The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that landed on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean after a weekend launch has arrived in the Port of Los Angeles. Spectators watched Tuesday as the landing barge entered the harbor with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket standing vertically. Justin Everhart of nearby Long Beach described it to the Daily Breeze newspaper (http://bit.ly/2jGXkqg) as "a testament to human achievement." The Falcon 9 put 10 satellites into orbit Saturday after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles. When the rocket's second stage took over to complete the trip into orbit, the first stage descended toward the ocean and fired its engines to land
Thanks to the acclaimed new film Hidden Figures — based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are finally getting the widespread recognition they deserve. Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson plays Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who began working at NASA in its earliest days, beginning in the 1950s. The girl from West Virginia, born in 1918, admitted she always had an obsessive fascination with numbers.
British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety. The British Antarctic survey said Monday that changes to the ice presents "a complex glaciological picture" that causes concern about the shelf on which the station is located in the coming months. The survey says a new crack on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica will force them to remove people before the Antarctic winter, which runs from March to November, ends. There's no risk to the people currently at the station, but difficulties in evacuating people during the winter prompted scientists to shut the station as a precaution. The station is a platform for
In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists.
On July 5, 2016, Kate Rubins, 38, was an earth-dwelling microbiologist with degrees in molecular biology and cancer biology studying infectious diseases. On July 6, 2016, she blasted off into space for the first time, and spent the next 115 days living and working on the International Space Station.
The FBI in Seattle has recruited a band of amateur sleuths to help solve its 45-year-old head-scratcher of America’s most notorious skyjacker – D.B. Cooper. The amateur scientists, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, are asking for the publics’ assistance as they gather new leads that may link Cooper to The Boeing Company as either an employee or a contractor hired by the tech giant in the 1970s. The Citizen Sleuths analyzed the clip-on tie discovered aboard the hijacked Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971.
China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. China's Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to "immediately stop issuing smog alerts", according to a photo of a notice posted on China's Twitter-like social media platform Weibo.
A drop in the water levels at the Hongmen Reservoir in China's Nancheng County in the city of Fuzhou has revealed an ancient Buddha statue, which archaeologists believe is around 600 years old. The head of the structure was first discovered by villagers late last year after the water levels were brought down by more than 10 metres for a hydro-power gate renovation project. On 15 January, an archaeological team completed its underwater mission under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Jiangxi Provincial Research Institute of Archaeology. According to the research, the 3.8 metre-tall statue was carved onto a cliff face. Based on the style of the carving, Xu Changqing, director of
The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over millions of years and where oil fields could lie. National geoscience agency Geoscience Australia will soon release detailed sonar mapping of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of seabed that was searched for the wreckage of the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 passengers and crew on March 8, 2014. The unique information about plate tectonics would interest geoscientists as well as oil and gas explorers, said Australian National University marine geologist Neville Exon, who has advised Geoscience Australia on the sonar data.
Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday in Texas following ongoing heath issues, his family said. Cernan was with his relatives when he died at a Houston hospital, family spokeswoman Melissa Wren told The Associated Press. "Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space and encouraged our nation's leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon," his family said in a statement released by NASA. Cernan was commander of NASA's Apollo 17 mission and on his third space flight when he set foot on the lunar surface in December 1972.
The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House. The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United States to support the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries. The Obama administration had announced in 2014 -- a year before the COP 21 agreement was adopted -- a $3-billion pledge for the fund.
