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Health Care Declassified No. 3: Senate bill still under construction, a day before scheduled rollout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Adviser quits in vote tampering scandal at California school
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
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.
Stoked! 511 California surfers paddle out to set record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California surfers are stoked after setting a Guinness World Record for largest surf paddle-out.
Civilian oversight of military: How Trump is testing its minimum levels
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
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.
Moves against Polish museum and Hungarian university stir fears of censorship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
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.
50 Ways to Feel Younger Now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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.
The ONE Thing You Need To Do Before Starting a Diet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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.
Planning to Buy ACA Health Insurance for 2018? Here's What You Need To Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. If insurance carriers want to sell health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, today is the deadline ...
Long Abandoned Soviet Tech Might Help China Land on the Moon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Shelved more than 40 years ago, the Soviet LK lander could help build the space boat that ferries China's astronauts to the Moon.
EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LONDON (AP) — The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof.
Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Vietnam environment official sacked over mass fish kill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Apes Have Social Traditions Just Like Humans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chimps and humans have a lot in common, like our DNA an ability to form a cultural tradition.
Unpacking the mystery of wobbly suitcase syndrome
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Questions swirl over Portugal fire's 'road of death'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
EU migration to Britain falls sharply: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Familiar Faces Look Happier Than Unfamiliar Ones
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Bloomberg says Trump should ‘stop tweeting’ and let Russia probe run its course
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“When there’s an allegation, you have to have a competent, independent investigation that will find something wrong or remove the cloud,” Bloomberg said.
Alexandria shooter carried list of 6 members of Congress, FBI confirms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On James T. Hodgkinson, investigators found a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress. The FBI did not disclose the names of those lawmakers.
The anthropologist of the alt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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.
Bitter Ga. loss provides backdrop for Democrats to reflect on party’s future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the wake of Jon Ossoff’s stinging defeat in the House race in Atlanta’s suburbs last night, the question now is: How do Democrats pick up the pieces?
Empty NYC transit bus rolls down street, hits church, cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — An empty New York City transit bus rolled backward down a hilly Brooklyn block and smashed into a church and parked vehicles during a crash caught on video .
Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio
German prosecutors investigate teenager for shooting toy gun at Thai king
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
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.
France’s drive for ethical politics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
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.
Transformer stamp released by US Postal Service
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has officially unveiled a first-of-its kind stamp that transforms with the touch of a finger and is dedicated to this summer's total solar eclipse.
These drones use Wi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Would you be interested in a Superman-esque ability to see through walls? Have a couple of Wi-Fi-equipped drones at your disposal? Then this research from UC Santa Barbara may be of interest.
Stephen Hawking: it’s time to get the hell off planet Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Trump team takes victory lap after GOP special
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president and his supporters celebrated on social media late Tuesday night after Republicans secured a pair of victories in congressional races in Georgia and South Carolina.
Naked thief nabbed by Austrian police at Vienna hotel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have arrested a suspected thief. But first, they made sure he put on some clothes.
Cops: Woman with history of thefts steals hair highlights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman with a history of stealing meals and services has allegedly struck again, this time at a hair salon.
Who's on Medicaid Might Surprise You
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Chynna Lloyd, 18, is the first in her family to go to college and plans to be a lawyer one day.  Raised solely by her mo...
Solar solution brings water to besieged Syria town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
House Panel Planning 'Space Corps' Military Branch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The House Armed Services Panel is planning a "Space Corps" to engage military threats outside of Planet Earth.
Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House race, beating back liberal wave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the hotly contested congressional special election in suburban Atlanta Tuesday.
Having power hurts your brain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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Antarctic Pollution Five Times Worse Than Previously Thought
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists found that levels of microplastics in the region were drastically underestimated.
The 'peanut worm' is amusing the internet, and no prizes for guessing why
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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
This Sniff Tech Could Protect Cops From Synthetic Opioids
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Old chemical tests can't detect today's super-potent synthetic opioids, leaving officers and first responders at risk.
How Did Cats Become Domesticated? Ancient DNA Gives Us Some Clues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers analyzed the DNA of about 350 mummified cats to trace how felines became the household animals we love today.
Amazon Deal Could Help Soften Whole Foods' Pricey Image
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Amazon's deal to buy Whole Foods could mean lower prices and greater access to premium organic food and other high-end g...
Why Apple would need to use ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.
Einstein letters on God, Israel and physics fetch $210,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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 Says Earth Is Under Threat and Humans Need to Leave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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.
Imperfect crystals may be perfect storage method for quantum computing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team of researchers at the University of Geneva has published a paper detailing a technique that allows qubits to be reliably stored using crystals, offering serious benefits to quantum computing.
An ancient Islamic city has been found under an Ethiopian town where local lore spoke of giants
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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…
What Does Summer Solstice Mean?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It literally means “furthest or culminating point; a turning point.”