Science


Peggy Whitson EVA accumulated time record
- April 02, 2017

She had a total time of 50 hours and 40 minutes. Longtime NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson-whose first space mission was in 2002-just became the female astronaut with the most spacewalks under her belt. SpaceX and Boeing are now conceptualizing crew vehicles to send people to the International Space Station probably in the coming year, according to PRI . (more...)
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+, launches VR content service
- April 02, 2017

The Galaxy S8 provides various levels of biometric authentication, with the highest level of authentication from the iris scanner and fingerprint reader . Users will also find a new digital assistant from Samsung called " Bixby " that's created to compete with similar features from Apple, Google and Microsoft. (more...)
Finland says no date yet for Arctic summit, Trump-Putin meeting
- April 02, 2017

The spokesman pointed to then-President Barack Obama's sanctions against Russian Federation in response to the alleged election interference as a reason for relations between the two countries being " maybe even worse " than during the Cold War. (more...)
20 killed by shrine custodian in Pakistan 20 killed by shrine custodian in Pakistan
- April 02, 2017

Four women were among those killed at the Shrine of Mohammad Ali in Punjab province, according to police, who said they had arrested three suspects including the shrine's custodian. He said four injured persons have been shifted to hospital. "We have taken five people, including the caretakers of the dargah - Waheed and Yousuf, into custody for interrogation", he said. (more...)
White House Officials Gave Nunes Info on Trump's Wiretap Claims White House Officials Gave Nunes Info on Trump's Wiretap Claims
- April 02, 2017

That was when a mysterious change in the GOP's platform on Ukraine, WikiLeaks' release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails, and conversations between top Trump surrogates Jeff Sessions and Michael Flynn with Russia's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, began to raise questions. (more...)
Trump to sign executive orders cracking down on unfair trade
- April 02, 2017

In a symbolic move, Trump was to sign an executive order tasking staff to pinpoint countries and goods responsible for America's almost $50 billion a month trade deficit. "Nothing we're saying tonight is about China, let's not make this a China story", Navarro said. Trump took an adversarial tone with China in a Thursday evening tweet, but he also appeared to dampen expectations about the meeting with Xi at his Mar-a-Lago estate. (more...)
Netanyahu vows to move ahead on new settlement plan
- April 02, 2017

A spokesman for United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said that the secretary-general expressed "disappointment and alarm" at the Israeli security cabinet's decision on Thursday to build a new settlement - considered illegal under worldwide law - on land stolen from the Palestinians. (more...)
Trump's EPA chief lifts ban on pesticide that poisons children
- April 02, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency this week denied a petition to remove chlorpyrifos from the market. "Administrator Pruitt makes no apologies for having a candid dialogue about climate science and commonsense regulations that will protect our environment, without creating unnecessary regulatory burdens that kill jobs", said Liz Bowman in an emailed statement . (more...)
Regulations rollback a relief for energy industry, worry for environmentalists
- April 02, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders lashed out at President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon, calling the executive order Trump signed on Tuesday to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan "nonsensical". In the past, Immelt expressed a willingness to work with the new administration. What we do know, though, is it will be a long time before the dust settles, and unless many fundamental changes occur legally, diplomatically, and scientifically, any new administration can bring Obama's policies back to ... (more...)
Freedom Caucus to Trump: We're 'committed to keeping our promise' on Obamacare
- April 02, 2017

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care . "The Freedom Caucus are the only ones keeping their promises - trying to keep their promises - to the American people", said Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general who was one of the first Republicans to file a lawsuit challenging the 2010 health care law that his party has run on repealing ever since. (more...)
Peggy Whitson breaks spacewalking record for a female astronaut
- April 02, 2017

The docking port was disconnected during a spacewalk last Friday by Kimbrough, the space station's commander and a six-time spacewalker. During the seven hours in which they conducted this extravehicular activity (EVA), the astronauts reconnected cables and electrical connections on a new Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA-3) and installed four new thermal protection shields on the Tranquility module. (more...)
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Set 2 New Records In A Day
- April 02, 2017

According to NASA , this bag did not pose any threat to either the astronauts or the $100 billion research facility floating 250 miles above the Earth. "You guys came up with a fantastic plan - on short notice". In response, a team from the Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center began monitoring the shield as it drifted. (more...)
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Took a Giant Leap for Womankind
- April 02, 2017

It is moving station zenith [space-ward], maybe half a foot a second". We want to hear from you. "They got presented with a problem and the ingenuity kicked in". The spacewalk followed up on the PMA-3's transfer from the station's Tranquility module to the Harmony module, accomplished with the station's robotic arm. (more...)
Samsung's Galaxy S8 Will Be the World's First Phone With Bluetooth 5.0
- April 02, 2017

So at least based on demo models from the event, it appears the facial recognition mechanism can be bypassed by anyone with easily-obtained means and the desire to do so. It's a four-star camera, but not a five-star camera like the one included on the iPhone 7 Plus. "There's no doubt that Samsung has gone well beyond what they've done in the past". (more...)
Whitson's walk in space sets another record Whitson's walk in space sets another record
- April 02, 2017

It was a disappointing turn of events in a record-setting spacewalk for Whitson, the world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman. This was the 199th EVA in station history, the fourth so far this year, the sixth for Kimbrough and the eighth for Whitson. (more...)
ED raids 300 shell firms in 100 locations in 16 states
- April 02, 2017

They are used to launder money or avoiding tax, or to cover up other activities. In Chennai, officials said searches were being carried out at 13 locations linked to 8 companies. This comes as one of the biggest crackdowns by the probing agency with over 100 shell companies under its radar. Reliable sources informed that based on specific inputs, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted search operations at four company offices and the residence of an Exporter Hakim Abrar Hussain at Rajbagh. (more...)
Trump to name, shame trade 'cheats'
- April 02, 2017

As a result of the first executive order, the Commerce Department and United States trade representative will compile a thorough accounting of the US's trade deficits with its top trading partners within 90 days. Advisers to Trump cautioned that the executive orders were not specifically directed at China, but noted on a call with reporters Thursday that the country is the U.S.'s biggest single trade partner and accounts for the largest percentage of the trade deficit. (more...)
NASA's Peggy Whitson Just Set a New Spacewalk Record
- April 02, 2017

She has been successful in surpassing the 50-hour, 40-minute record total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut . The top spot for most accumulated time in spacewalking is now held by Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev, who has participated in 16 spacewalks for a grand total of 82 hours spent in EVA. (more...)
President Trump's Freedom Caucus Fight Faces Challenges Beyond Twitter
- April 02, 2017

But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance. In fact, the most conservative among them were as quick to turn on Trump, as Trump had turned on his constituents. SHAPIRO: If President Trump is declaring war on the Freedom Caucus and Paul Ryan is saying he won't work with Democrats, is there any path for anything to get done here? "No shame, Mr President". (more...)
Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament
- April 02, 2017

In doing so, Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley earned her first win against Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. Staley's history with the opposing coach has influenced the way she has developed her own personal coaching philosophy. Stanford (32-6) took a big hit when Samuelson hurt her right ankle with about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime, after the Cardinal had taken an eight-point lead with a 13-1 run. (more...)

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