New, long-extinct ape species found in ancient Chinese tomb
An entirely new but long-extinct ape species has been discovered in an ancient tomb in central China. The skull and jaw of the never-before-seen gibbon were found in Shaanxi province inside a royal burial chamber that was built some 2,300 years ago. The previously unknown genus and species of gibbon, which researchers have named Junzi imperialis, may be the first ape to have become extinct due to humans, according to a new study published in the journal Science on Friday.
06/22/2018 - 12:43 PM
President Trump's Tweet Just Made It Harder for the House to Pass an Immigration Bill
"What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate"
06/21/2018 - 10:32 AM
Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity
While bad news for the Opportunity rover, this gives NASA a great chance to study the storm up close.
06/21/2018 - 02:55 PM
Convicted Car Thief Arrested in XXXTentacion Murder Investigation
The arrest came about 48 hours after the rapper was shot and killed
06/21/2018 - 11:07 AM
The Story Behind TIME's Trump 'Welcome to America' Cover
John Moore's photograph of a two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker at the U.S.-Mexico border is featured on the July 2 cover of TIME
06/21/2018 - 07:00 AM
Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise
Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long warned of the problem. - What are the causes of ocean noise? Advocacy groups focus on seismic airguns, which are used by oil and gas interests to find reserves on the ocean floor.
06/21/2018 - 02:44 PM
Daughter of radio host killed in alleged murder-for-hire plot on saying goodbye to her mom
"I grabbed her hand and I begged her for an ounce of her strength," April Kauffman's daughter Kim Pack said of saying goodbye to her mother before her burial.
06/21/2018 - 12:32 PM
Charles Krauthammer, Conservative Political Commentator, Dies at 68
He wrote in early June that he had terminal cancer
06/21/2018 - 07:04 PM
Five Charity Workers Were Kidnapped and Gang-Raped in East India
The women were abducted while performing a play about human trafficking
06/22/2018 - 04:18 AM
First Lady Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Child Detention Center in Texas
One day after her husband signed an executive order to keep families together
06/21/2018 - 12:30 PM
Bear researcher attacked by grizzly to stay on career path
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear researcher who was attacked by a grizzly bear last month said Thursday that her recovery has been slow, but the encounter has done nothing to change her mind about her career path.
06/21/2018 - 07:29 PM
Police Need Search Warrant to Track Suspects' Location via Cell Tower Records, Supreme Court Says
The outcome marks a big change in how police can obtain phone records
06/22/2018 - 10:59 AM
Cambridge University discovers how to stop irritating ‘plink plink’ of dripping tap
The irritating "plink, plink" sounds of a dripping tap has caused many a sleepless night. But now Cambridge University has discovered what causes it, and how to stop it. Using ultra-high-speed cameras and audio capture techniques, researchers found the noise is produced by the movement of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the water’s surface. The bubble forces the water surface itself to vibrate, creating the sound as it hits an empty, or water-filled sink below. However changing the surface tension of the water that the drops are falling onto by adding washing up liquid causes the sound to vanish. “A lot of work has been done on the physical mechanics of a dripping tap, but not very much has been done on the sound,” said Dr Anurag Agarwal of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, who led the research. “But thanks to modern video and audio technology, we can finally find out exactly where the sound is coming from, which may help us to stop it.” Ultra slow speed cameras and specialist audio recorders were able to pick out the exact moment the sound is produce as a drop hits the surface Credit: University of Cambridge Dr Agarwal decided to investigate the problem after while visiting a friend’s house who had a leak in his roof. “While I was being kept awake by the sound of water falling into a bucket placed underneath the leak, I started thinking about this problem,” he said. “The next day I discussed it with my friend and another visiting academic, and we were all surprised that no one had actually answered the question of what causes the sound.” The earliest photographs of drop impacts were published in 1908, and the fluid mechanics of a water droplet hitting a liquid surface are well-known, but nobody had got to the bottom of the mystery "plink". In their experiment, the Cambridge researchers found that, the initial splash, the formation of the cavity, and the jet of liquid are all effectively silent. The source of the sound is only down to the trapped air bubble. “Using high-speed cameras and high-sensitivity microphones, we were able to directly observe the oscillation of the air bubble for the first time, showing that the air bubble is the key driver for both the underwater sound, and the distinctive airborne ‘plink’ sound,” said doctoral student Sam Phillips. “However, the airborne sound is not simply the underwater sound field spreading to the surface, as had been previously thought.” According to the researchers, the results could also used to develop more efficient ways to measure rainfall. The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
06/22/2018 - 10:00 AM
Melania Trump's 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket Did Not Go Over Well
The First Lady's communications director said there was no "hidden message"
06/21/2018 - 07:53 PM
Facebook testing subscription fees for membership groups
Company to let some groups starting charging monthly fees for access to content.
