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Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump's administration.<p>The lawsuit in federal court in …

Wildlife

Yieldcos Staging a Surprising Recovery

There's a recovery in yieldcos, which may help solar developers.<p>There's a recovery brewing in the renewable energy yieldco industry and it hasn't …

Renewable Energy

Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

<b>Updated 12:30 p.m. ET</b><p>President Trump kept one of his campaign promises, signing a bill Friday to make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. It came in response to the 2014 VA scandal in which employees covered up long wait times while collecting …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony

WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday that his earlier tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s testimony before Congress. In an interview, the president emphasized that he committed “no obstruction” of …

Donald Trump

Experimental evolution and the adjustment of metabolic strategies in lactic acid bacteria | FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Experimental evolution of microbes has gained lots of interest in recent years, mainly due to the ease of strain characterisation through …

Genetic Engineering

Physics of Hearing: From Neurobiology to Information Theory and Back

<b>Talks Online ></b><p><b>KITP</b><p><b>Speakers:</b> Please contact us about file upload for your slides.<p><b>Time</b><p><b>Speaker</b><p><b>Title</b><p>5/30, 1:30pm<p>Tobias Reichenbach<br>Imperial College & …

Extreme Sports

A New Theory of Gravity Just Passed its First Test. Here's What This Means for Physics

Emergent Gravity<p>In 2010, renowned string theory expert Erik Verlinde from the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics …

Physics

Elon Musk Says Cheap Gas Is Bad for the World

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is worried that low cost oil and gasoline are “really quite bad for the world,” and “for the future.”<p>Musk made the remarks on …

Tesla

Physicists Built a Single-Atom Engine and It Actually Works

It's the smallest working engine ever created and produces roughly the same amount of energy as your car.<p>Physicists have just built the smallest working engine ever created. It's a heat-powered motor barely larger than the single atom it runs on. Designed and build by a team of experimental …

Physics

Drug maker reconsidering $20 million North Carolina factory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor met Thursday with gay-rights advocates bearing a letter signed by more than 100 corporate executives urging him to repeal the nation's first state law limiting the bathroom options for transgender people.<p>The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and …

LGBTQI

Hillary Clinton has a race problem — and it’s resurfacing at a dangerous time

A brittle reaction to Black Lives Matter protester on eve of South Carolina refocuses voters on problematic record<p>According to a Feb. 16 CNN/ORC poll, a whopping 65 percent of South Carolinian black voters are planning to support Hillary Clinton in Saturday’s primary, while only 28 percent are …

Government

We Just Found Dozens of Never-Before-Seen Galaxies in Our Backyard

This inches toward figuring out the “Great Attractor” mysteriously pulling at us.<p>There's been something tugging at the Milky Way Galaxy, subtly pulling it one way while the universe's expansion should be pulling it the other. Scientists haven't been quite sure just what it was, but now there's a …

Universe

Obama wants Congress to pledge $4bn for computer science in US schools

Federal budget proposal seeks billions for grants to states and $100m for competitive grants for school districts over the next three years<p>President Barack Obama said on Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a …

Computer Science

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

Nearly 30 years ago, Lilly Love lost her way. She had just completed her five-year tour of duty as an Alaska-based Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, one of an elite team of specialists who are lowered into rough, frigid seas to save foundering fishermen working in dangerous conditions. The day …

Birds

Spacecraft - Details

Description<p>The Salyut 4 space station was launched on 26 December 1974. It was in an orbit with an apogee of 355 km and a perigee of 343 km. The …

Supermoon

Freshwater carries carbon out of the forest - Futurity

Rivers and streams in the US transport or store more than 220 billion pounds of carbon each year, say researchers. Some of it ends up as greenhouse …

Carbon

Paleo Profile: The North’s Sailback

Most of the Paleo Profiles I’ve written so far have highlighted new species, either found in the field or rediscovered in museum collections. But this week is a little different. The animal at the center of this story isn’t new to science, but a historic fossil whose identity has just changed.<p>In …

Chicago officer asked for Taser before teen shot

CHICAGO (AP) — Recordings of Chicago police radio traffic surrounding the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer show at least one responding officer asked for a Taser and — given that squad-car video lacks audio — offer a partial glimpse of officers' discussions as events …

Justice

'X-Ray Vision' Device Uses Wi-Fi Reflections To See Through Walls

It can even track your hand movements<p>Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) are presenting a new method for seeing through walls. They call it RF-Capture, and it builds on research CSAIL has been working on since 2013. The paper was accepted to the SIGGRAPH …

South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields Fired After Body Slamming Student: Sheriff

The school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a South Carolina high school student at her desk has been fired, authorities announced Wednesday.<p>Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia …

Justice

Tesla gets approval for global Autopilot rollout

Tesla's Autopilot set of features — the one that basically let your Tesla drive itself (though you should still keep your hands on the steering …

Build-it-yourself spider robot aims to help kids learn robotics

We've seen quite a few robots imitating nature — mostly made by scientists in university labs — but what if you could build your own and control it …

This Is the Largest Photo of Space Ever Taken

Clocking in at 197 GB and 46 gigapixels, you may have to wait a while on this one ...<p>That image above is just a sliver of a new 46 billion-pixel photo of the Milky Way. It is... vast, to say the least. Astronomers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany spent five years building this image, a …

Universe

Scientist who found new human species accused of playing fast and loose with the truth

The palaeontologist whose team found Homo naledi has been criticised for rushing his findings and making basic errors<p>It remains one of the most dramatic human fossil finds of recent years. In 2013, in a tiny, cramped chamber in the Rising Star cave near Johannesburg, researchers led by …

Peer Review

A Huge Gash Just Appeared On the Sun

A rather massive coronal hole was recently spotted on the Sun by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The region—the size of 50 Earths—is spewing …

Zircon study questions dates for cataclysms on early Moon and Earth

Astronomy

How the particle that led Bohr to think energy might not be conserved could lead the next revolution in physics

Neutrinos are ubiquitous, but mysterious. A Nobel prize was awarded this year for the discovery that they have mass, and undergo quantum oscillations as they travel - discoveries that fundamentally changed our understanding of physics and cosmology. A rare nuclear decay, being searched for now, …

Physics

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

Ancient teeth found in China suggest Homo sapiens was outwitted by its rivals<p>The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science …

Humanity

Stop swooning over Putin

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's true that it has been a quarter-century since Moscow has been so interventionist outside its borders. The last time it made these kinds of moves, in the late 1970s and 1980s, it invaded Afghanistan and interfered in several other countries as well. Back then, commentators similarly …

Middle East

Supreme Court justice took part in case despite wife’s stock ownership

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait. Photo by REUTERS/Larry DowningWASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen …

U.S. Supreme Court