• 'Losing the Dark': Video Illuminates Threat of Light Pollution

    SPACE.com - 36 minutes ago

    A short video seeks to stem the rising tide of light pollution, which is robbing Earth of its dark night skies. Light pollution doesn't just make it more difficult for professional and backyard astronomers to observe the heavens, according to the 6.5-minute film, which is called "Losing the Dark." The loss of darkness also disrupts wildlife, wastes resources and adversely impacts human health. "Exposure to light at night disrupts the circadian rhythms that regulate our sleep cycles," narrator Carolyn Collins Petersen says in the video, which was created by the International Dark Sky Association in collaboration with Loch Ness Productions as a public service announcement. But we are not powerless in the face of ever-encroaching light pollution, the video asserts. More »'Losing the Dark': Video Illuminates Threat of Light Pollution

  • Venus and the Moon Shine Together at Dawn This Week: Where to Look

    SPACE.com - 39 minutes ago

    If your skies are clear before dawn on Friday and Saturday  (April 25 and 26), check out the sky low to the east-southeast horizon about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise for a view of the two brightest objects in the nighttime sky: the moon and the dazzling planet Venus.  This "dynamic duo" will make for an eye-catching array in the brightening dawn twilight. Early Friday morning, you will see a lovely crescent moon, about 17 percent illuminated, situated well above and to the right of Venus. They will be widely separated (by about 6 to 7 degrees), but their great brightness will still make them quite attractive. Of course, the moon is about 380 times closer to Earth than Venus, and as such appears to move against the background stars much more quickly than Venus. The moon will pass closest to Venus at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon at a distance of just over 4 degrees — but of course at that hour it's daytime. [Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers (April 2014)] More »Venus and the Moon Shine Together at Dawn This Week: Where to Look

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - 49 minutes ago

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 19th. More »WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

  • Virgin Galactic and Land Rover Team Up for Space Travel (Video)

    SPACE.com - 50 minutes ago

    NEW YORK — Automaker Land Rover is teaming up with commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic to help transport future commercial astronauts on Earth before their flights to space. Land Rover will keep a group of vehicles at Virgin Galactic's test center in California and at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Virgin Galactic and Land Rover also teamed up to produce a video announcing the new partnership. A full-scale model of Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane, SpaceShipTwo, stands next to warplanes on the deck of an aircraft carrier turned museum in a display honoring the new partnership. More »Virgin Galactic and Land Rover Team Up for Space Travel (Video)

  • Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

    Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat ... More »Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - 52 minutes ago

    1. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton's Children) More »USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - 54 minutes ago

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 19th. More »PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

  • Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

    Associated Press - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland. More »Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

    Associated Press - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. More »FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

  • Madagascar to drain crude from stricken tanker

    AFP - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    Madagascar will during the weekend pump crude from a tanker that ran aground a week ago off its picturesque northern coast to prevent a spill, maritime authorities said Thursday. More »Madagascar to drain crude from stricken tanker

  • Palestinian unity deal faces reality check

    AFP - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    This week's Palestinian reconciliation deal faces a swift reality check, with president Mahmud Abbas the focus of both Israeli fury and US concern and Hamas seeking to salvage relations with Egypt. More »Palestinian unity deal faces reality check

  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

    Reuters - 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev's troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the fighters, who have seized swathes of eastern Ukraine since April 6 and proclaimed an independent "People's Republic of Donetsk". Ukraine's acting president accused Moscow of supporting "terrorism at the state level" against his country for backing the rebels, who the government blames for kidnapping and torturing a politician found dead on Saturday. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said its forces backed by the army had removed three checkpoints manned by armed groups in the separatist-controlled city of Slaviansk. More »Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

  • Connecticut unveils $3.4 million tourism campaign

    Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    Connecticut launched its newest tourism campaign Thursday, marketing the state as an attraction offering a lot without a long drive. The $3.4 million advertising and social media effort unveiled at a tourism ... More »Connecticut unveils $3.4 million tourism campaign

  • Genetic code of bloodsucking tsetse fly cracked

    AFP - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    Scientists said Thursday they have cracked the genetic code of the tsetse fly, potentially helping to tackle one of sub-Saharan Africa's most devastating livestock diseases as well as human sleeping sickness. More »Genetic code of bloodsucking tsetse fly cracked

  • IMF board to meet next week to review aid package for Ukraine

    Reuters - 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said its board planned to meet on April 30 to consider an aid package for Ukraine, saying that Kiev had supplied the necessary documents to determine whether conditions for a bailout had been met. The IMF tentatively agreed in late March to provide a $14 billion (8.3 billion pounds)-$18 billion two-year aid package to help Ukraine recover from months of political and economic turmoil. "We're in the process of completing the steps necessary for board consideration," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters during a weekly briefing. "Staff are checking these documents to verify the details, if they're in line with the program understanding." As part of the conditions for the aid, the IMF expects Ukraine to implement major reforms in its energy and financial sectors, which included raising the price of its domestic gas. More »IMF board to meet next week to review aid package for Ukraine

