The co-owner of a pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak tearfully apologized to the victims on Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison, far less than the victims had wanted. "I'm sorry for your extraordinary losses," Barry Cadden said, wiping his eyes. A dozen victims who were sickened or lost loved ones asked the judge to give Cadden the harshest penalty allowed under the law for the deadly 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, which sickened hundreds of people.
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, the mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday. Mayor Kasim Reed said he was sending a signal of "optimism, passion and action" on fighting climate change to mayors worldwide despite the pullout Trump announced this month. "President Trump's disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution," Reed told a meeting of mayors from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America in Brussels.
If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.
The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the United States happened in 1918. Airplane technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 100 years, and Alaska Airlines is going to provide the best view possible to one of the rarest astronomical phenomena. A special charter flight will depart from Portland, Oregon, at 7:30 a.m. on August 21 and travel down the West Coast.
Today, private spaceflight venture Blue Origin announced its plans to manufacture the company’s new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s an interesting move for the company, which has been mostly developing the engine at its headquarters in Kent, Washington, and testing the hardware in Texas. But the benefits for Blue Origin are both practical and political. On the surface, it’s a seemingly innocuous decision meant to capitalize on Huntsville’s decades-long history of rocket development. The city is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where the Saturn V rocket was developed and where NASA’s future massive deep-space rocket, the Space Launch
A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fin, which is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy and is often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets. The eight-metre-high (26 ft) stainless steel fin was created by Chinese artist Zheng Lu as part of an exhibition to highlight the threat to shark populations from human hunting.
Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant. A third day of jury selection in Martin Shkreli's trial was expected on Wednesday with opening statements put off until Thursday morning.
It’s the moment UFO fans have been waiting for – a mysterious set of files referred to as ‘Britain’s X-Files’ have been opened to the public. Unlike most UFO sightings, it was documented in voice recordings from senior American soldiers, who also drew disturbing pictures of the object they saw.
If Amazon's package-carrying drones ever become a reality, they may one day pick up deliveries from beehive-shaped buildings strategically placed in cities around the world, according to a patent application filed by the company. The patent, published online on June 22, describes something called the "multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles," demonstrating how Amazon plans to take package delivery to the next level. These days, Amazon's warehouses "are typically large-volume single-floor warehouse buildings," located on the outskirts of cities, the company wrote in the patent, which was filed in 2015.
The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday. Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank, says the future of global food security relies on making farming in Africa a profitable business and developing local food processing that adds value to agricultural products to help move farmers out of poverty.
It was a full house last week at the White House as President Donald Trump opened his doors to a gaggle of tech CEOs to talk about modernizing the U.S. government. Senators have issued letters pleading with the president to fill out the OSTP staff, which is down to 37 from well over 100 during the Obama administration, according to a source familiar with the organization's staffing list.
Antarctica, one of the most remote and desolate locations on Earth also functions as one of the world's main cooling systems. However, after decades of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, parts of the continent are now warming faster than anywhere else on the planet. Over the years, climate change has led to increased erosion of the continent, altered ocean currents and affected wildlife. Warmer currents are now flowing further south, towards the icy terrain, contributing to glacial melt, rising sea levels and drastically changing habitats. To understand how the region is changing, a group of 55 scientists commissioned by the Swiss Polar Institute have boarded the research vessel, Academic
Newly discovered hieroglyphics that are more than 5,000 years old relay a message about the universe to archaeologists as well as tell them about how the ancient Egyptian writing system evolved. The nesting elephants are particularly intriguing because that “is an incredibly rare way of representing a pregnant female animal,” Darnell said.
