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Cocaine Hippos, A New Mexico Raptor, and One Weird Cat: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

We’re heading into the last week of March, though it may not seem that way since 2020 feels like it’s lasted a few decades at this point. A worldwide pandemic will do that. Here’s to hoping that on April Fool’s Day, we’ll all wake up to find this has just been an elaborate, communal dream sequence put in motion by…Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Voting, Air Pollution, Drones, Alaska, Dinosaurs, Sci Fi, Westworld, New Mexico, Best of the week, Raptor, Pandemic, Hippos, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus


Palaeontology: New carnivorous dinosaur from New Mexico yields evolutionary insights

The discovery of a new species of dromaeosaurid -- a family of generally small to medium-sized feathered carnivores that lived during the Cretaceous Period -- is reported in Scientific Reports this week. The fossil furthers our understanding of dinosaur evolution during the Late Cretaceous (70-68 million years ago).
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Ferocious Raptor Discovered in New Mexico Was a Speedy Hunter

As the Jurassic Park films made abundantly clear, raptors were not to be trifled with, owing to their medium build, speed, and agility. A newly discovered raptor from New Mexico is further reinforcing our perceptions of these extinct predators.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dinosaurs, New Mexico, Raptors, Theropods, Dinosaur Evolution, Cretaceous Period, Dromaeosaurids


Tornado risk ramps up as severe weather erupts over central US

A multi-faceted storm system slated to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and record-challenging heat to portions of the mid-Atlantic will also unleash multiple rounds of severe weather in the south-central United States into Thursday evening.Winter will go out with a bang in terms of severe weather over the Central states as spring officially arrives at 10:50 p.m. CDT on Thursday.The storm system is the same one responsible for bringing much-needed rainfall to California ...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, US, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Dallas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Oklahoma


Rounds of severe weather to target central US just in time for spring

A multi-faceted storm system slated to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and record-challenging heat to portions of the mid-Atlantic will also unleash multiple rounds of severe weather in the south-central United States.The storm system is the same one responsible for bringing much-needed rainfall to California and burying the Sierra Nevada with feet of snow from this past weekend into the first part of this week.Before this storm system ejects eastward into the Plains, a...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, US, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Dallas, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Oklahoma, Accuweather, Sierra Nevada, Midwest


Multi-day severe weather threat in store for parts of central, southern US

A multi-faceted storm system slated to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and record-challenging heat to portions of the mid-Atlantic will also unleash multiple rounds of severe weather in the south-central United States into Thursday evening.Winter will go out with a bang in terms of severe weather over the Central states as spring officially arrives at 10:50 p.m. CDT on Thursday.The storm system is the same one responsible for bringing much-needed rainfall to California ...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, US, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Dallas, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Oklahoma, Illinois, St Louis


Multi-day severe weather threat brewing for parts of central, southern US

A multi-faceted storm system slated to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and record-challenging heat to portions of the mid-Atlantic will also unleash multiple rounds of severe weather in the south-central United States into Thursday evening.Winter will go out with a bang in terms of severe weather over the Central states as spring officially arrives at 10:50 p.m. CDT on Thursday.The storm system is the same one responsible for bringing much-needed rainfall to California ...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, US, Canada, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Dallas, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Oklahoma, Illinois, St Louis


Late-week storm poised to bring flooding rain to southern Plains, snow to Rockies

After first soaking Southern California and Arizona, a slow-moving storm will bring both wet and wintry conditions to a portion of the central United States late in the week.One round of heavy to locally severe thunderstorms may sweep through the region on Tuesday night prior to the storm's arrival.Residents from southeastern Kansas through eastern Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Arkansas, northern Louisiana and northeastern Texas may be jolted awake by the feisty storms, which can contain hail...
Tags: Texas, Science, United States, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Dallas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Denver, Accuweather, Rockies, Southern California, Oklahoma City, Gilbert


Late-week storm to bring flooding rain, snow potential to south-central US

After first soaking Southern California, a slow-moving storm will bring both wet and wintry conditions to the South Central states late in the week.One round of heavy to locally severe thunderstorms may sweep through the region on Tuesday night prior to the storm's arrival.Residents from southeastern Kansas through eastern Oklahoma and into the Arklatex region may be jolted awake by the feisty storms, which can contain hail and damaging winds. A brief lull in wet weather is expected acros...
Tags: Texas, Science, US, United States, Arkansas, Kansas, Dallas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Denver, Accuweather, Rockies, Southern California, Oklahoma City, Gilbert, South Texas


Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite


Virgin Galactic: Unity rocket ship moves to operational base

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane transfers to New Mexico for final testing.
Tags: Science, Richard Branson, New Mexico


