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30+ Scrumptious and Easy Picnic Recipe Ideas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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10 Moments That Will Make a Guy *Really* Realize He's About to Be a Dad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Like when he's making plans for 6 months from now and realizes he that needs to account for the fact that you guys are going to have *a baby*.
This Sweet Video of What a Normal Day for a Mom Looks Like Will Make You Feel Things
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
It shows the perspective of the mother *and* her kids.
The 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Cast Reunited for Amber Tamblyn's Directorial Debut
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Um, how do they look like they haven't aged a minute?
5 Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil to Lose Weight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
More coconut oil may be the key to hanger management.
New ‘cold spot’ discovery could prove existence of a parallel universe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists believe they have moved a step closer to proving the existence of a parallel universe with the discovery of a mysterious ‘cold spot’. This cool patch of space, that was first spotted by the NASA WMAP satellite in 2004, is part of the radiation that was thought to have been produced during the formation of the universe some 13 billion years ago. Professor Shanks theorises that this is ‘the first evidence for the multiverse – and billions of other universes may exist like our own”.
Nasa's Hubble successor and most advanced telescope James Webb ready for testing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The James Webb Space Telescope, which is reported to be the most advanced telescope to be put into space ever, is entering its final stage of testing on Earth. The telescope is a joint venture between the NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency. The world's most advanced space observatory will not replace the Hubble Space Telescope, but will be more like its scientific successor as their capabilities are not identical, according to Nasa.
How excessive use of technology can impact brain health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. David Rosenberg studies brain scans of teenagers who are compulsively online.
Cotton Swabs Send 34 Kids to the ER Every Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The message can't be simpler: Don't put cotton swabs in your ear canals. A new study, the first of its kind to look at a nationally representative sample, found that between 1990 and 2010, an estimated 263,000 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for injuries to their ears from cotton tip applicators. "It's concerning that while these products have been around for almost 100 years and many of the manufacturers put warning labels on the products stating to not use them in the ear canal, we are still seeing a significant number of injuries in children using them for the purpose of cleaning their ear canal," said the study's senior author, Dr. Kris Jatana, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and associate professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
IBM constructs a 17
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
IBM has announced the creation of its most powerful quantum processor to date, which will serve as the basis for future commercial systems, alongside plans to upgrade the system currently available for public usage.
Open SESAME: science centre inaugurated in Jordan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday formally launched an international research centre whose members include experts from around the world including arch-rivals Iran and Israel. The International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, known by the acronym SESAME, "is the first research centre of its kind in the region," said the royal court. SESAME council president Chris Llewellyn Smith said the centre, located in Balqa province just northwest of Amman, was "the fulfilment of many hopes and dreams".
How parents can help prevent kids from becoming obsessed with digital devices
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kevin Roberts, who works with teenagers who have learning challenges, said parents should not use technology as babysitters.
To Avoid Being Eaten, Tadpoles Aren't Choosy About Escape Vehicle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Newborn poison frogs of Peru have quite an appetite. If left home alone in their hatching pool, the ravenous tadpoles will eat each other. To keep the tadpoles from gorging on their siblings, their doting father will carry them one at a time on his back and drop them in separate pools, where other food is available.
Elon Musk is rushing to beat NASA to Mars, perhaps during Trump presidency
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Elon Musk plans to send a robotic mission to Mars by 2024, way ahead of NASA's timetable. A public-private partnership may be in the offing.
How parents can tell if their child's electronics use is harming them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Addiction expert Nicholas Kardaras offers his advice for how parents can recognize the warning signs of digital obsession.
Elon Musk has a trick to make the world fall behind his vision of the future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A former Google China president and now venture capitalist says Elon Musk uses shiny cars and the promise of medical implants as bait for his real goals: Distributing energy away from traditional power companies and turning humans into cyborgs. First, says Kai-Fu Lee, were Tesla cars. “By selling us fancy, beautiful Teslas—luxury cars that none…
Here's how the ransomware attack was stopped – and why it could soon start again
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Things might not be over for the WannaCry malware.
ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal records up more than 150 percent, U.S. officials say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
While the Trump administration initially said that it would focus its deportation efforts on undocumented immigrants with criminal records, figures released Wednesday show that the arrests of those without criminal records have more than doubled this year.
Senate Republicans seeking Comey’s memos — and his testimony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the FBI to turn over all Comey’s memos with WH officials about the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
Democracy’s darkest moment: the Watergate conspiracy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It was famously described by the White House press secretary as a “third-rate burglary,” but it brought down a presidency. On the night of June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in an office and hotel complex whose name has become synonymous with political scandal: the Watergate.
Head in the clouds: Dutch king was guest pilot for 21 years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch passengers on KLM flights might have recognized the co-pilot's voice when he introduced himself on the airline's Cityhopper services.
Does US need a new crime crackdown? Prosecutors see generational divide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
At the core of the debate over the role of prosecutors in keeping America safe, some experts and prosecutors believe, is a generational divide. Attorney General Jeff Sessions represents one view, epitomized by his decision to restore mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses on Friday – undoing guidance aimed at reducing prison overcrowding. “It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” he said in the memo.
