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What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?
What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill. The list below recounts the stories of some of the missing moon rocks and others that were lost and later found. It is compiled from research done by Joseph Gutheinz Jr, a retired NASA special agent known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," his students, and collectSPACE, a website which specializes in space history.

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice, others as big as a marble -- have since gone missing, and Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find them. "Some people go rock hunting," Gutheinz said in an interview with AFP at his law office in a Houston suburb decorated with awards from NASA and the US military.

Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe
Apollo moon rocks help transform understanding of the universe

What is certain is that the lunar samples first gathered by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong nearly 50 years ago have helped transform our understanding of the cosmos. Apollo astronauts collected 842 pounds (382 kilograms) of rocks and soil during their six missions to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 and brought it all back to Earth.

This remarkable Greenland photo highlights extreme Arctic melting
This remarkable Greenland photo highlights extreme Arctic melting

The melting Arctic is on dramatic display.At mid-June, Arctic sea ice is now at a record low for this time of year, and melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland -- home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet. Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute, snapped a photo on Thursday of Greenland sea ice that had melted into a large lake of aqua water, pooled atop the icy surface.Olsen, along with local hunters, had to sled across the flooded ice to retrieve vulnerable weather and ocean monitoring equipment. Their sled dogs splashed through the icy water.The adventurous sledding took place in the middle of an inlet called Inglefield...

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver: source
US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver: source

The United States has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver to continue with vital energy imports from neighbouring Iran despite re-imposed sanctions, a government source said Saturday. The extension came after "long discussions" with Washington ahead of a looming deadline on a previous extension granted in December, the official, close to the negotiations, told AFP on condition of anonymity. The talks came amid spiking tensions between Iraq's two closest allies -- the US and Iran -- following a twin attack on tankers in the Gulf that US President Donald Trump has blamed on Tehran.

Exclusive: U.N. chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%
Exclusive: U.N. chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc's current target for a 40% reduction. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, seen by Reuters, ahead of a summit of EU leaders, Guterres said the world's largest economic bloc should lead by example to avert the worst effects of global warming and limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Next week's gathering of the 28 EU heads of state is the last before a U.N. meeting on global climate talks in September.

Secrets of the gut doctor: From faecal transplants to microbiome testing - the new treatments that could transform your entire health
Secrets of the gut doctor: From faecal transplants to microbiome testing - the new treatments that could transform your entire health

Have you ever considered the trillions of teeming bacteria which are spinning around your gut right now, breaking down breakfast into human compost? Well, prepare to get up close and personal. Thanks to a new era in affordable testing, anyone can have their personal colonies of bacteria - called the microbiome - tested and the results analysed to show just what the little critters are getting up to. If anything. And the fascination with our insides doesn't stop there - a new generation of gut specialists are offering ways to tune up our microbiomes via therapies from oral supplements to (steel yourself) human poo transplants. This new interest in our interior nitty gritty is a natural...

For U.S.-bound Central American migrants, better to stay in Mexico than be sent home

Many of the Central Americans who lined up for papers at an asylum office in southern Mexico said they could abandon plans to reach the United States and remain in Mexico if U.S. President Donald Trump clamps down further on migration. Mexico is ramping up security on its southern border with Guatemala as part of an agreement with Washington after Trump threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican goods if the government did not stem the flow of migrants reaching the United States. Under pressure from Washington, Mexico also agreed to expand a program started in January that forces migrants to wait in Mexico for the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims.

Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies
Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies

The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. "We don't really have an isolation ward," the Bwera Hospital's administrator, Pedson Buthalha, told The Associated Press.

From alkaline diets to turmeric, eight of the biggest nutrition lies
From alkaline diets to turmeric, eight of the biggest nutrition lies

We all know that what we choose to eat can have an impact on our health - and right now, there's no shortage of advice, from cookbooks, apps and Insta health gurus. But most of us are still walking about wondering things like: should I be cutting carbs? Or eating them, but just not the gluten-filled ones? Should I be vegan? Or paleo? The simple act of eating has become a minefield of paradoxical 'facts'. Obviously, not everybody talking about nutrition on the internet is doing a bad job - and many of the people out there have good intentions. But as dietitians, and founders of The Rooted Project - offering up nutrition information based on facts, not fads - we believe that people with...

