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Flint's Lead Water May Have Caused A Spike In Fetal Deaths

Flint's Lead Water May Have Caused A Spike In Fetal DeathsA study found a 58 percent increase in fetal death rates after the city switched its water source in 2014.



09/23/2017 - 12:51 PM

 

'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case

'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case"She's waiting on the other side"



09/23/2017 - 11:11 AM

 

NASA Dedicates Facility In Honor Of 'Hidden Figures' Heroine Katherine Johnson

NASA Dedicates Facility In Honor Of 'Hidden Figures' Heroine Katherine JohnsonKatherine G. Johnson, the human computer behind some of NASA’s biggest advancements, attended the ribbon cutting of the research facility named in her honor on Friday.



09/24/2017 - 08:50 PM

 

The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for Independence

The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for IndependenceTension are high in the disputed city of Kirkuk ahead of Monday's independence vote



09/24/2017 - 08:00 AM

 

Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quake

Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quakeWhether wearing white lab coats, red rescue worker vests or dressed as clowns, the psychologists standing by as Mexico picks through the rubble of this week's earthquakes are ready to help a shaken nation deal with its trauma. Whole brigades of volunteer psychologists have deployed to the collapsed buildings in Mexico City where anguished families are clinging to the fading hope that their loved ones are alive inside. "The families still have hope, but we psychologists are starting to prepare ourselves to counsel them in the context of mourning," said Penelope Exzacarias at a collapsed office building in Mexico City's trendy Roma neighborhood.



09/23/2017 - 05:37 PM

 

Nevada Seismic Lab Tests New Bridge Design After Mexico Quake

Nevada Seismic Lab Tests New Bridge Design After Mexico Quake"The bridge has done better than we expected," the project leader said.



09/24/2017 - 11:30 AM

 

To Save Its Skin in London, Uber Rallies the People

To Save Its Skin in London, Uber Rallies the PeopleThe city is threatening to boot the ridehailing company, but Uber isn't leaving without a fight.



09/23/2017 - 07:00 AM

 

U.S. Flies Bombers Off North Korea Coast in Show of Force

U.S. Flies Bombers Off North Korea Coast in Show of Force"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities"



09/23/2017 - 02:56 PM

 

Why Futurist Ray Kurzweil Isn’t Worried About Technology Stealing Your Job

Why Futurist Ray Kurzweil Isn’t Worried About Technology Stealing Your JobInnovation will do more good than harm, he says.



09/24/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We Know

At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We KnowThe shooter is in custody



09/24/2017 - 04:42 PM

 

Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. Coast

Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. CoastGrand-Lahou (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - "Oooah! Oooah!" Screeching to see visitors on the forested "Chimpanzee Island" in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished. Chimpanzee Island adjoins the village of Grand-Lahou in the Bandaman estuary, an outlying reach of tropical forest about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan. Since August 2015, the association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the animal's food and for a dedicated carer, Germain Djenemaya Koidja, according to a wooden signpost near the landing stage and the website sosponso.org.



09/23/2017 - 11:17 PM

 

Inside the submarine factory: OceanGate builds a craft to visit the Titanic shipwreck, again and again

Inside the submarine factory: OceanGate builds a craft to visit the Titanic shipwreck, again and againEVERETT, Wash. — Today it looks like an eight-foot-long section of culvert pipe, but in just a couple of months, the carbon-fiber cylinder sitting on OceanGate’s shop floor will serve as the heart of a five-person submersible that’s destined to visit the Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck. The Cyclops 2 submersible and its future mission represent the culmination of an eight-year-old dream for Stockton Rush, the Everett-based company’s co-founder and CEO. “The whole project from Day One was to go deep. … Three years ago, it became pretty clear that the real market opportunity was the Titanic,” Rush told GeekWire… Read More



09/23/2017 - 01:37 PM

 

A New Discovery About the T. Rex Will Absolutely Ruin EVERYTHING You Ever Knew About It

A New Discovery About the T. Rex Will Absolutely Ruin EVERYTHING You Ever Knew About ItIf Jurassic Park scared you as a little kid and made you fear unethical scientists would bring the T. rex back to life (was it just me?), scientists have some good news.



09/23/2017 - 09:30 PM

 

Author: Tech companies have undermined democracy

Author: Tech companies have undermined democracyAuthor Jonathan Taplin explains on 'The Next Revolution'



09/24/2017 - 09:40 PM

 

New Earthquake Shakes Mexico City as Death Toll Climbs to 305

New Earthquake Shakes Mexico City as Death Toll Climbs to 305It swayed buildings and set off a seismic alarm



09/23/2017 - 09:55 AM

 

All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach Response

All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach ResponseThe Equifax breach that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people was bad. The company's response has almost been worse, if that's even possible.



09/24/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

North Korea: Trump Is a 'Mentally Deranged Person' Holding the 'Nuclear Button'

North Korea: Trump Is a 'Mentally Deranged Person' Holding the 'Nuclear Button'"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission"



09/23/2017 - 04:00 PM

 

Puerto Rican Astronaut Slammed By Two Hurricanes While in Orbit

Puerto Rican Astronaut Slammed By Two Hurricanes While in OrbitHarvey flooded his home in Houston last month. Now Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico, his family's homeland.



