An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:47 a.m. PST Saturday atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket. The satellite is the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Circling the Earth from pole to pole 14 times a day, JPSS-1 carries a suite of five instruments intended to make global observations that will improve forecasts of severe weather events three to seven days beforehand. The satellite also will contribute to near-term weather forecasts,
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a U.S. law that says the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. A State Department official said that in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed that line by calling on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis.
Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They're devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas. Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in recent years, for southern resident killer whales that spend time in Washington state's Puget Sound, a new study suggests. Researchers used models to estimate that from 1975 to 2015, marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast ate dramatically more chinook salmon - from 6,100 metric tons to 15,200 metric tons, according to
Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death in Heraklion, Crete on Saturday "after a long illness." on Saturday. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease. He was a professor at Harvard University during 1969-1994, where he also served as chairman of the Cellular and Developmental Biology Department, and at Imperial College in London since 2005. He had been an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of
Historically, Ash Ketchum’s Pikachu, the lovable yellow Pokémon, has not spoken a human language.Pikachu had always communicated with Ash, his beloved trainer, by saying his own name over and over again in different intonations.So when “Pokémon the Movie
It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for
The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh. Officer Brian Shaw, 25, was shot after a traffic stop involving an SUV led to him chasing someone on foot, authorities said. Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington police force full time in June.
The Leonid meteor shower caught the attention of stargazers and astrophotographers across the Northern Hemisphere on November 17, and one man in the United Kingdom captured remarkable footage. Favourable weather conditions on Friday evening allowed Alan Laurie of Darlington to film an extended time lapse of dust and debris falling from the Tempel-Tuttle comet. The Leonids are an annual event that occurs from mid-to-end of November. This year, about 15-20 meteors were seen an hour, according to AccuWeather . The Sun reported that the meteor shower was at peak visibility for UK residents on November 17. Credit: YouTube/Alan Laurie via Storyful
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth £28 billion by 2035, to get cars on the road within as little as three years, according to extracts of the budget released by his office on Sunday. "Some would say that is a bold move, but I believe we have to embrace these technologies if we want to see Britain leading the next industrial revolution," he told BBC's Andrew Marr Show.
An artist’s conception shows a Hyperloop pod parked at a transit station. Pacific Hyperloop is moving ahead with its concept for tube travel between Seattle and Portland, in hopes of riding in the slipstream of the Pacific Northwest’s growing interest in ultra-high-speed transit. “If Seattle and Portland were just 20 minutes apart, what could we accomplish together?” Charlie Swan, a University of Washington senior who’s Pacific Hyperloop’s co-founder and regional engagement manager, said on Saturday during the TEDxSeattle 2017 conference.
(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama’s Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite. Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate its trajectory and find where it landed, according to Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki's physics department, who said Thursday night's fireball "seems to have been one of the brightest ones." It produced a blast wave that felt like an explosion about 6:40 p.m. and could also be seen in northern Norway and in Russia's Kola peninsula, he told the Associated Press on Saturday. Footage captured by Aurora Service Tours
The research—which is published in the journal Heliyon—found that after Neanderthals died in most regions of the world, some lived in what’s now Spain for an additional 3,000 years. The findings come from more than ten years of work conducted by researchers from around the globe, who shoveled new sites in Spain. “In three new excavation sites, we found Neanderthal artifacts dated to thousands of years later than anywhere else in Western Europe,” João Zilhão, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
The tugboat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a routine towing exercise, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet. While the crash was relatively harmless, it adds to a troubling trend for the 7th Fleet: Saturday’s collision in the Pacific was the fleet’s fifth this year. Most recently, in August, the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial boat off the coast of Singapore, killing 10 U.S. sailors, taking the warship out of commission and prompting a fleet-wide operational pause.
Waste coffee grounds will be powering some of London's buses from Monday on, according to tech firm bio-bean, and petrol giant Shell. The biofuel contains coffee oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds. The company takes some of these used coffee grounds from high street chains and factories, drying and processing them before oil can be extracted.
Randall Saito spoke to The Associated Press in a jail near Stockton, California, before briefly appearing in court and telling a judge he doesn’t want to go back to Hawaii. Saito left Hawaii State Hospital in suburban Honolulu on Sunday, got a taxi to the airport and took a charter plane to Maui.
Finally tonight, mission accomplished for a family, the space program, and a soccer ball linking one Texas community. It's an image seared in our memory. The crew of the space shuttle challenger heading to the launch pad. On this trip astronaut Ellison onizuka taking a soccer ball signed by his daughter Janelle and her fellow teammates from clear lake high school in Texas. And then this image, which we will never forget. Challenger exploding 73 seconds after liftoff. The shock in the nation has given way to grief. On a Florida beach they are gathering the bits and pieces. The driftwood of tragedy in space. Reporter: One of the items recovered in the accident debris, that soccer ball. You can
Suu Kyi did not directly mention the refugee exodus as she welcomed European and Asian foreign ministers to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. The ongoing Rohingya exodus is sure to be raised by the visitors at the meetings held Monday and Tuesday.
The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist Mad Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage.
Cat's Brain long barrow is near the more famous Stonehenge (pictured) but predates it by hundreds of years. This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800BC.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more investigation into sexual assault allegations brought against President Donald Trump, equating them with those leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. The very credible accusations against him have not been taken seriously,” Clinton said during an interview with 77 WABC Radio’s Rita Cosby.
Psychiatric research is full of complex problems and the appeal of new technologies to untangle them is high. A new study in Translational Psychiatry aimed to do just that: By growing cerebral organoids, or mini brains, derived from the cells of a group of patients with schizophrenia, Michal Stachowiak’s group from the University at Buffalo claimed to be one step closer to understanding the cause of this chronic and severe mental disorder. Schizophrenia is typically understood as an illness that starts in the brain at a very early stage of development. Stachowiak’s researchers sought to test this older hypothesis using the latest technology—growing miniature organs that mimic the real brain at the earliest stages of fetal development.
A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite. It produced a blast wave that felt like an explosion about 6:40 p.m. and could also be seen in northern Norway and in Russia's Kola peninsula, he told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Antarctica, the White Continent, may be covered with ice, but once it was home to lush forests, a new study has revealed. New-found intricate fossils have revealed how trees flourished in the region when it was part of the huge Southern Hemisphere landmass known as Gondwana. The prehistoric forest stretched across the entirety of this area during the Permian Period, which lasted between 299 to 251 million years ago.
Two other people in a crosswalk were injured in the Thursday night crash as deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim, Los Angeles police Capt. Alfonso Lopez said. Investigators were still trying to determine whether the patrol vehicle was using its emergency lights and siren at the time. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families and all those affected by this tragic accident,” a sheriff’s department statement said.