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Giant 21ft great white shark named Deep Blue spotted off coast of Hawaii

It was the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance for a team of divers to photograph themselves alongside Deep Blue, the notorious great white shark.  But, in the words of one commentator, the resulting headline could easily have read: "stupid human dies chasing a 20ft shark".  The female, one of the largest sharks ever recorded, was photographed feasting on a dead sperm whale nine miles off the coast of Oahu, a Hawaiian island.  It is only the third ever sighting of Deep Blue, who was last spott...
Tags: Science, California, Mexico, Hawaii, Telegraph, University of Florida, Sharks, Ramsey, Oahu, Deep Blue, Baja Mexico, Juan Oliphant, Michael Domeier, Marine Conservation Science Institute, Ocean Ramsey, REUTERS Deep Blue


Relativity Space gets a historic place to use for its Cape Canaveral launch pad in Florida

Relativity Space, the California-based rocket startup that got its start in Seattle, has won Air Force clearance to build its Florida launch facility on a site that saw service during NASA’s Apollo and Gemini programs in the 1960s. The lease agreement gives Relativity Space exclusive use of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 16 — which was first used for Titan missile launches, and then for Gemini crew processing and static firing tests of the Apollo service module’s propulsion en...
Tags: Florida, Science, California, Nasa, Air Force, Seattle, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


Bee surveys in newest US national park could aid pollinator studies elsewhere

Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? Utah State University and USDA entomologists Meiners, Griswold and Messinger Carril report findings about pollinator biodiversity in California's Pinnacle National Park derived from three separate surveys spanning 17 years and say similar studies in other areas are needed.
Tags: Science, California, US, Usda, Utah State University, Meiners Griswold, Messinger Carril, Pinnacle National Park


California Is About to Get Pounded With an Atmospheric River, Raising the Risk of Mudslides

A series of monster storms will leave California’s mountains white and set rivers roaring over the back half of the week. The Golden State is looking at feet of snow and hurricane-force winds, and because of all the areas burned by record-setting fires the past two years, a serious risk of mudslides. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Snow, Rain, Atmospheric river, Golden State, Mudslides, Weather Is Happening


US to Launch Secret Spy Satellite Saturday

The United States' newest spy satellite will finally get off the ground this weekend, if all goes according to plan. The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time), ULA representatives announced yesterday (Jan. 15). You can watch the launch here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the company....
Tags: Science, California, US, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL, U S Air Force, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance ULA, Gary Wentz, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate


Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection

More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a study published Jan. 16 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Abel Valdivia of the Center for Biological Diversity in California, and colleagues.
Tags: Science, California, US, PLOS ONE, Center for Biological Diversity, Abel Valdivia


These sneaky spiders wait inside tiny towers to attack their prey

The California turret spider build tiny towers on the forest floor that extend underground into a burrow. At night, they climb up into the tower and await their dinner -- beetles, moths, and other insects. Video above. From KQED's Deep Look: While remaining hidden inside their turret, they’re able to sense the vibrations created by their prey’s footsteps. That’s when the turret spider strikes, busting out of the hollow tower like an eight legged jack-in-the-box. With lightning speed the sp...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Biology, California, Insects, Spiders, KQED, Arachnids


PG&E May Be the Business World’s Biggest Climate-Change Casualty Yet

Now, in California, it has pushed PG&E Corp. to the brink, in the biggest warning yet about the financial risks of climate change. The utility giant’s critics contend it’s hurtling toward bankruptcy court because of its own negligence and arrogance. Whatever their exact cause, the California fires -- and the utility’s response -- have turned PG&E into a poster child for climate-change dangers.
Tags: Science, California, PG E Corp


PG&E plunges for second day after step toward bankruptcy

The state's biggest private utility's shares have lost 75 percent of their stock value since the start of January, when the company first began exploring options for protection from claims its equipment was responsible for the fires. California politicians are in a quandary over whether to offer a bailout or risk allowing the state's largest private utility to fail. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, told reporters late on Monday his team was discussing the possibility of helping PG&E stay sol...
Tags: Science, California, Gavin Newsom


