Science


Trump Changing His Stance on Climate Change
- November 23, 2016

The dogma is if we don't do something drastic we are finished. A source on Trump's transition team told Reuters earlier this month that the NY businessman was seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change. (more...)
Apple confirms Black Friday deals event
- November 23, 2016

According to "Fortune" magazine, Apple retail stores across the USA will have special hours on Black Friday. While the free delivery sounds quite an fantastic deal , however, there's also a catch. But this year, it seems, Black Friday is too good a retail opportunity to miss. The webpage announcing the event says: "Friday can't come soon enough". (more...)
Google releases Android 7.1 Developer Preview 2 for some devices
- November 23, 2016

All the major updates were already there in the earlier preview build. While the previous update brought Pixel-exclusive features such as image keyboards and app shortcuts, details about changelog of new release are scarce at the moment. If you have one of the above said devices you can also try out the latest developer preview. So, if you were to buy the 32GB Pixel on a payment plan, for instance, you'd get a total of $409 ($649 full retail price - $240) spread out over 24 months. (more...)
Mass Effect Andromeda: New details on Verticality and its Dialogues Mass Effect Andromeda: New details on Verticality and its Dialogues
- November 23, 2016

Mass Effect: Andromeda speeds things up by getting rid of loading transitions inside your ship, the Tempest. Sadly, it's now fully confirmed that you can not manually fly the Tempest in Mass Effect: Andromeda . All in all, Mass Effect: Andromeda seems to be coming together quite nicely, and the Tempest has the potential to be a solid replacement for the Normandy. (more...)
In shift, Trump says humans may be causing global warming In shift, Trump says humans may be causing global warming
- November 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has taken a step back from his previous stance of denying climate change in an interview with The New York Times. And making a case for poor nations, Heads of States and government called for an increase in the volume, flow and access to finance for climate projects, alongside improved capacity and technology from developed to developing countries. (more...)
Facebook Creates a Censorship Tool in Kowtow to China Facebook Creates a Censorship Tool in Kowtow to China
- November 23, 2016

Facebook would probably have to give China access to its servers to be allowed in the country, said Qiao Mu, professor of communications at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The new software is created to prevent posts from appearing in users' feeds in designated areas. The company also apparently wants to shift the censorship blame. (more...)
New battery technology could charge your smartphone in just seconds New battery technology could charge your smartphone in just seconds
- November 23, 2016

Scientists have been exploring the usability of nanomaterial to improve supercapacitors that could replace batteries in electronics devices. The UCF team has attempted to apply newly discovered 2D materials that measure just a few atoms thick to supercapacitors. (more...)
Toyota Siennas' doors sliding open at wrong time prompt recall Toyota Siennas' doors sliding open at wrong time prompt recall
- November 23, 2016

A Toyota spokesperson tells Eyewitness News all of the recalled vehicles were built at the Toyota Plant in Gibson County. The recall covers minivans from the 2011-16 model years, the automaker said today in a statement . The Problem: Under certain conditions, the sliding door motor circuit could be overloaded, opening the fuse for the motor. Toyota will fix the doors for free. (more...)
Toyota recalling 834000 Sienna minivans in North America Toyota recalling 834000 Sienna minivans in North America
- November 23, 2016

Toyota is recalling thousands of minivans in the U.S. due to a problem that could lead the sliding door to open while driving. Toyota is recalling more than 700,00 Sienna Minivans in the United States. Toyota is still working on a fix and anticipates notifying owners of the problem in mid-January. The issue relates to the electrical system for the Sienna's sliding doors. (more...)
NASA plans to set fires in space NASA plans to set fires in space
- November 23, 2016

EST while the space station was flying 251 miles over the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of Colombia. Saffire-II mission updates will be added below as data and imagery are returned from the orbiting Cygnus vehicle. The spacecraft will remain in orbit until November 27, when it will reenter Earth's atmosphere and burn up over the Pacific Ocean. The company said data will be downloaded from the spacecraft via telemetry. (more...)
Coroner releases names of 4 girls killed in Flora fire
- November 23, 2016

