Science


36 homes evacuated as wildfire grows in Sonoma County
- September 27, 2016

Fuels are heavy, with areas of grass and pockets of oak woodland. The fire is now moving close to the geothermal plants in the area. The cause of the fire was under investigation as firefighters battling the blaze Monday in steep terrain braced for another day of temperatures in the high 90s and strong winds. (more...)
Arnold Palmer dies at age 87
- September 27, 2016

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National, described Arnold Palmer's impact on the Masters as "immeasurable" as part of a glowing tribute to the golf legend, who has died at the age of 87. The head of the European Tour has credited Arnold Palmer for making golf a truly global sport by playing the British Open in the early 1960s. He would hitch up his trousers, drop a cigarette and attack the flags. (more...)
Plex Cloud ditches the always-on PC for a more elegant solution Plex Cloud ditches the always-on PC for a more elegant solution
- September 27, 2016

Plex today announced the debut of a new Plex Cloud service, which is created to allow Plex users to store their media in the cloud so it's accessible anywhere without the need to set up a local server. Plex Cloud is not yet generally available, but there's a signup page for customers who want to request one of the limited spots in the beta trial. (more...)
Cruz throws support behind Trump's White House campaign
- September 27, 2016

To keep face, Cruz on Friday described Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as " wholly unacceptable ". Ted Cruz's belated endorsement of Donald Trump - a despised nemesis the Texas senator once vowed he'd never back "like a servile puppy dog" - could give the billionaire new life among skeptical, so-called "principled" conservatives who have been holding out, pundits said. (more...)
Strong, dry winds bring fire danger to Southern California Strong, dry winds bring fire danger to Southern California
- September 27, 2016

Strong gusts up to 55 miles per hour (89 kph) were expected into the weekend from Monterey south to San Diego, according to the National Weather Service. "Traditionally, late September through mid-November is Santa Ana season", Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said. Longtime Pasadena resident Mona Teebay said she notices it every fall. (more...)
African elephant population tumbles due to poaching African elephant population tumbles due to poaching
- September 27, 2016

A booming illegal wildlife trade has put huge pressure on an existing treaty signed by more than 180 countries - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Trade in wild animals and plants is worth an estimated $US323 billion ($A423 billion) annually, according to the organisation Pro Wildlife. The figures come after the Duke of Cambridge spoke of his fears that, by the time his baby daughter Princess Charlotte turns 25, the African elephant will have disappeared from ... (more...)
Loras poll: Clinton, Trump tied in Iowa
- September 27, 2016

Still, even the Loras poll represents progress for Trump. "Any advantage Clinton had over the summer has certainly evaporated", said poll Director Christopher Budzisz, who also is an associate professor of politics at Loras, in a press release. (more...)
S.Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Lotte Group chairman S.Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Lotte Group chairman
- September 27, 2016

South Korean prosecutors have escalated a criminal probe into the country's fifth biggest conglomerate Lotte Group after seeking court permission to arrest chairman Shin Dong-bin, throwing the group's fragile leadership into turmoil. Shin was suspected of causing 100 billion won (some 90 million USA dollars) of loss in Lotte companies's share trading and asset transaction process. (more...)
LED lights might be terribly harmful LED lights might be terribly harmful
- September 27, 2016

Almost 13 per cent of United States area / roadway lighting is now LED , according to a report prepared a year ago for the Department of Energy, and many communities that haven't yet made the switch plan to do so. Lighting is measured according to color temperature, expressed in Kelvins or "K". High-intensity LED streetlights may be causing people to become sleepless in Seattle - and in other places such as Los Angeles, New York, Houston and other places, according to the American Medical ... (more...)
Motorola's 'Moto Z Series' Set to Launch in India on October 4th Motorola's 'Moto Z Series' Set to Launch in India on October 4th
- September 27, 2016

It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card). Recalling the confirmation, Lenovo India has confirmed Moto Z as well as the magnetic Snap-on back panels Moto Mods to be launched by October in India. (more...)
Man Arrested over Pippa Middleton iCloud Hack Man Arrested over Pippa Middleton iCloud Hack
- September 27, 2016

The 33-year-old author - who is the younger sister of Duchess Catherine - had her vast collection of digital pictures stolen and reportedly offered for sale, and police are now quizzing 35-year-old Nathan Wyatt, much to the surprise of his neighbours in Northamptonshire, East Midlands. (more...)
US regulators recall smartphones
- September 27, 2016

Today, the CPSC is officially involved and working with Samsung on the recall. With Samsung's official recall of the Note7 now underway, carriers have started to lay out when their customers can expect replacement devices. Samsung said replacement devices should be available at most retail locations no later than Wednesday. Consumers have until September 21 to exchange the phone. (more...)
Clinton, Trump preparing for first presidential debate tonight Clinton, Trump preparing for first presidential debate tonight
- September 27, 2016

A record 100 million people are expected to watch the first TV debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, starting at 9pm local time (01:00 GMT) in NY. "When she's had the opportunity to talk about not just what her plans are to make a difference in people's lives, but how this campaign is really part of a lifelong mission to fight for kids and families, she's done really well", Mook said. (more...)
European Tour pays tribute to Arnold Palmer
- September 27, 2016

The excitement and drama that he brought to the game made it into something that millions found themselves following on television. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Golfers are rarely remembered for their fashion sense, usually the exact opposite. Palmer was once the runner-up at the British Open, later calling it one of the biggest disappointments of his career. (more...)
Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors
- September 27, 2016

It wouldn't be surprising to see the mega company acquire Twitter , however, given some of its major acquisitions in the past, including the likes of Pixar. It's a nascent, futuristic business strategy that doesn't entirely cannibalize the old television business, and it makes sense that Disney , which owns ESPN, would want to at least kick the tires. (more...)
New Upgrade Brings Boss Battles, Several Add-Ons, Input New Upgrade Brings Boss Battles, Several Add-Ons, Input
- September 27, 2016

It will arrive on the game's Pocket Edition on Android and iOS, Windows 10 Edition Beta and Gear VR Edition . If Minecraft in VR still feels like a conventional PC or mobile game at the moment, it should be a more distinctive experience following the update. (more...)
Ex-Tesla Partner Says Carmaker is Ex-Tesla Partner Says Carmaker is "Pushing the Envelope" With Safety
- September 27, 2016

After a very public breakup in July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk chose to refrain from commenting on his company's relationship with Mobileye , Israel-based maker of collision detection and driver assistance systems and Tesla's former partner in the development of Autopilot. (more...)
Could a liquid water ocean lie under Pluto's heart?
- September 27, 2016

The new work was detailed September 19 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters . In 2011, planetary scientists Guillaume Robuchon and Francis Nimmo from University of California at Santa Cruz, studied the thermal evolution of the dwarf planet and suggested that water ocean could exist underneath this icy shell. (more...)
Maryland Police Say Armed Man Shot in Standoff Maryland Police Say Armed Man Shot in Standoff
- September 27, 2016

A person has been shot following a standoff in Columbia on Monday morning with Howard County police. An officer fired a shot and hit the man in the torso. The man then held the gun to his head. Police say the suspect has been transported to Shock Trauma. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after this type of incident. (more...)
New NASA images show possible water plumes erupting on Europa New NASA images show possible water plumes erupting on Europa
- September 27, 2016

In a news conference , the scientists on the project said the plumes come and go and Hubble could only sometimes capture images of the plumes. This is the first time plumes have been spotted again since that one-off in 2012. The STScI team watched Europa travel across the face of Jupiter on 10 different occasions over a period of 15 months, starting in December of 2013. (more...)

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