A Nobel Prize-winning scientist said Thursday he had resigned as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest the "repressive policies" of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Torsten Wiesel, a co-winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine, joined four other foreign scientists who also have renounced their positions as external members of the academy. Wiesel, a Swedish-born neurobiologist who served as president of The Rockefeller University in New York, confirmed his resignation in an email to The Associated Press. "The academy has wisely stayed out of politics and focused on its mission in science and education," Wiesel said. "My resignation should be considered
A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo. At least two houses collapsed, and television footage showed roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
A $1.4 billion project to build one of the world's largest telescopes is up against intense protests by Native Hawaiians and others who say building it on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain will desecrate sacred land. Hearings for the project's construction permit began Thursday. By the end of the day, the first witness was still being questioned by the numerous parties involved in the case. It's the second time the project has faced the proceedings. Dozens of witnesses plan to testify in the coming weeks, including a group of Native Hawaiians who support the telescope. It's not clear when a retired judge overseeing the hearings would rule. Here are things to know about the embattled telescope:
The sprawling Sundarbans, home of the Bengal tiger and pristine mangroves, could become a toxic dumping ground if a massive coal plant is built near its borders, a United Nations agency warned this week. The 1,320-megawatt Rampal plant under construction in Bangladesh would "irreversibly damage" the World Heritage Site if built as planned, UNESCO's World Heritage Center said Tuesday in a joint report with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The clay busts were the effort of University of South Florida forensic anthropologists and forensic artists who pulled images of unidentified bodies from cold case files, printed their skulls in 3D plastic, then molded heads and faces that someone might recognize. While most of this year's 20 cold cases are of adults who were found dead, one was a baby. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell talked about the case, and said there is a "tsunami" of missing and unidentified cases in Florida, partially because of the state's transient population.
ABC's Jim Avila was granted the first prison interview with Christopher Waide, who is serving a 48-year prison sentence for the murder of Lea Porter. It. Heroes James settings. You could easily. You can take the knife away from their sort of the dead
(Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA TV reported, two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
For decades, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the disappearances of planes and ships that have tried to pass through. The 500,000 kilometers square stretch of sky above the North Atlantic Ocean connects points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. Sometimes referred to as Devil’s Triangle, the area has been associated with the sinking of mythical Atlantis, the first logged shipwreck in the area in 1609 and the disappearance of Flight 19 during WWII. However, new satellite images may help scientists debunk the many mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. The images researchers unveiled on a Science Channel segment Wednesday depict hexagonal clouds, which meteorologist
A study of 1,000 UK drivers by Hyundai Motor UK with an expert from Goldsmiths University London found that women are, on average, 12% angrier than men when they’re behind the wheel. Patrick Fagan, behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths, ‘sense tested’ the 1,000 drivers to see how sound, sight, smell, touch and taste provoke emotional responses in different driving scenarios. The study found that in all test scenarios, women were more likely to respond with anger.
Jeff Bezos says he plans to spend his “Amazon winnings” on Blue Origin’s effort to build the heavy lifting infrastructure for space ventures. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he’s trying to do for outer-space ventures what delivery services and the internet did for him: provide the “heavy lifting infrastructure” that will make it possible for entrepreneurs to thrive.
The Orionid meteor shower will dazzle skywatchers for a second night tonight, as the shower reaches its peak. The meteor shower is produced by the well-known Halley's Comet, officially called 1P/Halley, which is the most recognised of the short-period comets. It is visible from Earth every 75 to 76 years. Essentially, Halley is the parent body of the Orionids. When the comet passes through the solar system, it leaves a trail of debris through space. The Earth passes through these debris trails and the particles collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate and burn up, creating flashes of light across the sky. The Orionid meteor shower appears annually in late October. The meteor shower
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles have found dozens of genes and two biological pathways they say influence the onset of schizophrenia. The genes were examined in a study published online in the journal Nature. The research team says their findings provide vital new information about the mental disorder, and has the potential to help develop better treatments for the disease in the future. "This work provides a road map for understanding how common genetic variation associated with a complex disease affects specific genes and pathways," lead researcher Dr. Daniel Geschwind said in a press release. Prior to the experiment, investigators hypothesized
“A superomniphobic material is a material that is extremely repellent to virtually any liquid,” Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, explained to Digital Trends. “That could be an acid or base, an organic liquid or an aqueous liquid, a food-grade liquid, a solvent, whatever you can think of. Professor Kota has been investigating these kind of superomniphobic materials for around a decade.
