Australia Seeks to Ban Schools From Expelling Gay Students After Public Outcry
A leaked report revealed the discriminatory practice is enforced at some religious schools
10/15/2018 - 05:00 AM
German Police Free Hostage From Train Station After She Was Held For 2 Hours
The entire station, one of the biggest in the nation, had been evacuated
10/15/2018 - 09:59 AM
EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions
The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons on Monday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of the Skripal attack. The framework gives the European Union the power to impose restrictive measures on anyone identified as being involved in the development or deployment of chemical weapons, regardless of their location or nationality. Fears have been growing among world powers that the century-old taboo on the use of chemical weapons is being eroded, following the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and repeated uses of gas and banned substances in the Syrian conflict.
10/15/2018 - 05:48 AM
Elizabeth Warren Just Shared a DNA Test Showing She Has Native American Ancestry
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom Trump has called the "Fake Pocahontas," revealed a DNA test she says shows her Native American ancestry.
10/15/2018 - 08:01 AM
Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN
At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory. The United Nations is spearheading international efforts to reach 2.5 million of the three million most in need of food by mid-December, UN humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan Toby Lanzer told AFP. Lanzer said the three million people hardest hit were in the "emergency" phase four of a widely-used food insecurity index -- one level below famine.
10/15/2018 - 09:17 AM
Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Give Lightspeed Warning of Incoming Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Natural disasters leave clues in the Earth's magnetic fields. Two scientists are working to decode them.
10/15/2018 - 01:04 PM
Protests as fracking begins in UK
Anti-fracking protesters took to the streets on Monday as work began on Britain's first horizontal shale-gas well after the High Court in London dismissed a last-minute request for an injunction. Energy firm Cuadrilla said it had started hydraulic fracturing on Monday at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, northwest England, with workers having to file past around 200 demonstrators. "Hydraulic fracturing of both horizontal exploration wells is expected to last three months after which the flow rate of the gas will be tested," said a Cuadrilla spokesman.
10/15/2018 - 11:47 AM
Bodies of South Korean Climbers and Nepalese Guides Have Been Retrieved After a Deadly Mountain Storm
Rescuers on Sunday retrieved the bodies of five South Korean climbers and their four Nepalese guides who died in a storm that destroyed their base camp on Gurja Himal mountain.
10/14/2018 - 10:53 PM
Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains
A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the man's case. In 2015, the 61-year-old man was brought to a hospital in Rochester, New York, after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality, the report said. An MRI of the man's head revealed a striking finding: The brain scan looked similar to those seen in people with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a fatal brain condition caused by infectious proteins called prions.
10/15/2018 - 12:46 PM
Mourners Pack Funeral for 8 of 20 Killed in New York Limo Crash
Five teddy bears lay by the urns, one for each young child who lost a parent
10/14/2018 - 10:31 AM
Angela Merkel's Conservative Allies Lose Ground in Bavarian Election, Signaling Possible Turbulence
The Christian Social Union has clashed with the chancellor on immigration
10/14/2018 - 10:38 PM
EU agrees to sharply boost Baltic cod catch quotas
European Union ministers agreed on Monday to sharply boost catch quotas for western Baltic Sea cod next year but put lower limits on fishing of western herring. The ministers meeting in Luxembourg said they were on target to protect Baltic Sea fishing communities while ensuring long-term fish stocks for the 28 EU member countries.
10/15/2018 - 03:37 PM
Trump Says Saudi King Told Him He 'Denies Any Knowledge' of Missing Journalist's Fate
President Trump said Monday King Salman of Saudi Arabia had personally denied any knowledge of the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
10/15/2018 - 09:04 AM
Stephen Hawking left us bold predictions on AI, superhumans, and aliens
The late physicist Stephen Hawking’s last writings predict that a breed of superhumans will take over, having used genetic engineering to surpass their fellow beings. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, to be published on Oct. 16 and excerpted today in the UK’s Sunday Times (paywall), Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines…
10/14/2018 - 04:22 PM
Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan
Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said. Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on the air quality in the megacity of some 20 million people. When the air is classed as "poor", as it was on Monday, authorities will ban the burning of garbage in landfills as well as fire crackers and certain construction activities.
10/15/2018 - 04:29 AM
Norway makes rare discovery of Viking ship traces
Archaeologists said on Monday they have found what they believe are traces of a Viking ship buried in southeast Norway, a rare discovery that could shed light on the skilled navigators' expeditions in the Middle Ages. The boatlike shape was detected about 50 centimetres underground in a tumulus, a burial mound, with the use of a ground-penetrating radar in Halden, a municipality located southeast of Oslo. "In the middle of the mound, we discovered what is called an anomaly, something that is different from the rest and clearly has the shapes and dimensions of a Viking ship," Knut Paasche, an archaeologist at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), told AFP.
