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In first, SpaceX launches recycled rocket and spaceship

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 10:00am

For the first time, SpaceX on Friday blasted off both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before, a step forward in the company's goal to lower the cost of spaceflight. After the launch, the California-based company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk landed its rocket booster upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX has now managed to return 20 of its rocket boosters after launch, whether on land or on a floating ocean platform, as part of its effort to re-use instead of jettison costly components.


Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 9:20am

President Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”


Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique 

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 9:15am

Google has previously discovered lost tribes, missing ships and even an forgotten forest. But now it has also found two entire planets. The technology giant used one its algorithms to sift through thousands of signals sent back to Earth by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope. One of the new planets was found hiding in the Kepler-90 star system, which is around 2,200 light years away from Earth. The discovery is important because it takes the number of planets in the star system up to eight, the same as our own Solar System. It is the first time that any system has been found to have as many planets ours. Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and Nasa Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin, said:  "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer. The Kepler-90 star system has eight planets, like our own  Credit: Nasa “For the first time we know for sure the Solar System is not the sole record holder for the number of planets. “Maybe there are systems out here with so many planets they make ours sound ordinary. It’s very possible that Kepler-90 has even more planets we might not even know about. “There is a lot of unexplored real estate in Kepler-90 system and it would almost be surprising if there were not more planets in the system.” The new planet Kepler-90i is about 30 per cent larger than Earth and very hot Credit: Nasa  The planet Kepler-90i, is a small rocky planet, which orbits so close to its star that the surface temperature is a ‘scorchingly hot’ 800F (426C). It orbits its own sun once every 14 days. The Google team applied a neural network to scan weak signals discovered by the Kepler exoplanet-hunting telescope which had been missed by humans. Kepler has already discovered more than 2,500 exoplanets and 1,000 more which are suspected. The telescope spent four years scanning 150,000 stars looking for dips in their brightness which might suggest an orbiting planet was passing in front. The Kepler space telescope  Credit: Nasa Although the observation mission ended in 2013, the spacecraft recorded so much data during its four year mission that scientists expect will be crunching the data for many years to come. Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, who made the discovery, said the algorithm was so simple that it only took two hours to train to spot exoplanets. Test of the neural network correctly identified true planets and false positives 96 percent of the time. They have promised to release all of the code so that amateurs can train computers to hunt for their own exoplanets. “Machine learning will become increasingly important for keeping pace with all this data and will help us make more discoveries than ever before,” said Mr Shallue. “This is really exciting discovery and a successful proof of concept in using neural networks to find planets even in challenging situations where signals are very weak. “We plan to search all 150,000 stars, we hope using our technique we will be able to find lots of planets including planets like Earth.” Previously Trappist-1 was found to have the most planets outside of our own Solar System Credit: Nasa  Before the new discovery, Trappist-1 was the star system with the most planets, with seven. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “When we launched Kepler in 2009 we didn’t know if planets were common or rare. We now know every star in the night sky has a family of planets orbiting it. “The archive Kepler data is a treasure trove of information which will bring many more discoveries. Today’s announcement is one such discovery. “It shows what happens when new scientific methods are applied to archival data.” Jessie Dotson, Kepler’s project scientist at Nasa’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, added: "These results demonstrate the enduring value of Kepler’s mission. “New ways of looking at the data – such as this early-stage research to apply machine learning algorithms – promises to continue to yield significant advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars. I’m sure there are more firsts in the data waiting for people to find them.”  


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 8:56am

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 8:48am

The White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees.


Donald Trump says Roy Moore should concede, three days after he lost in Alabama

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 8:42am

President Donald Trump has called on Roy Moore to admit defeat and concede after voters in Alabama chose to elect Democrat Doug Jones to the United States Senate on Tuesday. Mr Moore has thus far refused to concede, instead indicating that he is waiting for direction from God. The President had initially endorsed Mr Moore’s primary opponent, Senator Luther Strange, who also had the support of more centrist Republicans in Congress.


Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded charge

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 8:21am

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.


These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 8:03am

― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.


Trump Says Roy Moore Should Concede Senate Race To Doug Jones

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 7:58am

President Donald Trump said Friday that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should concede this week’s election to Democrat Doug Jones. “He tried,” Trump, who had endorsed Moore, told reporters outside the White House. Trump says GOP candidate Roy Moore should concede the Alabama special election.


Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 6:17am

Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan was speaking two days after a Muslim leaders meeting in Istanbul condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision, calling on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. "We will work for the annulment of this unjust decision firstly at the UN Security Council, and if a veto comes from there, the General Assembly," Erdogan told crowds gathered in the central Anatolian city of Konya via teleconference.


Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During Campaign

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 5:14am

A British music promoter offered to set up a meeting for then-candidate Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.


Pakistan court dismisses graft case against opposition's Imran Khan

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 4:41am

Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a graft case against cricketer-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan Friday, ensuring he will contest a general election due next year, just months after the same body ousted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. This petition has no merits and is dismissed accordingly," chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar said, reading from the judgement to a packed courtroom. Shortly after the judgement Khan held a press conference in Karachi where he told reporters "Pakistan's highest court has exonerated me".


Wil Wheaton Wears 'Star Trek' Uniform To 'Star Wars' FOR REAL

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 4:15am

Life gloriously imitated art Thursday when actor Wil Wheaton wore a “Star Trek” costume to a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”


Trump Benefited From The ‘Chain Migration’ He Blamed For Attempted New York Terror Attack

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 15, 2017 - 3:45am

President Donald Trump used the attempted New York terrorist attack this week to renew his call to end “chain migration.”


Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 10:05pm

President Donald Trump’s statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.


California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:43pm

The state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home


China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 9:01pm

Tensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.


Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food Industry

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 8:17pm

President Donald Trump’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board overturned a major precedent from the Obama years Thursday, delivering a blow to labor unions and a big win to McDonald’s and other large corporations.


Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 7:19pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women.


Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 5:59pm

By Susan Cornwell and Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements. The legislation builds on demands to lift the veil of secrecy around sexual harassment and misconduct on Capitol Hill, and has gained steam in recent months as a wave of women have come forward with accusations against prominent American men in politics, media and entertainment.


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