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Astronomy

Nobel prize in physics awarded for discovery of gravitational waves

£825,000 prize awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their work on Ligo experiment which was able to detect ripples in the fabric of spacetime<p>Live reaction to the scientists from Ligo winning the physics Nobel<p>Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the …

Physics

Trump gives first speech to UN, doesn’t terrify world

The speech was ... boring?<p>President Donald Trump gave his first speech to the United Nations on Monday morning, during a panel on reforming the organization. Given that Trump’s “America First” view of foreign policy takes a pretty dim view of international organizations, and given the president’s …

Donald Trump

NPR/Ipsos Poll: Half Of Americans Don't Trust Trump On North Korea

A narrow majority of Americans don't trust President Trump to handle the conflict with North Korea, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.<p>The findings come as the president and his diplomatic team prepare for the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, where North Korea's renegade …

North Korea

Panels keep things cool by sending heat into space - Futurity

The new cooling system, which uses no electricity, could make future air conditioning and refrigeration cheaper by sending heat up into space.

Clean Energy

A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

It’s been 44 years since the mighty Saturn V last thundered skyward from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The towering rocket, generating enough power to lift 269,000 pounds into orbit, had been the workhorse of the Apollo moon missions.<p>Later this year,<p>SpaceXplans to launch its most …

Former NASA Climate Chief Warns That Earth Could Become “Practically Ungovernable”

Water World<p>Simply fixating on the potential negative effects of climate change instead of focusing on efforts to combat it will not help our planet. …

Climate Change

G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — World powers lined up against U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.<p>The Group of 20 summit that ended Saturday in Hamburg also revealed tensions on trade, as the U.S. administration and …

European Union

Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far.<p>Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was not really about the climate. And despite his overheated rhetoric about the “tremendous” and …

Climate

Once and for all: Obama didn’t crush US coal, and Trump can’t save it

A definitive report shows that the “war on coal” is being waged by markets, and it isn’t over.<p>In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump flicked at a lie about the US coal industry that he began telling early on the campaign trail: that there was a “war on coal,” that coal’s …

Clean Power Plan

Armageddon: The Devastating Consequences of a Second Korean War

The label of the North Korean state as a Marxist-Leninist regime, even of the particularly repressive Maoist Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution …

Making nukes mandatory: a lesson for dictators

Now every tinpot monster is going to want some nukes<p>You know how far it is from Damascus to Pyongyang? It’s 4,600 miles. If they had air service between the two outlaw capitals, it would be about an eight-and-a-half-hour flight, about as long as it takes you to fly from Dallas to London. But the …

North Korea

This Japanese Startup Creates On-Demand Artificial Shooting Stars

Tech & Science Stars Outer Space<p>On November 18, 2001, astronomy student Lena Okajima was braving frigid temperatures in the mountains close to Tokyo. …

The Wanderers is a beautiful take on the human cost of a mission to Mars

The biggest obstacles to overcome will be people, not hardware<p>With private companies such as SpaceX looking to visit Mars in the coming decades, science fiction is poised to become reality. In Meg Howrey’s latest novel, <i>The Wanderers</i>, she explores the run-up to such a mission, and the toll that it …

Space Science

Why the US is failing at space

Leave it to the country’s space program for a rare bit of political comity. The NASA Transition Authorization Act, signed by President Trump in March …

Space Exploration

Humanity Will 'Touch the Sun' with the Fastest Spacecraft Ever Made

The most ambitious NASA mission you’ve never heard of.<p>Sun worship is a popular theme in human history, for good reason. Our local yellow dwarf star is the head of our solar family, the most influential body in our cosmic vicinity, and the midwife of all life on Earth. It's the biggest cheese for …

Astronomy

Space’s next frontier entices upstarts and mainstays

The US space establishment, led by Nasa, has trained its sights back on the moon — and a budding commercial space industry is champing at the bit to …

Space Travel

The American Flags on The Moon Are Disintegrating

No more stars and stripes.<p>The photos have stood the test of time: A spacesuit-clad Apollo astronaut stands proudly next to a red-white-and-blue …

Space Exploration

The bad news that inspired a woman's sparkling success

<b>It was the double blow of the death of a best friend and a health problem that made Karen Lynch decide to quit the corporate rat race.</b><p>"Losing my close friend made me realise life is too short," says Karen, now the boss of bottled water business Belu. "I wanted to do something more personal."<p>So in …

Sustainability

Scientists plan to drill into the Earth's mantle for the first time

We'd know a lot more about what's under the Earth's crust if Jules Verne's Icelandic volcano weren't but a figment of his imagination. Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's (JAMSTEC) largest drilling ship called "Chikyu" is very real, though, and a group of international …

Europe funds another data accelerator to get startups tackling societal problems

A new European Commission-funded startup accelerator, Data Pitch, is being launched today with the aim of connecting established businesses and organizations with lots of data with startups that might be able to help them unlock the value of the info they hold and thereby tackle industrial and …

Startups

Artificial Intelligence Is Already a Better Artist Than You Are

“<i>Man is the sex organ of the machine world.</i>” —Marshall McLuhan<p>The pictures on this page were all designed by a machine learning algorithm written by …

Artificial Intelligence

New Clerky tools help startups hire and raise funds without running into legal problems

Clerky may not be a household name like TurboTax today, but the company’s business formation software has been called a “secret weapon” by startup founders in Silicon Valley for years. Many Y Combinator co-founders use it to get their companies started on paper. And now, Clerky is launching two new …

Startups

Coal is doomed no matter what Trump does

Trump boasted about a new era of American energy, telling coal miners standing behind him, <i>"You know what it says, right? You're going back to work."</i><p>The Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.<p>But removing the Clean Power Plan is not …

Fossil Fuels

Madcap inventor turns Iron Man with real-life flying suit

Meet the madcap inventor who wants to turn his dream of a suit for human flight from sci-fi fantasy into reality.<p>British entrepreneur Richard Browning has created a real-life Iron Man suit, by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs.<p>He has just founded Gravity, a tech start-up who have built …

Trump targets trade abuses with executive orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders Friday focused on reducing the trade deficit just days before he holds his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart.<p>Trump's aides insist the timing is coincidental, but the administration is touting the moves as evidence …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's budget a 'grave mistake'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton again waded into politics Friday, months after losing the 2016 election, by slamming President Donald Trump's proposed budget blueprint at Georgetown University.<p>"(It) should alarm us all," Clinton said of the document which proposed deep domestic spending cuts and …

Trump Administration

Apple, Google and Microsoft will fight Trump's anti-climate order with clean energy

Taking a stance against the anti-climate executive order issued by President Trump earlier this week, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have stated they will remain committed to using clean energy in their continued efforts to fight climate change.<p>On Tuesday, Trump signed an order telling the …

Clean Technology

Nation Expected to Lose 30% of Jobs to Automation in 15 Years

The Robot Revolution<p>Whether we like it or not, robots are making an impact in the job market. Experts predict that almost a million jobs will be …

Blue Origin's crew capsule: Inside the spaceship Bezos built

Shipping worldwide isn't enough for the Amazon CEO. He's also working on shipping people to space and has revealed what the inside of the ride will look like.<p>While Elon Musk and SpaceX have been moving ahead at light speed with reusable rockets resupplying the International Space Station and plans …

Space Travel