Weather Logo

Weekend:  Chance of Precipitation: Fri: % / Sat: % / Sun: %.

  88 °

Doppler Radar |  Pollen Count |  Video Forecasts |  Weekend Weather Forecast |  10-Day Forecast
Science News

News provided by Yahoo
Should we go back to the moon?
News ImageNASA recently announced a plan to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024. Is it a good plan or one giant step in the wrong direction. The 360 provides diverse perspectives on stories in the news.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:18:37 -0400
24 'Habits' of People With Lupus
News ImagePeople with lupus may have common behaviors and coping techniques, such as applying sunscreen or washing their hands frequently. People from The Mighty's lupus community share their most common habits.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:05:35 -0400
'World in my window': Apollo went to Moon so we could see Earth
News ImageOn their journey to the Moon, the Apollo 11 crew had to rotate their spaceship continuously so that one side didn't "barbecue" in the Sun while the other froze -- meaning they couldn't see their destination until they were almost upon it. "When we rolled out and looked at (the Moon), oh, it was an awesome sphere," the 88-year-old told an audience at the George Washington University Thursday night, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:20:22 -0400
Sanders supports protesters as telescope standoff continues
News ImageHundreds of protesters trying to stop the construction of a giant telescope on land some consider sacred continue to gather at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain on Friday, as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expressed his support for the demonstration. Protest leader Kaho'okahi Kanuha said protesters have been bracing for law enforcement to show up in force ever since Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Wednesday giving authorities more control over access to the Big Island mountain. Bernie Sanders tweeted his endorsement.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:50:53 -0400
The Astronomical Costs of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
News ImageIt was one small step for man one giant bill for America.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:44:24 -0400
To return to the Moon, astronauts need new spacesuits
News ImageSpace engineer Pablo de Leon has designed two spacesuit prototypes for the Moon and for Mars, and knows how long development takes. If NASA wants to meet its own deadline of returning to the Moon by 2024, it needs to get a move on. "NASA still doesn't have a suit because the decision was taken suddenly," explained the Argentine engineer, who is the director of a lab at the University of North Dakota financed by NASA and dedicated to crewed space flight.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:42:30 -0400
Here's What You Should Know Before Joining a Clinical Trial
News ImageClinical trials play a critical role in bringing new medications and therapies to patients. Here's what you should know if you're considering participating in a clinical trial.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:31:42 -0400
26 Comebacks to, 'Are You Sure You're Allowed to Eat That?' for People With Diabetes
News ImageIf someone questions if you're "allowed" to eat something because of your illness, you might want to respond with one of these comebacks.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:11:32 -0400
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability
News ImageWhen President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. "Actually, I've been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years," Aldrin told Trump on Friday. With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing being celebrated this week, Trump brought into the Oval Office the surviving astronauts from that mission, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:07:03 -0400
Sotheby's to auction Apollo 11 moon landing tapes
News ImageSothebys is planning to auction off an out-of-this-world collection on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing but owning a piece of space history comes at a hefty price.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:00:00 -0400
Pocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets
News ImageA pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named the species the American pocket shark, or Mollisquama (mah-lihs-KWAH-muh) mississippiensis (MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sis). It's only the third out of more than 500 known shark species that may squirt luminous liquid, said R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:41:34 -0400
A bad year for right whales: 2 more found dead off Canada
News ImageThe Canadian government says two more rare North Atlantic right whales have been found dead in the country's waters, worsening a disastrous year for the marine mammals. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the causes of the animals' deaths aren't yet known. The other whale was first seen off Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and was identified Friday.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:26:47 -0400
Software Provider Medallias Trading Debut Ranks Among Years Best
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Medallia Inc. ended its first day as a public company with one of the years 10 best trading debuts after its $325.5 million initial public offering.Shares of the enterprise software provider, which rose as much as 88% Friday, closed up 76% to $37.05. That gave it the eighth-best first-day performance out of 105 IPOs in the U.S. this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.The company and some of its investors sold 15.5 million shares on Thursday for $21 each after marketing 14.5 million of them for $16 to $18. The listing values the company at about $4.5 billion, based on the additional stock sold and the number of shares outstanding, as listed in regulatory filings.Beyond Meat Inc. had the years best U.S. trading debut after its $276 million IPO in May. The meat-substitute producer soared 163% on first day and is now up 581% from its offer price, also the best in the U.S. this year.Medallia Chief Executive Officer Leslie Stretch said he was pleased with the companys debut, as well as its progress toward profitability.We need to invest in sales and marketing -- go to market -- and were doing that aggressively, Stretch said in an interview. Were going to continue with our trajectory.The San Francisco-based companys net loss for the quarter ending April 30 was $2.6 million on revenue of $94 million, it said in the filings. That compared with a net loss of $28 million on revenue of $71 million for the same period last year.The offering was led by Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. The shares are trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MDLA.(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Hytha in San Francisco at mhytha@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at lbaker75@bloomberg.net, Michael Hytha, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:58:18 -0400
