Jack Bergeson, the garrulous 17-year-old Democrat running for Kansas governor, hadnât even bothered to put his phone number on his campaign website until recently â because everyone already seemed to have it. âNational networks all have my stuff,â says the young Mr. Bergeson, nibbling on a few fries at his parentsâ Wichita burger joint. Itâs a Saturday, and he has been up since 4:30 a.m., when he headed to Kansas City for a CNN interview â only to be displaced at the last minute by the latest Trump drama.
In the early 1960s, after NASA had selected seven American men to go to space as part of its first-ever astronaut class, a researcher who worked with the agency started his own project: Dr. William Randolph Lovelace, along with renowned pilot Jacqueline Cochran, picked 25 American womenÂ who had the potential to become astronauts. Netflix's new documentaryÂ Mercury 13, set forÂ release Friday, tells the story of 13 of those female aviators, who passed the same screening as the male NASA astronauts. When the space agency found out, however, that Lovelace intended to continue testing and training the Mercury 13 women in Pensacola, Florida, the program was shut down.Â A congressional hearing followed, but the women never made it to spaceâor into NASA's ranks.
The ancient annual Lyrid meteor shower is finally here. As the cold nights of winter start to fade, spotting itsÂ shooting stars is a perfect way to welcome summer on the northern hemisphere. Although the waxing crescent moon should set before those key morning hours, like any meteor shower, the Lyrids certainly arenât guaranteed to stun.
Biotech company CRISPR Therapeutics is set to treat Europeâs patients with theÂ CRISPR gene-editing tool this year following regulatory approval for trials. Researchers will apply the much-hyped toolÂ to patients with beta thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects the bodyâs production of hemoglobinâa protein red blood cells use to carry oxygen around the bodyâU.K.âs TelegraphÂ newspaper reported. Beta thalassemia is relatively common worldwide, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, with thousands of childrenÂ born with the condition each year.
Inspired by the proteins in our bodies which form teeth, the new product uses peptidesâwhich are structurally similar to proteinsâto repair the enamel on the part of the tooth which requires treatment. The team at the University of Washington used peptides derived from a protein called amelogenin, which is vital for forming the hard enamel on teeth, to create the substance which remineralizes tooth enamel.
Guess what: Elon Musk has a new crazy idea.Â This time, thankfully, it doesn't have to do anything with boring tunnels. The SpaceX CEO now wants to "bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon". SEE ALSO: SpaceX gains approval for largest satellite internet service, ever Musk said this in a tweet late Sunday, and if it came from anyone else, we'd disregard it â heck, even Musk himself said that the idea sounds "crazy". But Musk has a track record of following through and delivering on seemingly insane ideas, sometimes even turning them into successful business endeavours.Â SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon â Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2018 Still we have lots of questions. What happens to a party balloon in the vacuum of space? How does it withstand the forces that happen during atmospheric re-entry? Can the balloon be shaped like an animal? Is this going to be the reverse of the balloon scene in Pixar's
Up? Well, Musk has answers, but not answers we can understand.Â Yeah, but great for creating a giant object that retains its shape across all Mach regimes & drops ballistic coefficient by 2 orders of magnitude â Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2018 We already do targeted retro burn to a specific point in Pacific w no islands or ships, so upper stage doesnât become a dead satellite. Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr Steven. â Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2018 After all this, we're still not sure whether this is going to work or even whether it can work â though something similar has been tried before.Â In any case, if Musk and SpaceX do follow through with this plan, we're certain it will be glorious to watch. Also, can the balloon be red? Thanks.Â WATCH: Man carried off into the clouds in 'UP'-style stunt
A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Ruegen island when they chanced upon what they initially thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. A dig covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around 958 to 986.
Former F.B.I. director James Comey revealedÂ SundayÂ night that he was advised by his chief counsel that President Trump could wind up a target of the bureauâs investigation into suspected links between Trump campaign operatives and the Kremlin.
Darren Aronofsky signed on to the docuseries
One Strange Rock to give viewers a glimpse of planet Earth like they've never seen before. The ten-part National Geographic series, which is produced by Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, tells the story of Earth and explores the fragility of Earth and explores how everyone on the planet has something in common, with the help of astronauts who have traveled to outer space. "I've always loved these kinds of portraits of ourâŚ
Netflixâs reimagining of the classic 1960s sci-fi TV show âLost in Spaceâ sees the Robinson family marooned on a distant alien planet and encountering all kinds of dangerous hazards. In the first episode, the Robinsons confrontÂ one such life-threatening space problem when they crash-land on an alien planet and their ship, the Jupiter 2, melts its way into a glacier. Judy (Taylor Russell) dives in, hoping to retrieve a battery from the crash, but itâs so cold that the water quickly freezes, and Judy is trapped in the ice in her space suit.
STANFORD, Calif.Â â NASA has been looking for life on Mars for more than 40 years, but the quest could get a lot more complicated when earthly life arrives en masse, perhaps within the next decade. âThere is a ticking clock now,â Princeton astrobiologist Chris Chyba said at last weekâs Breakthrough Discuss conference, conducted at Stanford University. The issue has the potential to pit scientists like Chyba against rocketeers like SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk, who wants to start sending settlers to Mars by the mid-2020s. When humans and all the supplies they need start arriving by the tons, thereâs a riskâŚ Read More
Girl power is blooming across India. Clubs intended to boost adolescent girlsâ sense of worth are sprouting in remote villages. In Thennamadevi, a village sheltered by banana trees and nestled amid rice paddies and sugar cane fields in Indiaâs southern Tamil Nadu state, girls have moved beyond discussions of the challenges they face in India.
The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable "rare earth" elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asia's number-two economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply. A Japanese study published last week revealed an estimated 16 million tons of rare earths, enough to feed global demand on a "semi-infinite" basis, with deposits to last hundreds of years. The news made headlines internationally and in Japan, which is the world's second-largest consumer of these minerals but relies heavily on imports from China, which controls 90 percent of the highly strategic market.
HONOLULU (AP) â A key decision on whether to place a $1.4 billion telescope in Hawaii to further astronomy research has been delayed, leaving open the possibility the project may be moved to Spain, a panel said Friday.
More than 30 years after the worldâs worst nuclear accident, the area around Chernobyl has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with bison, mooseÂ and wolves. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals. âWhen humans are removed, nature flourishesâeven in the wake of the worldâs worst nuclear accident,â Jim Smith, a specialist in earth and environmental sciences at Britainâs University of Portsmouth, told Reuters.
Excerpts from former FBI Director James Comeyâs upcoming memoir, and from an interview Comey gave to ABC News, set off a Sunday-morning tweetstorm of accusations, corrections and annotations from President Trump, including the bizarre assertion that âI hardly even knew this guy.â
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a conservationist famous for her work rearing baby elephants in Kenya and fighting for the protection of the species, has died aged 83, her family said Friday. "Daphne passed away the evening of the 12th April after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost," her daughter Angela wrote in a statement. Sheldrick was born in Kenya in 1934, and spent nearly 30 years working with her husband David who founded Kenya's biggest National Park, Tsavo East.