Hubble snaps new portrait of Saturn

(CNN)When Saturn was approaching closest to Earth this year on June 20, the Hubble Space Telescope captured the view. And the hexagon is larger than it looks — four Earths could fit inside it. But Saturn’s appearance varies. Some features come and go, like a large storm by the north pole spotted by Hubble last year. This year, it’s nowhere to be seen. But a super “thunderhead,” as astronomers call them, is visible in the center of Saturn. Just like Earth, Saturn goes through its seasons as well. Hubble spotted Saturn during its summer. The planet’s vivid amber color is due to a smog-like haze occurring during its summer where solar ultraviolet radiation creates reactions in the atmosphere. And much …

A visiting scientist resigned from MIT after comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein

(CNN)A visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has resigned over comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein, according to an email posted online. He defended his statements in a Sept. 14 blog post. “I want to respond to the misleading media coverage of messages I posted about Marvin Minsky’s association with Jeffrey Epstein. The coverage totally mischaracterized my statements,” Stallman wrote. “Headlines say that I defended Epstein. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve called him a “serial rapist”, and said he deserved to be imprisoned. But many people now believe I defended him — and other inaccurate claims — and feel a real hurt because of what they believe I said. I’m sorry for …

Friday the 13th sees 3 gigantic asteroids flying past Earth: NASA

An artist’s concept of an asteroid approaching Earth. (Erik Simonsen via Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images Plus) GET SET FOR ‘SPOOKY’ FRIDAY THE 13TH HARVEST MOON  Asteroid 2010 RM82 flew past the planet at 6:38 a.m. EDT, coming within 0.04655 astronomical units (approximately 4.3 million miles) from the planet’s center, CNEOS stated. 2010 RM82 is traveling nearly 33,000 mph and has an estimated diameter of approximately 128 feet. It is not expected to come close to Earth again until Feb. 12, 2027. The second asteroid designated as a NEO is 2013 CV83, which flew past Earth at 8:54 a.m. EDT at approximately 29,000 mph, the agency pointed out. 2013 CV83 came within 0.04134 astronomical units of the planet and had a diameter of approximately 328 feet. …

Ryanair and Aer Lingus cut routes from Belfast

The BBC has seen emails sent from Ryanair to customers cancelling flights to Manchester in which it said “Ryanair regrets that following a commercial review” certain flights will cease operation from 6 November. When it announced its winter schedule, the carrier said these routes would continue to be operated. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aer Lingus is cutting routes from Belfast City airport to Malaga and Faro Meanwhile, Aer Lingus said it will no longer operate services from Belfast City to Faro and Malaga during summer 2020 following a “commercial review”. “Aer Lingus remains committed to Belfast City and continues to operate a high frequency daily service between Belfast City and London Heathrow.” The airport said it is disappointed …

Search on for ‘monkey’ in Texas town after reports of primate swinging through trees, attacking residents: reports

Police in Santa Fe, which is south of Houston, said they’ve been fielding reports of a primate on the run since Monday. The department said it received at least two reports of sightings officials believe to be credible. Residents on social media have also claimed, without evidence, a loose primate tried to attack them, their dogs and at least one child. POLICE SEARCH FOR TINY MONKEY STOLEN FROM PALM BEACH ZOO Chimpanzee nests hold less fecal and skin bacteria than human beds, a study released Tuesday said. (Reuters) Bayou Animal Services, the town-run animal control agency in Santa Fe, said it enlisted a drone from the League City Police Department to help search tree tops for the primate. The agency …

Towering, balloonlike features found near Milky Way galaxy’s center

Radio image of the central portions of the Milky Way galaxy. The plane of the galaxy is marked by a series of bright features, exploded stars and regions where new stars are being born, and runs horizontally through the image. (Oxford, SARAO) Heywood and his colleagues used the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) MeerKAT telescope to map out broad regions in the center of the galaxy — even conducting observations at wavelengths near 23 centimeters. Upon examining the very similar features of the twin bubbles, researchers believe they’ve found evidence that they were formed from a violent eruption that quickly punched through the interstellar medium in opposite directions. “The shape and symmetry of what we have observed strongly suggests …

‘Storm Area 51’ creator leaves alien-themed festival in shakeup over safety concerns, fear of ‘Fyre Fest 2.0’

Sign for Little A’Le’Inn and flying saucer hanging from tow truck, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51. (Getty Images) The Internet joke that went viral has spurred two rural Nevada counties to draft an emergency declaration, with local law enforcement planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of Sept. 20-22 events. Roberts visited the town of Rachel over the weekend and told FOX5 at the time that the Facebook event he created never was expected to snowball into something this big. At the time, he said he was still looking to be involved in the Alienstock event. “I’ve never been more stressed in my life, but I’ve also never been this happy,” he told FOX5 on Sunday. “It’s insane, …

Seeking relief from nicotine addiction, some e-cigarette users turn to smoking

(CNN)Lucas McClain started smoking cigarettes in high school but switched to vaping after he heard e-cigarettes were a safer alternative. Even though McClain knows the dangers of cigarettes — lung cancer runs in his family — he thinks it might be easier to kick cigarettes than his Juul. Plus, his mom keeps warning him about the mysterious vaping-related illnesses that have sickened hundreds across the country. So last month, McClain bought his first pack of cigarettes in years. Then he tweeted about it. “Bought a juul to quit smoking cigarettes,” he wrote, “now I’m smoking cigarettes to quit the juul.” He ended with this hashtag: #circleoflife. One Juul pod, which provides about 200 puffs, contains as much nicotine as a …

Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That’s a red flag for the planet.