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France's 'wolf brigade': Alps guards with licence to kill

Next to them, two khaki-clad watchmen settle down for the night in the Mercantour National Park on the border with Italy, equipped with thermal-vision cameras, warm jackets and a rifle with a night-vision scope. The pair are part of France's "wolf brigade", employed by the state to protect livestock from a predator that was hunted to extinction in France in the early 20th century but is now making a grand comeback. Starting in 1992, grey wolves started re-appearing in France, arriving across the Alps from Italy, which has rejected calls for a cull of its flourishing population of the fanged mammals.

Student battling leukemia beats the odds, graduates as prom king
Student battling leukemia beats the odds, graduates as prom king

Family and friends gathered to watch their loved ones walk across the stage at the Philadelphia Performing Arts charter school Friday to begin the next chapter of their lives. The day was especially meaningful for one student, who spent many of his high school years in the hospital battling cancer. At the age of 13, Tom Sweeney was diagnosed with leukemia.

The U.S. Military Is Testing Hypersonic Missiles on B-52 Bombers
The U.S. Military Is Testing Hypersonic Missiles on B-52 Bombers

America's future hypersonic arsenal is moving closer to reality.The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its new hypersonic missile. An AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, was launched from a B-52 bomber at Edwards Air Force Base, California.Though billed as a flight test, the missile did not actually take flight. "A sensor-only version of the ARRW prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data," according to the Air Force announcement. "The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did...

The Navy Passed on This Aircraft Carried (Armed With Nuclear Weapons)
The Navy Passed on This Aircraft Carried (Armed With Nuclear Weapons)

The schematics for CVA-58 nonetheless informed the Navy's first supercarriers, named rather appropriately the Forrestal-class, laid down during the Korean War. But the heavy-bomber carrying United States remains notable as the supercarrier the Navy absolutely thought it needed-but which with literally just a couple years more hindsight it discovered it truly could do without.(This article appeared earlier this year.)In the wake of the mushroom clouds that blossomed over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it swiftly dawned on political and military leaders across the globe that warfare between superpowers would never again be the same. But what exactly were the implications of...

Womankind
Womankind's giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker?

More than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a "proving ground" to test the next generation of spacecraft ahead of an eventual crewed mission to Mars. No one knows for sure, but it's a likely bet the candidate will be selected from among NASA's current roster of 12 female astronauts. Predicting who will join Neil Armstrong in the annals of history isn't an exact science, but several former astronauts and experts interviewed by AFP say the proximity of the deadline mean it probably won't be a new recruit.

CDC director praises Alabama HIV clinic ahead of campaign
CDC director praises Alabama HIV clinic ahead of campaign

As the federal government prepares to launch an ambitious initiative to end the HIV epidemic, the director of the Centers for Disease Control on Friday applauded an Alabama HIV clinic's commitment to providing health services to rural communities. Director Robert Redfield met with state public health officials and toured the Medical Advocacy & Outreach clinic in Montgomery to begin laying the groundwork for the decade-long federal campaign.

Davy Crockett: The Mobile Nuclear Missile Launcher That Fired Neutron Bombs
Davy Crockett: The Mobile Nuclear Missile Launcher That Fired Neutron Bombs

Design work for a minimum-size atomic warhead called the XW-51 began at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in the mid 1950s. It later shifted to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, which was also working on compact warheads, and re-designated the W-54 in January 1959. Initially intended to be used for lightweight thermonuclear weapons, the prototype subsequently was adapted for a variety of tactical uses by the armies in the field.XW-51 precursors, as well as compact LASL designs, were first evaluated as part of Operation Plumbbob at the Nevada Test Site in 1957. The most powerful of these Plumbbob prototypes was a boosted, plutonium-cored implosion device that produced a...

