The Wood Brothers have announced their early-2017 Winter Tour. The tour will feature two legs, with the folk heroes playing a run of shows in the Northeast over the last two weeks of February before heading out west for two weeks in March. The trio, made up of brothers Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin, & Wood) and Oliver Wood, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. Check out the list of dates in the image below, released on the band’s Facebook page.Tickets for most of the performances go on sale this Friday, October 7th. For more information, visit the band’s website.
The virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan before spreading around the world, infecting more than five million people and killing over 328,000, including more than 4,600 in China.President Xi Jinping and the rest of the 25-member Politburo — the Communist Party’s top leadership body — were in the middle of the central stage, the only attendees not wearing face masks. State television showed hundreds of masked delegates in black business suits walking up the steps of the Great Hall shortly before the session began. Known as the “Two Sessions”, the yearly gathering of the CPPCC and the National People’s Congress (NPC) involves thousands of delegates flocking to the capital for intensive meetings to discuss policy. Topics : US-China spat Tensions with the United States over the virus are bound to crop up during the NPC after President Donald Trump and other American officials stepped up accusations that China was to blame for the global health crisis.Republican senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.The US state of Missouri has also sued China’s leadership over the coronavirus, seeking damages over what it described as deliberate deception and insufficient action to stop the pandemic.”We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills,” NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui said at a news conference on Thursday.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation,” Zhang said. China’s annual high-level political meetings opened Thursday with a minute’s silence for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and a threat to hit back at the US in an escalating blame game over the disease.Delayed by two months because of the outbreak, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — a largely ceremonial advisory body — began its first session a day before the start of the country’s most important legislative congress.More than 2,000 delegates from across the country bowed their heads in silence after singing the national anthem in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Originally scheduled for March, this year’s meetings will be squeezed into six days and end May 28 instead of the usual 10 days, a parliament spokesman said. Delegates were required to undergo multiple nucleic acid tests for the virus before taking part in the sessions, and must wear face masks throughout. The number of journalists allowed into the Great Hall has been massively reduced with many press conferences and delegate interviews moved online as a virus prevention measure.On Friday the NPC will open in highly choreographed meetings to rubber-stamp bills, budgets and personnel moves.Ministers will also reveal key economic targets, military budgets and other strategic priorities that shed a light on the thinking of Communist Party leaders, as China emerges from the devastating aftermath of the coronavirus.Issues including epidemic prevention and control, poverty alleviation, Hong Kong policy and job creation are expected to be high on this year’s agenda.
1 Radamel Falcao wanted to join Juventus before he opted for a move to Manchester United this summer, according to the Serie A club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta.Falcao signed for United on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day in September, joining the Red Devils from French club Monaco.The temporary deal is reportedly costing Louis van Gaal’s men around £20m, including wages and a loan fee paid to Monaco.And, according to Marotta, it is the huge costs involved which prevented Falcao from making the switch to Juventus instead of the Premier League side.“We were following him and there was contact,” Marotta told RAI.“We were very close to [signing] Falcao and the player preferred Italy and our colours, but then United came forward and they have much more spending power than we do so the deal broke down.”Falcao’s Old Trafford career has yet to fully take off.He has scored just one goal this season and missed the draw with Chelsea at the weekend through injury. Radamel Falcao
Planetary geologists have long sought to explain regions on Mars where broad areas are littered with shattered, tilted, kilometers-thick chunks of rock. In many cases, these so-called chaotic terrains also seem to be sources of fantastic floods (such as the Aram Chaos crater, upper left; relative elevations range from red [high] to low [blue]). Previously, some teams have proposed that these floods resulted when immense subterranean reservoirs of ice were suddenly melted by the rise of molten material from deep within the Red Planet, and others have suggested that the water was carried from distant regions via aquifers and then somehow abruptly released. A fresh hypothesis suggests that the chaotic terrain in and around Aram Chaos resulted when a buried ice lake trapped in the ancient impact crater suddenly collapsed. In this scenario, the 4.2-kilometer-deep crater started collecting water soon after it formed about 3.5 billion years ago. Then, after the 1.5-km-or-so-deep lake froze, windblown sediments began to accumulate upon its surface. Once that material reached a thickness of 2 kilometers, it blocked the transfer of heat from Mars’s interior, allowing it to melt a large fraction of the buried lake’s ice. Eventually, sometime about 2.5 billion years ago, the weight of the sediments caused the lake’s icy ceiling to collapse, sending immense amounts of water to the surface, the researchers propose online this month in Icarus. Then, that water broke through the crater rim (artist’s concept, lower right), possibly through a weak spot previously eroded by ground water seeping through the rocks at high pressure. Over the course of 30 days or so, possibly less, about 93,000 cubic kilometers of water—almost 80% of the volume of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth today—carved the 15-km-wide, 2.5-km-deep Aram Valley.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Elon Musk has been invited to make his pornography debut (as far as we know), in exchange for cash and cannabis.Marijuana-infused adult entertainment site XBlaze reportedly offered Musk a “non-sex” role in a smut film, according to British tabloid The Sun.Musk made headlines recently for smoking a joint during a live podcast recording with comedian Joe Rogan.Between doing a Neil deGrasse Tyson impression and quizzing the Tesla and SpaceX chief on the future of automobiles, Rogan handed the entrepreneur a blunt filled with tobacco and marijuana.“I mean, it’s legal, right?” Musk asks before inspecting the object, taking a drag, and passing it along to the next person.Yes, it’s legal in California, where the podcast was recorded. But Musk’s single hit is the controversy heard round the nation.Following the live broadcast, Tesla shares fell more than 6 percent, and the company’s accounting lead resigned after a month on the job.The incident could also have serious implications for SpaceX, which holds Air Force contracts and has access to classified information about government satellites. As others have pointed out, Musk likely has security clearance—a privilege that prohibits the use of cannabis.The U.S. Air Force is not, contrary to some reports, currently investigating Musk. But that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook just yet.Instead of pot-shaming the businessman, though, XBlaze CEO Jeff Dillon praised him for being “a fearless man with an adventurous spirit.”One that Dillon hopes will score his website a special cameo.Elon Musk “almost never” smokes pot—unless he’s on a live podcast recording (via Joe Rogan Experience/YouTube)“I believe that we could make an incredible film together that combines your endless energy, exploratory nature and can-do attitude,” he wrote in a letter to Musk, dated Sept. 7. “Having weed and porn stars on the set would be a plus, too!”Maybe for Dillon. But ask Musk admitted to Rogan, he’s “not a regular smoker.” In fact, he “almost never” partakes in the drug.“I know a lot of people like weed. And that’s fine,” Musk said. “But I don’t find that it’s very good for productivity. Not for me.”No worries: Dillon still wants to pay the impresario in cold, hard cash—$150,000 of it. (As well as “a lifetime of indelible memories from your day with us during the shoot.”)There is no word on whether Musk plans to take him up on the offer.Elon Musk is no stranger to headlines: Since launching an IRL flamethrower, he’s come under scrutiny for calling nanotechnology “BS” and delivering a useless minisub to the children stuck in a cave in Thailand. Read more about his escapades here. Stay on target