As controversy swirls around Trump, Russia watches helplessly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Russian President Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to provide Congress with a transcript of his foreign minister's controversial meeting last week with President Trump in the Oval Office, it was not warmly received by US politicians. Rather, its greater significance may be as a sign of just how alarmed Mr. Putin and the Kremlin are becoming about what's happening in Washington. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?
Zika and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know Now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. It has been a year since scientists officially confirmed that Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can also be spread throu...
Lemon Drop Energy Balls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
If you’re craving something sweet and satisfying that will also help fuel your body, watch this video to learn how to whip up a batch of lemon drop energy balls.
Thai Stuffed Avocado
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The Truth About Hair, Skin, and Nail Supplements
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
There’s no shortage of products on the market that are claimed to thicken hair, remove wrinkles, and fix dry, brittle nails. Among these are a slew of dietary supplements, some topping $100. But ...
Using science to make humans more moral might just make us racist instead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If there's one thing philosophers have learned over the course of human history it's that changing the way people think is a tricky business. Societies create rules that encourage "good" behaviors, but inevitably there are those who push back, offering their own criteria for what constitutes moral behavior. Now, with the possibility of a merger between man and machine being talked about in earnest, researchers from North Carolina State University and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute decided to explore whether behavioral modification in the name of morality could solve some of society's ills. The results aren't particularly encouraging. The study examined the overall effectiveness and results of a total of seven different "moral enhancement technologies" including the strategic application of oxytocin and amphetamines, and neurostimulation. The results showed that, while these technologies can have positive effects on an individual's morality and encourage "good" behavior, the drawbacks are many. "What we found is that, yes, many of these techniques do have some effects," Veljko Dubljevic, lead researcher, explained. "But these techniques are all blunt instruments, rather than finely tuned technologies that could be helpful. So, moral enhancement is really a bad idea." Ultimately, the side effects of the behavior-altering techniques were far too unpredictable, and even encouraged the opposite of moral behavior in some cases. Oxytocin, for example, was found to promote trust in subjects, but only in some cases or between certain individuals, resulting in a sharper divide between the subject and people with whom they don't relate, including other races and minorities. Meanwhile, amphetamines were found to increase all types of behavior, not just the good kind, and the brain stimulation technologies studied proved to have basically no effect one way or the other.
Controversial Theory Says Expansion of Universe Is Driven by Quantum Fluctuations—not Dark Energy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada, has proposed a radical new theory about the expansion of the universe. Scientists do not know exactly why the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating pace, but the most popular theory is that this growth is being driven by dark energy, the theoretical force thought to make up 68 percent of the universe. Scientists discovered the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate in 1998.
When will North Korean missiles be able to reach the US? Satellite images offer clues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean strongman, was pleased as punch on May 14 when his country shot a missile some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) into the air. The exercise may have demonstrated his country’s ability to launch nuclear weapons at targets like the US military base on the Pacific island of Guam, but it leaves…
The science of finding buried bodies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
50 years after the Moors Murders, UK police are still hoping to find a missing body. And scientists are working hard to help.
Democrats are still looking for a 2020 leader. But they are starting to figure out their message.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The speaking roster at Tuesday’s 2017 Ideas Conference read like a who’s who of 2020 Democratic presidential wannabes, and none was shy about their vision of how to defeat Trump.
‘We’re in impeachment territory’: David Gergen, former presidential adviser, on Comey’s Trump memo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“After watching the Clinton impeachment, I thought I would never see another one,” David Gergen said on CNN.
Paul Ryan: ‘It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress should gather the facts and not rush to judgment regarding President Trump and ex-FBI chief James Comey.
The Comey memo was also about Trump’s request to arrest reporters. Journalists call it ‘crazy and scary.’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, condemned President Trump’s apparent desire to jail reporters who publish classified information: “The threat is very real.”
Chelsea Manning celebrates release from prison: ‘First steps of freedom’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Chelsea Manning, imprisoned for leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, was released from prison Wednesday.
Trump: The media treats me worse than any politician in history
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump complained that the media has treated him more unfairly than any other politician in the history of the United States while delivering the commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s class of 2017 in New London, Conn.
Man sues woman for $17.31 movie ticket after bad date
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas man is suing a woman he went on a date with for the price of a movie ticket after he says she texted through the film and left him at the theater.
Comey memo on Flynn probe: Three key questions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Washington is gripped with the feeling that it may have reached a crucial point in Donald Trump’s presidency following the revelation that Trump may have asked ex-FBI Director James Comey to shut down the federal investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. What did Comey write down? According to multiple news reports, Mr. Comey wrote a memo for the record following a February meeting in the Oval Office with President Trump, saying that Mr. Trump hoped he could let Flynn go because “he is a good guy.” But reporters haven’t seen this memo.
