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Booker, Clapper Targeted as 2 More Possible Package Bombs Found: The Latest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton Secretary Clinton and other public figures," Sarah Sanders said.
Experts: Bomber likely left behind trove of forensic clues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators examining the explosive devices sent to high-profile targets in Washington and New York this week will be working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence while tracking the origin of the packages and the components used to make the bombs.
Scientists grow bricks from human urine, but admit they smell at first
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Human urine has been used to create environmentally friendly bricks by university students in South Africa
How Far
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
What he thinks about women's rights, the environment, race relations and more
Floods kill six in southern Russia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Six people including an elderly man and woman died in floods in southern Russia, authorities said Friday, as emergency workers struggled to get food and water to the victims. Flash floods affected parts of the Krasnodar region, including the area around the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Moscow hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014. Russia's emergencies ministry said it had recovered the bodies of six people while clearing rubble.
Chuck Grassley Asked the Justice Department to Look Into Michael Avenatti's Work on Brett Kavanaugh
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”
Scaramucci: I couldn't improve Trump's relations with press because 'the fish does stink from the head down'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s former communications director said his attempts to smooth the White House’s relations with the media failed because of the tone set at the very top.
Suspicious packages sent to Cory Booker, James Clapper; 12 intercepted this week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Two new suspicious packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., another to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were intercepted by authorities on Friday amid a nationwide manhunt for a possible serial mail bomber.
Why Anger Is a Wasted Emotion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Solving our most pressing problems is a titanic undertaking, and they won’t be fixed simply by putting a stop to political squabbling."
Thousands of human teeth hidden inside a wall discovered by construction workers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Construction workers have discovered thousands of human teeth in the wall of a commercial building in Valdosta, Georgia.
Meat grown from cells: companies clamour to put it on your plate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As the number of companies growing meat in vats explodes, the sector is facing challenges that show it is coming of age.
A Painting Made by Artificial Intelligence Has Been Sold at Auction for $432,500
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's the first piece of AI art to go under the hammer at a major auction house
France suspends use of popular pesticide after dozens sickened
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The French government on Friday ordered a three-month ban of a widely used pesticide after dozens of people, many of them farm workers, fell ill in western France in recent weeks. The move came after metam sodium was suspected when victims reported burning eyes and respiratory difficulties near Angers, an area which produces huge amounts of lamb's lettuce, also known as cornsalad. The salad green is popular on French and European tables, and producers often spread metam sodium powder on the ground to protect the plants against a wide range of insects.
Michael Avenatti's Past Won't Stop Him From Running in 2020
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Michael Avenatti believes the only way to beat a bully is to be one
Michigan referendum would expand ballot access, countering a trend toward voter suppression
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
People enter a voting precinct to vote in the Michigan primary at Robert Trombly Elementary School on Aug. 7, 2018, in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. Michigan could be a bellwether of how the rest of the country may vote in November. With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, voter suppression is in the news in states from North Dakota (where a new law requiring voters to register with street addresses rather than post office boxes is likely to disenfranchise many Native Americans living on reservations) to Georgia (where the Republican secretary of state, who is also running for governor, has implemented a strict ID match policy that has stricken hundreds of thousands of mostly minority voters from the rolls). Michigan is leading the way with a ballot referendum for an amendment to the state Constitution: Proposal 3, known as Promote the Vote.
Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made by Indian manufacturer Maruti Suzuki, while around a thousand more staff were offered gifts of cash deposits and apartments in a huge outdoor ceremony in Surat, Gujarat. Indians often give each other gifts in the run-up to Diwali, a major Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil that this year falls on Nov. 7. Dholakia is famous across India for giving lavish gifts to his employees at Diwali, including hundreds of apartments in 2016's ceremony.
Russian rocket puts satellite into orbit, 1st since failure
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz rocket put a military satellite in orbit on Thursday, its first successful launch since a similar rocket failed earlier this month to deliver a crew to the International Space Station.
