U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib.
Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying. Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame. "We could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye," astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted on Wednesday. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you." SEE ALSO: How Hurricane Florence overcame big odds to target the East Coast If Florence hits North Carolina as a Category 4 storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954. States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland in anticipation. DAWN OVER FLORENCE: NOAA's #GOES16 captured the sunrise over #HurricaneFlorence this morning, Sept. 12, 2018. NOAA says the Cat. 4 #hurricane will bring "life-threatening #StormSurge and #Rainfall to portions of the #Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states." Updates: @NHC_Atlantic pic.twitter.com/01Z34h3191 — NOAA Satellites PA (@NOAASatellitePA) September 12, 2018 Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/ovZozsncfh — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018 #HurricaneFlorence this morning with Cape Hatteras #NorthCarolina in the foreground. The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected. pic.twitter.com/XsQ7Zwurfa — Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) September 12, 2018 #HurricaneFlorence is very large and incredibly dangerous.✅Follow local evacuation orders!✅Prepare for life-threatening, catastrophic flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states late this week into early next week. pic.twitter.com/IWlJYKOZBS — NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018 WATCH: A tiny satellite could be the key to cleaning up our space trash
The contest for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat is between two women who’ve evolved over time: a Republican who has tilted toward Trump and hardened on immigration, and a Democrat who has become more moderate and centrist.
With its four minarets towering over the Albanian parliament next door, no visitor can miss the Great Mosque of Tirana. When completed in 2019, the hulking new central mosque will be the biggest in the Balkans, with enough room for 5,000 worshipers. Not all Albanians are happy about that – including many Muslims, who make up an estimated 60 percent of the population.
The second is the unemployment rate for August. Both are evidence of a really, really strong economy – though they’re not as historically unique as President Trump sometimes boasts. The former is the percentage of Americans who approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing, according to an average of major polls at time of writing.
A hallmark of the modern era is the length to which societies will go to protect their most innocent – children. On Sept. 12, for example, the Food and Drug Administration launched its largest coordinated enforcement action in the agency’s history, aimed at the marketing and selling of e-cigarettes to teenagers. The FDA cited an “epidemic” rise in teen vaping over the past year, especially in the most popular brand, Juul, which entices young people with candylike flavors while delivering a strong dose of nicotine.
Although never great with numbers, Ahmed Ibrahim says every day he sees the impact of a budget deficit on his home. Because of staff shortages at the local UNRWA health clinic, Mr. Ibrahim must now wait up to six hours to see a nurse for his chronic cough – often times he is only seen for a total of three minutes. Trash in front of his home and across the camp has been piling up since March, when UNRWA, the UN relief agency administering to Palestinian refugees, was forced to lay off most of its part-time street cleaners and sanitation workers following an initial round of US funding cuts.
Imagine a new, potent generation of solar panels capable of producing unlimited amounts of energy, using only sunshine and algae. All this could be possible, thanks to a breakthrough made by researchers from the University of Cambridge, documented in a Nature Energy 2018 article. Natural photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy, has been around since the beginning of life on our planet.
News Brief: Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith today signaled that the Kent, Wash.-based space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is aiming to start flying people on suborbital space trips “early next year,” rather than later this year as previously envisioned. The signal was passed along by Space News’ Jeff Foust, who’s tweeting from the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris. Smith was also quoted as saying Blue Origin was making good progress on tests of the BE-4 rocket engine, which is to be used on the company’s New Glenn reusable orbital-class rocket as well as United Launch… Read More
French railway operator SNCF said Wednesday it was planning to introduce prototypes of driverless mainline trains for passengers and freight by 2023, and include them in scheduled services in subsequent years. "With autonomous trains, all the trains will run in a harmonized way and at the same speed," SNCF chairman Guillaume Pepy said in a statement. Many cities, including Paris, already run driverless metro trains but driverless long-distance travel presents a new set of challenges, Pepy said.
A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called “incomprehensible” on Tuesday.