Anchorage, Alaska (CNN)Alaska’s summer of fire and no ice is smashing records. Migration timing for whales could be be thrown off, McCabe says. “They could show up after the blooms have already happened,” leading to starvation. For indigenous residents like 78-year-old Joe Kunnuk, there is no need for data from NOAA. “It changed so much over the years,” he says while carving walrus ivory into the shape of an Inupiaq hunter in a tiny kayak. As a young man, their sea-ice hunting grounds off the coast of Nome would last through May or even June. This year it was gone by early March. Today, the closest sea ice to any part of Alaska is over 125 miles offshore. Since hunting …

Facebook debuts vaccine pop-up windows to stop the spread of misinformation

(CNN)A new feature is rolling out on Facebook and Instagram to combat the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation. How vaccines stop diseases like measles “We know that parents often turn to social media to access health information and connect with other parents, and it can be difficult to determine what is accurate and who the credible sources of information are,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said in an email on Wednesday. Combating “vaccine myths and misinformation is a shared responsibility and we applaud these efforts,” she said in part. This launch comes at the same time a measles outbreak has hit the United States, reaching more than 1,200 confirmed cases across 31 states since the beginning of the year. Outbreaks have also …

Evangelical Leader Claims Teaching Kids Basic Science Causes Mass Shootings

mass shootings are caused by “driving God from the public square,” and specifically by teaching kids about evolution.  a gunman in Texas killed seven and wounded 21 others. Perkins also claimed it’s impossible to have morality without religion, a view he said  He did not, however, offer any theories as to how nations See his full conversation below: RELATED COVERAGE Baby Injured In Odessa, Texas Shootings Expected To Make Full Recovery Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Facing Restrictions At Home, Droves Of Desperate Women Seek Abortions Out Of State

Lunsford, a nurse in Alabama, knew it was serious and begged for an appointment the next day. Lunsford, devastated, asked the doctor about ending the pregnancy. But the doctor said Alabama law prohibits abortions after five months. He handed Lunsford a piece of paper with information for a clinic in Atlanta, a roughly 180-mile (290-kilometer) drive east. Although abortion opponents say the laws are intended to reduce abortions and not send people to other states, at least 276,000 women terminated their pregnancies outside their home state between 2012 and 2017, according to an Associated Press analysis of data collected from state reports and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The procedure itself was probably the least traumatic part …

Chinese vase bought for $1 could be worth $100G

(Credit: Sworders, BNPS) METAL DETECTOR ENTHUSIAST UNCOVERS AMAZING TROVE OF COINS ON ANCIENT, BLOODY BATTLESITE The family rose is seen on the vase, which indicates it was not to be exported, but rather placed inside one of the emperor’s palaces. The catalog description of the vase notes that it is pear-shaped and is flanked by a pair of ruyi handles to the waisted neck. The 8-inch-high vase also has an inscription that reads “Weijing weiyi,” which means to “be precise, be undivided.” There is also an inscription on it, with an imperial poem and two iron-red seal marks that say “Qianlong chen han” or “the Qianlong Emperor’s own mark,” the Mail added. Sworders expert Yexue Li holding the vase, which was …

Despite Hurricane Dorian, Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge draws ‘thousands’

Park visitors walk near the entrance to the Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run ride during a preview of the Star Wars-themed land, Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios at Disney World, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The attraction will open Thursday to park guests. (AP Photo/John Raoux) “I’ve never been too much of one to have an audience, but that was awesome,” Robert Trevelyan said of popping the question to his girlfriend Megan Bender before the signature ride. “The energy around is just amazing.” All storm-related concerns aside, Star Wars lovers waited for as many as five hours to hop on the Millennium Falcon ride, while people queued in long lines to buy $6 Coca-Cola sodas in thematic “thermal …

DEA crackdown across Florida nets 300 arrests, heroin, opioid pills and yacht

One of those arrested was Thomas Renckley, 31, who was led out of his Jacksonville home in handcuffs Thursday on suspicion of running a drug house. FENTANYL A ‘GAME CHANGER’ IN DRUG WAR, SAYS DEA SPECIAL AGENT “It’s a polydrug, which means there are several types of drugs in that house,” DEA Special Agent Mike Dubet told the station. “There [are] guns in there. There’s also stolen property.” Agents also found what they believed was an explosive device, the station reported. Small planes and the yacht were among the assets seized totaling $3.3 million. FEDS ARREST 32 IN KICKOFF OF SAN FRANCISCO DRUG, CRIME CRACKDOWN Also confiscated were 600 pounds of heroin, opioid pills and fentanyl, according to the station. In Ormond Beach, authorities …

The science behind the climate crisis

(CNN)Not sure how we found ourselves in this climate crisis? Carbon dioxide is called a “greenhouse gas” because of its ability to trap solar radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere like a blanket and heat up the planet — acting the same way a greenhouse keeps plants warm and growing. All of this carbon dioxide is warming the planet. CO2 naturally occurs in the atmosphere and without it, the planet would be too cold to support life. But human activity, like the burning of fossil fuels for energy, has increased the gas to dangerous levels, increasing the thickness of that blanket to the point that the Earth is heating up. Before the Industrial Revolution, the levels fluctuated naturally over many thousands …