President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project. The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is intended at providing critical seconds of warning when an earthquake has started and potentially dangerous shaking is imminent. The proposed funding cuts for the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would come from the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the U.S. Interior Department.
Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments. For others, the fear prompts denial — a willful ignorance of the dangers until the ground starts shaking. Seismologist Lucy Jones has spent her career trying to understand public attitudes about earthquakes, with a focus on moving people past paralysis and denial. Jones said the way experts like her used to talk about earthquakes wasn’t very effective. They tended to focus on the probability of a major earthquake striking in the
The Trump Administration has proposed a $19.1 Billion NASA budget request for Fiscal Year 2018, which amounts to a $0.5 Billion reduction compared to the recently enacted FY 2017 NASA Budget. Although it maintains many programs such as human spaceflight, planetary science and the Webb telescope, the budget also specifies significant cuts and terminations to NASA’s Earth Science and manned Asteroid redirect mission as well as the complete elimination of the Education Office. Overall NASA’s FY 2018 budget is cut approximately 3%, or $560 million, for the upcoming fiscal year starting in October 2017 as part of the Trump Administration’s US Federal Budget proposal rolled out on May 23, and quite
A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board announced Friday that it will hold a hearing next month to discuss the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2qmP0CY). The board is an independent panel that advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the president.
There’s a reason why people living in isolated Greek villages can eat saturated fats and still live long, healthy lives — they have special genes that protect their tickers, according to a new study. Residents of Mylopotamos — a municipality in northern Crete comprised of several villages — are known for their long lives, despite their fondness for local cheese and lamb, but they don’t generally succumb to the strokes and heart attacks that plague much of the Western world. To find out why, researchers drew blood from 250 villagers, examined their DNA and found a genetic variant — which appears to shield the villagers’ hearts by decreasing levels of “bad” fats and cholesterol, according to research published by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The variant is unique among the villagers of Zoniana and Anogia.
In 2015, a record heat wave roasted Southern California. At the time, Nick Obradovich was a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego. During the day, he said, everyone on campus turned sluggish and grumpy. Sundown brought little relief. "For a number of nights in the heat wave, I was lying in bed with lots of time to think," Obradovich said, now a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. He wondered if anyone had studied the relationship between sleep and temperature anomalies. Scientists have observed poor rest in hot laboratory environments and sweltering houses. But as far as Obradovich could tell,
Saturday evening stargazers were treated to one of the trippiest natural phenomenons Earth has to offer: a naked eye-visible aurora borealis. The "northern lights," as they are often called, originate with our sun. Solar storms that occur there emit streams
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The reluctance of U.S. federal regulators to require operators of nuclear reactors to spend $5 billion to enhance the security of spent fuel rods stored underground threatens the country with a potential catastrophe, scientists warned on Friday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission greatly underestimated the risk and potential contamination of a nuclear waste fire triggered by a quake or a planned attack, experts writing in the journal "Science" said. In 2014, the NRC found the chance of a disaster caused by leaving radioactive waste in storage pools was too remote to warrant the cost of moving it to safer dry casks.
Since the 1950s, life expectancy has been increasing rapidly. On average, it has been increasing by one year, every five years. Babies born today in 2017 can expect to live to over 100, or in other words, they will live to see the year 2117. The normally quoted life expectancy numbers are based upon the ages of people who are dying now aka people who were born 75-85 years ago. This is used as an estimate for the life expectancy of all people in spite of the trends towards longer lives. This does not even account for extreme longevity advances using SENS and gene therapy. The increase will be needed, as the number of people over 65 will more than triple to 2.1 billion by 2050. By then, the number
Remember that “Planet Earth” clip where an iguana is ambushed by several hungry snakes? It turns out these types of group attacks aren’t always just down to chance – and snakes can coordinate their hunts with a wolf-like pack mentality. Scientists were never certain if snakes planned their hunts or just worked alone whilst attacking the same prey. But new research, recently published in Animal Behavior and Cognition, suggests that they work together. Animal psychologist Vladimir Dinets, from the University of Tennessee, made the trip to Desembarco del Granma National Park in Cuba, to watch how Cuban boas catch their dinner. He observed several snakes apparently conspiring to trap Jamaican fruit
Almost 20 years ago, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) vice-chairman Charlie Munger gave a talk called "The psychology of human misjudgment" at Harvard. He's given dozens of talks since, but I don't think any match its wisdom and usefulness. I recently came found the talk on video. You can listen to the whole thing here, and I highly encourage you to if you have an hour to spare. For the impatient, the talk discusses about 18 separate biases that cause people to fool themselves make bad decisions. I've summarized them here, along with a few comments from Munger. 1. Under-recognition of the power incentives. "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power
According to Hawking, “with climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious”. You first have to appreciate that this is mainly a population issue. While estimates of the carrying capacity of Earth vary widely, most people would accept we are causing serious damage.
