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Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said. As temperatures rise, the Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice-free within two or three decades, resulting in more of the sun's heat being stored in the Arctic Ocean, leading to atmospheric circulation changes and cloud formations in the tropical Pacific that move north. "This has the potential to make a drought very similar to the one we had in 2012 to 2016," said Ivana Cvijanovic, an atmospheric scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
This Diesel Traveled 19,000 Miles to New York From China
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are few better examples of how weird and wonderful oil shipping and trading can be: diesel that left China almost three months ago is going to reach New York any moment now.
The Best Websites For Unique Gifts, Stocking Stuffers And More
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Every holiday season we try and get a unique gift for our loved ones. Only to realize that finding super niche and specific gifts is a difficult task. This year, to help you follow through on that wish, we’ve rounded up the best websites for unique gifts, stocking stuffers, and more.
Chance The Rapper, Google Team Up To Give $1.5 Million Toward STEM In Chicago Schools
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chance the Rapper is like Santa to Chicago Public Schools.
Bernie Sanders thinks Trump should consider resigning over sexual misconduct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks that President Trump should think about resigning over the sexual assault allegations against him.
Al Franken announces intention to resign from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his plans to resign following a series of allegations from women accusing him of sexual harassment and misconduct. Franken said that while he believes an ethics committee investigation would find him innocent, he didn’t feel he could continue to serve and would be stepping down in the coming weeks. “This decision is not about me,” Franken said Thursday.
Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.
Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.
North Korea Says Nuclear War on the Peninsula Is Inevitable and an 'Established Fact'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out," a spokesman said
'I Don't Like Men.' Lawmaker Urged to Resign After Suggesting Colleague Is Gay
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe made the comment after Rep. Matt Bradford touched his arm
Mitch McConnell Insists 'No Change of Heart' Over Roy Moore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Let me say it again: I had hoped that Judge Moore would withdraw from the race"
Sen. Al Franken Expected to Resign Thursday – as 23 Democrats Turn on Him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A group of Senate Democratic women came out nearly simultaneously on Wednesday to call for the resignation of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
Muslim Leaders Are Divided Over Responses to Donald Trump's Pronouncement on Jerusalem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Beyond the eruption of protests and potential explosion of violence, there is little the Arab world can do to challenge Trump's move
Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
Retired justice 'so disappointed' to be kept off jury
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn't enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial.
Postal Service probes glue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute.
Viral Student Wearing a Christmas Tree Costume Is the True MVP of the Holiday Season
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A girl went viral for committing to wear a Christmas tree costume every single day for the rest of the semester.
'Santa’s bone’: Scientists say they may have identified the remains of St Nicholas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers say the bone fragment dates from the fourth century and the time of St Nicholas.
Will tax cuts spur the American economy? Maybe with a time machine.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The GOP tax bill's main failing is that it's based on a played-out theory, aimed at the problems of an age when the economy looked completely different.
Wildfire Erupts in Bel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes
Global warming may be more severe than expected by 2100
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
World temperatures could rise 15 percent more than expected this century, obliging governments to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming, scientists said on Wednesday. Average surface temperatures could increase up to 0.5 degree Celsius (0.9 Fahrenheit) more than previously projected by 2100 in the most gloomy scenarios for warming, according to a study based on a review of scientific models of how the climate system works. "Our results suggest that achieving any given global temperature stabilization target will require steeper greenhouse gas emissions reductions than previously calculated," authors Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science wrote in the journal Nature.
'It's a Really Bad Idea.' Lena Dunham Says She Warned Clinton Campaign About Harvey Weinstein
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I just want to let you know that Harvey's a rapist"
Democrats in Congress Just Tried to Impeach President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The resolution failed
Megyn Kelly's Message to Women Facing Sexual Harassment: 'You Are Not Alone'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She spoke after TIME revealed “The Silence Breakers” as the 2017 Person of the Year
President Trump Recognized Jerusalem as Capital of Israel. It May Hurt the Peace Process
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The announcement broke with decades of U.S. and international policy
Congressman Says Democratic Leaders Knew About His Sexual Misconduct Allegations a Year Ago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"They didn't find anything"
Michael Flynn Told Ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Flynn also texted his ex-business partner about nuclear deal during inauguration speech
Rare skeleton shown of human ancestor, 3.6 million years old
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rare skeleton of human ancestor displayed in South Africa; said to be 3.6 million years old
Exclusive: Sen. Jeff Flake Defends His 'Yes' Vote on the Republican Tax Bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I’ve always said that I’ll work with the president when I think he’s right, and oppose him when he’s wrong."
Consultant Guiding Homeland Security Nominee Once Lobbied for a Foreign Government
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A private consultant shepherding the Department of Homeland Security secretary nominee lobbied the agency on behalf of a foreign government.
Too Close to Call, Atlanta's Mayoral Race May Face a Recount
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Only several hundred votes separate Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood
Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto ...
'Little Foot' skeleton goes on display in S.Africa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The most complete skeleton ever found of an australopithecus, a forerunner to modern man, went on display for the first time in Johannesburg on Wednesday following a 20-year process to excavate and assemble the 3.67 million-year-old remains. Known as "Little Foot" because four small foot bones were the first to be discovered, the skeleton is the most complete example of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years yet discovered. It will now be available for public viewing at Wits University in Johannesburg.
World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The world's nations vowed Wednesday to curb plastic and chemical contamination of the air, soil, rivers and oceans, requiring a complete overhaul in the way goods are produced and consumed. Changing the behaviour of producers and buyers would be key to achieving the vision of a "pollution-free planet" outlined in a political declaration adopted at the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). "Every day, nine out of 10 of us breathe air that exceeds WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for air quality and more than 17,000 people will die prematurely because of it," the declaration added.