06/21/2018 - 11:38 AM
North and South Korea Are Preparing to Reunite Families Divided by War
The families were were driven apart during the turmoil of the Korean War
06/21/2018 - 11:12 PM
States Can Force Online Shoppers to Pay Sales Tax, Supreme Court Rules
The 5-4 ruling is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually
06/21/2018 - 10:33 AM
'They’re Anxious.' Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo After Trump’s Immigration Order
"Frankly, our expectation is nothing different is going to happen for the kids"
06/21/2018 - 05:58 PM
North and South Korea Agree to Hold Family Reunification Meetings This Summer
As the rivals boost reconciliation efforts
06/22/2018 - 07:44 AM
California officials call for endangered listing for marten
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A cat-sized, weasel-like animal whose habitat in forests along California's northern coast is under threat from marijuana cultivation should receive endangered species status, state fish and wildlife officials said.
06/22/2018 - 02:09 PM
Weekend Recipe: Your Guide to Creating Dairy-Free Nut, Seed and Rice Milks
A tasty alternative to traditional milk
06/22/2018 - 10:52 AM
Immigration Votes Cap a Rough Week for the GOP
As they head into an already difficult midterm election cycle, GOP lawmakers have found themselves playing defense.
06/21/2018 - 01:41 PM
The International Space Station is about to create the coldest spot in the entire universe
Space is a chilly place, but scientists aboard the International Space Station are about to make it just a little bit colder — temporarily, at least. The crew is about to power up a small device called the Cold Atom Laboratory to plunge atoms into temperatures close to absolute zero.
As NBC Mach reports, the experiments will focus on the movements of particles at temperatures that are just barely above absolute zero — the theoretical temperature in which all movement stops — in order to observe some of the quirks of quantum mechanics. If you've ever even casually looked into research based on quantum mechanics you already know that things are about to get weird.
For an example of just how bizarre things can get in the world of quantum physics you only need to look at the launch of a Chinese satellite from early in 2017. The satellite used a strange quirk known as quantum entanglement to send an "unhackable" message nearly 750 miles to Earth.
Quantum entanglement allows two particles called "twins" to behave in unison even though they are separated by incredibly long distances. Any kind of interaction with one of the particles will result in the other particle reacting in the same manner, almost as though both the particles are actually one, existing in two places at the same time. It's some seriously mind-boggling stuff, but it's totally real, and scientists are eager to learn more about it.
By cooling particles to incredibly low temperatures, scientists have a better opportunity to observe the behavior of these kinds of particles. The low-gravity environment of the space station makes it an ideal place for this kind of testing, and will give researchers more time to observe the chilled particle clouds before they break down.
The work will actually be conducted by scientists here on Earth, and the tiny laboratory won't require any assistance from the crew of the space station. The remote experiments can be performed for nearly seven hours per day, which will give researches plenty of time to try to untangle the mysteries of the universe.
06/22/2018 - 10:56 AM
“I am not defined by this.” NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps talks about being pulled from the ISS mission
Jeanette Epps can easily be seen as a poster woman for success. Even though that’s something she never set out to become. Not only has she achieved prestige as a former CIA officer and now as a NASA astronaut, she has also navigated her career against all the odds as an African-American woman in industries…
06/22/2018 - 07:50 AM
Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?
