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  • Ex-CIA Boss John Brennan Tears Into Donald Trump Over Andrew McCabe Firing news

    Former CIA chief John Brennan did not mince his words when taking aim at

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:15:02 -0400
  • U.S. officials: Russia behind cyber attacks on power plants news

    U.S. officials discuss Russia’s role behind the cyber attacks on power plants, and how they have been targeting U.S. networks since 2016.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:38:59 -0400
  • Ryan Zinke To U.S. Rep. Whose Grandparents Were Imprisoned In WWII: 'Konnichiwa!' news

    Let's all hope President Donald Trump's next candidate for secretary of state

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:43:06 -0400
  • Man Killed by a 35-pound Boulder While Driving Down a California Freeway news

    The California Highway Patrol stated that the boulder was purposely moved and thrown from the overpass.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400
  • Missing teen may have flown to Cancun with 45-year-old man news

    Police say a 16-year-old Pennsylvania teen, who went missing after she was signed out of school by a 45-year-old man, may have flown to Cancun with him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:58:48 -0400
  • An Engineer Reported Cracks on FIU Bridge 2 Days Before Deadly Collapse. No One Got the Voicemail, Officials Say news

    An engineer left a voicemail two days before a bridge collapse in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:25:43 -0400
  • Georgia Ski Lift Malfunction Hurls People Into Air, Injuring 11 news

    A chairlift at a ski resort in the country of Georgia malfunctioned on Friday,

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:49:42 -0400
  • The Latest: Alabama executes man convicted of 2000 murder news

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the planned execution of Michael Wayne Eggers (all times local):

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:38:57 -0400
  • FIU student Alexa Duran identified as victim of Florida bridge collapse news

    Alexa Duran was driving from a doctor’s appointment with her best friend Richard next to her in the passenger’s seat, when the bridge collapsed on top of them. Her best friend Richard speaks out about his amazing story of survival.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:51:48 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump to meet South Korean minister in light of Tillerson firing news

    Senior White House adviser and first family member Ivanka Trump is scheduled

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:30:54 -0400
  • The Real Drama In Russia’s Election Comes After The Vote news

    Russia's election on Sunday is a mere formality, lacking any serious

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:50 -0400
  • 6 Great-Looking Room Fans You Can Buy on Amazon

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    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:30:46 -0400
  • Court Just Found Black Victim Of White Supremacist Assault Not Guilty Of... Assault news

    Anti-racist protester DeAndre Harris, who was brutally beaten by a group of

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:58:25 -0400
  • S.C. church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school news

    The teenage sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons and drugs at her high school, police said on Thursday. Morgan Roof, 18, had a knife, pepper spray and marijuana when she was searched at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, said Richland County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Curtis Wilson. Roof was charged with simple possession of marijuana and two counts of carrying weapons on school grounds.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:24:32 -0400
  • Miami bridge collapse: Rescuers continue desperate search for survivors as first victim named news

    Rescue teams continued the desperate search for survivors after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, as the first victim was named as Alexa Duran. Orlando Duran said his daughter Alexa was among the dead. The 18-year-old student at Florida International University was described by her friends as "an awesome person".

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:40:00 -0400
  • Sean Hannity Slams Shepard Smith For Calling His Kind Of Fox Show Strictly Entertainment news

    Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped colleague Shepard Smith on Friday after

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:07:59 -0400
  • Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns news

    BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country's north.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:50:33 -0400
  • Seven US personnel killed in Iraq helicopter crash: official news

    Seven US troops were killed when their helicopter crashed during a transport mission in western Iraq, a defense official told AFP Friday. The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk chopper was on a routine troop transport operation Thursday flying from Iraq to Syria when it went down, the official said. An accompanying US helicopter reported the crash and a quick reaction force comprised of Iraqi Security Forces and US-led coalition members secured the scene.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:02:09 -0400
  • This Russian Plane Was Carrying So Much Gold That Its Cargo Door Burst Open news

    Littering the runway with precious metals

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:56:32 -0400
  • Top adviser to Saudi crown prince on anti-corruption arrests news