Why Michael Avenatti Thinks Only a White Man Can Beat Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"If the Democrats nominate anyone other than a white male at the top of the ticket, they're gonna lose"
Investigators Look to Florida Post Office for Clues About a String of Pipe Bombs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Miami-Dade Police said Thursday that they are assisting federal partners in their search of a U.S. Postal Service mail facility in Opa-locka, Fla. as part of the ongoing investigation into a series of pipe bombs sent to high-profile Democrats and CNN
Climate Change Is on the Ballot in Washington State. Here's Why It Matters for the Rest of the Country
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The measure would jumpstart a national debate about how to put a price on carbon, thought to be central to efforts to stem global warming
Hurricane largely wipes out tiny Hawaiian island
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Marine debris teams were dispatched to assess the damage this week after a tiny, remote Hawaiian island was largely wiped off the map when a raging hurricane passed through, officials said. East Island was a low-lying island composed mainly of loose sand and gravel, and was home to threatened nesting green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. All but a couple of slivers of sand were erased from the already tiny island -- about 400 feet (120 meters) wide and a half mile (0.8 kilometers long)-- when Hurricane Walaka tore through earlier this month, satellite images from the US Fish and Wildlife Service showed.
Joe Biden and Robert De Niro Are Latest Democrats Targeted by Suspected Pipe Bombs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New York police are investigating a suspicious package addressed to the actor Robert De Niro after pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats.
11 days until the midterm elections: Where things stand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From Nevada's too-close-to-call Senate race to a contentious governor's race in Florida, the electoral atmosphere remains tense.
Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The yet-to-be-named chick, weighing 91 gm (3.21 oz), was born on the evening of Oct. 19 and is the first sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium. The couple, who formed a bond before the 2018 breeding season, doted on the adopted chick, said Tish Hannan, an aquarium official. "The first 20 days of a penguin chick's life are the most vulnerable, so it is extra-important the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his parents," she added.
A common weed unexpectedly produces a chemical almost identical to cannabis’ THC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Liverwort isn’t much to look at. These low-to-the-ground plant species creep along unobtrusively enough, spanning their hand-like fronds over rocks and logs alike. But there’s a secret side to some of these mossy weeds. In a report published yesterday (Oct. 24) in Science Advances, researchers revealed that certain members of the Radula genus of liverwort—there…
NASA’s solar probe spares a thought for Earth as it speeds towards the Sun
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA began its mission to "touch the Sun" back in mid-August, sending the Parker Solar Probe towards our star on a first-of-its-kind trip that will hopefully result in all kinds of neat information. The probe is still a great distance from the Sun, having not yet reached its first date with Venus yet, but it took a moment to gaze back at its home anyway. In a new image released by NASA, the probe looks back towards Earth, which appears at a bright glowing dot in a star-covered canvas. The photo is the first look we've had at the probe's modest imaging capabilities, but it's a pretty neat image nonetheless. "The image was captured by the WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument, which is the only imaging instrument on board Parker Solar Probe," NASA explains in a blog post. "During science phases, WISPR sees structures within the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, before they pass over the spacecraft. The two panels of WISPR's image come from the instrument’s two telescopes, which point in slightly different directions and have different fields of view. The inner telescope produced the left-hand image, while the outer telescope produced the image on the right." The Earth is impossible to miss in the image, glowing brightly as the Sun's light reflects off of the planet. The seemingly out-of-place hemispherical shape farther down on the image is a lens reflection, according to NASA. The Parker Solar Probe's first interaction with Venus will take place in early November. It will use the gravity of Venus to adjust its trajectory several times over the course of its 6+ year mission, eventually completing dozens of orbits of the Sun and making lots of scientific observations along the way.
