in the winter and the constant threat of polar bears, the 2,000 residents in the remote Norwegian town of Longyearbyen must also follow one very strange law: it's illegal to die there. Located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Longyearbyen is so cold that dying has been illegal there since 1950 when locals discovered that bodies weren't decomposing in the cemetery because of the frigid weather. While cremation urns are allowed to be buried there, so few people have taken up on this option that the terminally ill must leave the island and fly to the Norwegian mainland to spend their last days.
The dismissal Friday was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials. An upcoming inspector general’s report is expected to conclude that McCabe authorized the release of information to the media and was not forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Every day more than 1,000 water tankers rumble past Nagraj's small plywood store in Bangalore, throwing up clouds of dust as they rush their valuable cargo to homes and offices in India's drought-stricken tech hub. Gleaming new apartment blocks are still springing up all over the city known as India's Silicon Valley -- even though there is nowhere near enough mains water to supply those already living and working there. Many rely entirely on supplies shipped in by tankers filled from giant borewells that have caused groundwater levels to plummet, sparking predictions Bangalore could be the first Indian city to run out of water.
A British arts and textiles instructor has won a $1 million prize given annually to the world’s best teacher. Andria Zafirakou, who teaches at a community school in north-west London, is the first U.K. winner of the Global Teacher Prize, according to the Guardian. Zafirakou was honored on Sunday in Dubai at a ceremony attended by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Summary: A new study reports males are more likely to attribute anxiety amongst women in STEM classes to being ill prepared for study, while women attribute anxiety to external factors, including gender bias and negative stereotyping. Source: Dartmouth College. Undergraduate students’ reactions to reading about a woman’s anxiety in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) class vary by gender according to a Dartmouth-led study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. Men are more likely than women to attribute a female student’s anxiety or self-doubt in a STEM class to internal factors such as not being prepared while women are more likely than men to attribute such emotions
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.
The first renowned sighting of a UFO occurred back in 1947, and it was reported by a man named Kenneth Arnold. He laid claim that while he was flying his airplane around Mount Rainier in Washington, he noticed not one, but nine objects flying at incredibly high speeds — upwards of a few thousand miles per hour. It was Arnold’s description of the objects moving “like saucers skipping on the water” that the term flying saucer was coined. As sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena or UFOs continued to roll in, the Air Force felt it needed to be privy to the action, launching its own investigation known as Project Sign in 1948. Investigations have continued into the 21st century, including the
Every week the Senate has been in session since April 2012, one lonely Democratic senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse, has taken to the Senate floor to speak about global warming. On March 13, Senator Whitehouse gave his 200th “It’s Time to