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Astronomers just spotted bizarre holes on the Moon that might reveal hidden tunnels
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Moon is our closest neighbor and we've learned a lot about it over the past century or so. We've studied it, mapped it, and even visited it on more than one occasion, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a few surprises in store for us. A new research effort has uncovered one of those mysteries in the form of large holes in the lunar surface near the Moon's north pole, and scientists believe they might hint at a huge subsurface tunnel network. The bizarre holes were spotted by researchers working with the SETI Institute and Mars Institute, both of which used imagery from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to identify the gaps in the Moon's dusty surface. Before you go dreaming of little green men living in the Moon's underground you should know that scientists obviously don't think the tunnels were created by aliens at all. The tunnels are thought to be the remains of ancient lava tubes where liquid rock once flowed beneath the Moon's surface. Over time, the magma flow ceased and large hollow tubes are all that remains. The holes the scientists spotted are thought to be "skylights" where the shell of the lava tube has collapsed and created a path to the surface. It's unclear at this point how large the tunnels actually are, or how far they stretch, but NASA is already considering other known tube locations for their potential usefulness in future manned missions to the Moon. "The highest resolution images available for Philolaus Crater do not allow the pits to be identified as lava tube skylights with 100 percent certainty, but we are looking at good candidates considering simultaneously their size, shape, lighting conditions and geologic setting" Pascal Lee, a scientists with SETI and the Mars Institute who is investigating the new features, explains. In the not-so-distant future, astronauts may be able to use lunar lava tubes as makeshift shelters to protect themselves and their equipment from space radiation. Building structures on the surface of the Moon is what everyone thinks of when they imagine a Moon colony, but heading underground in pre-existing tunnel systems might actually be a better idea.
A Man Is Holding a 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers
Algae May Be Green Energy’s Secret Weapon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new breakthrough from Cambridge chemists uses algae to create a fuel cell which generates electricity
Astronomers just caught a massive black hole ‘burping’ out hot gas not once, but twice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We've all felt the pressure that builds up in our stomach after a can of carbonated cola or a particularly filling meal, and no matter how polite of a person you are, you no doubt let a nice healthy burp fly every now and then. As it turns out, black holes have a similar habit, and astronomers have just captured photo evidence of one of the universe's most destructive entities burping not once, but twice in quick succession. Scientists using some of mankind's most powerful space observation tools — the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes — have observed the black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy spewing hot gas in two separate events. The galaxy, called SDSS J1354+1327 (catchy name, huh?) is some 800 million light-years from Earth, but that's still close enough for astronomers to detect its foul behavior. The observations were presented this week at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, where astronomer Julie Comerford explained what the team was able to see. "Black holes are voracious eaters, but it also turns out they don't have very good table manners," Comerford said. "We know a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps." The "burps" appear as colorful explosions of gas emitting from the center of the galaxy. In the clearest photo of the event, the beginning of a massive burp is seen shooting out of the upper left of the black hole, while the remnants of an older burp can be spotted still dissipating below it. While these two events are thought to have happened some 100,000 years apart, that's actually an incredibly short period of time when we're talking about black hole activity. Researchers believe the black hole is behaving this way because it is consuming a huge amount of nearby matter. The hole's gaping maw is sucking up massive amounts of material, burping some of it out in a huge shockwave-like event, and then resting for a brief period before resuming its feast. You know, kind of like your uncle at Thanksgiving.
What If Hawaii's False Missile Alert Had Been Real? Here's What Would Happen Next
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If Hawaii's false ballistic missile alert had been real, a series of high-level decisions would have been made quickly
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
'Unfathomable.' Cyberbullying Blamed for Child Model's Suicide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Amy "Dolly" Everett was remembered by hundreds of mourners after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying
Sean Penn: ‘Donald Trump Is the Enemy of Compassion’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The actor writes about his time in Haiti after the earthquake: 'The Haitian people offered us a front-row seat to miracles.'
9 amazing uses for graphene, from filtering seawater to smart paint
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Graphene is one of the strongest materials in the known universe, with astonishing flexibility, as well as a host of surprising skills and applications. Here are some of the most amazing.
Sea levels off Dutch coast highest ever recorded in 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found. "The level has been rising gradually since 1890 by about 0.2 cm per year due to the melting of the ice and the warming up of the ocean," expert Fedor Baart, of the research organisation Deltares, said in a statement Friday. Sea and water levels are carefully watched in the Netherlands, as much of the country lies below sea-level and is protected from flooding by a series of defences such as dykes, sand dunes, windmills to pump away water and sophisticated barrages.
