Engineers at a lab in Florida have been working quietly for the last two and a half years on building the most powerful magnet in the world. And on Monday, they succeeded. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — whose main location is housed at Florida State University — met its goal and reclaimed its status as home to the world's strongest magnet. They called it "Project 11,"a nod to the comedy film "This is Spinal Tap" about a fictional heavy metal band whose guitarist boasts an amplifier that doesn't go up to 10 but to 11. Lab officials said they tested a 41.4-tesla magnet, which is roughly 20 times the strength of a magnet used in medical imaging machines and vastly stronger than the
This total solar eclipse wasn’t just a celestial event, it was a huge opportunity for science education, celebration, and money-making that America seized with gusto. Towns, cities, planetariums, NASA, and businesses large and small planned for months if not years, and invested heavily to make it possible for people to watch and enjoy it. Science — both the scientific method and the institutions and people doing science — are a bit beleaguered these days, especially in Washington, DC. NASA told us when to expect the eclipse, made some terrific maps, helped us interpret the disorienting sight of the sun’s corona, and took jaw-dropping pictures and video with telescopes, research aircraft, and balloons.
Typhoon Hato ripped a path of destruction across southern China on Wednesday, killing 10 people after battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters. The storm had raised Hong Kong's most severe Typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of this power has pounded the financial hub in the past 20 years. Five people were killed in the gambling mecca of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets.
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Environmentalists went to court Wednesday to demand that the Dutch government take urgent action to improve air quality, arguing that authorities haven't done enough to meet European Union-mandated targets. The summary hearing in The Hague was part of a crowd-funded legal battle by the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth, which says that the government must do more to reduce harmful airborne pollution. Lawyer Edward Brans, representing the state, said that the national government is working with provincial and local authorities to tackle "bottlenecks" in areas — mainly in busy cities — where pollution limits aren't met.
Eclipses may be beautiful, but they sure aren’t easy on the eyes. Staring at the sun is dangerous at any time, unless you happen to be in the right spot to witness the brief moments of totality, when the moon perfectly covers up most of the sun and the ghostly corona can be seen. For those who witnessed the Great American Eclipse on Monday and are wondering whether they could have developed vision issues, here are a few things to know about post-eclipse eye health. First, if you used proper eclipse glasses to view the sun, you should be fine, according to Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. That hasn’t stopped some observers from worrying
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) -- Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made submarine. She never returned. On Wednesday, police confirmed that Wall's headless torso had been found on a beach near the Danish capital. The inventor, Peter Madsen, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her.Wall, 30, was last seen alive on the evening of Aug. 10 on Madsen's submarine, named UC3 Nautilus. The freelance journalist's family says she was working on a story about Madsen, 46, a celebrity entrepreneur and engineer who dreamed of
The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of “virtual private networks” (VPNs), which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance. China and other countries block many websites they don’t want their citizens to access, including sites such as Twitter and YouTube that allow users to freely post almost anything they like.
In 2015, Chipotle went through an E. coli, norovirus, and salmonella outbreak all within a few months of one another. Since the recent norovirus outbreak, the stock has fallen 17.5%. Recently, Chipotle has been revising its menu, adding items like queso, and possibly removing other items.
Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding. Doctors saw no sense in trying an expensive new drug because it hasn't been proven to work in people with the rare type of cystic fibrosis that van der Heijden had. Instead, they scraped a few cells from van der Heijden and used them to grow a mini version of her large intestine in a petri dish. When van der Heijden's "mini gut" responded to treatment, doctors knew it would help her too. "I really felt, physically,
Monday’s solar eclipse was truly an American experience, visible as a partial eclipse from all 50 states and as a total eclipse from a 70-mile-wide sliver of 14 states. While total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth about every 18 months, it has been 38 years since the last total solar eclipse passed through the United States, and 99 years since the last coast-to-coast eclipse. While it’s impossible to know exactly how many people saw it, the Associated Press is reporting that it was the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history. At a NASA briefing in June, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate, said that it is ultimately impossible to judge the relative audience of the 2017 eclipse.
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published on Wednesday they had collected scientific data proving Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science. In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters researchers, Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and New York Times "advertorials" - paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces.
