NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" just won't keep his mouth shut. "I'm excited," Shkreli said of the trial in a brief phone call last week to The Associated Press. Since his high-profile arrest in late 2015 when he was led into court in a gray hoodie, Shkreli has been free on bail and free to speak his mind.
With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.
Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday. The World Heritage-listed reef is the largest living structure on Earth and its economic and social value was calculated for the first time in the Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The study, based on six months' analysis, comes as the reef suffers an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.
In a blog post for Psychology Today, Audrey Nelson discusses how continuous eye contact for ten seconds or longer is disconcerting. This doesn't mean that everyone who dislikes eye contact is on the autistic spectrum, though. According to research discussed in another blog post in Psychology Today, avoiding someone's gaze could also be an evolutionary behaviour we have picked up to respond to threats.
A video clip posted this month on YouTube and other sites shows a wild condor, having just flown down from the sky, walking toward and embracing a man in a very moving way. It is capturing attention worldwide and raising some intriguing questions about animal behavior. According to the text accompanying the video, the man — a cattle rancher named Edgardo, who lives in Loncopué, Argentina — discovered the condor on his patio at home back in March. The bird, then an infant, suffered from a leg injury and had somehow become separated from his parents. Edgardo cared for and fed the condor, who recovered and flew off, but who returns to his rescuer regularly. Edgardo can be heard in the clip greeting
If you prefer the bitter taste of black coffee to the syrupy sweetness of vanilla lattes, there's a greater chance you're a sadist or psychopath. A new study published in the journal Appetite indicates that the preference for bitter tastes, like that of black coffee, is linked to these often reviled traits. Although sadism is often linked with serial killers or other extreme behaviors, this isn’t always the case, and these personality types are much more common than we think.
It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. This is just one example in a growing body of works generated by computers. A short novel written by a Japanese computer program in 2016 reached the second round of a national literary prize.
A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 5.2.
The co-founder of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy is set to be sentenced in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more. Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law, but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges. Cadden was charged in connection with a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced to contaminated injections of medical steroids made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: June 25th, 1997, 20 years ago today … the day the great ocean explorer and environmental advocate Jacques Cousteau died at the age of 87. A French Naval Academy graduate, Cousteau devoted his life to studying the sea. He helped develop the aqualung and other undersea exploration technology. And aboard his research vessel the Calypso, he and his crew sailed the oceans for decades -- probing their mysteries and plunging their depths. Cousteau once fended off a shark with his underwater camera. Through it all he never ceased arguing the case for saving the oceans from pollution and degradation, as he did on "Sunday Morning" back in 1994: "We have
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcome the VIPs let out an "ooooh" as Meng Meng raised a paw after flight LH8415 made an especially gentle touchdown at Schoenefeld airport.
When the crew of the USS Housatonic looked out into the water on the night of February 17, 1864, they weren't entirely sure what they were seeing. There was something moving toward them, just four miles off the shore of Charleston, South Carolina. It might have been a log -- but logs don't drift against the current. That night, the submarine H.L. Hunley, equipped with a torpedo on the end of a 16-foot spar, rammed the 1,240-ton Housatonic. The three-masted Union sloop-of-war sank in about five minutes, and the Hunley made history as the first sub to sink an enemy ship in combat. Along with that torpedo, the Hunley carried with it some high hopes. If it were successful, the Confederacy could break
Our teenage son Will runs his hand across the 10-foot-long, canary yellow replica of an atomic bomb that weighed 10,800 pounds. The plump, round, plutonium-fueled device was given the code name “Fat Man,” for obvious reasons. The actual Fat Man destroyed Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945. Little Boy, a slimmer bomb triggered by enriched uranium, had leveled Hiroshima a few days before that. The models of the two bombs that launched us into the Nuclear Age can be seen — and unlike the real, radioactive items, touched — at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, N.M., famously known as Atomic City. During World War II, scientists at the isolated, clandestine laboratory complex atop the volcanic
(SOUNDBITE OF MOOG CITY'S "C418") LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: This is Lulu's log - stardate June 25th, 2017, where we consider matters of space, the stars and the universe. (SOUNDBITE OF MOOG CITY'S "C418") GARCIA-NAVARRO: There could be a new branch of the United States military in the near future, and its mandate will be outer space. It's not called Starfleet like "Star Trek," sadly. It's been named Space Corps. And joining us now to talk about the Space Corps is Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama. He sponsored legislation seeking its formation. Welcome. MIKE ROGERS: Thanks for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sir, why do we need a Space Corps? What threats do you see it defending us from? ROGERS:
If ancient humans encountered dire wolves in the Americas thousands of years ago, they may have looked something like this. As canines spread across the globe hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago, the dire wolves were born. The San Diego Zoo says they emerged in parts of eastern North America and northern South America about 300,000 years ago, and a western subspecies of dire wolves followed although it was a smaller animal.
Back in the 1800s, New Zealand played host to a natural wonder that was a global attraction. Tourists from the United Kingdom, Europe and America came by the shipload to see the Pink and White Terraces and bathe in their springs. But in the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, the Eighth Wonder of the World disappeared from the North Island of New Zealand and has remained a mystery since. Because the large silica deposits were never properly surveyed by the New Zealand government at the time, their location also disappeared as well. That is until recently. According to the Guardian, a team of scientists have used an 1859 field diary of geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter to scour for the lost wonder.
A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers shortly after midnight. St. Luke's Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to make room for an expansion.
The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming session. The first meeting of “Science Breakthroughs 2030” just convened to discuss the key advances essential for revolutionizing food and agriculture in the next decade. The resounding theme: What's needed is akin to a moonshot. Or as committee co-chair John D. Floros put it, a "green revolution 2.0." "This is something we owe to society … to really look forward as far as we can see and find better solutions," Floros said. The effort dates to last fall, when the Foundation
It’s no secret that Elon Musk is a successful businessman. SpaceX gained recognition in 2012 after it launched a rocket to the International Space Station with 1,000 pounds of cargo. The launch was part of a contract SpaceX has with NASA.
Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. The country's government says it wants to modernise agriculture, including mapping cocoa farms and collecting data on them.
Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high." Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this
Wisconsin researchers are trying to learn more about an invasive fruit fly that has been threatening berry crops in the state since 2010. University of Wisconsin fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot tells Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2sLfQEH) that researchers started trying to pinpoint when and where the spotted wing drosophila is most active within plants last summer. She says the research could help growers get a better idea of when to spray insecticides. They're also examining if temperature and humidity play a role in the insects' distribution. Eric Carlson owns Blue Vista Farm in Bayfield. He says he has to spray his crops every week to control the pests, which has increased
The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this “right-brain” perception capability of the system with the “left-brain” symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both “data parallelism” where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and “model parallelism” where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data. “AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions,” said Daniel S. Goddard,