An industry unites to fight for endangered farms
06/21/2018 - 06:28 AM
Summer solstice 2018: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the year
It may feel like summer arrived weeks ago: deckchairs are already out in parks, holidays are booked, barbecues have been fired up and – in true British fashion – we've no idea what to wear to our air-conditioned offices. But technically speaking astronomical summer didn't begin until today, when Britain enjoys the longest day of 2018. Read on below to find everything you need to know about summer, the solstice, traditions, the significance of Stonehenge – and how to celebrate it. When is the longest day of the year? In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year. This year it falls today - Thursday, June 21 - when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The sun rose at 4.43am and will set at 9.31pm, according to weather.com. The crowd cheers as the sun rises through the stones on the longest day of the year. Happy #SummerSolstice! pic.twitter.com/sNhNKEGExR— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 The solstice officially marks the beginning of astronomical summer which ends when the autumn equinox falls on September 23. Day and night will be at almost equal length on this day, as the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward into the northern hemisphere. Read about how Stonehenge builders used Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before Greek philosopher was born What happens during the summer solstice? There are two solstices each year - one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Traditionally, the summer solstice period fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving people who worked the land time to relax. This is why June became the traditional month for weddings. It might seem like a day to celebrate, but it actually signals the moment the sun's path stops moving northward in the sky, and the start of days becoming steadily shorter as the slow march towards winter begins. However, we won't notice the days becoming shorter for a while. The shortest day of the year isn't until Thursday, December 21, known as the winter solstice; it lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain, which is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June solstice. Summer solstice 2018 gallery At the winter solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted furthest away from the sun directly over the Tropic of Capricorn bringing only a few hours of daylight. In the southern hemisphere the dates of the two solstices are reversed. The winter solstice occurs on the same day in June and the summer solstice the same day in December. The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'sun standing still'. Some prefer the more teutonic term 'sunturn' to describe the event. Astrologers say the sun seems to 'stand still' at the point on the horizon where it appears to rise and set, before moving off in the reverse direction. Equinox and solstice explainer graphic Summer solstice traditions: why is Stonehenge so significant? Stonehenge in Avebury, Wiltshire is the most popular place for Pagans to celebrate the longest day because it famously aligns to the solstices. The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar. Built in three phases between 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C Stonehenge's exact purpose still remains a mystery. The stones were brought from very long distances – the bluestones from the Preseli Hills more than 150 miles away, and the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north. Britain's most mysterious stone circles The day marks the ancient middle of summer. It has significance for pagans who have always believed that midsummer day holds a special power. Midsummer's eve was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, and when fairies were though to be at their most powerful. Night sky: how and where to see noctilucent clouds Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired many festivals and midsummer celebrations involving bonfires, picnics, singing, watching the sun rise and Maypole dancing. Many towns and villages across Britain still mark the day. One ritual was the lighting of fires, heralding the start of shorter days, although this doesn't really happen anymore. The idea was that flames would keep the dark away. Revellers at the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge, earlier today Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Where can I celebrate the summer solstice? Stonehenge always welcomes an influx of garland-wearing hippies, druids and curious tourists who head to the mysterious stone circles and wait for the sun to appear. Crowds of around 20,000 greet the moment dawn breaks with a mixture of cheers and silent meditation, and the strawberry moon added extra excitement this year. The solstice car park opened on Wednesday at 7pm ahead of the sunset at 9:26pm. Crowds cheered the rise of the sun at Stonehenge as thousands gathered to celebrate the summer solstice. Dawn is breaking over Stonehenge at #SummerSolsticepic.twitter.com/OXyLhHcffX— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) June 21, 2018 Those who observed the spectacle at the neolithic Wiltshire monument were blessed with clear skies as the sun glinted over the horizon at 4.52am. The sunrise over Stonehenge this morning Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph It's slightly quieter at the Avebury stone circle, Britain's second greatest prehistoric site, about 20 miles from Stonehenge. In Penzance, the Golowan Festival celebrates the summer solstice from June 23 to 28. If you're in London, watching the sunrise from Parliament Hill will give you great views of the capital.
06/21/2018 - 07:13 AM
Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism
Kilauea's lava flow encompasses only 9.5 square miles on an island the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined
06/21/2018 - 06:52 PM
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