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Scientists discover new 'architecture' in corn

New research on the US's most economically important agricultural plant -- corn -- has revealed a different internal structure of the plant than previously thought, which can help optimize how corn is converted into ethanol.
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Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to see lunar eclipse

Thousands endure sub-zero temperatures in central and northeastern US states to spot rare celestial eventThousands of stargazers across the northern hemisphere were battling sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of an unusual set of circumstances resulting in a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon.The rare celestial event takes places when moon is positioned slightly closer to earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a su...
Tags: Space, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Lunar Eclipses


Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to view lunar eclipse

Thousands have endured sub-zero temperatures in US and parts of Europe to see rare celestial eventThousands of stargazers across the northern hemisphere have battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon.The rare celestial event takes places when the moon is positioned slightly closer to the Earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a super moon. During the total eclipse, the moon ...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Lunar Eclipses


Trump confuses weather with climate change again: 'Wouldn’t be bad to have a little good old fashioned Global Warming right now!'

Donald Trump has again confused weather with climate change, suggesting the US would benefit from “a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now” amid forecasts of snow and cold conditions. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. In November, Mr Trump conflated seasonal weather with climate change, suggesting chilly conditions meant global warming wasn’t real.
Tags: Science, US, Global Warming, Donald Trump, Trump


US spy satellite launched into orbit from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. spy satellite has been launched into orbit from California. A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying the National Reconnaissance Office satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time Saturday. As is customary with classified payloads, United Launch Alliance webcast the liftoff […]
Tags: Science, News, California, US, Nation, Delta, Pacific, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, National Reconnaissance Office, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif


Nasa to work with China's space agency on Chang'e-4 lunar research

Nasa has announced it is collaborating with its Chinese counterpart on a  lunar mission, amid US warnings against sharing technology with the country.  The US space agency has been in discussions with the China National Space  Administration (CNSA) to collaborate on lunar landing research after  gaining approval from Congress.  The collaboration requires Nasa to navigate a strict legal framework in the  US aimed at preventing a technology transfer to China and comes during a  period of strained ...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, US, Nasa, Austria, United Nations, Cctv, Donald Trump, Huawei, Chang, Wu Weiren, Chinese State Media, China National Space Administration CNSA, AP NASA, Wu Yanhua


US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live

The United States plans to launch a hush-hush spy satellite Saturday (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live. 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 at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time). You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the launch provider. The webcast will be brief; ULA is expected to cut off the live feed afte...
Tags: Science, California, US, Nasa, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, NROL, U S National Reconnaissance Office, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE California, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate


Climate change a national security 'issue': Pentagon

Many of the US military's key installations are facing increasing difficulties due to climate change, the Pentagon said Friday in a report critics slammed as understating the scope of the problem. "The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans and installations," the document states. The report found about two-thirds of the 79 installations are or will be vulnerable to recurrent flooding, and more tha...
Tags: Science, US, Department Of Defense, Pentagon


Antarctic expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lakeScientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Contin...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US, World news, Antarctica, Antarctic


Antarctica expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades made in Mercer subglacial lakeScientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, or “water bears”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, World news, Antarctica, Antarctic, Mercer


Blame a wobbly polar vortex for why you're so damn cold

It's coming. The polar vortex — a spinning mass of winter-chilled Arctic air — has become wobbly and weak. It's expected to slosh down and blanket a considerable part of the East Coast and Midwest with frigid polar air beginning this weekend, bringing sub zero temperatures to some Midwestern places. "We're gonna freeze," John Martin, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in an interview.  The polar vortex typically lives in the high Arctic each wint...
Tags: Europe, National Weather Service, Science, US, Indianapolis, Earth, Arctic, East Coast, Midwest, Martin, University of Wisconsin Madison, John Martin, Indiana University Purdue University, ECMWF, Filipelli, Michael Ventrice


Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the US South

A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern US with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women.
Tags: Science, US, US South


Japanese company sends satellite into space to deliver artificial meteor shower

A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said. A start-up based in Tokyo developed the micro-satellite for the celestial show over Hiroshima early next year as the initial experiment for what it calls a "shooting stars on demand" service. The satellite is to release tiny balls that glow brightly as they hurtle through the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower. It hitched a ride on the small...
Tags: Japan, Science, US, Earth, Tokyo, Ale, Hiroshima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, JAXA, Jiji, Epsilon, Itsukushima Shrine, Nobuyoshi Fujimoto Lena Okajima, Kimotsuki Town, ALE Co Ltd, Lena Okajima


Space is new arena for war, Donald Trump says as he unveils missile defence strategy

Space is the new arena for war, Donald Trump said on Thursday as he announced a major drive to update America’s missile defence system and touted his “Space Force” proposal.  The US president said that he wants a “layer” of sensors placed among the stars that can detect missile launches and will demand that the technology is funded in his next budget. The item was one of a host of improvements the Pentagon is attempting to make to its decades-old missile system, outlined in its new Missile Defen...
Tags: Science, North Korea, China, Russia, US, America, United States, Ronald Reagan, Pentagon, Defence, Donald Trump, US Air Force, Trump, Afp, Interfax, Kim Jong


