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
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.
A week after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, a shaken Mexico was torn Tuesday between trying to get back to normal and keeping up an increasingly hopeless search for survivors. In a nasty twist of fate, last Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed more than 10,000 people, the worst in the country's history. Improbably, it hit just two hours after an annual earthquake drill, turning Mexico City's most seismically unstable neighborhoods into something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
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
Monday, September 25, 2017: The radiant, unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 6753 twinkles in deep space in this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is one of only two known spiral galaxies both close enough and massive enough for astronomers to study its corona, or a cloud of hot gas surrounding the galaxy. NGC 6753 lies 150 million light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Pavo. — Hanneke Weitering
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the great architectural marvels of history, but how exactly the ancient Egyptians were able to haul the massive blocks into place-- some from more than 500 miles away-- has become a beguiling historical mystery. Theories abound, including wild postulations about ancient alien encounters, but little documentation has ever been uncovered that could finally put the matter to rest. That is, until now. Archaeologists have uncovered ancient papyrus in the ancient port of Wadi al-Jarf, on the Red Sea, that appears to be a firsthand account of the construction of the Great Pyramid. The documents of note are contained within a diary of a man named Merer, an official
It's been five days since President Donald Trump last tweeted about Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. Trump seemed to blame Puerto Rico for the devastation in a series of three tweets sent out Monday night. Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..
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.
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.
Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by Judge Denise Cote. The sentencing completed the sordid downfall of the New York Democrat, whose penchant for exchanging lewd messages and photos with young women online destroyed his career in Congress in 2011, doomed his bid for mayor of New York in 2013, wrecked his marriage to Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and became entangled in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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.
At least one woman was killed and seven people were injured Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire outside a Tennessee church, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. Police said the 26-year-old suspect opened fire outside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as people were leaving the church following Sunday morning services. What happened at the Antioch Church?
At Tesla, Peter Carlsson spent nearly five years at Elon Musk’s side, locating various parts of the Model S as the electric car company's global supply chain manager. "The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions, and that means low cost and high volume," Musk said back in 2006. Now, as Tesla builds its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert, the company is recapitulating that mission, aiming to reduce not just the energy consumed by its cars, but the energy used to build its battery in the first place.
After years of being washed, perfumed and fed in ancient Egypt, the statue of a revered Egyptian deity was given a proper burial with other "dead" statues more than 2,000 years ago, a new study finds. Ancient Egyptians buried the statue of the deity Ptah — the god of craftsmen and sculptors — with other revered statues, including those of a sphinx, baboon, cat, Osiris and Mut, in a pit next to Ptah's temple. The statue of Ptah had likely sat in the temple for years, but it and the other sacred objects were respectfully buried after they accumulated damage and were declared useless by the ancient Egyptians, the researchers said.
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.
Saving endangered species in a changing ocean What if, after bringing a species back from the edge of extinction, you return it to an environment that’s so changed, it may no longer accept it? As climate change is creating warmer, acidifying oceans with less oxygen and more uncertainty, that’s the challenge now facing a group of California researchers trying to save the endangered white abalone. Kristin Aquilino, an assistant project scientist at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, is in charge of the largest population of endangered white abalone that exists in the world. There’s some pressure with that. Science at 5 a.m. It’s 5 a.m. inside the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.
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.
(UNITED NATIONS) — North Korea’s top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was “a declaration of war” against his country by the United States. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told
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.
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.
A new research paper, published online Sunday, looks at a slightly different aspect of fish behavior, examining whether individual fish in a group have different personalities. For their experiment, researchers from the University of Exeter in Cornwall, United Kingdom, put a group of Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) in different “stress contexts” and observed the behavior of individuals.
“It appears the island could have supported 17,500 people at its peak, which represents the upper end of the range of previous estimates,” said Cedric Puleston, lead author of the study, based at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, in a statement. “Despite its almost complete isolation, the inhabitants of Easter Island created a complicated social structure and these amazing works of art before a dramatic change occurred,” Puleston added.
A giant panda couple struggling to produce cubs in an Australian zoo have been given a helping hand by vets who hope to overcome the bears' notorious breeding difficulties with three artificial inseminations. Fu Ni and Wang Wang arrived in Adelaide from China in late 2009 as part of a programme aimed at breeding the Southern Hemisphere's first baby pandas. Vets at Adelaide Zoo worked feverishly over the weekend with a reproductive specialist from China to complete the three procedures, which they say have given the couple their best-ever chance of having a cuddly cub.