Astronomers create first detailed images of surface of giant star

Astronomers create first detailed images of surface of giant star

Top Story An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed images of the surface of a giant star outside our solar system, revealing a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material, known as convection cells or granules, according to a recent study. The giant star, named π1Gruis, is one of […]

Larry Nassar Sentenced to Up to 175 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault and child pornography, has been sentenced to between 40 to 175 years in prison. The sentencing on Wednesday comes after seven days of often-wrenching testimony in a Michigan courtroom by 156 of his victims, most of them current and former […]

Trump Turns One

Trump Turns One

The 45th president does not tend to elicit measured evaluations. Since even before his formal entry into national politics in 2015, Trump has acted as a powerful magnet on the body politic—attracting and repelling onlookers with equal force. A year ago, as we prepared to see a former reality television star sworn into the highest […]

Two Months After U.S. Invaded Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld Asked What Languages Are Spoken There

Two Months After U.S. Invaded Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld Asked What Languages Are Spoken There

Roughly two months after the start of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was still unsure about which languages were spoken in the country and asked aides to provide him a report on the subject. That and other revelations come from a collection of hundreds of Rumsfeld’s communications released Wednesday by the […]

Oscar nomination for man pretending to wash hands after taking a leak|Humor

A Chelmsford man was celebrating today, after his realistic portrayal of someone washing their hands after taking a leak in a public urinal was rewarded with a best actor nomination at the Oscars. Peter Jones, 46, is thought to have spent years perfecting his technique in his local shopping centre public conveniences, going through the […]

S&P 500 dips after choppy session; chipmakers drag Nasdaq

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 was little changed on Wednesday while the Nasdaq lagged in choppy trading in the wake of comments by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross which hinted at action against China in a trade war. Ross said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that U.S. trade authorities were investigating […]

The origin of insect wings has been revealed by gene editing

The origin of insect wings has been revealed by gene editing

Steve Bloom Images/Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Le Page INSECTS first evolved wings around 400 million years ago, and winged insects have thrived ever since. But how did that crucial first step happen? Biologists have debated several rival ideas for over a century, but no fossil insects with “proto-wings” have been found, so there have […]

Australia’s A$60 million plan for Great Barrier Reef won’t work

Australia’s A$60 million plan for Great Barrier Reef won’t work

imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock The Australian government’s new plan to save the Great Barrier Reef won’t work, say environmental groups. On Monday, the government pledged an extra A$ 60 million in funding to protect the natural icon. Most of the funding will go towards removing crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and preventing farm run-off from entering the reef. […]