Science


Sorry Trump, NY Times says subscriptions rose since election
- November 19, 2016

It's a warning about the dangers of a president who not only doesn't feel accountable to the press, but is actively antagonistic toward it - a president who goes out of his way to make sure his followers don't believe what they read in the media so they'll live in denial of every atrocious, unconstitutional act of his presidency. (more...)
Domino's delivers first pizza by drone Domino's delivers first pizza by drone
- November 19, 2016

He says the goal is to deliver pizza within 10 minutes. Carrying out the delivery was Flirtey , a company that had previously been seen engaging in drone delivery of 7-11 merchandise back in Reno last July. Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny said: "To conduct these deliveries in an urban environment while delivering a hot, fresh pizza, is a validation of our delivery system that assures Flirtey is prepared for mass market deliveries around the globe". (more...)
Have an iPhone 7 from Verizon? Apple may be throttling your speeds Have an iPhone 7 from Verizon? Apple may be throttling your speeds
- November 19, 2016

The researchers shared their results with Bloomberg , reporting that the Galaxy S7 was twice as fast as the iPhone 7 on Verizon after collecting data from more than 100,000 phones that downloaded a large image. Apple launched the new iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, back in the month of August along with the Apple Watch series 2. A phone's 4G LTE throughput is only one aspect of a its performance. (more...)
State Department calls Israel's outpost bill a 'troubling step'
- November 19, 2016

Right-wing leaders in the Israeli government have seized on the election of Donald Trump to push forward bold new legislation to legalize Jewish settlements in the West Bank built on privately owned Palestinian land. The bill is expected to apply to between 2,000 and 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank. Egypt condemned on Tuesday an Israeli bill that would allow legitimisation of unauthorised Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. (more...)
Toyota sharpens focus on electric cars through new in-house unit Toyota sharpens focus on electric cars through new in-house unit
- November 19, 2016

Reports came out last week that Toyota was pushing for the formation of a new research and development team tasked to come up with a battery electric vehicle with a range of 300 km on a single charge. The top issue behind forming this PEV venture company is responding to changing regulations. It appears that Toyota Motor Corporation is planning to position itself as a solid competitor against Elon Musk's Tesla Motors. (more...)
Our moon shines the biggest, brightest since 1948
- November 19, 2016

Hovering outside your window will be the biggest and brightest moon the planet has seen since January 1948 - a scientific phenomenon that takes place only when a full moon coincides with the moon being the closest it gets to us on its orbit. (more...)
UN's Ban Ki-Moon to Trump
- November 19, 2016

A United Nations climate summit in Marrakesh , tasked with implementing the hard-won Paris Agreement , moved towards its scheduled close yesterday, dogged by United States President-elect Donald Trump's promise to abandon the landmark pact. (more...)
Vulnerable countries pledge to go all-renewables, with help
- November 19, 2016

It has called upon Trump to continue the Paris Climate Agreement , an accord signed by about 180 countries a year ago dealing with greenhouse gases, mitigating emissions and responding to climate change . Its delegation says there's agreement on the problems facing the Paris Agreement on global warming - and there's agreement on the guidelines for putting the deal into force. (more...)
UN climate talks end with pleas for Trump to join fight UN climate talks end with pleas for Trump to join fight
- November 19, 2016

The US is the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. "Building an energy-efficient economy in the US, powered by low-carbon energy, will ensure our nation's competitiveness,"said Michael Kobori, vice president, sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co., "and position USA companies as leaders in the global market - all while doing the right thing for our planet". (more...)
Supermoon lights up night sky
- November 19, 2016

A full supermoon therefore occurs when the full moon is at the perigee of its orbit around earth. That distance makes no small difference. The event described as "undeniably beautiful" by American space agency Nasa - is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years, appearing 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. (more...)
Climate change worries escalate as Trump elevates top deniers Climate change worries escalate as Trump elevates top deniers
- November 19, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has previously claimed global warming was a hoax made up by the Chinese to make United States manufacturing uncompetitive, and has promised to boost polluting coal and pull out of the Paris Agreement. The Marrakesh climate talks may not deliver a substantial boost for worldwide funding to help poorer countries cope with the worsening floods, droughts, storms and rising seas brought by climate change, negotiators and development charities fear. (more...)
Kerry 'confident' USA climate trend pledges can't be reversed
- November 19, 2016

New Zealand was the 63rd country to sign the Paris Agreement . More than 190 countries, including the United States, pledged in the deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for rising temperatures and sea levels, worsening droughts and heat waves. (more...)
Trump says only he knows finalists for Cabinet
- November 19, 2016

The incoming Republican administration got an unlikely boost from outgoing Vice President Joe Biden , who said "no administration is ready on Day One". Trump won the United States presidency on November 9 in a result which shocked many who had expected her to win following favourable opinion polls. (more...)
NASA's Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Woman in Space
- November 19, 2016

Whitson has already spent 377 days in space and logged nearly 40 hours of spacewalking, which was the most recorded by a woman until 2012, when compatriot Sunita Williams overtook her with over 50 hours of cumulative spacewalk time. She also was the first and so far only woman to head NASA's male-dominated astronaut corps. Upcoming research includes how lighting impacts the overall health and well-being of crew members, and how microgravity affects tissue regeneration in humans and the ... (more...)
Presidential election causes concern over fate of Affordable Care Act
- November 19, 2016

This change in the age bands, they believe, would help strengthen the financial stability of the health insurance industry because it would prevent premiums from being too expensive for young people. That program is created to provide affordable health insurance for those who do not get it from employers or elsewhere, with a financial penalty for those who have no coverage. (more...)
Open Enrollment for Obamacare Now Through Jan. 31
- November 19, 2016

Even if that were changed, however, Munnich said it would not have a big impact on health care costs. The enrollment period ends on January 31st, 2017. It's a hot-button issue as president-elect Donald Trump prepares to take over the White House. No one knows exactly how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be amended by the Trump administration and Congress, or even if it will. (more...)
Atlanta panda twins get culture shock on return to China Atlanta panda twins get culture shock on return to China
- November 19, 2016

Even stranger, Mei Lun and Mei Huan understand English, but Chinese may as well be Greek to them. According to The Washington Post, Zoo Atlanta panda twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first surviving panda twins born in the USA, are having some trouble adjusting to their new home at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base in China. (more...)
Deputy US marshal fatally shot in southeast Georgia Deputy US marshal fatally shot in southeast Georgia
- November 19, 2016

It was at the Spring Creek Mobile Home Park in Long County where U.S. Marshal Patrick Carothers lost his life in the line of duty. After the September incident, Carter was wanted on charges of attempte