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Today β€” April 20th 2018Science&Space

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

By Christopher Joyce
An illustration from 1870 shows Prehistoric men using wooden clubs and stone axe to fend off an attacks by a large cave bear. The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago. Mammoths can be seen in the background.

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

(Image credit: British Library/Science Source)

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

By Lynn Neary
Novelist Richard Powers moved to Tennessee after first visiting the Smoky Mountains — shown above, at sunset — for research.

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

(Image credit: NPS)

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31
Yesterday β€” April 19th 2018Science&Space

Trump’s NASA Nominee, Jim Bridenstine, Confirmed by Senate on Party-Line Vote

By KENNETH CHANG

The Oklahoma congressman’s nomination languished for more than seven months as senators raised objections to his record, and now additional concerns have been raised.

Trump’s NASA Nominee, Jim Bridenstine, Confirmed by Senate on Party-Line Vote

By KENNETH CHANG

The Oklahoma congressman’s nomination languished for more than seven months as senators raised objections to his record, and now additional concerns have been raised.

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says

By CEYLAN YEGINSU

The autism researcher collaborated with the Third Reich and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children, a new report says.

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

By Laurel Wamsley
Scourge of the ocean.

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

(Image credit: Thn Rocn Khosit Rath Phachr Sukh / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)

  • April 19th 2018 at 20:31

Design Review: At This Museum Show, You’re Encouraged to Follow Your Nose

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

“The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” at the Cooper Hewitt asks visitors to consider sound, taste and smell.

President Trump Says He'll Pull the Plug on the North Korea Summit if He Feels it Won't be 'Fruitful'

President Trump Says He'll Pull the Plug on the North Korea Summit if He Feels it Won't be 'Fruitful'Donald Trump said he'll pull out of a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful”


  • April 19th 2018 at 04:29

DARPA Launch Challenge offers $10M top prize for rapid-turnaround orbital liftoffs

DARPA Launch Challenge offers $10M top prize for rapid-turnaround orbital liftoffsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Almost 15 years after a $10 million competition gave a boost to private-sector spaceflight, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is kicking off another launch contest with a $10 million grand prize. The DARPA Launch Challenge — officially unveiled here today at the 34th Space Symposium — won’t send people to the edge of space, as the Ansari X Prize did in 2004. But it will introduce some new twists for the launch industry. Contest rules call for teams to be given the full details about where and when they’ll launch, what kind of payload they’ll launch,… Read More


  • April 19th 2018 at 01:15

Trump relaxes conditions over sale of US killer drones

Policy aims to boost defence sales and counter competition from Russia and China

  • April 19th 2018 at 19:11

Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

By CARL ZIMMER

The Bajau, who spend most of their time on the ocean, are among the best divers in the world. Evolution is remaking them, a new study finds.

First look: Super smart LRASM missiles that can obliterate enemies

First look: Super smart LRASM missiles that can obliterate enemiesStronger, faster and technologically smarter, here’s a look at Long range anti surface missiles. These “super” missiles can be fired from the air or sea and is poised to deliver far more damage.


  • April 19th 2018 at 17:24

Elon Musk's seven top tips to boost business, including walking out of bad meetings

Elon Musk's seven top tips to boost business, including walking out of bad meetingsTesla boss Elon Musk says excessive meetings are "blight on business" - and also urges workers to bypass managers to get the job done.


  • April 19th 2018 at 13:00

A start-up that aims to discover new drugs for incurable illnesses is now worth $2 billion after funding

A start-up that aims to discover new drugs for incurable illnesses is now worth $2 billion after fundingBenevolentAI said the latest round of funding will help it scale drug development and its AI platform.


  • April 19th 2018 at 12:48

A Puppet Dinosaur Has Caused Three Members of the Air National Guard to Lose Their Posts

A Puppet Dinosaur Has Caused Three Members of the Air National Guard to Lose Their PostsIt's unclear why the oath of re-enlistment was undertaken with a dinosaur puppet


  • April 19th 2018 at 11:57

Amazon Has More Than 100 Million Prime Subscribers, Reveals Jeff Bezos

Amazon Has More Than 100 Million Prime Subscribers, Reveals Jeff BezosAmazon shipped five billion items with Prime worldwide in 2017


  • April 19th 2018 at 02:21

The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Forever Changed By Global Warming, Scientists Warn

The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Forever Changed By Global Warming, Scientists WarnA bleak new study describes the profound damage that climate change has


  • April 19th 2018 at 02:59
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