Don’t toss your eclipse glasses! Share them with the world. The nonprofit organization Astronomers Without Borders, which shares astronomy programs with people around the world, wants your glasses. Eclipses are common all over the globe — and a lot of places don’t have America’s easy access to eye protection. “If you want to collect them from your friends, neighbors, school or anything else please do!” AWD president Mike Simmons announced on Facebook Tuesday morning. The group isn’t taking direct donations, but is creating a list of corporate partners where glasses can be sent. (Be patient; its astronomers are still traveling back from the eclipse sightings.) Meanwhile, if you want to mail them
Things are not going so well for President Trump's nominee for the position of undersecretary for research, education and economics (REE) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This job has responsibility for scientific integrity at the USDA, as well as oversight of the department's various research arms and multi-billion dollar annual investments in agricultural research and education that are essential to farmers and eaters alike. The job also encompasses the role of USDA chief scientist, leading Congress in 2008 to emphasize that the person who fills it should actually be a scientist. But Sam Clovis is not one. And that's not the half of it. Clovis is a climate denier. He has espoused racist
AP science writer Seth Borenstein describes the rush of experiencing the 2017 solar eclipse from inside the Nashville Zoo on Monday. About 7,000 people were there to see the animals' reaction and noticed how they got noisier as it got darker. (Aug. 21)
Subscribe to Decrypted on Apple PodcastsSubscribe to Decrypted on Pocket Casts We hear a lot about the approaching end of the fossil fuel era. But as various companies work on wind and solar, there's a group of scientists quietly working on another method
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Researchers who warned half a dozen robot manufacturers in January about nearly 50 vulnerabilities in their home, business and industrial robots, say only a few of the problems have been addressed. The researchers, Cesar Cerrudo and Lucas Apa of cybersecurity firm IOActive, said the vulnerabilities would allow hackers to spy on users, disable safety features and make robots lurch and move violently, putting users and bystanders in danger. While they say there are no signs that hackers have exploited the vulnerabilities, they say the fact that the robots were hacked so easily and the manufacturers' lack of response raise questions about allowing robots in homes, offices and factories.
The lab handles nearly every aspect of testing Casper's lines of mattresses, which now includes the new Casper Wave. "One of the things that was really important to us was to have better tools and better space for building, prototyping, and testing," Chapin told Business Insider.
South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn opened Wednesday, despite conservation groups protesting that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers. John Hume, who owns 1,500 rhinos on his farm north of Johannesburg, has stockpiled six tonnes of rhino horns and wants to sell 264 pieces weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds). "There is a strong likelihood that rhino horns sold domestically could be laundered into the black market and smuggled out of the country," TRAFFIC's wildlife trade specialist, Julian Rademeyer, told AFP.
If you took a moment to look up at the solar eclipse yesterday (with safety glasses, we hope), then you know it's an experience like no other. Some called it breathtaking, others actually teared up at the moment of totality. A solar eclipse (and especially seeing it at totality) is so awe-inspiring, in fact, that one couple has spent more than half of their 48-year marriage chasing the feeling again and again.
Agriculture is central to Missouri’s economy. In 2016, agriculture, forestry and related industries comprised 9.3 percent of the state’s economy and 10.5 percent of its jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the value of sales of soybeans alone exceeded $8.4 billion. But much of this could be threatened by global warming. Recently a draft report on climate change written by scientists from 13 federal agencies was made public. The report describes that average temperatures in the U.S. have risen notably since the 1980s, and concludes that human activities are “primarily responsible” for observed climate change. The report also warns that Americans are already experiencing the effects
In photos taken by a NASA photographer located in the Northern Cascades National Park in Washington, the International Space Station is seen in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial phase of the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Compared to the size of the sun and the moon, the ISS resembles an ant crawling across a luminescent piece of cheese, or a TIE fighter roaring across an orange Death Star.
Taking risks is nothing new to Frank Rubio. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was the one who’d jump at new experiences, the one who’d instantly sign up for an adventure. Now, that spirit could take him into space. The 41-year-old Miami resident is among the 12 in the next group of NASA astronauts, a class selected from a record 18,353 applicants. They will start a two-year training program at Johnson Space Center in Houston this month. “Many of us dream of the opportunity to go into space and have that unique experience,” said Rubio, whose family is from El Salvador. “For me, it was just as much that as it was about participating in something that, in the big picture, I can be a part of that helps
Researchers at Harvard University have developed a potential solution that could put flat tires, and the baggage that comes with them, in the past. The material is as tough as natural rubber but combines new engineering feats to create a durable, self-healing rubber, according to Phys.org. Self-healing technology isn't new, but it's proven to be much more difficult to incorporate the technology into solid materials, such as rubber.
Agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. has invested an undisclosed amount in Memphis Meats Inc., a "clean meat" company developing technology to grow meat from self-reproducing animal cells in labs, the Wall Street Journal reported. Memphis Meats contends that their new kind of protein is better for the environment than the typical feedlot-slaughterhouse scheme. While some meat companies are working to reduce drugs and hormones used on livestock or investing in plant-based alternatives, Memphis Meats is betting on cell-culture technology to grow meat from living animal tissue in petri dishes and cultivator tanks. The startup said Cargill's investment was part of a $17 million funding round that