The Latest on the March for Science, with events around the world intended to promote the understanding of science and defend science from attacks such as proposed U.S. government budget cuts (all times EDT): 5:40 p.m. Scientists, students and research advocates are marking Earth Day by conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference. Those participating in science marches around the world are also arguing for adequate spending for future breakthroughs and the value of scientific pursuits. President Donald Trump issued an Earth Day statement, saying that "rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate." One of the
MEGAN THOMPSON: On Thursday morning, around 80 people filled a hall in Washington, D.C., for lessons in campaigning for local school board, state legislature, and even U.S. Congress. PANELIST: When you're running for office for the first time… The agenda covered fundraising, messaging, and recruiting volunteers, with political veterans like Joe Trippi, a high-profile Democratic campaign consultant. JOE TRIPPI: The hunger's definitely there, the energy's definitely there. MEGAN THOMPSON: But this crowd wasn't typical activists. They were scientists and engineers who say the trump administration and republican-led congress have a hostile attitude toward science, especially when it comes to addressing
A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods. Glenn died in December at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft. The company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia
A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that almost 15 percent of the whales, which come to New England to feed every spring, had injuries or scarring consistent with at least one vessel strike. The researchers, who published their findings in the March issue of the journal Marine Mammal Science, said the work shows that the occurrence of such strikes is most likely underestimated. They also said their own figure is likely low because it
NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it’s scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission. If you zoom in on the original photo you can even make out the Moon as a smaller dot to the left of our planet.
Former President Vigdis Finnbogadottir told The Associated Press that Iceland must take steps to protect its language. Teachers are already sensing a change among students in the scope of their Icelandic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Anna Jonsdottir, a teaching consultant, said she often hears teenagers speak English among themselves when she visits schools in Reykjavik, the capital.
The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout. On Monday, scientists hypothesised that the Norwegian painter's inspiration may in fact have been rare clouds which form in cold places at high altitude. The first version of "The Scream" was released in 1893.
The articles were published by the Springer Nature publishing company in the journal Tumor Biology, between 2012 and 2016. "We are retracting these published papers because the peer review process required for publication in our journals had been deliberately compromised by fabricated peer reviewer reports," Springer Nature said in a statement on RetractionWatch.com. The articles were submitted with the names of real researchers, but fabricated email addresses, Peter Butler, editorial director at Springer Nature for cell biology and biochemistry, was quoted in a report by state-run China Daily.
“Americans with Disabilities Act, or Ada Lovelace?” he says. It’s just shy of 9AM in Washington DC, where thousands of scientists, researchers, academics, doctors, students, and concerned citizens are gathering on the damp grass surrounding the landmark. Scientists have been planning a March on Washington since late January, shortly after Donald Trump took office.
Bill Nye, known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is the CEO of The Planetary Society, the world's largest non-profit space interest group. The opinions expressed are his own. (CNN)I was proud to join thousands of concerned citizens, scientists and engineers in Saturday's March for Science. With more than 600 marches taking place around the world, we conveyed that science is political, not partisan, and science should shape our policies. Although it is the means by which humankind discovers objective truths in nature, science is and has always been political. Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution refers to promoting
During one of numerous failed attempts to establish himself as an environmentalist, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman enthusiastically reported in 2010 that - in honour of Earth Day on April 22 - the United States Navy had test-flown a fighter jet "powered by a 50-50 blend of conventional jet fuel and camelina aviation biofuel made from pressed mustard seeds". Armed with this and other bits of trivia, Friedman concluded that the US military was thus in fact on the front line of the battle for a clean Earth. Never mind that, mustard seeds or not, the US Defense Department remains one of the top polluters on the planet. To be sure, the neoliberal media's toxic alignment with
Henrietta Lacks — her fictional HBO character (left) and the real woman behind the cells that changed science. When you get surgery or have a mole removed, and there’s leftover tissue or blood, there’s a chance that it might not be discarded. This practice went on for decades without much controversy — until the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot came along in 2010.
Have you ever noticed why tomato juice is such a popular drink on planes? There is a scientific reason behind it and it's all to do with the impact of cabin pressure on our senses. It’s about 30 percent more difficult to detect sweet and salty tastes, according to a 2010 study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany. In other words, at altitude, our sense of taste is dulled.
Scientists, students and research advocates rallied from the Brandenburg Gate to the Washington Monument on Earth Day, conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference and spending necessary to make future breakthroughs possible.
In a few months, Ariana Clealand will begin pursuing her childhood dream of building rockets and satellites. The scientific community is battling widespread distrust, basic research could face steep cuts and “alternative facts” have emerged as a new opponent to empirical truth. “To know that we live in a society where we are blurring the line between fact and fiction … it’s a bit insane, really,” said Clealand, an 18-year-old senior at Dublin Jerome High School and soon-to-be aerospace engineering student at Ohio State University. On Saturday, Clealand was one of perhaps thousands who gathered Downtown to promote the importance of science in policymaking and everyday life, and to call for its continued support.
