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Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

Australia to create its own space agency for economic boostAustralia has announced it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy


09/25/2017 06:17 AM
NASA dedicates facility in honor of 'Hidden Figures' heroine Katherine Johnson

NASA dedicates facility in honor of 'Hidden Figures' heroine Katherine JohnsonKatherine G. Johnson, the human computer behind some of NASA’s biggest advancements, attended the ribbon cutting of the research facility named in her honor on Friday.


09/25/2017 12:50 AM
Blame starts to fly over Mexico quake collapses

Blame starts to fly over Mexico quake collapsesAllegations of negligent construction and oversight began to fly Monday after deadly building collapses during Mexico's earthquake, as hope faded of finding more survivors of a disaster that killed more than 300 people. Mexico City's mayor, the education minister and the top official for the district all traded blame after reports that the Enrique Rebsamen primary school operated using false documents. "If confirmed, it would be very serious," Education Minister Aurelio Nuno told TV network Televisa, saying he had ordered an investigation.


09/25/2017 11:40 PM
Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term as German ChancellorNow she has to form a coalition government


09/24/2017 05:10 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Apart The Science Of Iconic ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scenes

Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Apart The Science Of Iconic ‘Game Of Thrones’ ScenesAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has some good news and bad news for the creative team behind “Game of Thrones.”


09/25/2017 09:06 AM
Nearly 50,000 Evacuated as Fears of Volcanic Eruption Grow in Bali

Nearly 50,000 Evacuated as Fears of Volcanic Eruption Grow in BaliMount Agung volcano's alert status was raised to the highest level on Friday


09/25/2017 08:02 AM
Treatment restores signs of awareness in brain-injured man

Treatment restores signs of awareness in brain-injured manNEW YORK (AP) — French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn't shown any awareness in 15 years.


09/25/2017 04:15 PM
Space Station astronaut captures stunning aurora from above the earth

Space Station astronaut captures stunning aurora from above the earthThe European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured this video of the aurora from space on September 15.The ESA released this 30 second clip of the stunning light show on September 23. 


09/25/2017 06:56 AM
North Korea Says Trump's Latest Threat Is a 'Declaration of War'

North Korea Says Trump's Latest Threat Is a 'Declaration of War'It also said it has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers


09/25/2017 04:10 PM
Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. Coast

Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. CoastGrand-Lahou (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - "Oooah! Oooah!" Screeching to see visitors on the forested "Chimpanzee Island" in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished. Chimpanzee Island adjoins the village of Grand-Lahou in the Bandaman estuary, an outlying reach of tropical forest about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan. Since August 2015, the association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the animal's food and for a dedicated carer, Germain Djenemaya Koidja, according to a wooden signpost near the landing stage and the website sosponso.org.


09/24/2017 03:17 AM
Mass Graves Containing Bodies of 28 Hindu Women and Boys Found in Myanmar

Mass Graves Containing Bodies of 28 Hindu Women and Boys Found in MyanmarMyanmar's army blames the deaths on Rohingya insurgents


09/25/2017 09:18 AM
Ford Turns to Students for the Future of Truck Design

Ford Turns to Students for the Future of Truck DesignThe company wants to challenge existing notions of what makes a good pickup.


