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U.N. Chief Says a 'Bloodbath' Must be Averted in Syria's Idlib
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib.
Photos of Hurricane Florence from space are truly scary to behold
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying. Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame.  "We could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye," astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted on Wednesday. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you." SEE ALSO: How Hurricane Florence overcame big odds to target the East Coast If Florence hits North Carolina as a Category 4 storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.  States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland in anticipation. DAWN OVER FLORENCE: NOAA's #GOES16 captured the sunrise over #HurricaneFlorence this morning, Sept. 12, 2018. NOAA says the Cat. 4 #hurricane will bring "life-threatening #StormSurge and #Rainfall to portions of the #Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states." Updates: @NHC_Atlantic pic.twitter.com/01Z34h3191 — NOAA Satellites PA (@NOAASatellitePA) September 12, 2018 Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/ovZozsncfh — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018 #HurricaneFlorence this morning with Cape Hatteras #NorthCarolina in the foreground. The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected. pic.twitter.com/XsQ7Zwurfa — Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) September 12, 2018 #HurricaneFlorence is very large and incredibly dangerous.✅Follow local evacuation orders!✅Prepare for life-threatening, catastrophic flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states late this week into early next week. pic.twitter.com/IWlJYKOZBS — NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018 WATCH: A tiny satellite could be the key to cleaning up our space trash
In Arizona Senate race, a battle over political evolution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The contest for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat is between two women who’ve evolved over time: a Republican who has tilted toward Trump and hardened on immigration, and a Democrat who has become more moderate and centrist.
In Albania, new Turkish mosque stirs old resentments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
With its four minarets towering over the Albanian parliament next door, no visitor can miss the Great Mosque of Tirana. When completed in 2019, the hulking new central mosque will be the biggest in the Balkans, with enough room for 5,000 worshipers. Not all Albanians are happy about that – including many Muslims, who make up an estimated 60 percent of the population.
Why good economic numbers aren’t giving Trump a boost in the polls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The second is the unemployment rate for August. Both are evidence of a really, really strong economy – though they’re not as historically unique as President Trump sometimes boasts. The former is the percentage of Americans who approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing, according to an average of major polls at time of writing.
The FDA’s crackdown on teen vaping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A hallmark of the modern era is the length to which societies will go to protect their most innocent – children. On Sept. 12, for example, the Food and Drug Administration launched its largest coordinated enforcement action in the agency’s history, aimed at the marketing and selling of e-cigarettes to teenagers. The FDA cited an “epidemic” rise in teen vaping over the past year, especially in the most popular brand, Juul, which entices young people with candylike flavors while delivering a strong dose of nicotine.
US defunding of Palestinian refugee agency creates crisis for Jordan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Although never great with numbers, Ahmed Ibrahim says every day he sees the impact of a budget deficit on his home. Because of staff shortages at the local UNRWA health clinic, Mr. Ibrahim must now wait up to six hours to see a nurse for his chronic cough – often times he is only seen for a total of three minutes. Trash in front of his home and across the camp has been piling up since March, when UNRWA, the UN relief agency administering to Palestinian refugees, was forced to lay off most of its part-time street cleaners and sanitation workers following an initial round of US funding cuts.
When Disaster Strikes: What to Put in Your Medication Go Bag
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
A well-stocked medication go bag can be used to soothe a cut or burn—or to save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire, or other emergency.   But it’s important not to wait until you’re faced ...
This breakthrough in a type of photosynthesis could provide the world with unlimited energy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Imagine a new, potent generation of solar panels capable of producing unlimited amounts of energy, using only sunshine and algae. All this could be possible, thanks to a breakthrough made by researchers from the University of Cambridge, documented in a Nature Energy 2018 article. Natural photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy, has been around since the beginning of life on our planet.
Blue Origin’s schedule for putting people on space trips reportedly slips to 2019
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
News Brief: Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith today signaled that the Kent, Wash.-based space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is aiming to start flying people on suborbital space trips “early next year,” rather than later this year as previously envisioned. The signal was passed along by Space News’ Jeff Foust, who’s tweeting from the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris. Smith was also quoted as saying Blue Origin was making good progress on tests of the BE-4 rocket engine, which is to be used on the company’s New Glenn reusable orbital-class rocket as well as United Launch… Read More
U.S. Identifies Remains of Two U.S. Service Members Returned from North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two Korean War dead have been identified from remains turned over to the U.S. by North Korea
Trump Says Puerto Rico Response Was an 'Unsung Success'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sep.11 -- President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricane season.