Trump takes shots at NASA administrator during photo op celebrating Apollo moon landing
News ImageDuring an Oval Office photo op to commemorate Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, President Trump dug at NASA chief Jim Bridenstine.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:57:26 -0400
Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that
News ImageThe iconic, but bulky, spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong hasn't drastically changed in decades. A skintight design may change that.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:49:12 -0400
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability
News ImageWhen President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. "Actually, I've been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years," Aldrin told Trump on Friday. With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing being celebrated this week, Trump brought into the Oval Office the surviving astronauts from that mission, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:48:15 -0400
Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief
News ImagePresident Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House Friday, using the occasion to tell his space chief he would prefer to go straight to Mars without returning to the Moon. It is a theme he had touched upon earlier this month in a tweet, and this time drew on the support of the two former astronauts, who are taking part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their mission, to make his case to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. "To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say," said Trump, without looking convinced.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:41:29 -0400
Netflixs Tight-Lipped Culture Makes Surprises Hard to Avoid
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Netflix Inc.s biggest earnings surprise in years sent the shares plummeting the day after results were released, leaving analysts and investors wondering why they were caught so off guard.When some companies know that their quarterly results are going to fall short of forecasts, they put out a pre-announcement or update their guidance. But not Netflix.Instead, the company dropped a bombshell with no warning: Its customer growth was roughly half what it projected, and Netflix actually lost U.S. subscribers during the period. That hasnt happened since 2011, when the company made a disastrous attempt to split up its streaming and DVD-by-mail operations.The fallout on Thursday included the worst stock rout in three years, with the stock declining 10% to erase more than $16 billion in market value. Shares in Netflix extended those declines on Friday, falling 3.1% to $315.10 per share, their lowest since January. The stock has fallen for seven consecutive sessions, the longest losing streak in nearly four years.You would think Netflix would want to update guidance or give a pre-annoucement, as Im sure they definitely knew about this for a while, said Nick Licouris, an investment adviser at Gerber Kawasaki. But they probably didnt want to do it because they were going to take a hit at that time or during earnings -- especially since subscriber numbers are the No. 1 thing analysts look at -- and in earnings you can spin it better than a stand-alone announcement.Not Necessary?Another reason not to issue a warning: The company met most of Wall Streets financial estimates, such as sales and profit. It was only the subscriber numbers that really came up short.Revenue was very close to guidance and profits were actually above, so Id guess they didnt think it was necessary to pre-announce a weak sub number when other financial metrics were fine, said Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.Theres also been a broader shift away from giving earnings warnings, said Huber Research Partners founder Craig Huber.I have noticed companies in media and internet that I follow do not seem to pre-announce pending negative results with the same regularity as years ago, he said.Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, didnt have an immediate comment.The streaming giants tight-lipped culture extends beyond earnings. Unlike traditional media companies, its very selective about the viewer information it provides. Third parties try to fill the gaps by providing their own data on Netflixs audience, but that can prove to be unreliable.Third-Party ServicesThose kinds of data services failed to predict the latest shortfall, Wolfe Research analyst Marci Ryvicker said in a note.For several days, she said, investors told us such-and-such data service suggests domestic adds will come in line; while international might be somewhat soft. Wrong. I mean -- right in the sense that international was soft but totally wrong on the domestic subs part.Netflix remains the dominant paid video streaming service, with its sights set on international expansion to counter slowing growth at home. But rising competition abroad -- such as a U.K. streaming venture announced Friday between ITV Plc and the BBC -- could challenge that growth as well.Netflix also delivers its earnings in an idiosyncratic way. Instead of doing a traditional Q&A conference call, the company releases an earnings interview on YouTube with a single analyst. It also issues its reports on its website, not through the paid services that many companies use to disseminate information.Though this weeks stock rout was especially severe, its common for Netflixs earnings to spark a huge share move. The average change on the day after quarterly reports is almost 13%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Compare that with Apple Inc., where its 4.4%. Or Microsoft Corp., where its 4.1%.Theres another explanation for the huge swings in Netflixs stock: overreaction. That was the message from Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings this week. Its easy to overinterpret subscriber figures, he said.Sometimes we are forecast high, sometimes we forecast low, he said. Were just executing forward and trying to do the best forecast we can.(Closes shares in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Morwenna Coniam.To contact the reporters on this story: Kamaron Leach in New York at kleach6@bloomberg.net;Lucas Shaw in Los Angeles at lshaw31@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net, Rob GolumFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:41:19 -0400
