On Monday, the President announced the U.S. will establish a “Space Force” as a way for the United States to exercise extraterrestrial dominance, according to Reuters. “Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,” Trump said at a White House event attended by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin as well as executives of major aerospace companies. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space.
Hundreds of members of the United Methodist Church have filed claims of child abuse and racism against Attorney General Jeff Sessions under the church’s “Book of Discipline” after he enacted a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has led to the separation of thousands of parents and children at the U.S. border. Some 640 clergy members and laypersons in the church have written an open letter to the leaders of the two congregations where Sessions, a longtime Methodist, attends church.
David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. It's been 30 years since much of the world learned that global warming had arrived.
Scientists in China found a fossil from a giant panda that lived 22,000 years ago. Until they excavated the fossil, reassembled it and analyzed its mitochondrial DNA, biologists had no idea this panda lineage even existed. It's now considered the oldest DNA from giant pandas to date, the researchers said. The panda fossil turned up in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi region of China. No pandas live there today, the researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences wrote in a paper published today (June 18) in the journal Current Biology. An unexpected giant-panda fossil find was exciting, they wrote, because researchers don't have a good sense of the history of the 2,500 giant pandas alive in the
Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler was arrested Monday in connection with parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to suppress evidence. The dramatic development comes a week after Munich prosecutors raided Stadler's home after charging him with fraud and falsifying documents that allowed diesel vehicles equipped with cheating software to be sold to European customers. Four police officers detained the Audi boss at his home at between 6 and 7 am, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors told AFP, saying that the arrest was justified as he is suspected of "seeking to influence witnesses or other suspects".
The Trump administration is set to announce Tuesday its departure from the United Nations’ main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a joint appearance at the State Department, according to four officials familiar with the matter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the decision, the specifics of which are to be laid out by Haley.
Google has developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could predict when you’ll die with up to 95 percent accuracy, according to the tech giant’s researchers. The research, which tackles a range of clinical issues among hospital patients, was recently published in the journal Nature. Google applied artificial intelligence to a vast amount of data from more than 216,000 adult patients hospitalized for at least 24 hours each in two medical centers. The research tapped into data from Electronic Health Records. “We were interested in understanding whether deep learning could produce valid predictions across wide range of clinical problems and outcomes,” researchers explain, in the journal.
A retired astronaut predicts that rockets developed by SpaceX, NASA, and Blue Origin won’t succeed in landing human beings on Mars — not because the technology won’t work, but because the safety risks are too great.
Science has a way of opening our eyes, of surprising us — even on topics we think we understand. Even photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms harvest light for energy, has surprises in store. A recent discovery has confirmed that this most basic and necessary process can occur under much different circumstances, including under longer wavelengths of light. "The new form of photosynthesis made us rethink what we thought was possible. It also changes how we understand the key events at the heart of standard photosynthesis," explains Bill Rutherford, a professor at Imperial College London and lead author of the study that outlined this new photosynethesizing process in a
With Rosalynn Carter adding her voice to the choir of political figures who are speaking out against the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, all five living first ladies have now publicly come out against the controversial policy, which separates children from their parents as families try to cross the border into the U.S. Carter called the practice of removing children from their parents “disgraceful and a shame to our country,” while recalling the work she did to raise awareness about the plight of refugees in Cambodia in the late 1970s. Laura Bush published an op-ed in the Washington Post on Father’s Day calling family separations “immoral” and “cruel” while noting that more than 100 of the detained children are under the age of four.
The father of Meghan Markle has said his daughter cried when he told her he would not be able to walk her down the aisle in her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry last month. Thomas Markle, 73, who lives in Mexico, said he was unable to attend the wedding on health grounds. “They were disappointed,” the former television lighting director told Good Morning Britain in his first interview since the wedding.
