President Donald Trump sent a tweet Saturday thanking Seaman “for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, also credited the teacher’s “courageous action” for saving lives during the shooting at the suburban Indianapolis school. “We’re all proud of you Jason and are praying for you and those impacted and recovering from injuries,” Pence said in his own tweet.
A four-month-old panda cub made her first public appearance Saturday at the Malaysian zoo where she was born, to the delight of visitors. The fluffy little cub was the second born to Liang Liang, who has been on loan to Malaysia since 2014, aong with a male panda, a rare success story for natural reproduction among giant pandas which are notoriously clumsy at mating on the rare occasions they are actually in the mood. The family of three were in good health, said Mat Naim Ramli, director of the national zoo's panda centre outside Kuala Lumpur.
A NASA photographer was able to salvage a camera's memory card and watch the final moments before the device was engulfed in flames while filming a launch at a California air base. Longtime NASA photographer Bill Ingalls wanted to shoot the launch of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, at Vandenberg Air Force Base last Tuesday and set up six cameras around the launch pad, the agency wrote in a blog post Friday. "I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside," Ingalls said. "Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter." The camera that was placed a quarter of a mile away from
Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died. A statement released by NASA and family members says Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86. Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing in 1969. He then commanded the second crewed flight to the United States' first space station, Skylab, in 1973. On that mission, he orbited the Earth for 59 days. Bean spent a total of 69 days in space, including 31 hours on the moon. His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in the statement he died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him.
London Stansted Airport said that a lightning strike disabled the fueling system “for a period this morning. More than 200 flights were delayed at Stansted. Another 31 departures and 18 arrivals were cancelled, according to FlightStats, which provides data on commercial aviation.
"I think we're both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first," Branson told the British broadcaster in an interview to be aired Monday. Richard Branson , the 67-year-old British entrepreneur, says he's in a closely-fought race with Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos to get the first fare-paying passengers into space.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a Roomba-like robot that can tend to crops autonomously. At Carnegie Mellon, they’re building a suite of A.I. and drones to take on some of agriculture’s most demanding tasks. A Swiss company called ecoRobotix recently unveiled its contribution to automated agriculture — a robotic weed-killing machine.
Researchers from the University of Illinois, have created a new kind of 3D printer capable of producing complex shapes from sugar that can be used to grow biological tissues. The printer uses a process called free-form printing to create intricate structures from isomalt—the type of sugar used to make throat lozenges—that could not be made with traditional layer-by-layer 3D printing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday spoke to astronauts on board the ISS via a live video link from the Kremlin. Russian astronaut Anton Shklaperov and his Japanese colleague Norishige Kanai, on board the International Space Station (ISS), appeared on a giant screen in the Kremlin after the two leaders held bilateral talks.
Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport for a tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt. A few hours later, President Donald Trump welcomed them to the White House. “Those two years, they were a very, very, very difficult two years,” said an emotional Joshua Holt, sitting next to Trump in the Oval Office.
More than two thousand volunteers hit the beach on an outlying island of Hong Kong for a mass rubbish clean up Sunday as environment campaigners warned plastic is killing sea turtles and other wildlife. There has been increasing concern over the amount of rubbish in Hong Kong waters which washes up on its numerous beaches. Authorities and environmentalists have pointed the finger at southern mainland China as the source.
Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized in Maine on Sunday, according to his spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush was admitted to Southern Maine Health Care and will “likely remain there for a few days for observation,” according to a tweet from McGrath. President @GeorgeHWBush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care (@SMHCHealth) today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue.
A robot submarine operated by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) discovered the remains of the San José, a Spanish galleon that was sunk more than three hundred years ago. The REMUS 6000, an autonomous underwater vehicle, discovered the wreck in nearly 2,000 feet of water off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. The location of the shipwreck had been an ongoing maritime mystery, speculated about by historians and searched for by treasure hunters for decades.
In 2006, we learned that Pluto had been lying to us for more than seventy years-it wasn’t a planet after all, but a dwarf planet. Both Pluto and Comet 67P were made of the same stuff, which suggests that Pluto came from some comets a long time ago.