A Brief History of Conspiracy Theories About the Moon Landing
News ImageOK, yeah, the moon is weird, but that doesn't mean the moon landing wasn't real
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:13:30 -0400
6 Tips for Drinking Alcohol When You Have Allergies and Anaphylaxis
News ImageThese tips can help keep you safe while drinking alcohol if you have allergies and anaphylaxis.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:12:50 -0400
EU Assessing Security Risks to 5G That Could Include Huawei
News Image(Bloomberg) -- The European Union said it may deem certain 5G suppliers a security risk, noting that Chinese law requires domestic companies to collaborate with intelligence agencies.The EU wont target Chinas Huawei Technologies Co. "from the outset," Security Commissioner Julian King told reporters on Friday. But he noted that Chinese national intelligence law "puts certain quite broad requirements on organizations or citizens to support or cooperate or collaborate with national intelligence work.""It is indeed possible that we reach the conclusion that in some cases, some products, services and suppliers are deemed unsafe," King said.U.S. President Donald Trump has advocated for a global ban on Huawei on security grounds, alarming European telecom operators who rely on the companys equipment to run networks. Excluding Huawei and ZTE Corp. from the next generation of mobile networks would burden European phone companies with 55 billion euros ($62 billion) in extra costs, and delay 5G roll out, the wireless industrys main lobby group GSMA said last month."Theres a lot of debate about Huawei," King said. "Its not because were obsessing about China. Were trying to develop a risk assessment across this market, and major suppliers will feature in feature in the discussion.While individual European governments are free to block a 5G supplier over security concerns, King said he hoped theyd rely on a risk assessment hes putting together by Oct. 1, based on information from all EU members.Huawei welcomes the fact-based approach that the EU plans to take in reviewing the national risk assessments of 5G network infrastructure, the company said in an emailed statement. It is now more important than ever to develop a common approach to cybersecurity.The EU is relatively powerless to force its member states to abide by its recommendations, but King said the report should help them "reach a view on whether particular products, services or suppliers are sufficiently safe" as states make decisions on high-speed 5G spectrum auctions and network deployment, he told a Brussels press conference.While outright bans on Huawei appear unlikely in Europe, the region it relies on most for growth outside China, countries such as Germany, France and Britain have signaled more limited restrictions and tighter oversight of their networks. Huaweis European smartphone sales slumped last month, according to market research firm Kantar, after a U.S. component supply ban on the Chinese manufacturer threatened its access to crucial handset software."It is possible if you decide a particular service or supplier is presenting a risk that you find difficult to mitigate, that you can take a decision that reflects that, you take a decision to exclude the supplier from your market," King said.(Updates with Huawei comments in seventh paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Aoife White in Brussels at awhite62@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net, Giles Turner, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:11:09 -0400
5 Foods That Help Psoriatic Arthritis
News ImagePlus, three meals that can help tamp inflammation frompsoriatic arthritis.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:02:52 -0400
The Moon Landing: 50 Years Later, Hollywood Remembers That Small Step & The Giant Leap
News ImageA half a century ago tomorrow, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon with a pledge that they came in peace for all mankind. As seemingly all of the human race watched, six hours after the Eagle had landed, Neil Armstrong took that remarkable one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind and became []
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:00:00 -0400
On 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing, here's why 'moon truthers' still exist
News ImageIt's been 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon but a small number of people still believe it never happened. Yahoo Lifestyle talks to one of them about why he's so passionate to prove it was a hoax.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:29:10 -0400
Midatech Pharma News: MTP Stock Rockets on Diabetes Vaccine Results
News ImageMidatech Pharma (NASDAQ:MTP) is on a sweet spot this Friday as the business lifted the veil on its most recent clinical trial, yielding results that were commendable.Source: Shutterstock The United Kingdom-based biopharmaceutical organization said it brought in "positive" results after the first in-human study of its diabetes vaccine. The substance in questions is its MTX102 immuno-tolerising candidate that may have the potential of helping the lives of those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes.Midatech's early success in this matter propelled the brand's trading volume forward as 2.9 million shares exchanged hands, which is many times higher than its full-day average of about 88,000 shares. The company conducted the study by bringing forth five Type 1 diabetes patients in the phase 1 study-this study was designed to determine the safety of MTX102.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"MTX102 was well tolerated, with asymptomatic local injection site reactions being the only drug-related finding, and no serious adverse events were reported," the company wrote.MTP stock is up about 30.8% during regular trading hours today following this news, lifting the share price to $1.70 per share after starting the day with a price of $1.30 per share. Midatech now has a market cap of roughly $32.46 million.However, the MTP per-share price is still far from its 2019 peak of $7.90 that it experienced back in February 27. More From InvestorPlace * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown The post Midatech Pharma News: MTP Stock Rockets on Diabetes Vaccine Results appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:24:44 -0400
What Doctors Missed by Describing My Endometriosis Pain as 'Normal'
News ImageA woman explains how she's finding her "new normal" with endometriosis after years of being told her pain was "normal."