    Last November, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman led a corruption crackdown that detained Saudi princes, businessmen and former government officials at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell recently visited Saudi Arabia for this Sunday's "60 Minutes" and got a rare interview with the powerful crown prince. She also spoke with one of his top advisers, Mohammed al-Shaikh, who was closely involved in what happened at the Ritz.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:30:31 -0400
  • Edward Snowden Takes On Liz Cheney Over Torture Links To Trump's Pick For CIA news

    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has jumped into the fray

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:29:35 -0400
  • Stephen Hawking's Disability Wasn't Something To 'Overcome' news

    The official news alert announcing that world-renowned physicist Stephen

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:26:03 -0400
  • Video: Deputy never entered building during school massacre news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Security video shows a Florida sheriff's deputy going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but he then backed away and stayed outside with his handgun drawn.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:55:31 -0400
  • ‘The sound was thundering’: Florida bridge collapse witnesses describe screams and chaos at scene news

    Witnesses of the bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami have described a cloud of dust being sent into the air alongside a thunderous boom as the newly built, 950-tonne pedestrian structure smashed into the street below, trapping several vehicles. People could be heard screaming from the trapped cars underneath the rubble of the bridge as emergency responders arrived and began to search for survivors. “The sound was thundering,” Piqué Philips, who was driving on the fourth floor of a parking garage adjacent to the bridge, told The Independent.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:56:00 -0400
  • Labour MPs who criticise Jeremy Corbyn on Russia should be deselected, says ally news

    A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has suggested moderate Labour MPs who blame Russia for spy poisoning are "enemies" who should be deselected. Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North, said Labour MPs who had decided Moscow was “unequivocally” to blame were “baying for blood” and suggested they face de-selection.  Mr Corbyn, the Labour leader, is under intense pressure over his repeated failure this week to condemn directly Russia for carrying out a nerve agent attack in the UK. Splits have emerged between Mr Corbyn and key members of his shadow cabinet who have unequivocably backed Theresa May’s handling of the Salisbury poisoning crisis. By last night 33 Labour MPs had signed a Commons motion “unequivocally accepts the Russian state's culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury using the illegal novichok nerve agent”. Some are now set to try to table a motion of no confidence in Seumas Milne, the Labour party’s communications chief who is blamed for Mr Corbyn’s moderate line on Russia, at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening. Labour MP Chris Williamson Mr Williamson was speaking to a meeting of the Momentum campaign group in Ealing, west London, on Thursday evening, according to a report on the Huffington Post website. He said: “I don’t know if anyone saw the debate in the House of Commons yesterday, my God, it was unbelievable. “I mean these characters, they are like baying for blood. Some of them would be quite happy were we to enter into a hot war. “Regrettably we have a few on our own benches who are like-minded, 18 of them have signed an Early Day Motion saying they unequivocally accept Russia are responsible for the attack.” Mr Williamson said the poisoning was an “appalling incident” which the UK “certainly can’t tolerate on British soil”. But added: “It’s far from certain, it seems to me, that it was ordered by the Kremlin.” Mr Williamson – who quit the Labour frontbench team in January after calling for council taxes to be doubled on expensive homes - issued a strong defence of Corbyn and threatened Labour MPs who didn’t support the leader with de-selection.  He said: “It’s exactly the sort of response you want from a leader, rather than the knee-jerk response you are getting from the Tories and one or two on our own benches. “It would definitely be helpful, I think, for our own people on the green benches to actually fall in behind the leader’s very statesmanlike and measured response. “It only helps our political enemies. But frankly I see them as political enemies as well. “I have been advocating for a long time now for mandatory re-selection. “We mustn’t allow the tiny minority of irrelevant malcontents that sit on the green benches on the House of Commons to deter party members.”  “To be honest with you I’d be quite happy if some of them b*****ed off. “The likes of John Woodcock and Ian Austin and people like that, God, it’s so depressing.” Mr Woodcock, the MP for Barrow and Furness, and Austin, the MP for Dudley North, are both critics of Corbyn’s leadership. Mr Woodcock said that his colleague “used to be such a sweet fellow”. Ian Austin MP, far right, with Harriet Harman Credit:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Mr Austin told The Daily Telegraph: “Last night, tonight and tomorrow night I have been out there knocking on doors to persuade people to vote Labour in the local elections. “I have spent this week campaigning against rough sleeping, against cuts which have hit council services and the police in Dudley. That is what I think people in Dudley think I should be concentrating on.” The Labour leader had used an article in The Guardian newspaper today to urge  Mrs May not to “rush way ahead of the evidence”. On Thursday, shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith said Mr Corbyn's statement had made it more difficult to focus on how to respond to Russia. The father in law of Nick Bailey, the Salisbury policeman who suffered the effects of the nerve agent used in the poisoning criticised Mr Corbyn’s "mealy mouthed" response to the attack.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:24:24 -0400
  • Republican Food Stamp Plan In Disarray news

