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.
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:
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
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.
Along with the Geminids in December and the Perseids in August, the most reliable annual display of “shooting stars” is the Orionid meteor shower in October. Unfortunately, this year, the Orionids will face a formidable handicap. When the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak Friday morning (Oct. 21), the waning gibbous moon (more than half of its surface illuminated) will be in the sky almost all night long. Hence, its glare will severely hamper observations in 2016. The annual Orionid meteor shower usually lasts from about Oct. 16 to Oct. 26. A few swift Orionids may appear as early as the start of October, and there may be a lingering straggler or two as late as Nov. 7. The numbers seen
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
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.
About 95 million years ago, a bus-size and scaly-skinned sauropod dinosaur with a long tail and even longer neck lumbered across what is now Queensland, Australia, a new study finds. The hulking, 50-foot-long (15 metres) palaeo-beast likely weighed up to 22 tons (20 tonnes) and sported hips that didn't quit, at a girth of some 5 feet (1.5 metres) across. SEE ALSO: One man's dinosaur impressions will save you a trip to 'Jurassic Park' The dinosaur likely ate supersize meals, using its large digestive system to extract nutrients from all kinds of plants, even tough ones, said the study's lead researcher Stephen Poropat, a palaeontologist and research associate at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs
“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.
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
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
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
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).
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.
About 7,500 light-years away in the Milky Way, raging stellar winds are ripping plasma from two stars in orbit around each other, and between these massive stars, the 10-million-kilometer-per-hour winds collide in one of the most active and volatile regions of the galaxy. One of the two stars in the binary system is among the largest and most luminous stars known, and the other is smaller but hotter, also incredibly luminous, and some 30 to 80 times the mass of the sun. Eta Carinae, as the binary system is called, was recently imaged by a team of international astronomers in greater detail than ever before, including the relatively small region between the two stars where the stellar winds collide.
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
You can’t go wrong befriending Yogesh Vohra. It’s also hoped that ion beams can be used to machine the top of the micro-anvil to a hemispherical shape, thereby creating an even narrower contact point for greater pressure.
At the D.C. release party for Civilization VI, the latest edition of one of the most successful video games of all time, even the coffee tables were on brand. Vignettes from the game—which is to say, scenes from the course of human history—appeared as dioramas inside glass tables at one of the city’s poshest bars. The release party on Tuesday night was organized by the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group, so the event had the feel of a typical Washington party. Capitol Hill–types hovered around the sushi spread and open bar on the roof of the W Hotel. Aside from the table dioramas, the only tell that it was a video-game party were a few consoles with playable versions of Civilization
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.
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.
EXETER, England, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The sensory systems of fish are short-circuiting, and a new study blames climate change. As the climate warms, the ocean is soaking up more carbon dioxide. According to scientists at the University of Exeter, the influx of CO2 is disrupting fishes' sense of smell, sight and hearing. Broadly speaking, fish are losing their wits -- and their bearings. Haywire sensory systems have some fish ignoring signals of danger and have others swimming directly toward predators instead of away. Somehow, researchers surmise, CO2 is disrupting the way fish brains process sensory signals. How exactly isn't clear. What is clear, the problem is sure to get worse. The oceans' CO2
The discovery of an ancient piece of aluminium is being hailed as evidence that aliens visited Earth 250,000 years ago. The mysterious hunk of metal was found in Romania during the 1970s, when the country was under communist rule. Now tests at a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, have revealed that the strange fragment of metal is made up of 90 percent aluminium and is 250,000 years old. Aluminium was not produced by mankind until about 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held up as a sensational find. Gheorghe Cohal, the Deputy Director of the Romanian Ufologists Association, told local media: "Lab tests concluded it is an old UFO fragment