US mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, the mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday. Mayor Kasim Reed said he was sending a signal of "optimism, passion and action" on fighting climate change to mayors worldwide despite the pullout Trump announced this month. "President Trump's disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution," Reed told a meeting of mayors from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America in Brussels.
06/27/2017 - 10:57 AM
Now screening: Lone Wolves
After an apocalypse Pvt. James Conroy is left fighting mutant creatures and struggling to survive. When Conroy finds a satellite phone and contacts Garry Freeman, marooned in a space station, they hatch a dangerous plan to reach other survivors.
06/28/2017 - 03:00 AM
China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants
If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China. Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release. By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen. An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog
06/27/2017 - 04:17 PM
Britain’s UFO ‘X-Files’ are released by the Ministry of Defence - but there’s a catch
It’s the moment UFO fans have been waiting for – a mysterious set of files referred to as ‘Britain’s X-Files’ have been opened to the public. In 1980, U.S. Army personnel stationed near Rendlesham in Suffolk saw a strange, metallic triangle which was ‘dripping molten metal’ – and witnessed a light like a ‘huge red eye’. Unlike most UFO sightings, it was documented in voice recordings from senior American soldiers, who also drew disturbing pictures of the object they saw.
06/27/2017 - 05:35 AM
Multibillion-dollar contract for Los Alamos lab up for bid
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to manage the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is beginning as criticism intensifies over the troubled safety record of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
06/27/2017 - 05:47 PM
Hong Kong shark art protests at fin trade
A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fin, which is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy and is often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets. Hosted at the Maritime Museum in central Hong Kong, it is a stone's throw from the neighbourhood of Sheung Wan, where dried seafood stores sell the fins.
06/27/2017 - 04:47 AM
Implicit Bias: The Best Ways to Combat It
We all understand what explicit biases aremdash;they are the biases that we have that we know about. They are conscious and largely controllable. Implicit bias, unlike explicit bias, is more complex and refers to our attitudes or stereotypes that we have about a person or a group but that reside in our subconscious. These biases affect the way we act and react, but all in an unconscious manner.
06/27/2017 - 08:00 AM
Science groups ask Trump to retain advisory board integrity
WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of science and engineering groups called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make sure that his review of the role of scientific advisory boards respects the importance of accurate scientific data.
06/27/2017 - 04:48 PM
3 People Have Caught Plague in New Mexico This Month
Three people in New Mexico have been infected with plague this month, which is close to the number of plague cases that the state saw in all of 2016, according to health officials. This week, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reported two cases of plague — one in a 52-year-old woman and one in a 62-year-old woman, both living in Santa Fe County, in the northern part of the state. Earlier in June, the state reported a case of plague in a 63-year-old man, also living in Santa Fe County.
06/28/2017 - 10:54 AM
Job threat from tech advances sparks income debate
CEO's propose the idea of a guaranteed minimum income for every American
06/28/2017 - 11:31 AM
Antarctic ice shelf crack is moving at record speeds, poised to cleave off massive iceberg any minute
A crack spreading inexorably across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in northwest Antarctica has surged forward at record rates, bringing the ice shelf closer to cleaving off an iceberg roughly the size of Delaware. If this occurs, it would be one of the largest icebergs ever observed and could leave the ice shelf behind it in a precarious state, more vulnerable to melting from both relatively mild ocean waters encroaching on the ice from underneath, as well as increasing air temperatures melting ice from above. SEE ALSO: A huge ice crack in Antarctica grew 11 miles in 6 days, and a giant iceberg is coming While scientists have said it is not clear that global warming is behind this particular iceberg, the Antarctic Peninsula, where the Larsen C Ice Shelf is located, is one of the most rapidly warming areas in Antarctica, rivaling temperature increases seen in the Arctic. The scientists from Project MIDAS, which is funded by UK-based research institutions, are using satellite observations to determine the progress that the rift in the floating ice shelf is making. In some places, the fissure is 1,500 feet wide, which is about 