Viral Photo Shows How A Mom Saved Her Son
Viral Photo Shows How A Mom Saved Her Son's Life By Recognizing Signs Of Sepsis

"If you spot this...get your child seen straight away."

Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone Honored at City of Hope
Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone Honored at City of Hope's 'Spirit of Life' Breakfast

As part of her role as this year's honoree for the City of Hope "Spirit of Life" initiative, Sylvia Rhone was feted Friday morning at a lovely (although windy) breakfast gathering on the roof of Sony Music's headquarters in New York. The initiative raises money for the City of Hope cancer treatment and research center […]

With Sarah Sanders leaving the White House, Trump now lies alone
With Sarah Sanders leaving the White House, Trump now lies alone

During her time as press secretary, Sarah Sanders has lied repeatedly on behalf of the president. Now, she's leaving him to lie for himself.

Memphis Man Killed in Police Shooting That Sparked Violent Protests Was Wanted for Assault, Robbery, Authorities Say
Memphis Man Killed in Police Shooting That Sparked Violent Protests Was Wanted for Assault, Robbery, Authorities Say

"This was a violent felon who did not obviously want to go jail and they ended up, from my knowledge, doing what they had to do to not only protect themselves but to protect other people around them in the neighborhood."

The Full Strawberry Moon In Sagittarius Means It
The Full Strawberry Moon In Sagittarius Means It's Time For Role Play

The full moon in Sagittarius is here, and it's also a Strawberry Moon. The full moon gets a different nickname each month, based on Algonquin naming traditions. The full moons in June is called a Strawberry Moon because it coincides with the strawberry harvest.

Sepsis Can Cause a Red Line on Your Skin-Here
Sepsis Can Cause a Red Line on Your Skin-Here's What You Need to Know

A mother warns other parents after noticing the mark on her son.

Perfectly preserved 32,000-year-old Ice Age wolf
Perfectly preserved 32,000-year-old Ice Age wolf's head found in Russia

A Russian scientific institute says an almost perfectly preserved head of a 32,000-year-old wolf frozen was found in Siberia, so complete that it is still covered with fur and its brain is intact. Scientists from the Republic of Sakha's Academy of Sciences in Russia's Arctic region of Yakutia, announced the find this week, hailing it as the first of its kind. The head was found by a local man, Pavel Efimov, close to the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia in the summer of 2018, according to a press release published on the institute's website.

Happiness and Harmony:
Happiness and Harmony: 'Big step forward' as twin pandas grow

Pandas are listed as a vulnerable species, but conservation efforts have helped reduce their danger of extinction. The pair, named Hehe (meaning Harmony, pronounced Huh-huh) and Meimei (Happiness, pronounced May-may), were taken out of a dormitory on a bright sunny day this week to gulp milk and munch bamboo in front of some 100 visitors. The birth of Hehe and his younger sister Meimei, on July 25 last year in the Hetaoping panda base , was a success in China's attempt to introduce genes of wild pandas into the captive population.

CBS Host Confronts Steve Scalise: Your Solution to Climate Change Is to Drill More?
CBS Host Confronts Steve Scalise: Your Solution to Climate Change Is to Drill More?

During a climate change discussion on CBS This Morning on Friday, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) responded to questions about man-made climate change contributing to erosion of land in his home state by claiming Louisiana is using Gulf of Mexico oil drilling revenues to rebuild land, prompting host Tony Dokoupil to hold his feet to the fire.Noting that scientists have found that Lousiana is losing the equivalent of a football field of land to the Gulf of Mexico every hour, Dokoupil asked Scalise if he accepted the science of man-made climate change and, if so, where's his plan to address it.Scalise, who was making the morning show rounds to hawk his new book, replied that his state's land loss...