France to run driverless mainline trains within five years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
French railway operator SNCF said Wednesday it was planning to introduce prototypes of driverless mainline trains for passengers and freight by 2023, and include them in scheduled services in subsequent years. "With autonomous trains, all the trains will run in a harmonized way and at the same speed," SNCF chairman Guillaume Pepy said in a statement. Many cities, including Paris, already run driverless metro trains but driverless long-distance travel presents a new set of challenges, Pepy said.
Kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart To Be Freed Earlier Than Expected
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called “incomprehensible” on Tuesday.
Hurricane Florence Looks Super
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here’s the view from the International Space Station.
Brett Kavanaugh wants to do away with legal abortion. He told us so.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Supreme Court nominee has given strong hints that if he’s confirmed, “states will have free rein to eliminate abortion access via increasingly draconian laws.”
Kangaroo gets the jump on Mississippi owners and flees
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HARRISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A kangaroo is on the run — or maybe the jump — in central Mississippi.
Bob Woodward's New Book Fear Takes on Trump. Here's What to Know About His History of White House Reporting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Woodward, a Pulitzer-winning journalist, knows a little something about reporting on an unusual White House
Here's what a rocket launch looks like from the view of a satellite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rocket launches are usually thrilling to watch anyway, but it's particularly cool watching them from a satellite. Over the weekend, Chinese private spaceflight company OneSpace launched its OS-X1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert. SEE ALSO: SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship The suborbital test is the second time the company has sent a rocket to space, and its liftoff was captured by the Jilin-1 video satellite.  The footage from space was originally posted on Weibo, and was reposted on Twitter by Dafeng Cao.  And here's what the launch looked like from the ground. OneSpace launched its first rocket back in May — the first privately developed rocket in China. While the Chinese government has traditionally directed spaceflight in the country, since 2014 it's encouraged private companies to enter the sector. A host of companies like LinkSpace, LandSpace, and of course, OneSpace, are hoping to make their mark. OneSpace founder Shu Chang told state media that he expects 10 missions for carrier rockets in 2019, aiming for the company to be "one of the biggest small-satellite launchers in the world." WATCH: Lost keys could be a thing of the past thanks to this nifty tracker
This Attorney Handled the Only Abortion Case Brett Kavanaugh Ever Heard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rochelle Garza represented the plaintiff in the only case involving abortion that Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on as a federal judge.
Super Typhoon Intensifies in the Pacific and Is Heading to the Philippines and Hong Kong
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A super typhoon in the Pacific is gaining strength and is forecast to barrel through the Philippines and Taiwan before heading to Hong Kong
Iran's Nuclear Chief Warns of an Atomic Program Stronger Than Ever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Iran's nuclear chief said President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 accord "puts him on the loser's side"
Suspicious item turns out to be science experiment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police officers spent two hours investigating a suspicious plastic container found behind a Missouri sandwich shop before determining it was a high school science experiment.
Snailfish: how we found a new species in one of the ocean's deepest places
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
These 'snailfish' look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.
Death Toll in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing Rises to 68, Official Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The death toll in a suicide bombing among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern Afghanistan has risen to 68
U.N. Chief Says a 'Bloodbath' Must be Averted in Syria's Idlib
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria to avoid a "bloodbath" in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib
Russia Launches Biggest Ever War Games With China in a Warning to U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's a powerful show of growing military ties between Moscow and Beijing
Trump boasts of response to deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday of the US response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where almost 3,000 people were killed last year, as another major storm barreled toward the eastern United States. Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, wreaking widespread devastation and causing $90 billion in damages. In comparison, the death toll from 2005's Hurricane Katrina -- the costliest hurricane in US history -- was far lower, and estimated at 1,833.
Why Obama didn’t act on Russian election interference benefitting Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The former president "shrunk from action" against Vladimir Putin, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff says.
Kentucky town mourns its first female mayor, Lucy Lou, a dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RABBIT HASH, Ky. (AP) — The town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, is known for a string of highly esteemed mayors, one of whom died this week. She was 12, and a dog.
Trump Administration Planning to Ease Methane Pollution Limits: Report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An EPA spokesman said on Monday evening that the agency had “nothing to announce at this time”
1 Dead in Shooting Near Las Vegas High School
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Canyon Springs High School went on lockdown as police investigated
Jade Leader Defines Drilling Window for DJ Project and Updates on Wyoming Jade Exploration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jade Leader Corp. is pleased to announce that it has completed the required consultation with the relevant authorities in Washington State with regards to the maiden drill testing program of its DJ project.  The Company has been advised that a potential window for this first pass program designed to test the extensive nephrite Jade system outlined by previous work at surface has been defined as extending from late September to the end of the field season, which is weather related and typically extends into mid-November. The Company is currently evaluating all of its options in terms of available drilling contractors and financing opportunities to make the best use of this permitting window.  The program is anticipated to consist of up to 2,000 meters of HQ core diameter drill holes to test the system extensively along strike and to depths of up to 50 meters below surface.
