Indian authorities Friday ordered a probe into the deaths of a dozen endangered wild Asiatic lions, half of them cubs, over the last 10 days, officials said. One lioness died after preying on a poisoned boar while eight others lions died of an infection in the lungs and liver. Gujarat officials have sent the lions' carcasses to a veterinary hospital for further analysis into the cause of infection.
Stratolaunch Systems, the aerospace company created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says itâ€™s exploring the development of a series of rocket planes that would serve as a testbed for hypersonic flight. Stephen Corda, Stratolaunchâ€™s senior technical fellow for hypersonics, presented the concept this week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauticsâ€™ International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies conference in Orlando, Fla. If Stratolaunch follows through on the concept, the company could use the worldâ€™s largest airplane as a launch platform for an uncrewed aerospace plane that travels at more than 10 times the speed of sound, orâ€¦ Read More
Singapore Airlines said Friday it has stopped accepting lion bones for cargo after the carrier was singled out in a report for transporting the animal parts from South Africa. Campaigners have long called for a ban on the controversial trade in big cat bones, which are sought after for medicine and jewellery in Southeast Asia. Singapore Airlines was the sole carrier importing lion bones from South Africa to Southeast Asia last year, according to a report released in July by the non-profit EMS Foundation and animal rights group Ban Animal Trading.
HYDRO, Okla. (AP) â€” It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space â€” and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth.
For decades, Orthodox leaders have been at odds over where the loyalties of clergy in Ukraine should lie: in Moscow, or within Ukraineâ€™s own borders. While deeply meaningful to religious authorities, it is the sort of complicated detail that ordinarily would be of interest to few outside Orthodox circles. Encouraged by the government in Kiev, Orthodox leaders in Ukraine are attempting to create a national church by severing the ties of many Ukrainian Orthodox churches to their traditional spiritual headquarters in Moscow.
World leaders, including President Trump, gather at the United Nations next week to tackle a host of issues. Many involve nonstate militants with little respect for the lives of UN soldiers or civilians. The big powers, too, disagree more often on when peacekeepers are needed or add too many mandates to a mission.
Keep your eyes on the skies later this monthÂ for September's full moon, which isÂ dubbed the Harvest Moon. The first blue moon of the year was a spectacular sight, dubbed theÂ 'super blue blood moon'.Â Falling on January 31, it was the product of three different phenomena: it was a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon. While many said it was the first to be seen in 152 years, other contested the fact, leading to a division among scientists. Stargazers were also treated to two full moons inÂ March: as well as the first full moon on the night of March 1, we saw another full moon on March 31. As it was the second full moon of the month, it wasÂ a blue moonÂ â€“ the second of 2018. July saw the longest total eclipse of the 21st century, lasting from 8.49pm to 10.13pm in London.Â Making the phenomenon even more spectacular, Mars wasÂ at its closest point to Earth since 2003, meaning the Red Planet wasÂ close to maximum brightness.Â As if that was not enough, sky-watchers were also ableÂ to see Jupiter in the south-west and had a chance of catching the International Space Station (ISS) sailing overhead. The blood moon: a rare lunar eclipse, in pictures The moon is the largest and brightest object in our night sky and has enchanted andÂ inspired mankind for centuries. Blue moonsÂ are a rare breed, but full moons can be admired every month.Â Here is everything you need to know about Earth's only natural satellite, from all its different names to how it was formed. How often does a full moon occur? A full moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun's rays. It occurs when Earth is directly alignedÂ between the Sun and the Moon.Â Super blue blood moon, in pictures Why do full moons have names? The early Native Americans didn't record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead tribesÂ gaveÂ each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. Most of the names relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in eachÂ location.Â However, itÂ wasn't a uniform system and tribesÂ tended to name and count moons differently. Some, for example, counted four seasons a yearÂ while others counted five. Others defined a year as 12 moons, while others said there wereÂ 13. Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they're still in existence today, according to the Farmerâ€™s Almanac. January: Wolf Moon This moon was named because villagers used to hear packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year.Â Its other name is the Old Moon. This January there areÂ two Wolf Moons - and stargazers will be in for a treat as both will be supermoons. When two moons occur in one month, the second is called a blue moon. While blue moons typically occurÂ only once every two to three years, this year we will be treated to two moons - the second appearing at the end of March. The night following the first full moon of the month saw the Quadrantid meteor shower light up the skies. When? January 2 and January 31 February:Â Snow Moon Snow moon is named after the white stuff because historically it's always been the snowiest month in America. It's also traditionallyÂ referred to as the Hunger Moon, because hunting was very difficult in snowy conditions.