Here's What the Hawaii Missile Alert Looked Like on People's Phones
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
A Church's Bells Are Making This Woman's Life a Living Hell
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The electronic bells ring 20 to 25 times per day
J.K. Rowling Roasted Donald Trump Canceling His London Trip With Just One Emoji
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Harry Potter author has a way with words—and emoji
Donald Trump Arrives for First Physical Exam as President
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Amid questions over his mental stability
Dennis Rodman on his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: Part 3
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Even though they say he's a bad man but he, to me, he's not a bad man," the former NBA player told ABC News' Bob Woodruff.
5 science and tech predictions for 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Robots will get more emotional, cryptocurrencies will keep us guessing about their future and synthetic biology will make huge leaps. Here's a look at what to expect this year in the world of science and technology.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
Chris Matthews Apologizes for 'Bill Cosby Pill' Joke Before Hillary Clinton Interview
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chris Matthews has apologized for a joke he made about a "Bill Cosby pill" before interviewing Hillary Clinton in early 2016
Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5 Million Film Fee After Outcry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mark Wahlberg agreed to donate $1.5M from reshoots for "All the Money in the World" to sexual misconduct defense initiative Time's Up
U.S. Ambassador to Panama Quits, Saying He Can't Do His Job Under President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
John D. Feely has resigned
'The Evidence is Incontrovertible.' The RNC’s First Black Chairman Says Trump Is Racist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"At this point, the evidence is incontrovertible, it's right there"
Donald Trump: London Trip Canceled Because Obama Sold U.S. Embassy for 'Peanuts'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected christen the new U.S. Embassy in London instead of Trump
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
Billionaire Richard Branson reveals what he's most excited about for 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Richard Branson told customers in Ireland that he's most excited for Virgin Galactic and space travel in 2018.
President Trump Gets 'Excellent Health' Report From White House Doctor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The president received his first medical checkup since taking office
Thailand seizes large elephant tusks worth over $450,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have seized 148 kilograms (326 pounds) of African elephant ivory, including three large tusks, worth around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'I think our job is to trust our readers. I think our job is to see and to let ourselves be seen. I think our job is to love the world.'
Women in Saudi Arabia Can Finally Attend Live Soccer Matches
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Previously, female fans could only watch sports fixtures on television
Draw A Circle. Then Draw A Triangle. Now Solve A Riddle.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two types: Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either, and […]
Research aims to predict algae blooms on lakes, rivers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — There's a whole network of satellites, underwater robots and scientific tools watching for toxic algae on Lake Erie. But when it comes to predicting where and when harmful blooms will show up on the Ohio's rivers and reservoirs, there's still a lot of mystery.
The Black Dress Protest May Define Awards Season. But It Shouldn’t End There
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are several concrete steps to continue the work begun on the red carpet
The fourth industrial revolution will eliminate the gender stereotypes created by the first
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For many years, Hollywood has dreamed up science-fiction stories featuring human relationships with machines. As these entities further intertwine in many ways—from the use of machines to augment people to the use of artificial intelligence to understand them—they are revolutionizing the way gender factors into labor structures. Society is now in the throngs of what…
Scientists have accidentally found the oldest ever butterfly or moth fossils
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lepidoptera insects are at least 70m years older than we previously knew.
India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space. A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
The Surprising Story Behind This Shocking Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Under Attack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Though King's most famous efforts for the civil rights movement were concentrated in the American South, this photograph wasn't taken there
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
What a security expert thought of a few new smart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.
Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nvidia (NVDA) might be making big news at CES 2018 thanks to its artificial intelligence and self-driving car technologies, but the company originally started out by building PC graphics cards. It’s an impressive display of gaming power, and likely to drain players’ wallets in the year ahead. Nvidia has been working on cloud gaming technology, the ability to stream and play games at their highest settings from high-powered servers to anything from the best laptop to a 5-year-old hunk of junk, for some time now.
AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.
Intel wants this drone to fly you around
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
Ford will begin testing self
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.
Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.
Sennheiser co
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.
The weirdest tech of CES 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
HTC's Vive Pro and wireless adapter make me want to love VR again
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
HTC and Valve’s Vive was the first virtual reality headset that really made me jump on the VR hype train. Not only could you escape into virtual worlds, but thanks to its motion tracking sensors, your movement in the real world was translated into the digital. Like Facebook’s (FB) Oculus Rift, the Vive’s display resolution made individual pixels clearly visible in certain situations, killing any sense of true immersion.
Acer's Swift 7 is the world's thinnest laptop, making yours look huge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Acer's Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world.
The 5 Best Laptops We Saw at CES 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From super thin new notebooks to laptops with dazzling HDR screens