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The Eclipse Conspiracy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The scientists are all talking like it’s a sure thing. On August 21, the “moon” will pass between the Earth and the sun, obscuring the light of the latter. The government agency NASA says this will result in “one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.” The astronomers there claim to have calculated down to the minute exactly when and where this will happen, and for how long. They have reportedly known about this eclipse for years, just by virtue of some sort of complex math.
The Origin Story of Animals Is a Song of Ice and Fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Around 717 million years ago, the Earth turned into a snowball. Most of the ocean, if not all of it, was frozen at its surface. The land, which was aggregated into one big supercontinent, was also covered in mile-thick ice. And then, everything changed. Volcanoes released enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to trap the sun’s heat and trigger global warming. The ice melted, and the surface of the sea reached temperatures of 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. By 659 million years ago, the world had transformed from snowball to greenhouse. And just 14 million years later, the ice returned and the planet became a snowball for the second time.
NASA’s Voyager Missions Are Equipped With Maps That Could Lead Extraterrestrial Life to Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 40th anniversary of the launch of two of NASA’s most remarkable spacecraft is fast approaching. Voyager 1 is the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space—the region outside the heliosphere, a giant electromagnetic bubble created by the sun—and is the most distant human-made object ever.
When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African Ancestry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to The Lord of the Rings. And of particular and enduring interest: genetic ancestry tests. For white nationalists, DNA tests are a way to prove their racial purity. Of course, their results don’t always come back that way. And how white nationalists try to explain away non-European ancestry is rather illuminating of their beliefs.
Here are the ‘beautiful’ Confederate monuments Trump wants to stay put
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A Confederate monument is toppled in Durham, N.C., others are vandalized as municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.
'He's toxic!': Trump goes after 2 GOP senators for Charlottesville criticism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump attacked Sens. Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic, and Lindsey Graham, one of few Republicans to call out the president by name over Charlottesville.
Striking Economist, Time covers criticize Trump's Charlottesville response
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Magazine covers slam Trump for "unsteady" response to last weekend's violent clashes in Charlottesville.
Trump: Keep our 'beautiful' Confederate monuments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” the president tweeted.
Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth.
The Consumer's Guide to Essure Birth Control
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Ruth Wilson says it was a group of women she found on Facebook that helped her trace the bizarre symptoms she was experiencing—severe migraines, inexplicable weight gain, the constant taste of me...
Astronauts on the International Space Station Just Got a Big Delivery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Some of the supplies delivered could help scientists further Parkinson's disease research and help develop therapies.
'It's sacrilegious': The lucrative market in fake Native American art
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Native American groups and Washington politicians work together to solve the old problem of counterfeit goods.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Ole Henriksen Giveaway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Climate Change Might Increase Drought Recovery Times, Something Ecosystems Would Struggle With
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Drought recovery times are expected to take longer as climate change continues and some ecosystems might not be able to take it.
Bargain bin NASA flightsuit find worth big bucks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two college students hunting for thrift shop bargains hit the jackpot when they found authentic NASA flightsuits
Automation may take our jobs—but it’ll restore our humanity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For humans to survive the automation revolution, we need to double down on our humanity. The argument goes like this: Artificial intelligence is getting better and better at automating things that humans do. Not just repetitive tasks like assembling parts in a factory, but complex tasks that have traditionally been the domain of humans. Pretty…
Steyn: Tech giants imposing idealogical straightjackets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mark Steyn: Without free speech, you have outbreaks of violence like Charlottesville and people blowing things up #Tucker
Last chance to suggest NASA message to Voyager 1
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's the final day for internet users to suggest a message for NASA to beam to the Voyager 1 space probe. It was launched on 15 September 1977 and in order for a message to be beamed to it in time for the 40th anniversary of the mission, NASA is closing the date for suggestions on Tuesday. The space agency is seeking suggestions via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for a 60-character message to send to the unmanned Voyager 1.
Man to answer charges he sprayed manure on Border Patrol car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of spraying liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement is scheduled to appear in court.
Get a Good Sunscreen at the Right Price
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of the summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body and you ne...
Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of Pacific walruses came ashore to a barrier island on Alaska's northwest coast, the earliest appearance of the animals in a phenomenon tied to climate warming and diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice.
'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said Wednesday. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus, reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs. "Chilesaurus genuinely helps fill an evolutionary gap between two big dinosaur groups," said co-author Paul Barrett, president of Britain's Palaeontographical Society and a researcher at the Natural History Museum.
Can't see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monday's solar eclipse is set to star in several special broadcasts on TV and online
Former CIA chief: Trump's Charlottesville comments 'a national disgrace'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former CIA director John Brennan blasted Trump over statements he made at a press conference concerning the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
What Are Trans Fats?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
You may have noticed trans fats in the ingredients of your groceries, but what exactly are they and how do they affect your health?
Kaylee Moats is crowdfunding money so she can afford a life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The 22-year-old Arizona native has a rare condition—she was born without a vagina. Her sister set up a crowdfunding page to collect money for surgery. Watch the video to learn all about it.
South Dakota to re
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A corn-themed tourist destination in South Dakota will have enough corn to decorate murals despite a dry summer.