Â However this year there won't be a Snow Moon - with a full moon occurring at the end of January and another at the beginning of March, we won't see one light up the skies during the year's shortest month. When?Â There will be no full moon this month The full Snow Moon appears red above London's Albert bridge and Battersea Bridge in 2012 Credit: Anthony Devlin March: Worm Moon As temperatures warm, earthworm casts begin to appear and birds begin finding food. It's also known asÂ Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon. There will be two moons this March, one at the start of the month and one at the end. As in January, the second moon of the month is called a blue moon. The secondÂ moon of the month is important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which is always the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.Â This year, that moonÂ appears on Saturday March 31, which means Easter Sunday falls the day after, on April 1. When? March 1Â and 31 April:Â Pink Moon April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers, which appearÂ in the US and Canada in early spring.Â This moon is also known as Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referredÂ to it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream.Â When?Â April 30 A couple watch the Pink Moon rise beside Hartshead Pike on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England Credit: Anthony Devlin May: Flower Moon Spring has officially sprung by the timeÂ May arrives, and flowers and colourful blooms dot the landscape. This moon is also known asÂ Corn Planting Moon, as crops are sown in time for harvest, or Bright Moon because this full moon is known to be one of the brightest.Â Some people refer to it as Milk Moon. When?Â May 29 Night sky June: Strawberry Moon This moon is named after theÂ beginning of the strawberry picking season.Â It's other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, or Hay Moon as hay is typically harvested around now. This moon appears in the same month asÂ the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (June 21)Â in which weÂ can enjoyÂ approximately 17 hours of daylight. When? June 28 July: Thunder Moon Named due to the prevalence of summer thunder storms. It's sometimes referred to as the Full Buck Moon because at this time of the yearÂ a buck's antlers are fully grown.Â When? July 27 August: Sturgeon Moon Tribes in North America typically caught Sturgeon during this month, but also it is when grain and corn were gathered so is also referred to as Grain Moon.Â This moon appears in the same month as the PerseidÂ meteor shower, which peaked on August 12. When? August 26 Perseids meteor shower 2018 - in pictures September:Â Harvest Moon The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox, which this year will come on September 25. The Harvest Moon arrivedÂ late last year, on October 5Â - it normally rises in September. It was during September that most of the crops were harvested ahead of the autumn and this moon would give light to farmers so they could carry on working longer in the evening. Some tribes also called it the Barley Moon, the Full Corn MoonÂ or Fruit Moon.Â When?September 25 October: Hunter's Moon As people planned ahead for the cold months ahead, the October moon came to signify the ideal time for hunting game, which were becoming fatter from eating falling grains. This moon is alsoÂ known as the travel moon and the dying grass moon. When? October 24 November: FrostÂ Moon The first of the winter frosts historically begin to take their toll around now and winter begins to bite, leading to this month's moon moniker. It isÂ also known as the Beaver Moon. When? November 23 December: Cold Moon Nights are long and dark and winter's grip tightens, hence this Moon's name. With Christmas just a few weeks away, it's also referred to as Moon before YuleÂ and Long Nights Moon. When? December 22 Clouds clear to allow a view of the final full moon of the year, a so-called 'Cold Moon' on December 13 2016 in Cornwall. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Once in a blue moon Does this well-known phrase have anything to do with the moon? Well, yes it does. We use it to refer to something happeningÂ very rarely and a blue moon is a rare occurrence. It's the nameÂ given to aÂ second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month and thisÂ typically occurs only once every two to three years. There's lots of other moons, too: Full moon:Â We all know what these are. They come around every month and light up the night at night. Harvest moon: TheÂ full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Black moon:Â Most experts agree that thisÂ refers to the second new moon in a calendar month.Â The last black moon was at the start of October 2016 and theÂ next oneÂ is expected in 2019. Blue moon:Â A phenomenon that occurs when there is a second full moon in one calendar month.Â Joe RaoÂ from space.comÂ explains: "A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon. A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon; the second new moon in a single calendar month." SupermoonÂ is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, in May 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase "once in a blue moon" to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue. Blood moon: Also known as aÂ supermoon lunar eclipse. It'sÂ whenÂ the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of aÂ rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year. Â There was one in the UK in September 2015, and before that in 1982Â but the next one won't be until 2033.