SpaceX is reportedly looking for a $500M loan — and a few good Seattle baristas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bloomberg News is quoting unnamed sources as saying that SpaceX is seeking to borrow $500 million in the leveraged loan market with Goldman Sachs’ help. Today’s report said that Goldman Sachs Group is leading the talks with potential investors this week. Neither Goldman Sachs nor SpaceX have publicly acknowledged the talks, however. SpaceX has notched plenty of successes over the year to date, including 16 Falcon 9 rocket launches plus the first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket in February. Within the coming year, the California-based company is expected to execute its first crewed space launch, aimed at sending… Read More
Water out of thin air: California couple's device wins $1.5M
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one. Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance.
Creepy AI
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The "Portrait of Edmond Belamy" is the first painting created by an artificial intelligence (AI) to be auctioned in the art world. The man with a blurry face, painted in the "Old Master" style of artists like Rembrandt van Rijn in the 17th century, is the product of the Paris art collective Obvious. The collective, which includes Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier, uses an AI method called generative adversarial network (GAN) for its creations.
Cathay Pacific Says Data Breach Exposed Personal Information of 9.4 Million Passengers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Names, passport numbers, addresses and other private information was accessed
Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as 'very high threat'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists have classified 18 U.S. volcanoes as "very high threat" because of what's been happening inside them and how close they are to people.
Saudis Try to Go Back to Business As Usual, As Khashoggi Storm Rages
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Though few believe the explanation of the 'accidental' murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the country is trying to do its business.
President Trump Addresses Bomb Threat Saying the Media Must 'Stop The Endless Hostility'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
During a rally Wednesday, President Donald Trump blamed partisanship and the media for fostering the political environment that led to suspicious packages and explosive devices being sent to public figures and organizations this week.
A U.K. Billionaire Stopped the Press From Reporting Allegations of Harassment – Raising Questions of #MeToo in Britain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Topshop owner Sir Philip Green denies the allegations
Saudi Arabian Prosecutors Now Say Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Was Planned
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The latest change in a shifting account of Saudi authorities
Why neglected governors' races are more important than you think
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
If you want to live in the White House, first try the governor’s mansion. Seventeen times, a state governor has become president of the United States.
Democratic phenom fails to gain traction in Texas House race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Despite being a fundraising powerhouse, Democratic congressional candidate M.J. Hegar is lagging behind Republican Rep. John Carter in Texas.
Early voting ahead of Election Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With less than two weeks until the election, the White House is battling against history as it tries to defend a lengthy slate of seats held by congressional Republicans. Here's a look at early voting around the nation.
Virginia Beach Republican congressman tries to weather scandal and wave of Democratic spending
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Virginia Republican congressman Scott Taylor has been outspent by his Democratic rival and was weakened by a campaign scandal, but the former Navy SEAL continues to maintain a small lead over Democrat Elaine Luria.
Investigators dig for bomb motive, warn more could be found
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and mysterious motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day.
Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead.
What mail bombs say – and don’t say – about political discourse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Hours after a package containing a pipe bomb was mailed to a “John Brenan” c/o CNN in New York on Wednesday, former CIA Director John Brennan linked the attack to America’s political fever pitch.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will have far-reaching repercussions in the coming months – from the viability of the US-Saudi strategy to counter Iran, to the price of oil, and on to prospects for President Trump’s Middle East “deal of the century” peace plan. What is less certain is whether the horrific violation of one Saudi regime critic’s human rights will do much to stem the rise and free reign of rights-violating regimes across the Middle East and indeed around the world, many regional experts say. The Saudis may have believed they had a “blank check from the Trump administration” to pursue actions like the silencing of regime critics such as Mr. Khashoggi, says Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington. If they did, it is at least in part because they saw other authoritarian leaders – from regional players Turkey and Egypt to global powers Russia and China – silencing their critics and stamping out dissent with impunity, he adds.
South Korea Has Discovered Possible Korean War Remains While Demining Its Border
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
South Korea says it has discovered what could be Korean War remains at a frontline area where it’s jointly clearing mines with North Korea.