It’s not always easy to know when we’re in the presence of “genius.” In part, that’s because we barely agree on what it means. In Roman times, genius was not something you achieved but rather an animating spirit that adhered itself to people and places. In the 18th century, Romantics gave genius its modern meaning: Someone with special, almost divine abilities. Today, we’re quick to anoint a “marketing genius” or a “political genius,” oblivious to the fact that true genius requires no such modification. In truth, real geniuses transcend the confines of their particular domains. They inspire and awe. Which is precisely why we should use the word sparingly, lest it lose some of its magic. That’s
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines Friday to help parents manage their kids’ screen time. Here is some of their advice: Children under the age of 2 should avoid all digital media use except for video chatting via apps like Skype and Facetime. If you must introduce digital media to toddlers between the ages of 18 and 24 months, choose high-quality programming and sit with your child. Solo viewing should be avoided. Children ages 2 to 5 years should have no more than one hour of screen use a day. Be sure to select high-quality programming and watch it with your children. Keep bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtime free of screens. (Parents, that goes for you too: Set
Alaska’s Denali National Park just threw researchers a major, ancient bone. In July, while a team was working alongside the National Park Service, it discovered four “significant” fragments, including an ossified tendon. These fragments were “clearly parts of bigger bones from a large animal,” wrote the team in a press release. Pat Druckenmiller, curator of Earth sciences at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, said the tendon fragments probably belonged to a hadrosaur. These duck-billed larger ornithopod dinosaurs were herbivorous and are thought to have been the most abundant large animals in Alaska. More on this... “Another larger fragment is composed of spongy bone originating from
A remote Russian observatory housing what was once the world's largest mirrored telescope has become the setting for an art installation that explores the near-infinite reaches of both outer space and the human imagination. The works on display at the Special Astrophysical Observatory by artists from Russia and Austria reflect their views of life, history and the cosmos. Operational since the 1970s, the observatory and the village that houses its staff offered some of the best conditions in the Soviet Union.
A recent study shows California condors had a large, genetically diverse population until invasive humans hunted and poisoned them to the brink of extinction When Captain Meriwether Lewis and his friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark, first set eyes on a California condor in October 1805 whilst camping on the lower Columbia River, they knew they’d seen something that no other white men had ever seen before. Something extraordinary. At that time, the California condor occupied a huge range; soaring effortlessly on its nine-and-a-half foot wings from the northern portion of Baja California all the way up to and throughout the Pacific Northwest, whilst scavenging on beached whales and other large
Just over a year ago, Tesla sent out a software update to its cars that made its "Autopilot" features available to customers, in what the company called a "public beta test." In the intervening 12 months, several of those customers have died while their Teslas were in autopilot mode. Cars have crashed, regulators have cracked down, and the headlines proclaiming that "Self-Driving Cars Are Here" were replaced with Tesla's assurances that autopilot was nothing but a particularly advanced driver-assist system. Given all this, one might assume that a chastened Tesla would take things more cautiously with its next iteration of autonomous technology. But in a launch event this week, Tesla introduced
A secret Nazi military base abandoned more than 70 years ago was recently rediscovered by Russian scientists, The Independent reported. The base, located in the Arctic island of Alexandra Land, served as a "tactical weather station" for the Nazis during World War II, when knowledge of the weather was vital to determining when to move troops, equipment, and ships. Because of the base's name — "Schatzgraber" or "Treasure Hunter" — some also think it was used for "the pursuit of ancient relics," The Independent reported. The base is believed to have been built in 1942, the year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia. However, the Nazis stationed there were forced to abandon the post in 1944 after they
The ancestors of today’s slithery snakes once sported full-fledged arms and legs, but genetic mutations caused the reptiles to lose all four of their limbs about 150 million years ago, according to two new studies. The findings are welcome news to herpetologists, who have long wondered what genetic changes caused snakes to lose their arms and legs, the researchers said. Both studies showed that mutations in a stretch of snake DNA called ZRS (the Zone of Polarizing Activity Regulatory Sequence) were responsible for the limb-altering change. According to one study, published online Oct. 20 in the journal Cell, the snake’s ZRS anomalies became apparent to researchers after they took several mouse embryos, removed the mice’s ZRS DNA and replaced it with the ZRS section from snakes.
Ghost peppers are among the hottest chili peppers in the world, the report said. Eating a single seed from a ghost pepper can cause severe burning in the mouth that lasts up to 30 minutes, the report said. In the man's case, a ghost pepper had been pureed and served atop a hamburger as a part of an eating contest at local restaurant.
Drones are great and all, but the reality is that particularly when it comes to smaller quadcopters, battery life remains a big problem. Fortunately, that’s where researchers from Imperial College London come into play. “What this means is that rather than having to have its battery switched out, a drone could just return to a base unit and hover over a charging station to pick up the necessary charge,” Dr. Samer Aldhaher, a member of the university’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, told Digital Trends.
Researchers studying the Black Sea, one of the most unique bodies of water in the world, have uncovered a veritable time capsule of ancient ships hidden in its depths. The discoveries, which currently include 41 shipwrecks, came as part of an international expedition to map in unprecedented detail the submerged ancient landscapes of the Black Sea. "We're endeavouring to answer some hotly-debated questions about when the water level rose, how rapidly it did so and what effects it had on human populations living along this stretch of the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea," Professor Jon Adams, principle investigator on the Black Sea M.A.P. project, said in a statement. The Black Sea was an important commercial trading route for ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Ottomans, and Roman, so the team expected to find shipwrecks.