A 4,000-year-old Stone Age selfie has been unearthed from one of Britain’s spookiest areas. Stunned Gordon Holmes, 64, discovered the ancient picture of a face etched into a rock on Baildon Moor in Yorkshire. Gordon said: “I realised that I was looking at a Stone Age selfie.” “It also shows a stick figure, which I presume is the artist, sitting or standing in the local landscape or round a fire with almost like a speech bubble above their head showing Cassiopeia above him. It is as if he has carved a selfie of himself.” The jury’s out on whether it can rival Kim Kardashian’s pout pics – which will set you back £445 a piece. Ironically, Cassiopeia – which the artist appears to have drawn himself
Emily's List works to get more women elected. Vote Vets helps veterans run for public office. And now “STEM the Divide” will push to have more scientists involved in politics. The initiative, which officially launches Tuesday, was set up by the political action committee 314 Action ("314" for the first three digits of pi, in case it wasn't already clear that nerds are behind this). Inspired by political action committees such as Emily's List, the group says its goal is to connect people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math to the expertise and funds needed to run a successful campaign. “There's nothing in our Constitution that says we can only be governed by attorneys,”
Estalyn Walcoff arrived at the nondescript beige building in Manhattan's Grammercy Park neighborhood on a balmy August morning, hours before the city would begin to swell with the frenetic energy of summer tourists. Pushing open the door to the Bluestone Center at the New York University College of Dentistry, Walcoff entered what looked like an average 1970s living room. Months before, Walcoff had volunteered to participate in a study of how the psychedelic drug psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, affects the brain in cancer patients with anxiety and depression. The researchers believe they are on the cusp of nothing less than a breakthrough: A single dose of psychedelic drugs appears to alleviate the symptoms of some of the most common, perplexing, and tragic illnesses of the brain.
The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology by researcher Takahiro Shimada from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. To catch and tag these sea turtles, they used the rather intense sounding "rodeo method" to get the job done.
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2017 / Asiamet Resources Limited (ARS.V) ("ARS" or the "Company") is pleased to advise that Resource evaluation drilling being undertaken as part of the feasibility study at the Beruang Kanan Main ("BKM") copper
Sure, it's easy to label selfie-takers as self-obsessed, but a new small study finds that those who snap photos of themselves aren't necessarily narcissists. Instead, the researchers found that selfie-takers fall into three categories: communicators
Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017. Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander.
By Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday. The fall armyworm outbreak has erupted in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and follows a crippling El Nino-triggered drought which scorched much of the region last year. The pest devours maize and other crops.
—In the largest recorded stranding of false killer whales in Florida history, at least 81 of the large black dolphins died after they became trapped over the weekend near a mangrove-filled shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials are trying to determine why the pod of about 100 dolphins swam into the shallow waters on the western edge of Everglades National Park, where some became caught in mangroves tangled along the shore. Little is known about false killer whales, the fourth-largest member of the dolphin family, which live in warm, deep waters in all three major oceans. Strandings of false killer whales have happened before, with the largest occurring in 1946 when an estimated 835 became stranded near an Argentinean beach.
In August, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems identified a 35-acre site at an 890-square-mile U.S. Department of Energy site in eastern Idaho where it hopes to build the reactor capable of producing 50 megawatts. Officials said as many as 12 reactors could be built to produce a total of 600 megawatts of power. The Energy Department site also contains Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation's leading nuclear research lab. The reactor would be owned by the energy cooperative and operated by Energy Northwest. Experts say the reactors are designed to be safer than conventional nuclear plants by being able to shut down without human involvement. The cooperative has said nuclear waste
A spongy new super-material could be lighter than the flimsiest plastic yet 10 times stronger than steel. The new super-material is made up of flecks of graphene squished and fused together into a vast, cobwebby network. The fluffy structure, which looks a bit like a psychedelic sea creature, is almost completely hollow; its density is just 5 percent that of ordinary graphene, the researchers said. What's more, though the researchers used graphene, the seemingly magical properties of the material do not totally depend on the atoms used: The secret ingredient is the way those atoms are aligned, the scientists said. "You can replace the material itself with anything," Markus J. Buehler, a materials
Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new government commission on vaccine safety. On Tuesday (Jan. 10), Kennedy met with the president-elect at Trump Tower, and later told reporters about the new commission. A spokesperson for Trump said only that the president-elect was "exploring the possibility of forming a committee on autism," according to The New York Times.
Croatia banned outdoor poultry on Monday and started culling ducks and hens on a farm near the capital Zagreb where H5N8 bird flu was detected over the weekend. "The virus has probably come with migratory birds. The bird flu virus was detected on Saturday on a farm some 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Zagreb.