Many Democrats have given up on compromise and centrism, but Kyrsten Sinema — a three-term member of the House from Arizona, a bisexual, secular triathlete — believes it’s a viable strategy as she prepares to run for the Senate in her mostly red state.
Science is being turned against itself. For decades, its twin ideals of transparency and rigor have been weaponized by those who disagree with results produced by the scientific method. Under the Trump administration, that fight has ramped up again. In a move ostensibly meant to reduce conflicts of interest, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt […]
Astronomers are baffled by a strange jet of particles shooting from a black hole. Published today in Science, data from the V404 Cygni black hole system suggest magnetic fields are much weaker than physicists believed. To account for this research, black hole theories will need to be rewritten, scientists suggest.
As wildfires in California rage on Earth, astronauts watch from space. Crewmembers onboard the International Space Station have taken some particularly arresting images of smoke plumes pouring out of the fires burning more than 100,000 acres of land in Southern California. SEE ALSO: Thursday is one of the most dangerous wildfire days in recent Southern California history "Thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these California wildfires," NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik said in a tweet on Thursday. Today’s pass over SoCal unfortunately doesn’t look any better. The fires east of Camp Pendleton and in Baja are visible as well. #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/khM9TK1u0F — Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) December 7, 2017 Bresnik appears to have caught sight of the Thomas Fire, a 96,000 acre blaze that was 5 percent contained as of 4 p.m. ET Thursday. Thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these California wildfires. #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/TyeGx4z85Q — Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) December 7, 2017 "Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter," CalFire said in an incident update. The fires are being fed by the desiccated remains of lush vegetation that grew during one of the wettest winters on record in California, only to endure a record warm and dry summer. That, plus the strong Santa Ana winds have combined to create ideal conditions for devastating wildfires. Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy also caught sight of the fires from 250 miles up. #Fires in Southern #California...The smoke plume from the California wildfires as seen from the International Space Station. pic.twitter.com/sP40CO3tIl — Сергей Рязанский (@SergeyISS) December 7, 2017 Thursday is a historically dangerous day in Southern California with wildfires raging near Los Angeles and San Diego. Freeways were shutdown as wildfires burned next to roads, and tens of thousands were evacuated from their homes. Yet from space, the pillars of smoke look strangely peaceful, only hinting at the violence on the landscape below. WATCH: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching
It’s no yolk ... microwaving boiled eggs is a bad idea. In fact, they may explode -– and superheated water may be the culprit, said researchers authoring a new report under an unusual set of circumstances. Anthony Nash, in a presentation Wednesday at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in New Orleans, offered a possible explanation of how this YouTube-cherished phenomenon happens.
Updated | Scientists have created the world’s tiniest copy of the Mona Lisa using something a little less traditional than oil paints—DNA. Researchers working at the California Institute of Technology used DNA nanotechnology, also known as DNA origami, to "paint" Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. DNA origami involves folding a single long strand of DNA into a predetermined shape, much as one does with paper origami.
A new study in a major journal has found a weak association between several genes and sexual orientation. However, that doesn’t mean that science has identified a “gay gene” or anything like it—and some scientists have cautioned against overinterpreting the findings.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team's players has pleaded guilty to exposure.
Read the original article. Popular television shows such as the “Law & Order,” “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises glorify forensic science as a magical, near-flawless tool for identifying criminals. Not surprisingly, Hollywood’s depiction of forensic science needs a reality makeover.
Destructive wildfires have torn across thousands of acres in Southern California since Monday night, destroying homes, forcing evacuations, and displacing thousands of residents as a result. In the days since, nightmarish photos and videos of three massive wildfires in the Los Angeles area have been widely circulated. On Thursday morning, one video in particular seems to have struck a chord for its sweetness: A brief clip that appears to show an unnamed man rescuing a rabbit from the blaze in Ventura County. SEE ALSO: Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters The man in the clip from RMG News (shared on Twitter by ABC News) reportedly declined to share his story on camera. (It should go without saying that getting this close to a wildfire is extremely dangerous and not recommended.) Per CNN, more than 110,000 Southern California residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as the fires spread. Thursday in particular looks to be a potentially devastating day for the area, with exceptionally strong winds and extreme dry air. The Storm Prediction Center estimates that Thursday's conditions will affect 9.5 million people. As
Mashable reported, powerful Santa Ana winds have enabled wildfire to move quickly across hundreds of thousands of acres of land, and may continue to do so into Saturday. WATCH: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching
The House and Senate must now form a committee to work out the differences between their tax bills. President Trump calls the committee a “mixer” and says lawmakers will come out with something that’s “perfecto.” But the process is likely to be messy.
