The chemical used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, an internationally-banned chemical weapon that acts within minutes, according to a preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia. Malaysian police said in a statement Friday that tests on Kim's eyes and face revealed the presence of the substance. Nerve agents are the most toxic and fast-acting substance known in chemical warfare -- and VX is the most potent of all of them, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died on February 13 before he was scheduled to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau. Malaysian police claim two women wiped his face with some sort of liquid at the instruction of four North Koreans.
Today, scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a remarkable new discovery: An entire system of Earth-sized planets. If that's not enough, the team asserts that the density measurements of the planets indicates that the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds. Three of the planets lie in the star's habitable zone. If you aren't familiar with the term, the habitable zone (also known as the "goldilocks zone") is the region surrounding a star in which liquid water could theoretically exist. Co-author Amaury Triaud notes that the star in this system is an "ultracool dwarf," and he clarifies that "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1."
Millennials, roughly defined as the generation born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, often hear that they're the most narcissistic, entitled generation of all time. Now, a new study examines how these young adults feel about those labels. Spoiler alert: Not that great.
Millennials do view themselves as a bit more narcissistic than generations before them, but not to the extent that older generations do.
The millennials surveyed in person and online rated themselves as more narcissistic than previous generations, but saw themselves as less narcissistic than other generations did. In an online survey of 750 adults of all ages, millennials ages 18 to 25 rate themselves at 61.4 on a zero-to-100 scale of narcissism. They ranked adults 60 years and up as 38, a 23-point difference.
Adults 60 years and older ranked millennials at 65.3, and ranked themselves at a mere 26.5, a spread of nearly 40 points.
A new study has revealed that the Western United States is sitting over a vast expanse of melting carbon, some 217 miles below its surface. According to scientists, the molten carbon is spread over an area close to 700,000 square miles.
The study made an accurate estimate of the amount of carbon holed up at the upper mantle as 100 trillion metric tons. Even a 1 percent release of the stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will equal the burning of 2.3 trillion barrels of oil.
The paradox is that the new discovery of massive carbon deposits makes the projection made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of 10 billion metric tons of global carbon emission totally insignificant.
In the time to come, the underground carbon will make it to the earth's surface and move into the atmosphere by means like volcanic eruptions and exacerbate the climate change issue.
Indian doctors put an Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman on a special liquid diet Monday as they prepared her for an emergency weight-loss operation.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty weighs around 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds) and had not left her house in more than two decades until arriving in Mumbai at the weekend for bariatric surgery.
Doctors said the 37-year-old would be fed only liquid supplements for the next 25 days to help her lose the 50 kilogrammes required before they can begin operating. read more