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:08:52 -0400
Is Psoriasis Contagious? What Dermatologists Have to Say
News ImageHint: You're definitely not going to "catch" it.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:10:02 -0400
Teen Had a Shard of Glass Stuck in His Face for a Month Without Knowing It
News ImageA teenage boy in Spain had a knife-like shard of glass stuck in his face for a month without realizing it, after he fainted and fell into a window, according to a new report of the case.The 14-year-old boy went to the emergency room after experiencing pain while chewing and trouble opening his jaw for about a month, according to the report, from doctors at the Virgen del Rocio University Hospital in Seville, and published June 21 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.The boy said that, about four weeks earlier, he had injured his face when he crashed into a glass window after fainting. At that time, doctors at a different hospital had sutured a 1-centimeter (0.4 inch) wound on his cheek, and drained a hematoma -- or a collection of blood outside a blood vessel -- that was on his face.But they may have missed something. When the ER doctors at Virgen del Rocio University Hospital ordered an X-ray, it showed a faint, rectangular object about 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) in length on the left side of the boy's face. [12 Amazing Images in Medicine]That led doctors to order a CT scan, and the scan revealed a foreign body "which had the shape of a knife blade" hidden behind the boy's cheekbone, the authors wrote in their paper.The penetration of a foreign body into this space "is a relatively rare event" because the area is well protected by the cheekbone, the authors said.The boy needed surgery to remove the glass, which doctors extracted through his mouth from the underside of the boy's cheek.After the surgery, the boy was able to move his jaw again, and he had no complications after six months of follow-up, the report said. * 11 Weird Things People Have Swallowed * 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports * 9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get HurtOriginally published on Live Science.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:09:45 -0400
Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery
News ImageResearchers examined outcomes after "Mohs reconstruction," a procedure to remove a skin cancer lesion. Once the cancer is removed, often from the head or neck, surgeons may close the site using a flap made from surrounding tissue or a graft of skin taken from another area of the body. For the study, researchers examined outcomes for 1,008 patients who had Mohs reconstruction with flaps or grafts, including 128 current smokers and 385 former smokers.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:03:28 -0400
Mother wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer has double mastectomy before doctors realise their mistake
News ImageA mother who was wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before the NHS hospital realised its mistake. Sarah Boyle has been left traumatised after doctors at Royal Stoke University Hospital misdiagnosed her with triple negative breast cancer at the end of 2016. The hospital only recognised the error several months later in July 2017, by which time the 28-year-old had already received several rounds of gruelling treatment and major surgery. The mother of two also had to cope with the knowledge that the breast implants may put her at added risk of developing cancer. Her lawyers said the mistake occurred because a biopsy sample was incorrectly recorded. Mrs Boyle has suffered psychological trauma as a result the ordeal and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by the unnecessary treatment. She was initially told that her cancer treatment may harm her fertility. The patient was ultimately able to have a second child, who is now seven months old, but she was unable to breastfeed him due to the treatment. The trust has since admitted liability and apologised to Mrs Boyle, although legal proceedings are continuing. "The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family, she said. "Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatising. "And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn't breastfeed him. "As if that wasn't bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy. Mrs Boyle worries her breast implants may increase her future cancer risk Credit: SWNS The case emerged weeks after health chiefs warned that 11,000 patients a year may be dying as a result of NHS blunders. A new strategy was unveiled last month with an aim of saving 1,000 lives a year within five years by ensuring all staff, however, junior, are trained to act if they spot risks. Mrs Boyle was aged 25 when she was misdiagnosed. She was later informed by her treating doctor, Mr Sankaran Narayanan, that her biopsy had been incorrectly reported and that she did not have cancer. Sarah Sharples, from Irwin Mitchell solicitors, which is representing Mrs Boyle, said: "This is a truly shocking case in which a young mother has faced heartbreaking news and a gruelling period of extensive treatment, only to be told that it was not necessary. "The entire experience has had a huge impact on Sarah in many ways. "While we welcome that the NHS Trust has admitted to the clear failings, we are yet to hear if any improvements have been put in place to prevent something like this happening again. "We are also deeply concerned following reports surrounding the type of implants Sarah has, with suspicions over their potential link to a rare form of cancer. A spokesman from the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust said: A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family. He added: Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist. The trust said it had shared the findings of its investigation with Mrs Boyle.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:29:40 -0400
