Researchers don't think a frozen arctic will always be as stable or as safe as we thought it would be.
A new species of snake that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee. A study published in the Journal of Herpetology says the snake has been named Zilantophis schuberti, which roughly translates to "Schubert's Winged Snake." The snake is named in part after Blaine Schubert, the executive direct of the Gray Fossil Site where the discovery was made. Steven Jasinski, lead author of the study, and co-author David Moscato, were students of Schubert's. Jasinski says the snake didn't have wings, but what makes it different is that its vertebrae have pronounced projections toward the front of its body. The Gray Fossil Site is one of the richest fossil localities
CANNES, France (AP) — Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president's efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday.Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the Cannes
From ELLEDear E. Jean: How can things just go "poof"? The guy I fell for, not just any guy-the guy-met someone else and my heart broke into tiny pieces. I've tried so hard to move on, but it's as if the universe does
The effect on Earth of Cold War nuclear bombs detonated in space is only now beginning to be fully understood by scientists, thanks to the release of recently declassified documents.
Authorities in Nepal have been unable to confirm the identities of four bodies found on Mount Everest, officials said Wednesday, raising speculation the climbers may have died years ago. The climbers were found at camp four -- at 7,950 metres (26,085 feet) -- on Tuesday by a rescue team who were there to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died on the mountain on Sunday. Nepal's tourism department said late Wednesday they had been unable to identify the bodies.
Neil Armstrong’s lunar sample bag has had a long and complicated journey over the past half-century. It started in 1969, when the off-white, purse-sized pouch flew to the moon and back with the legendary astronaut, who used it to collect the first lunar rock specimens during the Apollo 11 mission. When the bag returned to Earth, the U.S. government emptied it of its contents and dubbed it a national treasure. The bag, which still contained traces of moon dust, became a priceless museum artifact. Through a series of mix-ups, however, the government lost track of it until a few years ago, when it was accidentally put up for auction and nabbed by an Illinois woman for less than $1,000. Now, after
The history of human evolution continues to evolve. Up until now, experts have believed human lineage split from apes some 7 million years ago in Africa. But now scientists have traced the first hominid species to Europe instead some 7.2 million years ago. An international team of researchers shook up the science books with two studies published Monday in the journal Plos One. Their findings are based on two fossils of species discovered in Greece and Bulgaria. The creature they discovered, named Graecopithecus freybergi, is nicknameded "El Graeco." The findings shift the location of the last common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans, what some refer to as the Missing Link, to the Mediterranean.
A young Chinese woman has drawn criticism on social media after unfavourably comparing her homeland's air and politics to those in the US during her graduation speech at an American university. Speaking at the University of Maryland, Yang Shuping said that coming to the United States had been a breath of "fresh air" after growing up in China. "The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free," she continued, drawing a parallel between China's notorious air pollution and its similarly choking restrictions on political speech.
Two photographers have crisscrossed North America to escape the light pollution of occupied areas and capture the original beauty of the night sky. Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović traveled more than 150,000 miles to a staggering 500 locations across North America in order to capture these images, which feature millions of stars, far-off galaxies and areas of extreme darkness that offer an almost primeval contrast to glowing cities. Heffernan, 37, said the aim of the series, called Skyglow, was to show off the incredible vastness of the night sky, in the hope of inspiring people to care about dark skies.
Is spending money at the NIH a good deal? It’s clear from the Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal: The administration doesn’t think spending at the National Institutes of Health is a very good deal. The budget suggests cutting $6 billion from the NIH — or nearly a quarter of the agency’s total budget.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to start dismantling 2015 rules that regulated internet service providers the same way as utilities. The debate swirls around two related issues: whether the internet is a public utility, and how (or if) to ensure a concept known as net neutrality. Net neutrality is the framework for an internet in which all data is treated equally.
A rare solar eclipse is happening across the US on August 21. It will be the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse has crossed the country from coast-to-coast. Actually, August 21st is the date when there's going to be a total solar eclipse across the United States.
NASA astronauts sped through an urgent spacewalk Tuesday morning (May 23) to replace a malfunctioning computer relay box outside the International Space Station, completing the trip outside in 2 hours and 46 minutes. By the end of the spacewalk, space station commander Peggy Whitson's 10th, she had snagged the third-place record for aggregate spacewalking time with 60 hours and 21 minutes total, passing former NASA astronauts Jerry Ross and John Grunsfeld. The spacewalk was flight engineer Jack Fischer's second. One of two side-by-side multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM) data relay boxes outside the space station failed Saturday, May 20, and space station managers approved the unplanned spacewalk for the astronauts to replace the box with a spare.
