A Soyuz space capsule has successfully delivered astronauts from Russia and the United States to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage. The docking took place smoothly Friday and the crew entered the space laboratory after a lengthy procedure to open its hatches. The mission is set to last four months. The new arrivals are two astronauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. They are joining American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who were already aboard the space station. The crew is carrying the relics of Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th century saint, provided by the Russian
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.
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
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
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.
“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.
Scientists say Europe's experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it was traveling too fast. Pictures taken by a NASA satellite show a black spot where the Schiaparelli lander was meant to touch down Wednesday, the European Space Agency said. The images end days of speculation over the probe's likely fate following unexpected radio silence less than a minute before the planned landing. The agency said in a statement that the probe dropped from a height of 2 to 4 kilometers (1.4 miles to 2.4 miles) and struck the surface at a speed exceeding 300 kph (186 mph), "therefore impacting at a considerable speed." It said the 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
Isla Mujeres is a small island 13 kilometers from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. When the Spanish first came to the island they found a number of goddess images, so they named it Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women. Many of the images were of the goddess Ix Chel, the goddess of making children. She was also important to the physicians and shamans as the goddess of medicine. The island of Cozumel, near Isla Mujeres, was an important pilgrimage site for Mayan women hoping to have a fruitful marriage. I first visited Isla Mujeres in 1978 to celebrate getting my M.S. in biology. We snorkeled a lot and enjoyed a week of getting sunburned and eating seafood. If I had had a clue there were whale sharks in
I just completed my Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 8 election. I'm a little dazed, partly because the Official Voter Information Guide is 223 pages long, but also because of the many mailers, L.A. Times printed letters and opinions, fliers left on our doorstep, Internet coverage, speeches, TV debates and finally, the ballot itself with 43 candidates and issues to ponder. Am I tired? A little. Am I discouraged? Absolutely not. I feel lucky to have a voice, no matter how small. I want to thank our free press and media for helping me reach my voting decisions. Dan Cabrera Glendale I wish to express my strong support for NASA and its efforts to explore the solar system and understand our cosmos.
A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years. "I think we all had hoped we'd be further along," said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led the lawsuit that produced the deal with the government to bring back salmon.
Maxx Porter set up a trap for Christopher Waide to get him talking about what happened to Lea Porter. I maintain my innocence, but I would like a lawyer. Reporter: 23yearold Christopher Waide with his buttondown shirt and goatee looks like a geeky college
You frequently hear about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you get word of the transfer of ownership of a million dollar telescope. Now that it is under the direct supervision of the Air Force, the military branch plans to undertake the complex project of moving the telescope from its installation at White Sands New Mexico to its new home in Australia.
Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. No deaths were immediately reported Saturday in China from the typhoon. Residents in the cities of Shanwei and Shantou, in China's Guangdong province, were forced to move to safer ground as the storm hit, local authorities and state media reported.
Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor. The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones. Questions about whether ADHD might arise a few years down the road or whether schizophrenia could crop up in young adulthood tend to be overshadowed by more immediate parental anxieties. In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.
A low-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured images showing a large “fuzzy dark patch” on the surface of the red planet where the European Space Agency’s experimental Schiaparelli lander presumably crashed Wednesday, possibly exploding on impact, after its braking rockets apparently shut down a mile or more above the surface, ESA officials said Friday. MRO’s low-resolution Context Camera, carrying out previously planned observations, shows a bright feature, presumably the remains of Schiaparelli’s 40-foot-wide supersonic parachute, and a dark spot measuring some 50 by 130 feet across, that is believed to be the site where the lander hit the surface. The dark spot is about six tenths of a mile from the presumed parachute on a relatively smooth plain known as Meridiani Planum. Before-and-after pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a dark spot that is the presumed crash site of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander, along with a white feature believed to be its discarded braking parachute.
Eric Weiner is the author, most recently, of “The Geography of Genius: Lessons From from the World’s Most Creative Places.” 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.
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 Orionid meteor shower may have peaked last night, but the fast, bright meteors will continue streaming across the sky in force for another night or two, according to a NASA expert. The meteors are remnants left in the wake of Halley's Comet, and skywatchers can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour during the height of the shower. "A good thing about the Orionids is that they tend to either have a double peak or a flat maximum, which means that you can see good Orionid rates for two to three nights," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com for our 2016 Orionids guide. "So if you miss it one night, you can go out the next night and see them." [Orionid Meteor Shower 2016: When, Where &
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.
"Denali dinosaur" fragments discovered at the Alaska national park back in July are, in fact, bones from a dinosaur, researchers announced this week. A team of people working with the National Park Service in July came across four “significant” fragments, including an ossified tendon, according to Fox News. Now, researchers are confirming that the fragments are “clearly parts of bigger bones from a large animal," according to a press release. “Another larger fragment is composed of spongy bone originating from the end of a large animal’s limb. This microstructure shows the bone didn’t come from a crocodile or other slow-growing, cold-blooded animal. It is clearly from a medium-sized to large
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
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.
People who regularly smoke large amounts of marijuana may be more susceptible to bone fractures than people who don't use the drug, according to a new study conducted in the United Kingdom. "Our research has shown that heavy users of cannabis have quite a large reduction in bone density compared with non-users, and there is a real concern that this may put them at increased risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures later in life," study co-author Dr. Stuart Ralston, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said in a statement. In the study, the researchers looked at 170 people ages 18 and older who smoked marijuana regularly and 114 people who had never used the drug.
The theory is explained in-depth in a new video from Kurzgesagt, but here's the elevator pitch: quantum fields (which are basically a set of rules that the tiniest bits of matter need to obey) want to move from a high energy state to a lower energy state. When they are in the lowest energy state possible, they're stable. The fear is that one of these quantum fields, the Higgs field, is not actually stable, but rather exists in a "false vacuum." This means it still contains potential energy. If this energy was somehow triggered, it would create a rolling tide of destruction, called a stable Higgs field, moving at the speed of light, vaporizing everything in its path, and leaving in its wake a void where physics as we know it would cease to exist and life would be impossible.