Trump Says NASAs Back Thanks to Rich Guys Paying U.S. Rent
News Image(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump welcomed former Apollo 11 astronauts to the White House on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, as his administration continues to wrestle with the next step in U.S. space exploration.NASAs back, Trump said with retired astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Were having rich guys use it and pay us rent.The family of Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, joined Trump and the astronauts in the Oval Office.The U.S. lost its domestic capability to put humans in orbit after the shuttle program was shut down in 2011 without a replacement, and Trump has waffled on NASAs priorities. In December 2017, he directed the space agency to return astronauts to the moon by 2025. But in June he said in tweets that NASA should forget about the moon, saying We did that 50 years ago.NASA should instead be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars, Trump said.The space agency NASA recently announced it would allow private astronauts to pay to visit the International Space Station.On Friday, the president said: We are going to the moon and then were going to Mars. We dont know what were going to find on Mars but its certainly a trip thats going to be very interesting, he said.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Trump theyll eventually get to Mars from a space station orbiting the moon.Vice President Mike Pence said that within the next year American astronauts will return to space on rockets launched from U.S. soil.Trump in February signed an order to clear the way for creation of a new branch of the military called Space Force. He said the administration is very close to getting that completed and operating.(Updates with NASA administrator starting in eighth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net;Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:27:17 -0400
Trump welcomes Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin, Collins to White House
News ImageUS President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House on Friday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. "Tomorrow is a very big day... 50 years from the time we planted a beautiful American flag on the moon," Trump said in the Oval Office. Relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the Moon on July 20, 1969, were also present, and Trump asked them to raise their hands.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:51:43 -0400
America will roast for 4 days
News ImageTens of millions of Americans will feel triple-digit heat between Thursday and Sunday.The National Weather Service (NWS) noted that 20 to 30 high temperature records could fall between the Rockies and the East Coast. There will be little relief even at night: The weather agency expects 123 records for the warmest daily low temperature to be either broken or tied this week. The Midwest will see many of the highest extremes on Thursday and Friday, while the East Coast will feel its most intense heat on Saturday.The NWS labeled this excessive heat as "scorching." On Saturday in Washington D.C., the confluence of humidity and air temperatures are forecast to produce a heat index (or feeling) of around 110 F. Meteorologist Michael Ventrice called these forecasted conditions "dangerously hot." Indeed, heat waves kill more Americans than any other weather event.Although climate change doesn't produce weather -- like sprawling fronts of unusually warm air, hurricanes, or wildfire conditions -- it does make these events worse. Any heat wave today, for example, is sitting atop boosted global temperatures. These elevated temperatures are responsible for June 2019 being the warmest June in 139 years of record-keeping, and 18 of the 19 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.This added heat means more record hot weather becoming not just possible, but occurring more frequently. "A barely noticeable shift in the mean temperature from global warming can end up turning a 'once-per-decade' heatwave into a 'once-per-year heatwave' pretty easily," Patrick Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University, said over email.Shifting averages mean more heat.Image: Climate central / climatecentral.org&> The likelihood of extreme heat, like what we are seeing in the US Midwest this week, increases nonlinearly with the warming of average temperatures (caused by increases in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations). pic.twitter.com/Q20frMvgVa&> &> -- Patrick T. Brown (@PatrickTBrown31) July 17, 2019"Heat waves are occurring more often than they used to in major cities across the United States, from an average of two heat waves per year during the 1960s to nearly six per year during the 2010s," noted the U.S. Global Change Research Program.SEE ALSO: Climate change will ruin train tracks and make travel hellBoosted temperatures translate to more heat records. In the last decade, for instance, twice as many daily high heat records have been set as daily low records in the U.S.&> NYC has chance for hottest feels like temperature in the country on Saturday but DC and Philly will make a run at it also. pic.twitter.com/w6Hl31WhxK&> &> -- Bill Karins (@BillKarins) July 18, 2019The powerful driver of the increased frequency of extreme heat is clear. In the late 1850s, physicists like John Tyndall discovered that certain gases, like carbon dioxide, trap radiative heat on Earth -- meaning solar radiation reflected off the planet's surface and heat emitted from Earth itself. Today, atmospheric concentrations of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide are at their highest levels in at least 800,000 years, though likely millions of years. What's more, atmospheric CO2 levels are now increasing at rates that are unprecedented in both the historic and geologic record."What's important to recognize is the changes humanity is driving at present are commensurate with the most significant events in the history of life on this planet," Matthew Long, an oceanographer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told Mashable in March. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:47:55 -0400
