Scientists say the Tonga eruption probably won’t cool the planet as some previous eruptions have, but it could affect weather in the short term.'Unprecedented disaster' »
Workers on Wednesday dismantled a towering statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from outside New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The "Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt," commissioned in 1925 and unveiled to the public in 1940, depicts Roosevelt on a horse, with a Native American man and an African man on foot at his side. The New York City Public Design Commission voted last June to remove it, the museum said on its website.
What are the odds of catching COVID-19 after a night at the movie theater? Researchers behind the paper analyzed outbreaks and superspreader events and studied factors that hinder and aid the virus' spread, to design a mathematical model that takes many factors into account before giving a percentage risk of infection. Go into a crowded movie theater with poor ventilation and a mostly unmasked audience, and there's a 14% chance of being infected, assuming everyone in the room is silent before, during and after the movie, according to the study data.
A teenager in China who was sold at birth was left heartbroken after finally finding his birth parents and then being rejected by them. Liu Xuezhou, 17, from China's Hebei Province, posted about the heartbreaking reunion on Douyin on Monday, according to South China Morning Post. Liu managed to find his biological parents with the help of local authorities after he was reportedly encouraged to make a post online.
Although the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 is ripping through the United States at record rates, some households have been affected unevenly, with some people testing positive for COVID-19 while others in the same household do not. Coronavirus vaccines and boosters are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, but breakthrough infections can occur, usually with milder symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don't have symptoms.
While the full death of the Sun is still trillions of years away, some scientists believe the current phase of the Sun's life cycle will end as soon as 5 billion years from now. Effectively, the Sun as we know it will have died. When that happens, the Sun will become a red giant.
Dutch Faro was hiking near Pyramid Lake north of Los Angeles recently when he caught movement in his peripheral vision, prompting him to turn around. When he did, he came face-to-face with a charging mountain lion. “When I turned around and really got a look at it, I could tell it was a … cougar,” Faro told the Sacramento Bee.
While memory loss could be the result of infection, depression or anxiety or other medical conditions, it may also be due to dementia. A recent study by the University of Exeter highlighted an early symptom of dementia that tends to be overlooked: apathy. Apathy or the loss of interest, enthusiasm or concern, is the "leading neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia" however it often goes unnoticed by families and in care.
Priced out of the housing market As an overheated housing market – marked by double-digit price increases, bidding wars and inventory shortages – puts the dream of homeownership out of reach of many ordinary Americans, manufactured homes are growing in popularity because their cost is roughly half that of homes built on a permanent site. Unlike a traditional site-built house, which is constructed at its final location using multiple teams of subcontractors, a manufactured home is built in an indoor facility and delivered to its location.
Fox News veteran Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday ripped Republican senators for turning the Senate into “The Jerry Springer Show.” The Senate “used to be 'the world's most deliberative body,'” the conservative commentator wrote on Twitter. Rivera called out the “low-brow rudeness” from GOP senators like Rand Paul (Ky.) and Roger Marshall (Kan.), who both have launched unhinged attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert.
When Rebecca Shumard posted to TikTok about going back to work 12 days after giving birth, she was feeling frustrated, fearful, guilty and spent. While those feelings can happen to any mom, and do, Shumard's case wasn't exactly typical. The 26-year-old medical assistant/exercise physiologist had recorded herself sitting at her desk at work, crying because not only was she not with her baby, her daughter was being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after being born at 27 weeks — a mere three weeks past viability.
The New York Attorney General first subpoenaed the Trump Organization in December 2019. The company produced just three documents from Donald Trump out of more than 5 million it handed over. The Trump Organization gave the New York Attorney General's Office just three documents from former President Donald Trump in response to a subpoena issued more than two years ago, according to a new court filing.
Fresno State basketball players Haley and Hanna Cavinder, who could earn close to or more than seven figures this year through Name, Image and Likeness endorsements, have landed an innovative deal with a new clothing company that includes a 25% ownership stake and one of three seats on its board of directors, according to Forbes. The company, Baseline Team, was founded with former Fresno State cross country runners David Vartanian and Mehdi Brahim and its main focus for now is basketball shorts. We gave them 25% of the company for a couple of reasons,” Vartanian told Forbes.
