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Sisters give birth on same day in Georgia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two sisters. Two new babies around the same time — again.
Coin toss decides Kentucky magistrate race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With both candidates in a Kentucky magistrate primary tied at 127 votes, they used a coin flip to decide the race.
St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.
Gay Kenyans hope for legal win, eyeing broader shift in Africa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Kenyan feminist blogger Peps was growing up in Nairobi in the first years of the 2000s, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people didn’t exist. Now, however, Peps, who asked that she be identified by her nickname, lives in a different world. In February, Kenya’s high court heard arguments in a case challenging the country’s colonial-era anti-homosexuality law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” – or put more simply, gay sex – as a felony punishable with up to 14 years in prison.
A campaign for impeachment that’s downright Trumpian
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Tom Steyer takes the stage to the strains of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are a-Changin’ ” – surely an intentional choice, as we are in Minnesota – Dylan country. Mr. Steyer, a San Francisco billionaire, is in the middle of a 30-city, self-funded “Need To Impeach” tour aimed at activating anti-Trump forces. Such talk divides the country even further, and risks dividing Democrats.
Why Russians may bare their teeth at the World Cup
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In Russia, which is hosting the World Cup starting Thursday, public transport workers have been trained to smile at the estimated 1.5 million foreign spectators attending the 31-day, 11-city soccer tournament. This behavioral modification in cheerfulness – smiling in public is often frowned upon in Russia – is just one way the country is using the mega sports event to not only improve its tarnished image but teach Russians to act differently. Russians in the 11 cities are being asked to be courteous to the guests and also pick up litter.
As World Cup kicks off, Russia aims to prove a world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The latest of the Vladimir Putin-era mammoth global events – and possibly the last such to be hosted by Russia in the foreseeable future – is about to kick off in Moscow. On Thursday, the FIFA 2018 soccer World Cup gets underway with a long-awaited match between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Moscow's newly renovated Luzhniki Stadium. At least half a million visitors from all over the world will visit Russia to attend the quadrennial event, the globe's foremost professional sporting competition.
Frustrated American Medical Association Changes Policies to Combat 'Disease' of Gun Violence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease'
Wrinkled Eyes Make You Appear More Genuine, Study Shows
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Known as the Duchenne marker, the lines around our eyes accompany many facial expressions, from pain to happiness. Professor Daniel Messinger of the University of Miami department of psychology who lead the research said in a statement: "Since Darwin, scientists have wondered if there is a language of facial expression, a key set of what we call facial actions that have simple, basic meanings. "This research suggests one key to this language is constriction of the eyes, which appears to intensify both positive and negative expressions.
Intelligent machines will 'end human evolution', says tech boss
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The man who helped set up Britain's largest technology company has warned that artificial intelligence is so advanced that we “have arrived at a time in history where evolution is coming to an end”. Arm founder Hermann Hauser, who has been dubbed "the godfather of venture capital" after investing in more than 100 tech startups, said that it was critical that businesses and governments started shaping how artificial intelligence will affect society.  “We are quite bad at defining problems, so having a common way of working out among ourselves what our goals are as humanity is the key problem for next 20 to 30 years,” he said during the Cogx conference in London. “Humanity has a new partner in intelligent machines and the key thing for us to get right is how to co-evolve with them,” he added. Hauser alluded to Max Tegmark’s critically acclaimed 2017 novel Life 3.0 and suggested society had evolved from an organic being, to designing our own software through education and culture. The next stage, where society designs its own hardware using machine learning-fuelled gene therapies to eradicate disease, is just around the corner, he suggested. Hauser said that gene therapies would be the most useful and valuable application for artificial intelligence and that health was the area for investors and businesses to watch. “It is the only trillion dollar opportunity I know for artificial intelligence,” he said. At a glance | The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” Arm creates the equipment that powers technology and artificial intelligence, manufacturing the chips that are currently used in iPhones, computers and driverless cars. It was sold for £24bn to Japan's Softbank in 2016. Softbank announced last week that it will cede control of Arm's Chinese operations and the unit will be run as a joint venture with Chinese partners. Hauser’s sentiments surrounding ethical AI are echoed by the company he helped form. Since the sale the company has installed an ethics committee to discuss and take a position on artificial intelligence. It hopes that this will help engineers design products that mitigate potential misuse in the future, in both its own company and their customers' operations. Technology intelligence - newsletter promo - EOA Carolyn Herzog, General Counsel at Arm told the Telegraph that a range of employees on legal, marketing and data science teams had come to the conclusion that “artificial intelligence should be a force for the common good" but to ensure this "we should proceed cautiously”. Arm engineers will discuss ethics with customers about how to develop technology with privacy by design when they license their intellectual property to them. “AI should be like the internet, which we can use across borders and across companies and countries to enhance our lives but that means we need to design with privacy and ethics in mind,” she said.