10/15/2018 - 06:58 AM
Pro-Independence Student Activists in Hong Kong Call on U.S. to Protect the City's Freedoms
Demonstrators called on the U.S. to protect the city's democratic freedoms
10/15/2018 - 01:57 AM
Brits Are All Making the Same Joke About the New Royal Baby
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby in spring 2019
10/15/2018 - 05:28 AM
Ignorance of land type puts real estate at risk
Mexico, Oct. 15 (Notimex) - After conducting a study on the type of soil, the academic of the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ, for its acronym in Spanish), Eduardo Rojas Gonzalez, proposed to incorporate the figure of Geotechnical Expert in the Construction Regulations of the State of Queretaro, where there is a growth of social interest housing. The researcher said it is necessary to have better construction procedures, more efficient methods of foundation and analyze the consequences of not making an appropriate design of the process in the structures, which can cause the buildings to present cracks, fissures and fractures. In a statement, the UAQ reported that for this work, Rojas Gonzalez, under the Faculty of Engineering, won the Alexandrian Award 2018, given by this institution in the category of Natural and Exact Sciences. He pointed out that several construction companies that come to the entity do not know the characteristics of the ground and, therefore, some housing projects have problems in their structure. He also considered that it is necessary for companies to have advice and studies of soil mechanics, since it is common that structures such as houses of social interest have defects. This puts the inhabitants at a disadvantage, since currently the guarantee of real estate its only for one year and, for various reasons, should be extended to at least 10 years. For example, it indicated that expansive soils have a volcanic origin, so the eruptions of the Cimatario volcano that covered the valley of Queretaro with ashes and magma, with the passage of time and weathering (chemical transformation of rocks in the soil) gave rise to the formation of this type of soil. It pointed out that there are also collapsible soils, which are mainly in slopes and hills of the Queretana zone and are due to a very loose accommodation of soil particles. "If we build on that soil, when it is dry it is hard, the structures do not present any problem. But if there is a significant amount of rain or a leak of water, it gets wet, then a collapse occurs, which translates into a sudden settlement of the structure; on the other hand, the expansive has a dilatation behavior, that pushes the structure upward," it explained. For this reason, it is necessary that the Construction Regulations of the State of Queretaro recognize the figure of Geotechnical Expert, as it exists in Mexico City for 18 years, which is responsible for the good behavior of the foundation of the structures during its time of guarantee. "What we are proposing is that Geotechnical Experts be graduated from a master's degree in Soil Mechanics that has sufficient knowledge to make a design that is efficient, economical and safe for problematic soils," it emphasized. NTX/DGG/LCH/PAP
10/15/2018 - 08:34 AM
MIT unveils new $1 bn college for artificial intelligence
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced plans Monday to create a new college of artificial intelligence with an initial $1 billion commitment for the program focusing on "responsible and ethical" uses of the technology. The prestigious university said it would add 50 new faculty members and create an interdisciplinary hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields. A large part of the new funds will come from a gift from Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and co-founder of the financial giant Blackstone, after whom the new college will be named.