Columbia Street. He said all four likely died of smoke inhalation. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told WLFI-TV in Lafayette the youngest was 4 and the oldest 13. One of the apartments was occupied by the four children and their mother, and the second was occupied by a mother and her two children. The smoke alarm in the second apartment was found to be working when crews arrived. (more...)
China wants to turn Chernobyl exclusion zone into solar power plant China wants to turn Chernobyl exclusion zone into solar power plant
- November 23, 2016

By GCR Staff1 CommentThirty years after Chernobyl became the deadliest nuclear disaster in history, a Chinese clean energy giant has been selected to build a 1GW solar power plant in its exclusion zone to help revive the region. Since then the exclusion zone, comprising all land within a 30-km radius of the plant, has been deemed unevenly contaminated. "In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse", Ostap Semerak, Ukraine's minister of environment and ... (more...)
Alabama's own bus tragedy concluded seat belts aren't the answer Alabama's own bus tragedy concluded seat belts aren't the answer
- November 23, 2016

Four school districts in Texas were given the grant for seat belts, South Texas, Austin, Pettus, and Dallas County ISD's. "More than half the drivers and passengers being killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts, and that's a major problem", said Sgt. (more...)
Charges expected in death of congressman's grandson
- November 23, 2016

Harris and Banks, who was on probation for a robbery conviction, turned themselves in Saturday, according to police and prosecutors. Javon Wilson, 15, was fatally shot in his home in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on the evening of November 18. (more...)
Fantastic Beasts primer: 5 things to know before watching
- November 23, 2016

Fantastic Beasts should be a big hit for the diehard Harry Potter fans out there, but it is somewhat bland as a standalone film and probably won't bowl audiences over. However, Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1920's NY. When we saw the Harry Potter movie franchise last, Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was earning $169 million in its opening weekend. (more...)
United Nations climate conference adopts declaration for action United Nations climate conference adopts declaration for action
- November 23, 2016

Without mentioning Trump by name, the declaration reaffirmed the need to reduce emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and called for "the highest political commitment to combat climate change". "We should have faith", said Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative for climate change. The fact that this made it through, reportedly to cheers from participants and observers, indicates the solidarity among the worldwide community - including representatives of the Obama administration - ... (more...)
'Most advanced weather satellite ever built' blasts off 'Most advanced weather satellite ever built' blasts off
- November 23, 2016

The satellite's data will be primarily used by the National Weather Service in the hope of getting early warnings to guarantee public safety and protection of property. NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office. Within a year, after undergoing a checkout and validation of its six instruments, the new satellite will become operational. (more...)
Advanced weather satellite set to launch from Cape Canaveral this weekend Advanced weather satellite set to launch from Cape Canaveral this weekend
- November 23, 2016

Another look at the Atlas 5 as it climbed away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. For the weather and space nerds there Saturday it was like watching a Super Bowl that's tied in overtime. The information gathered could also help rocket scientists know when to call off a launch. The spectacular launch, which lit up the Florida evening sky, occurred about one hour later than planned due to issues with the rocket and launch range that were swiftly resolved. (more...)
Revolutionary weather satellite blasts off Revolutionary weather satellite blasts off
- November 23, 2016

NASA launched the $1 billion satellite Saturday night for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) lifted off at 5:42pm CST on its way to boost the nation's weather observation capabilities, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings. (more...)
A look at killings of law enforcement officers in the US A look at killings of law enforcement officers in the US
- November 23, 2016

The National Law Enforcement Fund, an organization that tracks police officer deaths, said that the total number of fatalities this year has increased by 16 percent. Cops said a suspect, who was not named, was later located by police. The search for the gunman continues. He didn't elaborate. Police said the suspect's weapon was recovered from the scene. (more...)

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