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Google Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With a Doodle Inspired By His 'I Have a Dream' Speech
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:44:22 -0500

Google Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With a Doodle Inspired By His 'I Have a Dream' SpeechThe Doodle is inspired by the regular people who made up the Civil Rights Movement


Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:52:12 -0500

Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents fleeSpectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.


4 South Carolina Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:38:45 -0500

4 South Carolina Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance CallThe suspect was also wounded


Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:14:09 -0500

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alertUNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.


Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:04:36 -0500

Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decadesWhat could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel "Sanchi," which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate.  According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that's a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport ship "CF Crystal" off China's eastern coast.  SEE ALSO: This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science The tanker and its associated oil slick had been on fire for days after the collision. While the fire likely killed all aboard the ship, it was seen by environmental experts as a way to minimize the broader impacts of the spill, since the flames burned off the lightweight condensate on the ocean surface.   However, the fire is now out, and the ship has sunk, raising the possibility that the harmful cargo is going directly into the sea.  The cargo is different than the crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in 1989, but if all the condensate were to leak into the ocean, it would rank as the biggest spill in decades.  Much remains unknown about the fate of the cargo, and therefore similar can be said about what the environmental impacts will be. Reports in recent days are not encouraging, since there is word of a rapidly spreading oil slick on the surface of the ocean. Citing Chinese authorities, Bloomberg reported that the spill expanded from 3.9 square miles to 52 square miles between Sunday and Monday local time.   An oil spill in the heavily trafficked East China Sea could have significant environmental repercussions. Humpback whales travel through that area, and heavily fished species such as mackerel and bluefin also spend time in that area.  “It is virtually certain that much of the condensate went into the sea in solution, and that toxic underwater hydrocarbon plume will injure marine life exposed to it,” Richard Steiner, an oil spill specialist based in Alaska, told Bloomberg. “Even the burned fraction will leave a toxic residue on the water.” Ma Jun, a Chinese environmentalist, was quoted by CNN as saying the spill took place in one of the most productive fishing areas in the country, known as the Zhoushan fishing ground.  A handout photo made available by the Transport Ministry of China shows smoke rising from the fire on the Panama-registered tanker 'Sanchi' on Jan. 14, 2018.Image: TRANSPORT MINISTRY OF CHINA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock"We still need to keep an eye on how these contaminants might be carried by the ocean flow to have the impact on the fishing ground," Jun told CNN.  According to Greenpeace International, it's not clear how large this environmental disaster will be, since the amount of condensate that leaked into the water is unknown.  "A major concern is that, now that the tanker has sunk, any condensate which did not yet burn off could continue to leak underwater, disperse and break down quite quickly, significantly complicating clean up operations," the environmental advocacy organization stated in a Jan. 15 fact sheet.  WATCH: 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time


Lactalis CEO breaks silence over salmonella-tainted baby milk
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:26:25 -0500

Lactalis CEO breaks silence over salmonella-tainted baby milkThe chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, giving his first interview in nearly 20 years as head of the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk. "We are going to draw the lessons from this crisis and set out an even stricter hygiene framework, in collaboration with the authorities," he said.


A Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad has Killed at Least 38 People
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:49:43 -0500

A Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad has Killed at Least 38 PeopleThe explosions also wounded at least 105 people


Kensho's Space index
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:58:00 -0500

Kensho's Space indexHere's how Kensho's Space index fared in 2017.


Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:44:20 -0500

Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolvedFrom a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.


Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:49:15 -0500

Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President TrumpPoliticians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration


‘This Is a Highly Respectable Family.’ Grandmother Defends Couple Accused in California 'House of Horrors'
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:16:11 -0500

‘This Is a Highly Respectable Family.’ Grandmother Defends Couple Accused in California 'House of Horrors'“They were very protective of the kids,” David Allen Turpin's mother said


You Lie More When Speaking a Second Language
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:29:28 -0500

You Lie More When Speaking a Second LanguageIt’s not a matter of proficiency: Karin is equally fluent in German and English, but her emotional experiences are bound more strongly to her mother tongue, simply because she experienced more fundamental, defining emotions as a child. This article was originally published on The Conversation.


A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:59:00 -0500

A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen ArtifactsA team of scientists will train dogs to see if the animals can sniff out looted artifacts from the Middle East that are being smuggled into the United States. Now, scientists are hoping the canines can also be trained to sniff out artifacts from Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries that have experienced widespread looting of archaeological sites. "Terrorists, organized crime and common criminals are destroying archaeological sites on an industrial scale to cash in on illegal profits … that is why we need to find out if we can train dogs to help," said Michael Danti, a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, in a statement announcing the creation of the K-9 Artifact Finders research program.


Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:55:52 -0500

Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideasAustralia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.


Veteran Sues VA Hospital for Leaving a Scalpel Inside Him After Surgery
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:19:18 -0500

Veteran Sues VA Hospital for Leaving a Scalpel Inside Him After SurgeryIt went undiscovered for four years


Corning’s glass is half full and rising
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:15:36 -0500

Corning’s glass is half full and risingWe delve into the history of Corning, size up its modern business, and talk future glass innovations in automotive, computing, and pharmaceuticals with Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Evenson.


NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraft
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:44:55 -0500

NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraftSpace.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on NASA's warning about Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.


Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says the False Missile Alert Stresses the Need for Urgent Talks With North Korea
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:57:24 -0500

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says the False Missile Alert Stresses the Need for Urgent Talks With North KoreaPresident Trump should "sit across the table from Kim Jong Un"


Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 Years
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:36:08 -0500

Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 YearsShe was previously convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2011


The Debate Is Hot: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

The Debate Is Hot: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?The Swiss seem to think so.



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