600 feet wider than a typical Manhattan avenue block. The recent image (right) highlights a significant acceleration over those three days. Comparison of speeds between Sentinel-1 image mosaics in early and late June 2017.Image: Project midas/esaIn a June 28 blog post, the scientists report: "...The soon-to-be-iceberg part of [the] Larsen C Ice Shelf has tripled in speed to more than ten meters per day between 24th and 27th June 2017." This means that the crack has moved at least 33 feet per day during the course of this 4-day period. This is "the highest speed ever recorded on this ice shelf," according to the researchers. Predicting the exact date that the iceberg will cleave off from the Antarctic continent is tricky, however, since it still remains attached to the ice shelf, but just barely. "The iceberg remains attached to the ice shelf, but its outer end is moving at the highest speed ever recorded on this ice shelf," researchers wrote. "We still can’t tell when calving will occur — it could be hours, days or weeks — but this is a notable departure from previous observations." The satellite scientists are depending on to detect changes in the progression of the fissure is known as Sentinel-1, a project of the European Space Agency. This satellite is able to detect subtle changes in ground movements and is used for both studying melting glaciers and ice shelves as well as earthquakes and other geological phenomena. According to Project MIDAS scientists, the most recent data do not cover the tip of the ice rift, but a low resolution image taken just after midnight on June 28 "shows clearly that the iceberg remains attached to the ice shelf at its western end — for now." Collapse of Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002.Image: NASA Collapse of Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002.Image: nasa While the calving of large icebergs from Antarctica and Greenland is typical, with or without human-caused global warming, what is happening at the Larsen C Ice Shelf is concerning to scientists studying how Antarctica is responding to a warming planet. The Project MIDAS team has published research showing that when the fissure in the ice shelf causes the iceberg to calve, the ice shelf will lose more than 10 percent of its area, and leave its front at its most retreated position on record. It's important to note that the iceberg itself will not raise global sea levels, since it is already floating as part of the ice shelf, sticks out into the Southern Ocean. "This event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula," the researchers wrote in their blog post. The new position of the ice front, which is where the floating ice shelf meets the land-based ice behind it, is likely to be less stable than the previous configuration. This could speed Larsen C's demise, and make the ice sheet follow the Larsen B Ice Shelf, which disintegrated in 2002. The collapse of Larsen B actually inspired the opening scene of the film,
The Day After Tomorrow. A study published in 2015 showed that a reshaped Larsen C Ice Shelf that is missing the Delaware-sized chunk of ice will be much less stable than it has been. Ice shelves across West Antarctica and Greenland are melting from increasing air and sea temperatures. This is raising alarm bells in the science community, since such floating sections of ice serve as doorstops for the land-based glaciers behind them, and when the ice shelves erode or break apart, they can cause the land ice to flow into the sea. As land ice melts more rapidly, it is raising sea levels, threatening coastal cities worldwide. It's not clear how much of a role global warming is playing in forming and propelling the Larsen C rift, considering that such events can occur naturally. There is some evidence showing that downslope winds may be spreading above average air temperatures across the ice shelf. However, the Antarctic Peninsula as a whole, where Larsen C is located, is one of the most rapidly warming areas of the continent. WATCH: It's official, 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record
06/28/2017 - 11:36 AM
Paint-stripping chemical poses new ozone risk: study
Earth's protective ozone layer, on a slow path to recovery since the 1987 Montreal Protocol banned chemicals that erode it, may be in danger anew, scientists warned Tuesday. Levels in the stratosphere of dichloromethane, a chemical not covered by the ozone rescue pact, are increasing rapidly and could delay the layer's recovery, they said. Although "currently modest, the impact of dichloromethane on ozone has increased markedly in recent years," a team reported in the journal Nature Communications.
06/27/2017 - 01:33 PM
The Futurist Scorecard: A Look At (Almost) Everything That Interests Elon Musk Besides Building Cars
Rocket ships, brain chips, music streaming, autonomous driving, solar power, underground roads with elevators — it might be easier to list all the stuff that doesn’t capture Elon Musk’s active imagination. ...
06/28/2017 - 12:52 PM
Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don't like it
If Facebook already knows how you feel from reading what you post, soon it will know from reading the expressions on your face.
