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NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill

Washington - The White House’s original $19.9 billion NASA budget request proposed cuts to a number of Earth Science programs. However, the omnibus spending bill signed today gives NASA more than $20.7 billion, far above the original request.

Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari received the released Dapchi girls on Friday in a meeting clouded by the absence of a Christian student still held by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam.

AI comes to dentistry: The smart toothbrush

FOREO, a Swedish company has debuted the ISSALEXA, an artificially intelligent toothbrush that offers user support by analyzing saliva to detect nerves, anxiousness, stress and other emotional sensitivities.

Google building its own blockchain-based cloud technology

Google is developing its own blockchain-like technology to improve its cloud by adding digital ledger capabilities. Google's parent company, Alphabet, has built its own distributed ledger system which can be used to log and verify digital transactions.

UK regulators search Cambridge Analytica offices

London - British regulators on Friday began searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the scandal-hit communications firm at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, shortly after a judge approved a search warrant.

Ontario project to connect 16 First Nation communities to grid

Thunder Bay - A new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province will see 16 northern communities connected to the power grid in a $1.6-billion project that will end their dependence on diesel fuel for power.

After success with EVs Norway plans to buy electric planes

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Thursday expressed a desire to buy electric planes in coming years in an attempt to duplicate its success in becoming the world leader in sales of electric cars (EVs).

The Voice's Craig Wayne Boyd talks upcoming show in New Jersey Special

Mount Laurel - Country singer-songwriter Craig Wayne Boyd opened up to Digital Journal about his upcoming concert in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, which will take place at the end of this month.

Trump's choice of Bolton and Pompeo stirs war fears

Washington - By tapping conservative firebrand John Bolton as his national security chief and hardliner Mike Pompeo as his top diplomat, US President Donald Trump has dramatically raised the stakes in world affairs.

Three dead in IS-claimed French shooting and siege

Tr - A gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed three people in a shooting spree and supermarket hostage siege in southwest France on Friday before anti-terror police shot him dead.

Anti-Islam protest with funeral candles at Merkel's office

Berlin - Anti-Islam protesters placed funeral candles outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel's electoral office together with photos of young women who have been stabbed to death, some by asylum seekers, police said Friday.

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

As first responders and residents struggled to save lives and property during the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey, the release of toxic chemicals was largely overlooked. But now we are finding out the truth was kept from the public.

North Pacific garbage patch is 16 times bigger than we thought

Seventy-nine thousand tons of plastic debris, in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces, now occupies an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, a scientific team reported on Thursday.

New form of electronic matter discovered

Chicago - The existence of new form of electronic matter has been reported by scientists. This new phase is called called quadrupole topological insulators, previously predicted as part of theoretical physics.

Apple to launch low-cost iPad for education next week

Apple is said to be preparing a low-cost iPad for launch at a rare education-focused event next week. The company will make a revived push into classroom devices after losing ground to strong competition from Microsoft and Google.

What we know about the gunman in France

Paris - The gunman who killed three people in southwest France on Friday before being shot dead by police was a 25-year-old small-time drug dealer with a history of minor crimes.

The sorry state of Earth's species, in numbers

Medell - The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a dire diagnosis Friday of Earth's plant and animal species.

Facebook as an election weapon, from Obama to Trump

New York - The use of Facebook data to target voters has triggered global outrage with the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Dane accused of brutal submarine murder was 'loving psychopath'

Copenhagen - Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is accused of brutally killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine, described himself as a "loving psychopath," a former associate told a court Friday.

Tumblr says Russians used its platform for disinformation in 2016

Washington - Tumblr announced Friday the blogging platform was used by a shadowy Russian internet group to spread disinformation during the 2016 election campaign as it published the 84 account handles linked to the effort.
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