ArQule News: ARQL Stock Skyrockets on Blood Cancer Study Results
ArQule News: ARQL Stock Skyrockets on Blood Cancer Study Results

ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) began the day and ended the week with a bang as the company's latest blood cancer treatment has shown early signs of promise in helping patients with tumors heal.The Woburn, Mass.-based pharmaceutical business announced its preliminary data from a Phase 1 trial in regards to its investigational cancer drug ARQ 531. The company's early-stage trial is still ongoing, and it examined the effects of several different doses of the drug in 34 patients suffering from advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic leukemia (SLL), Richter's Transformation, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia as well as other B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphomas.ArQule's Phase 1 trials are...

Arctic Permafrost Is Going Through a Rapid Meltdown - 70 Years Early
Arctic Permafrost Is Going Through a Rapid Meltdown - 70 Years Early

In the Canadian Arctic, layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 years have already begun thawing. The once-frozen surface is now sinking and dotted with melt ponds and from above looks a bit like Swiss cheese, satellite images reveal."We were astounded that this system responded so quickly to the higher air temperatures," said Louise Farquharson, a co-author of the study and postdoctoral fellow at the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Permafrost is ground that remains frozen for at least two years. It underlies about 15% of the unglaciated Northern Hemisphere and serves a critical role in the transfer of carbon...

5 Acne-Fighting Patches That Will Help Breakouts Vanish Overnight
5 Acne-Fighting Patches That Will Help Breakouts Vanish Overnight

The innovation has exploded in the skin-care world, and many brands have successfully been able to put the power of acne-fighting ingredients into teeny stickers that put the kibosh on your breakout. To help enhance your emergency acne kit, we rounded up the acne patches Refinery29 staffers swear by, ahead.

Trump: It
Trump: It 'doesn't matter' what McGahn told Mueller

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the president claimed former White House Counsel Don McGahn "may have been confused" during his Mueller testimony.

Why Altair Engineering Inc.
Why Altair Engineering Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ALTR) Return On Capital Employed Looks Uninspiring

Today we'll evaluate Altair Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:ALTR) to determine whether it could have potential as an...

Climate Change Is All Most of Us Have Ever Known
Climate Change Is All Most of Us Have Ever Known

"Undeniable" might be a useful descriptor, but let's frame climate change differently: how this reality manifests itself within the human experience, and how politics are being shaped by that experience. In 2015, the global median age was just below 30, so a changing climate is the only thing most people on Earth have known. Different age groups have contrasting views of a climate of constant change and volatility. A recent Gallup poll separated Americans into three climate change cohorts: "Concerned believers" are highly worried about global warming, think it will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, believe it's the result of human activity, and think news reports about it are...

Climate Change Is All Most of Us Have Ever Known
Climate Change Is All Most of Us Have Ever Known

"Undeniable" might be a useful descriptor, but let's frame climate change differently: how this reality manifests itself within the human experience, and how politics are being shaped by that experience. In 2015, the global median age was just below 30, so a changing climate is the only thing most people on Earth have known. Different age groups have contrasting views of a climate of constant change and volatility. A recent Gallup poll separated Americans into three climate change cohorts: "Concerned believers" are highly worried about global warming, think it will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, believe it's the result of human activity, and think news reports about it are...

White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science
White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science

William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heating William Happer at Trump Tower in New York, New York on 13 January 2017. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images A member of the Trump administration's National Security Council has sought help from advisors of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis, a trove of his emails show. William Happer, a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government's own climate science, reached out to the Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that burning fossil fuels is causing...

A Patient
A Patient's Fecal Transplant Went Horribly Wrong After Developing a Deadly Infection

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria was a form of E.coli.

US STOCKS-Wall Street drops as Broadcom warning hits chip sector

Wall Street's main indexes dropped on Friday, as shares of chipmakers sank on a warning from sector major Broadcom of a broad weakening in global demand and Chinese data pointed to the worst slowdown in industrial growth in 17 years. Shares of Broadcom Inc plunged 6.83% after it cut its full-year revenue forecast by $2 billion, blaming the U.S.-China trade conflict and export curbs on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Broadcom is a major supplier to the iPhone maker.

Is Your Memory Loss Normal For Your Age...Or An Early Sign Of Alzheimer
Is Your Memory Loss Normal For Your Age...Or An Early Sign Of Alzheimer's?

