Science

June 26, 2019

Indiana School Fires Gay Teacher After Archdiocese Threatens To Yank Non-profit Status, Ability to Hold Mass

The Indianapolis archbishop compelled a Catholic school into firing a gay teacher by threatening the campus with losing its non-profit status and its ability to hold mass, according to an open letter from the school.
June 26, 2019

Penn, Yale, Princeton Graduates Earn Less Than New York State School Alums, New Report Says

It's reasonable to assume that Ivy League institutions produce the highest-earning graduates in their home states, however, a recent report has placed only one of the elite schools in the top five.
June 26, 2019

NASA Captures Spectacular Images of Raikoke Volcano Spewing Ash Into the Atmosphere After Huge Eruption

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station has captured a spectacular image of a volcano with a 2,300ft-wide crater spewing ash into the atmosphere after a powerful eruption.
June 26, 2019

Detecting deepfakes by trying carefully reveals a method to defend in opposition to them

Deepfake videos are hard for untrained eyes to detect because they can be quite realistic. Whether used as personal weapons of revenge, to manipulate financial markets or to destabilize international relations, videos depicting people doing and saying things they never did or said are a fundamental threat to the longstanding idea that “seeing is believing.” Not anymore.
June 26, 2019

Accelerating exoplanet discovery utilizing chemical fingerprints of stars

Stars are born when huge clouds of dust and gas collapse in on themselves and ignite. These clouds are made up of raw elements, like oxygen and titanium, and each cloud has a unique composition that imprints on the star. And within the stellar afterbirth – from the material that didn’t find its way into the star – planets are formed.
June 25, 2019

Giant Hogweed: New York Officials Warn Residents About Dangerous Plant That Causes Serious Burns, Blisters and Scars

The state Department of Conservation has warned New Yorkers to be wary of a noxious plant—giant hogweed—that can burn the skin and cause permanent scarring.
June 25, 2019

California Senator Undeterred by NCAA Threat Over Bill Allowing College Athletes to Sign Endorsement Deals

Undeterred by the possibility California athletics could be barred from NCAA championships, a state legislator is moving "full steam ahead" with her bill that would allow college athletes to profit financially from their name and likeness.
June 25, 2019

Shores of Titan’s Lakes May Be Made of Strange Crystals

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is a large, icy, planet-like world that's dotted with lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons, such as methane and ethane.
June 25, 2019

U.S. Military Produces More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than as much as 140 Countries

The U.S. military's carbon bootprint is enormous. Like corporate supply chains, it relies upon an extensive global network of container ships, trucks and cargo planes to supply its operations with everything from bombs to humanitarian aid and hydrocarbon fuels. Our new study calculated the contribution of this vast infrastructure to climate change.
June 25, 2019

Florida Man Calling Himself Dr. Phillip Nikao Pretended He Was a Doctor, Accepted Keto as Payment for Therapy

A Florida man is accused of masquerading as a doctor to treat patients suffering problems with their mental well-being.