Global ransomware attack may be bigger than hackers intended
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tech Take: Alex Hamerstone and Malcolm Harkins share insight into the massive WannaCry ransomware attack that infected computers worldwide
NASA Rover Engineer Says Life May Have Started On Mars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Three billion years ago, Mars had conditions similar to those on Earth.
Sinking feeling: SUV gets stuck in surf at New Jersey beach
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A man's plans to take photos of his SUV by the Atlantic Ocean on a New Jersey beach didn't turn out as planned.
Florida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MIAMI (AP) — What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?
Alaska owner plans to resurrect strip club boat for summer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel.
Nearest Exoplanet, Proxima B, Could Have Stable Climate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The planet which orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, was discovered in August 2016 and is probably of a similar size as Earth.
Alaska strip club owner plans summer protests
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel.
‘Genius’ TV show highlights links between Einstein’s love affairs and love of physics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
National Geographic Channel’s “Genius” TV series on Albert Einstein spends almost as much time on the famous physicist’s love life as it does on his theory of relativity – and his most recent biographer, Walter Isaacson, says that’s just as it should be. “In my biography, I begin and end by saying there’s a ‘unified field theory’ that connects Einstein’s personality with his physics, and the genius of the TV series ‘Genius’ is that it shows this,” said Isaacson, who has written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs as well as “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” Isaacson said the series’ fourth… Read More
First humans emerged in Africa 2.8 million years ago during sudden climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first humans lived in a dry and grassy landscape very like today's Serengeti in East Africa, a wide-scale study of the region has revealed. East Africa dried out around three million years ago and forests turned into grassy plains. The earliest known example of the Homo genus – at 2.8 million years old – thrived through this change while earlier species, such as that of the famous "Lucy" fossil, died out.
Arctic meltdown propels globe to second
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Continued freak warmth in the Arctic helped propel global average temperatures to the second-warmest level on record for the month of April, NASA reported on Monday.  The new findings illustrate how the planet is still setting climate milestones even in the absence of other factors that tend to elevate global air and sea temperatures, such as an El Niño event.  This makes clear the growing influence of human-caused global warming on the planet's climate, month after month, year after year, as the amounts of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to rise to levels unseen during all of human history. SEE ALSO: This March was the second-warmest March in 137 years, because why stop now? According to NASA, April 2017 was 0.88 degrees Celsius, or 1.58 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer than the 1951-1980 average for the month. This came in second to April of last year, when global average temperatures were 1.06 degrees Celsius, or 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 1951 to 1980 average. An El Niño event was taking place in April of 2016, which gave an added boost to global temperatures already elevated from global warming. The top 3 hottest months of April to occur since instrument records began in 1880 have all taken place since 2010. Arctic  sea ice age at the end of March 2017.Image: nsidcFor April of 2017, the story is dominated by unusual warmth in parts of the Arctic, including across Siberia, parts of China, Alaska and the northwest portions of the Arctic Ocean. Greenland, however, had below average temperatures for the month, though that weather pattern reversed itself in early May.  Arctic sea ice tied for for the lowest level on record during the month of April, after setting record lows throughout the fall and winter. The sea ice cover, which has been declining since satellites first began keeping tabs on it in 1979, is now far thinner and younger than average as it enters the summer melt season. (Older, thicker ice has a higher chance of surviving the summer melt.)  This raises the likelihood that there could be another record low ice extent at the end of the melt season in September. Observed warming is greater in the Arctic & less in the southern oceans. Climate models simulate this pattern too. https://t.co/CTTJmCQfR0 pic.twitter.com/A7CJgNltvo — Climate Lab Book (@ClimateLabBook) May 13, 2017 The unusually mild (though still cold by everyday standards in lower latitudes) Arctic temperatures caps off a winter season that featured repeated pulses of warm, moisture-rich air sweeping across the Arctic from the North Atlantic. It also follows what was a record warm 2016 for the region.  Scientists are racing to deploy instruments that will monitor the Arctic environment, kicking off a United Nations-sponsored initiative called the "Year of Polar Prediction." “The rate and implications of polar environmental change is pushing our scientific knowledge to the limits,” Thomas Jung of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, warned in a press release announcing the program. Arctic warming (red) compared to the global average (black).Image: noaa.govAccording to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average annual air temperature over Arctic land areas was the highest in the observational record in 2016, representing a 3.5-degree Celsius, or 6.3-degree Fahrenheit increase since 1900. Arctic temperatures have been increasing at about double the rate of lower latitudes, in large part due to feedbacks in the climate that kick in as sea ice and land-based snow cover melts. Few climate scientists think that 2017 will set another record for the warmest year, as 2015 and 2016 did. However, it is still likely to rank in the top 5 or top 10 warmest years on record, which is important since even non-El-Niño years are now ranking near the top of the list.  What matters to climate researchers is not one month of temperature anomalies, or even a full year, but rather the trends over decades to centuries. There, too, the human fingerprint on the climate is readily visible, as the planet continues to head toward uncharted territory for human society. WATCH: 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, continuing a three-year streak