He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." Trump, who said he was accustomed to not having privacy in his "old life" expressed surprise at how little he had now. And he made clear he was still getting used to having 24-hour Secret Service protection and its accompanying constraints. read more
A California government council is warning that climate change could cause ocean waters off the coast to rise far higher than previously anticipated -- an increase in sea level by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century. This worst-case scenario would destroy airports in Oakland and San Francisco, and would swamp roadways, low-lying bridges, railroad tracks, farmland, beaches and some towns. As many as 42,000 homes would be completely submerged, warns the report released this month by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team. The council adopted an updated report with higher sea-level estimates on Wednesday. read more
Scientists said Thursday that they have manufactured tiny bricks out of artificial Martian soil, anticipating the day when humans may construct colonies on the Red Planet. Remarkably, the technique requires only that the red-hued building blocks be compressed in a precise way -- no additives or baking required. "The people who will go to Mars will be incredibly brave, they will be pioneers and I would be honored to be their brick maker," said Yu Qiao, a professor at the University of California San Diego and lead author of a study in Scientific Reports. read more
The flying car may soon be a reality -- and consumers have an opportunity to get in on the action early. For $100, you can get priority placement on a wait list for the aircraft from Kitty Hawk, the flying car company financially backed by Google co-founder Larry Page. The Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to consumers by the end of the year. ... "We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them," the company said. But this car won't save you time in traffic. The Flyer can only be flown in "uncongested areas" over fresh water. read more
Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.
"The Chinese have a very ambitious moon program already in place," Hvistendahl said. "Space has changed since the space race of the '60s. We recognize that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do international cooperation." read more