    WASHINGTON ― A Republican plan to shrink food stamp enrollment is in some

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:19:34 -0400
  • Palestinian ramming attack kills 2 Israeli soldiers in West Bank: military news

    By Ali Samudi JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian motorist rammed and killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded two others in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Israeli military said. The army said the driver was a "terrorist" who ran over soldiers who were securing routes near the Jewish settlement of Mevo Dotan, west of the Palestinian town of Jenin. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said on Twitter that an "officer and soldier were killed and two soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack," and that the attack was "deliberate".

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:56:13 -0400
  • Husband of Suburban Mom Who Lived Double Life on the Internet Is Charged With Her Murder news

    A court document filed Thursday shows 44-year-old William Jeffrey West is charged with murder in the slaying of Kathleen Dawn West

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:45:11 -0400
  • Anderson Cooper And Longtime Boyfriend Benjamin Maisani Split news

    Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend of nine years, Benjamin Maisani, broke up,

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:48:38 -0400
  • Trump hails FBI official's firing, but critics call it 'dangerous' news

    Donald Trump has hailed the firing of a senior FBI agent as a "great day for democracy," a move his attorney said he hoped would bring an end to a probe into alleged collusion between the president's campaign and Russia. McCabe, who was the FBI's deputy under former director James Comey, sacked by Trump last year, is potentially a key witness in that probe.

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:28:46 -0400
  • 'Dogs Must Think We're Magical When We Rub The Wall And The Room Gets Bright' news

    The shower isn't just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:18:39 -0400
  • Correction: Veterans Home-Shooting story news

    YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 9 about a fatal shooting at a California veterans' home, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jennifer Golick phoned her husband to tell him a former patient was holding her captive. Her father-in-law, Bob Golick, told the AP the information in a telephone interview soon after Golick was taken hostage. The California Highway Patrol investigated the crime and found that there was no evidence Jennifer Golick called her husband while captive. That prompted AP to contact Bob Golick again. He acknowledged he had misinterpreted an emotional and disjointed phone conversation with his son, who had learned the identity of the man who took Golick hostage from others at the scene, not from his wife.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:14:04 -0400
  • Audi to build four-door electric sports car in 2020 news

    Audi has just confirmed it will be launching a fully-electric four-door GT model in 2020 to rival the Tesla Model S, which will be a gran turismo sibling of the e-tron SUV that arrives later this year. At its recent annual press conference, the manufacturer announced it will launch no fewer than five of those models by as soon as 2021, so we will soon have a Q3-sized EV crossover, the e-tron, e-tron Sportback and the e-tron GT. Perhaps what's most interesting about Audi's conversion to the electric cause is a focus on what will be special "Audi Sport" performance models.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:27:45 -0400
  • German interior minister declares 'Islam does not belong' in the country news

