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The Sun Could Have Been Born With an Evil Twin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new study suggests that almost all sun-like stars are likely born with companions, which means that the sun might in fact have a companion star as well.
A NASA Engineer Has a Creative New Way to Find Missing Rockets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A NASA engineer is using seismic and sound data to narrow down the search grid.
White House blames Democrats for not cooperating in repealing Obamacare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Amid complaints about the secrecy with which Republicans are drafting a health care bill, the White House Tuesday put the blame on Senate Democrats for refusing to cooperate.
Jared Kushner is heading to Israel for peace negotiations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, speaks during a meeting with technology executives in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 19. President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday for meetings that the White House says are aimed at “achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Kushner will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, a Trump adviser whose official title is “assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations.” According to a White House official who discussed the trip with Yahoo News, the pair are two of Trump’s “most trusted advisers” and will be spearheading a “peace effort” that is a “top priority” for the president.
Key GOP senator on health care plan: ‘I haven’t seen the bill’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A lawmaker on the working group for the Senate Republicans’ health care bill said Tuesday that he still hasn’t seen a draft of the legislation.
Senior student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code.
Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession.
40 Spooktacularly Simple Halloween Crafts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's 'Arms' is exciting, fast-paced action, but it's single-player mode could use more depth.
Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's looking for a chief operating officer to revamp the company. Here's a look at some of the contenders.
How many dimensions does the human brain think in? Research says up to 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You may have never wondered how many dimensions the human brain thinks in, but if you have, the real answer could be more than you’re expecting. It's as many as eleven. At least, that's what new neuroscience research claims.
Scientists Are One Step Closer to Using Algae as Biofuel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A breakthrough by a group of scientists makes algae a potentially viable source of biofuel.
America's Fastest Computer Just Got Beat. Again.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The fastest supercomputer in the United States doesn't even make the global top three.
The Science of Sexism: Why Workplaces Are So Hard to Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The recent case of man in a powerful position making a sexist comment — during a company meeting aimed partly at addressing discrimination against women — raises the question of why gender issues in the workplace are so difficult to quash. During an Uber staff meeting on June 13, board member Arianna Huffington said that having one woman on a company's board often leads to more women joining the board. David Bonderman responded, "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking," according to The New York Times.
Scientists overlooked a major problem with going to Mars — and they fear it could be a suicide mission
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists have long known high levels of radiation exists on Mars. But could it be so high that...
Science Says: Why some airplanes don't fly in high heat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to getting airplanes off the ground in broiling weather, it's not the heat or the humidity. It's the air density.
Portugal PM demands answers as deadly forest fires rage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pedrógão Grande (Portugal) (AFP) - Portugal's prime minister led calls Tuesday to find out why a highway now dubbed the "road of death" -- where most of the 64 victims of a giant forest fire perished -- had not been blocked off, as questions mounted over the disaster management response. More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling to control the flames which broke out in the central Pedrogao Grande region at the weekend and spread at breakneck speed to neighbouring areas. A civil protection spokesman told AFP that a firefighting plane crashed near the village of Ouzenda while battling the blaze, but his agency's chief later denied the report.
‘Make America Gay Again’: Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Tens of thousands of people sporting rainbow attire, “Make America Gay Again” hats and homemade protest signs took part in a “Resist March” in Los Angeles against President Trump, an event that took the place of the city’s annual pride parade. (Reuters)
Hannity compares Russia investigation to birther conspiracy that used to be on ‘Hannity’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Fox News host says the federal probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election is beginning to look like the debunked conspiracy questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace — a theory that was once fueled by President Trump.
In major tax speech, Ryan offers few details on how he will undertake reform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Speaker Paul Ryan’s first major speech on tax reform underscored the need to overhaul the tax code this year but offered few specifics on how that would happen.
‘I’m right here’: Spicer shrugs off reports of his potential departure from briefings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In his first on-camera press briefing in a week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed reports that he was transitioning into a new role in the Trump administration.
California deputies harness wayward Llama
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A couple of Solano County sheriff's deputies are one wayward llama's heroes after they saved it from traffic.
Student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code.