Space Force plan moves forward amid heightened talk about final
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The National Space Council today pushed forward recommendations to raise the profile of military space activities, at first through a combined U.S. Space Command and eventually through a separate Space Force. Vice President Mike Pence, the council’s chairman, argued that more military resources will have to be directed toward space, in part due to challenges from China and Russia. “Today, space is fundamentally different than it was a generation ago,” he said. “What was once desolate and uncontested is increasingly crowded and confrontational. And today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and undermine our economic and military… Read More
Why a 'Strong, Charismatic' Leader Is Not the Solution to America's Tumultuous Times
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We need to bring together a community of leaders willing to compromise, writes Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Red BIOT: Mexico has made progress in the development of biomaterials
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mérida, Mexico, Oct. 25 (Notimex).- The development and research of biomaterials that can be very useful to improve the quality of life of people, has managed to grow despite the little budget allocated to science in the country, said the president of the BIOT Network in Mexico, Miriam Flores Merino. Interviewed in the framework of the inauguration of the V International Congress BIOT RED in this city, recognized that Mexico is lagging behind in the subject compared to the first world countries, however there are also notable advances in that scientific area. "There are already Mexican researchers who have even worked with specialists from other countries who have achieved good results, and in some cases are already used with human patients in the area of ​​medicine, especially regenerative medicine," she said. There is already, for example, a Mexican company that sells bone substitutes, and other national companies develop medical devices through marketed biomaterials, she added. "This shows that despite the budgetary constraints, there are advances and also many other projects that are in the process of development, and that need that economic boost to make them a reality and stop acquiring products that can only be obtained in other countries with the high cost that represents," she said. And precisely because they are expensive, most of the Mexican population can hardly make use of or have access to the medical benefits and therapies that have been achieved through the research and development of biomaterials. "An example in that sense, could be people with chronic-degenerative diseases such as diabetes, some of which, at least 10 percent, suffer from the so-called diabetic ulcers that today can be treated with biomaterials, but not all have the economic capacity to that effect,” she said. Therefore, there is a need for the budget to science in Mexico to be more generous in order to develop this type of alternatives within the country, to be able to commercialize them and therefore make them cheaper. The works of this V International Congress BIOT RED, will be developed in the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan, one of the institutions in the country that has an important catalog and projects related to the development of biomaterials. The activity brings together national specialists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Dermatological Center of Yucatan, the Autonomous University of Yucatan and the Mexican Academy of Engineering, as well as other countries such as the United States, Canada and Spain. It is worth mentioning that in this congress several topics will be tackled under the premise of updating and enriching knowledge in the area of ​​biomaterials and their use in the various areas of health. NTX/TAM/HAR/GVG/JCG
The Ghost Nebula glows in new photo just in time for a spooky Halloween
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nearly 550 light-years away lies the Ghost Nebula, which haunts the constellation Cassiopeia like a shadow.  Named after a vain queen in Greek Mythology, the constellation Cassiopeia forms a highly-recognizable 'W' in the sky, with gigantic star Gamma Cassiopeiae marking the central point. Radiation from the nearby Gamma Cassiopeiae is causing the nebula to dissipate, NASA said in a statement. The Hubble Telescope captured new photos of the Ghost Nebula.Image: esa/nasa Hubble telescopeIn a new Hubble Space Telescope photo of the Ghost Nebula, you can see the bright contrast of dust and ionized gases, typically helium and hydrogen, against the lightless void of space.  Nebulas like the Ghost Nebula can be formed one of two ways.  They can either form from the remnants of the explosion of a dying star. Or they can form in regions where new stars are born, according to NASA.  An image from the Hubble Telescope of the nebulous area surrounding Gamma Cassiopeiae.Image: Esa/ Nasa hubble telescopeThe Ghost Nebula is a part of a larger, nebulous region surrounding Gamma Cassiopeiae where stars are formed.  This large area becomes visible in the Northern Hemisphere throughout fall and winter, and takes up four times the space that the full moon does in the night sky.  WATCH: Scientists found a weird galaxy without dark matter
Water out of thin air: California couple's device wins $1.5M
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.