06/27/2017 - 10:16 AM
Amazon's Delivery Drones Could Take Off from Beehive-Like 'Airport'
If Amazon's package-carrying drones ever become a reality, they may one day pick up deliveries from beehive-shaped buildings strategically placed in cities around the world, according to a patent application filed by the company. The patent, published online on June 22, describes something called the "multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles," demonstrating how Amazon plans to take package delivery to the next level. These days, Amazon's warehouses "are typically large-volume single-floor warehouse buildings," located on the outskirts of cities, the company wrote in the patent, which was filed in 2015.
06/27/2017 - 11:36 AM
Puppy Love! How Baby Animal Photos Could Help Your Marriage
That "squeee!" you feel when you look at pictures of cute puppies or bunnies might be good for your love life. A new study finds that looking at baby-animal photos may increase couples' levels of satisfaction with their relationships. Researchers found that study participants who looked at the photos of their spouses paired with photos of cute animals or with other pleasant images over a few weeks seemed to see their partners in a more positive light by the end of the study, compared with people who looked at the photos of their spouses paired with other images over the same period.
06/27/2017 - 11:56 AM
Reducing Fossil Fuel Emissions Isn't Stopping CO2 Rise
Scientists worry that we may have saturated the Earth's natural carbon sinks.
06/27/2017 - 01:57 PM
These mysterious light pillars surprised Malaysian photographers out on a trek
This brilliant display of lights looks like it came from the North Pole, but it was actually shot in Malaysia. Last Thursday, a group of photographers were out on a trek to capture shots of the Milky Way, when they were surprised by these light pillars. SEE ALSO: Algae emitting eerie blue glow makes this beach look otherworldy The multicoloured light pillars are a natural phenomenon that occurs when light reflects off the mirror-like surfaces of ice crystals. They are usually found in the polar regions, but have appeared at lower latitudes before. A post shared by AERIAL-NIGHT Sky (@mentorgraphy) on Jun 21, 2017 at 11:17am PDT Photographer Andrew Tan, was with a group of 11 at the northernmost tip of Sabah, Borneo. He told
Mashable he only realised the light pillars were in the picture when he checked his camera later. He used a 30-second long exposure to capture the phenomenon, and it picked up the colours of the light pillars. "It was magnificent," Tan told Malaysian paper
The Star. "It is definitely a moment to treasure in our lives." Astrophotographer Christianto Mogolid, a native of Sabah, was with the group when the phenomenon occurred. He told
Mashable that he had witnessed light pillars in Sabah before, but didn't realise it would happen that evening. "It was pure luck to encounter such [a] rare phenomenon," he said. Light pillars occur when the source of the light — either the sun, or the moon — are near the horizon. The lights tend to take on the colour of the light source. Sabah, a state in eastern Malaysia, has reportedly witnessed light pillars in both 2006 and 2015.
UPDATE: June 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. SGT This story previously noted that Andrew Tan was with a group of 5, and that Mogolid wasn't with him. Tan was with 11 people, of which Mogolid was one. The story has been updated to reflect this. WATCH: Personal holographic display creates mesmerizing light shows
06/27/2017 - 06:43 AM
Greenland ice sheet meltoff quickens sea levels rise: study
Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday. "This result is important because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)" -- the UN science advisory body -- "makes a very conservative projection of total sea level rise by the end of the century," at 60 to 90 centimetres (24 to 35 inches), said Peter Wadhams, a professor of ocean physics at the University of Oxford who did not take part in the research. Greenland alone contains enough frozen water to lift oceans by about seven metres (23 feet), though experts disagree on the global warming threshold for irreversible melting, and how long that would take once set in motion.
06/27/2017 - 12:01 PM
Happy 10th birthday iPhone, the nearest thing to a secure pocket computer
Apple's design decisions don't please everyone, but in the iPhone the company created something truly revolutionary that has lasted.
06/28/2017 - 06:46 AM
Canada Issues Guidelines for Safer Use of Marijuana
As many countries move toward legalizing pot, officials in Canada are releasing guidelines for how people can lower the health risks that may be associated with the drug if they choose to use it. The guidelines, which were released today (June 23) by the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse, are meant to educate marijuana users so that they can make choices that could modify the risks from the drug. The researchers likened the new pot guidelines to recommendations that already exist to help people lower the risks associated with drinking alcohol.