Australia's Prime Minister Will Offer a National Apology to Child Sex Abuse Victims
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the wake of a sprawling inquiry into institutional abuse
Woman sues Nasa for right to own moon dust ‘given to her by Neil Armstrong’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Tennessee woman is suing Nasa for the right to keep a vial of moon dust which she received from astronaut Neil Armstrong. Laura Murray Cicco of Manchester, Tennessee, has alleged in a 6 June lawsuit in the US District Court in Kansas that there is no law forbidding people from owning such material. Nasa had said in 2011 court documents that “private citizens cannot own lunar material” after a raid of a woman called Joann Davis in California, who was the widow of an engineer on Apollo 11 spacecraft which famously took Mr Armstrong to the moon.
Donald Trump Has Successfully Cleaned Up North Korea's Brand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The American president sounded more like he was pitching a casino to a potential investor, than a denuclearization deal with a dictator
Don't miss Venus' dazzling display this week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
UK sky watchers are in for a treat as the planet forms a near-horizontal line with Gemini stars
VW says will pay 1 bn euro German fine over emissions cheating
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Auto giant Volkswagen said Wednesday it would pay a one-billion-euro ($1.2 billion) fine imposed by German prosecutors over its diesel emissions cheating. "The Braunschweig public prosecutor issues an administrative order against Volkswagen AG in the context of the diesel crisis and imposes a fine of EUR1 billion on Volkswagen AG", the company said in a statement. The German car giant said it had "accepted the fine" and would not lodge an appeal.
National Security Council Says It Created That Video President Trump Showed Kim Jong Un Before the North Korean Summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The film credited a production company in California, who denied any involvement
55 People, Some Children, Have Been Found in a Tractor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Homeland Security is investigating the incident
Whatever happened to Zika?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Three years ago, the Zika virus was making nearly daily headlines. Now the infection has all but disappeared from the media landscape and conversation.
In primaries, Republican candidates can’t love Donald Trump enough
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., left, and South Carolina Rep.Katie Arrington. Tuesday’s primary results in deep red South Carolina confirmed what has become conventional wisdom about the 2018 Republican Party: that there’s no such thing as loving Donald Trump too much. The candidate who loved him best, State Rep. Katie Arrington, defeated incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, who voted with Trump a mere 89 percent of the time and accused him of incompetence and promoting bigotry.
Correction: Stranded Raccoon story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a raccoon scaling a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the building was the UBS Tower. The building's formal name is UBS Plaza.
Russia's psychic cat Achilles picks home team for World Cup opener
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Want to know who will win the first match of the World Cup? At least that's the prediction of Achilles, a cat in St Petersburg reputed to have psychic powers. Achilles, who lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, is deaf, something his minders say means he will not be easily distracted by onlookers while making his prediction.
More lawmakers agree: feminine hygiene products should be free for prisoners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Not only has the #MeToo movement toppled powerful men and highlighted the severity of sexual assault in the United States, it has brought to light a lesser known yet still serious issue: the lack of feminine hygiene products for incarcerated women. “It makes me feel like we’re making progress ... [and that] the country in general is waking up to the idea that maybe we need to be doing more for our female population,” says Monica Cooper, a former inmate and co-founder of the Maryland Justice Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to support ex-offenders’ successful reentry into society. The lack of menstrual products for female prisoners has been a largely overlooked issue despite the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic of the prison population, with an 834 percent growth over the past 40 years, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a Massachusetts-based think tank.