09/24/2017 - 12:30 PM

 

New Method Can Detect Cocaine Within Seconds

New Method Can Detect Cocaine Within SecondsScientists have developed a paper which is capable of detecting the presence of cocaine in 30 seconds with 99 percent accuracy.



09/24/2017 - 02:52 AM

 

Security News This Week: Hackers Broke Into the SEC... A Year Ago

Security News This Week: Hackers Broke Into the SEC... A Year AgoAn SEC hack, a Russian dark web takedown, and more security news this week.



09/23/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

Oversight panel: Nuclear lab workers violated safety rules

Oversight panel: Nuclear lab workers violated safety rulesSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A national laboratory's workers producing a shell for a triggering device for nuclear weapons violated safety rules in August by storing too much material at one location in a facility for plutonium, a highly radioactive material, a federal oversight panel reported.



09/23/2017 - 05:50 PM

 

Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  



09/24/2017 - 06:00 AM

 

This Death Star Teapot Will Help Destroy Your Caffeine Cravings - Lasers Not Included

This Death Star Teapot Will Help Destroy Your Caffeine Cravings - Lasers Not IncludedThe Force has officially infiltrated everything from our fitness routines to our beauty regimens, and now it has found its way into our kitchens in the form of the coolest damn teapot ever. Whether you're on the dark side or the light, you'll totally obsess over this Death Star teapot that looks just like the laser-shooting space station from the Star Wars movies - except it's about a thousand times smaller and only has the power to obliterate your caffeine cravings, not destroy an entire planet.



09/23/2017 - 03:45 PM

 

His Mexico City Apartment Block Was Built Only Months Ago. So Why Did It Collapse So Easily?

His Mexico City Apartment Block Was Built Only Months Ago. So Why Did It Collapse So Easily?Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude quake in Mexico sheds light on shoddily built new build apartments in the capital



09/23/2017 - 11:48 AM

 

Donald Trump to Stephen Curry: Consider Your White House Invitation 'Withdrawn'

Donald Trump to Stephen Curry: Consider Your White House Invitation 'Withdrawn'Curry has said that he does not want to go and doesn't think the team should



09/23/2017 - 10:11 AM

 

Ancient Frogs Might Have Eaten Dinosaurs

Ancient Frogs Might Have Eaten DinosaursBeelzebufo ampinga was a beach-ball sized frog with a bite comparable to that of a lion.



09/23/2017 - 10:00 AM

 

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious (And Play Super Mario Bros.)

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious (And Play Super Mario Bros.)Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.



09/23/2017 - 10:00 AM

 

Missing marvel

Missing marvelTim Harford chose 50 essential inventions that shaped the modern economy, but what should be the 51st?



09/23/2017 - 07:46 PM

 

Google Doodle Celebrates Renowned Organic Chemist Asima Chatterjee

Google Doodle Celebrates Renowned Organic Chemist Asima ChatterjeeSaturday marks what would have been Chatterjee's 100th birthday



09/23/2017 - 11:34 AM

 

While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer's Image Rehab Tour Isn't Going Too Well

While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer's Image Rehab Tour Isn't Going Too WellStop trying to make Sean Spicer happen.



09/24/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The Pacific

These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The PacificNOAA has been conducting years of deep sea exploration in the Pacific, researchers have found some pretty wild creatures.



09/23/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

The idea for lab-grown meat was born in a prisoner-of-war camp

The idea for lab-grown meat was born in a prisoner-of-war campThe phone call was as unexpected as the American accent at the other end of the line. And when she hung up a few moments later, Ira van Eelen had to stop to catch her breath. More than two years had passed since the 53-year-old Dutch woman had spoken that in depth to anyone about…



09/24/2017 - 07:00 AM

 

'Human computer’ Katherine Johnson opens Nasa research facility named in her honour

'Human computer’ Katherine Johnson opens Nasa research facility named in her honourOne of Nasa’s “human computers”, who helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has opened a new research centre named in her honour. The key contribution of Katherine Johnson, 99, and other African-American women to the US space programme was recounted in the film Hidden Figures, which gave overdue recognition to their work.



09/24/2017 - 04:13 AM

 

Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee and Green Day Rouses the Crowd at Global Citizen Festival

Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee and Green Day Rouses the Crowd at Global Citizen FestivalOver 60,000 people showed up for the annual awareness concert in New York City's Central Park, headlined by Stevie Wonder and Green Day.



09/24/2017 - 04:24 PM

 

The Difference Between President Trump and President Obama's Reactions to the NFL Kneeling Movement

The Difference Between President Trump and President Obama's Reactions to the NFL Kneeling MovementTwo different presidents, two very different reactions



09/24/2017 - 12:46 PM

 

New 'Molecular Robot' Could Change Manufacturing Process

New 'Molecular Robot' Could Change Manufacturing ProcessThe "molecular robot" can construct and arrange even one molecule of a particle. Could this mean that things will be manufactured on a molecular level by tiny bots in the future?



09/23/2017 - 07:40 AM

 

Space Photos of the Week: Spiral Galaxy's Secretly a Giant Gasbag

Space Photos of the Week: Spiral Galaxy's Secretly a Giant GasbagCassini takes one last look at Saturn's moon, Jupiter's swirling clouds, and a star in a great big bubble this week in space.



09/23/2017 - 07:00 AM

 

 

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