A Rare Trump-Era Climate Policy Hits an Obstacle: The Tax Man

WASHINGTON -- A rare policy enacted under President Donald Trump to address climate change has run into an unexpected hurdle: the tax man.In 2018, Congress approved a lucrative tax break for companies that use carbon capture technology to trap carbon dioxide produced by industrial sites before the gas escapes into the atmosphere and heats the planet. The technology is still costly and contentious, but may one day become a valuable tool for slowing global warming. House Republicans are aiming to ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Congress, California, Washington, Indiana, North Dakota, House, New York Times, New Mexico, Greenpeace, Houston, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Irs, Internal Revenue Service


Snow covers Rocky Mountains and Texas panhandle, creating accidents and delays

After a winter storm that has been traveling through the southern part of the country hit the southern Rocky mountains and Texas panhandle, many roads across the region have been left in dicey conditions.The Tuesday morning commute had a few bumps in the road for Denver, Colorado, after authorities had to close several highway lanes due to icy conditions.The Denver Post reports that, because of the ice and snow that appeared overnight, traffic speed was very slow on Tuesday morning.AccuWeather S...
Tags: National Weather Service, Texas, Science, Colorado, New Mexico, Denver, Accuweather, Rocky Mountains, Albuquerque, El Paso, Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Post, Boulder Colorado, Denver Colorado, Bowers, Oklahoma Department of Transportation


Severe thunderstorm threat to coincide with ongoing flood risk in South

In addition to the ongoing flooding concerns from the Deep South to the Tennessee Valley and mid-Atlantic, severe thunderstorms may also threaten the region on Wednesday.Residents across much of the lower Mississippi River Valley through the Southeast coast have already been on alert following damaging winds and tornadoes that swept through the area last week.Some parts of the South won't have to wait until midweek to be on alert for disruptive storms.One storm that tracked northwest of Jack...
Tags: Science, California, Atlantic, New Orleans, Nashville, New Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, Accuweather, South, Travelers, Edwards, Tennessee Valley, Jackson Mississippi, Mississippi River Valley, DirecTV Frontier


Wintry conditions may return to northern Texas early next week

A potent storm tracking across the southern half of the country through the beginning of next week will open the door for snow to return to parts of the southern Plains.The storm system moving through the Northwest on Saturday will be the main culprit for the winter weather spreading across parts of the nation through the beginning of the week.Once this storm brings coastal rain and mountain snow to the Northwest, it will begin to break into two pieces. The first piece will race across the north...
Tags: Texas, Science, Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Oklahoma, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Colorado Rockies, Rockies, Flagstaff Arizona, Santa Fe New Mexico, Lubbock Texas, Northern Plains


Southern Rockies, Texas brace for the return of wintry conditions

A potent storm tracking across the southern half of the country through the beginning of next week will open the door for snow to return to parts of the southern Plains.The storm system that moved started in the Northwest over the weekend will be the main culprit for the winter weather spreading across parts of the nation through the beginning of the week.After breaking in two, the first piece of the storm raced into the Upper Midwest for Sunday, while the second piece dove into the Southwest br...
Tags: Texas, Science, Colorado, California, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Accuweather, Northwest, Colorado Rockies, Rockies, Southwest, Flagstaff Arizona, Santa Fe New Mexico, Lubbock Texas


Storm could bring biggest snowfall of season to several US cities

A long-tracking winter storm could deliver the most substantial snowfall of the season across portions of the central United States, including cities like Chicago and Oklahoma City, as it is predicted to affect a 1,500-mile corridor this week.Winter storm watches and warnings had been issued from West Texas to Illinois by midday on Tuesday, and AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the winter storm will disrupt daily commutes, school and long-distance travel into Thursday.The main storm follows a...
Tags: Science, US, Chicago, United States, Missouri, Noaa, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Kansas City, Illinois, St Louis, Detroit, Denver, Accuweather, Abilene, El Paso


Approaching storm could bring biggest snowfall of season to several US cities

A long-tracking winter storm could deliver the most substantial snowfall of the season across portions of the central United States, including cities like Chicago and Oklahoma City, as it is predicted to affect a 1,500-mile corridor this week.Winter storm watches and warnings had been issued from West Texas to Illinois by midday on Tuesday, and AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the winter storm will disrupt daily commutes, school and long-distance travel from Tuesday night into Thursday.The m...
Tags: Science, US, Chicago, United States, Missouri, Noaa, New Mexico, Great Lakes, Kansas City, Illinois, St Louis, Detroit, Denver, Accuweather, Abilene, Midwest


A Device That Curbs Drunken Driving Carries Its Own Risks

Over the past decade, states have increasingly turned to a powerful tool to stop drunken driving before it starts: miniature breathalyzers, wired into a car's electronics, that prevent the engine from starting unless the person behind the wheel is sober enough to drive.These devices, called ignition interlocks, have been remarkably effective. One study found that states mandating them for all drunken driving offenders had 15% fewer fatalities from alcohol-related car accidents.But while inte...
Tags: Texas, Science, Maryland, Colorado, California, Virginia, Noah, Pennsylvania, United States, New Hampshire, New York Times, New Jersey, The Times, States, New Mexico, Times