10/15/2018 - 10:01 AM
Robert E. Lee Descendent Attacks President Trump's Comments on Confederate General
"Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies"
10/14/2018 - 01:02 PM
Mission to Mercury: British built space craft to blast off to Mercury in first European mission of its kind
A British-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury this week in a mission which could finally determine if the nearest planet to the Sun has water. BepiColombo, one of the most ambitious missions ever undertaken by the European Space Agency (ESA), will send two orbiters to explore the fiery world where surface temperatures reach 842F (450C). One of the probes was built by Airbus in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and the second was constructed in Japan. Only two spacecraft have been to Mercury up to now, Nasa’s Mariner 10 which flew past in 1974 and 1975 and Nasa’s Messenger which orbited the planet between 2011 and 2015. It is hoped the expedition will answer questions raised by the previous missions such as whether the planet holds water. Despite being perilously close to the Sun, the tilt of planet means some areas are permanently in shade and temperatures can fall to -292F (-180C), allowing ice to form. An artist's impression of BepiColombo at Mercury Credit: ESA The fairing of the Ariane 5 launcher is lowered over the BepiColombo spacecraft stack. Credit: Manuel Pedoussaut In 2012, Messenger found ice at the planet’s North Pole but was unable to say whether it was water or sulphur. BepiColombo will also be able to confirm whether water ice is present at the South Pole. Messenger also found organic matter on the planet, and although scientists do not think life will be present, it could help them understand how it began on Earth. Researchers also want to learn more about Mercury's magnetic field. Previously it was thought that the planet was solid all the way through but previous missions discovered a magnetic field suggesting it may have a molten interior. Professor Emma Bunce, of the University of Leicester, which has built one of the instruments on board, said: “There are some interesting quirks about Mercury that we still don't understand. “Messenger told us a great deal but also raised more questions.” Giuseppe 'Bepi' Colombo Credit: ESA BepiColombo is named after the late Guiseppe "Bepi" Colombo, an Italian scientist and engineer from the University of Padua who played a leading role in the Mariner 10 mission. The spacecraft launches from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on Saturday and will take seven years to reach Mercury arriving in late 2025. During its 5.2 billion miles journey it will make a complex series of fly-bys of Earth, Venus and Mercury to help it slow down enough to avoid the huge gravitational pull of the Sun. After launch, BepiColombo will return to Earth two years later to make a gravity-assist flyby Credit: ESA/ATG medialab Esa's Mercury Planet Orbiter (MPO) and the Japanese space agency Jaxa's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) will then separate to study Mercury for up to two years. Dr Jerry Bolter, project manager at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The only other spacecraft to go in orbit around Mercury was Nasa's Messenger. “That was a very, very light spacecraft and no-where near as capable as Bepi will be. The scientists describe Messenger as the hors d'oeuvre and Bepi as the main course." "I've been working on this project since 2006. It will be very emotional I think. It's a fundamental milestone getting the spacecraft off the ground. Then you start worrying: will we get communication? Will we get power? But it's also exciting."
10/14/2018 - 07:01 PM
Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool: report
The best -- and fairest -- way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday. Restoring natural forest ecosystems, securing the land rights of local communities and revamping the global food system could cut greenhouse emissions 40 percent by mid-century and help humanity avoid climate catastrophe, they argued in a 50-page report based on recent science. Approximately half of the reduced emissions would come from boosting the capacity of forests and wetlands to absorb CO2, and the other half from curtailing carbon-intensive forms of agriculture.
10/15/2018 - 04:51 AM
Psychologists who studied shame around the world say it’s an essential part of being human
There’s a school of thought that says shame is a social construct: We only learn to feel inadequate and exposed because our particular culture sends us messages about what falls outside the realm of acceptability. But an international group of psychologists and anthropologists are putting forward an entirely different theory: Perhaps shame is universal—an evolved…
10/15/2018 - 09:57 AM
Brooklyn Witches Plan to Put a Hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
They've hexed President Donald Trump three times
10/14/2018 - 03:14 PM
Jeff Bezos predicts we'll have 1 trillion humans in the solar system
Blue Origin's aim is to lower the cost of access to space, Jeff Bezos said. "I won't be alive to see the fulfillment of that long term mission," Bezos said at the Wired 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco. Blue Origin's aim is to lower the cost of access to space, Bezos said.
10/15/2018 - 03:10 PM
Angela Merkel's Conservative Allies Lose Ground in Bavarian Election, Signaling Possible Turbulence
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election Sunday, a result that could cause more turbulence within the national government.
10/14/2018 - 11:03 PM
That Painting of Trump Having a Diet Coke With Abraham Lincoln Is Now Hanging in the White House
President Donald Trump liked a painting of him having drinks with Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon so he put a print of it in the White House.
10/15/2018 - 12:00 AM
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Travel to Zika-Affected Countries While Expecting Their First Child
The couple reportedly sought medical advice ahead of the trip
10/15/2018 - 11:39 AM
International Space Station crew has enough supplies for at least six months: Russian official
The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has enough fuel, oxygen, water, and food to last at least six months, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. Russia has temporarily suspended all manned space launches after two astronauts made a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday due to the failure of the Soyuz rocket carrying them to the orbital ISS. "There are enough reserves on the ISS which provide the living environment.
10/14/2018 - 08:36 AM
China purrs over white tiger triplets
Three playful white Bengal tiger cubs are charming visitors as they clamber around their enclosure at a zoo in China. The rare, blue-eyed triplets were born nearly three months ago at the Yunnan Wildlife Zoo in Kunming, and made their public debut in early October. The tigers' white fur is a genetic variation of the common orange Bengal tiger.
10/15/2018 - 12:39 PM
Remember Palm? It's Back With a Tiny Sidekick for Your Gigantic Regular Phone
A San Francisco based start-up tech company, Palm Ventures Inc., has a device That is described as an homage of the Palm Pilot, called simply ‘Palm’.Time's Mercer Morrison has the story.