    Angela Merkel’s new government got off to a rocky start on Friday as the chancellor and her interior minister clashed publicly over the role of Islam in Germany society. Horst Seehofer, who became interior minister this week under a coalition deal, used his first interview since taking office to declare “Islam does not belong in Germany”. Mrs Merkel lost no time in slapping down the minister, telling a press conference: “Muslims are also part of Germany, and so their religion is just as much a part of Germany”. Mr Seehofer’s controversial remarks echoed last year’s election slogans from the nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which campaigned on an anti-Muslim platform. But they were most clearly aimed as a broadside against Mrs Merkel, who famously  declared “Islam belongs in Germany” in a 2015 press conference after opening the country’s borders to over 1 million asylum-seekers.  “Islam does not belong in Germany,” Mr Seehofer told Bild newspaper. “Germany is shaped by Christianity. That means not working on Sundays and celebrating religious holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.  Horst Seehofer talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German parliament in Berlin Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber “Of course the Muslims who live with us belong in Germany. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our national traditions and customs.”  The leader of Mrs Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Mr Seehofer was the leading opponent of her refugee policy and the dispute almost ended the longstanding alliance between the two parties. But they patched up their differences ahead of last year’s election and Mr Seehofer was given control of migration and asylum policy as interior minister under the new coalition deal. His remarks on Friday suggest he is ready to reopen the feud in government. Mrs Merkel responded angrily to Mr Seehofer’s comments. “We want an Islam based on the constitution and compliant with constitutional law,” she said on a visit to Paris. “I think we must do everything we can to allow religions to live together in peace.” Mr Seehofer also came under attack from Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the chairman of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) who is widely seen as her chosen successor. Profile | Angela Merkel “Freedom of religion undoubtedly belongs in Germany, just as the Muslims in Germany, together with their faith, belong in our country,” Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said. More than 4 million Muslims live in Germany, 1.9 million of whom are German citizens. More than 60 per cent are of Turkish heritage and were living in Germany long before Mrs Merkel’s decision to open the borders to asylum-seekers. Mr Seehofer later sought to clarify his remarks. “Our country Germany has been shaped by Christianity for centuries. That's why it’s wrong to say Islam belongs in Germany, ” he said.  “Of course we have tolerance and respect for other religious communities. And of course the Muslims living in Germany belong in Germany.” It was Wolfgang Schäuble, the former finance minister and current speaker of the German parliament, who first declared in 2006 that “Islam is part of Germany and Europe”. The phrase at the centre of the dispute,“Islam belongs in Germany” was first coined in 2010 by Christian Wulff, the Germna president at the time, and later taken up by Mrs Merkel.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:31:52 -0400
  • Steve Bannon Doesn't Deny Anything He Said In 'Fire And Fury' news

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon says he doesn't deny anything

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:57:18 -0400
  • After nerve agent attack, NATO sees pattern of Russian interference news

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO accused Russia on Thursday of trying to destabilise the West with new nuclear weapons, cyber attacks and covert action, including the poisoning of a Russian former double agent in Britain, that blurred the line between peace and war. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters the use of the Novichok nerve agent against Sergei Skripal and his daughter "happened against a backdrop of a reckless pattern of Russian behaviour over many years". Russia denies any involvement and says it is the U.S.-led Atlantic alliance that is a risk to peace in Europe.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:35:24 -0400
  • Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers news

    NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:04:40 -0400
  • 'One Pot' Meth Lab Found in Indiana White Castle, Police Say news

    Police found a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside a White Castle restaurant Friday in northwest Indiana.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:23:22 -0400
  • Vanessa Trump Files For Divorce From Donald Trump Jr. news

    Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from her husband, Donald Trump Jr., on

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:44:39 -0400
  • Vatican Admits It Altered Photo Of Letter From Pope Francis' Predecessor news

    The Vatican has admitted that it digitally blurred out a portion of a media

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:47:10 -0400
  • Lawyers call US gun charges for Mexican man 'vindictive' news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for a Mexican man acquitted of murder in a San Francisco shooting that helped fuel the U.S. immigration debate are pressing for documents to help them argue that his U.S. gun charges are vindictive.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:48:05 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India trip news

    Hillary Clinton has fractured her hand during a tour of India, reportedly slipping in a bathtub at a luxury hotel in a former palace. A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall. Local and international media quoted unnamed sources as saying Clinton had slipped in the bath in an accident that comes just five months after she broke her toe in London.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:34:05 -0400
  • Uber’s Biggest Rival Is Experimenting With All-You-Can-Ride Monthly Subscriptions news

    For all-you-can-ride access to the car-hailing service

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:15 -0400
  • Ex-MLB Prospect Cut By Team After Video Of Him Beating Girlfriend Surfaces news

    A minor league baseball team in Pennsylvania released a player after a TV

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:22:34 -0400
  • Civilians flee as two big Syria battles enter decisive phases news

    By Tom Perry and Dahlia Nehme BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians were fleeing from besieged enclaves at opposite ends of Syria on Friday as two major battles in the multi-sided war entered decisive phases, with hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the path of both assaults. Air strikes killed scores of people in eastern Ghouta, a war monitor said, and weary residents streamed out on foot for a second day, as Russian-backed government forces pressed their campaign to capture the last big rebel bastion near Damascus. On another front, Turkish and allied rebel forces struck the northern Kurdish-held town of Afrin, killing more than 40 people including children, Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitor said.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:32:59 -0400
  • Clarification: California Adviser-Immigrant story

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 15 about a statewide appointment in California, The Associated Press reported based on information from the California state Senate that Lizbeth Mateo was the first person living in the U.S. illegally to receive a statewide appointment. Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016 appointed to a state board a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives protection from deportation to people brought the U.S. illegally as children.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:27:28 -0400
  • Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Gets 180 Days in Prison news

    As part of the deal, Monalisa Perez is banned for life from possessing a firearm or from collecting payments for her story.

