“In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential due to bureaucracy and mismanagement,” said Trump, who rebuked the U.N. for a ballooning budget. The president pushed the U.N. to focus “more on people and less on bureaucracy” and to change “business as usual and not be beholden to ways of the past which were not working.” He also suggested that the U.S. was paying more than its fair share to keep the New York-based world body operational.
"Clearly, as we watch what's happening around our globe, the rather rapid advance of some of our potential adversaries is quite concerning," Northrop Chief Executive Wes Bush said on a call with analysts. Although Northrop already has a significant presence in payloads, it has not had launcher capability, an area that Orbital brings for both space and missile defence, Vertical Research Partners analyst Robert Stallard said on Monday.
Roof, 23, has been on federal death row since earlier this year, after a jury convicted him of dozens of charges including federal hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion in the shooting deaths of nine Bible study attendees at Charleston’s Emanuel AME, one of the oldest black churches in the South. Roof told authorities he wanted to start a race war with the June 2015 massacre, and handwritten journals featuring symbols associated with Nazis and Roof’s personal musings about the genetic supremacy of the white race were presented during his trial.
Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration. The Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally failed to consider potential consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, ranging from harm to the greater sage grouse to contamination of fragile desert water sources and emission of climate-altering greenhouse gases. The suit filed last week in federal court in Reno seeks an order forcing the bureau to rescind oil drilling leases it sold in June for as low as $2 per acre on three land parcels covering about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers).
The commissions are coming. Hurricane season hasn’t ended, but forensics waits for no one, so the after-action reports on Harvey and Irma have to get started. The relevant agencies—local and perhaps federal, plus maybe some national academies and disaster responders—will all no doubt look at themselves and others to see what went right or wrong.
Verizon Wireless abruptly notified 8,500 rural customers in 13 states that they are cancelling their service due to excessive data usage in 'roaming' areas
A hopeful France set out at the United Nations Monday to persuade the United States to stay in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump's administration insisted it was not changing gears. Gary Cohn, the chief White House economic adviser, reiterated Trump's opposition to the landmark accord as he met over breakfast with officials from other major economies at the start of the UN General Assembly, an annual week of diplomacy.
The following note was sent by TIME Editor Edward Felsenthal to staff Monday. Massimo Calabresi, one of the best-sourced and steadiest hands in our business, becomes TIME’s Washington Bureau Chief. Deputy Bureau Chief Alex Altman will take on the additional position of Nation Editor, coordinating all of our domestic affairs coverage.
The internet abounds with techniques for teaching elementary schoolers the difference between warm and cool colors—an often-invisible, somewhat flexible line down the middle of the color wheel to separate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns from cool blues, greens, purples, and grays. Interior designers claim that cool colors recede and make rooms expand, while warm colors make rooms cozier. This result has implications for the evolution of color vision in humans and other primates, and even the reason language developed to begin with.
When the founders of Analytical Space first visited venture capitalists in an attempt to raise money for their project aimed at improving satellite communication, they ran into a common obstacle for startups taking on complicated technological issues. Investors were interested, but they didn’t want to buy in before the Boston company had actually deployed its product in space. Such disconnects between investors and “tough tech” innovators are common enough that MIT last year founded The Engine, which provides startup founders with money, technical expertise, and access to specialized equipment to help them get started. On Tuesday, The Engine is expected to announce that it has raised $200 million to invest in the companies, and that Analytical Space is among the first group of companies added to its portfolio.
Michelle Krug, a junior who is studying abroad in France, said she and the other three victims are “doing okay” after a woman, who apparently suffers from a mental illness, threw hydrochloric acid at the group at the Marseille-Saint Charles train station. The acid, which Krug said was “weak” and from a water bottle, got into one of her eyes and another student’s eyes. “I ask that if you send thoughts and prayers our way, please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker so that she may receive the help she needs and deserves,” Krug wrote on Facebook.
Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California's water southward under new plans to shore up funding for Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 billion project. The proposal that expands who pays for the state's biggest water project in more than a half-century could mean higher rates for millions of Californians who already get the precious resource through the complex state and federal systems of aqueducts, pumps, canals and dams. It pivots from longstanding state and federal assurances that only water districts that seek to participate would pay for the tunnels, an ambitious re-engineering of California's complex north-to-south water system.
A meteorite struck Earth so hard 38 million years ago that the crash caused the hottest known temperature on our planet’s surface. According to a study in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the temperature caused by the meteorite strike had to be at least 4300 degrees Fahrenheit because the crash made the mineral zircon transform into cubic zirconia — and that’s the minimum temperature required for such a reaction. “This new temperature determination is the highest recorded from any crustal rock,” the study says.
As little more than free-ranging bundles of genetic material, viruses desperately need to hijack their hosts’ cellular machinery and resources to replicate, over and over again. Because of that dependence, some viruses have stuck with their hosts throughout evolution, mutating to make minor adjustments every time the host branched into a new species—a process called co-divergence. The other option—cross-species transmission—occurs when a virus jumps into a completely new type of host largely unrelated to its former one.
Social media Newsfeeds in our modern world often feel like one disheartening headline after another. Violence and injustice seem to invade every corner of our world, from developing regions and major urban centers thousands of miles away, to the house just down the road. The goal to reduce global violence is daunting, but not unattainable. In fact, objective number 16 on the United Nations' list of Sustainable Development Goals is to create "peace, justice, and strong institutions" around the world. While there is still a long road ahead, organizations from all over the globe and across the spectrum of industry are chipping in to do their part. UBS, for example, has upped its focus on impact
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences.
When Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), talks about the importance of universal health coverage, he often brings up the story of his younger brother who died from a common disease—possibly measles—when they were both children. “We were living under the same roof, even sharing a bed,” said Dr. Tedros (as he prefers to be called) during an interview moderated by TIME on Sept. 17. Tedros made his case for it during the Social Good Summit in New York City, an annual event leading up the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Do you remember seeing the pictures of the hawk taking shelter from Hurricane Harvey in a taxi? Watch that famous hawk get released in this clip. Full story at YouTube. More great animals.
Twice a year, the Washington Monument bisects the rising sun when viewed from the Netherlands Carillon. It occurs within a few days of the spring and fall equinox and it’s a beautiful scene, but the weather conditions have to be perfect for optimal viewing. Clouds and fog often produce beautiful colors across the sky at sunrise, but clouds and fog also hide the sun’s shape and exact position in the sky. A clear sky is needed to see the sun cut across the Washington Monument. But if the atmosphere is too clear and dry, the rising sun is too bright to photograph cleanly after it rises over the horizon. So, for optimal photography, there is a fine weather balance required of a cloudless, or mostly
The body of 53-year-old Randy Potter was found last week after someone reported a bad smell coming from the truck, The Kansas City Star reports. When an airport police officer found the body, it was covered up by a blanket, according to a police report. Potter’s truck had been listed in the missing person flyers circulated by Lenexa police.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced a 12-month review that aims to prioritize how the service conducts research for the future. “Today, I am announcing a 12-month effort to conduct a broad review and revision of our science and technology strategy,” Wilson told audiences during a speech at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference. “It will define our highest research priorities, to be sure, but it will also help us strengthen new relationships between our Air Force and the science community, our universities, and our industry partners,” she said. Wilson didn’t detail any specific programs or research areas. The Air Force Research Laboratory,
The Trump administration’s nominee to lead NASA wants the agency to study climate change on Mars, even as he questions if it’s happening here on Earth. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said in a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that understanding other planets in more detail could help scientists get a better grasp on earthly processes. The assertion echoes talking points by those who question mainstream climate science. “Mars once had a magnetic field, rivers, lakes and an ocean on its north pole,” he wrote. “At some point, Mars changed dramatically and we should strive to understand why. Studying other planets can inform our understanding of