Oprah and Meghan Markle's Mom Bonded Over a Yoga Date With Fresh Fruit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kumquats are the key
IBM And NVIDIA Reach The Summit: The World's Fastest Supercomputer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
IBM, NVIDIA, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that they have completed testing the world’s fastest supercomputer, Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Capable of over 200 petaflops (200 quadrillion operations per second), Summit consists of 4600 IBM dual socket Power 9 nodes, connected by over 185 miles of fiber optic cabling. Each node is equipped with 6 NVIDIA Volta TensorCore GPUs, delivering total throughput that is 8 times faster than its predecessor, Titan, for double precision tasks, and 100 times faster for reduced precision tasks common in deep learning and AI.
Forest Closed and Thousands Evacuated as Colorado Wildfires Grow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fires in Colorado and elsewhere are spreading rapidly amid dry climate
New dinosaur species discovered in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Paleontologists have found the remains of a new dinosaur species that inhabited the Mexican coast 85 million years ago, making it the oldest to have lived in the region.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Is Here to Stay on Netflix
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The show was originally supposed to come off Netflix on June 16
Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The saga of a small mammal scaling a tower inspired art and introspection
'Sleep well tonight!': Trump promptly declares North Korea no longer a nuclear threat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Some aren't accepting President Trump's assurances on his return from the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump says Kim 'loves his people.' Human rights groups beg to differ.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump emerged from his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday by heaping praise on a dictator who is considered among the worst human rights abusers in the world.
Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused.
Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.
The North Korea Summit Gave Trump a Genuine Victory. But China May Benefit Most
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. and North Korea got what they wanted. But in the end Beijing may be the real winner
AT&T Just Got Cleared to Buy Time Warner in a Massive $85 Billion Media Merger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The deal could pave the way to further consolidation
Burger King Has Taken Full Advantage of This Whole IHOP Name
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Following IHOP's big reveal that it was changing it's name to IHOb, Burger King took to social media to mock the rebrand.
A 'New Type of Depression' May Have Just Been Discovered, Scientists Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers from Hiroshima University (HU), Japan, have proposed a new explanation for the biological mechanism behind depression, according to a study published in the journal Neuroscience. Currently, most treatments for depression are based on one hypothesis of how the mental disorder arises. This explanation, known as the monoamine hypothesis, states that depleted levels of the chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine and/or dopamine in the brain—which are all different types of monoamines—result in depressive symptoms.
The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Video appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip
'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later.
St. Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon that appeared to be stranded on a ledge after climbing more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has made it to the roof, easing concerns that the animal could plummet to its death.
He dreamed of teaching children with a background like his own
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
This essay is part of an occasional series provided by our partner organization Encore.org, which created the Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign, inviting those in midlife and beyond to connect with young people who need champions. After finishing high school, it took me eight years to graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona while working full time at night.
Otto Warmbier's Parents Praise Trump And Hope 'Something Positive' Comes From North Korea Summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump said the summit wouldn't have happened without Otto
Woman Sues NASA to Retain Possession of Neil Armstrong's Moon Dust
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lunar samples are technically US property, but there are some loopholes.
Are Humans Dumber? Study Finds IQ Scores Have Been Dropping for Decades, and the Media Might Be to Blame
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Critics of video gamers, Netflix fanatics and social media mavens, rejoice: There’s mounting evidence that Western IQ scores are on the decline, and media exposure might be to blame. A Norwegian study published Monday found a seven-point dip in IQ test scores per generation among men born from 1962 to 1991. The results suggest a reversal in the Flynn effect, an observed increase in IQ scores throughout the 20th century in developed countries.
Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Is Recovering After a 'Very Mild' Heart Attack, White House Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump tweeted that Kudlow is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center
With All Eyes on Singapore, the U.S. Quietly Opened a De Facto Embassy in Taiwan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Washington has a "robust unofficial relationship" with the self-ruled island
'Will He Shake the Hand of Peace?' Here's the Video President Trump Showed to Kim Jong Un
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The dramatic four-minute video was like a movie trailer for the meeting
As North Korea danger recedes ever so slightly, renewed Russian threat looms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing Tuesday that focused on the uneasy realization that Russia will likely try to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections.
Artist eying record for world's largest paper airplane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.
Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.
20 Scrumptious 4th of July Appetizers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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