Do You Know What Causes Autism? Researchers Have Made a Major Breakthrough
News ImageThe cause of autism has long been researched and debated. The sensory processing disorder has been wrongly linked to everything from vaccinations to brain deficiencies and bad parenting. However, scientists now believe they know what causes autism or, at that very least, contributes to it. A new study, published in the Journal of the []
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:45:58 -0400
These 5 statistics show why we're experiencing historically hot weather
News ImageLast month was the hottest June ever, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- and it was the overall hottest first half of the year in South America, Mexico, New Zealand, Madagascar and other parts of southern Africa. As millions of people prepare to face scorching temperatures across the U.S. this weekend, scientists are warning that unless major changes are made, wed better brace for more heat moving forward. The bottom line is the Earth is one degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer today than the pre-industrial time period," said Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:42:00 -0400
Cancer survivor pays it forward by fundraising for wedding of couple both battling cancer
News ImageA woman who survived cancer is now jumping at the chance to do good and support the couple, both battling cancer, through the most difficult part of their lives.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:32:55 -0400
The Wildest Things Your Taxes Are Paying For
News ImageSee how your tax dollars are being used.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:00 -0400
Broken heart syndrome found more commonly in people with cancer, study shows
News ImageOne in six people with broken heart syndrome had cancer, according to an international study across nine countries, including the U.S. Broken heart syndrome, otherwise known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo syndrome, is a real phenomenon. Emotional or physical stress causes the heart to stop pumping well.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:26:53 -0400
Von Braun: Apollo hero, rocket builder for Hitler, father
News ImageWernher von Braun was the rocket engineer who designed the Nazis' dreaded V-2 missile that rained death on Allied cities in World War II, and later the visionary architect behind the Apollo program that put man on the Moon. "As a child, he was just my father," said his second daughter Margrit von Braun, who was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where for decades her father has been celebrated as a hero. As the West and Soviet Union scrambled to claim the Third Reich's best minds following the war, the US was able to exfiltrate Von Braun, who promised them not only unused V-2 rockets, but also troves of documents and about a hundred of his top scientists and engineers.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:34:56 -0400
Lake Chad group launches $100 mn fund against jihadists
News ImageThe four countries bordering Lake Chad on Friday launched a fund aimed at collecting $100 million to help counter climate change and a devastating jihadist insurgency. West Africa's largest lake -- whose shoreline is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria -- has shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s, a fall blamed on global warming and poor water management. The area is a stronghold for Nigerian-based Boko Haram militants, whose decade-old revolt has left thousands of dead and displaced more than two million.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:29:33 -0400
Pharma Stock Roundup: JNJ & NVS' Q2 Earnings, Pipeline/Regulatory Updates in Focus
News ImageJ&J (JNJ) and Novartis (NVS) set the earnings season in motion for the pharma space. FDA approves Merck's (MRK) new combination antibacterial injection, Recarbrio.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:53:01 -0400
A polyphenol found in grapes could help protect the muscles of astronauts sent to Mars
News ImageHarvard researchers have conducted experiments during which they administered daily doses of resveratrol to rats. This compound, found in red wine and dark chocolate, could help maintain muscle mass of astronauts about to embark on a long journey through space -- to reach Mars, for instance. In April, NASA pledged to bring astronauts to Mars by 2033, a one-way trip that could take, in the best-case scenario, between seven and nine months.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:34:19 -0400
Nvidia returns us to the moon in time for Apollo 11's 50th anniversary
News ImageNvidia has recreated the Apollo 11 moon landing in modern graphics to demonstrate what astronauts saw 50 years ago.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:01:23 -0400
This Obscure, Potentially Dangerous Drug Could Stop Aging
News ImageThese are the guys who are taking it. Should you be one?