Â Strawberry moon: A rare event when there's a full moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 whenÂ 17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. Despite the name, the moon does appear pink or red. The romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed Juneâ€™s full moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. What is a supermoon? Ever lookedÂ up at the night sky to see a fullÂ moon so close you could almost touch it? Well you've probablyÂ spotted a supermoon. The impressive sightÂ happensÂ when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. To us Earth-lings,Â itÂ appearsÂ 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye.Â How a supermoon is generated Supermoon is not an astrological term though. It's scientificÂ name is actuallyÂ Perigee Full Moon, but supermoon is more catchyÂ and is used by the media to describe our celestial neighbour when it gets up close. AstrologerÂ Richard Nolle firstÂ came up with the term supermoon and he defined it as "â€¦ a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per centÂ of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit", according to earthsky.org. How many supermoons are thereÂ in 2018? There are two full moon supermoons this year, both of which tookÂ place in the first month of the year. The first appearedÂ on January 2 and the second appeared on January 31. As it wasÂ the second moon of the month, the latter moon was also known as a blue moon. There will also be two new moon supermoons in 2018: one on July 13 and another on August 11.Â Unfortunately, stargazers were unable to see these moons as new moons are generally obscured by the light of the sun. Last year we were lucky enough to have four supermoons. The first three -Â April 26, May 25,Â June 24 - were new moons.Â The fourth supermoon of 2017 appeared on December 3Â and was a full moon supermoon. This will be a full moon supermoon. In fact, it's the first of three full moon supermoons in a row.Â Supermoon rises over Auckland, New Zealand in August 2014. Credit: Simon Runting/REX What do I look for? Head outside at sunsetÂ when the moon is closest to the horizon and marvel at its size.Â As well as being closer and brighter, the moon (clouds permitting) should alsoÂ look orange and red in colour. Why? Well, as moonlight passes through the thicker section of theÂ atmosphere, lightÂ particles at the red end of the spectrum don't scatter as easily as light at the blue end of the spectrum. So when the moon looks red, you're just looking at red light that wasn't scattered.Â As the moon gets higher in the sky, it returns to its normal white/yellowÂ colour.Â Will theÂ tides be larger? Yes. When full or new moons areÂ especially close to Earth, it leads to higher tides. Tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun.Â Because the sun and moon go through different alignments, this affects the size of the tides. Tell me more about the moon The moonÂ isÂ 4.6 billion years old and was formed between 30-50 million years after the solar system. It is smaller than Earth -Â about the same size as Pluto in fact. ItsÂ surface area isÂ less than the surfaceÂ area of Asia - about 14.6 million square milesÂ according to space.com Gravity on the moon is only 1/6 of that found on Earth. The moon is not round, but is egg-shaped with the large end pointed towards Earth. It would take 135 days to drive by car to the moon at 70 mphÂ (or nine years to walk). The moon hasÂ "moonquakes"Â caused by the gravitational pull of Earth. Experts believe the moon has a molten core, just like Earth.Â How was the Moon formed? How the Moon was formed Man on the Moon Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon and they were all American men, including (most famously) Neil Armstrong who was the first in 1969 on the Apollo II mission.Â The last time mankind sent someone to the moon was in 1972 whenÂ Gene Cernan visited on the Apollo 17 mission. AlthoughÂ Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon,Â Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate there. While millions watched the moon landing on live television, Aldrin was forced to go in aÂ tube fitted inside his space suit. Buzz Aldrin Jr. beside the U.S. flag after man reaches the Moon for the first time during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.Â Credit: AP When theÂ astronauts took off their helmets after their moonwalk, they noticed a strong smell, which Armstrong described as â€śwet ashes in a fireplaceâ€ť and Aldrin as â€śspent gunpowderâ€ť. It was the smell of moon-dust brought in on their boots. The mineral, armalcolite, discovered during the first moon landing and later found at various locations on Earth, was named after the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil ARMstrong, Buzz ALdrin and Michael COLlins. An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. One of President Nixonâ€™s speechwriters had prepared an address entitled: â€śIn Event of Moon Disasterâ€ť. It began: â€śFate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace.â€ť If the launch from the Moon had failed, Houston was to close down communications and leave Armstrong and Aldrin to their death.Â How the Daily Telegraph reported Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon in 1969
It has been a question plaguing the museum dedicated to one of America's greatest presidents: Is the hat real? The hat in question is of the stovepipe variety that adorned the head of Abraham Lincoln -- recognized for his fashion sense and lauded for ending slavery. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois had displayed the chocolate brown, beaver fur hat as one that had in fact been on the 16th US president's head.