More asteroids strike Earth since age of dinosaurs: study

Between two and three times as many asteroids have struck the Earth and the Moon since the age of the dinosaurs, when one massive space rock collision wiped them out forever, researchers said Thursday. The mounting pace began around 290 million years ago, and likely coincides with some kind of large cosmic smashup in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, researchers reported in the US journal Science. The result was space debris, some of which made its way to the Earth...
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Trump vows to boost America's missile defense

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to boost America's missile defense systems, including by investing in technology to protect against the threat of sophisticated "hypersonic" weapons. Speaking at the Pentagon, Trump unveiled the Missile Defense Review, a long-awaited analysis of the defensive network of US interceptors that are designed to shoot down an incoming ballistic missile. Top among the concerns highlighted in the review is the speed at which rivals, particularly China and Russia, ...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, US, America, Donald Trump, Trump, Pentagon Trump


US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history.
Tags: Science, US, Portland, Paradise California


Trump unveils new space missile defence strategy as Pentagon brands North Korea ‘extraordinary threat’

Donald Trump has unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy involving a new layer of space-based sensors to detect and track enemy missiles. The president announced the results of the review, the first compiled since 2010, during a speech at the Pentagon. In the review, US intelligence agencies also warned Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities present existing threats to US and global security.
Tags: Science, North Korea, US, Iran, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump unveils new space missile defence strategy as Pentagon brands North Korea 'extraordinary threat'

Donald Trump has unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy involving a new layer of space-based sensors to detect and track enemy missiles. The president announced the new review during a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday, calling for an investment into new missile defence technologies at a time when Russia and China are developing advanced weapon systems. US intelligence agencies have also warned Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities present existing threats to US and global secu...
Tags: Science, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Iran, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump to roll out long-awaited missile defense review

President Donald Trump will unveil a review of US missile defense capabilities Thursday that aims to counter threats from North Korea and Iran while adapting to ever more sophisticated weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Top among the concerns highlighted by the Missile Defense Review is the speed at which rivals, particularly Beijing and Moscow, are pushing ahead with new technologies such as hypersonic missiles that can thwart traditional defense systems. As a result, the Pen...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Russia, US, Iran, Beijing, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Missile Defense Review, China Top


Donald Trump's new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defence system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration's Missile Defence Review - the first compiled since 2010 - are expected to be released during President Donald Trump's visit on Thursday to the Pentagon with top members of his administration. In a throwback to Ro...
Tags: Asia, Science, Vladimir Putin, Congress, North Korea, China, Russia, US, America, Iran, Beijing, Ronald Reagan, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


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


Air pollution increases ER visits for breathing problems

As levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the ER with breathing problems, according to the largest US study of air pollution and respiratory emergency room visits of patients of all ages. The study was published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
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HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the US

Only about 16 percent of US adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn 13, despite national recommendations that call for vaccination at 11 to 12 years of age. Published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the new findings highlight the need for stronger efforts to encourage HPV vaccination and to improve immunization rates in this key age group.
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BU: US youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated with a 26.9 percent increase in the youth suicide rate.
Tags: Science, US, Boston University School of Public Health BUSPH


Antibiotics still routinely prescribed in the ER for infants with viral lung infections

Despite recommendations first issued more than a decade ago, antibiotics are still routinely prescribed in US emergency rooms for infants with bronchiolitis, a common viral lung infection. Published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the findings highlight a concerning lag in translating evidence-based guidelines into clinical practice and underscore the need to continue educating health care providers and the public about appropriate antibiotic use.
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Shooting victim who became doctor takes aim at US gun violence

At age 17, Joseph Sakran was shot in the throat after a high school football game -- a life-threatening injury that set him on the path to becoming a doctor. Now a trauma surgeon who fights to save shooting victims on the operating table, Sakran says gun violence in America is a health crisis that medical professionals can and should help address.
Tags: Science, US, America, Joseph Sakran, Sakran


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....
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Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet – it's coming, whether we like it or not

It was not so long ago that Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet was a pipe dream, leaving technophiles frustrated and everyone else eternally grateful. But the dawn of internet access in the sky is now and well truly behind us as more and more airlines equip their fleets with the technology. Last week low-cost Norwegian became the latest to announce that passengers on its long-haul flights would be able to browse the internet, send emails and generally while away the hours, from this year, with half its fleet ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, US, Gogo, Emirates, Ryanair, Dubai, Airlines, Etihad, Skytrax, Virgin America, Wi Fi, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, AirCell, British Airways BA


Study investigates socioeconomic disparities in nitrate levels in US drinking water

The first nationwide investigation of potential socioeconomic disparities in nitrate concentrations in US drinking water is reported in the open access journal Environmental Health. The authors, from Silent Spring Institute, USA, note that understanding the extent of current exposures -- particularly among vulnerable communities -- is critical for developing effective strategies to reduce exposure.
Tags: Science, US, Environmental Health, Silent Spring Institute USA



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