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:00:00 -0400
Lyft Is Adding New York Subway Info to App, Even as It Fights With the City
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Lyft Inc. wants its riders in Americas largest city to know that they might not need to take a Lyft. They can just ride the subway.Over the next few months, Lyft saidusers of itsapp will be able to access real-time public transportation information in New York City. The move marks another twist in the ride-hailing industrys fraught relationship with New York, which is both home to the worlds most heavily used public transportation network and the site of a history of legal tussles between the companies and city officials.The app update shows users the locations of nearby subway and bus stations, as well as docks for Citi Bike, theNew Yorkbike-share program operated by Lyft. The features are part of a bid to keep users engaged on the platform, rather than navigating away to a different app for subway or bike information. Itsa calculated bet that more info wont tempt too many people to take the train instead of calling a Lyft.Lyft has begun rolling out the update and will continue to do sogradually.All New York users will receive the new features by the end of September, the company said. Lyfts mission is to provide the worlds best transportation, and that definitely includes public transit,said Lilly Shoup, the senior director of transportation policy. In cities like New York, public transit can be faster and more convenient than driving, she said.While Lyft will provide riders with up-to-date subway arrival times, the company doesnt have a formal partnership with the city of New York. Riders will still need to swipe their MetroCard to access the subway.The new offerings may serve to endearLyft to New Yorks lawmakers, who have recently passed new rules targeting the ride-hailing industry. City officials have been vocal critics of the company and its competitors, saying they have driven down driver wages and worsenedtraffic. Lyft sued New York this year in a bid to prevent the implantation of a new driver minimum wage law, but a judge dismissed the suit in May.The addition of subways and buses is a step for Lyft toward its ultimate goal of being an all-encompassing transportation service. Both the company and its larger rival, Uber Technologies Inc., have told investors they want users to remain on their apps no matter the mode of transit. As they geared up for their initial public offerings this year, both companies touted their respective integrations with other subway systems and public transit services.Uber said recently that it had sold more than 1,200 bus and train tickets in Denver as part of a partnership with public transit there. Lyft already has public transportation data in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, the company said.The two companies have also moved aggressively into bike-sharing. Lyfts acquisition last year ofMotivate, the operator Citi Bike, gave it a massive fleet of bicycles in New York, with plans to expand to 40,000in 2023. Meanwhile, Uber has a fleet of 400 electric Jump bikes in the Bronx and Staten Island.Lyft said integrating more services into its app is a natural step, particularly because many journeys involve more than one mode of transit. One of our busiest Citi Bike stations is the one outside Grand Central,Shoup said. We can really expand the effectiveness and the reach of transit.Uber is still by far the largest player in the business of getting people around in cars in New York. But both companies have hit roadblocks as the city has cracked down on ride-hailing. Uber and Lyft have each sued city agencies over different rules and started to experiment with creative tactics to address new restrictions. An Uber lawsuit attempting to derail a cap on drivers is ongoing; Lyft lost its suit contesting driver pay rules, though it could appeal.Lyft has begun preventing drivers in New Yorkfrom accepting rides if theyre in low-demand parts of the city. Thats in response to a rule expected to go into effect next year that would require companies to pay drivers based on how many trips the average driver receives per hour. The rule is expected to advantage Uber, which has more riders and drivers.Meanwhile, Uber is laying out a plan in response to rules that would charge ride-hailing drivers extra if theyre hanging around in the core of Manhattan without a passenger. Uber has made inquiries about purchasing a parking lot to hold about 250 cars just outside the heart of Manhattan. Cars would sit parked and then drive into the citys core only after a passenger requests them. Crains New York Business first reported on the possible parking lot.Uber said its worried that drivers would otherwise crowd streets around the perimeter of the proposed regulated zone. If the city passes the proposed cruising cap, we want to be prepared to help mitigate the inevitable congestion that will be caused by app drivers waiting to access the central business district,Alix Anfang, an Uber spokeswoman,wrote in an email. One time-honored congestion solution, of course, is taking atrain.To contact the author of this story: Eric Newcomer in New York at enewcomer@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anne VanderMey at avandermey@bloomberg.net, Mark MilianFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:40:02 -0400
Earth's Core Has Been Leaking for 2.5 Billion Years and Geologists Don't Know Why
News ImageEarth's scorching core is not a loner -- it has been caught mingling with other, underworldly layers. That's according to a new study that found the innermost part of the planet leaks some of its contents into mantle plumes, some of which eventually reach Earth's surface.This discovery helps settle a debate that's been raging for decades: whether the core and mantle exchange any material, the researchers said."Our findings suggest some core material does transfer into the base of these mantle plumes, and the core has been leaking this material for the past 2.5 billion years," the researchers wrote in The Conversation, a website where scientists write about their research for the public. [Photos: The World's Weirdest Geological Formations]The finding was made possible by the metal tungsten (W), element 74 on the periodic table. If tungsten were to make a dating profile, it would note that it's a siderophile, or "iron lover." So, it's no surprise that a lot of tungsten hangs out in Earth's core, which is made primarily of iron and nickel.On its profile, tungsten would also list that it