Yahoo News peeks behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the Republican health care bill to learn what we can about what it may contain. The wait is almost over: Senate Republicans will unveil their version of an Obamacare repeal bill Thursday, although concerns remain about how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bridge divisions within his own party to get the measure passed. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters that the bill will be made public as a “discussion draft” on Thursday.
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Students at a Southern California high school got a lesson in political corruption after it was revealed that a faculty adviser rigged the election for class president and two other races.
President Trump is letting the Pentagon set its own troop levels for Afghanistan. Do these moves reflect common sense, hands-off management – or a White House that’s too detached from important military decisions? Since taking office five months ago, Mr. Trump has undeniably exercised a light touch as commander-in-chief.
Housed in a $134-million, state-of-the-art building, Poland’s Museum of the Second World War opened early this spring. The museum, which took more than five years to construct, tells the story of Poland’s war experiences, which – given the way the country is sandwiched between Germany and Russia – are among the most tragic of all the conflict. The museum’s acting director, Karol Nawrocki – hired when former director Pawel Machcewicz was fired, two weeks after the museum opened – has complained that the exhibits about the rise of communism are too “light,” and the music is too “happy,” underplaying how deeply the political ideology inflicted damage on the Polish people. He has already indicated that he will be making changes to some exhibits.
Research conducted at the University of Michigan found that smiling, regardless of your actual emotional state, can make you feel happier, one of the many aspects of achieving that joyful, youthful feeling. Research published in Preventive Medicine reveals that adults who exercised regularly actually had younger cells than those who were sedentary. Not only is getting some fresh air a great way to get energized, research published in Psychological Science reveals that city-dwellers who had easy access to outdoor green spaces had higher rates of well-being than those who saw just the concrete jungle day in and day out.
Chalk it up to the old adage, mind over matter — meaning, in order to reap results, we must become more in tune with our thoughts, choices, and habits. In a study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers discovered that among 1,700 people, those who wrote in their journal daily lost double the weight than those who didn’t. If journaling on the reg seems daunting, don’t write it off just yet! Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN, nutritionist, and author of Schedule Me Skinny, has a few tips to help you crush those entries.
The argument is that memory isn’t supposed to act like a video recorder, but instead like a list of useful rules that help us make better decisions, says study co-author Blake Richards, a University of Toronto professor who studies the theoretical links between artificial intelligence and neuroscience. In the new paper, Richards sites a 2016 study in which scientists trained mice to find a water maze. Here, there are many parallels with artificial intelligence and how these systems learn, according to Richards.
A senior Vietnamese environment official has been fired for negligence over a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in a major environmental crisis last year, according to officials and state media. Luong Duy Hanh, director of Vietnam's Environment Protection Management Department, is the latest official to be punished over the toxic leak, which was blamed on a multi-billion dollar steel plant run by the Taiwanese firm Formosa. Formosa was fined $500 million for the waste dump and Vietnam has vowed to punish 11 officials over the country's worst-ever environmental disaster.
A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears. The international "Ice Memory" expedition of 15 scientists took samples from the glacier on Illimani Mountain in the Andes and will store them in Antarctica at the French-Italian base of Concordia. The scientists were helped by local guides and porters, who live near the base of Illimani.
You are rushing to catch a train or plane and suddenly the suitcase you're pulling starts to rock from wheel to wheel, threatening to flip over. "The tendency of a two-wheeled suitcase to oscillate from one wheel to another is due to an inherent mechanical instability," explained senior author Sylvain Courrech du Pont, a researcher at the Complex Materials and Systems Laboratory of Paris-Diderot University. "The problem is the interaction" -- the clash, in other words -- "of rotational and translational motion," Courrech du Pont told AFP.
Castanheira de Pêra (Portugal) (AFP) - Portugal's N236, now dubbed the "road of death", lies charred black from the devastating fire that swept from one side of forest to the other, trapping families and couples in their cars, and firefighters who had come to the rescue. "My nephew died, a fireman" says Joaquim Serra da Fonseca, 68, serving drinks at the bar of his dimly lit restaurant in Castanheira de Pera, which the N236 cuts through. The nephew, Goncalo Conceicao, a 40-year-old restaurant owner and father of an 11-year-old son, was a volunteer fireman.
By Matthew J. Stock STAFFORD, England (Reuters) - Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas - a key driver of climate change. The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) will expose a fenced-off section of mature woodland - in Norbury Park in Staffordshire, West Midlands - to levels of CO2 that experts predict will be prevalent in 2050. The apparatus for the experiment consists a series of masts built into six 30-metre wide sections of woodland, reaching up about 25 meters into the forest canopy.
