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A New York suburb has banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces, such as schools and shopping malls, as it fights the state's worst outbreak in decades of the potentially deadly disease. Rockland County declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and said the ban would remain in place for 30 days or until unvaccinated children get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot. The Rockland announcement follows measles outbreaks in California, Illinois, Texas and Washington and is part of a global resurgence of the viral infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — They're calling it the "Jurassic Mile," where dinosaurs once chased prey through muck and some of the biggest creatures of 150 million years ago lumbered over a tropical flood plain.
Pence, chairing a meeting of the administration's National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, declared, "We're in a space race today, just as we were in the 1960s." NASA had previously been aiming to return astronauts to the lunar surface by the year 2028, after first putting a "Gateway" station in orbit around the moon by 2024 as a stepping stone for the next attempt at a crewed lunar landing.The U.S. Apollo program, the space agency's forerunner to the current effort at returning humans to Earth's natural satellite, tallied six manned missions to the moon between 1969 and 1972. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years." Pence's remarks first caused some confusion over whether a "return" to the moon necessarily meant landing astronauts on the moon or putting them into lunar orbit by 2024.
The Senate on Tuesday voted down a procedural measure to advance the Green New Deal, a wide-reaching proposal that would address climate change. Forty-three Democrats voted "present" in protest of the measure, even though many of them have said that they support the framework of the resolution. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Angus King of Maine, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Doug Jones of Alabama voted no with the Republicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated the "Green New Deal" resolution that called for tackling climate change by moving the United States off fossil fuels, while Democrats said the vote was a political stunt on an issue that will rise in importance. The vote was 57 against the resolution in the 100-member chamber, with 43 Democrats voting "present." Republicans won over Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and one independent senator, Angus King, who usually votes with the Democrats. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Leslie Adler)
The vote Tuesday was 0-57 with 43 Democrats voting present, including the Senate’s half-dozen presidential candidates, to sidestep the GOP maneuver and buy time to build their campaign positions. The vote is just the first step by Republicans to put the Green New Deal in the spotlight.
Most of the views of Mars we've seen have come from NASA's trusty rovers, and while they've shown us some pretty stunning stuff, you can almost always immediately tell that you're looking at a photo of Mars when you see one. The sky is almost always a hazy orange, and the landscape looks windswept and devoid of recognizable features.One of the latest images sent back by the Curiosity rover does away with that by showing us a bed of pebbles that look like they could be sitting along a riverbed right here on Earth."NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm," NASA explains. The image was captured on March 24th.There are a couple of interesting things to note about this photo. First, the tiny rocks are a pale off-white rather than a bold rusty orange like many other images we see of the planet's surface. Mars' terrain has a lot of variation in terms of color and we rarely get a chance to see that up-close like we can here.Secondly you'll notice smaller gray ball mixed in with the oblong pinkish pebbles. In the past, the strange, perfectly spherical shapes have led some to question whether we might be seeing leftovers of an ancient civilization -- maybe even projectiles used in ancient conflicts.NASA assures us all that this isn't the case, and these "blueberries" as they are sometimes called are the result of a natural phenomenon called concretion. It's what happens when minerals begin to gather in water-soaked rocks, eventually hardening. When the softer outer portion of the rock erodes due to wind or other natural processes, the harder spheres inside break free and erode at a much slower rate.It's a very cool image and it serves as a great reminder that despite being separated by an incredible distance, Mars and Earth are actually very similar.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years, an accelerated pace that would aim to put Americans on the lunar south pole.
The US Senate has defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. Majority Republicans forced the vote Tuesday as they try to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- often known as “AOC” -- has been leading the charge with the ambitious deal.
The system, dubbed "Superpower Glass," helps them decipher what's happening with people around them, researchers found. The experiment included 71 children, ages 6 to 12, who were receiving a standard treatment for autism known as applied behavioral analysis therapy. Forty kids were randomly assigned to use the "Superpower Glass" system - glasses with a camera and speaker that sent information on what children saw and heard to a smartphone app designed to help them decode and respond to social interactions.
Hoping to spur international action on climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told world leaders that only the most ambitious carbon-cutting countries will be showcased at a key summit in September. In a note sent to member states, Guterres outlined plans for an "action-oriented" summit featuring a wide range of "deliverables" from governments to inject new impetus to the fight against global warming. "It will be a summit of showcasing ambitious proposals for climate action and implementation," said the four-page document sent to UN member-states and seen by AFP on Tuesday.
The database giant plans to cut 352 people on May 21, according to a notice filed last week with the state of California. The staff reductions include 255 people at its Redwood City, California, headquarters and 97 people in Santa Clara, California. Business Insider reported last week that the company also had eliminated an unspecified number of jobs outside of California over the past week.
The decision sidesteps an argument over whether an import ban would curb Intel’s move into the market for modem chips and give foreign competitors a lead in fifth-generation wireless technology. The decision came just hours after a separate ITC judge said Apple infringed a different Qualcomm patent.
Survival rates of extremely preterm infants have improved by leaps and bounds since the 1980s, with US and Swedish studies published this week providing new data on the trend. Doctors previously estimated the earliest gestational age a baby could be considered viable outside the womb was 28 weeks, when they weigh around 2.2 pounds (one kilogram) -- about 12 weeks short of the 40-week length of a normal pregnancy. "I've been in this business for 40 years, and I've seen the threshold of viability move back about one week every 10 years or so in my practice," Edward Bell, a neonatologist at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, told AFP.
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