The debate is the first of three scheduled forums between Cruz and Oâ€™Rourke, a matchup that has garnered national attention pitting one of the countryâ€™s best known tea party conservatives against a fiercely liberal three-term congressman who has charisma, celebrity supporters and ample funding.
A team of French entrepreneurs who believe so have written a computer algorithm that can create original paintings with some resemblance to works by Old Masters such as Rembrandt. "We are artists with a different type of paintbrush. The artworks are created by the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), an algorithm that learns to generate new images by being fed a database of existing paintings - 15,000 portraits in the case of the "Belamy" pictures.
In Mr. Carterâ€™s view, the fact that only 23 lagoons became inundated and 31 have overtopped is a sign of farm ingenuity in a state with 3,300 such lagoons across more than 2,000 farms. â€śWe need an atta-boy for the job weâ€™re doing,â€ť says Carter. â€śThe focus on pigs is because they are more regulated, they are more visible, and they can stink, thereâ€™s no doubt about it,â€ť says North Carolina State University environmental engineer John Classen, who focuses on the waste chain.
It's a devastating disease driving a dementia epidemic ruining tens of millions of lives, but with no new medical treatment since the turn of the century the fight against Alzheimer's is foundering. Despite decades of research and hundreds of millions of dollars, the precise cause of the neurodegenerative disease -- which leaves victims suffering from memory loss, disorientation and behavioural problems -- remains poorly understood. "It's a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the end result needs to look like," said Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
The mighty Heera marched through a crowded slum chewing bamboo, oblivious that freedom from life as one of Delhi's last six elephants at work in the polluted city could be just around the corner. After years of pressure from activists who accuse the animals' owners of flouting wildlife regulations by keeping them in a city, authorities have ordered the seizure of the elephants. Fifty years ago the Indian capital housed more than 200 elephants, covered in garlands and carrying grooms to weddings, or being sought by the faithful for blessings at temples.
As global warming outpaces efforts to tame it, scientists have proposed building massive underwater structures to prevent an Antarctic glacier the size of Britain from sliding into the sea and lifting the world's oceans by several metres. The more modest of two engineering schemes -- which is still on the scale of a Panama or Suez Canal -- to shore up Thwaites Glacier would require the construction of Eiffel Tower-sized columns resting on the seabed to support the glacier's ocean-facing edge, or ice shelf. Option Two is a 100-metre tall underwater wall, or berm, running 80-100 kilometres (55-60 miles) beneath the ice shelf to block bottom-flowing warm water that erodes the glacier's underbelly, rendering it unstable.
Dozens of farmers and local officials stormed out of a meeting with France's new environment minister on Thursday as he confirmed two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains. Around 40 brown bears currently roam the range between France and Spain after France began importing them from Slovenia in 1996 after the native population had been hunted to near-extinction.
The death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation. Dozens were still missing as authorities probed whether a nearby rock quarry could have played a role in the massive hillside collapse Thursday that hit rural communities in Naga on the tourist island of Cebu. The rescue effort came as the nation was still reeling from Typhoon Mangkhut, whose toll hit 95 dead on Thursday, mostly from a massive landslide in the country's mountainous north.