It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing telescopes located on every continent and even in orbit to a distant spot in the sky. What they witnessed in mid-August and revealed Monday was the long-ago collision of two neutron stars — a phenomenon California Institute of Technology's David H. Reitze called "the most spectacular fireworks in the universe." "When these things collide, all hell breaks loose," he said. Measurements of the light and other energy emanating from the crash have helped scientists explain
President Trump indicated Monday that he may sign off on a “short-term fix” to the Affordable Care Act being put together by Democratic and Republican senators. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump appeared to reference a bipartisan proposal from Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander, arguing that it was being pushed along by his decision to end “cost-sharing reduction” payments to insurers.
The sideshow around self-driving cars has become such that anyone make any claim, anyone else can refute that claim, none of it makes sense without context, and nothing changes. — and his repeated assertion that Teslas built after October 2016 "have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability," as in Holy Grail, Level 5 autonomy. Musk believes fully autonomous driving can be achieved with cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors, yet without a laser-based lidar system.
In a stunning discovery, archaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered a new section of the Western Wall that has been hidden for 1,700 years. Recent excavations at the holy site, which were announced Monday, revealed eight stone courses, or horizontal layers of stones, buried under 26 feet of earth. The completely preserved stone courses are constructed from massive stones and were discovered in Jerusalem’s Western Wall tunnels. The Western Wall is part of an ancient retaining wall supporting the Temple Mount where the Jewish First and Second Temples once stood. When experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority removed the soil, they were stunned to discover the remains of a theater-like structure
In neighboring Spain, wildfires also killed at least four people and prompted the evacuation of thousands in the northwest region of Galicia, as the remnants of winds from Hurricane Ophelia fanned the flames along Iberia’s Atlantic coast. The late-season fires returned to Portugal four months after a summer blaze claimed 64 lives in one night. A one-month-old baby was among the dead, the Civil Protection Agency said Monday.
Today, scientists studying gravitational waves are due to make a mysterious announcement of what's being hailed as an "unprecedented discovery" and you can watch the excitement live online starting at 10 a.m. ET. The announcement is being led by scientists taking part in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the U.S. and the Virgo Collaboration in Europe, a total of three detectors that listen for gravitational waves. The scientific community has been full of speculation for the past few weeks that LIGO had spotted something intriguing.
After Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana in late August, prison inmates in Texas reached out with a helping hand. More than 6,600 incarcerated individuals in Texas dipped into their limited commissary funds to donate to the American Red Cross, pooling together more than $53,000 for Harvey relief efforts, WPXI in Pittsburgh reported today. The surprising number comes from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson, and the funds were donated between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30.
More than 300 people are feared dead with hundreds injured in a pair of bomb blasts that rocked Somalia‘s capital of Mogadishu on Saturday. Police said a truck bomb exploded outside a hotel near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the crowded K5 intersection. Two hours later, another explosion rattled the Medina district, which houses Somali National University.
A tiger which killed four villagers in central India has died after being electrocuted, an official said Sunday, ending a hunt by armed rangers for the beast. A court in Maharashtra state issued a shoot-to-kill order Friday against the two-year-old female tiger after its latest victim, a woman, died earlier this month. The tiger named "Kala", meaning black in Hindi, was initially captured in July after killing two villagers and injuring four others in Brahmapuri in Maharashtra state.
An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew. The Progress MS-07 ship, carrying 2.5 metric tons (2.75 tons) of water, food and scientific equipment, moored at the space outpost in automatic mode Monday two days after its launch from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. Saturday's launch came after a two-day postponement and docking plan change. Initially, the Progress cargo ship was to test a new regime for docking with the space station less than four hours after launch. But the Thursday launch was aborted after an unspecified glitch and space officials used the regular two-day regime.
Contrary to what President Donald Trump might have intended, there was something for every major political group in Iran to enjoy in his Friday speech on the U.S. administration’s new Iran strategy. The moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani breathed a sigh of relief that there would be no major development on the 2015 historic nuclear deal until another 60 days, if then, while the U.S. Congress debates on what to do. The security-military establishment, meanwhile, was pleased that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was not outright designated a terrorist entity.
A mother and her daughter in Tennessee were infected with a virus rarely seen in the United States, and the culprit seems to be pet rats. The two women tested positive for the Seoul virus, according to a new report, published today (Oct. 12) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Seoul virus is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents.
