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Prehistoric Californian hunter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There was never a peaceful past where everyone got along in prehistoric North American societies – small-scale societies in what is now central California were quick to become violent when food and other resources were scarce, an archaeological study finds. Bludgeoning, a close-contact form of violence, was not related to resource scarcity. The bodies of five per cent of females and 11 per cent of males had marks of violence, such as arrow wounds, stab wounds or evidence of being bludgeoned.
Intel Corporation Officially Announces Acquisition of Chip Start
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chipzilla finally acknowledges that it picked up this small chip start-up and gives investors some insight into why it did so.
Uber reportedly taps Holder to lead sexual harassment probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former attorney general hired to investigate claims by former engineer at company
MGX Technology Nominated for Prestigious Katerva Award, the Nobel Prize of Sustainability
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2017 / Today, MGX Minerals Inc. (CNSX: XMG) announced that the nanoflotation technology, developed by David Bromley Engineering and licensed exclusively ...
Clinton to Trump: Denounce anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s former presidential rival urged him to denounce a series of anti-Semitic threats and attacks across the United States.
Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When President Trump picks up his copy of the New York Times on Tuesday morning, he’ll see something he likes for a change: a photo of him, smiling, and shaking hands with his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, a pick that has been widely praised. Below the image, though, Trump will see a story that has continued to dog him for the last three days: the fallout over the president’s suggestion during his campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told his supporters on Saturday night.
Resistance Report: More than 1 million sign White House petition for Trump's tax returns, breaking record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump has taken to saying that no one cares about his taxes. White House petitions need to gather more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days to be considered for an official response from the White House.
Police: NY man with chain saw cuts through door, hurts boss
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LYONS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 29-year-old man used a chain saw to cut through a door at his boss's upstate New York home, causing severe injuries to the employer's hand.
Mom mails garbage to college student who didn't empty trash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him some garbage in a care package.
Michelin Guide misguided as local cafe gets star in error
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOURGES, France (AP) — It's a case of culinary mistaken identity.
Provacateur invited to conservative summit, then disinvited
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Some speech can be too provocative for conservatives, too. At least that’s one way to read the message of an explosive online backlash that erupted over the weekend, prompting the American Conservative Union to disinvite Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial senior editor at the conservative publication Breitbart, from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week. Mr. Yiannopoulos is a divisive figure who has railed against free-speech infringements on college campuses and has sought to expose what he calls liberal political correctness run amok – a primary reason for his initial invitation to speak, according to ACU chair Matt Schlapp.
There’s a completely legal reason this American dentist has an office full of human heads
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jordan Sparks found cryonics while sifting through the Portland State University library as a student in the early 1990s. He was fascinated. He stayed fascinated through dental school, and as a practicing dentist, and while building a dental management software whose success has given him the freedom these days to pursue the dream of a…
Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested ...
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
DENVER (AP) — Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population.
NASA Has Made A Huge Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar System
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Exoplanets are widely believed to be the best hope of finding life elsewhere in the universe. 
Gene editing mulled for improving livestock
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gene editing, which has raised ethical concerns due to its capacity to alter human DNA, is being considered in the United States as a tool for improving livestock, experts say. The technique is different than that used in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because it does not introduce foreign genes, but rather alters already existing DNA. "Gene editing is one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology," Alison Van Eenennaam, an expert in animal genetics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds -- a metre (three feet) across -- gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another. After seven years at higher-than-ambient temperatures, "the ability of the ponds to absorb carbon dioxide was reduced by almost half, while methane release nearly doubled," said lead-author Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, a professor at the University of Exeter.
Why are people left or right
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The origins of handedness have been a scientific puzzle for many years. Asymmetries in the brain have been thought to be the source of our preference for either our right or left hands. Instead, even earlier in development there is asymmetrical expression of genes in the spine, which is now thought to be where handedness arises, according to a paper in the journal eLife.
SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX has launched its first rocket from NASA's historic moon pad
The future of private space flight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, on the future of private space flight.
Potent compound in snail venom could be painkiller to end opioid epidemic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A compound extracted from the venom of a small marine snail may act as a potent painkiller, scientists have found. It could provide a solution to the current opioid epidemic that is currently devastating the US.
After millions sign petitions, British lawmakers debate Trump's state visit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Parliament debated Monday whether or not to rescind a state visit invitation extended to President Trump a week into his presidency, after two competing petitions elevated the issue to the national conversation. The close relationship between the United States and Britain has sent presidents across the Atlantic to meet with Queen Elizabeth II for decades. Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to the UK during her visit to Washington, DC.
Travel ban rewrite: Should judges parse Trump motives as well as the text?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As the Trump administration readies a revised version of its executive order restricting immigration to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, some of the reported changes in wording could address problems that caused the original order to be blocked by multiple federal courts. Although the full text of the order has not been released, the success of such lawsuits could still hinge on the question of whether statements from Trump and his surrogates during his presidential campaign could be used against him as evidence of an unconstitutional motive, even if the statements came before his election. According to news reports, the administration is working carefully to address some of the more glaring legal holes in its original order.
Blue screen of death? iPhone freezing? Blame particles from outer space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
That crashed computer might not be Microsoft's fault at all, but rather the result of a tiny particle from outer space striking a transistor.
Space Startups Are Booming in the Mojave Desert
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rocket technology is getting more accessible. Could do-it-yourself space travel become a reality?
Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.
Scientists Hold Rally Against Trump In Boston
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The rally included hundreds of scientists and crowds holding signs such as “Stand up for science,” “Science is not a liberal conspiracy,” “Science, not silence” and “Climate change is NOT a controversy."
UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday. Draft legislation, which will also allow for horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the establishment of space ports around Britain, will set out rules and regulations for the sector. Along with funding for commercial space businesses looking to create space launches in Britain, the government said the new powers could see a commercial spaceflight from a UK space port possible by 2020.
John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.
‘Not My President’s Day’ protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday — a federal holiday that organizers have dubbed “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For a recap of the day’s events, scroll through our coverage in the blog below.
‘Not My President’s Day’ protests in the U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of people in cities around the country are expected to turn out in protest of President Trump on Monday — a federal holiday that organizers are calling “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News has dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere. Follow our LIVE BLOG throughout the day for the latest updates. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
American flag has 51 stars for Pence visit to European Union
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The Star-Spangled Banner looked more starry than usual during one of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's appearances in Brussels. A background picture of the American flag that went up alongside the European ...
Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PFAFSTAETTEN, Austria (AP) — So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable hairstyle.
Jeep stuck in sand dune for 40 years to be removed this week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Jeep that has been stuck inside a Massachusetts sand dune for 40 years is set to be removed. The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/2kRGjsH ) the Jeep Wagoneer is entombed in a garage in Truro that ...
Single mom dresses the part at 'Dads and Donuts' event
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A single mom is generating attention online after she donned a mustache, dressed up like a dad for a school breakfast event and posed for photos with her son.
Parks for the people: How the National Park Service is celebrating Presidents’ Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As the nation celebrates Presidents’ Day, the National Park Service is taking the opportunity to showcase what the late writer Wallace Stegner once described as America’s best idea: national parks. On Monday, national parks across the country will be open to the public for free. It’s one of 10 fee-free days that celebrate important events such as Veterans’ Day and the birthday of the National Park Service.
Sweden responds to Trump's comments with confusion, criticism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Swedes were surprised to hear President Trump suggest on Saturday that a major terror attack had just taken place in their country. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden," Mr. Trump said, speaking about his travel ban and what he sees as poor refugee policies in Europe, at a campaign-style rally in Florida. Not Swedes, who knew that no terror-related incidents or violent crimes involving refugees or immigrants took place in their country Friday night.
One month of Trump: What voters think – and why that matters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After 30 days in office President Trump has done one thing for sure: He’s polarized American voters more than any US chief executive of the last 30 years. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents loathe his performance, per approval polls. This is a reminder that most of the people who put Trump in office are content to wait and see how his policies develop.
Bouche à Oreille: Michelin mixup makes modest French café a star
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Last week, Bouche à Oreille, a café in Bourges, central France, found itself suddenly in possession of a Michelin star. The eatery, which serves hearty dishes of beef bourguignon and lasagna to its clientele of locals, was taken aback by the arrival of swarms of new visitors. Thanks to their identical names, and eerily similar street addresses, the Michelin website had listed the Bourges café on its website by mistake.
The Ocean Could Contain A Near Limitless Supply Of Nuclear Fuel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists believe they’ve found a viable way to extract uranium from the oceans, opening up a source of energy that could supply today’s nuclear power stations for 6,000 years. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a technique that, they believe, will give us the option to extract nuclear fuel from seawater. There is an enormous quantity of uranium in the oceans, around 4.5 billion tonnes, in the form of uranyl ions with a positive charge.
Giant basking sharks swim south for the winter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A number of Britain's basking sharks swim south during winter months to get some sun, scientists have found out. The discovery contradicts previous hypotheses that the giant fish hibernated at this time of the year. The plankton-eating basking shark can reach lengths of up to 12 metres, making it the largest fish in British waters and the second largest in the world, after the whale shark.
Humanity In The Age Of AI
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We are either kings or pawns of men," said Napoleon Bonaparte. In his famous quote, he describes possibly the biggest challenge facing humanity as we move into a world driven by ever smarter, more manipulative technology. As technology advances, we are quickly becoming slaves to it, unaware of our intentional manipulation.
BBC America Greenlights 'Blue Planet II'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The seven-part docuseries, a successor to 2001's 'The Blue Planet,' will be narrated by David Attenborough.
NASA'S 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The consequences of using the wrong exit out of a shopping center are minimal, but when it’s a firefighter trying to make her way out of a burning building, the stakes for tracking her precise location and orientation are high. A system is being developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) with funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track first responders accurately and in real time in spaces—such as buildings made of steel and concrete—where GPS and other technologies fail. The primary goal of the new system—Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders, or POINTER—is to save the lives of those whose job it is to save lives.
Tribes lay 9,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After more than 20 years, one of anthropology’s most contentious cases was closed over the weekend with the reburial of the 9,000-year-old remains of Kennewick Man, now better known as the Ancient One. More than 200 people, including members of five Native American tribes, gathered at an undisclosed site on the Columbia River Plateau early Saturday to bury the remains in accordance with centuries-old funerary rituals, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said in a news release. “This is a big day, and our people have come to witness and honor our ancestor,” said Armand Minthorn, a member of the… Read More
The Beauty of Mathematics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
SpaceX celebrates successful launch from historic NASA launch pad in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The private company's newest rocket was sent with supplies to the International Space Station.
Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk.
Live updates: ‘Not My President’s Day’ protests in NYC, D.C. and L.A.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday — a federal holiday that organizers are calling “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News has dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere. Follow the live blog below throughout the day for the latest updates.
Canada's Muslims embrace their country – even when it doesn't embrace back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
It was the first-ever awards ceremony reserved for Muslim Canadians, an evening that saw a steady parade of business people, doctors, and community activists take the stage to be recognized for their contribution to society. “At the same time, it saddens me that this is something Canadian Muslims need to do.