Beach closed over threat of exploding whales; video

Sometimes described as a whale trap, the spit's long coastline and gently sloping beaches seem to make it hard for whales to navigate away once they get close. Echolocation "is not well-suited to shallow, gently sloping waters, because they generally prefer high relief (steep) areas such as the edge of the continental shelf", the Department of Conservation explains on its website. Read More

New research could help predict autism before age 2

The findings could lead to an early test and even therapies that work while the brain is more malleable. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers took brain scans at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months of children who were at high risk for autism because their older siblings had the disorder. Read More

India launches rocket with record number of satellites

In what was the 39th flight for the country's India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) design, the ISRO's own 714kg Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite was the primary payload. This is ISRO's second successful attempt after the launch of 23 satellites in a single rocket in June 2015. ISRO today launched a record 104 satellites with the help of PSLV C37 Rocket. Read More

Uber hires NASA engineer to develop flying auto

Whether or not Uber does roll out flying auto prototypes over the next few years, Moore's research could have more immediate applications for keeping the company ahead of rivals such as Google, which are also racing to own the next wave of on-demand and location-centric technology products and offerings. Read More

Macy's stock surges after WSJ report of buyout talks

The sources asked not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential. Hudson's Bay has been eager to expand its footprint in the U.S.However, Macy's would be a challenge for Hudson's Bay to absorb. "I think there's a natural opportunity and I think the owners of HBC have shown a hunger to buy assets and turn them around", Mark Satov, strategy advisor at Satov Consultants, told BNN in an interview. Read More

Facebook's mobile ad dollars help fuel growth in fourth quarter

Facebook's mobile ad dollars help fuel growth in fourth quarter

The average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.34 per share. The bulk of it came from ad revenue of $8.62 billion, up 53% from $5.63 billion. Facebook finishes full year with revenues of $27.6bn. "We believe that this creates a greater number of stronger relationships between people, and that it helps people get exposed to a greater number of diverse perspectives". Read More

Scientists confirm 'lost continent' beneath Mauritius

Pieces of a lava-coated crust of the "lost continent" were discovered under the Indian Ocean of Mauritius. The University of the Witwatersrand says a team of scientists have discovered the remnants of what they believe is a continent which was lost when the supercontinent of Gondwana split over 200 million years ago. Read More

Ban Ki-moon rules out presidential run

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has ruled himself out of the running for South Korean president. "With all kinds of fake news, my intention for political change was nowhere to be seen and all that was left was grave scars to my family and myself, and to the honour of the United Nations, where I spent the past 10 years", he said. Read More

Safety Test Results on Electric Cars

In addition, the IIHS raised concerns about potential leg injuries for drivers involved in small overlap front crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's trials sit alongside - and in some cases are more stringent than - the United States government's own NHTSA crash testing. Read More

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

The North Dakota Republican cheered the announcement and called Trump "a man of action". Our discussion comes almost two months since a federal agency effectively put the brakes on the DAPL pipeline, saying it would launch a lengthier environmental review. Read More

Trump to order Joint Chiefs to draft ISIS strategy, restructure security council

Many Iraqis who resettle in the United States have risked their lives to help USA forces in Iraq, whether as translators or information gatherers or spies. Across the border in Iraq, local forces backed by USA -led coalition airstrikes and advisers on the ground have secured a major part of Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. Read More

January 27 marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 Fire

January 27 marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 Fire

A mockup of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. "Yes, Apollo 1 did cause three deaths", said Collins, "but I believe it saved more than three later". It is also to pay tributes to the astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia , who died on February 1, 2003, when the spaceship broke apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. Read More

Facebook's Zuckerberg 'reconsidering' land sale actions against Hawaiians

Facebook's Zuckerberg 'reconsidering' land sale actions against Hawaiians

At the time, Forbes Magazine described the estate as a "secluded" property for Zuckerberg's family. Some neighbors planned to march on Zuckerberg's property in protest on Saturday, according to Business Insider . Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits for audience questions in an onstage interview for the Atlantic Magazine in Washington, September 18, 2013. "We got to tell him that right after the explosion, people in town just automatically turned to the church for help". Read More

USDA walks back controversial gag order for government scientists

The EPA is under a media blackout and the agency can not post updates on social media, issue press releases or posts blogs communicating their most recent findings. On Tuesday, a Twitter account for Badlands National Park, in South Dakota, posted a series of tweets about climate change, an issue that President Trump has called a hoax while promising to promote the drilling and use of fossil fuels. Read More

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Released Enhanced Autopilot's First Phase with Caution

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) just rolled out Enhanced Autopilot update to its entire fleet last weekend to make it on par with its first generation of cars. Tesla is no stranger to slipping schedules, but it seems the company is delaying the updates of Autopilot for the right reasons: because it's not ready yet. Read More

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Elon Musk's "Boring" company is about to start tunneling

Musk has met with President Donald Trump, who has said he plans to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure projects , twice - once in NY, with other tech CEOs, and more recently in the White House , for a discussion on USA manufacturing with other company executives. Read More

Ancient Otter Species Among Largest Ever Found

Ancient Otter Species Among Largest Ever Found

The remains were discovered by American paleontologists who were working at the Shuitangba Site in northeastern Yunnan Province in southwest China, in what used to be an ancient lakebed. The giant otters possessed large bunodont, or round-cusped, teeth. Researchers state that the Siamogale melilutra was not the only otter to have rounded teeth, which is why scientists questioned if the rounded teeth were inherited from its ancient ancestor. Read More

Steelers at Patriots: 3 things we learned

Steelers at Patriots: 3 things we learned

The Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game drew a 27.4 overnight household rating on FOX, Variety reported . On the play, Hogan got behind Steelers cornerback Russ Cockrell and safety Mike Mitchell, both of whom bit on the handoff to Dion Lewis. "That's not quite the digit that Brady winning a fifth Super Bowl after serving his Deflategate suspension would signal to Goodell". Read More

Astronomers Characterize Wolf 1061 Planetary System

While making these efforts, astronomers have managed to find that an exoplanet, named Wolf 1061 , which is located around 14 light years away from Earth. Kane explained. The new closest exoplanet that might be like Earth is Proxima Cen b, which was discovered previous year orbiting in the Alpha Centauri system, our nearest stellar neighbors, making it the closest possible potentially habitable exoplanet. Read More

The 3 graphics showing how 2016 was the warmest year on record

The global average temperature last year was 1.69 Fahrenheit (0.94 Celsius) above the 20th century average, and 0.07 degrees F (0.04 C) warmer than in 2015, the last record-setting year, according to NOAA . Map shows Earth's hot spots in 2016, the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet. The rise in global temperatures was aided by the natural phenomenon called El Niño . Read More