Since the dawn of time, mankind has known protests to be a dull and bleak affair. A camaraderie of fervent rebels trodding down the streets under the scorching heat, shouting enduringly monotonous slogans as they pass by, a flashing array of signboards and posters in their wake. Occasional reports of violence and conflict in the news, reports of the police unleashing tear gas upon wild protesters, reports of anxious protesters hurling bricks at the law enforcement. People are oft found in circles around prominent speakers in the streets, while the frustrated administration addresses a dreary nation about the frivolity of its cause. Everything we have known about protests, everything we have ever
Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference. Usually, the students would want the glory. And they had, just a couple of days previously. But their families talked them out of it. A few weeks earlier, the Stanford researchers had received an unsettling letter from a shadowy US government agency. If they publicly discussed their findings, the letter said, it would be deemed legally equivalent to exporting nuclear arms to a hostile foreign power. Stanford's lawyer said he thought they could defend any case by citing the First Amendment's protection of free speech. But the university could cover legal costs only for professors.
(CNN)Germany's Neumayer Station is an active research institute in Antarctica. During the Antarctic summer, the station houses up to 50 scientific researchers and support staff. With the Antarctic winter drawing near, a very small "overwintering" team remains there to conduct research and maintain the station. On Saturday, this skeleton crew traveled out into the 20°F temperatures and 26 mph gusts to join their voices in support with crowds gathering around the world. Marches for Science have taken place on all seven continents. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood," reads a quote from renowned scientist Marie Curie on the banner they held. "Now is the time to understand
Scientists and their supporters, including celebrities such as Peter Capaldi, marched through London and around 500 other cities worldwide today (22 April) to celebrate Earth Day 2017 and the quest for knowledge. Many scientists, including climate change experts, fear the election of President Trump and the so-called post-truth era could undo many of the advances achieved by science. Scientists and academics across the world feel under attack, with the possibility of funding being withdrawn and their positions undermined, by a trending view encapsulated by Michael Gove's comment that the public has "had enough of experts".
"My business model right now ... is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue Origin." -- Amazon.com CEO (and Blue Origin founder) Jeff Bezos Up 46% in 52 weeks, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock is one of the best performers on the stock market. That's good news for founder Jeff Bezos, who according to S&P Global Market Intelligence owns 81 million of Amazon's 428 million shares outstanding (about 19%). Amazon's exponentially expanding stock price recently catapulted Bezos all the way from No. 15 on Forbes' 2015 list of billionaires to No. 3 as of this writing -- leapfrogging Warren Buffett to land just behind Amancio Ortega (Europe's richest man) and Bill Gates
AUSTIN, Texas—“We are here today because the importance of science in our nation is in dispute," Dr. Art Markman told the assembled crowd outside the Texas State Capitol. "And I have to lecture a bit because I’m a professor.” Evidently, professors weren't the only ones compelled to act at this weekend's March for Science. Activists, writers, engineers, scientists, coders, kids, dogs, religious leaders, a PhD student preparing to give his dissertation next Friday, and a joke-telling robot named Annabelle gathered side-by-side among thousands ready to march at the Austin event. Everyone seemingly had a different reason to attend: support for clean energy, the banishment of junk science from Texas
William Joel / The Verge What we do — and mostly don’t — know about tiny doses of hallucinogens May didn’t notice much with the first dose of LSD. She felt good, and she got a lot accomplished, and that was all. It was the day after that
Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. In this series, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world. Ever since American citizens’ industrial age migration from the country to the city, urban areas have tended to be associated with cutting-edge technologies.
On April 23, 1967, the Soviet space program launched its first-ever Soyuz spacecraft with a person in it. The flight was plagued with technical problems and ended in tragedy. But 50 years later, we're still using descendants of the Soyuz to ferry people and supplies to and from space, most notably the International Space Station. The Soyuz rocket is, by far, the most used and most reliable space launch system humans have ever built. Unfortunately the first Soyuz pilot didn't survive. Soyuz 1's pilot was cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, a Soviet test pilot and engineer who had previous experience in space. His voyage on the mission made him the first Soviet cosmonaut to make a second trip into space.
In honor of Earth Day, Bill Maher went on a rant about the fetishization of Mars, calling out Hollywood and billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for putting resources into exploring and colonizing the red planet instead of fixing our own planet. "We need to quash this stupid fantasy that Mars is a perfectly reasonable planetary backup," Maher said. "Movies, TV shows, and magazines have a constant drumbeat to get to Mars, explore Mars, colonize Mars." Even Budweiser is trying to brew good beer on Mars. But why? Why are we obsessed with a planet with an atmosphere that is far from inhabitable when we have a lush, green, human-friendly home already? Even President Donald Trump signed