As anticipation for the August 21 total solar eclipse builds across the U.S., NASA is issuing a warning: don't be reckless with your eyes. The total solar eclipse — a much-anticipated celestial event in which the moon completely obscures the sun, transforming day into night — is expected to be visible to anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. Those in other areas of North America will still see a solar eclipse, but only a partial one. It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast in the continental U.S. since 1918, and millions of Americans are looking forward to catching a glimpse. But the safety stakes are high. A solar
Earth's protective ozone layer, on a slow path to recovery since the 1987 Montreal Protocol banned chemicals that erode it, may be in danger anew, scientists warned Tuesday. Levels in the stratosphere of dichloromethane, a chemical not covered by the ozone rescue pact, are increasing rapidly and could delay the layer's recovery, they said. Although "currently modest, the impact of dichloromethane on ozone has increased markedly in recent years," a team reported in the journal Nature Communications.
A recently conducted survey shows smartphones might make their owners dumber, at least when they are left in plain sight. Researchers surveyed nearly 600 people to find out if our phones were taking up space in our cognitive thought process even if they were on silent or turned off. Turns out the answer is a resounding yes. University of Texas at Austin researchers had participants perform a series of math problems while simultaneously being asked to remember a randomly generated letter sequence that gradually updated. Participants were then separated into three groups. The first was asked to leave their cellphones out on their desks, the second was asked to stow them in a bag or purse, the third
In the three years following Colorado's and Washington's decisions in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, deaths in car crashes did not increase in those states, a new study finds. "One of the arguments being made when they were legalizing marijuana in those two states was, 'We're going to create a whole population of drugged drivers, and they're going to crash their cars and die," said Dr. Jayson Aydelotte, a trauma surgeon at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin. Aydelotte and his colleagues wanted to see if that prediction came true.
Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure. Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while examining a 10-meter (33-foot) -deep hole bored near the ancient Aurelian Walls as part of construction work for the Metro C line. "A Pompeii-like scene" was how the Culture Ministry described the findings that evoked comparisons to the inhabitants trapped by the 79 A.D. Vesuvius volcanic explosion and preserved for centuries in the ruins of Pompeii.
The anti-vax movement is another example of how a combination of scientific illiteracy and proud ignorance can thrive in America. Along with climate change denial, it's one of the best advertisements for Isaac Asimov's famous maxim on "the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" Last night, John Oliver took a look at how the phenomenon developed, the president's role in further mainstreaming it, and why this is all so dangerous: Rob Schneider is one thing, but the clip Oliver pulled of Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana is singularly instructive. It's a stunning example of complete ignorance of the scientific method: I have yet to find any scientist who
A coalition of science and engineering groups called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make sure that his review of the role of scientific advisory boards respects the importance of accurate scientific data. The science groups said federal agencies should ensure that they continue to get sound scientific and technical advice in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The groups said they are also concerned about reports of scientific data being removed from federal government websites.
The Great Barrier Reef is an expansive wonder filled with thousands of marine species and over 600 coral types. The 133,000-square-mile coral reef system represents around A$56 billion — or $42.4 billion in U.S. dollars — in economic, social, and brand value, according to Deloitte Access Economics, a consulting firm in Australia. The high dollar figure illustrates how essential the reef is to Australia's economy.
China unveiled a new drone at the Paris Air Show that looks very similar to the U.S. Reaper. Defense Specialist Allison Barrie explains why the United States should be concerned
Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined. The project, which would tap part of the flow of California's largest river, the Sacramento, would change the way the San Francisco Bay Area, the farm-rich Central Valley and populous Southern California get their water from what is the West Coast's largest estuary. The twin tunnels, both four stories high and 35 miles long, would be California's most ambitious water project since the 1950s and 1960s.
From far away, El Volcán in the Nepeña Valley of coastal Peru might look like a natural feature in the landscape. But this volcano is artificial, a mound or pyramid built by human hands with a crater dug out of the top. And some archaeologists are trying to figure out what it was used for. Robert Benfer, a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri who focuses on biological anthropology, had previously found a series of mounds shaped like orcas, condors and other animals in coastal valleys in Peru. He was looking for more of those earthworks by surveying valleys north of Lima when he spotted the volcanic cone that stands 50 feet tall. [In Photos: Earthly Mounds Shaped Like Animals] "I knew