Teacher, 28, Accused of Sex With Teen Student After Sending Lewd Snapchat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She allegedly had sex with a student in a park after sending lewd messages
31 Healthy and Hearty Pork Recipes to Try for Dinner
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Amp up your dinner table with these flavorful twists on classic pork dishes.
New 'land and sea' velociraptor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new species of semi-aquatic dinosaurs that could kill prey on land and in water has been discovered by scientists, researchers said Wednesday. The swan-necked and flipper-forelimbed creature was related to velociraptors -- made famous by the "Jurassic Park" films -- and lived about 75 million years ago, in what is now Mongolia. "You have to imagine a mix between a velociraptor, an ostrich and a swan, with a nose of a crocodile and the wings of a penguin," said Paul Tafforeau, a paleontologist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, and co-author of the study.
Halszka Fossil: Bizarre, Vicious Duck Dinosaur That Could Run, Fly and Swim Discovered
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Take the claws of the infamous Velociraptor, stick them onto the flippers of a penguin and the stilt legs of a wading bird, then top the whole thing off with the long, flexible neck of a predatorial reptile. "The first time I examined the specimen, I even questioned whether it was a genuine fossil," lead author Andrea Cau, a paleontologist at the Geological Museum Capellini in Bologna, said in a press release. It has the claws of a Velociraptor, the long, flexible neck of a predatorial reptile and the flippers of a penguin, which may have let it swim.
The Silence Breakers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment are TIME's Person of the Year 2017
Alphabet billionaire Eric Schmidt: Google used AI to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It took two months and 59 test batches to make the winning iteration.
Eye Doctor Tied to Bob Menendez Case Convicted in $100 Million Fraud Scheme
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. Salomon Melgen is facing life in prison
Nuclear fusion project hails halfway construction milestone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BERLIN (AP) — A vast international experiment designed to demonstrate that nuclear fusion can be a viable source of energy is halfway toward completion, the organization behind the project said Wednesday.
Ex Kentucky House Speaker Accused of Using Campaign Funds to Cover Up Sexual Relationship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jeff Hoover denies the claims in the lawsuit
Cambodia seizes shipment of ivory hidden in hollow logs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cambodia has seized nearly a tonne of ivory hidden in hollowed-out logs and discovered inside an abandoned shipping container, an official said Wednesday. The country has become a key regional transit point for the illicit wildlife trade. Nearly 280 pieces of ivory -- full and partial elephant tusks -- were found in the container at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville after sitting there for a year.
More than 25 Democratic senators call for Al Franken to resign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Seven Democratic women in the Senate tweeted that Sen. Al Franken should quit over sexual misconduct allegations, and they were quickly joined by many colleagues.
A partisan split on harassment charges: Dems resign, GOPers deny
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., foreground, arrives for a news conference on sexual harassment in the workplace. The growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers calling on Sen. Al Franken to step down Wednesday opened up a dramatic partisan divide in how the two major parties are responding to their members and candidates accused of sexual harassment or abuse. By the day’s end, 30 lawmakers — and well over half the Democratic Senate Caucus — had weighed in to say that Franken should resign.
What recognizing Jerusalem means for US role as Mideast mediator
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged – to the roaring approval of evangelical Christians and some pro-Israel donors – to buck longstanding policy and quickly move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he became president. President Trump made partial good on the embassy pledge with his announcement Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and directing the State Department to begin the process of moving America’s diplomatic headquarters there.
Archaeologists discover ancient tools that actually came from space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We may still be looking for proof that aliens exist, but new research into some very curious ancient tools now reveals that humans were using extraterrestrial material long before mankind even dreamed of flying out of Earth's atmosphere. The findings, which were published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, reveal that some incredibly old iron artifacts date to a time well before humans had the technological wit to smelt iron ore, and as it turns out, the iron used in their construction actually fell from the sky. Archaeologists have long suspected that the iron occasionally found amongst Bronze Age artifacts had otherworldly origins, but actually testing those weapons and tools proved more challenging than you might imagine. Preservation is key when it comes to objects that have been lying in wait for thousands of years to be discovered, so many types of testing simply can't be done for fear of damage. The researchers found a way around that, and made a fantastic discovery. Using an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer to detect the elements in the iron tools and other objects without actually degrading the items, the researchers were able to determine that the material was consistent with iron found in meteorites which fought through Earth's atmosphere and smashed into the surface. Confirming higher levels of nickel and cobalt than terrestrial iron typically has, the iron tools are almost certainly carved out of space rocks. The meteorite explanation also helps to clear up how iron tools have been found intermixed with Bronze Age artifacts. In the areas of Syria, Turkey, and Egypt where the iron implements were found, humans simply didn't have the technology or knowhow to efficiently smelt iron or into usable material at that time, but meteorites rich with iron would have arrived on the surface in a state suitable for tool-making. Whether the individuals who made the tools knew of the material's origins is impossible to determine. Did they actually see meteorites strike the Earth and find the iron, or were the meteorite remains long-buried deposits that were stumbled upon by chance? That's a question we'll unfortunately never know the answer to.
'Now the Work Really Begins.' Alyssa Milano and Tarana Burke on What’s Next for the #MeToo Movement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After TIME named 'The Silence Breakers' as the 2017 Person of the Year
TIME Has Been Picking a Person of the Year Since 1927. Here’s How It All Started
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The story behind TIME's best-known franchise