Rocket launches are usually thrilling to watch anyway, but it's particularly cool watching them from a satellite. Over the weekend, Chinese private spaceflight company OneSpace launched its OS-X1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert. SEE ALSO: SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship The suborbital test is the second time the company has sent a rocket to space, and its liftoff was captured by the Jilin-1 video satellite. The footage from space was originally posted on Weibo, and was reposted on Twitter by Dafeng Cao. And here's what the launch looked like from the ground. OneSpace launched its first rocket back in May — the first privately developed rocket in China. While the Chinese government has traditionally directed spaceflight in the country, since 2014 it's encouraged private companies to enter the sector. A host of companies like LinkSpace, LandSpace, and of course, OneSpace, are hoping to make their mark. OneSpace founder Shu Chang told state media that he expects 10 missions for carrier rockets in 2019, aiming for the company to be "one of the biggest small-satellite launchers in the world." WATCH: Lost keys could be a thing of the past thanks to this nifty tracker
President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday of the US response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where almost 3,000 people were killed last year, as another major storm barreled toward the eastern United States. Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, wreaking widespread devastation and causing $90 billion in damages. In comparison, the death toll from 2005's Hurricane Katrina -- the costliest hurricane in US history -- was far lower, and estimated at 1,833.
Jade Leader Corp. is pleased to announce that it has completed the required consultation with the relevant authorities in Washington State with regards to the maiden drill testing program of its DJ project. The Company has been advised that a potential window for this first pass program designed to test the extensive nephrite Jade system outlined by previous work at surface has been defined as extending from late September to the end of the field season, which is weather related and typically extends into mid-November. The Company is currently evaluating all of its options in terms of available drilling contractors and financing opportunities to make the best use of this permitting window. The program is anticipated to consist of up to 2,000 meters of HQ core diameter drill holes to test the system extensively along strike and to depths of up to 50 meters below surface.
Space is not a frontier previously explored by Amazon Web Services, though job listings suggest the company may be headed that way. AWS already has a contract with NASA. Amazon's AMZN public cloud could be bound for space.
Seventeen years later, more than 1,100 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center have yet to be identified. At first, they examine a bone fragment found in the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Cut and ground to a fine dust, the remains are then mixed with two chemical products that can expose and then extract DNA.
Anticipation was high as we boarded Air Force One last Thursday for a two-day trip with President Trump to Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. What would Mr. Trump say to us, the reporters traveling with him – and hanging on his every word? The president didn’t have to say anything.
Mr. Muir slips out to take a few calls and greets an employee who brought her newborn baby, all over the chatter of 20 or so meeting participants. The enterprise, he notes, also supports regional agriculture by sourcing locally, and it gives people an opportunity to learn about the consequences of personal food choices.
Mexico, Sep. 11 (Notimex).- Microalgae are photosynthetic organisms capable of generating products such as oils, proteins, biodiesel, antioxidants and other food supplements, as well as being useful in the generation of bioactive products that promote good health. Recent studies reveal that microalgae can be used in the search for antimicrobial agents, capable of inhibiting the proliferation of some bacteria. Due to its importance, specialists from the Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR, for its acronym in Spanish) organized in coordination with the University of Almeria, Spain, the special course "Fundamentals on Bioreactors, Design and Implementation of Bioprocesses Applied to Microalgae Biotechnology". The workshop was led by Bertha Olivia Arredondo and Norma Ochoa, who are doing research on microalgae. With them participated, Francisco Gabriel Acien Fernandez, of the Spanish university and expert in the design of bioreactor photo systems or containers sensitive to sunlight where the algae are grown. Ancien Fernandez commented that microalgae are the origin of life in the sea and considered that although aquaculture has been used it as a primary food, perhaps that is not its only value. Microalgae, he said, would help to lessen the effect of ocean acidification because they consume much of the carbon dioxide and supply more food biomass to trophic chains. CIBNOR specialists are currently working on obtaining antimicrobial agents from extracts of microalgae, which are subjected to strains of Vibrio, a bacterium that has caused many problems in the shrimp population. According to the specialists, "several of our microalgae extracts inhibited the growth of this bacterium. With this, we look for the possibility of generating a vaccine or patent and, eventually, introduce it to the field of human health ". The course involved producers, researchers and national and international entrepreneurs, with previous knowledge in the cultivation of microalgae, with the aim of making this production a fertile field for the economy in Mexico. NTX/MSG/BBF