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
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.
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
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).
According to The Science Channel, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may have been solved. As explained in a report by The Science Channel, a satellite snapped images over coastal Florida that included “a series of hexagon-shaped clouds” detected by meteorologists. Due to an atmospheric phenomenon known as air bombs, or microbursts, the winds in these areas reach up to 100 mph. According to scientist and professor Randy Cerveny, this causes ocean waves grow to massive sizes.
(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.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the use of drones by ISIS militants during the attack on Mosul.
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 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.
Professor Stephen Hawking on Wednesday opened a new artificial intelligence research centre at Britain's Cambridge University. The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) will delve into AI applications ranging from increasingly "smart" smartphones to robot surgeons and "Terminator" style military droids. Funded by a £10 million (11.2 million-euro, $12.3-million) grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the centre's express aim is to ensure AI is used to benefit humanity.
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
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
Australia on Thursday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder. Canberra insists it is doing more than ever before to protect the reef, but its annual report into water quality, seagrass and coral gave it a "D" -- which represents "poor" -- for the fifth year in a row. The reef receives run-off from 35 major catchments in an area larger than Japan, with sediment in the water reducing the light available to seagrass ecosystems and coral reefs, affecting coral settlement, growth and reproduction.
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
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), university president Rafael Reif sees the future. Universities like MIT are now about more than just higher education; they’ve become a source of groundbreaking research and innovation. At MIT, 89 percent of undergraduate students participate in research opportunities by graduation, working on cutting-edge research projects. MIT announced this week its nuclear fusion reactor set a world record for plasma pressure. Researchers on campus are also trying to develop meltdown-proof nuclear reactors, all as part of its “Campaign for a Better World” for clean energy. Society may not yet be ready to embrace the expanded use of nuclear power, but Reif
“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.
If Dr. Adam Gazzaley had his way, doctors would stop using primarily prescription drugs to treat neurological issues and disorders on older patients and start prescribing video games. The professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry and director of the Gazzaley Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, has spent years learning with his research team how the brain’s ability to remember, focus and perceive the world changes with childhood development, normal aging and dementia as well as how to alleviate cognitive deficits. Although prescription drugs can be part of treatment for cognitive health, Gazzaley —whose book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (co-authored with Larry Rosen) was published by MIT Press in September — argues that better ways to treat patients exist without the potential side effects of drugs.
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
The peak of the Orionid meteor shower will occur right before dawn on Friday, and Bill Cooke, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, expects the shower to rain an expected 25 meteors per hour. It’s going to be a cosmic spectacle you won’t regret ignoring the snooze button for. Earth is currently passing through the wake of Comet Halley, the mother comet of the Orionid meteors.
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
Two of the Bay Area’s most infamous and potentially deadly earthquake faults may be linked, potentially packing a greater punch than even the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor. The pair-up is troubling: once thought to be two miles apart under the bay, the Rodgers Creek Fault, running from near Santa Rosa into the San Pablo Bay, and the Hayward Fault, stretching from below San Jose through the Oakland and Berkeley hills into West Contra Costa County, may indeed form one 99-mile-long fault that could deliver a blow greater than the sum of its parts. “This should be a reminder that folks in the Bay Area need to be prepared for a major earthquake,” said Janet Watt, research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Santa Cruz, in an email this week to the AP. This is not the first time these findings have been made public: In a story last January in this newspaper, Watt said “it does look like there is a good chance that the faults are connected.” But with the publication of her team’s findings, their research promises to resonate even more strongly among quake-wary residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
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
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.