Massachusetts could be the first state to view 18-year-olds as juveniles in the criminal justice system. A sweeping criminal justice reform package that would, among other things, raise the age of criminal majority to 19 – meaning that 18-year-olds would be treated as juveniles for most crimes – recently passed in the state Senate. The proposal follows on the heels of widespread reform across the country to raise the age to 18. Ten years ago, 13 states – including Massachusetts – didn't consider 17-year-olds to be juveniles when they were arrested.
When a report came out Sunday claiming that President Trump's first official visit to Britain had finally been scheduled for late February, it didn't take long for the backlash to come. Within minutes of The Sunday Times article putting a date – Feb. 26 to 27 – to the controversial visit, activists vowed to organize the biggest protest in British history to greet Mr. Trump. Thousands of Britons – many still angry about Trump’s retweeting last week of anti-Muslim videos published by Britain First, an extreme far-right group – have already pledged to attend, despite the lack of official confirmation of the date.
Sen. Al Franken (D) of Minnesota’s decision to resign his seat – announced Thursday from the floor of a somber, almost funereal Senate chamber – reflects just how quickly, and comprehensively, his party is moving to stake out an uncompromising position on the issue of sexual misconduct. Calling himself a champion of women, Senator Franken said flatly that some of the allegations against him “are simply not true” and that others he “remembers very differently.” He insisted that as a senator, he has done nothing to bring dishonor on the institution. Franken’s decision follows that of Rep. John Conyers (D) of Michigan, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations involving staffers.
If you've ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut, the thought of accidentally drifting away from the safety of a spacecraft or space station has likely crossed your mind. The thought of floating aimlessly into space with no control over your own fate is enough to make your palms sweat, and it's the reason why astronauts take extreme precautions — including multiple tethers and redundant safety systems — when conducting spacewalks. Now, a new spacesuit concept could add the ultimate layer of protection against being lost in space.
Modern day astronauts are equipped with space suits that have manual propulsion systems that they could, in theory, use to rescue themselves in the event of an accident. These systems provide the wearer with the ability to propel themselves toward, for example, the International Space Station if by some freak circumstance they become disconnected from their tethers and being to float away. However, these abilities might not be enough to save an astronaut in a real emergency, especially if they become disoriented, injured, or unconscious.
Designed by a team of engineers with serious knowledge of space rescue systems and the workings of the ISS in particular, the new spacesuit design is built with the most dire conditions in mind, and could conceivably bring an astronaut back to safety even if they are completely incapacitated.
The new spacesuit, which has been patented by the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, includes what its inventors call a "system for assisted extravehicular activity self-return," but what has been nicknamed a "take me home" button.
The system works by monitoring the movement of an astronaut during a spacewalk or some other activity in which they leave the confines of a ship. It can utilize a number of different position-tracking inputs, such as star tracking and GPS, to accurately detect where the wearer is in relation to the ship they may have drifted away from. Once it knows this information, it uses an automated propulsion system to guide the individual back to where they came from, while taking into account the amount of oxygen the wearer has on-hand and the orientation of their body.
Obviously, the idea is to eliminate the human element from the rescue system entirely, while also making it possible for astronauts who are injured or unconscious to find their way back to safety no matter what. However, the concept is still in a fairly early stage, and an actual functional space suit has yet to be prototyped, much less tested.
The site is nestled in the mountainous region of eastern Anatolia, near the city of Erzurum, and includes what is believed to be a temple and a 50-meter-deep water tunnel, possibly left behind by the region’s dwellers between the 13th and 6th centuries B.C., the Hurriyet Daily News reports. The Urartian Kingdom once rose to prominence in the lands shared today between eastern Turkey, Iran and Armenia, before being succeeded by the Armenians, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday that his proposed regulatory rollbacks and other policies are grounded in science, dismissing criticisms that he is sidelining experts in a push to appease favored industries.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders called questions about President Trump slurring his words in a speech Wednesday “ridiculous” and said he will have a checkup at Walter Reed early next year, with results to be shared with the public.
Apart from the 1980 boycott, American participation in recent Olympic Games has never really been in doubt. But over the last 24 hours, the Trump administration left it unclear whether the threat from North Korea might lead the U.S. to skip the upcoming competition in South Korea.
For the past five years, Ms. Peng has worked as a cleaner in a Beijing office block. Beijing is no different. Over the past four decades, millions of migrants have flocked here from poor rural China in the hope of finding a better life.
One popular tool for peacemaking over the past century has been the use of independent mediators to resolve conflicts. It created bridges between Israel and its adversaries by building up trust, empathy, patience, and openness. Has that evenhanded approach by the US now ended with President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?
Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will fly its next mission from the Florida complex damaged in a September 2016 blast involving one of its rockets, signaling the site is back in operation ...