GOTHIC, Colo. — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. These days, plants and animals are arriving at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab a week or two earlier than they were 30 years ago. The robins that used to arrive in early April now show up in mid-March. Marmots end their winter slumber ever earlier. “If the climate weren’t changing, we wouldn’t see these kind of changes happen,” Inouye said while standing on a bed of wildflowers that are popping up on the first day of May as marmots snoop around nearby. It’s been 30
The cause of a mysterious rock formation on Mars that NASA deemed "an enigmatic pile of eroding sediments" and UFO hunters strongly believe is an extraterrestrial spacecraft was likely caused by volcanic activity on the planet billions of years ago, researchers say. The Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) was first observed in the 1960s via the Mariner spacecraft, but NASA scientists could not explain what caused it. Now, a group of researchers have published a study in the Journal of Geophysical Research that suggests it was formed by volcanic eruptions more than 3 billion years ago. “This is a massive deposit, not only on a Martian scale, but also in terms of the solar system, because we do not
An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide. Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Idaho seeking more than $75,000 in economic damages and more than $75,000 for pain and suffering. The devices, called M-44s, are embedded in the ground and look like lawn sprinklers but spray cyanide when they are set off.
President Donald Trump called for a new “Space Force” to be added to the U.S. military as an armed service separate from the Pentagon’s five traditional uniformed branches. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump said Monday at a White House event on space policy. Trump has been considering creation of a Space Force for months over resistance from the Air Force, which currently oversees military space programs.
Scientists have discovered dogs use 19 signals dogs to try and communicate with their human pals. Footage of 37 dogs filmed by their owners during day-to-day task showed them the pooches were often seemingly using similar movements to express what they wanted. They eventually nailed down 19 gestures - including rolling over or jumping up and down - which appear to carry a message. The scientists think the dogs were, on several occasions, asking for a door to be opened, expressing they wanted to be fed or hoping their owner would get a toy. Although some desires, such as wanting food, were shown through many different gestures - basically dogs are keen to be fed at all times - others appeared
Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court. Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered. Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released.
Along Florida's sun-splashed shorelines, home prices are on the rise, developers are busy building new complexes, and listings just blocks from the beach describe homes that are "not in a flood zone," meaning no flood insurance is required. A reality check may come sooner than many may think, according to a report out Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which finds as many as 64,000 coastal residences worth $26 billion in Florida are at risk of chronic flooding in the next 30 years, the life of a typical mortgage. Across the United States, 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $120 billion in today's dollars are at risk of chronic flooding by 2045, it said.
An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he’s overwhelmed by the widespread praise he’s receiving online. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles stopped the driver Saturday on Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Indianapolis after about 20 vehicles had slowed behind her. Wheeles says she was traveling under the 70 mph speed limit.
The bacteria that 3.5 billion years ago were largely responsible for the creation of a breathable atmosphere on Earth could be press-ganged into terraforming other planets, research suggests. A team of biologists and chemists from Australia, the UK, France and Italy has been investigating the ability of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – to photosynthesise in low-light conditions. Cyanobacteria are some of the most ancient organisms around, and were responsible, though photosynthesis, for converting the Earth’s early atmosphere of methane, ammonia and other gases into the composition it sustains today. The photochemistry used by the microbes is pretty much the same as that used by the legion of multicellular plants that subsequently evolved.
James Hansen wishes he was wrong. NASA's top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. The hotter world that Hansen envisioned in 1988 has pretty much come true so far, more or less.
The summer solstice is upon us: June 21 will be the longest day of 2018 for anyone living north of the equator. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat. Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° north latitude. In 2018, this will occur at exactly 6:07 am Eastern on Thursday the 21st. So set your alarm, or feel free to sleep right through it. Below is a short scientific guide to the longest day of the year. (Though not, as we’ll see, the longest day in Earth’s history — that happened back in 1912.) 1) Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway? Okay, most
A common online conspiracy theory is the illuminati. Conspiracy theories are popular and there is no doubt that the internet has fuelled them on. From the theory that 9/11 was an inside job to the idea that reptilian humanoids rule the world, conspiracy theories have found a natural home online.
More Republicans broke ranks with the White House this weekend over the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents who cross into the United States illegally from their children. The White House has refused to budge on its new “zero tolerance” policy that, by referring all cases of illegal entry into the U.S. for criminal prosecution, splits migrant children from parents taken into custody. Here are the Republicans who have joined Democrats across the board in speaking out against the policy.
President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Trump said Monday that the United States' space program had been bogged down by politics and rising costs. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.