"The town is unrecognisable, the streets are empty and most shops are closed," says Antonella Calopardo, a local resident. Italian authorities are taking no chances to protect the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, who have gathered in Taormina to discuss the thorny issues of climate change, trade and worldwide security threats. Locals going in and out of the jet-set town that once played host to the likes of Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway and Elizabeth Taylor are forced to wait at airport-style checkpoints to be scanned, their cars and scooters methodically searched.
Scientists and onlookers gathered Saturday at a Northern California beach to view a 79-foot-long blue whale — a member of the largest species on Earth — that washed up dead the day before. The whale, a sub-adult female, was found on Agate Beach in Bolinas along the Marin County Coast, about 10 miles north of San Francisco early Friday morning. The whale may have been killed in a collision with a ship, said Mary Jane Schramm, a spokeswoman for the Greater Farrallones National Marine Sanctuary in San Francisco. “We can’t say for certain it was a ship strike,” she said on Saturday. “But there was sign of blunt force injury. All the ribs they examine were broken and that is consistent with a ship
Few franchises embody this better than Star Wars, existing in a universe where magic, laser swords, and faster-than-light travel are considered run-of-the-mill. All the stories that exist within the Star Wars canon are really best enjoyed with minimal thought or concern paid to realism. Screenwriters can’t fill every gap in logic within Star Wars, so we’re going to attempt to do that for them.
Storms in space can take many forms. From Jupiter's planet-sized cyclones to Earth's spinning hurricanes, our solar system is filled with raging tempests of all shapes and sizes. But perhaps the most beautiful weather feature in the solar system is found on Saturn. SEE ALSO: The Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn and its rings: Here are the photos to prove it The ringed planet plays host to a photogenic, hexagon-shaped jet stream that circles a giant storm in the planet's north pole. A new gif showing the movement of the north polar hexagon shows off the Cassini spacecraft's view of the rose-tinted jet stream on April 25. This was just before the probe made a dive between the 1,500-mile-wide
Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the universe, say its backers, with its main mirror that will measure some 39 meters (43 yards) across. Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024.
Airline's computer systems down worldwide
Over 2,600 years ago this Sunday, on May 28, 585 B.C., the sight of a total solar eclipse is said to have suddenly stopped a battle between the Medes and the Lydians in what is now Turkey. This year the anniversary comes as Americans prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch as the same phenomenon roll across the skies of the contiguous United States on August 21. The ancient interpretation was sure fortunate for those soldiers fighting in what's come to be known as "The Battle of the Eclipse." When the eclipse passed over the battlefield, the warring kings took it as a sign from the gods that they should knock it off. Ancient Greek historians say the eclipse was actually the first such event to be predicted in advance, in this case by the philosopher Thales.
In the first study of its kind, researchers have conducted a yearlong survey of the bacteria in a newly constructed hospital, starting two months before the facility opened and continuing over the next 10 months. Initial results of the Hospital Microbiome Project, published today (May 24) in the journal Science Translational Medicine, provide an unprecedented map of the microbial communities that inhabit a hospital — on the patients, the staff and the surfaces. "We are mapping a new world in the hospital so that we can understand the trade routes, if you will, of microbes moving in that space," said study senior author Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago.
Nobody wants plants to die of thirst and neglect. So how can we use the internet to solve this problem? Probably not with the Grovio personal plant assistant, which is currently up on Kickstarter. Grovio is a white cylinder that sits next
Humans have excellent olfaction and can smell more than a trillion odors. “People are sometimes taught that because humans developed such a good visual system, we lost a sense of smell as a trade-off,” Rutgers University neurobiologist John McGann says. The myth of poor human olfaction is centuries old.
Last Saturday, two dead whales washed up on the coast of Suffolk, in eastern England, and a third was spotted floating at sea. What happened next illustrates how news can spread and evolve into misinformation, when reported by journalists rushing to publish before confirming basic facts or sourcing their own quotes. The death of the whales generated a lot of media attention in the UK. However, much of the coverage was based on the speculation of one volunteer coastguard. The three whales became a "family," even though they were each from a different species. And their deaths were pinned on noise from offshore windfarm construction, even though pile-driving at a nearby site finished two months
Summer soon arrives, and the big planets Jupiter and Saturn will entertain evening onlookers, Venus will distract morning dog walkers and Mars starts a season-long hiatus. Catch a fattening, waxing moon as it approaches the bright Jupiter (-2.2 magnitude) in the southern sky on the evening of June 2 and then scooting past the planet June 3. Our lunar neighbor sails over the star Spica on June 4. The large, gaseous planet — appearing to float through the constellation Virgo now — rises in the midafternoon throughout June and hits due south soon after nightfall early in the month. Saturn reaches opposition June 15, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory, when the ringed planet is opposite the
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