PG&E restructuring highlights arcane California legal rule

(Reuters) - PG&E Corp's chances of emerging from bankruptcy proceedings hinge in part on an arcane California legal rule that threatens to keep the utility owner perpetually on the hook for liabilities from catastrophic wildfires even beyond the more than $30 billion the company expects to face from recent blazes.
Tags: Science, California, Reuters PG E Corp


Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules

A federal judge in California has ruled that law enforcement can’t compel a suspect to unlock their phone with a fingerprint or face recognition. Combined with a previous court ruling that held police cannot force a suspect to tell them their password, we’re getting some clarity on the future of search and seizure in…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Encryption, Biometrics, Fifth Amendment


No. 1 U.S. utility PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing after California wildfires

PG&E, which provides electricity and natural gas to 16 million customers in northern and central California, faces widespread litigation, government investigations and liabilities that could potentially exceed $30 billion due to the fires, the company said. The most recent fire last November killed at least 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive blaze in California history.
Tags: Science, California


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


California Power Company Tied to Last Year’s Deadly Camp Fire Is Filing For Bankruptcy

California’s largest utility is in a death spiral in wake of the deadly Camp Fire last fall. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced Monday it’d be filing for bankruptcy on January 29.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Pge, Camp Fire, Shouldve Done Better, California Power Company Tied, Pacific Gas Electric Co PG E


PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing after California wildfires

PG&E faces widespread litigation, government investigations and liabilities that could potentially reach $30 billion, according to the company, accounting for damage from fires last year and in 2017. PG&E, the biggest power company in the United States with customers, said it planned to file for bankruptcy protection around Jan. 29, and was giving a 15-day notice to employees to comply with California law. PG&E said on Sunday its chief executive was leaving and being replaced by General Couns...
Tags: Science, California, United States, John Simon


Top U.S. utility PG&E says it is preparing bankruptcy filing

PG&E faces widespread litigation, government investigations and liabilities that could potentially reach $30 billion, according to the company, accounting for damage from fires last year and in 2017. PG&E, the biggest power company in the United States with customers, said it planned to file for bankruptcy protection around Jan. 29, and was giving employees a 15-day notice to employees to comply with California law. PG&E said on Sunday its chief executive officer was leaving and being replace...
Tags: Science, California, United States, John Simon


PG&E prepares to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company shares tumbled 55 percent in early trading. PG&E, whose chief executive officer stepped down on Sunday, said it does not see any impact to electric or natural gas services for its customers as a result of the bankruptcy. PG&E is reeling from the November Camp fire that began in the California mountain community of Paradise and swept through the town, eventually killing at least 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history.
Tags: Science, California


SpaceX Layoffs Include 577 Positions at California Headquarters

Hours after launching its first rocket of the new year on Friday morning, the Elon Musk-led company told employees that roughly 10 percent of SpaceX’s workforce would be laid off. The vast majority of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s more than 6,000 employees are employed at its headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, and hundreds of others are based in Seattle, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Texas. Some 577 positions will be cut in Hawthorne, according to Jan Vogel, exe...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, California, Hawthorne, Hawthorne California, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Seattle Florida Washington D C, Jan Vogel


Here’s what’s cooking inside Nvidia’s new AI robotics research lab in Seattle

When Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang interacted with a sensitive robotic hand at today's open house for his company's robotics research lab in Seattle, it was love at first touch. "It almost feels like a pet!" Huang said as he tickled the hand's fingers, causing them to retreat gently. "It's surprisingly therapeutic," he told the crowd around him. "Can I have one?" The robotic hand, which is programmed to avoid poking humans when they come too close, was just one of the machines on displ...
Tags: Science, California, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Huang, Jensen Huang, University District Nvidia