When did humans first set foot in the Americas? That is one of the most controversial questions in American archaeology. The current consensus is that humans first arrived sometime after 16,000 years ago. They came from northeastern Asia and either walked across the vast land bridge that connected Asia to North America during the period when expanding glaciers caused sea levels to drop, or they paddled small boats along the southern coast of that land bridge, and so avoided the glaciers that sometimes blocked the way southward. Last year, the journal Nature published a paper that would, if the authors are right, dramatically change our understanding of this first chapter of American history.
Everyone is racing to make the world’s smallest computer, but IBM is currently ahead of the game, having produced a functional CPU that’s smaller than a grain of salt. IBM’s device is even compatible with blockchain technology, one of the primary goals of the project. This means the same tech that protects cryptocurrency can help protect data on this grain-sized CPU, which also offers as much computing power as a modern CPU from the ’90s.
Bee Corp thinks they have a solution. The two-year-old start up offers a program called Hive Theft Tracking, which alerts beekeepers to theft with motion sensors and GPS devices attached to hives. Bee Corp is one of the latest businesses to offer tech panaceas for apiary struggles.
Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas -- the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas -- through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors. From their ancient capital Cusco, the Incas controlled a vast empire called Tahuantinsuyo, which extended from the west of present-day Argentina to the south of Colombia. After becoming fascinated by the Inca culture, their organizational skills and their mastery of engineering, researchers Ricardo Fujita and Jose Sandoval of Lima's University of San Martin de Porresit became interested in the genetic profile of their descendants.
As I spoke with others for whom the ground was shaking I realized my feeling was that a sexual predator being legally accountable for criminal behavior is and should be normal, routine and not particularly newsworthy. The criminal justice system should function efficiently and swiftly, apprehending and punishing any and all sexual predators, whatever their social status and power quotient. It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit to a ground of firmer boundaries and clarity about intolerable behavior no longer being tolerated.
LONGYEARBYEN, Svalbard — Unseasonal winter rain had seeped along the floor of the ice cave, freezing the last incline. That had made slipping to the bottom easy enough, but finding a way out was now a problem. Ten miles outside the northernmost town on the planet, six travelers were trapped at the back of an ice cave. The solution required cooperation. One man sat down to brace his back and feet against opposite sides of the tunnel, while others used him as a platform from which to push their guide, Marcel Starinsky, upward. He managed to pull himself the rest of the way along the slope, under a roof recently opened by rain. After reaching the top, he hauled the rest of the travelers up, one
Congo now has 35 confirmed Ebola cases. Health workers have identified people who have been in contact with the patients in the confirmed Ebola cases in three areas in Equateur province, Iboko, rural Bikoro and Mbandaka, the provincial capital of 1.2 million that is a transport hub on the Congo River.
According to a new survey of the Earth’s biomass, plants make up 80 percent of all carbon stored in living creatures. All 7.6 billion of us account for just one ten thousandth (1/10,000th) of the biomass on Earth. “The fact that the biomass of fungi exceeds that of all animals’ sort of puts us in our place,” Harvard evolutionary biologist James Hanken told AP News.
Memory of snails transfers through their brain cells Scientists at the University of California have found that when they transfer molecules from the brain cells of trained snails to untrained snails, the memory goes with the move. David Glanzman, a UCLA professor of neurobiology, has been studying sea snails and their ability to make long-term memories. Glanzman and colleagues gave the snails an electric shock. When they did, the snails briefly retracted their frilly siphons, which they use for expelling waste. A snail that had been shocked before, however, retracted its siphon for much longer than a new snail recruit. The scientists decided to see whether something beyond the brain cells —
Actor Morgan Freeman is maintaining that his behavior should not be classified as sexual assault, in the wake of harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him earlier this week. “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” Freeman said in a statement provided to TIME late Friday night. “All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard.
As it turns out, a few researchers actually modeled the effects of what 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs would have on the planet. There would be 5 megatons of black carbon launched into the air in the immediate fallout of a nuclear war with the detonation of 100 nuclear bombs.