Damien Luhell

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We May Have Identified What Lies at the Outermost Edge of Our Solar System

New Horizons is the first spacecraft in nearly three decades to observe what appears to be evidence of a hydrogen wall at the edge of the heliosphere.<p>In July 2015, the New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and its moons after a nearly decade-long journey from Earth. Three …

Astronomy

The dangerous precedent Trump sets by revoking John Brennan's security clearance

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's the explanation Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch gave when asked why he supported President Donald Trump's decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance:<p><i>"I'm surprised it took him so long. Brennan has not been a friend of the administration at all."</i><p>Hatch is …

Donald Trump

Another epic economic collapse is coming

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that.<p>This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’s Robin Wigglesworth and Nicole Bullock, “the …

Economics

Should data scientists using R and Python switch over to Julia?

It might be time for data scientists to learn a new programming language. Particularly if they have a need for speed.<p>Last week, the lead developers behind the open source programming language Julia announced the 1.0 release of their project. This signals that the language, which is optimized for …

Machine Learning

Jared Kushner ‘needs to be out now’: Authoritarianism expert says Trump’s son-in-law ‘is a danger to national security’

Authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior on Friday warned it was “concerning” that Jared Kushner remains a senior White House advisor.<p>“And for the …

Donald Trump

Sen. Bill Nelson stands by Russia claims as Florida officials want answers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Florida's Sen. Bill Nelson said in an interviewhe stands by his declaration that Russians have "already penetrated" the state's voting systems -- even as local officials await his response to their demand for more information.<p>After issuing a tersely worded letter Thursday asking Nelson to …

Florida

All 100 U.S. senators agree on one issue: the press is not the enemy

On the same day that hundreds of newspapers published editorials to defend the free press against attacks by President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate …

United States

Rep. John Lewis: Aretha Franklin “Moved All of Humanity”

Over the course of his lifetime, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) saw Aretha Franklin sing more times than he can count — in stadiums, parks, at a private …

Aretha Franklin

Either This Data is Incorrect or These Physicists Just Changed the World

A paper posted to arXiv last month claims to have achieved superconductivity at room temperature, but other physicists say the data may be incorrect.<p>When it comes to applied quantum mechanics, there are two “holy grails” in the field.<p>One is building a large scale quantum computer and the other is …

Quantum Physics

Iranian Navy increases activity near key oil choke point, prompts warning from Pentagon

WASHINGTON – Iranian naval forces have increased activity near key oil shipping choke points in the Middle East, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.<p>Iran recently threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a key passage for oil tankers from the Persian Gulf, a move the Pentagon said would be …

Jim Mattis

What Was It Like When The Higgs Gave Mass To The Universe?

In the earliest stages of the hot Big Bang, the Universe was filled with all the particles, antiparticles, and quanta of radiation it had the energy to create. As the Universe expanded, it cooled: the stretching fabric of space also stretched the wavelengths of all the radiation within it to longer …

Physics

What the early church thought about God's gender

The Episcopal Church has decided to revise its 1979 prayer book, so that God is no longer referred to by masculine pronouns.<p>The prayer book, first …

Theology

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Climate Change

A Master of Numbers and Shapes Who Is Rewriting Arithmetic

The 30-year-old math sensation Peter Scholze is now one of the youngest Fields medalists for “the revolution that he launched in arithmetic geometry.”

Mathematics

Will Lockheed Martin Change The World With Its New Fusion Reactor?

Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunk Works® laboratory registered a patent in March for a revolutionary technology that could solve the world’s energy problems for good – but don’t pop the champagne yet. The design is for a compact fusion reactor (CFR) which theoretically produces cheap, clean, near …

Energy

Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

18-year-old Ewin Tang has proven that classical computers can solve the “recommendation problem” nearly as fast as quantum computers. The result …

Quantum Computing

Federal Contractors Made Illegal Pro-Trump Super PAC Contributions, Complaint Says

Watchdog group wants FEC to investigate<p><b>Updated 8:43 p.m.</b> | A politically connected contractor made a $500,000 contribution this spring to a pro-Trump …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Stacey Abrams Could Become America's First Black Female Governor—If She Can Turn Georgia Blue

People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why. On a Friday afternoon in May, the Democratic nominee …

Georgia (U.S. State)

How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies

The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—In the fall of 1989, during the Cold War’s wan and washed-out final months, the Berlin Wall was crumbling—and so was San Francisco. The powerful Loma Prieta earthquake, the most destructive to …

Silicon Valley

Getting the most from OneNote, part I: A hidden Office gem

The more information you put into OneNote the more useful it is. You can tag, flag, recognize, record and search just about anything.<p>Microsoft's …

Software

Learn Functional Python in 10 Minutes

In this article, you’ll learn what the functional paradigm is as well as how to use functional programming in Python. You’ll also learn about list …

Python Programming

The Large Hadron Collider Just Successfully Accelerated Its First Atoms

Get ready for new science.<p>The Large Hadron Collider below Switzerland and France has just accelerated its first atoms to almost the speed of light, …

Physics

McCaskill campaign hit with report on husband's federal subsidy windfall

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was hit with another politically damaging report Tuesday when her local newspaper revealed businesses tied to her husband have gotten more than $131 million in federal subsidies since she took office.<p>Husband Joseph Shepard doesn't personally pocket that money. But …

Kansas City

Trump: “Tariffs are the greatest”; also farmers need $12 billion in aid because of tariffs

The administration plans an aid package to shore up the agriculture industry.<p>President Donald Trump declared tariffs “the greatest” over Twitter Tuesday morning, even as his administration prepares to shore up the agricultural industry, which is weathering financial turmoil induced by his trade …

Economy

The odds that Democrats will take the House in the 2018 midterms keep looking better

100 days from the 2018 midterm election, here are three reasons Democratic odds are improving.<p>With a little more than three months left until Election Day, Democrats seem to be strengthening their position to win control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.<p>Two data points will suffice to …

Donald Trump

GOP ex-gov to Republicans: Call on Trump to step down

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A former New Jersey governor is urging fellow Republicans to call on President Donald Trump to resign following his embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit last week.<p>In an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, Christine Todd …

Donald Trump

Berkeley professor says Trump guilty of 'textbook treason'

A professor at the University of California Berkeley says President Trump is guilty of “textbook treason.”<p>M. Steven Fish, a professor of political …

Donald Trump

Withdrawn Nomination Gives Democrats Hope in Brett Kavanaugh Fight

Small margin in Senate provides little wiggle room for Supreme Court nominee<p>The last-minute White House withdrawal of an appeals court nominee on the …

Brett Kavanaugh

How U.S. intelligence agencies can find out what Trump told Putin

A top-secret Special Collection Service has extraordinary capabilities to hoover up intel from foreign adversaries.<p>President Donald Trump’s insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually get an intimate look at …

Donald Trump

Damascus condemns White Helmet evacuation as 'criminal operation'

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Monday condemned the evacuation of hundreds of Syrian White Helmet rescue workers and their families with the help of Israeli soldiers, calling it a "criminal operation" undertaken by "Israel and its tools".<p>The rescue workers and their families crossed …

Middle East