(Reuters) – A renewed nuclear arms race, rising greenhouse gas emissions and the emergence of state-sponsored disinformation campaigns have left the modern world as close to annihilation as it was at the height of the Cold War, atomic scientists said on Thursday. The updated time designation is visible underneath the ‘Doomsday Clock’ during a news
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg© 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, has been appointed chairman of a US government artificial intelligence advisory group. The advisory group, known as the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, will advise on the national
HELSINKI — Chinese private companies OneSpace and iSpace are making progress with plans to attempt their first orbital launches in the first half of 2018. OneSpace is currently working toward a launch of its OS-M rocket that could come as early as late March, following engine tests for the four stages of the launch vehicle
The markets of Southeast Asia are common places to find the fossils of insects, embedded in amber millions of years old. But last year, gemologist Brian Berger found something much more rare and astonishing. The piece he bought features an insect inclusion, except it’s not preserved in amber – the lithified resin of ancient trees
The ingredients that created the conditions for life on Earth might not be native to our home planet. According to a new hypothesis, the essential elements for life were carried in on a Mars-sized planet that collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago. This hypothetical planet is called Theia, and it’s also believed, by some,
Chief Happiness OfficersPexels Royalty Free Does your organization have a Chief Happiness Officer? No? Well, it shouldn’t. At least not a dedicated one. That’s what your CEO/PO/Department Head/Team Leader is for. Not what they are for “as well” or “in addition to their real business role” – literally the entire purpose of any leader ought
WASHINGTON — A partial government shutdown now nearly five weeks old is affecting a growing number of space companies and organizations as well as the agencies themselves shuttered by the lapse in funding. Much of the federal government has been shut down since a continuing resolution, or stopgap appropriations bill, funding them lapsed Dec. 22.
President Donald Trump once offered NASA “all the money you could ever need” to land on Mars during the first term of his presidency, according to a New York magazine report citing a coming memoir from a former White House communications official. According to the magazine, in Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in
Sir David Attenborough has seen more of the planet and its wonders than most humans ever will. And on Monday, the famous naturalist and British television broadcaster warned that it had changed so rapidly and profoundly because of human-driven climate change that we risk destroying our earthly home. “The only conditions modern humans have ever
The droplets of air in a cloud reveal the turbulent motions within.CC0 Creative Commons Cosmic Connections is a series that explores how our experiences here on Earth aren’t so different across the universe. So you’re sitting in a plane, headphones on, dozing off. Not exactly comfortable but it’ll do. All of sudden a bong! pierces through
WASHINGTON — The European Commission is preparing a series of programs aimed at fostering space startups and encouraging them to stay in Europe rather than leaving for the United States. Commissioners speaking this week at the Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels said the continued reservations of European investors about financing space startups is
We don’t wish to alarm you, but your mutations just aren’t what they were a million years ago. Sorry. By comparing genetic changes in the offspring of various primates, researchers have determined the mutation rate of humans has slowed since we parted ways. X-Men franchise fans might be disappointed, but the results could clear up
Stainless steel won’t just make the SpaceX Starship rocket look cool – it’ll help it stay cool, too. On Tuesday, Popular Mechanics published an interview with CEO Elon Musk focused on SpaceX’s decision to build its massive new rocket out of stainless steel instead of the previously planned carbon fiber. Not only is the material
For the first time, scientists have successfully demonstrated a ‘gene drive’ in mammals, using genome editing techniques to affect the way genetic traits are inherited in a population of mice. Gene drives have been developed before in previous animal experiments, but so far their use has only been demonstrated on insects. By showing the same
The healthiest neighborhoods in the Big Apple are in the outer-boroughs, listings site StreetEasy found.Getty A healthy lifestyle in New York City doesn’t come cheap. Some of the Big Apple’s most wellness-focused neighborhoods also have some of its highest rents, notes a new report compiled by the listings site StreetEasy, using data from Seamless. For example,
BERLIN — The European Commission allocated another 96 million euros ($109 million) for the European Space Agency to spend on the Copernicus Earth-observation program in the next two years. The agreement was announced this week during the Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels, Belgium. Similar to NASA’s Landsat program, Copernicus provides Earth-observation data for free.
On the Draupner oil platform off the coast of Norway, workers would expect big waves to shake things up from time to time. But at 3 pm on New Year’s Day in 1995, a monster struck. It made history. Topping out at nearly 26 metres (about 84 feet), it was the kind of wave you might
The idea came to him in a dream, he later claimed, a vision delivered by supernatural forces. It was 1941, and Rudolf Hess – the Deputy Führer and second-in-line to Hitler himself – embarked upon a perilous solo flight to Britain in a wild bid to broker peace with Germany’s bitter enemy. Or did he?
A ‘super blood Moon’ eclipse might sound cool enough, but the total lunar eclipse of January 2019 has now gone down in history. For the first time, astronomers and eclipse-watchers around the globe caught sight of a piece of space debris – most likely a meteoroid – slamming into the surface of the Moon as it passed
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Europe’s Arianespace is discounting the price of satellite launches with its Ariane 5 rockets as it competes against U.S. rival SpaceX for customers before the release of the cheaper Ariane 6 rocket next year, a senior executive said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A replica of the rocket Ariane 5 is seen at