Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy. But the government has provided few specifics. "It's a small agency to coordinate and lead," Turnbull told reporters. "The space sector, of course, is one of enormous potential." Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash said the agency's charter would be developed by the end of March. "The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," Cash said in a statement. "A national
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has some good news and bad news for the creative team behind “Game of Thrones.” On the one hand, they got a big detail about their dragons absolutely right... but on the other, they also got something glaringly wrong
Allegations of negligent construction and poor oversight began to fly Monday after deadly building collapses during Mexico's earthquake, as hope faded of finding more survivors of a disaster that killed more than 300 people. Mexico City's mayor, the education minister and the top official for the district all traded blame after reports that the Enrique Rebsamen primary school operated using false documents. "All they tell us are lies," said Anel Jimenez, 42, whose cousin Martin Estrada, a 30-year-old accountant, was inside a seven-story office building when it collapsed.
Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok. Indonesian authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity. Officials have said there’s no immediate threat to tourists but some are already cutting short their stays in Bali.
Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online.
You know a topic is trending when the likes of Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg publicly bicker about its potential risks and rewards. In this case, Musk says he fears artificial intelligence will lead to World War III because nations will compete for A.I. superiority. Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has called such doomsday scenarios “irresponsible” and says he is optimistic about A.I.
President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation Sunday restricting citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S., replacing the expiring ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The new travel ban, which will take effect on Oct. 18, will continue to impact citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria but will now also include travelers from Chad, North Korea and certain individuals from Venezuela. “Making America Safe is my number one priority.
French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn't shown any awareness in 15 years. During months of experimental treatment, his gaze could follow a moving object and he turned his head toward people speaking to him. The treatment involved implanting a device in the man's chest to electrically stimulate the vagus nerve, which extends into the brain.
The mysterious object in the sky above Los Angles on Saturday night has been identified. Video of the object soon appeared on Twitter. “Did anyone else in #losangeles see this in the sky tonight around 11pm!? @GriffithObserv what was it? Cool, yet scary! #comet #asteroid #ufo,” asked Twitter user @reelhopelavelle. The object, however, was quickly explained. “Oooh okay! #MysterySolved it was a #rocket from #vandenberg air force base! Neat!,” @reelhopelavelle tweeted. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket took off from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. “Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national
The breach of the credit monitoring firm Equifax, which exposed extensive personal data for 143 million people, is the worst corporate data breach to date. All the while, Equifax asked people to trust the security of the site, and to submit the last six digits of their Social Security number as a way of checking whether their information had been potentially compromised in the breach. The site also seemed slapdash, even though Equifax says it learned about the mega-breach at the end of July, and took roughly six weeks to disclose it.
Investigators said they were not aware of any relationship between the gunman and any of the worshippers, said Don Aaron, spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department. The gunman pulled into the parking lot as services were ending at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the Antioch neighborhood. The gunman was identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro.
Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage. University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the experiments on a giant "shake table" to simulate violent motions of an earthquake to rattle a 100-ton (91-metric ton), 70 foot (21-meter) bridge model to determine how well it would hold up. The tests, conducted a day after a big quake struck Mexico, shook large concrete columns and beams back and forth for about 30 seconds at a time, displacing some nearly a foot before returning largely to their original spot.
Katherine G. Johnson, the human computer behind some of NASA’s biggest advancements, attended the ribbon cutting of the research facility named in her honor on Friday. The 99-year-old mathematician was thrust into the spotlight last year when the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures told the story of three black women who broke barriers at NASA. Johnson, along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, shattered the segregational norms within the agency in the 1960s to push forward some of the country’s greatest aerospace advancements. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility is a state-of-the-art facility run by NASA’s Langley Research Center.
Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, according to satellite data. The forests where the panda lives are in worse shape than in 1988, when it was first listed as endangered, scientists say. Last year, the giant panda was downgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Habitat loss is the most serious threat to the animal, which is seen as an icon of global extinction efforts. "What's new in this study is our ability to assess the status of the giant panda by using satellite imagery and then use that information to come up with recommendations of how better to manage this iconic threatened species," said Prof Stuart Pimm, of Duke University,
France is planning to cut back on use of all pesticides, the government said Monday, though it rowed back on an announcement of an outright ban on controversial chemical glyphosate. Government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said earlier Monday that France -- Europe's biggest food producer -- intended to phase out glyphosate completely by 2022 over fears that it may cause cancer.
Speaking in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, McCain was asked to comment on whether his deciding vote, which was crucial in ending that Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare, was a way to “get back at the President” for attacking the senator’s Vietnam War record. “If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that — life is too short,” McCain replied. McCain did acknowledge the differences between himself and the President, saying “We’re very different people.
On Saturday, an unnamed University of Maryland hero put those same principles to work, crushing a beer can on her head so smoothly that it put nature to shame. The viral video, posted to Twitter by Texas lawyer David Ruff, shows a woman standing on a table as she catches a can of beer above her head, jerks her arm back for propulsion, crushes the can on her forehead and flips it expertly above her mouth to pound its contents. The Maryland Beer Queen does all of this in one natural, fluid motion, draining the can in a matter of seconds.
Life expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, a new report finds. Overall, life expectancy at birth increased by 2 years between 2000 and 2015, the report found. The life expectancy for a person born in the U.S. in 2000 is 76.8 years, compared with 78.8 years for a person born in the U.S. in 2015.
Ford’s F-series pickups are the best-selling vehicles in the US, followed by Chevy Silverados, and Dodge Rams. Ford's F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981, and it's critically important to Ford. Trucks are profit centers for automakers, which is why Ford agonizes over every change and update.
Myanmar police said Monday that they have discovered at least 28 slain Hindu women and boys in two mass graves in the Southeast Asian country’s conflict-torn northern Rakhine state. Myanmar Border Guard Police Maj. Zayar Nyein in northern Rakhine said the graves were discovered Sunday and contain bodies of 20 females and eight males, and that more bodies are believed to be buried. The government’s Information Committee said on its Facebook page that all eight were boys, including six under 10 years old.
Researchers from The University of Copenhagen discovered a genetic mutation that happened somewhere between 6,000 to 10,000 years ago in one person, likely in Europe. Thousands of years later, the current 200 million people in the world that have blue eyes are all bound together by this common ancestor. “Originally, we all had brown eyes,” said Professor Hans Eiber, one of the authors on the study from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
Forty-two years ago this summer a two-person company called Micro-Soft shipped its first product. It was a version of the programming language BASIC for the Altair 8800, one of the first successful personal computers. The company is now much larger, and un-hyphenated. And it’s reprising its original strategy in hopes of gaining an edge on another technological revolution—powerful computers that work on data using the quirks of quantum mechanics. Practical quantum computers don’t yet exist, and Microsoft is behind rival tech giants Google and IBM in the race to develop quantum hardware. But at a conference in Orlando Monday for its corporate customers, the company announced the release of a new
Plastic waste in the ocean is now so widespread it is polluting remote ice floes in the Arctic, scientists have discovered. A team from Exeter University discovered blocks of polystyrene in areas hundreds of miles from land which until recently were covered by ice all year round. The expedition was able to go further into the Central Arctic Ocean than any other yacht in history, because of recent reductions in summer ice cover in the Arctic, which is thought to be the result of climate change.