Science


DON'T MISS: DON'T MISS: "The rock" to fly close to earth today
- April 20, 2017

Because the asteroid isn't very bright, you'll need a small-optical telescope to see it at night. First discovered three years ago, the asteroid is believed to be around 650m in size with a surface about twice as reflective as that of the moon. (more...)
Suspect in Facebook video murder dead Suspect in Facebook video murder dead
- April 20, 2017

Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr , 74, on a Cleveland footpath on Sunday before fleeing in a auto and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Stephens took his six-piece Chicken McNuggets and declined to wait for the fries, however. Sources tell WKYC's Monica Robins that the person who gave the tip that led to his location will receive the $50,000 reward. (more...)
Pope Francis shakes hands with Bill O'Reilly
- April 20, 2017

FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY. This particular show consistently got Fox News its best ratings, drawing nearly 4 million viewers a night and generating more than $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016, according to Kantar Media. (more...)
Gronkowski interrupts Sean Spicer during White House visit
- April 20, 2017

In his address to the team, the president didn't mention Brady, who has led the Patriots to five Super Bowl victories, including on February 5, when he helped New England overcome a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to capture a 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. (more...)
Court documents reveal Prince's battle with addiction in days before death
- April 20, 2017

Johnson's attorney, Clayton Tyler, said Johnson "did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince's death". Upon inspection, sources revealed that pills were everywhere in the Paisley Park studio. Prince did not have a cellphone and authorities searched multiple email accounts that they believed he was using, as they tried to determine how he got the drug that killed him, according to the search warrants. (more...)
Accuser in Seattle mayor sex abuse lawsuit reveals identity Accuser in Seattle mayor sex abuse lawsuit reveals identity
- April 20, 2017

At a news conference he said the middle class is being squeezed out as rent and housing prices soar. In 1984, the state Legislature approved a law that prohibits a county, city or city-county from levying a tax on net income. The mayor also said he has never paid for sex and has never had sex with a minor. "It wasn't very long ago that we were anxious about attracting downtown employers", McGinn said . (more...)
Saturn's moon Enceladus has flawless conditions for life
- April 20, 2017

Enceladus, a frozen moon nearly 10 times as far from the sun as Earth, at 900 million miles, was one of the least likely candidates. "The discovery of native molecular hydrogen [H2] completes the set of what I would call the "basic" requirements for life as we know it: liquid water, organic molecules, minerals, and an accessible source of "free" energy", Lunine explained to Gizmodo . (more...)
No impact of Australian visa move on Indian techies: Nasscom No impact of Australian visa move on Indian techies: Nasscom
- April 20, 2017

A day after the U.S. and Australia announced tightening of their skilled visa programmes, India said it was consulting both foreign governments and other stakeholders to assess the impact on its outwardly mobile skilled workforce. They also argue the visa program has discouraged businesses from training Australians and developing local expertise. A temporary skill shortage visa will be introduced to allow employers to find the skilled workers they need. (more...)
Qualcomm says Apple suppliers withholding ~$1 billion in royalty payments after lawsuit Qualcomm says Apple suppliers withholding ~$1 billion in royalty payments after lawsuit
- April 20, 2017

Looking ahead, QCOM forecast Q3 EPS of $0.90 to $1.15, roughly in-line with the $1.10 per share that analysts are looking for. Segment operating income rose 179% to $475 million. "Our performance reflects continued execution of our strategy to lead the mobile industry across a broad set of technologies, including advanced LTE and 5G, and accelerate our growth opportunities beyond mobile into automotive, IoT, security and networking". (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+: Bluetooth 5 Confirmed! Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+: Bluetooth 5 Confirmed!
- April 20, 2017

And from my point of view it looks like a pretty sweet smartphone. After all, Bixby is one of the USPs of the Galaxy S8 . Well that was true. The LG G6 launched with a 18:9 aspect screen , while the G8 has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Before we give Samsung criticism for what appears to be a trivial oversight, we should mention the phones at the Unpacked event may have been running pre-production software, and there is a chance an update fixes any issues before launch. (more...)
Apple on track to test self-driving cars in California Apple on track to test self-driving cars in California
- April 20, 2017

But on Friday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles provided a tantalizing clue suggesting that not only is Apple working on automotive technology but it has plans for autonomous vehicles. On Friday, Apple (AAPL) received an official test permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, seeming to confirm the rumors that the secretive company was working on a self-driving auto project. (more...)
Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel launch hunger strike
- April 20, 2017

Barghouti began to call for a strike after talks between prisoners' representatives and the Israel Prisons Service - on improving prison conditions - reached an impasse. With the Israeli occupation of Palestine soon marking 50 long years, and with Israel's backer the United States unwilling or unable to rein in its excesses, Palestinians have had to turn to other means to resist. (more...)
Emails highlight missteps in handling of dam crisis Emails highlight missteps in handling of dam crisis
- April 20, 2017

California officials opened the Oroville Dam's damaged spillway on Friday, April 14, as another round of storms were expected in the region. Nearly 200,000 people were under evacuation orders in Northern California Monday after a threat of catastrophic failure at the United States' tallest dam. (more...)
Another nearby planet found that may be just right for life Another nearby planet found that may be just right for life
- April 20, 2017

The first subtle signs of the planet's presence were recorded in 2014, but no one noticed until Jason Dittmann, then at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, re-analyzed the data. That's another box you can check off on the "likely to support life" chart. But more important than that are the climatological conditions, and its orbital distance from its star puts LHS 1140b in the "habitable zone" - thus meaning that the planet's surface temperature allows water to exist in all three ... (more...)
Donald Trump praises China for helping on North Korea
- April 19, 2017

Pence said on Monday the world had witnessed Trump's resolve in the past two weeks, which saw a USA missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan . In response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the Obama administration deployed two nuclear-capable supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, dubbed "swans of death", four days later in a show of force against Pyongyang's provocation. (more...)
US President Orders Changes to H1-B Visa Program
- April 19, 2017

The H-1B visa program has its place - helping companies around the country, but particularly in Silicon Valley, fill jobs for which the supply of American workers is thin. The visas are meant to go to foreign nationals in occupations that generally require specialised knowledge - such as science, engineering or computer programming. (more...)
Abe, Pence voice mutual support over N. Korea
- April 19, 2017

Mr Trump blamed previous presidential administrations for creating the situation with North Korea. Vice President Mike Pence looks toward the north from an observation post inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea. (more...)
Planet Hunters Find Another 'Earthy' Planet in Our Galactic Neighborhood Planet Hunters Find Another 'Earthy' Planet in Our Galactic Neighborhood
- April 19, 2017

Most of the worlds we have spotted so far are either blazing hellscapes or frozen tundras. This puts the planet potentially in the habitable zone. But what exactly do we know about LHS 1140b that suggests it has an atmosphere? "It orbits a nearby star which it passes in front of", continued Charbonneau. (more...)
Duterte Follows In Trump's Footsteps, Tops TIME 100 Most Influential People Duterte Follows In Trump's Footsteps, Tops TIME 100 Most Influential People
- April 19, 2017

USA President Donald Trump managed 2 percent votes and victor of the poll became Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte with 5 percent votes. Ms Patricia Licuanan, head of UP's Board of Regents, said the offer to Mr Duterte was "in keeping with tradition". (more...)
AI, bots might dominate Facebook's 2017 F8 developer conference
- April 19, 2017

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. One way to lure developers is with F8, an annual rite created to dazzle, this year more than ever. Apart from updates to the products and services, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bots could be the main talking points at Facebook's big F8 developer conference this year. (more...)

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