09/25/2017 09:06 PM
Plastic waste now polluting Arctic Ocean, scientists find 

Plastic waste now polluting Arctic Ocean, scientists find Plastic waste in the ocean is now so widespread it is polluting remote ice floes in the Arctic, scientists have discovered. A team from Exeter University discovered blocks of polystyrene in areas hundreds of miles from land which until recently were covered by ice all year round. Large plastic pieces break down into ‘microplastics’ which are consumed by wildlife and are then passed up the food chain. The expedition was able to go further into the Central Arctic Ocean than any other yacht in history, because of recent reductions in summer ice cover in the Arctic, which is thought to be the result of climate change. Scientists fear the blocks are breaking up into microplastics  Credit: CONOR MCDONNELL @CONORMCDPHOTO Marine biologist Tim Gordon of Exeter University said: “Finding pieces of rubbish like this is a worrying sign that melting ice may be allowing high levels of pollution to drift into these areas. “This is potentially very dangerous for the Arctic’s wildlife. “The Arctic Ocean’s wildlife used to be protected by a layer of sea ice all year round. Now that is melting away, this environment will be exposed to commercial fishing, shipping and industry for the first time in history. “We need to seriously consider how best to protect the Arctic’s animals from these new threats. By doing so, we will give them a fighting chance of adapting and responding to their rapidly-changing habitat.” The Arctic Mission team also used nets with holes smaller than a millimetre to sieve for microplastics in the water. They will now analyse the samples in the laboratory to evaluate current levels of pollution in the Arctic and its likely impacts on wildlife. Estimates suggest there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, and there are estimates it will soon outweigh fish. Scientists are now checking the area of microplastics Scientists fear there is now enough plastic to form a permanent layer in the fossil record. Dr Ceri Lewis, scientific adviser to the expedition based at the University of Exeter, said: “Many rivers lead into the Arctic Ocean that are often a source of plastic pollution, but plastic pollution has been literally trapped into the ice. “Now the ice is melting we believe microplastics are being released into the Arctic.  The Arctic is thought to be a hot spot of microplastics accumulation due to the number of rivers that empty into the Arctic basin, yet we have very little data to support this idea in the more northerly parts of the Arctic Ocean. “This is really important data to collect as the Arctic supports many key fisheries which might be impacted but the presence of microplastics.” The team are is investigating the impact of man-made noise pollution on Arctic marine life and mammals, which can be particularly sensitive to sound. The Arctic Mission team used underwater loudspeakers and microphones to understand how sound travels through the polar seas, and how this might be impacted by ice loss. Professor Steve Simpson, an expert in bioacoustics and noise pollution at Exeter said: "It is critical that we establish baseline natural recordings in this newly exposed oceanic environment. “These recordings will allow us to understand how human activities are changing the soundscape of the summer Arctic, and assess the success of future noise management in this unique acoustic world.”


09/25/2017 05:13 PM
Sphinx, Baboon and Cat Statues Found in Ancient Egyptian Burial

Sphinx, Baboon and Cat Statues Found in Ancient Egyptian BurialAfter years of being washed, perfumed and fed in ancient Egypt, the statue of a revered Egyptian deity was given a proper burial with other "dead" statues more than 2,000 years ago, a new study finds. Ancient Egyptians buried the statue of the deity Ptah — the god of craftsmen and sculptors — with other revered statues, including those of a sphinx, baboon, cat, Osiris and Mut, in a pit next to Ptah's temple. The statue of Ptah had likely sat in the temple for years, but it and the other sacred objects were respectfully buried after they accumulated damage and were declared useless by the ancient Egyptians, the researchers said.


09/25/2017 12:38 PM
Nevada Seismic Lab Tests New Bridge Design After Mexico Quake

Nevada Seismic Lab Tests New Bridge Design After Mexico Quake"The bridge has done better than we expected," the project leader said.


09/24/2017 03:30 PM
New Method Can Detect Cocaine Within Seconds

New Method Can Detect Cocaine Within SecondsScientists have developed a paper which is capable of detecting the presence of cocaine in 30 seconds with 99 percent accuracy.


09/24/2017 06:52 AM
'Zero Communication.' Puerto Ricans Are Hunting for Wi-Fi and Cell Signal to Contact Loved Ones

'Zero Communication.' Puerto Ricans Are Hunting for Wi-Fi and Cell Signal to Contact Loved OnesThe ability to communicate with the outside world is now a rare and precious resource on the island


09/25/2017 01:32 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos Finally Spoke at Berkeley. But the Protesters Were Louder

Milo Yiannopoulos Finally Spoke at Berkeley. But the Protesters Were Louder"Free Speech Week" ends with a whimper


09/25/2017 12:17 AM
French government declares war on pesticides

French government declares war on pesticidesFrance is planning to cut back on use of all pesticides, the government said Monday, though it rowed back on an announcement of an outright ban on controversial chemical glyphosate. Government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said earlier Monday that France -- Europe's biggest food producer -- intended to phase out glyphosate completely by 2022 over fears that it may cause cancer.


09/25/2017 11:27 AM
1 Dead, At Least 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting

1 Dead, At Least 7 Injured in Tennessee Church ShootingOfficials described it as a "mass casualty situation"


09/24/2017 06:05 PM
See How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration Patterns

See How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration PatternsA new book maps how animals navigate a world heavily altered by urban development and climate change.


09/25/2017 01:00 PM
Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  


09/24/2017 10:00 AM
How Deaths from Opioids Have Impacted US Life Expectancy

How Deaths from Opioids Have Impacted US Life ExpectancyLife expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, a new report finds. Overall, life expectancy at birth increased by 2 years between 2000 and 2015, the report found. The life expectancy for a person born in the U.S. in 2000 is 76.8 years, compared with 78.8 years for a person born in the U.S. in 2015.