The Irish language, Gaelic, is one of more than 40 percent of the world's 6,000 spoken languages that are endangered, according to UNESCO. Most of the endangered languages have less than 10,000 speakers remaining. "With every language that dies we lose an enormous cultural heritage," write the founders of the Endangered Languages Project, a global collaboration of the linguistic community aimed at strengthening endangered languages.
My mother used to joke about my "drinking problem." But before you think I have a problem with alcohol, know that my issue had nothing to do with wine. It was the 2-liter bottle of diet soda that I went through almost daily that she saw as an issue. I kicked my diet soda addiction several years ago after I started paying attention to what I was putting in my body. I stopped buying anything with artificial sweeteners in it. Although I didn’t know at the time that artificial sweeteners aren’t particularly effective in achieving weight loss or can increase your chances of getting diabetes, I knew I didn’t want so many artificial foods in my family’s diet. I initially went with my gut on that decision,
Believe it or not, particle physics has a season, just like baseball. Running a massive particle collider takes a lot of energy, so operators schedule downtime for periods when local energy demand tends to be high. For Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, located on Long Island, that means summer air-conditioning season is to be avoided. For CERN's Large Hadron Collider, demand for winter heating is what sets the seasons. And, as those in the Northern Hemisphere may have noted, the winter is now over. It's particle season again, and today marks the first stable proton beams of 2017 in the LHC. The 2016/2017 winter break was much shorter than the two-year downtime that saw the LHC upgraded
Swelling hopes for a baby panda in Tokyo have bumped up the stock price of a Chinese restaurant chain in the area, with locals setting their sights on a flurry of tourists. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with male Ri Ri in February, according to zoo officials. Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.
There is no such thing as a clean-sheet vehicle design in 2017. To translate between the two—to trace vehicle behaviors back to the tuning knobs at their disposal—engineers need to find the correlations.
WASHINGTON — Scientists poring over President Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget say it guts funding for climate science. Under the proposal, the three federal agencies that perform the bulk of that research face dramatic cuts. David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council said the budget "savages" the agencies' programs, noting dramatic slashes in funding at NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the proposal would "stall out U.S. technological innovation and scientific research, and the country’s capabilities to respond to extreme weather and
A Chinese leader on Tuesday urged international representatives to strike a "proper balance" between environmental and economic interests in Antarctica, as the frozen continent's vulnerability to climate change raises worries that some nations could seek to exploit its natural resources. China is seeking to carve out a greater role in determining the continent's future while hosting delegates from more than two dozen nations that have agreed to an Antarctic protection treaty. Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli — who sits on the Communist Party's all-powerful, seven-member Politburo Standing Committee — told participants that the fate of Antarctica's fragile environment bears on human survival.
A wingsuit pilot is hoping to break four world records in two death-defying jumps from an altitude higher than where commercial airliners fly. British daredevil Fraser Corsan is aiming to beat the current records for the highest altitude, highest speed, furthest distance and longest time flown in a wingsuit. Corsan will attempt his first jump from a high-altitude hot air balloon at 40,000 feet (12,100 meters) today (May 22), but the stunt will be subject to weather conditions and airspace clearance.
A team of researchers working to perfect 3D–printed ovaries for infertile women have successfully tested their creation in mice. The mice, whose real ovaries were surgically replaced with the 3D–printed variety, successfully conceived and gave birth to healthy pups. The lab–created ovaries even triggered lactation. 3D–printed organs have been made before. However, these new ovaries–created by a team from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering– are the first to be made with a 3D–printed gelatin scaffolding. Perfecting this scaffolding has proven diffult– the structure had to be durable enough to hold together through the implantation procedure
The perplexing cosmic object known as "Boyajian's star" is once again exhibiting a mysterious pattern of dimming and brightening that scientists have tried to explain with hypotheses ranging from swarms of comets to alien megastructures. On Friday, an urgent call went out to scientists around the world to turn as many telescopes as possible toward the star, to try and crack the mystery of its behavior. "At about 4 a.m. this morning I got a phone call … that Fairborn [Observatory] in Arizona had confirmed that the star was 3 percent dimmer than it normally is," Jason Wright, an associate professor of astronomy at Pennsylvania State University, who is managing a study of Boyajian's star, said during a live webcast Friday.
About a third of our diet comes from plants that depend on insect pollinators. One of the insect’s worst enemies — and a significant contributor to colony collapse — is a small mite called Varroa destructor that’s as devastating as it sounds. A handful of solutions have emerged over the past few years, including hot hives that kill the mites and robobees that replace natural pollinators.