The number of people moving to Britain from Eastern Europe has fallen by around a third since the Brexit vote, according to a study released Wednesday that suggested the plunge in the pound could be to blame. The study focused on eight countries that became part of the EU in 2004: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The analysis by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford pointed to official data showing a fall in allocations of National Insurance numbers to the lowest level since the countries joined the EU.
Turns out, we may not be as objective as we think — and we have a definite preference for familiar faces. A new study from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that we tend to perceive familiar faces as looking happier than unfamiliar ones, even when the faces express the same emotion. “We show that familiarity with someone else’s face affects the happiness you perceive in subsequent facial expressions from that person,” researcher Evan Carr of Columbia Business School told EurekAlert.
Time was spent both during the campaign and in the aftermath of President Trump’s election attempting to explain the alt-right, a phenomenon embracing everything from frog memes on Twitter to neo-Nazis giving the “Sieg heil” salute at a Washington conference. Enter Angela Nagle, a Dublin-based writer and academic.
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich late one evening earlier this month. The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who is too young to be investigated, is suspected of having fired the gun from a garden or house window at a group of cyclists that included King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a regular visitor to Bavaria, and his entourage. First it was fired at a group of cyclists, one of whom was the King of Thailand," said Thomas Rauscher, prosecutor in the southern town of Landshut.
In addition, any lawmaker convicted of fraud or corruption would be barred from holding office for 10 years. Having won the election in large part because of the public’s high intolerance of corruption, Macron was forced to let them go.
Within the next 100 years, he warns, we need to colonize Mars and other planets. If we don’t, we may not survive climate change, disease, and other versions of doom we’re bound to inflict on ourselves this century. “Unlike Donald Trump, who may just have taken the most serious and wrong decision on climate this world has seen, I am arguing for the future of humanity and a long-term strategy to achieve this,” Hawking, now 75 and still a professor at the University of Cambridge, said.
Solar panels on wheels make for a strange sight on the streets of Syria's besieged Douma, but the makeshift generator is helping local residents secure water. Douma lies outside the capital Damascus, in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, and has been under a suffocating government siege since 2013. Residents have had no electricity for four years, relying instead on generators for everything from lighting to refrigeration.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas.
How unsurprising: Everyone on the internet is immature. A group of Australian researchers from Museum Victoria and the CSIRO — the nation's scientific research agency — have just completed a month-long journey along the eastern coast of the country, keeping a record of what oddities lurk deep beneath the oceans. SEE ALSO: Baby hippo gives mommy a mouth massage because hippo bonding is weird Along the way they've found this nightmare-inducing faceless fish, but they also happened upon this "peanut worm," and there's no prizes for guessing what it happens to look like. *Cue slide whistle sound effect* Peculiar group of sea creatures found in deep Australian abyss https://t.co/5WtQziRTCO pic.twitter.com/l66QwStKpA — IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) June 17, 2017 Twitter knew what was
up. What is this one called? Dildofilphora? — SC (@2xAught7) June 18, 2017 Suddenly I wanna go deep sea diving pic.twitter.com/nUKgSdwtge — ㅤ (@festivating) June 17, 2017 how deep u tryna go? pic.twitter.com/uNLHjRVQVK — professional lurker (@softmocha) June 17, 2017 It kinda looks like an arm — Josiah Hughes (@josiahhughes) June 17, 2017 Some mermaid is going crazy looking for her dildo put it back https://t.co/bpia42BVoc — Domo (@TheBronzeOne__) June 17, 2017 It's not a brand-new discovery. The peanut worm — or sipuncula — has been named that way because its resemblance to shelled peanuts, according to University of California's Museum of Paleontology. It appears this particular one bears quite the resemblance to a penis. The sipuncula consists of a group of 320 marine species that are found in mostly shallow waters, with some burrowing into sand or mud, or found in the crevasses between rocks. They can reproduce both sexually and asexually, and when threatened they can contract their long head inwards. Kinda like a...yeah, you know. WATCH: New York City is creating an oyster reef using old toilets
Letters written by Albert Einstein about God, Israel and physics fetched nearly $210,000 at a Jerusalem auction Tuesday, with the highest bid going to a missive about God's creation of the world. The highest bid of $84,000 was for a letter to eminent physicist David Bohm. In another missive to Bohm, which sold for $50,400, Einstein discussed the link his colleague made between quantum theory and "relativistic field theory".
Stephen Hawking has warned that Earth is under threat and repeated his belief that humans must leave in the next few centuries if we are to survive as a species. “The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive. “Our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate.
The residents of Harlaa, a small town in eastern Ethiopia, have always suspected there was something special about their city. For years farmers have been unearthing Chinese coins, old pottery, and building stones so massive that local lore has said that only giants could have moved them. Now a two-year archaeological dig by a team…