I'm misplacing my keys a LOT.

Jack Dorsey Hints at How Square Crypto May Help With Bitcoin Development
Jack Dorsey Hints at How Square Crypto May Help With Bitcoin Development

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed more details about the role Square Crypto might play in boosting bitcoin development.

KBR Fortifies Government Unit With $200M NASA Contract Win
KBR Fortifies Government Unit With $200M NASA Contract Win

KBR's $200-million NASA contract win boosts the government business.

German railways to stop using glyphosate on tracks
German railways to stop using glyphosate on tracks

German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to stop using glyphosate on its tracks and is looking for substitutes to replace the controversial weedkiller, one of its board members said in an interview Friday. "We want to set up a research project to find effective ways to operate our 33,000 kilometres (20,500 miles) of network without glyphosate to be environmentally friendly," infrastructure chief Ronald Pofalla told the weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The rail operator is Germany's largest user of glyphosate and buys nearly 65 tonnes of the herbicide per year to stop weeds from propagating on its tracks.

Burial of Ugandan Ebola victim shows flash of confrontation
Burial of Ugandan Ebola victim shows flash of confrontation

At last the pickup truck carrying the Ebola victim's coffin arrived. The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history has spread this week from eastern Congo into Uganda , and the brief confrontation as one of the first victims was buried late Thursday was a flash of the community resistance health teams have faced for months over the nearby border. In Uganda, health workers had long prepared in case the virus got past the screening conducted at border posts.

Trump pins tanker attacks on Iran, dismisses shipping lane threat
Trump pins tanker attacks on Iran, dismisses shipping lane threat

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Friday doubled down in accusing Iran of executing explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying the incident had Iran "written all over it."

First-ever Lexus space jet idea has specs you've never heard of, until now
First-ever Lexus space jet idea has specs you've never heard of, until now

Lexus is really taking transportation concepts to new heights with its latest announcement: A spacecraft designed for the 'Men in Black' franchise.

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers
Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers

Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is "essential" to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science. In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for "open, transparent, science-based and standardised" reporting of climate risk and a "radical energy transition" away from carbon to save the planet. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, and to spur investment in low-carbon technology.

Pharma Stock Roundup: MRK Buys Small Cancer Biotech, RHHBY, MRK Drugs Get FDA Nod
Pharma Stock Roundup: MRK Buys Small Cancer Biotech, RHHBY, MRK Drugs Get FDA Nod

Key developments of the week include Merck's (MRK) deal to buy Tilos Therapeutics and FDA approval for Roche's (RHHBY) polatuzumab vedotin and Merck's Keytruda.

The Climate Trap for Democrats
The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same.Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn't mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it.If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the Upper Midwest, his path will likely go through abortion and climate change, two issues on which the Democrats are most confident in their righteousness and willing to embrace radical policies that appeal to their own voters much more than to anyone else.Joe Biden, the relative moderate, is subject to these forces. He dumped his longtime support for the Hyde amendment prohibiting federal...

WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency: experts
WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency: experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) should and is likely to declare an international emergency over the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has now spread to Uganda, experts said as a WHO advisory panel met on Friday. Congo's epidemic is the second worst worldwide since West Africa's Ebola outbreak in 2014-16, with 2,084 cases and 1,405 deaths since being declared in August. The WHO said on Thursday that two people had died in Uganda having arrived with the disease from Congo.

WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency - experts
WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency - experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) should and is likely to declare an international emergency over the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has now spread to Uganda, experts said as a WHO advisory panel met on Friday. Congo's epidemic is the second worst worldwide since West Africa's Ebola outbreak in 2014-16, with 2,084 cases and 1,405 deaths since being declared in August. The WHO said on Thursday that two people had died in Uganda having arrived with the disease from Congo.

Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic
Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said. Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia's remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer. The head was handed to local palaeontologists who teamed up with scientists from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo to study it.

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia. Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the animal belonged to an ancient subspecies of wolf that lived at the same time as the mammoths and became extinct alongside them.

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