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- In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars
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- Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal-Spain but rain brings respite
Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another four in northern Spain. Portugal's civil protection agency said the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the centre and the north of the country, had been brought under control. "Most of the victims were killed in their cars, but we also found them inside their houses," said Jose Carlos Alexandrino, mayor of Oliveira do Hospital near Coimbra, speaking to broadcaster RTP.
- Passengers Slam 'Hysterical' Airline Crew for Panicking When Plane Suddenly Drops 20,000 Feet
- Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread.
- The EPA Is Ending an Obama-Era Practice That Conservatives Say Sped Up New Rules
- Our Dolphin Overlords Have Rich, Humanlike Cultures Thanks to Their Giant Brains
Cetaceans, the group of animals including dolphins and whales, are intelligent, big-brained creatures with several social behaviors similar to those of humans. Muthukrishna is an assistant professor of economic psychology at the London School of Economics. Some of them have approached the topic by calculating the encephalization quotient—the ratio of actual to predicted brain mass for a given species relative to body mass.
- 'This Should Not Have Happened.' A Drone Crashed Into a Canadian Passenger Plane
- The Supreme Court Is Allergic To Math
The Supreme Court does not compute. Or at least some of its members would rather not. The justices, the most powerful jurists in the land, seem to have a reluctance — even an allergy — to taking math and statistics seriously. For decades, the court has struggled with quantitative evidence of all kinds in a […]
- Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station
- Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province. Its introduction coincides with Thailand's peak tourist season and will be enforced in visitor hotspots including Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phuket and Phang Nga.
- The Story Behind the Most Haunting Images of the Rohingya Exodus
- Prisoners in Texas donate more than $50,000 for Harvey relief
After Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Louisiana in late August, prison inmates in Texas reached out with a helping hand. More than 6,600 incarcerated individuals in Texas dipped into their limited commissary funds to donate to the American Red Cross, pooling together more than $53,000 for Harvey relief efforts, WPXI in Pittsburgh reported today. SEE ALSO: This is how veterans are helping disaster victims The surprising number comes from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson, and the funds were donated between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30. The 6,600 inmates gave an average of $8 per person. That might not sound like much, but prisoners don't have access to their normal bank accounts or cash, which means the funds were all taken out of their commissary funds. Commissary funds are prison-specific money accounts that can be used to purchase small items from prison commissaries (things like cough drops, Oreos, and postage stamps). Prisoners' commissary accounts are usually funded by friends, family members, or through wages made by working prison jobs. Most of the damage that Hurricane Harvey caused was in the area around Houston, Texas, with 89 reported deaths and countless destroyed homes, cars, and more. The devastation sparked an outpouring of support around the world — apparently, even from prisons. WATCH: NFL athlete helps Harvey relief by donating his entire first paycheck
- Iraqi Government Forces Have Entered Territory Disputed with Kurds
- The Arctic Doomsday Vault Just Got A Huge New Deposit of Hurricane-Resistant Seeds
A doomsday seed vault designed to withstand global disasters will receive a new deposit of thousands of new samples—including a hurricane resistant bean from Bermuda. The Svalsbard Global Seed Archive contains millions of seed samples from around the world.
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- The Leaders of the ISIS Assault on Marawi in the Philippines Have Been Killed
- Infection with Rare Virus Traced to Teen's Pet Rats
A mother and her daughter in Tennessee were infected with a virus rarely seen in the United States, and the culprit seems to be pet rats. The two women tested positive for the Seoul virus, according to a new report, published today (Oct. 12) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Seoul virus is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents.
- 'Hungry bear' crisis grips far east Russian region
Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia's far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker told AFP Monday. Authorities on Sakhalin island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile, a figure that has nearly tripled from last year. "This has never happened before," a local forestry worker told AFP, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press.
- Astronaut Scott Kelly: Survival skills for long-term spac...
NASA Commander Scott Kelly (retired), "Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery" author, talks about the effects on the human body of spending a long time in space, the future of space exploration and funding private space trips.
- Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Deadly Bombings in Somalia
- Kurds Feel Twice Betrayed as Iraqi Forces Take Disputed Kirkuk
- Hostage Held Captive by Taliban-Linked Group Didn't Believe Donald Trump Was President
- Watch the Very Scientific Fidget Spinner Experiment NASA Performed in Space
- Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers
BERLIN (AP) — Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years.
- Nasa Hasn’t Confirmed Existence of Planet 9: What We Know about the "Planet" At the Edge of the Solar System
NASA has not confirmed the existence of Planet 9, a giant hypothetical object believed to be lurking at the edges of the solar system, contrary to reports—but what the space agency has said is that evidence is currently pointing towards it being real, and that scientists may be starting to close in on it. Two years later, a team from Caltech presented evidence to show something was disturbing the orbits of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs)—the Kuiper Belt is a huge shell of icy objects that encases the solar system. The weird orbits of these KBOs could only be explained if there was a massive object nearby exerting a gravitational influence on them.
- 'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in Wildfire
- Chinese President Xi Jinping Gets Set to Amass Even More Power at the 19th Communist Party Congress
- There's Finally Some Progress in the Fight Against the California Wildfires
- 'This Is Our War.' Steve Bannon Tears Into GOP Agenda
- Mysterious Skeletons Bearing Horrific Injuries Show Early Ritual Violence in the Andes
A team of archaeologists has uncovered early evidence of ritual violence in Peru’s northern highlands, providing new clues to what lay behind the development of bloody ceremonial mutilation in ancient Andean civilisation. “Signs of violence are possible evidence of increasing social tensions caused by this,” the researchers said.
- London Police Are Looking Into New Sexual Assault Claims Against Harvey Weinstein
- Musk's Reusable Rockets Win U.S. Air Force General's Endorsement
The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he’s “completely committed” to launching future missions with recycled rockets like those championed by SpaceX’s Elon Musk as the military looks to drive down ...
- Everything With Wi-Fi Has a Newly Discovered Security Flaw. Here's How to Protect Yourself
- President Trump Raised $10 Million to Run for Re-Election This Summer