Here’s what’s cooking inside Nvidia’s AI robotics research lab in Seattle

When Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang interacted with a sensitive robotic hand at today's open house for his company's robotics research lab in Seattle, it was love at first touch. "It almost feels like a pet!" Huang said as he tickled the hand's fingers, causing them to retreat gently. "It's surprisingly therapeutic," he told the crowd around him. "Can I have one?" The robotic hand, which is programmed to avoid poking humans when they come too close, was just one of the machines on displ...
Tags: Science, California, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Huang, Jensen Huang, University District Nvidia


SpaceX is trimming back 10 percent of its workforce in strategic realignment

SpaceX says it’s reducing its workforce by about 10 percent as part of a strategic realignment to focus the California-based company on providings its global Starlink satellite broadband service and furthering CEO Elon Musk’s drive to make humanity a multiplanet species. Word of the reductions came just hours after SpaceX executed its first Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year, putting 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit, and a day after Musk hailed the assembly of a subscale test prot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Musk, Falcon, Iridium, StarLink


California police use genealogy websites to arrest suspect in 1990s rapes

A California man has been arrested in connection to rapes committed in the 1990s after his DNA was linked to the crime scenes through commercial genealogy websites, which initially turned up the both the suspect and his twin, police said on Friday. Kevin Konther, 53, was taken into custody on Thursday at his home in Southern California and booked on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and child sexual abuse, Orange County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said. Last year, a 73-year-old former polic...
Tags: Science, California, Southern California, Carrie Braun, Orange County Sheriff s, Golden State Killer, Kevin Konther


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches 10 communications satellites

Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX on Friday launched the final group of next generation communication satellites, known as Iridium NEXT, completing a decade-long project. The 10 satellites, which are part of a 75-piece constellation, were launched at 10:31 a.m. ET from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed.
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon


Tech to the rescue: New products aim to improve disaster relief

After catastrophic wildfires in southern California late last year, the Israeli startup Watergen sent in its devices which pull clean water out of the atmosphere for firefighters and relief workers. The machines, which have been deployed in other global disaster areas, were among the technologies on display at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to highlight innovations which can be used in various kinds of relief efforts. "We clean the air because it's much easier to clean air than it is to cl...
Tags: Science, California, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Watergen, Yehuda Kaploun, Watergen USA


Anthony Kiedis: ‘California Is on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis’

"We need to come together and help solve the greatest threat to humankind and embrace our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations," singer writes in op-ed
Tags: Science, California, Anthony Kiedis


SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

Update for 11:45 a.m. EST: All 10 Iridium Next satellites were successfully deployed. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cooper, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, John Insprucker, Insprucker, Desch, Meghan Bartels, Matt Desch, Aireon


SpaceX launches final batch of Iridium telecom satellites (and lands rocket)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deployed the eighth and final set of next-generation Iridium satellites into orbit today, closing off a two-year launch campaign. The rocket rose into partly cloudy skies from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. PT after a trouble-free countdown. Iridium CEO Matt Desch counted down the final seconds. Minutes after liftoff, the first-stage booster separated and made an at-sea touchdown on a drone landing ship called “Just Read the Instructions,” hundreds o...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium, Matt Desch


Google Board Sued for Hushing Claims of Executive Misconduct

The complaint targeted the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to one complaint filed Thursday in California state court.
Tags: Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond


Google Board Sued for Hushing Misconduct Claims About Rubin

The investor claims the Google parent’s board failed in its duties by allowing the harassment to occur and covering up Rubin’s behavior, as did the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sex...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond, Google Board


PG&E restores gas service to Paradise customers affected by wildfire

(Reuters) - PG&E Corp, the electricity provider in the northern California region ravaged by a deadly wildfire, on Thursday said it has restored natural gas services to nearly all Paradise customers who were able to receive it.
Tags: Science, California, Reuters PG E Corp



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