Once thought of as the province of only "Star Trek" or "Harry Potter," cloaking technologies could become a reality with a specially designed material that can mask itself from other forms of light when it is hit with a "beam of invisibility," according to a new study. Theoretically, most "invisibility cloaks" would work by smoothly guiding light waves around objects so the waves ripple along their original trajectories as if nothing were there to obstruct them. Previous work found that cloaking devices that redirect other kinds of waves, such as sound waves, are possible as well. But the new study's researchers, from at the Technical University of Vienna, have developed a different strategy
In 2015 veteran NASA astronaut Scott Kelly embarked on a historic mission, blasting into orbit to begin his record-setting, 340-day mission to help study the effects of long-term space flight on the human body. Kelly worked on more than 400 scientific studies and conducted three spacewalks before returning to Earth in March 2016. His new book, "Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery," reflects on his time with NASA and his year in orbit.
Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that destroyed their Northern California neighborhood and sent them fleeing for safety, Katherine still in her nightgown. When the men reached the end of the narrow road on Tuesday, Jack Weaver swore as he saw that the house was completely gone. Jack Weaver, who was filming the scene for his parents, captured the moment on his phone in a video that’s gone viral on Facebook, providing a rare bit of good news amid endless scenes of severe destruction.
The two foremost leaders of an ISIS-inspired coalition that invaded the southern Philippine city of Marawi have been killed after almost five months of fighting, the county’s secretary of defense confirmed Monday. Isnilon Hapilon, the designated emir of ISIS in the Philippines, and Omar Maute, a figurehead of a local Islamist insurgent group, launched an attack on the Muslim majority city on May 23. More than 1000 people, including over 800 militants, were killed in fighting since according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years. "Not only did the chick starve but the partner (who stayed behind) also had to endure a long fast," said Yan Ropert-Coudert, a marine ecologist with the French science agency CNRS. Ropert-Coudert, who leads the study of seabirds at the Dumont D'Urville Antarctic research station, said the Adelie colony there numbers about 18,000 pairs who have been monitored since the 1960s.
The people of Pakistani Kashmir are sitting on a treasure chest: Millions of rubies, estimated to be worth up to half a billion dollars, are lying beneath them. "We have rubies that are at least as good as the Burmese, but their mining techniques are more sophisticated", says Huma Rizvi, a dealer in precious stones. Pakistani Kashmir has just one mine and one exploration site, where miners dig to assess the potential of the jewels below.
The president also expressed understanding for former senior aide Steve Bannon’s all-out war on the GOP establishment, an insurgent attack on McConnell and others that unnerves the GOP and could threaten the party’s majority grip on Congress. “I’m not going to blame myself.
A new academic paper, Machine Learning for Trading, is the first conclusive study that shows success in having a machine learning-based trading strategy. The author, Gordon Ritter, Adjunct Professor in the Mathematics in Finance Program, New York University, constructed an artificial system which he knew would admit a profitable strategy, to see if a machine would find it. In order to train a machine-learning algorithm to behave as a rational risk-averse investor required appropriate reinforcement learning, specifically a mathematical technique called Q-learning (playing some sort of game where you are trying to maximise the reward function that may occur at several periods in the future).
Tomato plants, Tang, and dehydrated ice cream (or maybe not) all come to mind when thinking of the unlikely things NASA has blasted into Earth's orbit over the decades. Unclear, Bresnick said. "A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin?
"Constant finger pricks" to test blood for glucose levels is an annoying but essential fact of a diabetic's life, said Antonio Regalado at Technology Review. But a University of Chicago team says it has developed a potentially groundbreaking solution, turning gene-edited skin into "its own blood-sugar sensor." The team modified skin cells from a mouse using the gene-editing technique CRISPR, adding an E. coli gene that forms a protein that sticks to sugar molecules, plus DNA that produces fluorescent molecules. (Courtesy image) When the E. coli protein stuck to sugar and changed shape, it moved the fluorescent molecules closer or further apart, creating a signal the team could see with a microscope.
It isn’t news that society is fascinated with serial killers and their motives. So … what exactly makes a murderer? According to FBI.gov, “Serial murderers, like all human beings, are the product of their heredity, their upbringing, and the choices they
A landing Skyjet flight was less than two miles from Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City when a drone struck the aircraft, according to CTV News. The plane landed successfully and “only sustained minor damage,” according to a Sunday statement from Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “This should not have happened,” Garneau told reporters, according to CTV News.