Nigeria: gunmen kill dozens in ‘satanic’ attack on Catholic church

Jun 6, 2022

Gunmen launched an assault on a Catholic church in Ondo state in Nigeria during mass on Sunday, killing more than 50 people in a “satanic attack”, local officials and volunteers said. The attackers targeted the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in the town of Owo as the worshippers gathered on Pentecost Sunday, according to local officials. They gunned down parishioners and detonated an explosive device, local media reported. Doctors, local officials and volunteers helping the injured said ...read more

Planetary Defense Exercise Uses Apophis as Hazardous Asteroid Stand-In

Jun 6, 2022

If a large asteroid struck the Earth, it could have devastating consequences. Over 100 participants from 18 countries – including NASA scientists and the agency’s NEOWISE mission – took part in the international exercise. We know that asteroids have struck the Earth in the past with devastating consequences, such as the asteroid 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaur. In fact, new research found that early Earth may have had 10 times as many huge impactors as previously ...read more

AI beats a thousand of the world's best human crossword solvers

Jun 6, 2022

A crossword-solving AI has beaten more than a thousand of the best human solvers at the prestigious American Crossword Puzzle Tournament Technology 27 May 2022 By Matthew Sparkes Solvers warm up before the start of play at the 2022 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy AI has beaten more than a thousand of the best human crossword solvers at a prestigious competition and can complete The New York Times crossword more than 80 per cent of the time. ...read more

On social media, people are offering their homes to abortion seekers—but existing networks still need help

Jun 6, 2022

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The prospect that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon strike down its landmark abortion-rights decision in Roe v. Wade has galvanized some social media users—from Pennsylvania to Colorado, and New Jersey to Canada—to organize an unofficial abortion aid network for the internet age. On sites like TikTok, women are posting videos offering out-of-state abortion seekers a place to stay and assistance with transportation, with some using code words l ...read more

APC Primaries: Gov Badaru inaugurates committee, as mass defection looms

Jun 6, 2022

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Jigawa State has inaugurated a 27-member reconciliation committee over the just concluded party’s primary elections. Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar approved the inauguration of the committee. The committee is saddled with the responsibility of contacting all aggrieved aspirants and party members over the outcome of the just concluded primary elections. This is coming days after some APC and PDP bigwigs were seen in a meeting hosted by the Jigawa NNPP ...read more

El Salvador accused of ‘massive’ human rights violations with 2% of adults in prison

Jun 6, 2022

Amnesty International has accused El Salvador’s government of committing “massive human rights violations” during an extraordinary security crackdown that has seen more than 36,000 people arrested in just over two months. The clampdown was orchestrated by the Central American country’s authoritarian-minded president, Nayib Bukele, in late March after a sudden eruption of bloodshed that saw 87 murders in a single weekend. Bukele’s response to those killings was swift and severe, ...read more

China tries to shake off the worst of the pandemic in a long, zero-Covid journey

Jun 6, 2022

A handful of tourists visit the normally packed Yuyuan Garden during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday on June 4, 2022, in Shanghai, where authorities are allowing a return to normal life and business activity. Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China is starting to show signs of recovery from the latest Covid shock. In a significant step toward normality, the capital city of Beijing allowed restaurants in most districts to resume in- store dining on Monday — after a hi ...read more

India’s Ethanol Blends Target, a Big Boost to the Sugar Industry: Ramakrishna Y B

Jun 6, 2022

Business Wire IndiaMr. Ramakrishna Y B, a Member Expert of the Working group on Bio Fuels, Ministry of Petroleum Natural Gas, said that “It is heartening to note that India has achieved the 10% Ethanol blending target in Petrol in May 2022, seven months ahead of the target date. This development comes as a boon to the Sugar Industry who were bogged down with excess sugar production, unattractive domestic and international prices and accumulated dues to sugarcane growers.”   On the back ...read more

IN PHOTOS: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace

Jun 6, 2022

Tens of thousands of Britons took the party out to the streets Saturday night for the much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. With a surprise appearance by the Queen via video clip alongside Paddington Bear and performances by Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran and Queen, the concert marked the biggest evening of the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations that wrap up officially later on Sunday. The Mall and surrounding parks were packed with people even hours before ...read more

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

Jun 6, 2022

A new artificial intelligence system developed by Aston University researchers significantly outperforms all other methods. A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate In 2014, Americans spent 6.9 billion hours trapped in traffic. During traffic jams, the average commuter used an extra 19 gallons of gas. This amounts to $160 billion in lost time and fuel each year. In many big US cities, traffic may waste over 100 hours per year for t ...read more

Which US laws have been shown to cut gun violence and mass shootings?

Jun 6, 2022

By Grace Wade People outside the US Capitol protest against gun violence after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images Behavioural scientist Andrew Morral leads the Gun Policy in America initiative at non-profit research institute the RAND corporation. He tells New Scientist why conducting gun violence research in the US has been so difficult, how that is starting to change and what the latest evidence shows about the impact of ev ...read more

Eight magnesium rich foods

Jun 6, 2022

Home References (Image credit: Getty Images) Magnesium is an important mineral for many bodily functions, so including lots of magnesium rich foods in our diets is important to make sure we’re getting sufficient amounts.  Magnesium is used to convert the energy in our food into a usable format so that we can use it as fuel. We store some magnesium in our skeleton, but we need to ensure that we are constantly replenishing this supply as it is used up. The dai ...read more

Developed a way to bend light into a vortex ring using mirrors, lasers and lenses

Jun 6, 2022

Using mirrors, lasers, and lenses, a team of researchers from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and the University of Dayton created a method for bending light into a vortex ring. The scientists relied on previous work by other teams in which vortex rings were discovered by chance and then theoretically created a system that could manufacture them on command in their study, which was published in the journal Nature Photonics. Another group of researchers observed in 2016 th ...read more

Saving an endangered breed of donkey

Jun 6, 2022

Baudet du Poitou donkeys are endangered. Their numbers have dwindled to only 300-400 worldwide. A breeding effort is underway at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s College of Veterinary Medicine to expand their numbers and help save the breed from extinction. Credit: Michelle Hassel, Public Affairs | Illinois Nothing I've read about the Baudet du Poitou donkeys prepares me for my first sight of them. They are girthy, with massive round bellies and oversized ears that swoo ...read more