  • Why London's Gherkin went into Receivership

    IB Times - 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    To excuse what is already becoming a tired cliché, the Gherkin has got itself in a right pickle. The City of London skyscraper, more properly known as 30 St Mary Axe, went into receivership, just 10 years after it became an integral part of the capital's skyline. Deloitte is acting as the receiver and Neville Kahn, joint receiver and restructuring services partner, said: "Our priority is to preserve the value of this asset. We are in the process of communicating with all tenants and working with the property manager to ensure the continuation of all property management services with no interruption to tenants." More »Why London's Gherkin went into Receivership

  • Franco calls selfies 'intimate,' not inappropriate

    Associated Press - 1 hour 52 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Franco says his recent Instagram postings of him in bed — alone or not — are his way of sharing a "very kind of intimate portrait" of himself and to get people talking. More »Franco calls selfies 'intimate,' not inappropriate

  • Coral Species May Adapt to Warmer Waters (Video)

    LiveScience.com - 1 hour 52 minutes ago

    Coral reefs tend to be vulnerable to damage from warmer waters, but at least one coral species may be able to adapt to the higher ocean temperatures that may come with climate change. This shows that corals that live in warmer waters do develop a better ability than cooler-water corals to survive rising temperatures — a sign that corals can adapt over time to a changing environment, according to the researchers. "We found that [all] these coral colonies can adjust their physiology to become more heat-tolerant," said study author Stephen Palumbi, a professor at Stanford University. "They [corals] do even better after they adjust their physiology if they have the right genes, but even if they don't have the right genes, their physiological adjustment gets them a nice bump in heat tolerance," Palumbi told Live Science. More »Coral Species May Adapt to Warmer Waters (Video)

  • Vaccination Has Saved 732,000 Children's Lives Since 1994

    LiveScience.com - 1 hour 52 minutes ago

    More than 732,000 children's lives have been saved in the past 20 years due to routine vaccinations, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers show the national immunization programs have been successful in saving hundreds of thousands of lives, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. The CDC estimated that since the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program was implemented in 1994, vaccination rates have soared to near or above 90 percent, and routine immunization has prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations, saving nearly $295 billion in direct costs (which include the costs of treating an infection) and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs (which include things like lost productivity due to disability and early death), according to the report. The federally funded VFC program was aimed at providing free vaccinations to children who lack health insurance, and was created in response to a surge of measles cases in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. More »Vaccination Has Saved 732,000 Children's Lives Since 1994

  • Composer Tavener to mix with Pet Shop Boys at BBC Proms festival

    Reuters - 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Premieres of two pieces by Britain's late mystical religious composer John Tavener and a staging of the classic musical "Kiss Me Kate" were among the highlights announced on Thursday for the BBC Proms, one of the world's biggest classical music events. The Proms will pay tribute in its 120th season to the centenary of Britain's entry into World War One with a special "War Horse Prom" on August 4, the date Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. One of the Tavener pieces, "Requiem Fragments", sung by the Tallis Scholars, will have its premiere that same day. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who together form the Pet Shop Boys electronic pop duo, will premiere their new piece "A Man from the Future", based on the life of the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing. More »Composer Tavener to mix with Pet Shop Boys at BBC Proms festival

  • Study links California drought to global warming

    Associated Press - 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) —     While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it's not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places. More »Study links California drought to global warming

  • To Fight Sleeping Sickness, Tsetse Fly Genome Decoded

    LiveScience.com - 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    Scientists have sequenced the full genome of the tsetse fly, the blood-sucking pest that spreads deadly sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa. "Our goal is to enhance the toolbox that will be available to scientists and communities who are under the pressure of dealing with this disease," lead researcher Serap Aksoy, an epidemiologist at Yale University, told Live Science. Sleeping sickness (also called nagana when it affects cattle) tends to come in epidemics, the last of which occurred during the 1990s, Aksoy said. A major goal, Aksoy said, was to bring together scientists from sub-Saharan Africa and train younger researchers to use the blueprint to fight the disease. More »To Fight Sleeping Sickness, Tsetse Fly Genome Decoded

  • Campaigners say protected birds in danger in Malta

    AFP - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Campaigners on Thursday said protected migratory birds were being shot in Malta and called for an exemption from EU hunting rules for the island state to be scrapped. More »Campaigners say protected birds in danger in Malta

  • Hubble Space Telescope Instruments Star in New Smithsonian Exhibit

    SPACE.com - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    Almost a quarter of a century after the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit, two of the observatory's most famous instruments have landed in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The display, which is positioned under the full-size structural dynamic test mockup for the Hubble, features the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) and the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) instruments that were returned to Earth by the space shuttle after the final Hubble servicing mission in 2009. More »Hubble Space Telescope Instruments Star in New Smithsonian Exhibit

  • Mystery Solved! Super-Bright Supernova Was Magnified by Cosmic Lens

    SPACE.com - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    An incredibly bright supernova spotted in 2010 has been the subject of a stellar mystery until now. A new study shows that the superluminous supernova, called PS1-10afx, was not a new kind of super-radiant stellar explosion, as some scientists thought. Scientists think that another galaxy positioned between Earth and the supernova acted as a gravitational lens that warped space-time, magnifying the brightness of PS1-10afx, a type 1a supernova located about 9 billion light-years from Earth. Each type 1a supernova shines with the same level of brightness at its peak. More »Mystery Solved! Super-Bright Supernova Was Magnified by Cosmic Lens

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