China's first space station may fall to the ground as soon as one week from now, and certainly within two, orbital debris experts with the European Space Agency say. Scientists, however, still cannot predict with any confidence where pieces of the 10.4-meter long Tiangong-1 station, which is traveling at 17,000 km/h, will land.
The latest estimate from ESA indicates the station will enter Earth's atmosphere between March 30 and April 3, at which time most of the station will burn up. However, the station is large enough—it weighed 8.5 tons when fully fueled but has since used much of that propellant—that some pieces will very likely reach the planet's surface.
Beyond the fact that the station will reach a final impact point somewhere between 42.8 degrees North and 42.8 degrees South in latitude and probably near the northern or southern extremity of those boundaries due to Tiangong-1's orbital inclination, it is not possible to say where on Earth the debris will land. However, the likelihood of it affecting humans is quite low. Scientists estimate the "personal probability of being hit by a piece of debris from the Tiangong-1" is about 10 million times smaller than the annual chance of being hit by lightning.
On Friday morning, the US Senate passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which could avert yet another government shutdown. Although the bill covers the breadth of US government activities, one interesting outcome of budget negotiations is that the spending bill reflects none of President Trump's most drastic proposed cuts to Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable energy and early-stage energy programs.
In fact, the omnibus spending bill, which would secure funding out to September 2018, even increased the budgets of some renewable energy programs.
Still, it's unclear if the bill will escape a veto from Trump. Politico reported on Thursday that the president was in favor of the bill, but on Friday he tweeted that he might veto it due to the fact that the bill did not include funding for a border wall.
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In a letter, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce calls on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to personally answer questions at an upcoming hearing.
John Bolton's Super PAC started working with Cambridge Analytica in 2014.
Soon after the June 2016 announcement by CrowdStrike that the Democratic National Committee's network had been the victim of a long-running breach perpetrated by Russian intelligence agencies, someone going by the name "Guccifer 2.0" suddenly materialized to take credit for the breach. Guccifer 2.0 started leaking internal DNC documents soon after. Intelligence officials and security experts have previously insisted that Guccifer 2.0 was in fact part of a Russian intelligence information operations campaign and not, as the person or persons behind the blog and social media accounts associated with the Guccifer 2.0 identity insisted, a Romanian hacker inspired by the original Guccifer.
Now, the Daily Beast reports that intelligence officials had direct evidence of Guccifer's true identity. One of the individuals maintaining Guccifer 2.0's social media presence forgot to use a virtual private network to access a US-based social media platform, thus leaving an Internet Protocol address located in Moscow in the service's logs. Working from that address, a source told the Daily Beast's Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Poulsen that analysts were able to dig deeper and associate Guccifer 2.0 with a single individual: "a GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow," Paulson and Ackerman reported. (The GRU, or Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate, is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency.)
Continuing the FDA's foray into digital health, the Drugs@FDA Express app promises to help people search for information about FDA-approved drugs.
A new indictment asserts a long string of attacks against hundreds of universities and private companies, in which Iran pilfered more than $3 billion worth of intellectual property.
Fewer than 3,000 vehicles are affected in the US.
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The Department of Justice announces charges against alleged hackers, as well as sanctions over attempts to hack hundreds of universities.
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The file-sharing company sold shares at $21 a piece in its initial public offering, according to a report, and will begin trading Friday on Nasdaq.
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