A Japanese scientist said Thursday his team has cracked open a method to improve the production of carbon-free energy -- by using proteins taken from egg white. Yusuke Yamada, a professor at Osaka City University, said his team has managed to use protein from egg white as a "tool" for producing hydrogen, a powerful source of clean electricity. The new method "brings us closer to our ultimate goal of producing hydrogen from water," Yamada told AFP.
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists said on Thursday. Orangutans inhabit lowland forests on Borneo, an island shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, and Indonesia's island of Sumatra, eating wild fruits, insects, bark, flowers and leaves. Around 70 percent of the loss in Borneo's populations may have resulted from orangutan killings by people in forested areas, the researchers said.
As the fire alarm blared for the second time on Wednesday, it seemed like yet another drill for how to deal with a school emergency until a term Alex Azar knew fed over the speakers: code black. “We hear boom-boom, boom-boom-boom-boom,” says the sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after escaping America’s latest school shooting on Wednesday, the worst since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre. The 19-year-old, who had left clues of violent plans on social media, committed the deadliest mass shooting ever at a US high school, and the third incident in the past five months to enter the Top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.
After her son Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by a New York police officer, Constance Malcolm says she dedicated herself to community activism almost by accident. Two hundred miles away in Baltimore, a city experiencing an unprecedented wave of murders since the death of Freddie Gray, a small group of mothers who had lost their sons or daughters to the crime of murder were grappling with agonizing questions about their communities. There are similar groups of people in New York.
Sure, I had seen him on TV during his six years as President Obama’s attorney general. How would he feel about facing a room packed with reporters – 35, including me, the host – bursting with questions about the Mueller investigation, “memo wars, ” criminal justice reform, race, and gerrymandering? It was gerrymandering – the drawing of oddly shaped legislative districts to favor one group or party – that brought Holder to the Monitor Breakfast as we kicked off its 53rd year.
After the school shooting in Florida, President Trump emphasized the importance of mental health. But one of his first actions in the White House was to reverse Barack Obama's recommendation for a new regulation that would prevent people with severe mental health illnesses from purchasing guns.
As most presidents have done after a mass killing in the United States, Donald Trump spoke to the American people the day after the Feb. 14 school massacre in Parkland, Fla. He was consoling to the victims’ families but also offered two practical steps. It is directed at the seemingly slow work in ending police shootings of black men, stopping sexual harassment, reducing income inequality, cutting carbon pollution, lowering the national debt, and other big problems.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A video being shared on social media of strange bright lights shot from an airliner around Taiwan has not baffled experts. The video was not filming a UFO, said three different engineers and scientists who provided alternate explanations to The Associated Press, including ships, reflections or birds.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler's Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers.
A special type of ultraviolet (UV) light may be able to "zap" flu germs right out of the air, a new study suggests. The study found that "far ultraviolet C" (far-UVC) light could kill airborne flu virus particles in a lab setting that was designed to be similar to a public space. What's more, the researchers have previously shown that this type of UV light doesn't damage human tissue.
Six Dutch shipping company bosses will appear before a Rotterdam court Wednesday accused of deliberately dumping old ships on the beaches of India and Turkey. "The prosecution service alleges that the suspects planned to have the boats dismantled in India and Turkey in violation of European laws on transferring waste," the prosecution said. Investigations by port police revealed that the companies planned to have four ageing vessels from Rotterdam and Hamburg broken up on the Indian and Turkish beaches.
The German government on Wednesday sought to play down plans to introduce free public transport, a day after the radical proposal to fight air pollution made headlines around the world. The measure was one of several proposed in a recent letter Berlin sent to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella as Germany scrambles to avoid big fines for falling foul of EU pollution targets. "It's up to the municipalities themselves to decide if they want to try it," environment ministry spokesman Stephan Gabriel Haufe told reporters at a weekly press conference.
President Trump's public response to the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a pair of messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday and an address to the nation on Thursday. For some, the extent of the death toll — and Trump's four-sentence tweets — made for an easy comparison with his predecessor.
Ms. Mir, now a student at Government Women’s College in Baramulla – 40 miles north of the state capital, Srinagar – is daughter of a businessman father and homemaker mother, both of whom enthusiastically support her passion.
Britain's Oxford BioMedica has won a second $100 million contract to supply gene therapy material, this time from Bioverativ, which agreed last month to be acquired by Sanofi for $11.6 billion. Oxford Bio said on Thursday it would receive $5 million upfront and would be eligible for various milestone payments, potentially worth in excess of $100 million, plus royalties on sales of hemophilia therapies that Bioverativ is developing. The deal follows a similar $100 million contract last year to supply lentiviral vectors, which are used to deliver DNA into cells, for Novartis's pioneering leukemia treatment Kymriah.
An artist’s impression of the predicted merger between our Milky Way (right) and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (left). Both Andromeda and the Milky Way appear to have about the same total mass, about 800 billion times that of our sun, suggesting that the result of this intergalactic gravitational battle may actually be a tie. In a few billion years, Andromeda and the Milky Way will merge.
Yet another school shooting shocked the United States on Wednesday, as gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Fla., near Miami. While the motives are unclear, the attack is familiar to the Americans public, which has seen a series of school shootings in recent years. “A HORRIFIC ACT,” blared the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “THIS IS US,” proclaimed the Daily News.
Virtually all of Australia's shellfish reefs have disappeared, making them the country’s most threatened ocean ecosystem, scientists said Thursday, calling for more investment to rescue the important marine habitats. While recent global focus has been on the destruction of coral reefs, a study led by the Nature Conservancy found that between 90 and 99 percent of shellfish reefs have vanished since British colonisation 230 years ago. The reefs, formed by millions of oysters or mussels clustering together, used to occur in bays, estuaries and nearshore coastal waters in both tropical and temperate regions across every state in Australia.
The Trump administration has an unprecedented turnover rate of 34 percent, and scores of key posts remain unfilled. What we know now is that Trump isn't a guy who asks for help. He's not inspired by talent and intellect; he's threatened by it.
There was a lot to like about SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch last week, like the fact that it was the heaviest commercial rocket to ever launch, or that the two side boosters executed an Olympic-skating-worthy side-by-side landing after launch.
But the most breathtaking photos from the exercise have undoubtedly been of Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster, which was the payload for the rocket, and which is now flying through space towards Mars. Video from the Tesla only lasted for a couple hours after launch, but thanks to NASA JPL's HORIZONS system, we can keep an eye on the Roadster as it continues its interplanetary voyage.
Self-described "space nerd" Ben Pearson has created the excellent website whereisroadster.com, which does exactly what it says on the label: provide up-to-the-second tracking of the Tesla as it goes faster than any electric vehicle has gone before.
At the time of writing, the website says that "The car is 142,789,476 miles (229,797,458 km, 1.536 AU) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 43,861 miles/hour (70,587km/hour, 19.61 km/s." It's currently 1,314,486 miles from Earth, moving away at 6.859mph. Considering that the first-gen Roadster had a top speed of 125mph on Earth, that isn't too shabby.