Amazon's cloud
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Space is not a frontier previously explored by Amazon Web Services, though job listings suggest the company may be headed that way. AWS already has a contract with NASA. Amazon's AMZN public cloud could be bound for space.
New York State Senate Candidate Accuses Netanyahu Spokesman of Sexually Assaulting Her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Julia Salazar said she was about to be "outed" as a sexual assault survivor
Workers still search for identity of 9/11 remains, 17 years on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Seventeen years later, more than 1,100 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center have yet to be identified. At first, they examine a bone fragment found in the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Cut and ground to a fine dust, the remains are then mixed with two chemical products that can expose and then extract DNA.
MGM Offers to Donate $500 to Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Who Allow Themselves to Be Sued
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The company sued more than 1,900 victims in July
'Tears Don’t Flow the Same in Space.' NASA Astronaut Learned of 9/11 Attacks Aboard the International Space Station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'Tears Don’t Flow the Same in Space.' NASA Astronaut Learned of 9/11 Attacks Aboard the International Space Station
After 9/11, Americans United to Protect the Country. Today, We're Divided By Threats That Don't Exist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
How our exaggerated fears end up endangering our own values
President Trump Pays Tribute to 'Brave Patriots' Who Fought Hijackers on 9/11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump honored those killed at a field where the 4th airliner of the day crashed
Mystery still surrounds the way our moon was born
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The moon is our closest celestial neighbor. It controls the movement of the
Elon Musk Is 'As Lucid and Capable as He Has Ever Been,' SpaceX Executive Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Elon Musk Is 'As Lucid and Capable as He Has Ever Been,' SpaceX Executive Says
Heckuva job Trumpie: President hails 'incredibly successful' response to Puerto Rico hurricane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump paused at a Tuesday briefing to reflect on his administration's response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria.
All the president’s seatmates: two days with Trump on Air Force One
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Anticipation was high as we boarded Air Force One last Thursday for a two-day trip with President Trump to Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. What would Mr. Trump say to us, the reporters traveling with him – and hanging on his every word? The president didn’t have to say anything.
He wants ‘eat your veggies’ to be a good experience for restaurant customers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Mr. Muir slips out to take a few calls and greets an employee who brought her newborn baby, all over the chatter of 20 or so meeting participants. The enterprise, he notes, also supports regional agriculture by sourcing locally, and it gives people an opportunity to learn about the consequences of personal food choices.
Microalgae, tiny beings with diverse applications
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mexico, Sep. 11 (Notimex).- Microalgae are photosynthetic organisms capable of generating products such as oils, proteins, biodiesel, antioxidants and other food supplements, as well as being useful in the generation of bioactive products that promote good health. Recent studies reveal that microalgae can be used in the search for antimicrobial agents, capable of inhibiting the proliferation of some bacteria. Due to its importance, specialists from the Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR, for its acronym in Spanish) organized in coordination with the University of Almeria, Spain, the special course "Fundamentals on Bioreactors, Design and Implementation of Bioprocesses Applied to Microalgae Biotechnology". The workshop was led by Bertha Olivia Arredondo and Norma Ochoa, who are doing research on microalgae. With them participated, Francisco Gabriel Acien Fernandez, of the Spanish university and expert in the design of bioreactor photo systems or containers sensitive to sunlight where the algae are grown. Ancien Fernandez commented that microalgae are the origin of life in the sea and considered that although aquaculture has been used it as a primary food, perhaps that is not its only value. Microalgae, he said, would help to lessen the effect of ocean acidification because they consume much of the carbon dioxide and supply more food biomass to trophic chains. CIBNOR specialists are currently working on obtaining antimicrobial agents from extracts of microalgae, which are subjected to strains of Vibrio, a bacterium that has caused many problems in the shrimp population. According to the specialists, "several of our microalgae extracts inhibited the growth of this bacterium. With this, we look for the possibility of generating a vaccine or patent and, eventually, introduce it to the field of human health ". The course involved producers, researchers and national and international entrepreneurs, with previous knowledge in the cultivation of microalgae, with the aim of making this production a fertile field for the economy in Mexico. NTX/MSG/BBF
NASA took these images of 9/11 from space 17 years ago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Today, NASA uses its technology and data to assist with natural and man-made disasters around the world.
Teens Say Social Media Makes Them Less Lonely and More Confident, Poll Finds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new poll finds that teens say that social media has a positive effect on their lives, helping them feel more confident and less lonely