06/27/2017 - 11:55 AM
Future of Air Travel: NASA Takes Major Step Toward Making Supersonic Commercial Flights a Reality
The speed of sound is 761 miles per hour. When a plane eclipses this speed, it creates shock waves that emit a loud cracking sound, called a sonic boom. In February 2016, NASA teamed up with Lockheed Martin to try to fix this pesky problem, aiming to engineer a "low boom" X-plane that would pave the way for supersonic passenger travel.
06/27/2017 - 01:07 PM
4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit
Orca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.
06/27/2017 - 09:15 AM
Cybersecurity analyst on concerns raised by defacing attacks
Alex Hamerstone comments on hacked government websites in Ohio and Maryland displaying pro-ISIS propaganda
06/27/2017 - 12:10 AM
Home Sweet Home: The Best College Degrees for Homeownership
When will you become a homeowner? You might be surprised to know your college degree could be a factor.
06/26/2017 - 10:05 PM
The True Essence of Adolescence
When parents of pre-teens gather together in a workshop, the common concern expressed is that they won't know how to handle their children "when their hormones go crazy." This raging hormone narrative defines the way adolescence is talked about around the world. In fact, it's becoming clear that the remodeling of the brain can be shaped by an adolescent's mind -- what he or she does with attention, awareness and intention. In the first phase of adolescence, pruning of the brain's circuitry means that the brain will be carving down some of its connections and even some of its neurons.
06/27/2017 - 06:00 AM
Why 'Greener' Gas-Powered Vehicles Aren't As Clean As You Think
Gas-powered vehicles that use cleaner technology may still be spewing tons of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, new research suggests. Newer "greener" vehicles are equipped with technology that traps most particulate matter and mostly emit vapors. When cars combust gasoline, they produce a mixture of vapor, teensy droplets and miniscule solid particles that leave a vehicle's exhaust pipe and rise up into the atmosphere.
06/27/2017 - 10:09 AM
Solar eclipse viewing: What to wear to protect your eyes
Put those Ray Bans away: NASA explains the only ways to keep your eyes safe on August 21
06/28/2017 - 08:05 AM
Odd NASA Curiosity Rover Photos Restart Life On Mars Debate
NASA’s Curiosity rover sent back a pair of very curious photos that alien conspiracy theory circles are celebrating as evidence of a 'genuine spaceship' and 'thigh bones' visible on Mars.
06/28/2017 - 01:37 PM
It's nonsense to say fracking can be made safe, whatever guidelines we come up with
From crossing a road to fracking for oil, everything has inherent risks. At best, we can only aim to agree that, on balance, they are contained and justified.
06/28/2017 - 05:15 AM
Drone interferes with Arizona wildfire response
Officials spot drone near blaze causing a delay in action
06/28/2017 - 05:18 PM
Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family
Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. "The bones looked different from anything he knew," said Michael Hofreiter, senior author of a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications that finally situates in the tree of life what Darwin called the "strangest animal ever discovered".
06/27/2017 - 04:59 PM
Scientists are developing heat-resistant cows to prepare for a hotter planet
Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are trying to genetic engineer heat-resistant “cows of the future” -- and they’ve received a federal grant to help them.
06/27/2017 - 06:58 PM
Sign language has grammar—and it goes way beyond what you do with your hands
Most people are familiar with sign language, the system that deaf people use to communicate. What fewer may know is that there are many different variations of sign language around the world. So how does the grammar of sign language work? Unlike in spoken languages, in which grammar is expressed through sound-based signifiers for tense,…
06/28/2017 - 06:00 AM
Bone-Sniffing Dog Detectives Join the Hunt for Amelia Earhart's Remains
A search party set sail for a remote Pacific island this weekend to look for clues about the fate of Amelia Earhart. In the latest National Geographic-sponsored expedition seeking Earhart’s remains, a group of forensic dogs will be brought to the island of Nikumaroro to sniff for human bones. Among her many other records, she was the first woman, and second person after Charles Lindbergh, to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932.
06/27/2017 - 10:08 AM
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