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:13:01 -0400
  • Trump's 'Bowling Ball Test' for U.S. Cars Is Just A Goofy Ad news

    President Donald Trump had people scratching their heads when he referred --

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:55:33 -0400
  • The New 'Infinity War' Trailer Is Here, Now Set Your Faces To Stunned news

    Marvel hinted at, and then promised us, a new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:53:56 -0400
  • Nasa draws up plans for huge spacecraft to blow up doomsday asteroid news

    Nasa has drawn up plans for a huge nuclear spacecraft capable of shunting or blowing up an asteroid if it was on course to wipe out life on Earth. The US space agency published details of its Hammer (Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response) deterrent, an eight tonne spaceship which could deflect a giant space rock. Nasa has said previously that Earth is overdue a huge asteroid strike and programmes are in places across the globe to map dangerous rocks as they move through the Solar System. Last year an 100 foot asteroid named 2012TC4 passed within 27,000 miles of Antarctica, a distance that astronomers described as 'damn close.' In detailed plans published in the journal Acta Astronautica, Nasa and the National Nuclear Security Administration, calculated the time and payload it would take to move or destroy the 1,600-foot-wide asteroid Bennu.  Nasa's Osiris-Rex mission is already heading to Bennu to take samples  Credit: Nasa Nasa already has a space probe on route to Bennu to take samples and has been monitoring the asteroid since it was discovered in 1999. Although there is little risk it could hit the Earth, it is still considered as an NEO, or Near Earth Object, which would hit the planet with 1,450 megatons of TNT. The Atomic Energy Commission has shown that a one gigaton warhead detonated about 10 miles up could be expected to start fires over an area of more than 430,000 square miles, an area more than four times the size of Britain. Dante Lauretta, professor of Planetary Science in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, said  Bennu’s impact would release “three times more energy than all nuclear weapons detonated throughout history”. "The impact would release energy equivalent to 1,450 megatons of TNT," he said. “For comparison, the fission bombs used in World War II had an energy release of roughly 20 kilotons of TNT each and the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, the Russian Tsar Bomba, had a yield of 50 megatons."  The Hammer spacecraft within a Delta-IV rocket  Credit: Nasa However the study showed that Earth would need years of warning to be able to put a deterrent plan in action. The experts calculate that 7.4 years would be needed from building Hammer, to the craft hitting the asteroid. Earth is hit by asteroids with surprising regularity but most are too small to do much damage or fall in unpopulated areas. In 2013, a meteor airburst over Chelyabinsk, Russia, broke shattered windows for over 300 miles. Asteroid near-misses Nasa’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies now lists 73 asteroids which have a 1 in 1,600 chance of hitting the Earth. Teams from across the world are working on similar deterrents. Earlier this week a team of Russian researchers from Rosatom, the state nuclear energy corporation, and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), announced they had constructed and blown up tiny asteroids in the lab to calculate how much power it would take to prevent a devastating impact. Using laser pulses to simulate the effect of a nuclear bomb they found that to eliminate a 650 foot wide asteroid, the blast would need to deliver the energy equivalent of three megatons of TNT - the equivalent of 200 Hiroshima bombs. The most powerful explosive device ever detonated was the Tsar Bomba, or “king of bombs,” built by the Soviet Union in 1961 which had an energy output of about 50 megatons of TNT. “At the moment, there are no asteroid threats, so our team has the time to perfect this technique for use later in preventing a planetary disaster,” says study co-author Vladimir Yufa, an associate professor at the departments of Applied Physics and Laser Systems and Structured Materials, MIPT. “We’re also looking into the possibility of deflecting an asteroid without destroying it and hope for international engagement.”

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:43:07 -0400
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