Nasa and Boeing confident Starliner capsule will land safely

Starliner capsule due to land in New Mexico on Sunday after failing in its mission to dock with the international space stationThe Nasa and Boeing team behind the un-crewed Starliner space capsule that failed on Friday in its mission to dock with the international space station has expressed confidence that they can land the faulty spacecraft in the US desert on Sunday. Related: Boeing's 737 Max troubles threaten booming Seattle-area economy Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, US, World news, US news, Nasa, Airline Industry, New Mexico, Seattle, Boeing


New Mexico’s top court examines ‘warrior-gene’ defense

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court debated Monday whether evidence of a defendant’s genetic predisposition toward violence deserved greater consideration in a 2015 murder trial and conviction, as they listened to oral arguments from opposing attorneys without yet issuing a decision. At issue is whether a district court acted properly in […]
Tags: Science, News, Ap, Nation, New Mexico, New Mexico Supreme Court


NASA is ‘thrilled’ with pad abort test for Boeing’s Starliner space taxi despite parachute glitch

Boeing cleared a key milestone for launching NASA astronauts on its CST-100 Starliner space taxi today by executing an end-to-end test of its rocket-powered launch abort system — a test that did what it needed to do even though one of the craft's three parachutes didn't open. Data from the pad abort test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico will be fully analyzed in advance of an uncrewed Starliner mission to the International Space Station and back, currently s...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, New Mexico, Boeing, U S Army, White Sands Missile Range


Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Boeing's capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert. The Starliner capsule carried no crew, just a test dummy for the 1 ½-minute shakedown of the launch abort system. Only two of the three main parachutes opened, but both NASA and Boeing said astronauts would have been safe if aboard.
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Mexico, Boeing


Does technology make moving nukes safe? Depends whom you ask

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and […]
Tags: Business, Science, Technology, News, Nation, New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory, U S Army, RENO Nev AP


NASA confirms Boeing’s latest timetable for Starliner space taxi’s final tests

NASA confirmed today that Boeing is scheduled to conduct the next high-profile test of its CST-100 Starliner space capsule in a little more than three weeks. The target data for Starliner's pad abort test is set for Nov. 4 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, NASA said. That's in line with the plan that Boeing executive John Mulholland laid out earlier this week at a New Mexico space symposium. If next month's test is successful, Boeing would target Dec. 17 for the launch of a...
Tags: Science, Nasa, New Mexico, Boeing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, White Sands Missile Range, John Mulholland


Pacific Northwest National Lab plays role in federally funded AI research center

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is joining forces with two other research powerhouses to pioneer a new $5.5 million research center created by the U.S. Department of Energy to focus on the biggest challenges in artificial intelligence. The Center for Artificial Intelligence-Focused Architectures and Algorithms, or ARIAA, will promote collaborative projects for scientists at PNNL in Richland, Wash., at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, and at Georgia Tech. PNNL and Sandia are part...
Tags: Science, Pacific Northwest National Lab, New Mexico, Sandia, U S Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Energy Department, Richland Wash, Ariaa, Georgia Tech PNNL, Roberto Gioiosa


10 of The Coolest and Most Powerful Supercomputers of All Time

For decades, supercomputers have helped scientists perform calculations that wouldn’t have been possible on regular computers of that time. Not only has the construction of supercomputers helped push the envelope of what’s possible within the computing field, but the calculations performed by supercomputers helped further both science and technology, and ultimately our lives. This post pays tribute to some of the most powerful supercomputers the world has ever seen. CRAY-1 The first Cray compu...
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US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that tribes consider sacred surrounding Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. Officials say that will allow time to finish an updated management plan to guide energy development across the […]
Tags: Business, Science, News, US, Ap, Nation, New Mexico, Albuquerque, U S Interior, David Bernhardt, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park


Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize-winning physicist who named quarks, dies at 89

1969 Nobel laureate helped discover subatomic particlesDeath confirmed by Santa Fe Institute he co-foundedMurray Gell-Mann, the Nobel-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died. He was 89. Related: Video: Murray Gell-Mann on ditching what 'everybody knows' Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, US news, Physics, New Mexico, Santa Fe Institute, Murray Gell Mann, Gell Mann


Chevron drops Anadarko takeover fight after Occidental raises bid

Chevron Corp abandoned its takeover bid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Thursday, outmaneuvered by Occidental Petroleum Corp's higher, $38 billion offer that included more than three times as much cash. With a financing assist from billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Occidental, one-quarter Chevron's size, is the likely victor in a contest that again proved the allure of U.S. shale. Occidental has said it plans to shed most of Anadarko's non-shale properties in a deal that would cement its pos...
Tags: Science, New Mexico, Chevron, Anadarko, Occidental, Occidental Petroleum Corp, Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Chevron Corp, Permian Basin of West Texas, Warren Buffett Occidental, U S shale Occidental



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