A Democrat shows how to win over Trump voters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On a sunny morning in May, Rep. Cheri Bustos showed up to work at a machine shop in south Peoria, where grain silos hug the Illinois River. Protective eye gear on, the Democratic congresswoman was ready for another day of “Cheri on Shift” – shadowing workers on the job when she’s home in her district. Guided by her “trainer” at Performance Pattern & Machine, the congresswoman approached a panel of controls on the noisy shop floor and – drumroll, please – pressed a button.
The man looking to make the VA work
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is an exception to the partisanship that affects Washington, and plans to use his unique status to bring fundamental change to the second-largest governmental agency. Dr. Shulkin served as the VA’s Under Secretary for Health during the final 18 months of the Obama administration, after extensive experience as a medical center chief executive. Then, in February, the Senate unanimously confirmed him to run the sprawling department for President Trump.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Why the Violence Against Women Act Is More Important Than Ever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
What's at stake for victims of domestic violence under Trump?
This Little Girl Mistaking a Bride for the Princess In Her Favorite Book Is the Purest Thing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
These photos will make you happy cry.
What It's Like Being the Long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Caregiving from 1,000 miles away has its challenges.
Genome Decoder's Fatty Algae Is Biofuel Breakthrough for Exxon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s the holy grail for biofuel developers hoping to coax energy out of algae: Keep the organism fat enough to produce oil but spry enough to grow quickly.
Waiting to Have Kids? Older Dads Have Geeky Sons With Higher IQs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In a study of over 30,000 twins, researchers found boys who had older fathers scored higher on the “geek index”—and that the older the father, the higher the score. While there has been much research showing the negative impact having children later in life can have—including increased risk of autism and schizophrenia—little has been done into the potential benefits. The latest study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry on Tuesday, indicates there are evolutionary advantages for men having children later in life.
'Breatharian' couple magically defies biology, subsists only on clicks and BS
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Are you sitting down? Good. We have some astonishing news: Food and water are no longer essential to staying alive. So claims a "Breatharian" couple in the spotlight this week, who say humans can be sustained by "the universe's energy." For the past nine years, Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello, who split their time between California and Ecuador, claim they've eaten little more than a piece of fruit or vegetable broth just three times per week. SEE ALSO: Coconut oil is not a magical health food after all Castello says she even kept her food-free lifestyle during not one, but two pregnancies. Wow! And somehow the family of four still appears well-fed and healthy in photos.  Maybe all we really need is love — and air.  Hold up. It turns out we also need protein, carbohydrates, and fat to support our basic bodily functions, such as, you know, breathing. So what's the deal with this couple? In short, they're promoting a diet that doesn't work, and in fact is downright dangerous.  Dumbest thing I read all day —> couple eats a few times a week bc they r nourished by air #breatharianhttps://t.co/eo62NmNQ28 — Jenci Spradlin (@jenciTN) June 15, 2017 "You need protein to build muscle and you need fat to support your nervous system and for heart health, and you need carbohydrates to keep your energy up and to feed your brain," said Liz Sanders, a registered dietician nutritionist and the director of research and partnerships at the nonprofit International Food Information Council. The occasional apple or bowl of broth just isn't going to cut it, she says. "If you subsisted on that, you would be emaciated and pretty much unable to function normally," Sanders said. "That's a dangerous diet to subsist on ... and during pregnancy, it's extremely dangerous." Food? Gross. Water? Yuck.Image: Mito Images/REX/ShutterstockDoctors recommend that pregnant women consume around 1,800-2,000 calories in the first trimester (their normal intake), then add another 300 calories in the second trimester and 500 calories in the third trimester. "If you're only eating fruit, you're not getting the fat your baby needs to build a healthy nervous system, the protein they need to build muscle — all of that," Sanders said. "This is a pretty hard and fast 'don't try this at home,'" she added. "You would be hard-pressed to find any health professional who would recommend [the Breatharian diet] to anybody." Breatharianism goes way back You know who would recommend this diet? Wiley Brooks.  Now in his late 70s, Brooks began promoting the practice in the early 1980s and founded the Breatharian Institute of America, which in the past offered $100,000 "immortality workshops" and proffered $10,000 bottles of water. (Brooks didn't invent the practice, however; the idea of subsisting only on prana, the vital life force, dates back centuries.) Brooks said he became a Breatharian out of a desire to stay young and vibrant, not grow old and bald like his father. "When a person gets older and wiser, he should get younger, he should not die in an unhealthy body," he told talk show host Tom Snyder in 1981. "All the constituents that we need is taken from the air we breathe," Brooks said. "And the fact is, there is only one thing that keeps the human body alive, and that is breathing." Wrong! WATCH: If you're not drinking kombucha you're not living
ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit. The United States and individual European nations are among those keeping information close to their chest, partly for fear of revealing strategic or military secrets, ESA Director of Operations Rolf Densing told AFP at the International Paris Air Show. This, mingled with an estimated 1,500 operational craft in orbit -- including the manned International Space Station -- makes for a hairy situation.