A health official who has helped lead central Florida's response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law. The state health agency is conducting an inquiry into Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, “to determine if any laws were broken in this case,” Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern said in an email. A measure Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last fall prohibits government agencies from implementing vaccine mandates and restricts private businesses from having vaccine requirements unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear.
Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested on Monday. Authorities said that they received a report of a naked man in close proximity to a school, and when a deputy arrived at the scene, McDowell allegedly charged their way “at full speed.” The deputy said they briefly fought, before McDowell fled the scene.
Earth's interior is cooling faster than we previously estimated, according to a recent study, prompting questions about how long people can live on the planet. There's no exact timetable on the cooling process, which could eventually turn Earth solid, similar to Mars. But results from a new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, focuses on how quickly the core may cool by studying bridgmanite, a heat-conducting mineral commonly found at the boundary between the Earth's core and mantle.
Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot applications, abiding by a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a March 1 primary kicks off this year's U.S. election cycle. "My friends, this is what voter suppression looks like," Democrat Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County clerk, told reporters on Tuesday. The county, home to the state capital Austin, invalidated approximately 300 applications because people failed to meet the law's stricter identification requirements, said DeBeauvoir, who retires at month's end.
The Biden administration will distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks through "tens of thousands" of pharmacies, community clinics, and other locations starting next week, a White House official told reporters ahead of an official announcement Wednesday. The masks will be shipped around the U.S. from the federal Strategic National Stockpile at the end of the week. The White House, which launched a website for ordering free COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, is stepping up the federal response to the flood of cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Gas happens — and when it does, it can provide some pretty handy intel. Learn about six different types of toots, such as smelly, hot, and burning farts, and what they say about your health.
Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation at the security talks with the U.S. in Geneva last week, reaffirmed that Moscow has no intentions of invading Ukraine as the West fears, but said that receiving Western security guarantees is an imperative for Moscow.
Parents in the US are at a breaking point, with school closures and lack of reliable child care. In Italy, parents have tons of support from family members. In Latin America, parents value socialization and are encouraged to meet with friends.
Recent fears about potential pork shortages and massive price increases are not a case of theatrics. On Nov. 10, the California Grocers Association, California Restaurant Association, California Retailers Association, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and a family processor filed a lawsuit requesting a delay in the implementation of California's Proposition 12, which added new requirements for how pork that is consumed in California is raised, even if it's raised out of state. The lawsuit was necessary because entire California industries throughout the food supply chain are unsure exactly how they are expected to comply with the new law that hit on Jan. 1.
Sen. Chris Murphy appeared Tuesday on Anderson Cooper 360, where the Connecticut Democrat addressed the growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with Russia now reportedly having hundreds of thousands of troops posted at the Ukrainian border. “There is going to be continued U.S. assistance, assistance to an army that's ready to fight and a population that is not just going to let Russia march into the center of Ukraine,” Murphy said.
Tucker Carlson suggested Tuesday that social services for the homeless encourage homelessness and destroy nuclear families. “Which in fact means helping the homeless get high,” he snapped. Critics on Twitter (see the tweets below) ripped Carlson's cold-blooded commentary.
Nearly two years into a pandemic, Dry January probably sounds like either a really good idea or a really painful one. With the last 10 years, Dry January has gained traction as a resolution. The concept of Dry January is straightforward: Give up booze for the entire first month of the year.
Thor and Airstream announced a new electric concept that fundamentally challenges our collective preconceptions of what a travel trailer is supposed to be. Rather than simply being dead weight on the highway, the self-propelled eStream takes some of the burden off its tow vehicle thanks to its self-contained electric powertrain. This is one of two electric campers Thor introduced today, but while the Thor Vision Vehicle is a Transit-based electric RV done in the same style as conventional ICE van builds, the eStream concept is much wilder and more interesting.
“Cooking is the No. 1 way you’re polluting your home … You’re basically living in this toxic soup.”
“People (myself included) like cooking with gas! It’s one of the few energy uses that inspires brand loyalty to the fuel consumed.”
“It’s time to start making new buildings all-electric and switching out all those existing gas appliances, including gas stoves.”
“If you're looking for personal ways to protect the environment and your health right now, you have much bigger fish to fry.”
“Market-based solutions have not achieved their desired goals, thus new ways of thinking need to emerge.”