Sci-tech

by | October 04, 2018 | 01:51

Dr Strickland and Dr Mourou helped to develop short and intense laser pulses that have broad industrial and medical applications . By 1987 he had used the tweezers to capture bacteria, a technique now commonly used to study living systems, including to study the "biological motors" that move molecules within a cell as well as cells themselves.

by | October 02, 2018 | 17:42

They include the first female physics prize victor in 55 years . She became emotional when told she was only the third to have won the physics prize - the first being Marie Curie in 1903, while Maria Goeppert Mayer won in 1963. Strickland says she was left in disbelief when the call from Stockholm came early this morning notifying her of the win, saying she thought it was "crazy".

by | September 27, 2018 | 15:24

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Tropical Storm Kirk was spinning to the west at 18 mph about 300 miles east of Barbados. Kirk will eventually be located south of an area of high pressure near Bermuda. According to forecasters, whatever becomes of the remnants, whether they become a tropical depression or tropical storm, or remain a disorganized patch of storms and clouds, they are heading into winds that could tear the storm apart.

by | September 27, 2018 | 10:41

Although I was disappointed with the blurred image that first came from the rover, it was good to be able to capture this shot as it was recorded by the rover as the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is shown. The tweets that accompany the images attempt to situate the viewer, but all you really need to know is that the rock is Ryugu and the light is from the sun.

by | September 26, 2018 | 16:07

Two robotic probes have sent back the first images from the surface of an asteroid hurtling through space, as part of a mission that hopes to shed light on the origins of life on Earth. In Figure 1, although the image is blurred due to the rover rotating, you can clearly see the body of Hayabusa2 and the paddle of the solar cells.

by | September 26, 2018 | 15:00

According to the UK-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation group, there have been just 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast before today's incident. "There have been just 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland".

by | September 23, 2018 | 15:56

Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes . A wide area of greenery has been covered by Tetragnatha spiders , which can build large nests for mating, according to Greek newspaper Daily Hellas.

by | September 22, 2018 | 08:10

Florence is blamed for at least 41 deaths in North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2 billion in damage. Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.

by | September 22, 2018 | 06:53

In recent days, the webs have draped plants, trees and boats along the lagoon in Aitoliko, a town of canals that's otherwise known as Greece's "Little Venice ". They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well. In fact, local people ought to be happy because the event means many pestering mosquitoes will be trapped by the spiders .

by | September 21, 2018 | 05:49

Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news website Newsit.gr: "These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora". Giannakopoulos said it appeared the spiders were gathering on the eastern side of the beach, adding there was a "huge veil" of them covering palm trees and other vegetation.

by | September 21, 2018 | 04:07

That original mission would have used a Falcon Heavy rocket - the most powerful rocket flying today - and a Dragon crew capsule similar to the one NASA astronauts will use to fly to the International Space Station as early as next year. Maezawa is a rarity in Japan: a billionaire who shuns suits and encourages his employees to have fun. He will be the eighth space tourist in history , and the first to orbit the moon.

by | September 21, 2018 | 03:31

Relief is still a long way off for the storm-battered Carolinas, which will face even more flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence , forecasters said Thursday. That news comes as authorities from Horry County Sheriff's Department in SC say two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters.

by | September 21, 2018 | 03:20

NASA's Deep Space Network receives that data and forwards it to the TESS Payload Operations Center at MIT for initial evaluation and analysis, before full data processing and analysis at NASA's Ames Research Center in California generates calibrated images and refined light curves that can then be used to identify promising exoplanet transit candidates.

by | September 19, 2018 | 12:39

The announcement at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., followed days of speculation over the identity of the first passenger - and months of chatter about the capabilities of the BFR, an acronym for " Big Falcon Rocket " in its G-rated interpretation.

by | September 18, 2018 | 05:28

Taylor said the storm already dumped 30 inches of rain on some parts of the N.C. They include quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due September 17 and quarterly payroll and excise tax returns that are typically due on the last day of September.

by | September 18, 2018 | 05:15

Climate change is a global problem and one that needs to be tackled at every level, from worldwide, to national and local governments, and with a huge role to play for businesses and individuals. At a signing ceremony in the state capital Sacramento, Mr Brown vowed to meet the terms of the Paris agreement and to "continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions".