09/25/2017 01:18 PM
People with blue eyes all have one thing in common

People with blue eyes all have one thing in commonIt turns out that everyone in the world with the striking feature can be traced back to one single person.


09/25/2017 03:28 PM
The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for Independence

The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for IndependenceTension are high in the disputed city of Kirkuk ahead of Monday's independence vote


09/24/2017 12:00 PM
Author: Tech companies have undermined democracy

Author: Tech companies have undermined democracyAuthor Jonathan Taplin explains on 'The Next Revolution'


09/25/2017 01:40 AM
This Photo of MLK Kneeling Has New Power Amid the NFL Protests. Here’s the Story Behind It

This Photo of MLK Kneeling Has New Power Amid the NFL Protests. Here’s the Story Behind ItHe was leading a group of protesters in prayer


09/25/2017 03:14 PM
A New Discovery About the T. Rex Will Absolutely Ruin EVERYTHING You Ever Knew About It

A New Discovery About the T. Rex Will Absolutely Ruin EVERYTHING You Ever Knew About ItIf Jurassic Park scared you as a little kid and made you fear unethical scientists would bring the T. rex back to life (was it just me?), scientists have some good news.


09/24/2017 01:30 AM
High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubs

High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubsA giant panda couple struggling to produce cubs in an Australian zoo have been given a helping hand by vets who hope to overcome the bears' notorious breeding difficulties with three artificial inseminations. Fu Ni and Wang Wang arrived in Adelaide from China in late 2009 as part of a programme aimed at breeding the Southern Hemisphere's first baby pandas.


09/25/2017 08:57 AM
What Kind Of Personality Does Your Fish Have?

What Kind Of Personality Does Your Fish Have?Researchers put guppies in stressful situations and saw different reactions among individuals, suggesting complex and varying personalities.


09/25/2017 05:17 AM
All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach Response

All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach ResponseThe Equifax breach that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people was bad. The company's response has almost been worse, if that's even possible.


09/24/2017 01:00 PM
Facebook's fakery problem

Facebook's fakery problemTurning over ads by Russian front groups


09/25/2017 01:03 PM
The Difference Between President Trump and President Obama's Reactions to the NFL Kneeling Movement

The Difference Between President Trump and President Obama's Reactions to the NFL Kneeling MovementTwo different presidents, two very different reactions


09/24/2017 04:46 PM
The idea for lab-grown meat was born in a prisoner-of-war camp

The idea for lab-grown meat was born in a prisoner-of-war campThe phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath. More than two years had passed since the 53-year-old Dutch woman had spoken that in depth to anyone about…


09/24/2017 11:00 AM
Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee and Green Day Rouses the Crowd at Global Citizen Festival

Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee and Green Day Rouses the Crowd at Global Citizen FestivalOver 60,000 people showed up for the annual awareness concert in New York City's Central Park, headlined by Stevie Wonder and Green Day.


09/24/2017 08:24 PM
Intel’s New Chip Design Takes Pointers From Your Brain

Intel’s New Chip Design Takes Pointers From Your BrainSilicon neurons might make cars and robots smarter and more independent.


09/25/2017 04:30 PM
UW center targets moonshots in materials science with $15.6 million federal grant

UW center targets moonshots in materials science with $15.6 million federal grantThe University of Washington has received a $15.6 million, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund its Molecular Engineering Materials Center and take on “moonshots” that could lead to cleaner energy, advanced light-based electronics and quantum computing. The grant was awarded as part of the NSF’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center program, or MRSEC. Funding was provided to continue work at six MRSEC centers and start up three more centers, including UW’s. UW’s center brings together an initial team of 15 faculty members, including researchers who work at the university’s Clean Energy Institute and Molecular Engineering and… Read More


09/25/2017 07:25 PM
While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer's Image Rehab Tour Isn't Going Too Well

While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer's Image Rehab Tour Isn't Going Too WellStop trying to make Sean Spicer happen.


09/24/2017 01:00 PM
People Were Convinced Justin Trudeau's Photographer Was Actually Prince Harry

People Were Convinced Justin Trudeau's Photographer Was Actually Prince HarryThe video is pretty hilarious


09/25/2017 02:26 PM