Explaining the Physics Behind This Ferrari Knocking People Over
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The internet loves this video of an expensive car stopping on a carpeted stage, knocking over four people.You're surely wondering, "What kind of physics are at play here?"
The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway? The summer solstice is upon us: Tuesday, June 20, will be the longest day of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator. Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° north latitude.
New evidence that volcanic eruptions triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mercury found in prehistoric rock bolsters the idea that volcanoes caused a mass extinction 200m years ago.
New 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.
Democrats stay up late hoping to ‘shame’ Republicans over health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats staged a protest and threatened to disrupt Senate affairs unless Republicans open up the health care bill to inspection and debate.
Ossoff vs. Handel: Georgia’s special election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Voters in suburban Atlanta are heading to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the most expensive House race in history, choosing between Jon Ossoff, a Democrat and former congressional staffer, and Karen Handel, a Republican and the former secretary of state in Georgia
McCain castigates Defense Department pick at confirmation hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. John McCain berated the deputy defense secretary nominee for a wishy-washy answer to whether he would advocate providing lethal defensive aid to Ukraine.
Sleepy burglary suspect caught taking nap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man found asleep in a stranger's home has been charged with burglary.
When prayer helps end conflicts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
One of Africa’s worst conflicts may have finally ended through a rare type of diplomacy. On June 19, more than a dozen armed groups in the Central African Republic signed a peace accord. Rather a religious group in Italy used what it calls a “spiritually inspired” method – building empathy and compassion – to help forge a truce.
Terrorism in Britain: How do you build bridges when 'enough is enough'?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When British Prime Minister Theresa May responded to the London Bridge terrorist attack this month with the words “enough is enough,” it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric. It sums up a wearing down of patience across Western Europe, which has born witness to over a dozen major terrorist attacks in 30 months. Britain had been spared the barrage, much of it inspired by the so-called Islamic State, until it shifted to the British stage this spring, with four attacks since March.
HTT signs on South Korea to build a full
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has found a few new licensee clients for its Hyperloop technology, a group of South Korean entities including the government and two of its educational institutions, who will use HTT's research and tech to construct a full-scale Hyperloop network. HTT and South Korea will also work together on research and...
Huge Volcanic Eruptions Triggered the Dawn of the Dinosaurs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The dawn of the dinosaurs was triggered by huge volcanic eruptions that lasted for 200,000 years, scientists have discovered. The Triassic–Jurassic extinction event 201 million years ago led to the extinction of at least half of all species living on Earth, including the giant crocodile-like animals and mammals that had previously ruled the world. Although scientists know there was huge spike in carbon dioxide during this period, what actually triggered the mass extinction was unknown.
Things About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe That Make No Sense
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are lots of things we all love about the 'Star Wars' universe. Even so, there's plenty that makes very little sense.
Allen AI Joins Microsoft, Baidu to Help Empower Academic Searches
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Group to share search tools to help scientists and scholars
Trump makes last
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn’t even live in district,” the president tweeted early Tuesday morning. “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS.”
McCain: North Korea ‘murdered’ American student Otto Warmbier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime,” Sen. John McCain said in a statement.
Polls open in hotly contested Ga. race as Trump urges supporters to vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump is urging his supporters to back Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.