Why Total Solar Eclipses Frightened Ancient Cultures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon, or at the very least saw them as supernatural beings. In the sky, their movement proceeded with a constancy and regularity that gave people a sense of order in the universe. Ancients texts from China, Mesopotamia and Greece that mention solar eclipses, all suggest the phenomena “were just trouble,” says Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
David Attenborough has fossilised damselfly named after him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
David Attenborough finally earned his wings Wednesday after scientists named a 100-million-year-old damselfly after the veteran British broadcaster and naturalist. The delicate creature, dubbed Mesosticta davidattenboroughi, was discovered in Myanmar's Kachin province locked inside a nugget of amber dating from the mid-Cretaceous, when dinosaurs still lorded over the planet. "Dragonflies in amber are extremely rare," said Edmund Jarzembowski, a scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and co-author of the study that describes the insect and officially registered the new name.
Portugal arsonists feed wildfire destruction
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003. This year's fires, as well as killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, have destroyed 141,000 hectares, civil protection officials said, citing provisional figures. The exceptional heat and dry conditions, coupled with strong winds, helped explain the scale of the destruction this year, said Rui Esteves, commander of the ANPC, Portugal's civil protection agency.
Archaeologists Uncover Villa From Ancient Rome
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An ancient Roman villa unearthed in Sicily tells archaeologists more about the Roman Empire.
How a total solar eclipse happens, explained with augmented reality
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With an elaborate augmented reality display, The Weather Channel set the stage for what to expect Monday when the total solar eclipse passes along the entire continental United States.  SEE ALSO: How to watch the total solar eclipse from anywhere on Earth An AR demonstration showed how the sun, moon, and Earth will align just right in the solar system for the "celestial Super Bowl." Meteorologist and TWC host Jim Cantore used AR graphics to show how the penumbra and umbra of the moon will cast a shadow on Earth.  Along a special path from Oregon to South Carolina, the moon's dark shadow will completely blot out the sun as it moves 1,700 mph across the country. That's pretty quick, so anyone on the path of totality will experience total darkness for only a few minutes before it moves along. No AR gimmicks were needed to remind everyone to wear appropriate eyewear while watching the solar phenomenon.
What happens when you feed spiders graphene? Their silk gets crazy strong
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers in Italy have developed stronger spider silk by feeding spiders a diet of the nanomaterial graphene. The resulting material is 3 times the strength and 10 times the toughness of regular silk.
SeaWorld veterinarians euthanize orca that had lung disease
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld euthanized one of the entertainment company's last killer whales to come from the wild, marking the third orca death this year at one of its marine parks.
Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country's worst natural disasters. With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as "overwhelming". Officials at Freetown's central morgue said Wednesday that 105 of the more than 300 officially dead were children.
Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.
After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For more than two decades, North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them long distances has prompted recurring international crises. Sudden bursts of heightened tension, primarily between the North and the United States, were interspersed with diplomacy that never definitively halted the gathering storm. After a week of brinkmanship and escalating rhetoric between the two sides, Pyongyang and Washington suddenly found themselves at perhaps the most dangerous moment in more than 60 years – with some declaring that the window to anything but a military solution to the crisis had nearly closed.
Finding Somaliland's ancient cave art is hard. Protecting it could be harder.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Hidden in the Somali desert, beneath stunning, ancient rock cave paintings, the thin trail of a snake traces a winding line across the dust. Somaliland’s most prized archaeological treasures – which locals fearfully called “the place of the devils” for centuries – could not be more remote. Exposed to the elements, the colors have changed since caretaker Musa Abdi Jama first saw them at a distance in 1969.
Why there's been a big drop in women coaches under Title IX
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As a synchronized swimmer in college, Kathy Delaney-Smith did not seem destined to become Harvard’s star women’s basketball coach. When she interviewed for a swim coach position in Boston’s southwestern suburbs back in the early 1970s, the superintendent asked if she could also coach their basketball team.
Can Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
It has often been questioned if there is a link between cell phone usage and brain tumors. Find out if there is any actual correlation to the two.
The Trick That Makes You Glow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"A touch of highlighter gives you such natural radiance, you hardly need any other makeup," says Mally Roncal. "Once women try it, they never want to go without it." Her technique is beyond easy and supersubtle. From Redbook
The Health Risks of Too Much Salt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Most Americans, including older adults, consume too much salt—or more accurately, sodium—than they should. In fact, a ­recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that...
9 Surprisingly Salty Foods
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Almost half the sodium in the American diet comes from just 10 foods. Some of them, such as cheese, pizza, and salty snacks, are obvious. But sometimes sodium hides where you least expect it—and ...
Why Don't More Women Masturbate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Pop-culture depictions of female masturbation are on the upswing these days, but roughly 1 in 5 still women say they have never masturbated. Watch the video to learn why some women refrain from giving themselves a hand.
See the Solar Eclipse Safely
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make your own viewer (safely).
Can't Get Solar Eclipse Glasses? How to Make a DIY Viewer That Will Protect Your Eyes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Are you ready for next week's solar eclipse? The total solar eclipse taking place Monday will undoubtedly be cool—it's the first one to cross the nation in 99 years—but it will also be dangerous. To protect yourself, you can purchase solar eclipse glasses that come with a filter.
Here Is NASA's New Administrator (Probably)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Reports indicate that the new NASA Administrator will be Oklahoma congressman and Naval Aviator Jim Bridenstine.
Robocallers use caller ID spoof to scam people
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An influx of robocall scams have impacted resident’s wallets all over the country, and now scammers are targeting small states