by | September 18, 2018 | 03:43

Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds , buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm .

by | September 18, 2018 | 03:23

While wind speeds dropped Thursday, forecasters reminded people that what makes Florence extremely unsafe are the potentially deadly storm surges, the expected mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall. It's unclear exactly how many people fled ahead of the storm, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

by | September 18, 2018 | 02:38

Parts of freeways - dotted with rescue boats - have morphed into free-flowing waterways. Florence has dumped up to 36 inches (91cm) of rain on the state since Thursday - the storm has already killed at least 23 people. And supplies such as fuel are in critical need. Pender County, just north of Wilmington , is also running out of fuel, Commissioner Jackie Newton said.

by | September 17, 2018 | 11:56

Also, one person was killed while plugging in a generator, and a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died, authorities said. A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her.

by | September 17, 2018 | 06:47

This is according to data as of 5 a.m. EST from tweets North and SC emergency management agencies. With public dread over a Fukushima-like accident in the USA, how will these plants weather this storm? NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said if the report wasn't made public it may have been because the report contained security-related information, but he wasn't aware of the 2015 report's status.

by | September 17, 2018 | 05:17

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. "The storm has never been more risky than it is now". The family has experienced just one other hurricane in their North Carolina home when Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016. Florence is expected to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week along its entire path, enough water to fill more than 65,000 Empire State Buildings, Maue calculated.

by | September 17, 2018 | 04:46

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways early Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S.

by | September 17, 2018 | 03:14

Set to hit the Carolinas around Friday afternoon, Florence was at one point classified as a Category 4 storm but has since been downgraded to Category 2, 6ABC reported . Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles. Forecasters are predicting as much as 40in of rain in some localized areas.

by | September 15, 2018 | 17:57

As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina , moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour. Then, as the high-pressure system steering Florence weakens , the hurricane is expected to hang out inland for days, showering the region with rain much like Hurricane Harvey did to Houston a year ago.

by | September 15, 2018 | 13:29

The father was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. United States media said a fifth death may have occurred when a man tried to connect two extension cords in the rain. He picked up 10 people on one run and took them to a shelter. Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas.

by | September 15, 2018 | 09:54

Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area - Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica - by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the tropical storm watch area - Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat - and the hurricane watch areas, the NHC added.

by | September 15, 2018 | 09:31

He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe. Other counties along North Carolina's coast are also issuing evacuation warnings, while SC has ordered the evacuation of all coastal areas beginning at noon on Tuesday.

by | September 15, 2018 | 03:26

The moon trip makes good on SpaceX's 2017 announcement that it meant to send two private individuals around the moon by the end of 2018 aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX will reveal the passenger and say when the launch will take place during an announcement Monday. "And they're very serious about it". In February, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy , which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle, the report said .

by | September 14, 2018 | 07:12

If the storm continues at its current pace, it could be the strongest hurricane to reach the Carolinas in the last 30 years. Chris Pack, a spokesman for the group, said it was airing ads on the channel aimed at viewers in Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada and West Virginia, all key races in the increasingly tight battle for control of the Senate.

by | September 14, 2018 | 06:04

The storm "is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances", SC governor Henry McMaster said, issuing his state's emergency declaration. "We're talking 12-foot seas stretching 300 miles away from the center", the NHC's Graham said. Long-duration hurricane-force winds of 74 miles per hour or higher could cause tremendous damage and widespread power outages.

by | September 14, 2018 | 03:56

The Day 1 Academics Fund plans to launch and operate a network of high-quality, free Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities. Bezos, whose stake in Amazon is worth about $160 billion United States, says that he'll call it the Bezos Day One Fund.

by | September 14, 2018 | 02:09

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane " with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".

by | September 13, 2018 | 09:55

If these projections hold, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says "it's exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge ". According to CNN , more than 1 million people have been told to evacuate coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. People getting a little more than moist over it'.

by | September 13, 2018 | 07:12

More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the USA east coast. An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, said Marc Chenard of the U.S.