10/15/2018 - 11:01 AM
How to Fix the House of Representatives in One Easy, Radical Step
Everyone knows the House has 435 seats. But should it have nearly 1,000?
10/15/2018 - 12:16 PM
Alec Baldwin Urges Voters to 'Overthrow' the Trump Government in Midterm Elections
Baldwin was the keynote speaker at a New Hampshire Democratic Party fundraiser
10/14/2018 - 11:06 PM
Sears Becomes the Latest Retail Giant to File for Bankruptcy, Suffering From Massive Debt
The company buckled under massive debt and staggering losses
10/15/2018 - 02:15 AM
Jeff Bezos' rocket company wants to send 'millions' to live in space
Jeff Bezos’ aerospace firm Blue Origin has revealed ambitions to send millions of people into outer space. The Amazon tycoon's company says it “believes in a future where millions of people are living and working in space”. In a new video posted on its website the company says “Now is the time to open the promise of space to all, and lay the way for generations to come. “When our descendants look to the stars, perhaps from a rocky moon or colonies floating in space, they’ll remember this time. “When they reflect on where it started, they’ll remember this place.” The Amazon chief executive founded Blue Origin in 2000, and a test flight successfully reached space in 2015. He has previously expressed ambitions to establish colonies of up to a trillion people, but the new video enshrines that ambition in the company’s manifesto. The ambition appears to be a long-held one for Mr Bezos. In his high school valedictorian speech, given in 1982, he told classmates he wanted to “build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth,” the Miami Herald reported at the time. His company has pioneered reusable launch crafts which are designed to lower the cost of space travel. One rocket, the New Shepard, will take commercial passengers into space “soon”, the company promises. Key planned space flights and the three front-runners It features a capsule which detaches and “coasts” into space for a short period, before landing with a parachute, while the launcher lands vertically and is designed to be used again. “With each flight, we’ll continuously improve the affordability of space exploration and research, opening space for all,” the company said. Mr Bezos is the richest person in the world, with a wealth of $151bn (£114.7bn), dwarfing his aerospace competitor Elon Musk, who is worth around $20bn. Mr Musk’s company SpaceX was founded in 2002, and was the first to achieve several milestones, including becoming the first to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, in 2010.
10/15/2018 - 01:35 PM
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Are No Longer Engaged
"It was way too much too soon"
10/15/2018 - 10:31 AM
'Saturday Night Live' Sends Up Kanye West and President Trump's Bizarre Meeting
"Oh my god, he's black me," said Baldwin's Trump
10/14/2018 - 10:52 AM
NASA’s one last hope for reviving the Opportunity rover may rest with Mars itself
With NASA's Hubble and Chandra spacecraft both choosing the same week to malfunction, it's obviously been a trying time for space agency engineers who are working tirelessly to keep space hardware up and running. In fact, last week was so rough on NASA that it was easy to forget the fact that the Opportunity rover is still sitting lifeless on the Red Planet.
NASA has been keeping a close eye on Opportunity — well, as close of an eye as you can when the rover refuses to actually communicate — but in a new update the space agency offers a tiny glimmer of hope. With the dust storm that doomed Opportunity now long gone, the last hope for the rover may rest in a different Mars weather phenomenon.
For the past several weeks, NASA has been sending plenty of signals to rover in the hopes that the aging hardware will finally snap out of its funk. The rover entered a low-power default state when a massive dust storm swallowed Mars and cut off light from Opportunity's solar panels. Scientists remain hopeful that the rover still has some life left in it, but warn that it's possible the rover is indeed dead.
One of the final hopes for NASA engineers is that the rover's solar panels were simply caked with dust when it was swallowed up by the storm. If that is the case, the only thing that could possibly save the rover's only power source would be if that dust was blown away, and as luck would have it the coming season is perfect for doing just that.
"A windy period on Mars — known to Opportunity's team as "dust-clearing season" — occurs in the November-to-January time frame and has helped clean the rover's panels in the past," NASA explains in a new update post. "The team remains hopeful that some dust clearing may result in hearing from the rover in this period."
If the solar panels are covered in dust and can't generate enough power to recharge the rover's batteries, a steady flow of wind could solve that problem. NASA is hoping that the rover's panels will clear enough that the vehicle wakes back up and begins sending messages back home once more, but if it doesn't we might finally see the end of a mission that has already outperformed NASA's wildest expectations.
10/15/2018 - 11:40 AM
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