Science


Obama pledges support to Louisiana flood victims
- August 27, 2016

Congress could be asked to decide on a bonus federal aid when more comprehensive damage assessment has been carried out, Obama said. Louisiana officials aimed for bipartisan support and unity as they turned to the task of rounding up federal money for their state. (more...)
Obama administration pushing state-run retirement plans
- August 27, 2016

Borzi . Less than one third of Americans between the ages 65 and 74 have savings in a retirement account, according to White House officials. Perez praised the efforts of eight states , including California , to create state-run retirement plans for Americans who do not have access to similar plans through their employers. (more...)
Sprint launches new 'Unlimited Freedom Premium' plan w Sprint launches new 'Unlimited Freedom Premium' plan w
- August 27, 2016

The company says it's now also offering an "Unlimited Freedom Premium " plan, which offers the same basic features as the Unlimited Freedom plan, with the added bonus of users being able to stream HD video - provided you're willing to pay $80 a month, a $20 premium over the core Unlimited Freedom Plan. (more...)
Woman killed while pushing stroller is cousin of Dwyane Wade
- August 27, 2016

Just yesterday, ESPN's The Undefeated hosted a multi-platform discussion on the topic, featuring the input of community leaders and area athletes, including Bulls guards Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade , a Chicago native. Though the shooting remains under investigation, one person is being questioned by police. He is an outspoken activist against gun violence. "This is one particular time our family wished we didn't have to be speaking to the media about anything", Jolinda Wade said. (more...)
New Apple iOS update protects devices from 'Pegasus' intercept spyware
- August 27, 2016

Citizen Lab and Lookout Security were alerted by Ahmed Mansoor, a member of Human Rights Watch's advisory committee, who was sent two text messages containing hyperlinks and promising information about detainees in United Arab Emirates prisons. (more...)
Top France Court Suspends 'Burkini' Swimsuit Ban
- August 27, 2016

The ruling by the Council of State specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to affect all the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees. (more...)
Stop What You're Doing and Update Your iPhone Right Now
- August 27, 2016

The iOS 9.3.5 update contains a very important security fix. A report by San-Francisco based security company, Lookout Mobile, states the spyware exploited three weaknesses within the iPhone, which were previously undisclosed, to take control of the device. (more...)
Korean leader praises missile launch Korean leader praises missile launch
- August 27, 2016

The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published several photos that showed the missile, with the name Pukguksong printed on its side, soaring into the sky, and Kim smiling and embracing one of the North Korean officials accompanying him on what appeared to be an observation deck. (more...)
Apple drops new betas for iOS 10 and tvOS 10
- August 27, 2016

The site noted that though both betas do not have release notes yet, it is unlikely for both to "add anything big" to the previously revealed features of the full updates that have been leaked by the previous betas. It is also worth noting that the installation of the seventh tvOS 10 beta requires the connection of the Apple TV to a computer using a USB-C to USB-A cable. (more...)
Apple Seeds Final Beta Version Of iOS 10
- August 27, 2016

Apple is expected to release the final public version of iOS 10 in early September ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus release, so the iOS 10 GM (Gold Master) build should be released sometime soon. To install beta 7 of tvOS 10, head over to Settings System Software Updates Update Software on your Apple TV and download the updated build. tvOS 10 builds on features initially introduced with tvOS last October, bringing expanded Siri capabilities like topic-based search, Live Tune-In for ... (more...)
Obama to create world's largest marine sanctuary off Hawaii
- August 27, 2016

Obama will increase the size of protected land and water area inside its borders from the current 139,797 square miles to 582,578 square miles, making it the largest protected area in the world. According to BuzzFeed News , a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated: "This historic action taken today by President Obama ensures that one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems will be preserved and protected for future generations". (more...)
Proxima b: Second Habitable Earth Discovered Near Proxima Centauri
- August 27, 2016

And it appears to be nearly perfectly set up to serve as a home for alien life. An global team of astronomers has confirmed the discovery of "Proxima b," the closest potentially habitable exoplanet ever detected outside our solar system. (more...)
Juno spacecraft set for record-breaking Jupiter approach Juno spacecraft set for record-breaking Jupiter approach
- August 27, 2016

The spacecraft will perform 35 more flybys during its primary mission which is due to end in February 2018 when mission controllers command the probe into a dive that will see it plunge into the Jovian clouds, never to be seen again. Once it completes Saturday's flyby, Juno will head back out into space for another 53.5-day orbit, and then settle into smaller, roughly two-week orbits thereafter. (more...)
NASA to launch asteroid-sampling mission in three weeks NASA to launch asteroid-sampling mission in three weeks
- August 27, 2016

In 2004, Dante Lauretta and friends sketched out idea concept for an asteroid science mission on a cocktail napkin at the bar in Tucson's Arizona Inn. The space craft is scheduled to launch September 8 at Cape Canaveral. The process will last over a year, and, as part of it, OSIRIS-REx will map potential sample sites. (more...)
Katie Ledecky turning down $5 million per year to go to school Katie Ledecky turning down $5 million per year to go to school
- August 27, 2016

It is incredible all Ledecky has accomplished only just now preparing to begin college. Katie Ledecky uses man as medal rack. Ledecky has thrown out the first pitch at Nationals Park before. 'They all wanted to see how heavy they were and things like that, ' Ledecky said. 'They are pretty heavy. Ledecky, who was born in Washington and grew up in nearby Bethesda, Md., called herself "a big Nats fan" - citing Harper as her favorite player, because real recognize real. (more...)
Investigation 99 continues; Will a storm form in the Gulf?
- August 27, 2016

The storm is centered about 1,195 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest near 17 mph. The tropical disturbance (Invest 99L) over the Lesser Antilles has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next five days. (more...)
Tropical System Headed for South Florida
- August 27, 2016

Batey said a hurricane is unlikely, but that doesn't leave central Florida off the hook. A fraction of these tropical waves serve as the seed for an Atlantic Basin tropical storm or hurricane each season. This system has become less organized since Wednesday, with only minimal associated shower activity, and the chances for development during the next two days have decreased. (more...)
Singapore July factory output -3.6 pct y/y, worse than expected Singapore July factory output -3.6 pct y/y, worse than expected
- August 27, 2016

July's manufacturing report adds to recent dismal economic data that some economists say point to risk of economic contraction ahead. Blame it on output declines in nearly all clusters. "The aerospace and land transport segments declined 2.3 per cent and 2.6 per cent respectively". Higher output was registered in the semiconductor segment (34 per cent) but this was partially offset by declines in the rest of the electronic segments. (more...)
Dragon capsule returns to Earth with space gifts Dragon capsule returns to Earth with space gifts
- August 27, 2016

Astronauts Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins commanded the release of the Dragon at 6:10 a.m EDT on Friday. In this frame grab taken from NASA Television, a SpaceX Dragon capsule separates from a robotic arm of the International Space Station en route back to Earth with a load of science experiments and gear from the space station, Friday, Aug. (more...)
Reports that Russian Federation has stopped using Iran base are challenged Reports that Russian Federation has stopped using Iran base are challenged
- August 26, 2016

Iran's Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering to negotiate with Russian Federation over acquisition of Sukhoi S-300 and Bavar-373 air defense systems. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani on August 23 suggested Russian warplanes are still using the Hamedan base. On a practical level, US-led anti-Assad forces now needed to avoid collisions with Russian jets operating in the Syrian air space. (more...)

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