has a few isotopes (an element with a different number of neutrons in its nucleus), including W-182 (with 108 neutrons) and W-184 (with 110 neutrons). While devising their study, the researchers realized that these isotopes could help them solve the core-leaking question.Another element, hafnium (Hf), is a lithophile, meaning it loves rocks and can be found in Earth's silicate-rich mantle. With a half-life of 8.9 million years, hafnium's radioactive isotope Hf-182 decays into W-182. This means that the mantle should have more W-182 than the core does, the scientists reasoned."Therefore, chemical exchange between the core and the source of mantle plumes could be detectable in the 182W/184W ratio of ocean island basalts," which come from plumes in the mantle, the researchers wrote in the study.But this difference in tungsten would be incredibly small: The tungsten-182 composition in the mantle and core were expected to differ by only about 200 parts per million (ppm). "Fewer than five laboratories in the world can do this type of analysis," the researchers wrote in The Conversation.Earth's inner layers ShutterstockFurthermore, it's not easy to study the core, because it begins at a depth of about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) underground. To put that into perspective, the deepest hole humans have ever dug is the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia, which has a depth of about 7.6 miles (12.3 km).So, the researchers studied the next best thing: rocks that oozed to Earth's surface from the deep mantle at the Pilbara Craton in Western Australia, and the Reunion Island and Kerguelen Archipelago hotspots in the Indian Ocean. Leak detectedThe amount of tungsten in these rocks revealed a leak from the core. Over Earth's lifetime, there was a big change in the W-182-to-W-184 ratio in Earth's mantle, the researchers found. Oddly, Earth's oldest rocks have a higher W-182-to-W-184 ratio than most modern-day rocks do, they discovered."The change in the 182W/184W ratio of the mantle indicates that tungsten from the core has been leaking into the mantle for a long time," the researchers wrote in The Conversation. [Photos: Geologists Home-Brew Lava]Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. The planet's oldest mantle rocks, however, didn't have any significant changes in tungsten isotopes. This suggests that from 4.3 billion to 2.7 billion years ago, there was little or no exchange of material from the core to the upper mantle, the researchers said.But in the past 2.5 billion years, the tungsten isotope composition in the mantle has changed substantially. Why did this happen? If mantle plumes are rising from the core-mantle boundary, then perhaps, like a see-saw, material from Earth's surface is going down into the deep mantle, the researchers said. This surface material has oxygen in it, an element that can affect tungsten, the researchers said."Subduction, the term used for rocks from Earth's surface descending into the mantle, takes oxygen-rich material from the surface into the deep mantle as an integral component of plate tectonics," the researchers wrote in The Conversation. "Experiments show that [an] increase in oxygen concentration at the core-mantle boundary could cause tungsten to separate out of the core and into the mantle."Or, maybe as the inner core solidified after Earth formed, the oxygen concentration in the outer core increased, the researchers said. "In this case, our new results could tell us something about the evolution of the core, including the origin of Earth's magnetic field," they wrote in The Conversation.The study was published online June 20 in the journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters. * Spectacular Geology: Amazing Photos of the American Southwest * In Photos: The UK's Geologic Wonders * 50 Amazing Volcano FactsOriginally published on Live Science.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:14:00 -0400
Politics and finance dog EU climate zero efforts
News ImageMomentum is growing across Europe toward a mid-century target for climate neutrality that UN scientists say the world must embrace to avert catastrophe. Ursula von der Leyen put the mid-century target atop her programme to the European Parliament before it confirmed her on Tuesday as the new European Commission president. "I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050," von der Leyen told the assembly, eliciting strong applause.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:42:26 -0400
The Apollo Project Question No One Dares Ask: Was It Worth It?
News ImageThe current celebrations of Project Apollos achievements highlight how slowly nations learn from experience. The United States is again committing itself to go to the Moon, and from there to Mars, sending humans rather than robots. We are again promised that such an undertaking will lift the human spirit and provide us with major scientific discoveries, and even a haven to retreat to, in case life on Earth becomes unbearable. In 1964, I wrote a book in which I pointed out that the funds, and especially the research and development resources, dedicated to a lunar visit would be better spent on Earth; that if we had to reach into deep space, it would be much less risky and less costly to send robots than humans; that most benefits in space are to be found in nearand not deepspace; and that the various claims made about Project Apollo would be found to be hollow. (I called the 1964 book The Moon-Doggle.)If we assess Project Apollo realistically, and learn from it for future space missions, then what do we see?Lunar exploration led to no major scientific discoveries. As Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg put it in 2007, [T]he whole manned spaceflight program, which is so enormously expensive, has produced nothing of scientific value. One analyst went so far as to suggest that the most significant finding gained from the Apollo missions was the discovery that the Moons crust is thicker on one side than on the other.We found no gold, silver, or any other materials worth carrying back to Earth.The Moon did not serve as a high ground for a military base.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:21:00 -0400
NASA put a man on the moon. Now, the Smithsonian is putting a rocket on the Mall
News ImageIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, thousands of Americans will have a chance to experience the rocket launch.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:08:43 -0400
Copyright (c) 2019 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved